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  1. Talk about a pain in the a%^! Trying to calibrate the Fish Hawk speeds to my Lowrance GPS speed. Cant seem to get it right. It changes every direction I go on Lake O. Directions say to lower the probe 5 feet below the surface and then make the same as GPS but it keeps changing. I went back to the factory defaults but that doesnt help as it seems way off the GPS speed. Personally I dont think any water wheel speed indicator is very accurate. Looks like this device is good only for temp but speed at the ball would of been nice. Anybody have any similar experience or tips?
  2. Whats the best 30 lb mono flouro connection method? Uni knot or barrel swivel or something else?
  3. Shouldnt the DEC approve any tournaments after monitoring current conditions to see if the bass are still on the beds? The thought of putting these spawning mamas in a livewell and bringing them 50 miles upstream to weigh and then release is just sickening to me. Keep that up and populations will be down. I think there should be a 2 week buffer before any tournaments and the start of the season just in case you get a year like this year where its 2 weeks behind schedule.
  4. Not in Jefferson or St Lawrence County it's not!! Its illegal to even target them! That includes Henderson and Eastern Lake O and St Lawrence River. Other parts of the state, yes but not there. I have a cottage on one of the Indian River Lakes in Jefferson County and its poacherville! Freekin rednecks catch and keep everything out of season including Bass through the ice. DEC needs to do way more enforcement in the North Country. Its shameful behavior of some of these guys. If I see it, Im writing boat numbers down and reporting. These as&h&**& wont keep me silent!
  5. Yes it is what it is. The DEC is so trout happy state wide so it doesnt surprise me. Ive been fishing Hemlock 45 years and nobody asked me to do a survey. Good thing because I prefer toothy crittters and Bass. I like trout too and really all species but I just wish NYS wasnt so trout heavy. So are they blaming the Rainbow decline on the 5 yr stocking of Walleye by the rod and gun club then? There are so many bait fish in that lake, I doubt that had anything to do with it. I dont think Naples Creek or Catherine Creek gets the run like they used to either. No Walleyes to blame there. Whatever...its tough to please everyone. Hemlock/Canadice is cool regardless.
  6. Big Walleyes were common in Hemlock in the 1940s and 1950s. Several really big fish to 14 lbs were caught as shown in the Genesee Fishing Contest Guides (Whele Contest back then). They died off when the Alwifes were introduced as they preyed on the young Walleye. Yes the Finger Lakes for the most part are suitable for coldwater species like Trout BUT Hemlock could be managed as a trophy lake not a numbers Lake. Seems like most of the ones caught there were big and even now you see an oddball big one from the Rod & Gun Club stockings. All I'm saying is how about giving us a trophy destination for Walleye instead of worrying about Rainbows. Pickerel eat small trout too. The Lakers and Rainbows are mostly stocked there anyways. Why can't both be stocked there since it has a track record of producing trophy size Walleye? Not everyone worships Trout!!! There are alot of Walleye guys out there too. Also I wouldnt say we have lots of places to fish Walleye in Western NY either. Honeoye, Conesus, Silver, and maybe an oddball spot. After that you are driving 2 hours or more, one way.
  7. Nice. Didn't realize that. Never hear much about Tigers from Onondaga.
  8. I'm a little late reading this. LOL. Great job releasing it! You are a true sportsman. The big ones are no good to eat anyways compared to the smaller ones. I have fished hemlock for 45 yrs and have only caught 2 of them by accident. Both around 7 lbs and released. Its a shame the DEC wont allow the rod & Gun Club to continue stocking. This lake has a history of producing some of the biggest Walleyes in the State. In the 1940s and 1950s, Hemlock was at or near the top in the Whele (Genesee) Fishing Contest several times and those fish were in the 12-14 lb range. I guess they think guys would rather catch dink rainbows. Thats the official word. Nobody asked me..... Anyways awesome fish and job releasing it...Can't we change the DECs mind somehow on the stocking?
  9. Too bad they stopped stocking the Walleye at Hemlock thinking it was causing the Rainbow population to decline. They must have ordered the Springwater Rod & Gun to stop because of that. Too bad it was producing some beauties. I for one am tired of NYS putting Trout on the highest throne. There arent many lakes in NY to get big Walleyes either and this was one of them. Very rare now.
  10. I will believe it when I see it. Its only been what 20 yrs like this?? Are they really going to the Oak? Would be nice.
  11. Thanks all the kind words. I'll tell you what... you guys and this site are a bunch of classy guys.
  12. I just got my reproduction mount back from Rick Lax in Wisc. He does really nice work. This fish was my favorite fish story of all time for me in 55 yrs of fishing. It went something like this: Last June my Son had just got out of the Army as an Apache Pilot for 8 yrs. We hadn't fished much together since he was in the Army so we met in Minnesota to do some fishing. We went to Leech lake. Long story shortened, I was casting for Muskies and he was fishing for Walleyes at a reef that looked really good. All I had was 2 follows that day and he was getting some nice Walleyes. We drifted off the reef and it got deep, maybe 30 feet or so. At the end of the drift he said, lets take another pass through there. I agreed and put my musky rod down and picked up my Walleye rod so we could troll back to the start. I was using a Bagley Balsa diving shad bait in Chartreuse and Orange. Shortly after I got a fish on my Walleye rod (12 lb test and micro wire leader) and it felt like a small walleye, nothing special. As I was reeling it in, it went heavy and I said "this is not the same fish I just had". My Son thought I was nuts. Sure enough line started ripping off my Ambassedeur 6501c. Out in the distance this huge musky surfaces and then jumps clean out of the water. I got it up to the boat at least 4-5 times before it ripped drag back out and I had to start over. It got near the boat and came clean out of the water and we could see it had about an 18" Pike in its mouth that I had caught. I thought it was a Walleye at first but it turned out to be a Pike. Somehow the Bagley Shad hooked the Musky when he hit the Pike and he was hooked in the mouth. After 2 close misses on the net job by my Son, he finally nets it after an epic fight on my Walleye rod. As soon as he brought it into the boat, the plastic lip on the Bagley pulled out of the balsa body. Another run and it would of been gone. Anyways we measured 52" and were both shaking like a leaf. Best part about it was my Son was the net man! What a reunion. A fish story I will never forget and one that didn't get away. The fish was released. I had a reproduction mount done and the pics are below. The good lord was looking over. BP
  13. Since when are they dumping sewage into Seneca? I thought that was outlawed years ago? Sounds like some sort of viral disease or waste from the Salt plant? This is so sickening..... No wonder when I put the camera down I never see anything other than a gin clear sterile bottom.....
  14. OK so you had me wondering about Lamoka. I went through every single Whele/Genesee Fishing Guides from 1947-1990 and found 1 (I think). There was one caught from Lamora Lake in 1978 which weighed 39 lbs 6 1/4 oz. I think it was a typo as the R could of easily been a K. Does anyone know of a Lamora Lake in NY that holds Musky? Keep in mind the contest published the top 3 for each month so there was about 10-12 listed for each year. The St Lawrence totally dominated in most years by a wide margin. There were several from Waneta from the 80s on. Back then you had to weigh the fish on a certified scale to enter it. I thought I would see more from Lamoka but I guess not. Strangely I do remember the almost 40 lber caught from there. Weird how I remember things like that but not what I had for lunch. LOL One other item of note was the 68 lb 5 oz Musky Ruth Lawton caught in 1961. If Art Lawtons 69-15 record was disqualified (in some states and by the IGFA but not NY) then why is Ruths not the record? In the Fishing Hall of Fame they recognize Cal Johnsons 67 lb x oz as the record (probably because it was caught in Wisconsin).
  15. I can remember from The old Genesee Fishing contest that huge musky were occasionally caught in Lamoka so it did support them at one time. Unless they stock it again, I guess we'll never know. What would it hurt? There are no trout too worry about there and with them already in Waneta, why not? I will look at the old guides and see what was caught there was from 1947- 1990.
  16. I guess eating perch out of Long Pond doesnt look too appetizing anymore..... Jeez
  17. Heres a pic of the Sandy Creek launches today Tues 5/2. Water wicked high and mud out in the lake as far as the eye can see. Hope you have a good pair of boots...
  18. Only problem is you have to drive on the parkway to get there. The pavement is so bad and in such disrepair, I thought my outboard would fall off the last time I was on it. What a freekin joke. All our money is fixing up NYC. Shame...
  19. Are the docks above water at Ft Niagara? In the Rochester area they are all under water as the water is at flood stage, Highest since 1952 which was the highest of all time and only 8 " away from alltime record high levels and with another 1" of rain expected Thurs....good luck. Lots of mud too. Conditions are sh**.
  20. I bet that fish is 75 yrs old. No kidding, they live long and are slow growing especially with that cold water. Too bad about the gill net...that sucks. Keep that in mind when keeping a big laker even in Lake O. , they are old fish and will take 10-30 yrs or so to replace the fish you just kept.
  21. The article I read says that if this passes the final step, then there will be no need to call ahead anymore unless you anchor or touch shore including Canadian Islands. This will be nice if it passes. I knew it was only a matter of time when it hit their pocketbook they would change it back. Too much a hassle the way it is now and so impractical. As of now the old rules still apply.
  22. If it's low water now, then it will never get up to an acceptable level. How much more has the water level have to raise? Its high everywhere else. Too bad about Sandy.....
  23. Is this artificial barrier currently in place now? And will the navigation channel remain open naturally or will it still have to be dredged?
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