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About BrianZ

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    Buzz Bait
  • Birthday 02/20/1974


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    Family, Fishing, Reading about fishing
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  1. spoons, spinner baits and weedless rigged soft plastics like flukes and sluggos when targeting them. caught a fair share on jigs and jerk baits as by catch when targeting smallmouths. I prefer to throw topwater for them especially buzzbaits, the hits are usually pretty ferocious but i love when they sometimes follow and it looks like a submarine tracking a few feet behind the bait.
  2. being fed from oneida you would expect lots of walleye throughout. i would be "guiding" a buddy who lives in islamorada. i am leaning toward pike on Sac because they are easier to raise during the day in May than walleye. I would like to scope out mohawk solo once or twice first before we put the boat out on it. On Sac we can play the wind and look for sharp edges and new weed growth and grind through with lots of casts and almost guaranteed to find some pike. don't really care about trophys just need a few to make it "successful" .
  3. did you go yet? was thinking about a trip around 5/20 just like yours either mohawk near schenectedy or sacandaga conditions dependent. would be out of a 16' with 25hp and good electronics. from a bites/hour perspective i am leaning toward pike on Sacandaga.
  4. i'm up in west milford (west milly to us locals) and am not looking forward to what the black bear population will look like when they stop harvesting on state/county land. interaction will go from 1/2x's month to weekly for many of us. i never put garbage or recycle out the night before, you're just asking for trouble. once you are on their route it takes a lot for them to not visit on the regular.
  5. Good luck Tim.
  6. me and my little guy like to catch post spawn perch this time of year.
  7. yeah, i haven't gathered mussels for flounder bait in 35+ years.
  8. yes i do especially on the larger rivers, i "jig" them cross current in moderate to faster current with lots of boulders and give them a little pause in tiny slack water areas. can be deadly
  9. there used to be some very good spots from shore in most of the bays/rivers. depending on water temp they may have already spawned so consider channels/lanes that they would use to exit the spawning grounds heading back out to the ocean. adjacent mud flats , especially the edges of the flats used to be hot spots. we made our own chum logs with clam, mussels and a variety of other types of broken up crustaceans. blood worms worked good as did tape worms that we would dig, small pieces on a #6 baitholder worked fine. hi/lo worked and sometimes stripes would hang out in the chum and take a high hook. sometimes it took a little while before the chum would start to draw in fish sometimes they were there and feeding regardless. this was in the late 70's through the 80's and mid 90's. from shore we did most of our chumming by hand. We would gather mussels and "stuff" and usually buy skimmer clams and throw them in a 5 gallon bucket and mash them with a baseball bat like churning butter. then we would periodically scoop that out and chum the area we were casting too. the more current/depth, the more length you had to lead the chum to where you fishing. Some very fond memories from my childhood of winter flounder fishing in the bays and rivers. a good day was a bucket full in a tide for the four of us from shore. the last time i fished for flounder from shore was probably around '04 or '05 in the fall and we did ok.
  10. very nice pike. wheres "your area"? generally speaking of course.
  11. it's on my list. i've seen a couple videos on their topwater "bite" and looks like they have quite a bit of moxxy
  12. yeah they are fine. and let me just restate, the problem with wind when using these is loading the yak on to them since they are so light. there is a channel cut in near the base that you can thread the straps through to hold them in place while you load the yak on and then remove the straps from the channel and use them to ratchet down the yak. once the yak is tight they don't move at all. I don't travel far to use the yak and rarely on a road with a speed limit higher than 45 so i can't really comment on high speed performance using these.
  13. i've caught both and although the hybrids are up there they lose points on endurance. once they know they are licked they become fairly timid (my biggest hybrid was only about 6lbs so maybe they are different bigger?) of course some individual fish are craftier than others same with striped bass from the beach, majority will roll over when they know they are licked but every once in a while one will really surprise you and lunge for that wave when you think are totally played. smallmouths don't quit. ever. river, lake or giant reservoir. I forgot about flatheads until i read beastly's post. I have only caught 6 in my life when i lived in illinois and they were lots of fun in the river and really knew how to use current to their advantage.
  14. this implies you will be travelling to fish in the dick sled. I use this because i'm a cheap russian sob. they work fine except when its windy but when its windy i don't usually get in the dick sled.
  15. smallmouths get my vote for overall. hit, fight , endurance and never quit attitude. even when you think they are played out they usually make another jump or lunge right when they shouldn't. i've caught a few river carp that amazed me for the sheer speed of their runs. I think white perch get a nod for how hard they hit relative to their size but they lack endurance imo.