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  2. Nice work. It's good to see some of next year's Kings are out there. Great Steelie too!
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  4. 2 for 3, 10.3# king, 11.1# steelhead. Rigger with yellow submarine Mag spoon, bk 60, down 60, east troll, 2.4 sog in 145 fow took king. Ball temp 49.9. 270 cu with dragon slayer SD and blue green fly ( homemade) took steelie in 172 fow. Lost big one on rigger, taking my 2 spoons and bending rod holder to 40 degree angle. Guess I'll be tightening some bolts. Beautiful sunset. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  5. Nice night to be out there....but man, I hate it when you don't even get a bump. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  6. My high divers are braid. 10' poles. Biggest reason for wire is they get deep better. No need to run them high. There is a theory of the electrical benefits from the wire attacking fish, but I am not aware of any scientific studies proving that. There is a lot of negatives with wire setups and if there is no need to go deep, why introduce the negatives into your spread? For negatives - (1) there is zero stretch in the wire (same can be said for braid), (2) wire can get stuck in the rollers which is a big problem with a big, head-banging king, (3) if the wire is down, a fish at the boat can run into them and easily cut the line. Those last two have happened to me this year. There is no way I would run 4 wire rods. The high diver being the longer rod with the shorter wire diver rod on the inside is good practice though. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  7. Usually, only when fishing by myself or with an experienced person. Also, water current plays a bigger factor on my small boat as to whether I run them. High divers account for most of the tangles as you know but as long as you are careful about how you deploy it really shouldn't matter the length of rod. The charter I work with on occasion use the same length Talora roller guide rods for both highs and lows and generally bounce bottom with both.
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  9. Came with my boat I dont use them but for a railing in and out of the boat. They are not set up for tracks. Looking to get 200 obo will trade for line counters, levelwinds. Okuma, ambassadeur, diawa....I also have a set of masts and planer boards. Sent from my SM-N950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  10. That's how holland and saugatuck charter boats do it. Allows both divers a side to be put on the bottom for trout if need be.
  11. I run a low diver on a 7 ft Talora and a High on a 9 ft Talora. Seems to work for me. I've been on other boats where running 9 and 10 ft rods worked too. Just need a little practice to avoid tangles when setting/resetting.
  12. Does anyone run both low and high diver wire rods or if I'm the only one? Wondering if anyone else does and if so what lengths? I run 9' for low and 10' for high. Thanks for the input
  13. Hi, everyone. I'm doing a media event at Burnham Harbor on 8/29 and need a live fish indigenous to Lake Michigan to display in a tank. Any ideas? Do you need a permit for something like that? Please let me know as I'm open to all ideas. Thank you in advance!
  14. Standard Orange walleye boards work fine for all lengths of lead and copper. I use 300 feet of copper and they work fine. Move the weight forward to the #2 position. Keep all your boards the same. Buy them at Northwoods (cheapest). Use a rubber band at the back, slip knotted to the line and then fed into the pin ewith the backing line to keep it from sliding down toward the fish if ithe board releases. I tighten up the the board's release to the max tightness and use braid (40-50#) as backing to give you a lot of line (smaller diameter than monofilament) after the core just in case you hook up a big fish that takes a lot of line. If you encounter a really rough day, just route the line behind the board's release so that it is impossible to release. If your reel doesn't come with a peg on the spool, put about 50 feet of monofilament on it first before the braid. Braid is so slick, it can spin on the spool. Monofilament will keep that from happening. 95% of my knots are palomar. It's the best as proven by knot wars on YouTube. As for tying line to the leadcore, I remove 2 inches of lead from the end. I then put a loose, simple knot in the leadcore. I move this loose knot up about 3-4" from the end. I then take the monofilament or braid end and insert it into the leadcore without the lead about 1.5". I use a sewing needle to help with the braided line. Use a good pair of nail clippers to cut the end of the monofilament before inserting. This makes insertion a lot easier. Once you have the 2 together, (2" of braided should be sticking out the side of the core casing, move the loose knot over to tighten on both lines. Wet and pull hard. I add a double knot on the end of the braided and work it back inside the core casing. This keeps it from slipping through knot. When reeling in your board, point your rod tip down, close to the water, this makes the board skip over water toward you and not dive under. One more hint/trick. To maximize backing, load up a spare identical reel backwards (leader 50 feet, lead core and then the backing). Fill the reel as much as it can handle and then reel it onto the reel that you want it on. Since a 20, 30 or 40 pound salmon will test everything in that system, you don't want to get spooled and loose a big fish just because you don't have enough line on the reel. Good luck and tight lines. Joe
  15. 1999 - One owner, 18.5ft Lund Alaskan with a 2017 60hp Mercury 4-stroke. Excellent condition. Always stored under cover. Includes Cabelas duck blind. Boat has camo wrap exterior and camo vinyl floor. Includes 2 travel covers, a Bimini top and Minn-Kota trolling motor. Trailmaster trailer in excellent condition with new tires including spare. Zercon fish-finder. Ready for fishing and duck hunting. Call 616-648-8 nine one nine. $15,200.00 Cash only please.
  16. Thank you for the report! Sent from my SM-G973U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
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  18. Nice king! Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  19. Fished from 5 until dark. Worked 50 out to 135, but stuck in 125 -135 most of the night. (lots of big marks in that water). Went 1-1 with a 23-ish lb king. Didn't weigh it, but its the biggest fish I've got this year. Hit a lyman lures plug on a 200 copper.
  20. Fished from 6:30 to 9:00 without a single bump on 9 lines. Trolled NW from 125 FOW to 180 FOW and back. Saw lots of bait balls but marked very few fish. Water was 73 on the surface and 46 down 70 ft. At least a nice night for a sunset cruise! Sent from my iPad using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  21. Minor repairs to the boat. So we were back in action for the small, Michigan Sportsman tournament in Muskegon this AM. Heard the fishing hasn't been that great, so I decide to check the often overlooked water - that inside water less than 50 feet. Marked tons of bait with big arches around them in 48 fow. Tons of bait and fish. However, none of them would bite. Buggers. Started sliding out. Worked out to 200 fow with no hits. Spun around and tried an East troll. In 160 fow the starboard slide diver out 111' (about 30' deep) took a hit. The big guy peeled off 350' of line in his first run. My brother boated his person best king - 25 pounds. No other hits. We got him on a blue flounder pounder. We tried meat, spoons, flies and plugs. Covered 20' down to 65'. Temp break was about 35' down, but did vary significantly depending on your fow. Not many fish were caught in the tourney. Biggest was 27 pounds. Ours was 2nd biggest. Felt good to get the skunk out of the box. Got him around 10:45 am. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  22. Trolled from about 6:30 to 9 right around 150 feet then got blown off the lake in my small 18 footer. I ended up 1 for 1 with a 22# king. Probably my most victorious 1 for considering I couldn't reach my desired depth with the waves and had my outing cut short. She hit a SpongeBob meat rig behind a mixed veggies spindoctor on 300 copper. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  23. 2 man portable schapelle shanty brand new 10" eskimo power auger used twice 6" hand auger used twice 6" power auger jiffy bucket full of tip ups bucket full of jig rods 75 to 100 jigs 2 scoops 1 gaff plastic tub tow sled will not separate 700$ for everything 231-five 4 eight 5 0 5 one
  24. Thanks for the report. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  25. Fished from 5:30 to 8:30 am stayed inside 95 fow surface temp 70, 45 deg 40 feet down, tons of marks and bait. Went 0-2 both on mag dipseys set on 3, 130 out, one wire, one braid, 2nd fish felt like a beast, but came off, both hits on meat rigs Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  26. 1 for 1 out Muskegon this morning. 1 small steelhead on slider 3’-4’ breakers out in 150-160fow Only fished for a couple hours. Got beat up enough. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  27. Crazy, but I feel like this fish isn’t even picture worthy this year!
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