The weather was super calm in the early morning on tourney day, but forecasted to blow hard by 10 or 11 a.m., so Patrick planned to head to Lake Ontario where bigger stringers are usually (and quickly) caught while he had the chance. If you know this fishery, you know that the prevailing west wind blows into the mouth of the river, making it rough because of residual waves on even some of the calmest days. The problem is, you just don’t know how ugly it will be until you get to the mouth and see yourself. When Patrick got to the mouth, the waves were huge, so he decided to head back in the river and probe some deep open-water smallies during the short window he had before the weather rolled in. He got to his first spot, which is usually rough even for the river, and was surprised to see that it was exceptionally calm. He actually saw that giant fish on his graph and was able to drop on his nose with precision accuracy in 35 feet of water. On the third drop, it bit. Just so you know, that’s a tough thing to do without spooking the fish.