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Chuck Smth

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About Chuck Smth

  • Birthday 09/30/1957

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    Victor, NY
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  1. We started late afternoon and had consistent action until sundown. It was a decent pick comprised of Coho, Steelhead and Kings. Tons and tons of bait. attractors seemed to be the hot ticket.
  2. Here's a short video of some of the action. Had our first one on before we got all the lines out. Decent day. I think we had a half-dozen fish, back at the dock by lunch.
  3. You're basically screwed without it. 1) Nobody can register it without one 2) You can't prove there are no liens against the boat. 3) If the original owner on the title shows up asking for the boat back you have issues. Clean title is everything. You need the previous owner to provide it, or have them apply for a lost title. Be aware that the boat could still have liens shown on the title when you finally get it and they will still be in force unless you get a lien release from the lienholder. The title also needs to be signed over to you on the back to transfer ownership. The Bill of Sale isn't really a transfer of ownership, it's telling NYS how much to collect in sales tax when you register it. It's the signed title that transfers ownership. If I may ask, how did you come to have a boat with no title? Chuck
  4. This time of year, when you find that debris field around 250' or so I'd set out my steelhead spread, especially if there's a color change associated with it.
  5. Hey man, thanks for that. I'm a data kind of guy so I appreciate it. Pretty interesting to see that Goby's are the main thing they eat by numbers in Oneida, but more walleye by weight. I'm not sure the cormorants are the only source of the bad day we had. We saw lots of great suspended hooks in the Goldilocks zone for temp - they just had lockjaw. It happens. With the abundance of bait this year it might take a few trips to get dialed in. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Honestly, we've done mid-twenties numbers on kings in a single day and it was easy. Other days you really had to grind for one. That's fishing. If there was a one single lure and technique solution that always worked tackle shops would be a lot smaller! That's why I like this type of fishing. Every day is a new puzzle to work out. Even the slow days on the water are a gift. There's so much more to this sport than just catching fish. I think we all lose sight of that sometimes. Even on a bad day I always try to remind myself to enjoy the moment and reflect on how lucky I am to be able to do this. Chuck
  6. Bruce, yesterday was a tough one for sure. We went 0 for 1. Fished 60 to 150 off of Lewis Shoal and it wasn't for a lack of effort. Full spread, 10 colors, 5 colors, dipseys, riggers etc., tried downsizing, upsizing, you name it. Inside was particularly frustrating as we were all over fish and bait in perfect colored water. I wonder if they're just so well fed they're getting picky? Fish we caught last week were puking up small alewives. Haven't seen bait clouds like this since the eighties. One thing I did notice was the temperature break inside was pretty severe. It dropped from around 60 on the surface to 45 down 35' . Ah, the joys of sustained south winds - guaranteed to mess up the fishing. It was pretty calm and that didn't help either. Did anybody go search for the thermal bar? This year will take some work for sure. PM me your number if you want to collaborate. See you pulling out past us most mornings. Chuck
  7. I would apply heat to soften the glue and remove the original tip. Next, measure the rod tip diameter to the nearest 1/64". Tip guides are sized by two numbers: the size of the eye in mm and the diameter of the hole the rod fits into is in 64ths. Yeah, weird, right? Order a tip guide and while you do that get the good brown hot glue. Heat up the glue, apply to the rod tip and then slide the new top guide into place and align. That's about all there is too it. The only weirdness on a swivel tip is that you may need to remove the wrapping and re-wrap.
  8. Bingo! Put a strainer in between. Otherwise winterizing it will be not-so-easy. You need to be able to suck the antifreeze through the pump, so you pull the top off the strainer and pour in the antifreeze solution as the pump runs.
  9. This is really a question of what you have for a tow vehicle. Need to know the combined GVW, vehicle weight and then towing capacity. Whatever boat you select, add 1500-2000 pounds for trailer, fuel, gear, etc. Chuck
  10. I've had more swivels fail than knots over the years, so I tie. Blood knots usually for mono unless I'm in a hurry or it's dark out, or really rough in which case I'll go back-to-back uni's since you can tie them by feel. Albright for mono leader to braid if the mono is under 20# test, otherwise FG knot. Generally I like a 5 ' section of 20# to the braid with an FG knot and then blood knot to the actual leader. This allows everything to go through the guides easily and lay flat on the spool. On the rare occasions I use a swivel it's a palomar knot. Same for the snap swivel for spoons. Now and then, if I'm in a fun mood for fall kings I'll do a bimini with a wind-on for J-plugs. It's overkill but it entertains the folks onboard.
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