Sunday, October 19, 2008

Erie Smallmouths October 18 & 19, 2008

The weather the past few weekends have been favourable. Saturday October 18th was a chilly one with a stiff East wind, but we managed to get out on the lake none-the-less. Our launch site with our charter guests Sal and Kevin was from the Crystal Beach Boat Ramp. After a slow start we searched Windmill Point reef and managed a few small fish in the morning in around 18 fow. We moved to a deep water spot that in the first drift produced a 5.7 lbs smallmouth and as soon as it was in the net Sal took this pig that weighed 6.2 lbs. Drop Shot on both fish using Poor Boy Erie Darter Jrs in smoke and green colours. The winds were getting bad at that point so we motored to set up on the west side of Windmill Pt reef and drifted the 27 ft contour. It produced a consistent bite of fish in the 2-4 lbs range and we packed it in at 3:30 pm.

Sunday I jumped on board Bruno's boat whom has a boat load of boys around 9 years old. His son's birthday party on the boat fishing for bass. Conditions were different with flat water and no drift. It was a tough go, only managing some bass and everything was under 3 lbs. It was great to see the kids get so excited when they caught a bass. 27 ft of water was the ticket, but we also managed a few fish in 11 feet of water at Windmill point.

The fish are starting to congregate and go deeper- even though plenty of fish are stil very shallow.

Also good reports of perch off of Point Abino in 60 fow. limits of big perch.

Shane Thombs