Skaneateles Lake 10/8


Not much to report here. I was on a trip with swim pal Neil and his brother Mark. Was at the launch and ready to start my engine when I noticed that my throttle control felt unconnected. It wound up being a no-go. We wound up doing a little fishing around the launch and I gave a long fly-casting lesson to Mark. Needless to say, I’ll likely endure a lifetime of heckling at the pool when I see Neil!

Drove the rig over to Silver Lake Marine and found that I needed a part for the throttle control and a new throttle cable. These things happen on occasion and at least it didn’t happen way down the lake. It’s a shame because the conditions looked great for bass fishing.

I’ve had my current 18′ Crestliner FishHawk since the fall of 2001 and it’s time for a new rig. I’ve probably put over 30 years of use on my current rig over the past 11 years. It was stored outside and fished in rain, snow, sleet and hail! If all goes as it should, I’ll be running a brand new boat/motor next year from May through mid-October. And it will be stored inside during the harsh winter months. I plan on keeping the old (current) rig as a winter/off-season rig and also as a back-up for summer guiding.

I have some trips on the books from Friday onwards and will be up on Chaumont Bay and Lake Ontario next week with fishing buddy Mike if all goes as planned. With luck we’ll encounter some big smallmouths and maybe even another MONSTER smallmouth! Some dates remain in October and I have plenty in November. Big pike time is around the corner! Stay tuned….