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Old 07-22-2020, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by blackh2odog View Post
Appears my home harbor entrance is right in the middle of the best action on the lake. This is why I selected West Harbor as my home base 10 years ago. Lots of fish to be had within 15 miles East, West and in nonCOVID years, North. Not bad when the top and bottom water temps are at or nearly 80 in the Western Basin.
To avoid having to get my charts out.....how many miles is it to West Harbor to the Niagara area? When going out after work I don't have the time to run that far west but I am off next week so curious how far of a run it is by water -vs- by road?
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
To avoid having to get my charts out.....how many miles is it to West Harbor to the Niagara area? When going out after work I don't have the time to run that far west but I am off next week so curious how far of a run it is by water -vs- by road?

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Well duh....I could have put it in my GPS and done that. Sorry, I didn't think of doing it on my GPS.
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3 miles NE.of KI shoal.
Bandits 50/60 2 oz and 3oz
TruTrip 40 80 to 90 back BadMo Arrowhead spoons 2.5 size

Dipsey 3 setting and TruTrip 50 50 to 55 back. BadMo spoons.

Speed 2.8 to 2.9 mph


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Some chunky fish there Captain! Nice job!
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Originally Posted by blackh2odog View Post
3 miles NE.of KI shoal.
Bandits 50/60 2 oz and 3oz
TruTrip 40 80 to 90 back BadMo Arrowhead spoons 2.5 size

Dipsey 3 setting and TruTrip 50 50 to 55 back. BadMo spoons.

Speed 2.8 to 2.9 mph
David, nice job killing it as always! To confirm, when you say 50/60 in your report, you mean 50 out—attach weight—then an additional 10 feet out, correct? Also, my precision trolling app only gives me dive charts for bandits with 2oz weight. Do you know where to find a dive chart for 3oz snap weights or is there a pearl of wisdom that each ounce of weight will drop your bandit an additional X number of feet deeper? Thanks
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Originally Posted by RazzleDazzle View Post
David, nice job killing it as always! To confirm, when you say 50/60 in your report, you mean 50 out—attach weight—then an additional 10 feet out, correct? Also, my precision trolling app only gives me dive charts for bandits with 2oz weight. Do you know where to find a dive chart for 3oz snap weights or is there a pearl of wisdom that each ounce of weight will drop your bandit an additional X number of feet deeper? Thanks
50 line out add snap weight, another 60 out total of 110 feet.

For the 3 oz, add another 4 feet to the 2 oz. ie, if 2oz is running at 28 feet, the 3 oz would be at 32 feet.

Rule of thumb, every ounce is 4 feet.

This is speed dependent value so it is not always exact just a guide.

Hope this helps. To be honest using the PT app for snaps used to be difficult for me to understand.

You can use snaps at 6 ft and get equal results and not have to remove snap weights to net fish. This imparts a different lure action as compared to a weight 50 feet away. I often run snaps at 20 feet, when running baits under 80 feet total out.

Hope this helps, ask if not.
Tight lines.
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Interesting day today, thought I had an off day. Scrolling through FB saw a crew of 4 was cancelled by their captain. They sent out a message asking if anyone could help them out. I told them I could, so they made their way West from Conneaut.

Brothers Dustin and Curtis along with friends Paul and Russell met me at the EHSPM gas dock and we headed out just before 9 am.

We headed Northeast of KI, took a quick 6 Walleye and the bite slowed. We made a slight Eastwards adjustment and we were back on them.

BadMo Arrowhead Spoons 2.5 size on TruTrip 40s were hot. We had several inhaled baits today.

Bandits 50/60 with 2 and 3 ounces snap weights on Offshore boards were firing the on pace with the spoons. Several times we had doubles and triple.

TruTrip 50s 50 back and Dipsey 3 setting 65 back both with BadMo spoons were active rods today.

Great first time on Lake Erie crew. They did a great job running the back of the boat, as we had fish coming in and rods going out the entire time. Many times we had one side cleared.

They had a great time ribbing each other while they worked the rods today.

A fair amount of very healthy looking 12 inch Walleye out there. They are putting on some girth.

Between helping them with the back of the boat and reeling in my fish, I did not get many candid pics.



Had a little line cross, but it worked out and we netted the Eye.

Capt even has to stop fish counting to reel in one of his six.

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Do all your clients have to go shoeless?
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Do all your clients have to go shoeless?
HaHa. Good eyes!

I have a rule, no hooks on flat surfaces except for the bait station. Part of my morning, speech for all groups.

Particularly important if dogs are on the charter.

So I am comfortable in not having any shoes.
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Back way East of KI. Bandits and Yozuris 50/60 with 2 oz and 3 oz snap weights

TruTrip 50s with Ripplin Redfins


Dipsey 2 70 back with Bomber Long As
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'Excellent job, Captain David!
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Same thing again today, except for stronger winds and a bit of rain. Took the 13 knot East wind and waves on the nose for 19 miles.



Bandits and Yozuri Crystal Minnows 100 and 110 back with 2 and 3 oz.

TruTrip 50s 50 back were hot with Ripplin Redfins.

Speed was 2.4 to 2.7


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60 perch this morning NW OF CATAWBA. First limit in two years, I think.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
60 perch this morning NW OF CATAWBA. First limit in two years, I think.
So you were over by Green Island? I'm going perch fishing Saturday so looking for some fishing info. Did you get gold shiners from Hi-Way?
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
So you were over by Green Island? I'm going perch fishing Saturday so looking for some fishing info. Did you get gold shiners from Hi-Way?
35.3/52.2 you'll see a big pack of boats. I got emeralds at Jeanette's
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Nice to see some perch getting caught. Further east, they're few and far between. Emeralds are scarce as well. Nice job!
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
35.3/52.2 you'll see a big pack of boats. I got emeralds at Jeanette's
Thanks for the info!

So Jeanette's finally got some shiners. I have called them about 10 times in the past month and they haven't had any. Were they good size or really small? I bought 4 dozen shiners @ Butch & Denny's in Curtice Ohio last week @ $5/dozen but they were really small. Not pinheads but not much bigger, I hate using these little tiny ones. I think I actually got about 48 minnows, they were really stingy on the count.

I will call Jeanette's again tonight and if they have shiners I will go get some tonight so I can have them for the weekend.
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jeanettes had big ones. We cut almost every one in half.



Ran NE of Kelleys this morning near the Canadian line.6 oz bottom bouncers on the corner and a 3 oz. inline off a board did the trick. I was pulling double willow worm harnesses. Speed 2.3-2.7
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
jeanettes had big ones. We cut almost every one in half.



Ran NE of Kelleys this morning near the Canadian line.6 oz bottom bouncers on the corner and a 3 oz. inline off a board did the trick. I was pulling double willow worm harnesses. Speed 2.3-2.7
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