Saturday - August 1, 2020: I decided to try fishing the St. Clair River so I wound up in the city of St. Clair at Palmer Park and Boardwalk. It was a beautiful place! But a really difficult place to fish as the current was extreme. So I threw out my lightest tackle, 8lb test, three way swivel with a 3/8oz weight and #6 hook just to see what might be out there. Was getting bites close to the wall and caught some gobies and watched the huge freighters go by lol. Tried a couple different spoons without success. Then tried a sinker setup but the heaviest sinker I had was 3oz and it didn’t hold. Went back to the light tackle and at about 12:30pm as I was reeling in from a forward cast and staying away from the wall I caught a very small smallmouth. So I put a casting weight on the clip of my zebco 202, but had no luck. Drove down just following the river looking for a place to fish; found a bait shop that had minnows and pulled into Algonac State Park. It was raining now, lightly, but steady. At the park you had to cross the road to fish as the small parking area near the river was mostly flooded. I was not too keen on standing in the rain so I continued to drive along the river as it turned into Lake St Clair. Looked at a map and saw all the places that I had stopped at in the past, Brandenburg Park, Rueisdale Park, Selfridge Boat Launch and the Metropark. Went to Rueisdale hoping it would not be raining by the time I got there, but it was, so I went to the boat launch and it wasn’t raining there. Started at the canal first using minnows; nothing. Then went over to the area where you can throw a sinker and it will hold. A lady fishing next to me caught a really nice sized perch; but I did not. Threw out my lightest tackle with a crawler and just let it sit. It was about 9:30pm now. I just let it sit and was casting the zebco 202 out for fun, but even let that sit as well. My car was parked right next to where I was fishing and I went to the car for something and the light tackle rod had fallen down. So I pick it up and there’s something on it; something BIG. I’m like, oh no not again, as this happened to me at Lake Erie when I reeled in a 20 something inch channel cat and the guys were yelling at me to loosen the drag; I mean the reel on this thing is not fancy whatsoever. It has no anti-reverse lever and you can turn the dial on the top, but not too far as the spool would come off. But I did turn it a little. As I’m trying to figure out how to get this fish in a DNR dude is checking licenses. He comes to me last and I explain my dilemma. I did not realize there was an opening in the railing at the corner where you could then net the fish. So I walk the fish over, but my net is in the car so I told the DNR guy and he offered to get it(the hatch was open anyhow.) He even netted the fish for me. What a nice guy! Anyhow it was a freakin 27” carp lol. Need 30” for master angler lol. So the sign says the boat launch closes at 11PM and right about that time a police car drove around but didn’t say anything to me. There was another person fishing and I asked her if they said anything to her, but they did not, so I kept fishing. I had the zebco 202 cast out forward with just split shot and let it sit. About 20 mins later I go to check it and the line is now at a 45 degree angle from where I cast it. Hmmm...it must have just floated that way since I only have split shot on it. I pick it up and there’s a fish on it lol, another BIG one. Reeled it in slowly and got it to the corner and a man fishing netted it for me. It was a 23” channel catfish. It was about 11:30pm now. It started to rain about 12:30am I think and I fished for a little longer but it was more of a moderate rain so I left. Amazing how you can use such simple, inexpensive tackle and get such big fish. I think that’s what I’m going to do for the rest of the month. Only fish ‘simple’ tackle so there will be more to come...stay tuned!