Posts Tagged ‘smallmouth bass’

Big Smallmouth in Fall on Lake St. Clair

October 13, 2014

Fall is a special time of year to chase smallmouth bass on Lake St. Clair. The bass are schooled up, aggressive and it is the time of year where you have the potential to catch the bass of a lifetime. Reports have been coming in about bigger smallies and tournament weights are up.

One one recent scouting trip we caught several including this 4 lb. 14oz smallmouth on a crankbait and others like this 3 1/2 lb. smallmouth caught on an Xtreme Bass Tackle St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube. Both were caught in Canadian waters.

Caught in 8 feet of water on a crankbait this smallie went 4 lbs. 14 oz.

Caught in 8 feet of water on a crankbait this smallie went 4 lbs. 14 oz.

This one was only 3 1/2 lbs but it was in an area with many more smallmouth in 18 feet of water

This one was only 3 1/2 lbs but it was in an area with many more smallmouth in 18 feet of water

Canadian Mist & Smallmouth on the Niagara River

September 11, 2014

by Matt Kar, St. Catharines, Ontario

Matt Kar with a Niagara River smallmouth

Matt Kar with a Niagara River smallmouth

We were originally fishing the eastern Lake Erie basin but couldn’t seem to find the big ones we were looking for. With upcoming tournaments we figured it was a good day do due some scouting in the river. We didn’t have much luck at the usual spots but I had remembered the rough location of a rock out in the middle of the river. We used our electronics to locate it and never looked back.

We caught 2-3 fish a drift… Basically all depended how long it took you to reel the last one in. Anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 lbs. All in all we caught about 15 fish between 12:00pm-1:30pm in 14-22 feet of water. We only stopped because we had to leave.

Canadian Mist and St. Clair Goby NFT™ tubes rigged on a 3/8oz jig were the ticket!

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Xtreme Bass Tackle Canadian Mist & St. Clair Goby NFT helped to make this good day into a great day!

Xtreme Bass Tackle Canadian Mist & St. Clair Goby NFT helped to make this good day into a great day!

St. Clair River Channel Smallmouth Range September 2014

September 3, 2014

The biggest pattern for bass in the St. Clair River is depth. Once you dial that in you can run up and down the system and be on or around smallmouth everywhere you stop. In hot summers it is not unusual to hook bass in as deep as 55 feet of water but cool summers you need to make an adjustment.

In the big picture we can make that adjustment as deep or less deep and be pretty close. If you are fishing in competition, a tighter read on the quality of smallmouth at a specific depth can mean everything. What we have here are video cuts of smallmouth seen on a single drift (about 100 yards) in 26 to 33 feet of water. We made a drift before this in 18 to 25 feet where we didn’t see nearly as many. If you look closely at the video you will see one bass that is the biggest.

Another factor in river fishing is the presence of other species. Catching a walleye or a drum is a solid indicator that the smallmouth are nearby.

For more video about fishing on Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River get the No Secrets on Lake St. Clair DVD™ on the Xtreme Bass Tackle™ website.

Xtreme Bass Tackle Grand Opening at Sportsmen’s Direct, Lake St. Clair

August 22, 2014

Storefront w XBTYou can now get Xtreme Bass Tackle™ closer to the major launches than ever before. Sportsmen’s Direct at Jefferson and Crocker has a full lineup of XBT products. We are excited to be in this new venue where you can get expert advice and support from Justin Clark and while you are there have access to so many other quality products that bass anglers look for.

Go here for Xtreme Bass Tackle™ drop-shot tubes, 4″ or 5″ tubes in:

St. Clair Goby NFT™
St. Clair Goby Classic™
St. Clair Crayfish™
St. Clair Goby™
Muskegon Goby™
Canadian Mist
Formula G3™
Great Lakes Craw™
Brown Craw™
Emerald Shiner™
Sand Craw™
…and more!

The store is right next to the Clinton River Cutoff DNR ramp on the same side of the street. If you are going to Harley Ensign or Lake St. Clair Metropark and get off at I94 and Metropolitan Parkway just take a right at the first light (Crocker), take it until it ends at Jefferson then make a right turn and you are there. It’s just minutes away from those launches.

Sportsmen’s Direct
36072 Jefferson Ave
Harrison Twp, MI 48045
Phone: 586-741-6052
Hours: 6am – 6pm Daily,
adjusted seasonally

Tom Billings Continues to Catch Big Lake St. Clair Smallmouth

August 17, 2014
St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube by Xtreme Bass Tackle™

St. Clair Goby NFT™ drop-shot tube by Xtreme Bass Tackle™

Tom Billings comes up for a fun trip this weekend and in spite of some high winds and boat chop manages to put together a livewell full of smallmouth at 4 1/2 lbs. or better all caught on the Xtreme Bass Tackle St. Clair Goby NFT drop-shot tube.

Although the river is your traditional pick for big fish this time of year he was able to get all of those bass in the Lake and on the U.S. side. That’s good news for any bass angler who is coming to Lake St. Clair to compete, or just enjoy this fishery!

Tom Billings 08-16 Tom Billings 8-16 SCG NFT DST
Day two of Tom’s trip on Lake St. Clair he continued to catch smallmouth but then hooked the biggest fish of his life. This Middle Channel sturgeon was estimated to be 6 ft. long and took one hour to bring up to the boat. See video of the fight (not the whole hour of course) at Facebook (click on this link).

A sturgeon in the Middle Channel caught on 4" St. Clair Crayfish

A sturgeon in the Middle Channel caught on 4″ St. Clair Crayfish by Xtreme Bass Tackle

Xtreme Bass Tackle Grand Opening In Canada!

July 8, 2014

Maple LeafGo 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!

Hastings Banner New1456 Drysdale Road, Norwood, ON K0L2V0

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We welcome Hastings Marine to the Xtreme Bass Tackle family!

Call in to WJOB 1230 AM (Indiana) for Wayne Carpenter on Lake St. Clair 6:30pm

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/

Click here to go to the WJOB website then click on the “Listen Now” button

Lake St. Clair Bass Opener 2014

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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Lake St. Clair Bass by Billings and Pierce – Spring 2014

May 17, 2014
Tom with a 5 1/2 lb. Smallmouth

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

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

Tom boats a musky

 

This drum must have put up some fight!

This drum must have put up some fight!

Xtreme Bass Tackle Alewife Tube – New for 2014

March 7, 2014
Alewife

Alewife

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.

Alewife Tube White

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