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Fishing Report Posted: July 08, 2012

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on July 08, 2012 at 09:00:17:

Heat, Storms and WALLEYES ! We had it all this past week. Incredible heat. Incredible thunder storms. And incredible Walleye fishing! We had several days where we either had a late departure because of impending thunder storms or we had to cut our day a bit short because of threatening weather. But the hours and the days that we fished the Walleye fishing was nothing short of world class spectacular. And for a few of those same days even the trout found us again with ďThe TrophyĒ having many hook ups with them bad boys as well. We had one day where we brought in half a dozen Steelhead along with our Walleyes and probably lost that many more trout the same day. They are still roaming around out there. When you run into them, LOOK OUT ! lol

In the past week Iíve been bouncing around between the off shore fishing and the nearer to shore bite. There seems to be two bands of fish out there. Both schools of fish come with their pluses and minuses. The near shore fish are heavily mixed in with a ton of junk fish. Boat traffic is horrific and these fish in the shallower water tend to turn off earlier in the day. There are also more smaller Walleyes in that mix. But the fuel savings is attractive... The offshore fish are mostly all pigs and there are plenty of trout out there too. They seem to go all day long in the deeper water and there is much less nuisance fish. The downside is bigger seas out there especially if there is a strong south wind. They are smaller pods of fish. I mean when you are on them, itís four on at a time sometimes but there is much more dead water in between. And then thereís that thing about the fuel again...

Either band of fish that we are working now however have one thing in common. They are all really super deep now. ďThe TrophyĒ is on a all wire line program now to address that. Most of the fish are now marking well below the 50 ft. mark. Weíve been putting out a lot of line and that means LOTS of cranking once we do hook up. Feel the burn baby ! It cracks me up to see the look of pain on some peoples faces as they winch these big fish back to the boat! And then Iíll get some women or kids onboard that donít complain or make it look like someone is killing them and quietly just crank them in. Too funny ! I tell them all though, no pain no gain. Keep cranking ! lol

And talk about hot! Wow, with a few days in the upper 90ís, I was thankful for the early departures and the cooperating Walleyes so that we could get our fish and get the heck off the lake before the heat of the afternoon became too unbearable. This coming week looks to be much more pleasant with temps dropping back to the lower 80ís. It should be a GREAT week to fish. At least on paper, there doesnít seem to be any big winds in store either. Famous last words, right ? lol So we are a week deep into July now. Summer is flying by. I even heard them talking about the sales of back to school supplies ! Iím like, WHAT ! But thatís how it goes. Donít blink. This warmth and great fishing will be a memory once again. But for now, We still have some memories to make. See you guys next week with more tales from the ĎBula...

Capt. Walt
*I am reminding all of my upcoming trips that we REALLY need to get off of the dock by 5:00am. These central basin big Walleyes in this real clear water are really squirrely and 90% of the time they feed like crazy right at dawn and then it drops off dramatically with each passing hour. WE DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY if you want to catch a nice load ! Itís really just that simple. Also please MAKE SURE that you have your fishing license ahead of time before arriving in the morning. There are no provisions for licenses at the marina. Any questions, call my mobile # 216-387-2656

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