Fishing with Eric and Rachel 7/21/19by Capt Juls on 07/21/19
Eric and Rachel came in from Nebraska, to spend some downtime from their EMT/Fire Fighter jobs, and to catch some wiley walleye here on Lake Erie's Western Basin.
I picked them up from the White Caps Motel at 4:30am and we headed into town to gas up the Ranger, pick up some ice for the coolers, and eat some breakfast at Big Bopper's, before launching out of Mazruik's at 5:30.
We headed up to the NE side of Kelly Island Shoal, but didn't find the fish I had there two days ago...this time, they were mostly sheepshead...."Baaaa". So, after trying to change the angle of the dangle in the current and waves a few times, with little success, I decided a move to the east would be in order. The wind was laying down nicely, so the ride was an easy one.
As we traveled, we came across a series of nets set that we had to dodge by going north to move above them. We took our time, because they were not easy to see, and I wasn't sure how many there would be. I think there were 5 or 6 in a row, but mostly inline, so it wasn't too hard to go around them. We made it to the weather buoy area and set up to the south of it with an easterly troll over 47 foot of water.
The Ulterra and the baby E-TEC worked together to control our speed at 2.3-2.4mph.
The dipsies were set on the zero and three settings....0@55 & 60...3@65.
Since Eric is friends with the man who created the "Walleye Nation Creations" "Reaper" lure, we ran two of the three colors given to me this past spring to try out. I should have been running them a lot sooner, because they were very productive in catching walleye in this warm weather. If the board went back, it was guaranteed to be a walleye. We didn't catch any junk fish on them.
We were running the Bubble Gum and Electric Tiger colors at 75 back.
Both Eric and Rachel caught on quick on how to set the dipsies and "pop" the mechanism to bring the fish in, so it was an easy day for me, and all I was doing was netting fish for them. They did a great job and had a lot of fun. After we had our 18 walleye in the cooler, we headed back in, because it was hot and sticky, and the black flies had finally found us out there. :)
I am scheduled to fish with them again tomorrow, but there's no way we would be going back out there with the winds that are forecast. Right now, iWindSurf is showing a sustained wind out of the north at 15 and gusts to 20. I'll see what it looks like in the morning when I get up at 2:45 and decide what the plan is then.