Grady Club News & Events
We had a very successful fishing seminar on November 19th. A great breakfast was topped by a phenomenal seminar by fishing pro Zak Jobes. The focus of the event was helping club members unlock the secrets of fishing for Lake Erie Central Basin Trophy walleye in early June. The concentration was the area from Huron to Lorain. Without question, Zak was able to provide valuable insights on techniques, equipment, lures and locations to improve performance at our next tournament in June!
Our event attracted 25 club members and guests. Thanks to all attendees for making our raffle a huge success. Also a special thanks to Amish Outfitters, Erie Outfitters and South Shore Marine for helping with items for the raffle as well as Carl Wirtz with Maloney + Novotny LLC for the financial contribution.
I can summarize the results in three words; SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY.
Yes we have embraced this wonderful attribute of Lake Erie by embedding a Small Craft Advisory Flag (red triangle) into our club burgee (which by the way is available for sale for $30). I think this was the only small craft advisory posted for the month of September. If you ever want high winds just schedule a club tournament.
We had a great turn out of 20 owners and a total participants count of 73. Both set records for the club! I am sure the wonderful food served up by the Huron Yacht Club and Jeancola’s Steakhouse helped out quite a bit in this area.
Considering the huge disappointment of our tournament cancellation, our participants were in incredible jovial spirits. I wonder what they did in place of fishing. Hmmm.
Watch out for our next event which is Saturday November 19th. An announcement is coming soon.
Thanks for your participation and support. Without the following sponsors and donors our events would not be possible; Grady White, South Shore Marine, Huron Yacht Club, Erie Outfitters, Fisherman’s Wharf, Amish Outfitters, BAC – Business Administrators and Consultants (Rick Raup’s company) and George Kussai.
See you soon
More Photos HERE
If it were not for the massive storm that took a 45 degree turn out of Michigan and came right at us we would have had a record turnout for a club rendezvous. We had 5 boats with guests cancel while at their departing dock. Most were coming from farther east and could not find a large enough window of stable weather to make the trip.
We ended up with 9 boats and 31 guests in attendance. A couple of owners came by ferry, a couple were there the night before, others arrived in the morning before the weather hit, a few made it through a small 1 hour window between storms and the last two came over during the tail end of the last storm.
By late afternoon all the bad weather had left and the day turned sunny and tropical. Due to the instability of the weather, we canceled the morning beach portion of the event and asked everyone to just head over to Portside Marina on Kelleys Island.
Let it not be said that the Lake Erie Grady White Club is not resourceful and creative. Games that were meant for the water were adapted for land/pub activities. Ever hear of garbage can basketball or hula hoop Frisbee? Well then, you just need to come to the next Rendezvous and bring with you a day full of great weather.
See all of our photos at the Lake Erie Grady White Facebook page. We will also post them on the SSM website.
Don’t forget our next event is the Perch tournament on Saturday September 24th.
We are approaching our event on July 24th and we need to dial in a few of the details. But first one additional point of interest…..if you would like to spend the weekend, just tell Portside that you would like a dock that is part of the “Tom Mack Group”. We are going to be on Dock B on Sunday. We recommend that you call soon of overnight dockage so you can get a slip. The cost of dockage on Friday night and Saturday night will be the captain’s responsibility.
When arriving either Sunday or earlier, call Portside on Channel 68 and let them know you are with the “Tom Mack Group” in order to get the correct dock.
For planning purposes, please let me know the following by Sunday July 17th.
1). Are you coming by Ferry or by boat and will you require a dock on Sunday.
2). Will you also be participating in the morning activities on the north side of Kelleys.
3). Number of people in your party (adults and children).
One last item. There will be a prize for the longest walleye that is measured at Portside. So…….get up early and go fishing! Prizes for other games will be awarded as well.
Thanks for the info. It will help in putting together a great event.
Start recruiting you team members!
It is time to plan for the Sunday June 5th Lake Erie Grady White Club Walleye Tournament. All information and necessary forms are below.
Remember…….if you elect not to fish you can still join us for the diner, prizes, raffle and awards ceremony. 20% of our attendees have been “dinner only” participants.
Hope to see you there!
October 21, 2015
September 30, 2015
Lake Erie Grady White September 26th 2015 Perch Tournaments Results
This tournament was one of the most unusual we have had in many years. The day started out with 2 to 4 and 3 to 5 foot rollers at very short intervals and never let up. All teams reported losing one to almost all members to a touch of sea sickness. But yet the teams battled on.
The fishing was equally unusual;
The western basin had decent perch fishing but the fish were on the smaller side. All teams opted to avoid this area.
The central basin from Huron to Lorain, which is usually very dependable and has generated many tournament champions, was almost absent of perch. Teams fishing in this area struggled to find 5 perch.
The Eastern end of the central basin, Ashtabula and Conneaut, traditionally supports nice size perch. The tradeoff unfortunately is the longer travel distance cuts the fishing time almost in half. Bad weather could prove to be a huge waste of time if teams cannot get out. The two teams that ventured into this area ended up finishing 1st and 2nd. The large schools of perch were found and they proved to be hungry as each team caught 120 and 76 perch respectively.
- 1st Jason Brooks, 226 Seafarer, “JW”, 59.5 inches
- 2nd Mike Manion, 208 Adventure, “Forever Three”, 57.75 inches
- 3rd Mike Pasadyn, 268 Islander, “USS-SSM”, 54 inches
- 4th Donny DePasquale, 190 Tournament, “Git-er-done”, 50.25 inches
- 5th George Kussai, 228 Seafarer, “Just George”, 50 inches
- 6th Rick Raup, 300 Marlin, “Whiskey D”, 10.75 inches
A big thanks to Grady White, South Shore Marine, Erie Outfitters, Fisherman’s Warf, Huron Yacht Club and George and Carol Kussai for supporting the event!
Remember our next event will be a breakfast meeting on November 14th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Huron Yacht club. Professional Fisherman and Fisheries Biologist at Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife Travis Hartman will be conduction a seminar you won’t want to miss. Maybe Travis can tell us where all the emerald shiners are and the reason for the absence of perch in the central basin. I have also asked him to give us tips on how to beat Jason Brooks.