Captain Denny's Blog

5-Star Day

Yesterday was one of those great days when the weather and the fish cooperated.  The weather could not have been better.  The water was so clear we could see fish swimming 50 feet from the boat.  Jim and Mary Clay fished with me and they both competed for the biggest fish.  Both fish weighed 4.5 lbs, but note the girth on Mary's fish.  I declare the contest a draw.  All fish were liberated to fight once again. 

Wind helps sometimes

 East winds providing good action yesterday.  So did a falling barometer.  Earlier in the week high pressure and clear skies made smallmouth bass uncooperative.  But not yesterday...they smacked cranks all morning long.  The biggest fish of the day was 5 lbs.  All fish were released.  Water temps rising which will also help fishing.  Unfortunately I cannot access the Mink River this year due to low Lake Michigan water levels.  Plenty of fish in the bay, however.

Decent action

 Tried out the new boat rig yesterday in pursuit of big smallmouth bass.  The boat worked shallow water nicely and provided an excellent casting platform as I expected it would.  We caught some nice fish in shallow water including a 22" whopper that weighed 6 lbs. The fish was caught on a fly rod which is a super way to fish for bass in shallow water.   I love sight fishing for smallmouth!

Fishing at last!

 I am finally in full operation now that my new boat is rigged and ready for action.  The new Humminbird and MinnKota electronics are truly amazing.  The boat itself is so comfortable and roomy for anglers.  Bass are plentiful and biting too.  Makes for a great summer!

Spring maybe??

Seems like spring would never come this year.  Maybe now our area lakes will warm and fish will become active once again.  Time to think about summer fishing.

I travelled to NY state to pick up my new Scout 191 Bay boat.  She is so pretty and functional.  Lots of room for everyone.  Most of my time now is spent rigging the boat for the summer.  I added a MinnKota iPilot trolling motor on the bow and a MinnKota Talon power anchor pole on the stern.  I choose to install a Humminbird 898 side imaging sonar on the helm.  It is state of the art and provides incredible detail that will help find those bronzebacks in hiding spaces never before reached with other brands.  

I plan on heading to Door County around Memorial Day so look over your summer calendar and book a trip aboard my new baby.

A New Boat!!

For the past two seasons I have used two boats for guiding which makes things crazy at times.  I decided I needed to simplify things and find one  boat that could be used for both bass and walleye guiding plus personal saltwater fishing during winter months.  I found what I think will prove to be the best all around boat for everything....a Scout 191 Bay boat.  Bay boats are primarily designed for accessing shallow water where saltwater species like redfish abound.  But they also are perfect for bass fishing because they are so stable for casting yet take a good chop on the water.  I found a new 2009 Scout 191 that should be ideal.  It is 19 ft long and 8.5 ft wide.  It is big and roomy but most important, stable.  It can accommodate up to 4 anglers with room to spare.  It is powered by a 90 hp Yamaha 4-stroke that can hit 40 mph when needed.  I won't be picking up my new Scout until April 2011.  I sold the Ranger and will sell my old 1999 Scout 162 SF in Texas this winter.  If interested contact me.  Here is a picture of a new Scout 191 that is similar to my new one except mine does not have an elevated poling platform shown at the stern.  

Season over

Time to wrap up the charter season and move on to other things, like fishing redfish in Texas this winter.   Hope to see you next year.
Denny

Stormy weather

 We have had our share of wild weather this past week with more wind than I can remember.  The cold front that passed two days ago dropped water temps 15 degrees in 24 hrs.  Bass were darn scarce as a result.  Winds are going to reach gale force tomorrow again with waves on Lake Michigan forecast to reach 14 ft or more.  No thanks!  Did manage to get a few hours walleye fishing yesterday afternoon before wind knocked us off the water.  Caught a very sweet 28" walleye that weighed 7.5 lbs.  I am anxious to go again once weather cooperates.

13 pound Northern Pike????

 YES!  Bob Lenke from Woodstock, IL and his party did well this morning in very high winds catching many nice smallies up to 5 lbs.  The surprise fish was a 36 inch 13 lb northern pike caught while casting a crankbait along a weed bed.  All fish were released.  I continue to see nice chunky bass of late that are well fed.  But this wind sure makes us pay for each fish.

Another super day

I shared my boat with several of my grandchildren this week and we had a blast.  The fish cooperated to say the least.  Yesterday we boated 14 smallmouth all over 15 inches including several over 4 lbs.  Note my son-in-law''s smaller fish outclassed by his son's 5 pounder.  Needless to say, lasting memories were made for all.  Take my advice and take your kids and grandkids fishing!

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