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  1. I was hoping that this was going to get around to j-plugs, cut plugs, etc.  What was once a go-to bait is now a late fall afterthought, why ?  I'd like to hear if plugs are finding their way back into the mix and when and how they are being

    used. ( I have noticed that the teams on Salmon Showdown seem to use them more often than we do.)

  2. LOTSA School and Niagra Fishing Show

       'Just returned home from the Greater Niagra Fishing Show and the LOTSA Salmon School.  Once again, both events were top notch.

    The Show continues to grow each year while maintaining the character of a true fishing exhibition.  There was a great mix of local and regional

    vendors with products and services on all aspects of Great Lakes angling. The seminars that I attended were very informative and well

    presented, (the number of seminars and the variety of topics is incredible for a show still in it's infancy).

       The LOTSA school was terrific.  The instructors were well prepared and used their considerable knowledge and experience to keep the

    presentation moving, which allowed for a great amount of information to be covered in a relatively short time frame.  The presenters

    had a good chemistry and effectively passed along their enthusiasm along with their "secrets for success". 

       My thanks go out to Joe Yeager, Tim Broumond, all of the LOTSA volunteers, as well as, Bill Hilts and his team for an outstanding weekend.

  3. I have attended the LOTSA Salmon School and Flea Market for the last four years, as well as, the Niagra show since it began. This year's school

    was outstanding, (I'd say the best that I've attended, and they all have been great).  The Niagra Show is still growing and gets better each year. This

    year the exhibition floor was terrific (excellent quality and variety of vendors).  I also had the opportunity to sit in on two of the hour long seminars,

    (Capt. Russ Gahagan on Tournament Tactics and Capt. Rick Hajecki on Fishing Electronics), both were informative and enjoyable.  The Flea Market

    was off this year, but, I'm sure that it will rebound in 2017.  Hat's Off to the LOTSA volunteers who work to make this awesome event all that it is.

  4. I have owned a V-20 since 1994, (boat is a '87).  In my opinion, there is not a better 20' boat afloat.  Although I no longer us it on 

    Lake Ontario, it continues to serve me well.  My buddy also has one, (a little older than mine, but in very nice shape) that we have

    used on Lake O often. These boats are stable, roomy, and handle rough water better than many larger craft. A crew of three is ideal,

    four is kind of tight.  I only upgraded for more room.

  5. Fatboy,

       I will be at Oak Orchard (fishing the Open) at the same time you plan to make your trip. I'll be happy to share any info with you. While

    my crew and I are by no means experts, if we have any timely tips, etc., I'll be happy to talk to you. You will find the folks at the Oak more

    than willing to help a newbie learn the game (although the Open may keep some lips tight).

      We will be docked at the Four C's. White/red Sportcraft 252 "LOMA 2".



  6. Paul,

       Just got back home after my quick trip to the Oak. Good chatting with you at the marina. I checked out the Billy picture

    you posted, it looks like a killer. Can't wait for it's release. Good luck and good fishing, leave a few, I'll be back May 2nd thru


    John Fahey

    Rec Boat LOMA 2

  7. Paul,

       I spoke to the Bay Rat guys while at the Niagra Falls show and they said that a "Billy Baroo" was on the drawing board.  I didn't

    know that it had been released yet.  Undoubtedly, a soon to be favorite brown trout bait.

  8. 2 favorites; (1) Thunderstick in Firetiger

                       (2) Bay Rat in Oscar's Revenge (very similar to the newer style thunderstick called "Erie Ugly"

    Very honorable mention; Thunderstick's Billy Baroo (discontinued and nearly impossible to find)

  9. Another emphatic vote for buying locally. Small shops support not only the fisherman in a community, but, the community as a

    whole.  I only purchase from a big box store if absolutley necessary and almost never buy online. Cabelas, Dicks, Gander, etc.

    may have prices that are a little better, but, the overall better value is with smaller vender.  Buy locally and say "Thank You!"

  10. Wellcraft V-20, the best 20 ft boat afloat.  Stable, seaworthy and safe, no other boat in this size and price range can compare.

    This boat was manufactured for 25+ years and was available outboard or I/O. Both are excellent platforms, but, the OB has more floor space.  115 to 150HP makes for a super outfit.

  11. I have attended the last three Salmon Schools and Lotsa Sales and thought that this year's edition was the best I've seen.

    The format of the school (with an emphasis on questions and answers) was a terrific change. The presenters were able to

    provide their (sometimes conflicting) opinions, which helped to point out that often, whatever works, is the correct answer. Paul, Greg, and Mark each shared their tricks and secrets in an easy to follow fashion and appeared to have as much fun as the attendees. Good job and thanks guys.

    The Marketplace was also vastly improved.  The larger room made for a much more relaxing experience. I believe that both

    buyers and sellers benefitted greatly.

    The LOTSA volunteers deserve a great deal of thanks for a wonderful job again this year. Thanks!

    On another note, the Niagra Show was a much better product than last year.  The organizers of the show really took a major

    step forward in 2015.

    Looking forward to spring.

  12. Tim,

       Looking forward to the LOTSA Salmon School, it should be great.

       Last year, there were several informational sessions in the evenings sponsored by the Niagra Show.  These were very

    good and seemed to be well attended.  So far, on the website, no seminars are shown after 5pm.  Do you know if anything

    is scheduled for the evenings?

  13. Russell,

       I noticed that you had no mention of fishing plugs in your 2014 review.  It seems as though plugs are fished regularly on the

    Showdown.  Perhaps the episodes with plugs are from early fall ?  I have had the feeling, after watching the show, that plugs

    were being used more often in Lake Michigan than here on Ontario where they generally only come out for the fall combat

    fishing. Your thoughts ?

       Terrific picture of your little teammate !

  14. Guys,

       Although the weather is a consideration, we've travelled from Bangor, ME to the schools the last two years and wouldn't miss it.  It is a great break from winter to talk fishing, learn a little, and get fired up for spring.  This year's line-up of speakers

    is top-notch and the Sunday sale is terrific.

       735 miles and we smile all the way out and back.

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