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  1. This was a mullet pattern that I did a while back. I hope it helps John [img= http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/3050059/width/600/height/450]
  2. Caught my biggest walleye on this one that I made a couple years ago. It is a cherry body painted in a pearl tiger pattern. I ended up catching a 11.78 pounder last week on it. [img= [img= We had a good night that night. Lots of good eating for the long winter. http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2647141/width/600/height/450] Fishing right out front of the Rock -N- Roll Hall of Fame and downtown Cleveland. http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2647150/width/600/height/450' alt='450'>
  3. Merry Christmas everyone! We are having some bonus weather days up here in Cleveland. By now the ramps are usually frozen and the boats are tucked away for their long winter naps. The walleyes are still biting and the water temp is still above 40 degrees. Caught a nice 10-1/2 pounder on this large shad. It was the biggest body from the pics above. I finally finished the final paint on the dang thing. I ended up catching two others on it also. [img= [img= I made this other one late this summer but didn't get to run it. It is made from redwood with mylar wrapping paper on its side. I decided to give it a try two nights ago and caught a 9-1/2 pounder. We had a big mess going on with a triple of fish on at the same time, lines got tangled. http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2646862/width/600/height/205] http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2646863/width/600/height/450' alt='450'>
  4. Well after cleaning fish last week I noticed that there were all kinds of fish in their stomachs. The fish are really on the feed with winter fast approaching. It gave me this idea to in a sense "Match the hatch". The shad ranged in all sizes with the biggest bait fish in the biggest fishes stomachs. [img= I decided to trace out the outlines of the some of the shad in the different size ranges and cut some redwood bodies. Here is a pic after I have the first base coat of epoxy. http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2509895/width/600/height/450] I ended up catching one lastnight on the medium sized one. We had a big blow 4 days ago and the water is terrible at the moment. I hope it clears up some more for the weekend. [img= http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2509898/width/600/height/240]
  5. Well it was a good week of night fishing for BIG walleyes on the North coast. This time of year some of the biggest walleyes in Lake Erie come to the shorelines of Cleveland to feed heavily on shad and smelt. This is common for the fish to fatten up before the ice settles in. We fish with inline planer boards with glow sticks attached to them. Trolling speed is 1.7 to 1.8 mph. Best bite starts around midnight and will go into the early morning hours. This is jointed bait made of redwood. It is 6" in length. I had one prior to this one but it needed to be retired because of cracks. I finished up the new "Tony the tiger" last week. It had a great weekend with taking 4 walleyes over 10 pounds. The largest was 10.68 pounds. Sleep will be good starting right now! I will not complain because I wait all year for this! John [img= http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2497288/width/600/height/450' alt='450'>
  6. Bill nice plug! I want to try the river striper fishing some day. I have watched the In-fisherman shows doing that technique. I like how the inline planner board runs the live shad right by the blow downs and log jambs. They caught some nice fish. The wire that I use is a very thin welding wire. I take a dremel drill bit and drill deep into the body cavity. I use five minute epoxy to set it. The plugs are small and would be hard to do a thru-wire. After 3 coats of epoxy the wire is really locked in. Walleye don't fight super hard and I am using 10 pound mono. The line would break way before hanger hook failure. It looks like the weather is going to be nice this weekend. I might get a chance at the migrating fish if they didn't already move by. Is your river bite happening this time of year? John
  7. Hey Bill, the body I cut out on a bandsaw and then I use an edge sander to shape the body. I kinda roll the back and belly against the belt. My knuckles have hit the belt many times. When it looks kinda even side to side I will finish the smoothing with an electric pad sander or just hand sand it smooth. I cut the lip on the bandsaw trying to make it as square as possible. If I miss a good cut I will make the slot wider and just hold it by hand untill the 5 minute epoxy sets. I like to put the lip in early at the start and as I build the coats up it really locks it in. The lips I will photo copy out of luremaking catalogs or just use my home photo shop on the computer to make designs. I take the full size paper lip and glue it to lexan with a glue stick and cut and sand it to the shape. The wire below the lip will make the epoxy wick under it giving it some extra support. Yes we use the little inline planer boards alot up here. They work great on the worm harness fishing or pulling wire line. The board falls back out of formation just fight the fish straight up the back of the boat. When the board get to the rod we unclip it and fight the fish the rest of the way to the boat. In the late fall we use the planer boards after dark for big walleyes moving in to eat at night. We take those break and glow light sticks and rubber band them to flags. Easy to see when the fish hits! Here is a pic of a board coming in. John
  8. I have been following this thread for the last two years and it is always one of the my favorites! I have not logged on for a while but I always check this thread everyday! I decided to get out some cedar and make a little smelt type of trolling bait for the migrating walleyes on Lake Erie. They spawn on the Western side of the lake and head to the West during the summer. They will go all the way to New York waters and start the migration back to the western Ohio this time of year. The fish have fattened up from the deep water smelt. It is hit or miss and catching an active pod this time of year. The bait is 6" long. I bought some mylar wrapping paper from the party store and put it on its side. [img= http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2251749/width/600/height/171] [img= We headed out last Sunday 9 miles out of Ashtabula Ohio. The water depth was 75 feet and the fish were 60 foot down. I ran the bait on 12 pound wire line 274 feet back. I got two fish on the lure. One was 8-1/4 pounds and the other was 7 pounds. http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2251773/width/600/height/450] [img= I started another one today. No fishing today....9-14 foot waves! They probably have moved on to the West. I was hoping for one more shot at them. Here is pick of our limit that day. Great thread keep them coming! John http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2251886/width/480/height/640]
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