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Char_Master

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Interests
    Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Aquaria
  • Home Port
    Erie, PA
  • Boat Name
    Laker Taker

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  1. Char_Master

    What are these fish

    Guys above have it covered, White Perch (Morone americana). Delicious little fish! They compete with native White Bass in Erie so I usually end up grilling more White Perch every year than I do Walleye.
  2. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    Well this was our last weekend of Spring Lakers for the year. Hopefully we’ll be at them again this Summer after the thermocline sets up in a month or so. Fished yesterday and today, took every fish 115-130 FOW on the bottom or not far off, 1.5-2.0 mph at the boat. Surface temps were 51-59° so I can’t imagine it was too much cooler down there this time of year. Went 5/5 yesterday with cowbells and spoons and 3/4 this morning with spoons, dodgers, and flashers. Hit a 37” 20# fish yesterday and a 37.5” 23# today! Unfortunately, the 20# was hooked in the gill raker and the 23# wouldn’t go back down (guessing it didn’t decompress). The former swam back with tons of energy but I doubt it survived very long after losing blood. Kept the 23# to use as catfish bait and aquarium fish food since I didn’t want to waste the meat on seagulls haha. Other than those two, we hit several 10-18 pound fish, all of which were released unharmed. June is going to be a slow month for me but maybe I’ll make it up to Lake O for some Lakers in while I’m waiting for Erie to set up for summer fishing. Hope everyone had/is having a good weekend!
  3. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    I tried a Silver M-2 Flatfish right on the bottom towards the end and still nothing. What speed have you been running? I’ve been doing 1.4-1.8 for the most part and I’m wondering if I’d get more spoon action at a higher speed. But at that point it’s too fast for cowbells so I guess I have to pick one or the other.
  4. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    I’ve seen some guys pulling nice ones up there! The Spring Laker fishery on Erie should still have another two weeks or so left anyway if you want to make it up. Memorial Day weekend is almost always the last good weekend we have for them every spring. Once the water hits a uniform 50-52°, it’s done for awhile. Then you have to wait for the thermocline to set up in July for the Summer fishing.
  5. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    Fished off North East Sunday and went 5/5 in 4.5 hours or so, not bad for a Spring morning session! A bit better size than last week too, all of them were in the 29-32” zone. Even had one fish go on a blazing 50-60’ run as soon as it popped the release, only to dive and thrash for the rest of the way to the boat! Fished 58-120 FOW and took every fish in 88-112 FOW tight to the bottom. Surface temps 42-47°. Once again, I ran every style of lure in my arsenal, but caught them all on cowbells and gambler rigs on the downriggers. No idea why they haven’t been eating spoons or Dodgers for me this year, but they’re loving those loud, noisy chains of metal blades! Hoping to get out one or two more days this month before the water gets too warm for the Spring fishery.
  6. Char_Master

    Summer Lake Trout Trip

    Thanks for all the advice, and the offer! I’d be glad to take you up on that sometime this year if we do get up to Lake Ontario in July or August, and I’d gladly fill your tank up if you took us out! If we make it to the area and are fishing out of our boat for a few days, it’d be nice to go out with someone who knows the water by heart for a few hours to start things off.
  7. Char_Master

    Summer Lake Trout Trip

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. As of now I’m leaning towards either Sandy Creek or Dunkirk/Barcelona. Anyone have experience with transient slips in any of these ports? We need shore power to charge our trolling motor and a nice gas pump + bathroom facility would be appreciated.
  8. Char_Master

    Summer Lake Trout Trip

    Looking for possible locations to make a long weekend (likely 4 days) trip for Lakers this Summer. The time frame I’m looking at is mid July - mid August. We’d be coming from Pittsburgh, PA and trailering our boat from Erie, PA, so the far eastern end of the lake is probably a bit too far (unless the fishing is significantly better than other ports). Last year we made a 12 hour drive and did a few days of charters on Lake Superior, but this year I’d like to save money and go for a semi-local trip fishing out of our boat (maybe a guide/charter for one day to learn the water if needed). We’ll mainly be trolling but this year I’d finally like to get a Laker (or several) vertical jigging, and so wherever it’d be easier to do so, I’ll be partial towards. So far, these are some of the ports I’ve come up with as possibilities: -Sandy Creek -Oak Orchard -Sodus Point -Dunkirk (Lake Erie) -Barcelona (Lake Erie) -Seneca Lake -Cayuga Lake -Open to other suggestions! I’ve fished the Dunkirk/Barcelona area on Erie several times, but cold water availability in the Summer is a concern if I’m making a 4 day trip. I also considered the finger lakes as options since they seem like a great place for jigging even though the fish are generally smaller. Thanks in advance! -Sean
  9. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    Thanks! If I wasn’t booked solid I’d take you up on that haha.
  10. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    Just realized I never made a report. Anyway, we fished off North East Saturday and went 5/7 on decent Lakers in the 25-30” range. Nothing huge but I’ll take it for our first day this season! We fished 62-110 FOW and hit every fish in 78-110 FOW, all right along the bottom. Anything shallower than 70 FOW was in the mudline and the reduced visibility killed the bite. Had lines in at 7:50 and fished until 3:30, but the bite totally died after 12:30 for us. Downriggers took every fish. We threw the kitichen sink at them (spoons, Dodgers, flashers, everything) but caught every fish on a green/chartreuse gambler rig (thanks for the quality product, Brian!). Speed at the boat was 1.2-1.8mph. Surface temps ranged from 38.1-40.8° where we were picking up fish. A bit cold for this time of year but hopefully that means the spring fishery will last for awhile! Maybe I’m the minority, but these guys all fought very well and there’s no fish I’d rather be pursuing! Hoping to get out again this Saturday, weather permitting.
  11. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    Lake is muddy for awhile out but we’re heading deep in an hour or so to try anyway. Haven’t been out yet this season and the future wind forecast isn’t looking great, so I have to burn gas at some point this spring haha. Anyway else going to be out today? Either way, I’ll post a report tonight.
  12. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    What do you guys think, will the lake finally cooperate this weekend or are us 2-day warriors getting the middle finger again? Fingers crossed for two feet or less on Saturday.
  13. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    I believe it’s mostly mud after 40-50’. We drag balls on the bottom out deep and never snag (knock on wood). At the very least, it’s consistently flat.
  14. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    Can’t tell whether to be excited or if this is a joke lol. But in all seriousness man, you get them jigging in Erie? I’ve been trying to jig one for theee years and still haven’t had any success. I didn’t think it was even possible to get much/any deeper than 150 in PA waters either, maybe out by the CA border?
  15. Char_Master

    Northeast, PA Lake Trout

    There’s some great info here for those curious about Erie Lakers (and other CW species): http://www.glfc.org/pubs/lake_committees/erie/CWTG_docs/annual_reports/CWTG_report_2017.pdf I read the yearly reports religiously and they’ve provided me with a great understanding of the Erie Char population. (Still waiting on the month-late 2018 report...) And as a final piece of data, this image was taken from the 2016 report and shows the disparity in Summer population size between PA and NY waters.
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