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Old 05-17-2011, 06:27 PM   #21
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Salmondaze- Talk about a f'ed up day! No fish, got beat to hell, and then come home on a hook! I've had bad days but only one in 35 years that was worse than yours.

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Salmondaze- Talk about a f'ed up day! No fish, got beat to hell, and then come home on a hook! I've had bad days but only one in 35 years that was worse than yours.

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Why did you go out in this crap Russ???
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I didn't, I was commenting on Salmondaze post. I haven't been out since early last week.

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Old 05-18-2011, 02:51 AM   #24
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Feel your pain Salmondaze ! Hope your back on the water soon.

I got hooked May 7th for the first time in 20yrs on the water. Thankfully I was in calm conditions but had water sloshing above deck.
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I didn't, I was commenting on Salmondaze post. I haven't been out since early last week.

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Oops, sorry.
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Although the Lake was fairly calm today there was a heavy layer of fog on it. If you went out you could not see past 200 feet or so. According to the forecast the fog will lift sometime tomorrow.

We hope to go out for a shakedown cruise tomorrow once the fog lifts.
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:29 PM   #27
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Although the Lake was fairly calm today there was a heavy layer of fog on it. If you went out you could not see past 200 feet or so. According to the forecast the fog will lift sometime tomorrow.

We hope to go out for a shakedown cruise tomorrow once the fog lifts.
Fog is almost all gone. Still there but no visibility issue.

I'm hopeful that the dirt settles and the fish start to bite here soon.

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Old 05-20-2011, 08:42 PM   #28
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I talked to a friend that is a charter fisherman and he said they couldn't get walleye or perch today, the water was dirty and he couldn't find clean water anywhere.

I think I'm going to save the gas money and do much needed yard work tomorrow.

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Fished in the pea soup all day <Friday> north & east of Kelleys. Only pulled 4 fish, but 2 fish OH's. East side of Kelleys from the airport to the se corner is stacked with fish. 39fow/deep RR's back 80/ 1.7 - 1.9mph/ chartreuse & orange based colors worked best. Had quite a few short pull-backs plus 2 bonus fish OH sheep.

Water very clean north of Kelleys island, stained near the airport and mud at the se corner.
Did best in "dirty" water.

About 1/2 the MWC tournament field brought bag limits of 5 fish to the scales today. 1st place had approximately 43 lbs for 5 fish.

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Took the boat out today for her shakedown cruise and found a lot of crap in the water. Here is one example:

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Feel your pain Salmondaze ! Hope your back on the water soon.

I got hooked May 7th for the first time in 20yrs on the water. Thankfully I was in calm conditions but had water sloshing above deck.
Thanks Prowler,

150 gallons of gas and the tanks get polished Monday. Water and debris fouled the fuel/water separator. I carry spares (of damn near everything), but with the pitch, I didn't feel safe getting into the engine room and messing around a hot engine with a pint of gas/fumes.

First time getting 'grannied' in. Been at it many decades like the others; and this was my first. I'm counting at least 2 consolations:

* Crew and vessel safely returned.
* Learned the new-to-me boat can handle heavy weather with little or no power.

The first question I got from friends at home was, "what the F were you doing on the lake?" We got to the cottage on the island Thursday night, checked the weather as always; knew it was going to bounce going home; had just 3 miles of open water. Up early Sunday . . . no fishing or dick'n around.

I'm chalking it up as a learning experience . . .
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I fished a tourney up near Buffalo yesterday and the fog was brutal! Damn stuff didn't start to really lift and burn off until 1:30 and it was just too dangerous to really make a run anywhere. I had my 8 year old along too as my partner so taking chances was out of the question anyway. Heard two distress calls - one guy grounded on some rocks, damaged the big motor AND lost his drain plug banging around. The CG came to his aid. I never heard the details on the other - but with the water at 44 degrees, there is no margin for error out there.

As for the fishing, the bite sucked on the smallies anywhere I could get to. Two sheephead for my boat - both hit Gulp chartuse / natural earthworms on shakey heads pulling them back from shore really slow. During the week I got to practice twice - had two pretty good days. Most of my smallie action has come in 15 to 20 FOW with X Factor jigs paired with X Factor crazy legs - Yum green pumpkin color - not sure what they call it. Other guys were saying they were getting some nice fish on dropshots with a variety of plastics. I've seen few 4-5 pounders and one nice one probably 6 or a bit more. Water has GOT to warm up soon - need some sun though!

One other guy I see a lot was out almost all night and until about 10 AM for walleye - landed two in the 4 pound range trolling stick baits pretty shallow - less than 10 FOW just before dawn. Other than that - he reported it has been slow on our end lately.

Good luck all! Be safe!
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The best I saw today were the guys who stayed at the dock. I saw three coolers full of Crappies.
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Long day for us Saturday on Erie.
Started SE corner of Kelleys - cooler clean. Worked our way NE of Kelleys - cooler clean. Chased radio fish to NW corner of N. Bass - cooler clean.
Mazurik boat launch at 4pm was a ZOO. RAMPANT Ramp RAGE !!

Friends in 'each area' did pick fish, but it wasn't to be for me.

Platitudes: Twas a beautiful day on the water. Boat ran well with no issues.
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Long day for us Saturday on Erie.
Started SE corner of Kelleys - cooler clean. Worked our way NE of Kelleys - cooler clean. Chased radio fish to NW corner of N. Bass - cooler clean.
Mazurik boat launch at 4pm was a ZOO. RAMPANT Ramp RAGE !!

Friends in 'each area' did pick fish, but it wasn't to be for me.

Platitudes: Twas a beautiful day on the water. Boat ran well with no issues.
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you should of launched at dempsey's and cut thru baypoint. never any crowds there!
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you should of launched at dempsey's and cut thru baypoint. never any crowds there!
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Might just drive over to Mazurik this wknd to watch. Memorial wknd is sure to provide top notch entertainment.
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Might just drive over to Mazurik this wknd to watch. Memorial wknd is sure to provide top notch entertainment.
Yep and bring some cold ones and a camera.
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Hey, when launching @ Dempsey where do you find any water more than a couple of feet? I have tried launching there twice and have never been able to get more than a couple hundred feet from the launch, stirring up mud the whole time. I was lucky to get back to the ramp.

When you launch what direction do you head?

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Russ,
It does get shallow but my boat doesn't draw a lot of water. I have the fishfinder set for 1' offset as far as depth readings. A lot will depend if we have a big blow from SW OR W which, as you know , can blow a lot of water out. I leave the launch area (which is shallow) and head towards the Johnson's island causeway. usually 5 to 6' all the way. Go under the causeway then short run to Baypoint marina entrance on bay side. gets a bit shallow going across there but i've never stirred mud. Cut thru the marina and come out on the lake side. I think a few places I may have shown 2' on the sounder (3' of water with offset).
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Hey, when launching @ Dempsey where do you find any water more than a couple of feet? I have tried launching there twice and have never been able to get more than a couple hundred feet from the launch, stirring up mud the whole time. I was lucky to get back to the ramp.

When you launch what direction do you head?

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Russ,
During my disaster the weekend of the 12th, I pulled the boat out at Dempsey. From the northern-most dock, back straight aft. Do NOT angle south at all. I went forward north around the breakwall then east; keeping the island well to my port. Good water all the way. Didn't touch or pull mud (lots of water in the lake these days . . .

I draw 38"
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