After reading the great jigging reports online and double checking the weather forecast for Sunday, we decided to take our boys out on a head boat from Fisherman's Wharf for some jigging action. Dave and Tommy, Conrad and Drew, and Hunter and I, along with my good buddy Woody arrived at the boat at 7:00am. The boys were very excited at the notion of catching their first walleyes.
We left the dock with a full load of 30 fisherpeople and slowly trudged our way out into the fog for about 25 minutes. First stop was over a shallow reef in about 8fow and then up and over it with as little as 4fow below us (could see the bottom). There was really no wind to speak of, and you really had to work the jigs fast to keep from getting snagged up. I caught the 3rd fish of the day for the boat on a 3/4oz. white hair jig; however; the captain didn't like the water color around the reef so we moved further north to deeper water.
At that point, it was on like crazy. Our side of the boat lit up the fish pretty good on that drift, as did the guys on the bow. Not sure how many, but it was a bunch. The boys were having a bit of a tough time picking up the bite, as they were not keeping the slack out of their line when they were jigging. On my second hook up, I passed the rod to Hunter, and from that point on he reeled in the rest of our fish for the trip. We caught all of our fish on white, but others were doing well on pink/purple combos along with the stand by John Deere Green and Got One patterns. I tried blade baits for a bit but couldn't get them to go.
It took until almost 2:00pm for the entire boat to limit, but eventually the first mate said "we are done!" The quality of the fish was good too, plenty of fish in the 22"-24" range with several at 26" as well. Drew caught his first smallmouth of his life, dandy 21"er that will be going on his wall at home.
The boys fished hard, and they stuck it out in very chilly (and cold at times) conditions. It was a great time, that is for sure. Hope to get out again very soon...I can't imagine this unbelieveable fishing lasting much longer.
Hunter with the first 'eye he reeled in...
The boys with 2/3 of the catch (there is another 120qt. cooler behind that trash can...)