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"Blown Chances" - September 4th 2019

First off it's that time of year for one of the most fun outdoor activities Michigan has to offer. It is time to hit the drowned river mouth lakes and do some salmon jigging.

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REEL N' SMOKE

That’s what Reel ’n Smoke is about getting out there and finding your own passion. Whether it’s casting a line, stalking prey or just hanging out, it’s an individuality that lives in all of us.

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FISHSENS

FishSens Magazine is a web publication covering fish science, conservation and sport. FishSens Magazine aims to keep professional anglers and fishery researchers up to date on developments in their industries.

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ABOUT Jeff

INFO

Age: 33
Job: Fisheries Biologist
Hometown: Norton Shores MI
Family: Amanda, Mabel and Hutch (yellow lab)

PERSONAL

Biggest tournament fish: 6.69
Largemouth or Smallmouth: Largemouth
Favorite Lake: Portage Chain
Duck blind or Treestand: duck blind

ANGLING

Favorite Bait: Nemesis Bullet Craw
Favorite Techniques: Flipping grass, sight fishing
Fishing Strength: decision making
Other: Salmon, Trout, Walleyes, Whitefish, Bluegills, Perch

PERSONAL

Sunrises or Sunsets: Sunrises
Food: harvested, cleaned, and cooked myself
Music: Hard Rock

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Break Time

It has certainly been a strange year for tournament fishing in west Michigan. I can't remember a summer where it seemed like there was a little break in the action, but this July was it. Great Lakes water levels are actually so high in places that launches are flooded and unusable. Such is the case with the Harbor Island boat launch in Grand Haven.

This has been a big deal in the tournament scene over here as the Grand is always a stop on the schedule. It's been fishing well with the high water too, I think the reduced pressure is helping a lot also. We already had one tournament altered for D&R because of it, it wasn't a big deal because it was just moved to White Lake. But who knew what was going to happen with the next one being scheduled on the Grand.

 

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White X2

The Great Lakes being at historically high water levels has really impacted a lot of things besides the fishing. One of the biggest impacts on the westside is that it's flooded the main access to the Grand River. It's where all the big tournaments go out of and it's impossible to use right now. That's providing some unique challenges for all the tournament series that had the Grand on the schedule. The bummer of it all is the buzz is the Grand is fishing awesome and White Lake was fishing terrible.

The D&R Grand River tournament was moved to White which meant I was going to get a few cracks at figuring out White Lake in a row. I hadn't been up there since before bass season started so I didn't really know what to expect.

 

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