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  2. I normally fish out of South Haven, but the amount of ice on the webcams didn't look very inviting. A friend and I ended up launching from the Benton Harbor launch to get the boat wet and give it the annual shake down. A dozen or so pier anglers were out. One of them said he had seen a few boats in the last few days, but that nobody was catching yet. We pulled out of the piers around 9am and ran a mile or so south and set up in about 30fow. There's still an ice shelf in about 20fow and the water was calm enough that the surface was freezing on and off throughout the morning. Surface temps were 32-34. We zig zagged south between 25 and 55 fow until we got a mile or so past the chalet's. Never had a knock. Searched around for warmer water all day but couldn't find any. At the pier heads it was 41f at the surface. We fished until 2 or so and on our way back in one of the guys on the pier said he had caught two, but nobody else had done anything. Talked to a few guys at the boat launch and all had said they hadn't heard of anything being caught out of St. Joe yet. Should be soon though. Beautiful day on the water, lots of sunshine and a nice ride all day.
  3. We had a good bite yesterday, my buddy and I got 8 cohos and 1 nice brown. There were hitting both steelhead bags and steelhead skein fished on the bottom. The coho's are on the small side this spring compared to past years, threw 4 back that did not make the Indiana 14 inch size limit. Sent from my SM-G973U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  4. slickwater

    flashers or dodgers for coho

    Dreamweaver does have a coho z dodger. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
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  6. CapMike

    flashers or dodgers for coho

    Used to be Action flasher. Now I thing dreamweaver makes them. Look at them from the side (edge) and they are sort of Z shaped.
  7. I hear that guys are catching coho off the pier in Michigan City now. I'm sure you will be fine going in April but if can come earlier you may be better off.
  8. slickwater

    flashers or dodgers for coho

    What is a Z flasher? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  9. Usually the day the ice comes off the harbors and launches. Last year I pushed skim ice to get out of Ludington on march 10. Caught the first fish of 2018 that day. Just a small coho. As of now my boat is just getting out of the pole barn for spring maintenance. Still ice on Ludington Manistee and Frankfort as of today. Wont be long though and we will be trolling for browns. I am predicting the first week in april if we are lucky.
  10. CapMike

    flashers or dodgers for coho

    I've got some of the triangle flashers to try out this year. I've used some of the Brad's cutplugs in the past and found them to be a pain to use and mostly don't catch fish. Perhaps if I try them in combination. I also have some Mack Attack triangles to try this year where you put the scent material in the flasher. I'm guessing they will be better for lake trout than salmon. On the other hand, I catch literally hundreds and hundreds of salmon each year (mostly coho) on small dodgers and trolling flies so I'm certainly not going to abandon that program.
  11. Where can I get the heavy duty mylar that is on some of the teaser flies on some of the meat rigs? It's not the banded mylar from purple taco. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  12. Weather keeping the boat in storage longer than most years. Normally out 2nd week of March. Fishing by first of April this year probably be 2nd week of April. Start out on the beach and work your way out.
  13. MAGNUM LURE

    wanted WTB Rodholders

    AFPD133, Are you still looking for rod holders? I have 4 Traxstech RH1 track mount rod holders silver tubes? P.M. if interested. THANKS
  14. NW Michigan-3rd week if April. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Hey guys just wondering when everyone usually gets out on the water and what typically is the game plan early spring. This warm weather got me itching to get out...
  16. Shortbus

    flashers or dodgers for coho

    So interesting how different the techniques are from coast to coast. We are absolutely stuck on the 360 and triangle style flashers followed by a small 3.5 spinner or Brads cutplug stuffed with tuna, the dodgers are all but non existent over here
  17. CapMike

    Michigan City Coho

    At Portage, the Port of Indiana sticks out into the lake almost a mile. It's to the east of the mouth of Burns Ditch. Makes a great windbreak for East and Southeast winds. At EC you can fish on anything from north, NW, W, SW, straight south and pretty well on a SE wind. E and NE are the worst. At Hammond, you can fish all but E and Southeast, but you may have to bounce across some waves to get to the calm water provided by the Calumet Harbor breakwall.
  18. Richwon4

    Michigan City Coho

    What break wall protected areas would you recommend out of Portage? Thanks
  19. CapMike

    Michigan City Coho

    I'm not dissing MC but there's not much "protected" area to fish there. I've fished it many times. Much more protection from evil spring winds farther west at Portage and even more at East Chicago and Hammond. If you are coming from the east, like from South Bend, it's about 20 miles farther to Portage than MC. The Lake County marinas are about 15 miles farther. From points south, say up I-65 Portage and EC are actually closer than Michigan City.
  20. ThreeDogsDown

    Trolling Setups - before I buy questions

    Thanks Mike. I priced all. For the “aluminum/stainless” downriggers (Big Jon, MM, Ciscoes, and Traxtech) and when I list out comparable functions (autostop, motor speed/size, and cable length (300’), and two multi-axis rod holders, Magnum Metalz scored higher in features and price. Cisco and Traxtech were more expensive, but have added features that were not important to me (programmable keypad, jigging action). The Cannons and Scotties were definitely the most common and the most recommended as well. This weekend is the big dollar spillage for me after I see the gear at the Sport show. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Richwon4

    Michigan City Coho

    Thank you. The reason I refer to MC is because I am somewhat familiar with if from shore fishing years ago and it is only an hour away. My craft is 18 so I don't anticipate heading out in any kind of wind. Any more advice I appreciate. I am new and learning.
  22. CapMike

    Michigan City Coho

    Speed - stay less than 2.5. Generally, 2.2 is a good starting point. Don't overthink it - we are talking tenths of a mph. Ice is gone and the wind is going to blow a million mph the next couple days. I don't think we'll see it again down here. Don't overlook ports farther west. Sometimes better fishing (frequently) and also more wind protection - especially at East Chicago and Hammond.
  23. mike mongan

    Trolling Setups - before I buy questions

    Magnum Metalz look good but very expensive. I ran Cannons for 25 years with a variety troubles. Switched to Scotties in 2013. No troubles no regrets. My HO.
  24. EdB

    Michigan City Coho

    The harbor has been packed with ice lately. It looks better today on the web came but dependent on the wind, it can blow back in and clog it up. I never start trolling when the ice bergs are out. Many years ago pier fishing, I saw a boat get blocked from returning to a harbor when ice blew back in, they busted a prop trying to power through it, disabled their boat, got caught in the ice flows and dragged south. The Coast Guard helicopter arrived, dropped a basket and pulled up each angler to rescue them and they lost their boat and all their gear. Talked to a salvage tug crew 2 days later who attempted to find it and they couldn’t. Water temp is real cold for trolling and I don’t have experience doing so when this cold. I guess speeds from 1.5 to 2.5 mph. When it is this cold, I prefer steelie skein fished on the bottom off the pier or shore. The guys at Michigan City really like shrimp and squid fished under a slip bobber on small jigs and they get them that way too.
  25. Does anyone have experience with a Humminbird Helix that has SI/DI transducer in deep water? Do they down image just as well as a "normal" DI transducer?
  26. Could take a couple close up pictures of it?
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