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  1. While prefishing the A-Tom-Mik Invitational with Thrillseeker I landed a 19# steelhead. 37" length and 20.5" girth. I have been trying for forty years give or take to get a 20# steelie. I came close on fri. As you can tell by my name I'm partial to them. My thanks to Nick for setting that rod, Dex for saying that outdown was going to go off, Steph for steering the boat and to Vinnie for netting it. We released it maybe me or someone will catch her next year over 20# 

  2. Ahhh!  I remember catching my first Lake Ontario salmonid, a coho, in the warm current of Russel's Station.. I get a tear in my eye every time I drive past that closed plant that use to have fishermen there 365 days a year. When the samonid fishery took off; each spring 1000's of boats (99% 18' and under) caught plenty of football browns, cohos,  lakers and steelhead.  Catching of chinooks was spotty. A trip with 2 kings was unheard of until September came around and people caught them at the pier heads. Dick Schleyer came up with an idea to have a fishing derby in the spring where the grand prize was a boat bigger than 99% the boats out there. On those four days each morning had vehicles with trailers lined up onto Rt 18 at Olcott, onto the parkway waiting to launch at Black North Inn, A couple marina launches at Rochester and Sodus. But where where those kings.Everybody those other species and took them in to the weigh stations to get those door prizes. I think it was Ed Rowan that won the first boat and he caught it out of Bald eagle. That port also got winners the next few years. There was something about that west end and catching kings. So much so that a rift formed between the east end and the west end. Henderson (Bill Saiff) even went to have a derby with NO king category.  The early years no one could catch kings consistently. I remember even going out with Vinnie off shore in the night to see if we could catch kings in the summer. The real turning point in king fishing came when Northern King developed the NK 28. The rest is history. Catches of 100's of pounds of kings in the summer was common until the crash. The crash that started with an ocean boat dumping his ballast tanks and releasing the zebra mussel. Those were the days   

  3. If your planning on a western hunt practicing for long range shooting (200-500yds) is difficult in western NY,  If you don't find a spot here plan on going out early.  There are plenty of open spaces and ranges out there.  when I was younger and able to climb those mountians we practiced out to 500 yds. it was such a confidence builder seeing where your bullet hits instead of using ballistic charts. Your're definitely going to get those shots out there. But don't shoot beyond what you are comfortable with.

  4. Kinda like you don't leave fish to find fish

    Since Scott opened his big mouth I'll concur......VMC Spark Point 4x #2 is what we've been running for about 4 seasons. You WONT ever bend one out. 


    Andy Bliss brought them on the boat at the Spring Tightlines to try out. That weekend we caught about 80 mean Canadian Salmon, and I don't remember losing more than a couple. I was very impressed.



    That being said I know Tom Allen worked hard on developing his own hook for his flies just a couple years back. He's a tinkering fool, and I'm sure they are worth a try.confidence in it, or else I'd be running them I have a hard time leaving something once I build . 

  5. You will never catch anything from your sofa - that I guarantee. Fish it.....you may be surprised.


    Good luck,



    Yes. My gran pappy always said that you're not going to catch any fish unless you have your line in the water, Gordie Howe also said 100% of the shots you don't take on goal won't score 



  6. I work for the Pike Co who is doing the work at the port. The launch has to remain clear and open during the construction project. Pike is not responsible for the debris at the launch itself. However, if anyone has any issues accessing the launch let me know and I can address it. I have made this clear to the project team down there that parking lots will be kept clear and swept regularly. Soon we will install sheeting next to the existing ramps to block off the river so next month we will begin the mass excavation which will be the new Marina. Good luck to all. Get fishing!

    The new basin will be good for transient boaters but less parking for charlotte activities. The new condos will good for the rich tenants and the city in tax revenue but again less parking for charlotte activities. The little guy loses and charlotte atmosphere will never be the same

  7. Fished the pier heads today and got a few salmon. When I left the security guard told me the ramp is closing 10/15. It's part of the city of Rochester's harbor project. The project was to construct two small ramp sites in place of the existing large site. One on the east side on the foot print of the old Stutson bridge and one on the west side up near the turning basin. They are not in yet. So we won't be able to launch boats and fish the rest of the fall at least if not longer. Two winters ago we were able to fish all winter. We need to keep the existing ramp open. Please call the DEC Regional Fish manager Web Pearsall, DEC permit project manager for this project Tom Haley. Their number is 585 226 2466. Also contact Monroe County Fishery advisory Board. The City is selling local fishermen down the river and ruining the Charlotte area so they can get tax revenue from the proposed condos and monies from non resident boats docking in the proposed boat basin. The largest metro area on the south shore and we don't have a public ramp

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