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August thru Mid-September 1999
Sep 13, 1999 17:34



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Ruscom on 9/8/99

We went from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Weather was partly cloudy, wind moderate from the southwest, shifted to west then back to southeast while we were out. Air temp started in 80s, dropping to 70s. Water was clear and 73 degrees.We went 1 for 1 with a 37.5" fish that hit a glow frog stalker at 30' 2oz. on a planer board. Marked quite a few fish but only one taker. Definitely a letdown from the previous trip.

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Sep 13, 1999 17:40



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Belle River on 9/11/99

Back on the luxury liner (38' Tiara) We went from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Weather was sunny, wind was slight to moderate from the northwest. Air temp started in 80s, dropping to 70s. Water was mixed and 73 degrees. We went 0 for 1 with the hit on a blue frog stalker at 40' 4 oz. on a planer board. Marked quite a few fish but only one taker. Guess I should have brought lasagna instead of hot dogs. This was just getting us prepared for our Georgian Bay trip coming up as the action is quite slower there. Won't be back on St. Clair until October.

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Sep 12, 1999 21:50



Submitted by L. Majoros who fished south shore on 9/11/99

Went 3 for 3. All fish came off the boards on WB Perch Believers in 15ft with 3oz. The low point of the day was a 25 to 30ft white boat (not Cpt.M) that felt it was necessary to troll towards the area I was working right towards my boat. It then turned right, right in front of me, despite numerous blasts from my horn. I was forced to turn left hard to avoid our boards from crossing! Unf--- believable. It is a big lake, unfortunately it can seem small on the weekends when you have to share it with anglers who lack initiative and common sense.

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Sep 12, 1999 18:11



Submitted by Brad Gollhardt who fished American Waters on Friday, Sept 10

Took my first muskie fishing trip on St. Clair with 3 guests and Captain Steve VanAssche. Fished 7:00am to 3:00pm. Weather started clear and cool 55F. Clouds came in around 9:30am and wind and rain looked near, althoughit never rained, clouds stayed around most of the rest of the day.Had a good day by my standards, went 2 for 6 with two muskie, 42 1/2" and 35" and two northern, nice one around 36" and one smaller. Also added one smallie to the mix.My sister who is a skinny 5'1" caught the big one. You should see herholding the big one. Quite impressive.Weeds were bad, fished in about 10 foot of water most of the day. Long rodwith frog colored fingerling was definitely the hot bait. Fingerling had4 of the six hits on a long rod, 20/8. Planer boards just didn't produce,only a couple of hits, maybe weeds were too tough to clear on the planerrods.Had a great time. I'll definitely be back. Thanks to Captain Steve.Anyone who ever needs someone to help fill out a crew - give me a heads up.

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Sep 12, 1999 12:26



Submitted by Kdog who fished St.Clair on 9-10-11-99

Fished St.Clair Fri.&Sat. and as Rocketman would say "We SUCKED".Paid lots of dues to the Musky God this weekend,including a 7'Ugly Stick with a Daiwa 2700 lc line counter reel!Fished all over south shore from Thames to Pike Creek,couldnt buy a bite.18hrs.fished 1 walleye on blue frogT3 and 1 huge smallie 7-8 lbs that got water released.cold front conditions didnt help matters,nor did 3ft waves.I've been humbled. Kdog

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Submitted: Sep 12, 1999 at 12:58 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Fair

We went fishing on Saturday, 09/11/99 from 7:15 AM until 8:30 PM at Lake St. Clair, C16/C17/C19 for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 80 F and the wind was W 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was windy. The water temperature was 70 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was grey mopwater, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 13 foot deep water.

We went 2 for 3 today. Mike got the biggest one, a 43 inch Muskie that went for a Litwin $9 Bass Terminator T3 fished on a slider. Overall the hottest set-up was a the planer boards.

The high wind the last few days had the lake stirred up and good colored water was hard to find. The best we found was kind of near Peche Island but even that was only marginal. The hits were first a release on T3 Zit Frog on a board at 30/2, then the 43" muskie on the T3 $9, then late in the day a 40" on a TX Bluefrog on a downrod at 15/12. Also got a pike about 32" on a $9 Bass Wiley G.I. Long day for not a lot of action but it sure beats mowing the lawn.



Sep 8, 1999 21:07



Submitted by Jim who fished Lake St. CLair/ Dumps and midle channel on Sept 5, 1999

Went fishing about 8:30 am, 1 foot waves, sunny, 70 degrees warming to 86 degrees about 2:00 pm, silty green water...72 degree water temp. Marked groups of fish in 17 feet of water, along channel in 22 feet...over near dumps 16 foot water...had one hit...heard 2 clicks...popped the line gave us a heart jump, then depression....on a downrigger running deep, on Blue Mackerel. Had one other hit on a board rod, no click popped the line..30/4 on a W/B Perch. Then landed a 10# Walleye on a board Rod on a YB Perch 30/2 about 1:00pm?? Go figure..Guess she had nothing else to do...NO MUSKIES to HIDE FROM!!! Sorry Guys not much to report..

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Sep 7, 1999 22:43



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - 130 on September 5, 1999

Went fishing from 4:15 pm to 8:45 pm. Weather was mostly sunny and stable, wind slight from the southeast. Water clarity was good and floating weeds were present but not too bad, much better than Wednesday. Water temp was 73 and air temp was in the upper 70s / lower 80s. We were in 17' of water.We went 6 for 11. We had one fish that was just a few ounces shy of 30 pounds, officially 29.75 pounds and 48.5". Executed a nice release with minimal stress to the fish so she is still out there for the rest of you. Hopefully we will see her in 5 years when she is a true trophy at 40 pounds. The reaper is still at 100% successful release for 30 pound class fish on St. Clair. Also had a 41, 38.5, 38, 36 and 35. Lost either a very large musky or a tail hooked fish. The 35" fish was tail hooked. Most of the action was on the planer board at 30', 4 oz on a golden shiner stalker (5 hits). Also had hits on the downrigger on jailbird stalker(2), dark frog stalker(1) and a 10" helin frog wiley(2). One hit on a boat rod at 40', 4 oz. with a 10" wb perch wiley (the 10" size seems to work good at snagging them in the tail). Lots of boats were catching musky as we saw one boat catch a couple near us and lots of chatter on the radio (one boat was 10 for 11)

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Sep 7, 1999 22:27



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Stony Pt./Ruscom on September 1, 1999

We went fishing from 6 pm to 9 pm, starting at Stony Pt. and working towards the Ruscom. Floating weeds were a problem over by Stony. Water clarity was good and we fished in 18'/19' water. Weather was sunny and stable. Wind was slight from the east. Water temp was 72 and air temp was in the 70s. We went 1 for 1 with a 38.5" fish that hit a bright yellow stalker with green spots on the planer board at 30', 2 oz. Marked quite a few fish but not much happening.

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Sep 7, 1999 08:50



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished St. Clair C21 on 9/5/ 99

Fished from 8:00 to 12:00 and went 3 for 3. Weather was overcast and wind was less than 10 from the SE. Water temp was 73-74. Trolled for about 2 hours with nothing before we found a good concentration of fish. We began marking a lot of fish and some nice weed beds. Once we did we picked up our first fish, a 24 in Muskie that went for Helin Frog T3 on a long rod at 35/4. 30 min later the second fish (48") went for Cobra fished on an inside board 35/3. The last fish we got was a nice 36 incher that also went for that Helin Frog setup. The area seemed to be loaded with fish. We were not the only boat in the area catching fish.

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Submitted: Sep 5, 1999 at 21:00 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
We Sucked Big Time!!

We went fishing on Saturday, 9/04/99 from 1:30 PM until 9:00 PM at St. Clair/C19, for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 85 F and the wind was NE 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 75 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 4-6 feet, and we were fishing in 17 foot deep water.

We went 0 for 3 today. Went all over looking for a good concentration of fish. Finally after about 7:00 PM we found some pretty good and managed to get three hits. No. 1 and 3 were on $9 Perch T3 on the board at 30/2 in 17' of water a little east of Belle River. No. 2 was on a TX Litwin $9 Bass on a downrod running deep. The hits on the board were so light we never even heard a single click. Just noticed the release was popped. The downrod hit sounded real good for about .85 seconds at which point it was over with. Just enough to give the adrenelin glands a good work-out. I know it's a pitiful performance but it sure beat fertilizing the lawn.



Sep 5, 1999 12:24



Submitted by Gary Tessmer who fished Off Clinton Spillway near Metro on Sept 1, 1999

Fished from 6PM to 9PM. Air temp was very pleasant at 80 degrees. We fished 5 rods and hit 2 for 2. Our first fish came off the right planner board in 12 ft of water 30ft back with 2 once weight. Caught the first Musky on a gold headed Believer. It was 30 Inches. Beautiful marking on it. It hit at 6:55 PM. The water temp was 71 degrees.The second fish hit just as we were pulling the rods to head in. It hit the wash rod at 8:55 PM on a Gotcha 20ft back with 8 ounce weight trolling at 4 MPH. This fish was 38". It really put up a nice fight.Anyone fishing the U.S. side with good locations for evening Musky, Please e-mail me with more info.PIER PRESSURE>

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Sep 1, 1999 09:10



Submitted by Mike Seitz who fished St. Clair Pikes Creek on 8/28/99

Fished Saturday morning from 7:45 to 12:45 and went 3 for 3. Landed a 41" and a 39" on Blue Wormy (my favorite color) T3 fished on a long rod 30/4. Also landed a ~ 28" on YB Perch on a board at 35/2 1/2. Water temp was 72-73 degrees and weather was mild. Started out in the morning and it looked like we were going to get some rain and the wind began to build from the west. About an hour later, the wind layed down a bit and was less that 10 knots from the west. We were marking tons of fish in between C can and Pikes Creek in 16.5 feet and as shallow as 13.5 feet. We got our first fish (41") at about 9:20 in 13.5 feet just out from Pikes Creek. The best part of the day was that my brother was checking a board rod when the long rod began to sing. His hands were full so I quickly snatched the rod. As soon as I did, the fish broke water like a Marlin. All the excitement must have screwed my brother up because he proceded to get a hook caught in the front of his shorts. After quickly attempting to remove the hook, realized his efforts were futile and he had work to do to land this fish so he proceeded to strip to his BVD's. What a sight! I had to bring this fish in with the sight of his tighty whities bent over landing this fish in the cradle. I think I'm going to start fishing barbless. 28" was caught in 16.5 foot near C can and other (39") was caught near Pikes creek in 14.5 feet. Continued to mark big fish, but they appeared to shut off after 10:30.

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Aug 26, 1999 15:30



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Belle River on August 25, 1999

We went from 6 pm to 9 pm. Weather was hazy, unstable - lots of rain earlier in the day. Clear skies the whole time we fished however. Water temp was 71.5, air temp was in the 70's. Wind was moderate from the east. Water was clear and floating weeds were moderate. We did terrible, going zero for zero. Tried various colors, depths, etc. but nothing at all, not even a false alarm. Marked quite a few fish, including large ones both high and low. Not sure what the problem was. Full moon rose while we were out there, thought that might change our luck but to no avail.

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Aug 24, 1999 07:51



Submitted by ROD HOG who fished BELLERIVER on AUG. 21 & 22

Was in Stubbies derby this weekend . Winner was Walter Sadowski with a 50 plus. THe fish were deep. Surface temp had dropped and fish hugged bottom. Went 5 for 7 this weekened biggest was 46". Green frog with yb was good run on the bottom 3' up. I actually used my cannon downnriggers to drop the lures. I havent run this deep all year but had no hits any higher up.My crew was disapointed with my numbers but they fish with me once a year during this derby and had little imput. It did take me a while to figure where the fish were but they complained so much maybe Ill get a new crew for next years derby.Its hard to do all the thinking with no one to back up your decisions. Third place was the Vez a local who I fished with before. He knows his muskie and his crew Tim and Brad are two of the best. Now thats a crew! Anyone interested in fishing next years derby with me feel free to e mail. How about you Rocket man?

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Aug 23, 1999 08:16



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Ruscom on August 22, 1999

We fished Sunday from 4:45 pm to 9:15 pm. We were really roughing it as we were on a 38' Tiara (the "Severance"). It just seems unnatural to be microwaving lasagna for dinner while muskie trolling. Weather was partly cloudy, wind was slight to moderate out of the east. Water was clear and floating weeds were not too bad although present in some areas. Air temp was in the upper 70's as was the water temp. We marked quite a few fish on the graph up until dark. As usual, the graph went blank after dark, not really sure why. We went 2 for 4. Both fish lost seemed like decent hits. We were 1 for 2 (30")on the planer board going 40 back with 4 oz. Caught a 40.5" fish on a boat rod at 30', 10 oz. Loss was on a downrigger cycling between 12' and 17'. Colors were all over the board with yb perch (lost), watermelon (30"), wb black frog (lost) and jailbird (40.5"). All jointed stalkers. First fish (30") was at 7:45, other three hits right in a row from about 8:40 to 8:50 pm.

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That's what I was doing wrong. We were grilling steaks instead of microwaving lasagna! Thanks for the tip GR,
Rocketman


Submitted: Aug 23, 1999 at 07:48 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
We Sucked!!

We went fishing on Saturday, 08/21/99 from 1:30 PM until 9:00 PM at St. Clair/C19, for Muskies. It was partly cloudy, 80 F and the wind was NE 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was stable. The water temperature was 77 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 19 foot deep water.

We went 0 for 1 today. Andrew got the biggest one, a 18 inch Smallmouth that went for a Fire Perch Terminator T3 fished on a slider.

We found a monster school of bait covered by a flotilla of boats in 19 - 20 feet of water and pretty much fished there the whole time. I have never seen this many boats in this area or so much bait on the screen. I assume mostly walleye or perch. Overall we marked 11 size 4 fish, more than ever before in my fishing career. We could not get anything going except one hit on a board on a Litwin $9 Bass T3 at 30/2. The fish didn't hook up either. I don't know if the problem was too much bait, the weak cold front or just screwed-up rocketfishin'. Oh well - lots of paid dues in the bank. We didn't hear much going on over the radio except somebody said they were 9 for 11 early in the day. I'm real interested to know if anyone else did any good.



Aug 17, 1999 12:14



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished Lake Michigan on August 8 to 13

Just returned from a family/fishing trip to Lake Michigan. Fished each morning for about 4 hours of trolling time. Found out that salmon are substantially harder to catch in Lake Michigan than they are in Lake Huron, although they come in a much larger size with just a tremendous girth. After skunking the first two days, we caught eleven the last four days with a 31#, 20#, 18#, 17#, 10#, 8#, 4# (all kings) and then four 1 to 2 pound steelhead and cohos. Heard of a 38.5# fish being caught in Lake Michigan while we were there.

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Aug 15, 1999 09:39



Submitted by Ken Zajac who fished Lake Skegemog on 5-Aug-99

While on vacation I fished Lake Skegemog for Muskies. Skies were partly cloudy, air temp around 72F, slight chop, water temp around 77F. Went 1 for 1 and also caught two pike. Muskie was 40", Pike were 40" & 24". Muskie was on the board at 30 & 2. Pike were on down rod at 10 & 1 and on a board at 30 & 2. All caught on white belly perch pattern. Muskie on a Wiley, Pike on Believers. Don't have any Terminators, can't get any. All of the fish were hooked underneath their mouths. Sharp hooks made the difference between catching these fish or not. Thanks for the info on Skegemog Rocketman.

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Aug 12, 1999 16:59



Submitted by I.P.O. 2 who fished dumps on 8/11/99

No hassel from "THE MAN" last night = a good outing for us. Went 3 for 5,all fish came on the boards, about 30 feet w/2oz. lead. One fish on a T2, one on asucker, and one on 9$ bass. One of these was a straight bait I think, and I cant remember the others. All 3 were between 40 and 44 inch. Had a rookie on board who lost the first one, and it was BIG, no way to tell how big cuz it never came up, but it made 2 long runs after being with in 10 feet of the boat.It was probably the 50 inch 30 pounder that comes once a lifetime but thats O.K., because with a couple of years of intense group therapy we will get over it. Then it was rookie number 2 up to bat, you probably can guess what happens next, well you were right, just like that we were 0 for 2 and now its the bottem of the ninth. The Skipper was in very foul mood at this point, and when that third release went, he put Marrianne and Ginger on the bench, flying from the wheel, like Earl Cambell on a 3 yard plunge, he almost put two of us in the water, he proceeded to thankfully land the beast, while the rest of us helped each other off the deck. The score is now 2 to 1 with the muskies in the lead. The forth release brought rookie number one back in the game and this time he did not let us down, another beast landed, and lucky for him the lable of ginger is now dropped from his fish resume. With score now 2 to 2 the game could of been called on account of darkness, but league rule states as long as there is gas in the tank, and beer in the cooler, the game shall proceed. Who were we to argue. Release 5 popped and Marianne wasnt gonna get a shot at this one, after all its extra innings and the game is on the line. A veteran was called upon and he shut the door on that toothy muskey team.Final score good guys 3 muskey 2. Our next game will be played at the same field 5:45 fri. night, and we expect a big crowd for that one, maybe 6 to 8 players for our team, should give us a big advantage. Look for the next box score in the sat. Rocketmans report.

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Submitted: Aug 9, 1999 at 08:42 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
Pretty Good!

We went fishing on Saturday, 08/07/99 from 1:30 PM until 9:00 PM at St. Clair/C19, for Muskies. It was raining, 75 F and the wind was S 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was unstable. The water temperature was 80 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 18 foot deep water.

We went 2 for 4 today. Bruce got the biggest one, a 48 inch Muskie that went for a WBS Bluefrog Terminator T3 fished on a board. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 20 feet and 2 ounces and the action was all over.

These were pre-cold front conditions. It started to rain about 3:00pm and kept it up until 7:00pm all the while heavily overcast with small squalls moving through. Talk about perfect big fish conditions! We got a nice muskie in the mid-forty inch range about 30 minutes after we started that hit a WBS Bluefrog 30/2 on a board. When I was getting ready to net it the muskie just opened it's mouth and the bait just floated out. Hmmmm. We were marking lots of big fish so we stayed in the area and a couple hours later got a 40"+ on a TX Light Wormy on a deep downrod. A while later when checking for weeds the Bluefrog came in with a bunch of BIG scales on the hooks. Hmmmm again. Then nothing until about 7:30 when the front started moving through and the wind picked up and changed directions. Then the WBS Bluefrog went again. 48"+ muskie that was Bruce's first muskie ever. Thank you Muskie God and anybody got any more muskie virgins I can borrow for a day?