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How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fished Friday and Saturday 6/27 and 6/28 at Raber Bay on the St. Mary's River. Water depth 14-16 feet, color green, clarity about 1-2 feet, water temp 60-64F, winds 10-20 from NW, overcast, drizzly, air temp in 60s. First time fishing here and it was quite a learning experience. This is big water, the structure is intense, and there is quite a current in places. I stayed at Little Munuscong River Resort and the owner Bert Rimer went out of his way to provide info about where to launch and fish. I didn't do any good but I liked the place anyhow and I will fish here more in the future.
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$>
Saline, MI USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 07:43:01 (CDT)
After weeks of no luck this first time Musky fisherman got a 42 incher just north of the clinton river at 9:00 pm sun.WOW what fun to bad I forgot the net HA HA...He was at the side of the boat for about 2 min before he had other plans.It was nice just to see one ....Iam hooked WHAT A THRILL....
Jeff Reif <>
Harrison TWP, MI USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 21:35:14 (CDT)
Went out to St. Clair on 6/29/03, fished for smallies from about 7:30 to 9:00, then trolled up and down "The Nursery" out by the spillway for muskie. We got a few fast rips until 10:00 when I hooked a 36" muskie, tossed him back and then didn't catch squat after that (by the way I'm only 15)! Now towards the end of our little extravaganza my dad hooked a good sized walleye. We tried every thing from small black & silver pencil Rapalas, to big perch colored Wileys. Just wasn't our day.
Eric Chaffin <Metalica8730$>
Clarkston, MI USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 15:54:29 (CDT)
Weds 6/25 taking an evening cruise with the wife in Anchor Bay off New Baltimore, 10 fow, water temp 66, clean, silty blue with a nice chop. Then I had a crazy thought, why not throw a some lines out? Set up downrod, wash rod and 2 on one board. About 40 minutes later the outside board rod at 20/2 with T3 blue wormy went to screamin (tried to give it to the wife to land but she wanted nothing to do with it). 10 minutes later I had my biggest fish ever. 51" Musky that burried a 30lb Boga grip right to the stop. Got some pics and let her go(fish was good and strong). T3 Blu frog and blu wormy are THE BEST! Went to bed smilin.
bjames <>
troy, mi USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 08:53:07 (CDT)
Fished LSC from 7am to 5pm. Got real wet twice but dryed out for rest of day. No muskies. Same story, all over anchor bay, water temps 62 to 74 all kinds of lures/colors/sizes/speeds nothing worked. Lots of weeds. When I figure out what I'm doing wrong the muskies will pay dearly...untill then keep catchin hawgs...
Ken <gmcnut72$>
sterling heights, michigan USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 07:25:36 (CDT)
We fished Wed. from 4:30 to 8:30 by the Channel. The action started at 7:00 and we went 7 for 8. 37 inch to 44 inch 20 lb. T-2 Wb Mackeral Perch was hot again, T-2 $9 bass and Loke Dark Frog and Loke Brown Bass. We also had an additional rip on a T-3 St. Firetiger. We caught a double at 7:30 and while my friends were landing one fish I tried to bare hand mine. I know better but I could not resist the chance at a double photo with a life long friend. I ended up with a Muskie body piercing that went in my thumb nail under the nail bed and back out my thumb nail. Fotunately the fish came off when he did it. My mini bolt cutters proved valuable,and I bought another jaw griping tool the next day. All the action has been on the boards the last few trips until I shortened up the boat, and down rods which came to life with in minutes.All the fish looked perfect and were strong during the fight and release. My friend caught one today while Walleye fishing by Peche Island that was loaded with the disease. Good Fishing, David
David Clark <clarks$>
Shelby Township, MI USA - Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 23:22:45 (CDT)
6/20- HawG- Fished and screwed around from 8am- 11pm. From Ruscom-Bell-Midlake-Anchor Bay.3 for 3 on Musky plus a bass and norten. 54 1/4 incher, 13 days into the season plus a 40 and 41 !!! NICE !!! 35-37lbs wish I could have gotten her in December. The Hawg came out deep- dirty water, strong N.wind 15-20, water around 63 degrees, board 3 passes and 2 oz, approx 4pm on a Firetiger Relative. The other two rascals -8 FOW off break, cloudy green water 67 degrees, gold Relative, 2 Oz 2 passes after dark. light to moderat NNE wind.
Catfish <mfirestein@lear.###>
N.Baltimore , MI USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 04:46:25 (CDT)
Sat- 6/21- fished 3:30 - 11pm. 13 for 16 . 48 and 49 inchers topped the list. Cloudy green water, boat rods, wash rods, and lots off the boards. BRS green worm W and Y belly, Terminator 9$ bass, crackle frog believer, Helan, BRS Perch prism, And Gold Relative were the hot baits. 12-16 FOW. Water was about 68 degrees. Wind was moderate then light out of the NEast.No hot set up they were hitting everything but my propeller !!!!
Catfish <mfirestein@lea$.$$$>
New Baltimore, MI USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 04:27:07 (CDT)
Monday 6/23- 9am to 2pm- 3 for 3- 33,34, and 41. All on the boards- Terminator FireBass, Light olive wormy TX , and a YB Perch Mason Pikie style. 3 passes and 2 ozs 12 FOW west of Stoney. Water cloudy to clear something like 67 degrees and pretty much dead calm and gnat infested.
Catfish <mfirestein@le@@.Com>
New Balt., MI USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 02:59:54 (CDT)
Thursday 6/26-Hello Muskie heads, back to the computer after being away with a hockey injury for two weeks. I had to get out for the weather change today in Anchor Bay. 3 hrs went 1 for 1. 45 inches, on a YB Perch Terminator Jnt, no wieght two passes on a board rod. 10FOW, cloudy green, working the breaks, water surface temp 73 or something, wind SWS 15-20 at least it felt like it.
Catfish <Mfirestein@3333.333>
New Baltimore, MI USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 02:46:14 (CDT)
Thursday, June 26. Casted for 2 hrs to no avail in am. Trolled Anchor Bay and went 3 for 3. Wash rod 10/0 YB Perch 38 incher. Out rod 30/0 WB Perch Believer popped a fat 40 incher, and a Board rod 30/0 with some ugly green and brown thing got a 35 incher (drifter musky stalker..a T-3 copycat). All fish between 11am and Noon. Barometer was falling fast and storm was comming..Was Awesome to tag three in an hour! Wish I could have stayed. All swam away strong!
USA - Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 14:51:28 (CDT)
Went out on 6/25/03 between 4:45 P.M. and 8:45 P.M. on Lake St. Clair. Went one for one landing a 44"-21 lb. muskie. This was my first time every muskie fishing. I was checking the Rocket Man's web site out earlier that day for some tips of the trade and moon report. Thanks Rocket Man. I'm hooked for life.
Jim Osborn <>
Harper Woods, MI USA - Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 07:34:04 (CDT)
Went out on Twin City Metro Lake on opening day (6-7-03) Raised a 45 incher within tem minutes and 50 yds of the boat landing. Caught a nice 38 incher 30 minutes later and my son caught a 37 inch tiger on the next cast! 30 minutes later a guy going solo had a big fish on and yelled for our help. We came over netted the fish, took out the hooks, and picked up the fish, and handed it over to him for pictures. You see this was his first day muskie fishing! It was a 50 incher. Novice luck I guess. Warm but cloudy morning. The 50 was caught by a gray and black Shallow Raider. I caught my fish with a 8 inch yellow/green striped Manta, and my son caught his tiger with a gold Phantom. My son went back to this same lake yesterday 6-23-03 and caught a 39 incher on a jackpot at dusk. Weather here has been hot and muggy.
Mike Riha <mwriha$>
Coon Rapids, MN USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 21:36:41 (CDT)
fished lsc last weekend went about 10 for 15 on muskies, 3 northerns, and a nice bonus walleye
ross <>
new baltimore, mi USA - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 18:04:25 (CDT)
Went out saturday 6-21-03 fish for 6 hr's from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm out in front of selfridge air in about 12 ft of water, marked alot of big fish but caught nothing! i was trollling swim whizz and believer lures and could not keep the weeds off,they were everywhere. i am very new to this game so if anyone can e-mail me some pointers feel free.
kyle prone <>
fort gratiot, mi USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 16:59:07 (CDT)
Fished Sunday 6/22 off Puce/ Pike Creek on the Canadian side from 8:00 - 1:00 p.m. Wind light from North, water temp 68 degress, very sunny and calm. Water clarity was very clear green and became steadily more stained as went east. Went 2 for 4 in 10 - 14 feet of water. All 4 strikes were on 6 1/2 inch Woodies (local Windsor lures). Colors that were working were special perch and frog, with yellow bellies. All fish were unfortunately 40 inches and under.
dan haude <>
cleveland, ohio USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 09:09:44 (CDT)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good!
Fished Sunday from about 3:00pm until dark. Started out by shipping channel. Excellent water color, marked fish good, no weeds. No hits in three hours of fishing so pulled up everything and headed east. Found some big fish in deep water and went 3 for 6 from 6:45 until we quit. Conditions were winds light and variable, waves calm, water temp 72F, water color clear green. Best fish was a mid-forty incher that weighed 22lbs. It went for a Terminator T3 WB Mackerel Perch 30/2 on a board. T3 Fire Bass at 30/2 got hit a couple times and caught a dink, the Mackerel Perch got hit a couple other times and also had another fish, and we had a good rip on a TX steelhead on a downrod 15/0. Too bad that one didn't stick because it sure was screaming for a couple seconds.
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$>
Saline, MI USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 07:03:41 (CDT)
Went out saturday 6/21 with the boys and Dad for 4 hours fished the spillway area in about 14.5 feet of water. Not 1 hour (@ 12:30pm) in had a hit on a down rod, perch colored Wiley. 20 minutes later my brother landed a 28 pounder that was 50+ inches. Biggest musky ever on our boat. Not bad for our 1st time this year. We went 1/1 but the one was nice. As Marty Mornhinweig said "The bar is high" after this excursion. I love this stuff
John <jmchatsjr$>
Shelby twp, MI USA - Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 16:23:22 (CDT)
Hey Guys, Fished Wednesday afternoon about 4 hours at the mouth of the middle channel. One nice northern 15 min. in then nothing. Great structure over there but I think temps still too cold (58). any info on middle channel would be a help thanks jim
Jim <>
warren, mi USA - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 07:19:59 (CDT)
Fished June 18, from 10 mile to metro beach. Went 1 for 2 both hit just before the storm front approched out from the spillway in 11 feet of water, temp was about 70. The one that got away hit a wiley yb perch 30/2 board, landed a 17# youngster on a loke st lawrence, 15/2 board. Soon after we released it the clouds started dumping and we just made it home before the boat filled with water!
Smitti <>
roseville, mi USA - Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 23:27:56 (CDT)
fished sat 6-14 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. from 9 mile to metro beach and back, & went 1 for 1. A 46-1/2" muskie that hit a home made lure (6" perch)in 12 ft of water in front of the 400 club. we fished sunday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. & went 1 for 2. we landed a 32" muskie in the same place as sat. & lost one about the same size in the same place (about 15 minutes apart) both hit a wiley (yellow/red stripes). no luck with the terminators this week but we ran at least 2 at all times. I saw a dead muskie floating on sat that must have been over thirty lbs. and it looked pretty fresh. too bad that it did not make it! on sunday I saw another one that was even bigger! huge! people stay with these monster fish until they swim away, or take them home, just don't leave them to rot like that. I did hear from a guy in my marina that some of the old timers who fish for walleye are killing every muskie they catch. (they think that they are eating all there walleye & that there are too many muskies in the lake) I was shocked when I heard that (there are a lot of morons out there!)
fishwacker <bcross204677$>
ferndale, mi USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 21:51:26 (CDT)
Monday 6/16 Went out after work with the old man and my uncle, it was their first time out after muskie, went straight out from the spillway about five miles, marked quite a few bait fish and about a dozen or so muskies but they were all real tight to the bottom in about fifteen feet of water, we got no takers so we turned back for warmer near-shore waters, and as soon as we hit 68 degrees my dad caught his first muskie, a 38 incher, caught on a t3 firetiger at 2/20 on a board rod. About 40 minutes later, while cleaning weeds off the board rods a muskie jumped about 10 feet behind the boat, I thought it was on the rod I was just putting back out and I could'nt figure why I could'nt feel it, when I looked down at the wash rod and saw the line spooling out like crazy, I got the rod to my uncle and he got his first muskie, a fat 39 incher, his fish hit a t3 KB Bluefrog at 8 ozs. and 8 feet. I wound up rounding off the night with a small pike in the wash, on the KB Bluefrog (at least I did'nt get skunked) three for three, in as many hours.
mikey <>
taylor, mi USA - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 22:41:13 (CDT)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Sat, 6/14. Fished at Stony Point again, 1:00pm until 9:00pm. Sunny and hazy, winds NE less than 10, air temp about 80, water temp 69-70, fairly bad weeds, full moon. Got a dink right away on Terminator T3 WB Mackerel Perch 30/4 on board. Then many hours of cleaning weeds and only an occasional short rip or board release. Stayed in area and fought weeds because marked a lot of big fish and bait too. Finally at 6:00 got a screamer, obviously decent fish. While slowed down to idle speed and fighting that first one, the other side took off. Left the second one in the rod holder while doing the first one. Was a 48" x 26lb on same WB Mack Perch. Other fish still on, taking drag slow and sure the whole time. Got that one too. 49 1/2" x 28lb on T3 Steelhead, slider, 20/4. How cool, 2 four-footers at once! Both fish weighed on chatillon. Both healthy, no muskiepox, successfully released. Stayed till dark. Got a couple more hits including about a 3 pound smallmouth (got off) that went for a TX Steelhead. Overall 3 for 8 including the smallmouth and other lures got hit were TX Blue Wormy (nice rip) and T3 Firebass and T3 $9 BlueBass.
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$>
Saline, MI USA - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 08:06:05 (CDT)
Was out 2 weeks ago, trolled all over anchor bay, all different lures, speeds, depths, temps...nothing. Decided to try drifting for Walleye. Never woulda thought a musky would hit a 2 inch long orange crawler harness. musta hit 'em on the head. Got about 2 feet from boat before chewed thru the line, but no doubt it was a 'ski. I'm hooked for life. Can't imagine 50+ incher....
Ken <gmcnut72$>
Sterling Heights, Mi USA - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 19:41:13 (CDT)
Fished Anchor Bay 6-14 out of Selfridge from 8:15 am to 2:15 pm. It was foggy to beat all. Didn`t burn off till 10:30. Boated 2 `skies. 1 36 incher casting a Mepps # 5 aglia in 6 fow over the weed tops. 2nd fish was a small 24 incher, ( a toofer) caught trolling the same Mepps along a distint mud line coming from the Salt River. Had several decent sized fish follow a red eye wiggler while casting the weedbeds. Water was clear and ranged from 63 to 68 degrees. Spent mayfly hulls were evident on the surface of the water. Several bass to 2.5 lbs were incidentally caught as well. Anyone see the pic of the Musky on Check under fishing reports. Good fishing to all and may all your fish be lunkers.
Livonia, Mi USA - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 06:38:56 (CDT)
Fished Anchor Bay on Friday, June 13 from 2-5:30 in front of Brandenburg Park. Weather was very strange. Started off very cloudy, hazy and a slight chop. Water was deep green with about 1 foot clarity. Had lines in water exactly 8 minutes and pulled in 42". Fish hit T3 $9Bass running tight to the back end at 6 and 2. Real nice fight as he launched completely out of the water several times. Weather then changed to some sun, then clouds and then no wind. After thinking we were going to slay them after getting a fish in 8 minutes, nothing the rest of the time. That sucked!
Yucha <>
USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 05:10:16 (CDT)
Monday,6-9 Took a half day off of work to get blown all over anchor bay, with nothing but 1 rip to show for it, probably would have hooked up but a rookie grabbed the rod and set the hook so hard it suprized me not to see a set of muskie jaws on the t3 $9 bass. We waited out the wind and ended up with 3 over by the spillway. Two came on boards, a 40 incher that hit a t3 firetiger and a 34 on a t3 litwin. The last fish came at about 8:00, a 36 on a wash rod with a titty dancer at 4 0z/14 feet. Thanks for the great lures all the lures I ran still had that fresh painted smell.
mikey <>
taylor, mi USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 22:50:13 (CDT)
Fished saturday and sunday. Trolled and did some casting from Anchor Bay all the way down to the Detroit River on Saturday and went 2 for 3 trolling, no size (31 and 32", one on a small Grandma, one on a 6" Believer, both 20' back, no boards). Caught one dink (sub 30") casting a yellow bucktail. Went back and trolled all day Sunday. Got our first monster trophy. At 3:15 a 50.5", 20.5 inch girth (31.4 pounds by one equation) beast nailed a 8" Super Believer Turbo Skunk color scheme, 25' back (about 6' down), no board. Caught it in 12' of water southwest of the St. Clair River middle channel mouth. 56 degree water, 5 to 6 feet clarity, blueish-green tint. Awesome! She swam away very healthy, but a little unhappy. Keep your lines wet and good things happen....eventually.
Travis Hartman <muskie$>
Maumee, OH USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 17:40:19 (CDT)
Opening day got 2 for 5, a 38 inch and one got off at the boat about the same size. mouth of detroit river east side of channel about a mile into the lake. tried trolling the whole river back to steelmill and got nothing but rained on. carp color white belly , and a big chrome shad caught them
dave <>
westland, mi USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 23:24:04 (CDT)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good!
Fished the Stony Point / Black Forest region from 1:30pm until 8:30pm. Water temp lows 60s, color ranging from slighty silty to clear blue-green. Went 4 for 4, size from about 32"-40". All on boards. Two on $9 BlueBass, one on WB Perch Mackerel, and last one on Hot Pink One at dusk. All were Terminator T3 and all on boards 30/4 in 12-14 feet of water and all fish looked healthy. Not a bit of muskiepox. Overall, a pretty decent way to start the season in Lake St. Clair. Thank you Fishing God!
the Rocketman <esozbiz$>
Saline, MI USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 14:58:28 (CDT)
We went from 10 to 4 on sunday. Weather was cloudy with intermittent showers. Water was very clear, temps ranged from 58 at the puce to 61 at the spillway to 53 at huron point. Wind ranged from SE to SW and was slight to moderate. Weather was unstable, barometer was 29.7. Air temp was in the upper 60's. We started at the puce and caught a small musky (~25")on a YB Green Frog stalker on a planer board at 30', 4 oz. At 11:30 a storm chased us back to the marina but then the skies lightened so we tried along the spillway and huron point but to no avail.
Grim Reaper <>
wixom, mi USA - Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 08:07:02 (CDT)
great opening weekend 3 for 4 on sat.nothing to big fairhaven area. sunday 5 for 7 including couple in the 48 -47 inch range annchor bay. not bad for are first time on are own.
fuzzy side up and pistol pete <pplociniak$>
utica, mi USA - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 21:32:54 (CDT)
Hey Guys.....Fished Sunday morning till 2:00p. Started out of metro trolled soth to 13 mile....nuttin! Went back norh of metro got a little 31 incher on a bomber mag. Had a monster on for a few 20 min later,wash rod-4oz,10 ft back on a frog believer. it was a real brute!! Felt like Cheif Brody in 'JAWS' saying..need a bigger boat!!! Great site Rocketman. tight lines Jim
jim w <>
warren, mi USA - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 18:24:02 (CDT)
fished LSC AT STONEY POINT.........Went 2 for 3 biggest at 39 inch.....speed 4.2 MPH both 2 oz. 22 foot back both yelllow belly .......12 to 14 fooot of water GREAT TO BE OUT looking forward to a good season.....catch a fatty
HUTCH <tom.hutchins$>
hometown, ont Canada - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 18:09:56 (CDT)
Had a great time on the Lake. Fished with Paul and Kevin. We caught one little guy that Kevin Claimed proudly as his first. Had another larger fish on for a short time. Casted the rest of the day and had several follows and three or so hook ups. 12 hours of fishing left me whipped but after Sundays rest I'm ready for more punishment. Good luck fellas
K. Howes <trout58$ >
St. Clair. Shores, MI USA - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 13:44:23 (CDT)
i fished alone sat from 1:30 - 8:80 p.m. trolling from 9-mile to metro beach and back then south to the delphine and back with no hits at all. the water was pretty clear and weed free. this morn two of us fished from 9-mile south to the river (7:30 a.m. to noon) went (1 for 1) a nice 11 lb. muskie on a terminator t3 blue wormy (thanks rocketman) 10 oz.-15ft on a board rod. 13 ft of water, 4 to 4.3 mph
fishwacker <bcross$ >
Saint Clair Shores, MI USA - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 13:43:00 (CDT)
Anchor Bay - Wow..a sea of planer boards this morning. We casted for a few hours with only 2 huge Smallmouths to show for the effort. Trolled for a bunch of hours and went 1 for 1. Nice fish about 42 inches on a Crackle Frog, wash rod, no weight. I hope others did better. Where are they?
Lobi <lobbe1$ >
St. Clair Shores, MI USA - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 13:41:40 (CDT)

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