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Everything posted by choo-choo

  1. I had a fun solo trip out in breezy, windy conditions on Lake O mid-day yesterday, north of the salmon river.. I went 7 for 7, some off the boards and a few out a little deeper off the rigger. 5 browns with the largest being a 26 1/2" female that never dropped her eggs, 29 inch Atlantic that put my trout tackle to the test ,and jumped/ cart-wheeled 5 times, and also a 31 " hog walleye (released of course) that is the longest I have ever caught in N.Y. State waters. I'm guessing she was between 11 and 13 lbs . I took a couple of brown trout /Atlantic salmon comparison pics v v
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    Great northern Lights and fishing

    Love this picture Shane...stunning...magazine quality, great shot. I was just reading yesterday about some solar storm , geomagnetic something or other tonight (March 14/15) to create some intense northern lights. I don't think they will be seen from NYS, but they did mention Maine, Michigan , Wisconsin Minnesota..can't remember the other states. But there is a website that said they will be viewing the display live online . Nice lightning picture too.
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    Just a tumor?

    I have checked with the DEC. Albany and Stamford NY . They suggest discarding any fish with tumors , warts , lesions or abnormal conditions of the fish's skin, meat or internal organs. Also on page 70 of the 2017/2018 NYS Freshwater Fishing Regulations.
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    Just a tumor?

    Those lamprey give me the creeps...we have giant lampreys that come up and lay eggs here on the Delaware...nasty. I have caught quite a few walleyes on Oneida that have warts and tumors on them...2 in one day once. I put them in a bag on my boat, regardless of their size, and they go in the dumpster when I get home. At least DEC does not count those legal size fish with tumors and warts as part of your daily limit.
  5. Not sure if this has been posted anywhere here... I just got a flier mailed to me about a lecture by Dr. John Farrell , Professor of Aquatic and Fisheries Science at ESF, and Director of the College of Science and Forestry's Thousand Island Biological Station. (TIBS ) Wed. March 21 Gateway Center , ESF 7:30 p.m. Lecture titled "Big Fish in the Balance: Research and Conservation in a changing Environment " Check out the TIBS website , and click on photo gallery to see awesome Musky photos www.esf.edu/tibs
  6. " I don't think you are MAN enough to go 40 hours without a Musky" or....."I don't know if I am man enough to go 40 hours without a Musky" "Beautiful Fish"
  7. ."It can happen at any time , then it will all be worth it" "If Musky Fishing was easy, then everybody would do it"
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    Just a tumor?

    The NYS DEC suggests that you DISCARD any diseased fish "marked by tumors,,lesions,or other abnormal conditions of the skin, meat, or internal organs"..because the health implications of eating deformed or abnormal fish are unknown.. Do not release the fish, or eat the fish , is what they recommend.
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    Spring's first signs

    Saw a turkey vulture here in Delaware county yesterday
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    Hi Sk8man.... My neighbors and I have had robins winter here in Delaware County, NY . I read where other parts of new York are seeing more and more robins spend the winter too. They eat berries and dried up fruit when they can't get worms.....if they have enough berries and worms to eat some will stay, if not they head south to where they can find enough food.
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    Spring's first signs

    Some red winged blackbirds showed up here the other day....saw 2 large flocks of high flying northbound migrating geese...and the resident Canada geese here have been squawking and fighting over prime nest spots.
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    My son's personal best pike- Keuka

    Nice Gator Mark !!! Awesome fish !
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    Baked Carp anyone ???

    I stopped in this deli near where I was working in New Jersey last week....I could not believe the sign on the door...LIVE CARP 1.99 lb. , yup , those carp you're thinking of !!! They gave me a free calender with a recipe on each month....check out the carp pictured , with whiskers, and the "delicious" sounding recipe with it. They are a dlicacy in some parts of Europe i guess. Man, I guess there's a market for carp down in the new jersey area....the weight and money would add up a lot quicker catching carp for sale compared to yellow perch!!!!! Anybody here in LOU land eat Carp ? Is it really tasty ? Any body that tries this recipe....let us know how it turns out.....choo choo steve
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    Scouting turkeys

    Thanks Kevin...You should have heard him tell the story of our hunt to his mom , dad and big sister when we got home. The excitement in his voice as he described the pounding of his heart as he tried to steady the gun was priceless. The ""rush" he got watching that big tom strut and hearing it gobble at us up close, will be with him for a long, long time. A special memorable day for both of us.
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    Youth Turkey Hunt

    I got to take my grandson out 2 mornings last week on a youth turkey hunt down in North Carolina. It is a great way to get kids interested in the outdoors and hunting, before the regular season opens for all hunters. Good luck to all the kids participating in this years youth spring turkey hunt. I posted last weeks 2 day hunting story with a couple of pictures of my grandson in Kevin J Leggs "Scouting Turkey's" thread. Hope to hear some more youth turkey hunt stories in a few weeks.
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    Scouting turkeys

    Your spots are looking good Kevin...scouting is a big key to success. I took my 8 year old grandson out 2 mornings last week end in North Carolina for a youth turkey hunt down there. They allow 8 year olds to hunt turkeys with an adult, which is really great because that is all he's been talking about, and he was just itching to get out there and hunt turkeys. The first morning we called and called, set up in several spots, and never did hear a tom, but we did see 3 hens and 3 deer up close which really got him pumped up. We were not able to roost any birds that evening, but I had a good hunch where to set up the second morning after seeing those hens and lot's of fresh turkey sign. The second morning we got set up in the dark, a cool 28 degrees, with a Barred Owl hooting just behind us, as the sky began to brighten into a gorgeous sunrise. I began calling, no answers but a little while later I spotted a hen feeding way down on the other side of the meadow....then another. A minute or so later, my grandson said "there is a third one coming out". I put the glasses on it and it was a big tom ! We watched him Strut with those hens for over an hour and he basically ignored my calls, only answered me twice. I decided to go into plan B,...we left our decoy and stool, backed out quietly, and skirted the meadow to get closer to where he was strutting with those hens. As we got close to their location I gave out some yelps and he answered with a gobble immediately, and headed our way! I got my grandson comfortable and ready as I made another call...he screamed out another gobble ....another call another gobble...closer and closer and went into full strut at 30 yards! Another soft call he came in to 20 yards all fanned out as my grandson went into full panic-buck fever-breathing hard mode. He was trying real hard to keep that 410 shotgun bead on that monster Tom. I gave 1 more soft yelp, the tom Gobbled right at us as I whispered "shoot him".....well he shot and missed...the turkey took off...and it was over. But it was still a great hunt and an awesome morning for both of us. Here he is the first morning when we saw the hens Here he is shortly after he missed the big gobbler on the second morning
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    Ruffed Grouse

    The New York Outdoor News printed a photo I took this winter of a Ruffed Grouse in full display and strutting in the current issue. They are really neat and beautiful little gamebirds and super explosive on the flush.
  18. I was out front solo in front of Mexico yesterday too in my drift boat Giz. Electric trolling motor battery seemed a little weak, so I was rowing a lot of the time. With the off shore breeze (s-sw), I did not want to stray too far . It felt really great to be out on Ontario open water nice and early in March. I fished from about 9 am to a little after noon and caught 2 and lost 1 brown. A 4lb. male and a little smaller female went in the cooler, and I grilled up a nice fillet last night. Not the greatest day, but it is a start. I did hear fishing was better in a few other areas.. Good luck to you next time out.
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    So what type of fish is this?

    I vote Coho.... for all above coho reasons and.lot's of scales came off with apparent minimal handling.
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    A large flock of red wings and grackles showed up here at my place in Delaware County NY today. (looking forward to hearing the peepers)
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    Canada Geese have been squawking and fighting over prime nesting spots here for the last week or so....day and night.
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    Live eagle cam in PA

    Awesome UNREEL. I've been watching (with binoculars) a pair of Bald Eagles working on a nest way up on the hillside across from my house. .I saw one struggling with a certain stick he was trying to lift down by the river, but it the end was frozen in the ice and he couldn't lift it . He tried 3 or 4 times to free it but just couldn't free it. A day later I saw him take off with stick from my yard, I followed him up to the nest with the binoculars and watched his head bobbing up and down as he worked on it's placement. I set out some more sticks for them of similar size and I've been watching to see if they come back for more sticks here. They are amazing birds and I love watching them. Thanks for sharing this link
  23. "Save The River" , SUNY ESF, and "1000 Islands Biological Station" sponser an award each year to any angler who successfully catches and releases unharmed, a legal size Musky back into the St. Lawrence River. The award is a print of a painting by artist Michael C. Ringer. This year the print was titled " Sovereign". When they raised the legal Musky size limit from 48 inches up to 54 inches in 2015, I figured I would never get a chance to get one of Ringers Musky prints....but man was I surprised and shocked when we pulled that 56" beauty into the boat this fall! Any way, I guess we'll try for another print next season! Here is a picture of the print and a picture of me releasing her this past October on the St. Lawrence.
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    Musky Release Award Print

    The fish's well being is most important, Bruce said once those hooks came out of her, we were going to get her back into the water....pronto!Quick tape. No hero pictures. But the way she revived so quick and swam away so strong, I think we could have got a few hero pictures .
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    Musky Release Award Print

    Thanks muskiedreams...I'm sure I will never top that fish. I saw a pic of a 58", caught this fall by a guy that lives not to far from me in Callicoon NY ,but it was not released. .watching her swim away was a thrill Thanks pap sk8man justtracy