Finally, FINALLY! We got a few days of nice southwest flow, and no northeast wind…and all of a sudden game on again!
Had Tom and his crew on Sunday, July 16. Started out a bit to the west of the harbor, but got a call from our buddy Mark on 365 that we might want to come back towards the harbor a bit and away we went. Great box of eaters and a great group of guys.
Monday, we had our pal Drake again with Lindsey, Rob and a newbie in Randy, but man was the fishing smoking hot! You have 4 fish in the box before you have 3 rods in the water and you know its going to be a good day. 3 bonus steelhead, lots of action and a laker for Drake at the end!
Program was the same both days. Small spoons on 40 and 49 rigger, higher divers….one slide at 100-120 and a walker diver at 85-100, 5 color off one side, 2 color off the other…with sticks and a 6 color down the chute. Diver bite and rigger bite awful on Sunday, way better on Monday. 55-70 fow. Mix of colors on the sticks but seemed like firetiger the best for us.
Hope they stay and the weather holds because we have a bunch of dates coming up!
Had our friend Corey and his father, plus Jimmy return with us again. Circumstances dictated that we ran the trip with Capt. Ron about Dances with Fishes. Thanks Ron for that great assist!
2 and 5 color, 70-75 fow. Mostly a stickbait off the board kind of bite!
Had our long time clients and friends Jay and Clem coming up…forecast for Friday pm iffy at best….and that’s what it was…agreed to call it, and put the time in on Saturday. Sure glad we did! Great walleye bite, and a few bonus steelhead to boot!
Short trip with Jack, my brother Lukas and his son Patrick…..not fast and furious but put Patrick on his first and biggest ‘eye!
Had Michael and crew on board again. Last year we had to cancel the first 4 trips due to weather, and when we finally got out it was nasty and rough….but the fish was great.
Got out early on a calm lake…fish still high and scattered….but put some good ones in before she kicked up! Mixed bag of walleye, lake trout, smallmouth, perch and white bass!
Long story short for the last 4 days…fish for the most part about 35 ft and spooky. Got some deep fish that had been laying on the bottom. 4-6 color, 99% shallow sticks like bay rats. Popping 40-50 riggers with WD’s.
For us, a rare double trip today…
In the am. a flat lake and lots of sun/heat! Worked our way thru a few smaller fish, picked up a few nice bonus perch for a great group!
Inside water for the most part, shallow stickbaits off the 5 and 6 color.
Second trip of the day, we headed back east about 4 miles. Liked the screen we saw in the morning, but never stayed long enough to see what was in there, so we took another look! Mixed bag of small walleye, perch and junkers so we moved off a touch to see how that looked (thanks Ron!) and popped our nicest fish of the trip. YOUCANTAFFORDIT#BAY RAT LOVE!
Had an open date in the walleye calendar, and got an invite from our friends Capt. Joe (Two Bulls Charters) and Capt. Al (Instigator) in Wilson that the salmon bite was still great, and why didn’t we come up?
Unfortunately, Al couldn’t join us, but Gerb and Gary did, and we had a great morning on a beautiful, calm Lake Ontario! Lots of action and Gerb got a 25.10 king that is sitting as of this blog date as #2 in the Summer LOC derby salmon division! Always cool to be on the LOC leaderboard!
The northeast winds blew hard for a couple of days, and we saw something we don’t often see on Lake Erie….a very Lake Ontario like flip, including shoreline fog on more than one occasion, and then full blown fog on the 28th. That also meant we saw a massive shift in water temps, again very unusual for us…and the ice water rolled in. That also meant the walleye went on a diet!
One the 2rd, we rolled way east and managed to find some warmer water. We put in some walleye and also a couple of steelhead and a surprise coho!
The 28th and 29th were a true grind. Lots of lulls, and scattered pockets of fish. We did manage to find Sam a nice big laker, and then got into a nice class of walleye. Very solid groups on very tough conditions, and we greatly appreciate that!
The most consistent setup we’ve had has been the Bay Rat long deeps in Machine and Purple Wish on 5 color, but for the most part it has been a very scattered bite. The good news is the warmer water seemed like it was rolling back in today…… We hope it does!
This season, Gary (Kongo Charters) and I (obviously, Times Two Charters) decided to join up with the Erie PA Charter Boat Association. We had gone to the Walleye School in the Spring, and met/knew a few guys, and found that their way was way more in tune with our beliefs and ideas than the group we were with, SO….
Time to make a change for the better….
So the EPACBA held a dinner cruise on the Victorian Princess for member Captains and their best “mates”……food was good, evening was beautiful! And we met some of our new brother Captains!! All in all, a nice night!
Couple of beautiful calm mid-June days on the lake, and the bite was pretty steady for this time of year. Saturday our crew of 4 picked away at a really nice box of eaters. Bay Rats put a few fish in for us of the boards, as usual on 5 color, but it was primarily a spoon bite kind of day. Krantz lightweights of the riggers, and yecks off the divers were really good. 55-60 down and 155 on the side in 55-65 fow.
Sunday was a tougher bite….could have actually used a little breeze to get a ripple on the water. Yecks and sticks on the divers and riggers and again a few board bites with Bay Rats.
Overnight marine forecast from June 9 said small craft advisory thru Sunday into Monday am, plus chance of t-storms….so told the guys let’s hold off. Get up and look out the window…what the heck??…beautiful lake conditions. Long story short, we don’t get out until almost 1, fish for a couple of hours and put the first walleye on the deck of Times Two for the year.
Bay Rats on 5 and 7 color, and also one on a DW super slim two face.
Also had some Lake Ontario mojo left in the boat, as we hooked up with 2 lakers in tight!
Times Two is in the water and ready to catch some eyes!
Capt. Jared (Outkast) asked us if we’d like to tag along on his shakedown, so we said sure! We were joined by Capt. Mark (365 Sportfishing) and Sean Patrick McGraw (our country music singer!)
Beautiful day, calm lake, and put a number of eyes in the box!
As is typical this time of year, fish in the 45-60 foot range and on a variety of setups including 5/7 color lead with Bay Rats and Super Slims off the slide divers.