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Ivan

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  1. Thats cool you drove all that way and scored. Fishing was pretty slow this weekend. Short feeding windows. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. Not at all. Even though we were fishing the same area we gave each other more than enough space. Not many people out this weekend anyway. I think i only saw 3 other boats yesterday, including you. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Thats a crazy story. We see quite a few eagles these days around PA, OH, and NY. I’ve thought about that happening. The last two springs, we caught loons trolling for muskies. Each time the loons hit while swimming under water and we initially thought we had muskies both times. The loons probably aren’t as bad to unhook as an eagle. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Thanks. Congrats again on the fish. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. Yes. We have a black/grey Warrior with yamahas. Yesterday was really bad. I give you credit...not sure id have been out there without the top set. What boat were you? The monark with a merc? So did you get that fish Saturday? Thought I saw you guys packing it up when I was driving across the bridge yesterday.
  6. Nice work. Was that Sunday? It was nasty out there yesterday. Just checked...moon set was 6:27 yesterday. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. I don’t know many muskie guys that run downriggers so you may not get many responses. There are plenty of muskie baits that reach desired depths flat lined. However, I know it is somewhat common on the St Lawrence near Lake Ontario. I personally have only tried downriggers a few times. One season, years back at Chautauqua, we caught several muskies off a downrigger. Lead length was between 30 and 50’. We got a 53”er off a downrigger on the St Lawrence near Lake Ontario years back. It was a longer lead. Here is a link to Bob Walter’s website. He has a bunch of experience running downriggers for muskies and runs an underwater camera. I don’t know that he specifies lead length, but the baits must be pretty close to the camera and ball. https://stlawrencemuskiefishing.com/muskie-videos/ Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. Nice! Congrats Vance. Congrats Zach. You make baits that produce for sure, and Vance certainly puts the time in to get them for his clients. Bakers catch a bunch of fish for us too. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. This was just a general question. I’m not referencing any specific example. For some reason, I was under the impression that your tourneys were individual winner format. Chapter tourneys are supposed to be about getting everybody together to fish and have fun, but any time money is involved, it can change some people. Allowing non-members to fish is also a consideration and can make for a difficult decision. I’ve been involved in a MI Chapter for 20 plus years and held several different positions including secretary, vice president, and president. I’ve also organized a big muskie expo. My dad and I used to fish a bunch of tournaments put on by different chapters. In my opinion, team is the best format. Individual format leaves too much opportunity for dishonesty when trolling. Most boats muskie fishing work as a team to maximize chances anyway. I’ll leave it at that. I’ve learned and seen that there is usually an opportunity for some type of controversy or hard feelings in tournaments. This is the main reason I personally choose not to fish tournaments anymore. I still like the idea of tournaments and think it’s important for chapters to have them for a number of reasons. They just aren’t for me anymore. Best of luck to you and your chapter’s tournaments. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. Are your chapter’s tourneys team/boat or individual winner format? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. Thank you. Not at all...51” Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. We were not in the tourney, but had a great day trolling. Got our best chq fish of the season. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. Nice job. Congrats. Chq is my home lake...I’m there almost every weekend unless I’m on a trip to Canada. We tried to cast most of the day Saturday but the wind made it pretty tough to fish where we wanted to. Switched to trolling Saturday afternoon and stuck with it through Sunday. Seems like it was a pretty decent weekend for catches. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. Where do you intend to fish? What kind and size of baits are you going to run? If you are going to fish the St Lawrence around Lake Ontario and Clayton, NY I'd say the advice above is good. Use mono as backing under the braid on your reels. If you are fishing elsewhere, my advice may be different. I use a few different types of trolling set ups depending on time of year, where I'm fishing, and what size/style baits I'm pulling.
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