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  1. fishyoo

    what are your favorite lures to jig for panfish?

    I like gold kastmasters for jigging panfish. Weight depends on conditions, but 1/4 oz to 3/8 oz are fine.
  2. fishyoo

    No Perch in Canandaigua Lake

    Personally, I feel that there are quite a few things wrong with the perch regulations. The first and foremost thing would be the commercial selling of perch by recreational fisherman. I'm fairly new to freshwater fishing, but have been saltwater fishing my whole life, and to my knowledge, there is no commercial selling of saltwater fish by recreational anglers in NY. I do know that in Massachusetts, one can obtain a commercial license to sell striped bass, but the regulations to keep and sell commercial striped bass are more stringent than for the recreational angler (ie must be 34" or larger to keep and sell, vs. 28" to keep for a recreational angler). A second thing that I find wrong with the perch regulations is that there is no minimum size. I've had a few perch fishfry's and it is delicious, but how much meat can you really get off of perch less than 9" or 10"? I'm not sure at what size perch begin to spawn, but setting a minimum size for perch should definitely help with future fish conservation. Finally, there's the 50 fish limit per person. I find this to be overkill. Who seriously needs to keep 50 fish per person? Cutting this number in half is still is a lot in my opinion, but would make much more sense. Just my two sense, and I'm sure I'll get a lot of people that disagree, but I'd rather have fish for my kids and grandkids to catch in the future.
  3. fishyoo

    Kayak fishing on Cayuga

    Definitely buy a drysuit as JJ suggested. I've kayaked on Cayuga before on my Hobie Revo 13, and follow the 120 degree rule (if the combined temp of the air and water is below 120, then wear a drysuit). I have a Kokatat drysuit, and while expensive, they can be a life saver, and Kokatat has a solid warranty program.
  4. Had my best day of laker fishing this past Friday. I'm kind of new to freshwater fishing (mainly a saltwater guy as I live in NYC), so was really happy to connect on some quality lakers. When I've fished for lakers in the past, I've managed to jig up one fish over 4 -5 hrs of fishing, but was able to land 4 fish on Friday, and dropped 4 others. Largest went 29", and the smallest was around 26". All released to fight another day. Launched out of Taughannock on my kayak, and jigged soft plastic paddletails all day. Tried using a blade bait for a little while, but didn't get any hits on it. Caught fish in 80 - 100 ft of water. Regarding lakers, do you guys like eating them or is it mainly a CP&R? I was never really a big fan of eating freshwater fish, except for the occasionally perch/sunfish fish fry. Also have a question regarding salmon and brown trout. I haven't caught either of these guys on Cayuga. Do you guys specifically target them or do you catch them while jigging for lakers. I typically don't troll for fish as my main way of fishing, but will troll from fishing spot to fishing spot.
  5. They were on the bottom mostly. Some really good marks. At one point, I felt some small nibbles on my jig but I think it was too big for the fish to hook
  6. Launched out of Deans Cove this morning and caught one laker right away on the jig. Was fishing from 40 to 100 ft of water. Didn’t really mark much so decided I would take the long pedal over to Long Point. Once I got there, I immediately started marking a lot of bait and fish in 20 to 35 ft of water. These marks were unbelievable, but couldn’t get anyone to bite. I jigged paddletails and also trolled through with a rapala on leadcore. After an hour without any success , I decided to call it a day. One fish is better than no fish but wish I caught some more. A good workout today with the pedaling. Anyone have any idea what I could have been marking on the long point side?
  7. Thanks. Already have navionics on my phone. Will use it to look for some good drop offs.
  8. Thanks for the info guys.
  9. Fairly new to lake trout fishing as I live in NYC. However, I'm planning to do some laker jigging this coming Memorial Day weekend on Cayuga lake, and was hoping for some guidance on the laker fishing this time of year. I fish from a kayak, so my range is limited to a mile or two from where I launch. I was planning to fish out of Dean's cove due to proximity to where I'm staying, and wanted to know if good laker fishing can be found in that area, or if I should focus more south like Taughannock. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!