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    Default Erie Islands week of 5/20

    Fished Sun-Thurs this past week, unfortunately a snafu with our reservation caused us to leave Friday rather than Saturday but still a great week. We're generally later than most getting out, so everything here was probably not wetting a line until at least 8:30. Group of 7 all trolling 40 Tru-Trips with spoons all week.

    Started off Sunday around Starve just off the North and East edges in 22-23', and out boat of 3 had our 18 in around 2 hours. The other 2 boats took a bit longer, but managed to get theirs as well so a full 7 man limit for the day.

    Monday started in the same place, but it was a bit slow for our liking so we headed around 3/4 mile West of the NW Corner of Kellys in 28-29' and found a good pocket of fish. Had to sort through some shorts, but again all 3 boats managed to limit before Noon.

    Tuesday based on some intel from another group staying at the same motel, we switched it up and ran out of Catabwa up between D & E cans. Large group of boats but they were fairly spread out, and once again all 3 boats had a limit within around 3 hours.

    Wednesday had some pretty good SW winds so back to Mazurik and headed back to Starve. Longest day of the week, we just slow picked but finished up around 2:30-3:00 continuing to move in a Southerly direction to try and manage the waves. One boat with a couple of older guys with back and/or hip problems decided to call it quits early after 2 fish, so ended up 10 short that day.

    Thursday, last day, and we headed back to the Starve area. Very slow pick there, so I decided to do some searching. We found a spot NW of Kellys in 33-37' of water and pretty much immediately started hitting doubles. Took us maybe 45 minutes to an hour for out boat, and a quick call to the other 2 got them over there and they were all finished by Noon.

    Overall, another great week on the water. Other than a minor issue one day having a plug foul in my 9.9 kicker, no major issues. We'll be back same time next year!

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    Default Re: Erie Islands week of 5/20

    Great Intel! Thanks for sharing!

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    Default Re: Erie Islands week of 5/20

    what size have you been keeping? are you getting most fish over 18"? lots of 20" as well?

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    Default Re: Erie Islands week of 5/20

    Quote Originally Posted by spanky View Post
    what size have you been keeping? are you getting most fish over 18"? lots of 20" as well?
    Most days we were bringing in mostly 18-22" fish, but sorting through a lot of smaller fish to get there. Only 2 over 25" for the week. Long gone seem the days when a day didn't go by without a few 27"+ fish (for us anyway it seems), but the overall population is certainly healthy.


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