Catch of the Day
June 22, 2017
EYE needed vindication and got it tonight. My charter with West Genny head lacrosse coach Mike Messere, local award winning landscaper and world travelled angler Jim Sollecito and Cornell assisant head wrestling coach Damion Hahn put the exclamation point on non-stop action. Boated 31 eyes to keep the boat limit of 12. Finally, a very good bucktail jig bite as well as plenty of blade action. The ICP i1baits.com jig and the firetiger blade tore em up. The early photo with plenty of light was taken at 7:30pm when we were 6 keepers with 7 throw-backs the latter was with our limit of 12 with 19 throw-backs. Add a big cat and several perch and you have an Oneida fish fest. Most were caught in 19 to 28 FOW.
June 21, 2017
Definetly a tougher bite on Oneida than what I had through all of May and the first half of June. Burning more gas, walleyes more scattered, fish more depths and clearly working more to make it happen. Spent the morning with Bernie Barnes and Steve Ferrucci both new to jigging and within one hour both had the technique perfectly under control. Landed a mixed bag of eyes, smallmouth, pumpkinseeds and sheepshead. Bernie's 21 inch eye hit the scales at 3.77 # and Steve's 20.5 inch eye came in at 3.1 #.
June 17, 2017
Kevin Poyfair and son Brady Poyfair met me this morning for a 5:30 M start. Little did we know that tight lipped eyes would for the most part frustrate us all morning. Only managed two keeper eyes but they were good ones, seeing that Kevin and Brady had never caught one before today and came in at 22 and 19 inches respectively. A few pickerel, a northern a sheepie and a couple panfish rounded out the catch.
June 16, 2017
This morning's charter on Oneida Lake began with a series of wrong choices. Spots that had been walleye hangouts earlier in the week simply didn't show much on the fish finder. So after four different locations, yielding only a channel cat and a smallmouth i decided to look at stained water in the shallows. Finally game on. An abundance of junevile perch helped keep the eyes interested. Sat Khalsa and Jeffrey A. Smith kept me busy with net duty. The "the lure du jour" XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADE SILVER 5/8 oz.
A thank you goes out to Capt. Paul Nagle and mate Jeff for running my Lake Ontario charter at OZ this morning while I chartered on Oneida. Their crew of Skip Vezzetti, Lenny Amberger and Kurt tolerated the bumpy seas and managed some retribution with a mix of some nice spring fish typical of OZ. A-TOM-MIK secret green fly and a collection of Michigan Stingrays a la alwife series did the damage in 120 to 225 fow just west of the harbor.
June 13, 2017
Lady Oneida started with an attitude this morning right out of the shoot. Little to no drift, few marks and no takers. Made the decision to fish the channel (north of the buoy line) in 38 fow partly because of the recurring midge hatch and the search for any wind tunnel. The wind did oblige and eventually required a 3 bag complement to slow the drift to 0.3 - 0.4 mph. Long drifts, some lulls, pockets of eyes here and there, no big schooling and a crew of Dennis Marr, Ed Marr, Dave Eannetta, John Abington from Memphis, TN and Dale Spencer that bladed their way to 19 eyes with 13 keepers. Ed's 3.62# eye was the biggest. The silver XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADE 5/8 oz. took the lion's share.
June 11, 2017
Very stubborn bite this morning for my crew of John Whitenight, Rich Vanderwege and son Steve Vanderwege. Fished from Shaks Point all the way to buoy 130 with drifts at depths ranging from 20 to 38 fow using blades, jig/worm, jigging Rap with a leech on a dead stick and a variety of colors to boat 6 keeper eyes. Best depth was 28 fow with the BASS PRO XPS LAZER BLADE firetiger 5/8 oz. Had the best picture in 32 to 33 fow but what we saw there didn't want to play. Steve's pair of 19s were the best of the outing.
June 8, 2017
Fishing Charter part 2: My crew from yesterday, Gene Heck, Ed Stuart, Wayne Crawford and Don Schauer met me at Fremac Marina at 5:30 am to give it another go. This time we didn't wait till 9:30 am to ice the first eye. Ed and Don obliged with two keepers within the first ten mins. The rest of the charter was a slow pick with long, tortoise type drifts. Little to no wind all morning necessitated patience an confidence in the drift. Thr tally for their effort was 19 walleyes netted to keep 11, five yellow perch and one burbot. My power pack of blades pictured here have been my choices this spring. Once again my poor camera aim only picked up a portion of a walleye tail at the extreme left of the photo.
June 7, 2017
Tough start to my charter this morning. Not an eye in the boat by 9:30 am. Left Fremac Marina at 6:00 am and headed west in anticipation to fish locations I hadn't checked yet this season. Although the marks were there the attitude wasn't. Finally found a pocket of eyes and yellow perch in a short stretch of 31 FOW and my crew of Wayne Crawford, Ed Stuart, Don Schauer and Gene Heck boated 16 walleyes keeping 8 and a dozen yellow perch by noon.
June 4, 2017
My crew from yesterday of Dr.Chris Buff, son Dan, daughter Sarah Libertucci and son-in-law Mark Libertucci were back at it again today. Lady Oneida greeted us with a medium NE wind at 6 mph, overcast sky and impending rain in the forecast , You would think it was ideal for a shallow bite. NOT! Didn't get bit till we ventured to 36 FOW. Today's catch fell a couple keepers short of yesterday's standard. Although we boated 10 keepers two off the pace from yesterday; we did handle more with 17 shorts.
June 3, 2017
Met my charter this morning at 5:30 at Fremac Marina and the smell of fish was in the air. An overcast sky, southwest breeze, light rain and an upbeat crew. Dad, Dr. Chris Buff, son Dan, daughter Sarah and son-in-law Mark Libertucci started with a quick bite in shallow 16 to 20 FOW and landed 5 keeoer eyes, 2 shorts, 2 mega smallmouths and then the skylight busted through and that party ended as quickly as it started. Our hot item was the Gold XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADE 5/8 oz. Then the big wind came and we tucked inside of Briggs Bay for some protection and managed one more keeper eye there and a few perch. Needed to leave the shallows and tolerate the wind. So out to 35 to 31 FOW, 5 drift sacks to slow the drift to 0.4mph and that's all it took to get their limit of eyes. Best fish was 19 1/8 with a pair of 18s to back that up. Gold was clearly the dominant color today. Found perch and shad in their bellies. There are 11 eyes in the picture because of my poor camera work.
May 31, 2017
Left the dock at the usual time of 5:30 am this morning with my charter from PA ;only to face unsettled conditions, approaching storms and a medical concern for one of the crew. Decided it would be best to reschedule their charter, avoid the wait time for the storm to pass and attend to the crew member's malaise. In the mean time personal friends Rich Bolster aka Homer and Bill Muckey also got blown in by the storm so we decided to get some breakfast and head back out in my boat to do some research and get some eyes for the Buffa household . By the time we returned to the marina, pumped out a sinking boat tied up in one of the slips and headed back out it was 10:30 am. Three hours later, four locations, gold and silver XPS LAZER BLADES 5/8 oz. and we put number 9 eye in the boat along with 8 perch. Sampled water as deep as 38 and as shallow as 16. By no means was this a slamfest but we did take fish at each location.
May 30, 2017
A special shout out to Capt.Paul Nagle and retired Capt.Gerry Bresadola who are running the BANDITO III for me while I'm busy with walleye charters on Oneida Lake. Steven Decker, Doug Bliss, Greg Behnke and Jeff Jordan kept the reels turning during their morning charter over the Memorial Day weekend. Browns and Lakers kept them engaged. Browns in close 12 to 20 fow on Smithwicks and Hybridlures.com spoons and lakers out deep 140.
May 26, 2017
You can take this bit of info to the bank or just ignore it and miss out on an opportunity to put Oneida eyes in the boat on a mist driven rainy day accompanied with moderate fog and very little wind. My charter this morning with Rick Liddiard, Molly Reed, Alex Fletcher and Greg Lee boated 30 eyes to keep 14; with 80% of the catch coming on the itiger blade by i1baits.com. After blading in the 20s and teens I decided to look at a 38 to 32 drop that has been very good over the years for this time of the season. The pucture was good and so was the bite.
May 24, 2017
Walleye Fishing continues to be very good to excellent on Oneida Lake despite the abundance of the invasive ROUND GOBY. Adult "Eyes" are feeding on their usual prey, 2 inch yellow perch and 2 inch emerald shiners (buckeyes); whereas young of the year and one year old walleyes as well as yellow perch are feasting on baby gobies. In my opinion, this harmony within the food chain bolsters an already respected and porductive Oneida walleye fishery. Last night, due to a miscommunication in my charter scheduling I had the opportunity to spend sometime on the water with Dave Klock and his son Dominick. Left Fremac Marina at 5:00 pm and headed to the outer Lakeport shoal where it drops sharply into the 30s. No wind, very good fish marks and a slow bite with some small perch a short eye and a 20 incher which I handed to Dominick to enjoy. Shortly after Dominick returned to shore to meet his mom Dave and I planned on being in position for the later bite. I threw a white bucktail to mimic a buckeye and Dave tossed a silver blade. 21 eyes later we had the remaining 5 keepers for our two man limit.
May 20, 2017
Fished with Casey Coughlin and son Ryan Coughlin this morning in search of Oneida Lake walleyes. They needed a confidence builder. Their past season, jigging blades and bucktail jigs simply didn't live up to their expectations. Spent the first half hour of our charter watching their technique and suggested a few adjustments in reading slack line , jigging stroke and retrieving loose line after each lift/drop effort. All they needed next was that first hook up and then it was let's get ready to rumble for the rest of the charter. They each boated their limits with a bunch of shorts and some nice yellow perch as well. I even managed a limit.
May 17, 2017
Couldn't ask for a nicer evening to captain an Oneida Lake walleye charter. Left Fremac Marina at 5:15 pm with the temperature around 85 degrees Fahrenheit and returned at 8:15 pm after boating 19 eyes to keep 13. Walleye Ray Florczyk, son John Florczyk, Steve Peltz and son Stephen Peltz jigged the depths to hook into their limits. Even I managed to land one keeper. Fished my usual spots near the Marina to no avail. Needed to leave Dodge and find a more fertile bottom. Located a concentration on a 40 to 30 drop and then it was game on.
May 16, 2017
Some quality eyes today for the Martinez family charter. One 20", two 19.5"and three 18". Manny Martinez, Mike Martinez and Mike junior jigged up 8 plump eyes and 24 yellow perch during my morning charter. Covered a lot of landscape to find the 8 eyes. Took some as shallow as 26 and as deep as 39. All fish came on the silver and the FIRETIGER XPS BASS PRO Lazer blades 5/8 OZ. Perch bellies were full; eyes empty. Stomach contents included young perch and buckeyes.
May 15, 2017
Oneida wind finally backed off sufficiently last night from 6:00 pm on for me to safely run my charter out of Fremac Marina. Eyes were scattered from 23 into 14 FOW across the bottom for long drifts. No big school bite. Just a steady pick with the silver and FIRETIGER XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADES 5/8oz. David Soulier, Megan Marie, Eric Saulsbury and Stephen Peltz bounced and jigged into darkness for one shy of their limit.
May 13, 2017
Ontario continues to entertain her anglers in OZ. Browns, Lakers, Steelhead and now kings. Thursday, Friday and Saturday have yielded spectacular catches across the board for charter captains as well as anglers at large. Consistent weather pattern, water temp in the 50s and a robust presence of young alewives combine for the very best angling opportunity that OZ can offer. Thanks to Capt. Paul Nagle and retired charter capt. Gerry Bresadola for running my Friday charter with Skip Vezetti, James Dean and Lenny Armburger while I was busy chasing eyes on Oneida. Back at the helm Saturday morning I greeted my charter of Kevin Poyfair, son Brady and John Clute with expectations of another successful day of angling; and that it was. Two limits of 8 Browns, 1 robust domestic rainbow and 6 Lakers kept the rods and the crew busy through the morning.
May 11, 2017
An all round great morning at OZ. A limit of 15 Browns plus 5 Lakers for my party of Stu Reeves, Seward Neill, Spike Holmes, Bob Hariott and Ken Wright. Fished east of the harbor 10 to 20 FOW with riggers at 6, 7, 9, boards dressed with SMITHWICKS flatlined and 1 color, 1.5 color cores. Ran 9 rods with all positions active. UV Seasick Waddler by Hybridlures.com was the hot item.
May 9, 2017
Gordon Nickerson, Billy Haskell and Ron Stockton joined me this morning for a 6 hour walleye charter on Oneida. Very slow pick today. We boated 8 eyes ranging from 15 1/4 to 19 inches and 8 yellow perch with two hog smallmouth as well. Perch pattern blades dominated in the strike category. Preferred depth ranged from 21 to 27 FOW. All fish were taken West of Fremac Marina. All but one has empty stomachs. Just not in a feeding mood today. Grateful for what we caught. Gordon deftly landed two perch on the XPS Lazer Blade FIRETIGER.
Sometimes it's just a matter of good luck. Had the game plan all mapped for my first walleye charter on Oneida for the 2017 season. Got to Fremac marina at 4:00 am anticipating a 5:15am start but was greated by Howl'n Wolf from the Northeast. So first set back is a 1 hour delay before we can reasonably leave the dock within safety parameters. Planned destination to the West resulted in a 2nd. set back. Now I'm just looking for a protected spot from the east northeast chop to accommodate drifting and jigging. So east of the marina in 18 to 15 fow is my choice and that put the majority of the 20 eyes in the boat. The remainder came in 25 to 28 fow. My crew of Chris Bender, Dave Ringer, Dan Peck, Brian Peck and Mike Peck hung tough despite the driving rain and blustery wind. Boated 20, kept our limit of 18 . No tanks, biggest 19.5, majority 16 to 17. All blades imitating the yellow perch in their stomachs.
April 29, 2017
Limited on Browns and Lakers this morning for my party of Dave and Penny Wightman and son-in-law Heath Utter. OZ has most assuredly kicked it up a notch this week. If the mud water continues to lessen the best is yet to come. Boated 15 Browns by 7:30 am; released the smaller ones without even using the net. Spoon bite continues to reign. Cores 1, 1.5, 2 color and riggers 6, 8 10 very active this morning. Michigan Stingers, hybridlures.com spoons in natural tones took the lion's share of the strikes. Moved to the 140-150 feet line to rub-a-dub-dub for Lakers and liked what I saw. Continuous bait stacked from bottom to 25 feet above bottom. Surprised we even caught any Lakers with that much available forage. Penny took big fish honors with a 10+# Laker. Barring any disruptive wind, OZ is about to be fish filthy.
April 27, 2017
Another morning at OZ; this time with Mike Heller, Jim Froio and Dan Daniel Galloway and OZ obliged. For a change of venue and in an effort to fish gin clear water we took a hard left at the lighthouse and headed West. Predominant temp was 42 degrees with an occasional pocket of 45. All hits came in the warmer areas and our best producers were black and silver spoons and the firetiger Smithwick. Cores in 1, 1.5 and 2 color out performed the rest of our 9 rod spread. The two Lakers 30.25" and 32.5" came at 140.
April 26, 2017
Turbidity reading in the Oswego River topped 40 this morning; yesterday it was down to 16.53 degree water pouring through the inner cut at Fort Ontario exerted influence all the way to Four Mile Point and stretched to 70 fow. We elected to go east of the harbor and fish the temperature differential along the color break. Managed to grind out 5 good size Browns and a stray laker. Stu Reeves, Seward Neill, Marty Collins and John Case all from B'ville enjoyed their morning winding and grinding. Seward' s laker measured 31". Mostly spoon bite on cores and riggers. Take a look at the hybridlures.com spoons. The glo seasick waddler has performed well in the murky water.
April 24, 2017
Fished this weekend both Saturday and Sunday. Cold rain, stiff NW wind at 10 to 15 knots and a relentless 2 to 3 foot chop challenged us all day. It was a real grind on Saturday. 4 for 7 on Browns in the morning with Bill Campbell's 9# highlighting the catch. Saturday afternoon the cold and wind persisted and the bite did not improve my crew of Bob Mckinstry Dan DeBlock and Craig Centrelli boxed 5 for 6. Sunday morning came with a calm Lake Ontario, clear skies and another tough brown bite in OZ. Managed only two Browns and did get the limit if Lakers.
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Mixed bag this morning with weather and fish. Wind went from south to southwest to northwest, wet to dry to heavy fog necessitating instrument navigation back to the harbor. Overall catch included a 12# Atlantic, 4 browns and three lakers. Our crew of dad, Michael Barbour sons, Alec Barbour and Daniel Barbour and friend Dan Sky enjoyed the morning at OZ . One color cores, riggers dressed with hybridlures.com spoons were busy in 13 to 20 fow east of the harbor.
April 19, 2017
Another day, another charter, another good bite. Left the dock at Oswego Marina with my crew of Bill Brod, Kirk Wardell, William C. McKee and Jeff Emhoff at 6:00 am this morning. Stiff South and Southwest winds at 18 to 25 knots changed the inshore profile enough to provide fishable murky water just east of the harbor. Spent most of the trolling effort in 10 to 15 fow with an occasional excursion out to 25. Used a mix of Michigan Stingers, hybridlures.com spoons and Smithwicks. One color core rods were busy today as well as riggers. BIG FISH William C. McKee landed our best Brown on a hybridlures glo seasick waddler and Bill Brod landed our only Steelhead. Tally for the day was 9 boated for 15 on.
April 18, 2017
Some days the plan just comes together as anticipated. Left the dock at 6:00 am and motored east of OZ. NE wind at 8 to 10 knots provided a tight two to two an half chop. Setup in the murky water at Four Mile and decided to continue the troll to the east, figuring the NE push would at some point bring cleaner water to mix with the mud hole and create both a nice temperature change and a blend of green water. Riggers loaded with Stingers, hybridlures.com trolling spoons in UV finishes, boards with one color lead also with spoons and remaining board rods with SMITHWICKS. Dr. Victor Rodriguez, Stu Reeves and Lynn Cayward patiently watched the 9 rod spread and then it was game on when the port one color lead dressed with a UV Dolphin Stinger fired and put a nice 6# Brown in the boat. Two doubles, two triples, a steady pick of singles and a body count of 15 for 19 to keep their limit of 9 and we were outta there and off to Laker land. The Brown laying on the deck chewed one of our prime time players the Hybrid Lures UV Wonderbread. With an hour and a half remaining I figured an easy limit of Lakers. Not in the cards today. Two hookups, one laker later and it was a wrap. Lakers remained tight lipped.
April 17, 2017
Last charter report on FB was on Tuesday, April 11. Since then I ran charters on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. Here is a summary of what transpired. Wednesday's charter blew away with the wind. Prohibitive gusts 20 to 25 out of the NW exacerbated an already terrible mix of shoreline conditions. Muddied water due to flooding now subjected to a pounding by NW wind left us with very little option both east and west of OZ. Trolled at Bayshore and Burt Point to no avail and then made the decision to settle for Lakers and they in turn were no easy pick either. My crew of Ray Kubacki Heather Kubacki Julia Kubacki Alex and Jake Kubacki and friend Sunny hung tough with a handful of lakers. On Friday conditions remained the same and my crew of Geoff Reck George Reck, Eric Beasley Jeremiah Renk Chris and Chris Wines boated one brown and 4 lakers. Conditions improved on Saturday and Steve Weld, Rich Ludington, Greg Polge Fish Man and Tom Beaudoin landed 5 browns in 9 to 17 fow from Four Mile Point to Bayshore. By 10:00am that bite stopped so off to laker land 130 fow off the 5 stacks and rub-a-dub-dub with SS BLADES and Fireplugs.
April 11, 2017
Found a pocket of BROWNS this morning east of Oswego Harbor in 7 to 15 fow. Water stain was much improved over the last two days with a surface temperature of 46 degrees . A mix of spoons Hybrid Lures and sticks Smithwicks got the job done. Went 8 for 12 on the BROWNS then later in the charter slid out to 130-140 to rub-a-dub-dub for LAKERS and boated 5 for 10. My crew of Steve Stephen F Swierczek Steve Sweirczek Jr. Brian Swierczek, Chris Rurkowski, Mitchell Carey and Josh Hass hung tuff after a,slow start and then got in the game by starting with a triple . Mitch took the biggest Brown and Stephen F Stephen F Swierczek took the largest Laker.
April 10, 2017
Eric Saulsbury Christopher Scheer and Stephen Peltz shared a Lake Ontario Charter with me and mate Stephen Shen aboard the Bandito III out of Oswego Marina By 7:30 we boated 3 browns on stickbaits and a Michigan Stinger Pickle Seed . Stephen's 20.96 pound Brown is the largest that has ever hit the deck in my 43 years as a,charter capt. It was 33 " long with a girth of 23. By 10:00 am no more Brown bites so we headed out to laker land and by noon boated 6 lakers to add to our catch. Lakers came in 130 to 140 fow east of the harbor. Since last week's rain and subsequent flooding it's been a tough inshore bite. Due to excessive turbidity. Today the mud stain showed some translucency. Continued water stain improvement will usher in our typically very good Brown bite.
November 18, 2016
Well it's a wrap. My 2016 charter season is now in the books. Nasty weather from Sunday through Thursday will close the door on the rest of my scheduled November. Grateful to share this final charter with John Hassion aka FISH ON JOHN, Todd Kaley, Brett Wood, Brad Falter and Jeremy Mohat. Definitely a pre-storm bite. Boated 53 to keep our limit of 18. We mixed it up today XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADES silver, gold, itiger and confusion blades from i1baits.com. Way east 38 fow. Eyes are schooling and feeding. Water is still 48.8. By now it should be 43 and lower. If it where this schooling would have occurred much earlier in the month. Would like to thank all of you who have made this past charter season a very busy and satisfying adventure for me. Stay safe and have a successful ice-season.
November 17, 2016
Put in a full afternoon with Adam Szymanski, Joe Campanino and Mark Pelletier. Found a packed school of eyes in 38 FOW and they wanted to play. We boated 33 eyes to keep our limit of 12 and a bonus of 10 yellow perch as well. All taken on the XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADE 5/8 oz Silver. That lure has reigned this fall with walleyes gorging on gizzard shad. With a picture like that on my Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch you just know you're in the house. Season's winding down for me . One more charter tomorrow and then pull the boat Saturday. That nasty Canadian Clipper pushing our way for Sunday through next week has forced me to cancel the rest of the month. Hope they bite again tomorrow for my crew.
November 12, 2016
Another good day at the office. John Anatrella and Kevin Wolken met me at the dock by 11:00 am. It took a good 45 mins before I found any collection of bottom marks. In the meantime the west wind began to crank for a perfect walleye chop. Eyes were shallower today. 25 to 31 and in three drifts we had our limits. All on the XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADES silver 5/8 oz Then spent the better part of 2.5 hours for two keeper perch. Thank God this wasn't a perch charter.
November 10, 2016
Walleye deep bite back on again. Strong south west wind yesterday notwithstanding my crew of Cody Lewis, Mark Krypel and Todd Etter begin the afternoon charter with a 2 for 23 walleye haul on the north shore in 45 fow . Way too many small eyes so we decided to vacate that area and look for another grouping on the south shore. The wind redoubled and found fishable water inside Dutchmans in 18 to 19 fow pitching blades and picking a mix of dink perch and some nice 10 to 12's. By 4:00 the wind subsided enough to return to a deep water effort. Found a few bottom targets in 31 fow NE of Dutchmans and in 45 minutes boated another 6 keepers and 4 shorts. Silver XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADES 5/8 oz took the lion's share of the catch with the itiger blade by i1baits.com taking the rest. Looks windy through the weekend. Not sure if it will be fishable.
November 5, 2016
Third consecutive day in the "popcorn machine". Lady "o" has been blowing at a,steady 15 mph . On the flip side of that punishment we've been rewarded with some decent catches. Again today my crew of Stephen Peltz , Eric Saulsbury and Chris Scheer managed their limit plus my one along with a nice mess of perch. Silver XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADES 5/8 oz dominated. Makes sense...the eyes are feasting on shad. Kudos to Stephen Peltz and Chris Scheer for their start up charity organization CNY's Reel Big Charity to bring fishing to disadvantaged children. Mickeys Bait and Tackle and Capt. Tony Buffa's Fishing Charters have become sponsors; and they are inviting anyone else to help their cause.
November 4, 2016
Jim Froio, Mike Heller and DJ David Hiltbrand met me dockside at 9:30 this morning properly attired to face a cranking lady "o" . Oneida was not first the timid today WNW at steady 15mph with gusts well beyond . The bite started slowly but by 12:30 it was,game on. Silver XPS BASS PRO SHOP LAZER BLADES silver and gold were what they wanted. Perch and eyes gorging on shad but still on the prowl. Ended up with a complete limit of 12 eyes and 13 perch. 36 fow in a very short drift yielded the bulk of our catch.
November 3, 2016
My afternoon crew of Dave Middlemore, Scott Pickard and Todd Etter limited on their eyes and I added my one to the photo. Nice to see some consistency to the bite. Same three lures as yesterday. Silver, Gold XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADES 5/8 oz and the itiger blade from i1baits.com. Again 38 to 32 fow; but much longer drifts today. Big wind from NW challenged our jigging but my crew adjusted and got er done. Been a very good week so far hope it carries through the weekend.
November 2, 2016
Absolute insane bite this morning with the Esposito family. Paul Esposito, Dake, Garrett and dad Paul . Left the dock at 9:30 and by noon boated around 30 eyes to keep their limit and mine. Most aggressive bite so far this fall. Lures of choice were the Bass Pro SHOP'S XPS LAZER BLADES, Silver and Gold and the itiger from i1baits.com. 32 fow was the preferred depth. Friends fishing in a companion boat also limited and Bill Muckey took the catch of the day honors with this 25 1/2 inch bruiser. Bring on the cold; the shad will begin to die off and the "eye" bite will get crazy.
October 31, 2016
Deep water fall bite improving by the day. Oneida is now in that fall transition from that October stubbornness to the consistency that we have experienced each November. Tammy and Gary DeCarr, Kathy and Mark Sanzotta fished Oneida for their first time and are already planning on next fall's outing We boated 37 walleyes to keep 7. Majority boated were in that 14 to 14 1/2 range. Also picked at the yellow and white perch. Typical fall east end bite. Found them in 30 to 27 FOW. i1baits.com itiger blade and BASS PRO XPS LAZER Blade gold were the top producers. Weather permitting, I will be out for the next 12 days straight and if this pattern holds. The school should become larger by day. Gary's 20 inch eye was the leader of the pack.
Had the pleasure to fish with John Whitenight and Rich Vanderweghe. We ground out a single limit of eyes, 14 perch, put back another dozen eyes in the 14 inch range while fishing no shallower than 31 fow. Gave the new blade baits from i1baits.com a solid workout and they did not disappoint. The itiger and rad shad put some nice perch in the boat and Rich's 20 1/4 inch eye was the highlight of the day. Also enjoyed my new RS NET from i1baits . Non tangle and nonpenatrating basket are a huge improvement over other nets. Telescoping non slip handle is accommodating as well. Expect the daytime jig bite to finally kick in now that the water temp is finally at 50 degrees.
October 19, 2016
Deep water blade bite a little better this afternoon. FINALLY a few keeper eyes, bunch of shorts, some good perch, sheepies and of course the requisite gobies. 38 fow NW wind into 32 fow . Bass PRO XPS LAZER BLADES GOLD were the ticket today as well as fatheads on the deadsticks.
October 9, 2016
Dave Otto and brother-in-law Hank chartered with me yesterday during the rain, east wind and an active perch and sheepshead bite. Boated 80 perch kept 50 mostly on i1baits.com Mike Yarema perch pattern 1/2 oz and BASS PRO XPS LAZER BLADES 5/8 oz Gold. 26 fow roughly 1/4 mile. drift. Did catch a,bunch on fatheads but more,on blades. No eyes yet.
September 5, 2016
The Ross family dad Ron , sons Rick, Rod, Randy and grandson Dave Ross fished with us Sunday morning and went four for eight on Salmon. Randy's hog came in just under 30#. All the usual suspects A-TOM-MIK UV190, Shredded B fin glo, green Secret flies fished with spinnies and chips 80-70 fow.
September 4, 2016
Glenn Correll, son Mike Mtl Correll and Joe Joseph Hotaling fished with us Saturday morning and went 3 fires 4 on Salmon. Our best app has been the A-TOM-MIK SHREDDED BIG FIN GLO and green Secret Fly with either green green dot Spinny or white mtn dew chip. in the afternoon Curt Crossin, Eric Roberts, and John Roberts went 4for 4 with a 28 # in the mix. Again all on the same items.
September 2, 2016
On Wednesday Rich Richard Clawson, Jim Best and Ron Smith braved a nasty chop out of the west south west for the better part of a 10 hour outing. They did not give in and neither did we. After hours of trolling without a hit, rigger 3 fires at 5:00 pm only to come back with a mangled meat rig down 85 over 105 fow. Sometimes all u need is that first contact for critical information (speed, direction, depth, item). I call it the confidence strike. The same item fired again at 5:30 and Ron boated a mint bright Coho. At 6:30 the yellow belly sapsucker #4 J-Plug fished at 75 grabbed Jim his big king. Then between 7:00 and 7:15 we tripled and landed a brown another king and lost a King within 5 feet of the net. All strikes coming in 105 to 100 fow. Clearly not a mega catch but a rewarding one for the effort expended.
Here's Ron Smith with his Coho.
August 30, 2016
Here is a look at our last three outings. Majority of strikes coming on a Spin Doctor/A-TOM-MIK Secret Fly and meat rigs in 90 to 250 fow both east and west of OZ. On Sunday morning Jim Schafer, Rich Ludington, Jeff Manasse and Steve Weld went 5 for 6 but had to return a 20 inches rainbow. Jim Schafer has our nicest coho of the season. On Sunday afternoon Alissa Case, Biz Brown and Chris Bryan went 3 for 5 on kings and it was the first ever for Alissa and Biz. Chris boated the mint silver hen. On Tuesday morning Joe Murrell, grandson Aiden Slominski, Jim Shook and Ken Ells went 3 for six with most of the strikes on a 400 copper and 210 to 233 divers dressed with the A-TOM-MIK Secret Fly. At times fish follow well beyond the length of the fishfinder screen. Ken had the beast of the morning and Joe couldn't be more proud of Aiden with a first time king and that coming on a 400 copper.
August 27, 2016
Steve Hanson, wife Carli, her brother Steve and dad Ralph Jahnige celebrated his 80th. birthday with a Lake Ontario Charter aboard the BANDITO III at OZ and shared the excitement of landing 4 out of the 6 Salmon they hooked. 500 copper fired twice with a green/green dot Spinny in tandem with the A-TOM-MIK green Secret Fly, meat rig at 117 fired once divers at 290 and 240 fired twice with Valium chips and same Secret Fly and UV190 FLY.
August 26, 2016
John Wnuk, son Andrew Wnuk and uncle Rob Wnuk spent Friday afternoon pondering and wandering the Lake Ontario waters at OZ on the BANDITO III trolling for kings. After a slow start (hit and a miss) they then proceeded to land the next 4 out of 5 part of which was a quad in the last 1/2 hour. a diver at 280 pulled to 560 before it stopped running, a 500 copper with the ever dominant UV190 A-TOM-MIK fly, a yellow belly sapsucker J-Plug fished at 95 down and a meat rig at 115 down. the J let go within 10 feet of the net. Time for OZMANIA.
August 25, 2016
Michele Gavioli, Sean S.c. Sweeney Jerry Leone and Phil Kuhl spent the morning at OZ and went 4 for 7 on Salmon. our main player was the UV190 A-TOM-MIK fly.
August 23, 2016
Lenny Fleet, son Bobby Fleet and future son-in-law Nate Belmonte tangled with some heavy weights this afternoon at OZ. Main player this afternoon was the A-TOM-MIK UV190 fly on a 500 copper, 300 diver and 127 rigger.
August 17, 2016
This combo featuring an A-TOM-MIK Secret Fly and white green dot Spinny has been a main player for us in recent outings. Most of the effort has been in 90 to 130 Fow east and west of OZ. Meat rigs and an occasional spoon NK mag and Moonshine Hot Lips have also accounted for some of our better kings. The following is a collage of clients and catches. Vicky Biondo is all smiles after landing her king on the 400 copper; and she made it look easy. Bill Lake fought this hefty king in nasty conditions on Sunday morning and earned the right to smile about it. Professor Brent Keegan and his brother tagged teamed on a 270 Diver to get their king to the net. The Thorpe family, grandpa Bruce, dad Bill, and boys Owen and Conner boated their catch on Saturday afternoon during a 4 hour charter. Eight year old Oakley Keegan needed little assistance to boat this birthday king Friday morning. 20 years ago his dad Chris did the same as a 12 year old. Yanci Herboldt, brother Arthur and dad Bob boated these on Saturday morning.
August 11, 2016
Kings, Steelhead, Lakers this morning at OZ. 110 to 350 Fow on a variety, A-TOM-MIK SECRET GLO GREEN FLY, Moonshine Purple Haze, and cut bait. 300 divers, 400 copper and 75-100 riggers. Kevin O'Connell, Barry Tyndall, were treated to a charter with Bob Strazewski from Allied Building Materials.
August 9, 2016
Mike DeAngelus is all smiles after landing his first ever King Salmon . 30+ pounds of kingtime energy was a great intro to Lake Ontario at OZ.
August 5, 2016
Change of pace this afternoon at OZ. Amy L Magallanes Balio husband Louie Balio and daughters Dakota and Victoria experienced just how good the smallmouth Bass fishing can be when the right conditions prevail. Easily caught ,and released 40+ smallies. Frenzy family fun when that kind of a bite persists.
July 27, 2016:
Thanks to Troy Ray, Anthony Sokolowski Katelyn Seymour, Shawn Ward, Ray Kubacki for hanging tough during yesterday's charter out of Oswego. 9 strikes in 9 hours was a grind but the crew made it fun.
July 25, 2016
The Gasparini's, dad Gary with sons Tom Gasparini, Scott, Stephen and daughters, Karin and Katie used family synergy to bring these Salmon aboard during Sunday morning's charter on Lake Ontario at OZ. 300-400 FOW east of the harbor provided the action. 500 and 400 coppers, with meat and spoons were active as well as riggers at 133 and 122 with big UV paddles and meat. Great morning with a great family.
July 20, 2016
Mint silver today on the Big O at OZ for Soni and Chip Fashner who run Reel Easy Charters on Lake Erie for walleyes. They also have chartered for Salmon on Lake Michigan but are foregoing that this season and moving their 31 footer here for mid-August Oswego kings. We generated 6 hits this morning boated 5 kept 4 released a skippy. Got bites from 180 to 425. 500 copper meat, 310 diver A-TOM-MIK SHREDDED hammer with a Pig pen chip. UV Pickel Stingray 110 rigger 130 rigger twice with meat.
July 16, 2016
Bill Bouck, brother John and John's son John M Bouck put some bruisers aboard this afternoon at OZ on the BANDITO III. Rough seas necessitated a one directional troll to the NW from 175 to 600 fow. Generated seven strikes and landed three adult kings and one Ironhead. Young John's king took an A-TOM-MIK SHREDDED glo Hammer fly fished in tandem with a hammertime chip off 500 copper and was the largest of the afternoon at 25#. Riggers with meat and spoons from 121 to 140 were also active.
July 11, 2016
The Dan Heick brothers, Tom, Patrick and son Ryan Heick had just enough silver to keep it interesting this morning in OZ. Three Kings, two Ironheads and a lonely laker spread the hits across a 400 copper, 300 diver and riggers at 111 and 100. Went 6 for 7 in 140 to 300 fow.
July 8, 2016
Bob Harriott boated this 18# king this morning on an A-TOM-MIK SHREDDED BIG FIN GLO in tandem with green chip mountain dew Pro Troll.
July 1, 2016
Shorty Crandall is all smiles and rightly so after boating this 12# Ironhead this morning at OZ for his first experience on a Lake Ontario Charter.
June 30, 2016
Jim Froio, David Hiltbrand and Drew Thomas used their jigging skills this evening in 30 - 33 fow. We boated 14 eyes,to keep 9, 5 sheepies and 2 perch. Soft bite on XPS LAZER BLADES gold and Firetiger 5/8 oz. All but 2 eyes came unhooked upon netting. Slightly lip hooked . Lost at least 6 others 3 of which just shy of the net. David's sheepie estimated at 12#.
June 28, 2016
The Baudo family, dad Ned and sons, Vince, John a d Ned Jr put in a solid morning of jigging. Got their learning done on the first pass we no fish boated. After that and three more passes 23 eyes for 13 keepers with dad boating the largest at 19 1/2. 32 to 30 fow had a nice picture and a good attitude with an East wind. Went flat ar,9:00 am then wind switched to the NW and lock jaw disease took over.
June 27, 2016
Ken Stabler, daughter Tara and friend Jordan, first timers to Oneida Lake yesterday morning did themselves proud with a respectable catch of eyes. Tara and Jordan, new to jigging didn't take long to master the technique. Joker jig i1baits.com once again in 32 fow plucked both eyes and yellow perch.
June 26, 2016
Dr. Genadi Bratslavski, chair of the Urology Department at Suny Upstate in Syracuse brought his family to Lake Ontario on a charter this afternoon. In a span of two hours they boated this robust Brown, a King, a 24 inch Atlantic which we released and a steelhead.
June 25, 2016
Phil Roe well known deer processor from Hamilton, NY with his first king of the 2016 season.
June 24, 2016
Jeffrey A. Smith teamed up with the Khalsa brothers Mark and Sat to chase walleyes on Oneida during a morning charter. The bite today, a tad stubborn compared to yesterday and still managed to land 10 eyes to keep 8, 6 good size yellow perch, 8 sheepies and 1 pumpkinseed. All prisoners handcuffed with the Joker jig by www.i1baits.com.
June 23, 2016
John "kid" Corbett and Steve Aiello made short order of their limits this morning. The Joker by i1baits.com turned smoker on the eyes this am right out of the shut. 25-20 fow. Boated 15 kept our 9 and caught 3 more legal ones which we immediately released while I was pulling the drift sack . Two of which came on the bare jig by the "kid". Fishing by 6:25 am limited by 9:00 am.
June 22, 2016
So here's the rest of the story. The morning started with very little wind and walleyes preferring the Joker jig over blade baits. We actually experienced wind shifting from one direction to another for a matter of 2 hours. Managed 6 eyes 3 keepers a couple perch during that span all in 26-27 fow. Then Howl'n Wolf showed up and let all the sheep outta the barn. That started the grind but Pete Schermerhorn and Bill Miller did not relent. Together we boated 12 eyes 7 keepers 1 sheepie ,4 perch and 2 pumpkinseeds. White water everywhere. Challenging to jig but always fun.
Pete Schermerhorn just boated this porky 19 1/2 eye. The Joker with rattles by i1baits.com is the go to this am. Three eyes so far on that item. 27-32 fow.
June 15, 2016
Smashmouth bite this morning with the crew from Bass Pro Shop, Auburn, NY. Store managers and associates Rob Robert Barber, Mike Burns, Adam Roof, Bob Ryan, Mark Kratz and I put a hurt on the eyes. Found a pocket of walleyes feeding on 2 1/2 to 3 inch perch in 27---23 Fow. It was game on with what else but the Bass Pro SHOP'S XPS LAZER BLADE 5/8 oz Gold and 5/8 oz Firetiger. The bite started as a slow pick from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and then from 9:30 to 10:30 it went frenetic. Boated 21 eyes to keep 18 for our 6 man limit and a half dozen sheepies. Just kept retracing the same track line.
June 14, 2016
Fished Oneida this morning with Capt. Paul Nagle and Brad Clark. They each got their limit with the best bite coming in 26 fow east end on the Fire tiger XPS Bass Pro Shops 5/8 oz Lazer Blade. Brad's best stretched to 22 inches.
Fished last Friday with Tom Jones and Mark Krypel. Tough bite morning with strong NW wind. Boated eight to keep these four all on blades in 32 fow east end.
June 5, 2016
This morning's wind and at times heavy rain didn't deter Kent, son Matthew Christian, Chris and son Dan Buff from braving the elements and jigging their way to boating 11 eyes with 7 keepers. Although a good Lowrance screen at times with bottom oriented marks, it was a struggle to get them off the screen and into the boat. This here indeed is a hearty crew hanging tuff in very challenging conditions. BTW, if you're looking for a quality rain suit, the BASS PRO SHOP'S Pro Qualifier Gortex performed impressively today. I spent all total, 8 hours between the charter, prep and cleanup without any discomfort and thoroughly dry.
June 2, 2016
It was just a function of finding a pocket of walleyes for this crew of Doug White, Andy Bouma, Michael D'Agostino and Kevin Horner. Headed to Messenger Shoals right out of the shoot at 5:30 am with a stiff southeast wind. After 1 hour of complete coverage of that area and one dropped eye at the net, I headed southwest to get some protection from the shore and deal with a more forgiving drift; not stopping the boat until I spotted significant marks. In the last 24 hours the barometric pressure dropped 0.076 .in. This coupled with approaching fronts is a perfect storm for game on walleye bite. Found a pocket in 27 to 33 fow and bladed our way to a four man limit with the majority of eyes 17 1/2 to 19 1/4 inches.
May 31, 2016
Sister, brother act here on the Big O at OZ. Fiona Elizabeth Barbour Day and Alec Barbour doubled on an Ironhead and teenage king. 460 to 490 fow CW stinger and alewife tuxedo. Nice start to a beautiful morning.
May 30, 2016
Jim Stukenborg and Bob McKinstry fished with me yesterday for a two man limit plus one. Boated 8 eyes to keep 7 and covered seven miles to fish eight different spots from Shackleton Point to buoy 129 staying in 32 to 26 FOW most of the time. Jigged with XPS Bass Pro Lazer Blades, Mad River blades and i1baits.com jigs to catch no more than two eyes in anyone one spot and in some spots none. Another grind kind of a catch. Truly believe the Goby Syndrome is exerting its force on our catch rate during the daylight hours. Seems to be a better bite from 9:00 pm to midnight from what I've been hearing from other angler friends.
May 27, 2016
It was chew mode for the eyes from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Most bellies packed with fresh to slightly digested gobies. Dave Soulier, Stephen Peltz and Walleye Ray Florczyk jigged the XPS BASS PRO 5/8 OZ. LAZER BLADE on structure falling from 14 to 23 fow. Took a ride west tonight to find this pocket of active eyes. If you can find foraging eyes they are willing to bite. Not so for me on Tuesday night. One eye in a three hour effort. It was payback mode tonight.
May 21, 2016
Jeff and Judy Benway blade jigged their way to their limit of eyes this am on a very slow bite morning. We ground out nine eyes to keep six in 25 to 14 fow on XPS BASS PRO LAZER BLADES 5/8 oz with silver the preferred color. A by catch of perch, pumpkinseeds, sheepies, pickerel and largemouth kept our attention between eye bites.
May 18, 2016
Laurie Ascenzi Spicer, Leanne Hibbert and Dave Spicer stayed the course with me this morning. Lost our wind and drift by 7:30 am and by then only boated 2 eyes after sampling spots anywhere from 12 to 38 fow. When we did find marks they were either tight lipped or 6 to 8 inch perch mixed in with sheepies. Just an all around tough search for me this am. The three eyes that we caught from 10:30 to 11:30 did come on Lazer Blades in 18 to 20 fow off of Dutchman.
May 17, 2016
After the two day blow on Sunday and Monday, Lady Oneida offered a much kinder wind this afternoon. Steve Earle, his dad Chuck Pickard, and father-in-law John Congdon and Arian VanMaarseveen and I boated 18 eyes to keep 15. No deep bite for us. 18 to 20 fow, gold and silver XPS Bass Pro Lazer Blades 5/8 oz. Not many youngsters in this crew---79, 76, 74, 72 and then Steve.
May 14, 2016
Another very good.morning on lady Oneida. Gordon Nickerson, son Seth Nickerson and Mike Kaproth each jigged up their limit of eyes. The bite was so good that even i had the opportunity to boat my limit. Deep bite today. Seth boated the biggest at 21 inches.
May 13, 2016
First evening charter of the 2016 season with Stephen Peltz, Brent Peltz, dad Steve Peltz and "Walleye Ray" Florczyk went well last night despite the absence of a significant wind. Fished from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm to get their limits eyes.
May 12, 2016
Took the crew from ONONDAGA COUNTY CONSTRUCTION on an Oneida Lake Charter this morning and they managed their limit of eyes. Zack O'Donnell. Matt Schwarz and Juan Pagan had a nice east wind which made for a very good drift. Sorry for no details but I'm in the Oneida Lake Walleye Trail two person team tournament this weekend and will share the usual info with next week's charters.
May 10, 2016
Finally, retribution! The Miller's, Shane, Bill, Shane and Jason Rockwell experienced a game on bite this am. Found a pocket of active eyes in 35 to 22 fow. Blades, silver, gold used in finesse mode triggered the strikes. Short hops with a moderate lift out performed the more aggressive stroke. Very little wind required frequent adjustment to stay on the wandering school. These eyes were clearly in munch-mode as evidenced by stomach content. Inch and a quarter yellow perch, fry size gobies and some three inch gobies. Today's crew, new to jigging and walleye fishing picked up on the method masterfully. There limits and mine made my day after struggling on my first two charters of this early walleye season. There are 14 eyes on the rack and there should be 15. Slight mishap at the dock during photo shot. Did recover it a little later.
May 9, 2016
John Hover first time fishing for walleyes made a quick study of jigging bucktails and blades. Started the morning in close without any contact. Moved out to 35 and took the drift into 26 fow. Found good marks on the drop and boated two eyes on blades. I assumed we found the pattern for the morning. Not so, the next and last eye hit the deck and hour and half later. Hate using the excuse of a cold front; but trust me it was nasty cold this morning and the eyes for what we marked showed little interest regardless what we tossed. Enough for now. Kudos to John he caught two I caught one.
May 7, 2016
Tough bite for us on Oneida. Mike Martinez, John Notman and Manny Martinez stayed the course for 5 eyes, 6 yellow perch, 3 sunnies and 1 released Bass. Blades, jigs, Moonshines and multiple locations with depths varying from 6 to 36 fow.
May 6, 2016
Nice morning on the Big O yesterday at OZ. The Blanchards Jim and son Jeff each boated their limits of browns and lakers. Started the morning west at the Rice Bowl only to find 41 degree, gin clear water on the beach and a limited number of fish marks. Trolled out to 60 fow off Burt Point and found a pocket of 45 degree water. Took a solid rap on a UV Blue Alewife Michigan Stinger, down 8 back 70. Zip, zing gone. It was over before it began. Took a small Brown on the same setup shortly after and that was it for the first two hours. Pulled the plug and headed east of OZ and fished 10 to 25 fow and picked the limit of browns on the same spoon and Smithwicks off boards; after which found the limit of lakers at 150 to 160 fow.
April 29, 2016
Nat Dunn and his three sons, Ryan, Jared, and Justin enjoyed their first ever Lake Ontario Charter for browns and lakers this morning. Northeast wind again and a cold, clear water bite. Browns were smaller today but plentiful. Mixed it up again with Smithwicks and spoons to the west of OZ in 10 to 30 fow. Lakers at 140 fow.
April 28, 2016
Family fun on the Big O this am at OZ. The Mohat's mom, Mary Crawford-Mohat, dad, Zeke, boys, Jack and Zeker along with friend Jacob Verbanic despite the cold morning warmed up to thoughts of catching browns and lakers. The fish obliged. The big browns tipped the scales from 7.5 to 10.5 #s and the biggest firstname.lastname@example.org stretched to 31 inches. We headed west of the harbor and found Browns in 10 to 30 fow. They chewed Smithwicks Black/Silver and Michigan Stingers Tuxedo pattern.
April 25, 2016
John Neale, visiting from Nashville, TN, Bob Harriott, Maj. John John Williams and Clarence White braved yesterday's northeast wind on Lake Ontario out of Oswego to boat their limit of lakers and two browns. Very stubborn Brown bite with water temps from 49 to high 46's to the east. Lakers again obliged in 135-145 fow on S&S Blades with Fireplugs.
April 24, 2016
No lack of enthusiasm and effort this morning from dad, Curtis Tracy, sons Tyler Tracy, Hunter, daughter Brooke and boyfriend, Billy Mills. On time for a 5:30 am departure from OZ to the east. Began with a double on browns then boxed two more and lost a bruiser that crushed the hooks on a Black n Silver Smithwick after a long battle. As good as that bite started it STOPPED. After two straight hours without another bite while trolling from 4 mile point to the east wall and back we headed to laker land where the crew boated their limit of 10 togues in 135 to 145 fow.
April 16, 2016
Tougher bite today. Eight for nine on browns. A mix of Smithwicks and Michigan Stingers fished from 5 to 20 fow. Rich Ludington, Steve Weld, Tom Beaudoin and Greg Polge Fish Man did not relent despite the long wait between bites.
First big one of the morning 9.1 lbs. For Tom Beaudoin. So far 5 for 6 spoons and socks OZ east.
April 15, 2016
Our first Charter of the 2016 season with George Reck, Geoff Reck, Jeremiah Renk, Eric Beasley and Chris Wines will be one this crew will remember for years to come Twelve browns, 6 Lakers and a boat load of fun. As for analytics--- early 5 to 9 fow, East of OZ, predominantly sticks Smithwicks off boards, later mostly Michigan Stingers on riggers down 7 to 9 in 14 to 20 fow, today's preferred speed 2.6 GPS, LAKERS 135 to 145 fow, S&S Blades with Fireplugs trolled at 1.8 to 2.1 GPS. Always grateful for a good bite and great crew.
George RECK with the new leader for the morning. 5 for 5 so far.
Jeremiah Renk first good one of the morning and his first ever Brown. East of OZ 6 fow Smithwick off the board.
April 14, 2016
Shakedown effort 2016 is now in the books and more importantly without incident. Power plant, electronics, galley amenities, riggers, pumps, fishing gear all "ship shape". Capt. Paulie and I left Oswego harbor at 9:45 am and headed east for 5 to 10 fow. First line was set at 10am. Trolling 3 board rods with Smithwicks and two riggers with Michigan Stingers we generated 5 strikes landed and released 3 of the 5. All by 11am. Stained 43 degree water accounted for all the strikes. We then put the BANDITO III on plane to laker land for option two. No marks in 80 to 130 fow. Bottom chickens at 140 to 150. Solely a preparation mission to put a game plan in place for my first three charters on Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
November 28, 2015
Mike Kaproth, Ithaca, Seth Nickerson, Corning and his dad Gordon Nickerson, Locke endured a raw but rewarding afternoon on Oneida. They boated 22 EYES to keep 10, 1 smallmouth and a few perch all on the Bass Pro XPS gold Lazer Blade 5/8 oz. in 10 to 13 fow on the east end from 12:30 to 4:30.
November 21, 2015
Not a mega catch but dad Jim Campbell, sons Ian and Bill witnessed a one hour frenzy of 30 plus eyes to keep 8. Many doubles a few triples and one quad. Majority around 14.5 inches. Blades east end 14 fow.
November 16, 2015
Jon Reedy up from Virginia tagged these two bruiser eyes last night--- 22 and 19 inches packed with fat storage for winter.
November 2, 2015
Troy Vermeulen, John Fiore, Rene Peters, Don Sutton and Mostafa G. Shaban enjoyed there walleye/perch charter today on Oneida. Frenetic XPS Bass Pro Lazer Blade bite late afternoon on the east end. Tossed back easily another 15-20. Lots a small perch one keeper out of every six.
October 26, 2015
Vince Claps with a 13 1/4 inch perch on a drifted fathead.
Ended with 75 for the outing and a rising moon over Verona Beach.
October 24, 2015
Oneida perch bite improving and some bonus bass included 27 fow blades and fatheads.
September 17, 2015
Matt Sims visiting from Indiana spent the morning with us out to 670 FOW a juvenile and teenager king salmon accompanied by an ironhead filled his limit. Not a gangbusters catch but will take it after enduring a few very tough outings. Looks the offshore option is setting up for the fall effort. Spoons and A-TOM-MIK flies fished on a 400 copper and downright at 80-100 took the hits.
September 5, 2015
Joseph Hotaling boated this 28# king on a mag NK black/gold.
Matt Biswanger follows with a 20+# king on an A-TOM-MIK Pro Team fly.
Friday morning the Carman family dad Dan Carman, Jake Carman, Nicholas Carman, Jon Eguren and Dr. Tim LaFont went five for five while we trolled in 400+fow. Four adult kings one teenager king and a laker.
September 4, 2015
Steve Aiello president or the Cor Companies his brother Father Lou Aiello and Father Cliff Auff did short afternoon outing in Ozzzzz and boxed three 20#+ kings.
September 1, 2015
Eric Block and 88 year-old grandad Roscoe "Red" Meisner enjoyed their annual salmon outing.
August 30, 2015
Tom McMullen boated this 20+# king while on the Bandito III this afternoon at ozzzzz. It hit a hammer time paddle meat rig in 118 fow fished in dredge mode.
August 28, 2015
John Brusa, Phil Kohl, Jerry Leone and Corey McDowell fished the deep water this morning aboard the BANDITO III. Eight for eleven on kings. Five adults three teenagers. Found bait from 640-705. Riggers at 100-111 divers at 240 and 270. Five spoon bites 6 meat bites.
August 26, 2015
Dave VanAuken, Tom Juno, Mike Kordek and Mike Maurillo fished the big waves with us this afternoon and went 5 for 5 on kings. 130 out to 300 down 115 to 127. Temperature kept dropping . One spoon hit mag NK Black/silver all the rest on meat rigs.
Russ Sena, Fred Holbrook, and Doug Forsythe spent the morning on the BANDITO III at Oz. Had a shot at six boated three kings and one Coho. An assortment of spoons A-TOM-MIK flies and meat in 115 to 130 fow generated the hits.
August 24, 2015
Dale Stermer and Jim Eddy with a tough Monday morning bite.
August 23, 2015
13 bites this morning in the depths 600-700's to boat 6. Put the skippy back for a chance to swim another day. Jeff Manasse, Rich Ludington, Steve Weld and Tom Yadanza talked blues, rock and the Grateful Dead between strikes. A-TOM-MIK shredded Big Fin Glo and PRO Team flies and a mix of meat and spoons at 80-100 down along with 400 and 330 coppers kept us in the hunt.
August 19, 2015
Austin Bowering with his first ever king salmon. A 25# hen.
Ret. Major John John Williams, Bob Harriot, John Neal and Clarence White enjoyed a morning of salmon fishing at OZ.
August 16, 2015
Sahara Proof never relented while playing tug a war with this 15# laker on a 400 copper dressed with a spinny amd an A-TOM-MIK shredded UV Pro Team fly.
Linda Proof Sahara's grandmother boated this two year old on a mag Diehard spoon.
August 15, 2015
Pattie N Gene Heck on the BANDITO III start the morning at Oz with a mid-20# hen.
Sharon Heck follows her daughter-in-law with a teenager king.
July 28, 2015
Yesterday morning Greg Toma and Mike And Nora Porter boated 4 kings and 1 steelhead. Nora is not in the photo since she was not onboard. The concentration of bait and kings at OZ appeared to have scattered. We decided to stretch the troll out to the 600's and generated 6 strikes to boat these five. 400 copper A-TOM-MIK Hammer 222 dipsy A-TOM-MIK Big Fin Glo and 72 meat rigs generated the action.
George Skelton, Brad Ryan, Frank Rigas 87 years young, Chris Rigas and Dave Rigas fished on the BANDITO III last Friday afternoon and landed these kings and steelies. My apologies for not posting this sooner. Need a few days off to regain command and get some much needed rest.
July 27, 2015
Javier Cuevas, Bob and Bill Kukula piled up the poundage with this rack of kings yesterday afternoon. Meat and A-TOM-MIK flies supplied the last supper.
July 26, 2015
Bill Kukulal Bob's brother with a twin. Matching kings.
Silver mining at OZ is good this afternoon. Bob Kukula just boxed this 25# king on a cut bait rig.
Jim Casson snd Mike Dellomorte made short order of their limit this morning. Lost the first three hookups then they went six straight with one steelhead five kings with the biggest a 23 hen.
July 25, 2015
Team Buffa Brad Clarke, Bill, Michael Barbour, and Denny Dennis Ferriswith their catch Saturday, August 25 during the Salmon River Challenge.. Good size fish but not big enough to place in the money. Brad did catch his biggest ever Laker and Atlantic at 15# and 13# respectively.
July 24, 2015
Active bite this morning. Placido Fedele, son Mike Fedele and Bob Strazewski tangled with kings and got the better part of them. Oswego bite is on.
July 21, 2015
Grandad Alan Saulsbury son-in-law Doug Greenwood and grandsons Patrick McNamara, Daniel Storrier, Jakob Greenwood and Austin Cash put a productive morning in at OZ. 5 kings 2 steelies and two throwbacks kept their attention throughout the morning charter. Spoons, Michigan Stingrays, A-TOM-MIK flies, Hammer Big Fin Glo and TG created the perfect synergy to stimulate the bite.
July 18, 2015
Phil Roe and Dale Talbot would have nothing but chrome this AM. Three steelies and two mint silver kings pulled drag, went for air and lost at tug a rod. Fun morning out deep 280-380 shallow bite spoons and A-TOM-MIK Hammer fly Hammer Time attractor down 70. 200 copper and Big Jon Mini disc with Stingray Diehard.
July 17, 2015
Nice morning on Oneida. Greg Uhlig, Joe Davis and Dick Storm jigged up their eye limit in 32-35 fow north of 109. Again the JOKER kept the eyes coming throughout the AM. Boated 26 to keep 9. I'll be chasing salmon until the end of September and will resume the walleye charters for October November.
July 14, 2015
Anthony and dad, Ralph Immediate from NJ enjoyed their morning charter aboard the BANDITO III. Their limit of kings plus a laker kept them busy and alert. 120-180 fow with a mix of A-TOM-MIK flies glo hammer mirage pro-am, spoons and meat with riggers 60-90 dipsys 155-223 and 300 coppers all at Oswego.
PJ Gebhardt a first timer to lake trolling for salmon boated this 20# king on a wire dipsy with a miuntaindew spinny and an A-TOM-MIK hammer fly.
Kings and steelies for the Slifkas this afternoon on Lake Ontario at Oz. Spoon and meat bite 100-300 fow. Rob Slifka son Jeremy Slifka Dan Slifka and dad Dan made it a family affair aboard the BANDITO III. DIPSYS out 215-225 riggers 75-105. Now it's time for the grill.
July 10, 2015
Ed Kholski and his crew from the nuke plant boxed 4 kings, 1 Laker with the biggest king at 23# yesterday morning with Capt Paulie and Stevenoski.
July 9, 2015
Father-in-law, grandson and son-in-law Jay Woodhouse, Santino and Mike Mengine jigged through the afternoon rain today to boat ten keeper eyes, one 18 inch smallmouth and one giant channel cat. All on the 5/8 oz. JOKER from i1baits.com — with Caroline Mengine.
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Local contractor, Scott McClurg, award winning certified landscaper Jim Sollecito and Dr. Bob Clark jigged up these 7 eyes in 35 to 30 FOW on the Joker and ICU JIGS by I1baits.com.
July 1, 2015
Tony DiNitto and son Logan spent the morning charter with me on Oneida in 35 FOW. I'll put 10 year old Logan among the very best deep water jiggers on the planet and guarantee he will give them a challenge to match his touch. We boated 9 to keep 7 and had some ancillary perch, sheeper, and pumpkinseeds as well. Wasn't sure what to expect for a bite with the unsettled weather from last night and this morning but it worked itself out anyway. 5/8 oz JOKER from i1baits.com and spinner/worm kept our attention all keepers were over 18 inches except one 16 incher. This was Tony's Father's Day gift from wife Terri.
June 26, 2015
Spent the morning charter on the big "O" at Oswego with Ryan Martin, Jake Kulakowski, John Martin, Brandon Kulakowski, Larry and Anthony Stewart. Fathers, sons and cousins teamed up to boat 5 lakers, 2 steelies and 4 Skippy kings which were released.
June 18, 2015
Rob Koll, head coach of the Cornell wrestling team, associate head coach Damion Hahn and local award winning certified landscaper Jim Sollecito had an enjoyable Oneida charter. Their limit of eyes came in 32-38fow on the 5/8 oz JOKER from i1baits.com. Jim's 21 1/4 eye was the biggest; however Damon's cat at 12# was the biggest fish.
June 12, 2015
Jeff Smith and Sat Khalsa fished Oneida with me this morning. We struggled early with good pictures in several different locations anywhere from 18 to 28 FOW. Finally left those fish to find others. Late in the outing found a modest picture in 38 FOW and managed these seven keepers all on the JOKER jig from i1baits.com. Take a close look at the photo and you will see the jig to the far right. Sat landed the largest a tad over 20".
June 8, 2015
Day two for Chris Buff and son Dan, Matthew Christian and dad Kent was spent chasing "eyes" on Oneida after day one on Ontario. Tried to find an eye bite in shallow this AM in the quiet water along the south shore but that proved unproductive. Needed to deal with the stiff wind in 25-30FOW to jig up our limit. Lures of choice were the JOKER 5/8 oz. jig from i1baits.com, Bass Pro XPS LAZER BLADE 5/8 oz gold and Mad River jigging blade 5/8 oz Holo Perch.
June 7, 2015
Dan and Chris Buff, Matthew Christian and dad Kent fished with us this morning at OZ. Four browns and one Laker made it to the cooler. They will be with me on Oneida tomorrow morning.
June 4, 2015
On Thursday morning June 4 three generations, grandad Buddy Hayes, Tom Juno Sr, Tom Juno Jr and wife Courtney fished on the Bandito III at Oswego they landed 11 browns out of 14 hook ups in 20 to 30 fow east of the harbor. Thanks to Captains Paulie and Tommy for running a great trip while I was on Oneida.
June 4, 2015
Tough one for us this morning. Stiff NE wind left us with alternative choices, neither of which amounted to a significant bite. Day #2 for the Heck crew of Wayne, Gene, Dale aka Darryl and Ed resulted in 5 keepers 1 throwback and 1 pickeral. Gene's 21 incher was top fish taken on the JOKER jig from i1baits.com
June 3, 2015
Sharon Heck sent her husband Gene and crew of Wayne, Darryl, and Ed on an Oneida Lake walleye charter. We spent the first half of the morning burning fuel for little in return. Yesterday's sweet spot turned into today's sour grapes. Finally located bottom oriented eyes in 25-30FOW. Gave the new i-1baits.com Joker jig by Mike Yarema. 5/8oz a swim and it produced. That jig is three inches and a walleye with the seven inch perch in it's mouth couldn't resist the Joker.
June 2, 2015
After several stops at shallow water spots to no avail, we moved to a few of my high 20's to low 30's locations and had a solid one hour bite. Old school bite Carl Kapfer Mad River 5/8 oz. jig perch pattern mostly. Bob Knauff, Perkasie, PA, Gerry Swanson, SEA ISLE, NJ and Bill McLean, Doylestown, PA and I jigged up our limits. Gerry took big fish honors with a 20 inch eye.
May 30, 2015-Afternoon Trip
The final day of the Barbacci three day charter was spent on Oneida, on Saturday 5/30/15, after two very good days of trout and Salmon on lake Ontario. Bob "stoogie" Barbacci landed the largest eye of eight at 22 1/4 inches. After two days rest I am back on Oneida on Tuesday 6/2/15.
May 30, 2015-Morning Trip
Big thanks to Paul and Tom with Tony Buffa's Fishing Charters, we had a great day on the Bandito! 6 kings, 3 steelhead, and 2 lakers. Can't wait to do it again!
May 29, 2015
Very good morning on the big"O". Jim Miliauskas, Bob Barbacci, Bob Barbacci senior and Basil Barbacci boated 2 kings, 1 Laker, 2 Browns and 7 steelhead. Surface done to 55 over 200-300 fow. A-TOM-MIK flies, Michigan Stinray got the job done.
May 28, 2015
This morning, Basil Barbacci, Bob Barbacci, and Jim Miliauskas fished with me on the big "O" at OZ. Three ironheads, one 20# king, a laker and two browns made it to the boat. Action was good until a nasty front brought 4 foot white water. Had another 4 fish within site only to swim another day.
May 27, 2015
Yesterday Jim Sims, Chris Raymond, Josh Sims and Scott Barnard jigged the depths while subjected to 15+ knot winds to boat these nine eyes. Tough conditions but they hung tough.
May 26, 2015
The Barbours, Alec Barbour, Danny, Fiona and dad Michael Barbour fished with me this am on the big "O" . I welcomed the change of pace from walleye fishing on Oneida. We went 5 for 10 boating 4 steelheads and 1 Laker. Pretty much an offshore bite 180 to 228. One color, three color cores, slide dipsys, wire diver, mini disc and riggers all took shots on spoons.
May 25, 2015
A grind for us this am. We tried the deep bite again 28-32FOW and Ken Clark, Ken Wheeler, John Clark and Ron Cummings tossed the kitchen sink at them. Absolutely one of the best pictures we had all season. The bottom was pasted with marks. Turned out to be a stubborn pic as well. We did manage to boat 13 eyes with 11 keepers on XPS Lazers and Mad River blades.
May 24, 2015
Not as easy as yesterday but we got the job done. Linda, Jim and niece Sahara Proof jigged these eyes out of 28-32FOW. Same blades of late; XPS and Mad River silver, gold and blue holo.
May 23, 2015
The Dean family: dad, Ron, sons Josh, John and Jason made short order of our limit this morning. Left the dock at 5:30 am. Fishing by 5:45 am, limited with 15 keepers by 6:30 am. Shallow bite. 12 fow, yesterday's wind drove small perch against shore and I got lucky to find it early. XPS gold silver and Mad River blades Blue holo.
May 22, 2015
Nice morning with the Calabria'a Lou, Bobby, Tony and son-in-law Russ MacNaughton. Tony and I were classmates through grammar school OLP, Syracuse. Cold front and stiff NW wind made for difficult conditions. Managed to boat 19 eyes kept 15. Deep bite, blades XPS Lazers and Mad River Blue Holo.
May 19, 2015
Another nice morning on Oneida Lake with CAPT Big Bear Bob Hibbert, Dave Ascenzi, Laurie Spicer and husband Dave Spicer. Shallow bite 12-17 fow XPS and Mad River blades.