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  1. rdebadts

    Another 20% CUT in Chinook Stocking for 2019

    I see your point, but from a scientific standpoint it is not all that vital to have identical trawls. If you have a sound method, the results should be reproducible and able to compensate for yearly and daily variability. It is interesting to look at the different years- there are some places that always have fish, and some that are quite hit or miss. That variability is what a good scientific method can account for. With as many trawls as they do, it is unlikely that they “missed” enough fish to make a huge difference. Regarding the number of bait sampled- removing the earbones and aging over 1000 fish is more than enough to have high confidence in your results. Obviously more data gives your more confidence, but it rarely changes the result. The other thing I wanted to address is everyone’s contention that they “see a ton of bait on our screens”. As compelling as this seems, from a scientific standpoint there is nothing LESS useful than observational data. Firstly, we are all biased to WANT to see more bait. Secondly, we actively search out bait! Good fisherman fish where the fish are, and a good KiNG fisherman is good at finding bait. It is highly probable that you see the same bait pod several times in a day, as you circle back over productive areas. It’s not that they are ignoring what we are saying- it’s just that the information is relatively useless, given issues with reliability, unconscious bias, etc. I work in medicine and have to be very good at reading scientific papers. I do it all the time. I can spot bad science from a mile away. This looks like sound science. Regardless, we are wasting our time arguing about the science- because for the most part we don’t have a leg to stand on. They are the experts, for better or worse. It is far more useful to argue the meaning of that science and the management changes. I see their point of being conservative, but my biggest question is “when do the cuts get undone?” What are the “ideal” findings that we need next year to get the normal stocking numbers back?? If we have a huge class of 2016 yoy, does that not make up for at least one of the missing classes, considering the boom and bust nature of alewife?? To what extent can our lake support chinook with the bait we currently have?? Should we be doing more to increase natural repro, so that we can be less dependent on the stocking whims of the state?? These are issues where we can have a productive conversation Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. rdebadts

    Planer board how to

    Thanks. Gonna do a few more of these this winter I hope Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. rdebadts

    Planer board how to

    I see guys ask a lot of questions about rigging and techniques, so I figured I would make a few “how to” videos. Here is one about planer boards. I hope it helps!! The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  4. rdebadts

    Fishing Buddies

    I’m out on the piers on the genny a few times a week. Keep a look out for abe- that’s me! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. rdebadts

    Another 20% CUT in Chinook Stocking for 2019

    So is the data is skewed, and it may be, that’s still all they have to work with. It shows a big blunting of the 2016 yoy, which tells me they got feasted on. The big 2012 year class will be out of the system by next year, so that leaves us with one big huge year class, 2 slightly below average classes and two nonexistent year classes. Caution seems advisable. You don’t want to be wrong in the side of too many predators. I get the hesitancy with cuts, as generally something isn’t restored once cut. But correct me if I’m wrong, arent we coming off back to back recording setting fishing?? is it possible that this is due to a well managed lake??????? I think we all want the same thing here guys- good fishing for years to come! The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  6. rdebadts

    Another 20% CUT in Chinook Stocking for 2019

    Perhaps, but the warning signs are there. Diatom concentrations are way down, as are mysis numbers. And quaggas are extending into deeper water. We are in better shape for sure, but as long as quaggas continue to proliferate I am worried. The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  7. rdebadts

    Another 20% CUT in Chinook Stocking for 2019

    The science is that alewife are literally toxic to Atlantic’s- as in if they eat too many, healthy Atlantics will die. They become infertile too. If the idea is to increase Atlantic stocking, this is the exact wrong way to do it. Just sayin... I don’t like it, but I trust steve and Andy. I’d rather err on the side of caution than crash the fishery... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. rdebadts

    oak vs sodus vs oswego?

    Oswego and east should be better right now Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. rdebadts

    Rescue off oak orchard !?

    I leave mine on scan all the time, and change to 16 whenever the coast guard is talking Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. rdebadts

    Charter Capt Does All The Fishing?

    I think the typical is that captains do the setup and most net. On the boat I mated on in college, we didn’t touch the rod after we set up- customers set the hook, reeled, etc. if they wanted to net we let them, but with the disclaimer that lost Fish were on them. It varies from boat to boat though. It’s an incredibly specialized way of fishing- the vast majority of our customers had no clue what was going on and were happy to let the crew do all the work. For what it’s worth, when I go on a charter I generally expect the captain and mate to do all of the rigging. That’s why I’m paying after all- their expertise Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. We hit the water early for a short trip in the rain. I knew there were stagers and given our short time window I resolved to work those inside Fish. The plan really payed off, as we were 8-12 on kings by 10 am, with a 4 really nice kings around 20 lbs. we had 2 doubles and never went more than 30 mins without a hit. Mostly a spoon and fly bite, though that is because I forgot my cutbait!! We worked 110-130 right out front, down 40-80. Temp was in the low 50s down 35. The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  12. We brought the boat out to the oak this week for family vacation. We launched Saturday at 5:45 and were Fishing by 6:10. We set up in 120 fow a mile east, with mag spoons on riggers down 30 40 and 50, and meat on dipseys and coppers. Pretty much immediately we were into Kings and steel. We worked a mile long stretch of water 1-2 miles east, and picked away at 2-3 year old kings, with some nice steelies mixed in. We ended up with our biggest king of the year (25 lbs) and our boat record steelie, a 15 pounder! We were 10-15 by 11 am. Sunday, we went to our water from the day before and immediately got into fish, but they were tiny and the marks were a lot less. We took a peek in 100 and our to 160 and it didn’t look good, so we blew out to the 29 line on a north troll. We found a pod of very active fish at the 30 line and put together a nice box of juvenile kings and steelies. No big fish today, but the numbers were better. We were 12-16, mostly on regular sized dreamweaver uv spoons. More to come this week The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  13. rdebadts

    Sodus Pro am pre fish Friday

    Here is the newest video. Good Fishing on mature kings for me and Andrew- was a bit tough getting them to stick with just the two of us and a strong south wind. Enjoy!! The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  14. I think 1300 and 2700, I think. I knew the inside water was gonna flip, that’s why we roughed it out in the deep, stable water. Where’d ya find the laker? We spent about 20 mins trying to find one- and if we had, we would have gotten 2nd! The Fishin' Physician Assistant
  15. It was pretty gross out there- 3-4s from multiple directions. Turning was no fun! The Fishin' Physician Assistant