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  1. I did not get out till almost 7 due to the thunderstorm. Water temperatures are a mess again. 40 degrees, 50 ft down in 70-90 FOW, then 44-48 degrees 50 ft down 90-200FOW. I started in 90FOW worked out to 200FOW, then came back to work the break around 90-100FOW. Marked scattered and few schools of bait and a few hooks. No real pattern. I did manage an 18lb laker, two smaller ~10lb lakers, and skippy king. I was trolling 2.5-3.0 mph downspeed. Did have several releases with no one home and had a fish that took drag for 30-40 seconds before getting off, but not a huge fish. No real pattern to hits, coming on white magnum glow spoon, 150ft mag dispsy with white/green protroll w/white fly; orange crush NK28, and mixed veggie Stinger. Stable flies starting to get worse; minor fleas on dipsy wire. Tough fishing, nothing like last week end. Weather permitting, might try deeper tomorrow.
  2. Very interesting. Here is another link I found. Check out some of the embedded links that reference various missions. http://www.uscg.mil/d9/cgcMackinaw/ Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. Even dead....was careful handling! 8^) Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. Wow, way to go. Nice job! Those steelhead....and some kings love to cross the lines. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. Very nice....starting to pick up again! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. Nice report. Was wondering why I did not see you motoring north up the bay in the am or on the lake. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. Thanks for the report. Things seem to be looking better both west and east of the river and bay. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. Well at least the fishing made up for it. Saw you a couple of times Sunday. Similar results for me......many lakers and one nice king. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. Saturday, cleared the outlet at 6:00am and started setting up in 90ft FOW. Lots of bait and nice hooks although water was in mid 50s to the bottom. I circled back once but could not get them to hit. Worked out to 120-140 FOW found a nice break from 50-47 degrees, 100 foot down. Not as much bait, but still lots of nice hooks. Picked up a small laker, then started picking up a steady bite of early teen kings, with a real nice 20.3lb king thrown in for good measure. Even had my second double on a single rod this year with two skippys. Did not get a hit on lead or copper. Hits were on 90 and 100 rigger, and magnum wire dipsy at 180-200. Trolling speed was pretty fast, 2.7-3.0 but difficult to control in the current. My bag had almost no effect slowing me down on an east troll. They were hitting many different lures, but multiple hits on white mooneye magnum with purple and black ladder back, white/green flasher fly, and my standby NK28 orange crush (down to my last one). Ended up 4 for 8 (6 for 10 if you count the skippys), all kings, only one laker, and finally broke the 20lb mark for the year (just barely). Sunday, I figured I would try the same thing. Almost no bait, and few hooks in 100-140 FOW right off the bay. Turned into a laker fest….could not keep them off the hooks even at the fast trolling speeds. I started working east looking for kings. The laker fest continued. Around 11, I turned and started trolling back towards the bay and the 180 dipsy starts screaming…I grabbed the rod and swear I said out load, “this ain’t N.F.L.†(a term I borrowed from someone’s post earlier in the year). It was my biggest of the year so far 22.9lb King (23.4lb if you count the huge lamprey on it). White/Green protroll with white fly. I was fishing solo, so that king was released to grow bigger. Ended up 6 for 8, all lakers and a nice king……now looking to break the 25lb mark for the year. One of the teen kings I caught on Saturday had a lamprey on both sides…..unfortunately lost at the net so I did not get to remove them. Anyone else noticing more lampreys on the kings? See, lamprey to the right in the picture. It was about 18 inches long!
  10. Thanks for report! Out here now. Just landed a nice king (15.4lb) using this info! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. I got a later start than usual, on the water by 7, fished from 20 FOW to 600 FOW. Used riggers, divers, leadcore and copper….spoons (many different colors/sizes), flies and meat. I varied my speed, turned the AP off and did S-turns….and many other variations. Saw minimal bait, very few hooks; the hooks I did see were small. In close, the water was chocolate milk….fair amount of debris, a few small marks, but no takers. Immediately outside of that, out to about 60-70 FOW was clear ice water. After that, out to about 600 FOW surface was high 50s with 42 degrees at 50-70 ft down. All I had to show for it was one nice steelhead (on my way trolling back in) and as evidence there was some bait, an alewife (yes I refreshed my meat rig). They have to be some place, but I did not find them. Could not even count on the “blind squirrel effect†yesterday…..err... maybe that was the steelhead!
  12. When the first one cracked, they quickly sent me a new base of the same style. When the second one cracked, it had been 3 years and I was not aware of the new design and had decided to go with the stainless base and did not even consider calling them. Based on this thread, I called and they sent me two "kits" (3881958) to upgrade my old plastic swivel mounts. They are still mostly "reinforced" plastic, but have a key added element of an aluminum support plate. Even if the plastic does crack (and they say it is stronger), the downrigger is not going overboard with the aluminum support plate. Even if your low profile swivel mounts have not cracked yet, I would call and get the upgrade kit. I too, received the new boom ends earlier this year, and they work great! Sometimes when you buy the latest model there is some risk of issues until all the hardware and software quirks are worked out. But Cannon has stood behind their product, quickly providing any parts or upgrades shipped FedEx. Johnson Outdoors in general has had good customer service repairing my hummingbird sonar, which was a few months out of warranty, for no charge! I prefer the stuff I buy to be perfect, but when not, appreciate good customer service.
  13. I have used the Autotether for 3 years now. Fortunately have not needed it. I fish solo often and the thought of falling overboard rigging a line or netting a fish and watching my boat troll off to Canada is one of my nightmares! It does work well as I test it periodically and occasionally walk away from the boat at dock and come back to it "triggered". Just need to remember to turn it off before you leave the boat to preserve the batteries.
  14. Both mine cracked...replaced them with stainless. I just could not bring myself to trust the plastic ones again. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. I have a 788 di.....use the 200khz transducer. I have an issue where it will mistake bait or a large fish as bottom for several seconds. ......plays havoc with my cannonlink. Any settings to resolve this? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  16. Great report thanks.....glad to see some kings over 10lbs being caught.
  17. Great report, thanks. Although not as many fish, I had similar observations both Saturday and today...... fish spread thin and no kings over 10lbs. I even had double kings on the same line (slider) and they did not add up to 10 lbs!
  18. I was one of those....there was a real sharp 5+ degree thermal break with a distinct scum line. Don't know about the others but I only caught a few small ones (couple steelhead, skippy king, and of all things a brown) so small I did not even use the net. Did not get into the nicer size steelhead until about 350fow trolling back in.
  19. Wow those steelhead are beauties.....10lbers put up quite a fight....no surprise to lose a couple. Nice job again! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  20. Great report. I must not have been near you guys.....did not hear you cheering! 8^) Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  21. I did not make it out quite that far (to about 360ft)....did see a couple of boats out further...until the fog rolled in! Nice job finding them with the mess the winds left us with. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  22. Nice job. Thanks for the report. We will need to see what this weather does for next week. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  23. Nice job! I started unhooking the same way for lakers, skippy salmon and smaller steelhead. I notice a much shorter revival time and healthier swim away ....and a cleaner boat (no laker crap). However, I did have a larger steelhead that was not completely played out throw a tornament rig and embed the hook in my knuckle last year (had to cut it out)..so be careful. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  24. Nice job. Glad to see the kings are still around.....could not find many yesterday. Sent from my Transformer TF101 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  25. Solo trip this morning. Discovered my GPS was dead in my Humminbird, so no autopilot to start. Started in 80ft of water trolled north. Found a slight thermal break from about 53 degrees to 50 degrees at about 100ft. It was pretty warm (47) clear to the bottom, but managed a couple salmon (8-10lb) and a several small steelhead (3-4lbs). Had a salmon and steelhead double at one point….would have made a good YouTube video….solo, no autopilot, switching back and forth, rod over rod……can’t believe I actually landed them both. It shut down about 7, so I headed deeper. Fish, caught on riggers (down and sliders) and 300 copper; wonderbread, mixed veggie, and NK28 orange crush spoons. Next break was 50 degrees to 46 degrees (maybe around 130ft?), this had some colder water under it and some nicer steelhead (5-7lbs). Had 5 on, landed only 3. They put up nice aerial battles….was going to throw them back anyway so did not mind. No salmon. These came mostly on the sliders, orange spoons. At about 160+ft there was another break from 46 degrees to 43 degrees. I was marking suspended fish, but all I could catch were lakers…..even on sliders trolling 3mph. They were pretty nice size…but. Caught on white/green dot protroll and green fly; orange crush. One thing I noticed today were a lot of “mini†streakers on the sonar. Finally caught one, a skippy king. Another fun day, but where are all the bigger kings?!
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