We had a mid afternoon charter today and the fishing was tough. The wind was blowing hard from the southwest and the waves were solid threes with an occasional bigger one thrown in. We started in the middle of the 01’s in 160 fow just like we have the last few trips and worked in nnw. It took quite a while before we had our first bite – a 10″ Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig out 320 on a high wire. The fish made a good run and got away. A 10″ Green Atomic Spin Doctor/Green Death Meat Rig out 190 on a low wire went and we boated our first fish, a nice 13 pound King. We trolled out to 285 fow in the 06’s before we turned back south. We hit a fish in the middle of the turn on a 10″ Nuclear Green Spin Doctor/UV On Ice Meat Rig on a 300 copper. We boated that one and had a no show on our 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 160′ down on the chute rigger. A 10″ Dark Green Slick Spin Doctor/Green Death Big Water Meat Rig 95 down on an out down took the King pictured above. We made it back to 03:00 and took a small King on a regular Fuzzy Bear Frozen Veggie on a 400 copper. Our crew held up well in the rough sea’s. We pulled lines at 6:30 p.m.
Ludington Area Fishing Reports
Fishing remains good. It has been over a week since our last trip in Ludington, so not hearing of anything better we headed back up north to our old spot in the middle of the 01’s in 160 fow and trolled nnw. The surface temp was 46 degrees and it was 42.3 down 160′. The wind was out of the northwest so we were trolling up wind. We hit our first fish in 180 fow. It was on the chute rigger down 160 on an 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly with a regular size Fuzzy Bear Modified Blue Dolphin stacked 10′ above it. Once again this set up was our hot rod. We had a good troll going and didn’t turn until we were in 280 fow in the middle of the 06’s. The action was steady. We turned back south and made a down wind trolling southeast. Our riggers were set at 130, 160 and 110. We had a pair of Yeck Wart frogs on the 130 out down that went twice. We got as shallow as 135 ‘ and turned southwest to get back out deeper. We ended up having pretty good action between 140 & 160 fow in the 04’s and 03’s. Not a lot of diver action. We were running magnum spoons on our 300, 400 & 450 coppers and they all took fish. The 400 with a Fuzzy Bear Blue Dolphin went 3 times and the 450s with a Fuzzy Bear Green Dolphin and a Yeck Lighting each took a nice King. A 300 with a Yeck Nuclear Green went twice.