Fished a double yesterday. We fished southwest of Ludington both trips. We started out in 120 feet of water (fow) and headed out on a 240 troll. We hit 4 mature Kings at first light and then just picked the rest of the morning. We fished out to the 37’s then turned back in and trolled in to the 35’s. We spent most of our morning fishing between those numbers and had a good catch. Not hearing of anything better we headed back out to the same area for our afternoon trip. The action had definitely slowed. We didn’t have a bite for the first 2 hours of the trip. We finally got some action out in the 39’s and boated 3 fish. We went back to basically the same area this morning but started out deeper, 150 feet and trolled southwest. We hit a few fish at first light on 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs. Our best was a 10″ Margarita Spin Doctor/Green UV Big Water Meat Rig with Erie Dearie Meat on a high wire diver out 120 ft. Our out downs were set at 50 and 40 feet with a pair of glow spoons on one and a pair of regular size Dreamweaver Beefeaters on the other. They both took several fish. Another hot rod was a 200 copper with a Super Slim Riverside spoon. We trolled all the way out to 430 fow and had action all the way. We have doubles the next 2 days so I probably won’t have another report up until Saturday.
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The strong winds from the last two days have scattered the fish again. We fished southwest of Ludington today setting up in the low 55’s and middle of the 36’s. Our first fish came on a high wire diver out 110 on a regular size Dreamweaver Green Glow Spoon. It was a good size King. We trolled out to the 40 line but didn’t have a bite past the 38’s. We ended up catching our fish mostly between the 35’s & 37’s west and 53 to 51 north. The waves were 3 to 4 feet and it was hard to get a good troll. A Super Slim Modified Blue Dolphin on a 150 copper took 2 Lakers. Our biggest King came on a 10″ Spin Doctor and home made Pickled Sunshine Meat Rig we obtained from Team Early Bird in the Ludington tournament. That rig (pictured right) went twice on the morning trip and twice on our afternoon trip. The waves kept building all day and we didn’t think we get our afternoon trip in. Despite being advised of the slow fishing and big waves our afternoon crew wanted to go. So we loaded up and headed north. We set up in 120 feet of water (fow) off the bank and trolled north. The strong west wind made if difficult to stay on the bank, but we did the best we could. Our crew was tough and we managed to land 4 fish. We had 6 bites and the youngest crew member (pictured below) landed 2 of the 4 fish we caught.
The best fishing out of the port of Ludington continues to be offshore. The water is cold up north and the fish are scattered. The forecasted south wind my improve conditions up there. We fished southwest of Ludington setting up in the 54’s and 38’s west. We put it on a 270 troll and stared putting out lines. It didn’t take long to get a fish on. A small salmon hit a pair of regular size DW Green Skinny Jeans on an out down set at 50 feet. That rod went a couple more times early, but cooled off later in the morning. We trolled out to the 42’s west having decent action. We trolled back in to the 38’s and took a few fish on the in troll. When we turned back to make our out troll we put it on a 240 troll and that was our best troll of the day. Our hot rod for the day was a 5 color core with a Super Slim Goldilocks . Our biggest fish was a King (pictured below) that came on a 10 color core with a regular size Dreamweaver Beefeater spoon. A Super Slim Modified Blue Dolphin on a 150 copper was good and our biggest Steelhead came a Super Slim Hello Darlin with a glow tail on a 10 color core. We made it as far south as the 51’s and as far west as the 42’s.
We fished southwest of Ludington today. We started out in the 53’s and 36’s west and trolled west. We had a nice mixed bag consisting of Coho, Steelhead, Lake Trout & 1 King. Most of our bites came in the top 60 feet of water (fow). We were marking fish deeper, but we couldn’t get them to bite. We were running spoons on all our riggers. A pair of Dreamweaver Super Slim Mixed Veggies down 45 feet on an out down took several fish. Our hottest bait was a Super Slim Goldilocks on a 5 color core. A 10″ Black White Crush Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Meat Rig took 2 fish and a 10″ Kevin’s Girl Friend/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig took our biggest Steelhead. We use Erie Dearie Meat on all our meat rigs. The forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look promising so we probably won’t fish. Will have another report up after our next trip.
The 2013 Ludington Offshore Classic is over. I will give a recap of the week for Team Free Style. The fishing was tough on Sunday and Monday. We fished up north off the bank both days and then headed out deep off the point looking for Coho and Steelhead. On Tuesday and Wednesday the fishing really picked up. We fished the bank north of Ludington early for mature Kings and then fished the deep water off the point trying to put together a program for Coho and Steelhead. We figured for the Saturday & Sunday tournament we would need to get some Coho to get our 9 salmon and some Steelhead for our other 3 fish to make our 12 fish box. We found them both days. Our best Steelhead baits were a Dreamweaver Super Slim Goldilocks and a Super Slim Steelie Dan on 5 color cores. The Cohos weren’t too picky about what they would bite as long as it was between the surface and 60 feet down. Our first tournament event was Ruboy Thursday. The rules are simple . Catch as many fish as you want and weigh your heaviest 5. The King bite was tough on the bank. We opted to fish near Big Sable Point for big Kings and stick it out all day trying for 5 big ones. Our strategy almost worked. We got 4 nice Kings, but could not get the 5th one. We caught a total of 7 fish and had to weigh a 6 lb. Lake Trout to make up our heaviest 5 for a total of 83.25 lbs. The Blue Fairways Team had 5 kings for a total of 68.25 and won 1st place. Our 83.25 lbs. was good for 2nd place and a check for $1500. Next up was the Bud Light Ladies Classic on Friday. Our ladies team showed up bright and early Friday morning ready to fish but the tournament committee determined the Lake was too rough to hold the event and we think they made the right decision. We still wanted to do some scouting for the weekend tourney and were going to go out in the big waves and try to find some Kings. Some of the other teams were going out too so Tony from Living The Dream put together a small tournament using the Ruboy Thursday rules – weigh your best 5. Six boats entered and all six fished up north on the bank. The kings were really biting in the rough water. We ended up catching 13 Kings and our 5 heaviest weighed 103 lbs. That weight was good for 1st place and $600. All our big Kings that day came on 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs with Erie Dearie Meat. Saturday morning was the start of the main event. We headed up north hoping the Kings would still be biting. We managed to pick up 3 before we decided go out deep and catch the rest of our 12 fish. Our pre fishing in the deep water off the point paid off and we took our Steelhead and some Coho to make our 12. We then headed back to the bank to try to upgrade our catch with big kings. We had 2 hours to try do catch a couple but we never had a bite in there. Our day 1 total was 111.55 lbs. The wind blew hard form the north Saturday night and the water cooled off considerably at the point. It was hard not to go back up there but we decided to go south and fish Little Point Sable. We got our 12 fish there but not enough big ones. One of our 4 mature Kings weighed 25.40 lbs. It came on a Purple Haze Kingfisher / Purple UV Big Water Meat Rig with Erie Dearie Meat out 290 on a high wire diver. Our day 2 total weight was 110.35 lbs. We ended up in 7th place and collected a check for $650. Our 25.4 lb King finished in 10th place in the Fish Hawk Big Fish tournament and earned us a check for $200. We also finished 7th in the 333 tournament. All in all it was a good tournament for team Free Style. We were in the money in every event we entered and we had a lot of fun. The tournament was vey well run and we are looking forward to participating next year. Congratulations to Capt. Sean McDonald and Team Katch Me on their 1st place finish.
Today is the first trip we’ve ran since our last report. Fishing is improving and some big Kings are being caught. The King pictured bellow weighed 24.10 lbs. It came on a low wire diver with a 10″ Black Crush Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig and Erie Dearie Meat. The other three big Kings came on 10″ Spin Doctors/Big Water Meat Rigs and they were all baited with Erie Dearie Meat. The Ludington Offshore Classic is coming up this week. The tournament kicks off with Ruboy Thursday on the 18th. The Bud Lite Ladies Classic and the West Shore Bank Youth Tournament is being held on Friday the 19th. The Offshore Classic Pro/Am and the Fish Hawk Big Fish Tournament are running on the 20th & 21st. The Ludington & Scottville Chamber and the tournament committee do a great job putting this event on. We are fishing in all the events except the Youth Tournament. I will continue the reports after the tournament.
Fished up north today hoping that the south wind would warm the water some. We set up in 120 feet of water (fow) in the high 01’s. The temp looked good, 65 on the surface and 47 at 60 ft. on our Fish Hawk unit. Our first fish hit an out down set at 58 ft. with a pair of glow spoons. It was a small King. That rod went two more time taking another small King and a nice Coho. A 200 copper with an 8″ UV Lizard Spin Doctor/UV ON Ice Big Water Meat Rig got our first big King. A low wire diver out 100 took our next bite. It was a nice King but it got wrapped and broke off. Our other out down set a 68 ft. with a pair of glow spoons took two Kings, a big one and a small one. The biggest fish of the day came on a 350 copper with a 10″ Chrome Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Meat Rig. We ran an afternoon trip yesterday. It was slow but we did manage to get three keeper Lake Trout. We also caught a little Trout that had to go back and lost another at the back of the boat.
Heavy fog today on Lake Michigan. We headed north hoping to find some warm water north of Big Sable Point. We ran all the way to the 05’s and the surface temp kept getting colder the further north we went. It was 45.9 on our Fish Hawk 840 at 05:30 so we turned back south and set up south of the Point in 120 feet of water (fow). The surface temp was 49.9. We didn’t have half our rods set when a low wire diver out 70 ft. with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig fired. While that fish was still on the other low wire diver with a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Rig took off. That one got off. Then the high Slide Diver back 110 ft. with a regular size Dreamweaver Lemon Lime spoon started screaming out line. That one got off too. The first one finally came to the boat. It was an 18 lb. King. We got the rest of rods set with no more action. A half hour went by before hit another fish. It was a small King on a 3 color with a SOG Super Slim spoon. That rig went two more times but we didn’t land either one. We ended up with 9 fish on, but only boated 4 of them. They just didn’t want to stay hooked. We got as far south as the 01’s and as far north as 03:50. We worked between 110 and 150 fow.
Fishing was tough today. We headed southwest out of Ludington harbor and set up in 70 feet of water (fow) in the low 55’s and put it on a 240 troll. Went out to 150 fow without a bite. Trolled back in to 80 fow still no bites. We were marking a few fish on the bottom in 100 fow so we decided to try for some Lake Trout. As we switching over our rods for trout fishing a small King hit a Super Slim SOG spoon 110 ft. out on a Slide Diver. We boated it and the skunk was out! We put down our trout gear and bounced bottom trying to get some more fish. We boated 6 Lakers, but two of them were below the 20″ size limit and had to be returned to the lake to grow another couple of inches. We took one more small king on a 3 color core with a Super Slim Red Devil. We are hoping for the wind to blow from the south so the water will warm up and we can start catching some big Kings again.