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  1. When I weighed a top 5 fish in at the Southtowns derby they had a metal detector they ran alongside the fish, then stuck a big metal rod down it’s throat to feel for anything solid, then I had to wrap and freeze the fish so they could autopsy if they wanted, then had to take the polygraph. Every weigh station had this stuff. Was shocked to see they didn’t do the same at the fall brawl last year with far more money on the line. Polygraph clearly not a good enough test/deterrent.
  2. I tried using panoptix with a 7” screen and pretty quickly upgraded to a 9”. Like others I would not recommend livescope for trolling.
  3. I can tell you the commercial perch fisherman in Barcelona also sells smoked whitefish out of his processing shop. I don’t know if he catches them there as bycatch or purchases from the Canadians, might be worth and inquiry.
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Regulator-Milwaukee-Converter-Robotics/dp/B094QTY788/ref=asc_df_B094QTY788/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=533371127898&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15852031927141180588&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9005754&hvtargid=pla-1396746722791&psc=1 is this what ur looking for?
  5. Not a captain but a rec boater who has fished there with guides but never had the stones to go myself. Interested in your experience with the 90hp. I assumed that would be underpowered. Most of the guys up there have larger outboards. Is there a specific line you like to take? Seems like there’s a lot of bad water up there to be driving around with your bow up/transom down (not on plane). How important is hole shot?/time to plane in that swirly water?
  6. Great job grinding it out in def tougher conditions than I had. I’d bet it was rolling pretty good out there 4 miles offshore with that south wind 15-25. How was the night fishing?…..I wished we had spent some time doing that. Friday looks like a heavy northwest wind….might blow some of that water back in. Saturday and Sunday look prime….just make sure u get to the weigh in in time!
  7. Gonna be a little windy but it’s coming out of the south and you don’t hafta go way offshore to get them. Also if a good wind window opens up in the evening don’t be afraid to night fish. Guys were doing good out of cranberry creek at night. Our best speed was 1.7 down speed.
  8. Got back last week from 4 days in Sandusky area of Ohio fishing the combo fall brawl/walleye slam derby. Some pretty incredible cash in these derbies and u can weigh the same fish into both so I’ve been wanting to go play out there in November for a while and even tho we didn’t get a big one it didn’t disappoint. Landed on some great weather with blue skies and southwest wind 8-20mph which meant it was fishable everyday all day….and tons of fish around to target. First couple of days there was some dirty water blowing around the area from some high winds that hit the western basin….was really my first experience with stained water and once we busted out the “Ohio colors” from the crankbait box we were into fish pretty good. Those wild colored baits that never seem to pull fish out in the eastern basin really shined in that 2’ type of vis condition. Later in the trip when the water cleared up going back to some of those eastern basin patterns allowed us to keep pulling fish. We went a little earlier than I would have wanted due to lining up vacation time with my buddy. Water temp was 55 degrees and it seemed the 30”+ fish really hadn’t showed up yet. Our big fish were in the 7-8.5 lb class. Looks like they’re getting into some bigger ones this week…last year all the big ones were caught just after thanksgiving. Great learning experience tho in a target rich environment….launched out of cranberry creek Marina just outside Huron which was excellent and would recommend to anyone going out there. Did 40-50 fish/day except for the higher wind day and had no problems limiting out. Best baits we’re reef runner skinny sticks, bay rat lxd, dhj14’s, and those WN reapers kicked butt out there. My first time using them and I can’t wait to give them some run time when the southtowns derby rolls around.
  9. Yeah I mean I fished the lake trout derby for about 15 years until the size and numbers got so aweful we started blowing it off and fishing the southtowns derby out at Erie. The final nail in our coffin was when we won the browntrout division with a 4.5lb fish that we almost threw back. I’ve fished the FL tribs my whole life. The size , numbers, and health of the fish in Seneca is really poor…every fish we would boat the last few years before we quit were skinny, large heads, and multiple lamprey wounds. Marking huge schools of bait with maybe 1 mark around them….usually none. Same story in the creeks….really really unhealthy rainbows oftentimes still dragging lampreys 10miles from the lake. You juxtapose that with Cayuga lake just over the hill where they use the weir and lampracide treatments after high water events. Ur catching big, clean, healthy fish. Phenomenal size, phenomenal numbers…kinda stupid actually. I make it a point to look over every fish we catch for lamprey marks and I think I saw 1 out of 30-40 fish boated on Cayuga over 3 trips this summer. I didn’t fish Cayuga from the lake in 2010-2014, but from my perspective u have two very similar bodies of water separated by like 10 miles? One has had active lamprey management….the other hasn’t, and the fishing quality is night and day between them. And the fishing quality is night and day.
  10. Yeah, unfortunately this is about 10 years too late.
  11. They’re pricey And on the west coast but Willie boats are now making a removable front walkthrough windshield. Their tiller style sleds are what everyone drives on the west coast and basically bulletproof. Hull design may be a bit off for rough days on Ontario but prolly any tiller would be. https://www.willieboats.com/boats/power-boats/raptor/
  12. Mine was steering a bit tough earlier this summer and I got down into my open gunnel where the tube is and noticed a I had a bunch of gear laying on top of it and pinching it down a bit. After clearing it off and hanging it properly steering was normal. Possible it could be pinched with a zip tie or something but seems you’d feel that even when not in the water.
  13. I use the chamberlain release which allow you to set a really light tension for those dirty waldos, but still keep good tension on your line when with the rod…even then sometimes they just swim with the ball. Good to hear u got into em.
  14. Lotta wood floating around in Cayuga. Be careful running around in plane in the dark.
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