Juls WFA Blog
Patrick commented on my blog asking, "Any special strategy fishing during a Mayfly hatch?"
David wanted to take his father Don fishing for a Father's Day present, so he booked his trip early, and got lucky with some terrific weather today. We met at Mazurik's at 5:45, so we could launch by 6am. Don is 79, so we didn't rush him this morning. ;)
I left the house at 4:30, and headed to Walmart to get ice. They are open 24 hours for the summer months now, and the ice is cheaper there than at the Speedway gas station on the next corner. Then, I headed for Big Bopper's, to meet my crew for breakfast. This was John and Buzz's second day, of a 3 day charter, with me.
I arrived at Mazurik's at 5am. The remnants of a full moon lit up the parking lot, pushing away the darkness. My crew was supposed to meet me there at 5:15, but they were early too. Yay! :)
I left the house at 4:30am and hit Walmart for some ice and bottled water. Then, I hit the gas station to top off the boat's gas tank, before heading over to Mazurik's to meet my crew by 5:15.
Evan had fished with me back on the 10th of this month, with his buddy, Tim. Today he brought his fiancé Gabe. I had explained that the really early bite had been pretty darn good the past two days, and asked if they could make it to Mazurik's from Toledo, OH by 5:20am, so we could be on the water by 5:30am. Evan didn't hesitate and said, "We'll be there!"
Left the house at 4:45 and headed straight down to Catawba to meet my Crew for a 5:30 launch. I got there with plenty of time to get the rods set up with the Bandits I wanted to run, and made sure the line attached to the snaps was still in good working condition, or if they needed to be re-tied.
This morning, I left the house at 4:30, thinking I had enough time to get to Mazurik's launch by 5:30, after gassing up, getting ice, and grabbing some breakfast at Big Boppers. I was wrong. I was close...but, I was wrong.
I haven't blogged since the 16th, because there really wasn't much to report.
The crew showed up last night, while I was cleaning the Ranger, because they wanted to know in advance where I lived.
Steve and Jeremy usually drive up from Columbus, but when I told them how early they needed to meet me at my house, they opted to drive up the night before and stay in Port Clinton for the night.
Randy and Kenny were standing outside their hotel when I drove up at 4:30am to pick them up. We headed to Catawba to launch, but when we got there, I could hear the waves from the lake, in the dark. So, I took a walk down to the pier to get a better look at how rough it was. It was rolling in at 2 foot or less, but I figured it would be a better idea to drive over to Turtle Creek to launch instead of riding all the way across in the dark on a kind of rough lake.
I left my house at 4:45 this morning. Stopped in at Rickard's Bait and Tackle for a bag of ice, and then picked my crew up a little after 5am at the Country Inn and Suites. We hit Micky D's to grab some breakfast "to go", and headed to Catawba to launch by 5:30am.
I had a trip today, but to make a long story short....we zeroed today. :(
I met Evan and Tim at Catawba this morning, for a 6:30am launch. We headed toward the reef complex after getting word of decent water clarity and a good bite over there.
Met my guys at Mazurik's and launched at 6:15am. The conditions, was a clear sky with a 5-15mph NW wind. Waves were 1-3 feet.
Well, the strong winds are finally subsiding...It's been a long 3 days. The rivers are flooded, and dumping mud into the lake. I suspect after all this rain, that the farm lands will have a lot of phosphorus run off and cause a bad algae bloom this summer. Fingers crossed that I'm wrong. I hate fishing in pea soup.