Winter 2017 Jan-Feb

Winter 2017

Winter can be a painful time for those who troll the big lake.  However, it doesn’t have to be!  I use my free time in the winter to prepare myself for the coming spring season (and all of the madness that goes along with it).  My tasks include re-spooling my reels, adding fresh fluorocarbon leaders, organizing and thinning my tackle, and working on the boat.  If you are doing it right, the work never ends!

The most important “yearly” task we do on our boat is re-spooling with fresh line.  Putting new line on yearly is a cheap and easy insurance policy against unnecessary break offs.  The elements, specifically UV light, wears your line down during the year, especially if you store your reels out in elements.  Also, constant wear from clipping into releases and from fighting fish makes the line brittle.  I really like berkely big game as a main line, though everyone has their preference.
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January 2017 Update

January 2017 Update

Winter is just beginning and the bay has ice.  As we head into winter, I have been contemplating what I can do to make fishing in Sodus better.  Sodus Bay is a great place to boat, dock and fish, but what it severely lacks is communication between fisherman.   I have been fishing this lake for 13 years, and have fished out of 3 different ports.  I have come to realize that fishing is better in other ports because there are more boats and MUCH better networking between boats.  Sodus Bay anglers can do better!

I always admired the website “At The Oak”.  It was a great resource for the fishermen of another port that I frequent, Oak Orchard.  This site was tremendously helpful to me when I first started traveling to that area about 10 years ago.   It had updated information about what folks were catching and where, which gave a starting point for us “weekend warriors.”  I don’t want people to tell me exactly what to do… I just want a general idea of WHAT is being caught, and in the case of salmon, a general idea where (out deep, near shore, etc).

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