A small town on a Great Lake

My happy place…..

Nothing brings more peace to my heart then spending time up at Lake Erie. I am blessed that my parents live in a small community at the Lake. They are in the middle of two small towns that have so much to offer.

We started our day in Vermilion. We grabbed a breakfast sandwich and coffees at Brewed Awakening. Oh how i wish i could start my morning there everyday.

The city businesses always do different themes throughout the year. Current it’s a Alice and Wonderland theme!

How cute is this kids meal at Woodstock’s Cafe? I wanted to order one for myself!

In the afternoon we decided to go fishing. It was hot and nothing sounded better than being on the boat. We headed east of the Huron river. We marked a lot fish and i was just hoping they weren’t all full of mayflies. It started off a little slow but soon we were catching…..sheepshead. Ugh the rats of the lake. They were big and put up quite a fight. Never happy to reel in a sheepshead but it was better than not catching anything. We did end up catching about a half a dozen walleye. A few small that we threw back and we kept 4 of them. Good size eaters!

Wonder how long this crane has been there?

In the evening we ate dinner with my folks and headed back to clean up and close the boat. It was another wonderful day at the lake!

When the mayflies attack

The mayflies have made their arrival in Vermilion, Ohio. They say this is a sign of a healthy lake, but no one loves the days when they are here. The houses and buildings are covered. As cars drive down the streets you can hear the crunching of the mayflies that cover the roads. The first few days are always the worst and after about a week they are usually all gone!

It also makes things tough as a fisherman. The fish eat the billions of mayflies and are now full and don’t want anything you have to offer them. That didn’t stop us though. We enjoyed a beautiful day on the lake, but of course we only caught catfish.

LEWT tournament #4

Well Jimmy and Johnny fished in their fourth tournament today. They found tons of fish, but didn’t find the big ones. It’s apparent they need me 😂! I’m just so proud of them for competing and i love the smiles on their faces!

My parents brought niece, Cally, to watch weigh ins. She still isn’t to sure about this fish world, but she does love to eat the walleye. Like a typical 9 year old girl, she would just rather not see what her food looks like before it is cooked 😂

Tournament 4 standings
Standing totals for all 4 tournaments

Girls fish too!

This morning started off a little gloomy and raining so we cleaned up the house a little and went grocery shopping. By late morning the sun started to come out so we decided to head to the boat for some afternoon fishing 🎣!

The water was pretty calm and the winds were coming out of the south! We fished off of Vermilion on the west side. Our rods were busy. We caught white bass, catfish, sheep head and walleye. John and i kept 5 walleye and threw the rest back. I caught a 5 pound 26” walleye! One of the biggest I’ve ever caught. I think it was a pretty good start to summer fishing!

Afterwards we stopped at Main Street tavern for some dinner. John had the cheeseburger soup and the Philly burger with fries. I had the chicken cordon bleu sandwich and fries.

Me, Myself, and I

This morning was some much needed me time. The boys went fishing. No kids. So i spent the morning all by myself! I started in small town Vermilion, Ohio. I went to breakfast at a local coffee shop, walked to the beach to take a photo of the lighthouse, walked around the town and finished up with some shopping!

I stopped back at the house for a few minutes. I walked down to the beach. The air was a little cool and the water was rough, so the beach was empty.

Next i headed west to Huron, Ohio. I walked the pier and by chance actually found the boys fishing. They were several miles north of the lighthouse but i had my super zoom camera!! I also had a great view of cedar point because it was so clear out!

I walked around Huron some more until the boys let me know they were heading in. I went to the public ramp to watch them come down the river. Jimmy was nice enough to moon me as he passed by 😂

After leaving the river i stopped at a local boutique. It’s called When Pigs Fly and 94% of their sales go to cancer!!!! As i was finishing up shopping, John called me from our boat dock and we met up for lunch!

We went to Rudy’s in Vermilion. We love their food and the chefs homemade chili is a must! John also had a truffle burger and i had a chicken Philly. We both had homemade chips as our side!

After lunch we swung my most favorite candle shop, Swan Creek. It’s so cute inside and their candles are the best. I think John smelled every single one. We bought 2 candles, a pack of wax and a wax warmer!

Ok enough play time….we headed back to the boat to clean it up and close it for the night!

On the way home we stopped at John’s favorite ice cream shop, the Pied Piper. He got their signature cone and i had a sundae!

Overall it was a wonderful Saturday! It was a much needed peaceful day! I highly recommend taking days to yourself to rebalance!

LEWT tournament #2

Well the boys had their second tournament of the season. It was a 2 day tournament launched out of Sandusky, Ohio. This tournament was combined with the Masters Walleye Circuit. Lots of teams and lots of amazing fishermen!

Day 1 was cold! I mean cold and wet and miserable. But of course the boys were fine all day out on the boat. My family and i went to weigh ins and we were frozen. It was so nice we could be there to see John weigh in their 5 fish for the day. The weighed in just over 23 pounds, which put them pretty much in the middle of the pack!

Day 2 was 40° warmer. No joke it was about 80° outside. Absolutely gorgeous day to be on the water all day. The boys headed east to fish this day! They found fish but just not “big” fish! They weighed in 5 fish for just over 16 pounds. They came in 100 out of 168.

Lake Erie Walleye Trail

My husband and his buddy Jimmy are fishing in the Lake Erie walleye tournament. It’s individual 1 and 2 day tournaments over several months. They are fishing in 4 out of the 6 which will qualify them for the championship in the fall!

These two have been so excited for this. They have done so much to prepare. They are extremely intelligent fishermen and it makes me so proud to see how much time they put in to preparing for each tournament.

Well their first day out and they came in 16th out of 73!!!! Seriously how awesome is that!? They woke up at 3am and were checked in by 5:30am. They enjoyed hanging out and meeting all the other teams before they left marina.

A Beautiful ending to 2021!

Today was gorgeous. It was 50° and sunny. Not your typical weather for the end of December in Cleveland Ohio. We of course decided we needed to spend the day outside. After our morning workout we headed to Huron. The public boat launch looked like a summer afternoon! We fished on the pier with our friend, Gene. I was super excited to use my brand new wagon that john got me for Christmas! My dad was doing important year end stuff for work, but during his break they brought Abby for a walk and joined us!!! I was able to take photos while the boys tended to the rods in the lake. I also made lots of four legged friends. We ended up with 2 perch just over 11” each. While John was bleeding out the fish, he also bled himself out 🙄. Thank goodness he married a nanny whose mother is a nurse. We cleaned with some water, put a bandaid on it and then wrapped it with a clean sock! He was good as new, at least enough to get us home. Overall excellent day spent with friends and family.