Archive for August, 2009

PostHeaderIcon Rainbow Trout Bomber Crankbait

I bought this Bomber crankbait about eight or nine years ago, maybe even longer than that, I’m not quite sure. Seems as though Bomber doesn’t make this paint scheme anymore, it’s really too bad since it’s a hot lure in many inland lakes all over Michigan. I have used this lure many times in Lake St. Clair on smallmouth bass, they just love it. And this is the bomber crankbait I caught the two big largemouth bass on in Kent Lake in the deep spot.

Why is it that the lure companies always stop making the sweet colors. I looked all over the web for this rainbow trout color scheme. I even tried other companies other than Bomber, no luck. If anyone finds this color scheme in this size of a crankbait, please post down below the url of the crankbait.

I tried looking on Bass Pro Shops website, also Cabelas and Gander Mountain, they didn’t have anything that resembled it. Total bummer!

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PostHeaderIcon What’s in your Tack Box?

So what’s in your tackle box? Most anglers won’t ever post pictures of their secret lures in their tackle box, but I’m willing to. Recognize any of the lures in my tackle box?

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PostHeaderIcon Few Bass from Last Fishing Trip

Well it was a little more than just a few bass out. My Dad caught two largemouth, I caught one smallmouth bass and eight largemouth bass on Kent Lake. The smallmouth bass fought with a lot of intensity, just like they always do, but it was just a 13″ smallmouth. I ended up catching most of my bass on the beetle spin, except one largemouth I caught on a bomber crankbait in deeper water.

We caught most of our bass in shallow water, we really should of stayed there. But, I wanted to try out a few deep spots because there are some really big bass that lurk in deeper water. We didn’t have much luck, but we still overall had a fun fishing trip.

I thinking about getting a few spinner rigs for Walleye in the deep water. There’s got to be some nice size Walleye lurking int he deep water in Kent Lake.

My Dad’s largemouth, it was a pretty nice sized largemouth. Came in around 16″.
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My smallmouth bass I caught on my favorite lure the beetle spin. Just reeled it in slowly, right across the top of the weed beds.
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Small bass I caught in the deeper part of the lake with my Bomber crankbait.
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PostHeaderIcon Awesome Turnout for Largemouth Bass

Last fishing trip at Kent Lake was an awesome turnout for Largemouth Bass. I don’t know what it was, but the Largemouth Bass were just biting on everything that day. Every lure I used was great! But, they were my favorite lures, so it’s not like I threw any kind of lure on my line.

First I was using my famous beetle spin in the shallows, reeling it right above the weed beds. The largemouth bass couldn’t resist, right within 30 minutes I had two good size 16″ bass in my boat. I was so happy that it wasn’t going to be one of those competitive days looking for the bass and the right lure. I tried the Gitzit out for a bit and got a 14″ bass, nothing huge, but good enough for a nice fillet.

After catching a few more bass in the shallows, the bass turned off in that spot. So I thought why not tryout the Huron River. If you’re not familiar with Kent Lake, part of the Huron River is connected to Kent Lake. I think there are some good size fish in there, last time I caught two smallmouth bass in there. I didn’t get any bass casting, so I tried trolling. The bass started hitting the beetle spin immediately. I ran the beetle spin on a number four speed on my 30lb Minn Kota trolling motor. It seemed to be the best speed for the bass and perfect for trolling it right above the weeds. I lost about four small bass trolling, for some reason the hook wasn’t getting set properly.

That slowed down a bit then I tried fishing deep spots of Kent Lake, it took me awhile before I found a drop off point where they were hitting. I switched to a rainbow colored Bomber crankbait and the Bass were absolutely all over it. The 2nd cast I ended up catching the largest bass of the day, weighing in at 2lbs, 6oz on the Berkley electronic scale. The big bass gave me a really nice fight, at first I thought I had something really big on like Pike or Walleye, then I saw this huge plump body. I was amazed to see such a big largemouth bass in deep water. I threw that one in the cooler, few casts afterwards I caught another good size bass. The bass seem to really love the Bomber crankbait.

At the end of the day the total came to 20 bass, ended up keeping 5 of them since that’s the legal limit. I was so glad to come home with a nice size dinner. The lures that worked great were the Bomber crankbait in deep water and the beetle spin in the shallows. I did however catch a nice size Bass on the Gitzit.

This is my favorite shot of the day

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The five bass I’m about to fillet. My girlfriend said it looks like they are singing, lol.

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Some other pictures of the largemouth I caught.

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The bass I caught on the Gitzit jig.
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Nice little picture of the boat launch before I was on the lake.
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Nice aerial view of Kent Lake with the American Flag in the photo.
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What the weeds look like in Kent Lake.
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PostHeaderIcon Palomar Knot Warning

I’m going to warn you on the Palomar knot, it’s a great knot and all, but be careful. I have used it through my fishing years, but have noticed if you don’t tie it right it can easily snap.

First I want to warn you to always give your Palomar knot the strength test after your first tied it. Just grab your lure or snap swivel and take a nice tug or two. If it seems to hold up, you’re good. But if it snaps, you’re obviously tying it wrong. And let me tell you first hand experience, it’s easy to tie it wrong.

Lord knows I’m not the greatest with directions, I made a video to help you bass fisherman out. 4th step is the most important(big warning), make sure you guide the loop along the line attached to your lure and reel. Make sure the loop doesn’t hook over the snap swivel or knot. If it gets hooked over the part of the knot wrong or swivel, it will make the knot weak and could cost you a big bass. This is fishing 101 brought to you by Professor Erik.

This is my first video, so don’t be to hard on me. I tried my best explaining the Palomer knot.

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PostHeaderIcon Insect Repellent Wristband for Fishing

My girlfriend was talking to the store owner of a small shop down the street from me, she was ranting about these new insect repellent bands. The store owner says they work great for mosquitoes. My girlfriend first thought of me when she saw it, because I come back from fishing trips all bit up sometimes. So she bought the band and thought I should give it a try.

My last fishing trip at Kent Lake, it seemed to work pretty good. This was during the day time so it really didn’t put the band to the full test. Be honest with you, I think it’s a great idea. It’s hard for us fisherman to use the regular bug spray because it could possibly hit our hands or our arms and end up getting on the lure somehow. And that’s a big no no when it comes to fishing. This could deter away the fish immediately. The insect repelling bracelet or band, whatever you want to call it, goes on smoothly over your wrist or ankle. I put it on my ankle because I don’t want the smell getting anywhere near my line or lure.

I’ll report back when I test it out in the evening, when the insects are on full alert.

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PostHeaderIcon Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly Swimbait Lure

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