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  1. Yeah, I wouldn't do it. You'll fix the cheater with a rubber band ... the idea is the band will snap with a fish bite, and that cheater will slide all the way down to the flasher ... which will roll your line into a tangled mess. 
     
    Rather used a stacked rod, or stick with cheater line on a clean spoon line.
    I'm new to trolling, just learning. Is a stacked rod similar to a Seth Green rig ?

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  2. I know it's late in the season but we finally got brave enough to try Ontario instead of the finger lakes. First trip out we hooked up in first 15 mins and lost it shortly after. Haven't had a bite since. Fished out of sodus point between 50 and 120 fow marking fish but not takers. Any tips would be great to put some fish out of Ontario in the boat.
     
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    I'm new to trolling, just bought my first set of spin doc's and flies. Fishing Canandaigua to Hemlock. Question: Does anything change depth wise or location pre/post lake flip ? That might help determine a starting point. Sorry, cant help ya with Sodus area, but seeing reports to the west of fish taken in 20 fow

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  3. I'll be fishing western FL Canandaigua to Hemlock. Running 4" dipsys with spin doctors & a tom miks. My questions have more to do with pre and post lake flip, will that change troll depths or areas I should target ?

    Remember I'm targeting bows, browns and Lakers. With the thermocline higher, I'm not sure how to form a gameplan/starting point. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Also is there anything that determines whether a fly or spoon is better ?

     

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  4.   Early Sunday morning when I returned from walleye fishing to the Keewayden ramp I was disappointing to see about a dozen dead bass floating along the shoreline. Pretty obvious that there was a tournament and those fish were casualties. What a waste and a black eye for the tournament fishermen.
      Guess they better learn to properly fizz or not fish the deeper water.
     
    I'm not sure if your referring too local tourney anglers, open, or elite series. However I will say the MLF system of weight record & release is a conservation policy that's effective. I see Bassmaster did it once this year. Mostly because much of their tourneys are shallower fisheries. Be nice if the rules were changed or if a short seminar was done to teach fizzing. Especially in Northern fisheries. The tournament organizers and officials should be on top of this. The kayak anglers use aluminum rulers and take pictures. Honestly, it sounds to me the organizers are at fault, or at least should be responsible for suitable score rules

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  5.  I agree with much of what you wrote, but as I said, there are always Bass in shallow water  say  I dunno, maybe 4 to 8 feet  not far from shore.. IF, there is shade, cover, and food.. In cayuga the years when I fish in the depth of summer, I catch BIG LMB  mid day, under and close to docks with live bait.. Not small bass at all..  big healthy ones.. They won't touch a lure, at least not for me, but live bait or even a big nightcrawler always gets them.. go 5 feet away from the dock and forget it.. Nothing there.. They are under the docks, or around holes in weed beds in the shade say under a large  tree near the bank...  Shade is very important mid summer... They will dart out from the shade  a few feet to grab something, but thats where they sit,, Right under the structure providing the shade and cover... bob
    Hemlock lake is a highland reservoir, state forest, completely undeveloped. It fishes entirely different than Cayuga, which has lots of grass, docks, structure. Hemlock has points, pockets, lots of rock and smaller weed beds. There are flats too, but small. Typically the points and pockets have deep ledges in front of them. When the post spawn is over, from mid July on most decent sized bass move deep chasing bait, where Temps are much cooler. Alewife and smelt numbers are high, they typically live in deeper. These photos appear shallow water, but most of the time I'm in 12 -20 fow water.IMG_20220625_072307.thumb.jpg.f29d9f11481748bba3aa4b5f16e7a1a5.jpgreceived_566962658366339.thumb.jpg.f8b589a11bf566dfdc04b47f2d8645ad.jpgreceived_1389266324855408.thumb.jpg.c33d3c51a59d1d50544b78e22f7f95b3.jpgreceived_963253934339399.thumb.jpg.df1f991f2dea88bbf9add030d281ab42.jpgreceived_954367465324825.thumb.jpg.cf750b3d18a5ead731f2e80c61207064.jpg

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  6. Anyone know if the smallmouth fishing has come back from the die-off? Used to pop some real nice ones there, up to 6#. Last time I was there a couple years ago it was not looking great. 
     
    Thanks, 
    Chuck
    Went there spring last year, couldn't find any. My friend Bailey Eigbrett is former FL tourney angler, now Bassmaster Open angler. He went during largemouth spawn and was searching smallies in practice. Very few and in 40'+

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  7. I fish Hemlock almost exclusively. Any help will be much appreciated
    andre
    In post spawn bass will hang near shallows for awhile. But as water temps increase they will move deeper. When it gets hot, like now, you'll find largies shallow, but in few numbers and typically smaller. The numbers and size will be deeper off shore weed lines or points. 10'-20' typically is a good depth range. The deeper you go, it becomes a matter of finding structure or a school of bait fish. Bass relate to structure and cover, the deeper the more isolated structure typically. So you'd need a good finder, and be able to graph areas your not familiar with. If you can't, stick with deep weed edges 10-20'. They might be tucked in them out in front suspended, or even in holes of the weeds. So be prepared for flipping, finesse, or retrieve baits

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  8. Headed down this week with the kayak. Mostly just to get a good paddle, but will be bringing some basic fishing gear. If I wanted to cast for bass, what is a good starting point..thx
    Start at the first point to half way down the lake. There are channel swings on points 12' deep, stay on weed edge. Otherwise get out to 12' + on flats and find the weed edge. You can ALWAYS find fish in 10'+ during hot summer as long as there's sufficient cover. I prefer shaky heads and drop shots. If it's breezy throw a 8-10' crankbait, or half Oz swimbait. Keep your colors natural, nothing flashy or bright

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  9. I usually bass fish, but my brother is in town and we'd like to take a shot at crappies. I know they like shallows on large flats, but will run to deeper water when weather not good. I do have garmin striker. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.

     

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  10. Has anyone been fishing at Naples Creek yet this fall?
    Bro, I'd like to help you here, but I'd probably offend someone else by doing so. A vast majority of anglers believe in passing on conservation and ethics, like myself. However many here will not do that in fear of alerting this "wave of vultures" that will come devestate the species and destroy everything as we know it [emoji23][emoji1787][emoji23]. It's a bit overblown imo. Unless you live near the city, then I can see that happening, but then again a very small percentage of anglers are illegal or do illegal things. Like on the Genny, its mistreated more oftenthan it should be.
    My advice is go search the species you desire online, its seasonal patterns, food sources in the area your fishing etc. You'll get more info there than here. They don't pass it on to just anyone. Most are here to fluff their feathers, not give up secrets.

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  11. Come on, no reason to blast NC on LOU!  Read the rules.
     
    You’ve just successfully alerted a thousand people that there might be something fishable.  Great job.
    [emoji1787] like people that trout fish don't already know. My first year stream fishing. Anyone can research on line. I understand protecting the species, but anyone can figure it out. Not really hiding anything when you can find info on DEC, youtube, and study the species online.

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  12. I'm a nooby too trolling trout. I'm interested this year when the trout start pushing the shoreline and mouth, or in the river. I prefer in the river because I have a 14' Jon boat, river will be safer. So could you tell me what colors are best in the Gennessee river and size of spoons ? Smaller Suttons ? Not interested in salmon, just trout.

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  13. So I finally bought a 14' boat this year. I have done the driff/troll a couple times on the Gennessee a few years ago with a freind, but never went back. So my experience with what species is looking for which baits is limited.
    I like the idea of bottom bouncers or 3 way weighted with worm harnesses, sticks, spinners or trolling spoons with an in line weight system with depth chart I picked up. I do own a pair of trolling rods with line counters. So anything as far as colors, techniques, or tackle tips is greatly appreciated. Like what size spoons or colors work for trout ? I am very limited in experience but have a little inclination as to what might work. Just need a 🤏 bit of advice. Thanks [emoji106]
    Note: I am not interested in the salmon
     
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