The day started started with me having to call Frank and tell him I somehow messed up setting the alarm clock and I was going to be about AN HOUR late. I told him to leave without me and we'd do it again someday.
He graciously said "no problem. We'll wait on you".
They say you only have 1 chance to make a 1st impression and I'd just made mine. And not a good one.
We ran out to where they did good the weekend before and started searching, without finding much. So we ran further north, and located some good marks. Frank spent the time to get a feel for where the best concentrations were, and get a feel for how the fish were positioned.
I fish with many good fishermen, and this is one thing all the best ones do.
When we set up we noticed the water clarity was not good. In fact it was no more thah 2 feet or so, which surprised me. I had not looked at the satalite images....I just didn't think clarirty would be a problem.
We'd decided Frank would run his typical harness program on 1 side, and I'd run Reefs on the other, so we set up and fished through good marks for a couple hours or so, with no walleyes and few trash fish to show for it,
So we pulled and ran further North out a couple miles east of the weather buoy, where other boats were working. We fished on the S side of that pack, and at 11:30 w/ no eyes in the boat, Frank said we'll pull up past that concentration of drift casters and if we don't get anything going we'll call it a day.
As we approached that area I noticed that there was a transition from dirty water to cleaner water, and the casters were all on the clean side. Sure enough ....when we got into the cleaner water and popped 3 pretty quick.
We fished a few more hours and ended up w/20 and 6 of them were quality fish.
On the way in we discussed the harness vs cranks issue, and agreed that the harness did better at first but the cranks did well at the end, and overall it was about 50/50.
Our last 2 fish both came on cranks one was a wide body 27"er that had to weigh 8-1/2#s, the other was 27-1/2" the tied Frank's 7 yr old son Brycen's personal best.
I'll let Frank spell out the details,if he wants to.
This was a 3 generation trip... grandfather, father & son w/ 1 hitchhicker.
I was curious to see where the dirty water came from, and checked the satalite images when I got home. I check these regularly in the Spring, and have become familiar with what might be called normal patterns for starined water, but what I saw Sat night was very unique. Check it out.
Thanks Frank for allowing me to go along (not to mention waiting on me). I really appreciated it, and I really enjoyed Brycen, he reminded me alot of my oldest son Trevor (who is now 42).
Sorry for the length, Good fishing.