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  1. This is soo true and after having read responses maybe I should upgrade my bump board which is just piece of aluminum with marking up to 42".It'sonly about 2 ` 3" wide. I rarely weight fish but when I do I weight the fish and wet net together then just subtract out the net. I still see folks with that scale hooks jammed thru an exox jaw, terrible.
  2. This is true but many abuse this methods squeezing the crap out of the esox, a good approach with lots of caution on the amount of pressure applied while squeezing the fish. I still think grapping the jawbone is best, but a big green esox is a hand-full and is best in the net for the most part. I just bought a new scale that has a tare function to zero out the net when weighing fish.
  3. The troubles these were all caught fishing alone. Very on top of being green :no barbs, no Trible trebles (always remove middle hook, rubber net. All unhooking done in water and in net (its also much easier unhooking large pike in the net which is in the water). To get a 15 to 25 pound pike to calm down on my 42"bump boards in the second I release it to take a picture, the fish usually does not want to stayed lined-up on the bump board. Big pike have a mind of there own and they can be very feisty and hard to keep still when alone. If I have company issue is resolved. Attached is a rare pic when the pike 42" actually cooperated. 40+"ers aren't easy to come buy on Conesus and when I get one I Iike a pic, if I haven't forgot my phone. My methods are light years ahead of how I see others handle esox. Good reminders muskiedreams.
  4. your right sir, get back in ASAP. I do unhooking in my big Clam rubberized musky landing net while the fish is still in the water. I really try and whip that camera out quickly and hope it sits still for just a moment. Can't have those esox whacking the boat bottom w their tail. The other thing is that to many people hold the fish vertically and that's a lot of weight on that jaw. Never pock it with a scale, Weight, instead with the fish in the landing net and get a scale with a tare feature. Occasionally a fatality cant be prevented hook hard in gill rakers or down too deep it's inevitable. Don't blame your selve with these crazy critters its inevitable.
  5. Some real winners here Grandmas and Phantoms should sell
  6. I still don't think y can beat St Croix. It really is worth the extra $(50 to 80). And they backup their guarantee. Over the years sent 3 back or reported (no loner need to send back the rods
  7. I simple find the in/out hole and late at night I hold a flame (on a stick or board) right outside the hole in nest (they're not always at the bottom. As they become alarmed and try to fly out the flame singes there wings and they drop helplessly to the gnd. Go in nxt day and finish it off very few (hornets, yellow jackets, wasp, etc.
  8. This is critical and I loose no fish because of the lack of a barb. Also on most 5" to 7" crank-twitch baits I remove the center treble and replace the front hook w a long shank and go up1 size. Lot less hooks to remove and the hooks are separated buy enough distance to prevent them from getting all jammed-cramped up inside thee fishes mouth simultaneously." Its a lot east to remove a single treble than 2 or 3, especially w/o a barb.. And again I've yet to lose fish w/o the middle treble.
  9. Me too, but 40"s are rare, 3rd bass was 6.4 lb,, I fish alone normally so reason fish are on boat floor for a quick shot. I don't let the fish jump-bang around. Just a quick shot and back in only some like the last pike wouldn't cooperate. Congratulations on the fish . BTW best to hold esox horizontal less stress on fish. o
  10. Big fat old girl got on Conesus last week
  11. I swap out all my trebles and replace w Owners or Gamakatsu hooks. Well I finally used up my stock of long shanks trebles by above 1/0 to 3/0. Come to find out they stopped making them, yet there's tons of short shank hooks. The whole reason for doing this is to protect fish and quick releases I find the middle treble just gets in the way. So if I remove it an replace the front treble with a size up long shank hook, problem solved. So here's where Id appreciate feedback. I was thinking of adding a couple extra split ring to the front hook in order to move it back to where it would be w a long shank hook, any thoughts? thks
  12. Screws on bottom of my Lund are 10" apart. I was alone and was trying to get it to set still for a sec while I took pic. The pike had other ideas and went crazy, so I snapped these real quick and back in she went.
  13. NPike

    Pond bass

    Cool Pond, I wonder how a few pike would do
  14. NPike

    nice walleye catch

    Nice size 22" to 27" and stuffed like footballs, some of the best walleye fishing to date. We couldn't catch 15" to 18",, only one all week. The small ones were 3 pounds to 6+ for the 27". I try to remeber this nxt time I get skunked. Lost one that was easy 30".
  15. got lucky one day this summer
  16. I got mine 8..5' from St Croix 2 piece. They had a line of rods in varying degrees of loading and lengths in the Mojo Musky series. For medium-heavy 1/2 to 2 oz, I bough St Croix Triumph series never had a better casting rod in >> 40 years, excellent sensitivity.
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    Conesus launch ramp

    Docks are scheduled to come out Monday 10-15, call yourself they are based out of Letchworth park 585-496-3600. The number for the launch is 585-346-6373 but nobody will be there as they are taking out docks, ya is sucks but if more of us contact them the more the better. I wrote a letter to the park commissioner to but in permanent docks like at Irondequoit or Cayuga
  18. Hi fellow fishermen, A friend who fishes a lot for musky's told me about this crank-twitch bait(s), made by Mr. Crane. Well after I got over the price ~ $26/ea depending on bait size and color some colors re more expensive. Anyways these things are great and I wish I had known about these little fish catching marvels. The trouble is that they are hand-made and they only make so many annually. Wondering if anyone else has had luck with Cranes.
  19. this sounds about right. No good news the docks are scheduled to come out Monday 10-16. Also for smallmouth thy some the points in the south practically the southwest side.
  20. The 1st jumbo fish opened up a bit and flung my spreaders in the lake along with my cutters. This was unbelievable with the Grandmas. I just got a couple in and forgot to pinch down the barbs. Usually all hooks in my boat are barbless and I have stated using many single hooked baits, swimbaits, Rapalas, Dept Raiders, ect. If the fish doesn't get slack while fighting I see no reason for the barb.
  21. defiantly agreed, I defiantly prefer a successful release the grandmas have 3 big trebles and it's like darn could they swallow it any deeper, darn. Thanks Jim
  22. Caught several big Conesus pike a 41.5 and a 40.25. The fish both got Grandmas deep inside, so I wasn't gonna throw back mortally wounded fish. The fall bites been great nice walleye and jumbo pike, the fish god been good to me this fall.
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