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  2. Brand new, never used Akios S-Line 656 CSM. Beautiful reel, very well made. Specs are as follows: Carbon multi disc drag Brass anti-corrosion chromed sideplates 2 stainless bearings in the spool Machined brass gears Synchronised level-wind Stainless steel power handle Corrosion resistant IAR bearing Line out alarm (clicker) Mag/centrifugal brake system Includes original box, manual, felt reel case, oil and reel tool. Selling for $180, plus $14.50 for shipping (priority mail).
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  4. Pike love gold red lb Thin Fish. Got one in December in 40' at the bubbler - that was a head scratcher.
  5. You're killing me. I'm not even looking at the forecast and buoy any more. Given up until the lake unflips and I can troll 10' for trout slams, which is usually early November. In full out bird mode now - scouted for the youth hunt yesterday and saw 7 ducks, but 5 of them were chip shots...
  6. Since it's my birthday I decided to get myself decent rod. I just picked up a St Croix Triumph 8' 6" MHF. Can't wait to put it together and hit the pier.
  7. Good work Captain , time for a bigger fish cooler![emoji33][emoji876][emoji226] Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  8. 4.5 colors out frog spin doctor of all things 22 fow off saug south pierhead - what a beast - what a fight - we were due for this! also caught this Pike while trolling out front in the kzoo wash out - 8ft down on rigger green ladder jplug got em
  9. Well, start out simple. This time of year can be quite unpredictable for fish. Pick a pier known to fish well, and get out there at first light and see how many people are out there and what they're using and if they're catching anything. Be friendly and maybe someone will share some tips and their setup with you.
  10. Welcome. Bass will be ruined for you the first time a king tries to pull you off the pier and into the lake. Don't overlook plugs, they don't cast as well as spoons but some days a big thunderstick or J-13 rapala slowly ground back to you, or even if there's no traffic and rocks walked slowly down the channel is the ticket.
  11. Hi everyone. Just joined. I'm starting to fish out at the pier for kings (or whatever bites). Haven't been pier fishing since I was a kid and went with my dad fishing for perch with cane poles. I'd like to use a spinning setup so I've been doing a lot of research on google for information and rods and reels. Watched a few videos on fishing for salmon on the piers in Lake Michigan, and I've also joined a couple Michigan fishing forums (including this one now) to get even more advice from all you seasoned big lake fishermen. Anyway, I've narrowed the reel choice down to an Okuma Epixor XT 40, but I'm still searching for a good rod. I've got some KO Wobblers to throw around, but I could use some suggestions on other lures and bait. One old guy in a local tackle store was showing me this Ugly Stik rod for fishing with roe, but that thing is 10' 10" and seems pretty whippy for pulling in a big king. The longest rod I own is 7' 6", which is a Daiwa Aird X. Any suggestions advice on a good salmon rod to go with the Epixor and some lures and tactics would be much appreciated. Thank you.
  12. Hi everyone. Recently I decided to hit the pier and try for some big lake fish. I haven't been to the pier since I was a kid with my dad fishing for perch with cane poles. There's a lot to learn so I've been googling around for info and decided to join some Michigan fishing forums to learn from other anglers. Basically I've been a Bass fisherman for a a while now and this year I started trying for some big catfish. Different gear, techniques and more stuff to learn. Then I watched a couple videos on guys here in Michigan catching big kings off the piers and I decided to give that a try as well. Well more stuff to learn, lol. So that is why I am here - to learn from you guys and ask questions and hopefully share some great catches.
  13. I usually walleye fish in Saginaw Bay or some local lakes near Newaygo. I'm not opposed to trying it sometime though. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  14. Wow,, what a great early fall report !! Thank you !! I am hoping to fish out of Pentwater starting Thursday !! My boat has been down due to trim motor issues !! But that’s all fixed Now !! Do you ever troll for Walleye in Pentwater lake?? If you have open seat I will pitch it for gas !!
  15. If it does flip, find a pier head and beat it up. We had 47 degree water in close in the first week of October many years ago and beat up on the browns and steel fishing the plume in Saugatuck for about a week. Even lost one nasty boot of a king that didn't run when it should have.
  16. Excellent report. When we've found them, there seems to be nothing of note to hold them where they are. The water's all the same, no scum line, no bait. But if you find one, cloverleaf the area as there's usually more. I've found them in October in 370' out of Holland and trolling the beach in 6'. Go figure.
  17. Good work, I am hoping to do the same thing this year, and not put the boat away until sometime in Oct, but I will post when I get out there, was hoping for today, may have to be Thurs or Fri Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  18. We ran West to the shelf off Pentwater targeting steelhead. This is something I haven’t done before. Usually I’ll throw some high lines for steelhead while I’m targeting kings and they typically do well. But, decide to give the deep water a try. Did what research I could on this and looked like guys were using keel sinkers and targeting the top 10 feet of the water column. My 100 Cu lines usually produce for me, so I threw 1 of those out and the other 5 lines where higher. We only ran a 6 rod spread. We set lines in 230 FOW, which is about 8 miles offshore. Trolled NW out to 477 FOW without a bump. We did see a few marks deep – around 80 ft down. It was very foggy out there and we were right in the middle of the shipping lanes, so we had to keep an eye out for freighters. There’s typically two times a year I wish I had a radar on board and this was one of them. After a few hours I decided the research I found was intended for cooler surface temps. We were at 66.7 degrees out there. We hadn’t had hit so I decided to switch things up. I set lines from 20 feet down all the way to 75 feet down, thinking we might pick up a younger class king out there. 80 feet down it was 44 degrees. 70 feet down it was 60 degrees. We ran a 100 Cu, 200 Cu, 250 Cu, 300 Cu, Rigger @ 75’ down and a dipsy diver at 70’ down. We also decided to turn E, work back into some relatively shallower water and run up the shelf. A regular sized orange Moonshine spoon on a 100 Cu went once we got up on the top of the shelf in about 260 fow. After a good fight (he ended up wrapping the line around himself and coming in sideways for a bit), we got a 12 steelhead in the boat. I pulled the dipsy diver deployed another 100 Cu. We fished for another 2.5 hours without a hit. We did have a throwback king on the rigger when we pulled lines. One of our challenges today was we weren’t able to find any surface temperature variations or scum lines. We kept the speeds around 2.7 – 3.2. (Surface speed when fishing all the high lines and ball speed after I reset.) I think I’ll save these offshore trips to when the satellites show some very distinct surface temp changes, or when the lake flips and they move in closer. If anyone has any fall steelhead tips. feel free to share. I’m trying to extend my fishing in September & October.
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  20. everything we have gotten so far this fall has been either riggers 8ft down with a size4 jplug 50-120ft back OR smaller size dipsey ringless dialed to 3.5 with a size4 jplug on it running anywhere from 28-40ft of line out we fish the saug channel mainly but also holland channel and pierheads... we always fish 25fow or shallower good luck off muskegon!
  21. Very nice, how deep, what were you using? Headed to Muskegon tomorrow Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  22. Boy what you described on the plantings sounds too good to be true! Thanks for the info. We will pull that up on the iNET tomorrow. When we were coming back into Holland midday today we got a jack in the channel as well so who knows.
  23. Still chasing. 50 degrees out front not a mark. Fished the channel and Mac. Lots of salad / line cleaning. Three catfish and about a dozen sheep. Only lost one fish and I'm pretty sure that was a good walleye. Forecast not promising.
  24. slow and challenging... lost 2 pigs in saug channel this AM - managed to get this one... everything we hook up last few trips is Male... no eggs... the only "bite spot" in all saug this morn (and trust me we tried everything) was midway thru channel by rock walls... had to have speed so slow was in neutral basically being pushed out by east wind
  25. Thanks Dennis. Fish cleaning station was awesome. We were hoping we’d get a chance to use it.
  26. Great Job Dan first good report I have heard out of SH in awhile. How did you like the new fish cleaning station. Saw it for the first time on Sat, Dennis
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