It’s been awhile since my last blog and I haven’t had much of a chance to talk about the Northern Open on Lake Erie in August. It was an incredible experience going up against some of the top bass fishing professionals in the country, and I’m going guns in next year to fish the entire Opens tour. The tournament definitely separated the experienced “big water” Lake Erie veterans from weekend anglers when the first day took everyone for a twist…4’-6’ waves with the occasional 8 footer. My original plan was to run about 20 miles east of Sandusky Bay, where I had found a decent population of 2-4 pound smallmouth bass. Running 20 miles in those kinds of waves is not for the faint of heart and can quickly turn into a life or death situation in a low profile bass boat. Playing it safe and fishing close to Sandusky Bay, I brought in a small limit, but was anchored by a 4lb smallmouth bass. I didn’t feel comfortable risking the safety of myself or my co-angler making the long run. Day 2 wasn’t as rough weather wise so I was able to run around and shoot for the fences on making a comeback, but seemed to hurt the fishing as I brought in another small limit. Finishing in the lower half of the 135 boat field isn’t too impressive, but I can honestly say this tournament was too much fun to forget about.
I’m taking my grandma out on a local river this afternoon to check out the scenery and hope to see the nesting pair of Eagles that frequent the northern end of the river. Seeing incredible scenery and nature is half the fun of fishing, and fortunately these eagles nest right around a great fishing spot. Confidently, this is going to be an awesome day! Until next time.