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Mid-September thru October 1999
Oct 30, 1999 22:15

Submitted by john seitz who fished st.clair on 10-30-99

We fished satuday, but it sure looked like someone was trying to stop us. First, my brother overslept by a half hour, next we get 20 miles from home and realize we forgot the planer boards. Thank God my wife was willing to meet us half way back home. I don't know yet what foreign substance was in the air to get her to do this at 6:00am, but if I discover it I will be rich. The next issue was that both the depth finder and the radio had to be rewired. Then we got stuck in traffic on I-75 and a detour through downtown Detroit. Finally we made it to the ramp at 9:00 and fished till 1:00. We went 2 for 3. The first fish was a fat(budweiser beer belly) 41" that went for Y.B. perch at 20' 2oz. in 12ft. north of Peche. Second, was wash 12' 12oz. brass face perch believe, lost after long rip and short battle. Last fish came as rods being picked up for the end of the day, 40" that came on a walleye wiley at 25' 4oz. long rod. My apologies to the Rocketman for not being able to communicate because our antenna needs repairs and SUCKS. By the way, think we only marked 2 fish all day and it looked like a trolling convention by Peche at least 12 other boats. By the way musky heads if you haven't seen trick or treat what are you waiting for. Also if you put away your musky rods for the year, go back to bass fishin' cause you don't have the fever. When your nose starts to run and your hands are to cold to touch your package when you take leak thats TROPHY TIME!!!!

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Submitted: Oct 27, 1999 at 08:04 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, 10/24 & 25/99 at Skegemog for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 50 F and the wind was NW 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was windy. The water temperature was 45 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was muddy brown, visability was less than 1 foot, and we were fishing in 14 foot deep water.

We went 0 for 1.

Tried Skegemog because it's a big fish place and all the howling wind had everything down here trashed. Unfortunately Skegemog was trashed too. I have fished there on and off for about 12 years and this was as muddy as I have ever seen it. No excuse for incompetence though. Found fish pretty good on the west side in 14 feet. There was still some healthy cabbage weeds that pretty much ended at 14 feet deep and the fish were there, especially the NW quarter. The one hit was on Sunday evening on a Fire Tiger TX running 6 and 16 on a downrod. It lasted about 7/10 of a second. Let's see - 9 hours driving and about 8 hours fishing for 7/10ths of a second of muskie action. I had a great time and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Oct 23, 1999 21:59

Submitted by Majoros who fished Grosse Pointe on 10/22/99

Fished Friday morning 10:00 -12:00 near the channel. Wind was howling out of SW 15-20 3 to 4ft waves with off and on light rain. Went 1 for 1. Nice 45" hit a YB Perch on the wash rod at 25 ft and 5oz. No question these fall muskie pull!. The fish took alot of line and made landing it interesting with the waves and wind

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Oct 16, 1999 23:31

Submitted by Impounder who fished Sanford Lake, Sanford, MI on October 16, 1999

A small group of anglers held a very informal catch and release tournament on Sanford Lake today for northern purebred muskies. The weather was classic musky fishing conditions...heavy overcast, SW wind at 5-15 mph, with preceeding stable weather for the past couple of days. Air temps were in the sixties, with water temps around 56F. Clarity was good for a usually turbid impoundment, with visibility about six feet. Five boats fished the impoundment casting and trolling various structural arrangements. Our boat primarily trolled deeper breaks around 15 feet deep. We went 1/1 today with a very nice (14 3/4" girth) 37+ incher released after striking a YB Helin Frog Terminator T3 which swam it's maiden trolling pass. The fish hit a line set right off the gunnel at 20 feet back and 1 1/2 oz at 3.8 mph using Rocketman's rigging as described in In-Fisherman Magazine. Incidentally, all five boats saw fish either following figure-eights, striking cast baits, or striking trolling presentations. Three fish were taken by the five boats, including a smaller 26 incher, our thrity-seven incher and, the winner, an absolutely prime 42 incher of tremendous build, caught by a crankbait caster. I guess my YB Helin Frog T3 just became a confidence bait!

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Thanks Impounder. Your check is in the mail!
the Rocketman

Oct 16, 1999 21:12

Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished Belle River on October 16, 1999

The original grim reaper boat returns due to last weeks engine problem. The return ends a three year hiatus from St. Clair. We went fishing from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Belle River. A cold front moved through about 6:00 pm that evening. Weather was hazy with very strong winds from the southwest. Sky was mostly sunny. Air temp reached the upper 70s. Water temperature was COLD (see below) at 55 degrees. Water mostly murky although there were several large clear patches. We fished in 9 to 14 feet of water.We went 3 for 5, inches away from 4 for 5. Fish were 37, 34.5 and 34. The fish lost at boatside was 38-40". We caught 2 fish on sideplanners using WB and YB perch wileys set a 4 oz, 50'. We were 1 for 3 on a black and chartreuse bucktail behind the boat 30-40' with 4 oz. Fish came from noon on.My tough day from last week continued into this week. Around noon we were rocking and rolling pretty good with the waves when I leaned over and reached for the planer board line and just kept reaching until I was swimming with the muskies. The mind starts working pretty fast at this point. First thought was too stay away from the propeller, then thought, don't want hypothermia, get back in the boat. So I reached out and grabbed the tip of the down rod and swung around to the transom and climbed back in. Probably only lasted 5 seconds but sure seemed like a long time. Fortunately the air temp was pretty warm. Lost my polarized glasses during the swim. I think I really miss my other boat.

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Oct 12, 1999 12:55

Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Stony Pt. on October 10

Finally, back on St. Clair after almost a month away. Spent a weekend on Georgian Bay and managed to land one the legendary monsters. Unfortunately, it was early in the monsters life and she was only 29". One other hit but no idea as to how large. We went fishing from 2:15 pm to 7:15 pm over near Stony Pt. Weather was unstable, started cloudy, then cleared with a cold front that moved through while we were fishing. Water was silty blue and 58 degrees. Air temp started near 70 and ended near 60. Wind ranged from calm to moderate from the southwest. We fished in 15 to 18 feet of water. We went 0 for 1 with a hit on a WB Perch Wiley on the planer board, 60 back, 4 oz. Marked a lot of baitfish but only a few muskies. MOMC tournament winner (33 lb. 4 oz) supposedly came from the area and a lot of guys were fishing the area. Fish hit at 4:45 pm. Ran a mix of wileys, terminators and stalkers but to no avail. Yamaha outboard went out on the way back in, so got to putt in with the 15 hp kicker for the last 3.7 miles. From the clanking and grinding noises that came from the Yamaha before it froze up, it sounded like serious trouble. Tough day!

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Oct 11, 1999 22:41

Submitted by Majoros who fished peche island on 10/10/99

We went fishing Sunday morning in some serious fog, visibility 20 to 35 yards. Went 2 for 3. First two strikes came together during a lure check. The fish hit the left board rod while I was cranking the other board rod lure in. Dan left the wheel and took the rod. I set the other rod down and took the wheel. As soon as I cut the engine back, the other reel sang. Two fish on! We got the first fish, a nice 44" and lost the second one. The 44 cave us a great fight near and along side the boat. The fog really set the right atmosphere for musky fishing. Both lines were originally set 20ft and 2oz w/yellow belly perch. The third fish, a 40, hit while I was reeling the lure in for a check right in the wash. The fish came straight up half way out of the water with the lure firmly hooked.

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Oct 11, 1999 11:33

Submitted by Smegger who fished Dumps on Sat Oct 9

Been coming here 2wce a day for almost 2 yrs but never had a boat...finally got 19.5 Lund in late July. After ferrying everyone around all summer I finally got serious. Like a good little rocket-disciple, I prayed to the muskie-god and hit the water at 6:30 and headed for the dumps, alone. Trailing 1 Bluefrog - 1 Helinfrog believer off downriggers 4 & 6 feet under (no Terminators YET but Christmas comin!), I was navigating by compass & GPS...couldn't see squat! About 400 yds from the channel (which I couldn't see) a freighter went off next to me...YIPE! After removing my skivvies from my colon I decided to head south. Whilst listening to some kind of college lacrosse game or something, the Helinfrog line popped from downrigger and started to scream...there go the shorts again. Grabbed rod to set the hook and saw...25 feet back...big, gold, and of my dreams, MOOSHKIE!!! Her body half-reared out of the water and she looked at me and said...phtooey! Spit the lure and curled back under. Heart beating 90 mph I screamed YEESSS! Only hit of the day but marked 4 fish. It was my 1st muskie trip and I consider it a success. Thank you muskie-god, thank you Rocketman, thanx everyone who sends reports! I am beyond hooked. See ya out there...good luck!SMEGGER

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Submitted: Oct 10, 1999 at 10:06 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 10/09/99 from 12:30 PM until 8:30 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was foggy, 60 F and the wind was SE 0-5 mph. The last few days the weather was unstable. The water temperature was 57 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 12-16 foot deep water.

We went 0 for 1 or 2 today. Here's the sad story:

I spent the entire time in the SE part of the Canadian side in 12 - 16 feet and marked very few fish. Finally, after driving back all the way past the Belle Hump we got one real good one on that looked to be well over 20 lbs when it came up and went spastic and pitched the lure. It hit the exact same T3 Litwin $9 Bass as last week in almost the exact same spot. We fished there for another hour and marked nothing and got no more hits. We never could find the fish all day. When we were almost getting ready to pull lines during the last 30 mins I found those shitheads and that was by accident. They were in 18-19 feet off the Puce. How's that for a typical mid-October pattern huh? I only wish I would have found them way sooner because the conditions were absolutely perfect. By the way the other possible hit was a T3 WBS Bluefrog on a board that we noticed the release was popped but never heard a thing. Cannot confirm a hit but the baits don't usually come out of the releases by themselves. Good Luck to all muskie hunters.

Submitted: Oct 3, 1999 at 11:51 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?

We went fishing on Saturday, 10/02/99 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM at St. Clair/C17, for Muskies. It was drizzly, 60 F and the wind was NW 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was cooling. The water temperature was 61 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 17 foot deep water.

We went 1 for 2 today. Larry got the biggest one, a 34 pound Muskie that went for a Litwin $9 Bass Terminator T3 fished on a slider. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 30 feet and 2 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

The Muskie God finally gave as a break. This was the biggest muskie ever in my boat. It pulled the calibrated Chatillion between the 34 and 35lb lines with a good steady careful measurement. The fight lasted about 10 minutes and we never saw her until the very end which was 30 feet of hand over hand because of the slider. It felt like picking up a couple cinder blocks when I lifted the net. The fish was about 52" long and was successfully released to get bigger yet. She hit at about noon just as a front was moving through and the wind was changing directions. Oh yeah, the one we missed was on a T3 WBS Bluefrog, .06 miles from the waypoint where the 34 hit. Hmmmmm.

Sep 30, 1999 12:17

Submitted by Gary Tessmer who fished Off the Clinton Spillway on Sept 23, 1999

We fished the Clinton Spillway again since the action has been good the last few times. We fished from 6-9 PM. Action was a bit slow but we hit 1-3 within a couple of hours. The first hit at around 7 pm on the out rod. We were using Gothchas 20ft back with 8 ounce wieght to get them down a ways. The first hit but my partner couldn't get the rod out and set in time. The second hit at 7:30 on another outrod. It measureed 39 inches weighing in at 15#s. Put up a good fight, but it sure messed up the boat with slime and blood. We had a successful release. The third hit on the outrod again and we lost it as well. I won't say who lost it but I'm still batting 1000. Wind was out of the south at 10-15 mph with temp around 70 degrees. Water temp was 62 degrees. If you want to see my biggest of the year a 45" with mean teeth, visit the vistor photo page under Gary 45" release. Great fishing, See you on the water!!

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Sep 28, 1999 13:42

Submitted by Rick Quade who fished South Shores on 9-22-99

We had a decent day. My buddy and I landed 6 of 11 muskies, 4 of which were over 40 inches and two pike, one of which was 33 inches. We also caught several nice smallies, the largest of which was 4 pounds.

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Sep 27, 1999 09:27

Submitted by chico who fished LSC out of Mitchels Bay on 9/24/99-9/25/99

Hi I am a first time contributor and I think I just became hooked on Muskie fishing!! We went out of Mitchels Bay on Fri and Sat. We went 2 for 2 on Fri. with a 43" Muskie and a 32" Pike. They hit at 3:00 pm and 3:15 pm off of St. Lukes in 12-14 feet of water. Both fish were caught on a jointed Burmek sucker colored (white belly with gold/ tan back and gold stripes on side)lure. It was fished 50 ft behind the boat with no weight attached. It was sunny and fairly calm (1-3 ft.) and water temp was 64.We went 0 for 0 on Sat. but the 2 fish on Fri. was worth the whole trip!! Both the pike and the Muskie were released.Chico

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Submitted: Sep 26, 1999 at 21:15 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?

We went fishing on Saturday, 09/25/99 from 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM at a small lake for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 80 F and the wind was SE 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was warming. The water temperature was 67 F and there were less than 1 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 6-10 feet, and we were fishing in 22 foot deep water.

We went 1/2 for 1 today. Rocketman got the biggest one, a 40 inch Muskie that went for a W B Perch Mackerel Terminator TX fished on a down rod. Overall the hottest set-up was a down rod at 5 feet and 16 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

Tried something different and went to an inland lake this time. This lake has some excellent weedgrowth and pretty decent structure. I also marked some big fish there but it's a small lake and serious pressure might screw it up so we'll just skip the name. The one hit we had was at least 40", maybe a couple more. It was hard to estimate the size at first because you could see it so far down it looked small. Once it came up then we could see it was a pretty nice fish. It hit right on the steepest dropoff on the lake. We went over it and marked it, turned right around and went back over it and then it hit. I counted it a 1/2 because we had it right to the boat but I wasn't trying too hard to get it and kind of screwed up and let it get off. Anyways, the techniques were exactly the same as LSC except no boards because it was structure fishing and we were turning so much the boards would have been ineffective. If you haven't tried inland lake fishing for a while maybe give it a shot because it's definately fun.

Sep 22, 1999 18:34

Submitted by majoros who fished dumps on 9/22/99

Fished 0n Wednesday from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. with my two partners ( we specialize in consumer & business bankrupty 248-350-8220). We went 2 for 2 in the dumps. Both fish,ba 40" and fat 46", came within the first hour. I thought it was goig to be a blow out day! The big one just inhaled the lure. Both fish caught on board rods 20ft & 2 oz. on jointed WB Perch Believers in 10 to 12 ft.

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So Lee, you slipped in a little add for the firm huh? I'll let it go this time - who knows, I might need a good lawyer some day....
the Rocketman

Submitted: Sep 19, 1999 at 17:26 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 09/18/99 from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 75 F and the wind was NE 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was windy. The water temperature was 70 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 16 foot deep water.

We went 0 for 3 today. Looked all over the Canadian shore all the way from the Peche to the Thames. Water color was a real problem everywhere because of the wind earlier in the week. Found half decent looking water and some fish in 16-17 feet off the Ruscom. No good concentrations though. Moderate floating weeds almost everywhere. The hits went like this. No.1 was a T3 Bluefrog or Special Perch on board or slider (did not release). No. 2 was a T3 litwin $9 Bass that hit on the surface during a lure change with tight drag and no line out. A wire leader failed at the crimp and the fish was gone. No. 3 was on a T3 Blue Mackerel that hit on a downrod. Lost that one because the rod got stuck in the holder and then the holder ripped off the boat. Should have been thru-bolted on. End result was 1 missed that didn't hook-up and 2 missed because of equipment failures. "Anything that can break will break". Looks like I better read my own Set-up and Tips pages again. Duh.

Sep 21, 1999 12:17

submitted by f. h. bowley who fished baker lake township13 range 16 maine on 9/11/99 to 9/14/99

4 caught and released 5 lb 28 in ,7 lb 31 in,8 lb 31 in, and 12 lb 35 in fish are getting smaller but canadians are eating well "don't get me started"

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Sep 14, 1999 19:38

Submitted by Gary Tessmer who fished Off Clinton River Spillway on Sept 13, 1999

Fished out by the Lighthouse but the wind and waves were too strong. Headed back in around 7PM to try the Clinton Spillway off Metro Beach. the wind was out of the south at 15 knots. Water temp was 70 degrees. We fished in 12 ft of water trolling at 4 MPH. We hit pay dirt with a large 45" musky. It hit a yellow Gotcha perch off the out rod 25ft back with 8 ounce weight. Fish weighed in at 23lbs.

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