Back in the Finger Lakes @ Honeoye Lake

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

We arrived back in Honeoye on April 27th, a moderate day with nice weather. After unloading the suburban and having the water meter installed, we found that none of our heat sources were functioning. We fired up a little electric heater which is the equivalent to striking a match in a windstorm. It wasn’t much, but we made it do. Melody and I went to work on the heat pump and repaired a bad wire in the unit. That fixed the problem, and the heat pump warmed us up into the mid sixties. Then we tackled the fireplace log set and the Vermont Casting stove. By Sunday afternoon we had the old place warmed up to 84 degrees, and we felt like we were back in Florida.

Several trips for groceries and supplies filled the cupboards and we were officially open. Now the real work started with the changing of boat covers, getting the lawn mowers running and putting the docks in for the season. I finished the docks yesterday, and now we will go through the Ranger and put her in the water for the summer.

Conesus Lake was very cold last Thursday. The water temp was 46.5 to 47.5 degrees and the fish were really turned off. I was quite surprised because when we installed the docks the day before on Honeoye Lake, the water was cool but not bone chilling cold like usual.

This brings us to the issue of safety. With this early season water so cold, remember to wear your life vest and maintain a proper lookout. Be safe and we will see you on the water.

Florida Update

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

It is February 6th and the weather is improving each day. Water temperatures are on the rise which is having a positive effect for the bass angler. A trip to the Butler Chain in the Orlando area Saturday was windy and quite cool, slowing the bite down compared to the previous Thursday. The water stayed between 61 and 62 degrees so the bass were a little slow to bite. The following day on Toho, part of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, conditions were better, but good shiners were not available.  Some bass got caught early and then the high winds put a damper on things.

Monday dawned with a slightly overcast sky and then sunshine later on. It was a nice warm day and not too hot. Water temperatures rose during the day and the bass at the Winter Haven Chain were on the bite. Customers boated 15 and lost or missed at least 8-10 bass. Several of the bass had big egg sacks but were not fully developed yet. For the next three months, February, March, and April, fishing will be the ideal time to catch a trophy bass. If you can’t make it to the Sunshine State this year, start planning ahead for a visit next winter.

Good fishing, be safe if you are on the ice back home, and if your fishing on open water, wear your life vest.

Check our blog for more reports.


Honey Lake , Canandaigua Lake , Florida

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Time is flying by so fast that we have not been able to accomplish all of our goals for this year. The good part is that we will have plenty to keep us busy when we return from Florida in the Spring.

A special thank you to all the folks that used our guide service this year. We hope you enjoyed your time spent with us, and please consider us, Tennity’s Guide Service & Fishing Charters, in your future fishing plans.

The last three trips on Honeoye Lake went quite well. We managed 33 bass on a Thursday, 48 bass on Friday and 25 on Saturday. All fish were released to bite again. Wacky rigs and Texas rigs both caught fish. The colors used depended on water clarity and whether it was sunny or overcast.

On Sunday I met a gentleman for a guide trip on Canandaigua Lake. Several bass in the 3 to 4.5 lb. class were caught, mostly on wacky rigs. The total number caught and released was 20 plus or minus one or two. We did not keep an accurate count, but it was a very productive day.

Remember to wear your life vest as the water temperature is dropping and hypothermia can happen quickly this time of year. Good fishing, and we will see you in the Spring.

Honeoye, Conesus, Canandaigua Lakes

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Tom on Canandaigua

It is September 29th and the season is slowly coming to an end. Mixed weather has been a blessing or a curse, and at times make the bass a challenge to locate. Water temperatures drop and then we have several unseasonably warm days, pushing temperatures back up. Confusing conditions for both bass and angler.

A couple of days on Conesus produced a few bass and a few pike. Good days, but not up to my expectations. The weather was almost too nice for mid September.

Honeoye Lake has been under an algae bloom, but the bass fishing has been quite good. I found that by locating the clearest water, bass could find my offering much better. I also shake the bait, but do not move it horizontally. The vibrations from shaking bait helps a bass locate and strike your presentation. I use 8-10 pound test on spinning rods and 12  pound on bait casting rods. Texas rigged weights are 3/16 ounce, and I match hook size to the bait.

A trip to Canandaigua went very well with several nice bass being caught. The dependable wacky rig worked best. Patience was important. Very clear water and late September mean these bass have seen just about a tackle store full of baits. Since ice out, anglers have been trying to trick them into biting, so a small change in presentation or color can make a huge difference.

Baby brush hogs and trick worms worked at all three of the lakes. Zoom makes very good and affordable products. I use other products, but during the year spend several hundred dollars on these Zoom baits because they work.

Time is slipping by and soon we will pull the Ranger and docks. Winterize everything and make the long drive to Florida. If you are coming to the Sunshine state, consider a guide bass fishing trip with us in central Florida.

Good Fall fishing,

Wear your life vest and maintain a proper lookout.

Honeoye Lake and Seneca Lake

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Time is passing us by fast this summer. It is August 8th and Fall is approaching quickly. The water temperature on Honeoye Lake has dropped 4 to 5 degrees in the past week and the bass have been affected. Last Monday the bite was good and my clients had a good time. Tuesday I went to Seneca Lake, and we fished for smallmouth and largemouth bass. We managed 1 nice smallmouth and missed at least 3, all on melon pepper tubes. Later when the lake got choppy, we returned to the canal and managed to hook up with several largemouths on Zoom wacky rigged trick worms in watermelon/red.

Forwarding to this week, the bass have slowed considerably on Honeoye Lake. Conditions have stabilized and the bite is picking back up. I moved into the heavier weeds and am using baby brush hogs, shaking them, stoping, then shaking some more. It helps the bass locate the bait. The wacky rig is also working, but you have to fish it slow. Red Bug trick worms worked yesterday and today on the rig. Green pumpkin baby brush hogs with a 3/16 ounce weight, Texas rigged was the best producer today.

A couple of points to help your success when you go fishing.

Learn to pitch, flip and cast. Practice in the yard for a few minutes each day and you will be rewarded.

Make every effort to learn how to use a bait casting  outfit and an open face spinning reel. These are like tools in a tool box. No one tool is good for all jobs, and neither is a single style of fishing outfit.

Good fishing,


Conesus,Honeoye,Keuka Lakes

Monday, July 31st, 2017
Last day of July already. Had to go for a random drug test today, part of the USCG regulations. When you receive the paperwork, the next business day is test day.
Fishing has been very good ,but catching has been a little bit iffy with the dirty water on Honeoye Lake. The heavy rain made conditions difficult but with hard work bass had to eat. Wacky rigs, baby brush hogs and spinner baits worked.
Conesus Lake has also been off with dirty water but it is clearing as of last Saturday. Chatter baits and baby brush hogs fooled a few, but the bite was slow.
Keuka Lake, in the Branchport arm was very good last Friday. Wacky rigs, spinner baits and tubes took a mix of LM,Sm, and those toothy critters. Depths were anywhere from shore to 25 ft.
Good fishing,

Honeoye Lake

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Tucker with his walleye after a day of bass catching.

Honeoye Bass Fishing

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Weather has stabilized and the water temperature is steady. Bass just completed a spawn and are on the bite. When it was raining with overcast skies on Saturday bass were very active. Sunday with bright and sunny conditions slowed things down but you could still catch a nice sack. Melody managed to put a 4 lber. in the boat Sunday evening.
A mix of baits worked with wacky worms and baby brush hogs fooling the bass. As usual, the baits were Zoom products. There are many great baits in the marketplace to choose from, but these baits offer 20 per package and a long history of quality with the ability to trick bass into biting.


Thank You To Our Finger Lakes Fishing Friends

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

It is October 13th as I sit here writing this “Thank You” to all the folks that have fished with us in 2016. I wish all of you could experience 50 bass fishing trips, but sometimes those green fish have different ideas. Starting in the spring, several folks had these days on the water and as the season progressed the catch ratio dropped with the last few trips working to catch 12 to 15. The bass get conditioned to fishing pressure and we find it necessary to change locations and baits. During this process, we also have to change presentations. Some of these presentations are quite difficult to learn in a short period of time, such as a 5 hr fishing trip. In some previous blogs, I offered suggestions that would help to make your guided trips successful in the future. Practice casting, pitching and flipping in the yard by your home. Set out targets at various distances, then spend 15 minutes per day practicing. You will be the recipient of some smart aleck remarks, such as, “how they biting?”,  “catch any?”, but know that when you are on the water, your catch ratio is going to increase.

Each one of you that spent time with us is very special. We hope that in the process of spending time on one of our boats, that you have, above all, experienced a fun day. Secondly our goal has been to teach you some new methods, baits and provide general information, to you, the effect the environment has on bass. Once again this year, Honeoye has experienced an algae bloom that made it harder to catch bass. By switching a Texas rigged bait and shaking it in place, the bass could locate our offering. If you went to different areas of the lake, usually clearer water could be found, making the fish easier to catch. We hope you learned how sunshine, clouds or wind determines where we fish and the methods used. If you have forgotten some of that information, call us and we will be happy to refresh your memory.

Happy Holidays ahead and if you are coming to Florida this winter, we guide for BASS in the central  Florida area, an hour south of Disney and close to Legoland. Check our website,  and have a great winter season.

Frank and Melody


Honeoye, Conesus, Canandaigua Lakes

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Honeoye has been good all year, even with the algae bloom. The best and most consistent bait has been a Zoom Baby Brush Hog in green pumpkin color. Fish have spent a majority of the time in the 8ft depth. The lake water is starting to clear up and the wacky rig is starting to catch a few. Spinnerbaits, buzz baits and small crank baits will also work. Move in and out until you find the bass location as the water temperature is dropping and the fish are moving around.

Conesus is almost a carbon copy of Honeoye, except the bait colors are different.Watermelon red has been very good all year. Zoom trick, finesse, and shaky head worms have worked well. When flipping and pitching weeds, we used Brush Hogs and Baby Brush Hogs, both in watermelon red.

Canandaigua started slow, picked up later and only kicked out some small bass last weekend. Wacky rigged Zoom trick worms fished from 3 to 2o feet fooled some very nice largemouth.

A big thanks to all the folks that chose our guide service this year. We hope you enjoyed the time spent with us on the water and look forward to future fishing adventures with you. If you come to Florida during the winter, consider a bass fishing trip in the center of the state. Our Florida web site is We would love to take you shiner fishing.

Be safe, wear your life vest and maintain a proper lookout.

Frank and Melody

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