The Ludington Offshore Classic is over, back to charter fishing tomorrow. We had a good catch for the Ruboy Thursday event. Our five fish catch weighed 62.8 lbs., getting us a third place finish and a $700.00 check. We had a tough day on Friday for the Bud Lite Ladies Classic. We fished offshore in the same area as we fished on Thursday. The rules for this event only allow a team to fish nine rods and weigh 5 fish. Our ladies team did a good job with the fish we had on but we came up short and only caught 4 fish to weigh in. On Saturday day 1 of the Pro/Am event we didn’t have a lot of confidence in our offshore spot so we took a gamble and ran way south looking for big Kings. The gamble paid off. We found some nice Kings but had a tough time landing them. The rules allow a team to weigh a maximum of 9 Kings. We only landed 8 but our day one weight was 98.2 lbs, putting us in 5th place for the day. Our hot set up was a high wire diver out 130 feet with a 10″ White Crush Mountain Dew Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Meat Rig baited with an Erie Dearie Herring Strip. We caught a 20 lb King on that rig winning us 8th place, $100 and a $200 gift certificate from Big Jon Sports in the Big Fish Contest. We ran back to the same spot on day two but the fish were gone. We took one Laker and one King and missed another King. We pulled lines and ran back north to fish at Little Point Sable. We had 6 bites there landing four fish. Three of our 6 hits were on a Dreamweaver SS Magic Man spoon off a 5-color core. We only weighed 6 fish on day two and that dropped us down to 14th in the standings. It was disappointing to say the least that those big fish moved out of our spot, but fish do swim, and they swam some place else. We thought the whole tournament was very well run. Thank you tournament committee, event sponsors and congratulations to Pro Division winner team Flat Out and Am Division Winner Lake Effect 2.
Ludington Area Fishing Reports
We fished staight out and a little south yesterday on the outside of the nets. We set up in the 58’s and trolled south in the 36’s. Our two biggset Kings came on 10″ Spin Doctors and Big Water Meat Rigs ran on our wire divers. A Chrome Blue Spin Doctor/Blue Thunder Big Water Rig took the first one and the second took a Blue Bubble Spin Doctor/Cold Steel Big Water Rig. We fished out to the 39’s later in the morning, but the bite was slow for us. We fished up north today off the Bank and had good action. The north wind must have stirred them up. The first pass we hit several fish but the big waves from the north made landing them tough. After the first pass the action slowed so we worked out deeper off the Point. The surface temp cooled the further west we trolled. We picked up a couple steelhead and a Laker out there. We couldn’t slow down enough to run our meat rigs. Most of our fish came on spoons. The biggest King came on an 11″ White Paddle/Pickled Sunshine Action Fly 80′ down on the chute rigger. A pair of regular size Fuzzy Bear Yellowtails were good on an out down. The Ludington Offshore Classic starts tomorrow with the Ruboy Thursday Shootout. We will be fishing in that event as well as the Ladies Classic on Friday and the Pro/Am on the weekend. I probably won’t have time to post any reports until Monday