Mention the words Lake Erie and there
aren’t many fishermen that don’t
immediately think of walleye fishing.
This is as much the capital of walleye fishing
as any water in the
Choosing Lake Erie to represent Ohio
was easy, but finding
a guide sure wasn’t. Virtually
charter boat in a hundred miles of Cleveland
is setup for 6 clients and a price tag to fit them.
Being there were only two of us what were we
to do? I probably
spent more time trying
to find a guide on Lake Erie
then stumbled across Lenny
Miller’s “Get Reel Guide Service” whose
motto is “Walleye for Two”.
It was perfect.
We met up with Lenny and his wife
the night before as he had decided to bring his RV Trailer up to the
Creek Marina Campground in Oak Harbor, Ohio to make
the most of a few
days on the water. Lenny
fixed us a
batch of deep fried walleye and hush puppies to die for.
Around 2AM a band of thunderstorms
moved in and brought the rain. We
at 5AM. It was
still raining but the
forecast looked like it might break in a few hours.
Lenny picked us up at 6AM and we were headed
for the big water within 30 minutes.
winds had died down some but it was still a very rough ride 7 miles out. Unfortunately, Taylor
made a bad decision and decided to sit
down in the back of the boat – the equivalent to sitting in
the back seat of a
car when driving on a mountainous road.
By the time we pulled the worms out he was
looking a little green. A
few minutes later he managed a big tangle
in his line. He
should have just cut it
but decided to try to unwind it. Not
good decision as he lost his equilibrium – was full blown sea
sick – and would
not recover before we put our feet on land a few hours later. He did manage to keep his
I always look for the silver
lining in everything – so in spite of Taylor struggling
through a few hours of
sea sickness without complaining we did manage a Lake Erie SLAM which
of catching 5 species of fish (Walleye, Catfish, Yellow Perch, White
After we got 10 fish in the boat
we decided not to push Taylor’s
patience any further and headed for shore.
had taken some Bonine that morning and was wearing wrist bands that
work well, it just wasn’t enough today.
Tomorrow we plan to be fishing big water again
so we plan to stop and get some home sea sickness remedies consisting
and lime. Thankfully
we won’t be
drifting tomorrow which will help.
Fish Count to Date:
Fish); Taylor (206
Fish); Combined Total
(473 Fish through 38 States)