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Smells Like Fish out of Mexico Labor Day Weekend

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Thought I would share this here....I posted on Facebook as well, but I know not everyone is on that.

Had my maiden voyage on the "Smells Like Fish" 20ft Trophy on Lake Ontario over the weekend. Took my son, and my buddies Jim and Jared. I've read every report, watched the weather, took in every bit of advice, bought the Keating DVDs and the book, it is NOT as easy as some of you guys make it look. We got into Pulaski on Thursday night and tried to hit the water at 430 on Friday. Had to wait until 8am to actually get on the water. Skunked on the day! That was depressing. Saturday back out at it, caught our 1st salmon, 9lb coho, around 8am and then got a nice 24lb King around 2pm. That was it for the day. Sunday a bit of some better action, Dipsy's were firing but we lost quite a few. Finally landed one of them at 17lbs and my son got his 1st on the downrigger, 20lbs. I ran 250ft, 300ft, and 400ft coppers. 2 rods on the Downriggers, and. Dipsy on each side of the boat. 4 of the 5 salmon caught came on the Dipsy, 1 on the downrigger, and all I did was wash the coppers all weekend. Never even had a bite on them. We fished from Mexico to Oswego and back. Dipsy's were at 180-200, Downriggers I had running from 65-90. Purple A-Tom-Mik flies caught all 5 fish, numbers 151 and 155. Spoons never got hit. Only problems all weekend were 2 tangles I had to deal with with the coppers, which sucked because they weren't getting hits anyways.....a 300 and 400 joined together and then on Monday morning a king on a dipsy went across my 300 down the shoot before we could reel it out of the way. Was able to untangle them all while sitting on the boat. BIG shoutout to Eric Geary at SWAT/Book'em and Hook'em for all his advice.


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