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Sorry for the delayed report, but I had a busy weekend, so this is the first time I've had a chance.

After a disappointing Thursday night form shore (first night in a while I didn't even see an eye caught), I went again Friday with a friend who was visiting from North Bay. Fished from 10pm-12:30am (in quite a bit earlier than usual, as my buddy was tired from the car ride).

Weather was perfect, and there was a bit more of a chop on the water compared to Thursday. Fished my spot east of the Ambassador Bridge along the breakwall. Just prior to fishing, I bought a brown/green chubby hot n' tot, and caught a few small smallies on it (<1lb). This lure was very similar to the old lure I used last Tuesday to catch 2 'eyes with, and then lost it on a snag later that night. I kept using it, because normally I try lures out until I know the fish can a)see it, and
it 'matches the hatch'. So, soon as I know the fish are liking anything in particular, I stick too it, as my results lately have been pretty consistent. I'll get nothing for a bit, find something fish are willing to hit, and finally, the 'eyes will hit eventually. So, right on que, at about midnight I hook into what 'felt' like a walleye (a fish larger than the dink smallies I was catching)--I usually catch small bass, rock bass or walleye on the cranks at this spot, so anything more than a pound is usually an 'eye. Had the fish on for about 3 seconds and my line went limp--broken. New lure, gone, fish, gone. Now, the fish didn't seem big by any means, so I'm thinking I must've frayed my fireline somehow? Anyone have this issue? I wasn't previously snagged or anything, and I know my knots are good...anyways, pretty bummed out, mostly 'cause I used a new $8 lure for about 2 hours! lol

So, I tied on a basic minnow (about 5-6") floating rapala, and about 2 casts later, hooked into another small eater. Got him pretty much in my hand over the rail, where he fell off. Worst 5 minutes of fishing EVER LOL! And no, no hot n`tot in his mouth that I could see!

My buddy wanted to go right after that, so we left (bummer, soon as the action picked up). I`ll be heading out again in the next few nights, but the bite seems to still be pretty good from shore if you`re willing to be out late (after midnight, it seems, like, well...clockwork, lol).
 

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QUOTE(Large Mouth Peks @ Aug 17 2009, 09:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Good work Barnz, glad to hear they are still biting there!!!! How was the clarity?

Yep, still biting there!


The clarity was good, but not `crystal`as it was on Thursday (check my report from then).

On Thursday, the water was dead calm and super clear, and for the first night in a while, didn`t even see an èye caught, though there was still fish activity. My bud and I shined a flashlight in the water, and there were literally HUNDREDS of minnow per square foot all along the breakwall. It was probably just too easy for the fish to get dinner, and I`m guessing they were full, or just too much to choose from. We probably had about a 1 in a million shot of a fish hitting our rapalas to a real minnow. Crazy. Had a great night last Tuesday (I got 2, buddy 1), and the water was pretty clear, but with a slight chop. Same deal on Friday. I know it would`ve been good had we stayed out. Left right when they started biting.
 

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If you have weak eyes on your pole that arent ceramic fireline will cut through it and snap your line at the tip of your pole. Fireline can get frayed too but I dont see that happening using a medium running crankbait. Always check your knots and the eyes on your pole once in a while.
 

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Yep, the dumbest little thing can wreck your line, ESPECIALLY right after you've casted your lure out. That is where you can get a knick in your line without noticing, then after a few re-ties, your knick will become more of a threat during casting,etc, as you will be putting more pressure on that area of the line with casting or hook setting. I've gone through 2 spools of Fireline 20lb test in 2 months....I'm not liking it as much as I thought, especially it wrapping around the tip of my rod. I'm going to switch to Power P and check the differences.
 

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Now that you guys mention it, I have in the past week and a half switched to an Ugly Stik Lite graphite rod from BPS (with a Phleuger ree!
that I've heard the eyelets on could be rough on fireline/superlines. I read these reviews AFTER purchasing the rod. They appear to be smooth, but now I'm wondering. However, the line did break closer to the lure, as there was lots of line to reel in after the break. Also, have noticed fireline tangling the tip of my rod sometimes, especially if it's windy, but I see that as a minor nuissance--I really do love the sensitivity of the line.
 

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I love the sensitivity too, but the tangling at the tip of the rod is too much of a pain.

Use a Q-Tip and slowly roll it around the insides of the guide's....you will pull out any lil threads on the Q-Tip if there are any knicks,etc on the guide. A lil nail-polish hardner on the guide will smooth it away and keep it usable..but you might have to reapply often, as the Fireline will dig into it, especically if the rod gets out in these hot temps/direct sunlight.
 
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