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  1. Bit late posting this, but me and a buddy went out with Captain Nick of Soco Outdoor Sport Fishing on Sunday. We were his first boat outing of the year and the plan was to jig up some lakers. Launched out of Deans around 7 and the water was a bit low but no issues with his 23' Crestliner. Weather was a bit chilly, 28F at launch, but lake was dead calm so no complaints there. Got to the first spot, dropped our jigs down and nothing. Nothing for about 5-7 mins. To me, this is normal fishing. Hell, to me and my buddy it's normal to go 5 hours without a fish so we didn't think too much of it, but Captain Nick moved us about 20 yards and then it was game on. Me and my buddy troll for lakers on Owasco quite a, bit but I have to say, jigging them is a whole different ballgame. Captain Nick gave us some great guidance on what to do and 30 seconds after moving to the new spot we had our first hook up. On the day we ended up bringing 40 lakers to the surface and lost probably about another 20. Average weight of the first was likely around 4-5 lbs and most were solid healthy fish with maybe a handful having lamprey scars on them. Did bring one up with a little lamprey right on the top of its head but we relieved the fish of that parasite. Fishing was so good Captain Nick handed me an ice rod and I jigged one up with that. The whole experience was video game like and very Chuck Norris like (Chuck Norris doesn't go fishing. He goes catching). Like I said, me and my buddy are not used to catching stuff so during our first double (one of 6) all we could was laugh. Overall though, it was the most lbs of fish I've ever boated in a day and wanted to post the great experience in hopes that others could enjoy something similar.
  2. Launched out of cape at 9 with my brother and his son and tried around the coal docks/ breakwall with no luck. Didnt even see any fish. Made a run down towards the light house to try a few other spots but the same results there too. At about noon we headed back down river towards Carelton and fished the head for a bit. There we at least so some fish but it was just a few drums swimming around. Pulled and headed towards the foot and then just started putting around hoping for anything so the my nephew could reel something in. Finally around 1 we found a decent school of perch and started to pick away at them in about 16-17 fow. Mostly smalls but we were just thrilled to be reeling in something other than our bait (fatheads). My nephew got a handful and seemed to be having fun so that's what made the whole day worth it. Had to head back at 2 and could have kept enough to make a nice fish fry dinner but that wasn't the goal today. Main goal with to get some laughs and smiles so mission accomplished. Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. Any reports of late? I'm going to be taking my nephew out of Cape over the weekend and looking to get him on some perch. Was thinking of trying around the coal docks and break wall first and then venture out from there. I've heard the water is low so going near Carleton worries me and my prop a bit, but may end up going out there.
  4. They were pretty manageable yesterday. Think there was only one time my rod eyelets got clogged and that was probably after an hour of it trolling. All in all, not bad. Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  5. Hit up Owasco today. Been a bit under the weather recently so was nice to get out for a solo trip. Having it be a beautiful day was just an added bonus. Set up on the east side close to shore so I could try and hide from the decent chop I wasn't expecting. Fished the first hour marking good fish and a good amount of bait around 60-80 FOW, but couldn't trigger any strikes. Had cowbells and gambler rigs on with my fownriggers near the bottom. Finally had a good release about 2 hours I and knew it was a good one. Good enough that it took some line from me and just seemed like a angry laker. About 10 min later I get it near the boat and can see it's a sizeable fish but a bit too green for a laker. Ended up being about a 10lb pike that hammered a trout alien cowbell and gambler set up. That was a first and one of the last things I was expecting dragging bottom in 80fow with bells. This fish had been feeding well with a huge belly and got it back in the water as soon as I could. About 2 more hours go by and got a couple small lakers doing the same program but they bit on a green frog cowbell with a bull frog gambler. Decided to try trolling to the west side of the lake and had a good hit and release but no one was home. Trolled the west side for a bit in about 70-90fow and the screen looked more sad with no bites either. Back to the east side and while crossing the lake in 160 down 75 , got another hit. This one felt weird for cowbells again but still felt like it was decent size. Get it to the boat and try to net it I can see it's a beautiful steelhead. Again, no expected but welcomed. Net job didn't go as well this time as my first attempt I couldn't get under the fish with the net and as soon as this fish felt the net she went nuts jumping all over the place. Thought for sure she'd pop off but she stayed on and gave me another shot at netting. This time it went worse cause I still couldn't get it under the fish and she was headed for my rigger. Set my net down to bring up the rigger only to then turn back and see my net just slide off the back of the boat and down into the deep blue. Well...guess I can't mess up the net job without a net [emoji28] so ended up just grabbing the leader and pulling this thing in like a bass. Beautiful fish the was probably around 7-8lbs. Was too sad over the net to weigh it [emoji1787]. Again, had never caught anything other than lakers with cowbells so the beautiful day ended up being a great day too (minus the net) Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. Went out on 9/3 as well with a buddy from about 10-4 out of Fair Haven. Was pretty rough when we got out there, but died down later on. Our report was very similar to yours as we saw most marks in 130 fow near the bottom but couldn't buy a bite so trolled out to about 250 fow looking for takers. Less marks and no bites our there either. Trolled back into the 130 fow range where tons of marks were still hanging out. There were so many marks that we figured they were stageing kings so tried meat, flys, j plugs, spoons and got no takers on any of those. Tossed on a cowbell and got a decent laker and got a dink laker on a spoon when we were picking up. Was happy we didn't get skunked but was surprised to get a laker in there. Guess the marks weren't all staging kings?
  7. Think my Yamaha 4hp/4 stroke kicker is leaking oil out of this little hole on the lower unit? Did some googling and think this might be a weep hole and might have a bad seal somewhere if that's the case? Don't have much experience with outboards so wasn't sure what's going on or what might cause this. Anyone have any thoughts as to what might be going on here? TIA Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. Took the day off on Monday and was targeting lakers on Owasco. Hit both the east and west side of the lake and got fish, but the west side seemed more productive for us that day. Went 7/8 with my buddy getting the biggest at 8.2 lbs. That was the biggest laker my boat has seen in my limited trolling experience, but got him on a trout alien cowbell and gambler rig. We were fishing 70-90 FOW with the riggers near the bottom as much as possible. Best speed for us was around 1.7mph at the ball. Marked lots of bait too, which was nice cause hadn't seen much the last few outings. Overall, if you want lakers on owasco I'd recommend gambler rigs and with some hammerhead cowbells. Lots of good folks on here sharing information on what to use and how, which has helped my learning curve dramatically, so hope this helps too. Best of luck. Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. Made a quick trip out on Owasco this morning. First time since the 4th of July weekend and was very happy to see the fleas have subsided. On the flip side though, the water was very green and cloudy. Not sure if it was from the recent rains but the water clarity was terrible. Might have been able to see my rigger ball 2' down and that was it. Set up in about 80' looking for lakers and 20 min after set I got my first of the day on a trout alien set up. Seemed like a good omen but could only manage to land one other laker for the day on a death trap. All in all pretty slow but can't beat this beautiful weather Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. Talked to Kurt at Kell and he mentioned that it should work 30-40' down even without coated cable so he didn't think it had anything to do with exposed metal/cable. He figured it was a connection issue somehow. Ended up getting a coax adaptor to connect the antenna to the display instead of using the 20' of coax cable that came it. Touched on some dielectric grease to the coax connections and works good now. Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Hit up owasco yesterday with a buddy to try and give the new depth raider a try. Didnt get out till about noon and was greeted with a pretty good SW wind. Was hot so the wind actually was nice. Got a new to me depth raider so gave it a shot for the first time. Not completely sold on it yet, but worked the east side of lake from about 1-4pm with our biggest (5.6 lb) coming from 80' down on the bottom. Fleas were atrocious though. If you went more than 20 min in the water you'd have a hard time reeling it in without clogging your rod eyes. Moved over to the east side of the lake as the sky got a bit darker and found good marks and hungrier fish. Finished the day by boating 7 lakers total and 4 of them came in our last hour of fishing on the west. Trout alien cowbells took all but one fish. Everything caught the fleas though as they weren't near as picky[emoji38]. Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. Thanks again all for the help on this Ended up getting in touch with Kurt at Kell and explained to him what was going on. He was baffled by me noting I could get it to work in a bucket with my hand in it. Kind of proud and sad when he told Mr he'd never heard of that [emoji1787] He was thinking it was more of a connection issue instead of my klincher terminal, so I ended up buying an adaptor to just plug the antenna into the back of the display. Put di-electric grease on all my connection coax connection points and it worked! Almost lost the probe 20 mins later when I got hung up on bottom but was able to scramble backwards for it to come loose [emoji38] thanks again everyone for the help! Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. I grew up in Cape and during the fall you would see some trying to run up kents creek every now and then if the water level was high enough. Again, not all the common but was still cool to see a few.
  14. Awesome fish and great work! Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. Thanks again all for the feedback. Today was the first day I've been able to try it and still no luck. Got it wired right to the starter battery but still just dashes. Have narrowed it down to being a ground issue though. Whwn I put my hand on top of the probe when in the water it works so think I'm just gonna coat all my connection points in liquid tape and see what happens Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  16. Thank you again for all the incredibly helpful responses here. Reached out to Kell/Depth raider and never heard anything back so the responses here are greatly appreciated. Played around with a bit last night to double check my connections and limit my exposed wire. I had planned on hooking it up to my trolling motor battery but now I'll be sure to run it to my starter. I'll keep you posted on how the first outing goes and thanks again!
  17. anyone happen to have a link for the install? I can't seem to find it anywhere on their website or the interweb
  18. Didn't even know that was a thing so greatly appreciate the response. I just unpacked the new cable and strung it on. So basically have to strip some of the coating off the cable and then attach it to the rigger spool? Even if the spool is plastic? Also, how much of the coating needs to be taken off? Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  19. Well triple checked the battery and slapped a grounding wire into the bucket and still nothing. Ended up running a separate wire right from the probe to the antenna along with the grounded wire in the bucket and got a temperature to show up! Was pretty pumped so thanks for the suggestion above about the ground! Was happy to know the probe and antenna are OK. Here's a weird kicker though (weird to me cause I'm not an electrical guy) but when I submerged the whole probe with the separate wire, it wouldn't work. If I just dipped to get the probe wet and kept the wire out of the water, it works. In the pics I'm trying to use my finger as a reference for the water line to try and explain what I mean. Be a bare wire issue or something? Also, anyone got install instructions for these things? Suppose that might be helpful [emoji1787] Sorry if these are dumb questions but I'm just winging it over here [emoji28] Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  20. Recently purchased a new to me DR1000 depth raider. Guy said everything work but just needed the coated cable. Fast forward to cable installation and new klincher termination I'm still am not able to get any reading on my display. It is only showing dashes after I hook everything up and drop the probe in a bucket of water (not touch the bottom or side). Tried new 9v batteries but still no luck. Afraid it might be a bad probe but not sure how to test it. Anyone have any thoughts as to what might be going on or what I might need to check next? TIA Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  21. Awesome to see most folks do well this past weekend. We weren't as fortunate as we only got 2 lakers with the biggest being 4.5lbs over 2 days of fishing. Marked tons of bait and a good amount of fish but thinking my speed was off from where it should have been. I was pumped I hooked into a small laker on a dipsey with a death trap though as that was a first for me. Lost it at the boat but happy it worked. Another first and by far our best catch was this 9lb anchor with buoy my buddy got on a dipsey in 100 fow down about 80'. Could barely get the rod out of the holder it had so much tension on it and it's a minor miracle the line didn't break. Had to put the boat in neutral and pull all lines to get it in. Was laughing the whole time my buddy was reeling cause I knew he was going to be sore from the "fight". Not sure how it got out there but made for pretty memorable struggle and it was still smaller than the winning laker[emoji1787] Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  22. This whole thread is great! Cool to read the story behind the story so thanks for sharing!
  23. Great stuff and was pumped to see you join these guys! Sent from my SM-A515U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  24. Gotta Have it Fishing charter (Website here) with Captain Keith or Irish Hammer Fishing (Website here) with Captain Corbett are both great. Gotta have it does a great shore lunch with a fat back sandwich that is incredible (not recommended if you have a heart condition thought)
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