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Can you believe that I was fishing Lake Erie the 7th of December
for trophy walleyes ? Well’ I was and this weather which the upper Midwest
has been experiencing is hard to imagine, but I’m not complaining because
it enabled me and fishing partner, Tony Puccio, to take part in some fishing
others only dream of in their best dreams.
Tony Puccio of Bait rigs Company holding a beutiful December Walleye form Lake Erie
Writers have spread the word and anglers like many and myself make the fall trek to central Ohio. But, this is not as simple as I make it sound.The fish will be there, but there are other factors that can prevent one from having the perfect trip. First, the wind can blow for days on end where it is impossible to get out into the lake. Sometimes, 5 to 7 foot waves are the norm and dirty the water so you can not even see your motor prop. This can make fishing extremely difficult when the fish cannot see your bait. North and east winds are the worst. I’ve been there for days and not be able to get out fishing. You spend the day staring out at the big lake and watching the Weather Channel.
Those who fish walleyes for a living and the same guys you see on T.V., all seem to show up at Huron in October, November, and this year December to take part in this yearly ritual. Parsons, LaCourse, Brumbaugh, Puccio, Deshano, Takasaki, Lambert, and Horoky are all there to fish for there favorite fish without any money on the line and just for fun and the shear joy of catching big walleyes.
So, when Tony Puccio asked if I wanted to go back to Huron again this year I jumped at the chance. We fished Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the 4th, 5th, and 6th of December.The winds were out of the south ( off-shore ) and allowed us to fish comfortably everyday. Plus, by the pictures you can see the fish were co-operative.
The pattern is the same: open water trolling using log rods ( Loomis 941’s 7’10” ), line-counter reels ( Daiwa ), Off Shore planer boards, plus the lures of Mann’s and Reef Runner. Colors can change everyday, so have a good supple of these hot lures. Trolling speed is slow and a tachometer can help. The Tr-1 trolling system can make big water trolling a breeze and allow you to spend more time catching fish and not steering.
Gary Engberg the author hoists a huge December Walleye out of Lake Erie
If thinking of this trip call me at (608) 795-4208 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The other place to call is the Gull Motel in Huron at (419) 433-4855 and ask for Kathy Barnes. Best Fishes.
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