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At 3:04pm on May 5, 2010, Greg Wade said…
Rob,
Thanks for the response. I'd like to tangle with some Kings and Brown Trout. Although it sounds like the Coho are great to eat and are starting to show up. I hear that these fish can be caught close to shore.

Thanks,
Greg

Bought a couple "Automatic Fisherman" to use while ice fishing the harbors, but never made it up there.
At 12:57pm on May 1, 2010, Greg Wade said…
Rob,
Do you ever take your boat out on Lake Michigan and fish for Trout or Salmon?

I check out Eric Hattaja's site (www.wibigfish.com) all the time and I'm amazed at the quality fish they catch. I want to come up and try it some time, using my boat. Sounds like certain times of the year the "near-shore" and harbor bite can be good. A lot of fish caught vertical jigging Gulp minnows and jerk shads. Or trollin planer boards using crankbaits and spoons / flies.

I've got a 17' Lund, so I don't want to venture out too far, unless it's relatively calm.

Just curious to see how much of this type fishing you do?
At 10:10am on October 18, 2009, Dale Fortin said…
when your on turn up your chat volume. this is what you do, go to the top of the page, click chat on the right (its on the menue bar) then when you get there put up the volume which is next to the smilie face, and the computer volume because the beep is very soft. this is because if someone trys to talk to you the chat volume is on mute. if you want to talk to someon just copy and paste this message.
At 3:18pm on September 10, 2009, Dan "dano" Moreno said…
mid july just out of the launch
At 3:16pm on September 9, 2009, Dan "dano" Moreno said…
nice photo Rob, we must fish the same lakes eh? good luck to ya, I'm heading to geneva sat for a first time fishing. Hope I can bring some home that size
At 6:24am on September 1, 2009, Michael S said…
The most common bait that is used in Lake Erie is shiner minnows---fished from a spreader or a crappie rig. I prefer a crappie rig myself.
At 2:41pm on August 27, 2009, Michael S said…
I don't believe perch get that big (15") out here....at least not that often.

One has to get 4 of these for a "master angler" award:

Qualifying Lengths to Receive
a Fish Ohio Pin


Brown Trout – 25 inches

Carp – 26 inches

Channel Catfish – 26 inches

Crappie – 13 inches

Flathead Catfish – 35 inches

Freshwater Drum – 22 inches

Hybrid Striped Bass – 21 inches

Largemouth Bass – 21 inches

Muskie – 36 inches Northern Pike – 32 inches

Rainbow Trout – 28 inches

Rock Bass – 10 inches

Saugeye – 21 inches

Smallmouth Bass – 20 inches

Sunfish – 9 inches

Walleye – 28 inches

White Bass – 16 inches

Yellow Perch – 13 inches
At 1:52pm on August 27, 2009, Patrick "Bullworm" Olson said…
I am a jumbo perch hunter myself! I target them hard in the winter though. The pike fishing you got sounds amazing! Someday I will have a 10wt flyrod to go after them!
At 9:41am on August 27, 2009, Patrick "Bullworm" Olson said…
Thanks for the comments Rob! I was very fortunate to get the oppurtunity. It was awesome! Have you been out lately?
At 3:39pm on August 25, 2009, Bill "Musky" Modica said…
Rob, I acquired the name "Musky Mod" back in 1983 during my first year as a musky fisherman....known as the fish of a thousand casts, I successfully landed 19 fish over 40" during my first season....I rarely fish for them now, but the name lives on....This imprint was created in the early 80's and can be seen at the end of Johnson Motors pier at the Waukegan lakefront.

At 5:07pm on August 11, 2009, Bill "Musky" Modica said…
Rob, the sharpener I use is called the accusharp...it is available at most Ace hardware stores.
At 6:14am on August 3, 2009, Trevor said…
Like using crankbaits to catch big bull gills? Join the crankbait group!
At 7:29pm on July 29, 2009, Patrick "Bullworm" Olson said…
Thanks for the comment on "The Wait" photo! She is really pumped that all you guys liked the picture. We are going to blow it up to 11x14 and frame it! Thanks again!
At 6:25pm on July 19, 2009, Jim Gronaw said…
Actually, I have some nice relationships with several editors of mags and papers and they are usually anxious to recieve my articles. But you are right...it takes years to get good working relations in the outdoor writing industry. See ya...Jim
At 7:18pm on July 18, 2009, Jim Gronaw said…
Hey Rob...just so you know, I make very little money writing for magazines. Probably fewer than 10% of 'outdoor writers' actually make a living at it...most have other jobs that pay the bills. A good year wring for me will net me about 3,000 bucks, no more. But, it's a lot of fun and pays for all my fishing stuff. I work at a local park as a maintenance man full time.
At 7:58pm on July 14, 2009, Jim Gronaw said…
Hey Rob...I have been writing for fishing mags and columns for a little over 30 years now and I still write about mostly bluecollar types of fishing that the average guy can do. I fish for just about everything but tend to favor panfish and small lakes and cats and smallmouths. Suppose to hit a pond on Thursday that was drained and restocked about 5 years ago....before all that it had given me my biggest gill at 11 3/4 in and bass at 24 in, so I am excited to see how the reclamation has turned out. The small pond eventually got fished out and abused.
At 6:34am on July 12, 2009, Jim Gronaw said…
Hey Rob...I actually live in Maryland and catch yellow perch from our local lakes, tidal creeks and from DeepCreek Lake through the ice. DCL is an outstanding fishery for big perch and I have some nice pix of jumbos on my photos section. I have taken a 2-2 and a 2-8 from DCL icefishing and both fish looked like they were going to explode. Thanks for the scoop on thos Great Lakes Perch! Jim
At 5:16pm on June 25, 2009, Bill "Musky" Modica said…
We ventured onto Geneva last Sunday morning...gave up by 10 am....we typically find beds in 13-14 ft....try Geneva bay east of the bible camp in these depths....throw a marker if you catch a big spawning male....temp was 70 deg, they should be red hot within the next few days.
At 9:26am on May 31, 2009, Bill "Musky" Modica said…
Hi Rob....I haven't been to Geneva yet this year but I may give it a shot next weekend...surface temps are in the high 50's
At 9:15am on May 30, 2009, Fish Chris said…
Hey Rob, I think you were asking for a pic of a Sacramento Perch ? So far, I've only caught a couple in my life.... and they were tiny, considering these Perch commonly get over 2 lbs, with a record of over 4 lbs... But I did take some shots of one of the little ones I caught. Here you go....

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