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fished st. clair wend-sat last week how did we do? as the rocketman says once in awhile WE SUCKED BIG TIME. weeds and more weeds and northeast wind and no canada license for one day hurt us bad. finely on sat the muskie god said go out out to the south channel cutoff and we went 2 for 4. we had to quit fishing at 1:00 or we probably could have got more. high bright sky and they wanted yellow belly perch colors. nothing big, 42,40 in. we did catch a little one in the dumps thurs. so we were 3 for 5. marked good fish east of hump and along the channel by the firecracker light (i think) in mich. waters and south end of dump but weeds were real bad.
fisherman 2 <jimt7135$aol.com>
riga, mi USA - Monday, August 14, 2006 at 14:19:59 (CDT)
We tried way out in the middle of the lake due to the long heat spell and warm water. We found a fair concentration of fish about 1 mile SE of the green/white lighthouse just about on the border. There were some schools of perch in the area and we did mark some bigger fish too. I think totally we marked about 5 or 6 size 4 fish. The hits were few and far between. All were in an area at the edge of the silty colored water. Four hits were on Terminator T3 White Belly Scale Bluefrog running 20/1 or 20/2 on the board. None of those hits stayed on for any length of time. The one fish we did get was a decent one about 43-45" and it came on a ST3 S/E Jailbird running on a long line about 30/2. Bruce got that one and thus I was skunked!
We saw quite a few jumpers and also a couple cruising along on the surface. There was a crapload of boats fishing about a mile further southeast into Canada. We tried in that area for a while and marked fish OK but no size 4's and no hits either. Towards evening we had high hopes. We were marking fish good and had a bunch of WBS Bluefrogs out working for us. I figured the last hour was going to be awesome! Then suddenly at about 6:45pm that nice light 5mph east breeze we had all day turned into 10-15 from the north, the waves picked up to 1-2 footers, and at least for us they shut right down. Damn, I hate it when that happens!!!!!!!
Hey, where's our Hero been? We're gettin' worried about him! Talk to us Rocketman!
Fran Stack aka Erieboy75 <fstack$adelphia.net>
Lorain, OH USA - Saturday, August 12, 2006 at 19:59:15 (CDT)
Ha Ha Ha - See above. I finally got off my dead ass and went fishing again!
Fished south shore of LSC from 7/15 - 7/16 from sun up to sun down (long days with the heat!). Went 13 for 21, with 47.5" being the largest fish. Water temp ranged from 77 - 80. Fished Belle River to east of Ruscom, typically in 16 - 17 FOW. Water clarity was fairly clear Saturday and Sunday morning, but the SW winds that kicked up Sunday afternoon reduced the clarity significantly (and seemed to shut down the fish). Weeds got bad around Ruscom and east. The majority of our fish were deeper (4/40 or 8/25) with no particular lure preference. We had one spurt Saturday afternoon where our board rods (2/35) were firing on various perch colors. We had very little luck higher than that. The boat rods were more productive. Glad to see that the "die off" doesn't seem to be effecting the fishing too terribly.
Dan Haude <haude13$aol.com>
Avon Lake, Ohio USA - Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at 08:52:27 (CDT)
Went out sunday july 16 out of deerbrook. Fished from 7:30 to 3, pulled just about everything I had including woody's, terminators, and other random lures. Got a nice 8lb+ walleye on a yellow terminator in 16 fow, but shook off at the boat. Then around noon had a hard fighting fish hit which disappointingly turned out to be a sheephead. No muskies though. Seemed like everyone else was doing pretty well. Meybe I'll troll a little faster next time. Good luck.
Kitchener, Ont. Canada - Monday, July 17, 2006 at 20:29:57 (CDT)
Fished 7-13 from 3pm to 9pm, went 6 for 7. Started off north of the hump, marked lots of bait but the floaters were pretty bad. We then headed to the dumps where the muskie fleet was in full force. First fish was on a slider, but released after a couple of minutes, was on a staight blue frog. The next fish was a nice 10lb northern that looked like it had been through a war, was missing about a quarter of his left upper lip, also had two lamperies on him. The next 5 were all skis that went from 15 to 25lbs. One on a down rod, 10/10, white belly perch, one on a boat rod, 2/20, black and white, and 3 on the outside board 2/25, black bar perch. All seven fish came between 7 and 9 pm. Heard of many more fish being taken, with a gold blade bucktail, we had no luck with the bucktails. Tight lines to all. Maybe this heat will keep them going. Tom
Tom Wilde <kattom$comcast.net>
St Clair Shores, Mi USA - Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 08:10:20 (CDT)
Went casting in Anchor Bay out from the DNR launch at Selfridge on 7/12 and 7/13 from about 8:00pm each night till dark. I just looked for weeds and started casting. Frist night I got a 33" in Pike and the second night I hooked into a fat 39" muskie. Both fish were released without incedent. The muskie took quite a long time to revive, but finally gave a good hard kick and swam deep.
Sea Hunter <chipppar$netzero.com>
Chesterfield, mi USA - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 10:54:36 (CDT)
Went out for Sat/Sun for the Homer Leblanc tourny. By Saturday morning at 9:00am was 1/2 with a 34". By Sunday afternoon we were 1/3. Everything was on a green frog woodies. Two were in 18 fow around the hump. The other was in the Thames in 16 fow on Sunday (got a little rough for my 16' and four guys on the lake). Setup was 5/23 in the Thames and 10/18 and 16/15 in the lake. The fish were deep. We ran boards, but had no action on them. Tight Lines
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$gmail.com>
Windsor, On Canada - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 23:53:04 (CDT)
On 7/11/06 fished Anchor Bay to Metro Beach to the Spill Way from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Went 1 for 1 on a blue 7 inch Bomber. The muskie was about 10 pounds, but had evidence that it had been caught before. Good argument for catch and release. The fish hit at 10:30am in 9ft of water in the middle of Anchor Bay. What was interesting was how the fish hit. I was setting a wash rod when I noticed the long rod started dancing then stopped. After stopping, I thought we just snagged weeds then it jumped again. I picked up the rod and thats when the 10 pounder hit. Guess the fish just did not get hooked and then he came back a second time. It was a long day. The last two times we have been out all of our action has come from about 10:00am until 1:30pm. I think I am going to get out eairler next time.
Dave Cook <david_p_cook$chase.com>
lake orion, mi USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 07:32:45 (CDT)
We fished from 10 to 3 on Sunday July 9 off the Ruscom river in 14-16 feet of water. Air temp was in the mid 80's, water temp 75. Moderate floaters, wind moderate from the WSW. Water was clear green. Cold front came through the next day. We went 2 for 4. We caught a fat 44", 23.5 lb fish on a wb perch wiley on a slider and a 43" fish on a helin frog stalker on a slider. Also had about a 35" fish on a down rod at 12 oz, 8' back that was lost during the fight. Finally a hit and miss on the wb perch wiley on the slider. Fish came steadily throughout although we marked more early than late.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$hotmail.com>
Wixom, MI USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 07:19:33 (CDT)
Kicked Muskie Ass!!!
This was another uncharacteristically short fishing day. I wasn't even going to go but the weather looked too good with mostly overcast and a front approaching. I only fished from about 6:00pm until 8:30pm. This time I took a chance and headed out toward the south channel area. About 2/3 of the way there (launched at Deerbrook) I marked a crapload of bait and some hogs in 21FOW. This area is usually completely empty of fish but for some reason they were here big time. The school was a good 1/4 mile across. Nobody else was fishing it. I had the first hit on a Terminator T3 Pixie Dust Minnow while setting lines. At the time it was about 20 feet out and had 4oz and I was holding the rod. That fish was a dink but a dink beats a skunk any day. The next time the Pixie Dust went again it was bizarre. If I didn't know better I would say it was a giant steelhead!!!! This fish hit on the board 20/4 and immediatly went completely airborne without even popping the release. The lure went flying one way and the fish went the other way. All I saw was a big huge shiny flash. I can't say for positive it was a muskie but I am pretty sure it was because not 10 seconds later the same lure took off AGAIN! That was definitely a muskie (same fish as before maybe?) and a good one too. It measured a bit over 51" but didn't quite pull the scale to the 30lb mark. It was a good solid 29lbs though. All this happened right about 7:00pm. Then they completely shut down and no more action at all until I was pulling the boards in. The last fish was in the low 40" range and it went for a Firetiger T3 running 10/4 in the wash. Thank you Fishing God!
Got a real late start due to surprise road construction on I-96 and the canadian customs inspector from hell. This guy was taking about 5 minutes per car when all the other lanes were moving along nicely. Towing the boat made it impossible to change lanes so there I sat for nearly an HOUR with my valuable fishing time wasting away. When I finally got out of the Ruscom I went over to Stony Point and didn't mark much at all. There were a bunch of boats way out deep so I gave that a shot. I found some fish in 17-18FOW. There wasn't the concentration I was looking for but time was short so I just stayed there. The first hit was about 7:00pm on a Terminator T3 Firebass, 20/2 slider. That one was a release only. Then nothing until about 8:30 when the same rod went screaming like crazy. I am not sure if it hit the slider or main line lure which was a WB Perch Mackerel 20/2. The fish only stayed on about 30 seconds and it was taking line the whole time. The drag was pretty tight too so that made that big power run even more impressive. Then there was one big tug and it was gone. Oh well, some days you're the bug, and some days you're the windshield.
Fished 7-4 from 8:30 to 12 noon. Fought the tough seas for most of the morning, started out on the east end of the dumps and headed for the Belle, after being bounced arount for about an hour, decided to head back towards the west. Just east of the dumps in about 13 feet, got a nice 18lber on a carp t-3 terminator. Wind continued to blow out of the north and decided to have some lunch to give it up at noon. Water was a little off color but very few floaters. Tight lines to all.
St Clair Shores, MI USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 09:22:49 (CDT)
Went out on June 30 from 3pm until dark. Went 1/1 on a Woodies $9 bass in 18 fow near the hump. Fish was 52" x 20" and went back healthy. Too bad we didnt catch it next weekend for the Homer Leblanc tourney. I am not sure if this is ok with the rocketman, but pics are available at: http://anubis.pointclark.net/pics/fishing/musky Enjoy, and tight lines.
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$gmail.com>
Windsor, On Canada - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 09:43:21 (CDT)
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