Weathering The Storm
July 19, 2005
I had the pleasure of fishing with Benoit once again today for the first half of the day. This time however, he had two young boys with him. Alexi was from Isles des Madelines and David was from here. The run to the first location was like riding on air as we had mirror calm conditions. The humidity was almost unbearable but the air temps were only in the upper 70’s. Water temps were between 75 & 80 degrees depending on the location of the lake you were fishing. Fishing was a little slow to start, but Ben boated the first largemouth of 2 ½ pounds on a buzzbait and lost another larger one right at the boat shortly after. I decided that we should relocate & try for some smallmouth when the fishing didn’t improve. The winds also decided to move and began to blow from the S/SW at about 10 to 15 knots making for rougher water conditions. It wasn’t long before both Alexi & David both had smallies on and finally felt what they fight like. I could see that the weather was going to take a turn for the worse and opted for another move, closer to the boat ramp just incase. We continued to catch more smallies on a flat with crankbaits and Ben got a bonus walleye of 24 inches also. Unfortunately we were going to have to get out of there as thunder, lightning and heavier winds were approaching fast. We did get somewhat wet on the run back, but managed to wait out the storm in the truck for a half hour. Back we went to the same area when it cleared and the sun came out. About another 4 or 5 bass were caught in an hour making for a total of around 15 fish for the morning. All in all, a pretty good day!!