We left the dock in Marblehead around 8 am with a storm on the horizon for today’s charter. As we made our way up the middle of the islands, the rain seemed to keep pushing towards Canada. We made one quick stop at Kelley’s Island Shoal, to check out some marks, and also to let that storm finish passing by. With the storm passing we moved up to Gull Island Shoal and set up for our first drift, but we soon realized we had missed the early morning bite and only picked up five fish casting. The guys on the boat have fished with me two other times and are all very good at casting for Walleye’s. So I had determined from what we were seeing and hearing was that the casting bite had shut down for a bit with the front passing by and about four different wind shifts. So we decided to use our versatility to switch gears and set up the trolling gear. We already had some friends that were in the area trolling and it sounded like the bite was still going strong with their program. We had the boards and bags in the water with a couple rods soon after. As it’s been all season the trolling bite is fast and we had a fish on before getting half of the rods out. We started trolling with five fish in the cooler and within four hours we managed to put the rest of the forty-three fish needed for a full boat limit. It was a great day on Lake Erie with some great clients that have become close friends over the last few years. Our trolling program was pretty much the same it has been all season with Tru Trip 40 Jets 35-65 back at the usual speed of 2.1-2.5 mph.
This program for trolling spoons has been for the most part, automatic when it comes to putting Lake Erie Walleye in the cooler for clients. Although my customers today always prefer to cast they know that it’s always important to trust your captain and be adaptable if plan A is not working. The ability to quickly switch over to trolling has been a lifesaver when I have needed it. No wind for casting or just a tough bite can make for a long day, being able to change the way we fish has been the key to our success this season. It was great catching up with some great friends and spending the day on the lake catching fish. Jon was even able to land a nice Fish Ohio Walleye at 28.5”. These guys had faith in me during my first year when fishing was much more difficult, but they stuck with me and the last couple trips have been amazing as we continue to put fish in the cooler and make great memories while enjoying the great resource that Ohio fishing is.
We hope to be your choice for Lake Erie Fishing Charters
Captain Jerod Smith