Archive for the ‘pike’ Category

Southern Culture On the Fly– Beaver Bombin’

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

David Grossman from Southern Culture On the Fly visited Beaver Island this summer. David is one of the most unique people I’ve ever meet, so it makes sense that he wrote the most unique fishing article I’ve ever read. Do Steve, Austin and I really sound like this? I hope so, I like it.

The excellent photos are by Alex Landeen who was also on the trip.

Here is a link to the latest issue of Southern Culture On the Fly that includes the Beaver Bombin’ article that starts on page 107.

David is a fun guy to hang out with on or off the water and already has his 2017 Beaver Island trip on the books, we can’t wait to see what happens next summer.


Pere Marquette fishing report -July 24th- how Jeff sold his soul to the browns to catch other species of big fish part I

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Jeff’s been up from Indiana fishing with us on the PM for the last couple days. The mission was to strip big streamers for pike during the days and mouse for browns at night. Friday night we hit the upper river and Jeff got into the rhythm of fishing in the dark quickly. He landed the first fish he rolled, a 14″ brown. We thought things were off to a good start. He continued to roll fish until 2am, some very large fish, but not one stayed hook for more than a few seconds. The same story played out last night. Jeff rolled even more fish, close to 20, and stuck two very large browns, but not one made it to the net.

I’m confident in alleging, despite Jeff’s insistence to the contrary, the transaction of a diabolical pact with the brown trout. Because while the browns have been less than cooperative, Jeff had his fair of epic fishing this weekend. He caught a mess of pike including two of the biggest I’ve ever seen come out of pike location X. These were some muskrat eaters. Baby raccoons. Tuber toes.

And if big pike weren’t enough, he caught the bonus of all bonuses on a mouse last night. Full report on that tomorrow.

The river is in good shape. We only really had one day of very hot weather last week and temps have come down to more seasonable levels with overnight lows in the 60s. Water temp in the upper river was 67 degrees last two days. Hopper fishing has been OK, not great. Mousing is the way to go, despite Jeff’s bad luck, and/or Faustian bargain. We received a good shot of rain yesterday, but not enough to do change the low, clear summer conditions.

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Pere Marquette fishing report -July 16th

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Truly hot weather has arrived and with it the canoes. Stay off the river in the middle of the day, particularly on weekends, to avoid them. Fishing in the middle of the day isn’t very good this time of year anyway.

The Pere Marquette Watershed Council’s Casting for Conservation tournament was this past Friday. My guys Dave and Paul almost had the big fish of the night, a nice 17.1″, err, 18″ brown taken on a hopper right at dark by Dave.

The middle river has been fishing a little better than the upper river. Both prospecting with hoppers and attractor dries and nymphing with basic attractor patterns like hares ears have been producing fish. Mousing after dark is probably the best way to get into big fish this time of year.

We’re expecting some very hot weather this week with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. This will bring the water temps up so be sure to fight your fish quickly and keep them in the water as much as possible. This time of year is also a great time to chase pike in the lower river and area lakes. Justin from Indiana and I got into a couple decent pike on PM lake last Thursday.

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Pike with Carter

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Mark took his oldest son Carter out on Pere Marquette Lake the other day and got into some nice pike. Way to go Carter!

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