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Everything posted by Flanman

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Kastmasters either blue and silver or green and silver- killer! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. I have the 2050 Authority - fantastic boat. Crestliner makes a great rig for sure. Congratulations on a sweet boat- you’ll be very happy.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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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  10. I’m planning on Sandy as well - black crestliner Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Flanman


    On one of the bays Within site of Lake Ontario !!!! I'm sorry but I don't divulge the perch spots as I have in the past only to return to a LOT of people being there !!!! LOL -Crappie, Perch, Ramps, and Wild Mushrooms - a man has to keep certain location info close to the vest.
  12. Flanman


    Got 62 today - great day on the water!!!
  13. Had a tough pick at them today. Fished slightly West between 185-300 - fair amount of other boats but not bad. Guys on radio not doing that well either. Got one nice coho and missed 3 others- grrrr. Fished riggers from 35-60 - and a green frog wire diver on 3 with a green spin doctor and green glow taco. Ran planer board with various sticks. 2.2- 2.6. Met a guy at the dock with a sweet Hewes Craft that did well out in 400+ ouch. Didn’t think I had to go that far but I was wrong. I normally do do better but I keep missing the good water. Not being creative enough in my thinking I guess- oh well I guess that’s fishing. I heard folks on 68 say they barely marked a fish today. I assume they were being honest- I marked some but definitely not a great screen. Good of luck all. This week should set back up nice before we go into transition. I’d imagine it will happen pretty fast now.
  14. Had a tough go at them today- thought it was going to be a great one - fished mostly West from 30ft to 180ft and everything in between. Not many marks on screen - fished from 7am to 2pm and 2 nice lakers. Had a nice streaker come into the riggers but couldn’t get him to go. Ran 2 riggers - planer board- and diver program. Tried quite a bit of different depth speed and colors - sounds like I should have made the trip west to the bar. Was trying to save time and gas. I normally do much better but that’s fishing I suppose! Next time. Cheers to all. Flanman.
  15. I have a 20.5 Authority - thing is like a brick sh!t house
  16. 2004 16 Ft Lund Alaskan for Sale Very good condition - comes with Lowrance HDS8 and MinnKota bow mounted trolling motor. Also comes with two small Big Jon downriggers as well. Two brand new tires on trailer. 40 HP Yamaha 4 stroke. Side Console model with steering wheel (not tiller model). Great boat for all seasons - 7K. Caught lots of browns, lakers, perch, bass, etc on this boat. Call Dave at 585-233-1103
  17. It was tough for me out there today - just a skippy and one streaker on the screen. Fair amount of bait but not a ton of hooks
  18. Nothing out deep yet - got a Mtn Dew spinny and a green crinkle out on the wire about 250. Seeing some Bait clouds but not a ton. A few hooks but again not a ton. We are in 430
  19. Out front of Golden Hill in 400+ Just set up as I had issue with trailer this morning. Two riggers down 3 spoons each one down 45 the other75- going to put wire diver out next. Marking a little but not a ton. Going on 68 ,,,I'm all about sharing
  20. I've caught them out to 300 ft if the cold water pushes them out. I've also caught them on top when the water is 70 degrees - you never know. They are are great fish, we are really lucky to have them the way we do.
  21. Pete - I've done my share of jigging on the finger lakes with moderate to great success. I've tried Lake Ontario 3 times now and tried cabelas jigs and both 1 and 1.5 oz jig heads with paddle tails that work on Keuka and Cayaga but I can't get it to go. I am really anxious to get it to work on browns, lakers, and salmon. The screen was very strange today in 65-120 as in loosely formed bait with some hooks but not what I'm used to seeing. Your post gave me a lot of encouragement to keep trying. Did you catch all lakers? I know guys catch browns on the butterfly jigs but I still need to get some. I use 1 oz cast masters on Keuka in the fall with good success - I'm going to try that next. I am running about 35 feet of Floro between the lure and braid. Thanks so much for this post. It will keep me trying. Flanman
  22. Niagara Bar out of Wilson in May! Unbelievable fishing. Best of the year in my opinion. Planer Boards, divers and riggers all work. Nice mix of fish too!
  23. Niagara is a great option - lower river browns and steels - Jigging for lakers on Finger Lakes can be stupendous
  24. I am at it again today - I'm having a tough time again - surface to 70 down - not a bump - it has to be early transition - but they have to eat some time cause they haven't been eating much the last three days - wonder if I should go way deep or is it just a waste of gas? [ Post made via BlackBerry ]
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