8-15-03 - Matt's Skunked, but that's just luck!
Waters Fished: Kenosha Harbor (Lake Michigan)
Fish Caught: 3 landed
Outing Date: 8-15-03
Weather: Partly Cloudy
Air Temp: around 85F
Water Temp: around 60F
Water Level: normal
Water Color: clear and blue
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Bluegill, Rock Bass, Largemouth Bass
Pattern Fished: Kastmaster Spoons
Pattern Color: silver variations
Fishing Quality: Pretty Darn Good!
Alright, I don't need to say a lot on this report;
I got to Kenosha Harbor probably around 7:30 or 8:00 PM. Friday
was going to be my ONLY FISHING DAY this weekend and well...I had
to take what I could get.
Chromeseeker had a relatively GOOD week at the
harbor, 2 browns Tuesday, 2 more Wed, and off Thursday. The weather
had shifted though, bringing up water temperatures. Friday was going
to be an iffy proposition, upon arrival I noticed a definite increase
in the amount of Panfish (including bluegills and rock bass) along
the shore. The real highlight of the night was the number of crayfish..I
counted over 30 on one rock! Bart is also pretty sure that he spotted
a couple largemouths too.
Well, suffice it to say that everyone landed a
brown except for me...just my luck. I've given up (for now) the
idea of tossing flies in the harbor for the simple fact that the
browns are sitting on the bottom, which is over 20-30' in most spots...I
simply don't have flies and leaders long enough to get down there
and actually detect a strike. So I'm a "spooner in training"...borrowing
one of Bart's spare spinning rods and a few kastmasters, crocodiles
As you can see, the technique works ;) While I
won't say EXACTLY what we were doing that night, I will say that
Jack (Jacek) attributes it to the "Polish Style", and
well maybe this Norwegian may not have it down yet! Granted, if
I can feel the strike of a SOLO CUP, I think I'd feel a brown taking
my spoon....so I chalk up my luck to just that...luck.
I did however lose one fish during "The Bite",
which curiously happened after dark between about 9:00 and 10:00
pm. While tossing we had a line out putting nightcrawlers on the
bottom. Out of nowhere (as it happens) I turned and noticed the
rod doubled over pointing to the lake, the drag on fire! Everyone
saw this one and we were all excited; I managed to pick up the rod
(being closest) and "tried" to set the hook...somehow
the line snapped on pickup NOT ONLY AT THE LURE but ALSO at the
reel! I was PO'd to say the least! I swore I wouldn't leave until
I hooked up...by 1:15 AM I finally decided that I'd had enough punishment
for one day.
Addendum - after posting this report as well as
some quickies on TSS and FAT's site, I received a downright vile
email, I have to add this - FOR THE RECORD,
the "POLISH STYLE" IS NOT SNAGGING you racist mo-fo.
I will not tell you what the "Polish Style" is either;
Bart, Jacek and George have been very generous in teaching me their
methods of fishing the harbor SUCCESFULLY and it's their decision
whether this technique is fully explained to anyone else. FN Jealous