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  1. Here's the argument against the point that 'what's his name is a charter captain and he doesn't need a speed/temp probe'. A charter captain is on the lake frequently and develops a 'feel' based on experience if the lures are running at the right speed based on subtle clues such as rod bend, etc. The charter captain has a network of other charter captains and they network to put each other on fish. They don't need a temp probe to find the right zone, collectively their network has already determined where to start and the productive depths. As an outsider, your temp/speed probe will give you a fighting chance to find fish in the absence of a network of people sharing information. I bet charter captains don't consult LOU either, but it doesn't mean it's not a valuable resource.
  2. Thank you for the quick replies. I'm kind of embarrassed to ask this next question. Are there any businesses in the area that clean and store any fish we might happen to catch? I've become so used to using 'fish cleaners' when I fish Lake Erie that I'm not very skilled at cleaning my own fish.
  3. I'm going to be camping at Four Mike Creek State Park and fishing out of Olcott or Wilson this weekend. I'm all set equipment wise, but need to get some spoons and some flies to go with some flashers and spin doctors I bought online over the winter. I'm also hoping to get a small quantity of herring strips or whole alewives to experiment with running meat. I'm hoping someone can recommend a local bait store that is 'friendly' in the sense that they might help me pick out some basic terminal tackle to get a newbie started.
  4. I fish the western basin of Lake Erie. The last two winters have resulted in phenomenal hatches for the walleye in Lake Erie. The future is bright, but presently, I have been struggline to catch anything but 8 inch eyes (last years hatch) and 14 inchers (2014 hatch). They are very difficult to detect on the line. I use big boards with medium light rods and can tell when there's a white perch or white bass on the line by reading the rod tips, but these little walleye swim with the lure and I haven't figured out how to tell they're there. When pulling crankbaits (bandits are the hot crankbait this year), it crankbait continues to vibrate even with these small fish on. Anyway, are you guys who fish the eastern basin catching a lot of these 1 and two year old fish, or are the young fish concentrated in the western and central basins? I'm going to give these little fish a break and give Lake Ontario a shot a couple times this summer. Most people speculate the small walleye stay resident in the western basin their first couple years, then begin migrating to colder water in the eastern basin each summer as they grow larger and I'm curious if your observations and catches are consistent with that theory.
  5. One thing Lake Ontario has going for it is being downstream from Lake Erie. Lake Erie has a much higher (maybe too high) nutrient load. Low nutrient load has been cited for the baitfish crash in Lake Huron
  6. I use the MotorGuide xi5's autopilot (trolling motor like the terrova, but less expensive) while setting the lines, then turn it off and run on the main motor until a fish hits. At that point, I turn the trolling motor back on, set a course lock, shut the main motor off and deal with the fish. I might run on electric only for up to 20 minutes while clearing lines and landing the fish and resetting the lines. I only do this if I plan to fish more than 3 hours to conserve battery (3 27 series deep cycle). If you want a removable planer mast, consider getting two 36 Berts masts that fit a 6inch section of track mounted right in front of your windshield. This setup really works well for me and allows me to convert from a family boat to fishing boat easily
  7. Since it was cpvc pipe, I used cpvc primer and glue. The same stuff used for plumbing. I would never dream this glue could fail. I thought it 'solvent welds' the pipes together. I know this will hold plumbing joints water tight for decades, but the typical pipe in a home doesn't get bounced around in waves for six hours per session either! If it falls apart, I'll scavenge the hardware and rebuild them, this time using a heavier wood like white oak for the bottom third to make them ride lower in the water.
  8. I thought I'd share my unique 'spin' on the board plans. I wanted collapsible boards, but I wanted them to collapse totally flat. I put my woodworking tools that I rarely use to work for this project. I probably went a little overboard with these boards, but I think they're cool and they work well. I've managed to pull four jet40's per side on Lake Erie and hope to pull a 10 color and cuda sized torpedo diver per side on Lake O this year. The boards were constructed by ripping four 8x29 inch cedar boards into three pieces and then laminatating it back together trapping 1/2 inch cpvc tees to act as hinges. When laminating it back together, the middle piece needs to be exactly the size of a 1/2 inch cpvc tee. Here's what the glue up looked like: A 7/8 inch forstner bit cuts a hole that exactly accepts a small piece of 1/2 inch cpvc. This is the key to being able to build boards like this. I put little bevels on the rear mid piece to give the rear end of the board a little 'kick' in an attempt to make them pull a little harder There's a removable piece in the rear to put a noodle on for additional visibility. No one can accuse me of running boards that are not visible! I had to add an aluminum cross bar on the top because they folded closed on their maiden trip while trolling. That was not a pleasant experience . It's secured by brass threaded inserts and knobs. They fold completely flat which was my goal I borrowed the painting scheme from another site. Basically, I painted them white, put some diagonal masking tape, then added orange.
  9. Thank you for the replies. I'll run them like this. I experimented with the release mechanism on those releases and am fascinated by how adjustable they are while still allowing the rod to be cranked down tight. I'm going to use these for walleye on Lake Erie also and think I'll be able to adjust these so I can pull a worm harness and have it release even if a little white perch or white bass gets on the line. Can't wait to get out on the water!
  10. I have been acquiring gear over the winter to target salmon and trout this summer for the first time. I'm experienced with trolling with planer boards and divers, but this will be my first season with down riggers. Latest purchase was a fish hawk and Chamberlain releases. Is this the correct way to rig the releases and the probe? Im basically trusting the release to hold a $300 probe. Is this correct, or should the release be under the probe?
  11. Just wanted to introduce myself. I had never thought about fishing Lake Ontario until September when I started working a contract in Toronto. I can see Lake O from my office window. I've driven there a couple times when my flight had issues and now realize Lake O is close enough to trailer the boat there to fish. I normally fish the western and central basins of Lake Erie for walleye and perch. There's a period where the walleye fishing slows in mid July and often the perch fishing doesn't pick up until mid August. I plan to fill that void with some salmon trolling out of Olcott, NY. I might also trailer the boat up one week to Toronto and try this out a few evenings from the North Shore out of Bluffers which is close to where I work. I fish with my 13 year old sons, and we fish from a very non-traditional platform. I'm probably the only person in the world who uses this particular boat to fish from. You're going to laugh. I fish from a 23 foot Yamaha jet boat. I have it rigged very well for trolling and can easily run 8 lines. Starting at the front, I have a Motorguide 36v Trolling motor with autopilot. On the bow rails, I have rail mount removable rod holders. In front of the windshield, I have berts track that I can either install a couple more rod holders, or a pair of 3 ft planer masts. On the gunwale, I have mounts for removable triple rod holders. On the stern, I have another pair of berts track that accept a pair of downriggers or an 18" cannon track for even more rod holders. The boat has two 160hp jet drives, so there is redundant power to limp in if an engine fails, and the jet drives are infinitely variable between idle and 3.2 mph, so I can supplement the trolling motor if we want to fish all day. The only downside for fishing from this boat is the wraparound seating doesn't give the best access to the gunwale and transom. It works for us for now. I have plans to get a dedicated fishing boat, probably a 23-24 foot late model walkaround. We have experience with running up to four lines per from the big boards early in the season and dipsy's later in the season. Up to now, deep for us is 35 feet down. To prepare for Lake O, I'm reading all three of Dan Keating's books, I've acquired a pair of manual downriggers, and a subtroll 900. The downriggers and subtroll will be beneficial for fishing the Central Basin of Lake Erie also. I plan to follow Keating's plan of building a temperature based strike zone and plan to use a mono high diver, wire low diver, copper off the big boards, and a pair of downriggers for an eight line group. I anticipate the strike zone being 40-100 in late summer. I'm going to finish reading the Keating books before I start asking a bunch of questions , but would be interested in knowing if I'm way off on the depths I think I'll need to be prepared to cover in the mid July to Mid August timeframe. I am also having trouble determining which lengths of copper. I think I'm going to use the smaller 32lb blood run super copper on 45 series reels and am planning to just use 300 feet on each side. I figure I can run a little slower or faster to cover a variety of depths. Hopefully, I'm on the right track. Anyway, I look forward to some fishing on your lake later this year.
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