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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/4 to 8/11 2018 Part 1|
Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/4 to 8/11 2018 Part 1
This week started with a cold front, then went to average temperatures and slowly kept getting warmer reaching temperatures in the mid 80’s. Average for this time of year is 74F. The fishing also heated up and to many anglers who think Muskie fishing is off with hot weather after reading the fishing report below I think you might have a different perspective with the old adage.
Ron Vincent from Sherrills Ford NC returned for his 19th consecutive year with son Jake for his 3rd, son-in law Tim for his first, and good friend Steve Foster from New London, NC for his 4th trip to Fireside Lodge. 1st day they did great catching a bunch of Northern Pike and a few a Smallmouth Jake coming up with the fish of the day landing a 37-inch Pike.
2nd day was spent chasing Muskie with them getting lots of follows and both Jake and Steve caught a Muskie. They also caught some Northern Pike and Smallmouth in between fishing for Muskie Ron landing a Huge Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth at 19.5-inches. 3rd day Ron and Steve caught a lot of fish but no Monsters that they were hunting for, while Jake & Steve also had a good day with Jake landing another big 35-inch Northern Pike.
4th and 5th days were great fishing, catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass on day 4, and on day 5 Ron and Jake started out Smallmouth Bass fishing but got into some Pike so they switched tactics and ended up catching a bunch of nice Northern Pike. 6th day was great for Ron and Jake catching bunches of Northern Pike, Ron landed two Muskie 32-34 inches and a Giant 20-inch Trophy Smallmouth Bass.
7th and final day was fabulous Smallmouth Bass fishing catching many bigger fish up to 18-inches, Ron catching an 18 inch trophy and Jake landed three Trophy Smallmouth measuring 18.5, 19.25 and 20-inches. Steve and Tim also a very good day as Steve broke out an old surface lure, The Nip-I-Diddie, catching Big Smallmouth Bass. For the week this group caught 10 Muskie and countless Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike. All left really enjoying their stay with hopes of returning in 2019.
Doug and Sheryl Stratton from Philadelphia, PA arrived for their first visit with us at Fireside Lodge. 1st day they felt their way around Little Vermilion Lake catching some fish, Sheryl catching here first ever fish. 2nd day was very good catching some nice Smallmouth Bass as they started to get the hang of the lake system. 3rd day these two had a great morning catching many Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike with Sheryl catching her 1st ever Smallmouth Bass.
4th day had them having a good morning catching mostly Smallmouth Bass and with a few Northern Pike mixed in the batch. They got into some bigger fish with Doug catching a Master Anglers Award 18-inch Smallmouth Bass. 5th day was also very good finding some great fishing very near the lodge catching a bunch of Smallmouth Bass 14 to 17.5-inches. Sheryl caught several bigger fish, 11 Smallmouth total, and the 17.5-inch Smallmouth Bass she said was a challenge to land. They had loads of fun and took some great pictures. 6th and final day they had a wonderful day fishing, and finishing off with a shore lunch and being blessed with a beautiful day on the water.
Father and son Eric Hess from McLean, VA was back for his 4th visit with son Culley for his second consecutive year. DOA before supper these 2 got into a dozen Smallmouth Bass all over 17-inches Culley catching 1 trophy 19-incher and Eric landing 2 trophy fish at 19.25 and 20.5-inches. 1st day was a portage for Smallmouth Bass and Culley caught another Master Anglers Award Smallmouth measuring 19.25-inches. Eric also caught a very large 39-inch Muskie that rolled and twisted making every effort to get off but in the end took a nice picture with Eric. 2nd day started out with a bang with Culley catching another Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass measuring 18.75-inches and they continued to catch a lot of big Smallmouth Bass throughout the day in the 16 to 17.75-inch range plus caught two 32-inch Muskie and one 32-inch Northern Pike.
3rd day was great catching many Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass and Eric caught two more Trophy Smallmouth at 18 and 19.25-inches. When I asked at supper how their 4th day was they both said it was a quantity day catching about 60 fish being a combo of Pike and Smallmouth Bass. 5th day was the opposite of day 4 as they slammed the big fish catching many Smallmouth Bass in the 17 to 18 inch range, lost what appeared to be 4 trophy Smallmouth Bass and Eric landed two both measuring 19.5-inches. 6th day these two had a great day catching many Smallmouth bass 17 to 18-inches, Culley catching two Master Anglers Award Trophy Smallmouth Bass and a 30-inch Muskie. 7th and final day they had a good finish catching a 30–inch Muskie plus a lot of Smallmouth Bass in the 15 to 17.5-inch range. Both had another wonderful father and son fishing trip packed full of memories to be reminisced about for years to come.
John Papp and son Michael from Atlanta, GA were fishing at Fireside Lodge for their second year in a row. 1st two days they spent their time fishing new places catching Smallmouth Bass and few Northern Pike. 3rd day they did better after they started using a lure I suggested from my tackle shop that has been the best Smallmouth Bass lure since the introduction of soft plastics. It is a TRD Finesse Worm that floats fished on a mushroom jog head. It is a very simply rig fishing with a very slow presentation that just drive the Smallmouth Bass crazy. 4th day was good as the caught a mixture of Smallmouth and Northern Pike up to 31-inches. 5th day they enjoyed a beautiful weather day catching some Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike up to 31-inches. 6th and final day they did great finding some bigger Northern Pike landing well over 20 fish and the lure of the day was a small blue / silver Manns crank bait running about a 5 foot depth. Upon departing John was already talking about dates for 2019.
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Hot Lures: Blue Fox Spinner, Spoons, TRD Finesse Worm, Yo-Zuri, Mini-D, Little Cleo, Sinking Worm, Mepps Spinner, Bull Dog, Mini-D, Silver Minnow Spoon, Nip-I-Diddie, Red & White Spoon, Bayou Boogie
Catches of The Week: 41-inch Muskie, 20-inch Smallmouth Bass, 52 Muskie caught for the week, 31 Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass between 18 to 20-inches
Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report, Please stay tuned for next weeks report. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan