Fishing with Justin 5/5/19
by Capt Juls on 05/05/19
It was a quiet morning when I stepped out on the back deck with my cup of coffee at 3am. I was disappointed to find that the sky was still cloudy and the air felt damp. I'm trying to wait as patiently as I can for dry warm weather, but it's getting harder every day.
I left the house at 5:15 and headed to the White Caps Motel to pick up Justin, who hails from Green Bay, WI, is an avid angler himself, and fishes Green Bay often. He is an Engineer working on a project in Indiana, and since he was so close to Lake Erie, he took the opportunity to knock one more adventure off his bucket list.
His coworker, who was going to come with him, ended up with food poisoning last night, and didn't make it. Poor guy...:(
Justin and I went to Big Bopper's for a bite to eat before heading to Catawba to launch at 6:30. We headed out of the ramp area and headed north again...like yesterday. We set up near the cans west of the Bass Islands and set a trolling pass to the northeast at 1.8mph, pulling Purple Chrome Bandits at 50/60/65/80 back.
The water temp on my Helix was showing 49 degrees. The water clarity was perfect too.
The morning started with landing two nice eaters and then losing 2 or 3 that came unbuttoned before the board was taken off. Then, we caught a few more, but the bite was slowing for us, so we moved north away from the pack of boats. We were a few miles when we set up again on some decent marks and caught another 3 at 50 back on Purple Shiner at 1.9-2.0mph. Then, I got bored there and wanted to go for a boat ride to Round Reef and check it out, so we left and headed SW.
We picked up two or three there, and then it was time to go....one short of a limit, but he was happy. He had a good time, and got to relax. The sun did finally make an appearance mid day and warmed things up nicely. It's amazing how the sunshine can cheer up the soul. We chatted and fished and just had a good time. I let him operate the boat, since he too owns a Ranger and is from Wisconsin, so I knew he knew how to fish, and he seemed to enjoy that.
At this writing, I do not have a trip tomorrow, due to an unfortunate circumstance on my client's part...they had to cancel.