2019 BLOGS

35 and Rain

Posted on April 3rd, 2019

After the Grand Traverse Bay ice fishing trip and working the Ultimate Sport show with Humminbird/Minn Kota, I was pretty much all in on open water fishing. After so much talk about big fish, perch just didn't sound that interesting anymore. Fortunately I had the duck boat sitting in the garage just ready to go. Unfortunately my first opportunity to go fish involved 35 degree weather and constant rain. I was going to make the most of it and I was pretty confident I would have the lake all to myself.
These nasty weather days can produce some phenomenal largemouth fishing in the spring so I was optimistic I was going to catch them despite not knowing the water well. Things started off relatively quickly although not with a bass. I certainly wasn't going to complain about having an 18 inch coho to take home for dinner.

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Trouts and Pouts

Posted on March 15th, 2019

I've been waiting since 2015 for another crack at ice fishing Grand Traverse Bay. There's no telling when it will freeze again so we put some plans together and headed north for Trouts and Pouts weekend 2019!

The pouts is short for eelpout which is another name for a burbot (not a dogfish). We were going to primarily target lakers and burbot but wouldn't turn down whitefish or cisco if we stumbled upon them. Burbot are most active in the evening/night so we would be targeting them at those times and trout during the day. We were staying on Old Mission Peninsula (thanks Brent, Melissa, and Brad) and were planning on fishing East Bay. We had a decision to make Friday night, cross the bay or trailer to the east side of it. There was no reason to believe the ice wouldn't be safe but it is a little intimidating driving a couple miles over hundreds of feet of water...especially when we were the first crew to do it.

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The Curse is Broken

Posted on February 17th, 2019

Finally! It seems every time I've been crushing the perch and my dad comes out, we end up struggling. Sure we've always ended up with a good pile, but we always end up working hard and it never lives up to my hype. I had high hopes this year was going to be different and since we were going to an area of the lake I hadn't fished this year we didn't know what to expect.
It was also going to be the first trip of the year on quads and we had just been dumped on with some major snow storms. Travel on the way out was absolutely terrible, the drifts were tall and we were getting stuck. There were some pretty powerful slush pockets out there too. After a much longer commute out there than expected we finally got started. I popped a hole right on the waypoint and they were there. My dad went to work right there and I started cutting a bunch of ice in the area hoping to find the mega school.

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Polar Blitz

Posted on January 30th, 2019

Looks like we've got some ice making weather finally. With record lows on the way for the rest of this week I'm hopeful we will have ice for quite awhile this season. It went from wondering if we were ever going to fish, to getting the quad prepped for a trip to the lake this weekend.
It has been a unique couple of weeks for me, well more like a whole month. I've been off work because of the government shutdown. I feel like it was a glimpse into what retirement might be like minus the whole toddler running around thing. I definitely never got bored, ice fishing kept me busy!
It was a unique situation this year with the cold temps and no snow. High winds hampered a lot of ice formation but it still made ice fast. Usually we are getting lake effect snow at the same time and we get some weird pockets of ice because of the insulating snow.

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WELCOME 2019

Posted on January 4th, 2019

Cheers to ringing in the new year! Hopefully everyone had a great Christmas and New Years. Amanda, Mabel, Hutch, and I got to spend a bunch of time with family. Mabel came down with an ear infection that cut our trip a little bit short but in the grand scheme of things it was just a minor setback. One thing that has been nice about the mild winter we've been having was travel was decent for most of the trip to and from the east side.
In between the holidays we had one of the most anticipated days of duck hunting in Michigan. The 2 day late season usually is accompanied by frigid temps, ice, and concentrated birds. This year it was kind of wide open. Still quite a few birds in the area but just not as concentrated as normal.

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