We had a good early morning bite today up north. First rod to go was a high wire diver out 130 with a 10′ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Fairways Strong Fly. A 200 copper with a Natural Glow Dreamweaver Captain’s Choice Cut Plug went next. While we were fighting those 2 we missed a King on a low wire diver out 110 with a 10″ Glow Blade Spin Doctor/Green Mirage Strong Fly. We hit another King on a 250 copper on a Pearl Zebra Captain’s Choice Plug. We got one of the fish in and then the low wire went again with the 10″ Glow Blade/Green Mirage Strong Fly. We ended up getting all those Kings in the boat then a 175 copper with a Natural Glow Captains Choice Cut Plug took a nice Lake Trout. Just north of the Point the 175 copper with the Natural Glow Plug took a big Steelhead. Boat traffic was heavy again today. When we turned back south and headed southwest for deeper water. We took 2 Kings and 2 Lakers out there. Both the Kings came on a 300 copper with a 10″ Chrome Killer Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig. Both the Lakers came on a tin can dodger/Green Chartreuse Spin-N-Glo. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods.
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We fished north of Ludington today. We had a 2 boat charter with Hiatus Charters. Our group was delayed this morning and we didn’t get away from the dock until 5:45. No early morning bite for us. We had all our rods set when the chute rigger with a 11″ White Crush Paddle / Pickled Sunshine Action Fly took a vicious hit. It was the 23.78 lb. King pictured below. It took about 30 minutes land that fish. Next King came on a high wire diver out 135 with a 10″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Fairways Strong Fly. There was heavy boat traffic north today. We headed out deep to avoid the crowd and ended up catching some nice Lake Trout. Three of our big ones came on a 10″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Chartreuse WhirlyGig down 180 ft. on an out down. We took two more Trout on a tin can dodger/Green Chartreuse Spin-N-Glo.
We fished north of Ludington again today. We tried to set up on a north troll, but the strong east wind made it tough. The down temp brake was at 65 feet. Our first bite came on a Green Black Ladder Back Dreamweaver Captains Choice Cut Plug set at 55 feet. It was a King and it got off. A Natural Glow Captains Choice Plug on a 175 copper took a hit but it didn’t hook up. A 10″ White Crush Green Scale Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat out 185 on a high wire took our next bite but it got off too. We didn’t get another bite until we were at the point. We took a nice Coho on a glow spoon stacked 10 feet above a big White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. Our Big King came on a Black Mamba Kingfisher/Moo Moo Big Water Tackle Meat Rig 80 down on the chute rigger. While we were fighting that one a smaller King took a 10′ White Crush Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine DW Meat Rig on a 250 copper. We put it on a south west troll near thend of the trip and hit 4 more fish, boating 3 of them. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on all my copper rods.
We fished north of Ludington today just off the Bank. It was 49 degrees 75 feet down. We were setting our third rod when our chute rigger down 80 with a 11″ White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly started screaming out drag. First Mate Austin lowered his out down with a Green Black Ladder Back Captains Choice Cut Plug down to 80 ft. and it took off. Great way to start out the morning. We landed the King on the out down and then a low wire diver out 140 with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat got bit by another big King. We landed it. Then a high wire diver out 185 with a 10″ White Crush/Green Scale Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine DW Meat Rig took another King. All this time we were still fighting the first fish we had on. Carl finality landed it. It was pushing 25 lbs. and took 55 minutes to land. We kept trolling north for a while then took another King on a 250 copper with a Dreamweaver Natural Glow Cut Plug. Our high wire took another King and so did a 300 copper with the same rig as the high wire. We missed a couple other hits and caught a small Laker that we threw back. It was a fun morning with good King action. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods.
We fished north of Ludington today . The water was colder than yesterday. It was 48 degrees down 70 feet. We didn’t get an early bite. We were north of the Point before we hit our first fish. A big King took a DW Natural Glow Captain’s Choice Cut Plug on a 250 copper. Another fish hit the same plug but didn’t hook up. A high wire diver out 185 with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig took 2 Kings . Our 4th big fish came on an 8″ White Crush top Green bottom Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine DW Rig on a 300 copper. We caught 3 Lakers, but only kept 2. One was under size. The small king came on a stack on a glow spoon. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods.
We fished north of Ludington the last two days. We didn’t have much action yesterday, 5 bites 4 fish, but the fish we caught were big ones. Both our Kings were over 20 lbs. and the Trout were heavy too. The action was better today. We hit 7 fish on our first pass down the Bank landing 3 of them. Our best 2 rods were a high wire diver out 250 with a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig and a 375 copper with a Peal Zebra DW Captains Choice Cut Plug . Both rods went 3 times. We lost 2 Kings on the plug and landed a big trout on it. We pulled the hooks on 1 of the Kings at the back of the boat and the other one got tangled in a 400 copper and got off. Yesterday it was rough with waves out of the west so we trolled mostly west and back east working between 350 and 120 feet of water. Today it was a north south troll working between 130 and 200 feet of water. We took 1 of our Kings on a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig out 180 on a low wire diver and another on a 8″ Margareta Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig. We also caught a small throw back Lake Trout down 150 feet on a tin can dodger and a Green/Chartreuse Spin-N-Glo . We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and use Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods.
We fished off the Bank today north of Ludington. The water was warm down to 95 feet. We hit our first fish on a 350 copper with a 10″ Chrome Killer Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig. By the way it made the drag sing it was mature King. It got away. It wasn’t too long before another King hit our high wire diver out 320 with a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline DW Meat Rig. It got off too. We took our first King on a 10″White Crush Black Dot Spin Doctor/Moo Moo Big Water Tackle Meat Rig on a 450 copper. Our King bites dried up and our next action came from Lake Trout. We caught 2 small ones that we threw back, landed 2 keepers and lost 2 more before we hit our last King. It took a 10″ Margareta Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig, pictured right, out 220 on a low wire diver. We hit 1 more trout when we were pulling lines. It shook off when it hit the surface and swam away. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods.
Very tough day of fishing today. We started out on the Bank north of Ludington in 110 feet of water (fow). The water was warm but it was 49 degrees 95 feet down. We were there early and were hoping to get some King Salmon action. We marked some fish – not a lot but enough so that we were encouraged by what we saw. We trolled to the middle of the 04’s without a bite. I was in contact with three other charter boats fishing the same area and only one of them had a bite. We turned off the Bank and headed west on the same track we took yesterday. We missed a fish on a tin can dodger and a Dreamweaver Yellow Red Dot WhirlyGig down 205 feet in about 300 fow. We went out to 550 fow fishing 16 rods and didn’t have another bite until we turned back south. We finally got our first and only fish of the trip, the beautiful Steelhead pictured above left. It came on a 350 copper with a glow spoon. We had one other bite on a 225 copper and that was it. To say we were disappointed would be a understatement. We had a good crew and they took the lack of action well. They could see we were putting some effort into trying to make it happen. We marked fish most of the morning but they take what we offered today. We will be fishing again Saturday morning. We use Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods.
We fished P.M Lake first thing yesterday morning. We heard of some mature Kings staging there prior to their early run up Pere Marquette River. We had 4 Kings on in the hour or so we fished in there. The 2 pictured left hit at he same time. The bigger one took a 10″ Black Green Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig. The other hit a glow spoon on a rigger down 32 feet. We broke off another one on the chute rigger with a 10″ White Slick Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Green Mirage Action Fly and we lost one on a 5 color core with a Lucky Charms Dreamweaver Captain’s Choice Cut Plug. After a couple passes around the lake we pulled lines and headed for the Lake Trout grounds south of Ludington. We stopped in 100 feet of water and lowered our Fish Hawk probe to the bottom. The water temperature on the bottom was 65 degrees, too warm for trout. We then went to plan B which was to run out deep to the 42 line and try it out there. A friend told us they caught fish out there Sunday. We set up in the 41’s trolled out to the 44’s and back in to the 39’s and only took two fish. Today we had the same crew and we decided to go up north and fish the Bank. We set up in the 01’s in 160 feet of water and trolled north. The break was down 120 feet. We took it all the way to the 04’s and never had a bite. We put it on a northwest troll and headed for deeper water. We took a trout down 150 on a rigger and took a 14 lb. King on the chute rigger down 220 ft. with a Tin Can Dodger/Yellow Red Dot DW WhirlyGig. Our next fish was a 26 lb. King Salmon that came on a high wire diver out 330 ft. with a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline DW Meat Rig. It put up one heck of a fight. We thought it was fouled hooked until we saw it was hooked right in the jaw. We took 2 Steelhead on a 350 copper with a mag size Fuzzy Bear Skinny Jeans. We took a Coho and 2 more Lakers to finish out the morning. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods.
Tough tournament for Team Free Style. We started the week out with a good mixed bag catch from up north including a 24.35 lb, 39 ” Master Angler King Salmon. It came on a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Green Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig on a high wire diver. We canceled our trips Monday and Tuesday due to bad weather. We had a great trip on Wednesday that included two Kings over 20 lbs. We were looking forward to the opening event of the Ludington Offshore Classic, “Ruboy Thursday”. We headed north hoping to catch 5 nice Kings. It didn’t work out that way. We only hooked two Kings and one of got into one of our rigger cables and broke off. We landed a couple small Lakers and that was it. Congratulations to Team Dreamweaver 3 for winning the event. We didn’t have a woman’s team this year and used Friday as a scout day. We took a few Kings up north, but nothing over 12lbs. and we found some decent size Lakers to the south. Saturday was Day 1 of the Classic. Our plan was to head north and fish the Bank trying to pick up at least three good size Kings and then run south and get nine Lake Trout. We only managed to get one King north before we headed south to the Lake Trout grounds. We ended up catching 10 Lakers but tournament rules are that you can only weigh nine of any one species in your twelve fish catch. We caught another King so we had eleven fish to weigh in. We had been catching some good size Trout in the area where we fished, but our Trout on Saturday were all small. Our total weight was only 47.35 lbs. That put us in 9th place in the Pro Division. Today was Day 2 and we decided to again head north after some Kings then head south for Lakers. The boat traffic was light compared to Saturday and we set up in 110 feet of water and took it all the way to 04:50 working between 110 and 140 feet of water. We only had one bite and we didn’t get it. We saw very little action up there so we pulled lines and ran south to try for Trout. We were just setting our second rod when tournament control canceled the tournament due to an approaching storm. We only got in three hours of fishing so Day 2 didn’t count in the scoring. They paid eight places and we finished 9th. Congratulations to the Sportsman’s crew on their first place finish. The tournament committee did a good job running the event and we are looking forward to fishing it again next year.
Fishing reports will resume after the Ludington Offshore Classic. Good luck to all the Entrants.
We fished south again today between 75 and 85 feet of water. Our wire divers were our best rods today fished on or near the bottom. We had good action early in the morning, but the fish won several of the battles. It was flat calm for the first couple hours of the trip then the wind switched to the west south west and it got rough. We only got two more bites after the wind picked up. We had about the same number of bites on our dodgers/Spin-N-Glos as we did on our 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors/DW WhirlyGigs or Spin-N-Glos. Our crew had a fun time and Ernesto pictured here caught his first fish ever.
We fished south of Ludington today between 70 and 85 feet of water. Yesterday our riggers were hot today it was our wire divers fished on or near the bottom. Our best diver was a high wire with a 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Blue Chrome Spin-N-Glo. A low wire with a 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Blue Dreamweaver WhirlyGig , pictured below, was good too. We only had 1 rigger bite. It came on a Tin Can Dodger/Green Chartreuse Spin-N-Glo. A 275 copper with a Yeck Copper Dodger/Green Chartreuse Spin-N-Glo took the Brown Trout pictured left. The crew from Indiana enjoyed both the weather and the fishing.
Fished south of Ludington again today between 75 and 95 feet of water (fow). We had good steady action this morning. The weather looked threatening first thing but the storm passed to the south and it turned out to be a nice day for fishing. The fish were biting and our crew did a good job boating them. Usually our wire divers are our best rods, but today our riggers were hot. We took 4 fish on our chute rigger with a tin can dodger/green chartreuse Spin-N-Glo and 2 on an out down with a 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Blue DW WhirlyGig with Glow Wings. That same Spin Doctor/WhirlyGig took a nice trout on a 300 copper. The rest of our catch came off our wire divers with dodgers/Spin-N-Glos and 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors/WhirlyGigs or Spin-N-Glos.
We fished south today between 70 and 90 feet of water. We were targeting Lake Trout. We had a few high lead core lines out trying to catch a Steelhead or King. We missed a nice fish on a 7.5 color core with a Double Orange Crush Super Slim. That was the only none Trout bite we had. Once again our wire divers fished on or near the bottom took most of our fish. A chrome dodger with a chartreuse Spin-N-Glo took 2 fish on a high wire diver and the rest of our catch came on 8″Chrome Spin Doctors with DW WhirlyGigs or Spin-N-Glos fished off our divers.
We fished north of Ludington today setting up in 90 feet of water by Big Sable Point. We thought yesterday was tough. Today was much tougher. We took our first fish on a 11″ Dreamweaver White Crush Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 95 down on the chute rigger. It was about 20 minutes later we when we took our second fish. It was a 14″ Laker we threw back. We took a small trout about a half hour later then we had a long dry spell. We trolled down to the high o6’s working between 90 and 110 feet of water (fow) without another bite. We put it on a west and took it out to 300 fow. We turned back and put it on a SE troll. We hit a fish on the turn on a 8″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Ocean Mist Action Fly on a 350 cooper and lost it. We missed one other bite on a rigger in 280 fow. We took our last 2 fish in 250 fow fishing near the bottom on a chrome dodger/chartreuse Spin-N-Glo. We went up north searching for Kings but didn’t find any today. Maybe next time.
We fished south of Ludington again between 60 and 95 feet of water. It was a tough bite today. The down temp was in the low 40’s. We started out in 90 feet of water (fow). We hit our first fish in 80 fow and finished up in 60 fow. We took a Steelhead on a 5 color core with a 10″ White Crush Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig and a Dreamweaver Premium Meat Strip. Our Lakers came on dodgers and Spin-N-Glos and 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors/DW WhirlyGigs fished on our wire divers.
We fished south of Ludington today between 70 and 95 feet of water. We had 9 rods targeting Lake Trout and 6 fishing the top 40 feet hoping for a Steelhead, King, or Brown. We caught 2 Steelhead on a 1 color core with a Gold Craig’s Steelhead Super Slim. We had a 400 copper out with a dodger and green & yellow Spin-N-Glo take a surprise King that weighed 22 lbs., our biggest fish so far this season. Our first thought was that our rig was hung on the bottom. First mate Austin grabbed the rod and said “That’s not bottom”. How right he was. The King gave Courtney quite a battle. Lots of boat traffic today and I think it slowed the action. Our wire divers fished on or near the bottom were once again our best rods.