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Seth's planned tournament on Conesus was cancelled yesterday due to certain low turnout, but he and I hooked up today for our first December fishing this year. I met Seth at his house about 7:30, then made the 1/4 mile trip down to the launch :D

Air temp was 23 degrees, with a decent breeze out of the northeast about 10-15 mph. We started at a place closeby to the launch. Water temp was 40-41 here. We drifted tubes for some time before I finally got the first hookup of the day, a smallmouth about 2 1/4 pounds, and subsequently the smallest of the day for us. Some more time was spent there, in that area, but no more fish. The fishing might be slow today, we thought.

From there we went south to another proven late Fall smallie haunt and began to drift. Water temp here 42. Before my tube even made it to the bottom, the ohhh so familiar thump was at the end of my line. A fine 3 pound plus smallie was landed. A short while later, Seth lands this chunk, estimated at 4 pounds take or give.


Seth with the first quality fish of the day

By the time we finished this initial drift in this stretch, a few more fish were landed, mostly in the 3+ pound class. We knew the fish were here, so it was time to experiment. On the next drift, I tried the blade bait, and Seth popped a spoon. At the end of that drift, absolutely nothing to show for it, not even a hit. Back out came the tubes, and the catching began again!!! I believe it was at this time I got my first good quality fish of the day, probably pushing 4 pounds or so.


Don't laugh at the hat, it was WARM!!!!

We were just getting done with that area, and I got a phone call. It was Rob!! He was in the area, and we all decided it would be great if he stopped by and went out for awhile. He could meet us at the launch about an hour later, around noon. We ran down to another proven southern stretch. We spent nearly an hour there, and not even a single bite. Uh-oh, did the bite quit just as we invite Rob out with us??? That would stink!

We met Rob at noon at the launch. Air temp rose way up to 25 or 26 degrees by this point, and the wind is more straight north now, and picked up a slight bit. Flurries in the air now and then, but nothing serious.

Up to the northern end. Water temp 40-41 degrees. Rob had zero equipment with him, but I had a spare dragging rod for him to use. He made good use of it, within moments, he landed a very nice 3 1/2 pounder. From there we each continued to catch a fish now and then for a couple more hours. Seth caught the biggest fish of the day up here, about 4 1/2 pounds. Another couple 4 pound class fish were caught by Rob and I to. (Rob took pictures of these, and will post them later!)

It was about 2:00, and Seth was having trouble with the trolling motor steering cables freezing up more often. Also, the trolling motor was getting froze in the down position at times. It was time to quit for the day. Our finger and toes were getting quite cold, but we had big ass smallie grins on our faces!!!

Was this our last day on Conesus for the season??? Well.....if it was, we ended on an awesome note!!! No complaints here.

Thanks Seth (and Lora), for the ride during the day, and the dinner and company at night!!!
 

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Wishin' I Was Fishin'
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Way to go!

Good going, guys! Wish I could have fished, but it's time to pay the "piper" for all my outings through the season.:D

The boat is still "at the ready", in the garage, and who knows.......:dance:

C'ya on the water,
Ted
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Noel: you guys are definitely the toughest on this board.......23 and winds? yes, that is below my wimp threshold for sure! LOL.....
 

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Those dang big brown fish make us do stupid things here, that's for sure. At times we are in 6-7 foot waves on Erie, or in frigid winter type conditions on Conesus (and other Western Finger Lakes) :eek:)

For some reason, we keep doing it though! Seth and I were talking about that on the water quite abit. The initial hookset on these slobs is awesome. A full swing hookset, and the fish doesn't budge an inch for several seconds. Then there is that moment about 2/3rd's of the way to the boat when the fish decides it doesn't want to come any further, and stops. With 8lb pound you pull as much as you possibly dare to, and the fish doesn't move, but just keeps "digging". Then there is that moment when the net scoops up the fish, and you are able to hold up that big fish. Any one of these reasons is enough in itself, but when all three are put together each and every fish, we will continue to do stupid things!! :D
 

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......as crazy as we are though, it might be a few years before we are able to fish this late again!!!
 

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wnybassman said:
......as crazy as we are though, it might be a few years before we are able to fish this late again!!![
Hey Noel, NEVER SAY NEVER!!!;) The way the weather swings, in this part of the country, it could still turn around. As long as the lake doesn't freeze and the roads are clear, there are smallies waiting for us.:D I'm hoping for another outing!

C'ya on the water,
Ted
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What a blast! I am glad Noel and Rob could join me on the water! It was a tad chilly (especially when running WOT up the lake!), but the smallies were ready to play!

The boat is still ready to go, anytime! I would not mind a few more weekends on the lake....as long as it stays liquid. Water temp was 41 - 42 degrees, so we may have a week or 2 yet.

Seth V
 

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It was great to get out with Seth and Noel for the quick couple hours that I could. A productive couple hours, indeed, right from the get-go.

As Noel said, I didn't have a stint of gear (I didn't even have a hat - note the "contemporary" style of clothing I somehow successfully kept warm in), but fishing on a Ranger 205VS with a borrowed St. Croix Premier was fishing with class. Ha...all I had to do was show up at the launch and hop on Seth's boat. It was great! Without good friends like this, such moments could not be possible. :yes:

Thanks for the invite, fellas. I hope we can yet get out one more time (or two). I seem to have found a lot of free time as of late... :)

Tight Lines...
 

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Here's Seth's final fish of the day, and the lunker at about 4½ pounds. Nice way to finish off the day - possibly the year (but I hope not). :)

If you think he looks warm, you would be right. He actually has a heated helmet in addition to his clothing! Crazy man!

Tight Lines...
 

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Lastly, here's a shot of the snow-covered launch, with Lora backing in Seth's trailer. How's THAT for service? :D :p

Tight Lines...
 

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Great day out there guys, excellent recaps.

Saturday was the first "day off" I've had a while, but after having the boat winterized Friday, my options were limited. I ended up spending nine hours in a tree and only saw one little doe. I felt pretty good about my effort until I read your reports . . . :D

Keep those smallies warm for the rest of us.
 
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