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Old 05-24-2009, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Poiching on the lakefront 5/24

I gave a sneak peak in a limited access forum on Thursday, but the bird is the word. And so are the perch -

Here's my first report of Spring 2009 -

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Not a single minnow was hurt or even used in the production of this thread or the catching of our fish


So fellas, if you haven't heard, here it is - The perch are starting to show up. I've collected positive reports from Montrose Harbor down to 63rd Street (aka Jackson). Time for me to put some fillets in the freezer!

Over the last week, the action has been sporadic. Some guys clobbered the perch on Thursday, but a shift on winds and a 25 degree temp drop (which actually occurred in the matter of 15 mins; guys who were out there know what I'm talking about) cooled the perching action off. Lake temp is currently about 56 degrees (was 58 on Thursday).

I hit the lakefront this morning (as I have done the last 4 mornings) looking for some of those tasty little buggers. Fished with Rootpro from 530 - 830 am. Action was best between 6-7am.

Highlights of the day -

-55-60 total fish caught
-17 fish carved into fillets and stowed in the freezer (keepers were 9" - 13") between the two of us.
-I might have caught my biggest perch from shore EVER today. The thing pulled some drag on me too
-Action was pretty much on all morning
The really fat perch were LOADED with alewives.





Methods of perch delivery -

-FIN-S shad rigged in tandem on 1/32 and 1/16 oz jigs (#1 bait this morning)
-Chartruese and green paddles bugs rigged in tandem 1/32 and 1/16 oz jigs
-BPS XPS shad rap knockoffs




BEAST!



JUMBOS!!







Great day to be on the lake. Next weekend should have better numbers of spring time jumbos. Good luck guys


Mike
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Way2go mplant those are some juicy looking perch missing from my freezer... I guess I was fishing on the wrong stretch this morning, only dinks for me , I guess I must learn/add the artificial thing to my arsenal!
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Nice fish.

tis fun to use an assortment of lures when apprehending the perches off the front of our glorious lake.

I think a on " the light side" med light spinning rod might be a touch more suitable than a bait caster for perch. Either way, good going.

The flukey puke and meself will be trying later on this aft/evening to see if you left any behind.

Wind has picked up is going pretty good out of the N.E....Who knows?

Nice fish. See you out there.

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Nice fish.


I think a on " the light side" med light spinning rod might be a touch more suitable than a bait caster for perch. Either way, good going.

agreed. i brought the baitcaster because it was rigged with the power pro (and also the only other reel i had in the house ready to go)
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I think a on " the light side" med light spinning rod might be a touch more suitable than a bait caster for perch. Either way, good going.

agreed. i brought the baitcaster because it was rigged with the power pro (and also the only other reel i had in the house ready to go)

good luck. you should do alright later today
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That's amazing man... I don't understand/haven't tried casting w/ the jigs in tandem that are "so small." How do you get 'em out far enough in these waves? Also, do you find the two jigs in tandem twisting together on the line?

Great job on those perch... amazing...

Couldn't head to 63rd this AM due to Lake Shore being closed for biking this AM. Tried a little bit on the lakefront but was too "wavy."

Last night I went to BPS and purchased some artificial "stuff" a la RonG-
1) Zoom Tiny Flukes
2) Jigs
3) More bass casting sinkers
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Glad to see the water isn't too cold for cranks.

Weather pretty rough wind kind of ripping out of the N.E.. Plenty of other days to chase the menace.

It will settle down soon and we can concentrate on doing God's work and harvesting limit after limit.

I never take anything under 10" and most are 11 or better.

Interesting thing about perch that I heard. That in collecting the scales of fish it ihas been determined that size has little to do with the age of the fish. Obviously a fish did not hatch at 14 inches....However, many 6-8 inch fish can be five years old or greater.

So when someone says they like the "smaller ones better" there is just as likely a chance that it is older than dirt.
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How in hades do you cast a 1/32 oz. jig more than ten feet?
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How in hades do you cast a 1/32 oz. jig more than ten feet?
it's all in the wrist





sometimes you don't need to cast very far at all.
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How in hades do you cast a 1/32 oz. jig more than ten feet?
I get them out there 40' or more fishing ponds for crappies. On Lake Michigan we use double-jig rigs and probably get them out even twice that. I'm using 6 lb mono.
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