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Cranking Walleye on Bay of Quinte, ON.

Posted on July 27th, 2011

[nggallery id=571]Just got back from cranking Rapala Tail Dancers #9, in the “hot-chub” color on the Bay of Quinte, ON.  I was accompanied by Roger Cannon and Glen & Dean who had traveled quite a distance to fish for salmon & trout in Lake Ontario and than to join me and fish for trophy walleye on the Bay of Quinte.  Glen is from Atikokan, ON, and Dean is from Iowa.  They had just fished out of Port Credit for big Chinooks, Rainbow and Atlantic Salmon on Saturday and joined me yesterday for some walleye crankbait-fishing.

Unfortunately the weather forecast was not in our favor.  They were calling for thunderstorms, rain and strong winds and suprisingly, they were right!!  When we got up early Sunday morning it was indeed raining and we decided to trailer our G3/Yamaha 115hp rig to Baycrest Marina  on Big Island.  Knowing that the winds were going to pick-up, we thought this might be strategically better than launching on the Belleville, ON side and running across Big Bay in “big-waves”.  Well as soon as we hit the water the winds started to pick-up.  We fished two open-water weedlines with not success and decided we should pull the boat our and launch in Picton, ON.

The decision was good.  It was much more protected fishing the west-side of the Bay right in Picton Bay, and within minutes we had the first, chunky 4-5 lb. walleye which hit the Rapala Tail Dancer #9 crankbait.  In a short time we had to get our rain suits on and enjoyed a torrential down-pour!  The winds picked-up even stronger and we decided to run north and fish more protected shorelines.  We hooked a couple more walleye, one jumbo perch and a Glen caught his first largemouth bass which turned out to be a solid 4 lb. fish!

We all used the Rapala Shift, TS2 & R-Type spinning outfits loaded with Sufix 832 braid and Sufix Fluorocarbon leaders.  All of the fish were caught on the very prductive Rapala Tail Dancer #9.

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