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  1. (Your Name) : Fishing Report




    Date(s): 7-10

    Time on Water: 6am until 1 pm

    Temp/Weather: sunny and balmy

    Wind Speed/Direction: southeast

    Waves: 1-2 Footers

    Surface Temp: 69/70

    Location: around the dumping ground and at the 200 fow

    LAT/LONG: 31 34




    Total Hits: 2

    Total Boated: 2

    Species Breakdown: 1 King, 1 Bow

    Hot Lure: green dream weaver ss, purple ss dream weaver

    Trolling Speed: 2.1/2.8 mph

    Down Speed: unknown

    Boat Depth: 200 ft and 80 ft

    Lure Depth: 54ft and 35ft




    We left Ibay with a southern breeze behind us and headed towards the river.In 80 feet of water the screen lit up and we dropped 2 leadcores one with 7 lengths and the other with 5.

    After about 10 minutes a steelhead took the higher one and we boarded a nice five pounder.He was served with white wine and asperges in a cream sauce about 2 hours ago.

    A short while later we decided to join a few boats that were in about 180 fow at the 34 line, we dropped the riggers and set the leadcore again but the only fish around was right on the bottom,so we moved into deeper water and then something interesting showed up on the screen. At exactly 54ft (over 190fow)there was this long row of fish,one after the other so we brought one rigger up to that exact depth and within a minute we hooked into a nice 2 year old salmon.We boarded and released it but after that we had no more hits.

    We went back to the dumping ground approaching from the west and for about 3 miles at around 80 feet there was fish on the screen ,but none took our offerings.

    All in all a beautiful day on the lake.

  2. I use a Humminbird 575 with triple frequency and I believe it is the best invention since sliced bread.It gives you an idea of what is happening to the sides and not just one or two relatively narrow beams underneath.This gives great information specially when you run leadcore or copper wire.When you see fish to the side you turn a bit here or there and your line goes right through the fish.

  3. You had best check out first what you can reasonably tow with your vehicle and then see what trailer comes with the brakes that you will need,either surge or electric.

    Lake Champlain and lake George both have a lot of fairly high hills to cross until you see the water....

    If you are limited in your tow capacity then Aluminum would be your best bet.

    Big outboards tend to do damage to transoms when they get banged around on the roads even with transom savers.You might want to look at some I/Os,besides inboard/ outboard engines do not easily get stolen.

    As for hard tops,they give you the luxury of being able to lock things up and you will not have to drag everything back and forth all the time.

    A hard top combined with an I/O gives you the potential of heating and air conditioning.

    Just my 2 cents.

  4. These homeland security guys are to be pitied.How long can you be chasing phantoms?

    There have not been very many terrorists on Lake Ontario and out of sheer boredom or out of a desperate effort to justify their job they start harassing fishermen.

    At some point or other they will be absorbed into the coastguard and then they will be a lot more useful to all of us.

  5. Almost all 2 stroke engines that are run on a low rpm while trolling have a problem with unburnt oil building up in the exhaust housing no matter what oil you use.It just does not get blown out of the exhaust outlet because of low pressure connected to low rpm.Believe it or not but at low rpm the exhaust housing will partly fill up with water and the unburnt exhaust oil and gunk floats on top of it until it gets out by either running your engine at a high rpm for a while or by pulling your boat out of the water.Both Johnson and Mercury engines have exhaust ports at the top end of the exhaust housing but the fumes usually only come out when the engine is run at a low rpm.this is also because of the above mentioned reason

    Usually you find out about it when you come back home and see this black, grey or sometimes bluish or greenish (dependent on the tc-w3 oil color) gunk coming from your lower unit.

    A good way to get rid of it is by running at WOT for a few minutes before you load your boat onto the trailer.

    If you want to make sure that you do not pollute the environment,you can use a synthetic oil. These oils produce far less smoke and they are biodegradable.They also cost a lot more than regular oils

    Whatever you do,do not try to use less oil than recommended.It will destroy your engine.

    A little bit too much or even a lot too much oil will not hurt your outboard in any way.

  6. I have 2 plastic covered bright yellow pancake 8# downriggers and a few black balls 6 and 8 pounds.

    I mostly use the pancakes because they have less blowback,but I am wondering about the color.Would it be better to paint them black and maybe put a reflective scale pattern sticker on ,or is this just a waste of time?

    Thank you for your thoughts and opinions.


  7. (Your Name) : rolmops




    Date(s): 6-14

    Time on Water: 05.00-10.00

    Temp/Weather: low sixties,sunny

    Wind Speed/Direction: (NW at 8 MPH)

    Waves: calm

    Surface Temp: 56

    Location: over 100fow

    LAT/LONG: W31-33




    Total Hits: 2

    Total Boated: 1

    Species Breakdown: 1steelhead,1 laker

    Hot Lure: superslim dreamweaver silver with reflective fishbone pattern/ 3 ounce green bucktail

    Trolling Speed: 2.1/2.8 mph

    Down Speed:

    Boat Depth: (110 ft)

    Lure Depth: 100 ft/35ft




    Left ibay around 05.15 and headed for deep water.there were a few fish around 50 feet,but no takers.Continued to 100 feet and saw a few scattered bait pods with following big fish.They were mostly around 40 feet.I put one down rigger at 45 and the other at 35.

    After 2 hours the one at 35 fired and we had some fun with a steelhead dancing on the surface.It threw the hook after about 2 minutes.In the meantime we started trolling/jigging with a wireline with a 3 ounce green bucktail,bumping it on and off the bottom.This resulted in the only fish landed,a 7 or 8 pound laker who was safely released.

    A beautiful day on the lake.

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  8. Try:


    and direct your question to Greg Walters.

    This is the unofficial sideimaging website of humminbird and Greg is a customers service expert.

    He helped me out big time with my 575.

    I can honestly say that I never had such good and caring service from anyone as I had from the humminbird people.

    I had a problem with water squirting up because the transducer is so big.They figured out a solution and sent me a small rubber boot that solved the problem.All of this for free.

  9. My 1984 18 foot Sylvan is aluminum and it is a deep V.The best of 2 worlds.The 17 foot flat rear aluminum boat (Duratech Orion)I had before was so light that it was hard to cut through waves and we were sliding off the side of larger waves.That boat was made in 1963 but it had no problems with the hull or rivets,even after 45 years.

  10. The ethanol may dry up some hoses,but that is not the main problem.Ethanol loosens up the dirt in your fuel tank and you will have to check your filters regularly.If you do not have filters,the dirt that is loosened up will clog your jets. If you have a fiber glass fuel tank you are in trouble.

  11. A very different and probably cheaper setup is the type that is used on "brush bandit "wood chippers.The cable is connected to a screw type round handle which enables you to do very fine adjustments. There is a push button in the middle that allows you to pull or push the cable in and out for large instant adjustments. I installed one of those on an Evinrude 9.5 that I fixed up with an after market remote setup.

  12. Rolmops : Fishing Report




    Date(s): 6-7

    Time on Water: 06.00-11.30

    Temp/Weather: mid fifties cloudy

    Wind Speed/Direction: early calm,later light north-east

    Waves: Calm

    Surface Temp: 52°F

    Location: ontario

    LAT/LONG: 31 35




    Total Hits: 5

    Total Boated: 2

    Species Breakdown: 2 Kings

    Hot Lure: dreamweaver ss

    Trolling Speed: 2.0-2.5 mph

    Down Speed: I wish I knew

    Boat Depth: 180 ft

    Lure Depth: 80 ft



    Nice calm morning with a flat lake.There was some action at 75 feet in 80 fow all big fish but thinking they would be lakers I moved farther out.Around 8 o'clock in a time span of 15 minutes I got 5 hits at 80 feet over 150 fow.The first 3 got away but the last 2 were caught.the first about 10 pounds,the second maybe 15.From there on everything went dead.

    It will probably take me a few seasons to become better at this,but it sure is fun!


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  13. Because of a lot of reasons I never seem to be able to get out early in the morning and by noon or later there seems to be a breeze most of the time.This prevents me from going out to the 200 feet line because frankly I do not think I have enough boat (19 foot open bow outboard) to deal with surprises.

    Is the morning usually less windy? or is it mostly the same?

    Thanks for your opinions.

  14. The striper run does not end that fast.

    In June and July they are on Billingsgate in Cape Cod bay and anybody who can deal with Lake Ontario can deal with Cape Cod bay.

    We usually go for a week just to chase the stripers and Blue fish.By July there are Tuna around on Stellwagen Bank as well. It is a bit different from trolling for Salmon.It is mostly a combination of jigging and trolling but the results are easily as spectacular as salmon fishing

  15. I have a bit of a problem with stripers in the Hudson.They come there to spawn and as such I feel that they should be left alone.

    On the other hand,going for stripers in Cape Cod bay or off Gloucester is a very different cup of tea.In fact I try to go there every year for a week just to hunt the stripers.But although their meat is firmer,it is not better than haddock

  16. I hit the lake around 4pm and trolled west to the Genny over 50 fow with plenty of bait at around 30 feet.

    Half way to the barge at the dumping ground I hooked into a king using a 6'' storm shad on 5 lengths of leadline.It was maybe a 15 pounder. I felt like experimenting and took out my Cape Cod striper rig which is a 7 foot Penn Black Sabre rod with carboloid guides and a Penn senator 112 loaded with 600 feet 40# stainless single strand wire.I put on a 3 ounce bucktail jig (chartreuse) and going at about 2.5 knots with 300 feet out I started jigging as if fishing for stripers.It must have been about 40 foot down.It got me another king,this one a little bigger,but then everything died.

    On the way back to the bay there was a lot of bait right on the surface with plenty of big fish along with them but no more takers.

    All in all a nice afternoon

  17. Today I checked the engine electronics and they checked out fine,I checked fuel delivery and found that the check valve in the fuel line ball had gone bad. After I turned off the engine for a bit to drift fish and tried to start her up again,I could not deliver fuel to the engine at the needed rate.In fact the faulty check valve prevented proper fuel delivery.

    Oh well,at least it did not cost an arm and a leg.

  18. The original plan was to go to I-bay and maybe sneek out into lake Ontario but with the wind picking up that plan was canned.Instead I went to Owasco Lake and launched from the south end. Things went well and 2 nice lakers went into the cooler (trolling pike minnows).In the meantime the north wind had picked up there as well and it turned quite nasty.While trying to make it back to the south end,my engine conked out(water,muck from the bottom of the tank??) and it was paddle time.It got me to shore about a quarter mile south of a small private ramp.I had to get up to my rear end in the water and drag the boat (19 footer) to that ramp.

    All in all a cold and nasty adventure,but an adventure none the less.

  19. Relax Pete, all this bad weather is blowin all the warmer water East. We're gonna have the best year ever on the East end. ;):yes::beer::beer::beer:

    Which "warmer water"?????

    It just looks like we have to wait until the next heavy spring rains for some warmer water.

    I did sneak out into Irondequoit Bay on Sunday and we got 3 nice steelhead and one brown ,all on Howie flies. The steelhead are dropping back out of Irondequoit Creek.

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