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    So it seemed like forever this year but 'normal' camping and fishing finally got going in mid July and is now going good. Spent last week at camp, fished 8 out of 9 days with 24 limits brought in. Walleye are feeding heavy on baitfish which are hanging out near more pronounced depth changes. My favored area has a pretty rapid slope (for lake Erie) so we did most fishing within a 2.5 mile radius. Most of the fish are suspended in the 50/55 ft range over 72 to 78 fow. Color preferences changed with water and light conditions but one thing was constant. If you put the plug into the right depth you got a steady bite. My sonar screen looks like a 5 y/o went to town on an etch-a-sketch!
    we weren't catching monsters in this school of fish, but a steady supply of 22" or so eyes, with a few bigger or smaller each day. Great eating size, so I wasn't going looking for anything different.
    too busy to mess with phone/pics much, but did snap a few to share.
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ID:	28215 one of these had to be thrown back since we finished with a double, then also had to release #26 and #27 which were caught before we could finish bringing in all the lines. A fun problem to have for the vets with us this day.
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ID:	28217 an evening run for a nice change of pace...
    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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    and of course another food picture....
    fresh caught steelhead for camp dinner
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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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    • #3
      And a couple more...

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      and of course, some dessert to finish it off....
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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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      • #4
        Great report. Very happy to hear the season is on. Nice catches, snacks and great memories being made with your frequent fliers.
        Mark
        1990 26’ open 351W Indmar
        1987 30’ Blackwatch twin 351W Crusaders (sold)

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        • #5
          Thanks for posting Karen. Always enjoy your fish reports. And food reports.
          1988 26' cuddy
          1975 20' open
          16' Sandpiper
          14' Certified Fiberglass

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          • #6
            The fish are too far away but the food can be shipped.😊
            Atlantic City, NJ
            1982 Cuddy, Rebuilt 351 .060 rings, Edelbrock carb

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            • #7
              Well done Karen. So tell me, how do you decide which one gets thrown back?
              1980 pilot house 351
              1988 260 predator 408

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              • #8
                About same length but second one had better girth, not its lucky day.
                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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                • #9
                  Congratulations on a fun and beautiful day!!!


                  Did someone say pepperoni!!!

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                  • #10
                    Great pics Karen! I love seeing your photos. On top of that...the dang food. I'd almost be too full to fish!
                    Chip
                    Camden, Delaware

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

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                    • #11
                      Thanks guys. We had a really good week, 2 trips with just us, 2 with friends and 4 with 1 or 2 vets each. Some of the frequent flyer vets have gotten to know friends of ours so we have been doing some mixed trips also. It doesn't matter as long as they are all having fun. The food is a fun side project for the guys, they like to come back to camp, clean fish and then chill on the porch having some dessert to finish off their trip day. This past two weeks it was pineapple cake with cream cheese icing, lemon fluff with strawberry topping and mixed berry shortcake. The pepperoni rolls are a convenient boat snack and really don't take too long to bake. The steelhead dinner is a treat because it is always best the same day caught out of the lake, one of Chris's favorite camp meals, I think.... he may contradict me though, lol.
                      never too full to fish though, fishing day starts at about 0430, so dinner is early and it's lights out pretty danged early too!
                      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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                      • #12
                        That is my kind of camping! Are the pepperoni rolls made with pizza dough?
                        Steve
                        1998 260 Mackinaw Sea Maxx 5.7 HO TBI 12' Klamath w/ 20hp Tohatsu EFI

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                        • #13
                          Yep, same dough for pizza and rolls.
                          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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                          • #14
                            No fishing this weekend with 25 kt + winds pushing the lake to 6 to 10ft waves. Good opportunity to sort out a mess of lures and begin the autopilot install. Since Cris is handling most of the install headaches (I picked the AP and other new components and helped brainstorm the install options/layout) I took the time to fix him a favored dessert for after dinner... chocolate cream pie.
                            not to be mean, but just because I can, lol...
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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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