June 3rd, 2009|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
Wind and wave conditions have been on the rough side the past few days often confining weekend anglers to Presque Isle Bay. Bass fishing continues to be fair to good in the bay. Anglers looking for those early season perch schools are still looking. Perch catches have been sporadic, but are picking up. Night time walleye fishing along the shoreline near the tributary mouths has actually been pretty good this year, when the Lake conditions cooperate. Anglers have had some early season walleye success in 25 to 35 feet of water West of Walnut Creek and over as far as the Ohio line. Current Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 62 degrees, off Cleveland, 58 degrees and off the Port of Erie, 59 degrees.
Regular Bass Season Opens Saturday June 13th:
Regular Bass season for the opens Saturday, June 13th. Limits for Lake Erie and it's tributaries are 4 fish (combined species small and large mouth) with a 15" minimum length. Inland waters other than Lake Erie and its tributaries the limit is 6 fish with a 12" minimum length.
A Few Bass Techniques:
Tube jigs are very popular along the lake shore. Combined with a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce lead head jig hook they can be deadly. Popular colors include pumpkin seed, chartreuse, black with sparkles, and brown. Working them off the bottom can be very productive.
Carolina-Rigging Soft Plastics
Deep-Cranking Spinner baits
Twitching Floating Worms
Know Your Fire Extinguisher Before It's Needed:
Staying on the best of terms with your fire extinguisher doesn't take a lot of effort. The most common type of fire extinguisher found on most family boats is the dry powder extinguisher. These extinguishers typically have an easy to read pressure gauge that you should check on a monthly basis.
When you check the pressure gauge also give the entire bottle a good look. Plastic nozzles can be easily damaged and may not function properly if they are blocked.
It is also recommended to give your dry powder extinguisher a thorough shaking at least twice a year because "the powder charge can settle and become compacted during long periods of disuse."
If you shake your extinguisher twice a year, then when you shake it for the tenth time it should be the last. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that non-rechargeable, powder-type extinguishers be routinely replaced after five years, even though they have not been used and appear to be in good shape."
For those boat owners with carbon dioxide or Halon type extinguishers, checking and shaking is not the way to go. These gaseous type extinguishers require periodic inspection and certification by trained and licensed service providers. "The tank must be weighed to ensure that it is still full. Those that have lost more than 10 percent of their charge must be recharged in order to be effective. Weighing should be a part of a semi-annual inspection.
Your fire extinguisher is required to be USCG approved for marine use and at least one extinguisher should be securely mounted within arms reach of the operator. Extinguishers are required on all boats with internal combustion engines with enclosed compartents for portable fuel tanks and boats with permanently mounted fuel tanks.
No matter what type of fire extinguishers you have aboard your boat, a little regularly scheduled TLC will go a long way to ensuring a long lasting friendship for you and your extinguisher. Ref. ICBM Inc.
Another Fish For Free Day If You Missed the First One:
Thursday...Becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Northeast winds around 10 mph.
Thursday Night...Clear. Cool with lows in the upper 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming east after midnight.
Friday...Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s.
Friday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s.
Saturday...Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Sunday...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 60s.
Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 50s.
Monday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.
Tuesday...Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.