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  1. Les is right about the sensitive rod separating the great catches from the average.  Thanks to another member here, Gator, I got back in to rod building.  I have specialized rods made for perch in Erie and the fingerlakes.   

  2. What les is saying is true for the finger lakes but you can be fishing anywhere from 55-80’ in Erie straight down.  I would recommend the most sensitive tip rod you have between 6-7’. Do not use straight braid. I’ll use 10-15 lb braid with a 6’ section of 10lb fleurocarbon. Do not go lighter because there are monster size silver bass with sharp gill plates that would cut lighter line. Keep tight to the bottom with just enough tension to tighten the line. As soon as you see them on the graph, they will hit. I slowly lift the rod and get them to hit that way but my fishing buddy just sits and watches the rod. We wind up catching the same amount.  Spring perch fishing is a little different and I’ll explain that, if you like ,ext March 

  3. It is a little early for consistent perch action in Erie. In the past, the entire month of August was great but in the past 6 yrs, I have not seen any real action until October. I would probably head out of the Cat and head straight out to 53-54’ set up and wait. The perch this time of year will come in smaller pods and you will have to be ready to pick off a few before they move on.  Later on, the pods will be bigger and will hang around longer. Just use a simple drop shot rig. 3/4 oz. sinker and two hooks about 6” and 18” above. If you can find Niagaras that would be great however, Golden shiners work too.  Sometimes fatheads work, but I have not had much luck with them..  if you see other boats out there anchored up, watch them. And if you see gulls sitting on the water near a boat watch him closely.  The gulls are picking off any small perch boaters might try to release and float belly up.  Spot lock on a minn kota is highly recommended.

    good luck

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  4. RThanks for the info.  I have more or less ignored this issue since I have never had a problem. After seeing my knee surgeon yesterday, I now have a healthy fear of bacterial infections. I was told that any bacterial infection would travel to a foreign object in your body like a knee replacement and cause a severe reaction to the point of removal of the replacement and being placed on an IV for a long time.  I plan on wearing gloves from now on while filleting and carrying peroxide and anti bacterial ointments on the boat.

  5. That’s news to me. Almost every launch I go to, I just have to leave the pass on the dash.  Seems a little dumb to walk up to a car in a lot, look at the guys empire pass for seniors, and then tell him to use the kiosk.  But then again, this is New York.

    The only  launch that I go to, and believe me, I’ve been to a lot, that looks at the passes is at the small boat harbor in buffalo. At that launch, a man at the gate takes your pass and records the number and gives it back.  When he is not there, I simply leave the pass on the dash..

  6. I agree with the enforcement but I question the use of the State Police. It seems that this has been a job by local sheriffs departments and they are on the water and do a good job.  As far as the regs go, I would suggest that we all refresh ourseves periodiccally since they can change.  Rules are different for under 16' vs between16'and 26'. For example,  you do not need a fire extinguisher if you carry an exposed portable gas tank and it is not under a seat but why wouldn't you? You also do not need flares as long as you have the CG approved distress flag and again, why wouldn't you.  And, in case you do have all the required CG safety equipment there are sometimes additional requirements by local towns and counties.  I once was warned on I bay about carrying a rag on board to mop up an oil spill or if I was willing to use my shirt. Local ordinance for that one. They can get picky!

  7. Nice. That’s usually the area I fish but I have not had a chance to get there yet this season. That area is usually good right up until July but sometimes you will find them on the edge of the drop from 35-40.

  8. Nice job.  We were in Keuka today.  The perch population is very low there.  When the bait crashed a few years ago the lakers and everything else including big perch fed on the young perch.  It’s been tough there.

  9. I have fished for perch in Cayuga a lot but not from there.  I usually launch at union springs and fish directly across from launch on the west side and then move south of that. Sometimes I hit them and sometimes not so much. Good luck and let us know how you make out.

  10. I live close to the ponds like Gambler and Longspurs and have checked them through 45 yrs! Hate to admit that! This year seems to be different than anything I can remember.  They should be solid from one end to another. These large pot holes are new to me. Wind, currents, and our up down temps different than most years. This just means that I should have the boat ready :smile:

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