Northerly produced a nice jumbo for the board at Henry's Sunday afternoon on a 4" gulp minnow in the 2nd cove. Only fish caught that day though! My buddy nailed it within the first 2 minutes of fishing - I was skunked.
Montrose this morning had a lot of fishermen out. I saw Dale Bowman there and he took a picture of Frank with 1 of his 3 perch. Dale said that he saw only a couple fish caught. I know of just 5 fish caught from talking to two guys who walked the entire outer wall asking folks how they did. Frank had 2 powerlines out perch-rigged and if the school was there, he'd have gotten a limit pretty quick. But the school was not there, just a stray straggler or three. I was fishing raw shrimp and baby golden roaches - got just one hit. Gobies don't count.
At 1:30 pm, I stopped by Montrose and tested the inner harbor at the curve and saw a huge school of emerald shiners with juvenile perch snacking under them. Gave it 15 minutes and hopped a jig with some swim action and rests - no takers.
I have been getting them by moving around. One here, two there... they add up. Today was bad for me, only 4 fish in 1.5 hrs of work.
I'm not so sure there are "schools" of perch moving in.
Rather fish filtering in after spawn looking to feed. This is (IMO) true for 90% of the time when perch are shallow.
The guys doing REALLY well are the ones aggressively ripping shad raps through the feeding grounds. Drawing in fish from a wider area and capitalizing on their instinct to hit that wounded fish on the pause.
Just my 2 cents
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Thanks for the reply. I've had some success with soft plastics double rigged, but haven't really worked a rip and puse pattern. I might try the shad rap, but having lost many pieces of tackle and lures to the rocks on the uter wall at Montrose, I'm wary of getting a couple of casts and losing it to the rocks. Any help on how to rig it so I won't lose it would be much appreciated.
I'm an old guy who fishes frequently, but I am still learning some fine points. I just this year tried a hand-thrown powerline and got limited results. Until today I didn't know that the rubber band was only good for a couple outings and then should be replaced. Maybe after I retire and can learn all the right ways to rig and use the specialized setups.
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