After our good day fishing on Wednesday we went right back to the same area and put out the same spread that worked for us then. We did not get the same results. The water had warmed a few degrees, but conditions looked the same. We had a tough day with seven bites and four fish. Not really hearing of anything better we went back to the 01’s on Friday and tried it again. We set up in 140 feet of water (fow) in the 01’s and took it north. We marked loads of bait and some fish as well. Our first bite was on a 300 copper with a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/UV Green Big Water meat Rig. It was a nice king. A low wire diver out 130 with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water rig took the next King. A heavy fog set in and that made it tough to stay in the 140 to 150 foot range because several boats were working in that area. We decided to work on the outside of the pack fishing between 180 and 250 fow the rest of the morning . We were getting lots of hits, but they weren’t hooking up well. One of our out downs took a hit at 85 feet down on a glow spoon. It was about a 6 lb. Coho. That explained why we weren’t getting the good hook ups. They were Coho bites. We ended up taking 3 more of them, a couple more Kings and a Lake Trout. We don’t have another scheduled until next Tuesday.
Archives for June 2013
Good fishing today north of Ludington harbor. We set up in 120 feet of water (fow) in the middle of the 01’s. The surface temp was 58 degrees and it was 57 down 70 feet. The temps were a little warmer than we had hoped so we moved out to deeper water. Our first bites came in 170 fow. The first couple hours of the trip we hit quite a few fish then the action slowed . We worked out as far as 250 feet and back in to 150 feet and trolled as far north as the 05’s. We took fish on 350, 400 & 450 coppers, all of our wire divers took fish and we had hits on all three riggers. Our chute rigger down 145 with an 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action fly went twice. One out down set at 95 ft. took a fish on a Magnum Dreamweaver Beefeater. The other out down set at 115 ft. had a 10″ Glow Blade Dark Green Tape/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig stacked with a regular size glow spoon and it took 2 bites, one of the meat and one on the stack. We had 10′ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs on all our coppers. Our high wires were out 320 and 330 and 220 and 230 on the lows. Our most productive diver was a high with a 10′ Kevorkian Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig out 330 feet.
We had a great time fishing the Manistee County Sport Fishing Association’s Budweiser Pro Am. We left Ludington on Wednesday and fished our way up to Manistee. Our plan was to run up just short of Big Sable Point and troll north. The surface temp at the Point was 43 degrees so we ran further north and set up in the 07’s in 110 feet of water (fow) where the temp hit 45 degrees. We worked between 100 & 120 fow marking some fish and bait to the 10’s with no bites. Moving out to 320 fow, we finally hit our first fish (the Laker pictured left), on a 10″ Chrome Mountain Dew NBK Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Meat Rig . Two more fish were taken in the 14’s and that was it. Thursday we headed straight out Manistee and set up in 110 fow. A few fish were showing on the graph, but no takers. We moved out a little deeper to where we hit our fish on Wednesday, but still no bites. We decided to run way out deep and try for some Steelhead & Trout. A promising looking spot was showing on the Coastwatch site on the 35 line west and 22 line north in 800 fow. It was beautiful out there – the sun was shining , the lake was calm, and there were bugs in the air, ideal conditions for Steelhead. Setting up on a northwest troll we bumped up the speed to 2.6 to 2.8 on our Fish Hawk. We had 16 bites and ended up boating 8 of them. Our most productive baits were a Dreamweaver Super Slim Steelie Dan on a clean bird, a Super Slim Riverside on a 1 color core, a Yeck Fireball on a Slide Diver, and a regular size Lemon Lime Dreamweaver spoon with Lemon Ice tape on it out 65 ft. on a low wire diver. Our chute rigger also took a couple Lakers on a Mag NK Dolphin spoon down 45 feet. When we punched Manistee in on our GPS to head home we were in the 26’s & 36’s in 754 fow. Friday was the Ladies Classic. We started out again out in front of Manistee in 110 fow with the same results as the day before – no bites. We stuck around for an hour or so then headed back out deep to our hot spot from Thursday. The conditions had changed. It was overcast and the wind had kicked up, but we still had hopes the fish would be there. The surface temp had warmed from the day before so we ended up running out to the 38 line west and 22 line north. The surface temp was 52 degrees. We were only able to run 9 rods because that’s the rod limit in the tournament. We started with 2 clean birds, 2 one color cores, 2 Slide Divers, 2 low wire divers, and the chute rigger. All our rods had spoons on them. The action was much slower, but we stuck it out. Our first fish hit a Yeck Fireball spoon 75 out on a Slide Diver. The next on came an hour later on a Regular size Dreamweaver Lemon Lime spoon with Lemon Ice tape out 65 ft. on a low wire diver. It was a Lake Trout. Fifty minutes later we took another fish, a trout , on a one color core with a Dreamweaver SS Riverside spoon. We ended up taking 2 more Steelhead, one on the Yeck Fireball on the Slide Diver and our biggest fish of the day, an 11 + lb. Steelhead on a one color core with the SS Riverside spoon. Devon, Jenna, and Jessica did a great job. We hit five fish and they boated all five of them. It turned out that we had the winning box and the 11+ lb. Steelhead was the big Steelhead in the Ladies Pro division. While we were fishing out deep on Friday one of our team members for the weekend Pro/Am was fishing by Big Sable Point looking for some kings. He took a few and a couple trout so with the wind blowing from the south conditions looked promising for the weekend. Our Pro/Am crew members were Kevin Pomorski, Joe VanNortwick, Greg Magee & Kraig Anderson (from Blue Fairways) and me. On Saturday (day 1) we ran south and set up in 01:50 south of the Point in 110 fow. Our first fish came on a Purple Haze Kingfisher Flasher/Purple UV Big Water Meat Rig out 320 on a high wire diver. All the rest of our Kings on Saturday came on Dreamweaver Spin Doctors and Big Water Tackle Meat Rigs baited with Erie Dearie Premium Strips. Most of our fish came between 120 and 140 fow. We boated 8 Kings and then slid in to 80 fow and picked up 2 Lake Trout and a small King to finish the day with 9 Kings and 2 Lake Trout. Our biggest King weighed 17.95 lbs. and we entered it as one of our three fish for the 333 Tournament . That came on a low wire diver out 220 with a 10″ Glow Blade White Crush Spin Doctor/and Big Water’s new Pearl Glow Meat Rig. Our day 1 weight was 120.65 pounds and with our 10 fish our total score was 220.65. The only other Pro boat to weigh 10 fish was Riverside. Their day 1 total was 204.65.
Sunday morning we headed back to the same spot setting up again at 01:50 in 120 fow. We had 7 fish on Saturday by 10:00 a.m. and only 4 on Sunday. We fished mostly between 150 and 180 fow. The fish we boated were big ones so we opted to stay out deeper and fish for Kings instead of going in shallower to try for trout. It was probably a mistake, but we will never know. We ended up with 7 fish and some were pretty big. Our total weight for day 2 was 120.95 lbs., slightly more than we had Saturday with 10 fish. Riverside caught their 10 fish and edged us out of 1st place by 13 points. It was tough to drop to second, but we still fared well overall. Our biggest King was 24.20 lbs. It was the biggest fish caught in the tournament. We also weighed a 23.20 King in the 333 witch with our day 1 fish totaled 65.35 lbs. That score made us the Manistee Budweiser 333 Tournament Champion and is the best 333 score so far this year. We had another 20 pounder in our box too. Our top rigs were: 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/UV Green Big Water Meat Rig, 8″ Glow Blade Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Rig, 10″ Margarita Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Rig, 10″ Dark Green Blade Slick Blue Bubble Tape/Froggie Big Water Rig, the new Pearl Glow Big Water Meat Rig behind a 10″ Glow Blade White Crush Spin Doctor, a 10″ Chrome Kevorkian White Crush Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig and a Purple Haze Kingfisher/UV Purple Big Water Meat Rig. We used Erie Dearie Premium Strips with all our meat rigs. We ran them on coppers from 200 to 450 feet in length and our high and low wire divers. When we were king fishing we only ran one rigger, the chute.
Our winnings were – Ladies Pro Division 1st Place $700 + Trophy – Ladies Big Steelhead $500. Pro/Am 2nd Place Pro Division $500. Big King $400 + Trophy. 333 2013 Manistee Budweiser Champion $1000 – 333 Big King $500 Shopping Spree from Fishing & Hunting USA. Com. Overall Big Fish for the weekend – Big Jon Travelling Trophy and a Big Jon Captains Pack Downrigger. Thank you Manistee County Sport Fishing Association for putting on this well run event and congratulations to Team Riverside for their 1st place finish.
Tough fishing continues in Ludington. We decided to fish offshore today in hopes of getting more action than we had yesterday inside fishing for kings. We ran out to the 54’s & 38’s and started a west troll. It was very foggy, we could not see our outside boards all day. Not sure if the fog slowed the bite or what, but we only had three bites all day. Three for three – two on meat rigs & one spoon bite. The king took a 10″ White Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Meat Rig out 150 on a high wire diver. The larger Lake Trout took an 8″ Chrome Kevorkian White Crush Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig out 185 on a high wire and the other trout hit a Super Slim Sportsman spoon with an orange back on a three color core. We ran five boards on each side, two divers per side and three riggers all day, 17 rods, and only got three bites. We made it out as far as the 44’s west and when we pulled lines to head in we were 15 miles out. We covered a lot of water and changed a lot baits. Going to try up north on Wednesday
Tough fishing today. The water up north looked too cold so we headed southwest out of Ludington harbor this morning. We stopped in 100 fow in the 55’s and started trolling west southwest. The surface temp was 51 degrees. It didn’t take too long for us to take our first fish. It was a King that hit a low wire diver out 85′ with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig. Another King hit a 5 color core with a Super Slim Beefeater Spoon on it, but it got tangled our 200 copper and got away. The surface temperature started dropping and when we hit 130 fow it dropped to 41 degrees. We talked to a few other boats that were out deeper fishing on the other side of the cold water and they weren’t having any better action than we were so we opted to stay on the inside of the break and fish for Kings. It was slow going. We worked in and out between the 55’s & 54’s with no bites. The boats out deep on the outside were staring to pick up a few fish so we decided to make one more out troll to the edge of the cold water and if we didn’t hit any more fish we were going to pull lines and head west. Just before we hit the cold water we took a double. One on a high wire diver out 150 with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Meat Rig and one on a 200 copper with a Yeck Lighting Spoon. The King that took the meat rig weighed 20 lbs. and is pictured right. That clinched it for us. We were staying put and fishing the inside of the break for Kings. We fished two more hours and only took one more fish. That came on the chute rigger down 65 ft. with a 10″ Margareta Spin Doctor /Leuprocohn Big Water Rig. Hoping for better action tomorrow.
Bites were hard to come by today. We fished the same area as yesterday. We started at 02:00 in 120 fow and trolled north. We had a good picture on our graph with several marks and some bait. We didn’t have all our rods set when a high wire diver out 180 went with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Meat Rig. Took a decent King on that setup. The low wire with a 10″ Black Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Rig went next but we didn’t get that fish. A 200 copper with an 8″ UV Lizard Spin Doctor/UV on Ice Big Water Meat Rig took a King and we missed another King and a 10″ Atomic Killer Spin Doctor/Yellow Kermit Dreamweaver Meat Rig out 200 on a high wire. So far so good, right? We turned in the o5’s and trolled back south in 120 to 130 fow. Then came a looong dry spell. After a while we took a Lake Trout on a 5 color core with a Dreamweaver SS Magic Man spoon. We turned out in the 02’s and took the King pictured below on a 400 copper with a 10″ Dark Green White Crush Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Rig. We missed another fish on a high wire and that was it. There are fish out there but they didn’t cooperate very well today.
We fished north of Ludington today setting up in 120 fow in the middle of the 01’s and started trolling north. The surface temp was 50 and our Fish Hawk probe was reading 41 degrees down 110 feet. We were marking some fish and bait. First rod to go was an out down set at 65 ft. with a pair of glow spoons. Next we took our biggest fish of the day on a 200 copper with a Yeck Lighting spoon. When our high diver out 250 with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Yellow Kermit Dreamweaver Meat Rig took a nice King we out in 140 fow. The glow spoons down 65 fired again taking another King. We were still on our north troll working between 140 & 170 fow. A 10″ Margareta Spin Doctor/Leprechaun Big Water Meat Rig took a King on a 300 copper. We turned when we hit the 05’s and trolled south working again between 140 & 170 fow. We hit a couple more fish, one on a pair of DW Beefeater spoons on an out down and one on a 450 copper with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig, but we didn’t boat either one of those. Then we had a long dry spell. We worked out to 230 fow and in to 100 fow finally taking a King on the stack on our 65 down rigger. We ended up hitting 2 more fish , one on a low wire out 150 with a 10″ Atomic Killer Spin Doctor/Green UV Big Water Meat Rig which we landed, and we missed one on the Yeck Lighting on our 200 copper. With the exception of one fish on a stack our spoon bites on our riggers were on mag size spoons.