After hearing reports of bait and fish on the Bank north of Ludington we decided to try it up there this morning. We ran to 01:50 and set up in 100 fow. The graph was pretty clean. We marked a few small schools of bait on the bottom, but the bait & fish that were there yesterday were gone. We got all our rods set and didn’t have a bite until we got to the 03’s. We almost pulled off the Bank and headed for deep water when a 12 color took a hit. It zipped out some line and was gone. Our 11″ White Crush Dreamweaver Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly set at 90′ on the chute rigger went and we were hooked up with a nice King, the one pictured left. Just as we boated that King an out down set at 55 with a pair of Sportsman SS spoons fired. It turned out to be a good size Steelhead that took the free slider. We took it up to the 04’s before we turned back south. We talked to a couple other boats that were out deep and they didn’t have any better action than we did so we decided to work between the 03’s & 04’s on and off the Bank. The action was never hot, but we hit one triple and boated two out of three, 1 King & 1 Steelhead. A Glow Bloody Nose spoon on a 5 color core went 3 times taking 2 Kings and a Steelhead. A 3 color core core with a Dreamweaver SS Steelie Stomper took a good King . The Paddle on the chute rigger went 4 times. We only had one wire diver bite, a 10 Atomic Spin Doctor/Green Death Big Water Meat Rig out 160 took a King. Our 12 color core went twice. The surface temp was 52 and 40 down 90 feet. Our best speed was 2.3 at the ball on the Fish Hawk probe.
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We had a mid afternoon charter today and the fishing was tough. The wind was blowing hard from the southwest and the waves were solid threes with an occasional bigger one thrown in. We started in the middle of the 01’s in 160 fow just like we have the last few trips and worked in nnw. It took quite a while before we had our first bite – a 10″ Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig out 320 on a high wire. The fish made a good run and got away. A 10″ Green Atomic Spin Doctor/Green Death Meat Rig out 190 on a low wire went and we boated our first fish, a nice 13 pound King. We trolled out to 285 fow in the 06’s before we turned back south. We hit a fish in the middle of the turn on a 10″ Nuclear Green Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Meat Rig on a 300 copper. We boated that one and had a no show on our 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 160′ down on the chute rigger. A 10″ Dark Green Slick Spin Doctor/Green Death Big Water Meat Rig 95 down on an out down took the King pictured above. We made it back to 03:00 and took a small King on a regular Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie on a 400 copper. Our crew held up well in the rough sea’s. We pulled lines at 6:30 p.m.
Fishing remains good. It has been over a week since our last trip in Ludington, so not hearing of anything better we headed back up north to our old spot in the middle of the 01’s in 160 fow and trolled nnw. The surface temp was 46 degrees and it was 42.3 down 160′. The wind was out of the northwest so we were trolling up wind. We hit our first fish in 180 fow. It was on the chute rigger down 160 on an 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly with a regular size Fuzzy Bear Modified Blue Dolphin stacked 10′ above it. Once again this set up was our hot rod. We had a good troll going and didn’t turn until we were in 280 fow in the middle of the 06’s. The action was steady. We turned back south and made a down wind trolling southeast. Our riggers were set at 130, 160 and 110. We had a pair of Yeck Wart frogs on the 130 out down that went twice. We got as shallow as 135 ‘ and turned southwest to get back out deeper. We ended up having pretty good action between 140 & 160 fow in the 04’s and 03’s. Not a lot of diver action. We were running magnum spoons on our 300, 400 & 450 coppers and they all took fish. The 400 with a Fuzzy Bear Blue Dolphin went 3 times and the 450s with a Fuzzy Bear Green Dolphin and a Yeck Lighting each took a nice King. A 300 with a Yeck Nuclear Green went twice.
Fishing was good this morning. We fished the same area as yesterday. Our hot rod again was the chute rigger with an 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly stacked with a Yeck Lighting Spoon set at 160 ft. Today all the bites were on the Paddle & Fly. The Pickled Sunshine Fly is all chewed up but they keep biting it so we keep putting it out. A pair of Yeck Wart Frogs down 130′ took a nice King and a pair of glow spoons down 110′ took one too. We took Kings on a 400 copper with a regular size Fuzzy Bear Frosted Veggie, a 450 copper with a Mag Fuzzy Bear Modified Green Dolphin, and missed one on a 400 copper with a mag glow spoon. When we left the dock at 6:20 our party said they wanted to catch 5 fish and head back. As they were fighting the fifth fish 2 more hit and they got them. We quite at 8:15. I’ll be fishing down in St Joe for the rest of the week with the Blue Fairways Team so I won’t be posting any reports until next week.
We fished up north today setting up in the middle of the 01’s in 160 fow and trolled nnw. We didn’t have all our rods set when a high wire diver out 240 ft. with a 10″ Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Big Water Cold Steel Meat Rig & Erie Dearie Herring Strip fired. That one got away. We only had 4 diver bites today and they all came on that diver. The first 2 were at 240 ft and we dropped it back to 320 ft later in the morning and took 2 there. Our best rod was the chute rigger down 160 ft. with an 11″ White Dreamweaver Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly stacked with a regular size Yeck Lighting. It went 6 times, 4 on the Paddle & 2 on the Lighting. The stack was 10ft. above the Paddle. Our out downs took fish down 110 & 130 ft. A new UV Michigan Dolphin Dreamweaver SS Spoon took a nice King down 130 ft. We had a 5 color lead core, 250, 300, 350, 400, & 450 coppers out. The 5 color & 400 copper we they only two to take fish. The 400 had a regular Fuzzy Bear Frosted Veggie on it and the 5 color was baited with an orange glow spoon. We trolled as far north as the low 05’s and back south to the high 01’s. We made it out as deep as 260, but most of our fish came between 180 & 220 fow. The surface temp was 43.9 degrees and it was 40.3 down 160 ft. We tried to keep our speed between 2.0 & 2.3 at the ball on our Fish Hawk.