Fishbowl836

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    Ithaca, New York
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    Myers Point
  1. Cayuga Lake Report 8/20/17 Launched out of Myers Point at 7:00 AM.. Ran to the middle of the lake and trolled North towards AES. This area has been very good for the last couple of weeks with a mix bag of fish. Plan for the morning was to run riggers in the silver zone and experiment with leader length from the fly to the Spin Doctor using Mag wire Dipsy on a #1 setting 180 to 275 out. Used a number of different color Iron Duke Trolling flies for this test. Ran leader lengths from 12" to as much as 36" from the SD. Landed nine Lakes and four Salmon in five hours of fishing but for some reason I had the dropsies. Dropped three Lakers and one nice Rainbow at the back of the boat. All silvers were caught on UV spoons of different colors. The experiment on leader length was very interesting. With a short leader (12 to 18") it seemed like the fish would come up and try to hit it but would not hook up. I was surprised by this because I didn't think that could happen. The rod tip would suddenly move or jolt but then no one home. Just not sure what was going on. But my guess is that the fly being that close to the SD the fish was very skiddish, not sure. Never hooked a fish in that configuration. I normally run the leader length around 22 to 24". As expected, as I increased the length to that distance I did catch fish. My next leader length zone was 30" to 36". As I increased the distance behind the SD I notices that the fly just seems to lose some of its action as I let it down. The fly just seems to make a bigger circle with no additional action. I did catch fish using a leader length from 20" all the way out to 32". Has anyone else experimented with leader length before? Not really sure if this is consistent from day to day or if that was how it was that day. I do no, I have had days that the fish would not hit a certain length leader and make a small change to the length and you are now hooking fish. Not really sure if this was worth the time and effort but was just curious about this so I wanted to see what would happen. Either way it was a good morning of fishing all the way up to Rocky Dock and it was surprisingly quiet until around noon for a Sunday morning. If you have experimented with the leader length between the SD and fly before I would like to hear your thoughts. Attached are a few photos. Thank you.
  2. Yes, the gambler rigs are very good. During Bear's last tournament fishing for Lakers only I had two gambler rigs out and one SD/fly out. But then there were times they wanted nothing but SD/flies. Take off one gambler rig and add another SD/fly. You also can't go wrong with Iron Duke trolling flies. Glad it worked out today for you. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Great job, it's amazing how the smallest detail makes the biggest difference. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Sk8man is correct. I was out fishing last night for about two hours just south of Myers to just north of T-falls and caught fish both on Dipsy's and riggers. Running Mag Dipsy's using wire and a #1 setting anywhere from 145 - 185 feet of wire out using spin doctors and flies. Also caught fish on spoons running riggers between 55 feet and 75 feet down. Caught fish inside and outside. Inside meaning less than 100 feet of water near shore, outside anywhere from 250 to 400 feet of water. Decent group of silvers near crowbar point. Trolling speed was 2.2 - 2.6 SOG. Sorry don't have a fishhawk X4D yet hope to soon. If you are going to run a lot of dipsy's I would really suggest getting a TD fishhawk. Use this unit to develop your own dive charts for your boat setup. You might be surprised how different it will be compared to the chart that they give you. Remember success is in the details. Hang in there you will get it, hope this helps. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Fisherdude, thank you for the input. Yes I've been trolling now on the finger Lakes for four years. New to the whole trolling thing, but I still have not made it up to Lake Ontario. Almost went this past spring and I'm really itching to go this year for kings. I just have not made the move due to the big lake and the different wind directions. It's really funny in a way, when I first started going out of Myers point, Bear would pick on me because I would not go very far away from Myers. Now I go up and down the lake like it's nothing and don't think twice. It's just a matter of getting comfortable. Thanks again for the input and good luck next time you go out. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. Fisherdude, did you have any trouble going out of Port Bay? And did you use the launch out on the island? Have often thought about going out that day to Lake O but have not made that trip yet. Looking at that area more toward the spring for browns. During this time of year I would go out of Oswego because deep water is only about 3 to 3 1/2 miles out. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. Sorry I did leave out that one detail, most of the time I was fishing between 250 and 400 feet of water. All suspended fish. But occasionally I would poke inside around 100 to 200 feet of water with a slight adjustment of my dipsy's and still got fish. Again good luck. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. I am by far a pro, but one of the best things someone told me when I started trolling four years ago, start out slow and get good at one thing before moving onto the next. Especially if you're doing a lot of solo trips. With that said I have been using a number of different releases over the years and I really like the Chamberlain releases but the blacks are just as close, just have to keep fiddling with them to get the adjustments correct. I also have had a lot of good success with the small yellow Scotty releases when using spoons off my rigges. Don't forget to twist the line before putting it into the release. This past weekend I ran basically from T falls north to Rocky Doc and caught plenty of Silvers on riggers and spoons 50 to 70 feet down. Any spoon color with blue in it seemed to work really well. Also ran mag Dipsy's on #1 settings 175 feet and #3 settings 225 feet out running Spin Doctor and flies. My wire dipsy's did most of the laker damage. Hope this helps. I have had days like that and it's not fun. Best of luck next time you're out. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Thank you for the clarification. Was thinking about going up tomarrow morning but going to hold off due to the storms. Hopefully soon. I really want to try hooking a king out on the boat trolling. Been flyfishing for them for years in the rivers but just started trolling about four years ago. Thanks again. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. On Cayuga Lake we are getting plenty of silvers off downriggers using spoons around 60 to 75 feet down. Try anything with blue in it. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. p3434, I am assuming you are using MAG Dipsy when you are saying 300 feet out correct? Also assuming wire Dipsy's correct? Thanks, still trying to make my first trip up to OZ with my own boat. Thanks for the info. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. Thank you to all those that entered the Barney Memorial Fishing Derby. The derby raised $300 for hospice care in Barney's name. In talking with "Bear" we had 44 people enter the tournament. We were wondering what it would take to make this a bigger turnout as Barney and Steve have done a lot for the fishing community and it is for a good cause. So what would it take? Just looking for opinions. Was it a bad weekend or was it because it was only a one day tournament?? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. Sorry everyone, forgot to take a picture of the board before I left today. Unlike the last tournament the weights were down. Everyone caught a lot of fish but most of the fish were in the 6 to 8 pound range. Attached is the photo of the board. Wayne Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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