Smallmouth on tubes from Lake Erie & the Upper Niagara River, Fort Erie, ON.

Posted on August 17th, 2012

[nggallery id=770]I had the pleasure today to fish with our General Manager, Tony Brecknock and Chris Fuoco of Channel Zero .  Our day started out meeting at 7am at teh Fort Erie, ON boat launch and as soon as we headed down-river, the rain started to come down.  Good thing it did not last long.  We found the right drift with our Humminbird 800 series sonar, I lowered the Minn Kota Terrova in the water and started our drift and I immediately hooked a 3lb. smallmouth that proceeded to head right to the surface, it leaped about 2′ out of the water and threw the jig!

For the next couple of hours we landed about 6-nice size smallmouth including a couple of 19″ fish that were just over the 4 lb. mark.  The winds started to pick-up and we were drifting against the current so we decided to head out to Lake Erie to see if we could land a few more fish on one of the many reefs.  The waves were starting to build-up, but we did manage to hook another 3-4 nice size smallmouths.  Thank goodnes for the auto-pilot feature of the Minn Kota Terrova which enabled me to safely slow-down our drift and fish effectively, even in pretty strong winds.

We fished 4″ tubes with 3/8 oz. jigheads using Rapala Concept Ti rods and Rapala Shift reels loaded with 10 lb. test Sufix 832 braid and 12 lb. test Sufix fluorocarbon leaders.  The River Hawk performed well even in 4′ waves and we had lot’s of fun!!

Tomorrow we are off to Red Pine Wilderness lodge to film a dynamic TV show on walleye and hopefully some topwater smallmouth action.

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