We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Pops and I went up to Oswego, NY this week to fish Lake Ontario for King Salmon and Brown Trout. Had an excellent trip. Fished with T-K Charters and stayed at K&G Lodge http://www.kandglodge.com/. I highly recommend both.
As the pictures will attest, we caught our limit of Kings (3/person), ranging in size from 9-13 pounds, couple of Brown Trout, a couple of Lake Trout and a Steelhead. Left the dock in Oswego a bit before 5am, ran 2 miles right off the Town and had our limit by 9am (would have been earlier buy Pops lost a couple. I, of course, landed every fish on my line . .), and back to the dock by 1030a.
Probably one of the easier fishing trips - Dunkin Donuts is open 24 hours, so we had hot coffee and donuts on the boat. Guy at the dock filleted the fish for $4/fish and included ice for the cooler and we were back home by 5pm.
That fishery is pretty consistent from year to year, not only with state stockings but a decent (not great) level of naturally reproducing fish. Fish are close to shore as the water warms earlier in the shallows (that is relative as we were fishing in 90 feet of water, temps in the low 50's). Trolled spoons and anyone who says a 12 pound salmon on 10 pound test is not a fight, knows not of what he speaks. Oh - and about 35 pounds of salmon fillets for the freezer.
Guy on the right in the pics is the mate. He works doing maintenance at nuke plants for 8 months of the year, and fishes the other 4. His father was the Captain and both know what they are great fisherman
BTW - Pops is 78 (79 this October) and cannot wait to go next year.
The gear behind the pictures are all heavy rods, big reels, and downriggers.
Downrigger gear is used to present the lure at a preset depth and keep it there. Usually, the depths are anywhere from 60 to 170 feet in the Great Lakes - that's where the trout usually hang out. All these fish are at that depth because of the spring/summer lake stratfication (which is a complete and total subject by itself).
The reason the rods are bent over is what you might expect - the weight of the down ball and tension on the line to set the hook when the bait is taken. The rod will snap up and with the drag and clicker properly set, the fish will practically catch themselves. Large spoons, lures like Mann's Stretch series or occasionally cut bait (usually some sort of herring family baitg).
Downriggers are necessary in the Great Lakes where you get large temperature strata changes - or salt water for that matter. I don't use them preferring to use lead core, long florocarbon leaders and heavy bucktails or large lures to to get the bait to depth. For stripers, it works just fine as stripers look up and these types of hybrid stripers are now lazy like salt water stripers - I can get to 90 feet that way which is (generally) the area where most fresh water impoundment stripers hang out.
For the record, I have no objection to down riggers - I do have an objection to electric down riggers. That's cheatin'. :>)
Great photos of your dad. Some of the great memories in our family are the various fish(ing) trips -- actually, overlapping your Manzanillo fly-in link. Watching 8-year-olds "ride" the mantras offshore along the Santiago coast in Manzanillo was a huge reminder that kids working for their own money at age eight is not a bad thing. This minimum wage thingy baffles me.
Nice catch Birdog....just please tell me you're not eating those fish. Been fishing for Salmon and Steelhead in that area for 27 years. Those fish will glow in the dark. Great Lakes Fish = Trapping bait!