We decided to go back south to get some of the hair off the dog that bit us yesterday. We set up in 110 feet of water and trolled southeast to work in a little shallower. The surface temp was 63 degrees today. Four degrees warmer than yesterday but it was 42 degrees 45 feet down. Another boat set up right inside us and was trolling south meaning we were on a collision course. We saw them hit a fish so we turned out and we hit one too. We had a pair of Super Slim Super Breads on an out down 45 feet down. A big fish had hit the stack 10 ft. above the main bait. It was still dark it got in our high wire on the other side of the boat and broke off. We just got turned back on a southeast course and a 175 copper with a SS Green Skinny Jeans took off. It turned out to be a nice King. We were in 100 feet of water when the Super Breads on our out down went again. We boated a Coho. We stayed between 100 & 110 fow and took another Coho on the SS Super Breads. Every bite we had on them came on the stack. The action slowed and we put a trout rig on the chute rigger. We turned out southwest and took a Laker on the chute rigger with an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Blue Chrome WhirlyGig with glow wings. We left that rig down the rest of the day and it was he only time it went. We turned north in 140 fow and took a Coho on the Super Breads. We had lowered them to 60 ft. They were our best set up today. We turned in and took 3 fish on our in troll, 2 Steelhead on a 175 copper with a regular size DW Green Skinny Jeans and a Coho on a SS Green Skinny Jeans free sliding on the other out down set at 55 ft. Only 2 diver bites. We took a King on a high wire out 110 with a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig and a Coho on an 8″ Chrome Killer Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig. Not sure if we will go back there tomorrow but we were happy with todays catch. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on our copper rods and Morgan’s wire on our wire rods.
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We fished south again today setting up in 100 feet of water. The surface temp was 3 degrees colder than yesterday. We didn’t have much showing on our graph but we gave it a try. It didn’t take long for our first bite after we set up. A 5 color core with a Captain’s Choice Natural Glow Cut Plug took a hit but wasn’t on for long. We took a Steelhead on a 7.5 color core with a Super Slim Green Skinny Jeans. We missed one on a 175 copper with a SS Super Bread. It took awhile for our next bite. We took a Coho on a 175 copper with a SS Blue Skinny Jeans and later in the trip missed one on the same rod. We worked our way out to 150 feet of water and hit a Laker on the bottom with an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Blue WhirlyGig with Glow Wings. It flipped off just out of reach of the net. Our last fish of the day came on the same rig. We took a Coho on a SS Two Face stacked 10 above a Spin Doctor/Meat Rig down 60 feet on the chute rigger and missed a fish on a high wire diver out 110 with a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig. We trolled in and out & north and south with 18 rods out and didn’t have much action. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods and Morgan’s wire on our wire rods.
We fished south again today setting up in 110 feet of water. We had all our rods set before we got our first bite. We had a Super Slim Super Bread set at 45 ft. on an out down and another one free sliding above it. We took a 3 year old King on the slider. We reset it and a Coho took the free slider. We landed the Coho too. The big King pictured left took a Super Slim Green Skinny Jeans on a 175 copper. After one heck of a fight we finally got it in the net. The bite slowed for us so we moved out deeper. Our fourth fish, a big Coho, came on an 8″ Chrome Killer Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig 85 out on a low wire diver. Our high wire diver with a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig out 110 went 3 times. We landed 2 out of 3. We took a nice size Steelhead on a Super Slim Blue Skinny Jeans on a 175 copper. We had an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Blue Chrome WhirlyGig with glow wings fishing near the bottom. It went twice with Lake Trout on but only 1 made it to the net. We ended the trip in 165 feet of water. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on all our copper rods and Morgan’s wire on our wire rods.
We fished south of Ludington today setting up in 110 feet of water. The picture on our graph was clean but it didn’t take long to hit our first fish. Our chute rigger down 60 fired with a pair of Dreamweaver EVM spoons. We missed that one Our starboard high wire took a hit out 120 with a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig. Missed that one too. Finally got our first one in the boat on a low wire diver out 85 with an 8″ Chrome Killer Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig. We took another one on a 175 copper with a Super Slim Super Bread. We had a pair of Super Breads on an out down set at 65 and took 2 fish on those. We had a Super Slim Green Skinny Jeans on our other 175 copper and it went twice. A high wire diver out 115 with an 8″ Chrome NBK Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Yellow Gasoline DW Meat Rig took our biggest King. We ended up out in 170 feet of water. Our Super Breads on the out down hadn’t gone for a while so we switched them for a pair of Yeck Copperheads. We set the bottom one at 55 feet free slid the other one. We were pulling lines and hit a big Coho on the slider. We got him almost to the net and it got off. We put them back down and they went again. This time the fish ran out 400 feet of line before it came off. Oh well, fish stories are never told about the little one’s that get away. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on our copper rods and Morgan’s wire on our wire rods.
We fished north today. We got off to a good start with 2 bites before we had 4 rods in the water. One on the chute rigger down 65 with a mag size DW EVM spoon and a regular EVM stacked above it. We lost that one , but caught a good size Coho on a Super Slim DW Green Skinny Jeans free sliding above a regular Green Skinny Jeans. It went a little south on our next fish. It was a big King that got hooked in the side of the head on the mag EVM on the chute rigger and it took 45 minutes to land. We lost a lot of prime time fishing fighting that fish, but the good news is we got it. We had 2 more Kings hooked that way. We got one and lost one right at the net. Our best diver rod was a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine DW Meat Rig out first 120 then 180 on a high wire diver. Only a couple board bites. We hit 2 fish on a 175 copper with a SS Blue Skinny Jeans. The pair of Green Skinny Jeans on our port out down was good with both the main bait and the slider taking hits. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on our copper rods and Morgan wire on our wire divers.
We had the same crew from Ohio yesterday and today. We didn’t think the fish would be out front again this morning so we headed southwest and set up in 100 feet of water and trolled south. We didn’t get all our rods set when a 7.5 color core with a Super Slim Blue Skinny Jeans stared screaming out line. Then a high wire diver with an 8″ Chrome Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Yellow Gasoline Dreamweaver Meat Rig took off. Both fish were big Kings. We caught most of our fish between 130 & 160 fow. Lots of spoon bites for us today. Super Slim Green Skinny Jeans, Git’er Done, UV Mixed Veggie, all went more than once on our coppers & cores. A 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine DW Meat Rig went 4 times on a high wire out 120. We had a low wire out 85 with an 8″ Chrome Killer Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Meat Rig take 5 bites. We had that same rig on a 200 copper and it took a nice King. There are a lot of Coho out there so we have been getting a lot of no show bites. Our crew did a great job landing the fish that hooked up. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on our copper rods & Morgan’s wire on our wire divers.
When we arrived at the boat this morning the wave height reported at the buoy in front of Ludington was 4.5 feet. We postponed our trip to see if the waves would lay down later in the morning. They dropped to about 3 feet and we heard reports of some fish being caught in front of the harbor in 50 to 60 feet of water (fow). We left the dock at 1:00 p.m. to give it a try. We set up in 60 fow straight out from the pier heads and trolled south. We started out with 3, 5, 7.5, & 10 color cores, 3 riggers and 2 wire divers on each side. We had just got all our rods set when a big Steelhead hit a 3 color core with a Super Slim Double Red Laser spoon. Then we took a big king on a 7.5 color core with a SS Green Skinny Jeans. All our bites on our first south troll came on cores. We took another King on a 10 color with a SS Super Bread and took the one pictured below on a Super Slim UV Mixed Veggie. We turned in front of the Project and made an upwind troll. All our bites on the upwind came on wire divers with Spin Doctors and meat rigs. A 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine DW Meat Rig on a high wire out 110 went twice. An 8″ Chrome Kevorkian/UV On Ice Big Water Rig out 85 took a big Coho. When we turned back south they hit on a little bit of everything. We put out a 200 copper with an 8″ Chrome Killer/Yellow Gasoline DW Meat Rig and it took another Coho. Our only core rod to go twice was the 7.5 color with the Green Skinny Jeans Super Slim. We took a Steelhead on the same bait on a 3 color core. We tried a couple different plugs but no bites on them. It was nice to have good action in the middle of the day. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on our copper rods and Morgan’s wire on our wire divers.
They were biting again today off Ludington. We fished basically the same area as yesterday. The morning started out slow. We were all set up and trolled for a while with no bites. Capt. Shane of Dreamweaver Charters was fishing near by and he hadn’t had any action either. Then we started getting a few bites and so did the crew on the Dreamweaver. First one came on a 225 copper with a 10″ Yellow Sparkler Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Meat Rig. Next was a 175 copper with an SS Green Skinny Jeans. Then it was just a bite every once an a while. There are a lot of Coho out there so not every bite was hooking up. We took it out to almost 400 feet of water before we turned back southeast. Things really picked up on our in troll. We bumped up our speed to 2.4 at the ball on our Fish Hawk and it seemed to help. We hit a big King, pictured above on a 250 copper with an 8″ Chrome Mountain Dew NBK Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Big Water Meat Rig. While we were fighting it we boated 9 other fish. It was crazy. The whole starboard side of the boat got cleared out. Four coppers, an out down and 2 divers all took fish. An 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Blue WirlyGig with Glow Wings down near the bottom took a big Laker on the port out down. Our best baits today were a Super Slim Green Skinny Jeans on a 175 copper, a Super Slim Super Bread on a 225 copper plus we took 2 fish on a pair of SS Super Breads on an out down set at 50 feet. We pulled those on the out down and a put a 8″ Kevin’s Girlfriend Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly stacked with a Super Slim Hello Darlan. That combo went 3 times. We had a regular size DW Hello Darlan stacked above a Spin Doctor on the chute rigger and it took a big Coho. A 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sun Shine DW Meat Rig on a high wire diver out 180 took 5 hits. Yesterday we had no low wire diver bites. Today we put an 8″ Chrome Killer Spin Doctor/Green Mile Big Water Rig on a low wire out 118 and it took 3 fish. Our trip today was group of friends for a bachelor party. They had a great time. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper on our copper rods and Morgan’s wire on our wire divers.
Good fishing today in Ludington. We went straight out and a little north of Ludington setting up in 110 feet of water and put it on a north west troll. Hit our first fish, a mature King, on a high wire diver out 125 on a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Dreamweaver Meat Rig. Wasn’t long after we landed that one when another big King hit a 175 copper with a Super Slim Green Skinny Jeans. We had to wait a while for our next bite. It came on a 150 copper with a Super Slim Git’er Done. We turned back south and trolled for about a mile with no bites so we turned back north and made one long troll the rest of the morning. Probably our hottest spoon was the SS Green Skinny Jeans pictured left. It went 4 times on a 175 copper. An SS Super Bread took 2 kings on a 225 copper. A SS Git’er Done went 3 times on a 150 copper. We had an 8″ Seneca Special Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly on the chute rigger go 4 times. We had a Yeck Sweet Corn Spoon free sliding above it and took 2 fish, a Trout & a Coho, on the same rod. The 10″ White Slick/Pickled Sunshine DW Meat Rig went 3 times on a high wire diver. A 10″ Yellow Sparkler/Cold Steel Meat Rig was good on a 225 copper . With about an hour left to fish 1st Mate Corey put out an 8″ Chrome Kevorkian Spin Doctor/Yellow Gasoline Meat Rig on a high wire diver and it took 2 fish. No low wire diver bites today. The Lake was calm, the sun was shining and the fish were biting. Who could ask for more? We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper and wire.
The bad brake Team Free Style had during the Offshore Classic last weekend followed us into the Big Boy Tournament. The catch pictured left was from Monday, the day before the Big Boy event. We were fishing south. So the morning of the Big Boy we headed back there. The action was good. We boated 11 Salmon in about 3 hours. We needed to get some Trout. We trolled out to 160 feet of water, fow, and put our wire divers and both out downs on the bottom. We took 1 Laker. Then a friend called and told us they had just caught a couple Steelhead 3 miles south of us. We ran down there and hooked 2 Steelhead an lost both of them. We were starting to get real worried about catching 2 more trout, so we pulled lines and ran back to Ludington to try and get them. We hit a big King on a SS Git’er Done. wile we were fighting it a 225 coper with a SS Super Bread took a hit. We landed the king but the other fish, a Trout got into one of our wires and got off. We were sick about that. Time was running out and we had to pull our lines. Jeff was reeling in our rod, a wire diver with a WhirlyGig on on it, when a big King hit it. It stripped out 700 ft. of wire. We fired up both engines and went after it, The port engine started a little hard. When we got beside the king and netted it the port engine died. It wouldn’t start. We headed in on 1 engine. It was 20 minutes to 2 and our gps said it was going to take 30 minutes to get in. We tried our best to get the port engine running but it would not start. We ended up being 10 minutes late and our catch was disqualified. We had 153.20 lbs. with 10 fish. We got the boat running. There is a problem with my port fuel tank. Both engines run fine off 1 tank but it wouldn’t give us the range we needed to get back to where we wanted to go. The picture in the middle was our catch. Our best baits during both tournaments were a 10″ White Slick Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly on a high wire diver, a Super Slim Super Bread on a 225 copper, a Super Slim Git’er Done on a 175 copper and 10″ Yellow Sparkler Sparkler with a blue meat rig. We use Dreamweaver Premium Strips in all our meat rigs and Morgan’s Tackle copper & wire.
The Ludington Offshore Classic is over until Tuesday when the Big Boy Event will be held. Our Team minus Kevin, who has to work, will be fishing in the tournament. We had a good day in the Ruboy Thursday Tournament finishing 2nd out of 61 boats. We didn’t fish the Bud Lite Womans Tournament this year so we ran south to scout for the main event on Saturday and Sunday. The fishing was good south so our plan was to go back up there Saturday morning. The Classic started at 6:00 a.m. Saturday and we headed south . We set up about 17 miles from Ludington. We only fished for about a half hour before we picked up lines and were going to go further south to try another spot. We took off and the port motor died and wouldn’t start. This was a real bummer for us. We had no choice but to turn back north and troll back toward Ludington. We took 9 fish and were in 22 place after day 1. When we got back to the dock a couple friends looked into our engine problem and found the anti siphon valve blocked with a piece rubber gasket material that came from who knows where. Any way the boat is running and we were looking forward to fishing today. The tournament for today was cancelled due to big waves from the north so we finished in 22 place out of 38 boats. It was disappointing to say the least that after all our preparation for the Classic we were derailed by a blocked fuel valve. The pictures above are from our trips on the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. As you can see the fishing has been good. After the Big Boy Tournament I will post more about what has been working for us.
There were some good size waves on the lake when we left the pier heads this morning. Our crew was eager to go so we headed straight out setting up in 95 feet of water. That was the shallowest depth we fished all morning. Most of our action came between 100 and 130 feet of water. Our 2 best rigs consisted of WhirlyGigs fished near the bottom behind 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors. The Green Glow and Blue Chrome with Glow Wings were best. Our 2 biggest fish came on Big Foot Spin Doctors 85 down on the chute rigger. One was a Laker on a White Crush/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly and the other was a big Coho, pictured above, on a White Slick Mountain Dew with the same fly. We had another good fish on the Mountain Dew Big Foot but it came up into both wire divers and got away.
Good fishing again today. We were back at the dock by 9:15. First Mate Cory and I had to get in on the action. We hit 4 fish when we were pulling lines with a 4 person limit of Lake Trout. So we are both having Trout for dinner tonight. We took 2 Kings today. They weren’t big mature Kings, but they weighed between 6 & 8 lbs. and put up a good fight. We set up in 105 feet of water straight out of Ludington and put it on a northwest troll. We hit fish all the way out to 180 feet of water. We wanted to turn around when we got to 150 feet but the fish wouldn’t let us. They kept biting. Our hot rig again today was an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Chrome Blue Yellow Dot Glow Winged WhirlyGig. We had 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors on every rod except the chute rigger. We had Big Foot 95 down on the chute rigger with a Pickled Sunshine Action Fly hoping to hook up with a big King. No big King but we did catch a good size Laker on it.
We went back to the same area we’ve been fishing the last few trips setting up in 110 feet of water. The current coming from the north is still strong but we managed to keep our tangles to a minimum today. One reason we avoided any major tangles is because we only ran one board per side. The down temp is cooling off. It was 47 degrees 110 down. We had both out downs and all four divers fishing on or near the bottom. Our chute rigger has our Fish Hawk probe on it so we had it 10 or 15 feet off the bottom. With the exception of the chute rigger we had 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors in front of DW WhirlyGigs and a couple Spin-N-Glos on the other riggers and all four divers. We had Green Glow WhirlyGigs on a low wire and one out down and Blue Chrome WirlyGigs with Glow Wings on the other low wire & out down. We had a Chrome Chartreuse Spin-N-Glo on both high wires. The Steelhead pictured below took one of the Glow Winged Chrome WhirlyGigs on a low wire that first mate Corey was letting out. We took a Coho on the same rig on an out down. We lost a Coho right behind the boat on a high wire with one of the Spin-N-Glos.
We fished straight out and a little north of Ludington today setting up in 110 feet of water (fow). We hit fish right away. Both our high wire divers with 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors went as soon as they touched bottom. One had a Chrome Blue Spin-N-Glow and the other a Chrome Blue Glow Winged WhirlyGig. We landed both Trout. When we were resetting them the starboard high diver got tangled in the port low diver. Then the port high wire got tangled with both of them. The current is real strong and all the boats I talked with today had to deal with tangled lines. We had a 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Green Glow UV Winged WhirlyGig ,pictured below, on an out down and a low wire diver. We took several fish on that combo. We caught a good size Coho on a high wire out 500 ft. in 120 fow on an 8″ Chrome Spin Doctor/Blue Chrome Spin-N-Glo. No spoon bites today. We took a Laker on a White Crush Big Foot Spin Doctor/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 95 down on the chute rigger. Every fish other than that one came on 8″ Chrome Spin Doctors trailed by WhirlyGigs or Spin-N-Glos.