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ErieBuck

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  1. got it, many thanks! I'm usually all slimed out with Lakers from the early season on Lake Erie.... so definitely don't want to be catching mostly Lakers if I make the trip over! So I should focus on that 20-40 to hit Salmon, steel and browns. I picked up some of the Bay Rat XL Deeps last year, nice plugs. Will grab a few more! Thanks again, you're the best
  2. You mean for BT, Coho and Steel will be in that same 30' as you mention mostly Lakers occasion pod of Kings, or BT/Coho/Steel even tighter to shoreline?
  3. thinking about mid/late April, I guess I was envisioning a feeding frenzy of coho, steelhead, and kings with mixed in Lakers and maybe a brown or two in early season action west of the bar. Maybe mid april is a little too early and I should target first week in May prior to the Derby to have a few more options available including the bar itself...? If you had to pick between the two what do you think the best fishing would be? Thanks!
  4. good call on the unimpeded fight with the big boards, makes it a lot of fun. Are you speaking to the western end of the lake in early spring?
  5. So over the last couple years I've learned the techniques for mid/late spring, summer and fall, but not early spring yet! My goal this year is to make a trip in mid to late April, likely fishing Canadian waters to the Niagara bar. Would you be so kind as to share how your techniques differ for this early season type of fishing? What would be your 6 rod program? What depths are the fish found typically and what depths of the water column are most targeted? I will be mostly targeting silver fish but should we try our luck with Browns as well? I think I have all the equipment at this point (riggers, wire, boards, dispey, lead core, weighted steel etc) ... last year I got really good using in-line boards and weighted steel which put a lot of extra fish in the boat... but for early spring is it more of a 15-35 ft. game? 3-5-7 color etc.? Mostly spoons? Smaller spoons, stinger/super slim? Thank you in advance!! ~ErieBuck
  6. Made it to Lake O twice this season, west end, late May and late July, fished for about 5 days total, very small sample size, but our July trip was the best fishing I've ever experienced. We caught over 20 mature kings and countless big steelhead. The kings were huge, got my PB at 28lbs. I am going to dream all winter about the white water shooting from behind that planer board when that beast took off like a freight train! We got a number of kings over 20lb in the Spring as well but the fishing was "slower" with heavy derby traffic and flat lake. Obviously I don't have the perspective as the guys doing it every weekend, but holy hell, this is an AMAZING fishery. Only thing I can complain about Lake Ontario is how it sure makes fishing in Lake Erie seem boring!
  7. Thanks Rick! Looks like there is transient dockage available at Port Dalhouise Pier Marina and St. Catharine's marina - Port Weller. Any thoughts between those two or would it just depend on time of year?
  8. I'd love to hear your thoughts on a spring Lake O trip -- thinking early May timeframe, maybe late April. I've previously fished the Niagara Bar out of Wilson a few times but later in May.. My understanding is that the earlier in the spring, the further West the fish are going to be, so I was thinking of maybe fishing out of St. Catharines, Port Dalhousie area? Any thoughts, any advice out there for those who have fished that area in the spring?
  9. Sure Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. Shimano TDR and Okuma GLT Pro copper/leadcore work well for me. The Okuma copper/leadcore rod has bigger guides which I like for my weighted steel reels since they have bigger knots which easily go through the guides.
  11. Once you get used to catching Kings, it's really hard to catch walleyes. I go a couple times a year for meat runs but otherwise like to target trout and salmon
  12. So…. Is a “mature” more accurately determined by the fish’s color? I’ve been calling fish with a tan, mature. Obviously that’s dependent on the time of year, that is, you can catch a silver fish earlier in the season that will likely turn color and spawn. For example I caught a couple 20 lb+ fish this May that more than likely would be in spawn mode right now so I called them mature. In late July I caught many upper teens, 20s, that had a bit of a tan and thus called them mature. Am I wrong? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. Seems like I’d need to put 70/80 ft of additional line between the board and snap weight to allow it to achieve full depth or else the board would prevent the line from reaching its potential. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. makes sense, appreciate the advice!! Normally I'll hook my inline board to the backing behind the last color... so if I hook the snap weight there, I assume I need to give the weight some extra line to dive behind the board which seems like a lot of extra line on top of an already very long line..... could I get away with hooking it say halfway (at the 5 color point) or maybe at the 7 color point and still get that whipping action?
  15. I picked up some Offshore 3 oz Guppy snap weights today to use with my 10 color setup. I've never used them before. If I hook the 3 oz snap weight up to my leader, 50 ft back from my spoon or flasher, and then let out the 10 colors, approximately how deep will it be running at say 2,0mph? I
  16. If they actually bite, yes! Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  17. Thanks for sharing Justin... I'm going to try a 3 or 4 color on the rigger for my upcoming trip!
  18. Interesting, maybe I won't even waste my time targeting the stagers this weekend
  19. Yes. Autopilot is a game changer -- not sure how you are trolling solo without it! I guess you can pull it off on a flat lake, but with any wind you are screwed trying to land the fish
  20. I have a 3-10 color setup on one reel. I rigged 8 foot sections of braid at the 3,5,7,10 color points to hook the board to. Gives me nice versatility to change things up as needed.
  21. After losing a couple rigs myself, I learned to leave longer tag ends on my improved albright knots (braid to weighted steel) and also adding a dab of super glue. Some people will trim the tag ends down once you have a good fight or two but the super glue seems to prevent any slip at all. This setup worked great on my last trip -- landed 5+ 20lb+ with no issues.
  22. Yes I hear ya, I certainly prefer offshore fishing even though I don't eat them! But to not have to run 10 miles out when you have a smaller boat, older people onboard or sea sick prone people, it's enticing. Personally, I've only tried inshore staging fishing a few times without much success. Hoping to to do a little of both for my upcoming trip. How does your technique differ for the inshore stagers compared to offshore?
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