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  2. a 15# king in 45min of fishing is a highly impressive catch rate! And you made the right call to play is safe - you don't have to go out but you always must come back.
  3. Life happens, but it was nice to see a fish fight it’s way back to the boat instead of get spun around by the rotator! Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
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  5. Weather report said calm winds but we launched into an 8-10 mph breeze in the dark. While the waves were not particularly high, they were two footers coming from all directions. The phrase, 'confused seas' comes to mind. Wife wasn't happy driving and I was getting bounced around pretty good setting lines in our 21' Trophy. It wasconstant steering and throttle adjustments. After setting 5 lines we both had enough and turned the boat towards the harbor, figuring we'd just troll back in. The wire Slide Diver popped and I managed to fight and net a15# king while she handled the boat. It fell for a Kev's GF with a Diabolical Mad Cow. I had it out 120' on 1.5 setting, in 115' of water, straight out. Temptation to stay out now, but we didn't. We only live 10 miles from port, so we agreed to pick a better day. Breakfast at the Lighthouse Cafe sounded better. Lines were only in the water 45 minutes. Lol. Sent from my moto z4 using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  6. Sounds like a blast! Nice work and thank you for the great report! Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  7. Best report ever. I was right there with you during the read. Nice work.
  8. Nice king! Sorry about the gear. Should be able to get the Canon parts to fix it.
  9. Fished with Tom from Water Dog mid-day. Set lines close to 2:00 somewhere around 140FOW, 4 riggers, 2 wire divers, no long lines. Outer riggers set with blue silver J-plug & spotted green spinny / proctologist fly 115' down. Inner riggers, SW tipped with wonderbread Brad's cut plug & herring oil down 140' and light line rod with mag frozen seagull down 125'. Mag dipsy with blue holographic spinny / blue bubble fly out 200' and std. dipsey + mag ring out 210' with spoons, stopped the rotation at std. size frozen seagull. The probe down 115' was still at 63 degrees so we pushed out to deeper water. Just past 200FOW we got action. Mag frozen seagull on light line took a big laker that stayed down forcing us to clear lines on the SB side to bring it in the boat. There was a steelhead jumping out of the water behind the LT we were pulling in that we eventually figured out was on the SW rig. Boated that and two more SH came immediately on the J-plug and the blue bubble fly. At that time we had zero lines in the water and were in 235FOW. Got everything back down, turned around and the two dipseys took back to back kings under 10#. Coming back into about 195FOW the blue bubble fly on the dipsey got hit again with another SH. After about an hour and a half of non-stop action it all came to a halt. Pulled lines near 6:00 and came in. Went 7 for 7 with 1 LT, 4 SH and 2 kings. 5 of the 6 rods took fish. No big kings this trip but plenty of fun! Fin Warrior
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  11. Took the bass boat out and fished 630 -11. Started in 110’ about half mile north of the piers and worked out to 150 on a north west troll. Had one knock off on rigger down 85 in 135. Headed back in NE troll with another bump on the same rigger. Nobody home on either. Headed back south in 135 marking fish deep but couldn’t get the speed right, no fish hawk. Spun around and made same troll with success. Gave up on the king bite to keep the skunk out, which actually worked. All action on riggers, divers and long lines didn’t get touched. 1-1 mag chilly Willy down 110, small laker. 945 3-3 mtn dew laker taker behind chrome/chartreuse sd down 115, 2 nice Lakers between 10-1030 and a 14# king with the long lines already pulled right at 11. Lost a downrigger after the second laker. Pulley broke while retrieving the ball, thank god it wasn’t still 100’ down. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  12. Nice work in the AM. Need to get the divers way out and the riggers below 100 to find cold water right now.
  13. Nice haul Sent from my SM-G970U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  14. Last week
  15. We went 4/5 on 7/25 am fished 120 to 175 had two hits in 135 two in 145 and one in 155. Caught one 20# one 16# and two 9#. Fished south of Holland.
  16. The king and steelhead were full of alewives. Sent from my SM-G970U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  17. We were in the same area, about and results. A 14lbs king, 6lbs steelhead and a small laker. The king and steelhead came in the same set up, pearl white paddle with green tape and a blue ice fly on the dr 140 down in 185 fow. The laker 350 wire diver, green fly with a green glow sd. Sent from my SM-G970U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  18. We trolled from 6 to 11 am from 150 to 180 ft, ended up 1 for 2 with a 14# king, finally snapping my dad's godawful dry spell, both hits in 170 fow. Here's what took the hits: 1-1 moonshine magnum rv blue flounder on 350 copper 0-1 fake news meat rig behind chartreuse atommik magnum paddle on a downrigger 100 ft down Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  19. Nice job! Fished the same water with similar lures. Went 2-3. Lake trout and small king. Lost one big fish bite. 5:30am until 10:00 am
  20. @R3Fishing You don't need to invest in 2 more wire divers. Most people, myself included, use braided line on what's commonly referred to as your high divers. You just need a 10 foot rod if you are running a 9 foot for your wire divers. Run both rod holders parallel to the water or as low as you can, because the biggest issue I've encountered with them is getting your planer boards into them when bringing those in because the angle of the line with the dipsy on a 3 setting is pretty flat and extends quite a ways behind your boat above the water line. The other issue is that they can, and do, get tangled with your longer coppers. Typically they don't bother the shorter coppers if you are using mag divers on them because they sink deeper with the extra weight and size. I generally don't run them unless I have an experienced crew on board with me or I'm fishing solo and running an aggressive 3 rod spread (rigger, low and high). They can also come in handy for combat fishing when running planers is not practical due to all the boat traffic. You just have to be very carful about how sharp you turn and the rip currents around the piers can cause problems. Hope that helps.
  21. Fished PS 6:00-9:00. Started a little north in 120 FOW, marked fish in the bottom 15 ft, but had no bites. Trolled west, first bite in 165. Worked 165-185 and had fish on consistently until 8:00. Caught 6 salmon and 1 LT. Lost 4 and missed 1. All fish were on flashers and flies, DRs at 105 and 125, divers at 350 and 250. Chrome flashers with green flies and white flashers with blue flies were the best. This morning’s sunrise was spectacular! Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman
  22. Do you have wire, braid or mono dipseys?
  23. Sounds about like my trip Friday. It was tough sledding till the sun hit the water.
  24. I've run 3 or 4 diver frequently late in the summer. It's effective! I use a mag dipsy with ring on 1 inside (low), and a standard size with mag ring on 3 outside (high). Have to sometimes get some help while setting divers. Setting the high first and low second helps. They will tangle occasionally.
  25. The past few years, dipseys, lead core and copper have outproduced downriggers on my boat. I was wondering if anyone runs two dipseys at the same time out of each side of the boat. I watched a few YouTube videos and read some articles so I know I can do it. The question I have is how often do they get tangled? If I run my inside, low diver on a 1 setting and my outside dipsey, high diver on a 2-3 setting they shouldn't tangle. Wondering if anyone does it or if its even worth the investment in two new wire diver rod/reels. It's not a cheap investment so I wanted to get some insight on what others think first. If I had three people on the boat, I would run two downriggers with sliders, 4 dipsey divers and 2 lead core or copper rods. Thoughts?
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