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Wow! What a day. Who woulda thought we would actually be out there in late November??

Rob and I teamed up for this one. We had a decent day, boating about 30 smallies or so, but could "only" produce a 5 fish limit of 20.14 pounds. Sounds good, eh? Well, out of 8 teams, we were 2nd from LAST!! LOL!! That's right, a 20 pound bag and we're in the basement.

I'll let others come on and post of their successes, but congrats to Pitchindocks and partner for the win, and an average well over 5 pounds per fish!! ....and to Seth and Charlie with another average over 5 pounds!

I guess Erie bass CAN be caught this time of year :D
 

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wnybassman said:
Wow! What a day. Who woulda thought we would actually be out there in late November??
DITTO!!

Andy and I had a great day out there, today. What a beautiful day in November, to be out on the big lake.:) True to form, she gave up some dandy bags.

We fished our usual haunts today, in 30-33 feet. Our first fish in the boat was just a bit over 5 lbs. and we were off to a good start. We fished our ledge for a while and had a limit in the boat in about 45 minutes. Two of the fish were only about 2 lbs., but we had 5 and had the rest of the day to try to improve.

After a couple hours of not getting anything more that would really help us, we moved over to Meyer's Reef. I like a couple humps, out off the reef in about 32 feet. Within minutes, we had culled the two smaller fish and were now working on a respectable limit. We caught a few more smaller fish there (3lb. class), but they were no help. Off to another spot on the reef!

We drifted across a ledge, from 32 ft. to about 29 feet and caught another heavy 4 lb'r. That one would go into the well! A few more drifts across the ledge did not produce anything more that would help. At this point, everything we had in the livewell was over 4 lbs.


These were a couple of the "little" 4 lb'rs that we were culling. Sick, huh??


At this point, the bite got a little tougher. Or, maybe it was just the fact that it starts getting more difficult to cull up, when everything is over 4 lbs. Gotta love it!!:D

With a couple hours left, we moved to another hump on Meyer's and were quickly rewarded with a few more bites. With the wind dying off, almost completely, we pulled in the drift sock and slowly drifted across the hump. We really go into them, in about the last half hour, catching several quality fish and managed to cull one more time to our final limit of 23.97 lbs. In the end, I think that was only good for 4th place and an "atta-boy".:D


Our final sack! Myself with partner, Andy and Noel's dad, giving us a hand.

What a great day on a great fishery! Can't wait 'till May!:D

C'ya on the water,
Ted
 

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Ditto Ted, it was the most incredible day on the Big E. From the spectacular sunrise, to the warm air, and of course, the big smallies. Not to mention the great friends who were there.

I couldn't have imagined a more perfect close to a great year!! I got to spend the day with my son, watching him catch big smallies, enjoying the incredible views all day, and even catching a few myself.

We ended up with 24.44, good for only third. This tx, I think for everyone, ended up not being about winning or losing, but, rather, I think everyone just enjoyed the weather, the tranquility, the fish, and each other. Wow, what a day!!

I think I'll go wash the boat, get her ready to 'rest' for a while, and keep an eye on the weather. It'll be tough to top this experience. After today, I am 'at peace' with the idea of winter setting in. Are we done, hmmmm, depends on the weather.........:)

I do know one thing, I gotta get my hands on one of those 'hats' that Zack had on. I think the smallies felt sorry for him and bit his line!!

:beerchug:

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What an awesome weekend......
I didnt think we had 26 1/2 lbs, seeing as it has been so long since I have been on Erie. To be honest just being out there fishing with a great guy and catching them like we did was reward enough. Winning wasn't that important. I had more fun this weekend than I have had in a LONG time fishing. Yesturday was even better to be honest. Me and a partner got over 70 fish in about 5 hours. I was lucky and got big fish with a 6.7 lb slob. The problem was she ate the "bait" a little too well and I had to keep her, so I will be getting her mounted. I tried to revive her 3 times but she wouldnt come around. NOt my biggest smallie but she was my biggest this year, spring included. Noel i am sorry for missing honeoye yesurday as I had to get out on Erie for perhaps the last time. I know you understand. I have the picture of the 6.7 and will post it soon...
 

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earthworm77 said:
I hate lake Erie!:D
Hate is such a strong word and frequently brings about the bad side of an individual that can further lead to the deletion of the content of some of these posts. Would it surfice to say that you are not fond of Erie or perhaps that you just dis-like Erie.:D
Couldn't resist!
 

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Topwaterkd?? Could this be Jason?

I understand Todd. If I didn't already have a tournament scheduled, I would have been there to. Kinda hard to blow off your own tournament!! I did happen to have the best day I've ever had with smallies on Honeoye though, so it all worked out.
 

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Just thought I'd post this up...

When you're on fish on Lake Erie, you don't leave 'em! Noel and I caught a lot of fish, but just not the big girls! Check out our drift area on the GPS. Very typical of Lake Erie!

What a great day it was!

Tight Lines...
 

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Re: Just thought I'd post this up...

Rob J in WNY said:
Check out our drift area on the GPS. Very typical of Lake Erie!
Man that looks just like my plotter screen. How come it doesn't show the coordinates?:D

C'ya on the water,
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Ted, on my split screen, I have it set up so it doesn't show it. The full screen does, as on Oneida during the Fed Tx. That's why we have photoshop to "blur" the numbers abit :D

 

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I keep forgetting the complete standings at home, I will get them up after the Turkey day break. Sorry!

Charlie and I let the first boat go at 7:00, and we were on our way shortly after that (only 8 boats). We headed over to Myers and started in the same location that we found our best fish in a few weeks ago.

Right off the bat, we were in fish. The first hour was a bit slow, it was not until 7:45 that we had our limit. The first limit was quite small, at about 14 lbs and all fish came on tubes dragged with the east wind. By 8:00 we had culled up to about 15 1/2. We continued to drag tubes, and at 9:00, we had about 20 lbs in the well. We decided we would change drift locations, or "re drift" an area once we went 10 minutes without a fish in the boat. One of our drifts went on for .8 miles!!

We seemed to stagnate with 4 lbs fish, so I pulled out the spoon. What a blast!!! My real mistake for the day was not pulling out the spoon sooner. Charlie alternated between the tube and the spoon, and I used the spoon from 10:00 until 3:00. Talk about sore arms!!! Those big mean smallies would absolutly crush that spoon, on the way UP! The only down side is that I lost 5 good fish. I suppose I put 30 or so in the boat. By 2:45 it was time to head back in. We ended up 2nd with just under 26 lbs and had big bass at 5.68.

That 5.68 was an interesting fish. We had a moment of "no fish", so the best way to get them going again is eat. Charlie and I were each eating sandwiches. He was dragging and I was jiggin with my one free hand. He hooks up and then at that same instant, so do I!!! I could tell it was a better fish, my sandwich went flying! Charlie managed to keep his sandwich in the boat, while I scooped up my fish, flopped it out of the net and reached back in for his fish. Mine went 5.68, his was a 4 lb fish that was no help and went back in the lake. What fun!!!

Seth V
 

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my sandwich went flying!
Things tend to fly when big fish are on the line. Right Ted?? I remember a couple years ago when Ted's patners (we'll just call him Bob) rod went flying when he got a glimpse of Ted's fish. Problem is, he thought he threw it down into the boat, but when in fact it went overboard. It was some pretty quick manuevering for him to grab that rod, underwater!
 
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