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Fished Saturday for Musky between the 400 Club and 9 Mile and had
one hook up. Fish never made it in the boat it shook the hook right at
the back of the boat. Weather guys said 5 to 15 knots and once again
they were so off. We got pushed off the lake because of the wicked winds
and waves. We were in 7-8 footers at times. All my years of fishing St. Clair
I've never seen rollers like that.
 

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Wow Canuck you are not lying! We were out there too in my 17 1/2 foot Monark when it hit. We were out in front of the 400 club as well. Had a very bad time getting back in to the Crocker Rd. launch. People were panicking, one guy in a 15 foot aluminum had no choice but to run the boat up the cement launch because all the docks were full and he couldn't turn back around to wait. We were taking waves in all the way up to the drivers steering wheel and I couldn't put the boat trailer in the water because the waves were picking up the trailer and throwing it sideways so I had to leave it partially in the water and let the waves throw my boat onto the trailer and just cranked it up from there. Will take several days to get the weeds and muck out of the boat but just grateful I am still here. All the way into the launch we were listening to the weather band and they were calling for waves 1 foot or less on the lake when we were clearly in 7 feet of waves. On the bright side I learned volumes about boat control in those types of conditions (nearly got rolled twice during the lesson). I just hope everyone else faired as well because I seen some boats out there that made mine look large.
 

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fish tremble,

We were taking waves over the bow on a 30 footer. My dad couldn't even get
the boat up on plane. We saw quite a few smaller boats out there in the distance.
Did you catch anything?
 

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Was marking an amazing amount of fish out there but only managed a 10 inch rock bass and a 17 inch sheephead using a firetiger harness with crawlers. Caught both fish 30 minutes in 14ft. before the lake lifted up. That gave me a new appreciation for life, would have gave anything to be on your boat instead of mine. I was just reviving the motor up and down trying to stay on top of the waves, actually had a gps max speed reading of 9 mph from one of the waves that carried us in. That makes two nearly fatal situations for me in just over a week. Little over a week ago I was almost taken out by an elderly man who blacked out on M-59 and ended up in the oncoming traffic passed out over the wheel with his car floored. He missed me by inches and took out an elderly woman in a white van head on instead. I think someone is trying to tell me not to take things for granted. Just one more fishing story to share with the friends other than my best friend who got to experience this one. I am truly grateful that I ended up not taking my 5 year old daughter out due to the chance of rain forecasted for Saturday. She was so bummed at the window and I felt so bad that morning for ditching her. I wish she could understand what a favor I did that day by leaving her home.
 

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Luckly I wasn't out there but I know how you all felt out there. Back in the late 80's I got caught in a lake Huron storm that came out of know where. The weather said
1-2 foot waves. No storms in sight. I was out in a 20' boat salmon fishing about 5 mile out. We had upto 15' waves and the weirdest greenish grey color I've ever seen. All you could see was from one wave to the next. The speedo on the depth finder said we where doing
1-8 mph depending if we where going up or down. But in fact we where pushed back a couple of miles. It gives you a real appreciation for life and real resect for the lakes. There where a few boats lost in the storm.
 

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That was nasty sat. on the lake. Kinda funny story about that day, funny now that its over!! I was still trolling over by selfridge on the way back to brandenburg park launch when those 4-6 footers hit. We didnt have much of a choice but to cut into the waves on an angle to get back in my 16 foot starcraft. I was bracing myself with one hand on the bimini top and the other on the tiller arm extension of our kicker motor. Meanwhile im telling my buddy man these are at least 5 footers and he responded "naaaa i think more like 3 footers" as he reeled in the lures to remove some weeds on them!!! As i was concerned for my life looking at rollers higher then my boat, he was cleaning off lures and putting them back in the water!!! Boy we laughed about it afterwards when we saw the reports of 4-6 footers. A few times we almost had both moters go underwater as we tried to ride straight into the waves. We did catch 2 musky, 3 footers, so it was still a good day.
 

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I was at the dumping grounds when the conditions started to deteriorate. I pulled in the lines and headed for Fords Cove. Following Seas are very dangerous but I am very experienced with these due to my years of fishing and diving in Key West. I made the mouth of the cove with 4' surf breaking into the rocks.
We sat it out in the cove for several hours before I could return to the launch. Very dangerous conditions.
 

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Ford Cove is an excellent spot for hiding out from inclement weather. First year I bought the boat we went down to the mouth of the river and a thunderstorm blew in forcing us to run there to hide for about 3 hours before it blew through. Just glad to see noone was hurt or killed from this one. I seen boats way too small (mine included) for those types of winds.
 

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QUOTE(Canuck @ Jun 14 2004, 09:12 AM)We were in 7-8 footers at times. All my years of fishing St. Clair
I've never seen rollers like that.
You should of seen the West shoreline of Erie on Saturday


I'm still drying out.
 

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these stories remind me of something i experience last season while fishing the american bass anglers nationals down on Kentucky Lake.

i think it was the third (last) day of the tournament, the whole boat launch was a buzz with rumors of rough conditions on the lake. everyone was warning us "out of towners" to be careful out there, the lake was really rolling. i remember being a little nervous because i didnt have a ton of experience on rough water and kentucky lake is pretty big, i could imagine it could turn up. well, when we finally got out there, i laughed my a$$ off for several minutes. the lake had one foot waves AT BEST. those local boys were being real careful not to hit them too hard as i blew by them at 65mph. i remember the look on my coanglers face. he was also a local boy. he looked like he just seen a ghost for about 3 hours in the morning.

those guys dont know how good they got it.

VIVA ST CLAIR AND ERIE

madman himself
 
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