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Grady95

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  1. Went to Honeoye the other day and launched at the south east park. Kind of thought there might be a few people there? I arrived at 9:15 AM, the lower lot was already completely full. I had to park the truck/trailer up in the overflow lot which already had probably half dozen trucks in it. The south west corner across from the launch looked like a parking lot! There must have been 15 or 20 boats all stacked up like cordwood out there. Only reason I mention it is to point out that the interest is still there and guys were out. I have to suspect this was true at almost any other popular fishing hole in the state. This is going to be tough. My two vices, fishing and golf both got scrubbed on the same day. My buddies and I are talking among ourselves, making sure we have bail money available if one of us winds up going cabin-crazy!! Just kidding, but this is going to be tough, no work and no diversions. Time to go out to the workshop and make a bunch of useless things out of wood.
  2. Agreed. So again, monitor 16 while on the water and if you hear someone in distress and you are somewhere in the vicinity, pull your lines and go try to lend assistance. Every second counts. We're a brotherhood out there guys. Always remember, "There but for the grace of God goes you." I hope if I am ever in trouble, someone like jimsji2 is the first person to hear my distress call. Grady
  3. Yes to the suggestion to join Boat US. They also have the best boat insurance policy I've seen. It includes a provision for striking an underwater object. I hit the American Shoal two years ago up on The River with one of the boats, a 2015 Grady White 225 with a 250 Yamaha 4 stroke. Did over $8,000 damage to the motor and boat. Boat US paid everything but the $750 or so deductible. Underwater hazard inclusion on a policy is a lifesaver. And, they do also have towing and roadside assistance. Well worth the premiums. No doubt you're going to run into an occasional USCG radio operator with a bit of attitude, but they're human like the rest of us! I know way too many who don't so take it with a grain of salt.
  4. Been boating for over 60 years. I offer this from experience for what it's worth. Put your radio on channel 16. Use the WX button to check once in a while for weather updates possibly alerting you to incoming storms. Ask me how I know! Hail other boats on Channel 16. When they respond, say switch to 68 or 72 and continue your conversation. It is considered proper etiquette to hail on Ch 16, but it is not appropriate to carry on conversations there. And if you are tuned to 16, you like everyone else become the eyes and ears of the entire boating community out there. You may be the first and best person in position to lend assistance. And believe me, the United States Coast Guard hears EVERYTHING! I you call for help, they'll be on you as fast as humanly possible so with all due respect, the notion that they are somehow diminished would be a hard sell to any of the men and woman who wear the uniform. Their commitment to service is heartfelt and reliable. They'll be there, rest assured. A marine radio is still the single best safety device one can carry on board. A cell phone is useless if you don't know who to call. You hit 16 and call for help, the world stops. You are no longer alone. All boaters share the same creed. Hope this addresses some of your concerns. And a Thank You to "dandyeyes" for such generosity. Not sure I've ever seen anyone on here do something like this. Always liked the folks from Hughes Marina. Nice group of people.
  5. Been tying these forever. Great way to use old bait. We freeze what comes back from trips and these rigs are just the ticket for getting new life out of dead sawbellies. I will add that we run a small Colorado spinner blade up at the top of the stack of beads. Adds almost nothing to the cost and I think it make s difference in attraction. Either way, yes, they work great. Our stinger is not in the tail of the bait BTW. It is trailing about a half inch behind the bait. I think we grab a few nippers this way.
  6. Grady95

    Honeoye Lake

    There are a few, very few people on this board who's opinion I would be willing to risk life and limb on. Jim (Pequod1) happens to be one of those people. Thanks Jim for the plain language common sense approach you take to posting reports. I will not be heading toward Honeoye Lake until I hear from Jim, Mark (The Shark) or Norm that there is ice down there that I am willing to bet my Grandchildren's future on! Grady
  7. Grady95

    Fingerlakes Perch

    They are on every body of water but for some reason, there is an abundance of them on Canandaigua Lake! Grady
  8. Normally I don't comment on here, but this is so egregious that I felt someone needed to call you on it. On what basis are you making these claims? You have posted twice. There is virtually no one who agrees with you yet you seem to persist. If you have some unique perspective as to the health of the fish in this lake, perhaps you would be good enough to site your sources so we could all benefit from the information. If you do not have such, maybe you should consider refraining from making unsubstantiated, inflammatory comments? Respectfully, Grady
  9. Grady95

    Record perch ?

    That's the biggest perch I have ever seen! Good for you young lady. Hope you get another one! Grady
  10. I have a 1965 Starcraft Holiday 14' aluminum boat that was pretty dry for it's age. Last year, we stayed at Wellesley Island State Park and instead of paying for a slip, we kept the boat dragged onto the shore. After a week of doing this, about 16 rivets started leaking pretty bad. Knowing about how many people have found that welding on an old hull like this actually heat stresses the other rivets and causes more trouble than it solved, I also was looking for an aluminum boat solution. Stuff like caulk or JB really doesn't work. I hit on some videos and articles about G-Flex from West Systems on the internet and decided that would be the best solution. We followed the manufacturers instructions carefully and so far, I have to tell you, I have a bone dry boat again. It sat in the water for 10 days this year (in a slip!) and took not a drop of water on. Last year, it would have sunk to the bottom. Your hull may be damaged in a different way, but I suggest you do a little search on Aluminum boat repair and find the article from West Systems called "Patch holes in aluminum boats with G/flex Epoxy." I don't think we're allowed to post links on here, but find that article and give it a look. Restoring old boats is a hobby of mine. Has been for many years. Aluminum boats have always been a PITA and I have shied away from doing them because once they start leaking through rivets, it's always been so hard to stop it. We've tried the Alumaweld rods, TIG welding, JB Quick Weld, various surface preps with glass matt and resin. They all fail! So far, knock on aluminum, this stuff has not failed. At least give it a look. It's the best solution I have found to date. Hope this helps! Good Luck, Grady
  11. Grady95

    Ibay Perch

    Larry and Ros used to carry them at Roy's Marina bait shop. Don't know if they still do. The motor oil colored ones always worked well. Grady
  12. Grady95

    Onieda

    Not knowing anyone with a cottage or lakefront access, I am a little hesitant to ask this but here goes. I don't know where to go to get access to shoreline casting! I know this sounds like one of those, "you gotta' be kidding me buddy" questions, but I have not ever tried to fish Oneida from shore and have no idea where to go. I fish the lake fairly often, but from a boat Only place I have ever heard of for public access shore casting is somewhere near or under the Brewerton Bridge. So, if anyone wants to maybe give me a little help I'd appreciate it! You can send me a message if you don't want to make it public. Also, if anyone is heading out and wants someone to fish with let me know. I'm not a rookie! I just don't have any knowledge of where to go without trespassing. Thanks, Grady
  13. Grady95

    Onieda

    Good ole' Ling Cod, Lawyers, Burbot or whatever you want to call them. They're delicious! Hell, if you don't want them, let me know, I'll pick them up!! Grady
  14. Grady95

    Ibay Perch

    Just enough to get you to the bottom. Lots of us tie on two hooks on dropper loops but you can use one if you want. I usually put a fathead on one hook and something else on the other, be it a wax worm, a bunch of spikes, a piece of crawler, a slider, a gulp, whatever. You can skip this and just use a small jig which catches a ton of fish if you find an actively feeding school. Look, we can't come on here and promise you results, but just like any other year, the perch DO come into the bay and if you're in the right place at the right time, you're gonna' crush them. They're coming in now. "Dropshotting" is so ridiculously simple, I don't know what all the hype is about! For God sakes, it's how you tie lines so your kids can fish off the dock! Much ado about nothing......... Grady
  15. Can't tell who's got a bigger smile, you or your grandson! Either way, you both come out a winner. Looking forward to grandchildren!! I'd love to get out with you sometime if fate allows Kevin. I'm usually found somewhere between The 1000 Islands Bridge and The Ganonoque Narrows on the weekends. At least that's what I tell the people at the other end of the phone when I call for Ontario clearance! Good stuff! I envy you. Grady
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