Two days with Tyler, Angie, and Rod... 9/6-7/19
by Capt Juls on 09/07/19
Tyler, Angie, and Rod drove overnight Thursday night, from Nebraska, to get here bright and early Friday morning for a couple of days of fishing. They were scheduled for a Saturday/Sunday trip, but the forecast was calling for calm winds on Friday and Saturday was looking iffy, so they made the decision to drive overnight to fish on Friday. Their second day would be either Saturday or Sunday, whichever had the better winds. As it turned out, we ended up fishing yesterday and today.
They arrived at my house at 8:30 Friday morning. I had a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast waiting for them, and told them to take their time. It was going to be nice all day, so there was no hurry.
We left the house around 9:30 and headed to Mazurik's after gassing up the Ranger and getting some ice for the cooler. We launched at 10am and headed east of Kelly's. We started out on the SE corner of Kelly's and picked up two eaters right away, but we were constantly checking the dipsies and cleaning grass off the divers and the spoons, so I made the decision to head to the weather buoy. It was another 13 miles, but it didn't take that long to get out there.
I was disappointed in the numberof marks showing on the Helix though, and didn't like our chances of catching out there. We did pick up four more walleye there, which were bigger in grade, but it was slow. So, we made the decision to head back to the west where I have been on several of my trips.
We set down at the 37/33 line and headed SW from there. We ran 3 dipsies per side on the zero, 1 1/2, and 3 settings. 0/50, 1 1/2@75, 3/100. Speed was 2.3-2.5mph. Our best spoons colors were the Bay Rat blue/silver, Scorpion Confusion, Black Headed Wonderbread, and Red Headed Wonderbread.
It would take all of our 6 hours, but we managed to catch their 18 walleye.
The Black Headed Wonderbread got bit off, so that one was out of the lineup. I didn't have another one in that color, so I was a bit sad, because it was a hot one! lol
Oh well....I get to do more shopping. ;)
Saturday's wind forecast was calling for NW winds 10-14mph and Sunday's was 12-15 out of the NE, so we opted for the lesser of two evils and went today.
I picked my crew up from the White Caps Motel at 6am, and we headed to Big Bopper's for some breakfast before hitting Mazurik's. We launched at 7am and headed east again. My crew already knew the program, so that was helpful in the rougher conditions we faced.
The waves were solid 2-3's with some 4's thrown in for good measure. I drove NE over to the lee side of Kelly's and then cut the corner to run up the east side of the island, where it was less rough. Once we got up north of the airport I throttled the G2 down, deployed the Ulterra and baby ETEC, and turned the boat to go SE towards the Cedar Point dumping grounds.
We ran the same program as yesterday.
We had 4 fish in the box in the first pass. As we got further from the island the waves got bigger, and Angie was a bit seasick, so we picked up and ran back up towards the NE corner and made another SE pass from there. It wasn't a fast bite today, but we did get them faster than we did yesterday. After the second pass, I accidentally turned off the Autopilot on the Ulttera's remote, and the boat headed in a southerly direction on its own and we put several fish in the box in short order. Once I figured out what happened, we kept that heading and finished out their limit.
It was a fun two days with this Nebraska crew, and I'm thankful that they were able to travel early as they did. They had a good time, and that's all that matters.
I have several trips scheduled this coming week, so I'm hoping Mother Nature will give us a break, so I can get them all in. We shall see.