Monday, June 13, 2011

Saginaw Bay Walleyes a slow bite

   The weather experts predicted Monday on Saginaw Bay waves would be running from 1-2 feet, winds NNE, 10-15, and air temperatures starting out around 60 degrees then later in the afternoon, 74.
   Next time you hear a weather forecast, figure on the exact opposite so you won't be in for any surprises. Fishing with Duncan Wooster, a Walleye-101 staffer and all around nice guy, my son-in-law Jeff and I were ready to see what the "bay" had in store for us.
   Good thing we packed accordingly; long sleeved shirts, heavy hoodies, and lightweight winter jackets along with rain gear.
   All but the rain gear came in for use. Most of the day we were bundled up with hoodies and jackets. By Early afternoon we were able to shed some of the outer layers when the sun finally warmed things up.
   Those 1-2 footers turned into steady 3, 4, and even 5 footers. We took the weather straight on the nose after launching at Quanicassee. Later, the bay calmed down to those 1-2 footers.
   Despite the rough seas, Jeff was able to boat two respectable walleyes, and one good-size catfish. "I wish we could have caught more fish," Duncan said. "But it was a good trip. You learned how we do it here. Next year when you come over we'll try it again," he told Jeff who will leave tomorrow to fly back to his home in England.
   All in all, it was a good day on the water shared by good friends. Add a couple of fish to the mix and some great learning experiences, and it was a fine day despite the meteorologists predictions. (Jeff Minns with his first ever walleye. Duncan Wooster looks on.)

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