So I'm up at the cottage. I don't target the bass here anymore as they bore me and I can catch all the bass I want and big ones too at that. The last few years I only bring musky tackle to target the pike in the lake. All fish today were on a custom wood glider that's hand made by an Illinois guide, St.Croix Legend Tournament 7'6" split grip "The Jerk", Abu Garcia Revo Toro 61 High Speed, Huskie Muskie single strand Jerk bait leader with no swivel or snap and Suffix 832 line 65lb.
First fish of the day, a largemouth!
Next up was this little pike.
And this afternoon this solid high 30's pike.
I thought Gloucester Pool sounded familiar, so I Googled it... Familiar indeed as I spent my High School career in Midland, and a couple of summers working on Beausoleil Island (off Honey Harbour). Small world.
Fishing is improving, as water levels are returning to a semblance of normalcy after weeks of flooding. On our last outing my sons decided to go after perch with small pieces of worm, while I targeted pike with some sizable crank baits. I caught one tiny perch after another on 5" Rapalas ...the lure was barely bigger than the fish!
To add insult to injury the boys caught some nice pike on their chunks of worm and ultra light tackle. Apparently "Rhyme and Reason" has no place in fishing.
Boat traffic was crazy on Monday.. Luckily for me there was a decent wind that made for some bass/pike fishing against the wayward shore. Not so fun in the new Lund with the ****ty 65lb Minn Kota (I've got a 80lb Terrova on the way), but it's always fun tossing spinnerbaits and ripping them back under the surface.
August 3rd can't come quick enough! Back up on Nip hunting brookies, lakers and big snakes with the old man.
Long Island Sound, off the coast of Westbrook, Connecticut.
Like clockwork, we nail Stripers when the sun starts to set. We get 'em with live eels. Even the Bluefish go after the eels at night, just not as often as the Stripers. You know it's a Striper when you hear your line screaming as if a freight train were on the other end of it.
Love that sound.
On the lake in Maine. We catch small Brookies (Brook Trout) here along with Perch.
A remote stream I fish in Maine. I caught about 14 Perch...Caught one on practically each cast the first day I fished this stream.
Saltwater time - The Machine
This is the biggest Bluefish I've ever caught. Thing was huge and very wide.
Another beast. I love these fish. They are warriors.
Last edited by Dreizehn; 07-12-2012 at 10:52 AM.
Some NICE fish Mr Thirteen! (or should I ask "Is this dog?") My boys caught about 50 perch between them this evening, not a single eating size
This while targeting walleye. I upsized my tackle and ended up finding a 2 pound walleye (pickerel to me) for dinner. It was the most lethargic bite I've ever felt. I thought I had a small piece of plant matter caught on the drop shot hook
I don't eat fish. But that Perch was legal (9"). I caught 3-4 more that were bigger than the one in the picture. They're really fun to catch with a light setup. I usually get some [small] Perch inside of my crayfish trap. They swim in sometimes (for whatever reason) and cannot get back out. I usually get crayfish in there soon after.
Here's one of the bigger guys:
Last edited by Dreizehn; 07-13-2012 at 09:42 AM.
Eels = Striper Candy
This was one of the first ones of the night. 37", 20 lbs.
We hammered blues earlier that evening. Even caught an 19" Fluke using bunker as we were anchored-up. That was a surprise.
It was a beautiful night for Striper fishing. We fished until 11:30 p.m.
Whoa dog! You're posting up some impressive stripers there! (I've never seen one in person, but apparently they get to over 6' and 125 pounds?! )
I'm eating smallmouth bass tonight. We fished a new-to-us lake with really clear water yesterday. It's known for lake trout and used to have a decent walleye fishery as well. Before heading out I memorized the lake contours and the location of promising rocky points and drop-offs.
When we got there it was one smallie after another! It looks as though the walleye population has been displaced My sons were looking forward to a fresh fish dinner and these bass averaged around 3 pounds. I'm usually not a big fan of eating harmless black-spot parasite infested bass ...but these were clean! Most bass around here are infested, so we kept four.
Fishing was excellent. We were able see the bass follow lure due to the very clear water. A tube tossed at submerged wood proving to be a sure bet. Yes, I had a camera but was having too much fun fishing. ...well, make that "boating my son's fish" mainly.
Stripers love live eels. The bluefish were attacking the eels all night, too.
These stripers I've posted are not on the bigger side. Some of these suckers get over 50 lbs. I believe the world record striper was 88 lbs. and was caught out of my marina. Google it. The guy played HS football with one of my friends.
I don't remember ever seeing as many musky as we did Saturday! Think we could put any in the boat though? No. Closest thing to a strike was a mid 40'" fish that rolled on my Hellhound but totally missed. All follows, we even had the same fish up 3 times.
Looking forward to getting back up to the cottage and targeting the pike!
Thinking of taking a canoe in here in the next couple of days... Hopefully the water isn't too warm yet. Disclaimer: While the footage is good, the host does get on my nerves a little with the forced enthusiasm on camera.
Been killing it salt water fishing. Loving the variety of fish I've been catching. Second season using my 12 foot saltwater pole with 20lb line and its not even a nice pole/reel but it's gotten the job done every time. Squid and clam necks are hot right now
And the best for last, One of two Dogfish Sharks I caught... My iPhone was dead by the time I caught the second one and no one else was around to snap a pic
Last edited by Laser04; 07-21-2012 at 01:35 AM.