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Devastating Loss

The Grim Reaper has finally gotten its act together and got out for only the second time since July (we were 1 for 1 the other time with a 25 incher and too embarrassed to post a report it was the day the Lions beat Denver 44-7) We went Sunday 11/25 from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm over to Peche and Dumping Grounds. Weather was stable with a front approaching (we left the ramp in snow). It started sunny but became cloudy with a strong wind from the south south west (13-20 per the weather bouy). Water clarity was okay near Peche and very good in the Dumps. Barometer was 30.2 and fell to 30.1 by 3 pm before leveling off. Water temperature was 39 degrees in the river and 41-42 degrees in the dumps, air temp got up in the mid 40's. We went 3 for 4 with the loss being just devastating.. We started out near Peche and got one small 28 incher on the first pass in about 8' on a Blue Frog Wiley. However, nothing after that so we moved to the dumps. First we got a pair of 38 inchers on a WBS Bluefrog TX at 40' 4 oz. First one on a sideplaner, second one as a boat rod waiting to go back out on the sideplaner. Both around 2:30 pm. Then came a tremendous hit on a down rod at 12 oz, 11' with a Guacomole TX around 3 pm. Fish made some big runs but after some time got it up to net. Fish was massive, perhaps the largest I have seen and I have been onboard for 39 and 38 pound muskies. It was clearly the thickest one I have seen, the sides looked a foot tall. One of the Reaper team members went to net it and he caught the net bag on a cleat on the side of the boat, preventing a complete scoop. The fish swam out of the net and went crazy but I worked it back. Second attempt at the net and the same cleat was re-netted, along with snagging the down rod sinker so went the fish swam away this time, the line parted. Just a devastating feeling, same as my report from Dec 4, 1999 (see it in the archives). After a string of profanities, we kept at it but no more fish. If any catches a big @ss musky with a Guacamole TX stuck to the left side of its face, send me an email as to how big it is. Hopefully we get out next weekend, as the memory of the loss will be tough to deal with all winter. That being said, does anyone have any ramp suggestions? I beat my trailer up pretty bad at the Blosson Heath ramp with the low water. Not sure what shape the DNR ramp is in up by Professional Fishing Center.
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$>
Wixom, MI USA - Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 20:35:23 (CST)

My 2 buddies and I had the trip of the summer at the end of October, 28,29,20 on the Thames River. We were flat lining with various in-line weights between 25-40 ft. back. Caught 15 Muskies, the biggest was 54 inches and the smallest was 40 inches. We probably had over 20 more hook-ups! All were released alive. We started slow and kept increasing the size of our lures. We finally started catching fish when we went to a 11 in. Believer(walleye brown) and a 10 inch clown jointed Grandma. The action was fast and had double hook-ups more than once. They were stacked up like cordwood. Water temp. was 54 degrees and dingy.
Bob Games <>
Amherst, Ohio USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 16:27:25 (CST)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
We went fishing on Saturday 11/10 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at LSC for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 50F and the wind was variable 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was calm. The water temperature was 42-46F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was blue-green, it was slightly weedy, visability was mostly clear, and we were fishing in about 14-16 foot deep water.
We got a late start and only had about 3 hours on the water total. I headed directly to the dumps and tried running up and down between the dumps and the edge of the shipping channel. Actually we marked fish fairly decently but never could get anything going. The water was clearer than I would have liked but due to limited time I decided to stay in an area where I knew there were fish. We had one release on a Terminator T3 $9 Bluebass running 20/2 on the board. I don't know about the hit 'cause it was one of those damn silent ones where you look at the board and just notice that a release had been popped. There were no weeds on the lure or sinker and it was a good tight Kumler with a o-ring so it definitely had to be a fish. That happened about 4:30 and we had to start pulling lines at 5:00 so we really didn't have much opportunity to work the area. Hopefully we'll get at least one more chance to get out yet this year!

the Rocketman
Brighton, MI - Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 11:47:02 (CDT)
I am an advid Fly Fisherman and have recently started to target Muskie ala Fly!!! I hooked a HONKER in 3' of water on the outer edge of Goose Bay. It hit my 8" Perch fly like a washer machine had been droped in the water. Best 4 seconds of my life!!!!!
Ta5teless <>
St Clair Shores, MI USA - Monday, October 29, 2007 at 13:51:11 (CDT)
10/26 Detroit River, shore fishing on Belle Isle. Surprise muskie saves a slow day. Got out in mid-afternoon, not fishing for muskies, with smallish plastic baits with jigs and live-lining small crayfish (a technique that has been great for bass), occasionally tossing out larger (~ 5") jig baits, going for walleyes. It was a pleasant day, but very, very difficult fishing, with a strong wind parallel to the island, therefore windy everywhere, and lots of snags...almost every cast brought weeds. S side was murky, with no action at all. N side of the point was not so murky, with some evidence of life, but still only a few light hits. Ended up by the bridge, again with only a few nibbles that seemed small. It appeared the fish were down deep, not very active. Still a post cold front situation, perhaps? I fished until after dark, was just about ready to call it quits, but noticed how it had calmed down a bit, and how well lit the bridge was; and decided to work the largest surface lure I have (a 13cm jointed floating Rapala) near the bridge, working it at different speeds and steadiness of retrieve. Before too long, on (as I best recall) a moderately fast, not quite steady retrieve, I got a savage strike about 15-20 feet out, which turned out to be a pretty chunky muskie that was just a bit over 36". Not quite a keeper, but a good bit of fun, and more than made up for the earlier lack of action. Funny after having fished up north to catch my first muskie "right in my back yard."
Frank B <>
Detroit, MI USA - Friday, October 26, 2007 at 00:47:16 (CDT)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Kind of OK
We went fishing on Saturday afternoon 10/6 at LSC for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 80F and the wind was SW 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was warm. The water temperature was 69F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was blue-green, it was pretty weedy, visability was 2-3 foot, and we were fishing in about 16-18 foot deep water.
I got my lower unit replaced a couple weeks ago and finally got to get out fishing. We only went for a little while and we went 1 for 2. We stayed on the US side and never found the fish good until at the very end, but at least my daughter Kayley managed to boat her first pike ever, a 34-36" that hit a Terminator T3 WB Perch Mackeral running 30/2 on a long rod. She picked out that lure so that made it extra cool. She was trying for a muskie, didn't get it, but a pike beats a skunk any day. We also had a release on the board a few minutes before we got the pike. It was a pretty decent hit because it popped both the main line and the slider. I am pretty sure it hit the mainline which was a jointed TX WB Scale Bluefrog.
If you're going this weekend you might want to check out the area about 1/8-1/4 mile SE of the big green mid-lake channel light. That's the one E of the 9 Mile tower. We got over there just before it got dark and there was a bunch of bait and big fish in there and gulls and comorants all over too.

the Rocketman
Brighton, MI - Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 13:17:25 (CDT)
Went out on Saturday (09/29/2007) and went 1/1. Fish was 38". 12.5 FOW. 4.3 MPH. Downrod 5oz and 24'. 10" perch. Red barn. No weeds. Water temp was 64.5. Baitfish and large marks visible everywhere. Tight Lines!
Jordan Rivington <>
Windsor, On Canada - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 at 16:30:16 (CDT)
Hello All, Went for Perch yesterday and did alright at the Mid Lake Humps. Got sick of the little guys and headed back into 14FOW and started trolling for the real fish! Went 1/1 with a 42" Fatty on a skunk believer jointed 35 feet back with no weight on the shallow setting in 12.5FOW. Checked the gas situation after realesing the SKI and had no choice but to end the trip early. Only trolled for about an 1.5 hours in total. Gotta love the Clair! Tight Lines everyone!
Peter Macri <shakethewake$>
Windsor, ON Canada - Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 10:16:52 (CDT)
Went out today in front of red barn, 1/1 on a 10inch #07 nils. 3.5 - 4.5 mph. Board rod 25ft. back with no weight. 11 ft. of water. Marked lots of muskies on the map in places where the shallow water contour lines came out into the depper water in a little point kind off like a small bell hump. The muskie that we caught had a prior injury to his gills, a piece of his gill plate was torn off and his red gills were exposed. He was lightly hooked by the back hook so i don't think it was our fault.
Kevin <e_rdyer$>
grosse pointe woods, MI USA - Sunday, September 23, 2007 at 19:32:55 (CDT)
Thanks for all the reports Kevin. And thank you too Jordan for all yours. Good job guys!!!
the Rocketman

Went out yesterday (09/19/2007) out in front of the red barn. Trolled between puce and belle river. Went 1/1 in the first 20 minutes (7:00 am) in 12.5 FOW, 4 MPH, dark green frog, yellow belly. Water was 65 degrees. Setup was 5oz and 24 feet on the down rod. Fish was 33". Talked to a couple other guys and only one other boat mentioned catching anything and they only got in the 30s too. Actually, a friend of Rocketman. I believe his name is Herk. You know him Rocketman?? Anyhow, the fishing was slow. Tight lines!
Jordan Rivington <>
Windsor, On Canada - Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 19:45:10 (CDT)
WOW, took a rookie out today and had to come in after 2 hours due to sea sickness, but thats not what the WOW was for. We had a huge rip on a yellow belly carp. Ripped out line so fast that we could barely get it out of the holder. When we did get it out, the fish was gone.....when I reeled the line in, half the lure was gone. The fish took everything except the eye, the lexan lip, and the part of the head which is on the "eyelet side" of the lexan. The rest was gone....I have reeled in about 40 musky on the boat in the last 3 years, and this was by far the biggest I have ever felt. Didnt get to see it though....probably better that way. I have pics if anyone wants to see them...Want to post a pic Rocketman? I will email it if you want.
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$>
Windsor, On Canada - Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 15:18:03 (CDT)
Fished south shore on 9/3/07. At 2:30pm caught 20lb muskie in the first 5 minutes slightly west of belle river. Dark frog/yellow belly TDL gotcha jointed, board rod 2/35. Trolling 3.5 - 4.5mph. Water was light blue and really clear. 13 - 16ft. of water. Marked good numbers of bait fish and muskie in front of Puce.
Kevin <e_rdyer$>
grosse pointe woods, MI USA - Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 10:15:56 (CDT)
Alright fine, also went out on the 31st of August and got skunked. Fourth time this season. First two skunks were during the spawn so those only count as partial skunks, LOL. We covered the secret spot (14-19 FOW, all lures, 6 hours, not even a rip). Gonna check out a couple other spots (see post with 4/4). Tight Lines
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$>
Windsor, On Canada - Monday, September 03, 2007 at 12:55:22 (CDT)
Great day for slime. Went 4/4 all in 12-13 FOW. Red barn. 4.2 MPH. One on carp, one on olive frog, and two on a light 9$. Two were down rods (12/24 and 5/24) and two on boards both with 2/42. Water was muddy. Weeds were light. 2 fish were 38" and 2 fish were 36". Still no 50+ this season. Tight lines
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$>
Windsor, On Canada - Monday, September 03, 2007 at 12:53:04 (CDT)
Went out August 27th. Went 1/2. Fish was 35". Board rod. 2/42. 4 MPH, 14 FOW. Olive frog. South shore. Tight Lines
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$>
Windsor, On Canada - Monday, September 03, 2007 at 12:50:27 (CDT)
Went out on the 22nd of August. Went 1/3. Fish was 43". South shore, 16 FOW, 4 MPH, 10" perch, 2/42 on board. Tight Lines
Jordan Rivington <jordan.rivington$>
Windsor, On Canada - Monday, September 03, 2007 at 12:49:13 (CDT)

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