Out on the water by 5:30 a.m. and very slow. Set starboard planerboard out because that 1 rod set at 42' out has been tearing them up with red craw this week in that same area and it's easier on my neck to look in 1 direction for bites.. The planerboard caught the 1st 3 this morning with a good chop. My siderod with firecraw was biteless. I put on a red craw and within 2 mins,a nice eye hit but flopped off a couple feet from the net.Circled back through there to hit that exact wp and another nice eye hit and flopped off just before the net. I was p-o'd. I was covering the same territory as last night and evidently everyone else was there.Close to 8:25,I picked up #4 and within minutes,a double. When the chop settled down,I pulled in the board and put firecraw on the port side and red craw on my side. Then threw back 1-15"-and 2 in the 16" range". Trolled on to blackhawk and weed city then called it quits at 9:45.
SpeedyR was doing pretty good.He had keepers way before me because of my slow start. Of the 15+ boats out there,I saw very few nets besides speedy.I nailed most of the eyes in front of a deep white aluminum tiller boat with 2 guys in it,LOL!
Lots of boats out there with little net action.They're craving the bombers and treating my bandits like the plague.I've been checkingout websites for what few colors of B02's are out there and it it pretty slim. Looks like bomber may be phasing out that model. I may have to pick up some 04's like speedyr and expirament with them.
What a day...Saugmon was right...It was crazy for me...I was on the water at 540....Had a hookup on the way out, still trying to get poles in water. Lost it, and then lost two more right away. the first couple of times I would have my boy reel the fish in with the pole in the holder, but we lost two more, back to back after that. Then I started having him stand on the floor of the boat w/the rod and I would stand on the fishing platform and hold the net, and hold the end of his rod. It worked well, no more loss at the nets...
Any who, made one pass, pew to wolf and caught a few. After that, I got into them like CRAZY over by Wolf. I think everyone followed SAUGMON. I was catching them pass after pass. Started to slow down so I passed Saugmon heading towards wolf, i stayed around pew. Caught 6 keepers and started to cull. Quit at 1030.
3 or 4 DOUBLE HOOKUPs, we got all but one....It was nuts. Fish flopping n the boat while we were reeling in another, the boy grabbing rods, the boat going in a circle cause no one was steering...It was crazy...
We caught at least 20 and tail hooked a 2.5 lb cat.
All were caught on Bomber A O4's, chartreuse craw, redcraw, firecraw, a natural craw with orange belly, Tennessee shad.
2 19.5's one was 2.2 and the other was 2.4 lbs
6 15 1/2's
Of course my boy caught the two 19.5's, which makes him the boat eye champ. Funny thing, is after he had a few, I was trying to guess when I thought the fish was bigger to get my six, and every time I guessed wrong.
You had more action than me speedy. I just kept getting those 16"-17" clones. Saugeye supper tonight!!!Did you put in over at pew? I did see some tournament boats cut around pew,but not as many as normal. Not many trailers at blackhawk.Lakeview harbor was almost empty when I drove around there on the way home.
i put in at pew....I stopped by moundwood at 1045 and it was not bad. I got my coast guard inspection done. I really think I was getting into some big ones, but Hayden is i=only good to about 1030....I don't want to make it tough on him. I sure would have liked another hour. I may get to a point where I start sending the 15" back...we will see. But, I like the size fillet they make. Those are the ones I pick out. Big fish fillets are too thick for me.
They were really going today. I was even hooking up on my poles in the propwash.
Lost one lure today...Knot pulled out...shame on me
I've got those cranks ordered.It'll give me something to test out during the 4th of july break. I may have a rider tomorrow if he shows up at the launch.I may be back to full production!!! Now to do some re-calibration with a tape measure on the 1 planerboard rig and find out why the other one outcatches it. I wish I could find my portable line counter.
BTW I forgot to mention water temp: Water temp this morning was 76!! It's been running 82 all weekend through wednesday morning.
Gave you a wave today blue sea nymph with the two little girls on it. We started over around old field lake view ramp area. Got one 18 lost nice one and a whole bunch of snags. Didn't pick anything up over pew way. I think i came over a little too late it was a zoo. Left 15 min after you the natives where very restless.
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I found my portable shakespeare counter. 24 on it equals 42' on that planerrod that's been tearing them up.That 42' translate to 38' with actual tape measure so it's fairly accurate. I got it calibrated to the other side rod and planer rod plus I marked the spots for the rubberbands with black sharpie. Had a couple lines unraveling just in front of the swivel so I re-tied them. My main side rod has been running 14-15 yards back when I usually got lucky to let out 12-13 yards.
This is a good reason for a newbie to buy all 4 matched line counters along with the same matched line if they get into trolling.Some of my reels may have 20# or 30# plus my main line is the ancient gray from years ago and the others are the current moss green. I still have spinning reels spooled with the original spiderwire white!
We got into them this morning. Headed out to yesterday's hot waypoint at started trolling after 5:30. Nothing in that area so moved north to where we've picked them up this the last couple days called wp 66 and game on. The other side rod and the re-calibrated planerboard was tearing them up. I got the exact same setup on my side and not much action. My buddy pulls in a 22.5" and then a 20.5", then 19",19". Finally my side started hitting by 7:30 and we were culling by 7:55 a.m. I'm yelling tree shaker,rod shaker,mast shaker just like swamp people, LOL! Lost a couple just shy of the net. Fished a little longer to cull them out but they were all in the 16" range. No boats there for first hr or so and then about 10. I kept seeing the same pontoon from yesterday and he still wasn't catching anything. I held up 10 fingers as I passed him and 10 mins later passed him again and told him we got 3 more. He did pull out a dink just after that.Threw back a couple more in the 14" range and 1 fingerling eye.Off making white water by 8:45.
Red craw on boards-43'-44' on one side and the recalibrated hot side at 55'. Firecraw on the side rods.My siderod was slow again,so broke open another new one and finally started getting the 16"s and under. I did notice on one of my older firecraws that quit catching,it has a stretched out split ring. No snags!!!
My buddy Jeff Burton (not the nascar driver) holding his FO 22.5" and 20.5". He was with me friday p.m. as well. Fish running on the big side when he's in the boat, LOL!
Many others haven't had much luck. So peaceful out there the 1st hr or so with nobody around. Then they're all around me, troll close to me,cut me off from my wp, and looked like they were a little PO'd when I was reeling and tossing in 16" in front of them. I know how the tuna.com captain feels on that wicked tuna show..
Eyes are picky and still shortbiting.At least they've been very close to the other hot spots in the last couple weeks. I haven't seen them gather in a certain area like this since 2006.Many boat records broken that year!!!
Anyone else have a saugeye thumb? They're mean SOB's!!!
4 days of work this week then it's time for my nice long independence day holiday!!
trolled indian last night, started around 4 couldnt buy a bite until around 730 when the sun went down. Only managed 3 eyes largest being 18 inches. What do you guys think do the saugeye move to deeper water in the heat of the day or just cant get them to bite? I have been to indian the past two times and threw everything in my box at them with minimal luck. Planning on going out next weekend if the weather is nice.
Usually they die down by 7:30 p.m. or so even if the fishing reports says 8 p.m. is usually prime time. They're being extra picky this week.Just keep switching baits and colors. Where I have been killing them at,I've been marking tons of fish in the 4'-5' range.Those marks aren't saugeye,but they're below those marks so you gotta tick the bottom.The planerboards have been picking up 75% of the eyes.
I'm getting ready to brave this wind and hopefully they're still turning on with this quarter moon. Going to be a rough one so probably no planerboards.