Fishing in the shadow of the Sam Laud. 7/17/15

18 07 2015

What a week.  I really needed some fishing therapy and even though it was going to be a muggy night I was going out.  Water levels are still up and the docks were still partially underwater.  No matter, I was heading out.  I was originally going to head down to calf island but the Sam Laud was docked at the Edison plant off loading coal.  I thought clear water, ship blocking the sun and casting a shadow over 26 feet of water, seemed like a good place to start.  I switched out my 1 1/4 pound weight for a 1 1/2 pound weight and set up along side of the stern.  It wasn’t long and I had my first fish of the night, a 17 inch eater.  I stayed close to the ship all the way to the bow where I hooked into and lost another walleye.  Once I got all my lines in, I pointed my boat downstream and started back at the stern.  I made a couple of runs, picking up another keeper and one dink.  It was getting dark when I saw that the boom was being pulled in and it looked like the ship was going to be underway soon.  Time to move so I headed downstream and set up by the blue boat house.  After a couple of minutes I picked up a 20 inch male.  I made a few more passes but to no avail.  About 30 minutes later the Sam Laud was finally under way and past the free bridge.  I figured I might as well go back to where I first started since I wasn’t finding much downstream.  I picked up a forth fish and also a ton of weeds.  All 3 lines and my boat were trapped in a big floating mat.  After I got everything cleared away, I just gave up.  The weeds had been a problem all night so I just packed it in.  4 fish was enough for tonight.

Water is still very clear, the level is high (actually it is back to the normal most of us never knew of) and the weed mats were everywhere.  Lot’s of boat traffic for the Roar on the River boat races in Trenton.  Surface temp was 70 degrees, SW breeze and partly cloudy skies with no moon.  Gnats are still around as well.

Sam Laud 4

Roar on the River Smallmouth/Walleye Report 7/20/13

21 07 2013

Short and quick this time.  Parents were coming down this weekend for my daughters graduation party so that meant one thing, time for Dad and I to go walleye fishing.  Since the Roar on the River boat races were going on this weekend we decided to get an early start.  By 6:00 am we were on the river with overcast skies, clear water, no weeds and a light west wind.  Almost perfect conditions.  We set lines and started our first pass by the catamaran.  I was running a custom #9 SSVII rapala and a couple of spoons.  I don’t remember what kind because I didn’t catch a single walleye on a spoon.  My Dad, on the other hand, caught all of his fish on a Riley Special spoon (my suggestion).

We also caught a lot of smallmouth bass, I mean A LOT of smallmouth bass.  We averaged 3 to 4 bass per every walleye we caught and they ranged in size from 5 to 19 1/2 inches in length.  Most of them were legal size and they seemed to be everywhere and grabbed everything we had out there.  At one time I had a double of two 16 inch fish that was quite a handful, a handful I didn’t want to deal with.  The last one of the day turned out to be the biggest and also the most entertaining.  Just as I was about to lift her into the boat a bass boat was buzzing by us at high speed.  I waited until they were right along side and I lifted her out of the water.  That brought them to a screeching halt.

We ended the day with 7 walleye and 1 throwback.  Not a bad haul but I would have preferred to not have to deal with all the bass.  I quit counting after the first hour but we caught them from beginning to end.  At least they weren’t as numerous as those “other” bass.

One other little tidbit.  I pulled a dead goby out of one of the walleye, size #9, take note everyone.   Roar on the River 1 Roar on the River 2 Roar on the River 3 Roar on the River 4


Weekend Report

22 07 2012

This is going to be short, sweet and to the point. This may be my last report for a while as well but more on that later.

As I stated earlier my Dad and I went out last Friday night (7/20) down to the channel. We got a late start since my parents arrived at my house around 6:00 pm. After a quick dinner we hooked up the boat and headed out. As has been the case all summer the water was still clear with a surface temp of around 80 degrees. It didn’t take long and I hooked into a Smallmouth, he came off at the boat which was fine with me. Shortly afterwards my Dad picked up a walleye which he followed up with another about 10 minutes later. His success was short lived because I caught the next 5. As it started to get dark we both noticed an increase in boat traffic. We soon realized they were going to have fireworks as part of the Trenton Roar on the River Festival. We didn’t want to get caught up in that so we decided to pull lines. We had to get up early anyways for Marty’s funeral. As we were headed in we saw our friend Richard so we pulled up to see how he was doing. He had 2 in the box so far and was going to stick it out for a while longer. I can’t blame him, it was a near perfect night out.

After the funeral my parents headed home and I decided to get some chores done. One of the chores was to try and get my outboard motor running right. Last night it kept wanting to stall whenever I would idle down. It also started to skip on one cylinder before it would stall. A few people had told me about the wonders of Sea Foam so I picked up a can to dump in the tank. I also bought a can of the Carb cleaner as well. I played around with that for about an hour and made plans to go out again that night. The first thing I did when I launched was make a long run down to Calf Island and back. I wanted to give the Sea Foam a chance to loosen up the carbon build up. It seemed to make a difference at first but after about 5 minutes the same symptoms started again. I took off again and ran it at top speed for about 30 minutes and tried again. Still no change. I tried to fish for bit but still no change, it just got worse. I was able to pick up 1 small walleye but I just let him go. I didn’t feel like cleaning one fish and I was pretty frustrated at the moment. So once I finish posting this I will finish cleaning out the boat so I can take it into a mechanic. I hope it’s nothing serious but the engine is over 35 years old and it has had thousands of hours put on it. We shall see.