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Fishing Report Posted: September 25, 2006

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on September 25, 2006 at 22:06:18:

Perch, Perch, and more Perch! We are now all done with our Walleye trips, and heavy into our Perch schedule. The fishing has been simply incredible! We are finding Perch anywhere from just outside the break wall to as far out as you'd like to go. The one thing that seems to be true on most days is that the larger Perch are in close but fewer in numbers while the heavy concentrations are out a bit further but a bit smaller on average. Although there are plenty of "Jumbos" mixed in even further out.

On most days "The Trophy" has been anchored anywhere from a mile to four miles off of Ashtabula Harbor. All the fish we have been catching are smack on the bottom. Lake Shiners as always have been the preferred bait. A couple of days when all we could get for bait was Golden Shiners (pond raised), we had to work a lot harder to catch our Perch. Bait has been a bit of an issue this fall. I sure hate to be at the mercy of the local bait shops. Whatever they have for bait is what we end up using.

Bait has not been cheap either with the marina bait shops charging $2.50 - $2.75 per dozen. That's around a quarter a minnow! With the new increased Perch limits, we are going through a ton of bait. Always something in this business. On our Perch trips everything is furnished. Just bring your lunch!

On a somewhat related note, I have dropped the fuel surcharge now that the marina has dropped the fuel price below $3.00 a gallon. (Now that the season and my usage is over.) That was the deal however, and fair is fair. I still appreciate all of the generous tips that most everyone has graciously added at the end of the day. I think most everyone understands how costly trying to maintain a top notch operation such as ours is and still try to make a living while doing so.

We have about 5 weeks left in the season and we have lots of weekdays available come October. Anyone interested in a Perch trip may reach me directly on my boat/mobile number at 1-216-387-2656 anytime Lets all keep our fingers crossed for some nice weather the remainder of this fall.

Capt. Walt

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