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  1. its been over 30 years since I fished the upper Niagara river. When I lived in North Tonawanda, I had plenty of nice free boat ramps along river road.. 3 miles from the peace bridge I had rich marina a mile from this ramp I use the ramp at ferry street. the ferry street ramp is free. this ramp is in the hart of the river for fishing. if you don't know anything about this area. the Canada border runs down the middle of the river. if you want to fish the river you should have a Canadian fishing license. my favorite fishing was drifting from the peace bridge down to ferry street. I caught walleye rainbow and brown trout along with nice small mouth bass.
  2. this lamprey problem is here to stay. come back 100 yrs from now. we will still have the problem. Man created this problem back in 1820 when we built the barge canal. when we built the welland canal we connected the whole great lakes system together. what's next. the asian carp.
  3. seneca perch can be hard to find this time of year. weather is changing with strong wind. years ago I was pretty good at finding these perch. sure you can find a few inside 30 ft of water but Most of them will be in deep water. try fishing in deep water with lite fishing gear with wind 10 mph or more. its impossible to feel them hit along with the wind pushing you down the lake. you have to anchor your boat and you have to know were to anchor. its not easy. this time of year the north end is good if you can get a nice day with lite wind. I like to start out in 60 ft and drift in till I can find the depth they are at. the guy that started this thread. why do you want to fish Seneca. you have better fishing up on those Lake Ontario creeks. oak orchard will have some good perch fishing soon. these perch are easy to catch compared to what you have to go thru to find fish on Seneca. Seneca perch fishing is very overrated today. the perch schools years ago were massive. I blame the cormorants for the small perch numbers today and along with our foolish game laws that we fisherman can sell our catch. get rid of the cormorants and get rid of this damaging stupid fish law now. in 3 years we will have more than enough perch state wide.
  4. les I miss canandaiqua fishing tackle. he had everything we could think of. Walmart put him out of business along with the new 5 and 20 that went around canandaiqua. he still had a catalog business. something happen.
  5. those old victrola are worth a lot of money today. I have two. one beat up and the other like new never used. all cherry wood. if you have one. never get rid of it. someday it will be worth thousands of dollars. theres a lot of history behind that old box. it was develop and made right here. a lot of people make fun of it. its a shame what they don't know. this is real capitalism at work.
  6. those lampreys have been around since 1830. when Canada put in the wetland canal all hell broke loose. I remember the old tackle shops we had around Penn Yan. it was a factory for night fishing gear, victrola boxes and if you needed any fishing gear repaired. you could have it done right here. in Waterloo we had a couple small tackle shops. fisherman friend. berry bait and tackle. Lodi had a nice shop. all these shops carried everything we needed to fish these lakes. we had spoon manufactures too. Sutton company was probably the biggest one of them all. he supplied all the copper we needed too. the list goes on and on. I can't believe how everything has left the area.
  7. when I started out fishing with the meat rig I used a broomstick roller tip rod with 30lb deccron line. I used brass swivels small enough so they can slide thru my roller tip on to my Penn 49 reel. I spaced my swivels 10 to 20 apart. 5 leaders 10 feet long. the bottom swivel was home made. sinker 32 once. I lowered the bottom rig to I can hit bottom in 100 ft of water. I marked my line with my trolling speed. this gave me a good idea how deep I was fishing my bottom lure. 100 ft was a good depth to find trout. I fished this rig out to the middle of lake. early morning fish hit the upper 2 leaders by mid morning the bottom two leaders did most of the catching. when I got a fish on I reeled up took off the leader thru it in the boat till I came to the leader with the fish on. laid the rod down took off the leader and played the fish by hand till I lured him to the net. its was fun when I had 3 fish on at once. 2 meat rigs was enough for me. if you want to fish this rig today you have to be a little creative making up the rig. its old school fishing. years ago we didn't have the rods and reels we have today. fish finders started coming out around the end of the later 60s. my first FF was the lowrance green box. then I went to the vexilar paper unit. then I went to the X15 FF. those paper units were much better than the FF we use today. if your old FF broke down you could get it fixed. today they give you a coupon to buy a new one.
  8. one way to solve this problem. use a small piece of wire. twist it on the bead chain swivel to you get a nice loop. copper will work too. I saw those spring clips from net craft. net craft has a nice bending tool. get the wire and make them up yourself. if you don't want to fool around use a small swivel small enough so it wont slide off your bead chain. its a shame we don't have our specialty shops. this what happens when we switch from small shop to big box stores. those big box stores killed the little guy. all we get from them now is rubber worms and over priced tackle.
  9. bead chain tackle is pretty easy to find. I did a google search. amazon caries them too.
  10. Les, I rebuild those old Dave Davis cowbells. I get my wire from net craft. I wish I could find good quality blades only. netcraft sells blades, I built some cowbells from these blades but these blades pull to hard. they work off a handline. I like to keep everything simple off my down rigger rod. A small dodger and bait lure works for me.
  11. I bent the blades a little on those old cowbell rigs. it helped a little. I wish I could get my hands on those 3 blades rigs I bough years ago from a Lake Ontario shop. those worked pretty good off my down rigger rod.
  12. My setup is very basic but its perfected so well it will out fish any other method out there. I like cowbells. The old Dave Davis with 7 blade. I liked the old miller rig too. I fished it off a hand line. years ago I bought a set of 3 blade cowbells from a Lake Ontario shop. these blades worked so well. I used them off my down rigger rod. they were made out of aluminum . I tried to make them myself. my blades weren't the same so I stopped using them. here goes. you need a good wire rod and reel. I use the charter special reel with a shamannio roller rod. this rod works good but the rollers on it are Junk. I have to replace my rollers a lot. but thats no problem. it only takes about 2 minutes to pop out a bad roller and put in a new roller. I use wire line. single strand and braid wire. I connect a good ball bearing swivel at the end of my wire line. I don't use 3 way swivels. I make my own swivel. The sinker lead 18 inches with 12 to 16 ounce . I connect a small dodger or a spin doctor to it. my lure off the dodger about 3 ft. peanut, spoon, dead bait, flatfish and flys. every lure is coated with pro cure herring oil including the dodger. I set the rig down. I can go down to 200ft with 16 ounce sinker. my sinker is touching bottom all the time. my bait is probably running 12 inches off bottom.
  13. Did you guys really think winter was over. most of the snow will be up in the Adirondacks and down wind of Lake Erie. I heard my area could get 5 to 8 inches with temps down to 25 degrees. no surprise to me. all I can do is put on another boat cover. by weekend temp will go up to the high 50s again. last year snow didn't end till the middle part of May. I can't complain. I had 2 weeks in March with very nice spring weather. first two weeks during April was nice also. what's bad about this weather. the farmers with fruit trees with blossoms will suffer the most.
  14. I wonder how much one wind mill will cost the tax payer to have it repaired.
  15. I'm late to this thread but the information I post now will be good information for future use. you get what you pay for when you buy a battery. we have wet cell batteries, AGM and lithium lifepo4. standard wet cell are not meant for heavy duty use. 100 amp cost about 100 dollars. you can only discharge it to a 12.20 state of charge. this is 50 percent. next AGM. they build a different kind of battery. you still have to be careful how far you discharge this battery also. 50 percent is what they say works well for this battery. I never let my AGM go below 30 percent. this is 12.40 state of charge. the best AGM to buy are lifeline and the vmaxx battery tanks. they cost up to 300 dollars for a 100 amp battery. they have bigger AGM also but cost a lot more. I have one vmcxx now its 5 years old. good battery for the money. you can buy them on Amazon for 250 dollars for a 100 amp battery. lithium is different tecnology. I have one now. its 100 amp battle born battery. I paid 950 dollars for it 3 yrs ago. I think now they have come down to 900 . what I like about this battery I can discharge it below 50 percent every time I use it. company says I can discharge down to 20 percent with no damage to the battery. I use lithium in my camper when I do a lot of boon docking up in the high hills of the central Adirondacks. lithium has some very serious disadvantages when you use it below 32 degrees. you can still use the battery but can't charge it or you will destroy the battery. lithium if you take care of it. this battery should last 10 to 15 years with 3000 to 5000 charge cycles. my battle born comes with a 10 year warranty. next you need a battery charger for lithium. they cost up to 150 to 500 dollars for a high amp charger. next you need a battery monitor. the state of charge is all different with lithium. I use the vectron battery monitor. right now the only lithium I can recommend is battle born. there made in the US. all others they sell right now don't match up to the battle born. lithium some day will be a standard battery in our boats and RV. but it will take at least 10 years before they come down to an affordable price. over all lithium is the best battery we can buy. that depends how deep your pocket is and how much you want to pay for a battery.
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