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Captain Carl Bish

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  1. There is a wealth of information given above. I really can't take exception to anything said. I will add a couple of things. Study the environmental physiology of your target. You need to know this, habitat, niche and how that relates to the conditions of the day. (It amazes me what people don't know AND more so, about what people think they know, but is just not so about salmon) Use your GPS. Use waypoints and tracks to replicate the last bite you had. There are days when you can troll in a straight line for the limit, but taking several fish from multiple passes over one spot is more of the norm in the summer. Use proven (BY YOU) tactics. Communication from peers is good and I have posted many truthful detailed reports during the years I fished LO, but if you keep chasing the reports and radio you never perfect your game. Know the lure market and the colors there is often a dominate color and action in the hot "radio" lure. I once had over 30 plano boxes of spoons in my cabin, when I finished my freshwater career I had 2 and cut my lure expenses by 90% and still filled the board. Refer to #1, understanding the vision acuity and physics of light, whether a lure fluoresces or reflects and contrast with the surface is the game. Same with tactics, I never got into the inline planerboard game, lots of guys do it, but not one of my tactics, you need a good arsenal of tactics but you don't need every tactic. Get really good at riggers, sliders and dipsys then add. Finally, let me repeat myself, REPLICATE do the same proven thing time after time year after year. Keep a log until you have done it so many years in a row that you just know what to do when you clear the jetty and look at the lake in front of you.
  2. Just out of interest, when you called my number from 2014, what did the guy tell you about the rod holders. LOL!! I always get excited when I get a notification from LOU. This one made me laugh. Good luck out on the big O!!!
  3. There are many ways to catch fish trolling. The question that I would ask you is why are you fishing. Are you after the meat? I hope not Lake Ontario fish have a metallic taste for a reason. Are you fishing to prove you can put a bunch of fish in the box? Or are you fishing for the fun of the tug on the other end of the line? I am an experienced troll, but I no longer fish using that method (at least as little as possible, but I will be Wahoo trolling in the morning, see below). Some years back I decided that pulling in a fish, a 11 inch flasher, a dipsy and wire line on a roller rod just was not fun any more. My last 5 years fishing Lake Ontario I would run a 7' spinning rod with a penn 5500 spooled with 15# mono. all spring. Clients delighted in the fun that that rod provided. I finished my career on Lake Ontario running 4 riggers, 2 dipsys and a copper. I can tell you the most fun fish to catch are rigger rods with spoons where you fight just the fish and not the tackle. That said if you are meat fishing like my Lake Erie Friends go with dipsies and leadcore. If you are HERO fishing do it all or if you want to just have fun go with riggers. Extra from the SALT: Trolling for Wahoo: Speed of troll 10 -15 mph, 12 inch deep diving plugs or 50' of 60# mono followed by 32 oz weight followed by 25' of 100# mono followed by 6' of 150# wire with a 20 oz cowbell skirt. If the fish hit the later you handline the last 25', in either case you maintain 10 mph while dragging in the fish. If you are lucky you have an electric reel. Not much fun, but they taste great and people think you are cool if you catch wahoo! Meat & HERO fishing, the fun is the Tarpon on spin when you get back to the island.
  4. Great report. Good job making the most out of the times!!!
  5. Off Marathon, FL Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. Very Nice. Put some red out in you spread, spring coho's, Atlantics and Kings love red in the shallows.
  7. Just like LO, some time they are calling for 4 footers and it ends up being fishable. Glad you could get after 'em.
  8. Not a pretty sight out there the last couple of days. Glad you got some good fishing in the first part of the week. We will certainly be feeling the winter tomorrow with highs in the mid 60's. Looks like the wind will keep us off the water until late next week.
  9. (A report from way south to cheer winter blues) While snapper fishing on the reef, we had a couple hooks bit off and we could see the kings (mackerel) circling in the chum. Wired up a couple of jigs, tipped them with a ballyhoo tail and it was game on. We kept one each, released a few and fed a couple others to sharks. Doubled up on the chum and raised a school of yellowtails for the table. The cero's, hind and AJ were bonuses. Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. I found that BUTTER makes those LT's taste better!!
  11. Brian, you would have to also separate out the biotic vs abiotic matter as turbidity could just be from your neighbors lawns being eroded into the lake. Of course as the septic systems are in those lawns no doubt nutrients are being added. At the end of the day it is a hefty price to pay for better salmon fishing!
  12. I moved from WNY to Marathon in the middle of the 2015 Salmon season. March is a great month for night time snapper fishing in the Gulf, yellowtail on the reef, some Wahoo if you are here on the full moon and BFT if it is calm enough for the boat you are chartering to get you to the humps. Sails can be off the chain in the rough water as well. Tarpon is iffy at best, but we always have some around. April/May is the best time for both them and Permit. I run a fish for fun charter service here and do not "fish hunt" (take you out to catch a specific type of fish). Neither my schedule nor my boat allow me to adequately or honestly do that. There are captains that can get you what you want on any given day, Josh Artis, Brian Cone, Delph, Scott Walker....ect. Beware there are many that take tourist fishing and promise you anything and then leave you with a story of why it just was not that day. I have even had captains run out of hooks for the species we were after and that was a $1200 trip. This is where honesty of a captains skill level comes into play. If you do book, insist on fishing with the captain who is the owner of the company. Finally, waiting till you get down here may NOT be the best idea. March is spring break month and it can be a busy charter season. I fished 5 charters last week and have three to run before the end of the year. Then I'm taking a couple of weeks off. We do that down here as the season is long and we just don't like to work too much here in the Islands. I have 6 days and a few additional evenings available in March. My website is www.foodchainfishing.com if you would like to see what I offer. You will find that I offer a guided trip for just a little bit more than renting a boat and doing it on your own.
  13. I found all the information I needed.......Thank you Thanks, Capt. Carl Bish 305-900-8091
  14. Never really had an issue like that but I no longer slow troll.
  15. There are larger factors than the weather. Primarily: 1. Genetics 2. Photoperiodism
  16. If you are hesitant or have to ask if it is worth it, my answer would be probably not. Save the costs of trailering, dockage, ect and take a charter or two. No hassles, might cost a tad more (unless you have a flat, boat motor issue ect), and most likely will catch more fish.
  17. A 5 rod spread was my bread and butter for years. The most productive was running spoons on the riggers and flashers on the dipsys. I would have 6 rods on board 3 rigger rods with 20# and 1 rigger rod with 30# and 2 wire dipsys. I would run the spoons on the 20# rods and the 30# rod was for flasher rig. Many days this time of year on the center rigger I replace the spoon with a white flasher with a blue fly (moonshine blue smothie was my favorite) for the first hour or so in the morning. 90% running in a "V" formation on a rare occasion "\". Spoons to run: Moonshine Carbon 14, Moonshine Geezer, Moonshine Hulk, Moonshine Mad Man. (Disclaimer: I am on Moonshine's pro staff) Dipsys: From my limited experience on Lake Ontario it is best to have 2-3 consistent flasher fly combos, don't keep buying what the radio and social media is selling, just pay attention to the major colors ie. Two face spin dr and hammer fly = white flasher with blue fly; Mt, Dew/hammer fly = yellow flasher & green fly. I would run a white flasher on one side and a yellow on the other. The flys I would run would be Black/glow, Blue/glow, Green/glow and mirage. Run 30# wire to the dipsy and 4'-5' of 50# between the dipsy and the flasher. 22" from the flasher snap to the back of the fly treble. Hope this helps!!
  18. Back in the day, I sold more than 10,000 of these.... many of the parts can be sourced through the internet or fixed by a welder. Engines are simple and the BS Vanguard was my favorite engine. If you need transmission parts, you may wind up in trouble, but the transmissions were rather hardy other than shift pins that could shear when forced into gear. The model number of this vehicle would have been a MAX IV-600T. You can google "max 6x6 parts" and find most parts as the company inventory was sold to a guy in the midwest and he still sells the parts. In 2004 this vehicle would have sold for nearly $15K, what these things can go through in a swamp in remarkable. Do the front and rear axles have bearing cages on them? Do you have a set of 26" tires/wheels for it?
  19. I live, work and fish out of Marathon. The fishing is good in January. The species we would go after depends on: 1 what you want to catch and 2. what the wind/ocean is doing. To the south, Tuna and sailfish are in the open ocean, but the tradewinds are a persistent 20 mph. The reef knocks the waves down a bit and with a decent current we can fill the limit with yellow tail and mutton snappers, we can also target sharks and 'cuda for fun. To the north, in the Gulf, several wrecks offer fantastic action on mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and we can occasionally find sea trout on the grass beds. The gulf offers non stop action and the skill is getting the bait to the target fish before a different species grabs it. The Gulf waters are on the leeward side of Marathon and are fishable most days as the prevailing wind here is ESE. The long and short of it is, the fishing is good here.
  20. If you are planning to visit the Florida Keys with your family this winter come fish with me. I offer simple saltwater fishing. We fish the reef or the gulf for snapper, trout, mackerel and shark. If the ocean is calm, sail fish and tuna are not out of the question. Learn more by visiting: www.foodchainfishing.com
  21. Computer - idle control, overheating, trim motor corrosion haven't had a chance to get it back to dealer Sent from my SM-G930V using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  22. I would run it a bit more, but the smart thing to do is call Mercury in the morning and ask them. I have 485 hours on my 2 year old 150 four strokes. I will tell you they are ok until about 400 hours then issues begin. The prop chatter really bugs me at idle, it does get better if you upgrade the hubs.
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