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We went from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, Nov 27. Wind was strong from the south, around 20 mph creating some big waves. Weather was mainly cloudy, air temp in the upper 40's, water temp around 44. Barometer was falling, in the high 29's. Muddy water everywhere although a small area of good clarity off grosse pointe where we mostly fished - this water was 14-15 deep. Very few floating weeds. We went 1 for 1 with a 41 inch musky on a helin frog TX at 40', 4 oz on a planer board. Fish caught around 2 pm.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper$hotmail.com>
wixom, mi USA - Monday, November 29, 2004 at 07:48:42 (CST)
Lake St. Clair 70 lber on a TX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian Yonaley, a frequent angler on the Grim Reaper landed the 64 inch monster on Sunday on Lake St. Clair. Digital photos have been emailed to the Rocketman. It was an amazing battle that actually took the line off the reel right down to the knot (although there was only about 250 feet of line on the reel). The knot held and a quick turn of the boat allowed us to regain line. Early on we thought potentially we just had bottom but all of a sudden the line started moving very quickly to the side. The fish came up and wallowed on the surface, its back looked like a surfboard. After a few more nervous minutes and a very unothodox net job by the Captain, we were able to land this beast after a near 20 minute battle. Overall summary: we went from 12:15 pm to 5:45 pm on Sunday, Nov. 21. We mainly fished near the dumping grounds Wind was slight from the southwest, around 5-10 mph. Weather was mainly sunny, air temp in the upper 40's, water temp around 48. Barometer fell from 30.31 to 30.27. Good clarity, although off color in some areas although we mostly fished the clear water. Very few floating weeds. We fished at the Dumps in 11 to 15 feet of water, most of our fish came from 13-14'. We went 2 for 4 with the monster 64 incher on Helin Frog TX at 40', 4 oz on a planer board. This monster weighed in at just 70 lbs. This fish hit around 3 pm. My brother todd was onboard and he said that this fish dwarfed the 56 inch, 50lber he caught in Georgian Bay in 2001. We also got a 38.5 incher on brown wiley king on a planer board. Also was 0 for 2 on a down rod with a Guacomole TX at 12', 16 oz. One fish was on at the same time of the 38.5 incher and looked to be about the same size. Nothing known about the other hit - just 4 feet taken out in two spurts and gone. By the way, my Proline is still for sale, I am willing to bargain. It is a great muskie setup (walleye and salmon as well).
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
Wixom, Mi USA - Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 21:23:49 (CST)
Ummmm, In your excitement did you forget to mention one little detail in your report ha ha?????
the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fair
Went fishing on Saturday, Nov 20 from 1:00pm until 6:00pm at LSC. Went 2 for 5. Decent conditions - air temperature about 45, water temp 46F, partly cloudy with winds 10 from SSW, waves less than 1 foot, water fairly clear, greenish silty color, not many weeds.

My buddy John and I went to the Dumping Ground area and around Peche Island looking for mooskies. Couldn't find any so we decided to fish for sturgeon instead. We put out a good spread of our best sturgeon baits and after about 1/2 hour a T3 WBP Mack (what else?) running 30/2 on a board took off screaming. John gave her a couple minutes to swallow the bait properly and then went for the rod but by then the fish was gone. We drank a few beers and contemplated our situation. Then we discovered a TX Bluefrog 10/4 on a board on my side had released. Never heard it go. It must have been a softer, gentler kind of hit, obviously a sturgeon. I eventually reset the line but replaced the TX Bluefrog with a T3 WBS Bluefrog for reasons that I have yet to remember. Several hours later (or maybe 5 minutes later) the TX Steelhead on my downrod (10/12) started gradually clicking out line. I figured that had to be a sturgeon for sure but when I got the rod out of the holder I did not feel that 'rubbery' feeling you get from sturgeon lips on a lure and gave John the rod and let him reel it in. Sure enought it was a damn muskie, and a dinky one at that. It got slime all over my boat and knocked my beer over from thrashing about. I made John clean up the mess because he was the one who reeled it in. Several more beers later we had another release on John's T3 WBP Mackerel. Again it got off before we could bring it in, so then we drank some more beer in an effort to deaden the pain of our poor performance thus far. Then we noticed a drag was going out again. We checked all the reels and finally figured out which rod it was. By that time the beers were starting to get to me and I have no memory of which lure, set-up, etc. I do seem to remember John bringing in yet another dinky muskie and the next morning it was no longer in my boat so I have to assume he released it. By then it was pretty dark and we still had not caught a sturgeon. It was also getting cold(er). We pulled in the remaining lines (except for one) and the boards and putted around for a while until I could figure out where the boat ramp was. Of course as we got close to the boat ramp we started marking fish like crazy (13 feet of water right off the Nine Mile Tower) but we were froze, down to our last dozen beers or so, and it was pitch dark and started to rain. I put the pedal to the metal and boy did that last line that I forgot to pull go screaming. If you want to run a TX at 35 mph you better have the drag pretty damn tight! Anyhow, we caught a couple dinky muskies in 16 feet of water right at the edge of the channel down by the Dumps so the day wasn't a total loss.
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$yahoo.com>
Saline, Mi USA - Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 20:23:02(CST)


Went out in august, went 0for0 and havent had time to go back out due to to much over time at work.You have a great web site keep up the good work.May try to get out with a friend who still has a boat in the water .Good fishing to all.the hession agression.
hession agression <Dimareid$wowway.com>
warren , mi USA - Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 19:41:13 (CST)
Fished The Detroit River on Sundy November 14 and got SKUNKED. Fished from 10am until dark. How did everybody else do on Sunday? Fished Bell River on Thursday the 18. Got first one on a pikescale white belly 8" wileys, 15 lbs. Got second one with a brown perch white belly 8" wileys, 23 lbs. Got a monster and I mean monster hit on the pikescale but she shook the lure out. Never seen a hit like that. Seriously. That was a MONSTER HIT. Fished from 2pm until 6pm. Good luck!!
Steve Mayer <smayer$stclaircollege.ca>
Kingsville, ontario canada - Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 18:37:02 (CST)
Hello everyone, Went fishing on LSC 3 days last week and we did well. 21-Oct-04 we fished with Steve Vanassche, Bushwacker Charters on the MI side near the spillway and wet 4 for 6. The 2 largest were 51" 38# (10" Nils St. Lawrence) and 50.5" 37#. (8" Wiley Jointed Black Sucker)Musky Both were released to get bigger. The other 2 fish were 12 and 20 lbs. 22-Oct-04 went 6 for 8. We fished the Canadian side around the Belle River Hump in 8-10' of water. Water temp. was 50 degree and the color was silty green. The popular set up was a 10" Jake WB Perch at 4 mph on a board rod with 2 oz 15'. This set up caught 3 fish 45" 21#, 38" 12# and 35" 8.5#. A 39" 11# fish caught on a 10" Firetiger Straight Believer wash rod 8oz 15'. A 39" 12# fish on 10" Walleye Jointed Believer wash rod 8oz 15'. Final fish was 37" 11# on 10" WB Perch straight Believer down rod 6oz 15'. 23-Oct-04 we fished 8-12' at the Thames River then around the Belle River Hump and got skunked. I have a new handle on the radio. I go by Hillbilly now. Give me a shout if you are on the water and I will share what we are running. Take care and stay safe. Hillbilly
Hillbilly <seant$techIIii.com>
Urbana, OH USA - Friday, October 29, 2004 at 14:59:31 (CDT)
hey rocketman. fished belle river on sunday the 24th. wind sw6 perfect water colour. we fished 9-12 fow. right in front of belleriver. we went 3-3 two on helen frog t3 downrod 8-10 one 42 16lbs, the other my wife got a screamer 2nd big fish 52 and 30lbs beautiful fish seemed to have a bit of red tinge to his back? never seen that before. the third about 42 again roughly same lbs on a cobra perch producer 3-35 on long rod. beatiful day and less than 6 boats only 3 msky fishing. anyways car looks awsome and i can help pay forit (terminators) send pick at end of the week.
bill finch <bilcream2$netzero.net>
exeter , on canada - Monday, October 25, 2004 at 17:48:46 (CDT)
We kicked some $SS finally on the new reaper machine! We went from 9:00 am to 6:30pm on Saturday, Oct 23. Wind was strong from the southeast, around 20 mph creating some big waves. The new powercat is a blast to drive in 3 to 4 footers, its unbelieveable how smooth it is. We passed a 35' tiara that was pounding through the waves and punishing the crew like it was standing still. Weather was mainly cloudy, air temp in the upper 50's, water temp around 51. Barometer was falling, in the high 29's. Good clarity in some areas although we mostly fished out of the clear water in cloudy grey colored water. Very few floating weeds. We fished at the Thames in 10 to 14 feet of water, most of our fish came from 10'. We went 8 for 10 with two real nice fish. Both were 48 inches. One was 30.5 lbs, the other was 29.25 lbs. Also got 2 40's, 39, 38, 36 and a 31. While this sounds like a plug for the Rocketman, the Terminator TX's were the real deal. Both big fish came on TX's on the planer boards at 30', 4 oz. The 30.5 lber on a helin frog (same exact bait that caught the 39 lber last year) and the 29.25 lber on guacomole. Also got 2 others on the TX's (i think both 40's), the 38 incher on a Chocolate Perch Nils and the other 3 on the large jointed wileys (1 on YB perch and 2 on golden shiner). We were 6 for 7 on the planer boards and 2 for 3 on the down rod (16 oz, 20'). By the way, my Proline is still for sale, I am willing to bargain. It is a great muskie setup (walleye and salmon as well).
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
Wixom, MI USA - Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 20:00:54 (CDT)
October 1 2004. South shore at 17ft and 65 degree silty green water. Partly sunny day. 2 for 2 in 3 hours fishing. A 40 and a fat 48. The small one came on the board rod 25 and 2 oz on a WB Perch. The other came on long rod 35 and 3 oz on WB Perch.
L Majoros <emajoros$comcast.net>
Grosse Pointe, MI USA - Tuesday, October 05, 2004 at 22:48:35 (CDT)
late entery for sept 12. awsome. fished in front of deerbrook to hump14-15 fow. 3for3 all on zitfrog on downrod. got 1st one about 9;00 then the second 54 inch 28lb scrapper 3rd 40 range just after we set up from the big one jst walked away from the rod. againn terminator lures rule.Rocketman i need at least 15 more please start making them soon.
bill finch <Bilcream2$netzero.com>
exeter, on canada - Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 07:00:07 (CDT)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Sucked!
Went fishing on Sunday, Sept 26 from 12:00pm until 5:00pm on Round Lake. Went 0 for 1. Cold front conditions - air temperature about 70, water temp 70F, sunny with winds 10 from North, waves less than 1 foot, water fairly clear, greenish color, no weeds, no bugs.

Marked a reasonable number of big fish holding on the 15' contour line, mostly on the North and East sections. Had the only hit there which was a decent but very short rip on a Terminator TX Helin Frog. I was fishing structure and it's pretty tight here so didn't run boards. I was surprised how warm the water still was. Also the cabbage weeds were still healthy looking but starting to die back. There was another boat out muskie fishing and a bunch of bass boats working the wood in shallower water. Didn't see anyone else catch anything. Unfortunately I couldn't stay until dark because it's a 5 hour drive home and I had to work the next day. Oh well, dues paid and in the bank.
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$yahoo.com>
Saline, MI USA - Sunday Sept 5, 2004 at 06:20:45 (CST)


We went fishing from 2:00 pm to 8:00pm on Sunday Sept 19. Wind was slight from the northwest, around 5 mph. Weather was sunny, air temp from 75 to 65 as the day went on, water temp around 69. Good clarity although lots of floating weeds. We started fishing at the ruscom but after a couple hours of bailing weeds we went looking for better water and ended up at the weather bouy. We went 1 for 1 with a 39.5 incher on a helin frog tx at 13', 12 oz on a down rod. Fish was caught around 5:00pm. No other hits, my new boat continues to be a one fish boat. Where are the reports from everyone else?
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
wixom, mi USA - Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 07:33:18 (CDT)
Went fishing on the 25th. We put in on crocker, spillway, at about 7 and fished until 11. The weather was nippy with an off shore wind and 2 to 4 foot chop. We trolled from crocker to the nine mile tower and out to the light and never even got a hit. We used the rocketman set-up for the first time and changed lures every two hours or so. Lots of top water weeds and eye fisherman, they didn't catch anything either.
tweek'in
washinton twp, mi USA - Monday, September 27, 2004 at 21:08:35 (CDT)
Went out hunting on Sunday 9/26 from 10AM to 8PM. We went 3 for 5. First fish was 10 lbs. caught around 11 AM by the "C" marker on a 9$Bass (PB/2 oz./25ft). Number two was 22 lbs. caught around 2 PM just SW of the Thames in about 12 feet of water on a Carp (Down Rod/16 oz./6ft.) This fish put up a good fight, some how we lost the 16 oz. weight because the Sampo snap was pulled wide open. (I think the bastard muskie ate it). Number three was a "dink" caught around 4PM just North of the Thames in 13 ft. of water on a Firetiger (PB/2 oz./25ft.) The water down by the Thames was pretty muddy around the mouth of the river. We picked up the 22 pounder right along a mud line and the "dink" was picked up out where the water was clearer. Fish hard.
Gerald Patrick <gpatrick$wowway.com>
Shelby Twp., MI USA - Monday, September 27, 2004 at 10:50:49 (CDT)
We went fishing from 3:00 pm to 8:00pm on Sunday Sept 19. Wind was slight from the northwest, around 5 mph. Weather was sunny, air temp from 80 to 70 as the day went on, water temp around 69. Good clarity although quite a few floating weeds. We started fishing at stoney point but nothing so we moved towards the ruscom. We went 1 for 2 with a 39 incher on a jailbird stalker at 15', 12 oz on a down rod. Fish was caught around 7:30pm. Also lost what appeared to be a nice fish on a planer board at 40', 4 oz. on a Terminator TX. Real nice jump but the fish came off just prior to in coming into viewing range. This hit was around 4 pm.
grim reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
wixom, mi USA - Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 08:00:26 (CDT)
Went out Tue. 9/14 out of Belle River, worked hard all day came up with 6/7, largest 45" caught on frog colored jointed artifact. Caught 3 on a 7" muskie special in black sucker two dinks and one 41", caught one dink on a straight frog colored artifact, and a 40" on a 7" muskie special in brown perch. Lake was flat most of the day 1's or less, water temp 71, fished 14 to 16 FOW most action between 15.5 to 16. What a great day! Six fish for two rods! P.S. 1/2 on Mon. evening both on nine dollor perch loke.
Dan Brown <db4fish$aol.com>
Seville, Oh USA - Thursday, September 16, 2004 at 00:07:32 (CDT)
We went fishing from 7:30 am to 12:30pm on Saturday Sept 11. Wind was slight from the south, around 5 mph. Weather was sunny, air temp from 60 to 80 as the day went on, water temp around 71. Good clarity although quite a few floating weeds. We fished the thames. We went 1 for 1 with a 42 incher on a Strawberry Perch Loke at 45', 4 oz on a planer board rod. Fish was caught around 8:30am. Slow day otherwise, the new boat seems to be a one fish a trip wonder, at least the average size has been 41.5 inches. If my production doesnt change soon, maybe my proline will be back in action and no longer for sale.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
wixom, mi USA - Monday, September 13, 2004 at 08:34:05 (CDT)
Sorry for the delay in reporting. Two of us headed out of Belle River on Monday Sept.6/04. A slow day by St. Clair standards. Winds were absolutely howling from the south. Waves got as high as 7ft around the noon hour. Even in my friends 21 ft Lund, we were still being tossed like corks. But we're tough like the Rocket Man and stuck it out. we marked tons of bait anywhere from 12 -17 ft all along the east shore. Marked some HUGE hooks as well all up high. We threw everything at them that we had. Unfortunitely I have not got any Terminators. (our loss) At 9am after tolling for 2.5 hours we stopped to cast at a large flock of various birds that were feeding heavily and raised a solid 40 inch fish to the boat. (no hit)(perch SS RAP) Finally had a solid hookup from a good 45 inch musky an hour later but lost him at the boat. Then 20 min later caught a 35 in musky. Both fish were caught a the Perch SS Rap 40/2 at 4.3 mph in 12 ft of water. Heading back in a couple of weeks. Hopefully some of us Canadian boys can share a few more updates. Tight lines Speedtroll
Speedtroll <lindnerrw$golden.org>
Kitchener, CAN - Friday, September 10, 2004 at 09:39:30 (CDT)
Fished the South Shore on 9/06/04, it was really rough and fairly murky. We went 2-3 on muskie, lost one on a good rip, caught a small one and another upper 30's/low 40's. All fish came on a slider rigged off of a long rod - go figure, the only slider I was running. The same lure was hit all three times - yellow and green TKO which was ran 20/6.
FLiP <kossakze$msu.edu>
GPF, MI USA - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 at 13:15:48 (CDT)
We went fishing from 5:30 pm to 8:30pm on Monday September 6. Wind was strong from the south, around 15-20 mph. Weather was sunny, air temp around 80, water temp around 74. Good clarity. We fished stoney pointe in around 17 ft of water. We went 1 for 1 with a 41 incher on a Helin Frog TX on a planer board 45', 4 oz. We also got a walleye. First trip for the the new reaper machine, kind of a slow start.
grim reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
wixom, mi USA - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 at 08:36:19 (CDT)
Headed out bright and early this morning, started off jigging and drifting crawler harnesses for walleye at the mouth of the Detroit River, by Peche Island, at around 6:20. Had a few light hits, lost something halfway up, but the action was really slow. About 2 hours later we decided to go muskie fishing. Went to Belle River and set-up shop. Have to mention, at this point, we were engulfed by the heaviest fog I have personally ever been in. Literally couldn't see much more than 30-40 ft, and that's probably being generous. A few boats snuck up on us out of the mist, gave me quite a scare. Anyway, back to the fishing. After about an hour, a down rod mounted off the bow went off. Lure was a green bass TKO, and it was about 12 ft back/6 oz. Beautiful fish - around 46-47 inches, around 24-26 lbs is my best estimate. Forgot the camera AND the scale today! Kept going for a couple more hours, trolled down to Stoney Point and then turned back and headed to the area where we caught our first fish. Called it quits at around 12:15, and immediately after I slowed the boat down to pull in the rods, a long rod went off - perch colored Mason - 15 ft back/10 oz. This wasn't a big fish, low 30's, but hey, we'll take it. Ended up 2-2. Going back out tomorrow. Heading back to college in East Lansing (MSU! Terrible loss though) in the afternoon, so want to make the most of my day out there. See ya on the water.
FLIP <kossakze$msu.edu>
GPF, MI USA - Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 20:21:42 (CDT)
Hey rocketman your lures rock. just got my first fish over 42inches a huge 49$3/4 32 lb musky (on a rapala lip grip scale) in front of deerbrook. 15.6 fow on t2 blue wormy 35/2. didnt have camera but had camcorder will send pick when i figure out how to get it on picture. we also got a healthey 34 on helen frog t3 5/25. a few weeks ago lost 2 huge fish on t3 zitfrog down rod 8/10. again thumbs up on lures and please contact me if doing fall order i will take at least 10.
bill finch <Bilcream2$netzero.com>
exeter, on canada - Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 15:01:36 (CDT)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good!
Went fishing on Sept 4 from 3:00pm until 9:30pm. Fished Lake St. Clair, south shore with John and Mike. Went 7 for 9. Perfect conditions again - air temperature about 80, water temp 72F, sunny with winds light and variable, waves 1 foot, water fairly clear, greenish color, no weeds, no bugs.

Once again we found a lot of big fish still holding on the 17' contour line. This time the big ones seemed to have moved slightly west. We marked about 10 size 4's within an area about one mile long between Ruscom and the Hump. Mike got the biggest one, a mid to high teens fish that hit a WB Mackerel Perch Terminator T3 running 20/2 on a board. The other six we got were smaller ranging from dink to low teens. WB Mackerel Perch T3 probably got more hits than anything else but this time there was some variation. We also had hits on KB and WBS Bluefrog, $9 Bass, Firebass, Fire Tiger and WB Mackerel Perch TX running high on a downrod. The biggest hit we had was one of the 2 we lost. It was a positive screamer!!!!! Oh well, you know how it goes. Anyhow, that big dog hit a Pixie Dust Minnow T3, 30/2 board, and the Pixie Dust got hit again on the other side too.
the Rocketman <esoxbiz$yahoo.com>
Saline, MI USA - Sunday Sept 5, 2004 at 06:20:45 (CST)


Friday, Sept. 3rd, was a great day for Muskie fishing. The fish, gars, pike, bass, muskie, were up high and visible in what appeared to be clear water all over the lake. An amazing number of fish were visible up high all over especially in the smooth color breaks. Went 5 for 5, including a fat 44" in 4 hours of fishing in 16 to 18 ft. White belly perch on the wash rod at 35 ft and 3oz. and the board rods at 30 and 2oz. worked. Even though it was working great it would have been truly scary if the rods, lures and speed had been really dialed in with all the muskie that were all over on top waiting and watching the lures, especially in the color breaks. However, never seemed to catch the muskie that were sitting up top on the smooth color break water. Since the water was so clear and horizon visibility so low GPS positioning and boat speed was key.
Lee <emajoros$comcast.net>
USA - Saturday, September 04, 2004 at 20:15:38 (CDT)
Went out tuesday about . Fished for a couple hours along the mile roads drifting with crawler harnesses. Got one 18 inch walleye and one sheep head . Winds were blowing out of the NE pretty strong. Decided to head back in around 8pm and troll a couple muskie rods. Threw out a couple of perch colored believers and after about ten minutes WHAM! Ended up pulling up a nice 42inch muskie. Unfortunately I got a treble hook through my finger un hooking the fish, But managed to release the fish successfully. And that just made a great day of fishing!
wild bill <wild.bill$comcast.net>
Hazel Park, mi USA - Wednesday, September 01, 2004 at 21:21:32 (CDT)
You need to keep a camera handy for pics of those unintentional body modifications!
the Rocketman

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