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  1. The lake upwelled Wednesday to Thursday. Contrary to some reports it was not a total upwelling, the surface remained in the mid 70's nearshore all the way out, but the cold water made it up very close to the surface nearshore. Friday afternoon- I saw that the surface was warm still, so I did not want to overrun fish, so I setup in 130fow on north troll, temps were 30-50' down, so very reasonable fish catching water, We picked a steelie in 160', a skipper in about 220', but the screens were not great, so we continued north and ended up mainly working around 500' where we pulled a nice king about 21lbs, a brown another big steelie and a few other bites. Temps were 50-80' down, fish were in that region, bait was everywhere, so we knew where to go on Saturday. Saturday- we setup in about 450' on a north troll and worked from there out to 600'. Action was very sporadic, generally when we were marking fish in the 50-65' range they were going, if we did not mark fish and only bait the rods were not moving, so the action was sporadic but quick when you ran across hungry schools. so as it worked out about every half hour you would get 2-3 quick bites... so when all was said and done, we fished from 6:30-3:30 and probably went 12-25, a bunch of skippies and small steelies in the 2-3lb range, had a 24lb king and about a 15lb king. Sunday- did the same as Saturday, fish were slightly deeper 50-75' down and action was definitely more consolidated. I think we had abetter idea of what to expect, so we did not waste as much time rallying around waypoints and we ended up with a better day than Saturday. We fished from 6:30-1pm and probably went about 20-30, we really had a pile of skippies and small steelies but ended up with three nice 5-8lb steelies, a pair of 12lb kings and 21lb king with the mix. Our best action ended up being in over 600' from about 10:30-12:30 as the storms were building to the south and west of us, we had one 15 minute time period that cleared all the rods for us with fish on that started the action out there. Riggers were actually best for us nominally at 50' and 70' with sliders. Mainlines took most fish but sliders took a few, 42 second , green NBK's, Black gold laser spooks and glow clowns. Wire divers with paddles took some fish each day from 180-230', a wire diver with a steelie dan stinger at 100' took a nice king and some steelhead each day and the ten color took a few fish with random spoons during the course of each day.
  2. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): Time on Water: Weather/Temp: Wind Speed/Direction: Waves: Surface Temp: Location: LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: Total Boated: Species Breakdown: Hot Lure: Trolling Speed: Down Speed: Boat Depth: Lure Depth: ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== My bro came into town friday at lunchtime, we basically fished 500-600 fow Friday afternoon thru Sunday. Action was sporadic, if one rod went you ended up getting a couple in the area and you needed to move onto the next area... There were alot of skippies out there and small steelies to weed thru but all days we ended up boating a few mature kings, a few teenagers and some decent steelies up to 13lbs each day. Action was 50-75' down on riggers, mainlines and sliders, 10 color cores, 180-210' divers with paddles and 100' divers with spoons. Bait was everywhere as well as fish, needed to fish the screen, fish were showing up 50-70', bait was gernerally 50 to 100' plus
  3. I would expect it after two days of Northeast... Water temp of Rochester being reported tonight is 48, so that is one mile out and 30' down. The inside water will be ice cold near or at the surface, need to get out to where the surface is at least back into the mid 60's and mid 50's are at least 30' down, then start a north troll from that point... will probably be starting in at least 150fow maybe as deep as 250 just depends upon how big of an upwelling occured. Good luck!
  4. Chris, So sorry to hear about this... and the injuries are fixable, it could've been so much worse... hang in there!
  5. Now with further description of the symptoms you are seeing, your internal battery is shot. These units eat them up within 3 years time. I had the exact symptoms you are seeing last summer and I sent it in. Good luck, because it took me 6 weeks of constant calling to get it back and the flat rate of at least $150 to replace it.
  6. Kevin, Thx for stopping over as well, nice to meet new people. I agree, I was perfectly happy being home today instead of battling my favorite wind direction!
  7. Frank, Family day today on the beach...no fishin' hope you made it out. Foster, Lars will not be up for the derby this year, he will be up the first weekend in August though.
  8. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 7/22 Time on Water: 6am-11am Weather/Temp: Wind Speed/Direction: Waves: Surface Temp: Location: IBay LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: approx 25 Total Boated: approx 15 Species Breakdown: Kings, steelies, coho Hot Lure: NK28 Green NBK, Black/Gold lazer spook, green spinnie/hammer, stinger dirty white boy Trolling Speed: 2.5-3 Down Speed: 2.5-3 Boat Depth: 110-250' Lure Depth: 60-80' riggers and sliders, 180'/220' wire divers ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Inside water from 110-120' was loaded with bait and fish early, mostly skippies biting, hooked a couple decent fish in there but not exactly what we were looking for, so we headed north about 8:30 and found a better class of fish in 210-240 fow for the remainder of the morning. Ended up with a few 4-5lb kings, a few steelhead, 2 nice coho (one about 11lbs) and one decent king about 17lbs. Currents were a bit tricky to find speed, north troll and a wnw were about the best for us. Temps vaired some but nominally about 48 deg at 80' and 58 degrees at 65'. Tons of bait in the 140-170' region and scattered schools elsewhere. 200+' many fish on the screen. Great day!
  9. I was out Thursday night... check my post under the Fishing section... setup about 100' and troll north, fish the screen riggers in the 70-90' region should be good, had a bit of a NE out there today so stuff might be a bit higher... there were MANY fish on the screen from 100-200 fow east of Ibay last night, park your riggers where where you're marking the fish is the best advice I can give. I can mark my weights on the screen at trolling speed and can adjust them to where I am seeing the fish. You would have gone crazy chasing temperature last night it was all over the place. Gps speeds around 2.4-2.7 with NK weight spoons and spin doctors and you should catch fish. There are some high steelhead so a 10 color core should be good for a fish or two out there as well. Also, do not forget sliders on at least two riggers. Good luck
  10. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 7/14 Time on Water: 5-8pm Weather/Temp: Wind Speed/Direction: Waves: calm Surface Temp: 74 Location: LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: 15 Total Boated: 9 Species Breakdown: Kings, lakers, steelhead, coho Hot Lure: glow NBK's and clown wonderbread spoons on riggers, green spinnie/hammer on divers Trolling Speed: Down Speed: 2.5-3.0 Boat Depth: 150-220 Lure Depth: 70-80' ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Many temperature bands, down temp at 80' was changing from upper 40's to low 60's directional, overall depth and area dependent. All that mattered was fishing the graph. Parked the riggers in the tight band from 70-80' where the fish were primarly marking and that was all you needed to do. Bait and fish everywhere last night. Fished east from shipbuilders to webster park. Riggers were best, mag diver at 200' on a 2 with the green spinnie/hammer took 3 fish (2 lakers). Rigger at 70' and slider (Glow NBK's) took the steelies an coho. Rigger at 80 with glow wonderbread took some kings (dumped a few decent ones and boated one about 20lbs). Slider on that rigger had one fish too. Great night on the water!
  11. To answer a few questions that I overlooked, the Ugly Stiks are model BWD1120, Medium Action, Two Piece, no line weight rating.
  12. I have four 7' Ugly Stik Rigger Rods with Daiwa 27H's, they are spooled with 10lb Big Game and were just torn down, cleaned and drag washers replaced 2 years ago. I have only used them a handful of times since. They are in great condition with light use for their age (approx. 1990). $150 for the set of four and prefer not to deal with shipping if possible.
  13. Good job guys! Thanks for reminding me that there are still fish off Rochester for me to catch if I ever get back out this year!
  14. So many of the Oak pioneers are no longer with us...just sad... many of these people were a big part of my teenage memories and beyond out there... "Just got another one on that Pearl and Purty!!!"- here's to ya Bernie... catch a few more up there on the Chinook I!!!
  15. Chris, Sorry to hear about the problem... was out on Sunday for a ride and saw your boat was missing from Mayer's and wondered. The every year on the impeller as well as dropping your lower unit is the safest bet for you with a single I/O and all of the trolling hours you amass during a season. I push my twins to every other year, but if I was out every weekend and putting hundreds of hours on per engine, I would do everything yearly as well. You also have the worst thing in that area with the weed and moss coverage at Mayer's. It could have been the perfect storm where you sucked something into an intake that helped to smoke your impeller as well. Back when I had my old boat and docked there, I could not make it past the channel without reversing to unbind the weeds on my prop, it was horrible... Good luck and hope you're back in soon!
  16. Jerry, Wish those brownies were just a bit bigger for you... once again... Salmon are not ALWAYS the ticket! And that Steelie was awesome, never managed to actually land one that big... kudos on your game plan!
  17. Team Devonian Fishing Report First off- kudos to the guys willing to run the distances to win this tournament. We figured that a number of the teams would be willing to run alot of miles to take advantage of the fish well West of the Oak last weekend. We made a team decision to stay within reason of the Oak and let the cards fall where they may. After three days of prefishing from the Oak down to Somerset, it was very clear to us, that we did not need to run very far to put together a 12 fish box comprised of Steelhead, coho, lakers and kings of all sizes. There was a nice temp break up and down the lake from the 25-26 North lines that was holding fish from the surface down to 90'. So we felt comfortable that we could put together a nice box of fish right in front of the Oak. The bite continued very good even on Friday's East winds. So with that game plan in place we left the harbor Saturday morning only to find that the break had moved north about two miles, but the deep temp had come up shallower, the east wind was starting its upwelling effects, so we set lines and trolled south with very little action until we got back into the same 25-26 line as previous days. The surface was not breaking, but was holding about 61 degrees and the fish were there but far more scattered. We ground it out to the tune of 8 fish (2 teenage kings, 1 laker and 5 coho). A Slive/Pink Stinger Slider on our 30' out and down accounted for 4 of the 5 coho. We boated 3 steelhead, but unlike the 10lb class we were on all week, they were undersized and went back. Also unlike all week, the skipper kings shrunk to 15-16", so we turned back about 10 of those and the abundant lake trout on the break only turned up 1 for the day and it was only 4lbs... so we limped into weigh station with a 132 point box but sitting in 14th place. Day 2- after the upwelling beginning, we determined that we need to try to generate a nearshore king bite early morning and maybe a brown or laker as well. So, we scoped out the nearshore waters and setup in 50-70fow off the pump house. As Mike Waterhouse was announcing we could set lines at 6am, the port engine dies, as well as the entire electrical system on the boat! Fortunately, we started the starboard and were able to keep moving, but all electronics were dead as well as riggers. While captain Mark figured out the problem, the team set EVERYTHING manually and within about 10 minutes we were fishing and had determined an alternator issue, but got the system back online... WHEW!!! With that excitement out of the way, we got to fishing and not seeing much of anything, we tucked into 50 fow once again and then headed on a north troll, ready to vacate the area when the wire diver at 125' with a white spinnie goes off smoking line... 20 minutes later we have a giant king aboard that ended up taking Big Fish for the tournament at 27.85lbs. We made two more passes thru the area and resumed our north troll. At about the 24.5 line we pulled a mid teen king on a 40' rigger, made a few passes in that area and resumed the north troll. Once again when we got to 25-26 line the action picked up with some skippers and small 4lb king, enough for us to begin working that same water. The rest of the morning was a slow pick thru some undersized kings, but was highlighted at about 10am when our starboard out and down at 35' bumped ever so subtly and by the time we got to the rod a huge Atlantic salmon was exploding five' out of the water 50' from the boat. The aerial show went on a few more times before we hauled the nearly 18lb hog aboard the boat. After that, we rounded off our box with another mid teen king on an 80' rigger and a laker. So, we figured with the conditions that we had bettered ourselves with nearly a 150 point box and were hoping to be in the money. After all of the weigh-in's we sat at #8 and it felt pretty satisfying considering the distance that many above us needed to run. Attached are some photos from Sunday of the Big King and Atlantic as well as the team, Capt Mark Lewis, Myself, Rob Martin, Mike Lewis and Gary Cappon. You can see our team shirts this year are highlighted in pink as we were fishing for a cause in Breast Cancer Awareness. Captain Mark's fiance, Michelle is a recent survivor. Mark has a number of shirts still available for a contribution to the cause. His 27' Tiara "Devonian" is docked at Lake Breeze Marina on the Oak, so look him up if interested.
  18. UGH!!! I knew I should have been offshore on Saturday rather than fighting the boat traffic on the beach!
  19. AndyCapp, Glad you had luck shallow and tight, very feasible in some boats, but I am certain that you are referring to the larger boats including charters, most of which will not go in under 7 fow and are running 3-5 lines off each board. Therefore, they rely on the boards out a mile to cover that really shallow water. It is a double edged sword because it takes a while to turn and to stear clear of others, but the bottom line is that I was working that entire area all morning without incident, it comes with the territory and spring fishing. Rule of thumb is to yield to the charters and give them the depth they want. I sacrificed many passes for charters on Saturday but looked for openings to turn and get back to my water depth. I know we all have a right to the same water, but these guys are trying to make a living and without them and their lobbying efforts, we would not have this fishery today. Actually, there were two bigger problems out there than boards way out, one of which were a few small boats without a clue on speed, puttin' along at about a 1.5 clip and clogging things up. The second were the boats deciding to stop dead in the middle of the pack to fight a fish. These two things alone can cause immense issues in this type of fishing and these guys need to be more aware of their surroundings.
  20. Fishing Report Your Name / Boat Name: UpGrady ============== TRIP OVERVIEW ============== Date(s): 4/30 Time on Water: 6-12am Weather/Temp: Wind Speed/Direction: light nnw Waves: less than 1' Surface Temp: 47-49 Location: LAT/LONG (GPS Cords): =============== FISHING RESULTS =============== Total Hits: at least 20 Total Boated: at least 12 Species Breakdown: 7 coho, 5 brown Hot Lure: Trolling Speed: Down Speed: Boat Depth: 8-15' Lure Depth: ==================== SUMMARY & FURTHER DETAILS ==================== Fought all of the boats from Shipbuilders to Webster Park all morning for some pretty good and consistent action. Nothing big, coho were all small, browns were 5-7lbs. Most orange and green stickbaits (Bombers and TSticks) were going on the boards with an occasional rigger bite too. Several doubles and triples during the morning... great way to start the season!
  21. Ditto here... I have a fully compliment of 9' Rigger Rods, all are 25+ years old... I think that speaks volumes for durability, they handle Big Kings yet are limber enough to fight smaller fish as well. My brother even used them in the ocean trolling for mackeral and ended up landing a 60lb Blue fin after a two hour battle a few years ago! They are worth the extra money up front, I have seen too many rigger rods take a permanent bowed set after a few years of use as well.
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