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RFPs Jim Barry(The Judge), Salmon Hunter and I fished on the Peggy "C". Fishrod and White Cap fished with Gray Ghost on his boat. We fished the pm on Tues, May 11. Not sure if any fish were caught on that day. I know we didn't. On Wed. we fished all day with only one Brown caught on my boat. It was caught in shallow on a fire tiger spoon on the downrigger. If I remember correctly, It was sunny and the water was very clear. Gray Ghost's crew got a few fish out deep. I'll let him give you the stats. I know one was a small King Salmon. All I know was we took an awful riding that night. Actually, it was coming from my own crew too. This really brought me down, as Ive had a slow year. Thurs am. brought the crew to life.
We fished the Bluffs, and we fished in tight all day.
We were fishing four lines off boards, and two on riggers. Riggers were set back 80 to 100' at 5' deep.
Blue and silver lures worked best. We fished stick baits off the boards. Outside line 175' back and inside line 150' back. Black and Gold Rapplas, and blue and silver thunder sticks were the hottest. All I know is we went past the Gray Ghost's crew and got a little respect.lol. Several football Browns were caught averaging 4 to 6#, also a rainbow that wasn't quite big enough to keep. Fri. was also good, but it was "pea soup" fog,and rough!! I learned several lessons for the next trip. One is you don't fish 4 lines on boards when it's windy!!!! We were in tight, the water was 2' lower than normal. We took a wide swing, and on the turn we had doubles going and another rod popped! At one time I had a rod in each hand, but the fish got off. The Judge and I landed the 2 fish with the help of Salmon Hunter. While all this was going on one of the fish was wrapped on the inside line on the board and swam the planer line into a pole in a rod holder and dragged a pole overboard. I missed it by about 6". Salmon Hunter took control and after about 20 min of hand lining 300' of mono he pulled in the lost pole. All we lost was line and 1 lure. We had a lot of fish on but dropped 3 or 4 at the boat. We ended up with 5 that day, but should have caught our limit easily. I think Gray Ghosts crew beat us by a couple, but it was a blast! Looking foward to going again! (And promise not to make the same mistakes. haha) Kudos to Slipknot for lending us lures and advice, and to my son AJ for advice on technique.
Gotta go before this thing kicks me off!
Sounds like a blast.Glad you got the pole back....better to break them than to lose them lol.polebreaker
Sounds like you guys had your ups and downs, but had a good time and learned allot for next time. I'm jealous.
Thanks for the great report Salty,it was almost like being there,must have been a blast--Bud
My side of the events, we stopped at Screwy Louie's Sport Shop in Fairhaven to get licenses, info and of course the latest hot lure, “The Goby”. The lake was down some 20” and it was suggested that we stay out in the 10’ zone.
Wed fishing we stayed out in the 10’ zone and did fairly wel, water temp 45, ran a 2 color lead with hot orange J9 Rapala which turned out to be the hottest setup. Ran a variety of lures and stick baits off the boards and riggers with mixed results. Went out to 130’, change our setup to lead at 7 colors off the boards and riggers at 35 and 45 ft. Pickup a couple of small kings 6+ lbs. The bait was thick and expansive as seen in this snapshot.
Thru fishing we started out in the 10’ zone until spotting a 30+ ft charter in at 5’ trolling, then we fished from 5 to 10’ for several fish. One of the fish come off a special rig; fly rod with sinking line with a dark green Slug-Go attached to a line jigger, Richard had fun bring in that brown.
Fri fishing in the fog with a slight breeze from the NW. Started out with the waves broad side 2 – 3 footers which was making the boat tip violently. Decided to power up and run up the coast for 4 miles and troll back with the wave coming in from the starboard rear quarter. By the time we made our run the lake settled out a little so we good to go. Cal caught the most unusual fish, a Goby about 4” long while setting out the lines. We had a decent morning of fishing which include 2 doubles.
One day Salty calls on the radio and before I could answer another boat jumps in, Salty thinks I’m talking to him, he continues on his with the other boat, then Salty realizes that he is not talking to me and now thinks it is Richard, this goes on for 10 to15 minutes until the other boat identifies himself as Louie Louie, we were laughing splitting a gut and rolling in the isle. Salty sure know how to provides some entertainment.
To sum it up, we had a good time with many light hearted moments and the accommodations were great.
On the way home, Mass Turnpike, almost collided with a deer that was crossing the road and decided to do an about face, could have had grilled venison stuff with brown trout.
It was a good time fishing with the boys on Lake O. Before and after fishing, we had a "real" fish camp. There was a lot of stories told, I am not to sure of the accuracy of some. I am certain that they will get bigger & better as time goes by. LOL! It was a pleasure to meet Jim Barry.
Salty, Those are two pretty footballs you have there.
As Gus mentioned, our accomodations at the Anchor Resort in Fairhaven, NY were great. It's located on the southern end of Little Sodus Bay.
Six of us stayed in a modular unit that had two full baths and three bedrooms with two beds in each.
Our slips were only a hundred yards away.
Cost for lodging and two slips for 4 days was only $660. Split 6 ways that was only $110/angler.
Because Gray Ghost and Salty let us use their boats and tow them out there, the other four of us pay for gas,oil, and tolls for the boats and the trucks.
All in all the cost for the four of us was $264 each. Not bad when you consider it cost about $500/day for a charter and we fished three and a half days.
Thought you might want to see what it costs to fish Lake Ontario when you're an RFP.
I think between the two boats we landed 36 fish. Of course the Gray Ghost crew landed more fish--not counting the Goobie. :>) That might be challenged though.
No fistacuffs between Salty and me. Course we weren't on the same boat together.
Great Lake O report guys! Thanx for sharing. Cal P.