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  1. Nobody was criticizing on this post, only correcting. Stand up guys in my opinion. John, all the high marks we saw on the sonar were good fish, but didn’t bite. Though, the two biggest lakers we caught were up high too, so who knows what the marks were. We never had any lines in the top 20’, and never fished in less than 40’. Surface temps varied between 36.5 and 39.5. Mike Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. Again, I appreciate the people who brought this up. I’ve motored by hundreds and hundreds of people in the Spring over the last 5 years and not a single person spoke up. So thank you! It’s my fault not knowing the law during cold water periods, and honestly, have been doing it unknowingly for years. I’ve most likely got away with it for so long because my boat is just under the 21’ mark, but there’s no excuse. Safety anywhere is a priority, and none of us want to be hurt or see others hurt. For a split second I thought about deleting this post, but if my wrongdoing and humility can help educate other small boat fishermen, great. Rookie - Thank you, and it is a girl, that will be cutting into my summertime trolling.... but maybe our annual shark fishing trip in September will make up for it. Mike Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. Definitely appreciate the heads up. Not sure why I thought it was vessels 16’ or less. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. Definitely appreciate the heads up. Not sure why I thought it was vessels 16’ or less. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. First troll of the year. We like to fish lakers in early spring instead of browns in close. The charters and other fishermen can have them. We slide out and have an open lake. Several triples, many doubles, and after the first two hours we started experimenting lures/presentations and running gear 40’ over 70’ of water to limit catches. Too much action tired out the pregnant first mate very quickly. Spoons took the first five fish, then not another hit all day. Switched out different colors, sizes, presentations to no avail. Flasher/flies took most everything else, but a few stickbaits on the downrigger fooled some too. Kept a 3-4 color core and x-rap in the water most of the day. Took a hard rip in 100’ but nothing attached, then back to back lakers in 70’. Those two lakers were the largest we landed, around 14-16lbs. Marked some nice fish at 25-30’ in 70’ of water, but just going to chalk them up as suspended spotted perch (lakers). Sonar waypoints of fish hooked showed 49, not counting the doubles/triples, subtract 5-6 lost, multiply that by 2, divide by 2.3, add 17, end with the square route squared and that might be the number you’re hoping to see. We had fun as always. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. Ended up with Krenzer’s. I didn’t think they had dry dock storage, but I called them as I was taking the boat out. They beat everyone’s price by more than half. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. Thanks for the recommendation in Mexico, but the added mileage to that location would even out with the gas money and wear/tear. Someone mentioned Ernst Marina in Point Breeze, and the price is great, but having not fished that area, I’d be looking for all new waypoints. Katlynn’s in Sodus isn’t terrible. Decisions...... All the storage unit companies I called do not allow items to be stored outside, otherwise I’d be good. Mike Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. Does anyone have input for a reasonably priced storage location for a 20’ bass boat around Sodus or Point Breeze? Looking to save wear/tear and gas from towing it 360 miles round trip every weekend. It wouldn’t need covered, just a secure location. Mike Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. Sorry for the late reply (again). Mag dipsy on 0 back 150'-200' took the nicest fish. Estimated 80'-100' down. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. I only run dipsys. 2 standard dipsys on a #1 at 150' with a flasher fly, and a mag dipsy at #0 with flasher fly will always produce numbers and take a few solid lakers and LL. Depth and location never seems to matter, as long as there isn't grass or any other obstructions to the line or bait. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. Launched out of Taughannock Falls dark and early. I decided to head South and try a new pattern for the morning. Not a hit for hours, but grass was a serious problem. Switched one rod over to a spoon and took a 2lb brown. The skunk was off, but this pattern sucked. We headed up lake and set my normal laker/landlock setup. Consistent fish from there on. Didn't boat many big boys like the last trip, but did ok. Took a few fish on the larger SD and 5"-6" flies, but once we switched to the 8" SD and 3"-4" flies, hits picked up. Fish came in 60' - 400', all lines ran with a dipsy set anywhere between 20'-100'. My leadcore down the chute didn't take a hit all day. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. Excellent fish! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  13. Canning meats and stews is addicting. Shortly thereafter, it's time to buy a storage cabinet or build one! Salmon from the lake canned with Old Bay tastes like fresh blue crab cakes. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. Thanks for the info. Next time I'll switch from my natural colors and experiment with the reds, oranges, and pinks. It may be my trolling speed, but I'm limited to idle and however fast the wind/current takes me based on direction. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  15. Doubles while solo always get the adrenaline pumping!!! Excellent!
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