Hastings, Jul 2nd, Storming then Perch Performing


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Still smarting from a rainbow skunking at Bruce a couple of days earlier, Derek and I and a couple of others joined Big Dave to go after some yellow perch off Hastings. I think the smell of skunk was pretty much replaced by the smell of fish, lots of fish.

We fished 8:30-10:00 in 54', but, just as the bite was picking up, we were chased off the lake by a thunderstorm that clipped the west end of the point. It looked like Burwell and Stanley may have been at its centre, but it was scary our way too, so we bolted (like the lightning) and all were glad we did. We sat it out having a late breakfast while the storm moved out over the lake. Internet weather radar was a great help today. Despite dark skies, on radar we could see the storm moving due south, so we decided to give it another go and, boy, was it was worth the 2nd trip off the beach!

We headed back out to about 44' shortly after noon and quickly found a school of beauty jumbos. We finished up by 3:30 with a big catch that included numerous doubles of monster perch on pickerel rigs. The action was very steady and the size of these fish was remarkable. Lots of times, 2 or 3 anglers were all hooked up. The smallmouth fishery on the Bay is an amazing fishery, but, given a choice, I would opt for the perch fishing on the lake side any day. If you get the chance, get out there for some world class minnow-dunking while there is still some perch and some bait around.

Some pictures of the day:
A short video of the typical action as we were finishing up.

Cooler shot. We had a wheelbarrow lined up for this shot, but too much work to move all this fish.:D

A smaller one, but a keeper 4 sure:

We where at Port Bruce during the storm . Just got in and the boat loaded and it hit . Heavy rain and hail . The lake was fairly bumpy .Maybe we will have better luck next time . My son got sick just as we were setting up to troll for some bows .
WTG on the perch Stomp----gotta agree that there is nothing like a day when the perch are cooperating big time, it can get fast and furious, the bonus is a great meal at the end of the day.

Excellent Report & Pictures stomp.;)It is amazing on how many perch are out in Lake Erie.Hopefully it will last for a long Time.8D

I fished for perch for many years on the bay side and never came close to this kind of success. I've been very lucky to be able to tag along with Big Dave on these awesome trips. Everyone that I've witnessed make their first trip out there says the same thing... "Best perch'in EVAR"
Link to video not working for me

Packrat.. it's an MP4 file which is usually Quicktime.. download the free Quicktime player and it will play :)
Add another 330 today, I took a bunch of neighbors out.

I'm living in the wrong neighbourhood:D. Sounds like it was another great trip.

Originally posted by Big Dave

Add another 330 today, I took a bunch of neighbors out.


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