Fishing report for the week of October 2, 2011.: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: October 03, 2011

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on October 03, 2011 at 15:11:03:

A great week but a HORRIBLE weekend! I guess I may have jinxed myself by talking in last week's fishing report about how the weather has been half way decent here as of late. Well Monday through Thursday of last week was still pretty pleasant with me managing to get a few more Perch trips in. But then starting with Friday, a super strong cold front swept through the area along with torrential rains and gale force winds bringing all thoughts of any further fishing to a screeching halt. In fact, I would venture to say the lake Friday night was about as bad as I've ever seen it. The huge waves which were forecasted to be gale force and predicted to 14 feet by the National Weather Service had to be all of that and probably even more. I drove down to the beaches on both sides of the harbor just to watch in awe as the huge sheets of waves not only engulfed the entire break walls repeatedly but were actually at times breaking over the entire lighthouse and harbor entrance lights! Holy Toledo what a site!

But you wouldn't have known of the impending weather early on in the week. It was just delightful fall like weather with the Perch fishing ON FIRE! Boy, we pulled some ridiculously fast 180 fish limits of super nice sized Perch. I really believe that the Perch knew of the crazy wave action to come and were really putting on the feed right before the storm arrived. It was non stop doubles and triple headers all the days I fished. It literally took longer for the bait to hit the bottom then it did to get a bite. For as long as it lasted, it was as good as it could possibly be. It certainly is not always this good and I'm afraid that after this big blow that it's going to be a bit of a reality check out there for all of us. But for all of those that have Perch fished with me thus far already, no worries. Your freezers are already well stocked! lol !

I did have one crazy experience this week And this is the first time I have ever seen this in 25 years of running many, many Perch Charters. I had just explained to everyone onboard how we do everything and I am standing right next to this guy when he reels up the first Perch of the day. He reels it to the surface and then stops rather then just lifting it straight out. I could not believe my eyes! This huge Steelhead Trout follows this Perch right to the surface! I am watching the whole thing unfold in total dis-believeth. And it's not going away either for a few seconds, staying just below the surface swimming around in circles watching this Perch. Only after the guy lifts the Perch completely out of the water did it shoot away! Incredible! I could have counted every speckle on its sides, the water was so clear and it was so close! Like I said, crazy...

So as I look at this weeks upcoming weather forecast, it would appear that we are going to get a real big break and get a return to summer like weather by mid week. It might take a day or two for things to return to normal but I am confident that we will be right back into the Perch once the nice weather gets here. It may not be the two hour limit days like last week but it should be good. This week I have trips going out Wednesday and Friday and it would be neat if I could pick up a trip for Thursday as well since the weather is supposed to be close to 80 degrees all three days. A rare October treat! Also available, I just took a cancellation for next Sunday, Oct. the 9th. A rare weekend opening for me. Anybody interested in this Thursday or next Sunday can call me at any time both day or night on my mobile #, 216-387-2656 . Well that's it for another week from Ashtabula, Ohio, the PERCH CAPITOL OF THE WORLD! lol

Capt. Walt

I have bumped our Perch trips departure time back even further. I am now telling everyone that we are leaving at 6:30am. You still should be at the marina by 6:15 at the very latest to get all loaded up so we can be ready to roll by 6:30am sharp. I myself will still continue to be at the boat right around 6:00am. And for those that still don't know it, there are no fishing licenses at the marina. You need to get those ahead of time. Call me if you have any questions or concerns.

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