Don’t let blood sucking vampire black flies ruin your fun Featured

The walleye fishing on Lake Erie’s Western Basin is still going strong with reports of people still catching easy limits on the west side of the islands. Nothing has really changed in how they are catching them, so if you want to drift cast by tempting them with “Weapons”, troll for them using spoons behind Jet Divers and Dipsies, crawler harnesses behind inline weights, or even crankbaits; everything is still working.

Most of the bigger fish have moved east to the cooler waters of Lake Erie, but there are still a few hanging around this area to catch. So, you still have a chance to catch that wall hanger of a life time without having to travel too far. Most of the fish being caught right now are the best table fare anyone could ask for. Fish from 15-25 inches is the norm right now, so don’t miss out on the easy fishing, and get out there while the catching is good.

The one critter that can interrupt all that fun and make your life miserable out on the water is the biting black fly. Their favorite buffet is the human ankle, shin, and that tender spot behind the knee.  Any exposed skin that is located near the lower part of the inside of a boat, where they can hide out of the wind, is fair game to them.

Days with little to no wind are the worst, as the winds usually keep them at bay a little longer.

Over the winter, I was thinking about these little buggers, and the agony they can cause, so I went online to search for the best product to keep them away from myself and my clients. I found a product made in Ecuador that promoted it’s elixir as one of the best to keep even the worst biting insects known to man from biting. Well, I can tell you this, they have never experienced a Lake Erie black fly down there below the equator, because this expensive bug juice, with its very attractive scent, made me smell good, but did absolutely nothing to keep the flies from feasting on my legs! In fact, I think it attracted them more than it repelled them. So, I went back to using my Copperton Sport 50 sunscreen (only works with the cream, not the spray), and it gave me a half an hour of relief, but then it needed to be reapplied again and again. 

Home remedies that have worked for me in the past are:

*A mixture of 1 spray bottle almost full of water, a good squirt of Dawn dishwashing liquid, and a tablespoon of bleach. Mix this into a large a spray bottle.

*A mixture of 1 cup of water and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to 2 ounces of Avalon Skin So Soft and 1 ounce of citronella oil. Mix this into a spray bottle.

Good luck and be safe!

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