There were some pretty good waves coming from the west this morning as we headed southwest out of Ludington today. We set up in 140 feet of water. The temp break was down 100 feet. We took 2 Kings early. The first hit a regular Fuzzy Bear Yellowtail spoon stacked 10 ft. above the same spoon down 120 feet on the chute rigger. We just got that one in the boat when we hit another one on a 350 copper with a glow spoon. It was looking like we were going to have some good action, but those were our last bites for quite awhile. We trolled southwest out to the 36’s and turned back and trolled northeast to the 33’s. We took a Steelhead on our chute rigger with the Fuzzy Bear Yellowtails down 120. We missed a fish on a regular size Dreamweaver Lemon Ice 100 down on an out down and missed another fish on a 400 copper with a regular size Dreamweaver Blue Dolphin. Our last fish came when we were pulling lines. It was a Lake Trout that hit the out down set at 100 with the Lemon Ice.
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The Lake was fairly calm when we headed north this morning. Our crew was a little late getting to the boat but it was still early when we set lines. We missed our first 3 bites. We finally took a hard fighting King on a glow spoon 55 down on an out down. We had 2 other bites before we boated our 2nd King. It came on a 300 copper with an 8″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Bubble Action Fly. That combo went twice for us. Our biggest King weighed over 24 lbs. and came on a 350 copper with an 8″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. We had 2 meat bites and didn’t get either one. The first came on a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Froggie Big Water Meat Rig on a out down set at 75 feet. The other came on a 10″ Showtime Spin Doctor/Blue UV Big Water Rig on a 375 copper. We had 9 bites total. Our crew did a good job on the rods, we just couldn’t keep them hooked. It looked like a good day for diver action, but we never had a diver bite. The wind picked up during the morning and the waves got pretty big. We pulled our lines a little early in very strong winds and pouring rain. The weather was good through most of the trip. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s copper on all our copper rods.
We fished north today. We took 2 Kings early. First one hit a 10 color core with a Natural Glow Captain’s Choice Cut Plug. The second took an 8″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Bubble Action Fly on a 225 copper. It was slow going after that. We moved out a little deeper and got a bite on a high wire diver out 170 with a 10″ White Crush Black Dot Spin Doctor/Vanilla Ice Big Water Tackle Meat Rig but it wasn’t on long. Our biggest king, pictured left, came on a 10″Chrome UV Crush Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Rig on a 175 copper. Our lone Laker came on a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly out 240 on a high wire diver. Our last fish came on a Mag Fuzzy Bear Hot Rod spoon on a 200 copper. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s copper on all our copper rods.
We were aprehensive when we left the dock this afternoon. There were storm clouds over the Lake and the two reports from boats that fished in the morning wern’t very encouraging. Our crew wanted to go so we headed out and went north. We set up off the Bank in 130 feet of water. The break was down 70 feet. We didn’t have all our rods set when an out down set at 80 feet fired. It was a big fish and Marty our birthday girl had her hands full with this one. It turned out to be 2 fish on the same rod. The big King hit a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig and the small King took a regular size Dreamweaver Super Bread spoon stacked 10 feet above the Spin Doctor. We hit 2 more big big fish on a high wire diver out 220 with a 10 White Crush Black Dot Spin Doctor/Vanilla Ice Big Water Meat Rig. We missed the 1st one and broke off the 2nd one. Then our wire divers got hot. We didn’t land them all. A high wire with a 10″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Fairways Strong Fly went twice out 245. A low wire out 170 with a 10″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig went twice and the other low wire out 150 with 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly took a big King. We hit 1 more on the high wire with the 10″ White Crush Black Dot Spin Doctor this on had a Black UV Big Water Meat Rig behind it since our last Vanilla Ice Rig got bit off. Our last fish came in the dark on a 300 copper with a Mag Fuzzy Bear Green Skinny Jeans. It was raining pretty hard most of the trip but the action was good. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s copper on all our copper rods.
Light boat traffic up north today. The wave reading from bouy in front of Ludington read 3.8 feet when we left the harbor. Our crew wanted to fish so fish we did. It was just breaking light when a King took a glow spoon stacked above a big White Paddle down 65 feet. It wan’t long before we took another King on a low wire diver out 55 with a 10″Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Fairways Strong Fly. We turned back south in the middle of the 04’s and took a big Coho on a 175 copper with an 8″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Bubble Action Fly. We took another Coho on a low wire diver out 80 witha 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly. We were surprised that our plugs on our lead cores were dead. We finally did take a small Salmon on a 5 color core with a Yellow Splatter Back Captain’s Choice Cut Plug. The water was warming , but we put the 5 color back out. We pulled it after it took a Sheepshead. We took the King pictured left on a 10 color core with a 10″ Chrome Kevorkian Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Tackle Meat Rig. We took 2 fish on a high wire out 150 with a regular size Dreamweaver Super Bread spoon. The waves got bigger, the water got warmer and the action slowed later in the trip. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s copper on all our copper rods.
We hit 2 fish in the dark this morning up north and landed them both. One on a 7.5 color core with a Mag Fuzzy Bear Green Hulk spoon and the other on a low wire diver out 50 with a 10″ Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Blue Fairways Strong Fly. We hit another fish on the 7.5 color core then that was it until we were pulling lines. We took a Laker down 160 on the chute rigger with an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Blue Chrome Spin-N-Glo. It was tough fishing to say the least. Hopeing for better action tomorrow.
The surface temp cooled considerably after 2 days of north winds. We left the Ludington peirheads with the intention of fishing up north but turned back around when the surface temp dropped to 42 degrees. We set up in the high 58’s in 40 feet of water and trolled south. We didn’t hit a fish until we were just south of the piers. We took a nice King on a 5 color core with an Ace Hi Gray Ghost Plug. That same rod took all 3 of our fish. We had 2 other bites in there both of them on divers. The action died so we pulled lines and headed north to a temp break in the 00’s. We took a Coho there on the 5 color with the Ace-Hi Plug and missed a fish on a 2 color core with a Super Slim Mixed Veggie.