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7012 State Route 163 E. Marblehead, Ohio 43440

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8-31-2012
Walleye: Walleye are still being caught around the weather bouy 17 miles north of the Vermillion River. Larger fish are being caught trolling worm harnesses with 2 and 3 oz. Redneck keel weights going around 1.3-1.7 MPH. Try running the baits at different depths anywhere from 45 back to 80 back until you find out where in the water colum the active fish are. Try running reef runners 120-150 back. #6 colorado blades and #5 double willow blades have been the best similar to the lures on display in the store. The best bite for numbers of walleye has defanatly been around the Green and Rattlesnake Island area. Most fish have been 16-22 inches with an occasional 25-28 inch fish. The best spot on spot has been 3 miles west of Rattlesnake Island. Look for Charters who are catching fish and stay on the active school once you find them. People are having the best luck trolling dipsey divers and tru trip jets(size 30) with Michigan Stinger Scorpion spoons and double willow leaf worm harnesses. The best speed has been 2.0-2.5. Anglers are also having very good luck casting weight forward spinners and mayfly rigs. The best blade has been a #4 hammered Indiana blade with orange or pink beads. Depending on the conditions fisherman are using 1/3, 1/2, and 1 ounce inline sinkers. Ask us at Hi-way bait to set you up with a couple different size lures and blades and see what is working best for the conditions that day. A lot of charter captains have said this has been the best casting bite of the year and many have been in early with a limit catch. Once again the key is staying on the active fish and using your electronics to mark the active fish once you catch some. Also the walleye have been bitting for 3 weeks 2-3 miles west of Rattlesnake. They've been pulling dipseys with Michigan Scorpion spoons going about 2.0-2.5 MPH. They have had thier 3 man limit most days by noon. Perch: The best perch bite has been approximently 1 mile south of green island, East of Kelly's Island off the airport, F can off the firing range, and off of balast Island. Farther east anglers have been doing well North of the Huron river, and north of Vermillion off the condos in 37 fow. Most anglers are using Spreaders tipped with Lake Erie Shinners fished on or near the bottom. The key to catching a quick limit has been moving around to find the clear water and finding a new spot once the fish stop biting or move out of the area.

8-31-2012
Walleye: Walleye are still being caught around the weather bouy 17 miles north of the Vermillion River. Larger fish are being caught trolling worm harnesses with 2 and 3 oz. Redneck keel weights going around 1.3-1.7 MPH. Try running the baits at different depths anywhere from 45 back to 80 back until you find out where in the water colum the active fish are. Try running reef runners 120-150 back. #6 colorado blades and #5 double willow blades have been the best similar to the lures on display in the store. The best bite for numbers of walleye has defanatly been around the Green and Rattlesnake Island area. Most fish have been 16-22 inches with an occasional 25-28 inch fish. The best spot on spot has been 3 miles west of Rattlesnake Island. Look for Charters who are catching fish and stay on the active school once you find them. People are having the best luck trolling dipsey divers and tru trip jets(size 30) with Michigan Stinger Scorpion spoons and double willow leaf worm harnesses. The best speed has been 2.0-2.5. Anglers are also having very good luck casting weight forward spinners and mayfly rigs. The best blade has been a #4 hammered Indiana blade with orange or pink beads. Depending on the conditions fisherman are using 1/3, 1/2, and 1 ounce inline sinkers. Ask us at Hi-way bait to set you up with a couple different size lures and blades and see what is working best for the conditions that day. A lot of charter captains have said this has been the best casting bite of the year and many have been in early with a limit catch. Once again the key is staying on the active fish and using your electronics to mark the active fish once you catch some. Also the walleye have been bitting for 3 weeks 2-3 miles west of Rattlesnake. They've been pulling dipseys with Michigan Scorpion spoons going about 2.0-2.5 MPH. They have had thier 3 man limit most days by noon. <p> Perch: The best perch bite has been approximently 1 mile south of green island, East of Kelly's Island off the airport, F can off the firing range, and off of balast Island. Farther east anglers have been doing well North of the Huron river, and north of Vermillion off the condos in 37 fow. Most anglers are using Spreaders tipped with Lake Erie Shinners fished on or near the bottom. The key to catching a quick limit has been moving around to find the clear water and finding a new spot once the fish stop biting or move out of the area.

8-31-2012
Walleye: Walleye are still being caught around the weather bouy 17 miles north of the Vermillion River. Larger fish are being caught trolling worm harnesses with 2 and 3 oz. Redneck keel weights going around 1.3-1.7 MPH. Try running the baits at different depths anywhere from 45 back to 80 back until you find out where in the water colum the active fish are. Try running reef runners 120-150 back. #6 colorado blades and #5 double willow blades have been the best similar to the lures on display in the store. The best bite for numbers of walleye has defanatly been around the Green and Rattlesnake Island area. Most fish have been 16-22 inches with an occasional 25-28 inch fish. The best spot on spot has been 3 miles west of Rattlesnake Island. Look for Charters who are catching fish and stay on the active school once you find them. People are having the best luck trolling dipsey divers and tru trip jets(size 30) with Michigan Stinger Scorpion spoons and double willow leaf worm harnesses. The best speed has been 2.0-2.5. Anglers are also having very good luck casting weight forward spinners and mayfly rigs. The best blade has been a #4 hammered Indiana blade with orange or pink beads. Depending on the conditions fisherman are using 1/3, 1/2, and 1 ounce inline sinkers. Ask us at Hi-way bait to set you up with a couple different size lures and blades and see what is working best for the conditions that day. A lot of charter captains have said this has been the best casting bite of the year and many have been in early with a limit catch. Once again the key is staying on the active fish and using your electronics to mark the active fish once you catch some. Also the walleye have been bitting for 3 weeks 2-3 miles west of Rattlesnake. They've been pulling dipseys with Michigan Scorpion spoons going about 2.0-2.5 MPH. They have had thier 3 man limit most days by noon. Perch: The best perch bite has been approximently 1 mile south of green island, East of Kelly's Island off the airport, F can off the firing range, and off of balast Island. Farther east anglers have been doing well North of the Huron river, and north of Vermillion off the condos in 37 fow. Most anglers are using Spreaders tipped with Lake Erie Shinners fished on or near the bottom. The key to catching a quick limit has been moving around to find the clear water and finding a new spot once the fish stop biting or move out of the area.

3/31/2012
Hi, this is Hi-way Bait & Tackle's first official fishing report brought to you by the members of Hi-way Bait & Tackle; Al, Larry, Kenny, Ed, Gale and Dwight. Limits have been taken often and early with over average walleye sizes from 26 inches to 30 inches. The F-Can, G-Can and the K-Can are bringing in the bigger size walleye with the hair jigs, the hot colors are yellow, purple, black, green and chartreuse. The spawn season is over and the fish seem to be moving east. Starve Island and American Eagle Shoal should be good spots to look forward to fishing here soon since the fish have started to move out of the spawn area. For the trollers 1.0 to 1.2 speed using deep husky jerks by Rapala and Reef Runners are working exceptionally well. The silver blue, clown and glass purple sunfire are best because of their orange bellies. The popular Reef Runners are bare naked clown, pearl ghost and cranberry crusher. They are catching fish at a great rate. The perch are over average size, averaging about 7, 8 and 9 inches with one report of 3 fish to the pound. The loading dock at Marblehead has been good, but is slowing down. The depth they are catching the perch are 22-28 feet. The walleye has the perch on the run, so they are finding it hard to school up. Jumbo crappies are coming around the docks and East Marblehead State Park and being caught with minnows and minnow like jigs. We hope this report helps you with your fishing. Watch for our next report in a few weeks. The weather is calm right now. Tomorrow Sunday, April 1st will be a high of 62 degrees with light winds of 13mi/hr. and waves of 2 feet or less. Mid-sixties in the following week with lots of sunshine coming. If you plan on catching big fish, right now is the time to come! Keep wishing and fishing! Yours Truly, Hi-Way Bait & Tackle & Lodging

01/19/2012
Hello people, This will be my last fishing report as of today. Marcia and I have sold the store,and lodging. The new people are supper great people and we would apreciate your continued support of the store and the lodging. I know I didn't do my fishig reports as often as all of you would have liked (no excuses). The new owners are Gale & Dwight Ritchie, father and son. Both are in love with Lake Erie, Fishing, and Hi Way Bait. Thank all of you for your business, we really appreciate it, we will have a perment address in Florida now and plan to travel to Lake Erie and other places north in the summertime, and enjoy our grandchildren more. We are offically retired now. We are planning on keeping our Lyman boat in the water here and doing more fishing this summer so you haven't seen the last of us yet. Love you all Don & Marcia Mitchell

07/22/2011
Hello, Is it hot there were you are? It certainly is here. Both of my thermometers said 105 yesterday. You know all the guys caught fish yesterday though. Don Wood’s group staying with us in unit #2 from Tennessee and southern Ohio fished with Captain Bobby Brown yesterday and today and they did real good. They got around 37 walleyes the 1st day and limited out today. The other group in unit # 1 are from southern Ohio, this was their first day on the lake fishing with Captain Billy Hitchcock and they’re doing good too. Both groups are drift fishing, and casting for their walleyes. Most everyone is catching walleyes now, in a lot of different spots. I can’t keep up with all the spots, so if you stop in the store when you get up here we can tell you right where they caught the fish the day before, what they were using and how they caught them. Perch are doing excellent too. Usually don’t have to go to far for them either. We have emerald lake shiners now, for a while during the full moon they couldn’t get them out of the lake. Now since they can’t transport them across state lines we just don’t have access to them some days. So we had Golden Shiners, and frozen salted emeralds. They both worked good though, lots of limits on them. Got one good story about that. Don Clemens stopped in the get shiners and we didn’t have live lake shiners. He is a retired charter captain was very disappointed. He was just taking out his wife for the day so he just took some frozen. He wasn’t going to take any golden shiners. So I just gave him a scoop. I told him just to try them. He came in the next morning and wanted all golden and he would buy. He said he was using the frozen shiners and his wife was using the goldies and she was out fishing him and he couldn’t have that. He said the frozen were working well but the goldies were working better that day. We have a little trouble getting some people to try the goldies, but usually they do good on them. It’s always the older gentlemen that are set in there ways and not subject to change. We had a storm this afternoon and got some badly need rain. It is over now and it cooled off. It is nice now. The air temperature is supposed to be cooler now all week. Not much wind or waves at all, ( 1 to 3 feet) with a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Looks like we are going to have a good fishing week. Good fishing and good luck. Don.

07/14/2011
Hello, have been busy getting my wood boat ready to put in the water. I just couldn’t get too excited about it until I noticed that I didn’t have many fish in my freezer, so I started painting and varnishing. I am putting it in the water tomorrow. I told you that I would give you a report back on the "other" fish my son Brad kept and cleaned, so here is the e-mail he sent me a couple of days later. About the fish feast we had Monday night, we cooked everything but the yellow perch which we froze right away, We fried the white perch fillets, that were skinned, with light breading. Its maybe not as good as yellow perch but better than most fish. Very mild even the BIG ones. Very good with a little tarter sauce made with homemade relish. especially the next day on a toast sandwich with lettuce. The White bass we made a recipe we found for stuffed bass, It was a in a baking dish with a layer of fish fillets on the bottom a traditional style stuffing then another layer of fillets. It was very, very good also! Now for the 4 Sheephead. They were probably between 2-4 pounds. I didn't know what to expect, how the meat would look. I just filleted them and removed the skin, I took care in keeping the fillets on ice as much as possible during the whole process as I could. Then cut out a red line, some dark, and some pink meat and threw it out. I didn't know if it would taste bad, but I didn't want to chance it. So when it was all done I was left with a small bowl of nice looking meat. I soaked the meat in salt water over night in the fridge. I heard about this poor mans Shrimp so I tried it with 1/2 of the meat. I boiled water with some old bay seasoning Cut the sheep into small pieces boiled them for 4 minutes a batch. Removed from the water and put on ice in the refrigerator. Mixed up some homemade Horseradish with homemade Ketchup and put in the refrigerator I thought maybe Sheep Scampi would be good, so with the other 1/2 of the small pieces: Melted butter in a small skillet added garlic then the sheep pieces old bay lemon juice and a bit of Italian bread crumbs fried this on medium high heat mixing a few times for about 4-5 minutes. So to start the feast: We dipped the ice cold boiled bites in the cocktail sauce. WOW it's good! Similar texture to boiled shrimp. And tastes like shrimp. Megan says not as good as shrimp but very good. We ate every last bite. The Scampi was our favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I put several pieces on a cracker, Awesome! Even better with a dash of Texas Pete hot sauce! Due to the small amount of meat I got from the Sheephead I didn't know if I would do it again, But after tasting it I believe I would definitely do it again, Keeping it iced constantly from the time we caught them until we ate it may have been a key. The weather is supposed to be good this weekend. It will be hot. I guess 89degress Sat. and 90 Sunday. They are catching walleyes trolling west in the flats from c-can to the boarder and east of Middle Island and east of Kelleys Island. Catching good perch all over. Good fishing and good luck. Don

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