One of many objectives we had this yr at amazingoutdooradventures.com – was to share extra of our private tales and outside adventures to our readers.
Shane & I simply completed our Three Day Walleye Fishing Trip to Lake Erie and thought that may be a very nice expertise to share with everyone!
This can be a journey we’ve taken a number of occasions up to now – I even gained a staff walleye fishing event all the best way again in 2001 – however this yr’s expertise was simply extraordinary!
We had nice lodging, an excellent constitution boat captain, and a tremendous three days of fishing. Add in nice firm, nice meals, and fairly good climate – and you’ve got the makings of a incredible fishing journey!
Under is a fast synopsis of our expertise – and I’m positive Shane will add some extra private tales to this text as nicely!
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Lodging in Marblehead
We did our fishing with Captain Hook Charters out of Marblehead/Port Clinton, Ohio. Captain Hook has nice constitution packages that mix lodging with fishing – and we all the time decide the three days of fishing with four days (when out there) of lodging.
Usually the lodging goes to be on the Captain Hook Condos which are situated on just a little pond. These locations are very nice, and we have now stayed at them earlier than. We have now no drawback recommending them, they’re rock strong.
This time, the condos have been booked so we stayed at somewhat rental property referred to as the North Shore Lodge that’s actually off the crushed path! You drive up just a little driveway entrance that appears to return out of nowhere, an enormous storage to the aspect making you assume you’ve hit the improper place, solely to comply with the gravel path to seek out this little place tucked away within the again!
For extra details about the Captain Hook Condos, take a look at this hyperlink right here: “The Pond Condos.”
Each locations are literally very good, however I most popular our lodging this time round due to how personal they have been. You have been actually tucked away, with no worries about neighbors, and there was loads of socializing area.
This rental unit consists of Three bedrooms with 2 beds in every, a down stairs & upstairs rest room, good kitchen space, nice patio area, and even a really good grill.
For these which might be curious about cleansing their very own fish, there was even a fish cleansing home. That isn’t my type – however some individuals may take pleasure in cleansing their very own fish whereas on trip.
There are little issues that might be improved on just like the upstairs rest room door not becoming fairly proper, and people bedrooms getting just a little stuffy at night time – however it’s method higher than staying at a lodge!
Actually we will’t stress sufficient how good the social areas have been, how usable the kitchen and grill have been, and the way good it’s to be tucked away.
We might advocate this lodging anytime and for extra details about North Shore Lodge, take a look at their Fb web page right here!
Day 1: The Walleye Fishing
Now for the enjoyable a part of the story, which you have been in all probability probably the most about anyhow – the fishing!
Day 1 was good. The climate was a barely overcast 70 – 75 levels and made for good fishing circumstances. We left the docks at about 5:50 A.M. after assembly up with our Captain – Kyle. The drive from North Shore Lodge to the Marina was about 6 minutes, so good and shut!
We fished a number of miles out from the marina, and it didn’t take lengthy for us to catch fish. We have been fishing in a gaggle of 5 plus the captain – so we’re capable of maintain 36 walleyes! There’s a minimal size requirement of 15 inches, which is there to make sure there are many massive walleye for us to catch sooner or later!
We have been casting out what I name Lindy Rigs – which was a double hook arrange (baited with worms), gold spinner blade, multicolored beads, and slightly underneath an oz weight. Relying on the depth of the fish, you’d forged out, do between an eight and fifteen rely, and do a sluggish retrieve.
The fish hit instantly. I truly caught the most important walleye of the journey on my very first forged with my rig being within the water for about 35. This walleye was somewhat over 24 inches lengthy and was about 6 kilos. A superb first fish!
We’re a barely aggressive group, so we do all the time guess $10 an individual on who will catch the most important fish every day. So yeah, that was a $40 catch for me!
The fishing motion didn’t cease there. Everybody caught a minimum of four or 5 keepers whereas casting, and day 1 turned out to be our greatest day when it comes to measurement. We caught some actually, very nice walleye (and even a couple of perch). Shane did catch the final walleye of the day, and it was a really good catch!
It solely took us till about 10:45 to max out at 36 keepers. It was a tremendous begin to the journey, and the fish didn’t cease biting! Take a look at that image of simply how nicely we did on day one (under)!
It’s type of enjoyable whenever you get again to the marina by 11:30ish. We felt like that was a superb time to seize a drink, return residence and grill some burgers and brats, after which chill out. The older people took a nap and chilled out why us younger youngsters determined to exit and discover.
This even resulted in an amazing miniature golf spherical between me and my buddy Chris. Like standard, he choked on the 18th gap (flashbacks to our Vegas journey) and we tied. He had a Three-stroke lead going into 18 – however I stay undefeated towards him.
Day 2 Walleye Fishing
The climate for day 2 wasn’t as good. There was truly some fairly regular rain that hit us within the morning, however fortunately the temperature was nonetheless fairly excessive, so the circumstances weren’t horrible. We once more traveled a pair miles from the marina, so we didn’t should journey to far within the rain!
Personally, I take pleasure in fishing within the rain greater than making an attempt to fish in 100-degree sunshine circumstances, so it didn’t hassle me in any respect. It was a very good reminder on how it is best to all the time pack your raingear!
Shane took the time without work on day 2, so our most quantity of walleye allowed was 30. The fishing was a lot streakier on day two (Shane Observe: Excuses, excuses. Discover how fishing obtained higher as soon as I used to be again on the boat. No such factor as coincidences!). We might catch four or 5 walleyes actually fast, after which go 30 minutes and not using a chew. This occurred just about the whole day.
We used the identical fishing methods with casting the identical sort of rigs, and that was how we caught a lot of the fish. We did add some backside bouncers to attempt to attain these backside dwelling walleyes – however the chop wasn’t nice for backside bouncers.
This was my massive day when it comes to quantity of fish. I in all probability caught proper round 15 of our 30 keepers. It was simply a type of days the place every thing I did appeared to be working!
We caught much more throwback 13 or 14-inch walleyes today then the opposite two. The dimensions was additionally down in day 2 in comparison with day 1 & Three, however I can’t actually complain once you catch 30 keepers! It was nearer to 11:30 or 12:00 for us to restrict out – however that meant we have been again residence by 12:30ish!
In case you have been questioning, I gained the most important fish competitors once more and was awarded one other $40.
The advantages of excellent housing..
Because of the climate, we didn’t get out to discover a lot. Nevertheless, we determined to remain in and have a couple of cocktails and watch some DVDs.
Utterly unrelated to fishing – the film Hardcore Henry is a visit. In case you are in to loopy motion films (with violence) this film is a should see. Haven’t seen something prefer it earlier than and it’s a nice combination of motion and comedy. For those who aren’t into motion films or just a little little bit of violence in your films, not going to advocate this one for you.
Under is a fast video simply to provide you an concept of what its like leaving the marina at 5:45 a.m.
Day Three Lake Erie Walleye Fishing
Day three was a enjoyable mixture of Day 1 & Day 2. The climate began out wet, then misty, earlier than lastly clearing up some. The fishing was simply nearly as good as day 1!
We did journey quite a bit farther from the marina today than the prior days (a few 30-minute journey time or so). The fish had moved slightly so we went and hit the recent spots that Captain Kyle took us to. It didn’t take us lengthy to hit the fish once more!
We used the identical casting gear and methods because the prior days, nevertheless backside bouncers labored rather well on day Three! The fish appeared to be slightly deeper, and we have been fishing in deeper water, plus the chop was simply good for these backside bouncers to have nice motion!
Shane principally manned the underside bouncers and was nailing fish after fish – and hauling in some good keepers as properly. Personally, this was my least profitable day of fishing, I in all probability solely caught 2 or Three keepers, however it’s exhausting to not have enjoyable when everyone is nailing fish!
The fish we have been catching have been greater than day 2, however not give up as huge as our day 1 catch. We restricted out faster this present day than day 1!
We acquired into a few main feeding frenzies. There have been a number of occasions when Captain Kyle was netting one Walleye and we had one other one or two hooked. We even trusted Shane to seize a internet a few times.
Whereas we have been touchdown our 36 fish to restrict out, we caught a 37th walleye that we needed to throw again who we all know seek advice from as “You Lucky Bastard.” It was a type of days the place the fish we simply slamming it, and we have been achieved at about 10:30 – even with extra touring time!
Chris did catch a much bigger fish then me, so I didn’t sweep the most important fish competitors, however 2 out Three isn’t dangerous.
I may also say we spent the additional cash on the chief constitution as a result of it offered free fish cleansing and free lunch as a part of our package deal. To me, it’s value the additional couple of bucks to have another person clear your fish so you possibly can spend time enjoyable and consuming! Additionally, it’s good not having to fret about packing a lunch the night time earlier than. Belief me, it’s nicely value the additional couple of bucks!
The remainder of our time was spent enjoying playing cards, consuming, watching films, enjoyable, and doing all these little issues that you simply love to do on trip. The lodging we had was once more good for socializing, however was properly designed so you may slip away and take a nap in the event you needed to.
Sadly, the subsequent morning all of us went our separate methods, however not earlier than we caught 102 keeper walleyes in Three days (plus 5 perch)!
A Few Ideas from Shane
This actually was an distinctive fishing journey. As a consequence of some ankle points, and the way a lot the boat can pitch hours on finish, I took the second day without work. Adjusting your weight continuous for a number of hours is usually a bit a lot. Jon coated the journey rather well.
The walleye fishing was past phenomenal. We even introduced in a number of perch. I feel Chris caught most of these (perhaps a particular “Canadian Touch?”) however I’d need to double verify that. We’ve to place up with Jon’s bragging as a result of he caught the most important fish of all the journey on the primary forged on day one, and he gained largest walleye on 2/Three days…however some belongings you simply should cope with.
The journey was incredible, and truthfully even when Lake Erie threw us “Good Scottish weather” (deep clouds and a continuing drizzle rain soaking us all), the fishing was nice and it’s straightforward to not care once you’re limiting out by 10:30! There’s additionally simply that odd feeling of getting “earned it” when you find yourself soaked from that regular rain, wiping off the attention glasses in between reeling in one other keeper walleye.
We’ve already put in for an additional journey subsequent yr with the identical housing, similar constitution captain, similar every thing – why break up a very good factor?
The 2018 Fishing Trip: Remaining Assessment
The photographs say all of it: this journey was an unmitigated success in about each method attainable. In different phrases, all of us rocked it! This can be a journey we had taken a couple of occasions up to now and are shifting to make it a yearly factor – so hopefully there can be many extra updates on future journeys.
Even consuming walleye for each single meal since getting again, there’s lots left within the freezer and Shane has stated the identical. Good having a trip that slashes the grocery invoice when you get house!
And simply to be clear: this isn’t a sponsored submit in any approach. Captain Hook Charters didn’t know we have been scripting this evaluation, the didn’t even know we have been bloggers. We’re simply that proud of how the journey went and that impressed with the service.
Based on the Captain, a few of the DNR guys and native biologists stated based mostly on the spawns, we might anticipate one other 6-7 years of actually good fishing like this…and we will’t wait to be a part of that!
Some hyperlinks of curiosity:
Go to Captain Hook Charters
Study Extra About Marblehead Ohio
Ohio DNR on Walleye Fishing
Get Gear for Your Personal Walleye Fishing Journey!