Updates – Moving into February
I have done some updates on the “lakes” and “species” parts of this website. Nothing major, but I added some photos of some of the nice fish clients caught last year and some observations for the fishing outlook going into 2024.
The Rochester Boat Show winds up today (Sunday January 28th.) Foot traffic was noticeably slower than previous years, despite the nicer weather. Fortunately, a better percentage of people that showed were there to buy boats or at least take a good look at what’s out there. It’s always fun meeting new people at the show and I got to spend some time chatting with Jeff Harter, Brunswick’s dealer accounts manager.
Manufacturing has returned back to normal after the pandemic. If you order a new boat, it won’t be here in a week, but the longer pandemic-era waits are a thing of the past for now. I was impressed with Crestliner’s new Hawk line of boats. They are less expensive than the Fish Hawk series but include many of the great Fish Hawk features – like the spaciousness inside and the wide beam. Check them out if you’re looking for a new fishing boat and are budget conscious.
The Fish Hawk continues to improve with the newly designed AP-X hull. When you are moving at a good clip and make a sharp turn, this hull really “grips” the water better than conventionally designed hulls. It’s like a double-edged ice-skate. See why I think the Crestliner Fish-Hawk is best boat and value in its class! I could run any boat I want, but I’ve had great luck and performance with the Crestliner Fish Hawks going on over 20 years now.
Mercury Motors also continue to improve as 4-Stroke engines are now becoming the norm, even for large boats that used to have automobile-manufactured inboard engines.
Now’s a great time to order a new boat if you’re in the market for one. There are some great incentives out there and Jeff is committed to giving customers the best deals/value that he can. Contact Skyler (585) 237-5185 X- 103 or Sam over at Silver Lake Marine if you’re looking for a fishing machine this year!
We shall see how the weather pans out in February and on through to March this season. So far, it’s looking like we’ll have another fairly mild week before things freeze up again. Lake levels should be rising quite a bit now. I took a look at Irondequoit Creek and the Genesee River when I was in Rochester for the boat show and both of them were FLYING high! There should be some good fishing in “the creek” this week and the river in a week or so. Those steelheading days are gone for me, but it was nice checking out my old stomping grounds.
My schedule is wide-open right now and we should see another great spring for deep-water lake trout jigging on Cayuga Lake. Seneca Lake keeps getting better and better and it should be a good landlocked salmon spring again as well as another great lake trout year over there. See my forecasts or more accurately, observations, by clicking on “the lakes” portion of this website. Book now for the best choice of dates in 2024!