Rookie Lesons Learned #56

5/9/15 @ 11:17 AM
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boscrowe
boscrowe
USER since 2/28/09
Hopefully this can be a helpful little read for anybody that is a rookie and is questioning the weather . Our rigged headed for Millwaukee this am @ 5:00am . The Norwegian inside of me neglected a report from a fellow lake linker. When the phone ran at 4:49 this morning I was hoping that there would be reports of fish jumping in the boat . Instead the news I heard was don't bother coming down the weather sucks . NOAA said differently they said light gusts and waves of max 2' which isn't something that typically worries me . Some things ran threw my head and I thought to my self it won't be a big deal for us lets go out . We launched the boat at about 6:45 and thought that maybe the weather would turn for the better in a maximum of 1hr . That wasn't the case we headed south on the wall and made it past the Hoan bridge where I decided to make the turn back north . I sharply turned towards the wall and then quickly got the boat turned back north . All occurred in a matter of 2-3 mins. The boat was heading south in neutral at 2.5-3.5 mph but when we were heading back north the boat wasn't moving at all . And then the waves got real big real fast after 1min we were taking on waves that were easily 3-4 ft but so choppy that they were all coming over the front . 3-4' waves usually don't poise such a life threatening situation but today they came so quick and so multi directional that we were in a bad spot . With in a matter of 500 yards they got much better but we still said screw it and called it a day . When we pulled in the launch there was a boat that was 2' shorter than ours with I did every thing in my power to talk the guy out of going out and thankfully he decided against going out . As one rookie to another if you question the weather don't go it's not worth your life .
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5/19/15 @ 8:48 AM
Jzzzzz
Jzzzzz
USER since 1/19/02
and... when your buddy suggests getting up tight to the wall in the Fall with riggers down , don't do it! and keep a pair of wire cutters handy at all times, it can save your gear and possibly your transom!

goodfishin!

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5/12/15 @ 8:33 AM
lvtofish
lvtofish
USER since 2/2/05
I find weather underground to be the best at predicting wind direction and strength. After a few years on the lake now, I am pretty confident on whether or not it is going to be a good day to be on the lake. Only had 2 trips in the last few years where I have had to turn around and go home.

The 8 hours of wind prior to fishing are just as important as the hours that you will be fishing.

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5/10/15 @ 6:35 AM
Grey Beard
Grey Beard
USER since 1/27/02
Lake MI sometimes seems to create its own weather and all too often fools the weatherman. My drive to MKE is 1.5hr so I'm on the conservative side about making the drive only to watch the rollers come over the harbor walls. Here is a list of the weather sites I use to help me decide. I just got my first I Phone and added a radar app. Even tho a good chop sometime helps fishing I prefer flat seas.

http://www.windalert.com/spot/1272

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?sta=KMKE&state=WI

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=USWI0455 check hourly and extended.

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=mlww3 check just before leaving home in case weatherman wrong.

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forecasts/FZUS53.KMKX.html

Grey Beard

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5/10/15 @ 6:33 AM
Grey Beard
Grey Beard
USER since 1/27/02
Lake MI sometimes seems to create its own weather and all too often fools the weatherman. My drive to MKE is 1.5hr so I'm on the conservative side about making the drive only to watch the rollers come over the harbor walls. Here is a list of the weather sites I use to help me decide. I just got my first I Phone and added a radar app. Even tho a good chop sometime helps fishing I prefer flat seas.

http://www.windalert.com/spot/1272

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?sta=KMKE&state=WI

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=USWI0455 check hourly and extended.

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=mlww3 check just before leaving home in case weatherman wrong.

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forecasts/FZUS53.KMKX.html

Grey Beard

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5/9/15 @ 4:02 PM
Mike Nitro
Mike Nitro
USER since 4/3/14
This happened many years ago when I made a true "rookie" mistake. Had an old Cutlass Supreme that was a decent car but did burn some oil on a regular basis. Well, one day the Check Oil light came on an I figured I could make it the 2 miles back home. Don't ever try this unless you want to tow your vehicle to the junk yard.

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5/9/15 @ 3:32 PM
JamesD
JamesD
USER since 2/16/04
My rookie "lesion" was in the form of a burned thumb. Paying out seven colors of lead core I was unprepared for the monster hit, that when I hit the thumb actuated brakes, the big fish laughed at my ineptitude and simply proceeded to fry the skin off one of my favorite digits. When the panic subsided I flipped on the drag system and because it was cranked way too tight the line simply snapped. Lesson:1 don't mindlessly let out core without having the other hand ready to flip the free spool leaver back to lock position. Lesson:2 don't forget to loosen the drag back to normal because you really cranked her down to drag in a ton of core and a planer board the time before.

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