Normally when one talks about grinding around the Detroit area people usually think of The Grind Line of the Red Wings. This time though it is all about walleye fishing on a long Good Friday evening.
This last Friday (4/14) I was headed back out once again. This would be my fourth trip out for the week and I was hoping it would be as successful as the previous ones. I started around 6:30 pm and found that the water still had a heavy stain to it. I could barely see my prop, which was an improvement, but still a long way from clear water. I was hoping I could get my limit before dark but it didn’t take long to realize I was going to have to grind this one out. The water was choppy and there was a lot of boat traffic ripping up and down the river, which only added to the rough water. Boat control was difficult and I was constantly lifting my lines up to keep from getting snagged as I was bounced around. My wish was a double edged sword. I was hoping sunset would come soon to get these boats off the water and calm it down. Once it did though I wondered how well the fish would bite with the cloudy water. I soon found out, sort of. I didn’t catch my first fish until after 7:30 pm and it was an undersized fish. My first keeper didn’t come until around 8 and for the next two hours I slowly picked away at them. They never came hot and heavy and during the next two hours I tried everything I could think of. Different colors, different lures, different sizes, different speeds, different areas. Nothing really zeroed in on them. I got my limit but the fish came from different areas on different lures at different speeds. No rhyme or reason to it. The only consistent thing was their inconsistency. Persistence was the key tonight. Good thing I didn’t have anywhere special to go.
Now for my rant. I would like to know who thinks it is a good idea to jig with 30 pound spiderwire or fireline? If you are afraid of losing a dollar jig then fish someplace else. Trying to save one jig and losing 50 yards of line (expensive line) only creates something for everyone else to get snagged up on. In other words, KNOCK IT OFF!!