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Fishing with Dan, Brian, and Dalton 6/13/2021

by Capt Juls on 06/13/21

This morning started out a little strange. I got up at 2am and there was a lightning show going on over on the Canadian side of the lake. I made a cup of coffee, made the cats their wet food....grabbed my phone and Dexter, and went out on the back deck to check out the storm on the other side of the lake.  

I just got a new iPhone 12 Pro Max, because it takes better pictures...in my humble opinion. My clients like the photos, and my old phone was getting a bit worn out in that department, so I had to upgrade. Apple claims that it takes better pictures in low light, so this was a chance to try it out.  I've tried to take video footage in lowlight conditions with the iPhone X that I had, and it could never capture anything of quality at night.  The new phone captured the entire show, so I was pretty happy I upgraded. I have a lot of early morning lowlight conditions that it will come in handy for. :)

So, this is how the rest of the morning goes....

I got gas and ice at the local corner gas station and walked back out to my truck. The ground was spotted with quarter sized rain drops. I couldn't believe it, I checked all the weather apps before I left, and there was no wet weather predicted. Well, a quick moving cell burst and flowed enough water to make my entire boat completely soaked.  Now, I had to deal with a very wet boat. 
I didn't know if it would rain again and I realized my rain gear was not in the boat or the truck.  Then, I remembered I had a little papery Frogg Togg suit-in-a-bag somewhere in the boat for a "Just in Case" situation like this.

My crew was supposed to meet me at 5:15, but at 5:19 they hadn't showed yet, so I gave them a call to find out if they were running behind.  Dan, apologetically told me they had gone to the wrong park by mistake. From there, they showed up pretty quickly, and we were launched and on our way by 5:30

This is one of those spots that I am not at liberty to share with any of you, because I'm working it with a few other captains right now. Unfortunately, it's a small area, and cannot take the pressure, so we are keeping it quiet. I hope you understand. Sometimes, a person needs to keep just one...just for themselves. Know what I mean? Anyway....sorry about that. But, I'm sworn to secrecy. 

The guys had a good time, worked hard, and caught a lot of fish today. They did a great job setting lines and retrieving them too. We didn't lose any boards today either, so that's a plus. lol 

Tomorrow, I have a husband and wife team, from Ohio, scheduled for a walleye trip. The weather is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a wind from....hard to tell...one site says one thing and another site says something completely different, so I have no clue which one is right and which one is wrong. We will just go fishing, and watch the weather closely.  

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Day 4 with Mark and Patty Leucht 6/10/2021

by Capt Juls on 06/10/21

This morning, was Mark and Patty's 13th wedding anniversary, so I was happy to see it was going to be a nice day for their special day.  The air temps were supposed to be a little cooler than it has been, but the humidity was still up.  

The sunrise was supposed to be special this morning too. The Moon was eclipsing part of the Sun, so we all had our fingers crossed that we would be able to see it.
We were early enough, since we hit the water a little before 5:30, but there was a rim of clouds coming up from the horizon, so the Sun was hidden behind them for a bit. 
I think, I was able to get a photo of it, but I'm not sure if it's the actual eclipse making a dent in the sun, or if it's a cloud. I can't really tell. 

We headed NE out of Mazurik's and set up in 40' of water. The Ulterra and Baby ETEC worked together to keep us on a northeasterly course at a speed of 2.2-2.5mph.  The Helix was marking scattered fish.

We ran Bandits on the starboard side and Flicker Minnow 11s on the port side, behind Off Shore boards.  "Racy Shad" paint job on both the Bandit and the Flicker Minnow did well on the larger fish we caught today. Pooh Bear (also in both the Bandit and Flicker Minnow) did well today too. We only ran two boards per side, and 2 dipsies per side too.

The dipsey on the port side corner set on the 1 setting at 35 back caught the most fish today. The two dipsies on the three setting (with depth levels adjusted several times, along with changing spoon colors, or crank colors) never caught a fish. The dipsey on the starboard corner was set up exactly like the port side, but only caught a few.

The Red Headed Wonderbread "Yeck" spoon was hot this morning....on the port side anyway. lol

A thick fog rolled in from the NE, with a little wind along with it, that made it a little rough, so we turned it around and headed west.

Mark and Patty added another 3 person limit to their tally this morning. They are looking forward to brining them back home to Wyoming, to enjoy throughout the season. From what they have told me during our chats in the boat...I think, they seriously have a little piece of heaven out there. :)

Tomorrow's forecast, for my last trip with this fun couple, is calling for winds 5-10 out of the ENE, and partly cloudy skies, so it will be another enjoyable morning to look forward to. However, it's supposed to blow out of the NE overnight, so we might launch out of Catawba tomorrow and fish the protected side of the islands. Those rollers will still be rolling in, in the morning, and I don't want either of them getting seasick on their last day here. ;)

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Al, John, and "Fred" 6/8/2021

by Capt Juls on 06/08/21

I met my crew at Mazurik's at 5:15 and headed north out of the launch at 5:30. It was a warm and humid morning, after yesterday's storms, with a partly cloudy sky. The air temp was near 70 degrees. The wind forecast was calling for very light winds out of the SW, so the lake was pleasantly flat on our ride out.

We made it up to the line and set up with Flicker Minnow 11's running 60', 50', 45', and 40' behind Off Shore boards.  Dipsies were running on both corners with two rods on each side. The inside rod was on the zero setting at 31 back on the port side, and the 1 setting at 45 back on the starboard side.
The two longer "outside" dipsies were set on the 3 setting running at 47 and 60 back.

Speed was 2.0-2.4 mph while I tried to dial it in.   We hit fish pretty fast in the morning, but mostly shorts. We kept 3 eaters in that spot. After the pack showed up, and the sun came up, it slowed right down, so we picked up to move west of North Bass, and see if there was a better bite over there. There wasn't.

Then, Al said, "We don't really care about taking any more fish, we caught enough yesterday, we just want to learn how you do things."  I wished I had known that much earlier in the morning, before I used up 16 gallons of gas, because I could have gone 4 miles from the launch and done that. lol  

Anyway, I took them to where I ended up yesterday, and we got into a steady bite. And, between reeling in small fish, sheephead, and blobs of weeds that decided to attach themselves to the lures or the boards...we caught some "good eaters" to add to their freezers.

Al, John, and Fred did a good job trying to set lines. Al said he learned a lot, and appreciated my "stern directions"...Heheh  He said he will be taking his education and applying to his own trolling endeavors back home in Wisconsin. :)

If the guy in the boat, that said he didn't take my planer board, after it came off and floated away, while we tried to pick everything up to go after it....I hope Karma only allows Sheephead to bite your lures for the rest of your life! You are not a good human. Shame on you.

Tomorrow, I'm back with Mark and Patty Leucht (my customers from Sunday and Monday of this week).
Mark said he's making breakfast burritos for the three of us, so that is something to look forward to in the morning. 
And, the best part is....they are already "trained", so I just need to have a day where I don't have to say, "I should have turned right, instead of turning left"! Fingers crossed! 

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Mark and Patty 6/6-7/2021

by Capt Juls on 06/07/21

Yesterday, was the first of a 5 day trip for Mark and Patty Leucht, who flew in from Wyoming Saturday night. They will be taking Tuesday off to do some sight seeing, and will be fishing Wednesday through Friday with me, while I take another crew out tomorrow.


We did a later launch than my usual 5:15-5:30 launch and launched at 8am. I thought they might want to sleep in a bit after the late night they had the night before trying to get here.  

We left out of Mazurik's, and headed to the old international C Can area, up there east of Middle Island, and set up over 40' of water. The Ulterra was deployed and the baby ETEC put into commission to steer us on an easterly course, trolling at a speed of 2.2-2.4mph.

4 dipsies set with spoons or shallow diving cranks were set up on the corners. I run a shorter rod and a longer rod on each side. The shorter one is the "inside" rod, and the longer rod, since it's further out away from the boat, and longer than the shorter rod (of course), is the "outside" dipsey.

The inside dipsies were set on the zero setting, and set back 31' on one side and 45 on the other side.
The outside dipsies were set on the three setting and set back 47' on one side and 60' back on the other side.

Bandits, Reapers, Spros, and Flicker Minnow 11s were run behind Off Shore boards from 45 to 100 back, (not all at once...we ran two boards per side and switched things up from time to time) All caught fish.

Water temp was up to 65 degrees.

We only had 8 or 9 in the cooler, and like many others are experiencing...little walleye, who think they're "big fish", and go after baits they couldn't possibly swallow in real life, and a handful of Sheephead.  Not great, but not bad either. :)

Mark and Patty had a good time and relaxed. They are a fun couple to fish with, because even when it's a slow bite, like we had yesterday, they stayed positive, and kept things fun. We tried many different things, but couldn't get more than a semi steady pick. I told them that I thought an earlier start in the morning might help our catch rate, and it wouldn't be so darn hot. They agreed.

Fast forward to this morning's trip (6/7/2021)

I swung by and picked them up at 4:45, and they were ready to go....right on time. We headed through town, and hit the gas station to top off the boat and get some ice for the cooler....then, headed over to Mazurik's to launch.

I didn't want to go back up to the spot from the day before, and was hopeful we could find some other fish on the east side of Kelly's. We started looking out by the Marblehead dumping grounds, but the Helix was showing me a blank screen, other than a small mark here and there...not what we were looking for, so we moved.

This time, I decided that maybe there might be some fish still making the trek east...and, since there are a lot of fish being taken in the North Passage, I figured it was worth taking a look at the "Weather Buoy". Speaking of the weather buoy, it sure would be nice if it were working on iWindSurf again someday...that's the buoy I looked at the most over the years. I miss having that wind info out there).
Anyhoooo....I digress...sorry....

There were marks out there, but not the colorful fat ones I like to see on my screen, but rather, just blue arches, signaling they were smaller fish. Ugh....
So, after about a mile trolling pass....we picked up and moved again.

This time, to the Huron Dumping Grounds.....long story short...it was a bust too. So, I say, "Let's pick these up again and try one last spot", and as we are reeling lines in we get a small fish and the screen lights up with some good looking marks, so we keep lines in, and......of course, the screen goes blank for the next 5 minutes. Grrrrr...deep sigh....

So, we picked up and moved back towards Cedar Point and set up there. An even longer story shorter is that we ended with 5 nice walleye (16", 17", 19", 25", and 26 3/4"), plus several big sheep, and many throwbacks. So, it went from a boring, non-catching, morning to a fun time for all!

Mark and Patty are doing very well on learning how to set lines using the Off Shore boards, and bringing them back in, without having to remove the dipsey rod out of the way.  I'm looking forward to another three days with them later this week.

Tomorrow, I have Al Bjorkman and his crew. The forecast shows it's going to be a nice, but cloudy day tomorrow, with the winds laying down towards mid to late morning. The rain should hold off until the late afternoon, but with hot temps like this...pop up showers can happen anytime. I think I'll take some rain gear tomorrow, because it's better to have and not need, than to need and not have. ;)

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Joe, Ray, and Joe 6/2/2021

by Capt Juls on 06/02/21

The morning was a repeat of yesterday morning, so no need to bore you with that opening again...;)

Joe Edelstein set this trip up to fish with his Dad, and his dad's friend, Joe. Ray (Dad) and "Big Joe" drove down from Wisconsin and "Little Joe" drove up from Cincinnati yesterday, so they got to do some catching up with each other before fishing with me today.

They met me at Catawba State Park at 5:15, and we were launched and headed north at 5:30. It was a mostly cloudy morning with a break in the clouds on the horizon, so once again, there was enough light flickering off the surface of the water to be able to see if there were any "DFOs" (dangerous floating objects) in the water on the way up to our spot. 

We started in the spot I was working yesterday and found some early with the same program as yesterday too. Well, we started with that, and when the first bite changed, with the shifting wind, we took the Flicker Minnows off to try the Spro Madeye 120's. Set the same distances as the previous at 45, 50, 55, and 60 feet back behind Off Shore boards.  
The Bandit side was doing fine, so those all stayed on.

Colors that worked today were:
Bandits: RC Crush (ran 2 of them), Daydream (or, Daydreamer...I forget.), and Green Clown.

Flicker Minnow: Racy Shad, Flashy Pearl, and Pooh Bear.

Spro: Blue/Chrome, and Purple Glass Perch.

"Little Joe" learned to set lines and did a great job helping me. Ray was pretty handy with a net, so he was able to net whenever he wanted to. :) 

"Big Joe" just had a good time doing a little of everything. 

It was a rainy morning, but at least it never poured until we got in. It was mostly just an annoying drizzle, but I'll take that over a downpour any day. It wasn't that cold, so minus the rain, it was a great day to be on the lake!

The wind was out of the NE when we first arrived up by North Bass, and then an hour later it was out of the SE, and another hour after that, it was more out of the South, so when the wind shifted the first time.... the first slow down occurred in that spot. 

We moved eventually....trolling SW towards the hoards of boats off Rattle Snake Island. We cut it short, and turned west before getting too close to the pack.  We would hit pockets of fish and get 2 maybe 3 and then nothing for what seemed to be very long periods of time.

We managed their 18 fish, but didn't get mine today....but, that's okay. They had a good time, and learned a lot, and will be coming back sometime for a perch trip, so that makes me happy! :)

I thought I had a trip tomorrow, but when I looked at the notes on the calendar, I saw that he never put a deposit down. Everyone, but a few people, have been able to use the PayPal feature on my website to submit deposits, but a few have sent me checks.  He said he was sending me a check and that's what I wrote on the calendar under his name.   Normally, I wouldn't write a name in the calendar unless their deposit came in, but in this case, I didn't want him to lose the day while his check was in the mail. Then, I completely forgot about it, and didn't notice it until last night.  

I sent him a text to see if he was still planning on fishing (which I already knew he wasn't coming)...to which he replied, No I didn't send it. Sorry, should've told you long ago. Way too busy with my business. Sorry again.

So, both of us completely forgot about it....uffda!  Oh, well... I won't complain, because it's supposed to be raining again tomorrow, with a chance of thunderstorms, so I'm cool with staying home, warm and dry, tomorrow.

Then, I'm scheduled off for the 4th and 5th, for my birthday, so I won't be back out until Sunday...for the start two-week stretch, if the weather behaves.

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Tom, Susan, and Mimi 6/1/2021

by Capt Juls on 06/01/21

Left the house at 4am,  hit the gas station for some gas and ice, and headed to Catawba State Park to get things ready before my crew showed up.

I almost rescheduled this trip, thinking the lake was going to be too trashed after that big blow last week, but after running a scouting trip yesterday with my friend, Capt Jenn, we found enough hungry fish to make me change my mind.

I called Tom, to let him know we could run, and what time to meet me at the ramp. He agreed, so he and his wife Susan, and Susan's sister, Mimi, showed up a little before 5:15. 

Capt Bobby Green was there early this morning too. He said his crew wasn't showing up until 6am. I asked him, if he could drop us in while he was waiting around, and he happily agreed to do it. Thanks, Bobby! Much appreciated! :)

It was dark when we headed north out of Catawba, with clouds covering most of the sky. There were three patches of clear sky on the horizon, that lit up the ripples of on top of the water, as we drove across to the Bass Island area at a nice cruising speed of 39mph.
The wind was absent this morning, so the lake was like glass. I was thankful for that. It makes it much easier to spot floating debri out there. After last week's big blow from the NE, it left a lot of big items floating down the rivers and across the lake.  Be very careful out there for the next couple of weeks if you get out. Don't be nervous about it, but just keep a good eye out for them. They can ruin your day, or even possibly your life. 

The air temp was 60 degrees, and the water temp was 62 degrees. The forecast was calling for a cloudy sky, and a high temp of 73 degrees. A perfect morning in my book.

Our long ride up north was enjoyable, because I know of only two boats that launched ahead of me this morning. PorkChop Express, and a local. So, the ride up was....well....FUN! It's nice when you think you are the only one on the lake at that moment. Especially, knowing how crowded it was going to get in just a couple hours.

I slowly throttled down, and when the boat felt like it was in a slow glide, I hit a couple buttons on the Helix, that deployed the Ulterra, so it could slowly and methodically, deliver itself into workhorse position. With a few pokes on the remote, I had it set for a course to the NNW. The baby ETEC was fired up to help push the boat, while the bow mount steered us, at a speed of 1.8-2.0mph.

We set up with Bandits on the starboard side, and Flicker Minnows on the port side. Both sides ran the longest leads on the outside, behind Off Shore boards, and the shortest leads on the inside.  So, from the inside board to the outside board, we ran them 45, 50, 55, and 60 back.  "S-Turns" proved they would also take the baits faster, or slower, depending on which side they hit on, and how hard of a turn it was. :)

Colors that worked best on the Bandit side were: 
RC Crush, at both 55 and 60 back (best producer today)
Another one I don't know the name of, but its got white, light blue, orange, and chartreuse on it...but, mostly white and light blue. That one was very good at 50 back.
Buck Fever at 45 back caught a few too.

Colors that worked best on the Flicker Minnow (11s) side were:
Racy Shad at 60 back took a bunch
Flashy Chartreuse at 55 back took a few
Flashy Pearl was good at 50 back
Chartreuse/Pearl caught a couple 

Tom said, "I think we've caught more fish this morning, than we have in an entire year!"  (They are not set up for trolling, (yet), and have only drift casted in the past, so this trip was to teach them how to troll, and to help them decide if he wanted to invest in all the equipment needed to start trolling. I'm pretty sure they all had fun today, and they did a great job learning how to set lines, so it wouldn't surprise me if they actually do set up their boat to do some trolling. I have all the confidence in the world that if they remember how to do what they did today, they can be successful at it. 

Tomorrow, I have three customers. One is coming from Ohio, and the other two are coming from Wisconsin. I told them to bring their rain gear, since it will probably be raining tomorrow. As long as there are no storms on the radar, we will fish. 

Now, I must go cut the grass again, because it's going to rain tomorrow....:)

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

4 Day Trip Rescheduled....

by Capt Juls on 05/24/21

Just wanted to let my readers know that I will not be out the rest of this week. I had a 4-Day trip scheduled with a couple of my regular Wisco guys, and the winds are gong to be less than ideal for these two gents. They might have gotten two days in, but they opted to reschedule to July, so they can try to get 4 full days in.

The marine forecast for the week shows the following:

Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 feet or less.
Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to
15 to 20 knots. A chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight.
Waves 1 to 3 feet.

Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west 10 to
15 knots. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning,
then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Waves
1 to 3 feet.

West winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northeast.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Waves 1 to
3 feet.

Northeast winds 5 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to
20 knots. Showers likely Thursday night. Waves 1 to 3 feet
building to 3 to 6 feet.

East winds 15 to 25 knots becoming northeast. Showers
likely during the day. Waves 3 to 6 feet building to 4 to 7 feet,
then subsiding to 3 to 6 feet. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.
Saturday's trip has been rescheduled by my customer's request. He is in the process of buying a boat, and Saturday is the only day he and his wife can go get it. I will not be trying to fill the date, due to the fact that Saturday on Memorial Day Weekend is a zoo out there with all the weekenders getting their boats in the water for the first time, and running around.  The bad part is, they usually don't know there are "Rules of the Road",  that need to be followed....for the safety of everyone out there. Everyone who owns a boat should learn at least the basics of who has the "Right of Way". (End Rant)

Good news for the day....I caught the biggest Sheephead I've ever seen in my 20 years down here on Lake Erie's Western Basin. It measured 34 inches. I didn't put it on the scale, because she was out of the water long enough, and I didn't want to stress her more than I had to. Anyway, that was cool. :)

Stay tuned...

Capt Juls

Fishing with Tony, Julie, and Dale 5/22/2021

by Capt Juls on 05/22/21

I went to bed at 5:30 yesterday, and turned the TV off at 6:30, and set the alarm for 2:30. That was the plan anyway, but I ended up waking up at 1:45, and was fully awake, so......I got up. I did the usual routine, that most of you that read my blog regularly will know already. For those that are new here, it usually involves topping off the gas tank in the boat and icing up the cooler for the day's adventure.

I met my crew at 5:15. Tony and Julie Lalli, and their friend, Dale, who happen to be local residents over there in Marblehead, were right on time. We were on our way out of the launch site by 5:30. (The sky is much lighter at 5:30 now, than it was last week, so that's a good thing.)

We hit the same area that I can't tell anyone about, because of how small the area is, and the fact that I have other Capt friends that are also fishing there, so to keep the crowds down, we are all in agreement not to share that info. Sorry! It's been a good spot, but it's only going to take so much pressure.  I hope you understand...:)

Flicker Minnows were the bait of choice once again, and put a 4-person limit in the boat this morning. It was slower than previous days, but they were still biting on the Flicker's (number 11's). Color didn't seem to matter....I used whites, blues, purples, and greens....and, they all got hit. Speed was all over the place too. Some wanted it faster, as high as 2.2mph, and some wanted it as slow as 1.5mph.

My crew for tomorrow doesn't like the rougher waters, so with a west wind forecasted to blow 15-20 during prime hours tomorrow, they opted to reschedule to another date. So, I'm off tomorrow....and, basically all week.   Monday was a scheduled "Off Day", and my Tuesday through Friday guys from Wisconsin saw the forecast for big winds Wed-Friday, and will be rescheduling too... unless the forecast somehow changes by tomorrow night, when they need to know by before they drive down here.  I can't blame them, I wouldn't want to drive 7 hours, pay for lodging, just to sit on shore 3 out of the 4 days. They also had two days scheduled in June, so hopefully, Mother Nature will get her freak'n act together and straighten out.  Fingers crossed!

I think Capt's Jenn and Matt, and I, will be going out after they get done with their charter tomorrow, so I can scout new spots and try to catch some walleye for the Eagles over at "Back to the Wild"  rehabilitation center. 

Stay tuned...

Capt Juls

Fishing with Jake, Jarrett, and Jenna 5/21/2021

by Capt Juls on 05/21/21

I woke at 2:30 this morning, and figured since it was so close to my 3am alarm, that I would just get up and have some extra time for that second cup of coffee.

Dexter, and I, did the usual routine of going out on the back deck to check the weather, while I sipped my coffee and watered the plants. I checked iWindSurf, DarkSky, and RadarScopePro, while the canine checked the perimeter of the fence for intruders. :)

The forecast was calling for another beautiful morning. I was very happy about that, because today I had Jake, a young father with his two kids Jarrett and Jenna. Jarrett is 10 years old and Jenna is 8.

They met me at the launch at 5:20, and we were on the water by 5:30am.  We hit the same area as yesterday, and again....I'm not saying where, because a few of my Capt friends are working it too, and it can't take a lot of pressure there. Sorry.

We ran Flicker Minnow #11s on one side and the new to my arsenal, the Square Bill Reaper, on the other side. The Flicker's out fished the SBR's 4:1, so we took them off and put more Flicker's out and caught our 4-person limit in a short period of time.  

We were fishing them very shallow in the water column....top ten feet shallow...up high.  Color didn't really matter. They hit greens, blues, purples, and whites at a speed of 1.8 to 2.0mph.

The Phipps family, who drove up from Kentucky, had a great time....or, I should say the boys had a great time, while Jenna tried to catch up on her sleep, in-between clicking the fish counter clicker thingy, asking if she should click it.  She did keep an accurate count though, soooo "You Go Girl! Do your own thing!". :)

I was impressed with Jarrett's comfort in the boat, and being able to handle a big trolling rod and reel all by himself, but he did it, and did a great job putting fish in the boat too.  He was fun!

Tomorrow's weather looks nice again, but a little windier in the morning. It's fishable though, so Tony Lalli and his wife will be joining me tomorrow to try their luck at this sport of walleye fishing. :)

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Dick and Brad 5/20/2021

by Capt Juls on 05/20/21

I had an unexpected day off yesterday, when my customer forgot that he had a trip scheduled for the 19th, so I rescheduled him to August instead.

Left  the house at 4:20, because I was meeting Dick and Brad at Mazurik's at 5:30, and I wanted time to go gas up the boat, ice up the cooler, and get over to the launch to get things ready before the crew showed up. They showed up around 5:15, so we were on our way by 5:25.

The sky was partly cloudy, so there was some light on the dark horizon illuminating the water as we drove out, so it wasn't as dark as it is on a fully cloudy morning.  There must have been a ENE wind last night, because the little residual rollers were still coming in at 5:30. We took our time, and were setting lines by 5:45.

All 8 lines ran Flicker Minnow #11s behind Off Shore boards at a speed of 1.8-2.0mph.   I'm sorry, but that's all I can report on it this time.  It's a small area and I have a few captain friends working it too. It can't take the pressure, so I'm not giving any info on this spot. So sorry...:(

It was all over so fast....They were game for breakfast, so we got off the water.

Dick and Brad had a great time, and Dick learned how to use the Off Shores in no time at all..(he owns a boat).  Brad laughed and said, "This is great! When we usually go, we only catch one, or maybe two...all day long". I just smiled...:)

Tomorrow, I have a young father, who is bringing his 10 year old son, and his 8 year old daughter. I might have to run fewer lines tomorrow, just to keep it easier for him. Jake is going to have his hands full, I think. lol

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Chris, Tom, and Kevin 5/17/2021

by Capt Juls on 05/17/21

I woke up a little before 3am, before the alarm went off, so I got up and made some coffee.  Dexter and I, went out to the back deck to check out the morning's weather.  Dexter smelled something that he couldn't see, in the damp morning air, so he took off running to the back fence, to act all big and scary to any would be intruders. All critters now had fair warning that he would kill them if they came inside the fence.  While he tended to his morning business, I sipped coffee and looked at my weather apps.

The iWindSurf forecast was calling for 5-15mph, out of the E at Middle Bass for most of the day. The weather app said it was supposed to be cloudy all day too, but neither of those things happened. The wind never arrived until the afternoon, and the sun was shining quite a bit this morning too.  The air temp was somewhere between deciding if I should put my slippers on my bare feet, or leave the off. I'm guessing it was around 60 degrees when we launched at 5:30.

We left out of Catawba, and headed north. The program used the past two days is what was used first thing this morning. Some of the colors changed though.

Spros and Bandits were run on the starboard side, and Flicker Minnow (#11's) were run on the port side. The starboard side was set at (shortest to longest lead out behind Off Shore boards)...30', 40', 50', and 60' back (unassisted), and the port side was run at 40, 50, 55, and 60'. 

Colors that caught fish today, were "Flashy Chartreuse" (FM11), "Purple Shiner" (FM11), "Blue Shiner" (FM11), and "Flashy Pearl" (FM11), Blue/Chrome (Spro), and "Taco Salad" (Bandit), 

Speed was 1.7-2.0mph. Water temp was 57-58 degrees. 
Some fish hit on the slow side and some hit on the fast side, and most were caught on the 40 and 60 foot leads on both sides.

We caught 12 healthy walleye, a few GIANT Sheephead, and one big White Perch. It was a slow bite for us this morning, and a frustrating one for me. I felt like it was going to be one of those, "I went left when I should have gone right" kind of days. Uffda! But, we worked at it and managed to grind out 12 good eaters for them to take home. 

During the lulls between fish, we were kept entertained by Chris, who is a Capt of his own walleye fishing charter service over there in Vermilion, OH, called, "Seawise Charters", with a plethora of  his funny "Dad Jokes".  

He and his friends, Tom and Kevin, came out with me to learn more about using the Off Shore boards while trolling. 
Mission Accomplished. They were setting out, and bringing them in, like a well oiled machine in no time at all.  They had a good time, relaxed,  enjoyed the good weather, and friendly banter....the music wasn't bad either...wink wink.

I'm off tomorrow, but will be back out for the rest of this week and weekend, before the next day off, so....

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Jeff, Jacob, and David 5/16/2021

by Capt Juls on 05/16/21

This morning, my crew had one change up. Ty stayed on shore to take his Mom to breakfast, and his Dad Jeff took his place in the boat today.

Dexter, my dog, wasn't happy to see me leaving at 4am, but I wanted to top off the boat with gas, and get ice for the cooler, before heading over to Catawba to ready the boat, and change some baits, before my crew showed up.

It was still dark out at 5am, when they showed up. The kind of dark that would make it impossible to see the Off Shore boards out there without lights on them.I said, "We'll take a slow ride up there, because we won't be able to see the boards anyway"....and, that's what we did.

We set up two Spros and two Bandits on the starboard side and (4) #11 Flicker Minnows on the port side. Best color Spros were Golden Perch and Blue/Chrome. Best Flicker Minnows were Flashy Chartreuse, Flashy Pearl, and Blue Shiner. 
Leads were the same on both sides.....40-60 back at a speed of 1.7-1.8mph...with a lot of "S-Turns" thrown in. Some came os tthe slow side and some came on the fast side, on both sides, so I think it was just the S-Turns getting reactions, and not really a critical speed thing.  Some were barely hooked and some tried to swallow the bait too.

After we had their three-man limit, Jeff, who is older, wanted to go in, due to being chilly...and, the fact that they mentioned that they didn't have the freezer space for all the fish they've caught this weekend. Jeff turned to me and asks, "It won't upset you if we go in early, will it?"  I just smiled and said, "Do I look upset? My dog will be very happy to have me home early." So, we came in at 8:30.

It's kind of nice, I got to go fishing and have some fun, and I have time to clean the boat, cut the grass, walk the dog, and get ready for tomorrow's trip with Chris Wise and his crew, before I hit the hay at 7pm.

Same bat time and same bat channel tomorrow.....:)

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Ty, Jacob, and David 5/15/2021

by Capt Juls on 05/15/21

Launched at 5:15 this morning and headed north out of Catawba. Our first spot was really good, until the flotilla of boats started showing up around 6am. Then, we just tried to stay on one small pod of active fish by turning on them over and over, while dodging boats.  

We went 20 for24 there, and decided to move and find another less crowded area to catch the last 4 someplace else.  

Program was Spros and Bandits 40-60 back at 1.7-1.8 mph. Chromes worked best for us, but maybe that's simply because that's what we had on. lol
(2) Golden Perch, (3) Blue/Chrome, Buck Fever, Green Clown, Black/Gold.

In the second spot, we ran Spros and Bandits on one side and Flicker Minnows on the other. The Flicker Minnows out-fished the Bandits 2:1 there. Speed was the same.

We played catch and release for a bit, then came in an hour and a half early at their request. 

It was a fun morning, especially after struggling yesterday in another area to the east.

I have the same crew tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to it, since they already learned how to set and retrieve the boards. I think I will sleep well tonight, and that makes me happy! :)

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Kirk and Ken 5/12/2021

by Capt Juls on 05/12/21

What started as a three-day trip turned into a two-day trip with a blow day in-between both trips.

Monday 5/10:

I picked my crew up at their hotel at 5:30, because they flew in from Iowa, and were shuttled to the Island House downtown, so they didn't have a car to drive. 

After stopping for gas and ice, we headed to Catawba to launch. The wind was out of the NW at around 10mph, so the waves were 1 to 3 feet. There were more 2's than anything, so the ride out was a little bumpy.   

We set up west of Green and set up with the usual set up I've been running lately. 
Spro's in the chrome colors, and Bandits in the chrome colors too.  All were set anywhere from 45-85 back, and the speed was 1.7-1.8mph.

Water temp was 52 degrees...down 3 degrees from Friday.

Monday was a tougher bite for us, but we managed their two limits and one of my 6 walleye.

Tuesday was a blow day with NW winds gusting to 22mph, so there's nothing to report. :)

This morning, we had a late start, due to windy conditions, but it all worked out just fine.  We launched at Mazurik's at 9am and headed to the NW corner of Kelly's. I drove up as far as the stained water lasted and when it cleaned up too much, we turned the boat around to go with the waves and set up.  The water temp in the cleaner water was 52 degrees and in the stained water it was 53.5 degrees.

Same program to start with. We caught 5 fish there, but it was slow, and the Helix wasn't showing me much, so we picked everything up and headed back to the west side of the islands. 

We set up again in an area that was void of boats (there was a big pack to the south), so we would have plenty of room to maneuver, and  hold a heading, without interference from boats with the right of way.

Same program....this time we hit it right. We had our last 13 fish in less time than it took to get the first five over by Kelly's. So, needless to say, my guys were having fun!  

Best colors were....of course...Blue/Chrome, Purple Glass Perch, Blue Chrome, Purple Glass Perch, and, if you didn't get it the first time...Blue/Chrome, and Purple Glass Perch. :)  
Best leads were all of them....45, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, and 85.

It was a small pod that we found, so we turned on them as soon as the marks left the Helix's screen, and went back over them, so we were going into the waves at this point. I kept the speed the same, even though I would usually slow down a little going into the current, but it worked, and we hit a quad in the spot where the first fish hit. 
Both nets had to come out for that little fire drill. lol

My guys did great, and were pleased with the day's events. They got to sleep in a little, enjoyed some sunshine on a calmer lake, listened to some good music, and caught a lot of fish. I ask you, "Does it get any better?" Kirk said he would like to come back again, and that makes me happy!

I'm off tomorrow....so home chores are on the to-do list.

I'll be back at it on Friday with previous customer, Diane Leeson, and her two college age kids.  Looks like nice weather for the next several days. Finally!!

Stay tuned...

Capt Juls

Fishing with Larry, Tony, and Rudy 5/7/2021

by Capt Juls on 05/07/21

It was raining this morning, when I woke up and let the dog out. I looked at the weather apps to see what was in store for us, and found the rain would be clearing out by 7am. I had told my Indiana crew that we would delay the trip for one hour, so instead of meeting them at 5:30, I would meet them at 6:30 instead.

It was pretty windy when I picked them up, and stated, "We can go gas up the boat and stop for breakfast, if you want, we need to waste a little time, and let this wind die down a bit, before we head out on the lake. It's going to be rough out there right now". They weren't really hungry, but agreed, so we headed to the gas station to get ice and gas first.

When we were at the gas station, the back end of the rain clouds moved out, and so did the wind. I said, "The winds have laid down, so why don't we skip breakfast and just head to the launch to see what the lake is looking like right now". Again, they agreed, so we headed over to Catawba to launch.

We were on the protected side of the peninsula, so it was calm right outside the launch, and over to Port Clinton, but you could see the telltale peaks of bigger waves out beyond the point. However, I think it was more of an optical illusion than reality, because once we were headed north, it wasn't that bad....waves were 1-3's from the NNE.

We motored up to Rattlesnake Island and set up with a SSW trolling pass. 

Same program as yesterday....

Spros set anywhere from 40-70 back, starting with the colors that worked yesterday too. Blue/chrome, Golden Perch, Purple Glass Perch, and Marble Brown. I put a Lemon-Lime out again, just to see if it would work in that area, like it did before.  It caught one, but again, was taken off and replaced with another Purple Perch. Someone was on the radio at one point and mentioned that a couple of Wonderbread colored Bandits were working well, so I dug a red one and a chartreuse one out of the box and set one out each side. Both caught fish, so whites are working too.

The speed was the same as yesterday too....1.8-2.0mph.

Water temp was 52 degrees up by Rattle and Green, but was 55 degrees by Catawba. The water was a bit muddier nearer Catawba, so with the sun coming out mid-morning, it warmed up faster than the cleaner water up north.

We made one long pass from Rattlesnake all the way back to Catawba, picking off fish here and there as we trolled along. The bite was fast enough to keep everyone interested, but not so fast to have any kind of fire drills going on. It just turned out to be a very nice day to be on the lake. 

We caught our 4-person-limit with a bonus white bass, but that was the only non-target species we caught today. 

The winds laid down to almost nothing (Davis-Bessie's steam stack was almost straight up in the air by 10:30-11:00), the sky was partly cloudy, and the air temps were jumping up into the high 50s. For a day that started out pretty crappy, it had turned into one of those beautiful days we all want to have out there. :)

Rudy, who is only 9 years old, reeled in his share of fish, with the help of his Dad and Grandpa. His "laid back" excitement of the sport, made me remember fishing with my Dad, and how those memories have lasted me a lifetime. I hope that we made the same kind of memories for their family today too. 

Rudy wants to come back to go perch fishing sometime, so that makes me happy!

Tomorrow's forecast isn't looking very good, so I have already rescheduled tomorrow's trip to the 23rd instead. (Those scheduled days off are coming in handy...I can use them for reschedules, but now if the weather turns good for the next several weeks, I'll be one tired puppy, because my scheduled days off are disappearing! Deep sigh)

Sunday is on notice too, but I'm hoping we can get out on Sunday. 

Stay tuned...

Capt Juls

Fishing with the Claypool Family 5/6/2021

by Capt Juls on 05/06/21

Met my crew at Mazurik's at 6:15, and we headed out just in time to watch the flaming orange ball rise up over the horizon. It was a clear sky this morning, temps were in the high 40s to low 50s, and the wind was light out of the east.

Waves were 2' or less. The water temp was 53 point something degrees. :)

Jesse and his wife Stacy brought their 11-year-old daughter Bri, and their 9-year-old son Ethan out for a fun day of fishing. Everyone was excited to get out on the lake, so we headed north to the other side of Kelly's to start. I hadn't been out, due to reschedules, so it was like starting all over, but it didn't take long to get some fish going once we got set up.

The program was all Spro Madeye 120 cranks, and I kept them to a minimum of three rods per side, since I had a young family, so we could keep it real simple.  
I showed Jesse, who had never used this kind of equipment before how to use the line counter reels and how to attach the Off Shore boards....he learned very quickly.

Baits were set out on the Port side at 45, 55, and 65 (longest leads on the outside) and 42, 53, and 71 on the Starboard side.  

Colors were Port side (in the same order as above)  Brown Marble, Blue/Chrome, and Lemon-Lime.  On the Starboard side it was Blue/Chrome, Lemon-Lime, and Golden Perch.

All colors, except the Lemon-Lime took fish (I think it caught one, but was so far behind the others we decided to change it), so the LL's came off and were replaced with Purple Glass Perch, which was a good color today too.  The hot combos were the Brown Marble at 45 back, Blue/Chrome and Purple Perch at 53 and 63 back, and the Golden Perch at 71 back.  

Speed was between 1.8-2.1 mph.

At one point, Stacy was bringing a fish in, and when I was bringing the board up to me to take if off the line, the line just snapped in my fingers, and the board and the fish started drifting away. I said, "Pick everything up quick, we have to go get that board". I laid a waypoint down as soon as it happened, so I would have a good idea where to find it. The wind had picked up, and we were in 1-3's, so keeping an eye on the board was pretty much impossible.  
Luckily, we found it, and it still had the fish attached to it, so I just handlined it into the boat....much to the delight of everyone. 

Since we had everything picked up, we moved back to our original starting point, so we could make that pass along my line again.  No sooner than had we got set up the boards starting darting back again. We had several doubles today, but no legit triples. :)

We ended up with their 4 limits and 4 of my 6 for a total of 28 walleye. They couldn't have been happier, and Stacy was already figuring out what walleye dish they were going to have for dinner tonight.

Since they drove in from over by Maumee, OH....I suggested that they stop over at Cutcher's Fish Cleaning, since it was on their way home and have George clean the fish for them.

While we were fishing, Jesse was wondering how he was going to get all the fish in the small cooler they brought along. Luckily, they had some heavy-duty garbage bags to use too, so it all worked out. They were not expecting the size of walleye we caught today....which is always fun for me, because they aren't the only ones that have brought along a cooler that would not hold all the fish that get caught. It always makes me giggle inside, when that happens. :)

It was a fun day, and a lot of great memories were made for their family. Stacy suggested bringing them back for a perch trip, and that makes me happy! You all know how much I LOVE Perch fishing. Woot! Woot! 

Tomorrow, I have three generations of the Carlson family joining me (the youngest being 9 years old). We plan on launching at 6:15, unless there is rain in the am, upon which we can probably delay it a bit to let it pass. I'll know more in the morning when I get up at 3am.

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls 

Just a Heads Up if You're Looking for a Report....

by Capt Juls on 05/01/21

My trip today, tomorrow, and Monday have been rescheduled...and, Tuesday was a scheduled off day, so I won't be back out until Wednesday this week....winds permitting.

Today, would have been fishable this morning, but we have gusts to over 40mph expected here this afternoon and into the overnight. Then, gusts to 30's tomorrow. The crew for today, originally had both days...but, rescheduled Sunday's trip already, due to a fishing tournament on their home lake tomorrow.  I gave them the option of staying home today to prefish for that event, and he opted to do that. 

Monday, I had a husband and wife, but it's going to be raining and a little rough out there, so for the wife's enjoyment, her hubby and I have rescheduled that trip to next Sunday (using up one of my scheduled days off). 

Good news for you guys though...since I did that, that means the weather will get nice and I'll be working my butt off for two weeks straight without a day off. lol

So....don't look for a report until later this week. :)

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing Day Two With Todd and Matt 4/28/2021

by Capt Juls on 04/28/21

Same crew different day:

I told Todd and Matt yesterday, that I would text them when I got up and had a chance to check the weather and wind forecast for today, to let them know if it was a go or no-go. It was going to be a go, but iWindSurf was showing strong winds from the SW until around 8am, so I told them that we would launch at 6:30 instead of 6:00, so I could read the waves on the way to our spot. Todd texted back and said, "Sounds good". 

As usual, I was ready to go way before I needed to be, and was getting impatient, so I left the house at 5am and headed to the gas station for the usual. I hit Mazurik's a short time later and did some maintenance around the boat. I tightened up the antenna, tightened up the little nut thingy that keeps the kicker motor straight, tightened up some screws I saw coming loose in a few places, put a bunch of crankbaits away, and got a few others out to try.

My crew showed up about 6:15, and we hit the water at 6:30. We headed west, and set up short of where we ended up yesterday by a mile, or mile and a half. The program was:
Spro's all 60 back....colors: Marble Brown, (2) Lemon Lime Crush, Blue Chrome
Bandits: inside to the outside Off Shore board....45, 57, 63, 65....colors: (same order) Pickle Rick Foil (a DJ color), Blue Chrome, a lemon lime with scales that one of my recent customers brought with him and gave me, and Humble Bee Black Stripes (stock color).  The Humble Bee came off when every other color took fish, but that one didn't. I replaced that one with IB Infected (another DJ Custom color), and that one would started pulling fish consistently.

Speed was 1.8-2.1mph  When the wind would gust, and the boat would start going too fast, I continually adjust the speed, or slow the boat by putting the back corner of the boat to the waves to slow it to a more steady speed.  "S turns" produced a lot of the bites too.

We were pulling in doubles and had one triple, but otherwise, it was just a nice steady bite. We had their two-person limit by 8:08 and then picked up to make another run up to start another pass. The bite was a little slower on that second pass, but when they did bite, they usually bit with multiple boards going back at the same time. Then, nothing for 5 minutes or so, and it would happen again. 

Just a super fun morning kind of bite. Not too fast and not too slow. :)

The Spro Madeye 120's on the Port side caught more fish than the Bandits on the first pass, but I think the Bandits made up for their lack of effort on the second pass, so it was pretty even on how many each side caught.

We headed in with our three-person limit and two happy customers. 

Todd likes to hire different Captains and see which ones he likes best. He's been fishing here for several years and has gone with... I think, he said 10 captains now. He fished with Capt Bobby Greene two days ago, with me for two days, and will be fishing with Bobby again tomorrow.  When we were at the ramp, he said, "I really enjoyed fishing with you, and I would like to come back and do it again soon", and I said, giggling and clapping my hands together quickly, "Yay! I made the cut!"  He laughed.  He wants to bring his wife up to fish with me, so that makes me happy. :)

Tomorrow, I have Rick Parker and his crew. We get to look forward to fishing in the rain, a light NE wind, and about a 20 degree drop in air temps.....deep sigh. But, on the bright side, I don't have to clean the boat today, if it's only going to get dirty in the rain tomorrow. So, I guess that's one less thing, eh? lol

The only thing that will stop tomorrow's trip and disappoint a crew that has been waiting since their trip was rescheduled from last Thursday, is lightning, or stronger NE winds that are forecast for right now. I don't want to disappoint them, but safety comes first. We shall see what the morning brings.

Stay tuned...

Capt Juls

Fishing with Todd and Matt 4/27/2021

by Capt Juls on 04/27/21

Yesterday, my crew went with Capt Bobby Greene, of "Meals on Reelz Charters", and had a very fast and fun morning with him over in Vermilion. The pressure was on me, since I was going to be taking them out of Port Clinton this morning.

I got up at my usual 3am alarm, and made some coffee. I hit the back deck with Dexter, while he smelled stuff out in the yard and made his rounds. I checked the wind forecast for the morning, and it was all over the place. Depending on what station I looked at, it was showing light east winds up by North Bass, but strong gusty SW winds out of Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. Huron and Vermilion were showing strong gusty winds also.  

"How could that be?", I asked myself. Wouldn't a SW wind directly effect the Bass Islands on the west side too? I figured something was not reading accurately, and hoped for the lighter east winds up by the islands.

I was meeting Todd and Matt, who hail from Missouri, at Catawba at 6am, so I left the house at 4:40 and headed into town to gas up and get some ice. Then, I hit Catawba State Park at 5:00. No one else was there yet, so I drove slowly by the ramp to see how the waves were, because I don't like to use that launch with any kind of gusty SW winds....it blows right into the ramp.

I checked iWindSurf again, and then WindFinderPro, and both were confirming that it would be a gusty SW wind this morning.  So, I sent a text to my crew and to Capt Bobby, who I knew was planning on launching there too, that I was going to launch out of Mazurik's instead. Bobby replied that he would be doing the same.

When I pulled into Mazurik's I was the only one there....again. I thought for sure I would see Capt Sam, of "Pork Chop Express Charters" sitting there, since I think he sleeps in his truck, just so he can be the first one at the ramp. (Just kidding Sam!)...but, he must have used another ramp this morning.

Anyway, my crew showed up a little before 6am, and I finished readying the boat to head out.

It was a partly cloudy sky with a BIG full moon shining down through a layer of haze...you know the kind of moon I mean. :)  The air temp was 50 degrees, and the wind was already building.  

I told my guys that my original plan might be squashed, due to the wind and the lake conditions if that wind blew as hard as it was supposed to, and they were game for whatever I planned. They just wanted to go fishing.

We headed out at 6:15 and were met with residual rollers from last night's NE wind. They were big enough to keep the ride out pretty slow, so we didn't beat up the boat or anyone in it. I pointed the bow of the boat towards the lighthouse at Marblehead and wanted to check some breaklines over there that can be very good this time of year, but as we got closer, I could see that the water was a little too dirty for my liking.

We changed plans and headed NW, to the NW side of Kelly's, and set up with the usual program of Spro's on the port side and Bandits on the starboard side, running behind Off Shore boards.  The Spros were 50', 60', 70', and 80' back with Brown Marble, Marvin, Blue Chrome, and Golden Perch (all stock colors).  The Bandit side was running the same with Metallic Muffin (one of DJ's Custom Eye Lures creations), Green Clown, Blue Chrome, and Carrot Top.

Speed was 1.8-2.0mph

We set a course from the NW corner of Kelly's towards Lucy's point, so we were out there in the middle between  Kelly's and South Bass. 

We picked up three fish there. One on the Metallic Muffin, Blue Chrome, and a Blue Chrome Spro.

The bite was slow and the marks were slim. I checked the wind app again and thought that if it didn't blow any harder, that it wasn't going to be that bad, and we could make a run to the other side of the islands....so, we did.

On the way, I drove up past the buoy at Lucy's Point to see if I could mark some fish there, so I didn't have to go any further, but I didn't like what I saw there either and kept going. We cut through the passage between Middle Bass and North Bass and popped out on the SW side of West Reef.  

The Ulterra was deployed, the baby ETEC was fired up, and a course was set for the Red Buoy up on the Canadian line called "Taco Bell".  
We caught three more nice walleye on that pass up to the line, but it was slooowww.  Capt Bobby sent a text and said he found some fish and sent me the numbers. I am not at liberty to tell the public, but to suffice it to say...it wasn't too far away, so we picked up and ran over there.  Thanks for the info Capt B!

We set up again, but with some adjustments made from the little puzzle I was solving as each fish came in the boat. Several of the colors were removed and replaced with a color I call "Lemon Lime Crush"...not sure what Spro calls it, but that's the name of the color from the Smithwick P-10 stock.  That one, along with one called "Pickle Rick Scale" (another by DJ), put the majority of the rest of the fish in the cooler. Blue Chrome, once again put its share in the box too. But the lime green ones were hot today.

Zig Zagging through the water with the Ulterra made more bites possible, but it wasn't helping with the puzzle, because sometimes they hit on the fast side, and sometimes they hit on the slow side, so there was no real answer for how fast we should be going, so I just kept it at 1.8-2.0mph, and just kept doing the "S-turns".

We made that pass shorter than the first pass up there, and ran back up to set up again. Others were catching going into the waves, but since we were getting them going with the waves, I'll take the gentler ride over the bouncy one. It's definitely much smoother going with the waves. :)

One fish was needed to fill our three-person limit, so when we set up to make that second pass. Todd said, "I want to see a board go back while you're setting up". I said, "It will probably happen"....and, it did. Matt was attaching his Off Shore board when his number 2 board went screaming back. "Fish on!", yelled Todd from the front of the boat, and Matt reeled in number 18. We were done and ready to head back in. 

The wind was picking up as we drove in, so the timing was perfect. The ride back was just slow and steady, so we didn't get beat up. :)

Tomorrow's weather is iffy, so I told Todd that I would be up at 3am and send him a text as to what time we will go, if we go. I'm told that they are calling for thunderstorms in the morning, but I don't know how long those will last.  I'll know more after I see the weather report later.

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

Fishing with Bill, Bryce, and Brighton 4/24/2021

by Capt Juls on 04/24/21

I had made the decision last night to meet my crew at Mazurik's at 7am, because the wind forecast showed it was going to start laying down at 7am, but when I woke up at 3am, it showed it had laid down overnight.  I didn't want to text Bill that early, to have them show up earlier, because they were driving in from Toledo, which is an hour away, and he was bringing the "boys" (young adults), so I figured it would probably be hard to get them up earlier. lol

I left the house at 5:30 anyway, and hit the gas station for gas and ice, and figured I would just go over to Mazurik's early and get the front spot in the get ready lanes, and take the opportunity to strip a little line and re-tie the snaps on, and take my time getting the rest of the stuff ready.

I chose to put (4) Spro "Madeye 120's" on the one side and (4) Bandits on the other side, like I did the last trip out, and chose Spro colors in (2) "Golden Perch", "Blue/Chrome", and "Marvin". The Bandit side would run the same as the last trip out too, which was "Blue Chrome", "Buck Fever", and (2) "Carrot Top". 

Luckily, they showed up a 1/2 hour early, so we were on the water and to our spot by 7am. Mazurik's really wasn't as busy as I thought it would be, for a Saturday. After letting the ETEC warm up to a temp of 130 I hit the throttle and off we went. 

The lake was calm, with a little ripple from the SE wind, and remnants of boat wakes, so the drive north didn't take very long. 

We set up with the Spros running deepest on the outside and shallowest on the inside behind the Off Shore boards. On the Spro side, they were running 40, 60, 80, and 100 away from the boat. The Bandit side was set the same.

Bill had told me this trip was to learn more about how to run the Off Shore boards, because they had bought some for their boat, and that catching fish was just going to be a bonus. But, as we all know, you learn more about using the boards when you have activity, so you can see how to handle most situations, so the goal was to find some fish. ;)

We were 5 for 8 in the first spot, but they weren't there like they were the other day, so I made a decision to move more east, thinking they moved that way. We picked up and moved 7 miles east of our first spot and set up again with the same program.  

Speed was 1.7-2.0mph

At one point, we heard over the radio that someone was catching with leads at 150 and 120 back. I looked to see how deep that would put a Bandit, and then showed Brighton how the snap weight information in the "Precision Trolling Data" app worked. We put a 2 oz snap weight on at 50....then, to get to the same depth of an unassisted Bandit at 150 back, we needed to let out just another 16 feet, for a total of 66 feet, before putting the board on. He now understood how using a snap weight can shorten up the leads, but keep the baits as deep as the longer leads.

I had him go in my side compartment and choose a Bandit to use. I said, "Find one that you feel is lucky". "I'm never lucky", he said, and was not feeling it, so I told him to grab the "Green Clown", so he put that one on. That bait was set with the 2 oz snap weight and was out maybe 5 minutes before the board got tugged back violently. Again, showing them that running snap weights can catch fish.

We would spend the rest of their time over there, and would pick up 9 more nice Walleye to add to the box. The biggest one of the day jumped right out of the net when Bryce was netting Bill's fish, or we would have had 14 in the box. (I'm not counting the other fish that came unbuttoned before we saw them, or before we got the board off). That big fish was determined to get out of that net, and not even I could have prevented that fish from doing that acrobatic maneuver to free herself. Bryce felt bad, but that's just the way it goes. That was one lucky fish who now lives on to become a bigger fish. :)

When their 6 hours was up, we headed back in. They talked about how much they learned and how much fun they had on this beautiful day, and told me they would like to come back again soon, so that makes me happy! :)

On a side note: I was so close to a fantastic bite, but it was one of those days when I turned right instead of left....oh well. Deep sigh....

Tomorrow's trip was rescheduled to July, due to another NW blow, and Monday is a scheduled day off. Back at it Tuesday...weather permitting.

Stay tuned...

Capt Juls