Here is a great video from Tom Boley that helped me understand how to use the bait.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019
Update - Oct 25th. I fished until 7pm on Friday. It was very dark when it came time to pull the boat out. Now I can say I literally LOVE these steps. It made trailering the boat super easy and safe, even in the dark. I have ordered a thick pool noodle that I'm going to use as padding around the step supports just in case the boat ever tries to rub on them. I don't think its likely to, but for the price of $5 I can make it a non issue.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Because of the heat the walleye were still in more of a summer pattern. We found them shallow on humps around the gravel pits in the back of Chatfield. The three presentations we used were jig and a worm, blade baits, and jigging raps. This was my first time to use a blade bait. I really enjoyed working the blade bait, it was also very effective. I think we managed around 20 fish. Mostly walleye, a few trout, and one 10lb carp!
Austin uses Lowrance electronics. I have always use Humminbird... until this trip! The maps available for Lowrance are amazing. All of the Colorado lakes I fish are mapped in very high detail. You can't get this for Humminbird unless you make your own, which is a tall order for a big lake like Blue Mesa. So I am now the proud owner of a Hook2 9", installed it myself today. I did not hook up the transducer, I'm still using my Solix 12 for sonar. The Lowrance unit will just be used for maps...for now.
I took my new Lowrance and the new techniques Austin showed me and went back to Chatfield today. I was able to find fish right away. I deployed my trolling motor getting ready to spot lock, but it would not turn on... hopefully I will get that worked out soon. So I reset a bit up wind from the fish I wanted to target and threw out my anchor, old school lol. Using the blade bate I was able to catch about 7 walleye. I caught another 3 or 4 on a jig and worm. I am very happy with the results.
If you want to learn more about the Denver area lakes I highly recommend Austin Parr. Of all the guides I have fished with I feel he is the best teacher and just fun to hang out with.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Up until 2020 models Lunds came with a plastic fuel tank vent on the port side bow. The vent stuck out about 1/2 inch and was easy to damage...
Got the sleeping arrangements take care of :) Got some paco pads to sleep on. Feeling pretty optimistic about this setup.
Last few short trips I have hit Geanos reef and Oconto. Geanos reef was a bust. Marked nothing all day, but did see people musky fishing on ...