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We went fishing from 5:30 pm to 8:30pm on Sunday August 29. Wind was strong from the north, around 20 mph. Weather was cloudy, air temp around 60, water temp from 66-67. Good clarity. We fished the weather bouy. We went 1 for 1 with about a 30 incher on a Helin Frog TX on a down rod with 16 oz. Could be the last trip for me on the existing reaper machine - check out my guestbook entry for details about the new reaper machine and email me if interested in purchasing the old one.
Grim Reaper <email@example.com>
wixom, mi USA - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at 21:39:22 (CDT)
Fished 8/25. Gave 'em 8 hard long hours without a single rip!! Started at the spillway then 400 club, 9 mile, south east to the hump, stony pt, thames, up the east coast, back to the hump, then finally ran back to the st clair light and back to the spillway. Fished 18 to 8 fow. Showed them every Terminator I had, even got desperate and tried a bunch of other stuff too. Were the conditions that bad? Wow, where are they?
USA - Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 10:57:50 (CDT)
First you need the right prayer to the Fishing God:
"Oh Fishing God,
Give me the skill to find the fish,
The wisdom to pick the right presentation,
And the patience to stay on 'em until they go."
Before you ever put a rod out be sure you're marking fish, ideally a good amount of BIG fish and some bait too. Drive around on plane until you find them. Next, put out rods and troll the area trying both 1-2 feet deeper and 1-2 feet shallower and a little past the area where you started in both directions. Whenever you mark a maximum size fish put an icon on your GPS. Pretty soon a pattern will develop. You will see how big the area holding the fish is and what depth most of them are holding at. Stay there on them instead of wandering all over. Run lures that are right for the water conditions as explained on this site and until you get the first hit be sure you're running a good selection of all different colors, lure types, and set-ups. If you talk to, or hear, people on the radio who are fishing near where you are pay good attention to what colors have been hit. It doesn't matter if they are fishing for muskie or walleye or bass, the same colors are going to work. When you get a hit switch another lure to the same color, lure type, and presentation like what got hit. If you get two hits on the same color and set-up then they're telling you something. Load up on whatever it is. If you see fish sitting right on the bottom they are kind of inactive. When you're marking them in the upper 2/3 of the depth range that is better. When they start to turn on - they all turn on - all over the place. Walleyes, perch, bass, pike, muskies, one mile away, across the lake, it doesn't matter; they all turn on at once, everywhere. Your goal is to be on a good concentration of muskies, running what is getting hit, when that happens. I have spoken.
Fished today August 25th, went 2 for 2. The conditions since monday have been terrible, and we've gone out every day with no luck until today. They were both small fish, in the 32 inch range, and the scale was acting up so we didnt get a weight. First one (about 8:00) hit a fire-tiger Rapala. Second one was caught around 9:00 or so, Coachdog (remembered rocketman said use coachdog after dark, boy was he right!) They may not have been the biggest of fish, but we had fun. Caught on Lake St. Clair, cruising around the channel by the firecracker and heading west until we came to the spillway, both fish occuring towards the end. Marked alot of big big fish.
Duane Conn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clinton Twp, MI USA - Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 23:25:20 (CDT)
FISHED the 21st and 22nd on lake st clair. Mainly concentrated between Ruscom and Puce rivers. fished mainly 15.5-17 ft of water. We went 8-10 on the weekend. the biggets fish (43.5") was caught on a depth raider sucker pattern out in front of belle river at 2 oz and 32feet. 3 other fish were caught on a straight olive colored artifact lure. All of these fish came off the boards at 35ft 1 3/4 oz. All were relativley the same size38- 40 in. very nice fish. The other 4 fish were caught in the same vacinity in 16ft of water west of belle river. I know 2 were taken on a firetiger pattern and the other bluefrog. I cant remember the line count and weight size, but all in all it was a good weekend for us. Hope to be back soon. Next time ill try to be more specifc. I was having so much fun with the success that i did not pay much attention to the specifics.
KEVIN HOOGENBOOM <KJHANGLER@HOTMAIL.COM>
TWINSBURG, OH USA - Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 19:37:11 (CDT)
Kicked Muskie Butt!
Once again we found a lot of big fish on the 17' contour line. This time the big ones seemed to be really concentrated. We marked well over 20 size 4's within an area about one mile long. This is definitely the most 4's I ever marked in a single day!
John got the biggest one, a 31 pounder that hit a WB Mackerel Perch Terminator T3 running 30/2 on a board. We also got a dink about 8lbs and a couple more in the 15 - 20 pound range. Strangely enough ALL hits were on WB Mackerel Perch T3. The big fish was properly weighed on my calibrated Chatillion scale and was solidly between the 31 and 31.5 pound marks. She looked pretty bad, three muskiepox sores and a lamprey too, but put up a great fight and seemed plenty strong.
John has fished with me since 1999. He has had a bunch of nice muskies but until now has never managed to break the 30 pound barrier. Well, all those dues he's paid have finally paid off. The 31 pounder came on his side of the boat and he was running his one rod Canadian legal (that law is just wrong). When John finally saw that fish laying there in the bottom of the boat he was literally shaking so bad he couldn't get the needlenose on the hook to pull it out. Then when it was finally over and the fish had swam away and the lures were back out, there he was sitting there in the boat with a big ole shit-eating grin on his face and he didn't even care that his shirt was glued to his belly with muskie slime. I just had to take a pic ha ha.
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$yahoo.com>
Saline, MI USA - Sunday, August 1, 2004 at 11:20:18 (CST)
fished saturday & sunday Aug 7 & 8 for about 3 hours each day. quit out of frustration with the floating grass. made several moves to find clean water but it seemed to be everywhere. will this stuff be gone soon? are there areas that are clear when most of the lake seems covered by it? thanx
scs, mi USA - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 20:41:48 (CDT)
Went out for the first time in a year and a half on August 8th. Fished aboard the Pequod.. Went 7 for 8. Started fishing in the middle of the lake behind the St.Clair Light and trolled all the way to the Black Forrest area. Most of the action came off the Silos.. The fish ranged from 37 to 48 inches.Kermits Muskie Magnets accounted for 6 of the 7 fish..Yellow belly coachdog led the way followed by lawton and pike scale.. Rocketman will be pleased to know that a TX 9 dollar perch caught the 48 incher.. Board rods and downrods had all the action.. Water was clear in the middle and slighty colored toward the Thames.. Even had to jump in to help revive one.. It was a super day.. Thanks again Bob and Kermit thanks for the awesome baits.. John
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$lycos.com>
Ann Arbor, Mi USA - Monday, August 09, 2004 at 07:14:33 (CDT)
Pretty Damn Good!
We found a lot of fish at the 17' contour line between Stony Point and The Hump. As long as we kept the boat at 17' +/- 1' we had decent fish on the screen almost continuously. We marked something like 10 size 4's then lost count due to, well, various reasons. Hits were slow in coming and when they started the fish would not stick. We were 0 for 3 at 7:00pm. However, we kept on them and wore them down and finally it paid off.
John got the biggest one, a decent four footer, that hit a Litwin $9 Bass Terminator T3 running 30/2 on a board. We also got a dink that hit a T3 WBS BLuefrog, and a 12-14 pounder that hit on a T3 Firebass. The ones we missed hit on T3 WB Perch Mackerel and Terminator TX Zit Frog. All action was boards and longrods except the TX was in it's usual digger position. Plus right at dark we got a 5 pound plus walleye that hit the Firetiger T3 running 10/0 in the wash. Not too shabby for our second time out this year and only running one board. I could blame that on the Canadian regs but the truth is I forgot my boards ha ha! Good thing Bruce had one of his own in his car.
New to the site. Great find! Out last night 7/19/04 6pm to 10pm. I caught 1 that was 35/2 only 20lbs though. great shape to live another day and fight another fight. Caught on a black jointed Wiley. First of my life. No more smallies or wallheads for me. Caught just east of 400 club. I'll be out there tonight.
Clinton Twp, MI USA - Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 14:28:19 (CDT)
Well got Hooked!!! Went on a few Muskie Charters and guess what!! Had to hide the credit card statement from wife but loaded up with tackle and rods. Just a rookie but love it! First time out last saturday and went 2/2 !! Had a blast. Looking foreward to this weekend. This is a great site and has helped me understand some of the basics to get started. Hope to be filing alot of my own reprts in the future. Can't wait untill we hook up with the first Monster!! Good Luck to all tolguy
harrison twp, mi USA - Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 11:41:05 (CDT)
Fished on Kung Fu Bruce's "Bamboa's Way" Sunday between 1:30PM and 5:PM on LCS's Canadian North Shore, West of Mitchelle's Bay in 16-17 foot by Basset Island, and went 3 for 6. Doug caught the biggest one. A huge 48' 25+ pound Hog that inhaled a Terminator T-3 jointed yellow belly $9 Perch on a long Rod 150 feet back with 3 oz down. I picked up a handsome 15 pounder on a T-3 Mackeral Bluefrog from the outer board rod 30 feet back with 2 oz. down. Kung Fu Bruce caught a nice 12 pound scrapper that gave us a full body jump right behind the boat. His fish was on a T-3 Firebass from the slider with 3 oz down. The other hits were on T-3's Firebass, Mackeral Blue frog, and I think a Mackeral Perch respectively. Condition were awsome. Hardly no weeds, Water Color was a perfect silty blue to almost clear. Waves were one foot or less. Water temp was in the high 60's. Wether conditions were a nice mostly-sunny high pressure system with temps around 78 degrees. Did have one small rain storm that lasted about 15 minutes. Can't wait to get out again. No Pox on any fish. All fished succesfully released with return GPS icon checks. Wished we could of fished longer... Tight Lines.
Shelby twp., MI USA - Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 09:36:17 (CDT)
Time for the annual belle river trip. This year was even more interesting as there was a grudge match against another boat - yep, a one boat versus one boat muskie contest - 4 pts for each 35" fish and a point an inch for each inch over 35". Thus a 38" would be worth 7 (4+3). Late start on friday due to the ever busy work schedules and the disarray of the reaper machine meant the official start time was near 8 pm. Conditions were ok, light northeast winds made the south shore weedy and water color was muddy east of the hump, although good west of it. Air temperature was warm (high 70's/80's), skies somewhat overcast, water temp around 69 degrees. Team Reaper blanked out in front of belle river while the Opposition went 1 for 1 with a 38" fish down by the puce. Early 6:30 am start on Saturday, down a touchdown. Conditions similar to the night before but water has cleared and Team Reaper moves to the Ruscom. Team Reaper nails an early fish but it doesnt measure the minimum on a Helin Frog Tx on a down rod. Next paydirt as we get a 37" fish on a blue frog jointed on a down rod. Now its 7-6. Then some missed fish. Finally a 38" fish for Team Reaper on a J8 yb frog wiley on a planer board. Radio the Opposition to inform them of the lead change only to find out they have caught a 40" fish. Now its 16-13. A few small ones that dont measure next and then the Strike. The Captain had redeployed the Helin Frog Tx out to the planer board and a monstrous hit, large fish out in the distance, line screaming, boat slowed down slightly and disaster ---- line pops, everything gone, the fish, the slider, leaders, weights etc. Line must have had a nick as it broke against fairly light resistance way up the line. This could be trouble for Team Reaper. Even though we were 4 for 10 at this point (we also had a treble hook break off a stalker) compared to the opposition being 1 for 2, we were in trouble, being still down 3 points. Then things turned a little, we caught a 40 inch fish on a helin frog stalker on a planer board to move to 22-16 in points. By now its around 4:30 pm and we are at 6 for 12, still pounding a small area off the Ruscom. Opposition is around 2 for 4 but points are the still the same. The drought occurs, 6 pm, then 7 pm, then 8 pm - no fish - marking far less. Do we move or stick it out hoping for a evening surge? We decide to stay. Then around 9 pm, a big hit on a Guacomole TX on a planer board - a 46.5", 22.5 lb fish to raise the score to 37-16, a crushing blow for Team Reaper. Two more quick undersize fish in a flurry and Team Reaper finishes 9 for 15 compared to 3 for 6 for the Opposition. Sunday started slow, Team Reaper boated a few sub 35 inch fish on stalkers on planer board. At 11 am, the Opposition surrenders at 0 for 0 and heads for home. Team Reaper stays until the "official" 1 pm end time and finish 3 for 4 with nothing over 35". All in all, 12 for 19 in about 23 hours of trolling, not bad. Still wish we had gotten that big fish though!
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
wixom, mi USA - Saturday, July 17, 2004 at 15:31:18 (CDT)
Fished from 12:30 to 4:00, went 2 for 2. Fished from gpyc to 400 towers. Both fish were in the 9 mile area. One was on a crackle frog and the other was on a st lawrence pattern, but in black and gold with a white belly. Both were small fish and in good shape. Both were up high, 2 oz at 25 and 40 on boat rods. Weeds were bad the further north I went and the water was muddier.
st clair shores, mi USA - Friday, July 16, 2004 at 21:05:17 (CDT)
7/15set lines at 6 7/15 set lines at 6pm till 10pm went 8 for 11 mid lake boat rods were on fire everything came on zing lures all perch and frog patterns all 20lb class fish and we finished the night off with a 35lber it was a great night
st clair shores, mi USA - Friday, July 16, 2004 at 02:11:26 (CDT)
Went out yesterday (7-14) and felt like the only boat on the lake. 22knot winds gusting to 30 knots and 4+ footers tossing us around. Managed to go 2 for 3 despite getting beat up by the waves. Both on the boards at 20-3, both on crackle frog. One in front of the spillway and the other way down by the belle river hump. Tough wet day to be out there but that is muskie fishing I guess.
Hartland, USA - Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 13:34:16 (CDT)
7/10/04 Went 10-13 Awesome day.Fished9;30-6;30 p.m.16-18 f.o.w.9mi.to G.P.Y.C.semi weedy.Most fish on brds.28/2 ozMaison jtd ylw bly perch.2 fish came on wiley jtd perch.Silver blk nils boat7/12oz43in. same set up lost fish.All realeased in great shape.all fish35-45in.3.8-4.2 m,p.h.1ski on jtd pike scl. producer. Keep lines clean.Steve Floyd
USA - Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 14:32:01 (CDT)
Well Kurt, I FINALLY mailed my check to you for my mooskie baits. I figure since I can only catch dinks with my current lures, it's time for the new ones. I fished on Sunday east of the Dumps. The water was perfect color and wind light and variable. Let me say I HATE knats!!!!!! I had them crawling all over me!!!!! We ended up 5 for 6 in 5 hours of fishing, but no big uns. They were all wanting perch early. Then the last 6 bites all came on white belly baits. Well, got the numbers out of the way, now time for a TUNA!!!!!!!!!
John Seitz <gauge618$aol.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Monday, July 12, 2004 at 20:38:44 (CDT)
Fished Canadian shore 7/9 - 7/11 - Puce - Ruscom River. Very calm water most of the time, slight NE most of the weekend. Tough fishing, but managed to go 8 for 13 after putting in some very long hours. Largest 43". Fish came 13 - 16." Tried deeper with no luck. Sounded like everyone had a rather tough weekend.
dan haude <dhaude$remingr.com>
cleveland, oh USA - Monday, July 12, 2004 at 10:21:11 (CDT)
First musky for me. Trolled out by the freighter channel from 2 to 4pm sunday. picked him up on a gold musky bait. sorry, don't know the name. only about 30". It's a start!
SCS, Mi USA - Sunday, July 11, 2004 at 17:25:54 (CDT)
fished 7/5 for walleye in the river hooked first ever muskie on a 3/4 oz.jig lime green with crawler let fall to bottom lifted up rod ,bent, and i must have got him to see the boat and adios took a couple runs thought i was gonna get whatever it was in the boat.Tangled up with rods in holders almost tripped out of boat.My wife yells oh my god,me and my brother in law look up and biggest most beautiful pig of a beast ive ever seen comes thrashing out of water line snaps (no leader) jig goes right between me and bro at eye level.HOLY S--T!!!! I got an instant hi five.Wife caught only fish all day but it was worth it.I'm HOOKED.i want more muskie.
RICK ANDREWS <favre4mvp444$yahoo>
lincoln park, mi USA - Thursday, July 08, 2004 at 20:14:31 (CDT)
Rocketman, first off....I was wondering if you have any lures for sale right now. I will come to you and i will bring cash. Just let me know. Now our report....... Fished 07/02 from the 400 to 9 mile tower, Noon to 6pm. First 4 hours in 16 FOW cause thats where all the other guys were. Nothing. Moved to 14 feet, went 1 for 2 and a nice pike also. One fish mid 30's, green Loke, 40ft 2oz. 2nd fish, was a monster. Had at the edge of the boat, but couldnt grab it. I bought a monster net the next day! Had to be 50". Hit a dark frog wiley, 50 ft,2 oz. Put up one heck of a fight. Keep the lines clean and tight!!
shelby, mi USA - Thursday, July 08, 2004 at 10:12:41 (CDT)
Tuesday 7-6-04, 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. wind was east south east about 10 - 15 mph , waves 1 - 2 ft, I fished alone again on the west side of the shipping channel in 15 - 16 ft of water and went 8 for 9 on muskies (lost one at the side of the boat) and caught one bonus 10 lb 37 in. pike (who fought like a muskie) no monsters, but my best day for numbers ever! the biggest fish were about 12 lbs / 38 inches with the smallest fish measuring at 30 inches. The first three fish hit my remaining t3 wb perch mackerel 4 oz./30 ft. (the last of which broke loose the diving lip on my last wb perch mackerel t3, time to get some epoxy!) the next 7 fish hit a masons perch colered lure 4 oz/ 30 ft. Rocketman is there any chance that I could get a new diving lip for my t3? I have fished these lures for three years now (without a problem) and just broke two in two weeks.
muskie junkie <bricecross$comcast.net>
ferndale, mi USA - Tuesday, July 06, 2004 at 22:19:44 (CDT)
Saturday, July 3, 2004. Fished 10a.m. to 2p.m.. Wind started out strong out of North east, so started trolling East of South Channel. Went 2 for 3. All 3 in 18ft. or deeper on WB Perch. All 3 on board rods 30ft and 3 to 4 oz. Got a great fight on a 48" fish that pulled hard and kept it up near the boat. The fish I lost flung the lure back at me right after I got it next to the boat. I want to count it as a catch. Also fished for 10 minutes on Monday July 5 after a gas run and picked up a 40" fish right in front of GP Yacht club in 17ft on a YB Perch. They seem to be hitting all over the lake.
Grosse Pointe, MI USA - Tuesday, July 06, 2004 at 20:56:11 (CDT)
Went 3-3 on Friday 7/2 from 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., first two on Wiley Shad color on boatrod 40/4. Both were small and skinny. 3rd fish was 44" and 24 lbs and was on a white bellied perch Wiley on a washrod 10feet out with 16 oz. sinker. Beautiful fish, released quickly, No Pox on any of the fish.
Grosse Pointe, MI USA - Tuesday, July 06, 2004 at 16:04:58 (CDT)
Just returned from 8 days of fishing. Our cottage has 3 boats/7fishermen. Actually 6 fishermen and 1 fisherwoman, my wife. What a week! Total of about 180 muskies released. No casualties. An unbelievable 7 fish of 50 inches or better. 3 fifty inchers, 2 51 1/2 inchers, a 52 incher and our fisher woman (who also caught one of the 50's) boated a 55 incher!!! She released two fifties in one day! I handlined my 51 1/2 on a slider using a 6 inch perch Warner bait the day before that. First time I've ever tried sliders! I'm hooked. Incidently, we usually troll about 5 mph. but two of our 50's came when slowing down to fix lines, one at 2 mph in neutral when the board almost hit a deadhead! All of our hawgs came mid day from noon to 4 p.m. Water temps were down a bit around 69 degrees, 72 by the 4th of July. Wileys produced well as did the Tuff Shads. Other than the Warner Bait all of the big fish came from Wiley 5 1/2 inchers. Water was stained and we had to fish where we could for most of the week but seemed to be clearing up as we left. No rhyme or reason, we caught fish from 10 feet of water to 19. They seem to be scattered. Bait wasn't always easy to find and seemed to prefer the more stained water. The big dawg did come when we were into some good bait. I've always dreamed of boating a fish of this size but never thought I'd be the net man. I'll e-mail a picture to the Rocketman and since it was caught by a musky huntress maybe he can get it on the site. This is the third year we've fished St. Clair. We've boated 2 other 50 inchers and things just seem to be getting better. Other than the lampreys we havn't seen any spots or sores. The 55 was as healthy as could be and looked to be in it's prime. The lamprey eels are exclusively on the big fish and was a pleasure to unsuccesfully release them. By the way, the 55 went back in the lake as did all of our fish. One contributing factor to our great week was friendly weather. We were able to fish all day every day. A friend in another cottage released a 56 inch 42 pound 10 ounce sturgeon. Can't wait until next year. Good luck to all.
Ivan the Terrible <cook4st$aol.com>
Aliquippa, PA USA - Monday, July 05, 2004 at 09:50:17 (CDT)
Fished 9mi to GPYC6/28/04Went 3/5Big fish came3;30 19fow 25 /2ozbrd.49 1/2'35 lb beauty'fell to a olive grn jtd wb frog Wiley.Let my nine yr old son reel it in.awsome fight.1hr later 46in thin fish swallowed a jtd pike scale Lokebrd 23 /2 17 ft.aprox 20 lbs.6;00 30 in ski 9dol prch jtd producer bd 23/016 ft.rip on same set up lost aprox 40in. 1more rip lost a dink bd Izumi jd pproducer.Finesed 3- 5.Let hog go after some great pics.hopeful she'll get to be a 40lbdr by fall.Good Luck.
USA - Saturday, July 03, 2004 at 13:43:17 (CDT)
Fished 6-28-04 from 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and 3:00 PM to 5:40 PM. Winds SW 10-20, water temps 64-67 degrees. Started at the public launch, Clinton River. Fished south to 400 Club 12-15 FOW. Ran board rods, Weedy, weedy, weedy! Bad luck began. Planer board line caught back board rod and in the water it went! Retrieved rod. Next, passenger seat pedastal mount breaks, planer board snap swivel snaps, planer board floats away and planer board line in prop. 20 Min. later, back to normal. Decide to fish closer in out of rough water. Engine starts running bad on way in... back to Clinton River. New plugs, loose plug wires tightened, back on the water 3PM. Tough like the Rocketman. Fished Anchor Bay 12 FOW. Fished tight, finally went 0-1, saw fish 40 plus, wash rod 12/8 6" jointed Leo WB perch 4:15 PM. Bay was weedier than I have ever seen it. All I know is if you're not fishin for muskies your not fishin! Good luck to all!
Rick Marinelli <rmarinel$stratos.net>
Euclid, OH USA - Friday, July 02, 2004 at 08:00:29 (CDT)
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