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legend012
04-02-2011, 08:47 PM
Hey, I'm new to the forums and to fishing in Canda. That's because I live in Brazil and I'm going with my family to Canada in June and I really want to go fishing in the Toronto Islands. But I don't know what types of fish to catch, what type of lure to use, which fishing pole + rod to buy and how to get my fishing license. I have had gone fishing here in Brazil and have cought some 2,5 quilo fishes. But It's different. Can someone help me and/or get a hook up with me when I get there?
Thanks,
Tiberio

jwm
04-03-2011, 12:26 PM
License - You can pick up a license from any walmart or canadian tire, as well as just about any outdoors store.

Rod/Reel - Any medium action spinning combo should be capable of most species you'll find on the island. If you're going to target pike I would recommend using a leader, especially if you're not using a heavy braided line.

Lures - This would depend on the species you're targeting. Worms go a long way if you're looking to catch anything, lures like the mepps spinner baits are great for covering water, and xrap style baits are good for a slower presentation. If you're targeting carp thing like bread, corn, etc are the general go to baits.

There is a wealth of information on our blog on the subject of Toronto Islands. Here are some links:

http://www.fishingfury.com/?s=toronto+islands
http://www.fishingfury.com/simple-and-effective-shore-fishing-tactics/

legend012
04-05-2011, 06:29 PM
I saw those posts, it was great. But how do you fish with brea? Won't it get all gooey and "disolve" on water and fall from your hook. And how do you fish with corn? Isn't it hard and won't stick with the hook? Here in Brazil I usually fish with pre-baked bread, because it's really dense. It's as dense as claydoh. I really want to know that secret spot! Sounds interesting. I've downloaded the map of the Toronto Islands and unfortunately I'm going to stay only one month with my family in Toronto and only visit the islands two times I think, so I need to know all the secrets.

jwm
04-05-2011, 06:48 PM
The true secret to the Toronto Islands- heck the true secret to fishing is hard work. Now, I'm not trying to belittle you or anything, but really there are no "secrets" that are going to guarantee that you catch something on Toronto Islands. I proved this last year when I took Jamie Pistilli (http://fishchelsea.com/) and Big City Fishing (http://www.bigcityfishing.com/) out to the islands. We got skunked- and I was basically the guide! As the day dragged on they got tired, the sun started going down and they had to go. But Clive and I refused to leave. We were going to fish until it was so dark we couldn't see anything if it meant we were going to catch something- even if the cameras were gone. That's what fishing is all about for us- hard work and the thrill of achievement when that work pays off.

Now to answer your other questions. You can make bread in to compressed balls that work pretty well for fishing (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Fish-Bait-Using-Bread) and corn well, that just goes on the hook like anything else. I've even heard that adding or soaking your corn in vanilla extract will make it more appealing.

Clive
04-05-2011, 06:51 PM
With bread you can pinch it onto your hook, but you dont need to squish it too hard. Corn is my top choice on carp, just buy a can of corn and put a couple of kernels on your hook, cast, then throw a handful of corn in the area to get them interested in feeding.

If you can get out to the islands in May, your chances of getting into some nice pike will be much better. Here are our recommendations for spring pike lures, with honorable mention going to the 5 of diamonds spoon...

http://www.fishingfury.com/20100604/top-5-spring-pike-lures/

legend012
04-06-2011, 06:21 PM
Oooh, itīs canned corn. I thought it was the uncooked corn that is really hard.:p Yeah, here I fish with uncooked bread, that brown loaf.

legend012
04-06-2011, 06:25 PM
Later Iīll post my fish photos from here in Brazil. Some nice Tambaqui. There was a guy that got 3 Arapaimas. So lucky. If it bit my line it would have broken easily.

KT
04-06-2011, 11:10 PM
You think I'll be able to land some carp next Friday on the islands? I just saw the schedule for spring ferry service and it starts on the 15th. Coincidently, a friend and I are both free and might take some time on the islands. Since everything is closed, I might just go for some carp, and possibly some bowfin if i can spot any. You guys thing its still too early?

ben306
04-07-2011, 09:38 AM
If you read some of my old reports from back in 2009 when I lived in Toronto you'll see I targetted Carp quite abit. I managed fish to 30lb and would fish simple baits like bread, corn and tinned meat.

TransientAngler
04-07-2011, 10:56 AM
JamieP is a kayak angler :) Sucks you guys had an off day.

jwm
04-07-2011, 03:46 PM
JamieP is a kayak angler :) Sucks you guys had an off day.

Actually we caught several pike after they left. Their loss I guess. But when Clive and I fish the islands we can easily walk 10 miles in a single day, I don't think they were prepared for that.

jwm
04-07-2011, 03:47 PM
You think I'll be able to land some carp next Friday on the islands? I just saw the schedule for spring ferry service and it starts on the 15th. Coincidently, a friend and I are both free and might take some time on the islands. Since everything is closed, I might just go for some carp, and possibly some bowfin if i can spot any. You guys thing its still too early?

Very tough to say, weather has been good but not great. Supposed to get up to 20 this weekend but with considerable rain. That will probably kill any leftover ice.

KT
04-07-2011, 06:12 PM
If you read some of my old reports from back in 2009 when I lived in Toronto you'll see I targetted Carp quite abit. I managed fish to 30lb and would fish simple baits like bread, corn and tinned meat.
Had any luck in mid April or early May?

KT
04-07-2011, 06:16 PM
Very tough to say, weather has been good but not great. Supposed to get up to 20 this weekend but with considerable rain. That will probably kill any leftover ice.
Awesome. To be honest, I was thinking that the islands would be completely melted by now already. We're planning to head out early and fish the harbor for a bit until the ferry opens up and we head down to the islands. I hope it'll be warm and dry next week. Depending on the weather, I'm probably going to try Friday 15th, or I'll have to delay it all the way until the 25th, which I dont think Im going to be able to wait until...

jwm
04-07-2011, 06:24 PM
If you're going to fish the harbour pick your spots carefully or bring a net with a really long handle. I don't know what the water levels are like right now, but you might not be able to reach down and unhook your catch.

KT
04-07-2011, 06:29 PM
Yep, I'll probably be packing one of those extendable nets or else i'll have to bring a lipper Still wondering if carp will actually bite this early.

jwm
04-07-2011, 06:59 PM
If you can find them feeding I don't see any reason why the wouldn't bite. You'll probably find them crusing along the shore lines