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TheToadHunter

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  1. We rolled into town around 4pm and managed to fish from 5-9 and had 40’+ water out of the chute to ourselves. Upon setting up in 130’ of water on the marks from last weekend, the spin doctors and flies started firing, and we also took some hits on spoons as well. No giants came to the boat, but we did manage a 23lb male. White/Mtn dew SD and olive/white flies were still top gun. Coming through the chute around 9:45pm we saw blue lights start flashing and a boat slowly turning toward us. We hear “Have you ever been boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard?”. My reply was “No, but I think I’m going to be!” They never boarded us, but gave a very polite and courteous safety inspection. I’d assume it went better than average because I double up on life jackets, sound devices, flares, and extinguishers etc.... The officials answered a few questions of mine, we talked for a bit, and went on our way. Side note and FYI - I never carried an anchor on my boat before (on Ontario) until someone on this forum said it was USCG required. So I threw in a 20lb anchor with 300’ of line attached . The four officers that night said an anchor was NOT required, and they never heard of it before. I think I’ll still keep it on! Sunday was a blow out for my boat, so we hit Seneca on the way home and were disappointed as always. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. What model and size flashers are you using? The last time I was out, my 10” spin doctors were crushing fish, but the 8” with the same rig and fly action (adjust the leader lengths), didn’t take a hit. Flasher Flies always do great on my boat, and outfish my spoons hands down. I’ve also had a lot more experience with flasher flies versus spoons. White/Mtn Dew Spindoctors anytime. Darker greens/blues in low light and brighter colors during high sun is usually a good rule of thumb, but any color combo could be hot at any time. Length between my Diver and spin doctor is 10-13’, spin doctor to fly is 24”-36”. I will add two teasers between the spin doctor and fly as well. Behind a downrigger ball, I will run them 15’-30’ back. Every distance will catch fish, so find the distance you have confidence. As much as flasher/spin doctor color matters on many days, so does the fly color. You can never go wrong with olive/white, but chartreuse/white, light blue/white, and dark green/dark blue take the majority of my fish. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. Thank you. I will definitely miss fishing the lake with her, but a safer boat for the children is necessary at this point. Fleas weren’t too bad, and only had a couple times they needed to be cleared while fighting a fish. Sunday on Cayuga....now that was a different story 🤮 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. The wife and I had our baby last Monday, so she told me to go fishing and buy a larger boat for the family. We started in 30’ as I explained to my buddy how to set up the rods and riggers. After 2 hours, we had 5 rods out. lol. Saw many bait balls from 50-140’, but 100-130 had the majority of salmon. We marked/caught fish from 40’-90’. All FF except one steelhead on a 300’ core pulling a Dreamweaver spoon. Had several releases on other spoons, but never kept a hook in. The salmon were only 12-15lbs, and pulled 15’ of line at most. Highly disappointing fights for my buddy who never caught one before. Ran back into town for food and checked out some local boats before getting back out on the lake around 5:45. We tried for Browns until 7ish before running out to the schools of salmon we found earlier in 100-130’. FF bite was still on fire. Not a touch on the spoons. Managed a few decent fish, and broke a few off before it became too dark. I was happy he finally experienced a fish screaming out 400’ of line. The coolest part of the day was during a mid morning break, a school of alewives swarmed the boat and hung around for half and hour. The school stretched from a few feet below the surface down to about 30’ on the sonar. Once in awhile, you could see what appeared to be 5-6lb steelhead coming from below and chasing them. Absolutely amazing! It reminded me of Blues chasing schools of menhaden. Mike Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. Excellent post! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. Anyone throw live baits to it for Mahi? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. Good stuff buddy!! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. As with most foods, proper preparation from the start. For canning fish, immediately after landing them, bleed them out. When dragging fish during the bleed-out process, shake the rope to keep the blood flowing out the gills. Depending on the species and laws, we will fillet them on the boat or just place them on ice. IMHO, the most important part in processing any fish is to cut out all of the dark lateral line meat. Usually, a simple V cut along the entire line does the trick. If you fillet the meat off too close to the skin, the entire skin side of the fillet may be covered in dark meat. Take it off. Sacrifice a little meat to save the rest. After that, it’s stupid easy. Cut the fillets into 1/2” - 1 1/2” cubes, pack them into canning jars with the DRY seasoning of choice, and pressure can them for about 90 minutes. That’s it. Old Bay, Dill and Lemon Pepper are our favorites. We layer the fish/seasonings, but shaking the cubes and seasoning in a bag works too (like pork chops). If your job of clearing the lateral line meat was up to par, there won’t be a fish taste like canned tuna 🤮 , and you won’t have to buy canned tuna ever again. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. 20” laker in a grill fish basket, excellent. Can them with Old Bay and you darn near have MD blue crabs. And of course, smoking them is excellent too. If you head to the beach, laker bellies are the best shark bait I’ve found [emoji1305]. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. The laker fishing out of Sodus in late March through early May is usually good. I never specifically targeted them from June on, but have only caught one 14” in the last 6 years (using the same setups through the same areas). I agree with the other guy about Cayuga. You can catch as many lakers as you want, and they are generally not too picky. Plenty of big boys around too! Launch out of Taughannock and head whatever direction you like. I prefer straight down the middle in 300’+ for the bigger fish, but tend to get the bigger bows and lls around the 150’ drops. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Nice slobs! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Excellent fish! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  24. 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
  25. 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
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