Archives for July 2014

The fateful wreck of the Ann Maria occurred 111 years ago

On the dark night of October 7, 1902, the schooner, Ann Maria, sunk just off Kincardine’s harbour, weighed down by a load of coal from a Lake Erie port for the Kincardine salt block.

A hard breeze blowing from the west and northwest whipped up whitecaps in Lake Huron causing the Ann Maria to stagger and miss the pier ends leading into the harbour.

Driven into the beach and its sand bars, she was pounded by the white-capped waves that never ceased that night. Captain Gordon, engaged to a Kincardine girl, had been driving his ship hard to get to her, but as the water came in faster than the crew could pump it out, his cargo of coal dragged the ship down on the sand bar. The crews’ cries for help drew notice from those on shore and they built bonfires to guide the crew to shore if they could get off the Ann Maria.

Big Tom McGaw gathered a crew of his cousins, Wat and John McGaw and Billy Ferguson and launched Big Tom’s uncle’s fish boat into the blustery water to rescue the crew. As they pulled the fish boat through the waves, they dodged the wreckage of the Ann Maria that was coming off plank by plank. Once close to the disintegrating boat, Big Tom shouted at the 4 crew members to jump into the water, so they could be pulled to safety. Just after the lady cook and captain jumped into the water, a wave capsized the fish boat, drowning Captain Gordon, the cook, one of the crew and one of the rescuers, Billy Ferguson. The fish boat was swept away and wrecked upon the shore.

Though few of them could swim, Big Tom, June and Wat McGaw and 3 of the sailors from the Ann Maria managed to haul themselves out of the water and onto the schooner. When the fish boat washed ashore, Little Tom McGaw, Dan Matheson, Bob Saunders and Bob Green launched the yawl boat from Captain Spencer’s schooner, The Wanderer and headed out to rescue any survivors. They managed to draw up aside the sternpost and masts, where the survivors had climbed. The men jumped into the yawl boat and were rowed ashore.

The anchor from the Ann Maria, salvaged from the lake, sits on land in Victoria Park. A solid reminder of horrendous night of rescue, loss and the unpredictability of Lake Huron.

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Lake Erie Perch Fishing Report 7/21/2014

Lake Erie Michigan perch fishing charter trips

Lake Erie Michigan perch fishing charter trips

My first perch fishing trip started off with a bang. I moved about 8 times to sample different areas and all but a few produced perch. Turtle Island area from 12 to 14 feet of water  produced some nice yellow perch with out to much junk fish.  I tried a few spots along the Maumee shipping channel with marginal success  until I got out to the Platform. We caught lots of perch but lots of small ones. If you get into the white perch don’t waste your bait, move 100 yards or so. Some of the spots in front of Brest Bay in 24 ft of water started off with yellow perch, then the white perch moved in and we had to move. All in all if your not getting them move a little.

Lake Erie Walleye Fishing Report Monroe, MI 07/09/14

Walleye fishing has been very productive along the dumping grounds, and near Bolles Harbor in 20ft of water. Wiggle warts and hot & tots have been helpful keeping the White Bass and White perch fended off. If the water is stained painted baits seemed to have an edge over plated baits.  70 and 80 ft leeds, if your catching to many “junk” fish bump up the speed, up to 3 mph – high divers 36 to 38 ft as a start with Silver Streak “pink panties” worked for me. Over on the Ohio side, the area around the Toledo water intake has produced lots of walleye on wiggle warts. Remember Ohio has a “2 rod per person” limit and it’s been strictly enforced to the tune of $135.00 per rod over .Lake Erie Walleye Fishing Monroe,MI So far I have not seen any decent perch fishing at our end of the lake.

Lake Erie walleye fishing report Monroe Michigan 7-2-2014

Lake Erie walleye fishing has been good from the dumping grounds to the number buoy of the River Raisin. Wiggle warts 70 to 80 back. Most colors seem to catch fish. Green spec, orange spec, rainbow trout were best with a few painted baits also taking walleye. Mini discs produced with spoons but seemed to catch more white perch and white bass. Run hot using wiggle warts some where in the area of 2.7 to 3.0 miles an hour. Lots of boats will be out this weekend so give yourself some room while trolling

Lake Erie walleye fishing Monroe Michigan

Walleye fishing with Stray Cat Charter Fishing