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January - June, 2001



Jun 29, 2001 16:46



Submitted by mike ford who fished Lake St. Clair in C1 on june, 28

Fished in 7 to 10 foot deep water from 8:00am until 7:00pm. Sunny skies for the most part, and very little wind. I went 2/4 with both fish measuring 40 inches. Payed some major dues in the morning as I did not get my first bite until 2:00pm. Stuck it out in the same area all day hoping the fish would turn on, and they finally did. Two of the fish hit a jointed olive frog wiley killer fished on a slider at 25'4oz. Another hit a jointed white belly perch wiley killer fished on a boat rod at 20'2oz. Also got a hit on a jointed walleye wiley killer fished on the end of the board at 15' no weight.

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Jun 29, 2001 15:32



Submitted by Musky Doctor who fished Anchor Bay and Clinton River area. on June 27, 2001

We went out from 2:00 until dark. We went 1/1 with a 39 right before dark to save us from being skunked. The fish was taken on a sucker w/ gold scales believer at 25 with no weight. Bug larvae were everywhere.

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Jun 29, 2001 15:18



Submitted by J. Bickel who fished Anchor Bay on June 23

Went out from 10:00AM until 6:00PM. We trolled in Anchor Bay and landed a 35 inch and three 20 inch skies. The little guys were cute, but they didn't fight much. Fish were taken on a mother of pearl stalker, and a black perch shallow raider.

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Jun 29, 2001 15:11



Submitted by J. Bickel who fished Anchor Bay on June 13

We went out from 2:00-dark. We went 6/9 catching fish from 28-37". One fish lost was 42 or better, and another was about 40. All fish were caught casting bucktails or large spinnerbaits with chartreuse or red tails in 5-7 foot weeds on the west side of Anchor Bay. Burning the baits was effective.

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Jun 29, 2001 10:16



Submitted by bruce james who fished LSC abay on 6/28/01

Went out for a quick trip with the misses last night and got lucky. Went 2/3 on skies too. Really fat 47" and a sweet colored 30". Both released clean and healthy (the big one came off in the net, what luck). Both fish (and the rip) came on my all time fav T3 blufrog 20/2 on outrod. 10 fow/temp 70/soft green water/3 ft vis.

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Jun 27, 2001 22:35



Submitted by Lee M who fished Dumps on 6/25/01

Fished 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Went 1 for 1. 39" fish hit a black carp right out of nowhere on the surface while checking lure action. I am noticing more action on dark lures in the wash and right around the boat rather than off the board rods.

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Jun 27, 2001 07:05



Submitted by Ray Yucha who fished Spillway south 10 Mile on 6/26

Basically bobbed for apples last night pulling the 0/0. Fished from 6 PM to 8:30. Tried every lure I had, with about every presentation I could think of. Mayfly larvae was everywhere and the floating weeds were starting to get bad. Tried anywhere from 7 feet to 13 feet. Saw a few other guys in the area, but didn't see them having any luck either.

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Jun 26, 2001 23:01



Submitted by Roger Doyle who fished Between the Clinton River mouth and Hurron Point in 8 - 10' on 6/20-6/26

Neptune Charters fishing report for this past week of Muskie fishing on Lake St. Clair 6/20-6/26. In the North end of the lake between the Clinton River mouth and Hurron Point in 8 - 10' of water we had 20 fish on and caught 10 Muskies with the largest muskie 51 1/2". Along with the muskies we also caught pike and walleye. The best set up was a blue frog terminator corner rod with a 1 lb ball and 10' of line. Best conditions overcast with a chop on the water.

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Jun 26, 2001 07:48



Submitted by Brian Finn who fished Lake St. Clair, Anchor Bay on 6-25-01

3 for 4 drifting and casting large tandem spinner bait (orange and black). Sizes: 47", 42", 37" -- all caught within 45 min (7:30 to 8:15pm). Several followups and lost a big one at boatside. All fish released and in good condition. No pics, but got it all on video...

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Jun 26, 2001 00:53



Submitted by Hutch who fished LSC Stoney Pt. and Belleriver Area on June23/24/25

Zip/Zip/Zip for all three days local reports of Muskie caught ...but it was not us ...Im just going to blame it on lots of boat traffic and leave it at that. Hope you had better luck......C/R

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Jun 25, 2001 22:11



Submitted by mike ford who fished Lake St. Clair in C1 on June 24

Fished in Anchor Bay from 8:00am until 1:00pm. We stayed in 7 to 12 foot deep water and went 0/1. I had the fish to the boat, even had ahold of the leader and was attempting to get it with the lip lock, but she shook loose before I had the chance. I would have rather netted the fish since it was around 45 inches long, but my net resides on the bottom of the lake near the salt river as of two weeks ago. If anyone trolls it up give me an email. Anyhow the fish hit a jointed yellow belly perch wiley killer at the end of the board 15 feet back with no weight. Also, while trolling around near the B Bouy a musky porposed in front of one of the boards that was at least a 40 pounder probably 50 pounds. She must not like pretty baby because that was the lure that had to of run right by her nose.

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Jun 25, 2001 12:14



Submitted by John who fished Belle River Hump on June 23

Went fishing with Bamboa on LSC Belle River Hump Sat. from 2:30PM to sun set. Weather was a stable 80 degrees and mostly sunny, and waves were one foot or less. We went 1 for 8 . I almost wasn't going to write this report because all kinds of things went wrong, but I want my fellow Musky hunters to learn by my mistakes. Also, because Bamboa needs a bow on a nice fish that he caught. First rip went on a T3 WBS Blue Frog off board rod at 30 back and 2 down, and released early. Second rip on same WBS B.F. got Bamboa a nice 44 inch Muskie around 16+ pounds. With my turn up for the next fish I was wired with the previous action and the action that I felt was sure to come. Boy did it. 6 more rips came on T3's off Board rods 30 back with 2 down. Pattern's included WBS BF(2), Blue Wormy(1),Mackeral BF(1), Fire Bass(1), Guacamole(1). Now my mistakes. 4 of off the six rips never connected. Not my fault, it happens. Two were and did on big fish. The first one I lost broke my line. Yes, it broke my line flat out . Why?, because it was a rod I threw together quickly and put 30 pound test line on it. 30 lbs. test is not recommended. Good Bye musky and goodbye Mackeral BF. Second Big fish broke the line again. Not because it was 30 pound test(65 lbs.) , but because I the "O" rings on the board releases were too tight and the friction of the fish pulling line through release's broke the line. Guy's, this is a tricky thing to do. U just have to learn to get tension right. Good bye Musky, "Fire bass", and "Edie's Sucker"(fish was on Firebass). I hope u got something from this report. It wasn't easy to write. I know I won't make these mistakes again and "Rocketman" will refer me to his Tips and Set-Up page. Tight lines. JM

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Jun 25, 2001 10:52



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Puce on June 24, 2001

We went fishing from 3:15 to 9:15. Weather was sunny with slight winds from the southeast. Air temp was near 80 for the high. Water was slightly offcolor, a silty blue. Water temp was from 68-70 where we caught fish although it ranged from 65 to 73. We went 4 for 10, with all of our hits between 5:50 and 8:30. We landed really small fish (2 27's and 2 29's). We had two nicer fish on that we lost and the others that we lost were probably small as well. Fish hit a variety of lures (black bucktail with an orange blade on a boat rod 30', 2 oz; Yellow/Orange, Glow Frog (2 hits), YB Helin Frog, YB Olive Frog stalkers at 4 oz, 25' on a planer board, and a Silver Jake and YB Perch stalker (3 hits) at 8', 16 oz down rod. Lures with yellow in them definitely seemed to work better as the WB lures struck out which was surprising for the conditions that we had.

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Jun 24, 2001 22:30



Submitted by Jim M who fished LSC Near St Clair Light on 6-23-01

Sat morning, 8:00 am to 1:00pm, silty green water, flat water, went from the spillway to the St Clair Light, back to Metro beach, then towards 9 mile tower..one rip nothing. Paid a lot of dues, changed lures several times, speeds, wts, depth nothing. STayed in 12 to 17 foot water.. some 20 foot depths.. Good luck!

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Jun 23, 2001 21:26



Submitted by Mike Ford who fished Lake St. Clair in C1 on June 23

Went fishing for musky in Anchor Bay and went 2/3. Right after I finished setting the lines and took over the captains chair bam a nice 45 inch musky hit a T2 fag frog at the end of a board rod fished 15 feet back with no weight. Right after that we got a 30 incher on a boat rod with a jointed walleye colored musky magnet about 20 feet back 2oz. Then we spent the next 7 hours with nothing to show, but a mini rip on a boat rod with a jointed white belly perch wiley killer. Started fishing at 7:00am and we stayed in about ten foot deep water. Run em HIGH!!! and hard catch and release.

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Jun 23, 2001 21:07



Submitted by Mike Ford who fished Lake St. Clair in C1 on June 21

The new moon phase seemed to help out the musky fishing as I went 4/5 by myself runing one boat rod and one board rod. I caught three of muskies measuring between 36 and 40 inches on the boat rod set at 20'and 2oz with a jointed white belly perch wiley killer. Also lost a nice fish on a jointed pretty baby wiley king jr. fished on a 25 foot slider with 2oz of weight. The other boated fish was a 28 incher that took a strait white belly perch musky magnet at the end of the board with no weight ten feet back.. I was on the water from 2:00pm until 7:00pm. Weather varied form overcast and a slight breeze to showers and a stiff wind. I fished in 7 to 10 foot deep water.

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Jun 23, 2001 08:05



Submitted by Ray Yucha who fished Spillway south to about 13 mile on 6/22

Fished from 6:00 P.M. to about 8:20. Went 2 for 3 with both fish beign caught in 8 feet of water. The water was a deep green/brown mix with waves being about 1 to 1.5 feet. Visibility was about 3 feet. All action was tight to the boat. 1st fish hit at 7 on a T2 carp running at 12 and 2. This fish was s dink at 30". Then we had another rip at about 7:30. This fish hit a T3 reverse crackle frog running at 10 and 2. The last fish hit at 7:45. Got a decent run out of this 34" dink that hit a T3 $9 Bass running at 10 and 2. Seem to have been catching more dinks this year and not as many fish over 45", anyone else notice that too?

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Jun 20, 2001 22:00



Submitted by Andy who fished St. Clair light area on 6/20/01

Fished from 6:30 till 9:00 or so....started at St. Clair Light, fished towards Metro, and then back towards 9 mile tower in 14-17 feet of water. Nothing, no rips, no fish....

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Jun 19, 2001 13:31



Submitted by mike ford who fished Salt River on june 14

Fished from 4:00pm until 9:00pm and went 11/15. We trolled in 7 foot deep water and ran our baits up high. The boards and sliders were hot, which were fished without any weights. We ran the baits at the ends of the boards just 10 feet back with yellow belly perch wileys, which has accounted for most of our fish this year. Other baits producing for us were fag frog, walleye, white belly perch, red bar perch, and silver coachdog in both the wileys and terminators. Our biggest fish was a 39.5 inch silver musky which made a real nice picture. That fish hit a slider bait on a board rod that I was already reeling in a small musky with. We also caught 7 pike which all came on either double or tripple headers.

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Jun 18, 2001 11:14



Submitted by John & Mike Seitz who fished St. Clair on Sat. June16, 2001

Well boyz & girlz, we SUCKED!!!!!!! Tried all our favorite colors and even our not so favorite colors, the results were one long rip thats IT. We fished from Deerbrook to Puce and back and forth. We marked a fair number of fish, but the Gods never smiled too heavily on us. The only rip came on long rod 4oz 35 feet with a St. Lawrence. Well we started like this last year and proceeded to have a trip with 2 fish over 25#'s with our ladies aboard. So, guess who will be fishing with us next week??? You got that right, WIVES. The only two trips my wife has made on the lake, results were: 3 for 4 with a 26# and 27#, 4 for 5 with a 25# and 30+#. Looks like a safe bet to me. Get a fatty everyone!!!! Catch & Release!!!!

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Jun 18, 2001 11:04



Submitted by smegger who fished LSC on 6/17

Fished from 12-7pm. Clinton to 9mile to St. Clair Light and back again. Water was silty-green. Wakes were about 1.5ft. All fish marked in 14-15ft depth. Speed 4 mph. Went 1 for 3. All hits on board rod...TX Light Wormy. Had a new guy in the boat...Tom (who didn't believe in Muskies). Dan (a former non-believer) had dibs on 1st fish and cashed in about 1:30 with a 38 incher...pretty fish. Tom was so excited he wouldn't let go of the fish! All the pics are of Tom with Dan's fish! S'ok tho...Tom handled it well and fish was successfully released to become a 48 incher one day. Held her against the boat at about 1.5 mph for bout 5 mins but she was still sluggish...did the torpedo thingy and that worked like a charm. 20 mins later we were cleaning weeds and watched a monster take a swipe at the TX 'bout 10 ft back. 1hr later the boardrod released (I triple wrap a rubber band round the Kumler release so it musta been a hit). Great day...thanx everyone...keep the reports comin.

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Jun 18, 2001 09:35



Submitted by Hutch who fished LSCiair on June17

Fished LSC fathersday 6:00...9:00pm in14 feet of water west of the hump at Beleriver had one hit and miss at seven pm my son caught a 28 inch Muskie at eight Pm on perch colour J white belly running four mile per hour..it was his first ...Not just the fish was hooked ...he is to...Lake condition calm and 75 degree temp ...a good way to spend Fathersday....Catch and Release..Good fishing.

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Jun 17, 2001 09:37



Submitted by Hutch who fished still West of BELLRIVER on June14

Had good luck in this area went 3 for 4 from 6:00....9:00pm all on perch coloured Terminators ... my wife had a huge one on seen it break water did not get to boat this one...was just tearing line off...our first fish was a 32incher we dropped one line in the water down to the weight with lure just submerged gave the boat a little gas and Cindy had a 32 inch Muskie on did not even have the other rod in the water yet...I was suprised....Ive jigged for fish before... but never Muskie and never with a eight inch Treminator...Fished June 15 and 16 skunked each day....went from 7 for 5 outings tozip..Humbles you a bit thats what makes it a great sport....also had 3 fish get off in those 5 outings overall a good week ...Go out and have some fun we sure did...Hutch

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Jun 16, 2001 22:08



Submitted by Tom who fished St Clair Light area on 6/16/01

Fished from 4:00 to 8:30, sloppy day, one for three. All three on terminators, blue wormy, $9Bass and Titty Dancer. All three fish on long rod, 4 oz and 40ft. Boated fish was only about 12lbs. This area is still holding fish.

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Jun 16, 2001 15:12



Submitted by Mike H who fished Lake St Calir on 6-16-01

Fished LSC this morning from 7 am to 10 am went 2/2.First fish came on a down rod on a T3 zit frog set at 8/16oz 17 ft. Second fish hit 2 seconds after the first one did, 48 1/2 24lbs hit on a T3 $9 bass on the boards, 80/4 17 ft. Had my muskie virgin buddy with me and the god's served him up a four footer for his first fish !!! Keep em tight guy's.

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Jun 14, 2001 22:01



Submitted by Tom who fished west of St Clair Light on 6/14/2001

Fished from 6:15 to 8:45 PM, West and north of the St Clair Light. Went 3 for 4. Two were nice 20 plus, the other was a 30 incher. Two on long rods, 40 to 50 ft and 2 to 4 oz. The 30 was on a down rod 25 ft and 6 oz. All on T3 terminators, two on Blue wormy, guacamole and $9 bass. This has been hot spot for the week for me. This makes 9 fish in this area since Sunday. Terminators Rule, all but one fish on terminators.

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Jun 14, 2001 09:22



Submitted by Tom who fished St Clair Light on 6/13/01

Went 2 for 2, two small ones 36-38, one on a fire tiger, down rod, 8oz 20ft, the other on a WB T3 Terminator Perch, 40ft, 2oz. Both were taken about 1 mile west of the light and slightly north.

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Jun 14, 2001 00:48



Submitted by Hutch who fished 3miles west Belleriver on June13

Fished 6:15 till 9:00pm caught 30inch Muskie at 6:30 Bobs first Muskie small but a real fighter ...released to fight another day caught on a perch colour terminator T3 jointed ...had another knock off in a ...S...turn another good day day on LakeStClair...those Terminators take the abuse of a Muskie hit

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Jun 12, 2001 23:26



Submitted by Hutch who fished LakeSt Clair Pike Creek on June 12

Went 2 for 3 speed 4 mile per hour ....Lake had a bit of a chop both caught half hour apart at noon ...39inch on a 9 dollar carp /38 on a jointed believer Had fun / by the way this is a great site Thanks for intro page helped lots since Im new to Muskie Fishing ....C/R....Good Luck

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Jun 12, 2001 15:44



Submitted by Tom who fished West of St Clair light on 6/11/01

Fished from 7pm to 8:30, went 1 for 1. About 1.5 miles west of st clair light. $9 bass T3 terminator, 40 ft. 2 oz. A small one only about 34, but it was action.

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Jun 11, 2001 16:30



Submitted by Hutch who fished Deerbrook to Hump on June 5

Fished 12 to 16 foot of water caught a 38 inch Muskie on a frog colour daredevil spoon at 6.00pm in 14 ft. front of Deerbrook marina.First trip out...

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Submitted: Jun 10, 2001 at 17:07 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 06/09/01 from 2:30 PM until 10:00 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was partly cloudy, 80 F and the wind was SW 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was warming. The water temperature was 68 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 5 for 6 today. John got the biggest one, a 48-49 inch Muskie that went for a Firebass Terminator T3 fished on a slider. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 20 feet and 2 ounces and the action was up high.

Damn, we were rocking today! The five muskies we did get included 3 in the 42-45" range that hit T3 WBS Bluefrog, T3 WB Mackerel Perch and TX $9 Perch (downrod, 12 and 16oz), a smaller one about 34" on a WBS Bluefrog, and the 48+" (almost 49") that hit the T3 Firebass. We also got a big fat catfish that liked Firebass and hit while we were slowing down to deal with a muskie double-header! The one we lost also felt like a nice fish and that one was on a T3 WBS Bluefrog too. Right after we got that 48+" the wind completely changed to NE and it got breezy and we got no more hits....



Jun 10, 2001 19:55



Submitted by kattom who fished Nine mile to the light on 6/10/2001

Went 2 for 2. Started in about 13 feet two miles out from 12 mile, north to the point - to the south channel - to the st clair light and west to 9 mile. Both fish on a T3 Guacamole - long rod 40 ft 2 oz. Both fish between the light and 9 mile within a mile of each other. One about 38 and the other about 42 and fat.

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Jun 10, 2001 01:05



Submitted by Greg Mickunas who fished LSC on June 2, 3, 4

Fished a half day 6/2/01: Skunked. Went at it again on 6/3/01. Had a good long rip on a 6" straight silver minnow off a long rod about 40 feet back with no weight, but the fish shook loose. 6/4/01 brought three fish: I picked up a small 27" pike off a long rod using a Bucher shallow raider in a night shiner pattern. A few hours later my good friend Wendell Walker took a 30" pike of the same rig. Our buddy Mike Puthoff picked up the only Muskie of the trip off a long rod using an 8" jointed jailbird Believer. The fish was only 33", but at least we finally boated one. All fish were caught in Anchor Bay inside the mudline in shallow water. We ran the awesome Terminator baits to no avail, our fish only took bait with rattles. We heard guys on the radio picking up fish with Terminators and other baits without rattles though. There were tons of Muskie boats on the water over the weekend. We heard guys on the radio who did 7 for 8, and other guys who got nothing. According to the radio chatter, the winner of the opening season tournament got a nice 36 pounder. Best of luck to all you Muskie fisherman. See you on the water.

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Jun 9, 2001 21:25



Submitted by Andrew who fished Belle River on June 9/01

Fished the area around Belle River and went 2 for 3. First Fish was 38" and came about five minutes after setting up on $9 Bass. Second was in the mid 20's ten minutes later on blue zit frog. Both run 40' back in 15'5". Last fish took W.B. Olive Frog 30/2 13' of water and ran hard.. and then he was gone. Then we washed lures for 6 hours. Not a great first outing of the year but at least we got the skunk of the boat early.

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Jun 9, 2001 03:16



Submitted by AL who fished metro on 6-6-01

Went 1-1 trolling from 10-5 , tough fishing we covered some water only one 10# to show. Caught on chrome cordell off metro point 9 fow. Also 6-3 went 2-3 with 2 12# fish and the rookie know it all had his drag set too tight and lost a 20+ lb fish at the back of the boat....I even grabbed the line and tested it and told him to back off some, his response was no it's "OK" You should have seen his face when that gator seen the boat and straightened the hook out. Oh well what can you tell a 19 year old that he don't already know......

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Jun 8, 2001 11:17



Submitted by John who fished Anchor Bay/LSC on June 7

Bamboa and I went 1 for 5 Thursday. Weather was perfect. Waves a foot or less, 75 degrees. We fished from Anchor Bay to just North of Nine-mile-tower. We didn't even mark a sheephead in Anchor Bay so we headed south. When we got to- and out a couple miles from metro beach , things picked up. The board rod went with Bamboa up this time. It was a decent fish that was sadly lost behind the boat. Second rip bagged a small "Mooskie" which Bamboa released quickly. Third hit popped the line right out of my hands while putting release on board line and was never really hooked. Fourth hit pulled line out of release and was gone. First four hits were all on a T-3 WBS Blue Frog. The last hit was a monster fish that popped line out of release before it was half way to planner board. The hit came on a T-3 Mackeral Blue Frog. This was a Big fish folks. I had her on good-- or so I thought. My penn bail was open briefly when she took line off the board release, so I'm sure that didn't help me. After two minutes of muscle pumping "Mooskie" she shook that big head of hers and said "See Ya!, my American money has been exchanged and I'm going to Cananda and give 'The Rocketman' the pectoral fin for selling those damn Terminators(TM) ..."

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Jun 4, 2001 20:16



Submitted by Diet Dew Man who fished Anchor Bay on 02Jun01

Braved the thunderstorms as well. I'm an Ohio native who makes the opener yearly with a great captain on "Just Dewin It". Went 3 for 3 while it was raining on a jointed Loke - 30/2. Stayed just outside the stained water and had a lot of fun. Big one went 37". Picked up a pike later in the day but no size to him. Had to race the big storms back to dock. Should be a good year. Any advice on fishing 90' back from the boat like I read in your reports?

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Jun 4, 2001 19:10



Submitted by roger and john who fished the DL on sat.june2

went 3 for 5 today. around 2:30.....BAM....nice 47" ..28lbs. he was beautiful.....just as we put the same rod back down in the water....Bam.....another mooskie....this one a 26 "......about an hour later......again......25"......i sure missed the season...glad it's back....anyways.....thanx to the rocketman for the best damn lures in the world......all were caught on $9 bass......

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Jun 4, 2001 18:54



Submitted by C.T.SLIM who fished Lake St. Clair on 6/4/2001

1 for 1 44" overcast sky, flat water, 56 to 59 temp, fire tiger, 20 back no weight,4 mph, North of Clinton River. My first Musky and the biggest fish I ever released!!! Thanks Rocketman for all the advise on these web pages! C.T.SLIM

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Jun 3, 2001 18:50



Submitted by Musky King who fished Lake St. C;air on 6/2--6/3

The opener was a wet and wild We went 5 for 5 all in the 40- 31" Class All Fish Hit on Jointed Body baits and All Different colors 59- 63 Water Temp and Clean Water 70- 90 Ft behind the boat. Spooky Fish Due the Large number Of yahoo Musky Fishermen That don't understand That if you Run planner Boards that is a extention of your boat and you need to stay 150 Ft away from Another boat not run right next to me I could have grabbed there board with me net... If you don't No What your Dueing stay HOME On Sunday we went 10 For 10 Same Location all Fish on $9 dollar Bass 7 mph and way back 50-60 ft behind no sinker 6 ft of water Biggest 47" 23 Lbs the rest were 24-40" One had lampry mark on it Fish are grouping up just S. of Clinton River in Candles Bay Faster speeds worked for us saw a few others with hook ups but nothing big Keep the lines tight and Clean FISH ON

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Jun 3, 2001 11:29



Submitted by PIKEMAN who fished Anchor Bay/Clinton River on 6-2-2001

Braved the thunderstorms and fished Anchor Bay/Clinton River area. Went 1 for 4, 1 being a 24 inch muskie. Best setup was a St. Lawrence Loke at 30/3 on a board rod. My brother and I had a great time again with Captain Jay and his Little Chip!

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Jun 1, 2001 08:55



Submitted by Czar who fished Anchor Bay on 5-30-01

Fished the weedbeds from New Baltimore to Selfridge for Northerns. Fished in 3 to 8 feet of water casting Mepps Aglias. Caught 1 small Musky, 30 inches, several Smallies and 2 Norherns. Water clear and 57 degrees. Looking forward to the opener. Full moon phase during opening week. Good luck to all. The Czarbarge will monitor channel #69 on the radio.

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May 22, 2001 20:49



Submitted by Mike Jonas who fished Lake St Clair - Mitchell's Bay on 05-17 thru 05-19

Put in at Mitchell's bay and fished all over the Eastern side of the lake. Caught 70 fish in three days. Mostly Smallmouth, but also caught Largemouth, Rock Bass, Northern Pike, Drum, and the grandest of all Muskie. Very memorable trip as this was my first Muskie. I got tired of drift fishing with Tubes and grabbed a 1/2 oz Rat L Trap, started casting in 7' of water. On my third cast, 1/2 way back to the boat, the rod doubled over and the drag began to whine. I held on and didn't crank much at first. Just walked circles around our Triton Bass boat giving the fish as much play as possible. As I started to crank the fish in towards the boat, she started to bolt. I pushed the button and gave her some more play. Finally, we got her netted at the boat. 38" is what we measured and then let her go. I wish I had gotten a weight. I feel fortunate to have been able to land the fish, as I was using 14lb. test with no leader. What a rush, gonna come back later this year and go for another round.

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May 13, 2001 15:38



Submitted by kattom who fished metro beach on 05/06/01

Went for eyes since ski season is only around the corner, but in addition to 8 eyes we caught our first ski of the year, only an ax handle but it was nice to put the first of the year in the boat.

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May 5, 2001 23:38



Submitted by Bill Rabara Detroit River on April 4, 2001

Our boat of three caught 34 pike in 4 hours. Many pike were lost and there were dozens of follows. All our fish were caught on white and chartreuse spinner baits. Hot action, although most of the fish were small. Largest fish caught was around 30 inches long. Also caught one smallie, several rock bass, and a dinky largemouth. Nothing against the great northern pike, but there's another toothy critter I crave ... When do people start catching Musky on St. Clair, anyhow? Still too early?

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Apr 8, 2001 19:42



Submitted by mike ford who fished detroit river on april 8, 2001

Some friends and I went fishing for pike today down river in a bay near Grosse Isle. We boated eight pike that measured between 22 and 32 inches long. The hot lures were gold spoons and chartreuse spinner baits. All the fish were released.

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Apr 3, 2001 15:34



Submitted by wally who fished cooke dam pond on 4/17/00

was casting up on cooke dam pond last july & hooked a 12" walleye on a magnum rapala! like they say, it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. switched to light gear & could only catch small mouths.go figure. anyway, according to the latest stocking figures i have, esox masquinongy was last planted in michigans inland waters was in 1991. as far as i know there are no plantings in the big water either. it appears that the michigan dnr has decided to treat the management of this noble fish like they have the deer herd. i think i will be attending that muskie support group meeting on the 7th of april. see ya on the water!

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Jan 24, 2001 18:05



Submitted by Scott D'Eath who fished Mitchels Bay/St Lukes on 1/21/01

Went searching for the elusive perch over the weekend. Where are all the big perch? Fished Sunday all day and only ended up with a few keepers! The 10" believer worked well jigged, but did not take any perch???? Anyone else perch fishing?

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Feb 21, 2001 21:39



Submitted by andrew who fished Lake St. Claire on 1-21

hey mister, i am russian, do not call us p.o.s.'s you must have respect for us, we do not even sail the seas of this lake, you all can go f- yourselves

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Jan 23, 2001 11:30



Submitted by jonathon danitzger who fished Lake St. Claire on 1-21

Hello. I just wanted to report to you a strange event that took place on Sunday. I went fishing on Lake St. Claire, hoping to catch a bunch of perch. In the process of drilling some holes, I notices what appeared to be bodies frozen in the ice. I was able to extricate one of the bodies, which turned out to be a frozen Russian submarine commander. I brought him into the ice shanty and dethawed him enough to retrieve a note stuffed in his pocket which was barely legible. It said something about Terminators and shoddy Russian workmanship. I think this might be one of the guys that got done in by one of your lures last summer. Just thought you'd want to know. I'm going to complain to the Michigan DNR. I thought they were supposed to clean up all the trash floating in the lake? Jonathon

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