August 6 pm trip

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

 

July 25/26/27

July 25                                                                                                                                 Had Joe and his family out today, and honestly….we rocked it!  Great day with great people, and the walleye bite was on!

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60-65 riggers with shallow running reef runners, 145-165 slide divers with a clear (black/silver) renosky.    Board lines were dead.  85-95 fow.

July 26                                                                                                                                Our friends and long time clients Charlie and Skip were back today….and what a difference a day makes.   Everything that we did yesterday changed, and it was a whole new ball game!

We finally managed a mini flurry at the end, but a tough go today!

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Rougher wave conditions, still very warm water top to bottom.    The 65 rigger was the best today with the Eriedescent reef runner, and the 185 slide with a renosky.

July 27                                                                                                                              

After two days of calling for relatively calm water….and it wasn’t…today they called for calm…and surprise, surprise….it wasn’t!!

Early cancellation today, unfortunately, so we did a few things in the yard this morning, then gave “Times Two” a much needed top to bottom cleaning, and an oil change!

 

 

 

July 22

We were finally able to get the 2013 winner of the Kilts for a Cure benefit sponsored by our country musician pal Sean Patrick McGraw (check him out at www.seanpatrickmcgraw.com).

With no breeze, it was a real hot afternoon on the lake, but we still managed to get the guys on to some fish!

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Pretty much the same setups we’ve been running the last few times out.   Full load of stickbaits (Renoskys, Scatteraps and Bay Rats).   Seven color continues to be our best, but we also took a couple on six color with an ounce.    Sixty and sixty five riggers and slides out between 175 and 195 on “3”.   Ten color continues to be dead.

Water depth was best between 85-95 fow.

 

July 20

Had an “off” day today, so Gerb, Jack and I decided to head out to catch a few for dinner.    Good choice, as the bite was on today!

Ended up going 14/19 on walleye, plus a laker!  Very nice!

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170/185 divers were good, with “golden” colors in renoskys.   Also had a walleye and a laker off the riggers on Bay Rats.  75-90 fow again was good!

July 19

Back out on Lake Erie today, after a brief vacation to Northern Ontario with my family.   Fished all day in light showers, but thankfully never had to deal with any thunderstorms!

Our first 3 walleye in the box were beauties, weighing in at just over 27lbs on the boat scale!   Man, sure wish we had the box in a couple of weeks for the Conservation Club tournament!

For the second year in a row, Lindsey hooked into a ten pounder making it the third straight trip this year with a ten pound walleye!

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Ended up with a nice mixed boat of walleye, a brown trout, a laker (that thought he was a salmon) and 2 jumbo perch!

Seven (7) color with renosky’s was best for us today.   Also took fish on the 62 rigger, and the 155 Deeper Diver.  70-90 feet.

 

Moon River 2014

Took a short family vacation up to Moon River Ontario to hang out and do some fishing.   Came in on the heels of the summer “polar” vortex.   Last year it was in the 90’s when got there, this year it was in the upper 50’s/low 60’s

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Jack and I did get into a few nice pike, with an average size of 24″ and there are always smallmouth bass hanging around the shoals!

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Lost what likely would have been my largest pike at Moon River,  and second largest in the 30+ years of heading north.   Had it up alongside the boat, tired out, no net and only 1 hook point in the outside of the jaw.   Went to grab it, and it twisted enough so the line got across the teeth…and it was gone.    My best guess is 36-38 inches which should have put it at over 12lbs.      Jack also had a really nice fish break off at the boat around 7lbs.

Little bit different this time with the cool temps, but still a lot of fun!

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July 12 PM

Well, having seen the results of the previous night,                                 and earlier today, Jack had to get in on the action.                                       So we headed back out for a couple of hours after dinner.

Had this brown hit the 7 color as I was setting it in the  release.

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Followed that up with 4 walleye in short order.   Not too                    bad, and that means walleye tacos in our future!

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Same set ups as last two times out.

July 12 am

Had Jay and Clem again this morning.   Actually had  a                first  for “Times Two Charters”.   Clem got on a 10lb                                 walleye last  night as the last fish of the day, then got                           onto another 10lber,  to start today before we had all                             the lines  in the water!

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Same program as night before with the 6/7 color                                working the best, and the 45 rigger was pretty hot too.

The  purple scatteraps were good again, and we had                                      a couple go on the Bay Rat purple mamba.  70-85 fow was                  the best.