Back home in Ludington after fishing in the Manistee Budwieser Pro/Am this weekend. The picture on the left was our catch on Friday the day before the tournament. We hit’ em pretty good up by Big Point Sable and were confident we could do it again on Saturday. Tournament start time is 6:00 a.m. so getting the early bite is pretty much out. We made the long run and shut down in the 04’s and trolled south. We didn’t have a bite until we were right on the Point. That was on an out down with a pair of regular size Dreamweaver Super Bread spoons set at 80 feet. We missed that one and didn’t hit another fish until we turned in the 02’s. The fishing was tough. Some boats were hitting fish north of the Point in 120 to 130 feet of water so we worked that water between the 04’s & 07’s. Bites were hard to come by. Our best rod was a 10″ Mountain Dew Spin Doctor trailed by a Cold Steel Big Water Tackle Meat Rig baited with an Erie Dearie Herring Strip. It went three times before a big King took it into a wire diver and borke it off. A 10″ Green Chrome Spin Doctor/Leprechaun Big Water Rig was good too. We only had 10 fish on and we boated seven of them. We were in 5th place at the end of day one. Only one boat weighed in a ten fish limit. We headed back south on day two stopping in the 07’s instead of running up to the Point. We set up in 90′. The graph was showing lots of bait and fish. We rode for a while before we hit our first fish. It was on a high wire diver out 180′ with a the 10″ Chrome Green Spin Doctor/Leprechaun Meat Rig. That one got off. The King fishing proved to be tougher on day two than it was on day one. We only boated three Kings Sunday. We ended up fishing for Lake Trout the last hour and a half of the tournament and boated eight of them. All the Kings we boated both days came on Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat rigs except one. The 10″ Blue Bubble/Blue Thunder, Mountain Dew/Cold Steel , Blue Chrome/ Blue Thunder & Dark Green Chrome/Leprechaun are the combos that took fish for us. We finished the day with eleven fish in our box but could only weigh 9 of them due the tournament rule only allowing teams to weigh no more than six Lake Trout. When the weigh in was finished we ended up in third place in the Pro Division. We also collected $100.00 for the third biggest King, a 14.70 lb. fish. That one took the 10″Chrome Green Spin Doctor/Leprechaun Meat Rig out 140 ft. on a low wire diver. It was a well run fun event even though the fishing was tough. Congratulations to Team Hambone for their first place finish and Trout Scout who finished second.
Archives for June 2011
Fished up north again today. Set up in 100 feet of water and trolled north along the Bank.First thing we noticed was the strong current from the north. We were backed all the way down and had two bags in and were still doing 2.1 at the ball on our Fish Hawk. Our rigger were set at 70, 80, & 90 feet. Our big White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly took our first King. The 80 ft. rigger with a pair of Dreamweaver Super Breads went next. From then on most our fish came on our wire divers and coppers. We took quite a few Kings on 10″ Spin Doctor/Big Water Meat Rigs and Erie Dearie Herring Strips. A 10″ Blue Bubble/Blue Moo was good on a 350 copper. We will be fishing out of Manistee the next few days in preparation for the MCSFA Budweiser Pro / Am fishing tournament this weekend.
Tough fishing today. We didn’t get the early bite this morning. Not sure if there really was much of one. We marked a lot of fish and bait in 90 to 100 feet of water yesterday just south of the Point and all the way to the 06’s. So thats where we set up today, at the Point. We only had a few rods set when a high wire back 145′ with a mag Fuzzy Bear Yellowtail fired. Then our chute rigger down 80′ took off, another nice King. So far so good, but that was it. The bait and fish were not there like yesterday. Talked to a friend on the radio and they were marking bait and fish out a little deeper, 110′ to 120′. We moved out there and the graph looked good but no more bites. We put out some meat rigs and moved out to deeper water. We rode quite a while before we hit our next fish. It was on a low wire diver out 170′ with a 10″ Chrome Blue Spin Doctor/Blue Thunder Meat Rig and a Erie Dearie Herring Strip. After a pretty good run it got off. We reset the rod and it wasn’t out too long when it fired again. This one didn’t get away. We were in 280 feet of water and it looked like we had something figured out, not so. We didn’t hit another fish until we were pulling lines. After a good fight that one got off too. Most of the boats we talked to were also having a hard time getting anything going. The full moon last night didn’t help things and neither did the bright sun. The fish and bait are there. We had a good crew today and we tried hard to get more cooperation from the fish but they weren’t buying it. We are hoping for some south wind to get the Bank set up again.
It looked like a perfect morning for catching Kings when we headed north of Ludington this morning, foggy, overcast, and a little surface ripple on the water. We shut down in 100 feet of water and the graph looked good. We were starting to worry when most of our rods were set and no bites. As we were setting one of our last rods a nice King hit a full core with a regular size Dreamweaver Beef Eater on it. That rod took our first two fish. We didn’t have any big morning flurry, but the action was steady for the first few hours. We ran pretty much the same rigger program that we’ve been runnign the last few trips. Our other full (10 color) core had a regular Fuzzy Bear Yellow Tail spoon on it. We took five fish between those two rods. We took two Kings on a Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Big Water Tackle Blue Moo Meat Rig with a Erie Dearie Trolling Strip on a 350 copper. The Erie Dearie Herring Strips have been working well for us. We used them on all our meat rigs today. A 10″ Black Crush Spin Doctor/Moo Moo BWT Meat Rig out 150 ft. on a low wire took an 11 lb. Lake Trout and a good sized King. The bite was fairly steady until the sun came out. That killed our action. We trolled the last hour without a hit.
We fished up north again today and it was good. We didn’t leave the dock until 6:00 a.m. but the bite was still on when we set up in the high 02’s. It was mostly a spoon bite early. Our low wires with flashers & flys that were hot yesterday didn’t take many fish this morning. A pair of regular size Dreamweaver Superbread spoons on an out down was our best rod again today. We would let the main bait down to 25 ft. then throw on the other bait and let it free slide as we lowered them down to 80 ft. We got just as many bites on the slider as we did on the bottom bait. We trolled north fishing between 120 & 160 feet of water. Our action slowed when we got into the 04’s so we turned back south. We had a hard time getting bites on that troll until we put in a sea anchor and slowed down. We raised our out downs up to 55 & 65 feet and put out some meat rigs. This was the ticket for us. Big Water Tackle’s new Blue Moo Meat Rig behind a 10″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor went twice today on a 350 copper. A Big Water Moo Moo/10″ Black and Green Spin Doctor on a low wire out 150′ went three times. We also took several more fish on our out downs after we raised them. Our big White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Paddle only took one fish today, a nice Laker. We hit fish on our full cores, a 200 copper and a 350 copper. By the time we got to the 00’s we had our fish.
The Kings were hungry this morning! We set up north of Ludington off the Bank in 110 feet of water in the high 01’s and trolled north. We had our hands full trying to get our lines set. The first four rods in all fired with nice fish. The surface temp had cooled to 47 degrees and the fish were full of fight. Our out downs were set at 69 & 80 ft. and the chute rigger with a big White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly was down 95′. A pair of regular size Dreamweaver Superbread Spoons on the 80′ rigger was our hottest rod. A Glow Blade Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Mountain Dew Strong Fly back 180 on a low wire was good too.
We put one of Big Water Tackle’s new Blue Moo Meat Rigs behind a 10″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor out on a 350 copper. It wasn’t out long before a fat King hit it. That was our 14th fish. The 15th came on a BWT Froggie Meat Rig/10″ Green Crush Spin Doctor combo. We took most of our fish between 110 & 130 feet of water.
The fish were biting today at Ludington. We got an early start and headed up north. We ran to the 02’s and set up in 100 feet of water. Our first rod down was a White 12″ Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. We were going to set it at 85′ but a big King hit it before it could get there. The bite was on! Our out downs were set at 95′ & 85′ and the chute rigger with the big White Paddle was down 85′. We ran four wire divers. The highs were out 180′ & 185′ and the lows were both set at 150′. It took a while for us to get any cores or coppers out. We ended up running two 10 colors cores, a 300, and a 350 copper. We had a regular size DW Wonder Bread on one out down and a 8″ White Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly on the other one. We had glow spoons free sliding above them both. A mag Fuzzy Bear Modified Blue Dolphin on a high wire was very good and the same spoon in the regular size was hot on a 10 color core. An 8″ Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Mountain Dew Strong Fly on a low wire took several nice Kings. We ended up sliding out off the bank and took most of our fish between 130 & 150 feet of water. We were headed back to port at 8:30 a.m. with a tired but happy crew.
Ran a two boat charter today with the Dreamweaver. We got away from the dock about 6:30 a.m. so we missed the early bite. We fished north off the bank starting in approximately 110 feet of water. Trolled past the Point working 110′ to 130 ‘ and didn’t hit a fish until we turned in the 05’s. Once we started trolling south the action picked up. Our best rod was a Slide Diver out 135′ with a Dreamweaver SS Gold Orange & Green Tip. A Tin Can Dodger/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly down 90′ took our two biggest Kings. Capt. Shane’s crew on the Dreamweaver fished deeper water and took the biggest fish of the trip on the Tin Can/Pickled Sunshine combo down 170′ in 250 feet of water. A big Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly was also good down 100’. It was just a slow pick for both boats and the south troll was definitely the best.