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  1. Jason, I Don't usually need to slow down for Lakers. I run 2.5 for them and catch them all day. As long as your tackle presents properly they don't care. P.S. Last Spring I caught 2 lakers at over 4 mph...
  2. GD2 is in again Sent from my SM-N900V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. Man, I might be convinced to come back to the Oak again this year. I like that idea!
  4. I used to do it when I fished Cayuga Lake. It was easy to do. I recommend doing it if you fish pretty regularly.
  5. We got a chance to meet George Poveromo at the Bass Pro/World Wide Sports in Islamorada. Had to get a pic with the wife and her friend. Sent from my SM-N900V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. Here is a link to the last couple of minutes of that fight with the big Barracuda. We forgot that we had the Go Pro mounted and ready to go until the end of the fight. https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=200B591A28D76916&id=200B591A28D76916%211692&v=3 Listen to the chatter...it is pretty funny.
  7. Ray - that was a small tuna but I marinated the fillets for about 20 -30 minutes in a olive oil/orange juice concoction that I found on line. Grilled it up and it was truly AWESOME! The YT Snapper were awesome too.That cuda was no Joke. By far the biggest i have ever seen and that includes on TV shows. Going to get scuba certified this year and try some diving next year. The deep edge of the reef is much further out in Key Largo than Marathon but you are correct....The Gulf Stream is generally a lot closer. It was only a couple miles outside of the reef last week when we were there. Both places are great but we were able to find bait a lot easier in Key Largo than Marathon. We found lots of Blue Runners, Pilchards, and Ballyhoo in Key Largo. In Marathon we get lots of Pinfish and Ballyhoo but have never gotten a Blue Runner or Pilchard. ....mainly because we don't know where exactly to look. That would be a blast. Gotta be prepared to spend about $1500 per person to do it right for a week!
  8. Had a business trip to Key Largo so decided to rent a boat, ship some fishing gear and give it a go. I must start off by saying that I am a rookie when it comes to saltwater fishing having maybe 12 -15 outings under my belt. I have learned almost all of what I know from reading threads on FloridaSportsman.com, watching TV shows, and a couple of charter trips over the years. Even though I am a charter captain on Lake Ontario I have tons to learn as it is a completely different style of fishing. We picked up our rental boat Sunday morning with a forecast of great weather for the day. Loaded up our gear, bait, chum etc and headed offshore. Made our way out to 300 - 400 FOW (10-12 miles offshore) and tried trolling for tuna and whatever else we might find. Caught a few Bonita but didn't really see much else. We were pretty sure we would need to go out to maybe 600-800 FOW but one of our engines was knocking badly and didn't want to get stuck out there with only one engine. Worked our way into the reef and set up in about 45 FOW. Started the chum slick and immediately had all kinds of smaller fish at the boat. waited about 20 minutes and deployed one of those (now dead) Bonita with a pretty heavy weigh to get it to the bottom. Then rigged up some light tackle spinning rods for some Yellow tailing Action was pretty non-stop and as time went on they kept getting larger and larger. Most were between 12" and 15" but a couple larger started to get hooked up. Ended up catching maybe 15 or so. Threw back most but kept just enough for dinner for the 4 of us. About an hour into fishing the whole Bonita that I dropped to the bottom gets hit. I grab the rod and begin to fight it. Made the mistake of using a medium spinning rod with 20 lb test on spinning reel. After a 10 minute one sided "fight" the unknown beast just about spooled me. With 5 wraps left on the reel I locked it down and it broke me off. I figured it had to be a big shark? He stayed right down and I could not get it to move up toward the surface at all. I truly don't think it even knew it was hooked. When picked up and headed in. About half way back in, the motor that was knocking made a loud bang and started knocking MUCH louder. Shut it down and worked our way in on one motor. Contacted boat rental company and they brought me a different boat right away. With "new" boat loaded up on Monday morning we headed out at sunrise. Decided to try to go offshore a little farther this time. Worked out way out to about 550 FOW (about 15 miles offshore) and caught a few Bonita. Decided to not go out any further because the boat/bilge wreaked of gasoline and that made me a pretty nervous. I was fairly sure it was spillage from when they fueled it up but since this was our first day out with this boat I didn't want to chance getting any further offshore without and help nearby. As we trolled back in we got to about 500 FOW and came upon a great weedline and good current rip. I assume this was Gulf Steam??? It was running about 3 - 4 miles per hour from South to North. Trolled that weedline for a little while but was running out of time because i had to be back by 11 am for noon meeting. As we were trolling back in about 350 FOW we take a shot on one of our smaller islanders. A nice little Black Fin Tuna. We turned and trolled over that area for about another half hour but couldn't get anything to go. We pulled lines and headed in for the day. Most of the rest of the week was pretty uneventful. More reef fishing and some fishing off the dock. On Friday we were ready to go again but the lightning and wind was making things a little sketchy. Decided to cruise over the Pennecamp park and check out the canals/rivers and just go for a boat ride. We did take out fishing gear and played around in the river coming out of the South end of Largo Sound. Caught all kinds of small Blue runners and snapper etc. It was pretty fun for a few minutes. On the way out of the river back in the ocean I decide to deploy a Mann's Stretch 25 Hardbait about 20 feet off the back of the boat just for kicks. Within 5 or so minutes a takes a shot! A HUGE Barracuda! After a few jumps and a good battle I was able to get it to the boat. Once I got it in I didn't really know what I was going to do with it. Never occurred to me that I would catch this beast. Gaffed it through the bottom lip and brought it on board. Took a couple quick pictures and sent him back on his way. I know you are not supposed to hold them upright like that if you want to release but I had no idea what the heck I was doing. Released back into the water and it swam away. Hope it made it so someone else can catch it another day. I estimate it to be about 55-60" long. I am 6' tall as a reference. No idea how much it might have weighed? It had much more girth than the photo shows. I had the fish at a funny angle in the picture. All in all it was a great week. We usually go to Marathon but we all enjoyed our time in Key Largo and might go back there instead of Marathon next year.
  9. Great video! Makes you wonder if all those "hit n runs" are just fish that miss your fly but get snagged on the outside of their mouth?They take a little run then pull the hook. That also shows how important the length of leader from the SD to the fly is. Too short and the fish can't "catch" it. Too long and they are not attracted to it.
  10. Fishing is as good or better than it has been all year out of Sodus. Lots of BIG marks on the Sonar and still tons of bait around.
  11. I have one of those flies. Being that it was tied by a Mr. Pohanche from PA , it doesn't have enough material, the material isn't long enough, and the stem is too long to flip it the other way. I tried it!!!! In either case it works the way it is. ...and the price was most definitely right!
  12. Been there and done that last year! I feel your pain. A month ago my wife adjusted a rod holder but didn't tighten it down. She set my brand new diver rod and reel with wire in it and it fell to the bottom of Lake O. $200 sinking... A week later I am packing up for the day, Trying to set my rod in the holder and watched it fall into the lake. I somehow missed the rod holder.... It sunk in slow motion just slightly faster than I could get to it.
  13. Go Pro Studio editing software is free and really easy to use. You can shorten those videos to about 45 seconds each and save on upload time.
  14. Ha Ha!!! So True. When the fishing sucks as bad as it has it leaves you a lot of time to think
  15. As it turns out I think you a right. Many teams went back to their numbers from the previous day (way East or way West of Sodus) and the fish were gone. Luckily some of them had moved to right out in front of Sodus where you guys were. The bite Sunday for us was actually pretty good after about 8 am. The early bite was pretty weak. We just missed a few that made for an average day for us.
  16. Not sure I agreed with the rule about being past the pier head by 2 pm but in hind site it made for some exciting drama at the end on Sunday! Great job!
  17. All my Kings yesterday came way deeper than the thermocline. Most came in 40-42 degree water which was about 100 down.
  18. Ditto! Great job and thanks for all of the effort by everyone involved.
  19. Nicely done! We went 4 for 8. The 4 that we landed weren't overly huge but were pretty nice fish. 1 keeper king, 1 keeper Brown, a laker, and a skippie king.
  20. Although I cannot fish this event, I am very happy to see that you have Paypal available to pay. I'm not sure why more tourneys don't except Paypal. It is so much easier than mailing checks and/or driving half way across the state to enter a tourney or Big Fish Friday event. In most cases I would be happy to pay the additional paypal fee just so I wouldn't have to drive or even mail out a check. Nice Job!
  21. Nice Job Crummer! Your new rig is sweet.Can't wait for the Pro Am and Salmon Slam. Don't know if I'll be trolling at 4 mph but I know the fish will bite at that speed!
  22. Any chance a list of boat/team names that are signed up for tourney and 1 K per day could be posted? I mailed in sign ups for both but neither check has been cashed.
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