Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Turnover Time

When: Sunday, October 27th, from 7am to 3pm
What: Musky fishing with Joe C.
Weather: Sunny and breezy. 40 to 55 degrees. Wind calm to variable at 7mph and West at 9mph, gusting to 21.
Barometric Pressure: 29.94in to 29.98
Relative Humidity: 37% at mid-day
Sunrise: 7:25am
Sunset: 6:2pm
Moon: Waning, a day after the last quarter. Major 7:19am (Overhead). Minor 2:11pm (moonset)
Water Conditions: Stained, temp n/a, but guessing between 59 and 54 degrees.

I was supposed to go away with some friends this weekend, but the powers that be said otherwise. Since Joe was looking to do some fishing on Sunday, we decided to see what we could conjure up. Both of us were pretty stoked to go back out and give the stripers a shot, but all the reports were telling us it wasn't worth the gas money.

And it wasn't.

Although we by no means had any action with the muskies, it was clear that we would have had the same result on the salt with the stripes, with a lot more aggravation and 30 or 40 gallons of gas.

But, we gave it an honest effort, like always. We played the musky hunch since the fish had been really active approaching the fall turnover temperature of 59. Here is a link to learn about turnover if you don't know what it is. However, I have found that no information online is 100% accurate and can vary greatly depending on wind, weather, the body of water and region http://www.onthelake.net/fishing/turnover.htm.

One thing that is generally agreed upon is that fishing during turnover can be a little funky. The action before or after, however, can be pretty darn good. It had been, but wasn't today, and from what I saw on the water we could have been fishing some tough conditions. Or, it could have just been that we were fishing for muskies.

We spent 8 or so hours on the water, but did not even see a fish. It was a great day out though, aside from a bit of wind. The crowds have definitely dissipated a bit and it was nice to be relatively alone on the water on a beautiful fall day.

The fall still is far from over, and I would venture to say that a big fish is going to fall before the turkey gets stuffed.

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