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Yankee Troller

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  1. Right now the thermocline is super high from all the East winds, but late July/August fishing is right around the corner. This FishUSA custom Dreamweaver Glow Roy Boy is a killer spoon when the thermocline gets below 70'. That's why I'm stocking up! Get you some at FishUSA - fishusa.rv5k.net/0JmmEY
  2. Tom and his crew, from Pennsylvania, joined us Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Boy did they hit it just right! This will go down as a trip of a lifetime for them as well as for us. We hooked a lot of fish both days. Saturdays afternoon trip was one of the best we've seen. It was so good we turned two doubles on the same rod, and caught a Coho on a meat rig that was dragging on the surface in the prop wash. The highlight though, was landing everyone's personal best Salmon weighing in at 34.67lbs. Saturday afternoon we fished 150-200' is water a few miles west of Port. Our Cannon Downriggers parked at 30 & 40' with spoons back 30' were our hottest setups. Geezer and Frost Bite were the best spoons. The beast was part of a triple. First fish took a deep meat rig. When that fish hit the deck big boy hit the 200' diver and headed for Niagara county. Minutes later the 150' A-TOM-MIK copper took a ride. We landed both and the high fives were endless Sunday morning started out like gang busters. Same set up as the night before. Our best spoons were Geezer, UV Watermelon, Midnight Special, Wonderbread, and 42nd. Most action came on our Cannon Downriggers fished 30-50' down with sliders. Divers fired from 90-115' out on 2.5 settings. 10 colors of FishUSA Stealthcore and A-TOM-MIK coppers in 150' & 200' took fish.
  3. It'll catch up to them. I don't want those kind of customers.
  4. I work at Krenzer Marine. I'll try to remember to grab a few this weekend when I'm at the boat to get you by.
  5. I had them make me a bunch this off-season. Where do you fish from?
  6. In stock NOW at FishUSA! These will only be available at FishUSA as a custom color for them. Team Dreamweaver Rodfather spoons in all three sizes. Links below! These are the spoons responsible for our Niagara Pro Am win, and out biggest King Salmon during the WHI. It's been a great color for us in the Warrior blank the last few years, and those spoons catch them, but I really like DW's Mag and SS spoons and their action and wanted it on those. Kings, Coho, and Steelies have been chomping them pretty consistently for us. Don't wait to get some becasue with the demand in the industry things aren't lasting long. SS - fishusa.rv5k.net/BXxxm0 DW - fishusa.rv5k.net/0JmmEY Mag - fishusa.rv5k.net/b3GG4m
  7. That's a false statement. In order to take more than 6 paying passengers you need to have an inspected vessel. I'm not sure I know one on the US side of the lake that can accommodate that.
  8. July 3 Morning - What a morning! Once we figured out the depth we needed to keep the boat in it was game over. We could have been done with a 5 man by 8:30/9am of it wasn't for the dropsies. Our group today was from PA. Mostly newbs to the fishery, but they did great! We found 150-225' to be the best water and the fish were in the top 70' for the most part. Our biggest took a 125' diver pulling a Mag DW UV Lemon Ice. Our studs today were 10 colors of FishUSA Stealthcore and 300' A-TOM-MIK coppers. They had magnum DW UV Green Jeans and Shelly Snacks on them. DW Rodfathers fired a few times on our high rigger set at 50' with a slider. Meat took a few shots on our deep Cannon Downrigger and a 220' diver, but it was quiet for the most part. Afternoon- It's July, and the lake is firing on all cylinders like it should be. We were joined by a local family on our Saturday afternoon charter. It was their first charter ever, and they brought kids. It was a great evening watching them battle Lake Ontario's bounty. We fished the same waters from the morning. Maybe a smidge deeper. Our Familiar Bite meat was going well on our deep Cannon Downrigger (100-150'). Other than that it was a spoon game. We ran a pair of FishUSA Stealthcore 10 colors on one side, and a pair of A-TOM-MIK 300' coppers on the other. Downriggers were parked at 50 & 60' with spoons, and divers 120-160'. Spoons that went tonight we're Green Monkey Puke, Spearmint, Salmon Candy, Shelly Snack, and UV Green Jeans. July 4 - Jon and his gang from PA joined us for some Lake O Salmon and Trout fishing this morning. We had high expectations after yesterday, but when we got to our water we noticed the East wind pushed the temp up higher. We adjusted to that, and had a pretty good day. We had more Steelhead than Salmon, but the Steelhead were really nice! Our program today consisted of three Cannon Downriggers parked from 40-60'. Best presentation was spoons on them. Circus Freak, NBK, Spearmint, Geezer, and Get R Dun all took fish. Our divers were quiet, but did take one on a Shelly Snack out 120' and one on a Spearmint out 100'. 10 colors of FishUSA Stealthcore, and A-TOM-MIK coppers in 150/200/300 all took fish with spoons. Shelly Snack and UV Green Jeans were our best on those.
  9. It depends, do you want something that increases your dive curve or something that will be really durable and more user friendly. We choose American Fishing Wire 7 strand camo because it's the thinnest 30lb wire on the market. You CAN NOT let it get loose or it will pigtail and kink. If you go with Torpedo, Malin, Mason and a bunch of other companies their 30lb is more user friendly, but thicker.
  10. CHIRP transducers have much narrower cones than the traditional sonar of the past.
  11. If you want to upgrade the transducer to one that will show you more I'd recommend an Airmar P66 if you have an aluminum boat, or a B60 if you have a fiberglass boat. Fish on 50khz and run around on 200khz.
  12. Same speeds as a regular flasher. Coho and Steelhead don't mind a little faster speed though.
  13. I forgot how great the action was on those NK C5's. I actually found them in a box a few weeks ago and put them on the boat.
  14. Been a great couple of weeks tourney fishing the West end mainly with a Coho/Steelhead program. We won the Niagara Pro Am, and had a great comeback this Sunday to sneak into the top 10 at the Orleans County Open. These baits were our rocks. We fished these on our Cannon Optimum downriggers in the top 60', wire divers on 3 settings from 35-60' out, and on FishUSA Stealthcore from 2-10 colors. Fishing ain't easy right now, but the Coho and Steelhead on the West end are plentiful at times. I heard a quote today from a buddy who fished with us this weekend. He quoted who he thinks is Michael Jordan. "You never lose. You just learn!" Tournament fishing is just that. The days your the bug are the days you pick something up and put it in your bag of tricks. I did that this weekend! When you're the windshield your don't take much away from it. But it's a good time, and a lot of fun! Niagara Pro Am: We put about 42 miles on the boat in practice and had a good pick most of the day on Coho and Steelhead. We ended up working the coldest surface water we found, and that had the best class of fish. Friday, we fished 50-51* water in 370-400'. Only 1 king bite all day. We boxed by 12:15. Took us 20 bites to box our 12 with short fish and dropped fish. Saturday, we were surprised to find that cold surface water still there with the wind that was blowing. Again, we finished our box by 12:15. On this day it took us 24 bites to get our box. We only had one short fish. We dropped a lot! We got very lucky and had 4 king bites. Orleans County Open: Saturday, we made some bad decisions and just kept pushing to find better water, or "the juice" as they say in Bass fishing. We put 52 miles on the ol' girl by the time we hit the pier heads at 2pm. We saw 70' of water, and we saw the Canadian shoreline. There were signs but we ignored them going for the gusto. Sunday, we settled in and had our 10 fish by 9am. We spent the rest of the day looking for matures. 7/8 rods loaded with Familiar Bite Pacific Herring and a Team Dreamweaver Rod Father mag generated 5 mature bites. We landed 1! Cracked off two rigs, and dropped the other two. We could have had the monster box but in the end it was a great time, with great friends, and we learned something. Ok, I'll end with this. Keep an eye on FishUSA's website. The Rod Father, a color we ran a lot in the past on Warrior blanks, will be a custom DW at FishUSA. The Coho and Steelhead LOVED the SS and DW the last two weeks, and the Kings chewed that mag all spring. The DW 6" spin doctors can all be found there as well. The flies were A-Tom-Mik Mfg. Coho flies in green/blue, green Crinkle, and hammer. Coho Spin Doctors Sent from my Pixel 5 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. The new Saltist is supposed to be released at iCast 2021 and ship in the Fall of 2021. The rep told me the company that made the linecounter for that reel stopped, or couldn't produce them anymore. Hence, the re-design. Take it for what it's worth, but I think the only gripe on that reel from people was the placement of it.
  16. CHIRP is not the best for trolling. Cone angles are half of what you get with traditional sonar.
  17. Hey buddy, go into settings and turn CHIRP off. You don't have a CHIRP transducer, and I'd hate to see you do damage to that transducer. CHIRP transducers typically have a cooling element in them. I found out the hard way. Also, make sure you turn Switchfire to max in the sonar settings and the transducer selected are either Humminbird 50/200 or Generic 50/200.
  18. > Weigh ins for all 3 days will be held at the Black North Point Breeze. Pro and Am teams need to be in line when the clock strikes 3pm each day. No exceptions to this rule. They have graciously donated to the event. Please enjoy some refreshing drinks during weigh in and feast on their tasty menu for dinner. > The captains meeting will take place about 3:30pm on Friday directly following the King of the Oak (KOTO) weigh in. Please have at least 1 member of your team there. > King of the Oak (KOTO) registrations can be found at Ernst's Lake Breeze Marina. They are collecting your entries. If you are in need of a dock, boat parts, or fuel they are there for you!
  19. Ya, I'm getting there too UNREEL.....
  20. The Wife and I gottum pretty good on Oneida this morning. Launched around 7am on the west end and started on a 20' flat without a nibble. Spot 2 was in 15' on a grass edge and it was GAME ON! Wife struck first with the biggest about 22" on a Perch blade bait. Then it was all about the size 7 jigging rap in Glow Perch. Smallest we took home was 19". Back to Lake Ontario until October when we'll start up our Oneida Lake Walleye charters. We can cast or troll for them. If you're interested please call to book now. Sent from my Pixel 5 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  21. I'd say they'll be fine, but tossing them in some fire brine wouldn't hurt.
  22. Bruce - He's "Chirpin" on high frequency, and that's why he has to have the gain so high. High Frequency isn't very powerful, nor does it have a great cone angle. The best transducers for what we do are still the traditional 50/200 Airmars. 200khz for when you're on plane, and 50khz for fishing. GillT - There are always fish down there no matter the time of year. Most of the time people only look at the top 100-150'. Salmon don't mind being down there while they are digesting. Deepest king we've caught this Spring was 250' down with a 20lb Shark weight.
  23. Registration deadline for this years event is Monday June 7th at midnight. This event is part of the US lake cup, so if you are fishing the Niagara Pro Am and Sodus Pro Am this is the third event in the series. You can register here: http://greatlakesspecialevents.com/orleansopen.html
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