Actually, Saturday started off pretty slow inside Brest Bay, with several dozen nightcrawlers being donated to the “swipers”. Swiper is a term I gave to the Silver Bass and White Perch, the two bait stealing species that will empty a worm box in short order. Often they swipe at your crawler rig and come back to the boat sideways! Towards the end of the morning we reeled in and decided to make a move out of the Bay.
After finding a transition spot off Stoney Pointe and to the north we set up lines. Two rods dedicated to bottom bouncers off the side of the boat, with six boards off to the sides. The BB’s are 8 ounces each, a trick I learned several years back to help avoid tangles while bringing back the boards to the boat. I found them at http://www.bottombouncers.com/Unpainted-fixed-arm-bottom-bouncer-6-8-ounce-bb0068.htm. Right off we pulled in a nice yellow belly perch, not the fish we wanted, but better than the white kind, and usually a good sign of walleyes in the area. We didn’t have long to wait before one of the boards was completely pulled under the water, and with it, a nice 4 lb walleye in the box soon after.
We had the Church Walleye Boards running with 1 oz. Bass Pro XPS keel weights anywhere from 10 to 16 foot back behind the boards. My only issue with these weights is the snap, if you leave them unhooked, they tend to fall off. My solution was easy, snap on a duo-lock snap and problem solved.
It took a while to dial in the colors we needed behind the boards, I have a dozen or so rigs to retie before going out again. Once we had the program figured out, it was game on. In the picture below are the five patterns that caught all the fish Saturday. The top two are anti-freeze patterns from www.dbfishing.com, one straight and the other a Mixed Veggies AF blade. At 10 ft back behind one of the boards I went old school and pulled out one of my favorite Fishlander willow blades in the Happy Hooker pattern. That’s the one in the middle. The bottom two blades are from Silver Streak, the first is Blue Hot Tiger, and the bottom one is Lemon Drop. Both are #8 indiana blades, and Lemon Drop along with the Mixed Veggies from dbfishing.com, pulled in the most fish for the day. I pulled these off the rods to get a picture, normally the rigs I snell are 7 foot long.
It took two passes to get 13 fish and six bonus perch for the freezer. We did pull one walleye inside Brest Bay over by the humps and the way the bite was going north of Stoney, we could have easily finished out our 3 man limit of 18 walleyes. Unfortunately a family emergency on shore forced us in. Thankfully everything turned out for the best!
All in all, a very good day. My neighbor Cliff and I continued to add on to what has been a great spring so far. My good friend Kyle, who came up for some Michigan turkey hunting from North Carolina, got some Erie gold instead. We ended up with 7 nice quarts of walleye, 1/2 qt of perch, and a snack bag full of cheeks!