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  1. nice buck, huge looking neck
  2. Glad you had a good week, thanks for reports
  3. Nice fish, sounds like a good vaca so far
  4. Got out around 730am Tuesday and fished the west side. Didn't mark much bait/arcs in shallow so worked out deeper and across towards east side, started marking more fish and got bites off the deeper rigger. Went 3/4 all salmon. 17incher went in the cooler, 2 dinks went back and a long distance release on another legal size silver. All fish off rigger at 55ft on green ladderback spoon behind vertical green blades... Made it out earlier today and it made a big difference. On the water before 6am and was headed to the area I found fish yesterday but marked some nice bait balls and arcs right out in front of my lift so decided to setup and trolled south (east side), kept marking fish in 20-60ft with bait but no releases... made a big turn to troll back north and got my first salmon off a steely dan stinger down 30ft. Trolling north through the same area and the bite was on. Ended up with 12 releases and boated 8. All legal fish from 15-21". Of course the best fish came off after a couple awesome leaps, looked to be a 4-5lbr and I was bummed for sure. But I had my limit on salmon and was happy with a nice 2 hrs of fishing. Bite seemed to shut off by 830. Orange seemed to be the color today and most fish came from the rigger at 30ft and from a cheater at approx 24ft on the deeper rigger. One off of a fly/dodger combo with 6 colors of leadcore. No fleas, few weeds, surface temp 72....
  5. I am planning on redoing the decking on my small boat dock on Seneca. Area doesn't freeze. Dock is for lift access only, about 30ft long, 4-5ft deep at end. There are currently 5 pairs of metal tube "pilings". I assume they are driven into the bottom. Area is sand/cobbles. Dock seems to wobble a bit but might be due to loose connections and rotten wood. My question is how deep should pilings be driven. One needs to be replaced and maybe more depending on wear once I get it taken apart. I was also just curious. Couldn't find anything too definite when I searched it online. Lots of stuff about seasonal docks... The pic below shows the dock
  6. I have a lowrance, have heard the audible transducer click like you mentioned but not from head unit, I wouldn't worry until you have it in the water...
  7. I agree that the major immediate issue is lamprey predation. Top that with abundant bait and you get tough fishing, I think Seneca will be on the upswing in the next couple years ...
  8. Got out for the first time on the lake yesterday. Spent the afternoon before cleaning up the cottage and getting the boat ready for the year. My boat dock is in need of serious repair but I cobbled together some temp repairs. Good news was the boat ran great and weather mostly cooperated. Bad news was fishing was pretty slow. Started out deep but wasn't seeing much for bait so worked my way in closer. Started marking bait balls in less than 60 FOW with a few arcs, hooked up with a nice leaping salmon on a yozuri stick off 2 colors of lead just inside debris line from a tributary. Fish ripped the inline board backwards and then nothing, thought he was off but he was running at the boat. He surfaced in the prop wash leaping behind by dr cable and then wrapped up and self released on the cable but politely left the lure, fish looked to be 3-4lbs. Boated one salmon about 16" with a lamprey near another point. He came off a jointed rapala on the surface off an inline board in about 30fow. Slow day but I didn't get skunked and no major issues so I'll take it. Did notice lots of alewives in the shallows later that day. Water temps were 53-58. On my way home I stopped and fly fished a local stream which was a lot more productive, got about 1/2 dozen cookie cutter stockie browns that were surface feeding on a variety of bugs including some big cahills and march browns. Got chased off by thunder/lightening...
  9. Thanks. It went pretty well but between it being a small deer and having damage to one hindquarter and shoulder (exit wound) and my total inexperience didn't end up with as much meat as I probably should of. I think one issue was being too selective in my trim pile. I know most say to take off all the fat which I did but how much connective tissue can you throw in the trim pile for making regular ground meat (not sausage or anything fancy)? Next time will be more efficient for sure. Good luck to everyone still trying on the last couple days...
  10. Longspurs, nice job man. I had similar scenario yesterday I was out looking to top off the freezer with a doe and sure enough a nice one came out of the brush around 9am. I was waiting for a good shot when a yearling came out behind her. I was mulling over the decision to shoot her with the little one when I see another yearling come out but this one was hopping on 3 legs. Knew I couldn't leave him like that so I turned to set up on him. Doe musta seen me and bolted with first yearling. The wounded deer knew he couldn't run so he just froze but I had a good shot so I took it. Got him in the heart and he dropped. Felt a little strange shooting a button buck (first deer with a muzzleloader) but seemed like the right thing to do. He had a bullet wound in left rear leg which was broken so no way he'd make it through the winter. The bright side was I had been planning on processing one myself for the first time so this guy will be perfect for that. Got him skinned and washed off in the garage, gonna head out soon to process (with the help of you-tube haha)
  11. thats tough man, sorry to hear, you put in some serious time on that buck
  12. Nice buck, love the view from the blind, nice setup
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