We fished up north in 80 to 120 FOW today. It was tough to leave the peir heads after the great fishing we’ve had there the last two days. We didn’t mark many fish there when we went out this morning and we afraid of going to the well one too many times. Boats that did fish there today did catch fish. Our fishing this morning was about as good as it gets. We had our fish by 7:30 a.m. We had our out downs set at 50 & 55 ft. with mag spoons and the chute rigger at 60 with a 10′ White Glow Blade Spin Doctor & Green Mirage Strong Fly. Our wires were out 150 on the highs & 110 on the lows. We had a 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Meat Rig & 10″ White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Rig on the highs and a 10″ Showtime Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Rig & a 10″ Black Crush Spin Doctor/Moo Moo on the lows. We had DW Captains Choice Natural Glow Cut Plugs on our 10 color cores. They each took a fish but once they went we couldn’t get them back out because the action was so hot. The mag size Dreamweaver Beefeater was our best spoon. We set in the 01’s and finished up in the 04’s.
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We fished our last three trips at the pier heads, a double yesterday and a morning trip today. The action was great. We usually go north to fish off the bank, but we were marking so many fish outside the piers we had to check it out and we are glad we did. We fished in 30 to 50 FOW less than a mile either side of the pier heads. We were running 3 & 5 color cores, 3 riggers and 4 divers. Our best plug was by far the Dreamweaver Natural Glow Captain’s Choice Cut Plug. We had it on our 3 color cores and ran it on two of our riggers early and late in the day. The Green Black Ladder Back Captain’s Choice Cut Plug was go0d on a 5 color core and 18 feet down on the chute rigger. We were running 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Tackle Meat Rigs on our wire divers yesterday and on our low wires today. We ran Slide Divers with mag glow spoons out 70 & 75 ft. in the high position today. A Mag Dreamweaver Beefeater was our top spoon. Our best diver set-up was a 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Rig out 80 ft. on a high wire yesterday and out 40 ft. today on a low wire. We were using regular size Dipsy Divers with the standard ring turned to 3 1/2 for our high divers and a regular size Dipsy with a medium ring turned to 2 for our low divers. The water was a litle warmer today, but the action was still very good.
The boat traffic was horrible up north, but he fishing was good. We couldn’t find an opening to set up south of the point. We ran to the 05’s and trolled south with the waves. We didn’t get a hook up on our first 4 bites. Once we got into the 04’s our action picked up. Our wire divers were good again today. We had the same rigs and they were out the same number of feet as yesterday. No action on our chute rigger today but our two out downs were good. We had a Dreamweaver Natural Glow Captains Choice Cut Plug down 75 that went 3 times before it broke off and a 10″ White Glow Blade Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Meat Rig down 80 on the other. We ran a 250 copper out each side with plugs when we could but they were in more than they were out. It was hard to fish the 90 to 120 foot depths because of all the boats. Today is the worst I’ve seen it this year. We got in there when we could but mostly fished between 130 & 160 FOW. The south troll was by far the best for us but there were a few boats liking the north troll.
Good fishing up north again today. We set up in the 01’s and in 100 FOW and took it north. Lots of boat traffic made it tough to get any lead core or copper rods out early. We took most of our fish on our wire divers. We didn’t have any spoon bites. When the boats spread out a little we put a couple plugs out on some coppers. The Natural Glow Captains Choice Cut Plug on a 250 took 2 big Kings and a Chrome Red Head Captains Choice Cut Plug on a 200 took 1. We didn’t have them out very long because of boat traffic and steady action on our Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs on our wires. We didn’t have any rigger bites for the first hour and a half. We took off our spoons and put an 8″ Show Time Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Rig 65 down on one out down and a 4th of July rig 70 down on the other. We took fish on both of those but never had the chute rigger go all day. Our high wires had a 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Rig on one and and a 10″ White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Rig on the other. They were out 250 feet. The lows were a 10″ Show Time Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Rig out 165 and a 8″ Blue Chrome Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big water Rig out 170. They were all going good. It was a slow troll going north and a little faster going south for us.
Very good fishing up north this evening. We postponed our morning trip due to rough conditions until this afternoon. Our crew was fired up after waiting all day. We ran up to the 06’s in 130 FOW and trolled south with the waves. We were trying to keep the speed about 2.5 to 2.4 at the ball on our Fish Hawk but we were faster than that on the north side of the point. Our riggers were set at 85, 95, & 105 on the chute. Our wires were out 300 on the highs & 200 on the lows. We had flashers and meat rigs on every rod. We ran a 300 & 350 copper on each side. They all had 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs on them. They each only went once because the action was so good we couldn’t get them back out. Our high wires were hot. We had a 10″ Blue Bubble Slick Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Rig on one and a 8″ Blue Chrome Spin Doctor/Blue UV Big Water Rig on the other. We fished between 110 & 150 FOW from the 06’s to 01:50. We hit fish on both the south and north troll. Our crew members were experienced fisherman and that helped. We were done by 7:00 P.M.
The Lake wasn’t near as rough as forcasted today. We fished north in the same area as yesterday. It ws tough getting slow enough for a good troll with the strong current coming form the north. We had two bags in and were backed right down and still couldn’t get any slower than 2.8 at the ball on our Fish Hawk. Our starboard low wire diver out 100 with a 10″ Show Time Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Meat Rig took our first hit. The fish peeled out 600 feet of line and would not come in. We were going in and out of gear to help get the fish in when two more rods went. The fish liked the slow speed on the north troll. We ended up losing the fish on the wire. It was foul hooked. We found a scale on the hook when we brought it in. We took it down to the 06’s and turned back south. The bottom temp started warming in the 05’s. We took a nice size King on an all Glow Dreamweaver Captains Choice Cut Plug on a 10 color core. That plug went 3 times for us. We trolled back to the 03’s and only had 2 more bites and landed no more fish. We turned back north in 90 FOW and hit two quick fish. The north troll was definitely our best troll. All our wires took fish and the chute rigger with a 11″ White Paddle/Pickeled Sunshine Action Fly took 2 fish and we missed another one on it. We were running the Paddle on the chute rigger earler in the season but we haven’t run it for three weeks or more. We ran a 9 boat group charter today for ABC Warehouse and Amana/Whirlpool Appliance. All the boats caught fish. Two boats from our group fished in PM Lake and reported lots of fish in there. Lie-A-Lot charters stayed in PM Lake and caught the big fish for the day, a 27.7 lb. King. Captain Chucks’s weighed in a 37.1 lb King today. It was caught south of Manistee on a Show Time Spin Doctor and a UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig.
We ran a two boat charter with the Dreamweaver boat today. We fished up north on the bank. Lots of boat traffic but it was worth it. We hit 7 fish during the morning bite boating 4 of them. The Kings are still biting in the warm water. We worked 90 to 130 FOW from to high 01’s to the 06’s. We had the same 10″ Spin Doctor/Big Water Meat Rigs on our wire divers as yesterday and they all took fish. Our Blue Casper Kingfisher Flasher/Blue Moo Big Water Rig on a low wire out 125 was good too. No plug bites for us again today. We talked to one boat that had a Dreamweaver Captains Choice Green Glow Black Ladderback Plug on a 7 color core that took 7 bites early, then they put on a Captains Choice Chrome Frog on a 10 color core later in the morning and took a couple fish on that. Just like yesterday, the action was never hot & heavy but they bit all morning. These are big tackle busting, line tangling, hard fighting fish. I’m sure Captain Chucks loves these big kings.
We fished up north on the bank again today. We set up in 100 FOW in the high 01’s. The water was colder today, 55 degrees down 50 feet. Same as the last few days, we hit a few early then picked away at them. We got some plug bites today. The Dreamweaver Captain’s Choice Glow Blue Splatter Back Plug pictured below was good early on an 8 color core. After the sun came up we replaced with a CCP Mother of Pearl Black Dots and it took a rip but we didn’t get it. We missed more than we caught today. It wasn’t our crew’s fault. These fish just don’t want to die and are tough to keep hooked up. It was mostly a meat & plug bite for us. We were running the same rigs on our wires that we’ve been running the last week. The 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble/Blue Moo high diver bait on a high wire only went a couple times for us today but it was hot for some other boats. We didn’t make it any further north than the high 04’s today and stayed between 90 and 130 FOW. We took about the same number of hits on both the north & south troll.
We fished north on the bank today. We set up in the middle of the 01’s and took it north. The lake was rougher than we thought it would be with the waves coming from the northwest. We almost ran way north to make a long down wind troll but the autopilot held just fine. The early bite was slow again today for us. When the sun came up we only had 2 bites and 2 fish. The water was a little warmer than yesterday but the Kings were still biting in the warm water. We didn’t have any hits plugs. Spin Doctors & Kingfisher Flashers trailed by Big Water Tackle Meat Rigs with Erie Dearie vacuum pack salted herring strips took most of fish today. The Blue Moo Big Water Rig was our hottest bait . We had it behind a 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor out 150 on a high wire. We had that same set up on an out down at 65 feet and another one behind a 10′ White Crush Glow Blade Spin Doctor on our other out down at 60 feet. We had a low wire out 105 with a 10″ Show Time Spin Doctor with a Blue Moo too. That rig took the big King pictured right. Our other low wire out 115 with a Blue Casper Kingfisher /Moo Moo Big Water Rig went 4 or 5 times. We worked between 100 & 130 FOW most of the day. They were biteing all morning both sides of the point. It was never real hot, but it was steady.
Good fishing on the bank north of Ludington this morning, but the conditions were a lot different from yesterday morning. The water warmed up and the current was strong. We had a bag in and we were backed all the way down to get 2.4 at the ball on our Fish Hawk. Yesterday it was 45 degrees down 50 ft. Today it was 60 degrees down 70 ft. Our best action was on the rods in the warm water. Our 80 & 95 ft. rods didn’t take any fish. Our wire divers were out 150 & 140 on the highs & 110 & 120 on the lows. We were running our usual Spin Doctors and Big Water Tackle Meat Rigs on all our wires except one low wire that had a Blue Casper Kingfisher Flasher/Blue Moo Big Water Rig on it. Again our wires took most of our fish when we were on the bank. The Blue Casper/Blue Moo took the 26.8 lb. King pictured right. All the reports I heard indicated the best action was on the south side of the point today. Our action slowed the further north we went and there was a lot of boat traffic to the south so we decided to run deep and see what we could find out there. We ran out to 350 FOW and trolled west out to 500 FOW. We hit Steelhead and Cohos. Our biggest Coho weighed between 12 & 13 lbs. We were taking our fish in 60 degree water out there too. A 5 color core with an SS Magic Man was good. Yeck Lighting & Copperheads on a 8 & 10 color core took some nice Steelhead. A Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie on a 200 copper took a couple of Cohos. We had a pair of Lemon Lime SS spoons 40 down on one out down and a pair of SS Sweet Corns down 45 on the other. A Blue Casper Kingfisher/Blue Moo Big Water Rig 65 down on the chute took a big Steelhead. We ran the same wire set ups that we were using on the bank. They got some action but weren’t as hot as the cores & coppers.
The fishing continues to be good in Ludington. Lots of fish being taken out deep from the 35’s to the 50’s west and from the 55’s to the 03’s north. I know thats a big area, but there are a lot of fish out there. We stayed in on the bank today fishing between 90 and 130 FOW. The morning bite was slow. We hit a few fish early, just enough to keep us in there. There were reports on the radio of a couple boats hitting fish in the 34’s & 35’s in the 00’s to the 03’s so most of the boats left the bank. The water was not all that warm. It was 62 on the surface and 45 down 50 feet. We were running 5, 8 & 10 color cores and a little later in the morning 200 coppers. Our out downs were set at 50 & 55 and the chute rigger was 65 down. Once again our high wire divers out 120 & 130 feet took the bulk of our fish. If you follow this report you know we’ve been running the same 10″ Spin Doctor/Big Water Tackle Meat Rig’s baited with Erie Dearie Herring Strips on them for quite a while now. We arn’t going to mess with success. Usually the Mountain Dew/Cold Steel combo takes the most hits but today the Glow Blade Blue Bubble/Blue Moo Big Water Rig out 120 was by far our best rod. Our low wires out 85 & 100 with the Show Time Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Meat Rig and a Blue Casper Kingfisher Flasher/Blue Moo Big Water Rig took several fish too. Our 200 coppers, one with a Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie and the other with a Golden Retriver Kingfisher Flasher/Fourth Of July Big Water Rig, each took fish. A 5 color core with a pink glow plug took 2 Kings. I think the reason we did so well was lack of boat traffic. We didn’t mark a lot of fish and we didn’t mark any bait on the bank.
Good fishing continues in Ludington. Last night we went back out deep started in the 41’s and trolled west. The wind had picked up and it was very uncomfortable trying to maintain a 270 troll so we put it on a 300 heading. The fish wanted the speed a little faster than they did in the morning. As long as we maintained a 2.9 speed at the ball on our Fish Hawk no matter which way were were going we got bites. Our high wire divers with 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs out 150 & 145 were good. The Mountain Dew/Cold Steel Rig was on one and a Blue Bubble Slick /Cold Steel on the other. We were running the same cores and coppers as we did in the morning. This morning it was blowing out of the southwest and we thought it might be too rough out deep so we headed north to fish off the bank. It was never red hot, but it was steady all morning. Not much of an early bite. The water was colder south of the stick. Our best action was north of the point in 100 to 150 FOW. Boats were hitting fish all the way to the 07’s. Our wire divers were out 125 & 130 early then 145 & 150 later in the morning. The highs were the 10″ Mountain Dew/Cold Steel & Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Rig and the lows out 95 & 105 were A 10″ Show Time Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Meat Rig and a Blue Casper Kingfisher Flasher/Blue Moo Meat Rig. The highs went several times and the lows twice each. Our hot rigger was a 10″ Glow Blade Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Rig down 65 feet early then 85 later in the morning. The out downs were 50 and 60 early and 56 & 95 later. The 95 ft. rigger with a pair of Dreamweaver Beefeaters was good. Several boats were hitting fish on 3 & 5 color cores with plugs & spoons but our highest core bite was an 8 color with a double glow plug on it. A regular Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie on a 200 cooper was real good.
We fished in the same area as yesterday and the fish were still there. Instead of starting in the 45’s and making an in troll we started at 39:50 and took it west. We had good action all the way to the 47’s. We only needed a few fish when we turned in the low 48’s. Same program as yesterday. Our divers were slower today and our riggers were a little hotter. The only rods that didn’t go were our low wires. We ran the same baits except instead of a Yeck Copperhead on one 10 color we switched it out for a regular size Yeck Lighting. We took two fish on the Lighting. We are going back out there this afternoon and I’ll have a picture from that trip in tomorrows report.
Very good fishing today. After the big blow from the north the last two days we ran straight out and a little south looking for warmer water. We stopped in the 45’s west. The surface temp was 62 degrees. We put the probe down expecting the break to be about 40 feet. Wrong, it was 47 degrees 70 down. We had over shot our mark. We put it on an in troll and started fishing. We hit a few fish on the in but it was no big deal. We turned back west when we hit the 40 line. Our out troll was very good. A pair of Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie’s on an out down set at 50 went several times. We had a mag on the main and a regular free sliding. A Blue Glow Casper Kingfisher/BlueMoo Big Water Meat Rig 65 down on the chute rigger took two of our biggest fish. Our high wire divers out 130 & 140 with the 10″ White Crush Mountain Dew/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig on one and a 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Rig were real steady. Our low wires took a couple of fish but wern’t near as good as the highs. We ran 7,8,10, color cores and 200, 250 & 300 coppers. They all took fish. Our best cores were our 10 colors. We had a Yeck Copperhead on one and a regular size Fuzzy Bear SOG on the other. Our best coppers were the 200’s. A regular size Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie on one and a regular Dreamweaver Beefeater on the other. A Blue Aurora Kingfisher/Blue Thunder Big water Meat Rig on a 300 copper took a couple of ni
High winds from the NNE cooled off the water up north today. Most boats fished from 30 to 60 FOW between the point and the pier heads. That’s where we fished too. We ran up to the 02’s in 60 FOW and trolled south. The bath house area was hot early. We were running 3,5, & 7 color cores with plugs, two wire divers, and three riggers. Our divers were out 65 & 75 ft. with a 10″ White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor and Cold Steel Big Water Tackle Meat Rig on one and a 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Rig on the other. The Cold Steel Rig went twice and the Blue Moo Rig three times. One 3 color took one King and one 5 color with a pink glow plug went three times. We didn’t have a rigger bite. The water kept getting colder all morning. We ended up at the pier heads. That’s where we found the warmest water.
We set up on the bank this morning in the high 02’s in 90 FOW. We trolled north to the 04’s working between 80 & 100 feet and never had a bite. There were some boats hitting a few fish but not us. We slid off the bank and put it on a northwest troll. We started getting bites when we hit 180 feet. We were going to go to 300 feet and work it back in but we kept hitting fish so we kept going northwest. By the time we turned to make a south troll we were in the middle of the 08’s in 540 FOW. The action was very good. We hit a lot of Coho’s as well as some nice Kings. We took a Steelhead & a Laker too. Our wire divers with 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs were hot again today. The highs were out 125 & 130 and the lows were out 90 & 100. We had the same rigs as yesterday on our wires. Our out downs were set at 45 & 50 ft. and the chute was set at 65. Lots of out down bites but we never took a fish on our chute rigger. We had a mag size Fuzzy Bear Frosted Veggie on the main and a regular Frosted Veggie on the slider on one out down and a pair of regular Dreamweaver Beefeaters on the other one. We had a regular Fuzzy Bear Frosted Veggie on a 12 color core that was good. A Blue Aurora Kingfisher/Blue Thunder Big Water Meat Rig on a 300 copper went 3 times. We went back out there on the afternoon trip despite the big waves. It was very rough. We took a couple fish on the upwind troll but it was a tough troll. We turned down wind in the high 05’s but the waves kept building and it became unfishable for us. We cut the trip short but managed to go 5 for 8.
We fished up north today on the bank. We didn’t go back out deep because of the big waves and the boats fishing out there last night didn’t fare too well. We set up in 100 FOW in the 02’s and trolled north. The screen on our graph was pretty clean but we stayed in the 90 to 100 ft. range. We started hitting fish in the 03’s. There was a strong current so we had our speed bumped up. The Free Style is usually a slow troller, but not today, at least on the north troll. Our wire divers with 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs took most of our fish. Erie Dearie has some new herring strips packed in salt and vacuum sealed. We were using those in our meat rigs and we liked the results. Our highs were out 125 & 135 and the lows were at 95 & 105. We had out the usual line up, White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Rig & Glow Blade Blue Bubble/Blue Moo Big Water Rig on the highs and Show Time/Moo Moo & instead of our Dark Green Crush/Moo Moo we had a White Crush/Froggie Big Water Rig on the lows. Our chute rigger 70 down took 2 fish with a Blue Casper Glow Kingfisher Flasher and a Blue Moo Big Water Rig. Only 1 plug bite today and that came on a 5 color core. We hit five fish in the early bite and thought it was going to slow after that, but our up troll between 130 & 150 FOW was good too. It was fairly steady all morning.
Had to reschedule yesterdays trip due the strong northwest winds. Lots of cold water around Ludington so we decided to back out deep to the stable water and try our luck. We went straight out and a little south again today setting up in the 40’s west. We ran pretty much the same program as Tuesday. We trolled between the 40’s & 46’s. Our out troll was our best. We didn’t have any rod that was real hot. Just about everyone took at least one fish. We had a plug on a 10 color that went three times. The surface temp was 68 degrees and it was 57 down 50 feet. This was a little colder than Tuesday so we figured the fish would be about in the same area, maybe a little higher. There we a lot of fish in the top 65 feet, but there were a lot deeper too. Our deepest came 80 down on a Yeck Wart Frog. Our high wire diver with a 10″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble/Blue Moo didn’t go today so we replaced it with a 10″ Blue Bubble SlickSpin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Rig and dropped it back to 185′ and then it started going. Our regular size Dreamweaver Beefeaters took some fish 50 down on an out down. We had a Casper Glow Blue Kingfisher/Blue Thunder Big Water Rig 65 down on the chute rigger that was steady. We also put a Blue Aurora Glow Kingfisher/Blue Thunder Big Water Rig on a 300 copper and that went three times. A regular Fuzzy Bear Modified Blue Dolphin on a 200 copper went twice. A DW Super Slim Chiznit on an 8 color core took some fish for us. The boats that went north of the point on the bank did well too.
Fantastic fishing today! We went a little south and out deep today. Most of the boats were in the 51’s to 53’s so we set up north of that in the middle of the 41’s west.The surface temp was 72 and it was 62 down 50 feet. Our out downs were set at 40 & 55 and the chute rigger was down 65. We had a pair of Yeck Wart Frogs on one and a pair of regular Dreamweaver Beefeaters on the other. The chute rigger had a Casper Glow Kingfisher Flasher and a Blue Moo Big Water Meat Rig on it. Our wire divers were hot. Our highs were out 110 & 120 ft. and the lows were out 85 & 95 ft. Three of the divers had 10″ Spin Doctors/Big Water Meat Rigs on them and one had a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Green Mirage Strong Fly on it. All our divers took fish but the ones with the meat were most productive. We our usual setups on them, White Crush Mountain Dew/Cold Steel, Glow Blade Blue Bubble/Blue Moo and Show Time/Moo Moo. Most of our Kings were taken the divers. Our cores were 7,8, & 10 colors and we had two 200 coppers out. They all had spoons on them and they all took at least one fish. We trolled out to the 48 line but our bites stopped in the 46’s. We made an in troll and finished up in the 42’s. Most of our Kings were taken in the 42’s & 43’s and the Coho & Steelhead in the 44’s to 46’s.
The water flipped last night at the point. We ran north and were going to set up in the 02’s, but the surface temp was 55 degrees. We kept running and set up in the high 03’s. The surface temp came up to 67 so we thought we would try it there. It didn’t take long to get our first bite. It hit a glow spoon on an out down set at 40 feet. We had 3, 5, 7, 8, & 10 color cores out. We were running plugs on most of them. The 3’s, 5’s & a 7 color core took some hits, but the 8 & 10 color rode. Our best action was between 70 and 100 FOW through the 04’s & 05’s. The action slowed way down around 8:30 a.m. for us so we decided to find a new spot . We heard of boats getting good size & numbers south and out form the 37’s to the 43’s. It was too far for us to run south that late in the morning so we ran straight off the point out to 37:50 and trolled west. We hit 6 fish out there and boated three of them. Two of our fish today were over 23 lbs. One of the 23 pounders came on a 10″ Show Time Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Meat Rig. The other one took a Hot Veggie Super Slim on a 7 color core.
We have been fishing doubles the last three days and I haven’t had time to get my reports out. These are pictures from our last seven trips. We have been basically fishing the same area and doing pretty much same thing each day. We’ve been setting up off the bank between the 01’s & 02’s in approximately 90 to 100 FOW and trolling north moving in or out depending how the picture looked on our graph. We’ve been marking bait and fish each day and have been getting an early morning bite. We haven’t always had a good hook up percentage, but we’ve been getting bites. Our hot rods continue to be our wire divers with 10″ Spin Doctors & Big Water Meat Rigs. A Glow Blade Blue Bubble/Blue Moo, White Crush Mountain Dew/Cold Steel on the highs and Show Time/Moo Moo, Dark Green White Crush/Moo Moo on the lows. We vary the lengths depending on the water temp.
The highs are usually out 110 to 145 and the lows 80 to 100 feet. Our riggers have been set between 45 & 70 feet and we’ve been using 5, 7, 8 & 10 color cores. Friday we boated a master angler 27.8 lb. King caught on a regular size Dreamweaver Beefeater on an out down set at 50 feet. It was our first fish of the morning and had us tied up for at least 30 minutes. We knew it was big by the way it fought, but we had no idea it was that large. That’s the biggest fish we have landed in several years. We have caught several fish over 20 lbs over the last seven trips. We’ve been using plugs and spoons on our cores. One morning the spoons will be hot, the next morning it will be the plugs.
Today It was the plugs. Our best plug has been the Dreamweaver Captains Choice Green Black Ladderback Cut Plug. In the afternoons we’ve been setting up some where in the 02’s in 250 FOW and trolling northwest. We take it to the 04’s and then bring it in off the bank. Overall the fishing hasn’t been bad, but we still aren’t seeing the fish we usually do this time of year but they are running bigger than usual. All this cold water has the fish scattered. Some boats are fishing the skinny water and will do well one day and then not so well the next. Same with the deep water, good one day not so good the next. The wind is supposed to blow out of the north tonight so things will change again. What to do? Go fishing!
The wind was blowing hard out of the northwest this morning. Anglers that braved the big waves were rewarded with outstanding fishing. We ran north of the point and set up in 140 FOW in the 05’s to make a long down wind troll. The temp had warmed from yesterday- 47 at 60 feet. Our riggers were set at 60, 75 & 65. Our out down at 60 ft. with a pair of regular Dreamweaver Beefeater’s was our hot rigger rod. We made a down wind troll to the 00’s hitting fish all the way. We hit a few fish on the up wind but it was hard to land them because of the waves. We turned back north in the 03’s and finished up in 120 FOW in the 02’s. There were some boats fishing on top of the bank and they were doing well too. Three of our Kings were over 20 lbs., one 23.14 , & two 22 pounders. Our wire divers were on fire. They all had 10″ Spin Doctors / Big Water Tackle Meat Rigs baited with Erie Dearie Herring Strips on them. We were using our old faithfulls our high wires, White Crush Mountain Dew/Cold Steel Big Water Rig on the port side and a Glow Blade Blue Bubble/Blue Moo on the starboard side. They were out 160 & 170 feet. On the low wires we had a White Crush Dark Green Blade/Moo Moo Big Water Rig on the port side, and a new one in our line up, a Show Time Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Meat Rig on the starboard side. They were out 130 & 135 feet. We only ran one core and one copper rod. We had a Green Glow Black Ladderback Captains Choice Cut Plug on a 10 color core that took two big Kings and a Dreamwaver Beefeater on a 200 copper that went three times. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, just hoping the good fishing continues for a while.
The bite was a little better on the bank this morning but not as good as we expected after what we saw last night. We started in 100 FOW and hit a King on a low wire out 118 with a 8″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Fairways Strong Fly. That fish came in tough. We had to keep the boat slowed way down so our guy get him in. We hit one more in 100 ft. but didn’t get him. The Dreamweaver boat was hitting fish out in 140 so we turned out. Both starboard wire divers fired but we only got one of those fish. The water was still cold, 43 degrees down 50 feet. We worked north to the high 05’s between 140 and into 80 FOW but didn’t have much action. We took it out to 260 Fow and pretty much spent the rest of the morning trolling southeast and northwest. Overall it was a slow day. All the fish we hit were good size Kings. Our biggest today was a 21 pounder taken on a Dreamweaver Captain’s Choice Green Glow Black Ladderback Cut Plug ran on a 5 color core. We hit fish on an 7 color core with a SS Beefeater and our wire divers with 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs. Our Last fish came on a 10″ Show Time Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big water rig on a 300 copper.
We only had 2 fish in the box out of the 7 we hit on the bank this morning. It wasn’t our anglers fault, the fish just didn’t hook up good. They were stripping the meat off our wire divers and not getting hooked. We ended up trolling southwest from the 07’s out to 460 Fow. It was just a slow pick all morning. Our big King on the morning trip weighed 22 lbs. and took a regular Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie on a 200 copper. The afternoon fishing was better again today. We set up at 02:50 in 240 FOW and trolled north. We only had 3 rods set when an out down at 45 ft. with a pair of Yeck Copperheads took a nice Steelhead. We turned southeast when we hit the 04’s and our action really picked up. Our chute rigger with regular Fuzzy Bear Yellow tails down 65 took a 19 pound King and a high wire diver out 155 with a 10″ Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Meat Rig took our biggest King, a 21 pounder. We took it in to 120 FOW of f the bank and trolled south. We were marking suspended bait and fish and the fish were biting. Riggers 45, 55, 65, wire divers out 170 & 140,10 color cores and 200 & 250 coppers. Based on what we are seeing tonight they should be biting in the morning on the bank.