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: GL - Early Spring Surf Dilemma ?

03-22-2003, 05:59 PM

Ever run into this early spring GL surf dilemma. I would have needed one heck of a rod and line to cast beyond this into the lake michigan surf.

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03-23-2003, 01:01 AM
Not too much surf eh? Going to be a couple of weeks away.

That N. B. surf spot is loads better in the late fall when the Lakers come with in casting distance of the shore.

03-23-2003, 08:16 AM
Hal -

What is that? Can't figure it out. My coastal shore senses tell me pile of shells, but in the GL?


03-23-2003, 08:52 AM
Juro it is;

Ice with sand on top of it.

All the ice in Lake Michigan comes down to the Southern end and piles up. Meanwhile the waves and wind blow sand on top of it.

I have some old photos from the 80's where ice was as tall as a 2 story house.

Nice thing about winters like that is that our warm water discharges (power plants mills etc) draw fish like a magnet. Bad part is it is very very ugly. But if one must capture a fish in sub zero weather it does the trick.

03-23-2003, 12:59 PM
I've seen it happen before and this year I was suprised when I got to the shoreline to find that the creek was flowing but the mouth frozen with sand and ice on the banks and no way for fish to get in.

It won't be long Hal, it won't be long!

03-23-2003, 08:48 PM
Yep, thats lake michigan ice, covered with sand from the winds blowing it off of the beach. Entire southern lake michigan shore line is covered with it right now from what I could see.

Its not N.B.

A surf casting rod would not have gotten me beyond the ice.

Found some open water for an hour of surf casting, had to try the Rio T-14 tips in still water. They sink pretty fast and cast well.

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03-23-2003, 10:13 PM
That New Buffalo area is a feast or famine deal. Thats why the locals never really hang out there. Most go to michigan City or Union Pier. Even the Benton Harbor/ St. Joe area is better. Ugly but better.