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Chris Gatley

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  1. This is nothing new but not too many people do it. Most all video and guys I know across all the great lakes target them at river mouths in that 30-60 foot of water range. Over deep water, you can get them on jigs if they are on bait. No bait, it is brutally tough. Browns take jigs incredibly well. WE get them as deep as 100feet down. And if you like lake trout fishing, lakers love jigs. There are two guys that I know on Champlain (Burlington) right now banging up 6-12pound lakers; drop and reel. Take a look at www.ardentangler.org. I have a lot of video there on jigging browns and some on lakers. The kings did not cooperate last summer for me.
  2. Daiwa Sacrifice Leaf Jigs. In an effort to go smaller than last year, I will be using Seagate 20 conventionals on Saltiga Jigging rods in the 5'10" size. You can also use spin reels but many fish hit the jig on the descent and lead to missed fish. At least for me.
  3. Yes, I have actually. Back when I worked for Shimano (now with Daiwa), they sent me to the Great Lakes right when they launched their Butterfly Jigging System. On days when it blew hard, we were forced to fish and field test the product on the Finger Lakes. We caught tons of lakers. We did not target brown trout. I fished for a 10 day period in August. The difference between a 1 and 2 ounce jig isn't much because we are swimming the jig through the water. Think of it as a zara spook for the top water bass guy. My jig is swimming in that Zara Sppok style zig zag motion underwater vertically. But, as you go heavier, lure sizes tend to get larger which in turn, turns these fish off I think. On both lakes, 45 gram jigs are hands down the best. Followed by 55 and 75 Grams. I would not go heavier than 75 grams. Sting-o jigs out of NJ makes a 60 gram jig that performed well last year too. In fact, Ted Dobs from Lake Ontario Outdoors Magazine preferred that jig. By now, most all manufacturers are selling some sort of jig. But, keep in mind that the jig is swimming through the entire water column, not being jigged in a specific depth range repeatedly like one would say a crippled herring. This swimming of the jig has me personally looking for jigs with defined edges and planing surfaces for the best fluttering action. Not all jigs are created equal. The cutting edges and planing surfaces equate to better fluttering and swimming actions in my opinion.
  4. Thanks Mortigan, Here is a teaser http://www.onthewater.com/fishing/lake-ontario-vertical-jigging-recap-otw-tv/ http://www.onthewater.com/fishing/lake- ... ap-otw-tv/
  5. I forgot to add a Special tTanks goes to Lake Ontario Outdoors Magazine. The folks at LOO helped me pattern the lakes in the weeks prior as well as helping as the chase boat. But, they had just as much fun as they were catching fish too.
  6. Last year while working for Navionics, I brought the folks from On The Water Television to Lake O. Those that get Comcast Sportsnet in New England will see just how productive Vertical Jigging can be. The show airs on Sunday, March 25th at 10am. I am working on segments that can be aired here as well but that will take more time. I have been vertical jigging the lake for years so nothing is new but the latest trends so THANKS to K&G Lodge and Top Gun Charters as well as Good Times Sportfishing for keeping me in the loop. In the end, most of the show was filmed in the trench where we had 30 fish days easy! Thanks Capt. Chris Gatley Formerly of Navionics Now with Daiwa Corporation
  7. Rapala uses VMC hooks on all of their lures, even Luhr Jensen products.
  8. The Daiwa Seagate is a non level wind and they have a small reel suitable for brownies. But, I never matched the Seagate 20 to a Saltist 20. It may be the same size but the Seagate 20 is small. Sells at $149 and has the saltist guts.
  9. Learn more on HDS at my site under electronics Www.ardentangler.org There are around 12 videos but not tracks. That is a good one. Also try using the find feature. That makes life easier as well.
  10. I have found it to be accurate myself. I was shocked two weeks ago when I jumped aboard The University of Vermont's research vessel and they use the TD every day. It matches their probes data they send down. I actually have video on all of it too, even the UVM probe and data collection. I may have put some of that in the video section here. If not, I'll get it up.
  11. I took some video from the research vessel on Lake Champlain the other week. Using some expensive gear, they showed us a little about temperature, chlorophyll, clarity and more. The quaality is poor and I will work on it but better than nothing. Listen close. O-leFk8Q_kc For more visit, www.ardentangler.org and click on Capt.'s Cam Reports
  12. Just wanted to share this link and their thoughts. Rather than keep you in suspense, day two put roughly 20 browns/lakers in the boat. Even the Lake Ontario Outdoors boat caugh fish while helping us film. http://www.onthewater.com/?p=5883&preview=true More at www.ardentangler.org with video uploads happening all week.
  13. metal is good. treated me well so far. which brand?
  14. GrqU5QXEpIc Here is some action from a recent TV shoot with On The Water. The salmon would follow but not commit. so we targeted browns. Th eastern basin salmon need one more week till they hit the jig.
  15. Mercury opti 115 is one of their best motors ever. If it has the blue saltwater logo you found gold. Sounds like an egg beater when running 4500 rpm's but that's offset by your need to pull skiers out of the water. Ditto the others, I troll mine too.
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