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Fishing with Jim and Karen...7/5/2024

by Capt Juls on 07/05/24

My crew was driving in this morning, and asked if we could launch a little later than my usual time of 5:30, so we launched at 6:30, out of Mazurik's. Jim and Karen have fished with me before, but it's been a while. The last time was back in 2019.  Jim bought a gift certificate last winter, and gave it to Karen for Christmas, and we finally made it out this morning.

It was a beautiful morning, with light winds out of the WSW, sunshine, and an air temp in the 70s. There was supposed to be chance of rain and storms this afternoon, but the system split as it neared the lake, and most of it went north, and some of it went south, but missed Port Clinton. Either way, it wasn't going to be an issue for a morning trip.

We headed ENE from Marblehead and when we hit 43 feet of water, the boat came off plane, and we started marking fish, so we set up there. After the Terrova and baby Merc were working in unison,and headed on a ENE trolling pass, the FishHawk was deployed, so I could dial in my target speed of 2.3-2.5mph.

As I refreshed Jim's memory on how to attach, and set the Off Shore boards out, I explained why I was rigging them the way I do now, with the front arm releasing from the line...allowing the board to swing backwards, center up behind the boat, and come in much easier, especially when a big sheephead decides to bury it under water. He agreed that it was a much better system, than the way I used to do it...(where I was keeping both releases attached to the line, until it got to the boat).

The set up was the same as the past several reports on my page, so a simple search/scroll down will give you that detailed info. It's too close to my bedtime right now, for me to be inspired to write it all out again....forgive me. ;)

We went through a lot of fish to keep our 18 keepers of 16-20" inch fish...(most being 16-18")...and, Jim and Karen were happy with their catch, because they've been wanting to cook up some walleye for a while now, and those are perfect eaters. :)

The bug hatch was horrendous north of Cedar Point/SE of Kelly's, but hopefully, it won't last long.

I'm off again until Tuesday....

Stay tuned....

Capt Juls

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