We fished the last 2 days north of Ludington. After the hard north blow we weren’t real sure what we find for water temp. Monday we found 54 degree surface temp in 350 feet of water (fow) north of the Point. We set up there and hit a couple fish, but the fishing was better inside between 180 and 120 fow. Today we set up in 100 fow by the Bath House. We didn’t hit anything so we put it on a 340 troll. We hit our first fish 50 down on an out down on a pair of glow spoons in 120 fow. It came up into our low wire diver and got off. We hit a big King on one of our high wire divers out 160 on a 10″ Black Slick Spin Doctor/Blue Fairways Strong Fly. That combo ended up taking 2 Kings. Our low wire divers were out 80 & 90 feet. We had a 10″ Glow Blade Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly on one and a 10″ Show Time Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Meat Rig on the other. They each took a King. A 5 color core with a #3 pink plug went twice early. We kept trolling out and hit fish between 140 to 200 fow. We saw boats hitting fish inside us too. We had a 10″ Green Sparkle Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig on our chute down 80 that went twice. The last couple days our hot rigs have been 8 & 10 inch Green Sparkle and Yellow Sparkle Spin Doctors with Dreamweaver Green Gasoline and Big Water UV On Ice meat rigs. We’ve been running them on 7.5 & 10 color cores and 200, 250 & 300 coppers and using Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all of them. We took most of our fish between the 03’s and the 05’s. The water is changing up there rapidly, so it’s anybody’s guess what it will be like tomorrow.
Archives for July 2014
We fished up north this weekend. We set up both days just off the bank in 120 feet of water (fow). We had a better morning bite this morning than yesterday. We had a 11″ Black Slick Paddle/Blue Fairways Strong Fly down 76 feet take our first and third King today. A 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig out 150 on a high wire diver went twice. It was very foggy today so we could only get out one board on each side. A 10 ” Yellow Sparkle Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig on a 250 copper was our best copper or core today and was good yesterday too. We ran out of fish in the 04’s both days so we headed out to deeper water and put out a few more rods. Yesterday 10 color cores were hot . Today we never hit a fish on one. We had to rely on our radar today to keep us out of trouble with other boats. We still had three close calls and got our coppers tangled pretty bad on one of them. Saturday we hit a couple fish near the end of our trip, but today we didn’t have a bite after 10:00 . Our best rigs for the weekend were a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Froggie Meat Rig out 150 on a high wire diver, a 10″ Yellow Sparkle/UV On Ice Big Water Rig on a 250 copper, and a 10″ Green Sparkle Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig on a 200 copper. We are using Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs.
Tough fishing for us Thursday morning. The north blow Wednesday really mixed things up. We were going to run out deep to the break we fished Monday afternoon, but we ran across a break straight out in the 35’s that looked too good to pass up. We hit a fish right away but didn’t get him. We worked that break over pretty hard and had just enough action to hold us there. Only rod that went twice was a Super Slim Steelie Stomper on a 1 color core. On our afternoon trip we headed north and fished between 150 & 300 feet of water (fow) off the Point. We had decent action and took 3 mature Kings , a Steelhead, and 2 Lakers. No rod went more than once. The surface temp was 62 degrees and it was 39 to 41 degrees down 50 feet. Took the Kings on a 7.5 color core with a #3 Chrome Redhead J-Plug. a 200 copper with a 10″ Green Sparkle Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig , and a 10 ” Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig out 100 on a low wire diver. This morning we headed back north setting up in 120 fow south of the Point. The picture looked good on our graph, but the only action we had was a undersize Laker on a high wire diver . We headed for deeper water north of the Point and finally hit a fish in 350 fow on a 10″ Green Sparkle Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline DW Meat Rig on a 250 copper. We took another mature King on a 10″ Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig out 120 on a low wire diver. We talked to several boats that were hitting fish on blue colored baits. We put a 10″ Blue Mamba Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Rig out 150 on a high wire and it went twice. We had a 8″ Blue Killer Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Rig on a 200 copper that also went twice. Our biggest King came on a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Rig on a 350 copper. We had Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs.
We fished our afternoon trip on the Dreamweaver. Capt. Shane was kind enough to lend us his boat since mine is in the shop. We set up southwest of Ludington in the 51’s south and the 38’s west and put it on a 210 troll. It took a little bit to get used to a different boat, but we didn’t have all our rods set when we hit our first fish. It came on a free slider on an out down set at 35. We missed that one. We missed another on the chute rigger set a 45. We boated our first fish on a Slide Diver out 100 on a Super Slim Fire Ball. It was a nice Coho. We boated 4 more Coho before the trip was over. We suspect the fish we were missing on the riggers were Coho. We were running 5 boards on a side. Our most productive cores were 1 colors. We had a Super Slim Starburst on one and a SS Steelie Dan on the other. When we got out to the high 39’s the surface temp started to warm so we put it on a 150 troll. We took most of our fish from the mid 39’s in to the 38’s west and got as far south as the 47’s.
Oh boy, we had a roller coaster ride in this years Ludington Offshore Classic. Wednesday the 16th was our last day of pre-fishing for the tournament. We have taken out the same group of guys for the last few years and done quite well. We fished south of Ludington by Little Sable Point. We didn’t have a lot of fish on , but the ones we caught were nice ones. The biggest was a 22.9 King. The first event in the Classic is Ruboy Thursday. We headed back to Little Point and fished south from there. We were working between 50 and 80 feet of water (fow) and got as far south as the 34’s. We only had 8 bites and caught 6 fish, 5 Kings and a Coho. Our top 5 fish weighed a total of 74.90 lbs. There were 69 boats entered and we finished in 3rd place, good for $1000.00. Friday was the Ladies Classic. We ran back south fishing basically the same area as the previous two days. Our Ladies Crew did a great job fighting and netting the fish, but we just couldn’t find enough big ones. We finished in 6th place. Saturday was the first day of the Pro/Am. After fishing south of Little Point the previous 3 days we thought we had enough figured out to take 12 fish, the maximum daily amount a boat can weigh in the pro division. After the first couple hours we only had 2 fish, a King and a Coho. It was obvious to us that we were not going to catch our 12 where we were so we pulled and ran offshore to try and catch some Lake Trout and Steelhead. We didn’t catch any Steelies, but we did catch 9 Lake Trout in about an hour and 10 minutes. Those all came on Super Slim Spoons. Our best was a Steelie Dan on a 1 color and a Pete’s Steelhead on a 3 color core. We caught a couple more bigger fish back off the shelf north of Little Point. We weighed our 12 biggest for a total of 82.95 lbs. putting us in 18th place. Day two we headed back to Little Point hoping to put it all together and catch some big ones. We started out right on the Point in 90 fow. We weren’t marking much so we slid out to 130 fow where we hit our first fish. It hit a high wire diver out 100 with a 10 ” White Crush Light Green Scale Spin Doctor /Custom Early Bird Meat Rig. We lost that one. We slid out another 10 feet to 140 fow and hit 3 quick fish. They were all big Kings. The biggest, 22.60 lbs., hit a 8″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Big Water Tackle Froggie Meat Rig on a 7.5 color core. We worked between 130 & 160 fow south of Little Point all morning. We took 7 nice Kings in there , 2 Lakers and a Steelhead. All our fish came on 8 and 10 inch Spin Doctors and Big Water & Dreamweaver Meat Rigs. We were using Dreamweaver premium Strips in all our rigs. Besides the 8″ Kevin’s Girlfriend/Big Water Froggie combo our 2 best other rigs were a 10″ Green Sparkle Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig and a 10 ” Chrome Kevorkian Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig. We ran out deep and picked up a few Steelhead and ended up with 16 fish. After we picked out our best 12 we knew we had a heavy box. We headed in a little early to make sure we wouldn’t be late. About 9 miles out from Ludington harbor we hit a submerged object and broke off our starboard shaft and prop. We limped in on 1 motor and were 21 minutes late. We did make it back in time to get our fish officially weighed. Our day 2 box weighed 146.95 lbs. It was the heaviest day 2 box and the 2nd heaviest of the tournament. Our 3 biggest fished weighed 22.60, 20.10, & 18.85 lbs. That would have been good for top weight in the 333 tournament had we been on time. As it was we were disqualified from the 333 because we were late. Our 2 day total of 469.90 would have put us in 5th place. Our 22.65 lb. King was good for 3rd place in the Fish Hawk Big Fish Event. The tournament was very well run and the turn out was great. I have to admit it was very disappointing to not make it in on time after all the hard work our crew put in. Oh well, we are hoping for better luck next year.
We had an afternoon trip today. It was a little rough when we ran southwest of Ludington this afternoon. We ran out deep to the 53’s south and 39’s west and put it on a 240 troll. The surface temp was 53 degrees. It took a while for us to get our first fish but after that it was pretty steady. Most of our bites came on 1, 2, & 3 color cores. Our Slide Divers were good too. We had a Super Slim Steelie Stomper out 105 on one and a Super Slim Ruby Red Root Beer out 90 on the other. each had a 50 ft. lead. Our best baits were all Super Slims. The Double Orange Pearl, Steelie Stomper, and Star Burst were all good. We took it out as far as the 46’s west. Our best fishing was in 46 to 48 degree water.
We fished north of Ludington today setting up in 110 feet of water (fow) just off the shelf in the middle of the 01’s. The west north west wind and a strong current made trolling north along the bank very difficult. We hit 3 fish on our first pass, all Kings, and boated all 3. We turned off the bank in the 04’s and made an out troll. The west troll was much better than the north troll. We took it out to 350 fow and then came back east into 120 fow. The action was never hot, it was more like a slow pick. The Steelhead pictured below took a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig on a 350 copper. Our best rod was a 250 copper with a regular size Dreamweaver Super Bread spoon. It took 3 Kings. Two of our biggest fish came on a high wire diver out 220 with a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig. A 10″Chrome NBK Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Rig on a 350 copper took a nice King too. We had 3 rigger bites and no low wire diver bites.
We ran southwest of Ludington today and shut down when the surface temp started to drop. It was 57 degrees where we set up in the 39’s west. We hit a Steelhead right away on a 3 color core with a Super Slim Double orange Pearl spoon. The surface temp started to drop rapidly in the 40’s west. We were in the 52’s south. A Slide Diver out 90 with a 35 ft. lead took a King on a SS Super Bread spoon. We were going to turn when the temp was 43 degrees, but we started hitting fish in that colder water. Some of the boats fishing in the same general area were taking fish in the warmer water, 54 to 47, but our best action came in the colder, 41 to 43, degree water. We hit fish on 2, 3, 5, & 7.5 color cores. Our Slide Divers out 80 & 90 were good. We only had 1 rigger bite. A 13.5 lb. Steelhead took a mag size Hello Darlan Fuzzy Bear spoon stacked 12 ft. above a Tin Can Dodger 100 down on the chute rigger. It was 38 degrees down there. We didn’t run any meat today and had no bites on our low mono divers. Most of our bites were on Super Slim Spoons with the Double Orange Pearl and the Steelie Stomper being the best. We worked between the 40’s to the 43’s west and the 53’s to 50’s south. We ended up with 3 Lakers, 4 Kings, and 4 Steelhead for a total of 11 fish. I took a group picture of our catch with my camera, but didn’t have the memory card in.