When I began thinking about
a lot of possibilities came to mind.
There are countless bass and trout locations
York to choose from in the hundreds
trophy lakes and rivers across the State.
But it was the lure of catching a Chinook
(King Salmon) that intrigued
me the most – and Lake
was where I hoped Taylor might
catch his first King.
There are hundreds of charter
boats that work these waters but it was Jeremy Sage of J.D.’s
that caught my attention. Here
young man with fire in his belly – a guy would loved to fish,
good at it, inspired by our journey – and most importantly
someone with the
personality I wanted to spend a morning on the water with.
Like any young entrepreneur Jeremy
was hoping he could get some good press from our relationship on the
today so a good showing would really be great.
The day began early today –
when my alarm went off. Crawling
bed is getting tougher each day but I knew some eager people were
waiting. I find
that the best way to wake Taylor up is
to move the RVs slide out back in while he’s on it
– seems to motivate him.
We got a bit turned around in our drive to
meet everyone but luckily a Rochester
newspaper reporter, Leo Roth (who would be coming along with us on the
saw us pass by and ran us down. Between
the two of us we found our rendezvous point with Captain Jeremy and his
mate Dan Hess. A
station out of Rochester
was also present and setup for a 5:40am interview.
We’re not exactly sure what we said
hopefully they can edit something useful from our sleepy babble.
Captain Jeremy had been working hard
on the Salmon patterns leading up to our outing and had determined that
needed to trailer our boat about 40 miles to the Southwest and launch
Olcott, NY in order to have our best chances.
His predictions were spot on.
the end, Taylor and I would both rank today’s fishing
experience in the Top 3
of the 39 States we’ve fished to date – an awesome
showing for Captain Jeremy.
By mornings end Taylor
would land a 20 lb King Salmon, beating my 14 lb King soundly and top
with a Lake
citation trophy Steelhead of 10
lbs. All I can say
We boated 9 fish in just over 3
hours of trolling with Kings of 20, 14, 10, 8, 3, and 2 lbs; and
10, 7, and 5 lbs. We
also had about 10
other short hits and fights that didn’t net a fish. There weren’t
many moments of relaxation, but
when we were Jeremy was feverishly working the downriggers, lure
motor speed to maximize our chances – it was simply
impressive. If you
find your way in the Lake
region of New
please do me a favor and give this guy a call – you
won’t regret it.
Although the water was as rough as Lake Erie the day before we both
no signs of sea sickness and thoroughly enjoyed our outing under blue
skies. We even had
a faint distant view
skyline on the horizon to the northwest.
Today was a day of wonderful
memories – and a place we will definitely return to
– for the fish and for the
company of the friends we made.