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Offshore IV

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  1. If you've had success in years past, I think it is right to assume you know what you are doing. I think the factors you can control (speed, lures, presentation) we can also assume you're using proper technique. How was the boat traffic? That could play a part. Also consider weather. I've noticed out of Mexico point we either do really well or really poorly. This year has been far more of the former than the latter for me. I know what it's like though, to see some reports of catching 30 in one day; whereas on that same day, I can barely land a single fish. Frustrating. I do not think there is a population problem in the Lake, if that is what is on your mind, and i think most would agree.
  2. This is how I feel too, except with lakers. I must have lake trout repellant on my lures. Can’t seem to catch one and never have out of Lake O.
  3. I’ve had excellent luck in Mexico bay. I think a huge key is boat traffic. Obviously, water color/temp, trolling speed, lure choice all play a role too. Let the forum know what you’re using for bait, presentation, days you go and your trolling speed and we can try to help you out!
  4. Thanks! Launch looks great as of last week. You shouldn’t have any issues. I saw guys with anywhere from driftboats to 26’+ charter boats. They put the docks in two weeks ago. Although it is is pouring here now (I live 5 miles from Mexico point).
  5. Hm. When i got stopped in PG by an ENCON officer, we just had our six fish (1 brown, 5 salmon) laying in the boat at the front in a pile lol he didn't give me grief, only that the fish belonged in a cooler, not out in the sun. I think the law is that if you fish with three guys, limit out with 9 fish, then drop the other two guys off and are caught with 9 fish aboard with only the one licensed person on the boat, you're illegal. It's a good lesson but doesn't apply to me as I am with the guys i fish with from the time i leave my house to the time i come back home.
  6. The reg says that a live fish in the livewell does not count toward the limit. I read that on the DEC statewide regulations. I'm sure someone with more experience can chime in. I'm glad the discussion is happening though because I would hate to see someone get a ticket with no ill-intent. Which, let's be honest, there are a ton of laws so the more education the better. Edit- this is for bass only apparently. page 50 in the NYS fishing guide.
  7. Wow, thank you. That is pretty clear I suppose.
  8. We had the pleasure of catching our 4-man limit of browns last week and one of my crew brought up an interesting point. I should point out that I strictly follow the laws and have no intention of changing that behavior. His question: If we filleted these 12 fish right now, how would a DEC officer know we did not over catch our limit? I've only been stopped once on the lake, at pine grove during the run in Sept.. But let's just say you had a cooler full of fillet's with no proof of only having your legal limit. Could they ticket you or do you think they would judge by the amount of fillets you have? I know if you cross the canadian border you have to have some skin/scales on your fillets to identify the species of the fish. Not sure if the same would apply here. Be curious to know what you all think or have experienced.
  9. I wonder if beavers bite on Michigan Stingers and Stickbaits?
  10. How big? I have a 90hp, think one of these would work?
  11. I actually ended up with a 90 merc 4 stroke for various reasons, and i love the engine for sure. zero problems, designed really well and with a DIY maintainer in mind. I'm sure the Yami engine would be superb as well. Not to get off the topic of the post. I see very few opti's on the lake. Most run yamaha's. I was under the impression they were made more for bass boats..
  12. Excellent, nicely done. Your report looks a lot like mine. I saw a bunch of guys out by Oz yesterday. Didn't make it down that far from Mexico Point though.
  13. Wow, Mercury's getting some hate here lol When i was looking for a repower on my boat, i was torn between the merc and the yami, albeit 2017 model 4 strokes. The mechanic who had over 30 years in dealing with both brands told me that the older mercs were problematic but he reallly liked the new 4 strokes. One thing that stuck with me: he said that he had a guy come in with a blown lower unit on his yami. turns out he forgot to add gear oil after removing the old gear oil, so he ran it dry. The mechanic called yamaha and told them the story, they laughed and paid for the new LU for the guy. He said the Merc guys never would have paid. That's a big difference to me. There are tons of 2016, 17 and 18 year model motors that can be had brand new for deep discounts. Ask around. That's the way i would go (and is the way i did go). Two places i never want to be stranded: in the air and on the water.
  14. Beautiful morning. Went 15/15 with 14 browns and 1 rainbow. caught two that were too small to keep, the keepable fish were all over 18". Rainbow was 25". Water temp averaged around 44*. Fished in 18 FOW. Riggers down 10 and dipsy's out 60' on 3 setting. At about 9 we slid out to 30' and caught a few there as well. at 11AM we tried moving out deeper to 70 FOW in search of lakers but no takers. Water is 38* out there and we marked no fish. Seems like most had a good day yesterday. This was our first time limiting out on Browns, proof anyone can do it! I'm sure with this weather pattern coming in this report doesn't mean much. I likely won't be on the water for another week and a half. Good luck to all.
  15. You'll be fine with 15lb main line on your boards. For me, that's probably as light as I would go. I know some charter capts that go as light as 8lb flouro on their leaders. I think I saw someone on here in a different thread make a great point: Flourocarbon is supposed to be invisible in the water at any line weight; why not go bigger. I would have gone with a 20lb flouro if they had it at my local store.
  16. Welcome back- i hope your health issues are resolved so you can partake in the fun on the lake!
  17. Another factor to consider is how much sunlight your line will see day-to-day. I've noticed that my line deteriorates toward the end of the season, mainly because my boat is always out in the sunlight/the elements even when not in use. Sunlight will kill your line strength quickly. It is best to cover the line from UV exposure when stored. I should take my own advice.
  18. I imagine my setup is a bit different than others, but I'll play. I run 20lb mono with 12lb flouro for a leader for my board rods. My dipsey rods (if i slide out to deeper water) have 20lb braid with 20lb mono leader from the dipsey to the bait. My downrigger rods all have 30lb big game mono with a 20lb mono leader. Have yet to break a fish off due to line weight being too light - largest is a 29lb salmon. Set your drag properly. There have been monster tuna caught on single digit pound test spider wire which proves that drag/rod/reel combo is more important than line weight. Good luck!
  19. That’s great lol I grew up on the river and caught a bunch since they stock it. Used to hit them with the fly rod pretty hard, couldn’t keep em off. Thanks for sharing!
  20. Thanks! The rows of teeth gave it away too. What’s the smallest Atlantic folks have caught? I’d like to know!
  21. Went 5/7 off catfish creek. 41* water was highest we found. Nothing huge. All legal fish. I initially thought the fish below was an Atlantic but I’m not 100% sure. What do you guys think? I know it’s a hot topic... tail perfectly square tells me it’s a brown.
  22. 46 is high compared to what I witnessed Wednesday at catfish creek. We saw 41 at the highest temp, nice catch and glad you guys missed each other!
  23. This is what I use, I run an 19’ aluminum boat so I can’t go out every time. https://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/viewer.shtml?-glwu-latest-hs-ontario-
  24. Nice catch Legacy! Looks like a ton of fun! Can you elaborate on how the rod/reel was lost? Could be a great lesson learned for us new guys!
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