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Dec 4, 2000 22:32



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Stick and Ball per Rocketman on December 3, 2000

We went fishing from 11:00 to 5:30 on Sunday, December 3. The weather was calm and sunny. Air temp was in the low 30's and water temp was from 38-40. We fished in 10 to 15 feet of water. Water clarity was silty blue. Towards 3:00 a southwest wind picked up and started to blow reaching moderate by the time we reeled in. The barometer was 30.6. We went 7 for 13, with most of the action after the wind started going. We had our second hit a 1:40 and then about an hour after that the action took off. the fish clearly were not hitting as hard as last week as we had a lot of losses plus the ones we caught were barely hooked. Overall, we got a 40", 38", 37", 35", 32" and two 29". Two of the lost fish felt like good ones but it was hard to tell as we are only judging by the amount of line lost. Overall, the terminator TX's (5 for 11) were hot as were the planer board rods (5 for 11). Hot colors were WBS Bluefrog TX (1 for 3), Zit Frog TX (1 for 2) and WB Perch TX(3 for 4). Also Mackeral Frog TX (0 for 1), Helin Frog Wiley King (1 for 1), Bluefrog Stalker (1 for 1) and something I don't remember (0 for 1). Planer board lines with 2 to 4 oz, 25 to 45 feet back. Two fish on boat rods early, all planer boards at the end. Another great day, disappointed on fish size but hopefully we get one more shot. If not, still a great year, I have caught 47 muskies myself including 7 fish 45 inches and up.

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Submitted: Dec 3, 2000 at 23:30 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good!

I went fishing on Sunday, 12/03/00 from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM at St. Clair/C17, for Muskies. It was clear, 35 F and the wind was S 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was cooling. The water temperature was 39 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 2-4 feet, and I was fishing in 14 foot deep water.

I went 4 for 7 today. What a great day for fishing. Nice and sunny and not much wind, The lake was settled down and the fish were turned on big time. 4 for 7 in five hours doesn't sound that good except I wasted the first couple hours around Peche Island where I marked absolutely nothing. When I started I saw Grim Reaper over by the stick and ball so I finally got smart enough to try over there. From 3:00 until 5:30 I got all 7 hits. The 4 I got were all less than 40". I had a decent one almost in but it got snagged on the board cable and got off. The other two were just quick rips wit no idea of size. 5 were on Terminator TX Zit Frog, 1 was on TX WBS Bluefrog, and 1 was on TXJ Zit Frog. By the way my buddy Mike O'Hara left a note on the windshield of the RocketJeep. He went 8 for 9! There are still 12 days left to get the one you're looking for so good luck to all muskie hunters!!!!



Dec 3, 2000 18:01



Submitted by mike ford who fished C-2 on Dec-3-00

Went fishing for musky on Lake St. Clair in C-2. We went 3 for 3. Caught a 38 inch 16 pounder on a strait pretty baby wiley at 25'2oz, a thirty incher on a three d perch terminater at 25'4oz, and a 27incher on a walleye scale wiley in the wash with a 1 pound weight. Maybe I need to forget the net like I did last week to get a big one.

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Dec 3, 2000 18:01



Nov 27, 2000 17:45



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St Clair - Puce (C-17 I think) on November 25, 2000

The day started out tough as I listened to Captain Dan's report about people ice fishing in the canal and I was dreading the task of breaking the ice out to the lake. It brightened however when it turned out that duck hunters had broken it already. We plowed through the broken ice chunks out into the lake and down to the puce/dumping ground area. It was so cold my outboard was running ragged. Water clarity was awesome in about a 1 mile by 2 mile patch. Water temperature was 38 degrees and wind was moderate from the east. Air temp was in the upper 30's as well. The barometer was under 30 and falling. We set lines about 11 and fished until 5:30. Once the lines were in the action just took off. To summarize, WE ROCKED!!!!! We went 11 for 11. While this is not an ad for Terminators and Rocketman didn't put me up to this, the Terminators did awesome, catching 8 of 11. We even caught 5 muskies in a 45 minute stretch from 1:45 to 2:30 although small ones (31 to 35 inchers). Then, at the end, the Grim Reaper himself finished with a 45 inch, 28 lb fish and a 45.5 inch, 27.5 lb fish. Overall, I was 7 for 7 with a 45.5, 45, 41, 38.5, 33 and two 31's. Earlier we also had a 43 inch, 21 lb. fish and a 41 inch, 18.5 lb fish. A Green Mackeral TX on a planer board at 4 oz., 25 feet took the 2 big ones. A WBS Bluefrog TX on a planer board at 4 oz., 25 feet took the 41 as well as a 38.5, 35 and a 31. A WBS Bluefrog TX on a boat rod with 10 oz and 15 feet took two 31's. The first fish was a 30 incher on a YB frog wiley on a planer board. Then the Bluefrog TX took off. Then the 43 inch came on a YB Perch Wiley King on a boat rod at 25 feet. Then Green Mackeral took over. Also somewhere in the middle of the fray, we caught a 31 inch on a coach dog stalker on a planer board. WHAT A DAY!!!!!! I wished I could have gone again on Sunday but couldn't swing it with the various other family commitments. Still looking for that 35 lber.

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Submitted: Nov 25, 2000 at 18:22 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
I Sucked!!

We went fishing on Friday, 11/24/00 from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM at St. Clair/C11, for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 35F and the wind was S 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was windy. The water temperature was 38F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was muddy brown, visability was less than 1 foot, and I was fishing in 16 foot deep water.

I went 0 for 0 today. Fished all over from 9 Mile down to Peche, through the dumps and out deep to the big concrete No 14 marker. Didn't mark fish good anywhere and most places were muddy. I had one possible hit on a TX WB Perch Mackerel on a board but I didn't see or hear it go so I didn't count it. The Blossom Heath ramp was pretty much iced up but broken from other boats. Best clarity was at the north end of the dumps and I marked a few fish in there. Nothing at all down by Peche and the water was 35F very muddy with weedbags too. Oh well, the fat lady still hasn't sung!



Nov 25, 2000 17:13



Submitted by Mike Ford who fished C2 on 11-25-00

Went fishing for musky on Lake St. Clair in C2. The air temperature was 38 degrees, and we fished from 11:00 to 2:00. We went 2 for 2. The first fish hit a 9" strait prettybaby wiley at 30' and 2oz. She was 46inches with a 23inch girth.
Big fat muskie
The estimated weight put the fish at a little over 30lbs. The other fish was caught on a three d perch T3 at 25 and 4oz. That fish was 38inches 15lbs.

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Nov 23, 2000 22:55



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St Clair - Peche on November 19, 2000

We went fishing from 12:00 to 5:30 pm. Water was very dirty near the Puce and we moved over towards Peche Island although somewhat out towards the dumps. Water clarity was pretty good although still a blue grey color. Air temp was in the low 30's when we started although the rods ceased icing up shortly after we started. It was partly sunny and the wind was moderate to strong from the southwest. Barometer was under 30 and dropping. Water temp was 41 degrees. We went 1 for 1 getting a 42 inch, 18 lb. fish on a YB Olive Frog Stalker at 20', 4 oz. on a planer board. The fish was at 3:30 pm. This is the first 40 inch plus fish we have caught since 9/29 - pretty pathetic. We saw another boat fishing the same area (a big Proline) and noticed him catch two muskies and given that we were only near him a little while, he may have done pretty well. It seems as if the people with Prolines must be pretty tough as I didn't see any other boats except for freighters and duck hunters. Even the Rocketman who claims to be tough wasn't around.

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Nov 13, 2000 17:04



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St Clair - Metro on 11/12/2000

We went from 11:30 to 5:30. We started at the South Channel and had pretty good water conditions. Wind was strong from the East. Barometer was 30 plus and dropping. Air temp was in the 40's and water temp ranged from 47-49. We fished in 10-17 feet of water. After about an hour we heard Mike O'Hara on the radio talking about how he crushed the muskies off the spillway the day before and how it looked good for today. He was helping a buddy set up in the "hot spot". Given that he is one of the top guys on the lake, we decided to move in on his spot and ran back from the South Channel. We set up near him and fished out the day but only 2 pike to show for our efforts. Afterwards I think we should have stayed at the South Channel. Water color varied tremendously off the metro area, from strong tea to silty green. O'Hara had mentioned on Saturday all his fish came from the dirty water.

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Nov 12, 2000 19:33



Submitted by Mike Ford who fished C2 on 11-12-2000

Went fishing on Lake St. Clair today in C2. Went 3 for 3 with the fish being 27 to 38 inches long. I also caught two pike. Three of the fish came on a pretty baby strait wiley. The other two were caught on a walleye jointed wiley. Also, all the action was on boat rods set at 10 and 25 feet back and up high. I was in less than ten feet of water all day, and went as shallow as six feet.

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Submitted: Nov 12, 2000 at 11:01 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fair

We went fishing on Saturday, 11/11/00 from 12:30 PM until 6:30 PM at St. Clair/C11&C16 for Muskies. It was overcast, 50 F and the wind was N 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was windy. The water temperature was 50 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 1 for 1 today. John got the biggest one, a 40-42 inch Muskie that went for a WB Mackerel Perch Terminator TX fished 15 and 4 on a board. It was a pretty nice fish and it hit so hard it had us fooled for a couple minutes. We got our one and only hit about 1/2 hour after we started. It was pretty much straight out from the 9-Mile Tower. We trolled all the way down to Peche Island and tried it down there and also in the dumps. The water color got muddier the more east we went but the US shoreline was pretty good. We never marked many fish anywhere. If I was going again today I would try it in 15-16 feet of water between the GPYC and the Spillway. Oh well, the fat lady still hasn't sung yet!



Nov 7, 2000 15:55



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St Clair - Thames on November 5, 2000

We went fishing from 12:30 to 6:00 at St. Clair - Thames. Weather was mostly sunny and wind was nonexistent until the end when a moderate SSW wind started up. Water was very murky, 51 degrees, floating weeds were somewhat of a problem. Air temp was in the 50's. Barometer was over 30 and steady. We fished in 10 to 15 feet of water. We went 3 for 4 with the action pretty steady but somewhat slow. We seemed to catch a fish every 2 hours although the first one was right off the bat. We caught a 33" on a golden shiner stalker at 35', 4 oz., planer board, a 38.5" on a Jeremy Frog stalker at 35', 4 oz, planer board, a 36" on a helin frog nilsmaster at 12 oz., 15', boat rod and the loss was on a helin frog TX boat rod. The fish all came in a pretty tight area.

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Nov 6, 2000 11:36



Submitted by mike who fished belle river area on 11/12/00

Ever have one of those days when you should have stayed in bed ? Went to Belle River area and managed 0/6.First fish came on a down rod with a Gotcha Black Carp and managed to weasle off by the boat. Second fish came on a board rod w/Fingerling perch at 40/4, nice fish 44" or so and fat but decided a net was not for him and bailed.Third fish was a heck of a rip on a board rod T3 frog but the 3 way swivel came apart.Fish # 4 was to be my personal best, yeah right...she came on a down rod on a Wiley $9 bass, she was 54 " easy and well into 30lb range , which may have contributed to the #*!$# split ring breaking. 5 and 6 were on Gotcha Perch on board rods 40/4.Broken leader and straightend hooks.Changing the name of the Lund from CRS to Albatross. We SUCKED big time.

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Nov 6, 2000 11:10



Submitted by mike who fished belle river area on 11/2/00

Took another muskie virgin out and went 1/1 on a perch Fingerling at 40/4 on a board rod. Fish was 40" and 24 lbs.Marked lots of fish but no other takers

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Submitted: Nov 5, 2000 at 09:25 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fair

We went fishing on Saturday, 11/04/00 from 12:30 PM until 6:30 PM at St. Clair/C16, for Muskies. It was partly cloudy, 55 F and the wind was W 15-20 mph. The last few days the weather was windy. The water temperature was 53 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty blue, visibility was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 11-14 foot deep water.

We went 2 1/2 for 4 today. We had some action but never found the the big fish. We hardly marked anything at all. We never marked a single size 4 and only a few size 3s. The fish we had on were all less than 40" long but even those little ones liked big wood. Three hits were on Terminator TXs - Zit Frog, Dog Turd, and WBS Bluefrog, all about 10' out on downrods. The other hit was on a T3 WBS Bluefrog on a board. The 1/2 fish was the biggest one that we had on. It shook the lure right at the boat when we were getting ready to hoist it in. Oh well, it's not Dec 15 yet!



Oct 30, 2000 22:28



Submitted by Gregory Mickunas who fished St. Clair on 10/29/00

Fished St. Clair Sunday 10/29/00 with my good friend Mike Puthoff. We were skunked at St. Calir earlier this month, and I had called it quits for the season. My boat was already up on blocks and winterized. But Mike had different ideas and talked me into giving it one more shot. We went from 7:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Water was calm in the morning, then it got gusty and waves went to 3 feet. Water was clear, temps 54-56. We trolled on the North end of the lake in 8-12 ft of water. We went 4 for 4, and all hit before 1 p.m. Got a 43" on a long rod, 6" jointed wiley $9 bass type, 40 ft., no weight. Got a 31" on a downrod double rig, 10 ft., no weight, $9 bass type 6" jointed Creek Chub Pikie. A 41" hit on a long rod, 40 ft., no weight, $9 bass 8" jointed Believer. Then a 43" smacked a long rod at 40 ft., no weight, same wiley as above. All the fish we plump and fought like hell. My thanks to Mike Puthoff for getting me back out on the water one more time.

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Oct 30, 2000 21:42



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Puce on Sunday Oct. 29, 2000

We went fishing from 12:45 to 5:45 at the Puce. We were on the luxury liner this week (38' Tiara). Water was mopbucket grey and the wind was moderate from the north. Weeds were scattered around but not too bad. We fished in 10 to 16 feet of water. Barometer was over 30, a front having come through on Friday night. Air temp was around 50 degrees and water temp was 55 degrees. We tried a lot of stuff but ended up 0 for 0. Nothing was going, we probably should have tried either Metro or the South Channel given the water conditions. Oh well, at least on the luxury liner I could watch the Lions game on TV.

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Oct 30, 2000 09:39



Submitted by Rick Quade who fished Lake Webster, IN on 10-27

Rocketman: I've been musky fishing for four years now, primarily on a "numbers" lake in Indiana. Over that span I've caught about 40 muskies, but nothing over 25 pounds. I started going to St. Claire to try to catch a 30 pounder, and recently returned from a trip on Oct. 11 (see report below) where we caught tons of fish, but nothing large. I pretty much thought my chances at a 30# fish would have to wait for next year's St. Claire trip, but imagine my surprise when I managed to land my first 30# fish from a small 600 acre body of water in Indiana of all places!.
Ricks first 30
The fish followed in a bulldawg and veered off and ate a 12 inch sucker that we had rigged. The fish was hooked perfectly in the corner of the mouth (a guarantee if you use circle hooks when live bait fishing) and was released after a few pictures. The fish wasn't all that long (45.5 inches) but it had a massive 23.5 inch girth. What's even more amazing is that both my fishing partner and I had an even larger fish aggressively follow our baits on two successive casts about 5 minutes later. This fish was much longer and at least as fat, probably a 35+ pounder. Where were these fish all year?

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Oct 28, 2000 09:24



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair Thames and Stony Pt. on October 26, 2000

We went from 2:00 to 7:00 on Thursday. Air temp was warm, in the low 70's. Water temp was 58. Conditions were fantastic, minimal floating weeds, slightly off-color water. Barometer was below 30. It was foggy when we left and then sunny but ended up with the thickest fog I have ever seen. Wind was nonexistent until around 5:00 when a slight SW wind arose. We went 1 for 2 with about a 30 incher on a Jeremy Frog Stalker at 20', 2 oz. on a planer board. Lost fish seemed a little bigger based on the amount of line it took out, although I don't think it was what we were looking for. That hit was on a YB Olive Frog Stalker. We fished by the Thames in 11 to 15 feet of water for the first 3 hours to no avail although 7 other boats were working the area. Moved over to Stony and got the hits at 5:45 and 6:15. Hits were in about 16-17 feet of water. The fog that developed was unbelievable. Being 18 miles out there was no way I was going to troll back but visibility was near zero. I couldn't see the lights near Jefferson beach until I was within 50' of the canal mouth. Be careful if you see the fog coming in thick, it was not a fun trip in. I thought I was going to meet the Grim Reaper.

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Oct 28, 2000 09:08



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - St. Lukes on October 19, 2000

We went from 2:00 to 7:30 at St. Lukes. Water clarity was clear blue. Air temp was warm (upper 60's) and the water temp was 55. The wind was slight from the north. Barometer was over 30. We fished in a variety of depths. The fish was in about 17' of water. We went 1 for 1 with a 32 inch little guy on a YB Helin Frog J10 Wiley at 4 oz. and 40'. Fish came right off the bat and that was it. Tried by stony pointe but water clarity was really dirty as well as there were a ton of floating weeds.

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Oct 23, 2000 20:01



Submitted by muskyhunter who fished C17 on Oct21,22

Went fishing for musky on Lake St. Clair Saturday and Sunday in C17. Went 1 for 2 for the weekend. On Saturday we landed a 42 inch musky caught on a JD wb perch. On Sunday I lost a fish of similar size to the one on Saturday. That fish bit on a walleye scale Wiley. I have been putting in some hours on the water in hopes of hooking a monster fish before ice up. Last week I had a real nice fish to the boat but lost her. My goal is to catch and release a 35 pounder. Thats why I have been mixing in some trips to Skegemog as well as fishing in St. Clair. Hopefully I can make it happen this year. Good luck on the water everyone, the Muskyhunter.

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Submitted: Oct 22, 2000 at 07:43 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fair

We went fishing on Saturday, 10/21/00 from 2:00 PM until 7:30 PM at St. Clair/C21, for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 70 F and the wind was N 15-20 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 58 F and there were 3 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visibility was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 2 for 4 today. Andrew got the biggest one, a 39 inch Muskie that went for a Dog Turd Terminator TX fished on a down rod. Conditions at the wall looked perfect. Excellent water color, very few weeds and when we started we were marking lots of fish especially right up in the corner. The winds were light and variable when we started. As the day went on it got windy from the north and a few weeds started to blow in. By nightfall it was pretty damn rough. We marked a couple size 4s but never did get a hit from a big fish. The other one we got was also small and it hit a St. Lawrence TX on a downrod. The two we missed were both on Dog Turd T3s on boards and they were gone instantly and no way to estimate size. A 36lb was caught and released in the general vicinity today but the exact area is a secret ha ha.



Oct 21, 2000 18:16



Submitted by Scott Kovacs who fished Belle river to peche island on 10-21-00

went 2 for 2. one about 28" and one about 31". both were caught on a perch baby depth raider on a board rod. 30' 3oz. didn't see much other action. fished in 12-15ft. but we did catch an excellent coors light buzz. 12pack at 12ounces.

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Oct 19, 2000 22:09



Submitted by muskyhunter who fished C17 on Oct19

Went fishing for musky on Lake St.Clair at C17 from 4pm to 7pm. At about 4:30 we had a slider break loose. When it released the drag didn't go of it just broke clean, so I knew it was a big fish. After an awesome battle I started to hand over hand the fish to the boat. Unfortunately when I got the fish to the back of the boat it ran into the stern and come off. I have seen two legitimate 50 inch musky this year and this one was at least that long, and very fat. She hit on a pretty baby strait wiley. We also boated a 37 inch on a walleye wiley 30' 2oz, and missed onther fish on a fire tiger Tx at 25' with no weight. Over the past weekend we went to Skegemog lake and went 2 for 2. Both of the fish were dinks. The Muskyhunter

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Oct 16, 2000 17:11



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Puce on Saturday, October 14

We went fishing from 11:15 to 7:30. We started at the ruscom and stayed until 3:00 pm. We then picked up and moved 12 miles east to the Puce. Weather was partly sunny, warm with a moderate WSW wind. Water clarity varied greatly at the Ruscom but was pretty good near the Puce. Barometer was under 30. Air temp was around 70 and water temp was 52 at the ruscom and 55 at the puce. We fished in various depths of water from 11 to 18. We went 4 for 4 but nothing exciting at all, everything between 27 and 30 inches. Everything was on the planer boards and we had fish on a Helin Frog TX, Zit Frog TX, Golden Shiner Stalker, and a YB Olive Frog Stalker. Fish all came between 5:00 and 6:30 pm, all at the puce. Planer board lines were between 20' and 50' back with 2 to 4 oz of weight. A musky tournament was going and it seemed as if the fishing was slow for many but several people had quite a few fish. We heard of a 34 lber caught in the morning. Sounded as if the morning was better for most. We watched one boat catch two fish right in front of us at the ruscom.

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Oct 16, 2000 09:59



Submitted by Rick Quade who fished Same killer spot on 10-12

Rocketman: This is the report from my friends that I promised you. ========== We started fishing at 8:30 AM and finished at 3:30PM. We fished on a boat owned by Larry Varney because it would take 7 total people comfortably. Steve VanAssche was co-captain, so we had two really good fishing pros to help us as we monitored the 11 lines that we used for trolling. We caught our first fish at 9:30 AM and several in the next hour. After that we landed one per hour. We had 18 strikes and landed 13 fish. We had one 38" Northern and the rest were Muskie. There were two Muskie over 40": One was 41" and the biggest was 48 1/2" and weighed 28 1/2 lbs. The captains said that the lake also has good Perch and Bass Fishing. They said that usually you catch 75 to 300 Perch in a day and 5 to 10 smallmouths that range from 3 to 5 lbs. That type of fishing sounds good if you want to eat what you catch. All in all, everyone had a great time and was amazed how Lake St. Claire is such a big producer of fish. We all were impressed with how easy it is to get there and how reasonable the cost is. Rick, thanks for putting us on to this fishing trip. Best wishes.

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Submitted: Oct 15, 2000 at 22:49 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Awesome!!!

We went fishing on Sunday, 10/15/00 from 3:00 PM until 7:45 PM at St. Clair/C17, for Muskies. It was drizzly, 60 F and the wind was S 0-5 mph. The last few days the weather was windy. The water temperature was 54 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 2-4 feet, and I was fishing in 16 foot deep water.

I went 1 for 1 today. I thought I had the muskie of my dreams. I got a late start then had a hard time finding any fish. Finally about 6:00pm I started marking some big ones in 16' NNE of the Puce. I stayed right there in an area about 1/2 mile long trying to find something they wanted. Finally, I heard a couple clicks on a downrod. I looked right at the reel and it wasn't doing anything - then it started screaming. And didn't stop. When I got the rod it felt like a massive fish. Not a single headshake at all, just these unreal power runs. This went on for about 20 minutes and during that time the fish had out over 50 yards of line twice. I would be getting it in and then it would just take off like crazy and there was no stopping it when it did that. Without a doubt this was the biggest fish that I ever had on in my life. Or so I thought. Finally, I started to get to the boat. I put the boat in neutral and was winching it in and the boat was actually moving backwards noticeably. Then it came up right next to the boat and the problem was obvious. It was a real nice muskie for sure - but it was hooked strange. The back hook was in the corner of it's mouth and the front hook was in it's side way behind the gillplate. Apparently that gave it some damn good leverage and made it feel so big. I boated it by hand again but this time with a leather gardening glove which worked great and no chew marks on the hand either. The fish looked like between about 49-50" on my boat ruler but it was hard to get a perfect measurement because it was still pretty lively and it was getting dark by then. This wasn't any huge fish but I rated it an awesome because this was the most awesome fight I ever had. Thank you Muskie God!!!!



Oct 15, 2000 21:00



Submitted by Jeff McCollum who fished St Clair - Belle River on October 14th

Fished Saturday 14th from 9am till 6:30pm and we sucked!! Water temps 46-48. Reports were that the fish were in close to shore in 13ft of water. We trolled every bait in the box and not a single rip. We are talking major skunkage! However we didn't see any other boats netting fish either. The conditions were perfect: partly sunny to complete overcast. SW wind.When does the fall feedbag start on St Clair?? Are we early? Better luck next time. Fish On Jeff McCollum

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Oct 12, 2000 22:03



Submitted by Gregory J. Mickunas who fished Cave Run on October 7th and 8th

Went to Cave run last weekend for peak season fishing. Water temp was 68 degrees with clear water on the main lake. The rivers were slightly stained. Strong winds, overcast, with air temps between 30 and 50 throughout the days. A good chop on the water most of the time. Felt like perfect Fall Musky weather. On Saturday while casting the wood we had a 2 foot dink chase a plug to the boat, miss the lure, and jump out of the water. It didn't come back for the figure 8. We casted all the hotspots deep and shallow as well as trolled the main lake humps and weedbeds without a hit, follow, or rip. Saw several boats out on the water doing the same. Talked to some of the guys and nobody was boating fish. Skunk central!

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Oct 12, 2000 21:53



Submitted by Gregory J. Mickunas who fished St. Clair on October 4, 2000

Trolled around the Clinton River all morning and even made a run toward Peche Island. Marked fish, not a rip. Water was clear and 62 degrees. Waves 1-2 feet. Pulled out and re-launched at the Thames. Water was stained and the waves and temp were about the same. Cruised out a few miles past the last Thames buoy and found seven Perch boats stacked up in one area in about 15 feet of water. Good bottom structure. The perch guys were reeling them in. We thought we had it made and circled like vultures all around and in between the perch boats for hours and hours without a rip. Trolled over to St. Luke's and got into heavy floating and bottom weeds. Couldn't troll this area effectively, but we marked tons of fish. Trolled until after dark. Not a rip. We definitely sucked.

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Oct 12, 2000 08:51



Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Puce on October 11. 2000

Went fishing on Wednesday from 2:30 to 7:30 over by the Puce. Water clarity was dirty near the Puce but pretty good towards the Dumps. We kind of fished right where the water started to clear up in about 15' of water. Air temp was in the low 60's and water temp was 52. It was completely sunny and the barometer was over 30. Wind started moderate from WSW and lightened to almost calm as we came in. We went 3 for 4 which sounds terrible after reading the Steve VanAsche report from 10/10. Nothing exciting, we had a 36" and two 33's. The loss was on a WB Perch Stalker at 50', 4 oz. The 36" was on a J10 YB Perch Wiley on a downrigger (7' down) and the 33's were on a Yellow Stalker with Black dots and an orange belly on a boat rod at 20', 6 oz. We caught the first two which had put our streak to 10 straight without a loss, but then it came to an end. Lost fish just seemed average although we didn't see it.

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Oct 11, 2000 12:30



Submitted by Rick Quade who fished Lake St. Claire on 10-10

We fished from 7:30 until 3:30 on October 10 with Captain Steve VanAssche of Bushwhacker Charters on Lake St. Claire. The wind was 10-15 mph and the waves were about 1 feet. It was mostly sunny all day and about 55-60 degrees. We went 23 for 29!!! I know this sounds more like perch fishing, but we had immediate and non-stop action (call Captain Steve if you don't believe me). We lost only 6 fish, 4 of which were small, although my buddy lost a mid 40 inch fish at boatside and I lost what appeared to be a monster fish, but who knows since I never saw it. We never waited more than 30 minutes for a rip and we had 4 double headers, and one triple header. We even caught two fish when we were reeling the lines in to go home! The only negative part of the trip was that on average the fish were very small for St. Claire standards. Of the 23 fish we landed, the biggest fish was about 40 inches. Probably 15 of the 23 were right around the 30 inch mark or lower. The rest were decent fish and very fat. I also managed to land a 38 inch pike that was very fat. Contrast this to our trip last year with Captain Steve, where we landed 6 muskies, the smallest of which was 40 inches. The fish were caught on many different lures: Terminators, Believers, Wileys, etc. We kept upgrading size to try to get big fish and we kept getting 30 inch fish on 12 inch lures. 19 of the 23 landed fish were muskies, 4 were pike. We probably had 6 other "pseudo" hits where the fish hit hard enough to release the lure, but was never on. No smallies or walleyes like we got last year. By the way, this was the second most fish Steve's boat landed all year out of maybe 70 trips. I don't want this to sound like a commercial for Captain Steve, but in two trips, we have landed 29 pike/muskies. Steve asked me not to give away his location in this message. Suffice it to say, it was in US waters and in two trips we have not seen another muskie boat! We caught all of our fish in an area that couldn't have been more than 1/2 mile diameter circle and we didn't make a long run from where Steve keeps his boat. Rocketman, I'll send you some pics in a couple of days. The only real interesting ones are of us holding multiple fish, but nothing worthy of your big fish gallery. I have an acquaintance going with Captain Steve on 10-12. I'll let you know how they did.

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Oct 6, 2000 21:09



Submitted by Muskyhunter who fished Dumping Grounds on Oct.6

Went fishing for musky today at the dumping grounds from 1:00 to 7:30. I caught two muskies on a walleye scale wiley fished at 30' 2oz. One fish was 34" the other was 24" the muskyhunter.

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Oct 5, 2000 12:56



Submitted by President Georgian Bay Packers who fished Shawanaga River, Ontario Provice on 9/29/00

Trolled the Shawanaga River (Ontario Province) the afternoon of September 29, 2000. Proceeded up river to avert small craft advisory for the Georgian Bay. This particular trip included 14 seasoned muskie hunters (The Georgian Bay Packers) for seven days of fishing from Pointe au baril down through Shawanaga Bay. On this particular afternoon river channel was gusty, skies overcast, temperatures low and mid fifties (air and water). Approching 75 foot neck down area, maneuvered around channel marker through shallower depth of 3-8 feet. Traveling on his inaugural trolling run, blue frog was delicately positioned approximately 45 feet back at the extreme tail end of an 8hp kicker-prop wash. Upon redirection of craft through channelized current, blue frog takes his first hit off shallow rock (loses left eye, hey rocketman s'up with that), abu garcia rips with steady alarm, all hands on deck, motor shifted to neutral. Rod removed from holder, two winds of the reel as fish attempts to remove rod from anglers grapst. Fish stays down, doesn't surface, played for a minute or so to boat side. Thick healthy pike, 38-inch plus. Exciting fish for such a shallow depth, appeared knowlegeable on how to use body size against current to increase drag resistance and tension on rod. Unusual in that it didn't come up like a used tire. Blue frog successfully retrieved albeit dazed and confused. Also known at this point as "dead eye", a producer none the less.

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Oct 5, 2000 01:16



Submitted by dave who fished thames river to stoney point lake st clair on 9-31

went fishing for muskies for the first time at lake st clair on 9-31. i have been reading your web page for 2 years and finally tried it and i am hooked. we (my xbrother-in-law and his friend) started trolling between thames river and stoney point. went 2 for 4 with 1 being a pike. the muskie was 32 inches and was caught in 14 feet of water. water temp was 65 and clear.we were trolling wileys 45 feet back with no weight. both fish hit a perch pattern wiley.2 misses were on a perch and walleye wiley. i hope to get some terminators for christmas. i didn't realize that they were so hard to get. thanks for all of your help. can't wait to do it again.

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Oct 5, 2000 01:15



Submitted by dave who fished thames river to stoney point lake st clair on 9-31

went fishing for muskies for the first time at lake st clair on 9-31. i have been reading your web page for 2 years and finally tried it and i am hooked. we (my xbrother-in-law and his friend) started trolling between thames river and stoney point. went 2 for 4 with 1 being a pike. the muskie was 32 inches and was caught in 14 feet of water. water temp was 65 and clear.we were trolling wileys 45 feet back with no weight. both fish hit a perch pattern wiley.2 misses were on a perch and walleye wiley. i hope to get some terminators for christmas. i didn't realize that they were so hard to get. thanks for all of your help. can't wait to do it again.

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Oct 1, 2000 23:01



Submitted by muskyhunter who fished Skegemog Lake on Sept30&Oct1

My little brother and I went up to Skegemog for the weekend. The weather could not have been better. Trolled mainly out in front of the Torch River and the junction to Elk Lake. On Saturday we caught a beautifull 37" musky on a yb perch wiley. Sunday we did battle with what felt like a real nice fish but ended up losing it half way through the fight. The fish never came up to the surface it would have been nice to at least get a glimpse of her. That one hit a wb perch wiley fished on a boatrod. I must say it was nice to be able to fish the whole lake even with the strong winds. The biggest waves we encountered were only 1 foot. Back to Lake St. Clair this weekend the muskyhunter.

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