The Annual Strait Line Anglers Club fall Bay of Quinte Walleye trip brought five boats and 13 guys to Merland Park Cottages for a chance at a trophy walleye.
The weather on friday started the weekend with great conditions. Warm sunny and light winds made it pleasent during our jigging tournament. The objective of the tournament was to weighin four walleye's under the 24.8 inch mark or only one over the 24.8 inch mark.
Slowly jigging or dragging castmasters along the bottom in the deep hole at Thompson's Point. Also White perch on 3 inch Gulp Minnows on drop shot were in the same area. Yellow Perch were numerous in the shallow.
The white perch were an indication of the colour Grey Ghost in Mann's Stretch 20 might be a good one. None in the tacklebox to try trolling on Saturday.
The weather on Saturday turned wet. A fast approaching cold front was pushing a heavy low pressure in front of it that contained a great deal of rain. It remained warm throughout the entire day and the rain was steady throughout the day. Winds were light from the south and then from the east south east.
Walleye bite was on. Boats between the bait cave to Keith's shoal could be seen taking fish regularily.
Ron Arnold and I worked a trolling stretch just past the lighthouse on the north side, that was loaded with bait. Fish could be seen throughout the depths but the majority were around 50-60 feet down over 110 FOW.
Our pattern that got all four of our rods working went like this...
Three rods on inline planerboards with leads that were consistently set at 200 ft back using deep diving body baits that were making 35 ft depths. The fourth rod was a deeper set that used three colours of leadcore with a 35 tf mono leader and off the inline boards.
Baits that worked were...
Rapala Taildancer 11 30ft.PD-Purpledescent
Mann's Stretch 20, in Firetiger/Purple back (custom), Original Colour before Purple added to back
Mann's Stretch 20, Doctor Death
Yo-zuri in Crystal Minnow in Deep Diver Sardine Colour Chart
Other boats reported the best colours as
Silver and Black back
Yellow Perch Crystaglow
Grey Ghost Crystaglow
and Reef runner 900 Ripstick in Purple Barenaked.
1.6-1.8 mph was the best for us, but some teams found 1.8-2 mph good.
Our biggest was 10 lbs 1 oz.
I can't wait for our next trip.