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    Freshwater and saltwater fishing, photography, boating, and writing
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    Canandaigua, Geneva, Sodus Point
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  1. Thanks for posting. There are some golden tips and rules of thumb in that article and most of it transfers to Lake O and other fresh waters as well.
  2. You may wish to look at the issue from a little different angle. Specific speeds relate to a host of different variables or factors and even speed ranges as well. It may be more important to consider the best speeds at which the lures that you are running operate best at. Big differences in sticks and spoons and lengths of lines away from boat etc. What may run well for one boat may not for another depending on all these variables so it may be more important to run compatible lures and set-ups and check your particular lures at the side of the boat etc. Browns are opportunists so seeing something appearing "vulnerable" or wounded may be more important than anything.
  3. Sounds good Ted. Lets hope for some good weather with the right amount of wind
  4. I fully agree John. The fun is in trying to figure the stuff out and listening to what they are telling us
  5. X2 one of the better investments of your fishing money
  6. The ROYGBIV sounds good and may be the case but it should also be noted that it is based on HUMAN vision. We know that fish eyesight may be different than humans as they are suspected of being able to respond to UV rays etc. so I wouldn't treat the theory as the word of God either. The fact that black or purple or the combination may work well could be because they are dark and contrast with the sky as "shadows" and the action (e.g. movement in the water) of the lure may be a factor in combination with with the contrasting shape of the lure. Who really knows? What I am trying to illustrate is that we can't always make assumptions based on incomplete information just as in blindly following the depth charts may be quite misleading.
  7. They basically work for lakers about anywhere. Everybody has their favorite color combos but I think it is the action down deep that they are responding too and they are deadly. Anyone that fishes for lake trout should have a few of these in their arsenal along with the Hammerhead cowbells ahead of them.
  8. My comment wasn't intended to bash big boards as in really rough water situations they run better than most inlines and I started out with them and used them for years during the 70's through 90's, and you can easily run more than one line from them, but they can be a lot of work in heavy traffic so I simplified my game by using the inlines. I also use outriggers from time to time which a lot of folks don't care for but in heavy traffic folks usually stay away from you when they see them deployed. All of it has pluses and minuses so you have to try it and see what works for your own situation.
  9. Yes it is a concern but it is with wire too when they fishhook variety are thick. Everyone has their preference and the braid may be quieter (e.g. stealth) but nobody is sure whether the hum of the wire attracts or repels either. In the end it is a preference issue. If tyou run two downriggers change one to braid and the other to wire and decide for yourself.
  10. In my view this is not a yea or nay situation or decision. Like politics there is a place for moderation of view. As with leadcore and copper these setups have a different "signature" in the water and each type of them have their strengths and weaknesses. Rather than look for quick or easy answers it pays to try things out for yourself and gather your own intel from which to make decisions based on your own specific situation, needs, boat setup. or tackle availability. There is no actual right or wrong to most of this stuff just different ways of doing things and sometimes regardless of the particular setup the hands on experience is what leads to success in using whatever particular material, approach, or technique is selected.
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  12. I believe the lighter flutter versions may be about 2 mm or so. Sometimes one version over the other will be hammering the lakers for some reason while the other is less effective at that particular time. That gives rise to the suggestion Either way it is a cool way to fish and the technique used is critical as well. Sometimes people in the same boat will have radically different results because of it Best of luck out there.
  13. Sutton made both a thicker (heavier like yours) version and a flutter spoon thickness version which have quite different action. Your spoons Yvon closely replicate the heavier Millers and you've come as close as any I have seen If you can lay your hands on some lighter (brass) metal the flutter version is really worth making too
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