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  1. Congratulations to BR and your friend's kid! Getting it done! Both really nice bucks.
  2. Just to make sure that I call out the bad with the good, I will update my thoughts on the new Moultrie Delta, If you don't mind feeding them batteries (or using an external power source), and odd problems are your thing, then you might like these. A couple weeks ago, one of the cameras started taking green pictures. My deer looked like the Hulk. I rebooted, and now the pictures are okay. Except for the inexplicable blurry shots that randomly occur, or the completely black night pictures. Always something with this model. I will say that the detection circuit is decent and the ability to transmit when there is little cell reception is surprisingly good. But they are not even close to what the 7000i brought to the table. I may have a couple for sale, cheap, before the end of the season lol
  3. The two Reveals I got from Bass Pro last week are in the field and performing flawlessly. I'm not a huge fan of the software interface, but It's not horrible. Just a few quirks as to where information can be found...like, data showing how far into your monthly allotment of images you are is buried in a sub-menu, and you need to have all of your cameras on the same plan, so there's no mix-and-match option for cameras that you expect to take less photos. The good news is that cameras share photos, though. Two thumbs up so far.
  4. Yeah, pretty much - big boys will be looking for mature does. IMHO, there's pluses and minuses to taking out the matriarch. It can certainly changes the entire hierarchy of movement on the property, which may be good. Or not. Flip a coin I guess. I see you managed a good one. Congratulations!
  5. We just finished a morning of trimming lanes and changing straps. Could have shot fifty bazillion doe walking around. I can’t imagine wanting to deal with a deer in this heat, but I get the motivation to harvest the older doe. It could work against you though, too. I’ll stick to squirrel this year
  6. I know that I've felt spoiled the past five years with how good the fishing has been. It's unfortunate that it seems like there's always something making it more difficult to get after them as much as I'd like - low water, high water, life in general - and this summer, I fished the least I have in twenty years. Maybe six trips? But they were all quality outings, with one in particular that I will remember for a long time. It's interesting to go back through the forum and to read some of the older threads to get a sense as to how the current situation evolved. Yankee isn't wrong about the West end being perceived as a dead zone after mid-August more years. But it's always been the place to be from May-July, and yes there is awesome offshore fishing for those willing to run later in the season. And Buckhunter has it right in that the East end doesn't seem to be seeing the fish it normally would in the late summer. One common theme is that the bait has been much more concentrated the past few years. Boom or bust. Maybe this is the new normal. But I doubt it. I think that the fluctuations we see occur on a scale of years, and that the pendulum will swing back.
  7. Great. This has the potential to turn into a real **** show.
  8. I've been testing the two Moultrie Delta that I bought in June at my house over the past week, and while I'm impressed with their speed and connectivity, the batteries (AA Energizer Plus) are draining at the rate of ~5% per day on both cameras. Inquiries to Moultrie have been met with, "we now recommend only the use of lithium with Delta model" and, "return it where you purchased it". Neither of which is really gratifying, since I'm past 60 days at Academy. I didn't buy these cameras to feed them batteries. I am trying presently to determine whether using my ice-fishing 10 Amp Hour Marcum Lithium Brute batteries externally will give me more time. I will update when I know more. I don't understand why it seems like the Moultrie cell cams have gone downhill since the 7000i, of which my three are apparently bulletproof.
  9. Everywhere I hunt and own land is in the September zone. While I don't think that it will make any more difference than small game or goose hunting to deer movement, I also think that it's a silly idea. They can't give away DMPs in those areas, for when you actually have a chance of finding a processor open or doing it yourself before it spoils. Try hanging a deer in this heat. Why in the world would I want to shoot a doe in September? We don't need an ad-douche-nal season. The biggest issue isn't a lack of open season, it's a lack of public land, and competition from iPhones lol. Nevertheless, there will be does shot in September. Bucks too I bet.
  10. x3 on the two different rod lengths. It simply makes setting the outside rod easier without tangling lines, and they run cleaner on turns. Drop them back slowly to avoid tangles. I let out 40' then let them slip under drag the rest of the way. IMHO, wire-wire tangles aren't generally too bad. Usually, it's just a hook that catches. However...wire-copper tangles are miserable. To combat that, we run our copper well off to the side from Otter boats, and almost never run a copper down the chute when running double dipseys. We like Mag divers on the inside rod at a 1 1/2 setting and the outside rod has either a Mag diver or a #4 Deeper Diver at a 2 1/2 setting. It may seem obvious, but the inside rod is positioned further toward the stern than the outside rod when they're set.
  11. My buddy Bill over in Boston blew his bearings and axel, and now he's looking for a trailer for his 22' Sailfish. He's driving to Rochester in two weeks, so I told him that I'd run it by the LOU community and see what folks have available. The caveat is that I'm leaving for Alaska tomorrow, with sketchy cell reception expected. I will try to get on here to check though. Thanks!
  12. I love jigging lakers! It's good to see you having success this time of year. Congrats on the nuptials.
  13. Gator

    for sale : usa Sold

    I’m not Dave, but I will mention that a change in location often necessities putting in new default satellites. I’d try that as a quick fix first Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. I’d love to stop over once we get back from Alaska. I just finished planting my three plots today, and I’d love to quit having to spray the weeds at least twice prior to planting. Let’s compare notes come September Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. It looks like the Reveal X is in stock at Sportsman's Warehouse, at least right now anyway, for $119. Get them while they're hot. I'm all set with my Moultrie. I'd also like to hear whether anybody has experience with the Browning wireless models. I love my Strike Force HD, with my absolutely best camera ever being the 2015 BTC-5 HD model.
  16. Tommy is going to be tire-wrangling at Sandy!?! Count me excited. This sounds like a show... Seriously, though, I'm happy to help out. Although like Billy I'm probably less useful than a young buck. And Tommy B. is hobbling around like he didn't pay Uncle Vinnie his protection. With a bum knee, I guess he can row lol.
  17. I think you may have missed the part where he's looking for a cellular camera. Although, with the exception of the Stealth Cam, I'm also a Browning/Bushnell guy. They are bulletproof - not one has gone down after six years of service (out of ~12 total).
  18. Dollars to donuts this isn't something that we will have to worry about next year. I know that the regulars all pitch in to get the major obstructions out of the way on a rolling basis - winter deposits various logs and whatnot - but it's good to know that there's another pair of hands to help. If you're going to try to get the hot tub out, though, let me know. I want to be there filming lol.
  19. I've run both Spypoint and Moultrie. The Spypoint battery life is good, detection circuit is okay, and thumbnail picture quality isn't great unless you have lots of light. Their free plan (100 images a month) help when trying to decide which of their plans works for you. I did have a battery case rot out on me, too, and their customer service may as well not exist. The Moultrie 6000 series are garbage, but the 7000, which I have are great, except for there being more false triggers than I'd like. Interestingly though, many of those do have something in the image that you can't see until you get the HD pics off the card. One set of alkaline batteries last me from September through December, taking maybe 30-40 pictures a day. The newer Delta look good, but I have yet to deploy them in the woods. Plan price is comparable with Spypoint, except for the lack of a free plan. It would be nice to see these manufacturers allow you to share data across cameras, but given the ability to switch plans instantly, and pro-rating, it's not such a big deal. Like ink jet printers, I think the money is in the post-device sales, with the camera just being a way to get you hooked. Luckily, they will also work as non-cell cams without a plan on board.
  20. Thanks for the comments! East Fork is truly a special place. A little bit more water would be nice lol. But that's true everywhere this year.
  21. It’s the power of East Fork Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  22. The crew that met at Nothing But Net at early dark thirty consisted of me, Tom Barbera, his daughter Mallory, and Jeff Ignaszak. Our game plan was simple. We decided to forego the reports of copious but smaller fish to the West and return to the outer edge of the Genesee plume that was dispersing off Wautoma Shoals, where Tommy and I had done a few quality silvers the day before at BFF. We started in 110 fow, trolled North, and only turned when we hit 400+. In fact, that was our mode operandai the whole day. I think we made four turns in total, and we staying off Wautoma trolling North-South right up until the final whistle. For most of the morning, we didn't have another soul fishing near us. We picked away at majors, with the crew doing a phenomenal job of landing what we were lucky enough to pick up. With the exception of a near triple later in the day (that didn't help our box), I don't think any one fish came within 100 feet of another. We'd hit one at 170, then 290, then 400, just picking away at them. I think that the plume was dispersing, and we did note that the edges were where we were getting bit. We started out with an eight rod set: riggers, double divers, and two deep coppers, but quickly pulled the outer divers when we weren't getting any hits up top. Our best rig was a Pro Troll Fish-n-Chips flasher in straight green with a John King meat head at 85 feet on the rigger. That one setup accounted for our three biggest fish. We also had good luck on a 42nd Spin Doctor later in the day, at 85+ down, and the 400 copper with a 10" Black Green Dot Spin Doctor (thank you, Scotty) carrying meat went a few times as well. Spoons were quiet, with a steelhead and a few skippies. In total, we boated eight decent kings and lost two, along with a handful of smaller fish. Our box consisted of a pair each of 24 and 20 lbers. I'd heard from friends that most of the crowd wasn't doing so well, but it wasn't until we got to the weigh in that I realized how poor the fishing must have been. This was the fewest folks I've seen there, given the normal size field of ~45 boats. Our traditional place at the SCS is ~13, usually a place or two out of the money, and we've only hit the top ten once. Last year, every team that weighed in had four salmon, and we figured that this would be true this year as well. So, we felt decent about our box being competitive, but never suspected that it would end up eight lbs heavier than the second place finisher. I guess it's better to be lucky than good somedays. We also didn't get into the Calcutta - I figured why give Brian more money lol - and I'm sure that the other teams appreciated that...but at the end of the day, at least we avoided weighing in a limit of lakers. But who would do that? (Smart play, by the way) Seriously though, this is the best (and only lol) tournament we fish, and you couldn't ask for a better group of guys running things. Shout out to Rob, Brian, and Tim for all their hard work. It's just a smooth operations all around, with the classiest and best looking fishermen on the lake competing in what we originally envisioned to be a working man / small boat tournament. Given the variation in rigs and the breadth of the field, from captains to weekend warriors, I'd say Mission Accomplished.
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