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    Fishin' Physician Assistant

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  1. Here's a video I made about fishing the West End in May. I remember the first time I came down there, it was pretty intimidating. Mind you, I had been fishing successfully on the East End for about 10 years. So, I thought I would put something together to help any new guys, or people fishing down there for the first time. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. We fished the Niagara pro am, which is as always a fun tourney. Our pre-fishing day, things were a bit of a mess. First of all it was one of the foggiest, dreariest days I've ever seen. Visibility was about a 10th of a mile most of the day. Secondly I had a sick kid so I was off the water by 930. However, we did find that there was a decent coho bite anywhere from 120 to 200 feet of water. We got that program dialed in, but couldn't find a king to save our lives. We were mostly getting fish on Riggers 30 and up, as well as top lines, and short lead cores Friday, the weather was absolutely gorgeous. We landed right on the fish that we were catching on Thursday, and very quickly had a pile of very nice cohos in the boat. We started in about 170 feet of water, but by the end of the day we were catching fish out in about 320. Fish were stretched from in front of all cut all the way to about a mile west of Wilson. Our bigger fish, including some nice steelhead, were out closer to 300. Not a single king bite again, but our average on the coho was about 8.5 pounds, and that put us in sixth place. We ended up 15 for 20, or somewhere close to that. By contrast, Saturday was miserable. It wasn't unfishable from a wave standpoint, the 2 to 4 footers weren't exactly exactly comfortable, it was just annoying that the wind made direction and speed a huge hassle. We decided to stay on the shallower side of our marks from Friday, and the Coho were right where we left them. Unfortunately our catch rate was much lower, and I think we started the day like five for 12 or something stupid. The Coho's were of the smaller size class and our average fish was only about 5 to 6 pounds. We did find one little spot in 220 and had three quick bites on kings down 80, but we didn't convert any of them. One of them was quite a big fish. I left stuff down in deep water literally all three days, and Saturday was the only time I had any action down there. It was very frustrating. Short cores of various lengths were good, but by far our best rig was a 55 and 70 Dipsy with a Coho rig. We didn't really have the weight to compete, but we ended up with another good catch, 10 for 22 (or something like that... it was windy and I was getting too annoyed to log them all). As usual, a great place to fish and a fun tournament. We will be back again next year. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Something that small you should be able to get in at the Bay bridge at least Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. May is fun because there's a lot of variety, but it can also be overwhelming for a newbie because a lot is going on. I made a quick "how to" to explain some things I think a person might ask or want to know. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Just the bay bridge shop now Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. I'll second the gambler rigs- both cowbells and death traps Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. Hey guys- I made this to kinda "shorten the learning curve" for the new guys- basically a what, how and where for early season trolling on the east end of Lake Ontario. Enjoy! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Brown Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Nothing better than a gambler rig! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. First of all, where the hell are the brown trout? Reports have been dismal, and I patrolled 3.5 miles of shoreline today without a sniff. The lack of cookie cutters is very concerning to me. Anywho, I brought my 6 year old with me today, and after a few hours I needed to get the kid some action. No worries, the lakers were happy to oblige. We did a half dozen in short order in cowbells and death traps and went in at 10:30 with a very happy kid. Gambler rigs really are top notch laker producers. Boat ran great (finally!). 80-110 was best for us but sounds like they found them shallower and deeper. Thank goodness for lakers I guess. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. Definitely has been poor for just about everyone! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. Lol, I say that every time a rod pops The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  13. Here's day 2 of the sodus pro am. A great bite on big mature kings. We averaged 20 lbs for our 6 fish limit, good for ~180 pts. Our bite was a deep spoon program- 90-110 riggers and 500 copper. Enjoy! The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  14. Who you guys going with? The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
  15. You could l literally write a book about water temps, currents, and fish behavior as it pertains to those factors. From June on, the basic idea is this- warm water on top and progressively colder as you go deeper. Current is west to East, and prevailing wind is also from the west. West wind, and north or south wind Things get tricky in a few scenarios: 1. East wind. Wind fights the current, and very easily causes an inversion (flip) where cold water comes rushing into shallow water. The sudden change of temps from the 70s to 38-42 is common. It stuns the fish and they scatter. Every now and then a surface bite works nearshore, but usually you need to search more for stable water 2. STRONG south or north wind can cause sudden upwelling if cold water. It causes the same scenario as 1. I will say it usually takes sustained winds of 15+ for hours to do this. 3. strong west winds. This usually means warm water piles up on the east end. Temps will be deeper and deeper, as you described sometimes 140+. If you can find any pockets of cold water, beat them to death. Otherwise, move out deeper where there is usually colder water. Hope that helps. The Fishin’ Physician Assistant
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