Coach's Angle Charters

“Welcome to one of the premier smallmouth bass destinations. After many years of teaching and coaching basketball in Indiana, my wife, Zoe, and I now reside in the  KALKASKA/TRAVERSE CITY area. I spend 6 days a week fishing these beautiful waters and I am inviting you to join me.

My 30-plus years of tournament and guiding experience have made it possible for you to have a fun day of fishing.”

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COACH’S ANGLE CHARTERS

Smallmouth Experience

Traverse City Area

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Lake Michigan and the Bays.

ELK, SKEGEMOG, TORCH, CLAM, BELLAIRE AND INTERMEDIATE.

WALLOON, CHARLEVOIX, BURT/MULLET are frequently requested.

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21 degrees early this morning may have been why the parking lot at the ramp was empty. As it warmed the NW winds picked up to 20 or so. There were several short strikes early but from 9 am til 2 pm they were all business.
None over 6 lbs but the best five were solid: 5.88; 5.34; 5.28; 4.92 and 4.90. A 4.69 and a 4.49 didn't make the cut. Different lake tomorrow...
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I'll be up all next week. Hope to see ya on the water coach..

Wednesday's bag was a personal best. I've been alternating three lakes within a 50 mile radius and all three have been producing big smallmouth. A bonus was a limit of walleye up to 27" a couple days ago.
The big bag of smallies included a 6.86, a 5.98, a 5.94, a 5.22 and a 4.70. Several other good fish didn't make the top five. Love that moon!
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Oh, you're killin' me! A six-pounder PLUS walleyes. Le's hope they're still hungry in August and we're able to get out on the water

geesh Coach. Are the fish this big because they haven't begun to spawn? I thought they lost weight in the winter.

Tom Mccarty

Folks not afflicted with the desire to catch hefty smallmouth would have called Friday a beautiful day.
The rest of us wanted a breeze. No breeze at all. Nine smallmouth for the whole day.
Saturday was perfect. Wind early and it increased as the day progressed. Twenty four smallies in a halfday with the biggest three weighing 15.60.
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If you get the chance or the urge to try and boat some exceptionally huge smallmouth bass not that your not already doing it, come up to Brevoort Lake just west of St. Ignace. An amamzing campground on a peninsula that juts out into the lake. When I had the Bait Shop there I saw many really big smallies. The best was when a young man about 12 came to get his picrture on the wall of fame. He had a 23 1/2 bass and I had one almost identical in a holding tank I filled with fresh lake water. Planned on showing a few people and then letting someone release him. Instead I gave it to this young guy and his Dad paid to have them both mounted.

Great fishing

Lots of pressure on some lakes as many people are off work.
Everyday provides SATURDAY pressure.
As the great moon phase slides by, there were fewer easy fish. However, 22 keepers were boated from 7 am til noon. Nothing over three pounds until 11 am. A 4.42 and 4.90 were weighed in the last half hour. Lesson learned!
Fish later in the day and use my Quiet Cove deep divers.

Most people appear to be social distancing. But not all.
It worsens everyday. What will be done? Tickets issued or SHUTTING US DOWN again?
I know what my choice is.
Stay safe
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Lots of pressure on some lakes as many people are off work.
Everyday provides SATURDAY pressure.
As the great moon phase slides by, there were fewer easy fish.  However, 22 keepers were boated from 7 am til noon. Nothing over three pounds until 11 am.  A 4.42 and 4.90 were weighed in the last half hour.  Lesson learned!
Fish later in the day and use my Quiet Cove deep divers.
Most people appear to be social distancing. But not all.
It worsens everyday.  What will be done?  Tickets issued or SHUTTING US DOWN again?
I know what my choice is.
Stay safe

When the wind blew and when it didn't--two different approaches needed. Both worked well! Several 21" or better. 5.60 and 5.22 were biggest weighed. ... See MoreSee Less

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The Governor spoke at 11 am and I was on the water in less than an hour. 5.72 and 4.74 were best weighed today but some other really good fish caught. (I opted to take the Cat today and leave Queenie, the 12' rowboat at home.) ... See MoreSee Less

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Way to go keep it up be safe and use social distances