Cayuga Lake out of Long Point 9/22 AM
Guided Andrew and his young (9 year old) son Harris for a 1/2 day starting at 8 am. With the gusty winds yesterday and the major front that rolled in afterwards I was leary of the "5 to 10 MPH North Winds" forecast with sunny conditions that I saw on a couple weather websites. I was right – sure enough the winds were gusting into the low teens this AM and it was cloudy out. I had delayed our start time, but evidently not enough. It wasn't great conditions for post-frontal lakers. We perservered and after not much action for 3 hours (other than 2 hits by Andrew), Harris hooked up. Paydirt! But as the leader approached the rod, the fish got off. 🙁 So Harris was disappointed. The weather was getting sunny and the winds were diminishing so his hookup was not a fluke. Harris wound up landing his first and second lake trout in short order afterwards – both 23"+ males. So this 9 year old will be feeding his family tonight. Had we started the trip around noon, we likely would have seen a lot more action, but hindsight is 20/20 as the saying goes. Timing is everything when it comes to fall lakers on Cayuga Lake (and elsewhere.)
I wound up having an issue with my trusty old Motorguide Trolling Motor. My backup is at Barrett Marine and is worn out. So back out to Silver Lake Marine this Tuesday and I'll be getting a brand new Minn-Kota Terrova put on. I would be tempted to try the new Motor-Guide with the spot-lock feature, but SLM happened to have a Terrova in stock and I need it NOW! B.O.A.T. = Break out another thousand – in my case it's been about 15,000 in the last 3 weeks. Fun, fun, fun….