20 Plus Club Winner, Matt Stockton is being sent two 24+ decals for two over 24 inch Browns he has gotten this past year. Matt is also the logo and decal artist. Thanks Matt.
Streamer fishing with friend and guide, Devon Carr of H20 Outfitters scores with this beauty. Jac has been tying up some streamers he believes to be in developmental stage by Russ Maddin. Slinkier, lighter and more flash to attract the predators. M-U-C-H easier to cast. This old man needs all the help he can get. Thank You Alex Lafkas for your expertise advice.
20PLUS STREAMER CLUB gathering with Eli Berent instructing while the group ties. All materials furnished for tiers. Eli will demo too. Free to members and non-members. If you are intestested contact Jac Ford, size limited to twenty. Text or call (989) 280-3238.
The streamer fly shown was a hot one this fall, now named the WIG after my buddy John Lowman's great restaurant the Wrought Iron Grill.
The flies that Eli will tie will be announced soon. Eli's flies are awesome, but he is bigger than life. Great friend of our 20+ Club.
Alert: watch for some 20+ toads caught by Jason Fulmer and Matt Stockton on the trophy waters of the AuSable.
Jac here are 2 dudes I got within a month of each other on the Upper Manistee. I can't remember exact dates but know one came around the first week of August and the other the first week of September. I was fishing with Ed McCoy of Hawkins Outfitters. Close fishing buds Brendan Terrien and Ryan Soulard were there to enjoy the excitement that 24+" fish provide. Both fish came on McCoys Midnight Creeper. It's a solid pattern Ed has been developing over the years and has scored me to many fish to count over 20"s the last 3 years. These two kids are particular special to me given the numerous times I've moved them the last few years. Story of the two are as follows... I got the first one in August. McCoy relayed to me a client lost the fish two nights before at the net. Fish ate hard and I got him to the net. High fives exchanged a few hugs and even a few Founders All Day IPAs Big Thank You to Ryan S. for bringing the beers! The other fish came in September when Brendan T. called me and asked to take a seat in back of the boat for a float with McCoy. Brendan threw a white belly outta the front while I fished the Midnight Creeper outta the back. We got down to the spot I caught the 24" fish the month before and was commenting if anyone in the boat had moved that particular fish since I touched him last. Must have put him down for awhile as he hadn't been around for a few weeks. Brendan got first shot at him and nothing. I made a nice lil roll cast and TWAKKKK!!! Fish on! I instantly said "got him" response was can Hinds really get the same fish inside of a month. This kiddo was pulling hard but I let him feel the wrath of my Z-Axis 896 and netted him quickly. I instantly said "different fish" as he had a bit more girth and length. Taped out at 25" Both fish came outta the same hole, 10 feet apart, same side of the river a month apart. A big thank you to Brendan T. for the invite and the ice cold PBRs that followed. I sat down and didn't make another cast the rest of the night. I can't wait to get a crack at these two knuckle heads again in 2014!
Jac, Paul Morand, and I went fishing with streamers together on this cold December day. We put in at Mio and didn't light the place up like we did last November, but my goals were both achieved on the same day.
I have been trying very hard to land my first 20-inch brown. In November, Robb and I had many chases, and somehow, the bigger fish just didn't get the fly. They chased, but I seemed to blow it all day. The smaller ones, 20 or less connected, not the large ones.
This time it was different. We didn't have a lot of chases in comparison, but the ones that chased and ate got hooked. Landed my first 20PLUS fish around ten o'clock a.m. on my own streamer. Then, low and behold, about one o'clock in the afternoon, I cast to the shore and thought I'd caught bottom. I roll casted it to try to get it off, and didn't. After two more roll casts, it still wouldn't come off. That's what happens when you have a good hook-set.
Need less to say, by this time Jac was getting a little excited, as the fish was ten yards a head of the boat by now. Thank God, we got it in. It was great and measured on a yard stick a little over 24 inches.
Can you imagine, 20- and 24-PLUS in one day?! I was and am pretty happy.