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justtracytrolling

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  1. There isn't over 2 feet getting thru the causeway.... especially with a lot of south wind. I used the launch Saturday and it is done well. I was disappointed to see there was no bathroom anymore and no garbage cans anymore...and quite a pile of garbage. That's the problem with a free launch. No money to run it right the entire time it's open. I made several trips out on the causeway late in the year to cast when nobody was fishing because it was such a pain getting in and out with certain winds alone in the dark. It bothers me deeply to see all the garbage out there and I hope this doesn't end up the same, but I know it will. It literally breaks my heart to see how little respect so many have for such a beautiful place. There are so few lakes that aren't completely developed, polluted, bothered by blue green algae, loaded with mercury, have fertillzer runoff, etc and nobody gives a damn. Otisco lake is the only legitimate walleye fishery in the state that I'm aware of where there has never been heavy metals, pollution, and blue green algae blooms. And yes even Skaneatles has all 3 of those things! Maybe having healthy water isn't important to many of you, but it's everything to me. Maybe its not cool to be a conservative and love the environment enough to want to protect it at nearly any cost, but that's me. If it were up to me id close down the shore fishing access till it was cleaned up. I would shut down the other activities that aren't allowed there anyway. Lastly, I would never have the launch free. It simply isn't possible to keep that much area clean and maintained, as well as garbage service, and porta john service without a proper budget. Exactly who comes up with the money? What happens when there isn't any money? I tell you exactly what will end up happening. That launch will look just like the causeway in 5 years. Sorry for hijacking and the rant, but somehow we as sportsmen have to stop leaving our garbage everywhere. None of us are doing a good enough job setting the example and policing our own. I take a garbage bag everywhere I go and try to do my best to fill it. It was way to easy on Saturday to fill it at everybody's favorite free launch, and the causeway is way worse. I know there are a ton people using Otisco that are part of the problem and read my posts... grow up and try being a responsible american! If you truly aren't part of the problem then start being part of the solution! EVERYONE is capable of being better. Don't think for a second I don't push myself to do better and what's right for the fishery and valley I love. My dream would be that people would understand its not all about catching fish and certainly not anything about hero shots!
  2. Ever try running your down imaging under your side imaging on your screen layout? You have less history for the side imaging but lots more detail with added width. I'm going to 15" helix gen4 just for that reason alone. I'll still run 12s for mapping at the console and imaging at the back of the boat. I don't use 2d sonar at all for anything.
  3. I can't seem to leave the obese Otisco lake eyes or the big girls in the river. It's beyond an addiction at this point!!! Oneida is a helluva walleye fishery, and where it all started for me. I caught my first walleye there in a row boat solo age 12...1983! Those are well above average fish right there! Nice work! Figures it was the largemouth...weren't you a tournament bass angler? lol Landshark won the only multi species event I ran. He caught the only tiger and blew his Achilles fighting it. He caught all 4 species solo and I caught 28 walleye and didn't get a bass, a brown, or a tiger! I can guide multi species...I just suck at fishing for anything but a walleye for myself! Lol
  4. Nice work bud! I'm having fishing withdrawals bad! Painted up a couple new Otisco patterns last night.
  5. I have inexperienced families all the time and it's an art to coach up people in a non-aggressive fashion and have them do it right. I run both depending on situation and make the best decision I can for the group. I can easily run the walleye boards way out and get them in without em diving no matter who is on the rod for the most part, but it's taken me years to refine. Incidentally it took years to perfect my big boards. For your application I'd run big boards too!
  6. Well the season is winding down for me, but I had my best year yet on the lake and the river for that matter. I have a bunch of fish at three different taxidermists for myself and others so by any measurement it was highly successful fishing every single month with late August thru September being the best. That being said the fishing is still solid, but water levels are treacherous in less than 8 fow. When the lake was raised by 2 different dam projects there were stumps left and some are 6 feet tall along the north side of the causeway and there are plenty of them in the marina on the main lake. The campground launch is basically unusable unless you have a pontoon and a sissor trailer. The new state launch I haven't tried or seen used to know but the causeway cut is very shallow and people have hit going through because they didn't know how shallow it was and they didn't know where it's deepest. I only use a trolling motor in any of these areas and keep my big motor way up, but it's still tough if you don't have imaging and don't where you have to be extra careful. there are a bunch of sunken hoists and moorings that have been moved by ice and some are definitely in play. I'm gonna try to fish the rest of the week because the rain has stopped working he bleeding even though levels haven't rose at all yet. If anybody wants to get out with me for a trip they better get on it!!! Hope everyone had an enjoyable season....I know I did and I spent more days and hours on the water than ever before. I'll have Shane check my hours on my motor, but I definitely went over a thousand hours since July, in which case I'm over 5000 hours on this motor so I guess I'd better think about a new one again pretty soon.
  7. Nice work! Yesterday wasn't pleasant at all! I had a group the previous Friday that grinded out similar conditions. I don't get the waves you do there, but I fish worse wind and I'm just beat up from this fall. I know you are a minn Kota guy as well and I'll tell you I when it's so windy I have to just troll down wind I drop my 15 foot talon every time I hook and then I can keep my speed as slow as necessary and the boat will drive itself. I've also actually had to troll with it down when its really bad and I'm drifting faster than I wanna troll. Just an awesome tool! I can't imagine not having a 15' talon and trying to night cast on shore winds.
  8. Taught myself.... we have ponds on the farm so I had access to fishing and my uncle and grandfather fished and hunted. My uncle lives in NJ and grandpa died when I was eleven so I was on my own.
  9. He certainly has an inside track to catching walleye whenever he wants!
  10. My Dad was never interested in fishing, but you wouldn't have known it to watch him. He is a veterinarian and because his work is his passion he doesn't do recreation....even in his 70s.
  11. My father's first fish ever from yesterday and his first time fishing.
  12. All day grind bite for my last trip of the year. 10-11 best fish 8+ and kept 5.
  13. Esox as rule all feed this way. Even a scorpion spoon a 48" tiger will bite right behind the gill plate and so do walleye pike and musky. They have to eat things head first so they kill/ disable then eat.
  14. Did you look up north in town? The fish are around and active out of temp.
  15. I do the same thing with other lures and spoons for certain situations. I use whatever I'm already trolling so the speed works. The spoon harnesses are really my favorite, but just about any lure will work if the lure works for you already. Gulp pinched crawlers on the rear treble, but not the rudder hook of the treble, gives you scent and your bait a little wounded kick. The delivery method is actually important because some lures are reaction baits, ie flatfish, some are designed for a feeding bite, ie small spoons floating rapalas and a few baits are both, ie flicker minnows. To deliver a reaction bite I like braid and a jet diver, dipsies, 3 way rigs, clip weights, or a rigger and a short setback. For a feeding lure I want a steady smooth delivery like mono or lead core and very long set backs. The precision trolling app even has recipes for reaction lead core trolling where you use a 15' thin braid leader instead of a 50+' flouro/mono leader. Ideally whatever you put your harness on to delivery them is something you normally run so getting the harness dialed in is easier because you KNOW how to troll the lure and you know it works.
  16. Well they are biting from shore... maybe someone forgot to tell the rainbows it's too warm. Some real nice bows caught Tuesday evening.
  17. I was trying lightly for a tiger to show you something I was sure you hadn't seen, but I definitely didn't want 4 tigers! lol. Couldn't get in there today to hunt a big girl due to a bass tournament chopper a ton of weeds and wind covered the area with mats. Did manage an exceptional 24" 8lber
  18. I think you will get a walleye tomorrow on your rigger setup and a tiger with one of those plugs on the 5 color or the 6 color. Wish you had a map or imaging , but you can guage the troll keeping an eye on me as we are both looking for tigers and an eyes just make sure you stay a long way back if you get behind me...some of these fish I have to slow way down for extended periods of time as I get doubles and triples and you will drag gear, have a fire drill or run me over.
  19. I know how to test it. I hear nothing but opinion and "ideas" everyday and I trust my process and until someone else can come close to my results here I only trust my process. I completely understand why you use the braid. I've used the braid before more than once, but It has never shown any immediate positive results, and I can't just run something with customers. I have to get past feasibility at a minimum for it to even get tested with customers. Constantly taking the braid off for customers is too much work. I have to at least catch a fish on it somewhat regularly on my own time first. It's actually quite simple to draw a definite conclusion, but you just need data. No matter what I will have to keep testing for the different water clarities because the light penetration goes from near 100% like Ontario in spring to dark 24/7 in summer with the algae bloom and slowly back to near 100% by winter. I would bet the steel helps during the bloom if I was the guessing type. Unlike recreational anglers I do 70-80 hours a week lines in....I will get feel for it as time goes on assuming I catch a fish tomorrow otherwise it's off till next summer minimum. Today, the braid rigger was down all by itself and never took a shot for hours while I was catching on the boards. As soon as I dropped a second rigger which I kept way above and way behind the braid rigger the braid rigger got bites. Then went back to just the braid and bites stopped. Added the steel with the identical setup and both took shots. Easily could be coincidence or an anomaly. It's up to the fish to decide not me... they will...and then I will have my answer. If anybody was catching like I am they wouldn't change anything, but they would never catch like that here without constantly evolving. My rigger program is already setup to catch the mature bigger fish. There is no quantity of better fish in the lake to catch than I'm catching now, but now I can only get those fish regularly with 1 and only 1 rigger in the water. Solo once a week I out fish the other 6 days when it comes to quality and quantity If I could put 2 in and get both going or even 3 I'd have something ridiculous. That 1 rigger averages 7-8 lb walleye and pulled almost all the 9-11 lb walleye I've caught all season on it....Over a dozen. So it has to produce tomorrow or it's done for now.
  20. Rigger never budged till I put a second rigger down without braid. Test continues tomorrow
  21. The deep tiger feed bite was ridiculous today. I had chowdaire out with me and wanted to show him how to target the bigger walleye specifically, and I had to move offshore dead center of the lake and abandone the bigger walleye to try to stop catching tigers and still got 1 more. We ended up with 4 over 36 and 1 for sure over 40. I handlined all four to the door and released them all without a net with no issues same as I've been doing all summer. I've definitely caught more tigers over 36" trolling deep this season than ever including when I ran a reaction program every day. Ended up getting into 1 good walleye at 8lbs, and the rest were average fish.
  22. Im using my trolling motor to get on and off the dock. The pond has a few stumps and I don't even put my motor in the water and use my trolling motor all the way across when I'm solo. The other marina has more water but it has stumps too. I know what I can and can't do because it was lower yet in 2016 by almost a foot. Be careful...pm me when you are coming and I'll point you in the right direction for your tiger. They have been hot trolling deep since the water was still over 80. I've caught more over 40 this year than any other by far, and most of them on lead core and copper.
  23. A lot of guys don't run riggers on eyes and I can't imagine not. Short cores with long leaders off a rigger has produced 8 of my 10 biggest eyes this year and they take no work to keep clean and running. I have noticed if I put 2 or 3 riggers down I don't get the big fish I do when I put 1 so I know the cable hum etc has a negative effect. I put braid on my center rigger for tomorrow. If it gets hot I'll do the others on the water or perhaps in the morning early.
  24. Have you tried the riggers with braid on walleye? I've been meaning to throw some on mine to test it. I run core off em so I only need 25' of braid on each rigger to test it....might try it tomorrow
  25. No it was stupid last night for sure! Lol
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