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  1. unfortunately i dont have any pics, i used to bring my kids there and catch them. my youngest is 31 know , so been some years. they used to be huge. i always thought a state record would come out of hemlock lake.. the lake used to have the sides with weeds all the way down the lake i noticed last trip less weeds. they pickerel would hang there to ambush there prey... i do almost exclusive catch and release know as i have watched our fisheries decline... i am hoping that if enough of us do this some day our fisheries will come back to there glory. there is also some great trout and salmon fishing on hemlock. i have a cottage on the st lawrence river in the 1000 islands so dont fish hemlock to often any more even though i am just down the road in rush ny.. i may get there yet this fall for the last trip of the year before i put my little 14 ft boat away for the year. last trip i saw a lot of nice 14 ft boats with some really nice set ups on the lake... awesome place
  2. i used to troll the shoreline, depending on time of yr there used to be a inside and a outside weedline, any how follow the weedline, i used to use northern king 28 silver hammered finish with a piece of green tape on it. we used to catch 6 lb plus pickerel (not walleye encase any one is from canada) ... however i was up on the lake a yr or 2 ago and noticed a huge difference in the shoreline weeds. zebra muscles have invaded one of our most pristine lakes. years ago most of us where very careful about the enviroment on the lake. since then though the lake has been invaded by kayakers.. and then the zebra muscles came.. while i am not blaming them , i am stating what i saw happen... any how back to big pickerel, just flat line troll about 2.4 mph , black and silver jointed rapallas in a larger size are also a tried and true lure.. good luck
  3. 2 names come to mind immediately paul corbett the irish hammer (24 foot hewescraft) https://irishhammerfishing.com/about-your-captain and one could not discuss st lawrence musky with out discussing bob walters...https://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2019/06/monster-muskie-st-lawrence-guide-says-he-videotaped-world-record-fish.html i personally have been out with paul corbett and cant say enough good things about him, great , professional, great personality , great fisherman... with that said bob walters is also a great fisherman, knows the river , and has some great electronics aboard his boat.. how to choose between the 2, i suggest a flip of the coin and who may be available for you. i would check in soon as im sure slots are filling up quickly....
  4. one of the biggest improvements in fishing. love spot lock. we find we stay within 2 or 3 feet of our position. you will be very happy with it...
  5. any idea the cost to ship to rush ny? i am thinking 16 lb torpedo style... i would be looking for 2,
  6. me personally i just wait for fall to set in on the st lawrence. i would rather wait to start fishing for musky than to catch one and have it die because of high water temps. we i guess in my age group have watched the decline of the fisheries and protecting what we have left should be a very high priority for all of us.. till fall we have bass, walleye, perch etc to catch... wow i wonder at what point did i turn into a old person...lol
  7. we troll the south side of carlton 20 to 30 feet of water... deep diving baits seem to work well, pike, walleye and bass.. you can also troll the shore line from millens to linda island area has produced some nice fish, again in that 20 to 30 ft range.. good luck
  8. well the gales of November came early and took the goby slayer original with a massive storm that blew threw October 31st cape Vincent.. well enough with the bad and on to the good.. over winter we ordered a new 19 foot tracker targa tournament edition, we used the motor off the old boat so it is a 2013 mercury optimax last of the 2 strokes so we kept it and had it put on by Bryce marine. well I have to say the new boat came in and it is a awesome piece of equipment. comes with a helix 7 down image on front interfaced to I pilot minkotta , know if I can only figure out the pendant so I don't go around in circles, son of a,.... lol the main display is a hummingbird helix 7 si and the display is crystal clear. amazing image, going in for canvas hopefully this week. but really after looking at the screen and playing with it some, I am really impressed... so wanted to pass along what I am seeing. big thumbs up for the helix 7... had I had a choice I would have went with a bigger screen. know I am gonna try to add my hummingbird 999 si to the network, cables are ordered.. I see I have a big learning curve to go... looking forward to a great 2020 fishing season...
  9. wanted to share the update with pics.. she is home in the barn in rochester..
  10. high water, high winds in cape Vincent ended our 2019 fishing season early... fishing had to take the back seat to a recovery.. boat blown out of boat lift and jammed in my neighbors walk way dock section in about 50 feet.. 1500 bucks worth of 6x6's and wood planking. 3500 dollars to bring in a excavator and a lot of hard work in the cold water and ripped up boat is on the trailer.. cape saw 3 foot storm surge plus waves and rollers 6 plus feet...was a big mess, and a rush to get it out before winter set in.. so this concludes our 2019 fishing season... as the boat was dragged to shore I hoped in boat as it was sinking in the water as the captain is supposed to go down with the ship. thank god the boat had floatation even if it was only 3 feet deep.....lol motor has only a tiny hole in cover.. so the motor is still good..... about 10 holes in boat though...…. goby slayer down for the season
  11. if you decide to go to trolling plate, use the easy troller trolling plate cabellas, it has a spring on plate so if you throttle up u wont bend the plate like the older ones did. and yes every one sooner or later would forget it and bend the plate. I used the new one with spring its perfect cause if u throttle up u wont bend it and u know its down.... u can buy wings for it to for getting up on plain quickly. really nice set up.... on the one I had I cut a slot at 45 degrees because it slowed me down to much at 90 degrees.... the hydro foil option is really nice to because you don't get that high lift on take off, u go right on to plain... but expensive....
  12. actually no I didn't, just tied to rope and threw out.. worked great for me.. I would try one before you spend any money... might do exactly what u want, and I would bet u probably have some lying around every one does...lol, I wouldn't even drill any holes... I just used my rope I use to tie to dock..
  13. I have ran both over the years... trolling plate works very nice and nothing left in the water. but if you don't want to spend the money the cheapest option is 5 gallon buckets... you can toss one, and if you still need to go slower you can toss a second bucket. bags I wouldn't spend the money. buckets work awesome.. we trolled for walleye in Canada an would usually run one bucket. slowed us down very nicely. easily get down to 1.8 I think 2 buckets I was at 1.2 mph with a 18 ft 150 hp...
  14. where on the river did you guys catch that one? us or Canadian side?
  15. awesome, we are still washing lures in the cape.....lol nice fish
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