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NY
United States
44° 19' 35.0472" N, 76° 4' 24.4416" W

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Fishing Report Provided by - Brad Paradis
Rating:
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Clear
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
September 10, 2014
I fished the FLW-BFL out of Clayton, NY on the St. Lawrence River September 6&7, 2014. 119 boaters and 119 co-anglers participated. Day 1: The weather was warm, overcast and rainy most of the day. I left clayton and made a decent run downriver while many guys were heading to the lake. My goal was to get a decent bag and make the day 2 cut and hopefully make my decision on what to do on day 2 if I made it later that night. I spent most of my day working shoals and rock piles anywhere from 8 - 45 ft of water. They were biting reasonably well and I had a few decent fish in the livewell early, and my limit in the boat is less than 45 minutes. The smallmouth were just chewing on the XZone mini-slammers. It really didn't seem to matter what color I threw as I cycled through my favorites trying to entice that big one. As the day progressed the wind picked up quite strong by mid afternoon and I ran over to some shallow water areas looking for fish that had moved up to feed in the churned up water. I began tossing a terminator spinnerbait and caught a few but there were in the 2 lb range. I swung by one island I normally fish the breakline on and spinnerbaited the shoreline and on back to back casts got one over 5 lbs and one really close to 4 lbs. At this point in time I had a decent bag started but really wanted to get rid of the 2lber I had. I ran back to my original spot from the morning and began throwing a Rapala DT-16 craw color and hooked up on a beauty, well over 4, I got a good look at her as she jumped 3 times right near the boat but before my co-angler could get a shot at her, out came the trebles. A bit later I hooked into another big one and also lost this crankbait fish near the boat. Heart breaker. Figured at this point in time I had a bit over 18 lbs and lost my chance for that 20 lb bag I wanted for day 1. Would It be enough? I had to make the run back (1 hr maybe? I figured with the traffic through the American Narrows and the speed limit). I weighed in 18-04 lbs. Figuring it probably wasn't enough but may be close, I was disappointed in my missed opportunities. Luckily in the end I just shave by and make the cut, albeit with a daunting task of trying to gain ground on Grae Buck, the 1st place boater that weighed in 5 smallmouth for 26-10 lbs!!!!! Day 2: Only 23 boaters and 23 co-anglers made the cut out of the 119 on each side to fish day 2. The weather at take off was significantly different. A cold front had came behind the storms from the day before, with no wind, dead calm high baby blue skies, and cold air. Figuring how I had the chance for 20+ the previous day I decided to head back and run the same plan as day 1. Much to my displeasure when I got there the area had several fishing vessels on it. The bite was dead. I threw everything I owned. I moved deep, I moved shallow, I downsized I upsized....you name it I threw it and I had 1 fish in the boat after 3 hrs. I shot out to a buoy drag where I knew there were always keeper fish just to try to get a few in the boat and made 3 drags, caught 5 fish between my co-angler and I but only 1 that I caught was even over 12 inches, and little over a 1 lb in weight. It's at this point where I made a decision that I had nothing to lose, I couldn't drop anymore than 1 spot from where I was the day before even if I caught nothing else, I couldn't waste time trying for 2-3lbers I had to head back to my big fish areas and just hammer away hoping for the best. Looking back I don't know if that was necessarily the best strategy because there was a bunch of guys who struggled and 3 lbs would have moved me up but at the time I was semi-panicking and made the decision to swing for the fences, all or nothing. Unfortunately I missed. I caught one fish over 4 lbs at around 12:30 pm and a few small 2 lbers over the next hour. At 1:30 I had to make the hour long run back which I figured with the sunny day may take even longer with boat traiffic. I got back to the weigh in area with about 15 minutes to go. Stopped in front of the bouy in front of Clayton and dragged, fish on....another small 1 lber but over 12 inches for my 5th fish. My Co-angler had one 3 lber. I meet my family at the launch with hopeful looks on their faces only to weigh in my lowest total I can remember weighing in on the river. A complete implode at 12 lbs 11 oz. In the end I realized a few mistakes I made and hope to use this experience to help me as I move forward in my next 2 day event that I make the cut at. Hind sight is 20-20 and I should have ran to the lake on Day 2 especially considering the weather but it is what it is and in the end I can't complain...I finished 22nd out of 119 anglers and cashed a check. Until next time. Tight lines!
Catch Report
CatchSpeciesLure/BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (inches)
1Smallmouth BassSenko WormYamamoto3
2Smallmouth BassSenko WormYamamoto2
3Smallmouth BassRubber WormJackall2
4Smallmouth BassRubber WormJackall4
5Smallmouth BassRubber WormXzone Lures4
6Smallmouth BassCrankbaitRapala4
7Smallmouth BassSpinnerbaitTerminator5
8Smallmouth BassSpinnerbaitTerminator3
9Smallmouth BassRubber WormXzone Lures2
10Smallmouth BassRubber WormXzone Lures1
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Fishing Report Provided by - Brad Paradis
Rating:
1
Average: 1 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:61-70 F | Clarity: Clear
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
August 28, 2014
Really tough bite today on the river. Been really rough the last few times out. Bite is slow. Fish are not where they usually are for me at this point. They are really making you work. Hopefully things pick up here soon.
Catch Report
CatchSpeciesLure/BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (inches)
1Smallmouth BassRubber WormXzone Lures2
2Smallmouth BassRubber WormXzone Lures2
3Smallmouth BassSpinnerbaitTerminator3
4Smallmouth BassSpinnerbaitTerminator3
5Smallmouth BassJerk BaitRapala3
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