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Posted December 26, 2021
awesome fish BTW!
Fight your fish rod down and figure out a way not to use a net. That's what I do on my boat when. on my own time to get left alone. Nothing I can do when it's a customer trip but on my own time pulling a train of boats around sucks and I go to great lengths to keep it from happening and if it does I reel up and go to the other end of the lake and just sit there if they follow me.
Posted November 15, 2021
Nice work, and good report! The cast bite is very addictive, and it's difficult for me not to go 7 days a week when it's doable and I'm always doing 5 nights all fall at a minimum. If you know what you are doing and catch it right 10 casts in row isnt that rare. Ive had excellent fishing this fall so far and I'll probably even go after hunting most days. As mentioned it's all about the thump! When you set up on a 10 lber after the lightest of bites it pretty surreal.
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Its my own lease I hunt on so I don't see why it's really anyone's business what I wear and I do wear orange when I'm moving or if I leave my lease, but inside a box blind you can't see me anyway. I just think why more laws that aren't enforced and if enforced the individual gets off in court. Not too mention in my area being spotted near the road leads to wasted time talking to an ECO. Just because it's an easy way to check people. My lease is right on the same road as a bunch of state land so they drive by 2 to 4 times a day. All you have to do is drive down the farmers road to the main road even if you arent hunting and you are getting checked. I support the concept of wearing some orange just don't think we need another law. Certainly not as bad as a law limiting xbow axle length!
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Posted November 4, 2021
I have a new optimum TS I'm trying to get fixed and have called screwy Louie's 3 times and I never got a call back. Mine is warranty work and I wanted to schedule a time I could drop it off and find something to do for a couple hours and then pick it up to save a bunch of driving, or if I had to come back and they were uncooperative and never called back though I kept calling. I don't think I can give them my business and guess I'll have to ship it somewhere else. You would think it would be easier to get it warranteed, but it hasn't been. Brand new rigger lasted 2 days.....
in Finger Lakes Discussion
Posted October 29, 2021
About 4 years ago weed cutting efforts increased and limited the deoxygenation that occurs from all the decaying weeds because they stayed submerged and alive longer. This has created many problems, but the result is that the browns survive now long enough to get to the 7-10 lb range. the problem is we don't get any state stocking just the 300 12 inches the local rod and gun club pays for. I'm going to tryna to get the club to get the ok to double that at least. I can easily raise the money to stock far more fish assuming the Dec will allow it. I have many customers who like myself have no prob donating for the browns. I'm sure I could not just double but quadruple the budget if it's allowed. Rainy days in the first half of the season produce some quality fish. these are a few fish from this season and 1 from last fall.
Posted October 12, 2021
It's been ripping here on Otisco as well, but I've had it to myself at least!
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I have 2 dozen for sale at that price!
I'm hearing that they are... out in front of the country club guys are getting both perch and eyes. I heard another south end report that was the same. Ive been close to heading over a couple times but haven't made it. Here on Otisco there are some good ones being caught as well. I know 2 spots producing and one of them has nice jack perch. If you come here text me and I can help you.
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Posted October 6, 2021
does the prop stop or the entire trolling motor power off? I just fixed mine and the wiring is easy to trace and test.
Posted October 4, 2021
Most fish are suspended. If you can find a concentration of fish on the bottom they can be jigged and we do it occasionally. Plenty of fish in the weeds as well. I'm getting them offshore deep primarily, but troll em tight at night some and catch a fish or two casting each night. Bite is good if you are there at the right place at the right time with the right offering. I average double digits daily. Many are released and most all the fish I catch are released. The weather was a little less than dry but the fish cooperated all day!
Posted September 22, 2021
I went back out around 2am for a bit when the clouds rolled in and the area we casted was alive! Caught several bass over 5 lbs and 2 big eyes say 7-8 pounds I released em all and went back to bed!
Thanks for the kind words guys!
muskie magnet I just cut all 4 gills on each side to bleed them so you can't see it. I don't cut the throat because I feel it kills the fish too fast and doesn't bleed them as well. Not too mention I don't care for pictures with them cut like that. If you completely remove the lateral line and skin fat along with bleeding them the big ones are every bit as good as skinny little Oneida fish.
Anyone interested in getting out better get on it as I have few openings left. My season on Otisco is only 3 more weeks maybe 4 if weather and fishing are awesome. I haven't spent 24 hours at home total since end of April. I'm ready for some time off and some hunting. Seems like yesterday I was putting the boat in and somehow another season has come and gone. I'm sure nobody spent more time on the water this season than I did, and thanks to all my great customers for making it possible.
Posted September 15, 2021
There is no best lure....don't fall in love with anything and keep the walleyes honest. I try all my techniques, tricks, and lures every year. Especially when I'm catching....that's the best time to compare lures. Only way to be confident is to keep testing when they cooperate and each year you will find a lure or two that's a little better or a lot better. I haven't hardly caught a fish on big lures here trolling in years and this year at dusk it's my go-to. Did fish on deep hj14s, top 20 rogues, tdd11s, tdd13s, and reef runner 800s this evening. Started my birthday fishing a day early and popped a nice 9+ trolling this morning on a little number 7 stick I painted right before I left the dock. Lost a bigger one this afternoon on a little crankbait I also painted this morning.
Posted September 12, 2021
nice job guys! Lots of options this time of year for trolling and casting day and night. Couple 9s and a 10 tonight. Really it's been good all season though for big fish and numbers. I enjoy getting fish down 35 feet and top water the same day. Having a good bite on big plugs and small spoons and cranks the same day. Shows you that there is a broad range for walleye.
Posted September 7, 2021
Saranac river to Franklin falls pond to fish and moose pond to camp right there for free. I have info if you want more pm me
Posted September 6, 2021
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Posted August 25, 2021
3 to 4 colors of core off a rigger produces most of my best fish and it doesn't get more versatile than chasing marks on the screen with core. I always try to keep the rigger above the fish and drop right on em with a falling "dying" spoon....deadly technique. As far as connections go I've never had a failure fishing 12-14 hours a day 7 days a week for going on 2 seasons....not something I even think about....
Posted August 14, 2021
Ive had a great season so far here on Otisco on all the species so I thought I'd post some pictures. First of all, I've caught more big browns this season than the other 10 seasons combined! Probably is the only positive thing about the recent years weed cutting efforts is we are seeing hardly any deoxygenation anymore and none this year
The walleye fishing has been inconsistent and difficult at times this season for nearly all the boats out there, but hasn't been too bad for me and have had plenty 9-10+ pound fish. Check out the bite width on the monster tiger that nearly stole a 24" walleye.
Big Tiger Muskies were on fire in may and June and the deep summer trolling is start to pick up them up as well. Currently I've had 12 over 41" this season
I've taken my biggest tiger 46" 9n the pond side along with a bunch walleye 8+ pounders there also. We literally have fished rhe entire lake from pond to dam for both. We casted in 60fow and all the way down to 3 fow for both walleye and tigers as well as trolling them over the same range. The summer troll has changed several times so far making it tough for anyone not fishing every day here, but I've fished every day both morning and night in most cases except 2 days I believe. Overall a wildy successful first half.
Awesome job as always bud! Ive been so busy here I forgot to ask you what you thought of that rod I sent with you when you stopped in a while back. Fishing has been solid for me all season as well... won't be long and we will be on the river again. I have some interesting fishing here you could do there as well if you get an opportunity some night... remember that walleye I caught in the middle of the lake broke down... well I'm casting in the middle at night occasionally and catching! Even have a shore bite I play with now and again you'd like with your custom floaters....tight lines and give me a report on that rod!
Posted June 20, 2021
the rod collapses into the handle so it will store better. I like the feature for my storage area and have had no issues.
Posted June 19, 2021
If you want a great walleye trolling rod go with the Denali 8'6" leadcore rod. They also have a braid/mono trolling rod and a 12' leadcore rod. There is nothing that compares to this rod in forgiveness and landing walleye. These rods easily handle big fish as well. I tested the 12' rod tiger musky trolling on rod rod length setbacks at near 3 gps speed and it performed very well on a 45" tiger! Paired with a tekota and I don't think you can do any better... I have 2 dozen and wouldn't consider using anything else! If someone wants to demo them contact me.
Posted June 17, 2021
I have 3 of em and they are an awesome bow!
Posted June 2, 2021
sold... I will have 2 gen 3s for sale soon when my gen4 12 and 15 get here.