Smith Mountain Lake

We recently headed to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia with Capt. Gary (Kongo) to meet up with our friends Chris and Kris to do a little striper fishing.    I booked our trip with Capt. Scott Ward of Carson Custom Charters.  He’s a great guy and worked hard to put us on the fish.

The weather turned out to be pretty good…a bit cold…but we avoided the rain that was forecast and that we drove thru to get there.   Interesting ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fog too!

Kris got the biggest one…a citation fish over 38″ and 21 lbs!  We ate fish two nights too and they are delicious!

Was a great trip and a really fun weekend!   Nice way to cap off the season!

 

We Are Done for 2018 :(

We very sadly have pulled Times Two for the season.   It was without a doubt our best season in the spring on Lake Ontario and the rest of the year on Lake Erie.   She’s earned her nap!

2019 is forecast to be more of the same, all things being equal and 2018 was EPIC!    We definitely had our best season ever for walleye, and the DEC folks say the next few years should be the same!  Can’t wait!

Thanks to those that worked as crew this year….Capt. Al (Instigator) and Capt. Joe (II Bulls) who filled in admirably for Gary (Kongo) up at Wilson and Jack, Marty, Frank, Tom, Don, Gary and of course Gerb on Lake Erie!    Also want to take the time to thank a number of Captains on both lakes that helped us keep you on the fish!

Our 2019 season will start April 28th or so in Wilson…come join us for some fantastic early season brown trout/laker fishing, followed by coho and kings!   We will be there until late May/early June depending on the bite.

We will be in the water on Lake Erie by June 10, ready to rock the walleye fishing!

A number of groups that have already booked their dates so the sooner you get your date(s) to us the better.   Weekends fill up first!

And remember we will be giving a walleye seminar at the Niagara Falls Outdoor Expo in January….great cure for cabin fever!

 

The rest of the season…..

Finished out our 2018 walleye season in great fashion!

For us, the final 2 weeks was a deeper bite…60-80 riggers,  150-175 on the divers on 2, leadcore 7 and 8 and 300 copper down the chute.

Same lures that have been doing it all season….diving sticks (including Bay Rats off the boards, small spoons off the riggers and long shallows off the copper and divers.    Purples and perch patterns were the best for sure.

Kind of funny that we started our 2018 season in light rain….

And ended up the same way at the end!

 

September 15/16

September 15…..More great fishing!!

Temps moved around some, so we made some adjustments….but great fishing again, nice lake conditions….could have done without the bugs!

September 16

Great way to spend my birthday!   Fishing with Jack and Gary. More of the same…..lots and lots of lures in the boxes, but really have run the same basic setup for weeks.  Only variation has been on what core….

Today, higher… 4/5 got it done….

 

August 31 and September 1/2

Headed out on the 31th to 70ft or so….DESERT!  SAY WHAT?   so we decided to track north and we found them.    Deep in the water column, but once we were there a great bite!

On the 1st…natural move is to head back to same water….no significant change in temp, directions, etc overnight ….and WHAT??? Ice water.  14 degree break between 50 and 55 on rigger in 70 ft.   Head north, out to 100 ft+ and we found them again!

Frank and Tim had it down for the most part….and so did Buttercup!

September 2….didn’t like look on radar…but it was a ways away…and then it got closer, and closer….had a good bite going….but time to get the heck out of there!!!!

140-165 clipped divers, 6 and 8 color on the boards.  All  sticks.  50 and 60 ft riggers with small spoons.  Finally got chute rod working today after a couple of days of no show…300 copper with a shallow stick.

Lisa wants to catch one tomorrow..so hopefully forecast holds!

August 24/25/26

The consistent 2018 fishing continues….despite some rough water conditions over the last week.   The fish, for us, moved a bit farther offshore then they have been…75-90 vs 60 ft a couple of weeks ago.  Down temp really warmed up, and the fish went deep.   Didn’t take us too long to swap out the high lines for 10 color, copper and deep riggers and divers.

Our Friday group was cancelled due to weather several times in 2017, and had to move once due to a conflict this season, so it was nice to finally get out and on some fish.    Really improved once we ditched that banana!

Saturday was rolling pretty hard, and everyone hung in there!  Great early bite.

Because that bite was so good, we rolled out after our trip to grab a few so we could have a walleye dinner and weren’t disappointed!

And finally Sunday…another rolling Lake Erie day….but very solid action, especially the first hour or so!

Same basic lure package….divers on the boards, small spoons on the riggers and a mix of shallow sticks on the walker divers.  Only real difference was the adjustment to deeper settings.   I should note too that we dropped to a 5 rod set Saturday and Sunday…2 riggers at 62 and 68, 2 divers at 170-185 on #2 and a 300 copper down the chute.

One comes in, one goes out…..

So two years ago we bought a 15′ Blue Fin, so Jack had a boat to bass fish off of, and a chance to learn the lake a bit, and to handle the waves a bit.    Mission accomplished, but time to move up to something a bit more Lake Erie worthy…..

So…out with the Blue Fin…..

And in with the replacement…..

Not much bigger, but more stable, slightly deeper and  with the addition of a top and side curtains this fall…. a lot more Lake Erie ready!

Not sure about the name yet….might prove to be time to name on “Black Jack” after my father and Jacks grandfather……

August 10/11/12/13

The great fishing of 2018 continues!   2018 will be defined for sure by a strong class of 16-18″ fish….which bodes extremely well for the next couple of seasons.   We have adjusted our tactics slightly and have been able to work those higher fish a little better than we have seen in the past.

So, we had a cancellation that was filled up by my sister and her crew, northeast blow that built a bit….but got good numbers..

Short trip on the llth….had a decent bite plus a bonus laker….

Repeat groups both Sunday and Monday…thank you very much for that….nice bunch of eaters and a slob laker…..and Michael, Dakota and Eli (the walleye guy) with a limit of walleye and 2 lakers ….

Pretty much same program as it’s been of late…inside waters…diving sticks of 4 to 7 color on the boards…120-145 divers with sticks and spoons and small spoons popped of the riggers….

Mother Nature hurt us last few days but back at it Friday, I hope…

 

 

2018 Conservation Club Derby-August 3/4/5

I have fished deepwater on the Great Lakes since 1986, including a portion of the hey-days in the late 80’s/early 90’s.   Granted equipment that I have now is way better, and I think I’ve learned a few things…but WOW, I don’t know how to describe how great the 3 day derby was.   Over 130 walleye boated, the majority really nice “eaters”.   Great fun fishing or charter fish, for sure, but not derby winners.

We had a few good ones and started really strong with a 4th place finish on Friday.   We couldn’t stay on the bigger fish, and slipped to a respectable, but not great 22nd place by Sunday.

My brother made a guest appearance on the team on Saturday, which was nice considering he got our biggest fish of the day, and definitely the most walleye action he’s been on.

For us, we had a great consistent rigger bite on the inside waters with small spoons…not so much offshore.   Divers and boards kind of alternated being hot, with the best of that a 145 diver with a watermelon WD spoon.   Off the boards were 6/7 color with shallow and diving sticks.  The Purple Wish Bay Rat was pretty effective, as were perch pattern shallow divers.   Had a tough time getting an effective chute rod bite.

And after last years horrid weather, was really nice to have a nice lake to fish!

Congratulations to G-Man on the win, and to all our fellow teams.