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  1. I use mostly older shad shaped deep diving baits, old Rapala shad raps, Berkeley flicker shads, CC Shads, Bagely deep diving shad baits, wall e divers, old Hot N tots. I've got a pretty good collection so I'm not in hurry to buy a bunch of new $10 crank baits. They all seem to work. I pick based on how deep I want to run. They all run at a little different depths. I try to maintain 2mph with these, but mostly I watch the rod tip while I paddle. As long as the rod tip is gently vibrating to the lure action my speed is about right. Another thing you can try that has worked for me. Kayaks drift pretty readily in a breeze. If you don't mind letting the breeze choose your direction, tie a heavy sinker on a 3 way set up and run a shallow diving stick bait or a crawler harness off the other swivel with about a 5' leader and drop it to the depth you want to fish. Let the wind do the trolling. The deeper you want to fish, and the faster the drift, the heavier the weight you'll need. I've used this method with a crawler harness to target walleyes if I can maintain a 1.5-2.0 mph drift.
  2. I troll a bit in my yak, not in the Finger Lakes though. Getting line out with a paddle kayak is challenging. It works for me if I’m using a spinning reel. Of course no line counter that way. I’ve marked my braided line in 10’ increments so I have a pretty good idea how much line I have out. Getting line out requires resistance or weight. Depending on where I am and what I’m targeting that usually means either a deep diving crankbait or line weights. With either one, open the bail and start paddling. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. Thanks for linking that survey. Just filled it out. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Thanks for the info. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. Not to jump on someone else’s thread, but... I trailer my kayak. Its too big and heavy for me to drag much, so I typically use boat launches. Are there any launches, even rough launches, at either of these lakes to accommodate a trailered kayak? Very much interested in expanding the waters I fish in, but need the ability to at least back the trailer up near the shoreline to launch/load. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. I love sushi. Simple freezing isn’t sufficient though. From everything I have read, You have to get the fish down to the temps used in commercial and flash freezers and hold it there for a period of time. Residential freezers don’t get that cold. No way in hell I would try it with freshwater fish. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. Ray, get on your county government website and look at the budget. Now divide that number by the number of people in Wyoming County. And don’t forget to subtract all the retirees and children not paying taxes. And then you tell me with a straight face that you aren’t being subsidized. Of course you are. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. Ray, you probably don’t want to hear it, by NYC money comes out here, not the other way around. And Wyoming County in particular is a net receiver of tax money, not a giver. Your county gets way more than it gives. Way more. I don’t like the NYC politics any more than you, but facts are facts. Western NY, especially the rural counties, are the hands out counties in this state, not the counties in NYC. You benefit way more than you realize. Roads, bridges, school budgets. The NY Troopers keeping the peace in your town because you can’t fund a local force. Etc etc. Without NYC dollars we’d live in one of the poorest states in the nation. Insects. Ugh. The extreme hate for folks with a different perspective is unfortunate. They are all people too. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. Somebody should probably tell the entirety of the medical community that they’ve been hoodwinked and that what they are seeing and experiencing is a vast left wing media hoax. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. It's a good thing auto accidents aren't contagious.
  11. You are willing to gamble with your own health. Sure, you're problem I guess. But the other problem is, by being out and about you are gambling with everyone you encounter's health too. And that's not cool. You could easily be one of the people that get the virus and have little to no symptoms. And then you spread it around to people who just might get very sick. Stop being so damned selfish. Here is the thing. Every time one of us go on a solo fishing trip, the frequency we stop for gas goes up. Stop for bait goes up. Stop for snacks, whatever goes up. I'm dying to get out on the water, but I just can't justify creating an unneeded opportunity to expose or be exposed. So for now, we take frequent walks and try not to go nuts. The last thing I want to do is be the one that brings this thing home because I was being selfish.
  12. I've got a 13' SOT fishing kayak that I use in small lakes. I bought it with the thought of launching it on Lake O on dead calm days, but I have to admit, the big water has been too intimidating to me. Maybe it's old age, but I can't get comfortable with the idea. Looks like you guys had a blast.
  13. We’ve been staying there for almost 10 yrs now. Always clean in our experience. They have a small swimming area and a small playground. And the owners hide painted rocks for the kids to hunt down and find. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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