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The Grim Reaper team has finally gotten its act together. After chasing king mackeral in the gulf of mexico last weekend, the Reaper team went out Sunday November 20 on St. Clair, fishing from 11:00 to 5:30 in the peche island area. Wind was moderate from the southwest, barometer above 30 and rising. Water clarity was very brown except in a small area of the dumps and the peche island area. Water temp was 42 degrees. It was sunny and around 45 degrees. Floating weeds were minimal. We fished mainly in 7-9 feet of water. We went 5 for 5 with 2 43's, 38, 37 and 34 inch muskies. Fish came steady, about a hit every 1-2 hours. All on planer boards and sliders at 10', 2-4 oz. Fish were caught on wb chocolate perch nils, wb olive frog tx (2), mackeral perch tx and some other tx that i dont recall. We did have one cool incident which was catching two muskies on the same rod at the same time. Around 3:30, Vanloon (catcher of the infamous 39lber two years ago) go a hard strike and proceeded to land a 37" on the main line and a 43" on the slider. First time we have landed two muskies, although we hooked two once before (went 1 for 2 that time). Have a nice picture that I will try to send in.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
wixom, mi USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 22:13:32 (CST)
The last report of the year.. My quest for the elusive 40lber continued aboard the"Whopper Stopper" sunday November 20. Weather was nice well at least nice for November.. The water color was stained over most of the South Shore as we started out over at Bell River.. We then made our way back over towards Peche and the South East Corner of the Dumps..Thats where the better water was at.. Weeds were not a factor and there were a few diehards chasing Musky's.. We went 5 for 7 with the largest tipping the scales at 25 lbs.. Nils and Loaf of Bread were the fish catchers with one coming off a Musky Magnet. Hot colors were Chocolate Perch,Izumi,Helin and Black Perch.. Catch you all next year..
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
ann arbor, Mi USA - Monday, November 21, 2005 at 08:32:54 (CST)
The Grim Reaper team has forgotten how to fish. After 3 months off, we lucked into one last week at the end. We chalked it up to weather, being a little rusty and spending a considerable amount of time in setup. However, we went back at it on Sunday 10/30, fishing from 11:30 to 5:30 in the pike's creek area with no better success. Wind was moderate from the southwest, barometer above 30 and rising. Water clarity ranged from silty green to slightly brown. Water temp was 51-52 degrees. It was partly cloudy and around 60 degrees. Floating weeds were moderate. We fished mainly in 9-13 feet of water. We checked out down by peche and tried thoughout the dumps. We went 1 for 1 with a 36 inch musky around 5 pm on wb chocolate perch nils on a down rod, 12 oz., 8 feet back. Fish was caught in 9 feet of water in the dumps. We heard other boats talking and quite a few did well. Any tips/pointers appreciated.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
wixom, mi USA - Monday, October 31, 2005 at 21:29:21 (CST)
Fished LSC last Thur., Fri and Sat. (October 27-29). We went 5 for 6. One 24" pike and 4 muskies 43", 44", 45" and 48". We trolled 4 to 4.5 mph and fished 8 to 11 FOW. One muskie came on wash rod 8 oz/ 10'. The rest came on board rods 2 oz/ 15'. The pike and 43" came frome the Thames River area. The other muskies were caught along the South shore on Sat. between the Belle River Hump and the Ruscom River. The water temp was 47.5 to 49 degrees and was silty brown. Weeds were not a problem on Sat. BTW, if anybody finds a Terminator T3 YB Perch that was has a bunch of teeth marks and hook grooves on the sides-- it's mine. She dropped overboard along the South shore during a lure change. I almost cried! Take care and stay safe. Hillbilly
Hillbilly <seant$techii.com>
Urbana, OH USA - Monday, October 31, 2005 at 13:27:06 (CST)
Well this may be the last report of the year. October 30th, 2005. Had the pleasure of fishing on Bob W's boat on sunday.The winds of November were blowing in October to say the least. We made the run to the Thames where we proceeded to go 0 for 1.. It seemed like the fish were just pecking the baits. After a few hours moved west towards Peche. Thats where all the action was. We ended up going 2 for 3 there 43 and 45 inches were the size then. We lost a really nice one. There was a 37 lb 15 oz'er caught at 8 pm. It looks like the possible winner for the MOMC year end fish. I believe the fish was released to be caught another day.
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, Mi USA - Monday, October 31, 2005 at 08:29:50 (CST)
went out with my friend gary from work. tried for the perch ,but after all we caught was a zebra mussle , we decided to go do some real fishing. Went from the 400 club to the gross point yachet club. were in 9to12 feet of water. tried just about every I have but with know luck. Im going to try to get out one more time before I put the boat away for the winter. see you on the water. the hession aggression.
hession aggression <www.dimareid $woway . com>
Warren, mi USA - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 18:23:27 (CST)
The Grim Reaper returns, although not triumphantly. After 3 months off, we were a little rusty and spent a considerable amount of time in setup. We fished from 1 to 7pm Sunday 10/23 in the pike's creek area. Weather was fairly calm, barometer below 30 but rising. Water clarity ranged from silty green to slightly brown. Water temp was 55-58 degrees. It was partly cloudy and around 50 degrees. Floating weeds were slight. We spent some time fishing in tight (6-8 feet of water but were unsuccessful). We went 1 for 1 with a 41 inch musky around 6 pm on wb brown perch J10 wiley a slider. Fish was caught in 10 feet of water. We heard 3 other boats talking and 2 were also 1 for 1 but one was 8 for 12 and he got a 34 lber.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
Wixom, MI USA - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 08:37:37 (CDT)
My report from sunday the 23 of October 2005. Well what can I say? 10 for 11 plus a decent size pike. Fished The South Shore and the water was stained. Everything was on boards. Sizes ranged from 35 inches to 45 inches. I think 7 of the 10 were over 40 inches.. We weighed the 45 incher and he was 24 lbs. Tight lines. John
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, Mi USA - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 07:54:45 (CDT)
went fishing tuesday 10/18/05 between 3:30 to7:15. Very windy at first but it was a west wind and we did`nt get to beat up at all. Water was clear blue/green with miminal floating weeds.fished between masonic to metro beach 12/14 fow.the wind settled down to an almost flat calm towards evening with the sun setting and a full moon rising our first fish smacked the board rod at 30/4oz with a Gapan polish perch 5.5 inchs a really heavy 41.5 with a fat 39 about 10 minutes later it just does`nt get much better than that ....unless of the fish are much ,much bigger . But had a great day on the water and thats what it`s all about anyway is`nt it, tight lines and good luck to all
wayne woody <wxy4741$comcast.net>
chesterfield, mi USA - Friday, October 21, 2005 at 14:22:15 (CDT)
10/19/05 Fished mouth of the river by peachy went 2 for 2 bigest 26lb 46" both on nils 2/15 14FOW water was weedy in close dirty by the channel fish came on the edge of mixed water. fish are getting fatter!!!!
'JAMMIN' <virgwa$comcast.net>
The Clem, MI USA - Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 23:06:09 (CDT)
Had the pleasure of chasing Musky's with Kermit Good and Rodger Fuller aboard my boat on Oct 16th. Thought we were going to get into them.We fished from Peche up to the 400 Club and only managed one fish. It was a decent 44incher close to 20 Lbs.It gave a pretty good fight.But I guess if your mouth was full of 7.5 inch Firedog Musky Magnet you would fight hard too. The fish came off the port planner board 2oz 25 feet in 12 feet of water. The water was not weedy at all with good color. Hopefully the 'Liza Jane' will have another trip or two in here before Nov 5th.
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, Mi USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 08:46:07 (CDT)
Went fishing on October 14, 2005. Fished the opening of the Detroit river near peche island. On the Canadian side. Went 3/3. All were on 6" Woodies, perch colour, running 16 oz and 60, in 30 FOW. Biggest was a 50", 27lb pig. The other two were 41" and 38". Water was clean and green. Wind was 5 mph out of SW. Light chop.
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$gmail.com>
Windsor, On Canada - Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 21:51:33 (CDT)
hey rocketman fished belleriver breakwall mon 9:00 to 11:00. 1/1 casted lots finally about 10 got a 44-46 on a marine beliver. thanx to a horrible net job i didnt get pic or weight or even length. do to idiot hooking lure onto the outside of the net and pulling the hooks out. oh well only second time msky fishing this season a least i got out and thats what i get for not getting it on a terminator.
bill finch <Bilcream2$sympatico.ca>
exeter, on canada - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 19:46:31 (CDT)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good
We went fishing on Sunday, October 2 (FINALLY!!!!!) from 1:30pm until 7:35pm. Fished Lake St. Clair, south shore with John and Bruce. Went 3 for 6. Perfect conditions - air temperature about 80F, water temp 67F, mostly sunny with winds South 5-10, waves 1 foot, water fairly clear, greenish color, no weeds, no bugs.

We checked all over from Pikes Creek to Stony Point. The south shore was pretty muddy in close. I fished the transition from mud to clean. We never found a great concentration of fish. We did find some scattered muskies deep off Stony Point and there was a lot of perch in the area. John had one hit in there on a Terminator T3 "Window Perch" (board) which is one of his creations. Then while driving across the tip of them Belle Hump John boated a dink on a somewhat steelhead colored T3.

Fast forward to about 4:30pm and we are straight out from Belle River. There was a ST3 Steelhead (S/E) on a little bass rod (longrod position) that took off screaming. Bruce got all slimey thanks to the 43" x 19lb mooskie that decided it wanted a trout dinner. Nice fight on a bass rod ha ha. I did a loop around the area and as I was crossing the icon where we just got the 19lbr, a T3 Pixie Dust Minnow took off (board). We boated yet another dink. A couple minutes later a lure on John's board got hit big time. The fish made a power run and took off at least 75 yards of line. John was all freaked out and saying how he was worried about getting spooled and it's a horse and can't stop it, etc., etc.. Then nothing. Fish got off. We drowned our sorrows. Due to the drowning effect I can't remember the last hit. Oh yeah, it was almost dark and we were somewhere kind of out in the middle about to pull rods and a T3 Firetiger (what else) on a long rod took off. Again the muskie self released. It didnt seem like a particularly intense rip and by then we were to the point of not losing any sleep over some unknown fish that didnt hook up. Get a Big One!
the Rocketman spam-proof email address
Brighton, MI - Monday, October 03, 2005 at 11:45:05 (CDT)


October is here and I am in Pursuit of the fatties. My quest started on 10/2/2005. My adventure started at the Rabbit Ears and went east from there.We ended up off Stoney Pointe in search of Muskies. We fished 10 to 15 ft of water with the water color being stained with hardly any weeds. We went 2 for 2 all on board setups. 2 oz 25 feet and 4 oz 30 ft. The hot colors were reverse crackle 10 inch jointed believer and JT's special frog painted on a Muskie Magnet. We fished from 1 till 4. One fish was 43 inches and the other was 40.Didnt weigh them but if I had to guess the 43 incher was around 23 lbs and the 40 incher was around 20. Alot of boats in the area so that should tell you somthing.. Tighten your drags. John
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
ann arbor, mi USA - Monday, October 03, 2005 at 08:17:27 (CDT)
I always wanted to fish st clair ,so I researched the website , made a plan. Fished the ruscom, belle river hump, pike creek area , checked the local shops for depth fished for 2 days and caught a 26 and a 48.5 muskie. Definately for me trolling was the way . Way too much water, not enough time. Belle river hump was huge. Thanks for all the great info.
daryl <szyskadar$aol.com>
chicago, il USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 16:59:20 (CDT)
Report for Saturday September 17th,2005. Tough day fishing indeed. Fished the WRIF Tournament with my Co-Worker. Started out in front of the Clinton River and had to get out of there due to the massive amount of weeds. Made our way over to the Spill Way and the same result. Weeds,weeds everywhere. Then we made our move towards the South Channel area. The water was good and weeds were minimal. Trolled both sides of the Channel from the mouth towards the St.Clair Light. Popped a 37 incher on a 10 inch straight Loke in W/B Perch pattern on a Board Rod. 4 oz and 35 FT. From what everyone was saying it was a slow day on the water. Tight Lines.
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, Mi USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 08:48:42 (CDT)
Fished near thames today. 13-16 FOW. Went 3/3, with one missed rip, no fish on though. The three in boat were 32", 39", and 42" $ 20lbs. All were downrods, 30/3 with natural colours, 4.5-5mph. No clouds, air was 65, water was 73. Waves less than one foot. All were in morning (between 8 and 10). Was out from 6-11am. As a side note, I just installed a marine radio (boat name is Esoxaholic), does everyone monitor 9? Any other channels I should monitor? Thanks, tight lines. Jordan
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$gmail.com>
Windsor, On Canada - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 19:47:54 (CDT)
well it was Muskie Monday again .. and today I have seen it all, my fishin buddy hooked one with his "baby possum special" a couple of cutouts from his apple trees, end shaved to white .. bark still on in the middle, this fish basically chomped on a moving log... and the spoon in the front made from a ice cube tray. we got him within 20ft of the boat before the eyelit on the hook bent off .. well back to the drawing board ...... stronger eyelits and less drag .... He made it as a joke.. now I know these fish will bite on anything with good action .. I feel a new lure coming on ... :)
Don Martel <donmartelca$yahoo.ca>
Tecumseh, USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 16:45:02 (CDT)
Fished on 9/10 Sat. late morning and early afternoon and 9/11 Sun. early morning for a total of about 9 hours on the water, mostly north or east of the Belle River Hump. Put my boss onto a beautiful 50.5 incher on Sat. 12:30pm on a long rod 40/2 with a Perch/WB Maison in about 16FOW. (Should show up on my raise- don't ya think!!). Nearly dumped myself in the drink trying to get a net underneath her. We hit another on on Sunday 10:00am on the same rod at 40/2 with a Special Perch Maison in about 15 FOW- this time only 33 inches. Nice weather but the action was a little slower that I had hoped. Nonetheless, who can complain anytime you boat a 50+ hog.
scottsnwater <roger.scott$abbott.com>
Sturgis, MI USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:31:25 (CDT)
Fished for five days( September 5--9) out of Deerbrook Marina mostly east and west around the hump because of the cost of fuel. We caught eleven muskies and missed four more. We fished in 15-18 fow while trolling several different lures. Brighter lures worked best as it was hot and sunny. Had rough water a couple of days but only had one day with no fish. I see why you have a link to Deerbrook---a high quality marina and lodging. I hope to be able to get on next years list for 5 new terminators as the only one I have worked great. More muskie fishing reports from the St. Lawrence to follow. Sorry you weren't able to join us as it was a slimey blast. Captain Jim Jared
Jim Jared <jimjared$frontiernet.net>
Oxford, NY USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 11:10:32 (CDT)
was out day light till noon saturday & sundy no luck !! fished from 10ft - 16ft i must be doing something wronge ?? fished from the belle to 8 miles west . o well i will keep trying
rodger fuller
rochester, mi USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 10:59:15 (CDT)
Fished the 10th and 11th of September. Saturday we were 1 for 3 with all the action on the boards.Trolled from the Red Barn over to the Thames. Weeds were pretty bad over off the Black Forest and over towards the Thames. Hot colors were Helin Frog Beleiver with a Chrome Head,Custom Color Frog and Ninedollar Jointed Loke. The only one boated was 40 inches and weighed 20lbs.It was really fat. 2 oz and 40 ft was the hot set up. Sunday we were 0 for 1. That fish hit on a Reverse Crackle Believer with a Chrome head on a down rod. Catch a big one.
John Tomlin <tomlinjohn$yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 08:06:57 (CDT)
Fished out of Deerbrook yesterday and today. Both for roughly 5 hours starting at 5:30am. Running beleivers and woodys, natural colours. Went 1/2 yesterday with a 24" dink. The other felt pretty nice. Today lost the first...cut right through 80lb leader, lost my lucky lure (got the last 4 fish I caught this week). Then went 1/3, with a fatter 30". Had the second right to the boat, saw the net and was gone. About a 40-42". Between the two days, had an additional 5 rips, but all were gone by the time I got to the rods. All were 30/3 on the downrods in 13-17 FOW. Tight lines. Jordan
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$gmail.com>
Windsor, On Canada - Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 12:52:09 (CDT)
went out thurs sep.08 from mouth of thames. went 3/5 with two fish and one stolen bait coming within 1 and a half miles of marker buoy out front of thames river. had one more strike and hooked onto and landed 52 incher, about 26-27 lbs halfway between mitchells bay and thames river about 2-3 miles off east shoreline. two small fish caught on special perch jointed 6 inch and big one off of shiner jointed 6 inch. all fish successfully released including the big one. QUESTION: does anyone have good advise on how to land and handle these fish without doing any harm to them. noticed the big one had marks from our net and fishing line
mike g <mike.grant$sympatico.ca>
sarnia, on can - Friday, September 09, 2005 at 14:17:28 (CDT)
Fished out of Deebrook today in 15-16 FOW. Waves under 1 foot, water and air temp was 72. Water was blue with good visibility. Running 4-4.5mph. Went 3/3. All fish came on a woodys special perch on a downrod with 30/3, and all were on the same rod on the left side of the boat. Hit a 44" $ 22lbs at 8:00, a 40" $ 15lbs at 8:35, and a 39" $ 14lbs at 9:30. Was marking lots of baitfish in the area. I was surprised that all three fish came within a very small area. All went back healthy. One had a lamprey still attached...we took care of that. I cant wait for the fall fatties. Tight lines to all.
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$gmail.com>
Windsor, On Canada - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 19:50:46 (CDT)
48" muskie on a believer 1/2 mile west of belleriver pier.. 10:30am 7ft of water
Don Martel <donmartelca$wincom.net>
Tecumseh, CA - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 at 11:40:35 (CDT)
fished lsc 14-18 sat sept3 water green dirty shallow 16-18 clean clear couldnt find any bait or fish ,covered a lot of water . about 6;00 and bingo bait and fish magicaley appear went 1-1 on homers old bass beliver 3/60 longrod screamer fought bigger than he was 40-44? fish were sufacing everywere but had to go kids and wife were tired.
bill finch <Bilcream2$sympatico.ca>
exeter, on canada - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 19:49:32 (CDT)
Went out on 03/03/2005. Fished from 6:00am-2:00pm. 0/0. Covered the barn between Puce and Belle River water towers from 10-17 FOW. Then moved to hump, criss-crossed the hump to the end, made one pass down the middle and the went back to Puce in 11. Worked Bomber Long "A"s, Woodys, Bulldawgs, Swim Whizzes, Believers, etc, in both natural and brigh colours. All were on downrods with between 3-6 oz and between 18-40 feet back. Wasnt marking any fish at all.
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$gmail.com>
Windsor, On Canada - Sunday, September 04, 2005 at 12:22:00 (CDT)
Not many reports lately, so here is one. I have been fishing the South shore 2-3 days a week since July. My catch rates are down from last year, but not significantly. Had my 2nd best day this last Tuesday, August 30. Winds were light and variable in the early morning, then pulled to the East. Went East out of the Belle and we were 10-12 with a 49" Fattie. All fish were hooked on Artifacts, half on the regular size, and half on the big ones. The bite was from 7:15 AM till about 10:00AM. Then again at around 3:00 PM. Got blown off around 7:30 PM. 10 strikes on boards at 30 and 2 or 35 and 2. 2 strikes on the long rods both at 25 and 4. The day before on Monday we launched $ 3:30 PM, went West as far as Tecumseh, and only hooked one fish till 10:00 PM and saw almost no bait fish, so that is why we went East on Tuesday. There was little action to the West down to the Puce, so I guessed right this time.
HardCore MuskieMan <JSA894$yahoo.com>
Temperance, MI USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 17:38:14 (CDT)

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