With the winds subsiding from the previous day, we headed out into some left over rollers with Jeff and his family. We set up on a good screen and once again started a slow pick. We managed to end the day going 13 for 15 on Walleye and 0 for 1 on Steelhead.
A nasty morning storm delayed our start and had us operating on a two hour delay. With the storm passing, we headed out in rough sea conditions with Bryan and Jake. We cut into the waves head on for as long as we could take it, setting up for a long one way slide. Another tough bite for us but we surfed our way back into the marina on the steady 5-6’ waves, finishing the day 9 for 12 on Walleye, with an additional 3 short throw backs, and 1 for 3 on Steelhead.
We headed out to yesterday’s tournament spot with Rodger and Mike, thinking it might be an early box out. Wrong! We set up on a good screen of bait and fish and went a couple hours without moving a rod. After going into search mode we located some fish, which changed things into a slow pick. We finished the day with a not so good bite to catch ratio going 7 for 13 on Walleye, 2 for 4 on Steelhead, also boxing a bonus Coho salmon.
Team Outcast secures an 8th place finish in the E.P.S.F.A. Summer Slam II walleye tournament
Team Outcast (Capt. Jason, Capt. Ron and Chris) fished the Erie PA Sportfishing Association – Summer Slam II - Walleye tournament. With no pre-fishing in the previous two days due to nasty weather with high winds/waves the game plan turned toward seeking out some colder water and fishing any temperature breaks that we could find. We set out, did some searching a located a screen loaded with bait (smelt). At 6:30 am, start time, we deployed our deep program. It was game on from the first line in. At 7:25 we boxed our 6 fish weigh in limit and shifted gears to up-grade mode, tweaking the program and location. We managed steady upgrades but just couldn’t find the big one that we were looking for. We finished the day boating approx. 25 Walleye, with the biggest weighing in at 8.55 lbs. Our total weight for our 6 fish limit was 41.3 lbs, which was good enough to secure us an 8th place finish in the money.
After cancelling yesterday and being kept in port by high winds and waves we set out with Brad and his crew. It was a grueling 1.5 hr boat ride in heavy chop left over from the previous day to get to our spot. We set only to find that the big blow had moved a lot of warm water into the area and the fish had lock jaw. In an all-out search mode we ended the day going 8 for 12 on Walleye. Despite the Lake Erie flu, the crew hung in there and gave it their best.
Day 2 with John and Jarret and it started off with a 2 hour rain/storm delay at the dock. After the weather blew through, we decided to stay close to port due to the uncertainty of the weather. After some searching we set up and found a slow bite. After covering a lot of ground we managed to end the day going 14 for 17 on Walleye, boxing their 2 man limit of 12 Walleye right at the buzzer and sending two, that we caught while racking, back for another day. Although we didn’t top yesterday’s 10 #er, today's fish were much bigger overall. We had a great time fishing with John and Jarret over the past two days.
We rounded the point and headed toward yesterday’s spot with John and Jarret. We started to set up and it was none stop action. We ended the day by boxing out at 9:30 going 13 for 15 on Walleye, boating their 2 man limit of 12 Walleye and sending one back for another day. The big Walleye of the day tipped the scales at 10.5 lbs. We also managed to boat a bonus Steelhead during the flurry.
We headed west with Rich and his wife. We decided to start where we left off on Sunday. After a slow start we located some hungry fish and it was game on. We finished the day going 14 for 18 on Walleye, boxing out early catching their 2 man limit of 12 and sending 2 back for another day. We also added a bonus Steelhead to the box.
We headed out to yesterday’s spot with Mike and his family. We set up and found the same grind bite as the previous days, but despite the slow fishing the ones we were boating were big! We managed to end the day 11 for 13 on Walleye also boating a bonus Steelhead.
We headed out on rough sea conditions with Allan and his crew. We decided to make a long run anticipating a one way slide. On setup we dropped two eyes on the way in and boated a Steelhead, after that it was a long dry spell until the waves subsided and we were able to locate some hungry fish. We finished the day 10 for 14 on Walleye, with a bonus Steelhead.