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: A few in the rain
: ravinerat January 28, 2013, 03:05:42 PM
Buddy and I went out for a quick fish today. It started with ice pellets and soon turned to rain. Not a bad day.

First laker

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v45/ravinerat/Fishing%202/iphonestuff015-2.jpg)

First whitie

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v45/ravinerat/Fishing%202/iphonestuff011.jpg)

Second laker

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v45/ravinerat/Fishing%202/iphonestuff009.jpg)


My buddy had a good day on the ice. We headed home at noon.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v45/ravinerat/Fishing%202/iphonestuff017.jpg)


RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: Bioguide January 28, 2013, 03:09:32 PM
Awesome! What lake, if you don't mind me asking, were you fishing? Not that I think I'm anywhere near you. What were you using for bait?

Cheers, Bioguide
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat January 28, 2013, 04:15:15 PM
We were on Lake Simcoe in Ont. We used a 3" tube jig. Black top white bottom. Large jig inside. 8 lb Floro leader tied to a swivel with a main line of 12 lb Mono. My buddy uses braid.


RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: AunNordDuNord January 28, 2013, 04:57:36 PM
Man ho man, I spend 5h on saturday on a lake that has good pike in the summer.... Not one bite... I must be doing something wrong  >:(

It was -25C with a nice little breeze, we had a great day, considering we didn't catch anything.

Do you have any secret you would like to share ::)
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat January 28, 2013, 05:27:14 PM
For Pike try around 12 ft of water. Look for point of land and set up there. Between two saddles like two islands or where the water gets shallow the deep again. Ontario out of doors has a great web site which will help you catch the species you want to target. Ice Shanty. Com is another good one to learn off. A quick strike rig with a dead or live sucker minnow works good.

RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: Slush Walker January 28, 2013, 07:28:12 PM
Nice bunch of fish RR.  Those tube jigs are real common around Lake Superior as well.  I was wondering if you ever tip them with minnows or some strips or do you fish them bare?

SW
: Re: A few in the rain
: AunNordDuNord January 28, 2013, 07:39:21 PM
Thank you ravinerat, It is exactly where i was... we set up all over that transition of deep and shallow, need to try again. We had a few different lures, like Swedish pimples, jigging rapalla and a few other one, I need to get at it again next week end if it warms up, -35 today and a little breeze to cool that down even more.
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat January 28, 2013, 08:56:30 PM
go to the grocery store and get some stinky whole smelt. Use a quick strike rig and just let them sit on bottom.  (Google quick strike rig).

We usually don't tip the tubes with anything. Some of the Yum Yum tubes come with a garlic sent. We also use Bad Boyz and lots of williams lures. We just find what works. I use a Vexilar and i can see the fish checking out my tube. If they aren't taking it  then I switch up to something else. Every day is a new day.

RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat January 28, 2013, 08:59:49 PM
try this article.    http://outdoorcanada.ca/17016/blogs/on-the-water-online/trophy-pike-quick-strike-rigs-and-so-much-more

Maybe Hutchy can give you some pointers. I don't fish pike too much..


RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: Kaifus January 28, 2013, 10:21:57 PM
Nice looking fish, what are you guys going to do with them? Smoke them? I'm ashamed I haven't gotten out yet and put all the advice you've given me to use yet. Soon, hopefully.
: Re: A few in the rain
: HOOP January 28, 2013, 10:56:04 PM
Nice!  Lake Simcoe is a fish factory!

I have not fished yet - the lake skiing has been too good!   :)
: Re: A few in the rain
: Tomd January 29, 2013, 01:42:32 AM
OK, a bunch of dumb questions-
What are you wearing? Is that a snowmobile suit? And what kind of fur hat? Looks really warm.
What kind of fish are those? I take it the skinny one is a pike. Is the other one a lake trout?
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat January 29, 2013, 07:48:15 AM
Nice looking fish, what are you guys going to do with them? Smoke them? I'm ashamed I haven't gotten out yet and put all the advice you've given me to use yet. Soon, hopefully.

Well they usually get eaten. I don't eat a lot of fish just because my family won't eat it. I only bring home the ones that can't be released. I always say I am going to buy a smoker since the Whities taste best when smoked. The lakers usually make it to the BBQ.

RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat January 29, 2013, 07:53:45 AM
OK, a bunch of dumb questions-
What are you wearing? Is that a snowmobile suit? And what kind of fur hat? Looks really warm.
What kind of fish are those? I take it the skinny one is a pike. Is the other one a lake trout?

You know there is never a dumb question. The suits we are wearing are Floater Suits. It is like wearing a body PFD. There are many types up to survival suits. In Southern Ont when the ice is new/thin I always wear one. It also keeps the draft from going up your back when standing on the ice all day. Although I have worn it on the snowmobile it doesn't breath and you'll sweat with any exercise. The fur hat Dan is wearing is just Rabbit fur. You can get them at any store like Canadian Tire. The first pic is a Lake Trout. Second pic is a White fish. The third pic is a Lake Trout. Dan is holding both his Lakers.


RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: Zelandonii January 29, 2013, 08:37:46 AM
Beautiful fisheez!!!

We were north of you on Lake Couchiching on Friday and Sunday perch'in.

Btw, where did you guys access and how far did you walk? How deep were you fishing and how much ice were  you on? Where we were, ice was about 8" in 10-20 FOW.

I usually head out for perch on Simcoe, primarily because I've never iced a laker or whity :( I did once have "fisherman" take me out Big Bay , but he caught a laker and I didn't :(

One day.....
: Re: A few in the rain
: into the wind January 29, 2013, 10:35:42 AM
A tip on the whitefish. When you fillet them take some extra time and cut off the red fat that is right under the skin of the fish. Makes a world of difference in the taste. Hard to beat well prepared white fish in my book.
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat January 29, 2013, 11:59:16 AM
I was on Couch from Fri night to Sun morn. My buddy has  a house on the lake and we have a Tourney every year from his place. One of the guys caught a just shy of 2 lb Perch. There  were a few other good sized ones iced.

For the lakers we fished Kemp bay. Almost to Bear Point. WE fish in 100 fow and the ice was anywhere from 5" closer to the bays and 3" in the centre. We were about 4". Bear Point probably had 1000 ppl there on Sunday. I try to find quite bays were no one fishes.

So Fisherman too you out did he? How's he doing? Haven't seen him in a long time. If he didn't get you on fish then it must have been a tough bite that day.  Don't fish on bottom like everyone else. Fish the top 1/3 of the water column for the lakers. The big boys cruise the top eating herring.
Fish the Whities on bottom but make them chase you up. Stop then move another foot up then drop 3'. It was a light bite for the whities.
 
You can go out from any of the lines off Oro. Just head out to 100 fow or better. Good electronics makes a difference. I go out on week days for Simcoe. Too much of a Gong show on weekends. If you want to come on a week day just PM me.


RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat January 29, 2013, 12:01:41 PM
A tip on the whitefish. When you fillet them take some extra time and cut off the red fat that is right under the skin of the fish. Makes a world of difference in the taste. Hard to beat well prepared white fish in my book.

Thanks for the tip. Not big on eating the whities unless it is someone with the magic oven.  I'm the only one who eats fish here. My friend smokes his and boy are they great.  Guess I should get a smoker some time soon.

RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: Zelandonii January 29, 2013, 03:25:05 PM
Thanks for the tips RR. Fisherman is around and is doing fine. I'm sure he's lurking the forum :) Last I spoke with him, he's prepping his gear for an epic epic winter trip up north.

My family loves eating fish and so does my 3.5yr daughter, eye-ball and all :P It's just unfortunate that I can't be a good provider :( Having said that, I may just take you up on your offer next time I'm in the area. My folks live in Orillia so I'm up there often. I also have a flexible work schedule so a weekday outting is def a possibility.
: Re: A few in the rain
: Tomd January 31, 2013, 11:02:50 PM
OK, a bunch of dumb questions-
What are you wearing? Is that a snowmobile suit? And what kind of fur hat? Looks really warm.
What kind of fish are those? I take it the skinny one is a pike. Is the other one a lake trout?

You know there is never a dumb question. The suits we are wearing are Floater Suits. It is like wearing a body PFD. There are many types up to survival suits. In Southern Ont when the ice is new/thin I always wear one. It also keeps the draft from going up your back when standing on the ice all day. Although I have worn it on the snowmobile it doesn't breath and you'll sweat with any exercise. The fur hat Dan is wearing is just Rabbit fur. You can get them at any store like Canadian Tire. The first pic is a Lake Trout. Second pic is a White fish. The third pic is a Lake Trout. Dan is holding both his Lakers.


RR

Thanks RR. Aha. So that's what those suits are. I've seen those on Desperate Catch, the tv show about crab fishing off Alaska. I think the rescue swimmers that jump from helicopters to save people on sinking boats wear those sometimes. I've seen those in videos on how to survive in cold water. Never thought about wearing one fishing. That's a great idea.

We usually don't see trout that big down here, so those fish would make anyone down this way jealous. I have a rabbit fur hat, but mine isn't nearly that furry, judging from the picture. Mine was cheap one I got off eBay.
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat February 01, 2013, 10:16:02 AM
The ones that Rescue Personal use are Immersion suits. A bit of difference form the floater suits which are also called Hypothermia suits. Here is a link to Mustang who make a full line of PFD for Recreation to Industrial applacation.

http://www.mustangsurvival.com/recreational/immersion-suits?country=23

RR
: Re: A few in the rain
: Snowwalker February 01, 2013, 10:38:04 AM
Nice job and beautiful fish!  Wish we had lake trout down here
: Re: A few in the rain
: Tomd February 01, 2013, 09:16:41 PM
The ones that Rescue Personal use are Immersion suits. A bit of difference form the floater suits which are also called Hypothermia suits. Here is a link to Mustang who make a full line of PFD for Recreation to Industrial applacation.

http://www.mustangsurvival.com/recreational/immersion-suits?country=23

RR

I saw those, thanks for the link. I saw that Helly Hansen makes them too. Theirs look like the ones you are wearing with the pads and all on them.
: Re: A few in the rain
: ravinerat February 02, 2013, 04:34:58 PM
Here is a good link for those interested.

http://www.timeonthewater.ca/trout_stages_of_aggression.html


RR