Morris Invitational in Winthrop Harbor, IL
Lots of fishing last weekend and lots of water covered pre-fishing for the Morris Invitational out of Winthrop Harbor, IL.
Weds we fished Racine and had a huge number of cohos plus good numbers of the other species needed in this contest. Fished the edge of the hill alittle south of town 100-150 fow. Wire divers near the bottom with Spin Doctors and Mirage flies and good action on the surface with stingers.
Thursday we figured we needed a second and third spot so we fished different waters. Fished off Kenosha, then off Waukegan, and finally all the way south to the R4 reef. Never thought I would see the Sears Tower from my boat! We had decent coho action nearly everywhere we fished with the exception of Chicago. Fun to catch fish, but not what we were looking for.
Friday we definitely knew that fishing Racine was our best option for the contest. Started out great with some really nice fish. Three species and all good size fish. Unfortunately we could only pull 11 fish out of our spot. Others in the area were throwing fish back but it just wasn't for us. Good weight for our 11 fish but you need the points of all 15. Ended the day in 22nd out of 30 boats.
Saturday we decided we were too far gone to make a run at the top so we decided to stay close to Winthrop and just try to find three big fish for their 333 contest. Ended up finding a sweet spot straight off Winthrop in 222-240 fow. Completely different lake than what we had been fishing. Found four species plus really decent size fish. Good action on boards on top with stingers. NBK UV Super Slim on a downrigger 69. And the stud was the new 11'' UV ''Blood Run Edition'' Dreamweaver Paddle down 230 on a rigger. This thing took many fish including our biggest king and a nice trout with literally minutes left to fish for our 15th fish. Our offshore catch of 83lbs brought us from 22nd up to an 11th place finish. One fish, 20 points, out of the money and four cohos friday out of second! We also caught the largest steelhead on saturday but it was not weighed in on the proper scale. Alittle surprised when they called someone else with a smaller fish. Completely our fault! Awesome contest! anyone ever considering it should definitely give it a shot next year. We may not have won but we came down with some good Racine mojo. First and third were Racine boats, congrats to Hawg Gone and Stormtrooper, with Fuzzy Bear taking second. Many other Racine and Milwaukee boats finishing out the top 15.
Is The Wisconsin Department of Resources in the Wrong Hands?
Great commentary from Paul Smith of the Journal Sentinal from Milwaukee.
State's wildlife and natural resources in wrong hands
Beyond state borders, Wisconsin is well-known for its pro football franchise, cheese and motorcycles.
For most of the 20th century, it also had a reputation as a national leader in conservation.
"When you considered resource management among the 50 states, you had to name Wisconsin on the short list, definitely among the very best," said Jim Martin, chairman of the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and former Oregon fisheries director, speaking last March at the 75th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Milwaukee.
Martin, now retired, was speaking in the past tense..........
Spring is Right Around the Corner
Spring is right around the corner and fishing will be here before we know it! Took some time today to finally start going through my rods and reels and getting a few reels some much needed help. Thanks to the wonderful people at Okuma, we will be upgrading some of our reels for 2011. The customer service there is top notch. they have always done everything possible to make sure we have been completely satisfied since joining their team a few years back. Another batch of reels are on their way to Tuna's Reel Troubles in Lundington, Michigan. These reels should come back to better than new including upgraded tournament drags! Really starting to get the itch!