No charter today so I took the opportunity to fish with Capt. Shane and his two sons, Will and Landon, on the Dreamweaver. He wanted to make sure the boys got into some fish so we headed out to the temperature break northwest of Ludington. We set up north of the Point in 56 degree water and trolled wnw. We could see some fog in the distance and figured the big break was there, it was. The surface temp dropped from 56 degrees to 38.8 degrees in very short order . Our first bite was on a rigger set at 26 feet. After that all the action was on our Slide Divers and 1, 2, 3, & 5, color cores. We caught a mixed bag of Steelhead, Kings, & Lake Trout. All our fish came on Super Slim spoons. Our best were a Golden Orange Crush Icicle on a Slide diver with a 30′ lead out 90, and a Steelie Stomper out 85 with the same 30′ lead. We took several fish on a Double Orange Pearl on 3 & 5 color cores. Our best action was in the 48 to 43 degree water. When we finally called it quits were in 560 feet of water. The boys arms were sore but they were all smiles.
Archives for June 2014
We fished Southwest of Ludington today. It was tough not going back up north where we did so well yesterday. After seeing the 6/25/14 23:13 Coast Watch image for Ludington we decided the break we fished yesterday was pushed out of our reach. We ran straight out watching the surface temperature on our Fish Hawk . When it started to drop from 57.7 to 57.3 we shut down, put it on a 260 troll, and started fishing. We only had a couple rods set when an out down set at 35 with a pair of Modified Fuzzy Bear Blue Dolphins took off. It was a big Steelhead that managed to get off after getting wrapped in the line after a nice jump. We had another tug on the same rod, but no hook up. We trolled quite a while before we got another bite. A King hit a Mag Dreamweaver Green Glow spoon stacked above a Tin Can Dodger on the chute rigger. That fish got off right behind the boat. We finally boated our first fish, a Steelhead, on a 3 color core with a Super Slim Starburst. We took another Steelhead later in the morning on the same setup. Fishing was slow. We kept trolling southwest hoping to find a sharp temp break. We trolled out to the 41 line west and never did find the break we were looking for. The temp just gradually dropped. We took a double when the temp dropped from 49.8 to 49.2. We decided to work that area over because from listening to the radio traffic it didn’t sound like there was much going on any place else. It paid off for us. We started the morning out running 3 meat rigs. We didn’t hit any fish on them early so we pulled 2 of them and only left 1 out. It was 10″ Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig out 120 on a low wire diver . We took 2 Kings on it later in the morning. We didn’t have a hot bait. We took fish on 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 color cores. No copper bites.
We fished north of Ludington today setting up off the Bath House in 90 feet of water (fow). We hit a fish right away on an 8″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly out 80 on a high wire. We were trolling north working between 110 & 70 fow. A 10 color core with a Yeck Lighting went next and a Super Slim Orange Signature Series on a 7.5 core hit a fish and we had a double on. We boated both those Kings and then no more action all the way to the middle of the 04’s. We put it on a 330 troll heading out to deep water and hopefully a nice temp break. The surface temp was 57.6 degrees for most of our out troll. It was a slow pick all the way out. A Tin Can Dodger/Green Crinkle Action Fly down 80 on the chute rigger took 3 Kings and an out down set at 55 with a pair of regular size Dreamweaver Golden Eye spoons took 3 fish also. We took a few fish on our cores with the 7.5 color SS Orange Signatures, pictured right, being the best. We finally made it to a break out in 540 fow north of the Point and the action picked up. It was a pretty tight break dropping from 57.6 all the way down to 41.8 in about a mile. We only had 2 meat bites, both on high wires, so we pulled one and replaced it with a Slide Diver. It was near the end of the trip so it wasn’t out very long but it took 2 nice Kings. One of them weighed over 15 lbs. and was the biggest fish of the day. We had a Super Slim Fireball out 85 with about a 20 foot lead on that diver. A 3 color core with a Super Slim Starburst took 2 Steelhead. We hit fish on the warm side of the break and in the cold too.
We fished north of Ludington today setting up in 100 feet of water (fow) off the Bath House. We worked on and off the shelf between 70 & 110 fow all the way north down to the 05’s. Our first pass was good. We had 9 bites and boated 7 fish. Two Kings came on an 8″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. We had 1 on the chute rigger at 65 feet and the other on a 300 copper. Both the starboard wire divers went. The high wire was a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig and the low was a 10″ White Killer Spin Doctor/Total Chaos Big Water Rig. We missed 1 and got 1. A 10 color lead core with a Yeck Lighting went 3 times and an out down set at 55 ft. went twice. When we turned back and started our south troll the action all but stopped. We didn’t have another bite until we got to the point. That came on a 10″ Yellow Sparkle Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig 200 out on a high wire diver. We only had 2 more bites after that. The 10 color with the Yeck Lightning took a fish and we missed a Steelhead on a SS Starburst. The early bird got the worm today.
Good fishing continues in Ludington! We fished south west of Ludington today setting up in 80 feet of water (fow) in the 55’s and putting it on 240 troll. We had 5 rods set when we hit our first fish, a King, 45 down on an out down . It took the free slider. From that point on the action was steady. We got out to 140 fow before we made our turn to do an in troll. We came back in to 70 fow before we turned back for our out troll. We finished up in the high 53’s in 150 fow. Our lead cores were definitely our best producers. We were running 3, 5, 7.5, & 10 color cores. We were running Super Slims on them all. The Starburst on a 3, UV Mixed Veggie on the 5’s , Wreaking Ball on our 7.5’s, and the UV Blue Dolphin on one 10 color & the Orange Signature Series on the other 10. Hard to tell which one was the best. They were all good. We were also running two 250 coppers with meat rigs. One didn’t go , but the other went 3 times with a 10″Purple Sparkle Spin Doctor/UV Purple Big Water Meat Rig. Our wire divers took a couple fish but were no big deal until we put a 10″ White Killer Spin Doctor and Big Water Tackle’s new Total Chaos Meat Rig on a low wire out 100. It went 3 times in less than an hour. Our best action was between 100 & 130 fow. We are using Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs.
Good fishing continues in Ludington. It was very foggy this morning when we headed west south west out of the harbor . We set up in 75 feet of water (fow) and put it on a 240 troll .The surface temp was 47.8 degrees. Our second rod in was a 3 color core with a Super Slim Starburst. While was attaching the board a Steelhead grabbed it. That was a sign of good things to come. Our action on the out troll was steady. We turned back east in 130 fow. The in troll was a different story. We hit a few fish, but the out troll was much better than the in. Our two hot rods were the chute rigger with a 8″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly and a 5 color core with a Super Slim Wreaking Ball. They both went three times. A 8″ Chrome Frog Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Rig took 2 Kings. Our out downs were set at 30 & 40 feet. The 40 ft. rigger with a pair of Yeck Wart frogs took a fish at 40 ft. and another one when we lowered to 65 ft. later in the morning. The other out down with a pair of regular size Fuzzy Bear Yellow Tails didn’t go at 30 ft. but took a nice King when we dropped down to 40. A low wire out 90 with a 10″ Glow Blade Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Mountain Dew Dreamweaver Meat Rig took a King. We also hit one fish each on 250 copper with a 10″ Yellow NBK Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Rig and a 300 copper with a 10″ Margareta Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Rig. We are using Dreamweaver Premium Strips with all our meat rigs.
We had a short four hour mid morning charter today. Our crew didn’t care for our usual starting time and opted to leave the dock at 8:15 a.m. We headed southwest out of Ludington setting up in 70 feet of water (fow) in the 53’s. Our first rod out, a 3 color core with a Super Slim Starburst spoon, hit a fish and it was game on. It was a Steelhead that got off near the back of the boat after a long fight. We trolled pretty much straight south down into the 51’s. We had decent action hitting fish on a 7 color core with a Super Slim Wreaking Ball, our other 3 color core with a Goldie Locks Super Slim, our out down at 40 feet and our chute rigger set at 56 ft. The further south we trolled the warmer the surface temp eventually hitting 58 degrees. We swung out on our north troll. We hit several fish between 80 & 90 fow. Our out down at 40 ft. with a pair of Yeck Wart Frogs took 2 Kings and the chute rigger with a 8″ White Crush Spin Doctor/ Pickled Sunshine Action Fly took a nice King. Our 2 color core with a Yeck Fire Ball also took a big King. We only took 1 fish on meat, a good size King on a 10″ Yellow Sparkle Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig, on a 200 copper. Our cores weren’t hitting many fish towards the middle of the trip, but we were having enough action on our other rods that we didn’t check them for pups. When we were pulling lines we had 5 small fish between 8 & 12 ” on our cores. Our boards were tracking good so we didn’t suspect the draggers. We pulled lines at 11:15 heading back to the dock with some nice fish and a happy crew.
Fished with the Dreamweaver crew today. We started n the high 55’s southwest of the harbor in 80 feet of water (fow) in the warmer water and trolled ssw. The morning started out slow. We hit 2 fish early then went quite a while without a bite. The action started t pick up about 8:30. We ended up trolling east and west in the 56’s between 100 and 120 fow across the temp break that was there. On the warm side it was 54 degrees and the cold side was 44. We were hitting the smaller Kings & Steelhead on the warm side and the bigger Kings on the cold side. Our most productive rods were our 3 color & 5 color cores. Our 3’s were Super Slim Starbursts and on the 5’s were Super Slim Silver Hit Men. Our speed was on the hot side so we didn’t have much action on our wire divers and coppers with flashers & meat rigs. We only had 1 rigger bite. We took a nice Steelhead on and out down set at 23 ft. on a Supper Slim Get’er Done. It was definitely a Super Slim Day for us.
Fishing continues to be good in Ludington! Nice catches of mostly Kings are being taken. We fished southwest of Ludington today setting up south of the Project in 100 feet of water (fow). The surface temp was 51 degrees where we started. We were running 2, 3, 5, 7, & 10 color cores, a 200 & 250 copper, 4 wire divers & 3 riggers. Our best cores were our 3’s, 5’s, & one 7 color. We had Dreamweaver Super Slim Starburst spoons on both 3’s, a Super Slim Hit Man and a SS Riverside on the 5’s , and a SS Wreaking Ball on the 7. We had 3 bites on our riggers. A pair of Fuzzy Bear Yellowtails down 28 took our first fish and we took 1 King and lost another on an 8″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly down 58. Our wire divers were very productive. Our highs were out 130 & 150 and the lows 90 & 110. We had a 10″ Yellow Sparkle Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig on the 130 high and a 10 ” Kevin’s Girlfriend/Green Mile Meat Rig on the other high. Our lows were a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Rig and a 10″ Showtime Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Rig. We are now using Dreamweaver’s new Premium Strips in all our meat rigs. They are working well for us. They are cut from Ballyhoo and have a nice bright color. The King (pictured above left) and Laker (pictured above right) were two of the several fish that thought they looked tasty. Our 10 color cores and the 250 copper never took a hit. Our 200 copper with a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig went once taking a big King. We spent the morning trolling NW & SE between 100 & 120 fow.