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    Frank Schoenacker
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  1. It is my understanding that when you see the bulging eyes or insides in the throat area that the damage is done. The fish might swim down in a lively fashion but there is no reversal of the process. If you aren’t seeing signs of pressure change damage, you maybe releasing fish that have a good chance of living. To me the DEC is trying to raise angler awareness so folks can adjust their tactics so the resource is not wasted.
  2. I did not attend last weeks meeting, however I have sat in on several DEC sessions where barotrauma was discussed. The “takeaway” that I have is that there is very little an angler can do with perch and walleye to reverse barotrauma. Their data suggests that using release tools, reeling slowly, or fizzing the bladder are not effective in a meaningful way to increase survival. As this is an air pressure situation I don’t believe water temperature makes a big difference in survival. Once the internal organs are damaged that is pretty much it. So an angler should consider keeping those fish or look to move to another area where fish could be larger. My belief is that the DEC is discussing it to raise angler awareness not that they have a solution to the problem. Perhaps you might find additional info on DEC website. Hope this is helpful.
  3. Infinity Charters will be participating. We’ll have a display of R & R Tackle spoons in a variety of sizes and colors at our booth. Stop by and take a look!
  4. Ohio DNR site has a fair amount of info. As far as trolling- you are fishing pretty shallow so cranks off boards - pretty similar to a spring brown setup. Good gps should show the reefs around Port Clinton and there are plenty of boats around. I used to trailer out there and never had issues finding fish. Biggest issue is wind and waves-being shallow kicks up quick. I usually went in May.
  5. Check out Adventure Marine- they make a number of kicker mounts including a bracket/platform mount. They are a Canadian company so when looking at price on their website select US currency. Well made stuff and price reflects it.
  6. I have a 2003 Yamaha 9.9 kicker that starts hard. I found that my putting it in forward gear and cycling the throttle fully open and closed about 4 times then putting it back in neutral that it starts right up. I’ve never had a plug fouling issue, only on my second set of plugs. I also disconnect fuel line and run carb dry when I winterize. That also helped starting issue. I run an 8 hp Yamaha kicker and both of them have been bulletproof.
  7. Penn 345 GTI USA Made with 500' of copper and braid backing on 9' Okuma GLT Dipsey rod. Setup with Spro swivels and 30lb fluoro leader. I fished this off boards so it has decent amount of backer- in good condition. Price $120.00 Local Pickup. Any shipping buyers responsibility and this reel is heavy loaded with 500' of copper.
  8. Another bottom bouncer charter is Marc Lorenc (716-534-5905) and I'm sure he would be helpful in getting you setup. He trailers and fishes from several locations. He also posts on LEU from the Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association section. Most charter captains will be helpful especially if you let them know what techniques you are interested in learning.
  9. You should attend the Greater Niagara Fishing Show January 18-20 and take advantage of the seminars. Lots of information and time to get questions answered. Good show for all anglers-beginners to the pro. If you are having trouble running worm harness probably a speed issue. They run off divers, riggers, leadcore and bottom bouncers- pretty universal presentation.
  10. Attached R&R Spoon with diamond mirage over metalflake with UV back worked well off both riggers and divers for me. Size is similar to Super Slim Dreamweaver. Lots of things worked this year, but this spoon was the best I ran and the fish pounded it. Different pattern that what you see on most spoons.
  11. Selling these Lowrance GPS units "for parts" as I'm not exactly sure how well they work. They are both complete with wiring and manuals. 1. Lowrance Global Map 5200C with Nauticpath NP-USA chip card (has Lake Erie and Ontario detail), LGC4000 antenna(was working on last trip), wiring, mounting hardware and manual. Last time I used it had it lock up cursor-did a hard reset and it unlocked however I updated and never used after resetting. This is a 5" color unit and includes backbone wiring. Price $90 including domestic USA shipping. 2. Lowrance Global Map 310 with antenna, wiring and manual. This did work when I removed it a few years ago. I kept around as a spare, but time to thin out stuff. Price $35 including domestic USA shipping.
  12. That technique has been effective for years- used to call it “fluttering””- works well with spoons too and various lead lengths. Good way to grab some extra fish when bite slows. Just take out slack and let lure ride up through the water column.
  13. Labor Day trip for Mike from Colorado and Mike from Massachusetts both first timers on the Great Lakes. The walleyes continued to cooperate with a full box for these guys to take back. Ten color and slide divers with sticks took most of the fish. It is fun to show visitors the excellent fishing we have here in Western New York.
  14. Not sure where you are located but if you are near Chautauqua, you could stop at Chautauqua Reel Outdoors and have Mike Sperry help set you up. Besides line, leaders, lures you will also need release tools to help getting fish back in the water w/less handling. Having the right stuff will save some lost gear and money in the long run.
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