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WEEK 6 DAY 5 GOSD 2018

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Wow… another close call eh Tony!
Finally tonight we’ve received another top 10 Chinook from Bronte. I realize this hasn’t been a typical year on Lake Ontario. But as I tabulate results from different weigh-in stations and compare this year to past years, where are those entries from Bronte?

Generally, the Bronte trolling grounds hold some of Lake Ontario’s heaviest Chinooks and some of the GOSD premier anglers target that area. SO FAR only 2 of our 50 winners have come from the beautiful Bronte Outer Harbour Marina weigh-in station.
Where are those entries, Chris Miller, Brent Letual, Tyler Lancaster, John Nixon,
Ed Newton, George Dede’s and of course the Urbanski’s.
“Come on let’s get at it”.

Best Location: Cobourg
Best Lure: Flasher/Meat

WEEK 6 DAY 4 GOSD 2018

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Week 6 Day 4 GOSD 2018
 
Before I was honoured to be selected from the 3,678,435 applicants to help with the GOSD several years ago I was an addicted Lake Ontario Salmon troller. But even with 11 days left in the Derby as there are now I still had the confidence that making the Top 10 board was only a matter of time mixed in with patience and the odd extra hour here and there.
After all, there were still 2 full weekends remaining and I had anticipated that big Chinooks would be honing in on north shore rivers mouths before their final journey and one of them would make a mistake and take a swipe at my offering.
 
There was a point however when severe desperation and panic began to set in. I started calendar watching, I realized the days were getting shorter, I cursed after every bite off, broken line or missed strike,I was changing lures and bait presentation so much that when I finally sat down to drive the boat I forgot what I was running.I’d be at the boat ramp earlier and staying later. I couldn’t even think of the fact that if I didn’t get a qualifying salmon it would be almost a calendar year before my next chance.
Every year I subconsciously had that day imprinted in my mind and yes it’s coming this Friday when the big ferris wheel starts rotating at the CNE.
 
-Bill Barootes
GOSD Manager

WEEK 6 DAY 1 GOSD 2018

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What a beauty of a day for chasing Lake Ontario Chinooks. Matures were weighed in at most Locations. We still have 2 full weeks remaining in the GOSD remembering that the last week has a bonus day and ends Saturday, August 25th at 8pm.
It was only a short 2 years ago when veteran Lake Ontario angler George Dedes got his reward for all the time he dedicated to Lake Ontario and landed the Derby winning fish near Bronte with only hours remaining.
This year has certainly been an anomaly, very difficult to find a pattern. The weather has also moved fish on a daily basis, shallow, then deep, one Port one day then gone the next. Keep at it ticket holders because there’s one thing for sure, there’s still 20 cash positions to be filled and a very well equipped 2018 TOYOTA 4RUNNER that’s only 31.20 pounds away.

Best Location: Bluffers & Cobourg
Best Lure: Spoons

WEEK 5 DAY 7 GOSD 2018

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Northeasterly winds chased anglers to shore early today. Light north wind is in tomorrow’s forecast.

Remember last Saturday’s post when I said that Kyle Vanderlinde could become the highest paid babysitter of the year.
Well, it’s come to fruition, Kyle’s 29.84 lb. Chinook that he packed in his IGLOO cooler with ice last Saturday night because the Derby weigh-in stations had closed (8pm) has earned himself $10,000 as the winner of Week 5 of the GOSD.
The night of Kyle’s babysitting duties, Kyle left the ice packed cooler in his kitchen overnight. The problem is with all the excitement Kyle didn’t properly install the drainage plug and now Kyle and his Fiancé have $10,000 and an indoor swimming pool.

Best Location: N/A
Best Lure: N/A

WEEK 5 DAY 6 GOSD 2018

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Week 5  is coming to an end tomorrow at 8pm and now that the rains have subsided the action has picked up. A couple of brutes were added to the Raymarine top 10 leaderboard today and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the same trend tomorrow.

So with this weeks Top 10 well within reach and it being Friday…oh you don’t look well, I think you’re coming down with something. Maybe you should take a sick day tomorrow. Get it?

Best Location: Bluffers and Pickering
Best Lure: Spoons

WEEK 5 DAY 5 GOSD 2018

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Although we may experience another shower or two, it looks like the big rains have finally tailed off and the forecast is stable and mostly sunny through until next Tuesday.
The next wave of mature Chinooks undoubtedly will hang around major river mouths.

Now we can get back to the task at hand, getting on that RAYMARINE leaderboard and securing some cash, prizes and an invitation to the ISLANDER Championship Shootout.

Let’s not panic yet, we still have 3 full weekends to go and it only takes 1 bite, a line stretching line screaming run, a steady retrieve with no slack line, a first swipe netting job and then …euphoria.
“Go get em”

Best Location: N/A
Best Lure: N/A

WEEK 5 DAY 4 GOSD 2018

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We do have an entry from Newcastle today, however, due to a technical problem we did not receive today’s report. We will get the results tomorrow morning and update the board if the entry is top 10 worthy.

With so many Top 10 fish being entered by our Charter Boat Ticket holders this year we thought it would be a good time for an update of their tournament.
The GOSD awards the captain of the 3 Charter Boat ticketed vessels that enter the 3 heaviest Chinook over the course of the 50-day Derby. The fish could be entered by a client, friend, relative or crew member etc.
The Vessel is the ticket holder and ANYONE who fishes from that vessel is eligible to enter a Salmon into the Derby. You have to be fishing from that vessel, it is NOT transferable.

Standings as of Monday, August 6th at 8pm.
1st    place $3,000              29.84 lbs.     Dutchies Sportfishing      Kyle Vanderlinde
2nd  place $2,000              28.54 lbs.     Great Blue Sportfishing   Malcolm Jarvis
3rd   place $1,000               28.46 lbs.                                                 Neil Wood

Now you’re going to ask why we don’t have a Charter Boat name for Neil Wood.
Neil like other recreational anglers in our Derby purchased a Charter Boat Ticket to ensure that everyone that he has on his boat is covered for the duration of the Derby.

Best Location : Newcastle
Best Lure : N/A

WEEK 5 DAY 3 GOSD 2018

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Promising day until midday winds and afternoon thunderstorms chased hopeful trollers off the pond.
Expect mud lines at popular river mouths tomorrow morning, black and purple, glow or J- plugs could be the ticket. Make sure those hooks are sharp, maturing Kings have very hard mouths.
There isn’t a worse feeling than a Chinook peeling off a couple hundred feet of line, your mind starts to fixate on your name on the RAYMARINE Top 10 board, receiving $$ at the GOSD Awards day …and then your line goes slack.

Best Location: Whitby
Best Lure: Blue Flasher/ Fly

WEEK 5 DAY 2 GOSD 2018

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A beautiful day to be on the water and although we had matures weighed in from most stations it was relatively tough fishing.
Finding a pattern was difficult and after going through today’s statistics of water depth, fish depth, Lure choice, color and best Port I’m afraid my report isn’t going to be of much help.

It was a great day for Kyle Vanderlinde of Bomanville though. Kyle aboard Dutchies Sportfishing landed a beauty last night after our weigh-in stations had closed. He found himself babysitting his 29.84 lb. salmon on Saturday night of a long weekend.
He could become the highest paid babysitter of the year if his Chinook can remain at the top of the RAYMARINE Top 10 leaderboard until 8pm Friday, August 10th.

Best Location: ?
Best Lure: Mixed bag… Don’t ignore Spoons

Week 5 Day 1 GOSD 2018

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For most residents of Ontario, the first weekend of August marks the Civic long weekend.
Not so for GOSD anglers, it’s usually the beginning of broken hearts and broken dreams all because of broken lines. Every year from now until the end of the GOSD I hear about flies having the back hook broken off, bait heads being chew off or the hook being straightened out and leaders getting jammed in the bait head treble and snapping.
As most of you have come to realize landing a RAYMARINE top 10 fish is difficult and can take years to achieve. Yes, we’re all going to catch salmon but as most of us realize during the course of the 50-day Derby we may only entice 1 or 2 prize worthy Chinooks to take our offering.
Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the premier anglers and Charter boat operators on Lake Ontario. Through discussions, I have come to the conclusion that you can’t eliminate bite offs this time off the year when mature Chinooks have jaws of iron and teeth like razors, but you can limit the number of disappointing limp lines by paying close attention to details.

Here are a few tips that I’ve heard might help:
1) Always purchase the best quality terminal tackle(swivels, snaps, split rings)
2) A drop of 2 part epoxy on the joint of your bait head treble will prevent the line from
jamming and snapping
3) Install a plastic or light rubber sleeve between your bait head and hook, some
anglers are experimenting with different types of wire and others are using beads
4) The same can apply to flies
5) Upgrade hooks not just for sharpness but strength to avoid it being straightened out
Hooking into a GOSD prize winning Chinook is great…landing it is better $$.

Best Location: Port Credit & Bronte
Best Lure: Spoons