Well, as you all know, the COVID 19 put a slam on a lot of our spring plans from heading south (twice), to extra time in Wilson, to our annual (40+ years) pike trip up north. SO….I hope this finds you all well and safe.
As of today, Chautauqua County is still on the no-no list…but we are hopeful that by June 1 we will be a go.
In the meantime….had multiple invites from our friends in Wilson to come up and fish for salmon…appropriate social distance of course….so we finally said yes .
Had 17 hookups and landed a nice mix of kings and lakers……was what the doctor ordered! Thanks to our buddy Joe (Two Bulls!).
The sad part came afterwards……knowing we were going home instead of staying…..
We miss our friends at BootLeggers, the pizza at Woodcock Bros, the pot roast sandwich at Sunset Grille or Wilson Boat house, and the later afternoon stops at Jeans or the Wilson House. LOL….I feel like we’ve hurt the local economy!
Stay safe…and hopefully all these fun things come back around soon!
Wow. If you had talked to us in January at the Niagara Falls Show, where we are today versus then is like night and day. Governor Cuomo has extended Pause NY…which means we have lost our spring trips on Lake Ontario. We understand why, and hope you all stay safe.
Moving forward….please continue to ask and book our Lake Erie trips. Once we get a green light, with social distancing guidelines, we can still have some great walleye fishing. If you book and we can’t get you in due to weather or regulation, deposits refundable or we can look at future dates.
Thank you to all that have already booked dates on Lake Ontario or Lake Erie. We are going to attempt to honor all charters if possible. If you have interest in a charter, please continue to contact us to get your date(s) on the books. When we can fish, we expect this year to be as good if not better that last year!!! If we cannot get your groups trip in, we will refund you or pick an alternate date.
We will continue to contact you a few days before your date like we always do, except this year will not only be about weather, it may be whether or not we can even go. We will stay in contact with our great Lake Ontario captain friends on the front end of our season…(Yankee Troller, Dirty Goose, Reel Excitement, Sunrise, Two Bulls, Instigator and Dublin Up, to name a few)…..and of course Kongo Charters…….to make sure we are following the state guidelines to get you safely on the water.
Hopefully this has all passed by the time we are ready to start on Lake Erie in late June.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. I likely have as many questions and concerns as you do.
Mother Nature played with us in later August, and we lost a few dates to wind and waves. Those of you that have been with us before know we are not about beating you up and having you have less than an enjoyable date. Living on the east end of Lake Erie, with the prevailing southwest winds….it comes with the territory!
We did manage to get a few trips in, the fish we staged out front of the harbor like is typical this time of year. Divers continued to go anywhere from 105-145 depending on the day…straight sticks…. board sets were typically between 5-7 color. Baits depended on the day, running some diving plugs and some straight. Purple or green perch colors, or the red headed woodpecker was good still and WDs off the riggers.
Great fishing continued with great groups of people! We continued to work those inside waters to the west….before we finally moved to the normal offshore waters straight out of port mid-month. Same stuff…4-6 color with straight sticks off the boards, 100-135 divers on 2 with straight sticks on the side, and WD’s off the 50-60 riggers. Chute rods varied from 5-10 color core, and were probably our slowest rod.
Had a great time with a double boat trip with Kongo Charters and Nuisance No More Pest control!
And Mason got to check a big sheepshead off his fish “bucket list”….
The 2019 derby was everything we expected….lots of fish and not a lot of big ones! We had 3 nice ones on the first day… saw the last one….didn’t land any of them and that would have been a bit more interesting after Day 1…. instead we sat in 62nd after day 1, but over 35 boats within 2 pounds either way… Slide up each day and ended up in 39th for our final out of 110 boats. Good but not great and lots of fun. The fish fry at the end at Gary’s was awesome! Oh, and of course in a walleye tournament one of our first fish was a brown trout!
We are getting closer to being up to date…. so…. second half of the month found us working the same waters, literally for about 4 weeks straight. West of Van Buren Point, 45-65 fow. 4/5/6 leadcore with straight and diving sticks, 40-50 on the riggers with WDS and 100-125 on “2” on the divers. Changed less than 6 lures in 3 weeks!
Got some old friends aboard first….Jay/Clem and then Charlie…two of first groups way back when and now we gladly think of them as friends. Then on to our buddy Michael (and Eli the walleye guy), then to some local friends plus my sister and some new groups too! All in all a great second half of the month!
And we are still catching up! Early July was pretty good fishing. We were on the fish west of Van Buren Point, working the edges of the structure out there, and west beyond that into 45-65 fow. 3-5 Color with straight sticks was the generally best method, combined with 85-115 divers and 40-45 riggers. Don’t like working across the top…but sometimes you have too!