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  1. I would visit the store on my way to business meetings just south of Buffalo. During one visit Jim took a liking to me because I was setting up a Seth Green rig. That visit was truly magical. Jim took me to a bunch of little drawers and introduced me to a few of the secret weapon lures I depend on to this day. He said “44’s are good, but” and taught me why some of the others were “good” too. I will always remember the wry smile and sparkle in his eye when he was talking about things he knew and loved. Unique and great person. Speaking for all Finger Lakes fishermen and women...we will miss him and remember him fondly.
  2. I agree with Sk8man that the Angler Diaries are not much more than a sampling of a group of anglers on the lakes. It is a great bit of information, it just does not represent ALL the anglers on the lakes. Just as an example, a few years ago I concentrated on LL Salmon because we had a banner year for them. My report would have shown lots of Salmon, little or no Browns, Rainbows or Lake Trout. It plus others like me who target a flourishing species, will skew the diary numbers an enormous amount given the sample size. The following year I was lucky if I could find very, very few Salmon, so I switched to a different species to target. Since I was targeting non Salmon species my previously huge Salmon report went to near zero. That would be an under representation of Salmon just because I chose not to specialize on them. I am sure there were Salmon out there, they would not be making it to my diary. Back to the original topic of this post, we need to give a boom or bust a few years to truly tell us how we may want to adjust stocking and take limits. Mother nature deals the cards...we can aid the processes through policy. I doubt we can force too much of a quick change in the balances, I think our policy role is to control the damage we can inflict on that balance of nature rather than to try to fully control the actual balances that exist year to year. (But if you wanted my opinion 2 bows and 2 browns would work just fine)
  3. Doris, Your legacy lives on. My local canvas guy loves your Bag Lady downrigger covers. They are still going strong after MANY years of use. Best purchase ever! This post is dedicated to those who knew Doris and Earl when they ruled the lake for so many years...
  4. Used the smoke trail to predict lake conditions for many years. I will miss that!
  5. I saw this last week. It was towing possibly a small raft and at least 3 buoys that were about 100 (edit: 700 feet is more accurate) feet apart. I did not hear any sounds. I heard DEC annual fish sampling was occurring so that is my wild guess.
  6. I have to agree with you about the bows not wanting to surface. On Cayuga this past weekend I got a 6 lb bow that stayed under until I got it to the boat.
  7. Is there a play by play story of the catch?
  8. The lamprey activity on Cayuga is very low this year. This is the second I have seen all season. The first was a pencil sized one.
  9. A nice 10 incher from today*
  10. You have a PM Sent from my iPad using Lake Ontario United
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