Fishing with Troy, Claudia, and Drew 6/3/2022by Capt Juls on 06/03/22
Just a typical morning, this morning. Left the house early, so I could go top off the gas tank in both the boat and the truck, and get ice for the cooler, before heading out to Marblehead to meet my crew and launch.
We met at 5:15 and were headed out by 5:30am.
I'm missing my Costas with the yellow lenses, that I use to drive in the early morning light, because they went overboard several days ago.
A client got his line caught around the frame arm, and flung them off my head while he was trying to reel in a fish....don't ask...I don't know the answer. Anyway, they were off my face, and in the water, faster than I could react. All I could do was say, "Ohhhhh Noooooooo!" And, mutter to myself, "Well, there goes 250.00". Luckily, there aren't a lot of bugs flying yet, otherwise driving without glasses would be painful.
I have a new pair arriving sometime on Monday, thankfully. Those yellow lenses really brighten things up when it's still kind of dark out, and the lenses block the wind on my eyeballs, when we're running.
I digress....forgive me....
We started out running Bandits behind 3 Off Shore boards on the starboard side, and 3 Flicker Minnows 11s on the port side, and one dipsey on the three setting off each corner. We fished shallow water near the lighthouse, and picked up 7, before moving out to deeper water near there.
We started the morning in 12 feet of water, but the better bite was out in deeper water, out in the South Passage....we were over 26 foot of water, when we found a good active bunch to troll through. I took the Flickers off and put three more Bandits on. We made a pass to the NE, then one to the SW, and then another to the NE, and picked up the other 17 needed for our 4-person limit. The size and fatness of the fish was better out there too.
Bandit colors were the same as the past several days...
Carrot Top (2)
Leads that caught today were: 70, 60, 50 (on the starboard side)...35, 45, and 55 (on the port side).
Dipsies on the zero and two settings ran off each corner.
Zero settings started at 25 and 27...and, eventually, set to 30 and 35 back.
Two settings started at 35 and 37...and, were moved to 40 and 43 back.
Speed was 2.5mph
Spoon colors are all over the place, so I don't think it really matters. They are hungry and will chase anything right now.
Troy, and his friend, and his friend's son, (I think?) did a perch trip with me last year, and we had talked about the walleye in June, so he wanted to bring his wife and his son to do a walleye trip today. Knowing that he has his own boat, and does a lot of salmon fishing, I put them to work right away. That gave Claudia and I chit chat time, while I kept an eye on what they were doing, and instructing when I needed too. :)
Everyone was kept busy setting lines and reeling in fish. The guys even did most of the netting today, too. I figure, if they lose fish at the net, it's not a big deal. We'll catch another one...as long as they are having fun. That's all that matters. :)
It was a beautiful morning on the lake. Luckily, the 30mph gusty winds won't be here until very late tonight. The winds this morning were only 5-10mph out of the west. The sky was bluebird blue, and void of clouds. The Sun was warm on the skin and took the chill out of the air. It was not hot out there, though...not like it is on land. The water temp is still only 69 degrees out there. Very comfortable.
I'm signing off for the weekend....
I didn't schedule any trips for this weekend, because it's my birthday, and I wanted to relax with friends this weekend. Jen and Matt are putting a prime rib on the Traeger tomorrow...and, my old buddy Frank, who I fished with on those fly in's in the past, is coming over too. Maybe we'll get a round of golf in too. :)
Back at it on Monday....have a great weekend, everyone!