Bass Opener

canvasbacksca

Well-Known Member
Landlocked bought Sandi and me a couple of 2.5" A.C.Shiners because the guy at Angling Outfitters said that they were "the best bait anywhere for trolling for smallmouth bass". Well, I don't know if that's true, but we did have 9 in the box in the first hour and finished up 25 minutes later trolling in 5' of water between Old Cut and Thoroughfare Point.

Pretty amazing and a tribute to MNR management that this opening day was just as good or better than my first one at Long Point 36 years ago.
 

Duck Soup

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R.O.C. (Radio Operator's Certificate)
Yeah, those A.C. Shiners were always a cut above a similar sized and coloured original Rapala but I didn't realize that they were still available. I'm not sure why but the wood minnow baits still seem to out-perform the modern plastics. I hope to try my luck tomorrow. There are advantages to having direct access to the Bay and the bass opener is high on that list. I still have a few 2.5 inch shiners....probably 30 years old. Thanks for the post.....don't see much about local fishing, good or bad, posted this season.
 

quinner01

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Was the bay jam packed like every other opener or did the potential bad weather scare a lot of people away?

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Landlocked

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Great report but remember my what my four year old said "I don't know how many we caught but it was more than you" :D (it doesn't matter that it took 6 hours, lol ;))
The conditions were definitely not ideal but it didn't seem to matter, this will be a tradition in my family for hopefully another 36 years!
 

jeweller

Well-Known Member
We also kept the tradition alive by going out today with the wind that just seemed to blow right though you. Grandauthers first opener, she had a blast catching her first bass. We had a resectable morning that was to way to early but we were off the water by 9 with enough bass for a fish fry for 8 people. All in all a great day!

The meaning of life? FISHING!!!
 

big guy

Well-Known Member
Yes sir, those AC Shiners are very good lures, and were also great for salmon up at Owen Sound many years ago too. But then so were Ping-A tee's, of which you never hear of anymore.
 

canvasbacksca

Well-Known Member
Quinner -- There were fewer boats out at 6am than I can recall seeing, but I don't know if there was a big increase later in the morning / afternoon.
 

Stick

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We fished the Long Point side of the bay in the afternoon and there were very few boats out for what I was expecting. The wind was brutal with most of our drifts ranging from 1.9 to 2.5 miles an hour on the GPS. Only picked up a pair of smallies on bottom dragging tubes before we had enough and headed for the cover of a certain bay that never seems to dsappoint for hammer handles and even a few good sized perch on spinnerbaits. Sure felt good to get back out on the bay and wash some other 20 year old lures.

Stick

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"Rivers are living things, sometimes swollen and discoloured, other times thin and anaemic. Spend enough time around a particular river, you learn to read its moods, like a spouse reads a partner."

Gord Ellis ONTARIO OUT OF DOORS
 
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