|Great fishing after a very snotty weather start to the work week once again. The week before this past week saw us get hammered on Thursday and Friday with winds big enough to shut down all thoughts of offshore Walleye fishing. A two day loss for me and many other charter captains. Then last weekend just in time for the harbors big Wine & Walleye festival here in Ashtabula, the weather straightened out nicely and it was flat knock out gorgeous out on the lake and beautiful both inland too. Man did they ever luck out with the nice weather weekend for all of their festivities! Then came Monday and Tuesday of this past week. Oh boy. Can you say UGLY? Yet another strong cold front swept thru the region. It was brutally chilly for August, very windy with heavy overcast off and on rain showers both days. And again, no Walleye trips for anyone for yet another two more days leaving myself and the rest of the charter fleet here on the north coast of the lake scratching our heads and wondering will these beatings ever quit?|
|Wednesday was no prize either. We woke up to a still raw and windy morning with a persistent cold drizzle. With a marine forecast of “only” 2-4 footers supposedly subsiding to 1-3 foot, we elected to go for it. For the first time since May, I put on a pair of long pants and warm jacket and off we went. With stiff winds out of the north west and me knowing that there wouldn’t be any circling around any one spot that day, we cranked it out again 25 miles NW and just let it slide with the wind and waves. After a bit of a slow start, things took off nicely and we were off to the races. The lake never did calm down but oh my what a nice box of fish did we ever put together that day!|
|So Thursday I’m all excited to go! Finally! A forecast of ONE FOOT OR LESS! Yay!!! Except... In reality it was even rougher then Wednesday! I’m like, are you frigging kidding me? So just like deja vu and the movie Ground Hog Day, once again we crank it out into the NW wind and waves yet another 25 miles, set up again the same one way troll and proceed to capture once again a simply amazing box of fish. The lake did finally calm down. After we were about done running back in that is! Lol! Man, if you can get out there those fish are still out there and they are really putting on the feed bag right now and fattening up for the fall months. I just could not believe the smelt that the fish were spewing just as we would go to net them. Some of them would still have mouthfuls of fresh smelt in their jaws as I would take the lure out even. I counted as many as a dozen little fish still in them at times and yet they still went for our lure! When its good, its really GOOD!|
|Friday and this weekend were stunningly gorgeous once again. Just like the weekend before. And all the weekend warriors are thinking and saying, wow, what a nice summer. I just have to shake my head. But I did appreciate the break from all the wind and waves but not necessarily all the added boat traffic that the weekends and especially the nice weather weekends brings. But somehow we aboard “The Trophy” got thru it all. Wind, waves, crazy boat congestion 20 plus miles out in the lake. You name it. And oh yeah, the stinking White Bass and big Sheephead were particularly bad this past week as well. But like I said, we got thru it all and my guests that were fortunate enough to actually get out and go fishing got to enjoy some real world class Walleye fishing and everyone took home great memories and a big pile of fillets. Lets see if we can keep it going as we enter September here in a couple of days and my final month of Walleye fishing for this 2015 season. Stay tuned... |
*I would like to remind all of my upcoming charters. 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 then 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. Also, we ABSOLUTELY need to be off the dock now by 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 5:00am and if you want to catch lots of fish, you will be ready as well!