Ivan

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  1. This is an older video now, but still great to watch. I can't believe they boated this fish...it was obviously hooked well and meant to be. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. That's great. Mille Lacs has some giants. Are you familiar with the lake? The way I understand it...was stocked with muskies and exploded with 50"+ fish like alot of other MN lakes several years back. Now that stocking has stopped and the lake relies on natural reproduction, it is a pretty low density fishery. Thats good for giants though. They still get 50 pounders there every fall. Are you fishing with a guide? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. Alum wasn't a program lake back then but OH definitely had a muskie program. Ohio Huskie Muskie Club was established in 1961. http://ohmci.org/?cat=8 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Thanks guys. I guess I'm rubbing it in a little since NY isn't open yet. Come on over. Out of state OH license is only $40. PA is open too. We got one more muskie today. Successful first weekend. Everything worked, didn't break anything, and only lost 1 bait to a snag. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. I run 80lb fluorocarbon for most of my crankbait trolling, tied with a palomar knot. Otherwise if im trolling big fish water like the larry or gbay i'll use wire or heavier stealth tackle fluoro leaders. For me, alot depends on where i am, what baits im using, casting, trolling, etc. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. I use 4, 4.5, 5, and 6. Match to the size of the bait you are using. I start with 4 for small baits in early spring. I probably use the 4.5 size the most at places like Chautauqua. 5 and 6 for bigger baits. I tie my fluorocarbon leaders. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. These are what i have used for years. http://www.stringease.com/products.php?cat=snaps&id=staylok_snaps Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Got out today for the first time this year. It was a beautiful day in OH. Fishing was very slow all day until the minor. Then we got 2 and lost another in about 30 minutes. Water temps ranged from 46 to 48 for the most part. Saw as high as 51. Good luck to everyone this season. Time to get em. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Glad you went. Zach told me you were there. Not sure how i missed you. You got some nice baits. Good to book a day with Todd...he can teach you alot. He's one of the best on the lake for sure. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. After you get your down east rod holders set up to dunk your rods, be careful how you let your bait out. Put your bait and rod tip under the surface of the water and let your line and bait out with tension so it is running some and diving...not floating on the surface, collecting weeds already. Then put your rod in the holder with your rod tip under the water. If the weeds are real bad, fish another area. They are usually blown to one side of the lake more than the other or just concentrated in certain areas. The weeds at Chautauqua can be pretty bad though. Sometimes when i clean the rods, i cant even make it all the way around the boat to clean all six before i need to clean them all over again. When it gets that bad, i get out of that area asap. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. Yep... Double Tree Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. Aren't you from the Pittsburgh area if I remember right? Come to the Muskie Max show this Saturday in Cranberry and get a few baits that you should have. Wiley, Baker, Boss Shad, and others will be there. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. You are asking all the same questions you did last year. Get some braid for main line and long fluorocarbon leaders with big swivels at the main line end of the leader. Get down east rod holders and dunk the tips of your rods about a foot under the surface of the water. Thats the best way to limit the collection of floating weeds on flat lines. Like i said last year, having the tips of your rods close to the water doesnt do anything for you. I would get some long muskie rods or use 10' dipsey rods for your side rods. They are a little stiffer than the downrigger rods that you probably have. With those rods and down east rods holders, you will have no trouble dunking your rod tips. No way your boat sits too high out of the water to dunk your rods. You could still use your downriggers for your two back rods. People didnt bs you last year. You got solid advice for the questions you asked. All the lures already mentioned are good choices. Although im sure the Candies are great baits, you may have some sticker shock with them. Once you really get into it, you can start buying $80 to $150 baits if you want, but i wouldnt start with those. Wileys, Bakers, Boss Shads, Tuff Shads, and Legends are basically all I use on Chq and they catch tons of fish. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. 44, 37.5, 35.5 would have been Frank and Mike's 3 biggest last year. 39 points. I didnt notice any other bigger fish that were caught in the tourney hours in that post from last year. It would take a couple 46"ers to beat them or a 65.5" haha. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. You should check to see if 3 biggest fish rule would have changed the results of your Chautauqua tourney last year. The winners had good numbers that day. I'd be curious to see what difference it would make with a real example. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United