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was out day light till noon went 1 for 2 . 47'' on a green frog spoon . 5/25 16 fow just east of belle river . the outher rip was 3/30 on a 9$ bass same area . new to the sport , this web has helped a bunch
rodger fuller <rfuller$rochester.k12mi>
rochester, mi USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 10:32:18 (CDT)
Fished the red barn today. Went 1/1 in 11-12 FOW. No floating weeds. Water temp was 72. Light chop. Wind 3mph ESE. Downrod. Setup was 6 and 25. Black/gold Bomber long 'a'. Could not have swam away fast enough when released.
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$gmail.com>
Windsor, On Canada - Monday, August 29, 2005 at 13:05:44 (CDT)
Went trolling for Musky on 8/21. Trolled the Red Barn area(who isnt lately?) Water was green in color with a few weed. The wind was howling out of the west so it made letting out the boards rather dicey. One of the disadvantges of having your planner reel on the bow pulpit. Went 2/2 both fish came of board rods. One on a slidder and the other on a regular board rod set up. Both fish were caught on Musky Magnets and both fish were around 36inches and went back healthy to be caught again. Catch a hawg and let her go. John
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, mi USA - Monday, August 22, 2005 at 10:11:04 (CDT)
does anyone know if rocketman is still alive, lol been to long since report
bill finch <bilcream2$sympatico.ca>
exeter, USA - Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 18:40:31 (CDT)
The reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated. See the main page for a status update.
the Rocketman

been fishing 12' off strawberry island, moderate results. anyone fishing south channel or fire cracker? looking for a few terminators, if interested please e-mail.
r schwab <rschwab$greatlakespwr.com>
algonac, mi USA - Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 22:02:46 (CDT)
Went out Aug. 6/7. Waves moderate with clear/lightly overcast skies both days. First day went 2/3 trolling in 15 to 16 fow using downriggers. 2 walleyes 3 and 5 pounds on a yb dark frog terminator T3. Kept one for the grill. Second day went 1/5 with one 40 inch jumper in 15 fow. Frustrating to lose 4 out of 5 fish especially because all hooks were razor sharp. ?? Any advice?
Elias Sprenger <eliassprenger$hotmail.com>
kitchener , Ont. Canada - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 19:42:16 (CDT)
Fished out in front of the Clinton river sunday aug 7th, between Strawberry light and Strawberry island from 5:00 till 8:00 12-14 FOW, got 1 for 1, 42 inch 15 pounds on the down road 4 oz weight, 6" Gotcha Lapper lure gold sucker color. Moved over to point of Metro Beach, by the green bouy from 8:15 till dark, pick up a 44 inch 20 pound solid fish on down rod at 9:30 on our way back into the Black river 8-9 FOW , on a 12" Nils Master, clown type looking color, were not even expecting this fish, do to the depth of water we were in. Musky fishing is my new adiction!
William Snyder <bsnyder$menet.com>
Roseville, MI USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 16:37:29 (CDT)
8/8/05 trolled the puce to bell river 4:30 to 8:00. 5/5 ,4 muskie and one 33 inch channel catfish hit a board 40/2. Muskie all came on boards 33", 38" 44", and a 50" hog made our night complete. Water blue/green in color SSE wind 10mph. Trolled 6mph. Went out 8/7 and was 1/2 with a 40" boated ,lost the other near the boat about the same size. Natural colors both days. Too many boats fishing sunday at the puce. Good luck to all.
krupstyle <jaynaykrupsky$aol.com>
richmond, mi USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 14:56:18 (CDT)
Hey!!! I can still catch a musky.I was begining to think I had forgotten how too. Fished saturday august 6th and sunday august 7th. Saturday evening my Musky Goddess and I went 1 for 1. We fished from the Red barn to the Hump in 13 to 15 feet of water. The fish was 38 inches long and came on a Chrome Headed Rainbow Swim Whizz off the board at dark. The fish went back healthy and was none for the worse. Sunday was a different story. Went 0 for 0 and fished from the Hump towards the Black forrest area. Water was green with some yellowish algea on it.Marked a few out in front of Stoney Pointe but couldnt get them going.
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 11:09:22 (CDT)
fished 400 club to 9 mile on 8/5/05 from 4:00 to 8:30 in 12 to 14 fow huge amounts of floating weeds, baled enough hay to fill a barn and then some, but all said we had a good day on the water we caught our first fish before the second rod was set out a nice fat 39 then right after we had our set out a 36 hit real hard all this in the first 20 min of fishing. later we landed a 43.5 all fish were really healthy and released the same way. all fish came off the boards at 25 / 6oz on a 5.5 gapan polish perch ...very nice realistic looking bait good fishing to all and please let em go
wayne woody <wxy4741$comcast.net>
chesterfield, mi USA - Saturday, August 06, 2005 at 16:06:38 (CDT)
Fished LSC on 7/31/05. trolled the perimeter of the dumping grounds for 4 hours with no luck. Weather was warm and sunny, wwter was a little stirred up but a nice green color and the weeds were minimal. Don't know what I'm doing wrong but I can't seem get any takers. Except for fishing once with Cptn. Don I have not since hooked up on this lake. I seem to have more luck on Lk Skegemog. Any suggestion?
Ken <romiesar$yahoo.com>
Livonia, MI USA - Thursday, August 04, 2005 at 07:43:02 (CDT)
My report for July 31,2005. Started fishing in 16 ft in front of the Ruscom Tower and worked towars the east. Went 0 for 0 on Muskies and 1 for 1 on 6 pound walleyes.He hit a 7.5 inch musky magnet(JT special).I was trolling at 5 mph right off Stoney Pointe. Me thinks I will venture over there tuesday night with the bomber A's and Hot N tots. Maybe I will find the fish again. John
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 12:06:56 (CDT)
Fished the Hump On Saturday the 23rd went 2/2 ran between 4.3 - 4.9 hooked up each side of the Hump in about 17 F.O.W pulled Terminators and Lokes,,, First fish took at 9Am on a Loke 6 inch split Walleye Pattern 6/30 , a fat 30 incher and the second took on a 10inch loke perch yellow belly 6/35 a fat 39 incher that was about it with east winds blowin about 12 MPH and 3 - 4 foot swells not to bad, water surface temp was in the low 80's ( Hot ) had problems getting the fish to go had to go back 3 times for her to get her going...going to get me a craddle,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Dan <Dtubbs$foremanbrosinc.com>
Detroit, ME USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 08:27:13 (CDT)
Sunday- 10 am to 1:30 pm- 1 for 2 and of course yes the big one got away. Lost a very nice fish board rod, 2 oz - 4 passes, Blue backed , wind south 20-25 mph, 20 FOW, silty green. She just made a run $ the boat late in the battle and she shook loose. The other was a 41 incher on a board 4-40, Blue backed KG Magnet. Good luck -- CPR
Catfish <Fatmuzkey$yahoo.com>
New Baltimore , mi USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 21:37:10 (CDT)
Sat- July 24th- Went out dragging some baits for a few hours while trying to do a bit of work on the boat. Ended up 1 for 2 and a fat walleye. Lost a 47 incher $ the boat on a 10 inch bloody mary 4 passes and 2 oz and popped a 50.5 incher on a KG Magnet 7.5 inch jnted St lawrence. Pretty skinny fish probably 28 lbs or so. Water was 80 degrees, silty green, 15 FOW, ESE wind 5 mph. Catch a hawg and let her grow.
Catfish <Fatmuzkey$yahoo.com>
New Baltimore , mi USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 21:31:10 (CDT)
Back to LSC from 9 days in LOWs. LOWs treated us well but not overly well. 20 muskies all casting between my buddy and myself. The largest was 46+ inches on a topwater in some slop. We probably had 10-15 over 45 inches to the boat, 5- 50 inches or better and two of those were real big fish ( over 40 lbs) . We couldnt get the big girls to eat !!! I guess that is what keeps you going back. What a lake but a 17 + hour drive as well !! Catch and release.
Catfish <Fatmuzkey$yahoo.com>
New Baltimore , mi USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 20:31:34 (CDT)
We also fished the southern shore of Lake St. Clair Friday afternoon - Sunday morning and also generally in front of the Ruscom River 16 - 19 FOW. The trip started off very well with a 50 inch 30 pounder within the first hour, but we ended up 2 for 4 on Friday in about 5 hours. The seccond fish was 42. Both were taken on a perch Cisco Kid. Saturday we fished the morning and evening in the same location and were again 2 for 4, with both fish in the low 40's and taken on white perch Woody's. Sunday morning started off very quickly with 2 for 3 by 8:30. The thunderstorms then blew us off the lake and we had to call it for the day and return home. It was pretty clear that Sundaty was the day that the fish were "on the feed." Unlike Grim Reaper's report, we generally heard that everyone was having a fairly hard time on Friday and Saturday. We did not hear of anyone catching more than 3 on Friday or Saturday. The water temp was 80 during the day and, in some spots, almost 82. I'm sure there were a lot of very hot and miserable muskies sitting on the bottom sulking about the lake conditions. Good luck to all.
DHaude <Haude13$aol.com>
Avon Lake, OH USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 11:14:49 (CDT)
Saturday July 23rd's report. Fished saturday the 23rd from 3:30 pm until 8:00 pm and the same result as last weeks report. 0 for 0. Fished the north end of the hump back to the old J marker location. Fished in 16 to 18 ft of water.The water was clear to silty green with little to no weeds. Through everything but the kitchen sink at them again. Ran Musky Magnets,Believers,Bruno Pikies,Terminators and Lokies. Trolled between 4.3 to 4.6 mph and just couldnt get anything going. Saw a few boats fishing towards the weather beacon and back towards the Ruscom tower.. Did have a nice little swim after I pulled the rods in..
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 09:17:30 (CDT)
We fished a total of 23 hours from friday at 3 pm to sunday at 1 pm. Weather was steamy and water was hot, around 82. We fished mainly off the ruscom and stoney pointe in 16-18 feet of water. Water was clear and floating weeds were moderate. Winds ranged mainly from SE to SW. Overall we were 8 for 12 which was pretty disappointing as other boats were doing better. We went 2 for 2 friday night with a 44 and a 41. These were on a helin frog jointed lure on a planer board, not sure the type. Then we were 1 for 2 saturday, both hits coming right before a storm chased us off for 2 hours around 1 pm. Fish was 38 inches and on a Blue Frog TX on a planer board, 4 oz., 30 feet back. Then after the storm we did better on numbers but no size, going 5 for 6 with a 37, 36, 35, 33 and a 29. All on the planer boards again. One on a Blue Frog TX set up as above, one on Green Frog Stalker on a planer board slider, two on a the funny jointed lure and the other I dont recall. Sunday morning we went 0 for 2 with both hitting a big black/perch loke on a down rod. One fish was nice size, around 45 inches, other looked to be in the 36-38 inch range.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
wixom, mi USA - Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 21:00:58 (CDT)
Well what can I say? Went fishing two days in a row and zip,zilch,nada. First time was saturday the 16th. Got a late start due to work. Started fishing at the C marker fished there for an hour and then started the trip towards the midlake area. Water was silty to clear in spots. Thru everything but the kitchen sink at them. Bruno pikes,Musky magnets,Wileys,Terminators,Ivanhoe Spoons,Belivers even some origninal 9 dollar bass(gold and chrome headed). Nothing enticed them.Did get some excitement when the lures went through a major weed patch. Sunday the 17th wasnt any better. Had to stick to the American side due to the fact there was one Canadian fishing License on board. Started fishing infront of the Cresent sail club and trolled all the way up to 10 mile road and the same thing. The fish must not like me anymore. Water was a little weedy but clear out deep. Fished the edge of the Shipping Channel and back. I guess the fish had lock jaw in the areas I trolled but thats why they call it fishing instead of catching. Mind you I am fishing areas that I never fished that much when I was younger. Hang a big one. John
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, Mi USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 17:22:05 (CDT)
7/17/05 Fished sunday morning from 7:00am until about 3:00pm. Spent most of the time in the 9 mile area in 10ft water marked many large fish. Went 2 for 4 largest 47 inches other much smaller at 32 inches Both on a frog believer 8 inch. 4 mph 25 ft back on boards. tight lines
t.richards <dawnordusk1$yahoo.com>
shelby twp, mi USA - Monday, July 18, 2005 at 10:51:08 (CDT)
7/5/05 Went out from 6:30 till 9:30 Tuesday morning. It was overcast and rainy but we still managed to go 2 for 2 in front if the 400 club. First fish was a MONSTER 50 incher that had to go 30+ lbs. second fish was no slouch either at about 44in. Both fish came 6ft/16oz in the propwash on a light camo frog believer. Both fish were healthy and let go to fight another day. Maybe I'll have a replica made since it was my biggest muskie to date.
Mike Mavis <mikemavis610$netzero.net>
Romeo, MI USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 11:52:56 (CDT)
7/3/05 Hot and humid with lots of boat traffic. Managed to go 3 for 5 though. Started at the dumps and headed north. Missed the first 2 rips by GPYC. One on hot walleye and one on $9 bass believers. Our next 2 came straight out from 9 mile tower on a bass believer 25/2. (41 & 24 inchers) Then a fat 38 incher came 6ft/16oz in the propwash on a light camo frog believer. Slow start but finished OK. By the way if anyone has any Terminators for sale drop me an e-mail. Thanks!
Mike Mavis <mikemavis610$netzero.net>
Romeo, MI USA - Friday, July 08, 2005 at 11:43:52 (CDT)
6/30/05--Took my youngest daughter muskie fishing, she is eight. We fished for 3 hours in front of the Puce River. The depth was 15 feet, water temp was 75-76 and the color was fairly clear green. We went 3 for 3 all on board rods 2oz / 20 ft. The first 2 came on a TN Shad 6" Jake. They were both 43" long and one was 17 lbs the other 19 lbs. The 3rd fish was 45" 21 lbs and was caught on a WB Perch 6" Jake. The lake was calm maybe a half foot chop. We could not get anything going with larger baits (T3s, Depth Raiders, Wileys,etc.) so we downsized to the 6" baits and it worked. Take care and stay safe. Hillbilly
Hillbilly <seant$techii.com>
Urbana, OH USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 08:06:59 (CDT)
went out july 4th.....fished 330 to 5.......2 for 4.....water temp 74 degrees....silty blue water first fish 40 incher on inside planer board rod 20 and 3 .......2nd fish 50 1/4 incher on inside planer rod 25 and 2.....both released good ......other 2 misses both on board rods....
Ross <rosscassidy$hotmail.com>
new baltimore, mi USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 16:47:33 (CDT)
###Stupid Newbie Question Alert!!!##### Could someone please explain to me what it means when a fishing report states " 4/30 or 2/30 " , refering to how fish were caught???
John <johnhouck$adelphia.net>
new richmond, oh USA - Monday, July 04, 2005 at 14:07:24 (CDT)
That's what Muskie Fishin 101 is for. Read this.
the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fair
Went fishing on Saturday, July 2 from 4:00pm until 9:15pm. Fished Lake St. Clair, south shore with John and Bruce. Went 1 for 3 or 4. Perfect conditions - air temperature about 80F, water temp 75F, mostly sunny with winds variable 5-10, waves 1 foot, water fairly clear, greenish color, few weeds, no bugs (till dark when we got hexed).

After some serious boat driving we finally found fish. There was lots of bait and lots of big fish on the graph. At least two of those big fish were confirmed muskies 'cause I saw one swimming along on top and the other one got boated.

Bruce got the only fish, a 12 pounder (bocagrip weight) that hit a Terminator T3 "Candy Cane" running 30/2 on a longrod. It jumped, fought hard, and generally made the most of it's size. The other confirmed hits were on a T3 Blueboy 20/2 on a board, T3 "Osprey" 30/2 on a board and possibly a T3 WB Perch Mackerel on a slider. I surmise that the fish were shut down due to the cold front that came thru Friday. I further speculate that the bizarre selection of colors that got hit indicates a neutral to negative feeding mood and the strikes were triggered by the lure that just happened to be passing within centimeters of the muskies' nose. My buddy John (who invented the Candy Cane and Osprey paint jobs and painted the lures in questions himself) feels the hits were triggered by the awesomeness of his paintwork. I pointed out that the Blueboy was a Terminator Lure Factory reject with defective paint due to a mosquito landing on it at a bad time and the paintwork on that lure was decidedly unawesome.

At about 7:30pm we were listening to Live 8 on the radio and Pink Floyd came on. That was the first time the original band members have all played together in 24 years. We had rods out, we were marking fish big time, the weather was warm, the brews were cold, there were no little green men in sight, Pink Floyd was rockin' and damn life was good!!!!
the Rocketman spam-proof email address
Brighton, MI - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 17:00:00 (CDT)


Had a decent day fish wise but a little rough. Went 4 for 4 with a 51 inch x 20 girth pig. Others were 2 36's and a 30. All were caught out of Belle River 4 miles towards Detroit in 13 -15ft FOW. No lure pattern except everything was on board rod with NO wieght. Hope to get there tomorrow again. Speedtroll
speedtroll <lindnerrw$golden.net>
Kitchener, ON Canada - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 19:50:42 (CDT)

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