Fishing Day 3 with Ed, Dennis, and Jay...4/26/2023by Capt Juls on 04/26/23
Sorry for no report yesterday, I wasn't feeling well after a day in the cold, and some bad food from a local restaurant. I'm feeling better today, though, so all is well. :)
This morning, I left the house at 4:40, to go gas up the boat and truck on the other side of town, and get some ice for the cooler, before driving back to the White Caps Motel, to pick up my crew at 5:15.
They were up and ready to go when I got there, so we packed up their belongings in the back of the truck and hit the road. We were headed to Vermilion, this time, to see if those bigger fish wanted to play with us today.
We launched at 6:15 and headed NNE out of the river to 40 feet of water, where we found really good marks on the sonar, and set up.
Bandits behind Off Shore boards were set at 80, 70, 60, and 50 on the port side and 85, 75, 65, and 45 on the starboard side. The color spectrum was all over the place with my usual Red Headed WB, Humble Bee w/Blk stripes, Buck Fever, Pooh Bear, some chartreuse and black one with black dots...and a couple others I can't remember the names of, but they all caught fish.
Speed was 1.8-2.1 on the GPS and 1.4-1.5 on the Fish Hawk on a E to W trolling pass.
Water temp was 47.3 degrees.
The Red Headed Wonder Bread was once again the hotter color for us, so that one, for sure, is always going out on any given day....until it doesn't work anymore.
Fish were caught on the port side numbers more than the starboard side, so I switched up the lures on the starboard side to Reapers, and picked up a few fish on the blue/chrome/orange belly with funky stripes at 35, 60 and 70 back. We would end up leaving two of that color on, on those leads, but put more Bandits back out, on that side.
We marked a ton of fish today, but didn't get the bites one would expect with marks like that on the screen. There were a lot of boats over there, too, so being able to keep on an angle that was working was hard to do. We did move out of the pack, once it grew around us, so we didn't have to deal with it, and we did better.
As time was drawing down, we lost our two last fish, with one line tangle in the mix, that ended up getting sucked into my kicker's prop, so that was good timing, if it had to happen. We picked everything up and headed in, with 14 in the cooler. Kicker is fine...no damage to the seal.
It was a much nicer day, than the previous day, with the sun shining, calmer winds, and warmer temps. It's still chilly out there, and I'm so looking forward to the warm days when we don't have to be all bundled up, and I can go barefoot again.
Come on, Mother Nature...what do you say? Can you straighten up your act, soon, please? Thank you!
Ed, Dennis, and Jay are going to get one more day in before it blows again on Friday, so we will be launching out of Catawba, since Mazurik's is closed again tomorrow for pavement repair work, as they finish up the new facilities there.