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2017 Bigwater Catches

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2017 Bigwater Catches

Haven't posted much here lately so I figured I'd share a few pictures from our season out on the bigwater this year.

 

Our season ran from early April to early November (though, Oct. and Nov. we're totally dead) and we fished three of the Great Lakes this year including our home eastern Lake Erie and western Lake Ontario on our boat as well as central Lake Superior on Captain John Tomczyk's boat (Daybreak Charters, also highly recommended if you're looking for a great experience!).

 

On Erie we trolled for Lakers, Drum, and White Bass and jigged for Drum and Walleye. Lake Ontario in early August was monster Steelhead trolling with plenty of small Chinook as bycatch. Lake Superior in late June was a great new place to fish for us and we caught a multitude of native Lakers. It's amazing how much variation Superior fish have since they're the original strains and have adapted specifically for the various environments of that lake.

 

Another awesome season in the books, we'll be back at it again next April for Erie Lakers, but until then it's time to keep crushing them in streams and rivers!

 

(We catch & release 95% of our trolled fish, but a few pictured below (the gill gripped ones) were kept for the grill.)

 

Erie Lake Trout

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Wicked Lamprey wound

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Largest fish of Spring, 18 pounds

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8.5# Walleye

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White Bass are welcome on our boat

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Superior Laker

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Bug-eyed Char

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33" Lake Superior tank

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Awesome coloration

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Inshore Drum jigging

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37" 23# Erie Laker

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Action was hot in July

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New PB Lake Trout, 38" 24#, eastern Lake Erie

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Some more jigged Drum

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Lake O Steel

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Bycatch Chinook

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12 pound Steelshark

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Thanks! Drum are such an underutilized sportfish. Hit like a freight train and take off running, even more fun when you can jig them in 8-20'. Even had a couple spool me with a 12lb leader! Our biggest this year was only a 9 pounder but in 2015 we boated a 10, 12, and 14.

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Thanks! Spring Lakers were a bit slower than usual for us but summer was on fire whenever we could get out.

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