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  1. Yes, they are neat fish I guess. When they poop you see just see a cloud of "sand", crushed mussels. I have also seen carp feeding on mussels. Good thing something likes to eat them I suppose. We used to do some shallow night dives off the college in Oswego. Believe it or not the drum often become very docile at night, sometimes allowing us to "pet" them. A former dive partner was somewhat of a drum "fish whisperer". She would pet them, hold them, they almost seemed to enjoy it.
  2. I never tried one. But as a SCUBA diver I can tell you a major part of their diet in Lake Ontario and the SLR is zebra/quagga mussels. They tip down, take a scoop of them in their mouth, then you hear a very audible crunch noise. Kind of like the fresh water version of parrot fish.
  3. Yes, but in most of the state you are allowed to "catch and release" for bass prior to the opening. This is not true in the areas discussed above. It's easy to catch bass when they are "on the beds" because they aggressively defend their beds. But now with the gobies the nest is immediately raided. By the way, the darn gobies leave their eggs underneath cobble rocks and their fry stay there for some time after hatching. You can see this by lifting cobble rocks when diving or snorkelling in areas in the SLR.
  4. They certainly are an interesting fish and Chowdaire that is an awesome picture. I have heard about their spawning colors but have never seen it. Would that be a male?
  5. I SCUBA dive in Lake Ontario in the Oswego area. The bass eggs are often deposited in "nests" formed by the bass removing mussel fragments. They are constantly hounded by gobies, it's amazing that any survive. They should probably have this law in any body of water that the gobies have established themselves in. Unless, in some bodies of water, the goal is to reduce the bass population.
  6. That is a great idea. I would hope that many, if not most, are just not aware of the law.
  7. I have not seen large numbers of dead gobies, ever. Alewives seem very fragile. We used to net juveniles for perch bait and it was near impossible to keep them alive. Sometimes we froze them in tin foil. Gobies, on the other hand, seem tougher. Plus they live on the bottom and don't have a swim bladder supposedly so I'm guessing they stay on the bottom mostly when they die. Maybe.
  8. That is indeed very cool footage and surprising to me. I have done a fair amount of diving around Abay and I always found walleye to be so skittish that I could not get close to them. I most often would see them on the downstream side of islands. Pike and bass would let us approach closer than the walleye. Thanks, really enjoyed it!
  9. Yes, back then the "shiners", as we called them, were disgusting on the beaches. After they were on the beaches they would be alive with maggots. In the summer there would be schools of them that seemed to be a mile or longer long.
  10. Justin, I see that there are currently four nice looking ML 10 IIs on Gunbroker. They start at a grand and the current bid on one with scope and accessories is almost 1900. I think I paid around 750 for mine at Beikirchs maybe 8 years ago. One issue with the ML II is that Savage no longer offers any parts. I see on ebay that there are aftermarket ventliners and breech plugs, guess I should take a chance and stock up. Right now I can't find any primers online, very little AA 5744, etc. It's crazy, hope things settle down.
  11. Steelie, would you mind saying what your .308 load was? Factory or handload?
  12. Yes, great job. You did that deer (and the other hunter) a big service.
  13. The biologists say that an essential part of the grub life cycle is shore birds (like herons) that feed on fish and snails. So it makes sense that the grubs are more prevalent on smaller, shallower (and so warmer) bodies of water. I remember fishing a small lake in Ontario that was loaded with nice sized rock bass on a canoe trip. I kept a dozen for a shore lunch; they were absolutely loaded with yellow grubs. We were not hungry enough to eat them! The gulls didn't mind them.
  14. Four guys with shotguns in a rocking 14 foot boat, what could possibly go wrong? Glad to hear that they are ok.
  15. I took a walk down to the Oswego river yesterday afternoon before the rain. Lots of fisherman up by the dam, as usual. I saw people catching salmon, could not get too close to the dam where most of the fisherman were, it was too crowded. There are few boats out on the lake now, guess most of the fish are in the river? A week or so ago I would see dozens of boats off shore from my office. The parking lots were packed, saw vehicles from lots of different states.
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