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  1. Nice. How deep were you.
  2. Took us until 9:30 yesterday to get our two man limit at Barcelona. Probably because we were 1/6 starting out. Just dumb luck. We stayed shallow and used harnesses and did catch a lot of shorts along with drum. I probably should head out deeper next time. Seems like bigger fish were in 68’. Hottest set ups were riggers at 50’ and wire dipseys set at three out 84 and 100’.
  3. Record time for our two man limit today. One hour of fishing, two hr drive! Crazy out there. Barcelona, 60’.
  4. Interesting info from a local. Thanks. I usually plan on July 1 every year for my first Barcelona trip. From what I am hearing, the big school hasn’t moved much east of the Cat yet. They seem to be staying around NE in PA through Dunkirk. They should spread out soon..
  5. Another quick two person limit out of Barcelona today. It took us less time to limit than to drive there from Rochester. We found some fish in 61’ but most came out in 68’ red barn area. Everything for us today was on harnesses. Dipseys set at #3, 84-102’, lead line at 7 color and riggers down 48’.
  6. Made it to Barcelona Tuesday. Two man limit by late morning. For some reason the wind was pushing 15 mph from the SSW most of the morning but my friends at the Cat said it was flat there. We could only put three rods out trolling west fighting current and wind. Fish were between 45 and 50’. Harnesses and a few stick baits worked best on wire dipsey out 84’ on a 3 setting. lots of undersized walleyes were caught too.
  7. I’ve been away for two weeks just wishing I was on Erie. Plan on hitting Barcelona on Tuesday for the first time this year. I usually don’t hit the Cat until the middle of July . Earlier than that, it seems a little inconsistent for me. I had to laugh about a long ride from GI. Try driving from Rochester and I’m almost as old as Biden! I’ll start reporting next week.
  8. Definitely what happened on Sodus. I think you should try those two fingerlakes ski dooz. They are not quite as big as Lake Ontario Rockies but with a little weeding out, you can have a bunch in the 1 lb class. In addition, you can get some perch in either lake and maybe even a walleye in Skaneateles
  9. I gave up on finding them in big Sodus yrs ago. Just not there like they were. But, I would suggest you try either Keuka or Skaneateles lakes. They are loaded right now
  10. It’s almost impossible to get out on Erie with our weather but when you can, it’s well worth it. Yesterday was a very good day!
  11. Nice mess of perch.
  12. Didn’t realize they were that deep in the St Lawrence. That’s Erie depths!
  13. I have an update for this thread on spot lock/perch. The past two weeks I have been perching on a very clear lake. Visibility down to around 22’ . I wondered if the Minn kota would have any effect on the perch clearly visible under my boat so I watched how they reacted to me turning the Minn kota on and off. Nothing! I was quite surprised. I did this as shallow as 15’ with no effect on the perch. This was not a one day incident. I experimented on 4 separate days even in glass calm conditions with the same results.
  14. Nice report. Your technique of slack line fishing is right on. Early spring perch react like this everywhere I fish for them. Expect them to get more aggressive after the spawn and then begin to actively feed..
  15. I remember a story that Gambler told me about tying a ballon to a perch in a local bay. If I’m not mistaken, the ballooned fish started taking off like crazy. Turns out a pike got it !
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