WCO Report and photo for Erie County 06/15/2011: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: June 14, 2011

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on June 14, 2011 at 15:43:25:

June 15th, 2011

West Erie County

DWCO Randy Leighton, rglerie@msn.com

Conditions: Lake temperatures have struggled to reach the mid 60's making the West Basin migration to our area a bit later than usual. Perch continue to school, but are moving around. 25' - 40' of water due north and west of Walnut Creek. Similar depths north of Seagull Point are starting to produce. Anglers have been having fair to good success from the shore at Walnut, Chestnut Street and the East Avenue launches. Bass action has been great with regular bass season now in effect. Trolling the lake shore at various depths until they are located and then jigging when you locate them is most productive. Tube baits, blade spinners, and jigging blade baits are great choices

Carp fanatics have been doing well in Misery Bay and the Lagoons area. These monsters can put up a great fight and are easy to catch. Strong line and a rod with a stiff back along with minnows, dead or alive and crawlers fished on the bottom are the ticket. Carp are the number one game fish in many European countries and have just started to gain popularity here. The weedy areas near shore in the Lagoons, particularly near the canoe livery at Presque Isle is a good place to try.

Current Lake Erie water temperature off Erie is 65 degrees

A Faster Way for Boaters to Report their entry into the United States:
The Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS), a voluntary program offered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), helps boaters report their arrival to the U.S. at no charge.

The program is designed to expedite entry of legitimate boaters, enabling CBP officers to focus their attention on higher-risk travelers and craft.

SVRS is available to: U.S. Citizens, nationals and lawful permanent residents; Canadian citizens; and permanent residents of Canada who are nationals of a Visa Waiver Program country.

Enrolling is quick, easy, and free via the Internet in just three steps:

1. Complete application at www.CBP.gov/SVRS
2. Schedule interview online with CBP officer
3. Receive boater registration number and password by email

SVRS participants report their entry to the U.S. quickly too, by calling a dedicated telephone line and responding to the questions. (CBP reserves the right to hold an in-person inspection if needed.)

The system is currently available in the Southeast at Florida, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. It is also deployed at the U.S./Canada border.

Relevant Links:

* Enrollment page (not case-sensitive): www.CBP.gov/SVRS
* General information: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/pleasure_boats/boats/svrs.xml
* Audio of announcement - for sharing or broadcast: http://dvidshub.net/r/6mv47y.

Courtesy of Laurel Smith
Director, Communication and Outreach
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Anchoring Made Easy: Although a lowering anchoring is relatively simple operation, many people tend to over look a few simple procedures that are necessary to assure that their vessel is secure. Several things that affect anchoring are water depth, length of the anchor line, wind, type of bottom structure, type and size of the boat, and the type of anchor.

It is generally pretty easy to spot a novice boater attempting to anchor. He will typically be the one standing in the boat swinging the anchor line in an attempt to throw the anchor as far from the boat as he possibly can in a style that could only be bettered by a cowboy roping a calf. Typically this effort is rarely successful in securing the boat and is an unsafe practice as well.

Anchors hold best when the pull of the rode (fancy nautical term for line) on the anchor is as near to horizontal as possible. The holding power of an anchor increases as the scope ratio increases. A ratio of 7:1 is standard; 10:1 is better in rough water. For example, if boating in eight feet of water and the bow is two feet above the waterline, 70 feet of rode is recommended. Boaters should carry at least two anchors (not required, but recommended). A smaller, lighter anchor is good for use in calm weather and for positioning a boat, and a larger anchor is best for bad weather or when anchoring overnight. Boats should never be anchored from the stern (back of the boat), especially in current or high wind.

To anchor properly, the boat should be headed bow into the wind or current. The engine is then reversed or the boat is allowed to back off. When the boat starts to go backward through the water, the anchor is lowered from the bow (front of the boat). As the line goes over the side of the boat, no one should be standing on any part of it. The end of the anchor rode (called the bitter end) must be secured to the boat. When about a third of the rode is out, the rode is tied off to a forward cleat to make the anchor dig into the bottom. Once the anchor digs in, the remaining rode is let out. A sight bearing is then taken on some stationary objects to make certain that the anchor is not dragging on the bottom. Typically, the best sight bearings are stationary points on land if close enough to shore. Do not use other boats for sight bearings.

Arguably, the best anchor, or at least the most popular on Lake Erie is the Danforth anchor. This type of anchor has 2 blades that pivot and when dragged horizontally along the bottom, will do a good job digging in. Danforth anchors come in a variety of sizes for most boats

Local Weather

Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Not as cool with lows in the upper 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Thursday...Showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs around 70. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Friday...Mostly cloudy in the morning...then clearing. A 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 70s.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows around 60.

Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.

Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

Sunday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s.

Monday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.

Monday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.

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