Capt Vince Pierleoni

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  1. You could mount a transducer mounting block with 3m caulk without putting any holes in transom.
  2. Unless you have existing holes you can use for transom mount transducer, I favor a transom mounting block. This way if any adjustments are made you can move it around easily on the plastic block. The only issue I could think of with that units stock transducer is the 83hrz MAY cause some interference with a Fish Hawk transducer. When I ran that model it was with the 50/200 Airmar. That is a great price on that unit.
  3. Excellent unit, used one on the 24 fter. I did run it on an Airmar transducer though.
  4. It seems like yesterday, Jerry and Tommy walking the streets of Olcott during Pro-Am week in their matching camo pants( mid to late 80's). We will get there as soon as we can after the charter.
  5. The answer is, the cormorant should never have become a "federally protected bird." This needs to change asap.
  6. Good points Tom. I have felt for a long time that the "sharpshooter" cormorants are a huge factor in predation of the young Steelhead. There is no species in our system that feeds higher in the column early in life than the Steelhead and Rainbows. They are easy pickings for the death birds. Special consideration as to where and when the Salmon and Steelhead are released is necessary--whether direct stocked or released from a pen. Often Salmonoids will remain huddled up in, or near the harbor and be decimated by birds. Another factor is the timing of plants/releases. Yearling Steelhead are voracious. If they are planted the same day or the day after the fingerling Chinook are released you will lose a considerable amount to the Steelhead. Also opportunistic anglers(bucket sitters) will often purposely fish for the 8"-10" trout because its an every cast proposition. Our marina does an excellent job shooing them out of stocking site and informing them that they were just stocked and not legal. All in all it takes lots of extra effort to insure better survival of all the species, both fingerliing and yearling. Last Spring we purposely released the Steelhead pen when there were few Cormorants around the harbor and the water was a bit stained. All of the little thing s can add up big and I certainly appreciate everyone who helps out with the pens and deliveries up and down the lakeshore.
  7. AMEN! When they restructured the online/DECALS license issuing system I wanted info inputted as to where and what species were fished for. Did not happen. I feel the understanding of the financials of this fishery coulld be much better understood by NY government.
  8. Lots of history there. Could you imagine if those spoons could talk? I don't know how you came by them, but If I had to guess the angler who accrued them fished from Sodus to Oak Orchard mostly, and had some connection or time spent on the fingers as well. The Alpena Diamonds and Jensen Flutter spoons as well as the Tamiron spoons all came with welded rings stock OEM. Not only because the Chinook you hooked back in that era (mid 70's--early 80's) may be the only one of the day(or week), but also because top quality split rings were hard to come by.
  9. We always enjoy your contributions UT. We are well aware of the priorities flying in the face of the angling public here in the States as well. Same type of initiatives. I know Ontario province has a history of financial stakes in commercial netting so the Sport fishery that I know so many over there covet should never be taken for granted.
  10. Davy, I'm glad you found a home in the fly fishing community. Being condescending to a very hard working volunteer will get us nowhere. He is well liked and respected by many members of the DEC just as you are. You cannot deny that many of your trib exclusive fly fishing peers have disdain for Chinooks just because of the dregs of society they attract. I fish river Kings but from a boat I realize it isnt as awful as watching some of the circus that you do. From my vantage point our biggest problem is when the laws are enforced the local judges do not treat it as real crime. I'm sure if we could attach the true dollar value of each fish--even a spawned out Chinook, the crimes could be considered felonies because they are stealing from us all. To top it off, new generations of anglers learn to disrespect trib trout and salmon from these criminals. Most of the worst ones are not anglers or hunters in any way, in fact they now stake out tiny trout tribs and pillage them in the middle of a winter night. These violations have more to do with the state of our country than the Chinook Salmon running a river. I would support a ban on egg sacs even though we sometimes use them on the Niagara but I believe Sk8 man is correct, the big market is in human consumption of the eggs, and some of the criminals are not even legally in this country. The fastest way to save thousands of trout in the tribs would be for us all to find a way that the violations and downright felonious activities are truly punished and enforced. We ALL want that. As for the Steelhead issue regarding their diet, perhaps some Lake fishermen should have been included in the meeting you hosted. I saw the notes and yes, it does seem that a whole lot of blame was sent towards lake fishermen. Remember, it can work both ways. There's lots of blame that could sent towards trib anglers but lets be productive for a few minutes. I know that they are not as desired to fly fishermen as the Washington Strain Steelhead, but it appears domestic Rainbows are much less affected by the issue. I can tell you they will hang out where the gobies are, and that is very rarely the case with Washington Strain Steelhead. I feel that the intense winters that caused havoc in the system created some extremely unusual scenarios in the lake. Never have I seen young Cohos behave the way they did--not only the size of the baits they were attacking but WHERE they were found in early Spring. We did not have anywhere near the aquatic insects available and almost no emerald shiners. The good news is the emeralds began to bounce back and I would expect that this storm is just a blip in a very warm winter and emeralds and insects should be back in normal numbers. Both of these are critical and highly sought after to young Steelhead and Coho. Lets hope that the Steelhead situation was an anomaly and the system stops losing fish.
  11. While I would prefer 20 size for walleye, I would buy the 30 size to be able to do all what you are trying to do with a minimum of gear. Remember to back drags off every time you are done fishing so they don't "set up."
  12. Do not run divers off your leadcore or coppers, not only will you run out of willing fishing partners to reel that mess in, but it will defeat the presentation that core and copper are designed to do. If I can make one suggestion to this new adventure, don't run more than one core or copper(run off back of boat) until you become well accomplished with riggers and divers. Not only will you be more successful, but you will be less of a problem while fishing in congested areas. Guys that are new to the fishery do not understand how close or far to be while in the vicintity of other trollers or people battling fish. It takes experience to know when lines need to be pulled to avoid a conflict and certainly dealing with tangles will suck the fun out of your water time.
  13. Get ready for a whirlwind of fun and frustration. This will be some of the best moments of your life learning Lake O and Lake Erie fisheries. Nothing can replace on-the -water time and trial and error but to answer your downrigger rod question: Downrigger rods tend to have softer tipped rods with a parabolic action(the rod flexes evenly from tip to butt). This is often referred to as a "slow" action rod. It is necessary to choose rods that will handle the presentations and fish that you will most often pursue. I would choose different rods for Walleye than Salmon. Anglers have to balance having a soft enough rod that allows full "loading" while set in the downrigger and won't pull hooks out at the boat vs having enough backbone to steer the fish while landing and being able to wield the presentation while in the water ahead of the fish. Large Salmon flashers present a bigger challenge than a small spoon. With all the great fisheries you are looking to get in on, you will eventually want 2 sets of downrigger rods. I would say a set of ML action 7'-8' rods for the fingers and Erie, and a set of 8'-8 1/2' M action for Lake Ontario Salmon.
  14. There may be some validity to this but there are very real concerns about disease being transferred and the agencies pride themselves in having "clean" eggs. I personally think the Lake Ontario strain Chinooks are well adapted to our system/habitat. They seem less prone to ailments and in my opinion less likely to mature earlier. They come from the wild where the fittest/strongest survive and reproduce. The Canadians have broken the ice on the great idea of using eggs/sperm from this strain to create fingerlings and stock in poor return areas. With todays pressure on the highly sought after Chinook, NYS/Ontario needs contributions from both natural and stocked sources.
  15. The breaks are definitely more in play after a cold winter. With yo yo weather the lake warms up faster and more uniformly--great for the food chain but tougher to find fish corralled. I'm in my 33 year as a Professional and quite frankly I get zero requests to target Steelhead in the lake from Charter parties. They are a welcome treat, and are in their top physical condition in the open water. Any trib angler that hasn't experienced them in the lake in 60 degree water needs to. The simple fact is Steelhead are available to anglers throughout our marketplace PA/OH. It is the Pacific Salmon and Brown trout that are the novelty, and drive our tourism dollars in this area. Any Captain who lives in the area and is an ambassador to this fishery enjoys and respects all the species but this is simply the case.