The afternoon fishing has been better for us than the morning the last two days. The morning bite has been slow on the bank. Our best fishing has been north of the point between 160 and 240 FOW. We only had one rigger bite this morning but we had several this afternoon. A pair of Yeck Copperheads 53 down on an out down took two Steelhead. The chute rigger set at 65 with regular Fuzzy Bear Yellowtails took a Laker and had another bite. Dreamweaver SS Lemon Limes down 50ft. on the other out down took a King. Our biggest fish of the day came on a 200 copper with a Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie on it. A regular Dreamweaver Beefeater on a 300 copper went twice. Our high wire out 180 with the White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig went twice this morning and once this afternoon. We were going to spend the last hour of the P.M. trip on the bank, but a thunder storm cut our trip short.
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We fished a double today. Started out in the 02’s in 90 FOW. We didn’t have much of a morning bite, two hits on a high wire diver out 155 with a 10” White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig. That was it. When we hit the 04’s we turned northwest and took it out to 300 FOW then brought it back in to 150 FOW. The action wasn’t fast, but we did hit some fish. 8, 10, & 12 color cores and 200, 250 coppers all took bites. We didn’t really have a hot bait. Regular size Yeck Lighting on a 200 copper took a couple and a SS Magic Man on an 8 color took two Steelhead. No rigger bites on the morning trip. We started our afternoon trip in 300 FOW in the 02’s and trolled north. We hit a good fish right away on our high wire with Mountain Dew/Cold Steel rig but it got away. Our other high wire out 170’ with a White Slick Light Green Tape/Green Death Big Water Rig was the hot diver on the p.m. trip. It took 3 of our Kings. When we hit the 03’s we put it on a in troll. We had decent action. Our chute rigger down 65 with a pair of regular size Fuzzy Bear Yellowtails went 3 times. The Yeck Lighting took a couple more and a Copperhead on a 10 color core went twice. It’s hard to find the time to get this report out when we are running doubles so the reports might not be real timely when we do run them.
They were biting good this morning. Yesterday the water was cold, 44 degrees on the surface, up north where we’ve been fishing. There was a break just south of the Point in 100 FOW and that is where we were hitting fish. By the end of our trip the break had pushed into shallow water. Today the surface temp was 70 degrees and the break was down 55 to 60 feet. We set up in 100 FOW in the high 01’s and trolled north. There was a strong current out of the south. We didn’t have much action until we bumped up our speed. Our high wire divers out 145 & 155 were our hot rods early. We’ve been running the same Spin Doctor/Big Water Meat Rigs for several days now, a 10’ White Crush Mountain Dew/Cold Steel and a 10” Glow Blade Blue Bubble/Blue Moo. Our out downs were set at 55 & 45 ft. with glow spoons and we had out a 7, 8 and two 10 color cores. We had plugs on the two high cores and spoons on the 10’s. The 7 color went twice but no bites on the 8. We took it down to the 04’s then looped out to turn back to the south. We took a Laker, a Steelhead & a small King on the turn. We hit fish on the south troll but the north troll was our best.
We had an afternoon trip today. We headed up north and set up in 180 FOW in the middle of the 01’s. The break was only down 45 ft., it was colder than we thought it would be, so we trolled in toward the bank. The screen was clean until we hit 100 FOW. We started to mark a few fish and some bait and when we hit 80 FOW it looked real good. We ended up fishing between the bathhouse and the point trying to stay in the 80 ft. range. The waves had a lot of west on them and it was a tough troll. We hit fish on both the north & south troll tonight. We had 9 hook ups and landed 5 of them including Pam’s big king. Her fish hit a 10” White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig on a high wire diver out 130 ft. That fish ran out 830 feet of wire on its first run. We had 6 bites on that combo. We also took a nice King on a Yeck Copperhead on a 7 color core. We had a pair of glow spoons on an out down set at 60ft. that took 2 fish.
We fished up north on the Bank the last two days. Had a good early bite yesterday taking four mature Kings. The bite didn’t last long, and then it was slow going. We hit a few more fish all on the north troll. There were some boats getting bites on a south troll but not us. Our high wire divers out 140 & 150 with 10” Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs were our best rods. We took all our fish between 80 & 110 FOW. Today they were biting good until the storm hit. We had an 11” Green Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly down 70’ on our chute rigger. It went before we could set our out downs. Our out downs with glow spoons set at 50 & 60 ft. both took fish and a high wire diver out 170 with a 10” Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Meat Rig went too. We went 7 for 8, all Kings, then the storm hit and shut things down. It was dead for us for and hour or so then the action picked back up. Our best rods were our Spin Doctor/Big Water Meat rig combos. The 10” White Crush Mountain Dew/Cold Steel Big Water Rig out 150’ on a high wire diver went three times. Our other high wire out 170 with the Blue Bubble went again. A Clear Blade Dark Green Tape Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Rig on a 10-color core took a nice King and so did a 10”Black Crush Spin Doctor/Cracked Ice Big Water Rig out 90’ on a low wire diver. Most of our fish came between 70 and 100 FOW. We did hit a couple in 140 FOW when we swung out to make a turn. There were a few pods of suspended bait out there too.
Fishing was slow yesterday on the Bank. The heavy fog didn’t help maters. We ended up dodging lots of boats without radar. We took three mature Kings before pulling off and heading offshore. We set up in the 00’s and 38’s and trolled west to the 40’s. We took a Steelhead and a Lake Trout and lost one other Steelie before we headed in. No fog today. It was a beautiful sunrise and not too rough. We went back to the Bank and set up in 100 fow in the 01’s and took it north. The temp was 42 degrees down 60 ft. We hit 3 fish, all Lakers, and landed 2 of them before we hit the Point. Once we got north of the Stick we started marking some suspended bait and fish. From the 03:50’s to the 07’s we hit 6 Kings and boated four of them. Our high wire diver with the White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/ Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig out 140 fired 3 times. We also took a nice King on a 10-color core on a Fuzzy Bear Frosted Veggie. The fishing seems to be getting better. Hope the big blow tonight & tomorrow doesn’t mess thing up.
The Ludington Offshore Classic is over, back to charter fishing tomorrow. We had a good catch for the Ruboy Thursday event. Our five fish catch weighed 62.8 lbs., getting us a third place finish and a $700.00 check. We had a tough day on Friday for the Bud Lite Ladies Classic. We fished offshore in the same area as we fished on Thursday. The rules for this event only allow a team to fish nine rods and weigh 5 fish. Our ladies team did a good job with the fish we had on but we came up short and only caught 4 fish to weigh in. On Saturday day 1 of the Pro/Am event we didn’t have a lot of confidence in our offshore spot so we took a gamble and ran way south looking for big Kings. The gamble paid off. We found some nice Kings but had a tough time landing them. The rules allow a team to weigh a maximum of 9 Kings. We only landed 8 but our day one weight was 98.2 lbs, putting us in 5th place for the day. Our hot set up was a high wire diver out 130 feet with a 10″ White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig baited with an Erie Dearie Herring Strip. We caught a 20 lb King on that rig winning us 8th place, $100 and a $200 gift certificate from Big Jon Sports in the Big Fish Contest. We ran back to the same spot on day two but the fish were gone. We took one Laker and one King and missed another King. We pulled lines and ran back north to fish at Little Point Sable. We had 6 bites there landing four fish. Three of our 6 hits were on a Dreamweaver SS Magic Man spoon off a 5-color core. We only weighed 6 fish on day two and that dropped us down to 14th in the standings. It was disappointing to say the least that those big fish moved out of our spot, but fish do swim, and they swam some place else. We thought the whole tournament was very well run. Thank you tournament committee, event sponsors and congratulations to Pro Division winner team Flat Out and Am Division Winner Lake Effect 2.
We fished staight out and a little south yesterday on the outside of the nets. We set up in the 58’s and trolled south in the 36’s. Our two biggset Kings came on 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs ran on our wire divers. A Chrome Blue Spin Doctor/Blue Thunder Big Water Rig took the first one and the second took a Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Rig. We fished out to the 39’s later in the morning, but the bite was slow for us. We fished up north today off the Bank and had good action. The north wind must have stirred them up. The first pass we hit several fish but the big waves from the north made landing them tough. After the first pass the action slowed so we worked out deeper off the Point. The surface temp cooled the further west we trolled. We picked up a couple steelhead and a Laker out there. We couldn’t slow down enough to run our meat rigs. Most of our fish came on spoons. The biggest King came on an 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 80′ down on the chute rigger. A pair of regular size Fuzzy Bear Yellowtails were good on an out down. The Ludington Offshore Classic starts tomorrow with the Ruboy Thursday Shootout. We will be fishing in that event as well as the Ladies Classic on Friday and the Pro/Am on the weekend. I probably won’t have time to post any reports until Monday
A big storm hit Ludigton this morning and we only got to fish for about a half hour. Lots of lighting chased all the boats off the lake. Seems like the storm activeaed the fish. Every boat I talked to took a few before they had to leave. We fished a little south today in approxmatlely 200 fow. We didn’t have all our lines set and we hit three fish taking two of them. One came on a glow spoon on a 10 color core and the other on a glow spoon 75 down on an out down. A high wire diver with a spoon on it took our other hit.
The fishing is still slow. Don’t really know why. We are marking bait and fish but most boats including us are having a hard time getting them to bite. It could turn around any time but it hasn’t yet. We took six nice fish yesterday fishing southwest of Ludington in 200 to 500 fow. The biggest King took a plug on a 10 color core. The wind picked up a little today from the southwest so we decided to try fishing up north along the Bank. We had the same crew today and they were game to try something different. We set up in 100 fow and took a nice 4 year old King on a high wire diver as we were letting it out. It got out to 120 ft. and the 10″ White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/ Big Water Cold Steel Meat Rig fired. We didn’t have to wait long and the 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly on the chute rigger down 80 took off, another nice 4 year old. Then we boat rode. We tried for some trout later in the morning and picked up one. That was it, 3 fish. Hoping things turn around soon.
We fished 5 hour trips the last two days. Thursday we went north and it was slow. Again lots of bait and fish but only three takers. Two of the three came on high wire diver out 220 with a 10″ White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig. We’ve been fishing the Point for quite a few trips and we finally decided to try a different spot today. We fished out front and a little south this morning setting up in 250 fow. The surface temp was 67.4. It didn’t take long for the first rod to fire. It was a 10″ White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly stacked with a glow spoon down 90′. The three year old King took the stack. That same rod went again about 10 minutes later only this time it took the Paddle, another King. We trolled west out to 500 fow getting a couple more hits. No bites on our east troll. When we turned it back west we hit our biggest fish of the day, a 16 lb. King on a Gold SS Monkey Shine on an 8 color core.
Been fishing the last two days up north for Kings. It’s been tough. The picture on the top right is from today and the left is from Tuesday. Yesterday we ran down the Bank in 100 to 110 fow. Lots of bait and fish there but no takers. We moved out to 160 and hit three fish but only boated one , a nice Laker down 120 on a 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. We decided to try offshore. We ran out to the 37 line in the 09’s and trolled west. The action was slow out there too. We found a 2 degree break in the high 44’s and took two fish off it. One was a fat Steelhead that took a Gold Dreamweaver SS Monkey Shine on a 2 color core. Today we set up off the Bank in 180 fow. We took two big Kings pretty quick. They both came on an out down set at 95′. The first one took a glow spoon stacked over a 11″ Green Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly and the second one hit the Paddle. We hit two more Kings but lost them both. We moved in to 90 fow and Trout fished. We boated 4 Lakers and had two other hits. The temp was in the mid 40’s 65 feet down and 42 down 80. The sea fleas wern’t as bad as they have been.
Fished an afternoon trip today.We fished north setting up in the 02’s in 180 fow. Didn’t get all the rods set when a high wire diver fired at 179 ‘ taking a nice King. Worked northwest out to 360 ft. and no more bites. We turned east in the middle of the 04’s. We hit five fish on that troll. When we hit 130 fow we turned it back west and hit two more. Turned back east when we got out to 260 feet. We hit a couple more before we pulled lines at 8:30. We had one spoon bite, all the rest of our hits were on flashers and meat rigs. Our best rod was a high wire diver out 260 ft. with a 10″ White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig. It went three times. The other high wire out 280 took two shots with a 10′ Chrome Green Spin Doctor/Leprechaun Big Water Meat Rig on it. None of the other rods went more than once. Only one rigger bite, an out down set at 95′ with a 10’ White Crush Spin Doctor/Big Red Big Water Meat Rig. We marked lots of suspended bait and and fish. We had to keep checking oour lines do to the sea fleas. They were thick.
The strong wind from the southwest combined with the current from the north made fishing a little tough today. We fished a double and both crews held up well. We left the dock at 5:00 a.m. for the morning trip and headed up north setting up the middle of the 01’s in 100 feet of water. Lots of bait and fish on the graph. The down temp had warmed to 58 degrees. We hit a couple of small fish right away on our out downs on spoons. A big Black Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly on a low diver out 120 on a low wire diver diver took a shot but we missed him. We took a couple more fish in the 100 to 110 ft range before we put it on a northwest troll and headed for deeper water. We just picked at the fish. The action was never hot. We got out to 300 ft. before turning in the 06’s to make a southeast troll. We didn’t have a bite heading south until we hit the the Point. Our 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly on the chute rigger down 120 took a big Lake Trout. The south troll was terrible. Big waves from the south west and the current from the north made very hard to get a good speed. Our divers were tightened way down and they were still tripping. When we turned back north at the Point we moved back in to 100 ft. and put down a couple of Trout rigs. The down temp was a little warm so we moved out to 125 ft. and the down temp was 50 degrees there . We hit three Trout and boated two of them. We didn’t have much action on our wire divers on this trip. We took a couple of our bigger Kings on our coppers with meat rigs. A 350 copper with a 10″ Chrome Green Spin Doctor/Leprechaun Big Water Meat Rig went a couple of times and a 10″ Black Crush Spin Doctor/MooMoo Big Water Meat Rig on a 400 copper took our biggest fish. We are using Erie Dearie Herring Strips on our meat rigs. Our best rigger rod was the pair of regular size Dreamweaver Super Bread spoons on a out down.
We left the dock at 4:00 on the afternoon trip and ran north to 01:00 and set up in 150 feet of water and trolled north. The wind had not let up and the waves were to 2 to 3 feet. We rode for a while before we hit our first fish. It was on our 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly down 120 feet. It was a big fish but the hook got turned and we lost him. We worked between 150 and 180 feet of water. There were lots of schools of suspended bait and some fish showing up on the graph but we didn’t hit another fish until we turned in toward the Point in 140 fow. That King came on a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Big Red Big Water Meat Rig on a low wire diver out 160′. We caught the rest of our fish working that 140 to 130 ft. band of water. Two of the other big Kings came on the 10″ Green Chrome Spin Doctors/Leprechaun Big Water Meat Rig, one on a high wire out 300′ and the other on a low wire out 150′. The biggest fish on our afternoon trip came on a 10″ Clear Blade Drak Green Tape Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig on a 400 copper. The two smaller Kings came on 300 coppers with spoons on them.