Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall Fishing

Fall is a great time to go fishing.  Actually any time is a great time to go fishing.  I decided to just post a few pictures of fall fishing.

This a shot of Little Bay de Noc, near Gladstone, in the UP.  We fished here for 4 days and the weather and waves were a little nasty.

Chris got a nice pike and the only two walleyes of the trip.

Yes, we know how to take fish photos!

Here is one heck of a sucker.

Yes, the fall perch were biting also.  We only caught about 6 perch and only 4 were keepers.

This Chris's boat.  It did well on the big bay but the wind and waves were heavy most of the time.  The front that came through really slowed down the fishing.

This is Jim's boat.  Jim, Gary, and Mikey-Pikey fished out of this boat.  I don't have any pictures of their fish because they didn't catch very many.  Gary caught a couple of perch but forgot to take them out of the boat to clean.  Next day, the fish were dead and stiff.  Little Bay do Noc was suppose to be a great walleye bay but the bad weather just put a damper on the fishing.

Here is the everyday scene after fishing.  We had wet rainsuits to dry off to put back on and go back out again.  We even got wet while wearing our rainsuits.  Now that's some rain!!

After we got home, I took my boat to the backwaters of Tippy Dam.

It was a beautiful fall day, not rainy!

This smallmouth bass hit my minnow plug close to the bank.  I got a pike on a nightcrawler that day also.

The next day I went back to the backwaters with Guy and managed to catch a few fish.  I lost one large fish that ate my Rapala shadrap.  I know I should be using a wire leader.  I lost two other lures to snagged stumps in the water.

Speaking of snagged stumps.  We call them 'deadheads".  I recently put on a stainless steel prop protector on both of my fishing boats.  Gravel bars, rocks, and deadheads can ruin your prop. 

Below is a carpenter's toolbelt that goes around a 5 gallon bucket that I mounted inside my boat to organize things in the boat.

I really like that idea.  It keeps things off the floor and I can see what tools for fishing  I might need.

The next day we decided to hit Portage Lake.  We put in at the DNR ramp on the West side of the lake and fished the bays.  I was drifting a crawler harness and casting a Rapala plug.  This pike hit my crawler.  I later caught two perch, a rockbass, and and a smallmouth bass.  I had a 4 species of fish day!

Now, where are those walleyes?

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