Good Friends on unfriendly Erie (for Smallmouth)

Posted on September 27th, 2012

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I recently had the pleasure of getting some time in on Erie in pursuit of one of my favourite fish to catch.  The Smallmouth Bass.  

When Dan first emailed me to set it up I thought, like many who get wrapped up in their busy lives, that there was no way I could take the time out needed.  After all I had deadlines to deal with – The premiere of Canadian Sportfishing season 27 on TSN no less – and Erie can blow up in a heartbeat.  If the conditions weren’t right it would be a long day.  Luckily I have great people working with me on the show and after some bribes 😉  and Italo ringing in my ears ‘never surrender and fear no fish’ I decided to go. 

To heck with it, I just couldn’t pass it up, afterall I was invited by two old friends, Jim Westman and Dan Baker, whom I never get to fish with enough AND as an added bonus, was going to be introduced to Doug McIlveen, one of the best Bass fishermen on the tournament circuit.

So rain, snow, sleet or shine – we were going  – and even though the wind nearly ripped us of off the lake it wasn’t very long before I was glad I did!  

Fish were caught and a great time was had by all.

The smiles in the pictures tell the story, and make sure to check out the excellent hand drawn “drop shot rig’ diagram by Jim Westman in the accompanying images.  Jim is one of the best Anglers – in any situation. I have ever met –  great job Yim!

Here are the technical details as reported by Captain Dan Baker:

-Wind conditions were North East 25km/h, Strong wind warning in effect

-Waves were 2.5 to 3M average 6 seconds apart

-Very rough conditions

-Sunny with cloud periods

-Water temperature averaged 64F

-Location: Upper Niagara west of the Peace Bridge slow drift between marker EU4 and EU8 fishing between 16 and 26ft depth

Technique: drop shot with ½ weight using 3” Chartreuse Immitation Minnow. Weight must be on bottom using a slow raise and dip rod technique.

Hit Type: soft mouthing the bait, often hitting the bait and releasing with the hook set. Patience and a sharp hook set is key to success

Tony Brecknock

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