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  1. THanks guys - sounds like i'll have to change my ways & resurrect the carolina rig - haven't used that since my tournament days.    Fishing deep with the potential of catching something is better than getting skunked.


    Now, I'm the complete novice at fishing deeper than 20 ft - so I hope some of you guys in the know could help me on how do you fish a carolina rig or slip shot rig from 40-50 ft deep - do you bother to cast it out or just vertical jig it at those depths ?


    Thanks again -



  2. Just got back from Clayton ... arggghhhhhhhhh

    Been fishing Clayton area since the early 80's - several times a year.  Used to fish tournaments up there, so lets just say I'm not a novice at fishing the bays and islands for pike and largemouth - never learned to fish deep for smallies like alot of guys do nowdays.   I'm old enough to remember how much better the fishing was before the clear water.   

    So fished 5 days, covered a ton of water & the grand total consisted of 2 little smallies under a foot, no largemouth, no pike.    No exaggeration - worst fishing I've seen ... EVER.   I can't recall getting flat skunked ever on the river - happened almost every day.   Wouldn't touch the usual money baits such as topwater, spinnerbaits of all shapes & sizes, senko's off/under docks, crankbaits, twister tail grubs.    Fished all the usual weedy spots a mile or two in all directions from Clayton - from a foot to 15 ft deep.    Weather was perfect first 4 days of the trip.   It's been a bit colder than average last couple weeks, so it's NOT like a big nasty cold front came in right before I arrived in NY and shut the bite off like a switch - fish should have acclimated to the slightly colder temps.

    Just curious if anybody has an explanation for this historical lousey fishing ?    I really don't know if the fish have all moved to deep water now that the zebra mussels have made the entire seaway crystal clear (I'm sure this applies for smallmouth, I just can't believe pike and largemouth have moved out of the weeds/bays to deep water); or perhaps the historic high water this spring/summer has messed up the entire ecosystem (thus, killed the bite); or has the goby infestation completely changed the food chain; or if I just need to change my ways and start fishing deeper (if thats the case, I'll take up golf - I've always hated fishing deep).

    I don't think I could take it if a bunch of fellas here respond that it has been the best fishing in years up on the St. Lawrence - please, for my sanity ... say it isn't so  shocked

  3. I can offer an idea - I used to cast my own lead jig heads - always used bullet heads I pulled out of the dirt backstop at my local shooting range - if it's a short distance pistol range, there will be plenty of lead head bullets (not copper jacketed) to pick up ... plus you'll be doing the range a favor.   I bet he could fill a bucket or two in an hour - and it'd be FREE !    Might just take a phone call to a local shooting range to arrange a time when no one is using the range - can't imagine they'd turn anyone down for "remediating" their range of lead waste.  Just a thought ...  

  4. Clayton guy

    Back when I was a teenager, my dad had a boat in Clayton (Stl Lawrence)  from the 80's through mid 90's - went up most every other weekend (lived in Binghamton / NE PA then).   Back when the water was dark before the zebra mussels.    Then got into tournament bass fishing and fished it more, and for the last 10 years, I make the journey up from the pocono's a couple times a year.    I find the St. Lawrence dramatically tougher fishing nowdays with the clear water and goby infestation, but hey, it's still a great place to fish & we always enjoy it.   


    Look forward to contributing to the new St. Lawrence forum ...

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