9-20-03 - Trollin' the all-nighter with the FATMAN
- almost landed a flying-fish.
Waters Fished: Lake Michigan (WI waters around
Racine), Racine Harbor, Root River
Fish Caught: big stinkin' 0
Outing Date: 9-20-03
Weather: NIGHT - Calm
Air Temp: all the way into the upper 30's!!!!!!!!!
Water Temp: Didn't take it
Water Level: Normal, Root is a trickle!
Water Color: Once again, hard to tell at night. Root was muddy!
Fish Species: Chinook Salmon
Pattern Fished: We threw EVERYTHING at them!
Pattern Color: You name it, including glows
Fishing Quality: Slower than the 0.5 cfs flow at Oak Creek!
Another quick report, not 'cause I couldn't write
all day, but 'cause there's no need to. So technically this report
picks up right where yesterday's ended, because after leaving Kenosha
Harbor around 10:15 Chromeseeker and I met up with the FATMAN in
Racine for a friendly outing on the lake until we got our limit
or got chased off the water by the sun. A cooler with Red Bull,
Mountain Dew and Coca-Cola was all we needed tonight!
So this was how it was to go down...we'd get the
boat in the water around 11:00, get rigged up and troll the night
bite on the big pond. Suffice it to say, I steered all night, and
Rich and Bart manned the 6 lines (2 riggers, 2 planers, 2 dipseys).
Hour after hour of trollin' and nothin' going on. Marking "big
fish" on the sonar...well, turned out I was probably "marking
perch" LOL! And to top it off, by 2:00 am, I could see my breath,
we were all cold.
So we came up into the harbor...whoa...big surprise
here..the fish have moved in. Jumpers everywhere. A troll up and
down produced no luck, so we headed back, got out our casting gear,
and whacked them.
Bottom line, this was a frustrating morning bite.
Fish jumping everywhere...several within mear feet of the boat.
One so close it almost landed IN OUR BOAT! Flying fish all over
Sunrise came around, and after our all-nighter,
we were beat down to put it mildly. Bart lost 3, Rich lost 2, and
I was sitting pretty at 0/0 for the night, save the brown landed
the night before at KH. Bart had WORK to be at, so he high-tailed
it around 6:15. In the meantime, everyone and their mother had shown
up on the big pond...by the time we pulled out I counted over 20
boats...apparently all in the wrong spot LOL!!!
Knowing fish were in the harbor, FAT and I headed
up to the river to see what was up there. Well, what was up there
were mostly CRAP (er, CARP) and 2 chinnies. Already half a dozen
people fishing the non-existant run too. Screw that; low flows +
2 chinooks in the sactuary + no other chinooks downstream + 6 anglers
= time for bed!