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Fishing Report Posted: May 31, 2015

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on May 31, 2015 at 08:59:28:

Home Sweet Home ASHTABULA! We’re home! After a almost two month stay at the western basin, “The Trophy” made the long ride home across the lake from Port Clinton to Ashtabula Ohio immediately after my last trip on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Our great fishing the last two weeks at Port Clinton held up nicely right till I had to leave. I was hoping to have a early day on that final last Saturday. And I got it! I was blessed with a real flat lake and a great bite. By 10:30 in the morning we had 31 good sized Walleyes and were done and started heading back to port to unload the guys and the fish. After a rather quick turn around, “The Trophy” all topped off with a belly full of fuel split the gap at Port Clinton for the final time this spring at a quarter after 12 noon and started the long trek eastbound. With great lake conditions, we pulled into Ashtabula Harbor in record time arriving at 5pm on the nose. 120 plus miles in 4 hours and 45 minutes! It was a great ride and home never looked so good!

And I had the very best surprise possible waiting for me! Absolutely on fire smoking hot Walleye fishing right out the gate back here! Right off the bat I had a great schedule for this past week and each trip that I ran went beyond EXCELLENT! And typical of central basin summer Walleye fishing, the size of these fish is simply AMAZING! There wasn't a day go by where we did not put some 10 pounders in the box. Action was fast and furious at times. Just like the last couple weeks back at the islands minus all the trash fish and all the boat traffic that we had to fight through at that end of the lake. Man, as good as the fishing has been each year now upon my return, I have to question am I staying out there too long or do I even need to go through so much anguish at that end of the lake when I have all this happening in my own back yard in May? Things that make you say hmmmmm! I’m going to have to do some serious thinking here. Next year will be my 30th year. It may just be time to re-evaluate my goals and needs. But that’s a long way off! I still have to get through this year of 2015 and and this second half of my season.

Nothing new on the early summer techniques that we are using to capture these amazing racks of fish back here. In fact, all the same lures and Jet Divers that we were using the last few weeks at the western basin is getting it done back here as well. I have literally not even changed one lure. Speaking of which, aboard “The Trophy” we continue to stick with the Scorpion Stinger spoons. They are working GREAT! The only thing that I have done is lengthen our lead lengths accordingly for the deeper water and where I happen to see most of the fish marks stacking up on the fish finder each day. Water depths have been ranging anywhere between 30 and 50 feet. I believe most of the fish that we have been catching aboard my charter boat have been coming from around 20 to 27 foot down in the water column. Early mornings have been by far the very best although a couple of days they went strong all day long till we got what we needed. I think that there is just an awful lot of fish in the area right now and when you have great numbers of fish below you, everything else is not nearly as critical.

So we are off to a GREAT start to our summer fishing. I feel refreshed and I am ready for this exciting part of our seriously big water offshore fishing that is yet to come. But before we get too far along in this summer fishing, there are a couple of things that I would like to remind all of my upcoming charters of. (1) As I have been simply asking all along now for the last few years. Please try your very hardest to keep your group size to a very comfortable, more personal experience of 4 people for everyone involved. I myself just flat out DO NOT WANT more than that on my boat anymore for these summer trolling trips. This is not a hard rule or policy (yet) but if you folks want to keep me happy and chartering for years to come, you will do this for me and for yourselves. (2) We ABSOLUTELY need to be off the dock between 4:30am and 5:00am at the VERY LATEST! Our best fishing is ALWAYS at the crack of dawn and WE DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THAT OPPORTUNITY. Please, DO NOT BE Late! I am at the boat and ready to roll everyday by 4:30am and if you want to catch lots of fish, you will be ready as well! Well that about does it for my first week back.

Capt. Walt
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