Did you know that you can borrow a fishing rod and tackle box from the library with your library card? It comes with all of the basics you need and a coupon for free bait. You can borrow one per card for up to a week, thanks to a generous donation by S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie!
Save the date for our Hooked on Fishing Contest happening Saturday, September 24 @11am near Blasco Library. Reserve your spot at events.erielibrary.org/event/9557087 then join us for 2 hours of fun & fishing with the Sons Sons Of Lake Erie Fishing! ... See MoreSee Less
8/1 Work buddies day out. An avid angler and his not so avid long time co-worker had walleye on their mind and walleye were what they got. We played the fingers crossed on the weather game via text prior to our outing, but were lucky to have things go our way when we needed it to. We returned to my mid 50s honey hole from the last few trips and proceeded to get busy on the rods. The usual cast of Dutch Fork Charters made up most of the buffet we were offering. We’ve been running a “worm program” for the whole PA season, and it continues to produce. Varying depths on bottom bouncers, inline weight and some 3 setting deeper divers have been the ticket. Our goal today was a chase our limit of Lake Erie green gold with a side of relaxation. While the fish didn’t give us a ton of time to relax, my guests were able to settle into a groove that didn’t involve any of the issues found on land. We all took a deep breath, remembered our family and friends and had the peace often given to us by time on the water.
7/30 Rough water and hungry critters This morning started with a disappointment to say the least. Rough conditions caused me to delay and eventually cancel our morning outing because of rough conditions. The conditions were supposed to settle down as the day went on, but not enough to get our morning crew out on the water. It’s a sad day for me when I have to cancel the morning of a trip… But, the wind was more than double the forecast and it was already rocking and rolling out there.
My next phone call was to my afternoon crew, I told them it wasn’t going to be a safety issue, but it would likely be uncomfortable out there for the afternoon. The conditions did continue to settle, but we were met head on with some nice sized rollers on our way to the green fish grocery store. The North winds had things churned up pretty badly, so we “ran” past our fish in order to troll with the rollers. Sea legs were tested, but luckily the fish were as hungry as ever. We weren’t able to keep many rods in the water, but that’s exactly what the Dr. ordered for my young couple and these conditions. I got to show my young crew some fast fish catching, and the power that Lake Erie has when you add a little wind. I’m grateful for a boat with a low center of gravity that minimizes rocky seas and allowed us to fish when other couldn’t today. We quickly loaded the boat and made our way to greener pastures (land). We had following seas to keep me on my toes on the way home, but it was a much softer ride back in. Reminder for everyone that is headed to the area to fish. We’re only 2 hours from Niagara falls, you can extend your stay and get in on some pretty neat sightseeing before you fill your freezers. Get out there with a captain of your choosing and chase some green fish before it’s too late! ... See MoreSee Less
7/27 - The meat market Often when I’m not fishing out of my boat I’m lucky enough to get invited to join a few others on board their rigs with their customers. This Wednesday was one of those days. I was lucky to join in on a multi-boat trip with Captain Lane Brown from God’s Grace Sportfishing, and Captain Frank Shorts from Fisher’s of Men charters. Between us we put an absolute beat down on the fish. WE were fishing an area adjacent to my normal stomping grounds, so the loaded graph on Captain Frank’s boat was a familiar sight. We deployed his program that consisted mostly of spoons on dispey divers and down riggers and a few lead core lines to help keep us busy. We had a little slower start, but that is really not doing justice to what happened after the first rod went off. We were consistently moving rods, and the cooler was filling quickly. The same was true for Captain Lane and his mate. A beautiful table full of green fish were our reward for only a few hours of work on the water. ... See MoreSee Less
7/26 - Birthday Beast! This trip actually started the day before when another captain was having some electrical issues with his boat. We made a quick call to run lady glittersparkles for the day. It was a sloppy start into the lake in the morning with waves going every which way. We puttered our way to the hot school of fish I have been on and when we hit 48 FOW the graph lit up like Christmas morning and we just couldn’t pass that area. We set the Dutch Fork Custom Lures in their typical buffet style offering and it wasn’t long til the first fish was headed for the net. We continued to troll toward the North East and continued catching, we made our way into the high 60s and caught fish throughout. These Lake Erie newbies proceeded to have one of the best fishing days that I’ve been lucky enough to be part of. The fish were good sized, and they were plentiful. As we fishing our way through the area I had an outside diver rod bite that felt heavy, I turned the rod over to my Guest and never realized that he would have a tussle with a 10.6 pound behemoth. The lake continued to calm as the day progressed and The biggest fish of the season to hit the deck so far joined many of its friends in the live well that day. A beautiful batch of fish on an awesome morning. This father and son Duo and I were spoiled for sure. ... See MoreSee Less
There is more to this story, but for now you should know this 10.61lb green fish hit the deck of ladyglittersparkles today. It was an amazing afternoon on the water today. Birthdays are pretty decent. More to follow. #willfishforsmilesDutch Fork Custom Lures are crushing right now! ... See MoreSee Less