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Fishing Report Posted: May 03, 2008

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on May 03, 2008 at 20:56:13:

Still jigging, still good ! Well this past weeks cooler weather did exactly what I figured it would do. It has dragged out the jig bite at least yet another week. After loosing a couple of trips this past week early on into the week because of high winds, cold and rain we got back into the swing of things on Thursday and proceeded to knock out 42 walleyes like nothing ever happened. Actually, a lot had changed. All of the near shore reefs and beaches which have been so hot the last couple of weeks were back to being pure mud and no fish.

Aboard "The Trophy" we made the necessary adjustments and started to work way out in the lake and the northern most reefs which were not any where as muddied up as the near shore areas. Although the action wasn't fast and furious, it was very steady. We would do from 3 to 5 Walleyes on every drift across. Baits used were the same old jigs that we've been using the last couple of weeks or so. The Sheephead continue to bother us even out here but as long as we are still weeding through them and getting good Walleyes, I guess it's not the end of the world.

I can't believe the amount of Smallmouth Bass that we are handling each day now while fishing for our Walleyes.We have been easily catching around a dozen or so each day with some of the Smallies running well over 4 lbs ! The season for them is now closed and they have all been returned to fight another day. And what a fight and show they have been putting on. With each passing day and degree of water temperature, these Bass are becoming more and more acrobatic. Man, is it neat to see these fish tail walk across the water. If you have never experienced this before, you just don't know what you're missing !

My stay here at the western basin is starting wind down. We have about 3 weeks left now before I run the boat back about a hundred miles east to my home port of Ashtabula,OH. for the remainder of the season. I just can't believe how the time is flying by ! I am sure that the crawler and spinner bite which is way over due now is going to take off this coming week. Also the trollers are doing much better now with each passing day. I hope to do both myself on my upcoming trips this coming week but to tell you the truth, it sure is hard to put the jigging rods away as long as they are working as well as they have! We have the following dates left for a western basin Port Clinton fishing trip before I leave. MAY - 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 20th, 21st, 24th and 25th. Call me as always if interested. (216) 387-2656 boat/mobile number 24/7.

Capt. Walt

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