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"Righting the Ship" - July 9th 2018

If you have been following along this season, you know it's been off to a rough start. Definitely was one of the biggest "slumps" I've been through in recent memory. Lots of disastrous and potentially confidence crushing events.  

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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: 31
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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Charlevoix Spawn

It's never fun to write these after a bad tournament, but I'm here to tell a story good, bad, or indifferent. I've had enough bad tournaments to know that there's no point to letting it get to you. Take what lessons you can from it and move on to the next one. I will say this ones got me wound up, disappointed, and embarrassed. Knowing I've got wait a whole year to maybe get another crack at it only makes it worse.

The tournament I'm talking about is the D&R Sports Charlevoix tournament and here's how it went down. Shaun and I got up there late for practice, Amanda had to work out of town so I had to get Mabel to daycare. We got on the water sometime between 10 and 11, it didn't take long to realize there were a lot less beds than we expected to see. We were all in on the sight fishing program that was for sure. Visibility wasn't great that first day but we found some good ones. No giants but several over 4 and quite a few heavy 3's. Nothing to feel confident in but at least we had a start. That would play out the next day too, we found the fish to do well but nothing great. We spent some time trying to unlock a prespawn bite and catch one of those big females that were cruising around. We did discover we could get some bites on a jerkbait, but it was nothing real consistent.

 

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It's Catching not Fishing

Normally I would never say that, well unless maybe I was talking about ice fishing at times. But seriously is prespawn Lake St. Clair even real? Because after our trip there this week it certainly doesn't feel like it. The weather lined up and Dave, Kyle, and I made the trip from the west side to St. Clair. It's always a very long day coming from the west side, but if you are into catching it can be well worth it.

It's too bad Lake St. Clair is surrounded by Metro Detroit. That unfortunately makes the whole trip a hassle. But we did fair much better than several of my buddies who also made the trip the week before. We had no traffic or mechanical issues which is always a major positive. I will say that is my last single day trip over there, it's multiple days or I'm taking the relaxing and shorter drive to northern Michigan instead.

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