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  1. The big schools which were in close out in front of Ashtabula are heading east. You guys may get some good fishing in yet this year. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  2. Nice looking boat. Enjoy! Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  3. Add a small barrel swivel about half way thru your leader. That should help. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  4. Pulled 25 walleye and 2 steel on Saturday. Lost a few walleye and another steel. Just got too hot to finish off that fifth ticket! Fished 60' out to 75' in a big U from in front of RedBrook to back around in front of Bula. #1 dipsy 130, #3 dipsy 160. True Trip 50's 100 back. 300' of wire with Pink or Blue Chrome Husky Jerks and 50' on the downrigger all pulled fish! Orange spoons ruled the day. Started getting hot and we pulled the plug at 11:30. Just couldnt convince my son to hang in there to finish off the 5th limit. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  5. When the fish go deep and are hanging out in that 50'+ range, we fish with single strand stainless wire and a deep diving crank just over the Ohio line from PA. Most spool up 300' of wire on top of backing on a reel and put a mono or fluro leader. Dive curve is 1' of depth for every 10' of wire + crank depth. So 300' of wire with a Rapala DHJ-12 will run 49' down at 2mph. It's very effective once the fish go deep. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  6. I dont have either (surface or down temp) on my boat. You would think with everything else I would. But it just doesn't seem that important down our way. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  7. She was rolling out there this morning. Solid 4's, maybe an occasional 5? We ran to about 65' and setup and trolled SW awith the waves. #1 dipsy 134, #3 160. Orange spoons. Fish were deep. We got our limits and threw back 3 clearing lines. Done by 9. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  8. I'm not sure about your end of the lake, but down here in the Central and Western basin, we have more walleye than anytime in the past 40 years. Those walleye are eating alot of baitfish and perch based upon their stomach contents when filleted! I'm sure that has nothing to do with a baitfish shortage! Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  9. Looks like winds out of the North at around 10 knots. Will make for some tough sledding plowing into them heading out so you can troll back south with the wind at your back. Expect 2-3's with the current forecast. I also use Windfinder in addition to those you listed. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  10. The fish were up high. Bandits and Husky Jerks on leads of 25'-50' off the big boards were pulling fish. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  11. Perch fishing has been horrible in Ashtabula for the last three seasons. I dont expect this year to be any different. Too many walleye. There have been reports of walleye in the 40'-50' range. But there is a ton of debris in the lake so be careful if you head out. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  12. Back in the late 70's and early 80's my dad and I fished Erie with a 16' crestliner with a Johnson 25. We had to pick our days and didn't wander too far from shore. You'll need to pick your days. Days where the winds are less than 15 knots and anything out of the south are your friend. The biggest risk is if the lake gets rough or a summer squall comes thru, you wont have enough power to push thru / over a wave. Happened to us once, we were 3 miles west of the harbor and a mile off shore. Lake went from flat to angry in no time and we couldnt make headway. We, and about 10 other boats ended up beaching and waiting it out under a willow tree. There is also no replacement for experience. You only gain experience by being on the lake and making a few mistakes. Good luck. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  13. Now don't you be calling Uncle Sherman Mr. Brown. That'll be going to his head.... Sorry Sherman, I just had too! Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  14. ^^^ Good point here. I suspect an Northeast wind isn't as bad in Buffalo as it is in Ashtabula. So location is important! Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
  15. 5-15 knots if the wind is out of the south or west (or any combination) if it's out of the North (east or west), nothing more than 10 knots. At least until you learn the lake. If you look at it that way, when you get caught in some weather, and eventually you will, it wont be too bad. Sent from my SM-A505U using Tapatalk
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