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  1. Good to see your report! I used to fish out of that port a TON when I had a cottage out that way. I loved fishing out there because there weren't many boats and you were kinda between the Oak and Olcott. In May, we would get the Niagara water too if the wind blew the right way and it would be fantastic. Summer months would hold fish too from 250-500 most days and the browns stack up in July in that 50-90 foot section. It's a cool area and not many folks use or it know about it. The bummer is that they don't keep that channel open as much as they could but I would imagine that it's a never ending job. Thanks again for your post! Flanman
  2. Between the moon and transition, the bite has to be tough right now. I'll get out in a week or so and give it another try. Fishing on the west end this spring was pretty good and lot's of skippy sized fish so I'm hoping that's a good sign. Thanks for the report Flanman
  3. Super cool! Congrats on the catch! Love seeing the Cisco Flanman
  4. Fishing on their side of the fence is not a great idea. Our licenses have no bearing on that side of the line. Personally, I think it’s stupid but not my call. Flanman Sent from my iPad using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. Ran out at 7AM and worked 75-125 FOW - 2 small kings and lost 3. No majors. Lots of marks and bait. Only had until 11AM so didn't want to push out too far as my buddy had to be back for a meeting. Tried mostly a spoon program, green glow frogs, mongoose, and chicken wings - put WD-40 on 100 foot of the main line (30lb Ande) and the fleas come right off. I run 15 foot of 12 lb fluorocarbon leaders in front of the Ande but no WD-40 on that as it's running horizontal in the water. Will try again tomorrow as I will have more time. I think we are fighting that full moon a bit. It was very bright last night with the clear sky. Thanks and good luck to all, Flanman
  6. Super cool! That's the best. I love taking my niece too - she goes crazy and it's so much fun watching the kids catch crappies, white bass, yellow perch, and sunnies. It's one of my favorite things to do.
  7. I have a log in my fishing diary from the early 90s that says when the alewives are dying in late May, pull the boat and go find another lake to fish or go get some chores done. There had to be an upwelling or something which is normally what causes it - thermal shock. I was up by the lake in Webster on Thursday and it stunk pretty bad. It will all come back as soon as the thermocline sets up. This hot weather must have the lake in transition, I would imagine. If it is, it will just set up that much faster and the early summer bite will be on. Just my .02 dollars. Flanman
  8. Was out there all day Friday on the south end and didn't see a flag move - over 20 tip ups out between us the the group near us. Plenty of ice though - 6 inches in some spots and that was Friday. Good luck Flanman
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  10. They aren't in Lake Ontario? They are a super cool fish - I would like to learn more about it. Flanman
  11. Perch aren’t in yet - was there yesterday Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. That brown looks like something out of a painting- gorgeous! Super nice job! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. Off Braddocks - similar situation- 1 salmon off blue dolphin. 220 down 80. Tough screen. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. Hi all, I posted this a few weeks back and maybe I am crazy but I keep my boat on a trailer so before I go, I run out about 300 ft of line and coat the center of a rag with WD40 and run it down and back up the line. Then reel it back in and do the next one. I only run 4 or 5 rigger rods and a copper on the board this time of year so it's not that bad - takes me 10 mins or so before I leave and I swear it helps. It doesn't fix the problem completely but I seem to get less fleas and when I get them they are easier to come off. I absolutely love the on board spray down idea - I have a hose on the back of the boat and never thought of that one! That's super cool. I run 30# BG and 30# pink Ande - If the fleas are bad, I just don't put my wire diver out - too crazy. If the hose spray down method really is super effective, I might do WD40 on the wire and also the hose on the back of the boat. I am intrigued. Lastly, when I do the WD40, I don't do the leader, just the main 30# line - the leader is running horizontally so it shouldn't be getting many fleas on it. Thanks all for awesome info! FLANMAN
  15. I might be crazy BUT I’ve been taking my line out 200 Ft and coating a rag with WD40 in the center and running it up and down the line before fishing and it seems to help with the fleas. I trailer my boat so I do it in the yard. It seems to keep the number of fleas down but it also makes them easier to flick off. I have 30 ft of Yozuri Hybrid leader - I don’t coat that - just the 200ft of 30 lb line Again- I might be crazy but it seems to be helping me in both LO and the FLX. Hope someone else benefits. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  16. We got out a little later (8:15) and hit a real nice Coho on a red spoon and a Big Jon mini diver in the prop wash and 2 skip kings. Marked some bait and fish in the 140 range and then again around 220 - screen was tough. Didn't see too many nets in the water either on the other boats. Ran mostly a green program with mongoose glow ladder backs and dolphins. Ran copper out 350 for a while off the board too but no takers. Marked some fish that were down 75 over 220 but couldn't get them to take anything, tried multiple directions and speeds. Don't have a fish hawk so I just watch my cable angles really closely and listen to the hum of the cables and try to fish the marks. Ran spoons from 70 to 93 feet. Good luck out there - not the screen I expected for this time of year but still a beauty of a day to be on the Big O! Flanman
  17. I've actually done a decent amount of looking into this over the years. Grocery stores and fish mongers are legally allowed to sell you fish with higher levels of contamination than what we are catching in Lake Ontario for the most part. I am not going to say that is true of a 30 year old lake trout. I will say it of salmon, browns, and rainbows. I would not hesitate to eat a 5-8 lb lake trout and have many times. They are very good if prepared properly, especially smoked. New York State wants zero exposure to legal drama over someone blaming them that they got cancer from eating fish that the state put in the lake. I don't necessarily blame them on that. SUNY Brockport did a study years ago and the highest levels of contamination that they could find was around .08 ppm and I believe that was the whole fish, which of course we don't eat the whole fish. Last time I checked, the store is allowed to sell fish with contamination levels as high as 2 ppm. A long time fisheries biologist told me once that NYS doesn't want to trigger a commercial fishery out there - i don't know if that is true. Bottom line is that there are a lot of fish being sold in store and by mongers that have higher levels of contamination that what we are catching. I don't even want to get into the mass produced chicken, beef, and pork that millions of people are mindlessly eating every day. That's not to mention the farm raised sea food coming from South Asia. Most people don't think of that but they say hey, should I be eating the fish out of the great lakes? How about the McBurger or the Tilapia you're eating? Now that's nasty. Eat away my friends - we have some awesome fisheries around here and some really nice fish to grill, fry, bake, and smoke. FLANMAN
  18. Kastmasters either blue and silver or green and silver- killer! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  19. I have the 2050 Authority - fantastic boat. Crestliner makes a great rig for sure. Congratulations on a sweet boat- you’ll be very happy.
  20. That’s awesome- always wanted to try it. I know John Gaulke of Finger Lakes Angling Zone has tried a few times. Congratulations!!! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  21. Fished East in shallow at first but didn’t see anything too exciting. Pulled up and ran to 250 - trolled out to 380-425 and screen lit up. Lots of bait and marks. Got a double screamers and lost one but got the other. Around 22 lb King. Got a steelie and lost him at the net. Got another steelie and put him back - he didn’t make it so my buddy Jake behind me scooped him and put him in the cooler. We had him back in the water fast so not sure why he didn’t make it. Lost another short strike. Nothing on the copper today- all green and silver spoons off riggers 70-85 down. 385 seemed to be the best. Fun time and good weather. Current was wicked.
  22. Fished on my old Aquasport with new owner and good friend Jake. Ran two riggers with 3 spoons on each plus a copper off the planer Fished 85-105 and had good marks and bait. 1 steelie 1 brown and 1 laker - all nice fish. Agreed on the fleas - not bad at all early and later they were ridiculous. They are super bad this year. You know it’s bad when they are all over your rigger cable let alone 30lb test I’m thinking of soaking a rag with WD 40 and coating the line as it runs down with the ball? It couldn’t make it any worse right? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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  24. I’m planning on Sandy as well - black crestliner Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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