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Lake Erie Walleye DVD

New 2009 Fishing DVD! Three Walleye over 10#! Advanced trolling techniques. I made a trip just to get footage to show how to catch big Walleye using my clip-on trolling sikers and planer boards.


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How to Fillet Fish DVD
Fillet fish fast with electric knife. Panfish, Bass, Walleye and Catfish


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How to Tie Jigs Fishing DVD
New edition is now 100 minutes long. Learn to tie acrylic hair, bucktail, rubber shirt jigs; pour sinkers and jigs; sinker rigs, floater rigs, slip-sinker rigs, crawler harness spinner rigs and more.



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Lake Erie 1998

We made another trip to Lake Erie in 1998 and this time we would spend ten days there and some friends were driving in from another state and were to meet us there later in the week. The first day was cloudy, cold and windy. Lake Erie is one of the most brutal waters to fish in the wind, when they put a wind advisor up for small craft you won't see many on the water. There is very little for wind breaks and with such large boats running around you get huge rouge waves coming out of no where while battling the huge wind waves. I didn't go much fishing, I would wait for the weather to break so we sat around and watched TV mostly, taking a few rides around the island.

The next day wasn't any better so it was another boring day watching our little 4" TV and messing around the island. We made a trip to the south tip at the state park and was watching the waves crash against the pier. There was a few boats out in that area since the wind was blocked a little by a small island out a couple miles, guys were running out and letting the wind blow them back to the park area. Then one small area in the sky opened up and the sun shined through right on a sail boat. What a sight that was, dark all around and the spot light on this pretty sail boat. The weather was finally to break and i was getting excited.

The next morning I headed out at the crack of dawn and fished in the wind in several areas and finally caught a 7# walleye. I needed to get a pattern going so we could be catching fish as soon as our friends got there the next day. That's the only fish I caught and I quit early because of the wind.

Our friends were supposed to arrive sometime late in the morning, they were driving from NC so I expected they would want to rest that first day so I decided to go fishing and try to get a better pattern going. It was a nice morning, the wind finally laid down quite a bit and I did caught a nice limit of fish along a 5 mile stretch trolling nightcrawler rigs. Just before the reefs ended and the water dropped off to 38' I caught a ten pound walleye! With that I started up the big motor and headed back to the dock.

When I got to the dock by our cabin my friend was fishing, he was a little angry that I hadn't been there waiting for him but he did arrive early and I just thought to myself, save it, wait and see how you feel tomorrow. He grabbed his poles and climbed in the boat and off we go, day one.

We stopped by a couple points on the way to north bass a few miles away and caught 2 walleye off each one. Now my buddy was all happy. We stayed out about all day and caught a lot of fish. That night about 10 they cracked open a beer and asked if we wanted to play some cards. I said no, that I think I would go to bed and get up early (I always get up at 4am on these Lake Erie trips) and they were stunned and didn't say anything. I warned my buddy to go easy on the beer because it would be rough water tomorrow, and I went to bed.

The next morning I could hear the waves crashing against the rocks near the cabin. I was tempted to just stay in bed but lake erie always gets my adrenaline going so thought about it for awhile and came up with a game plan to navigator in rough water to get to the area where I was catching fish. And with that I forced myself up. I looked outside at first light and it did look nasty. I went ahead and packed a lunch and my cooler. I tried to wake my buddy up but he said he wanted to sleep in. Just as I figured, so much for being all excited to get out there.

The guy in the next cabin over with the big walleye boat came out and looked at the water with me. He said it was too bad for him to go out. I told him about my plan, I figured I would head straight into the wind to a small island, then change course and ride the tops of waves for a couple miles and then drift with the wind to the area I wanted to fish. I offered to let him come with me and what my plan was but he declined the offer. So I guess it was just me, and that's the way I like it anyway.

I launched my boat and idled out of the protected area into the main lake with water blowing in my face. It got really bad with water pouring in the boat with every wave. I dumped out my coffee, it was mostly lake water now anyway. I covered myself with my rain coat and headed toward rattlesnake island, about 3 miles away in ten foot waves. I had to cut the waves just right to keep the boat from running down under a wave which would sink me in an instant, so I zigged zagged heading to that island. The closer I got to the island the less wind so I was able to pick up my speed and make some time. Then just a couple more miles back into the big waves and I could make my turn. When I made my turn I was able to ride the tops of the waves to where I figured the wind would blow me across a 5 mile stretch where I liked to fish along the canadian border by North Bass Island.

It was about 35 feet deep and I was catching a few sheephead trolling crankbaits with my kicker motor, which was mostly in neutral as the wind was plenty strong enough to keep me moving along. As I got closer to North Bass island reef where I caught the ten pounder the day before I reached a reef and the depth came up to 16' really fast and so I quick reeled in some line. As I was reeling one rod and other rod started to bend over. I quick grabbed it and felt a fish on the other end! I fought it out and got it in alright and it was aother ten pound walleye! In the same spot! Later in the week I would see charter boats take clients to that exact spot and have them cast all around and those fisherman probably thought they were fishing out in the middle of no where but they were,'t, they were fishing a great spot, a point of a large reef dropping off into the deep water. With that I headed back to the cabin to show my buddy what he missed and when I got back he was still sound alseep.

After getting photos and video and having breakfast, my buddy finally got up and got ready to go. We went out and started catching sheephead right away. One fish he hooked he struggled to get it unhooked and was looking down in the boat too long and he got seasick. So I had to take him back and treid to explain how to avoid getting seasick out there. We had a really good week and caught lots of fish. One afternoon comes to mind, a storm was moving by causing a lot of wind and the fish started biting like crazy. We started pulling in big bass and big walleye on this long narrow point that I kept doing circles around to make more passes. At one point he hollered DAVE! and I looked at him and he was just about straight up in the air from me. That didn't bother me any, but he insisted we go back. I had to agree and thought about just ducking out of the wind but figured we had already caught plenty of fish so might as well make the long run back to the cabin. Soon after we got back the storm passed over and everything calmed down. Oh well, the bite probably slowed down as well. I did get video for some of this that I will post. After catching that 11 pounder the day before I decided to buy a camcorder and thus started my fishing videos.








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