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November and December 1999
Submitted: Dec 12, 1999 at 16:30 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 12/11/99 from 10:30 AM until 6:30 PM at St. Clair/C16, for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 40 F and the wind was W 0-5 mph. The last few days the weather was cooling. The water temperature was 42 F and there were less than 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 1 today. Like it says on my Set Up page if something can break it will break. Of course that happens at the worst possible time. Well, Rocketman and friends aren't immune to bad luck and today we got a big dose. We found fish pretty good in 16 feet of water off the yacht clubs. We actually did the smart thing and stayed on them At about 3:30 it paid of and a board rod took off screaming - and screaming - and screaming until it spooled out about 150 yards of 60 lb Ultramax and the 25 lb mono underneath started to show. Andrew put the thumb down to slow the fish for a second and then lightened up. The scream resumed but about three wraps before the mono the mainline broke and the fish was gone. What did we do wrong? The only thing I can think is there was some damage to the main line that I didn't notice. Last night I cut off the last 10-20 feet and retied. This break didn't happen there. It looked like it broke 40 - 60 feet up. Maybe the slider made a weak spot or somehow the line got nicked. Andrew had kept the rod at the right angle and didn't crank down the drag. I had the boat slowed way down. I guess more line would have been good but muskies don't generally spool ya and 150 yards is usually good enough. I guess it wasn't enough for that fish though..... That fish hit a T3 $9 Perch. When it broke I lost a bunch of stuff including a real nice $9 Guacamole that caught a 30 last year. There were a few other boats out fishing bu as far as I know they didn't have any hits. The season ends on Weds so maybe the fat lady hasn't sung all the way yet.



Submitted: Dec 5, 1999 at 10:59 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 12/04/99 from 9:30 AM until 6:30 PM at St. Clair/C16 and C10 for Muskies. It was partly cloudy, 55 F and the wind was SW 5-10 mph. The last few days the weather was warming. The water temperature was 41 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 13 foot deep water.

We went 0 for 0 today. I think I should have copied and saved a "We Sucked" report so then I could have just changed the date and pasted it in for this one. Same old excuses. Couldn't find the fish and got no hits. I was obviously in the wrong area judging by Grim Reaper's report and also another one of my buddies I just talked to who did real good yesterday too. Big straight lures in brown flavors have been good for him. Anyways, the fish were not biting where I was which was the 13-14 foot break on the US side off the yacht clubs. However, from about noon until 1:00pm it was so nice out that I was fishing in a t-shirt 'cause the top and sides were up and the sun was shining and it must have got to about 70 F in the boat. Incredible for Dec 4. There are still 11 days left to go and I'm a glutton for punishment so hopefully I'll still get a chance to try some more. Good Luck!



Dec 5, 1999 07:45



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Puce on December 4, 1999

We went Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm over to St. Clair-Puce. Weather was stable with a front approaching. It was mostly cloudy with a slight wind from the south. Water clarity was very good. Barometer was 30.2 and was falling. We fished in 14' of water. Water temperature was 41-42 degrees, air temp got up in the mid 50's. We went 4 for 5 with the loss being just a heartbreaker. When we started out, we marked a pretty good size concentration of baitfish in one area and we just stuck with it all day. All of the action came on the sideplaner. First came a 26" and a 28" fish at 12:00 and 3:00. These were on a WB Zit Frog Terminator T3 at 40 feet, 4 oz. Then at 4:00 we got the "HIT" on a WBS Bluefrog Terminator TX at 40 feet and 4 oz. Line just peeled off for a long time. Then a very large fish came up and thrashed on the surface way behind the boat. I couldn't move it for a long time. I decided to stop the boat so I could gain some line. As everything was made ready the fish was brought to within about 30' of the boat when it came up on the surface again and started slowly mulling around. We could see an huge tail and an enormous belly as it rolled. Then it went nuts again and the hooks came out - what a sickening feeling. The fish stayed on top for a few seconds and then slowly swam off. That fish just seemed huge, maybe the biggest we have had on. It seemed even larger as we caught a 37" fish on a Gold Speck Helin Frog wiley a half hour later. This fish looked like a minnow in comparison. I think I made a critical mistake of not putting the boat back in gear once I regained a lot of the line as the fish may have been able to thrash more with less pressure was on it. We finished out with a chunky 38" fish on the Zit Frog terminator. Hopefully we get out next weekend, as the memory of the loss will be tough to deal with all winter.

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Submitted: Nov 28, 1999 at 09:06 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 11/27/99 from 11:00 AM until 6:30 PM at St. Clair/C16, for Muskies. It was mostly sunny, 45 F and the wind was SW 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was cooling. The water temperature was 47 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 16 foot deep water.

We went 1 for 1 today. Rocketman got the biggest one, a 42 inch Muskie that went for a Fire Tiger Terminator TX fished on a down rod. Overall the hottest set-up was a down rod at 10 feet and 16 ounces and the action was deep.

Ooops. I accidently found some muskies this time and it was windy and rough so I had to fish where they were. I finally happened upon them about 3:00pm in a kind of different area than I ususlly fish. They were in 16 feet of water right off the Grosse Point Yacht Club. Just go out until you find the 16' contour line and there they are. The water was about 2° warmer there than out deeper. I started due East and followed the contour until I was due South. Back and forth a couple times and the TX Fire Tiger finally went about 5:00pm. While I was waiting for that muskie I also had a TX Dog Turd go and when I got it in I was surprised to find a 31" pike attached to it, which was promptly iced. Eat a pike - save a muskie. Yummy! Both fish hit downrods and 10 feet and 16oz.



Nov 27, 1999 17:44



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Pike's Creek on November 26, 1999

We went fishing on Friday from 9:45 am to 5:45 pm. Weather was drizzly. Wind ranged from slight to strong and started in the northeast and rotated around to the southwest. Water was 46 degrees, air temp around 50 degrees. Barometer was 29.7. Water clarity was okay, although somewhat discolored, a murky green. We went either 2 for 2 or 2 for 3 depending upon a strange occurence at the end. We started out down by Peche Island but that was a bust and we moved up into the lake. We hooked into the fish in about 14' of water. The first was at 1:30 pm. This fish was 40" and came on a WBS Bluefrog Straight Terminator running 35' back from the boat with 6 oz. The second fish (29")was at 2:45 pm on another boat rod about 40' back with 10 oz of weight on a helin frog jointed 10" wiley king. The final fish was about 4:45 pm. I was looking out at the planer board on the starboard side when a nice musky launched up into the air about where the lure would be running. Whether it hit the lure, missed completely or was just jumping, we'll never know. Pretty odd for this time of year however.

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Nov 24, 1999 06:20



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Thames & Pike's Creek on November 23, 1999

Hey, what are all of you guys doing? Raking leaves, putting up Christmas lights? Let's see some reports from some other people, even you Rocketman. This is big fish time. We went fishing from 9:45 am to 5:45 pm. Weather was stable, winds were moderate from the southeast, water clarity was very good. Air temp was in the mid 60's. Water temp. was 45 down near the Thames and 47 near Pike's Creek. We fished in 10' to 14' of water. We went 1 for 1. We started out at the Thames and fished there until 1:30 with absolutely nothing. We did mark a couple of fish as well as quite a few baitfish in a couple of areas but couldn't get anything going. So we ran to the other corner and resumed fishing about 2:00 pm. Two other boats were working this area. We heard that one got a 28 lber on the radio. Still nothing until 5:20 pm when we got a 36" fish on a downrigger down only about 2 feet. Fish was on a WB Green Frog Stalker.

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Submitted: Nov 24, 1999 at 12:37 by the Rocketman

How did your hero, the Rocketman, do today?
We Sucked!! (on purpose of course)

We went fishing on Saturday, 11/20/99 from 10:30 AM until 6:00 PM at Lake St. Clair, for Muskies. It was overcast, 55 F and the wind was SW 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was warming. The water temperature was 44 F and there were 1 foot waves. The water color was clear green, visability was 2-4 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

We went 0 for 1 today.

Started at the big number 14 marker and trolled all the way through the dumps to Peche Island/9 feet and back. Never really marked muskies or baitfish good anywhere. The one hit was on a T3 $9 Perch on a board at 20/2 at about noon by the A-Can. As we were pulling rods at dark (in 14 feet of water due east of Miller's Marina) the graph finally started to show fish. The further north east we went the better we marked them. This was exactly according to plan however because lately I have become afraid of muskies and I do everything possible to avoid them until it's time to leave. I'm getting pretty damn good at it too!!!



Nov 17, 1999 16:34



Submitted by Mike Van Loon who fished St Clair on 11/13/99

Rocketman, I'm the other half of the Ken Booth "Grim Reaper" fishing party and the recepiant of the new WB Perch Terminater TX that was 3 for 4 last Saturday. That lure is awesome !!! Thanks for getting it to me.

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Hey Mike,
I just remembered that WB Perch TX I sent you was the wrong one. It's got the knutin' valve installed in it upside down. Those "hits" were really probably just accidental snags and it won't never happen again. Send that piece of crap back to me ASAP and I'll send you this nice new one.
Sorry about the mix-up, the Rocketman


Nov 14, 1999 10:14



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Pike's Creek on November 13, 1999

We went from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm, same place as last week. Water clarity was improved although still somewhat dirty. Wind was from the south, ranged from slight to strong. Weather was sunny and a front was coming through later in the night. Water temp was 46 degrees, air temperature was near 60. We fished in 10 to 12 feet of water. What a difference a week made, we went 8 for 10, including a 28 lb fish. The big fish hit right off the bat at about noon on a 10" dana lure, helin frog running about 8 feet back on a rod holder near the windshield of the boat. Fish was a real pig as it was only 45.5 inches long. Also got 7 other fish, between 34" and 38". Most were nice and girthy, although we were a little disappointed that we didn't get any other 40 inchers. Most fish were on the planer boards. Hot lure was a WB Straight Terminator (3 for 4) although we also got fish on WB Olive Frog (2), Blue Frog and WB Perch (2) Jointed Stalkers. 8 of 10 hits were on the planer boards, 40', 4 oz.

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Nov 14, 1999 10:01



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Pike's Creek on November 7, 1999

We went out from noon until 5:30 in the southwest corner of the lake. Weather was sunny and calm. A cold front had passed through a few days earlier, winds had been north through the preceding day. Water was pretty muddy, except near Peche Island and the channel. Water temp was 45 degrees, air temp was near 60. We went 0 for 0, not even a false alarm or anything. We ran all sorts of stuff but to no avail. Tried near Peche Island and went over to the Puce but water clarity was real bad. Didn't hear of anyone doing real good, although several boats were 1 for 1 or 1 for 2. Unfortunately I logged out Sunday morning just before the Rocketman posted his report or I would have tried his area as the water clarity was good up that way.

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Submitted: Nov 7, 1999 at 09:35 by the Rocketman

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

We went fishing on Saturday, 11/07/99 from 12:30 PM until 6:00 PM at St. Clair/C17, for Muskies. It was partly cloudy, 55 F and the wind was W 10-15 mph. The last few days the weather was warming. The water temperature was 48 F and there were 2 foot waves. The water color was silty green, visability was 1-2 feet, and we were fishing in 15 foot deep water.

I finally broke my long dry spell and went 2 for 3 today. I got the biggest one, a 20+ pound Muskie that went for a $9 Bass Terminator T3 fished on a board. Overall the hottest set-up was a board at 30 feet and 4 ounces and the action was mid-depths.

I started out at Peche Island and spent about 3 hours there without any action at all. The water was pretty muddy and I didn't mark any bait and maybe only 5 big fish the whole time. Since that sucked there I started trolling through the dumps. The water color started getting a little better the further up I went. Finally at the north end of the dumps between the C-can and the big no. 14 channel marker I found them. Got 3 hits between 4:00 - 6:00pm. The 2 fish I got went about 15 and 20 lbs, both on $9 Bass, the bigger one was on a regular one and the smaller was on a Litwin one. The one I lost was on a Fire Tiger TX running 10 and 0 in the wash. It screamed real good for about 2.4 seconds then it got off. That one was after the sun went down when I was pulling a board in and I never got a chance to get the rod. It sounded cool though. Good Luck to all muskie hunters!



Nov 1, 1999 18:07



Submitted by Grim Reaper who fished St. Clair - Puce on October 30, 1999

We went from 12:00 to 7:00. Weather was warm, sunny and stable. Moderate to strong south wind. Water temp was 51 degrees, air temp in the 70s. Looked like perfect conditions except the water was somewhat murky along most of the South Shore although fairly clear near the puce. Fished in 9-12 feet of water. We went 2 for 3, both small fish (34"). Hot time was 3:30 to 3:45 when we caught both fish, although the loss was around 6:00 pm. Hits were on WB Perch jointed wiley (2) and golden shiner jointed wiley (1). One on the side planner and two on boat rods. Overall, a disappointing day given the size of the fish. Fortunately, the reaper fishing boat is fixed and primed for next week. We were on the luxury liner again this week (37' Tiara) but the microwave lasagna couldn't turn the trick as it did earlier in the year.

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Nov 1, 1999 13:09



Submitted by John Majer who fished Lake St. Clair/Anchor bay on Oct 30

Went fishing with Bamboa for "Mooskies" on the American side of Lake St.Clair near the Metro park/Anchor bay. We forgot the Crawlers so we broke out the Terminators and stuck with the bass and perch colors Fishing 10,20, and 30 feet back with 2 oz. Our one hit was on a T2 $9 Bass. Other boats were trolling as well so we figured we were in the right place even though we marked very few fish. A boater who trolled by us said he was 1 for 1 fishing 30 feet back with 2oz. in 13 feet of water. He didn't say what he was useing. All and all it was a beautiful day to do just about anything. I'm glad it was "Mooskie" fishing. This was our first serious attempt to "Mooskie" fish without a pro in the boat. I'd like to thank Rocketman for showing us the right way to fish these beasts. We actually "looked" like we knew what we were doing out there thanks to him. Any feedback on good spots to fish "Mooskies" on the American side of St. Clair would be welcome. Catch a Big one!

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Nov 1, 1999 10:25



Submitted by Jim Hadden who fished st. clair south shore on 10/31/99

I fished south shore between Belle River and Ruscom River 11ft. to 14ft. depth. Trolled a big Jake perch colour 75 to 100ft of line out. Went 3/3 two over 52". What an excellent day. Only saw 3 other boats. All fish released. Sorry no pictures, by myself.

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