Archive for July, 2009
Well I had a decent fishing trip yesterday out on Kent Lake. I finally got my Dad to go, we planed this fishing trip a day ahead. We ended up waking up at 5am and making it out to Kent Lake around 6:30am. It was just set for a perfect day of fishing: no rain, little bit of wind and some sun to get a nice tan.
The first fish was caught by me of course, caught it on a Mepps spinner with a blue flec Berkley Powerbait worm. Wasn’t the biggest of bass, but it was enough to put me on the board ahead of my Dad. After that I ended up changing lures, put on a Gitzit and caught a nice sized smallmouth bass. He fought pretty good just like smallmouth bass do and got him in the boat without any trouble.
At the end of the day, the score came to 5 bass all together. One largemouth bass by my dad on his Norman crankbait. Two largemouth and two smallmouth caught by me. The lure of the day was the Gitzit, the smallmouth bass just loved that lure. It was the first time I ever caught anything on the lure in Kent Lake. I remember one smallmouth followed it up all the way to the boat, then I jerked it a bit and he bit on it. It was just so astounding to see that. It’s a beautiful sight when you get to see a fish bit on your lure in the water. It’s like you go in to immediate shock and you kind of get an adrenaline rush.
My Dad and I had a really fun day of fishing. Though he ended up casting three times into the I-96 bridge with his crankbait and that was all in a row. The third time he snagged the fencing. Just like in Bill Dance bloopers, he tried to unsnag it from the boat and almost fell in the water. I was just cracking up the whole time. He then realized to just bring the boat ashore and unsnag it from above. I guess fishing experiences like that just brings you closer to your Dad, lol. Had a great fishing trip!
My Dad’s largemouth bass, caught off of a Norman crankbait lure. Was of decent size, ended up throwing it back. It’s good to practice catch and release, just like the Bass pro Kevin Van Dam preaches.
Some beautiful aerial shots of Kent Lake. This was on the huron river side of the lake, just beautiful over there. If I was to have a barbecue, I would definitely like to have it on the huron river side in Kensington Park. It’s so quiet and peaceful over there. It was really sad to see the other side of the lake so weed choked, I never seen it that bad before. There was just globs of algae everywhere, I don’t know what you would call it, fungus of some sort.
Kent Lake was just like glass when we first arrived at the lake. The wind eventually picked up a tad bit to make some nice ripples in the water. It turned out to be a perfect beautiful day for bass fishing at Kensington Park.
When my Dad and I arrived at our last fishing outing at Kent Lake in Milford Michigan. We noticed that the one half of the lake was just covered in these algae globs or fungus. Not sure what you call it, but it looked rather harmful to the lake. If it is covering the one half, it surely can cover the other half eventually too. It was quite disturbing to my Dad, he did not like it all.
It’s funny because I was out there about 4 days ago and the algae wasn’t that bad, did the rain make it worse, or did it just grow over time. Really makes me wonder. My Dad thinks this new algae came over on freighters from the sea and eventually made it over to inland lakes such as Kent.
My Dad asked two old timers who have boats over near the wells, they stated “they have never seen this type of algae in the whole life.” Kind of scary!
I just hope it doesn’t hurt the fish spawning or the over all lake in the future. Stuff just doesn’t look healthy. I took some pictures for you fisherman to get a good look at it, they are down below.
I just made a remark on a fishing forum about the pollution that’s going on. A few fisherman knocked me for it, saying the lakes are cleaner than 40 years ago. Well that’s not the case in the Rouge river. Stonycroft Hills Club just had a chemical spill over there that reportedly killed around 400-500 fish. That’s just an estimated people, you never know how many fish have died. It’s really sad hearing stuff like this, makes me wonder what the waterways are going to be like in 10-20 years or so.
The Club stated the spill was an accident, a fungicide used on the golf course leaked from a faulty chemical sprayer. The chemical, Daconil Ultrex Turf Care, reached a storm drain that led to a tributary of the Rouge River.
I just read this in the newspaper!
“Robert McCann, a spokesman for MDEQ, said the fungicide used by Stonycroft contains the chemical Chlorothalonil, which does not pose serious risks for humans in water but is toxic to fish.”
Oh so that makes it alright, what about the fisherman that love to fish out of the river. And who cares about the fish right, it’s just 400 or 500 dead. If those were humans there would be an uproar. But rich people get to keep playing golf on their golf course.
So do you think it’s really polluted in our lakes? I think it may be and that might be having a huge effect on all the fish. I mean I remember when you could catch 50 smallmouth bass in one day out on Kent Lake or Lake St. Clair. It might be taking a toll on the fish. Some people call me nuts and I call them naive, I mean lets sit down for awhile and think about it.
I have read over the years in newspapers where lawn fertilizer has made it’s way into our lakes. PCB levels high from commercial spills. Waste water treatment plants pouring sewage out into the lake when they get overfilled by the rain. Litter by offshore people and boaters. Then there’s all the gas from all the boats. This is just the stuff I though up off the top of my head in the past five minutes. I’m sure there’s a ton of other pollution I have touch based on.
I also know that there’s a pile of trash floating around in the ocean double of the size of Texas. And how about the dead zones in Lake Erie and other inland lakes? Define dead zones! Dead zones are hypoxic (low-oxygen) areas in the world’s oceans, the observed incidences of which have been increasing since oceanographers began noting them in the 1970s. These occur near inhabited coastlines, where aquatic life is most concentrated. Pretty scary huh? Or am I just nuts?
Well I guess we’ll see in 10 or 20 years. I really hope it’s not bad!
Then there’s the dams. I just watched a special on discovery or history channel on these God for saken things. They are killing off all types of species of fish. The Sturgeon and paddle fish maybe extinct in a few years if we’re not careful. And they have been here since prehistoric time, it’s almost like we are a parasite just as Agent Smith described us in the hit movie “The Matrix.” I just typed in the keywords “dead zone” in the google search engine and noticed a ton of Salmon articles coming up also. So it’s affecting that species of fish too. I swear, if we’re not careful we’ll have no fish living in our waterways.
Or am just exaggerating? It’s better to be safe than sorry right? That’s why we should definitely be doing something about these things as a whole.
Though I’ve been kind of partial to mister twisters all my life, I’m thinking about changing to the dark side and trying out a tube jig. I saw a lot of people catching some good size smallmouth bass out on Lake St. Clair with them. One guy actually caught a 8 pound pike with one, kind of average, but I was still surprised to see a Pike bight on a tube jig. This means that the lure works really well on all sort of fish, which I like. I’ve been itching to catch some smallmouth at Kent Lake, but have only caught one this year on a beetle spin. Either they aren’t in this year or I’m just not using the right lure. That’s why I’m willing to try a tube jig.
It’s said a tube jig is to represent the look of a crawfish, though I think otherwise, the bass don’t. The smallmouth bass seem to prefer them, along with the largemouth too.
It’s a pretty simple setup, just use a tungsten jig head and slip the jig under the dress of the tube, snugging it tightlly together, just enough to peek the eye lid through the tube. I remember trying the lure once when I was really young, since then I haven’t used them at all.
Since they are to mock a crawfish, many anglers suggest fishing them on the bottom which I gonna have to try out. Draggin them or bounching them off the bottom. After reading one fishing article about them, I guess I can set them up like a drop shot rig also, which I’m definitely willing to try out also.
I also found some other tips on tube jigs. Since they are hollow, you can douse a small sponge with scent then impregnate the tube with the sponge. Making the fish go wild after the tube jig, it’s said to work really well. Others have said Alka Seltzer works really well too, but I can imagine you could through through that stuff like water.
Next time I’m at Lakeside Fishing Shop in St. Clair Shores Michigan, I’m going to have to buy myself a whole batch of tube jigs. I need to try something else on Kent Lake, the lures I’m using right now aren’t catching any smallmouth bass. Kind of pissed off, the lake is known for smallmouth!
I’ve been looking through quite a few tube jig colors, I came across a few that I like. What do you guys think? I like the pumpkin seed colored tube on the left, might have to give that one a try. I’ve read through a lot of fishing forums and fishing blogs, it seems that the pumpkin seed is a real hot color this year in all the lakes. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to post them down below in the comments section. Thanks!
Bass Pro Mike Wolfended uses a drop shot rig to catch smallmouth bass on inland lakes, he actually used this setup to win the Federation Nation Eastern Divisional at Lake Simcoe this year. Weighing it at 51 pounds and 11 ounces, he caught some really good size lunker smallmouth. Definitely enough to get my attention, that’s why I tried using this drop shot rig at Kent Lake. But, I had not luck with it on catching any smallmouth bass, I did catch a few largemouth bass on it though. The soft plastic he was using to win the tournament were smelt Berkley Gulp Minnow, 3-inch Berkley Gulp worm or a smoke Strike Zone Slammer. I just love the action you can get out of a drop shot rig, plus it’s kind of weedless. It doesn’t hit bottom, so you never pick up any of that sea weed muck. It also stays level with the fish, so they can see it more easily. Jigs tend to get hidden down in the dirt and muck, where the fish can’t see. It’s a new and pretty good setup for me, definitely going to use it at future fishing trips that’s for sure. Thanks for the tip Mike Wolfended!
Well I have been using my 30lb Minn Kota Endura Trolling for over two months now on my Pelican Bass Raider 10 boat and have no complaints. I have taken it through windy situations, rough water and have even hit a few tree stumps over at Lakeville Lake in Oakland County Michigan. It’s held up really good! I couldn’t pass the Endura model up for only $100 at Gander Mountain, I mean for that price it was a steal. I was going to buy the Traxxis Digital Maximizer(delivers up to five times longer run time on a single battery charge), but the Gander Mountain employee informed me I really don’t need that for the small boat I’m using. He said the 30lb Endura will push my boat just fine! The only thing I wish it came with was the weedless wedge prop, but I can go out and buy one of those no problem and hook it on. The regular prop sometimes gets slowed down by the weeds, but that’s only once and awhile. Over the last 15 fishing trips it’s happened like twice. You just unhook the cables on the battery, tilt the prop up and pick the weeds off no problem, takes like 30 seconds. I picked the transom mount for my 10 foot Bass Raider, if you have a decent size bass boat, I suggest going with the bow mount trolling motor and at least pick a 50lb for those windy occasions out on the lake. If you’re in the market for one, check out our listing of trolling motors for sale. Minn Kota is a great brand to buy from, I really wouldn’t trust anyone else.
Ever wonder what a 8 pound smallmouth bass looks like, well I have footage, just check out the size of this monster. I can’t imagine trying to reel this big bass in, it’s just huge. The mouth is almost as big as a regular largemouth bass it’s so big. It’s hard to tell what lure the fisherman was using, but it looks like some type of soft plastic bait. Could be either a berkley powerbait worm or mister twister. I know one thing, he needs to get a bigger net. He said it’s the largest smallmouth bass he has ever caught, measuring in at 23 1/4 inches in length and 17 1/8 inches in girth. The official weigh in came in at 8 lbs, 5 oz. Now that’s monster, nice thumbs up! I would be doing more than just thumbs up, I would be jumping in the water, such a nice catch. Watch the video here, courtesy of youtube.
In this Reel Fishing episode with Andy Wilson, he takes us on a fishing expedition of fishing topwater with a XPS top water popper. He catches some pretty good size bass with the popper on this small pond, whereabouts unknown.
I like to use the Heddon Zara Spook on the inland lakes near me, it jerks really easily and makes a nice wake. Perfect enough to lure some big bass up near the top to hit it. You’ll know when you got a big one on, they make a huge splash. I once caught a nice pike on the Zara Spook also, it’s an awesome lure, got to try it out.
Throughout these three youtube videos you’ll learn more about Kevin VanDam and Bass fishing. He goes back to his roots and fishes Lake Charlevoix in a Bassmasters tournament back in 1992. Even though these videos are old, he gives some great tips on catching smallmouth bass. Smallmouth bass are by far my favorite fish to catch because of how much they fight. VanDam uses just a regular mister twister grub in four feet of water. Just watch his technique and how he reels in these monster bass. I never visited Lake Charlevoix before, but I would loved to, looks like the lake is loaded with smallmouth bass. It’s so much fun to wash him fish!