I wasn't sure where I wanted to go out of this morning. Originally, I wanted to go out of Mazurik's, for the last day of their trip, because it was close to home. But, it has been so long since I fished around the islands, that I didn't have a clue if there were any fish around them right now, so I opted to go with a sure thing over out of Huron, instead.
Marc and Jim needed to drive back to Wisconsin today, so I didn't want to waste a morning searching for fish, when I knew where we could get them pretty fast, so they could get on the road, and home at a decent hour this afternoon.
I picked them up at the Best Western at 4:30, and we headed to Huron to launch. We were headed out of the river at 5:15, while the the sky was just getting light. When I take a pic in the morning, my camera lightens things up a lot, but I can tell you, it was a lot darker than the photo portrays...but, the bright full moon lit things up nicely on land, and on the water.
The air temp was 59 degrees, the wind was barely noticeable, and the sky was clear, so you know what that means, right? Yeah, Baby!! We got to go fast! Woot! Woot!
As we approached the end of the no wake zone, I closed the windshield, and I turned to Jim who was sitting in the passenger seat, and said, "You're going to want to take that hat off, or else you're going to lose it". Smiling, he reached up and took it off, and tucked it away for safe keeping.
Looking back at Marc, I asked, "You ready to go?" "Yeah", he said. And, with a push of the throttle, the boat got up on plane and off we went. It's not often we get to go fast with a nice smooth lake out here on Lake Erie, so when it happens, I kind of just savor the experience. I went full throttle a few times over our 18 mile one-way run, but mostly it was at a cruising speed, to save on gas. Was it worth the 95.00 gas bill today? Yes...yes, it was!
We fished the same place we fished yesterday, and caught our limit a little faster than we did yesterday. When there's a full moon, I really believe it's best to get out as early as possible, or fish late afternoon. There can often be a midday lull, when they just don't feel like eating, since they probably ate all night and morning. But, that's just been my experience.....I could be wrong.
The program was the same as yesterday, but I changed out one of the Bandits to one of Mike Schlimgen's customs called, "Chrome Furmi-Nuff". He owns Slim Shady Customs, and had a painted one that I bought, and I asked him if he could do one in Chrome for me, and he did. That color was on fire this morning. I put it on, because he said he has been using it lately, and it's been a great producer for him, so I pulled it out of the box and took one of the Carrot Tops off.
It was getting bit before the Off Shore board could get into position. After seeing that a couple of times, I changed out the other Bandit running next to it, and they were both consistently catching fish all morning.
So, we had two Chrome Furmi's on the port side, and a Carrot Top and Blue Chrome on the starboard side, which were also producing very well, too.
All Bandits were using 2oz snap weights at the 50 mark and sent out to a total of 120-130 back behind the Off Shores.
Dipsies were the same as yesterday, too. The zero setting was at 56 and 60 and the two settings were at 95 and 100. Same spoons as yesterday, too. Yeck, Stinger, and BadMo spoons, in mostly copper colors....except for the BadMo...I don't think they make any simple colored spoons, but the back was antifreeze colored, if that matters. ;)
Speed was 2.4-2.6mph.
My crew did a great job getting fish to the boat, and netting them, too. We had our 18 by 8am, and were headed back in, with a nice cooler of fish for them to take back to Wisconsin. They are looking forward to coming back again next year, so that would make it 12 years in a row fishing with me now, and that makes me happy!
I have a new crew tomorrow. A father and his two sons (teens, I think?), so that's an opportunity to make some fun family memories. We shall see....I am making them get up pretty early, and I know male teens are not fond of that. lol