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  1. Please be careful posting locations of your successes. I've had some spots that have been dear to my heart for decades ruined since the Internet forums began...that said, good luck all
  2. John i agree. When i started out going for the walleyes up there 30 something years ago, it was a bunch of mostly old timers sharing info and fishing together through the night. We all shared info and that was the fun of it. Unfortunately with electronic media these days and a large population of younger fishernman that lack the ethics everyone had back then, its a dangerous proposition to let a lot of these spots go public knowledge. My kids will have all my skills and secrets passed to them but im a bit leery of the mindset of a lot of people with boats and fishing gear in this day and age. That said, i have privately helped some people in the right direction if my gut tells me they are true sportsman.
  3. Even us seasoned veterans cannot escape the "hit and miss".....here one day gone the next.
  4. Reeleyz, there is something almost magical about finding 'eyes in a new spot. Nice job. And I also appreciate not blowing up a spot with info.
  5. Let's also remember how many Muskies are currently swimming around the lake sporting this fishes DNA from all those years of spawning. That fish spawned A LOT of fish with good solid hereditary traits like herself ( I'm assuming it's a female).
  6. Nice 'eyes! I eat some of the " smaller" ones from the East end area of the Lake and if it makes ya feel any better, from what I've researched mercury is not one of the pollutants in them. Which is good because mercury collects in the meat of the fish. The one's listed in the consumption advisories collect mostly (or only) in the fat of the fish. So nice lean fillets should theoretically remove a majority of them. Can you or anyone else on here recommend a good taxidermist in the Syracuse area? I'm kicking around the idea of getting a mount done as well.
  7. Trolled and jigged Cape Vincent last night till midnight...nothing. LOTS of bait balls on the sonar everywhere from 50 to 120 feet.
  8. Interesting. Upriver the alewives come in by the millions about now. On a calm night the entire river is boiling with them from 120 fow over the shipping channel all the way into shore. The eyes start to show up about that time. That's kinda why I've asked some questions in past posts about how you guys target the eyes at other times of the year. I'm almost certain the population I target is following those alewives in from the lake and eventually back out. I don't think there is a significant resident population year round in the upper River although the river structure and current is ideal. If they are there year round I've yet to locate them. Observations based on many years of hardcore SLR addiction
  9. It doesn't get much better than that! You guys are skilled to the highest degree. I posed a question in one of the other threads asking about alewife activity. Being the addict I am, I'll start heading up there from Syracuse soon around 1 or 2 am, hit the eyes until 8 or so, then drive back home to work. Do it quite often. Knowing if the alewives are around thick will help me maximize that time, at least for my first trip. After that I'll know. Funny thing is, they never have alewives in their stomachs when I know they must be gorging on them.Similar in Otisco.
  10. Nice eye! I'm wondering if the alewives are spawning/swirling on surface at night yet and if so how long have they been in? Cape Vincent area. Do you guys down river farther get the massive runs of alewives around now or don't they go that far from the Lake?
  11. Thanks for that story! I have pretty much the same childhood story about a carp (although definitel NOT white meat!). I never wanted to kill a drum just for an experiment and throw it in the trash if it wasn't any good. Although these days I would just bury it in the garden and convert it into plump tomatoes and whatnot .
  12. Catch some monster drum jigging for eyes in Cape Vincent area as well late summer. Super fighters. Always wondered if they were good to eat as they seem to be voracious predators and their saltwater cousins are delicious. Are their fillets boneless like other gamefish or do they have some sort of weird bone structure?
  13. I vacuum seal them. Use the roll of vacuum seal bag material and make it quite a bit longer than you need. Then, when you get more cheeks, cut off the sealed end, add cheeks, and reseal, again and again....
  14. Nice Kevin....once again!
  15. Don't underestimate the ships either. Every so often they'll throw a wake that you don't want to take broadside. And you can't see those monster waves coming at night.
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