Cayuga 9/1 + 9/2
Cayuga out of Dean’s 9/1: Got out with Patrick for the full day. We headed north for bass. Within 1/2 hour I had him casting a baitcasting rod fairly well. Bass fishing was slow. He picked up one largemouth around 11″ on a crankbait. The cold front appeared to have slowed the fishing a bit. He jigged lakers around the Long Point area and did great – he nailed a limit in less than an hour then caught and released a couple beauties! A new convert was made today!
Cayuga out of Taughannock 9/2 AM: Had a lot of fun with Steve and Bill from Hershey PA this AM. Some solid laker action around the Taughannock area. The guys landed at least 8 nice fish. The bite was fairly steady throughout the AM.
My PM trip was with the Hermans, and again – the fishing was very good. Eleonore landed a 32″ laker – her best yet. John lost a 5lb brown boatside. Other browns were likely hooked, and another 7 lakers also made it into the net!
During our PM trip we found a laker alive and on the surface of the lake struggling – someone had clearly caught it earlier. It had air in its bladder and was likely dying due to the warm surface water. Keep in mind that it is easy to “burp” lakers and get them back down. Lay the fish belly down on the bottom of your boat, grab around the fish with your hands – thumbs up top and fingers on the belly and gently squeeze their belly area. You’ll hear the air expel. Then I like to point them headfirst down towards the water and jet them down.