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I recently had the chance to visit the "sunshine" state to do some field testing and relaxing with family.  We were fortunate enough to fish the Gulf of Mexico and the brackish water of the backcountry shallows.

Upon our arrival to the beautiful Fort Myers we realized we were in for a treat.  It didn't take long and we were hooked into a variety of salt water species.  We caught everything from small yellow fins and ladyfish for bait to big kingfish and stingrays. 

After a day of fishing the Gulf we ventured inland to fish backcountry snook.  These hard fighting, acrobatic fish offered us a different challenge on light tackle.  Having never fished for these, the experience offered us some heart pumping excitement. 

If travelling south for a vacation or just looking for a great fishing getaway, Florida offers a variety of fishing and outdoor adventures, and Fort Myers will not disappoint.  

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by Greg | Dec 31st 1969 | Tags :

Spring Kitty Hunting 

For most of us, fishing adventures started out with a float, a weight and a worm somewhere local.  More often than not the most active fish were our whiskered friend the catfish.  For a lot of anglers in the GTA catfish are still a great way to have some fun fishing local waters.

Most of the great lakes tributaries including Hamilton Harbour, Lake Erie (Dunnville, Port Dover), Princess Point and many others offer great spring cat fishing.  Spawning generally occurs when ever the water reaches a temperature of approximately 75°F.  Catfish will move into warmer rivers and creeks during the spring to spawn.

Because of their highly developed sensory system, touch, taste and sight aid the channel catfish in acquiring their food.  They will feed on almost anything that comes their way and are not picky.  Avid anglers use everything from cut up minnows and suckers to rotten chicken liver. 

A bait runner reel is ideal for these bottom feeders.  It alows you to engage a "free run".  With this engaged the fish can take the bait with no resistance until you turn the handle at which time the reel switches back to the main drag. The free spool option makes it great when catifsh are picking at the bait and you don't want them to feel any resistance.    

Channel catfish can top the scales at 30 pounds and offer a great sport fishing experience.  A day of fishing for spring kitties is inexpensive and great relaxation.   

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by Greg | Dec 31st 1969 | Tags :

Binbroook Crappie derby was a success.  The winner was Trevour from Hamilton with a .9 lb crappie.  Fishing was a little tougher than past years.  Most anglers were catching fish on a minnow suspended from bottom on a small jigging spoon. Some lucky anglers caught some nice perch as well.  The attendance was a great turn out this year.  Looking forward to the spring fishing derby there as well. 

 

 

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