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  1. Saturday morning - Mother Nature delayed us a few hours this morning, but when we did get out it was game on! Tom and crew drove from Syracuse, NY and joined us for their annual Spring Salmon fishing charter. We smashed our first King on the set up, and then we got into a Lake Trout pick. While chatting with a fellow Captain he mentioned some Coho bites on his short cores. We sent out a couple 5 color FishUSA Stealthcore rods loaded with DW 6" Spinnys/A-TOM-MIK Coho flies and just put a whooping on the Coho. So, thank you Matt Yablonski for that tidbit of info. We ended the trip going 3/5 on Salmon, boated 15 Coho, and landed a handful of Lake Trout. It was a great multi-species morning! Saturday afternoon - Second trip of the day was miserable if all you looked at was the weather. The fishing......Pretty good! Jessie and gang traveled all the way from Massachusetts to fish with us this weekend. As do most afternoon trips it started out as a nice pick and turned into a fire drill. We spent the first few hours playing with the Coho. Red thinfish on 2 cores, and yellow/orange 6" DW Spindoctors/A-TOM-MIK ludington Coho flies on 5 cores. During the last hour we went 3/4 on Kings. All took different offerings. One took an A-TOM-MIK Glow Stud fly 150' out on a diver, one took a blue meat rig 100' out on a diver, one took a Rodfather mag down 75', and one took a red Thinfish on a 2 core. How's that for patterning a chew......[emoji2957]. Back at it again in the morning! Sunday - Jessie and his gang from Massachusetts came back for more this morning. We set down in 50' right out the front door and quickly got on the bite. We fished in 50-60' for most of the morning and had a really good pick of Salmon. Unfortunately, we had a case of the dropsies. Around 10am we slid out to 120-140' and finished out our box of silvers. The man today was a DW UV Rodfather mag on our Cannon Optimum downriggers. Inside it worked 40' down, and out deeper it fired at 75'. Other things that took fish: > Red Thinfish on 2 cores > Yellow 6" DW Spindoctors/A-TOM-MIK Coho fly on 5 cores > DW Mag Sea Sick Waddler on a 30' Cannon Optimum > DW Orange Slurpee on a free slider > DW UV Green Jeans on a 300' A-TOM-MIK copper Back at it again next weekend! Sent from my Pixel 5 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. Auto stop will not work if you switch to braid.
  3. The other thread was about the lack of BT. I think that's more of a stocking goof up. The fishery seems healthy. Looks like there is more Smelt than we've had in recent years, and the 2020 class of Alewife are very strong.
  4. Yup, we ran 4 inline boards on a side with 2 flat thinfish, and two 2-color cores with 6" spinny/A-TOM-MIK coho fly combos.
  5. April 24: Morning - What. A. Day! Dave and his crew from Western Pennsylvania can't get enough of Lake Ontario. This is their third outing this Spring. We spent most of the day in 70-80' of water, and the Humminbird's were lit up with targets all day. We couldn't get our Cannon Optimum downriggers in fast enough. We pulled DW spoons on our out and downs. UV Rodfather and UV Green Skirt Mags fired all day. Center rigger was loaded with an 8" DW Spindoctor white double crust Glow. Our divers pulled 8" DW Spindoctors with A-TOM-MIK Glow Blue Hammers and Ultra Green Glow flies. One side we dedicated to Coho, and we went 3/6 on Coho. Other side pulled FishUSA Stealthcore in 5 & 10 colors behind Offshore OR-12 inlines. Afternoon - Shawn and friends, locals from Rochester, were looking to learn a little bit about trolling. Taking a charter is a great way to cut down the learning curve! Our afternoon charter was much slower than the morning. We still had targets on the Humminbird SOLIXs, but the fish had lockjaw. We ran the same program we ended the morning with. We swapped out some lures to try to entice a few extra bites without much luck. One new spoon that went tonight was a DW Martel. 10 colors of FishUSA Stealthcore and our Cannon Optimum downriggers, all pulling spoons, took all our afternoon chews. Back at it in the morning! April 26: Morning - We lifted enough fish over the back of the Yankee Troller for one weekend! Dave and crew from Western Pennsylvania joined us again this morning. We started in yesterday's water, and after an hour without a nibble we knew something had changed. A few phone calls confirmed it wasn't just our program. Up went the Hail Mary. We were Westbound and down. We settled in at the 00-02W lines and found 100-150' to be the zone. Steady pick from 40-125' down. Mostly Chinook, but we pulled on a few Lake Trout as well. We mistakenly left the meat at home, but the chew for us was all flasher/fly combos. Hey was our program: 75' Cannon Optimum pulled a double crush Glow 8" Spin Doctor/A-TOM-MIK Glow Stud. Divers were firing out 100' on 2 settings pulling Wonderbread SmartFish/A-TOM-MIK Glow Blue Hammer and an 8" paddle\MC Rocket in an A-TOM-MIK Stud meat rig. 300' of A-TOM-MIK copper pulled a Wonderbread SmartFish/A-TOM-MIK Glow Hammer and a 2Face SmartFish/A-TOM-MIK Glow Stud. FishUSA 10 color Stealthcore pulling a Green Jeans chip/A-TOM-MIK UV190 and a UV Glow Green Alewife. Our out and downs were quiet with various spoons all day, and our Coho offerings were never touched today. We'll give those Salmon a rest for a few days, but we'll be back next weekend to continue the beat down. Sent from my Pixel 5 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. I there's plenty of data to sound the alarm bells. I could see if Rochester was still catching them, but we fish dirty water and they're not there. You can fish warm water discharges, and they're not there. Good days have been 2-5 bites in colored water. Those days typically yield 20+ bites. We have a missing class of fish becasue when you do catch one it's quality. They've been eating gobies for many many years. We catch them all Winter with bellies full of Gobies, but they still hit sticks and spoons that don't resemble Gobies in the Spring. We've had some great colored water off Rochester and the bite is non-existent.
  7. My opinion is something happened with recent stockings. The fish you do catch are all quality older fish, but those smaller Brown Trout just aren't there.
  8. I use the App called Windfinder. It's free. I look at direction and speed at the closest port I fishing out of. Generally 15 mph or less is fishable with most boats and a little experience. After that it's all direction dependent. I find the direction of the wind, and time it changes to be more accurate than a wave forecast from NOAA.
  9. Saturday: This was definitely the Spring for BIG Brown Trout, but certainly not the year for numbers. On this mornings charter we took our best Brownie of the Spring. It weighed just under 14lbs, and ate an all White Bay Rat S3 off the surface in 20' of water. That being said there's Silver chewing up West, so that'll conclude our beach fishing for 2021. Sunday: Dave was out with us a few weeks ago chasing Brown Trout, and when he saw we had an opening today he jumped at the opportunity. We left The Oak around 6am and took a 10 mile trip West. We found great screens to fish over in 50-80' of water. We ended the day with a couple Chinook Salmon, three Coho Salmon, and a handful of Lake Trout. Best spoons for us today were Glow Green Alewife and Rod Father. A-TOM-MIK Stud fly took one of the Salmon, Ultra Green Glow took a few Lake Trout. Downriggers 35-55'down, divers 70-90' out, and FishUSA Stealthcore in 5 & 10 colors run behind Offshore OR 12 inline boards. Sent from my Pixel 5 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. You'd need a Hummminbird with a Lakemaster chart card, and a Minn Kota trolling motor with Link.
  11. Link hooks into a Humminbird. Non-Link doesn't. It may work with you Humminbird if there is an Ethernet port. You don't need Link to get the AP function, spot lock, and cruise control. The Link function comes in handy if you're trying to follow a contour, or head to a waypoint and spot lock. Let me know what you're looking to order. I sell them at Krenzer Marine. Trolling motors are on a national back order, and some of my customers have been waiting months.
  12. Ya, that's been calling me. It was tough not to head out there this weekend.
  13. If not we can lift it off the trailer with our travel lift and get you in the water. That is if you have a slip you're headed to.
  14. We typically don't see much bait in that skinny of water. However, the Atlantic stomach was stuffed. Check out this picture.
  15. Saturday: Long time clients "Doc" and Kurt were spoiled three weeks ago catching a great class of Brown Trout out of the Lund. Last season they booked this weekend with hopes of some Spring Salmon action. We watched the Brown Trout waters clear up last weekend, and there's been no rain run off or wind to stir that water back up. Reports throughout the week also confirmed this. Given the warming trend, and rumors of a few Chinook taken off the Genesee River, we decided to dedicate the day to catching a Salmon. We knew going in there may only be a couple opportunities at best. The water was textbook Spring Salmon water, but apparently our Salmon didn't read the same book. We had emerald green water butting up to dirtier water. The outside water was 44* and when we got into the dirtier water we saw water as warm as 52*. Plenty of good water! We fished from 20-45fow with a 15 rod spread. All we could muster up were a handful of Lake Trout (which we had to beg these guys to hold for a pic), a drop back Steelbow, and 2-3 other short strikes. It's still really early to target these Salmon, but we swung for the fences anyway. Regardless, we all had fun while anticipating that first Salmon to hit the deck of the Yankee for 2021. Tomorrow, we change up our game plan to something more traditional for the season. Sunday: Doc and Kurt gave up on the Spring Salmon program we ran yesterday and let us get back to the beach today. They were rewarded today by boating all three Salmon species that swim in Lake Ontario. We had a banner day boating everything but a Steelhead. Brown trout fishing isn't easy right now, but if you put in your time and do the right things you can be successful targeting them. We had to chase them in 4-7' of water today. Best leads behind the board was 150 ft. The baits that worked well imitated gobies. Sent from my Pixel 5 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  16. Octopus recommends a new steering cable when the old system is rack and pinion, but if you did it without a new cable that's good to know.
  17. You need an octopus drive and a new seeing cable since you're rack and pinion. We've installed about 6 of these in the last two years. The octopus drive will work with Garmin, SiTex, and SIMRAD that I know of. We've mainly stuck to Garmin and SiTex. Let me know if you need any help getting the AP or with getting one installed Sent from my Pixel 5 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  18. What a waste of time and money to appease the fly whippers. You have to admit they have a "never give up" attitude. On a better note. Whatever experiment they've tried lately with Coho seems to be working this Spring.
  19. April 3rd Great first day on the Yankee Troller for the 2021 season. We caught various sizes of Brown Trout as well as a couple of Coho Salmon. We had a great group of guys from Western Pennsylvania. Al has brought a crew up here every year for about the last 9-10yrs. It's always great to share the boat with them. The weather was nice today so we put out our typical Spring Brown Trout program. Eight lines flat lined on our planer boards, two Fishing - Chinook Diver-Stainless Steel Troll Fishing Divers, and two Cannon Downriggers. No one bait was really "the man" today. Bay Rat Lures in SS and S3 that went today we're Ayu, My Secret, Lemon Lime, Ghost Face, Tricky Ricky, Candy Corn, Citric Shad, Can't Afford It, and Hot Secret. Glow Frog was our best spoon on the Divers and Downriggers. UV Sea Sick Waddler took out biggest Brown Trout today down 3' and back 40' on our Cannon Downrigger. Back at it in the morning! April 4th Happy Easter everyone! We found a few Easter eggs today with a new crew from Western Pennsylvania. They were referred by yesterday's crew, and after yesterday's piggie there were high expectations to fulfill. We found out very quickly this morning that the fishy conditions we had yesterday deteriorated. We were met with very clear water along the shoreline. We started with mostly natural presentations. Leads off our boards were 110-120'. On our first pass the only fish that hit was on a UV Sea Sick Waddler down 3' and back 40' off our downrigger. After three hours of not much we switched it up. We took one side of the boat and changed baits as well as lengthened the leads up to 150' back. We slid into 7' of water and doubled up fairly quick. We changed out the other side of the boat to match the side that was firing. Each pass after that yielded a fish or two. We were fortunate to connect with three different Trout species today, and two fish are headed to taxidermy. We'd say that was a successful trip in tough conditions when most boats only took a few shots. Sent from my Pixel 5 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  20. I've utilized the cannonball hook to center the cable coming onto the spool. We run braid and this is how I remedy the situation. I don't know what repercussions cable going through that hook might do?
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