Lake Erie delivered as promised on our first trip of the season with the boat going 9 for 12 on the hook-ups. To get the details out of the way, 1.4 to 1.6 mph seemed to be the speed they wanted all day. We had to keep a tight drift, which having the GPS built into the Minn-Kota Terrova made that fairly easy. We fished two contour lines, and literally after an 1oo yard pass, picked up the gear and went back around to start the drift again. Ran Rapala Deep Husky Jerks (DHJ-12’s) all day, and although Chrome Blue, Purple and the last of my Tennessee Shads seemed to be the best, they also tore up some white based lures from Big Eye Custom Lures.
Counted off a range of depths on the Daiwa’s, from 20 to 40 foot back before attaching the Church Tackle TX-22’s, with the best fish coming on 27, 32, and 37 foot back. Keep in mind we were running in 11 to 14 foot of water. I tried a new trick, took a stick of Lure Lipstick and rubbed some on the backside of the bill for some added scent. I didn’t want it on the front because I thought it would have effected the ability for the bait to dive. Also, sometimes too much “stink” can be a deterrent, so I didn’t apply it to the body of the cranks. Test results would support the conclusion of having the perfect amount.
Even though I run Scotty’s for my rod holders, have to mention the Planer Board Caddy from Traxtech. It doesn’t matter if I am using my TX-12’s, Walleye Boards or the TX-22’s I used yesterday, the boards stay locked in place while traveling on the water at any speed. Also a handy way to store my pliers, and you will noticed I zip tied my fish towel into place. Which, when I go to wash them, will have to be cut, maybe I didn’t think that one entirely through, but at least it stays in place. When I take the boards off the line, they go right into the caddy because I placed them in the business end of the boat!