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How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Slightly Better
We went fishing on Saturday October 11 from 2:30pm to 7:00pm at LSC for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 70s and the wind was ESE at about 15mph. The last few days the weather was a little breezy and warming. The water temperature was 59F and there were 2-3 foot waves. The water color was blue-green, it was not weedy, visability was mostly clear, and we were fishing in about 14 foot deep water.

We got a late start again. We headed down to the south shore. It was kind of a slow ride in 2-3 footers. My plan was to go directly to Stony Point and then troll east. By the time we got to about 14' deep at Belle River we were feeling kind of beat up and there were a bunch of boats muskie fishing there so I figured we would give it a try there. Sometimes I am such a dumbass.

Rocketman's First Rule of Fishing - FIND THE FISH FIRST!

Well we weren't really marking squat there but in my infinite wisdom I ignored my own First Rule of Fishing and let the lure of a bunch of other muskie boats fishing (they must know something right?) and no more pounding through waves overcome my better judgement. So we set up and proceeded to troll around aimlessly in 2 footers looking for the motherlode. Every once in a while we would mark a size 3 or double 3 or clump of bait, just often enough to keep us from pulling up in disgust and moving. Too bad, I think we would have been better off. Anyhow, most of the few fish and bait we marked seemed to be holding at about 14' so we stuck it out and hoped for the best. After about an hour I noticed that my T3 $9 Bluebass (20/2 on the board) had released. It was a clean release, no weeds, but no fish either. 0 for 1. A little later Bruce was running some kind of TX (we forgot which flavor ha ha) on a long rod and we got a short rip but again no hookup. 0 for 2. About 6:00pm it happened again, this time with a No. 65 Terminator TX, same longrod. 0 for 3. Damn, we were on a roll!!!! We never did mark fish for crap and it was getting dark an so we decided we would pull rods at 7:00pm. The way things were going there was no way we were going to extend that by even a minute. By about 6:55pm we were in 14' deep right off the Ruscom pleading desperately for the Muskie God to give us a mercy fish. Believe it or not, at precisely between 6:57 and 6:58 a T3 Hot Perch 20/2 on the board took off. Nice healthy feisty 15 pounder in the boat and we finished off 1 for 4.

Rocketman's Second Rule of Fishing - THE OPERA AIN'T OVER UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS!

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that after we released that fish we were pulling up rods an while doing that we kind of drove into 16-17 feet of water - and marked fish like crazy! All those ones from last week were still there ha ha.
the Rocketman
Brighton, MI - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 09:20:22 (CDT)

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Almost Skunked
We went fishing on Saturday October 4 from 2:15pm to 7:15pm at LSC for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, high 50s and the wind was NE at about 5mph. The last few days the weather was cool and pretty calm. The water temperature was 62F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was blue-green, it was moderately weedy, visability was mostly clear, and we were fishing in about 16-17 foot deep water.
We got a late start and took a chance and headed directly for the Belle Hump. On the way there we ran through a bunch of perch fisherman just west of the shipping channel. We marked a few nice fish running through there up on plane. In retrospect we probably should have tried it there. When we got to the hump we found the water muddy and weedy all the way out to about 15' deep. It was the same as far as we could see east and west. We backed off a bit into the 16-17' deep range to try our luck. There weren't many weedbags out there but it was still kind of weedy. Actually we marked fish pretty good at first. Lot's of size 3s, double 3s, triple 3s and a couple 4s. We had one fish on a St. Lawrence Terminator TX Jointed running 10/16 on a downrod. It was a very bizarre looking dinky pike with a great big mouth and a skinny little body. It was so small it didn't even take drag and we only discovered it while checking for weeds. That happened about 4:00. We figured we would just keep working the area and wear 'em down but it didn't work. By about 5:00pm we weren't marking anything anymore. I don't know if they moved or just became inactive and rested on the bottom but the graph went completely dead. Oh well, hopefully we'll get out again next week!

the Rocketman
Brighton, MI - Monday, October 6, 2008 at 11:47:02 (CDT)
We took out some of the returning Marines from Selfridge on 9/26/08 Fished west of the hump. Went 5for6 with a very nice 47incher 25lb on a KG magnet perch 3 on jointed lokes frogs 1 on a Gotcha blue frog. 4 on the boards 2/30 1 down rod 10/10. 12 FOW. wind was light out of the SW water was stained and weed free speed 4.3 Getting ready for the fall fat gurls.
Greg Virga <>
C lem, MI USA - Friday, September 26, 2008 at 23:20:42 (CDT)
Just got back from 14 days fishing the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. Went a dismal 2 for 5 on the muskies, my 10lb 35" on a 9$bass believer and my sig others FIRST musky, 15lb, 40" on a fire tiger depth raider, both on downrods, no weight, 15-20 back, 80lb braid mainline, 100lb fluoro leader. Missed 3 on Storm spinnerbaits (the big one) one was bit off after a few headshakes and the other two had the tails bit off. Trolling 4.7-4.8k over structure(!!!) in about 12' of water. HARD to maintain boat position as the bottom undulations were incredible-50' to 8' in about 20 yards. What a blast! Would have liked to run in to more but their mouths were red and the locals (including one TV crew) didn't do better. Should have ordered Terminators!:). Both successfully released (barbs clamped). Water temp 68F. Clarity about 2-3 feet, tannic stained. Hard rock bottom with some clay/mud weedbeds, fish hit when crashing weedbeds. No fish deep. Will try again later in the year next year. Tight lines! Codfather
Gary <>
Howell, Mi USA - Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 17:55:44 (CDT)
Fished from Aug. 11 to 16th off the hump. The week started slowly but picked up with our first sizeable fish on the Thurs. It was 52" and took a T3 Mackeral off a boardrod - 4/35. After we "de-lampreyed" the fish she was back in the water. On Friday we boated a fat 48" with a T3 white bellied perch. It jumped at least three times before running out of steam. Once again, a boardrod - 4/40. Our final day also produced a respectable 42" on the T3 perch again. Gotta love those terminators!
Captain Ron <Captainron16$>
Kitchener, Ontario - Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 20:04:07 (CDT)
Fished the southern shore area sat and 1/2 of sun. Landed 8 skies (45,42, 42.5, 41, 37, 28, 29, 19). The 29 was a tiger. Lost another small one on a jump at the boat & had a few other hits. 4 on stalkers, 2 on wiley, 1 on terminator, 1 on tuff shad. St lawerence, 9$, small mouth, wb perch. 5.8 mph, 13' to 19' FOW all near or in weeds or on humps. Boards & boat rods. Fish are definitly fatter than in years past.
Chuck <>
union, oh USA - Monday, August 18, 2008 at 17:59:38 (CDT)
Went out 08/08 and got skunked. Was only out for 3 hours, so that had something to do with it I am sure. Also, the water was very dirty, with no baitfish to be found....actually we found tons of baitfish, but not until 15 minutes before I had to get off the water....dang. In 16-17 fow out front of red barn, water is much clearer and lots of bait.
Jordan Rivington <>
Windsor, On Canada - Saturday, August 09, 2008 at 07:53:34 (CDT)
Fished the MOMC club tounry 11th and 12th south shore between belle river west and east. went 18 for 20 2 double headers biggest 52.75 32lbs on a tuff shad. artifacts and musky magnets were hot 4 fish on magnets. Thanks Kermit for a great bait. 2 were on termiators green wormie frog t3. Resting for Hot rod now.
Virgwa <>
Clem, MI USA - Friday, July 18, 2008 at 00:35:45 (CDT)
Just returned from a short trip with the wife. 20 fish total 51" was the largest. Fish were hot on Tuff shads. Most fish were just East of the hump to Ruscom in 16 FOW. See you next year.
Bill <>
Roscoe, IL USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 11:31:32 (CDT)
Fished 7/6/08 and finally hit a hog. 48" and 37 lbs the kids had a blast landing the fish. The fish screamed 200 feet of line and the kids battled all the way back to the boat. Caught on firetiger on boardrod 2oz/40 feet back. We went 2 for 2 the next fish was 35" and much smaller. Anyway a day to remember for the videogame generation.
Chaz and Mikey Seremjian <>
Brighton, MI USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 20:46:00 (CDT)
fished south shore from fri afternoon till sun noon and we went 11 for 13. biggest 49", but the big thrill came sun morning 3 on at the same time with 3 guys. we got them all. sat we only caught 2 all day so the muskie god made up for it sun with the triple i guess. most all fish came on the boards,2/30. w/b perch the best color but i finally caught one on a titty dancer and the old color took one too.
fisherman 2 <jimt7135@aol>
riga, mi USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 14:37:56 (CDT)
I just posted my fishing report. Thanks again for your site, last year was my rookie season and this year I am kickin' a$$. Here is the big girl that I caught last Wednesday 7/2. Can you add the pic to my post? Tight lines.
Hey fellow muskie hunters. Been out three times since the season opened and been very successful so far. I'm a little late posting, but here it comes. First time out, 2 for 2, second time 2 for 3, and last week 1 for 2. All hits have come on down rods or wash rods, I run 10 and 10 or 10 and 12 and a variety of lures and bucktails. No luck on the boards. Last two times out have been very windy and wavy. Last week I hooked into my biggest fish ever, a 51" hog. He took about 1/3 of the spool in my Penn 320...I think it was about 200 ft. Lost the second one when he surfaced...appeared to be the same caliber of fish. All hits are coming close to shore in 10-12 FOW. I'll send a pic to Rocketman. All catch and successful releases.

Mark Sobczynski <mpsobczy$>
Warren, MI USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2008 at 11:34:19 (CDT)
Went out with Chaz and Mike Seremjian, that I met through the Rocketman's website. We had a blast. Weather was great, sun was out, and we ended up going 2/2. Both fish were 35", both came on planer boards using 1.5 oz, 40 feet back, and at a 4 mph troll. One in 15.5 fow with a 4" firetiger woodies, and the other in 11.5 fow with a 4" perch believer. Both were out front of the red barn. Tight lines.
Jordan Rivington <>
Windsor, On Canada - Monday, July 07, 2008 at 10:58:31 (CDT)
Rocketman - We just returned from a very interesting weather few days. There was one storm after another coming in on us. Lots of thunder and lighting. One afternoon the wind also blew us off the lake. It was nice to get to talk to Jordan over the radio and [hear] what they were doing. Also had a great time with Dave, Greg, And the PA. Boys. Now to the fishing report. We boated 30 fish in 5 days Largest was 48 . What was hot? We only had 3 fish on one bait we had to put the kitchen sink out about every hour. From Whitebelly perch to carp to black sucker to special perch. The fish were also scattered from Stonely point to the Puce river. Thanks Bill
Bill <>
Roscoe, IL USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2008 at 09:11:57 (CDT)
We were out again yesterday (Sunday June 30th). Skunk city! Not a single hit. Tried everything in my arsenal (not real impressive yet considering this is my first year). Started with Harvo Jointed's, various colors then moved to inline marabou spinners, then to smaller rapalla's. Changed speed, depth, and lure out distance many times. Found some great looking weed structure in about 14 FOW near 9 Mile , even marked many big fish. Anyone else out there having luck? If so where and how?? JB.
JB <jmboland$>
Madison Heights, MI USA - Monday, June 30, 2008 at 11:36:39 (CDT)
Went out 6/27 from 1pm until the storm hit us. We figured it was time to get off when our planer board mast started to buzz...not good. We had a great day. Ended up 2/4. Missed first release, gone before we got there. Second was my buddies first for the season, a nice 49" pig. On the planer board, 1.5oz and 40 back, 15 fow, 4 MPH, 4" fire tiger woodies. Third was one for a bit, felt like another pig, but got to the surface and threw the hook despite a very tight line. Also on the planer board, with 1.5oz and 40 back, 15 fow, 4 MPH, 4" fire tiger woodies. The next hot lure for pics maybe??? Last but not least was another, yes another, 49" beast. On a blue from Mason, 5 oz, 25 feet back, 15 fow, 4 mph, on a downrod. I am mailing The Rocketman some pics as well. They look like the same fish, but if you look at the tail, one has a sore, and the other does not. Also the anal fin is in 3 sections on 1 and is one solid piece on the other. Probably one of the best days we have had. We had the pleasure of meeting a couple fisherman from Traverse City at the launch trying to get out of the rain. Hope you guys had a productive evening. Also, Bill John was down from Illinois for some musky, so we chatted a bunch with him. Always good to meet fellow musky fisherman. Tight lines.
Jordan Rivington <>
Windsor, On Canada - Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 09:37:16 (CDT)
Kawartha Muskies
Hi Kurt, Trip was great. More fish than I had anticipated. My biggest was 44.5' (it's a smaller eutrophic lake). Didn't get to use the Terminators as much as I would have liked a cold fronts hit us and we switched up tactics. Here are a couple pics of one I got on the T3 $9 bass. Your motto can now be, 'Terminators, not just for Lake St. Clair, they slay fish everywhere!'
Kawartha Lake, Ontario, CA - Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 11:21:58 (CDT)
Went out June 18th. Went 1 for 2. First was 36" 13lb 8oz. Got him on a Harvo Jointed "Dog Turd" 25' back, off a downrod about 4.5 mph in 8 fow near Selfridge. The second hit the same lure in 7 fow on the east side of Anchor Bay near Dickinson Island. Didn't even get a look at him but he pulled enough line off my reel before throwing the hook to make me a little hopeful that I was going to get my first 30lb'r. Next time...
JB <jmboland$>
Madison Heights, MI USA - Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 11:29:58 (CDT)
Went out on 06/19. Went 3/3. Unfortunately all were very small. All in the exact same area out front of red barn. BAITFISH EVERYWHERE. 15 FOW. 4 MPH troll. 2 on black sucker woodies (white belly) and other on blue frog Mason. All on the down rods, all 25' back, 2 with 3oz and other with 5oz. Like I said though, all small. First was 28", second was 31", third was 32". Tight lines.
Jordan Rivington <>
Windsor, On Canada - Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 10:45:07 (CDT)
It went well. We went 1 for 3. First was gone before we got to the rod, but definitely pulled some line. Second was in the boat at 32", so small, but a musky. Now, the 3rd fish was hooked on a lure running 25' back, but when we lost it was 450 feet back (and the line counter doesn't lie). Didn't matter how much I slowed the boat, drag kept going. Would have thought snag, but when it came to the surface and shook the hook, there was no mistaking it. Biggest musky I have ever seen, and that is at 400+ feet away. What a disappointment. We had a new musky fisherman with us and it was his turn. Made some rookie errors, thinking if my cousin or I had a whack, we would have landed it. At first when he got it out of the rod holder, it pulled and he fell, so I am sitting driving the boat and my cousin and him are rolling around on the floor and I am yelling keep it It happens I guess. Anyhow, good trip other than that. Fished from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm. The fish came as follows (all @ 4-4.2 mph)
1. black sucker woodies on planer board with 1.5oz and 50' back
2. blue frog mason on down rod with 3 oz and 25' back
3. (biggun) 9$ bass on down rod with 5 oz and 25' back
All three were in 14-16 fow out in front of puce river on the south shore. Tight lines

Jordan Rivington <>
Windsor, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 09:58:39 (CDT)
Finally scored our first Musky! 49" long and 23lbs. Caught it in anchor bay on a bucktail spinner 2oz weight 42 back on longrod. We definately paid our dues with many hours of trolling. Mikey (age 11) fought and the fish on his own. What a great fathers day! Thanks again Rocketman for your site, we would not have been this far along without your help.
Chaz and Mikey Seremjian <>
Brighton, MI USA - Monday, June 16, 2008 at 13:27:08 (CDT)
First Musky trip to St. Clair for Mikey and I. We trolled in anchor bay for 10 hours 6:30am to 4:30PM. 1 pike lost at the boat and 1 other good rip. No musky's boated. What a slow day! Many weeds and debris floating. I guess that is all a part of the learning process. Thanks to Rocketman and all of you who have helped us to learn. Look forward to posting our first sucessful trip.
Chaz and Mikey Seremjian <>
Brighton, MI USA - Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 22:08:31 (CDT)
To quote my report from last years opening day...
Fished opening day. Did terrible. Fished from 8 fow through 18 fow and tried every lure in the box. Speed went from 2-4 mph. Not a weed on any line. Tried 1 oz to 10 oz 10-60' back. Not a single rip. So hot but there was enough wind/waves for perfect musky fishing conditions. Tight Lines

Jordan Rivington <>
Windsor, On Canada - Monday, June 09, 2008 at 08:58:44 (CDT)
Last Saturday me and my dad and brother went walleye fishing and we had no luck. So we went to a marina wall that we know always has bass. We caught about 40-50 bass and I was reeling in a smallmouth bass and I seen the fish come to the surface about 30' out and a huge muskie took my bass and he went right to the bottom and my drag was going out I fought the fish about 5-10 minutes and got the muskie to the boat. My brother tried to net it but the net wasn't big enough. The muskie fell out of the net spit the bass out and I started to reel in the bass and the muskie struck again and my pole bent again and drag went out again. About ten minutes later get the fish back to the boat my brother netted it and tried to lift him to the boat and the net snapped in half and he spit the bass and the bass came off and that was it. All on a bass rod with 6# fire line. It was a big muskie. Can't wait till the season opens.
Mark Flora <Mark Flora>
Roseville , MI - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 19:36:43 (CDT)
How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Hasn't Gone Fishing Yet
Whoa - I haven't even bought my fishing license yet. I have been too busy down in the basement at the Terminator Muskie Lures World Headquarters. But now those babys are finally all done and I think it's going to be a very good year. The first thing I am going to do is go right over to Canada and put down TWO RODS! Yeah!!! Good Luck Everyone!

the Rocketman <esoxbiz$>
Brighton, MI USA - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 09:20:18 (CST)

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