Fished the boat up to Manistee this morning. We will be fishing in the Ladies Pro/Am on Friday and the Budweiser Pro/Am on Saturday & Sunday. We set up in the 02’s in 140 fow water and trolled north. The wind was blowing hard out of the southwest so it was hard to get our speed where we like it – 1.9 to 2.3 at the ball on our Fish Hawk. We set our out downs at 55 & 65 feet and put the chute down 100. The water was really warm, 60 degrees on the surface and 59.6 down 100 feet. Before we could make any adjustments both out downs went and then the chute rigger. All our fish today came in 59 degree water. We trolled from the 02’s to the 16’s working between 100 & 250 fow. Our chute rigger with a 10″ White Crush Glow Blade Spin Doctor/Green Mirage Strong Fly was our best rigger. Our wire divers were good. We had a 10″ Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig on one high and a 10″ Blue Chrome NBK Spin Doctor/Blue Thunder Big Water Rig on the other. We ran a 10″ Show Time Spin Doctor/Blue Moo Big Water Rig and a 10″ Dark Green Spin Doctor/Green Mile Meat on our lows. We were using Erie Dearie Herring strips on our meat rigs. Very few bites on our copper & cores. We took 2 Steelhead on 10 color cores and a King on a 450 copper. The action was never hot, we just picked away at them all morning.
Ludington Area Fishing Reports
We had a strong early bite this morning. Couldn’t get any cores or coppers out the first hour, then things slowed right down. Riggers set at 45, 55 & 65 were hot and our wire divers with 10″ Spin Doctors and meat rigs baited with Erie Dearie Herring Strips were going good. We were running the same rigs as yesterday and had the highs out 170 & 180 and the lows out 80 & 90. We had a pair of Super Slim Beefeaters down 45 on one out down and a pair of glow spoons down 55 on the other out down. We had a 10″ White Crush Glow Blade Spin Doctor/Green Mirage Strong Fly down 65 on the chute rigger. After the morning flurry we took some fish on a 10 color core with a Yeck Copperhead, a 200 copper with an SS Beefeater and a 250 copper with a regular size Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie. We spent most of the morning trolling between the middle of the 59’s and the low 01’s in 90 to 120 fow.