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John Kelley

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  1. Mexico Bay browns 4-1

    My good friends Ken Miller, Bill Perks  and I left Ken's house in Preble @ just after 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning, towing his 21' Wellcraft to Mexico Point boat launch.  We got everything loaded and launched the boat by around 6:45, and made a short run West, toward the powerplant, and set up in about 10' of water.  We ran 2 inline boards per side, 2 downriggers, and a chute rod.  Went 9 for 9 on browns and was off the lake by noon.  Best colors were black and silver spoons, and black and gold stickbaits.  We were fishing fairly clear water, from 10'-18'.  Mostly cookie cutter 3-5 pound fish, with one nice 10 pounder.  Water temps we had were 37.2-37.8 F. Effective speeds were 2.2 to 2.4 MPH SOG on sonar.  All fish were stuffed with 2-3" Gobies.

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  2. On 2/23/2017 at 8:46 PM, BAZOOKAJOE said:

    I run heavier than most with 20 lbs big game as a mainline to a micro swivel to a 7 ft leader of 15 lbs floro.  No leadcore or sinkers.  With spoons I pinch a medium sized lead split shot 50 ft in front of the spoon.   


    A black/gold F7 rapala.  Jr thunderstick in fire tiger, mad flash fire tiger and chrome/black/orange.  Those are my most consistent producers.  

    Those sound like Captain Bill Saiffe tactics, right there! :)

  3. 9 minutes ago, A-TOM-MIK said:

    Football field size flocks, 4 and 5 of them some mornings, stretched throughout a 20 mile area in Jefferson Cty. Sometimes all togther and at times flocks 10 mils apart, I'd blitz thru them and they would scatter, yet land 1-200 yds awy, but then they close back in, at times within casting distance. Within 5 minutes of flying away they are already diving again and feeding. Fish have absolutely no where to hide, I've witnessed them press a school of fish up against a shoreline and just feast. From 5-35 fow doesn't matter. Perch from 6-10" absolutely no match for the birds

    I'd imagine an entire pen project of fry, 40-60,000 fry, could be devastated in 1 day, no lie 1 day they could be gone, very sad !!!!



    Oh, they can take down perch way over the 10" size, Tom.  I have seen them gobbling down 12"-14" fish on the prairie lakes.  If NY state can get a bounty system going on them, I think the rest of the states would follow, and help to curb these fish massacring bastards!!!  The quota would be a minimum amount each boat has to kill before fishing.  I think we need to turn to drastic methods to stop these birds from wiping out more fish stocks!!


  4. Cormorants need to have an old fashioned bounty of say $10/bird, and each angler should have a quota of 4 birds to shoot before he can put a line in the water on each fishing trip.  I have seen those birds wipe out walleye and perch populations in lakes in the Dakotas.  This government ought to be about the best chance we have at getting something like this started! :)

  5. Kings get a little bigger on Lake O than Lake Michigan.  I have done very well on the Moonshine Carbon 14 and Bad Toad magnums sized spoon for kings out of Oak Orchard.  Meat rigs on 400 copper have also treated me very well!!  Spin doctors in Mt dew chrome, if it is bright out, white with green dots or 2 face spinnies when dark or overcast.  The bar is fun in the spring, but is overloaded with lakers, too!! Good luck!

  6. Try those Moonshine flies with the big willow leaf spinner blade this time of year, too.  Anything to add more flash to aggravate them into striking.  Those fall fish always seem like they have way more fight in them, too!!  Ed Ball and I did really well a few years back with bright glow 8" paddles and meat rigs off the shallow riggers, too.  Good luck

  7. If I were you, I would listen to Captain Czarnecki.  While it may be no trouble to someone who runs plenty of copper all of the time and is experienced at it, I think you would be safer to just run one per side.  One bad tangle with the copper, and you will see what I mean.  Good luck whichever way you choose.  :yes:  :yes:

  8. Nice King, but another couple of beasts were caught out of the port of Sheboygan, WI, last week.  They were two monster brown trout of 29.65 and 35.72 pounds.  I have pics of the 35 pounder.  Lake Ontario has bigger salmon but Lake Michigan has the largest Browns in the world!! Check this slob out! 



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