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Lake Erie 2019

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ID:	22084 So our fishing season had a delayed start due to miserable weather, work and family obligations but we are finally getting into the swing of it again. The boat (knock on wood, or teak, lol) is running strong and has gotten us out and back safely now for a few trips. First trip with vets is scheduled for this weekend if weather stays good.

    Good news is that the walleye fishing is strong again this year with the average size being about 2-3 inches longer than last year. There were two huge hatch years recently and the last two years there were a ton of fish but a lot weren't quite legal or just barely there. This year it is looking better. We've been limiting in a couple hours each trip. I think we have 25 lb in the freezer already so will be ready for a fish fry at the next get together.

    the lake is slow to warm up this year with all the heavy rain and cold air temps, fish have been hanging higher than normal in the water column with most of our fish coming from about 22 ft deep over 45 fow. So lake is fishing about 2 or 3 weeks behind its normal pattern. I'm not going to complain though since we have been bringing in full coolers!
    a few pics and hopefully a couple of video links if I can get it to load....

    https://youtu.be/F9UU9LEtoqo

    https://youtu.be/U89I_UNlDBw

    one of our favorite passengers... 80 y/o and loves to get out any chance he gets, on our boat or his own...
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    Karen
    Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
    1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
    1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
    3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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    Another short video if link doesn't work in above

     
    Karen
    Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
    1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
    1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
    3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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    • #3
      I will have to do some longer videos, I usually keep them under 20 seconds to text them but the you tube app is pretty easy to use so may as well take advantage of it so I can bore folks with more boat videos! LOL
      Karen
      Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
      1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
      1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
      3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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      • #4
        Looks like a beautiful day. Enjoy!
        1990 26’ open 351W

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        • #5
          Well done. I have a great recipe for those. Oh hold on! You gave it to me.
          1980 pilot house 351
          1988 260 predator 351

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          • Fisherlady2
            Fisherlady2 commented
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            You know you can come get a cooler full to take home for your next fish fry! Just say when!

        • #6
          Lookin good!

          regards Holty

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          • #7
            That is a familiar sound
            Steve
            1998 260 Mackinaw Sea Maxx 5.7 HO TBI 12' Klamath w/ 20hp Tohatsu EFI

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            • #8
              Looks like a great fishing trip. Congrats on loading up the freezer.
              Clyde, Pasadena, Maryland
              1985 Shamrock (ROCK SOLID)26 Cuddy Cabin
              2000 Yanmar 4LHDA-STE 230 HP....
              Hurth HSW 630 A1 1.6 1.58 Trolling Valve
              17X17 4 bladed Prop with Light Cup

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              • #9
                Click image for larger version  Name:	20190630_112351.jpg Views:	0 Size:	79.4 KB ID:	22112 So weather Saturday morning was nasty but it settled in afternoon so we went out for a scouting run since we had 2 vets scheduled for early Sunday. The lake is warming up and patterns are slowly changing. We started where we ended last week without seeing many Marks so I trolled north to slightly deeper water and found what we were hoping for.
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                Fish are still fishing high in the water column but beginning to pick up a few deeper ones. 2 Cool catches of the day, one was when I had a fish on my corner and asked chris to get the net. He was putting out a line on his corner so he just clicked over the bail to stop it and set it in the holder 'for a minute' while he grabbed the net for my fish. Well, we got involved in landing and boxing my fish and he forgot to finish sending out the lure. A couple minutes later the rod started jumping and he reeled in a decent eye.. . The lure had only been 25 ft behind the boat and maybe 8ft deep max, but fish still came after it! Not line shy this year, for sure! The other cool catch was a 9.5lb cat in 49FOW which whacked a crawler harness. Was fun fight for Chris and was released to fight again.
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                We headed out with the vets today, water was decent, weather was awesome. We kept the guys busy for nearly 3 hrs with a 4 man limit of fish + a couple of throw back shorts and a few junk fish. A great day had by all with the guys heading home with about 8lbs of filets each for dinner. Super bright colors seem to be the mood of the weekend with one little lure behind a dipsy diver responsible for 6 fish by itself today. (Needless to say we went to bait shop after trip to grab another one to match).... we are going to stay an extra day to do another run tomorrow if weather holds. ...
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                we had to move up to the bigger cooler...
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                Karen
                Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
                1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
                1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
                3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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                • #10
                  And a bit more fish and boat porn for those needing a fix....
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                  Karen
                  Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
                  1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
                  1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
                  3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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                  • #11
                    She really sounds great!

                    Looking at the videos, can't get over how many rod holders you folks use up there. If I saw similar down here would think it was military with the ability to fire guided missiles!

                    Saw the dual GPS/Sounders and radios. Like the setup.
                    C Rhodes
                    26' Mackinaw - 1990
                    351 Indmar (1990-2006: Great Engine)
                    351 PCM (2006 - Current)
                    Southport, NC

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                    • Fisherlady2
                      Fisherlady2 commented
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                      Thanks, the rod holders are never full, the set up allows us to vary how we set the rods without crowding and also allows some to be positioned for rods when they are fishing and others angled for rods being moved out of the way when lines are being set out or brought in or even just convenient places to stash a rod or net when things get busy. All the extras mean the positions of the rods fishing remain the same once our spread is set up so a quick glance around the boat can show me if a rod looks "off" and needs checked for fish or tangles.
                      Dual radio set up is due to being near state line and Ohio folks run on one channel and Pa folks on another. Also allows monitoring of emergency situations with one while talking to other boats on the other. Redundancy for safety also with both radio and chart plotters, each are wired to separate power sources with independent antennas and transducers. Kicker motor also has an alternator so electronics don't drain system on long trolling days and the start battery is always topped off.

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                    Today was a beautiful day, limited early and was back off the water by 0900. Boat ran good and there was just enough breeze to keep the bugs away, couldn't ask for much more than that. The real queen of the boat enjoyed the cool breeze... Click image for larger version

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                    Karen
                    Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
                    1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
                    1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
                    3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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                    • #13
                      How could you ever get tired of it? I wouldn’t either!
                      Chip
                      Camden, Delaware

                      1989 Shamrock 20 Cuddy Cabin (Rock Bottom)
                      PCM 302, RWC

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                      • #14
                        4th of July was a hot and humid ride... boat behaved beautifully and fishing was slow to start but that improved steadily as we figured out they were looking for more natural colors and a shallower presentation today since water was calm and warming fast. Lesson of the day.... change out lures till you get it dialed in! They didnt want anything that had worked on Monday! Once we had the pattern figured out it was a steady pick with a crazy flourish at the end which resulted in ALL 9 rods going down with fish at the same time! It was 10 minutes of chaos but every fish was boated... and a full man limit of 6 had to be released because we had boxed out our 24 with the first 3. We had Chris's nephew and his 20 y/o daughter (Ali) on with us and they had a blast, I dont think I had to reel in any fish because every rod I confirmed was 'fishy' had a willing recipient and Ali was having fun out reeling her dad, lol. Not much time for pictures on board but did get a short video running back in. It was a hot day but worth the one day run back to camp to see the smiles!
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                        Karen
                        Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
                        1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
                        1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
                        3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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                        • #15
                          Glad to see the boat running great, she is really moving along. It’s also great to see so many fish making it into the cooler. Keep enjoying the time on the water.

                          Question, what is the mast on the foredeck? Winch for your anchor?
                          1990 26’ open 351W

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