I went on our yearly trip out to Lake Erie, fishing out of Oak Harbor marina in Ohio. For the last several years we've been using Parker Guide Service charters (http://parkerguideservice.net) as they are a small operation of seasoned captains, well maintained boats, and overall honesty you just don't see. Yes, I am plugging for them, 'cause I like them!
Anyway, this year was the one exception. First off, I knew our luck was off because we blew a tire 45 minutes out on a 12 hour drive to get there. Got the tire swapped to the spare, then blew the spare 30 minutes later. Cripes! After waiting in a tiny town for the tire shop to open, we bought a new tire and spare, and headed off.
Friday morning, the storm moved in. We didn't hit the water until 7AM (a couple hours late, we usually watch the sunrise with land out of sight), and hit chop that, while not the worst I've experienced, had be sicker than sick, and was bad enough that we only got around 2 miles out because the lake was reacting to shifting winds and the captain elected on safety. We endured huge winds, chilling rain, and the sounds I was making over the side for 6 hours and got ZERO walleye (our target fish), 2 channel catfish, and 1 perch. Every year before we typically hit our limit or close by that time.
I was still so sick on landfall that I hit bed and didn't get up until Saturday morning, while the rest of the group went out and partied as we normally do.
Saturday morning, I popped a pill for motion sickness (which I don't EVER get), and then waited. The winds had blown the water out of the harbor and the boats were grounded. Then we got word that the returning water was full of silt and NOTHING was biting. Pretty much every charter (ours as well as 50+ other companies) canceled. Walleye and perch hunt by sight, and muddy water means they go down low and wait for it to settle out.
At least the trip back was fun. Well, as much fun as 6 guys in a minivan for 12 hours can be.
The Canon happily survived the weather on the boat, and I did get some shots (whenever I wasn't over the side) that I will be posting soon.
Anyone else have any fishing stories?
How could I explain? I haven't done fishing in 8 years, lol
I've tried just about every kind of fishing; fly fishing, jigging, bait.... but can't say I love it. Although, it's relaxing. As the kids get a bit older I'll be taking em fishing though.
Fly fishing... all I have ever managed to do is catch my own hat.
Fishing is nice and relaxing... when you aren't in 5 foot chop!
Yea, fly fishing requires practice ;)
A few pics from our trip.
1) A "sheepshead" or freshwater drum. Not so tasty.
2) The great weather we were dealing with.
3) The fish we kept on the one day we went out.
4) The catfish that wouldn't die!
I'm not in the shots, as I couldn't figure out how to handle a DSLR and fish at the same time.
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