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    Meyers 8/26

    Thanks for the report.
  2. Launching out of Sodus tomorrow at 6:30am. Commitments (and weather) have kept me off the water for over a month. I will post a report 8/24 evening. Might start in the 50-90fow first for Browns then move deeper early AM for kings. If anyone has been out in the last couple of days and wants to give me a "heads up" that would be just fine.
  3. Well,,,, poooo. Launched at 6:30am next to Arney's Marine, pulled out at 1:30. Set up in 80fow and quickly discovered the water temp was 70.1* from top to bottom. Picked up and ran to 150fow and set up again. Forecast was for SW wind but had a mild NW wind that made for those roller coaster waves. I get sick easily. Worked for hours trying to find a good temp at a decent depth. Went out to 260fow, would have gone further but the roller coaster ride was getting to me. Wind changed to a WSW and it settled down around 11am. Boats were all scattered. Did find water at 49* 120' down over 160fow. No hits. Saw one small bait ball on screen, saw maybe a dozen fish on the screen not counting the couple dozen or so Lakers on the bottom in 120fow. No matter where we were the temp stayed in the 70* range from top to at least 65-70 feet down. Been a long time since we got skunked but today was the day. hope you have better luck this weekend.
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    Boat shopping - need guidance

    I am on my 6th, and last, boat. I bought a new Starcraft Fishmaster 196 in 2015 and absolutely love it. It has lots of room, is deep, and wide. Check out the Starcraft.
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    Super Lube Hubs

    Hey Guys, I have an issue that perhaps someone has had before and found a solution. I bought a new 2015 Venture trailer (in 2015), dual axles with super lube hubs. The front axle has brakes, rear axle does not. In order to grease the hubs a rubber grommet is removed thus exposing the grease fitting. No issues during 2015 and 2016. The rubber grommets were NEVER easy to get off and even harder to put back on. In 2017 I bought new grommets because the original ones were getting worn from the needle nose pliers that i used to remove and reinstall. The new grommets were VERY easy to remove and install. No need for pliers, just a fingernail would do fine. I thought perhaps they were too small but there is only one size for the super lube hubs. I have included a pic of the grommet in its packaging. This is when my trouble with the grommets began. At first I thought it was because I did not put them on "completely", so subsequently I was more careful. The grommets continued to come off while trailering. Note: I typically trailer twice a week 85 miles each way. The grommets come off of each wheel, no particular wheel although the starboard rear hub has lost its grommet more times than the other hubs. I called Venture trailers in April 2018. The rep said that I had the correct grommets. 1) He thought that the brakes might be heating up causing the grease to expand thus pushing out the grommet. The rear axle wheels do not have brakes. 2) He thought maybe the cotter key on the nut might be grabbing the grommet. I checked all 4 hubs, cotter keys were fine. 3) He thought perhaps my hitch height was less or more than recommended. I checked it, it was 21" just like recommended. 4) He thought that the hubs were hot when I launched and the cold water caused the grommets to push out. I began checking them and making sure that were seated properly after loading my boat before the 85 mile drive home. 5) He thought maybe I had too much grease in the "cup" so I started cleaning out the excess grease in the cup. I went to Oak Orchard on 7/11. When I got there the hubs were fine. Before I left the hubs were fine. When I got home the rear starboard grommet was missing AGAIN. The bearings are fine, the inner seals are fine. I just keep losing the grommets and getting grease all over the wheel. It does not happen all the time. I have trailered my boat 24 times in 2018. I have lost 5 grommets during this time. Any thoughts??
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    Super Lube Hubs

    Thanks guys. I knew I was not the only one that experienced this. I found the TRP plugs on EBay and have ordered them.
  7. I've had this unit for nearly 3 years and love it. I fished Cowanesque Lake in Lawrenceville PA recently and was surprised to see that the lake does not appear on my chart. Cowanesque is a man made reservoir built in the early 80's. comments? Does anyone have any comments on using a Navionics card? thanks
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    Lowrance HDS 8 Gen 2 question

    Thanks again Ivan. The pre-loaded (Insight) maps on my HDS have always sufficed but I was taken aback by the fact that this lake did not even appear on the maps. I've always been curious about the Navionics Platinum cards. I have always wondered If they worth the price thanks Mudflat, I will check out the site.
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    Lowrance HDS 8 Gen 2 question

    Thanks Ivan. I was hoping someone with experience with the Navionics cards would reply. Thanks again.
  10. Launched next to Arney's at 5:45am. Set up in 100fow, 80' down ( water temp 43deg) headed north. First king came in 160fow, down 80'. Within the next few hours all six spoons took kings anywhere from 50' down to 100' down. Got into 215fow and turned around and did it again. Purple, Green, Orange, Black,,, color seemed to make no difference. Even had our first triple of the season. We weren't the only boat catching either. At least a dozen other boats in the area. Biggest was 12lbs.
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    Hudson River Spring striper update

    We hope to get some striper fishing in this or next week. Do any of you know of a good deal on lodging anywhere between Kingston and Newburgh? Needs to have enough parking area for my boat. thanks
  12. Great day at Sodus. Launched at public ramp next to Arney's Marine. Turned west outside inlet, ran west for about a mile and set up. We were looking for Browns, planer boards and stick baits, 20 FOW or less. Trolled west. Chalky green water at 49deg,, looked great. Nothing for 1.5 hours, decided to go deeper. Crossing the 35FOW line a king ripped my J-7 black over silver. Still had the light rods out (magda 15's). Nice 10 pounder. Continued for rest of day with 7 kings boated, 4 lost early, 2 steelhead, 1 laker. The laker threw the hook at the boat, biggest laker I've ever hooked in to. And it keeps getting bigger. The stick baits were all that worked until 11am. After that spoons on riggers down 40 in 60 FOW. Most action was about 1.5 miles east of Hughes Marina. Pulled out at 2:30. All fish are still swimming except for 1- 7 pound king. Last year I bought a dozen "Badmo" spoons from a member on this site. They looked odd and I have never met anyone that has used them. Three of my kings, the laker and 1 steelhead came on a Badmo. Other spoons no work. No, I do not have any for sale, but they have worked great this year. its time, get to Sodus, the kings are in close and damn nice ones too.
  13. Does anyone know whether the docks are in place on the public boat launch next to the Black North Inn? On my way up on 4/23/18 and would like to know what to expect. thanks
  14. Launched at Taughannock at 9am. Good news,,, water level is much higher than the last time I was there (3/29/18). I would say 18"-24" higher. The ladder on the dock is in the water!. left inlet and shot straight across to East shore. Trolled north until we got to the power station. Is that power station still operating? Boards with sticks, riggers with spoons. No hits till we got to the power station, all spoons on riggers, all lakers, 80fow. Surface temp was 38 deg. Saw very few fish on screen. Was very happy to pick up half dozen lakers (8 passes in front of power station). Continued on North for 45 minutes, crossed over to west side, trolled back to Taughannock. All fish caught were in front of power station. Pulled out at 3pm. Great weather today.
  15. I bought several of these several years ago at a garage sale. Fantastic lure for spring LL. Can anyone tell me what they are and where to get more? Thanks in advance.
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    Conesus Conesus Pike and Walleye Runs

    Visited the Conesus Inlet today (4/6/18). Our first time there AND seeing walleye. Did not see any pike but spotted 15-20 walleye along the Creek up to the spillway. Never seen this before, very cool. Get there if you never have before.
  17. I will second that,,, very nice and informative report. thanks
  18. FYI In case you use Taughannock launch: The Taughannock boat ramp will be closed 3/5/18 to 3/9/18 and perhaps into the following week. So states a sign posted on the dock. a contact number 607-387-6739 is also posted.
  19. Tried to launch out of Treman at 8am. Channel is clear but the water was so low my Fishmaster 196 got stuck in the mud at the ramp. Finally got it back on trailer and scooted up to Taughannock. No problem getting in and out here. Trolled West side. Worked the boards in close this time. Stayed in 30fow or less most of the time with sticks off the boards, both shallow and deep divers. Picked up 10 LL, biggest was maybe 22", but most were 12-14". Picked up a nice brown that was close to 3lbs. Moved out to 100fow for about an hour and ran the riggers down 80' and picked up 4 lakers ( the 22" LL took a deep diver off the board in 100FOW). Pulled out out 1:30pm. Water was a steady 37.7deg. i see a few reports of Browns caught out of Irondeqoit and Olcott. I assume Sodus is still locked up with ice?
  20. Very nice! Thanks for the report, I just love these early reports.
  21. Nice Brown..Thanks for the report.
  22. Launched at Taughannock at 10:30am, pulled out at 3:00pm. Air temp was 23 deg at 10:30 and 33deg at 3:00. The water level is LOW but was able to get my Fishmaster 196 in and out. Started to troll north after exiting inlet but too many ice chunks so we turned south on the west side. Planer boards with small rapalas and riggers at 70' with spoons was our plan. Picked up half dozen lakers on riggers and 4 LL (12 inchers) on sticks. Water temp was 37.1 deg from surface down to 70'. Ramp area clear of snow AND there was rock salt spread on ramp. Saw one other boat.
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    Cayuga?

    Launched out of T Falls at 9:30am. Water Temp was steady at 38.9 deg from surface to 70' down which is where we had the riggers set when we started catching. Just north of inlet was dead for us. South of the inlet we picked up 12 lakers with one at an even 10lbs. Something whacked an F7 black over silver back 175' but lost it right away. Pulled out at 3:30pm with an air temp of 45 deg. Great day to be on the water.
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    Lure Identification???

    Wow! Thanks guys. I can now replenish with the new Yozuri Crystal Minnow.
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