Cayuga Lake out of Taughannock 8/24


Guided Ted and his 10-year-old daughter Jordan for a 1/2 day starting around 6:15 am. Fishing proved tough in the AM. We’ve had unsettled weather lately and a cold front hovering over the region. But you can’t keep hungry fish down for long, and around 9 am the lakers started showing signs of life. I kept coaching on the finer points of the technique. Eventually I borrowed Jordan’s rod and showed then a drop and wound up hooking a laker. I gave the rod to her and she cranked it in. So they saw it could be done! Then it was up to Jordan to hook and land her own fish. Within around 10 minutes she did just that – all on her own. Needless to say, we were very proud of her! Then Ted nailed a nice fish.

I’ve done and watched folks do 1000s of hours of laker jigging – you name it and I’ve seen people do it. I generally know what works and what doesn’t, but I keep an open mind. When you book a trip you get the most recent technical info I have. People compare this to fluke or striper jigging and there’s no comparison in my opinion. Lakers are a different animal. And the technique changes year to year as more things become apparent. I had Ted do something slightly different than he’d been doing it and it made a big difference. The difference is all in the details! They’ll be back out with me on Thursday and I’m looking forward to it! We had a lot of fun today.