July 8, 2014
Go to Hastings Marine in Norwood, Ontario to get the tubes you need to catch those finicky smallmouth! The store is freshly stocked with tournament proven colors like Triple Threat™, St. Clair Crayfish™, Formula G3™, Canadian Mist and more. Fill up those tubes with Mustad Ultrapoint 4/0 black nickel round bend hooks while you are at it too!
1456 Drysdale Road, Norwood, ON K0L2V0
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We welcome Hastings Marine to the Xtreme Bass Tackle family!
June 27, 2014
That’s right! Tonight on WJOB at 6:30pm (7:30pm est) I will be talking Lake St. Clair and smallmouth bass fishing tactics on the “Stray Casts” radio show. Call in your questions at (219) 845-1100. You can stream the broadcast at this website: http://www.wjob1230.com/
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June 20, 2014
This bass opener on Lake St. Clair is sporting large numbers of catchable smallmouth and largemouth. In a year where many were predicting a late season after a long, harsh winter we seem to be right on schedule. By design, opening day is designed to coincide with the end of the spawn and the advent of the post-spawn period. That’s right where we are.
Some environmental factors like weed growth and early migration patterns for birds have run behind. There are many spots that should have mature weed on them by now and they don’t. It hasn’t affected the bass though. Arguably, opening day is one of the most difficult to fish for high weight and this year is no exception.
East winds over the last couple of days plus north winds this weekend haven’t slowed the bite down much. The numbers are there but some presentations like topwater might be weak for smallmouth. Water quality is good to excellent in most spots.
Fishing pressure will most likely hit a new high this weekend. The normal array of large tournaments are in play but a good number of club tournaments from all over will fill the Lake as well.
Canadian Mist continues to be the “go to” bait for this body of water but keep some St. Clair Crayfish on hand as well. It just sold out at the BP store at 9 Mile and Jefferson and we have to restock them right away. That tells us something about the bite! As we move in to the mayfly hatches keeping some Xtreme Bass Tackle Mayfly can be an excellent choice as well. Fish it “wings up” or “wings down.”
If you are fishing down river don’t forget to stop in at the Bait & Tackle Box on Jefferson and Grosse Isle Parkway in Trenton for your Xtreme Bass Tackle needs.
NOTE FOR MARKED MAPS LIVE! SUBSCRIBERS
You will see a new spot on your Marked Maps Live! reports…spot #99. We’ve added this as a catch all for area information that we gather that is not spot specific. The reporting has been picking up speed and we are just getting started. Watch the “News” section too for tips on what to watch out for in the current reports.
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May 17, 2014
Tom with a 5 1/2 lb. Smallmouth
Tom Billings is rolling with his pattern from last year and this year continues to hunt down big smallies on Lake St. Clair. This spring cold conditions and east winds have been keeping the bite down but no longer, as we see with Tom’s latest monster smallmouth (5 1/2 pounds) to add to his Lake St. Clair photo gallery. Boating a nice smallmouth like this comes down to good seasonal timing, excellent spot selection, skill and picking the right bait like the Xtreme Bass Tackle St. Clair Crayfish tube that you see in the photo.
(To see the biggest St. Clair smallmouth caught on Xtreme Bass Tackle baits in 2013 by Tom Billings (6.9 lbs) click on this link and go to timeline 1:40 on the video)
Steve Pierce with his hands full
Not to be outdone, Tom’s partner Steve Pierce had no problems boating some sweet bass of his own.
With a catch rate around 60 to 70 bass today, Tom and his friend Steve Pierce found it to be worth the trip from Chesterton, Indiana. It wasn’t just bass either. It was a respectable multi-species day as well. The following photos tell the rest of the story:
It looks like the slow period is over and the hot bite is on. Come on over to Lake St. Clair…the water is fine!
Tom boats a musky
This drum must have put up some fight!
March 7, 2014
Alewife is the latest in a relentless effort on the part of Xtreme Bass Tackle to bring the very best competitive tools in the field of competitive bass fishing. If the year 2013 taught us one thing about the feeding habits of smallmouth bass, they were feeding at the surface and in the mid-ranges of the water column like rarely seen before. Their prey…the alewife!
During research outings we cast at schools of bass chasing minnows to the surface. With the baits that we had available we had limited success. We could see the big bass but most of the time they would pass up what we were offering. The ones we did catch would throw alewife up on the deck of the boat. That’s when I decided a new bait design would be the advantage we were looking for.
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September 18, 2013
Don’t miss the upcoming episode of the Lake St. Clair Fishing Show as we talk about the fall conditions and how to make the big adjustment from summer. “Mr. Big Fish,” Frank Keller and I take you through our day where we fished against some of the toughest conditions imaginable. You can see how we switched up spots, presentations and species to put together a decent catch.
It also comes with a bonus segment! Frank and I went out on Tuesday and did better yet…tune in this week Friday and see at:
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Get a preview of the show that will be posted sometime during the day on Friday…
September 13, 2013
It took a bold move in bait selection by Joey Elliott to accelerate the bite on a spot in Lake St. Clair. With a single decision at the end of the day he out fished the “experts” 3 to 1 in numbers and weight. He had multiple choices in Xtreme Bass Tackle™ tubes and went for an unconventional tube bait color, “Sand Craw™.”
Xtreme Bass Tackle – Sand Craw
At 7 years old, Joey is no stranger to the big water. His dad Shawn has spent much of this summer out on Lake St. Clair and Joey has been with him out there, every step of the way. I was privileged to be invited aboard and brought a small tackle container assortment of Xtreme Bass Tackle™ tubes along for Joey to be able to make his own bait choices throughout the course of the day.
It was immediately obvious that Joey knew how to handle himself when faced with a light and slow bite. That day we covered water both shallow and deep, in the river and the Lake and our catch rates were nothing to get excited about. We pulled up on our final spot within minutes before heading back to the launch. Fishing was a little better on this sandy spot in the Lake but the smallmouth were still coming few, and far between. That’s when Joey decided to make a change and put Sand Craw™ into play.
The first smallie he hooked was great and I was able to double up with a much smaller one right behind him.
He continued to cast and catch quality smallies. At this point he made it look sooooo simple. Just cast the bait out there, wait a moment and he had another one. With the clock ticking on our day and the excitement building on the boat with each cast he managed to bring it home with another nice smallmouth just before we left.
Way to go Joey! With a single decision you pulled out a fast finish to a slow fishing day and made a good day on Lake St. Clair, great!
Joey wasn’t finished yet. In a moment of inspiration and creativity he turned out this outstanding graphic (below). Thank you Joey, I’m honored by your efforts both on and off of the water! Capt. Wayne
August 2, 2013
There is little doubt that the bite has picked up on Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. More and more we are seeing smallies chasing our hooked smallie up to the boat to try to take the bait away from it. Down deep, the bass are coming back for a second or a third try after a missed hookset. These are good days and a lot of fun.
One of the key reasons for the uptick in the bite is the shift in feeding habits from mayflies to baitfish. Bass are coughing up baitfish on the way to the boat and on the boat. We are seeing bass busting minnows on the surface, casting to them and catching them. An unusual number of white bass schools on bass spots are another indicator that baitfish are present.
Marked Maps™ customers will find a record number of spots covered in Marked Maps Live!™ this week!
Don’t miss the Lake St. Clair Fishing Show this week (it should be posted by Saturday morning). We cover “how to make small adjustments to get the big bite” and more!
July 27, 2013
Now that the bite is back, where do we find the “big” bite? Individual strategies are endless but each theory must go up against a hard, cold reality…We need to be where the big fish are. Figuring out what section of the big water is holding the best supply of big fish can be a daunting task. Let’s see if we can cut it down to size.
We can do this by sectioning off the system into three pieces: The Lake, the St. Clair River Channels and the St. Clair River (One of these sections will hold more active big fish than the other). That’s what we did on Thursday. We picked one section to fish hard, and it paid off.
Our average catch size was very good and we got in to better numbers of three and four pound smallmouth.
One way that Marked Map owners can get dialed in on the best section to fish is through the reports on Marked Maps Live! Myself and staff reveal the spots that we have been fishing, the size of the bass that we catch and put in notes about methods and tackle.
For more information about Lake St. Clair see The Lake St. Clair Fishing Show which is published every week.
A special thanks goes out to Peter Garchow, DDS for catching and supplying us with some great “big” smallmouth photo’s.
Peter Garchow, DDS
630 36th Street SW
Wyoming, MI 49509