I had the pleasure of filming with my guest Bill McFarlane for trophy smallmouth bass on Lake Erie, NY today. Moderate winds were blowing when we left the Fort Erie, ON boat launch and by the time we arrived on a shoal about 2 miles west of Buffalo, NY, the winds had picked-up to 20-30 mph, and they were brisk from the south-east. We lost several bass fishing tubes in 12-20′ of water a Bill managed to land the first fish “on-camera” by twitching a #13 Rapala Husky Jerk. As the winds became stronger (and we got colder), we decided to cruise into Buffalo Harbor to look for more sheltered fishing areas. The first spot we fished produced several small pike and a few largemouth bass. Bill again landed the 2nd “on-camera” largemouth bass that hit the Husky Jerk. The fish was around 3 1/4 lb. From there we fished a large 7-10′ flat and located a bunch of feeding smallmouth. We ended up finishing a Rapala Husky Jerk TV show in about an hour. After lunch we decided to fish tubes along fast-dropping shorelines and had we were able to get some exceptional footage such as a live double-header (picture below), and several other fish. By 2pm it started to rain and then it got cold, so we decided to head back. Well done Bill!
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