Oak trip-2014

Took a break from walleye fishing to head up to Oak Orchard for our annual late summer salmon trip.  Hard to believe our first time was in 1986!

First afternoon we took a run offshore to the 28 line.   Hooked up on a few quality steelhead and salmon!  Didn’t take long to realize the new UV DW spoons I picked up the week before were going to be good!


Next day the fog was in, so we carefully worked our way back offshore.  Kind of eerie to hear the fog horns from the freighters, and not be able to see them.


Had a lot of action on steelhead again…..oak2014d[1]

And also got into some really nice salmon!oak14f[1]


Jack landed a beauty…read 26 lbs on the boat scale, and later weighed in at 26.06lbs at Narbys.   Good enough to take the lead in the youth category! (Unfortunately didn’t last long, but still pretty cool!)



Decided to stay on the inside waters and I got to land a nice one as well!


The cold water moved in on Saturday, and so did the NE winds.  Pushed hard all day, and we  stayed on the inside waters trying to work up a big guy.   Had about a 10lber, a laker and a handful of skippers.

Sunday, had to clear out of the cabin first, but did manage to get offshore for a few hours before we rolled.   Picked at a few more kings and steelhead, although no real size.

Much like our fishing in Wilson in May, my “go to” lures didn’t do much.  But the UV DW’s in Sea Sick Waddler and the Lemon Ice were real good for us.  In spin docs, the white glow with a Siggs Riggs mirage fly took the biggest fish, and we had action on the 42nd spin doc and fly.

Had another great trip, and great to see our friends at the Black North Inn!  Back on Lake Erie to finish out the season!





Bay Rat Lures/Creative Imprint Systems

Recently was in Erie to pick up a shirt order from Jeremy over at Creative Imprint Systems.  IF you are looking for any kind of silk screen or embroidery work….you need to give CIS a chance.

Awesome folks, and the designers of the last two Times Two logos!

While in town, we stopped over to see James and the crew at Bay Rat Lures.   For those that follow our reports (and saw the spring Lake Ontario reports before our blog went down), these lures were top  notch for salmon and trout!

We’ve used them some…..in fairness not enough…but we have caught a good number of walleye on them too!   Now that we have a few of the 4″ ones to try….I bet we hammer the fish!  They look great!

Be sure to check them out at www.bayratlures.com!


August 9

I wouldn’t classify today as hot and heavy, but we did manage a slow but steady pick at the walleye.  Throw in a couple of great guys to have aboard, and its all good!


Although Dave is still hunting for that 10lber, Bob got his biggest lake trout (12 lbs) , and (no pic, thankfully) biggest sheepshead (also about 12lbs)!

Best for us was the 65/70 riggers.   PPG Yeck spoons and the barely naked sticks for us to try!



August 8

Steady pick at a bunch of eaters for the first part of the trip, then a switch to light NE winds kind of shut it down for us.


70 ft rigger with an “Alibi” yeck was real good, and the 205 slide with a purple scatterap.   Mix of other tackle to complete the catch,

August 6 pm trip

Nick’s parents bought him an evening charter for his 13th birthday, and we found a date that would work!


Got onto some fish right away, had brief lull, then ended up quite nicely.     A bonus laker, and the usual assortment of silver bass and sheepshead, and we ended up with a lot of action!



Worked 85-95 fow.   190 and 195 slides with a 3″ red chatterstick, and a purple scatterap, the 65/70 riggers were good with reef runners and Yeck purple/pink/glow spoons, and the 7 color with 1 ounce of weight all produced fish.


2014 NCCC Derby Report

Gerb, Captain Gary (Kongo) and I fished the 10th Annual Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Tournament this past weekend.   This tournament features individual weight by fish, and also a team weight competition (3 fish per day).

DAY 1:   We’d been working some fish straight out over the last few weeks and we were confident that they would be there if winds of the first part of the week hadn’t messed it up.   Got onto a few fish right of the bat, but not the size we were looking for.   Got a tip from Capt. Dan (who had Jack on board) that he was doing pretty good more to the west, so we picked up and ran about 5 miles.   Got  into some pretty good fish right off the bat, and picked at them the rest of the day.   Boxed 14, and we felt pretty good that our top 3 would have us well up the leaderboard!   Turns out we had 23.83lbs, good enough for 13th, and less than 2 lbs out of first!




DAY 2:  Little bit of pressure today, knowing our Day 1 box was good.   Got a solid 7lber to start the day, but the next 6 fish weren’t helping much.   Got a call from our friend Capt. Chris,  so we pulled and headed a little bit farther west, and deeper.   Took a rigger fish, the tripled up including 2 8lbers!    Boxed 18, and weighed 24.45!  That put us unofficially in 6th, and still within 2lbs of first place! On top of that, we had the 7th best box for the day to boot!


DAY 3:  The decision was easy.   Start in the same area we left off yesterday.   And with the shorter fishing time, we gave ourselves one move, if we needed to.    Got 3 fish pretty quick but not much weight.  Worked that area hard, then finally made a late move to shallower water, a bit closer to port.    Put in a couple more, but we knew we were a little light.  Weighed in 18.67lbs.    That was good enough to put us in 11th overall, and only just under 6 lbs out of first!

Also have a really nice steelie that Gerb caught.  He’s camera shy so Jack is holding it for him!


Looking back, we had one fish on Friday and another Saturday that never made it to the boat.   They were big! If we had gotten those in, things could have gotten really interesting!

We fished 99.9% of the time using stickbaits.   Renosky’s in a variety of colors, but the perch and the clear black and silver were the best.  Also ran Rapala scatteraps, purple was the best,  and small reef runners in purple.   Deep riggers 60-70, slides from 150-185 on 3, and a variety of lead core 6, 7, 8 and 10 color, with up to 3 ounces of weight.

Team 24 is a great team, and we had a lot of fun.   Finished off Day 3 with a great fish fry at the house!