Cayuga Lake out of Taughannock 6/16
Guided Tom, his son Dave and daughter Caroline for what ended up being a short 1/2 day today. The wind forecast was a little ominous yesterday with predicted 8 to 15 mph winds, then this AM they called for rain and winds gusting out of the S. to over 25 mph. I launched my boat at 5 am and motored up to the house that my clients were renting. We started around 5:30 am with moderate winds and overcast skies. Caroline had never fished before – she’s in her early 20s, but that didn’t stop her from landing a nice laker and losing a nice one under the boat. It wasn’t really her fault – it was tough for me to keep good boat control with the wind. She brought some great enthusiasm to the trip.
We didn’t mark many fish or much bait – probably a weather-related factor, but they were around. The 70′ and out depths held good #s of fish. Tom lost a couple very nice fish away from the boat. Hehad a very niced sized silvery trout/salmon apparently on for a bit, or he lost a laker then it came up after the jig by the boat – but it was a good fish.
By 7:00 am the wind was pushing around 12 to 14 mph. By 9 am we started hearing thunder and seeing lightning, so we called it a day shortly thereafter. No doubt we would have done a lot better had the conditions not been so tough, but all in all I thought that given the conditions and lack of fishing experience we did pretty well. We all had fun.