Cayuga Lake out of Union Springs 9/2 midday
I'm making a point to stay more in touch with what's going on with Cayuga's bass fishing and north end fishing. I intend to do the same with Owasco's smallmouths in the future as well. From around 2005 or 2006 and before that time I was doing a lot more bass fishing and I had my gear together and in good shape. What I'm trying to do now is get my bass tackle and techniques back in order and I'm also looking for some easier sure-fire ways to target bass without having to go to the flipping/pitching sticks. I love pitching jigs and plastics, but for guiding it usually isn't feasable.
So today was more of an experimental day. I fished from 10:30 am till around 3 pm and hit three or four different areas and did a bit of motoring around. I didn't catch a lot of fish, but I managed a beautiful hard fighting 18" smallmouth, a few pickerel in the 20" range and a few chunky largemouths – all around 14" give or take. I spent an hour just practicing my casting and underhand stuff which was fun. I realize that most anglers don't have time to do that sort of thing, but I think of it as a golfer heading to the driving range or working on his putting away from the course. It's not a "sexy" thing to do as a fisherman, but it pays big dividends in the grand scheme of things. Fish came on Senkos, swimbaits and assorted plastics. Water temps were up to 76 on the surface.