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Big dreams

My first BFL
« on: June 25, 2017, 10:20:44 PM »

I have never fished a BFL until Saturday.  It was a pretty neat experience.  I didn't know what to expect.  The people I spoke to on the ground all were very helpful in guiding me on the right track from packing the right gear to weigh in.  I am very thankful for  everyone's help.

Being a co angler, I was excited to ride in different boats.  The boater I was linked up with had a brand new Nitro Z19.  The boat was very nice and fished off from well.

My boater told me we were headed to St. Clair to a few spots where he had been catching them at.  The run up river was intense.  Some of those boats were out of the water more than they were in it seemed.  Got to see the miracle mile and then we got to this wide open area to which he said "welcome to St. Clair".  It was a beautiful morning with only a few clouds in the sky. 

I quickly found the bite was soft and undetectable at times.  At the end of the day, I was only able to land two fish for a total of 4 lbs.  The ride back down the river was pure misery.  It took 1.5 hours to get back from the opening of St. Clair.  My entire body hurt afterwards and I couldn't wait to kiss the ground. 

Overall, the fishing was not good but the experience was amazing.  I met some great guys and am looking forward to St. Clair on the 15th. 
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2017, 06:12:05 AM »

Good report.  Problem with the river is if it isn't rough.  It will be.  On calm days the power boats will churn it up.  Heard Lake Erie was real bad to.  Glad you had fun.  Looks like you have the right attitude.  Good luck on future events.  Keep them reports coming.
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2017, 04:26:05 PM »

I remember the feelings during my first one too. You popped your cherry now. You'll catch them at the next one. Be careful though, St. Clair is addictive.
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2017, 10:32:07 PM »

I'm looking forward to it.  I was told not to throw topwaters or a jerkbait.  That contradicts what some of you told me.  I'm going to bring it with me July 15.  Can you guys confirm the boat ride is smoother than on the river?
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2017, 03:08:19 PM »

No promises there. It can get pretty crazy out there too. Always worth the trip when you find just the right spot. I love St. Clair.
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2017, 06:46:59 AM »

Who told you not to throw jerkbaits or topwater?????????????
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2017, 07:51:30 AM »

My boater.  Not a big deal.  I tried shallow and deep jerks with no success.  By the time we made it to our stop, the top water bite would have been real tough anyways.  Now I know though :)
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2017, 09:20:07 AM »

Why did he tell you not to throw those two baits?
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2017, 06:48:29 AM »

Just said they dont usually produce for him.
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2017, 07:25:14 PM »

Especially during the may fly hatch top waters work well. Jerk baits work well most f the season.
For me other techniques are; drop shot, tubes, soft swim baits, and crank baits.
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Re: My first BFL
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2017, 01:13:28 PM »

Yeah... it's okay to listen to what other anglers have to say... BUT use your own head too! Topwater can be a good choice many times on any of the Great Lakes. Jerkbaits... ever hear of a guy who goes by the initials KVD?? ;D

Jerkbaits are ALWAYS worth a try off and on. It is a great idea to vary the sizes, colors and types of jerkbaits too, especially remembering to try suspending and deeper diving ones because a few extra feet can sometimes make all the difference!

Thanks for posting your story! Always great to hear about everyone's experiences! Hopefully there will be many more from you, and your luck and results will go up, up, up!!

St. Clair can be really rough too though it's rarely as bad as the afternoon through the 'Miracle Mile' luckily but tuna boat traffic can make the U.S. side pretty choppy and wicked any afternoon even with the wind down.

If you head out on a light wind day it can be real nice in the morning! You still have to watch for the occasional tuna boat wake out of nowhere... Sometimes, there's an early afternoon wind change that can make running much nicer too... until you hit the West part of the lake tuna boat traffic wakes anyways...

For either water, always remember if the wind is blowing against the river currents, the waves will be bigger and more wicked because they are pushing against each other. Sometimes, just getting out away from the heaviest river currents in the lake can cut the wave height quite a bit!
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