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September - December 1998
Sep 1, 1998 18:48



Submitted by Mike H. who fished south shore on 8-21-98

Went 1 for 1. Pretty nice size, aprox 44". Nice girth also. Caught on outrod on 6oz. 10' back. Looking forward to Labor Day weekend. Will fish muskie unless walleye or perch really heats up.

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Sep 2, 1998 11:10



Submitted by Larry who fished Lake St. Clair on 8/30/98

Fished the area from Metro Beach to 12 mile on Sunday 8/30 from 8:30 to 1:00. Went 1/2 on Blue Frog Producer and dark green/brown Believer 30 ft. back. Boated fish was a very fat 44". LOTS OF WEEDS and 2 ft. waves didn't help matters... would have fished longer.

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Submitted: Sep 6, 1998 at 10:26 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, Sept 5, 1998 from 9:00 AM until 5:30 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was clear, 75 F and the wind was SW 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 74 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 16 foot deep water.

We went 5 for 7 today. The biggest one was a 20 pound Muskie that went for a Olive Bass Believer fished on a long rod. Overall the hottest set-up was a long rod at 40 feet and 6 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

The other muskies included a 15lbr and 3 more in the 8-11lb range. All came on either Olive Bass or Brass Monkey Believer and all were released. Terminator TX WB Perch on a long rod also got hit but did not hook up. Not one hit on a board or downrod. Was crewing with Don Miller on Musky Hunter today.



Sep 9, 1998 16:45



Submitted by JIM TUMEY who fished SOUTH SHORE RED BARN on 9-5-98

Caught my first muskie over the legal size. 47 in. around 25 to 27 lbs? came at 7:20 pm. board rod 4oz. 30 ft. back. had one other hit on straight WB perch willey. Water was cloudy Next day caught 33 in. on st Lawrence. both fish were released.

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Submitted: Sep 13, 1998 at 08:00 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, Sept 12, 1998 from 4:30 PM until 8:00 PM at St. Clair/Peche, for Muskies. It was overcast, 75 F and the wind was W 0-5 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 70 F and there were less than 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 1 for 1 today. Justin Hicks got the biggest one, a 30 pound Muskie that went for a $9 Gaucamole Terminator T3 fished on a board. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 30 feet and 2 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

Justin is my buddy Joe Hicks' 12 year old son. He is 54 inches tall. When we were leaving for the lake Joe told him we were going to catch a fish as big as he was. Not quite; Justin's muskie was only 51". She was released in good condition. The 30 lb weight was from a Chatillion certified scale, witnessed by Rocketman, and Joe and Justin Hicks. This was the MOMC September Tournament. Since Joe and Justin are not MOMC members we couldn't enter the muskie in Release Division, but we will go for a Tru Trophy Release patch. Pictures in a couple days.



Sep 15, 1998 09:49



Submitted by Aaron who fished Off Strawberry Island on 9/14/98

Had a quick hour to fish 7-8PM... Before I set the last line , #1 started to sing....Nice healthy 48" on a Blue Frog, 20oz / 10 ft wash rod.....Almost pulled me back in when released ! 12-14 ft water - marked lots of fish - trolling 5.5mph - not a bad place for close to home action ! See you all on the south shore this weekend for the really big ones !!!!!

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Sep 15, 1998 12:51



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished South shore on 9/13/98

Started fishing in 14 ft. in front of Pike's Creek and caught a 38" on YB Perch on a board rod at 30/3. Fish was caught in the first 5 minutes. After that, we spent 4 hours moving around trying to find an area that did not have so many weeds. Fished all the way to Ruscom and back. Between Belle and Ruscom water was good but didn't mark any fish. Went back to Pike's creek/Peche area an fought the weeds with no luck. Did mark fish in this area.

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Submitted: Sep 20, 1998 at 09:46 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 9/19/98 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 80 F and the wind was SW 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 73 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 14 foot deep water.

We went 3 for 5 today. John Osborne got the biggest one, a 43 inch Muskie that went for a Fire Bass Terminator T3 fished on a board. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 30 feet and 4 ounces and the action was deep.

All three muskies we got were on the the same Fire Bass/board set-up. The two hits we didn't get were on a downrigger. One was on a YB Mackerel Perch T2 at 9' deep and the other was on a Pink Wormy T2 at 7' deep. All 5 were on John's side of the boat.



Sep 21, 1998 18:21



Submitted by JEFF KALTZ who fished C MARKER on 9-20-98

Fished 4pm. to 8pm. near c marker 14 to 15 feet. Went 6 for 6. Three on the Producer 9$bass. The other 3 came off wiley fire tiger, wiley perch and producer perch frog. All 2oz. 30 feet. All fish were 36 to 38 inches. 5 of the 6 came off the boards. Fish seem to be getting fatter but where are the big ones.

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Sep 22, 1998 16:32



Submitted by Gary Okorowski who fished Thames River area on 9-19-98

Fished from 7a-7p and went 3 for 4.At 7:15a the Terminater $9 Bass,44'line,12'water,3oz worked on a sub 30" musk.At 7:45a it worked again on a 41",with 44'l,11'w,3oz.At 7:00p,a 37" bit on a Carp colored Producer 36'back in 13'water and 3oz.lead.Water had been dead calm all day with mostly clear skies.The water was fairly clean,good clarity some weed floaters and water temp.was 71-73.The lost fish hit a straight Frog Loke on 55'l,18'w,3oz.It took out approx. 50'line so fast that the clicker on the reel broke. Never did get to see it but it sure felt GOOD!

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Submitted: Oct 10, 1998 at 22:46 by the Rocketman

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

Went fishing on Saturday, Oct 10,1998 from 1:00 PM until 7:30 PM at St. Clair/Thames, for Muskies. It was partly cloudy, 60 F and the wind was NW 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 60 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 0 for 0 today. Fished my butt off and ran all good stuff but no action whatsoever. Water conditions were fair. Somewhat weedy, marked fish fair/good. All time spent N of Thames channel.



Oct 12, 1998 20:57



Submitted by Majoros1 who fished South Channel on October 9, 1998

Fished 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 100 to 2,000 yds off of channel near S. Channel in 13 to 17ft. Went 0 for 2 on YB Perch Believer 2oz 40ft even though the hooks were sharp. Later, fishing near C marker and white mansion was unproductive.

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Submitted: Oct 18, 1998 at 08:43 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 10/17/98 from 2:00 PM until 7:30 PM at St. Clair/Dumps, for Muskies. It was mostly cloudy, 70 F and the wind was SW 20-25 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 59 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty blue, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 1 for 1 today. Joe Hicks got the biggest one, a 38 inch Pike that went for a Carp Terminator TX fished on a down rod. Overall the hottest set-up was a mystery to me.

Went to the dumps to try to avoid the wind but it was still very rough. While driving into 3 footers we had a board clamp break so that was it for the boards. Just ran boatrods the rest of the day. Never did mark fish good except on the way over marked some good just west of Belle River. I should have fished there.



Oct 19, 1998 08:14



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished Thames and Peche Isle on Sat. 10/18

Fished the Thames area 11-15 ft. Water color was from clear blue to silty green. Visibility was 4 to 6 ft. in the clean areas and 1 to 2 foot in the silty areas. Fished for 2 1/2 hrs. and went 0 for 0. Marked no big fish and very few bait fish. Moved to the Pike's creek area and trolled from there down to Peche Isle. Went 1 for 2. The fish we landed was 35" caught on YB perch on boards at 30/2, and the other hit $9 Bass on board rod at 30/2. Both fish were in 13 ft. of water.

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Submitted: Oct 25, 1998 at 21:46 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Sunday, 10/25/98 from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM at St. Clair/Thames, for Muskies. It was mostly cloudy, 60 F and the wind was SW 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 54 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was clear blue, visability was 6-10 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 1 1/2 for 2 today. I got the biggest one, a 47 inch Muskie that went for a Steelhead Terminator TX fished on a long rod. Overall the hottest set-up was a long rod at 30 feet and 0 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

The other 1/2 fish I got was a muskie in the 36-40" range that got off while I was lifting it into the boat by hand. I had it at least 1/2 way into the boat so it counts as 1/2 a fish. You can pretty much get away with that on your own web site. Anyways the fish were both right out from the Thames light and the 1/2 fish hit a T3 Fire Tiger on a wash rod just as I was pulling lines.



Oct 26, 1998 08:36



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished Peche on 10/24/98

Fished Saturday 10/24 from 8:00 to 1:00 and went 3 for 4. Water was clear blue with 4-5 foot visibility early and as the day went on it got worrse. There was and area just out from Peche that looked like coffee with creamer. We stayed on the edges and fished the cleanest water from 10 - 15 foot. Fish were all caught in about 12 foot of water. Got a 39", and a 34" early on $9 Bass at 30/4 and Pikescale at 30/3. Later the sun got bright and the water was getting a bit silty and we had a rip on Helin Frog at 30/3. The last fish we got was a 45 incher that hit a chrome faced Perch in the wash at 15ft./8oz. I would estimate the 45 to be in the 25 lb. range. You can really tell that the fish have been fattening up.

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Oct 27, 1998 07:22



Submitted by Gary R who fished Belle River on 10/24/98

Fished Belle River area Sunday Oct 24 from 12:00-5:15PM . Went 1 for 2 just west of the Belle River hump in 18' of water Fish hit on terminator T3's 30'back off the boards no weight. 4-4.5 MPH water temp 58'


Oct 29, 1998 21:21



Submitted by Mike Himmel who fished South Shore on 10-27-98

Got skunked last day out. fished from Puce river to the barn, back to peche, dumps and up the american side to nine mile. Fished aprox 4.5 MPH, not a strike.

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Nov 22, 1998 23:01



Submitted by Rudy who fished Anchor Bay on 11/21/98

Went 4 for 4, two on down rod and two on board rods. The down rod fish were caught on an orange belly jointed Believer fished with 3oz and 10ft near the wash. The two other fish were caught on a Joe Bucher Shallow Raider (jointed chart. pikey) and a T3 Fire Tiger. These fish were caught with 2oz. and 30ft. The biggest one was pushing 42" at 15.5 lbs (down rod fish). The other three were small (in the range of 30"). Fished in the area of Metro Beach with no luck, then moved to Anchor Bay. Did not catch a single fish until our speed increased from 4.5mph to 6.5mph. Go figure.

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Nov 28, 1998 19:44



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished Dumps on 11/27/98

Fished from 8:30 to 12:30 in the Dumps and went 1 for 1. Fish was only 32". Caught fish on Fire Tiger Hi-Fin in Wash 8 0z. 15 ft. Water clarity was good in the area.

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Submitted: Nov 29, 1998 at 09:28 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, Nov 28, 1988 from 11:00 until 5:30 PM at St. Clair/Dumps, for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 65 F and the wind was SW 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was warming. The water temperature was 45 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 3 for 3 today. Joe Hicks got the biggest one, a 48 inch Muskie that went for a WB Mackerel Perch Terminator T3 fished on a board. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 40 feet and 2 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

All 3 fish were in the south end of the Dumps just inside a color break where it started to get muddy and the temp dropped 1-2 degrees. We got another nice big one that was 47" long that hit a Firetiger TX Straight on a downrod about 30 seconds after we put it down. The third muskie was a 43" that hit the same WB Mackerel Perch again. All three fish were fat pigs as you will see as soon as I get the pictures developed. Also marked fish real good by the A Can. Water looked perfect and 46 F but no hits there. The opera's not over yet!

Thank you Muskie God!!!



Dec 5, 1998 22:02



Submitted by Gordon Brinker who fished Thames on December 5, 1998

Fished the Thames area from 2:00 to 4:45PM with two others. Tried many different colors and presentations in the 10' depths with no luck. Switched to T3 Helin, a natural color 6" spoon and a $9 Bass Believer. The Believer produced a 53" monster (weighed 32.0 on handheld Berkley digital scale-seemed much bigger) off the starboard side 20' out and no weight in 8'. Definately worth the 24 mile journey and taking the Lund out of winter storage. Picture to follow.

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Submitted: Dec 6, 1998 at 15:46 by the Rocketman

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

I went fishing on Friday, 12/04/98 from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM at St. Clair/Dumps, for Muskies. It was foggy, 65 F and the wind was calm. The last few days the weather was warming. The water temperature was 47 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was silty blue, visability was 4-6 feet, and I was fishing in 15 foot deep water.

Really did not get to fish at all. Launched at Blossom Heath and drove about 7 miles to Dumps. Just as I got set up the fog started coming in. I gave it maybe 1/2 hour until the fog got so bad I couldn't see my planer board. By the time I got the equipment back in it was a total white-out. Drove back by GPS and a compass. Felt totally disoriented and did not beleive the instruments but knew they were right. Finally got back after driving blind for over 2 hours. Whoa!



Submitted: Dec 6, 1998 at 16:17 by the Rocketman

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

I went fishing on Saturday, 12/05/98 from 11:30 AM until 5:30 PM at St. Clair/Dumps, for Muskies. It was mostly cloudy, 63 F and the wind was SW 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 49 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 2-4 feet, and I was fishing in 15 foot deep water.

Had not one hit. In fact, I'm not even sure I ever marked a single muskie. Covered the Dumps and the northern part of Peche Island. After about 4 hours of zilch I trolled back up by Grosse Point Yacht Club where I did mark bait pretty good in 16 feet deep. I do have reports of other people who did manage to find them. Jim Kewik told me he did great and went 14 for 17 in about 3 1/2 hours. I also heard of some coming right off 9 Mile and also the Pikes Creek area. Hopefully, I'll get another chance yet.



Dec 7, 1998 08:27



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished All over on 12/5/98

Fished from 8:45 to 1:15 and went 3 for 3. Started in the Dumps area and didn't seem to be marking any muskies. Saw several boats over in the Delphine chanel fishing for walley so we moved in over there. Picked up one muskie about 34" on a chrome faced perch believer fished in the wash at 8oz./15 ft.. After another hour in that area and no sniffs, we went back across the dumps to no avail. Water was extremely clean in the dumps so we moved south to Pikes Creek to try some water with a bit more stain. In 13 ft. just north of the white mansion we picked up two in the last 45 minutes. 1st was a 35"on a long rod on WB perch at 3/25. Second was a 42" that went for YB perch T3 on board at 2/30. Saw another boat in same area picking up a few.

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Dec 8, 1998 15:50



Submitted by grim reaper who fished South Shore - Lake St. Clair on December 5, 1998

Fished from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Went 3 for 6 with the biggest fish being 41", 17.5 lbs. All action on boards. Colors were crackle frog (2), WB frog, WB perch (2) and firetiger. One of the lost fish was lost near the boat and was in the low 40" range. Action fairly comparable to prior week when we were 4 for 6 with a 48.5", 32 lb. fish as well as a 41", 21 lb. fish.

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Submitted: Dec 12, 1998 at 20:03 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 12/12/98 from 1:00 PM until 5:30 PM at St. Clair/Peche, for Muskies. It was clear, 46 F and the wind was SW 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 44 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty blue, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 18 foot deep water.

We went 3 for 6 today. I got the biggest one, a 29 pound Muskie that went for a LaTurd Terminator T3 fished on a board. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 30 feet and 2 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

First was a real quick rip on a TX Dogturd on a downrod that didn't hook up. Then was a good fish on a JTX LaTurd on a longrod 30/0. Then a 47" hit a T3 Blueboy on a board 30/2, then a smaller fish about 38" on a TX Bluefrog on a downrod, and finally a real fat 47" on a T3 LaTurd on a board 30/2. I weighed that one because I thought it might be another 30 but it was only 29. The last hit was on a JTX Steelhead on a longrod 30/4. It was a brutal rip and the fish pulled out 75-100 yards of line before I could stop it. I had the fish on for over 20 mins. It was pulling hard enough to hold the boat stationary in 15 mph wind and 2 foot waves. Then it was just gone and that's all I am going to say about it.

Jim Kewik was also in the same area and he was doing real good with a few mid-high 20s out of something like 7 for 9 when I pulled 'em up to leave. Tony Jaros was fishing also and I heard he had a 33 pounder earlier. Thank you Muskie God!!!



Submitted: Dec 15, 1998 at 19:43 by the Rocketman

Last Report for the 1998 Muskie Season

I got a phoned-in report a couple minutes ago that I'll pass on; something to think about during the closed season. On Sunday, December 13, a 38 lb muskie was caught and released by Tony Jaros. Then, on Monday, December 14, Jim Kewik caught another one! This was his biggest muskie ever. He got out his camera and - you guessed it, no film.

So just what did Jim Kewik do with the biggest muskie he ever had in his boat? He released it. Both Tony and Jim are excellent fishermen who have caught and released many big muskies before. They have already done their part to maintain the gene pool. However, these were both "once-in-a-lifetime-if-you're-very-good-and-damn-lucky" class fish. If either one had decided to keep their fish I certainly would not blame him (I quite probably would have). Instead, they put them back so the rest of us still have a chance at 'em.

What a great Christmas present!

Thanks Tony Jaros and Jim Kewik!!!