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August 21 - Our guests today were Lake Erie Walleye fisherman looking to do some Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout fishing. It was all about the kids as you will see in the pictures. We spent the day offshore on the 32-34N lines and worked a good amount of bait pods utilizing Humminbird's side imaging to locate them. Once we found it rods were poppin'! Our top two spoons today were the DW Rodfather on 200' divers, and a Carbon 14 on a 95' Cannon Optimum downrigger. We tossed back a lot of chunky skippers, and lost a lot of fish. Most of the catch we kept were really nice Steelhead, a nice Coho, and a couple 2yr old Chinooks.

 

August 21 (afternoon)/August 22 - Ben and his crew from PA joined us last night and this morning to chase Salmon and Trout on Lake Ontario. They weren't disappointed! The zone this weekend was 30-34N. We fished East Saturday and today we took her West. Fish are everywhere out there gouging on Alewife.

 

The ticket for us offshore this weekend was Humminbird's side imaging. It allowed us to scan 300' on either side of the boat to keep up with the moving schools of Alewife. As for the hot lures today it was the Carbon 14 and UV Green Jeans being the stud spoons. Carbon was fished 95' down on our Cannon Optimum downrigger, and the mag Green Jeans was out 180' on a diver. Earlier in the morning a Mupped DW Gold Spook took a few. Everything else that took fish were one hit wonders.

 

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Capt Hajecki puts big fish on deck -- consistently!!  Looks like your best action was out deep still... when do you think you'll start targeting the stagers stacking up inside?  We should be getting close., right?  Headed out this weekend to wilson

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2 minutes ago, ErieBuck said:

Capt Hajecki puts big fish on deck -- consistently!!  Looks like your best action was out deep still... when do you think you'll start targeting the stagers stacking up inside?  We should be getting close., right?  Headed out this weekend to wilson

 

They're there if you are derby fishing. We have to put fish in the boat for multiple customers, so grinding out a few big ones isn't always the case. Offshore fishing is so much more consistent, and to be honest the big dark Salmon don't do it for me anymore. IMHO they look horrible in pictures. I also can't look a customer in the face and tell them that this fish, who is shutting down it's digestive system and starting to decay, is great table fare. That being said a lot of people eat Salmon from the rivers and enjoy them. It comes down to what the customers want. We'll deliver whatever that is.

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49 minutes ago, Yankee Troller said:

 

They're there if you are derby fishing. We have to put fish in the boat for multiple customers, so grinding out a few big ones isn't always the case. Offshore fishing is so much more consistent, and to be honest the big dark Salmon don't do it for me anymore. IMHO they look horrible in pictures. I also can't look a customer in the face and tell them that this fish, who is shutting down it's digestive system and starting to decay, is great table fare. That being said a lot of people eat Salmon from the rivers and enjoy them. It comes down to what the customers want. We'll deliver whatever that is.

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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1 hour ago, ErieBuck said:

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?    

 

More and larger flasher/fly or flasher/meat rigs. Throw in a few plugs.

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