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  1. well if it makes you feel better my brotha, that rainbow is currently in a mix of brown sugar, kosher salt and soy sauce, gonna let it air dry for a few hrs tmrw and then into the smoker at 175 for 3 hrs. got a honey and rum mixture to baste on a few times w a little ground black pepper in it. i'll swing by with a sampler for ya. i figured if all we get is one fish all day we might as well do it up right.
  2. wow awesome, those are hogs. were they on the bottom that deep?
  3. Yeah there were a few mature toms in that group, maybe the fox didn't want another spur in the head. Either way they definitely had some sort of relationship going, reminds me of that Wiley Coyote/Sheepdog cartoon where they're enemies all day trying to kill each other and then punch the clock at the end of the day as friends.
  4. I've seen them hunt turkeys, but last fall I saw the strangest encounter with a local red fox and some turkeys on our hunting property down by the Alpaca Farm in Bloomfield during bowseason. The red was an average sized, healthy looking dude, he/she was working on finding something under a dead log 80 yards away from me and a group of about 10 birds appeared in the hardwoods and started making their way directly toward the fox. I could see pretty well with the naked eye but I switched to the binoculars at that point because I was sure this guy was going to flatten out and try an ambush for a turkey dinner. They kept coming, and he knew they were coming because it was a crisp fall day and you know how loud the turkeys are in the leaves. So the turkeys walk directly up to the fox, picking away at the ground like he's not even there, and the fox just ignores them, still working on the log. One of the lead hens cackled a little bit of a warning but she was only maybe 4 feet away at the time and at one point he was smack dab in the middle of the birds, almost touching each other. He could have easily nailed one but he barely even looked up from what he was doing. The turkeys just kept on moving like they do, and fox eventually went the other way. The only way I can explain this is that maybe the fox as a pup conditioned the birds to not perceive him as a threat because he was so small and even though he was full grown now they had developed some level of mutual trust. Food is abundant in the fall for both species, maybe the birds just sensed that and felt safe, but either way for them to walk right next to a predator like that was really a wild thing to witness. I call him the Fox who was Raised by Turkeys.
  5. They should have included some estimates of the number of healthy salmonoids and trout fry that come out of that river. I'm not sure people realize how many fish we are getting in the lake are natural (I didn't until this year) and that river has a lot to do with it. It takes pressure off the limited resources for stocking, hatcheries, etc.
  6. Nice ! We were out from the Genny about the same depths this afternoon. 100-160 Pretty decent screens, found 48-52 degree water down fairly deep 80-110 feet down and tried to stay in that zone. Had more Molson's than hits but managed a 23lb king on silver/green flasher/fly. That joker ripped off a ton off line before we could turn him. Only boated one other fish, 8lb laker off the bottom. We saw a lot of them come up and look at our lures on the screen but we were going 2.5+ most of the time, probably a little fast for those lazy bastards. Had 2 other hits on meat but lost em. Lake was beautiful today, medium chop in about 5-10 mph NNW.
  7. Nice haul ! Fire up the fryer
  8. Nasty lookin King looks mean like he wants you to hurry up and put him back in so he can go slaughter some more baitfish. Boat looks tight.
  9. Tell ur cousin a lot of millenials are payin top dollar for ear piercings like that.
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  11. Obviously. And there's a lot of water upstream for sure, but something I learned from the hydrologists this year is that a lake can only flow out so fast, no matter how much water it has in it. It seems counterintuitive but thats how it works. This goes for Erie and all the great lakes. Look at the charts on the link, Erie is even predicted to drop slightly despite Michigan/Huron and Lake St Clair 3 feet over average, and Ontario will do the same despite Erie 31 inches over average. By 4th of July we will be only 10 inches over average here which is miraculous considering the situation in the other lakes.
  12. Thankfully you're wrong. Erie is the only lake that flows into Ontario and despite it not being regulated and a whopping 31 inches over average, its outflow into Lake O doesnt exceed what is flowing through Massena today. Ontario is 13 inches over right now and the Army Corps prediction for June 22nd is down 2 more inches. Storm surge will move levels around a little but we are looking good this summer. Here's a great link for you https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/Great-Lakes-Information/Great-Lakes-Water-Levels/Water-Level-Forecast/Weekly-Great-Lakes-Water-Levels/ .
  13. If it helps, Lake O is 18 inches down from this time last year. Great combination of IJC pressure from NY state, fairly dry spring, not much ice damming at the Massena locks (allows for greater outflows thru the winter), and the Ottawa river behaved very well this spring and didn't crush Montreal so the outflows are maxxed and are expected to stay that way. Despite the record high water in the upper great lakes, Ontario and the St Lawrence are in relatively good shape. Awesome news for cottages, anglers and businesses at a time when we really needed a win.
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