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You going for Chrome at all......or just some glorious Eyes? :)
 

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It’s a ghost town from 68’ - 74’ as of Friday. Didn’t go any further than that with $6/ gallon gas so maybe they are out in 80’ and just waiting for some ambitious soul to go find them. Who’s going to be the first to make the run to “the hole” and report back???


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I put 9 nice sized eyes in the boat this evening, kept my limit. Took a lil effort this time tho. 42fow northwest of lagoons, 3oz snap 25/25 with flicker minnows @2.2mph. crome green was best color. Only ran two rods as it was just me fishing. Couldn't get anything bigger than 15-16" off dearies so I started a troll which produced some nice 20-24" fish. Good marks pretty much within a mile or so from the lagoons. Watched the fireworks then filleted fish at the dock. Happy 4th everyone.
 

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When I move my boat from Lorain to Fairport, I would like to give it a go. I’ve heard stories about “ the hole” - Targeting Steelhead and Eyes, think it has to be a prime spot. Fuzzy math, running out from Fairport and back , assuming 26 miles each way, I would burn about 90 gallons of fuel in my Viking 35, plus trolling gas - say another 20 gallons. 110 gallons total x 6 = $660 - split it 3 or 4 ways, not bad. Would take about 3 hours round trip. Good work out for the downrigger’s- rigging up some wire rods - am I missing anything?
 

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Hi portney,i have fished that area for many many years,,,the 59/39 is my go too,,,leave that ugly wire at home its nothing but agrivation and problems,not fun at all in my humble opinion,,,see ya outthere on calm days in my little boat,,,,suggestion if you like,,,run 0 setting on dipsys back 110 to 125 and then take your 1 and 2 setting 20 to 25 back further each,,,,examble in that 80 ft is,,,,0 setting 120,1 setting 140,2 setting 160,,,,sometimes you go a little deepeper or not for them haug walleye,,,and sometimes them trout cme up out there higher,,,its a hoot,you will not be able to keep up!!! I promise,,,,starting late july and all the way through the end of September typically,,,then they come back in 8 or 9 miles in October

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Hi portney,i have fished that area for many many years,,,the 59/39 is my go too,,,leave that ugly wire at home its nothing but agrivation and problems,not fun at all in my humble opinion,,,see ya outthere on calm days in my little boat,,,,suggestion if you like,,,run 0 setting on dipsys back 110 to 125 and then take your 1 and 2 setting 20 to 25 back further each,,,,examble in that 80 ft is,,,,0 setting 120,1 setting 140,2 setting 160,,,,sometimes you go a little deepeper or not for them haug walleye,,,and sometimes them trout cme up out there higher,,,its a hoot,you will not be able to keep up!!! I promise,,,,starting late july and all the way through the end of September typically,,,then they come back in 8 or 9 miles in October

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I’m moving the boat last week in July, and looking forward to heading out to the “hole”. If anyone wants to join me, let me know. Any gas contributions appreciated..😎
 

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When I move my boat from Lorain to Fairport, I would like to give it a go. I’ve heard stories about “ the hole” - Targeting Steelhead and Eyes, think it has to be a prime spot. Fuzzy math, running out from Fairport and back , assuming 26 miles each way, I would burn about 90 gallons of fuel in my Viking 35, plus trolling gas - say another 20 gallons. 110 gallons total x 6 = $660 - split it 3 or 4 ways, not bad. Would take about 3 hours round trip. Good work out for the downrigger’s- rigging up some wire rods - am I missing anything?
You are missing the fact that you are rich! lol
I have a 19 ft that get about 3 miles per gallon. The trip you described would be about $86. for me. My fishing buddy usually gives me $20. but these days he is giving me $30. Worst case trip we go out to 70+ ft which is 10-15 miles from Rocky River. Thats about $50. for me. $20 to go for some walleye/steelhead is a no brainer. Just gotta hope for those south winds.....

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Lots of eyes in 65 ft,no slippery report,gonna be looking to see what happens after the next 5 days of winds before i venture offshore deeper,,good time to pull the boat and do an early oil,and lower units gear oil even though its not needed yet,,but gotta get ready just for them nice offsore days comming in august

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Had the best 2 days of walleye fishing ever out in 80' straight north of wildwood back in 1997. Back when the limit was 10 walleye a person. In early August. 3 of us on the boat and we caught 30 walleye the 1st day, and everyone of them was 27" and bigger. Went back 2 days later and repeated the result. We didn't keep any the 2nd day cause we had so much meat from the 1st day.
Lake was flat calm both days. Only had a 17' boat back then. We were running the smaller 0 size dipsys on baitcaster rod and reels. We would just count the passes on the reel to duplicate the presentation. Didn't have line counters back then lol. I had it all on video but lost the videos in one of the moves over the years. I used to video all my trips on erie. Didn't have youtube back then. I could make some money doing it now lol if I could find them 🤣
 

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Had the best 2 days of walleye fishing ever out in 80' straight north of wildwood back in 1997. Back when the limit was 10 walleye a person. In early August. 3 of us on the boat and we caught 30 walleye the 1st day, and everyone of them was 27" and bigger. Went back 2 days later and repeated the result. We didn't keep any the 2nd day cause we had so much meat from the 1st day.
Lake was flat calm both days. Only had a 17' boat back then. We were running the smaller 0 size dipsys on baitcaster rod and reels. We would just count the passes on the reel to duplicate the presentation. Didn't have line counters back then lol. I had it all on video but lost the videos in one of the moves over the years. I used to video all my trips on erie. Didn't have youtube back then. I could make some money doing it now lol if I could find them 🤣 Man I remember those days-they were the best. Would leave Geneva and head NW till the stacks lined up and started trolling. We had Penn 310's spooled with single strand wire and big dipsys with purple Gold Star spoons on a 18lb. mono leader. 3 of us would bring back 30 25"+ eyes with at least 3 FO's.(not everytime:unsure:) but most times.Once in a while a bonus steelie.Had to buy a bigger freezer
 

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Had the best 2 days of walleye fishing ever out in 80' straight north of wildwood back in 1997. Back when the limit was 10 walleye a person. In early August. 3 of us on the boat and we caught 30 walleye the 1st day, and everyone of them was 27" and bigger. Went back 2 days later and repeated the result. We didn't keep any the 2nd day cause we had so much meat from the 1st day.
Lake was flat calm both days. Only had a 17' boat back then. We were running the smaller 0 size dipsys on baitcaster rod and reels. We would just count the passes on the reel to duplicate the presentation. Didn't have line counters back then lol. I had it all on video but lost the videos in one of the moves over the years. I used to video all my trips on erie. Didn't have youtube back then. I could make some money doing it now lol if I could find them 🤣
 

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Agree with you bluewater,use to have to count raps and its soo much better today with the line counters,love that fishing the hole from aug 7 to sometime in September depending on weather and lake temps, hoping for some nice calm weather again this year too make that run,heres an old pic from decades ago on august 11th,left doc an hour before daylight and back at dock at 1130.


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I ventured out to the hole on the third week of July 2020. It was steelhead only and no walleye the day we were out there. I had two brand new Diawa Lexa 300 line counter reels. My hope for these reels was salmon/Muskie/dipsy rods. They had 22lb carbon fiber drag. We hooked a steelhead out there that ruined one of those reels. Maybe it was defective to begin with but something about that ‘equipment failure’ so far out there got to me. I probably spent 20minutes focused on trying to land that fish with a reel with drag that would t tighten down. I hadn’t seen another boat for 2-3 hours and in my mind I equated that reel failure as the possible first of a series of mechanical breakdowns. Without telling anyone with me that I was spooked, I moved us 15 miles closer to port. I have personal limits established about what size waves I’ll go in when there’s cold water, how far I’ll run in cold water, how far from port is OK with thunderstorms around, etc. My personal limits equate other boats being around with safety. For example if I’m going to jig the reefs in April and the weather is sketchy, I’ll go out of Turtle creek, but if I think they’ll be lots of boats out, I’ll go out of Catawba. I didn’t even know I had a limit for distance from port in warm water and perfect weather. I about crapped my pants when I calculated the distance back to Avon. It was 26 miles. I’ve run from Mazurik to weather buoy many times. I think that’s a similar distance from port but the difference is not seeing other boats for so long. Will you exceed your personal limits if you run to the hole?


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