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  1. Pulled out of the slip @ 5:30, started setting lines @ 5:55 in 80 FOW 5 and 6 colors . 10 color lead core, 2 300 coppers, all with stinger magnum modified blue dolphin and green dolphin. First 5 color fired before I had the 2nd rod set. The rest of the set up was 4 riggers set from the bottom up 56' 2 wire deeper divers set on 1 out 100 and 120. Fish came on both the 5 and 6 colors, the port 10 color and the coppers. Port downrigger with a 1 color SWR, and stbd rigger with a 2 color SWR both took fish. No hits on the tin can dodger and spin n glo. Ended the day with 11 for 14, 1 nice steelhead lost at the net when It got into another rigger line and the captain messed up and netted the hook.(oops). Fish count was 3 kings, 2 Lakers 1 coho and 5 Kings. We did release on shaker. Not bad for the first trip since June 14. Thanks to Andy (Darkmind) His step dad and his buddy. My pal Dick Beatty and Dave. We finished @ 11:50 with a nice box of fish. The one thing I did was go to an all spoon presentation, and it worked pretty well. Temp break was from 57 to 66 down depending on the depth of water.
  2. Water is too warm in close, Sports Widow Charters in ST JOE is doing well on Steelhead and Lakers in 120 to 150 Temp break at 55' down water temp is 46 degrees, He is catching Steelhead on spoons on 150 copper and 8 color setups lakers on the bottom.
  3. My Charter buddy Doug Wiggins (Sports Widow Charters) told me today that you gotta have bug dope on or wear long sleeves and pants.
  4. Nice Job Durty D, how were the spiny sea fleas? I have not been out for several weeks but going to get back at it in the next week or so. I know that the fleas have been bad up north.
  5. Nice job on the fish Kevin, tell your Dad I said hi, that looks a lot like about a 10# Coho not a King. ? BTW Ken Neidlinger passed away this April, just though you would like to know. I see you are using the center pin's he liked so much.
  6. I tie my own Flies, the size of the flasher makes a big difference on the length of the leader. For a standard Spin Doctor I usually like an 18" leader, if running a fly off a trash can shorter is often better, about 2x the length of the dodger. If you are running 11" Paddles or Magnum Spin Docs longer leads work well. Most commercially packaged flies are already the correct length. put on a swivel or a snap and u are ready to fish.
  7. Wow, 6 fish per day, that is really discouraging, as recent as 4 years back we were averaging 12 per trip for the season. I guess success is not measured in totals, but quality is down for this year too.
  8. The ideal temps for Kings is not 52 to55 degrees, it is 43 to 48 degrees, We have decreased plants, and the returns are reflecting that decrease, wait until 2017, 2018 it is going to get worse not better. St Joe plants down for 250K to 48K fingerlings this year. 1 way to help is to set a minimum size for kings of 18", that will save those 12" fish I see being butchered at the cleaning stations, and that the Charter captain when asked replied well they are paying to catch fish not put them back. Good old school thinking will take away all our fisheries.
  9. Awesome trip, way to get the Kids involved in the sport. Well done Jason
  10. 31' Chris Craft Commander, twin 454's usually about 30 gallons for a full day of fishing. In St. Joe we have to run a bit farther than up the lake, usually 5 to 10 miles out of the harbor and troll for 6 to 8 hours. If u have to worry about gas costs, u can't afford it. My rig only burns 93 octane alcohol free Marine gas, 3.89 at the marina. We usually use about 120 to 150 dollars of gas. Everyone pitches in or they don't get asked back.
  11. When the Thermocline develops, the bait hangs just above that level, the Predators will be most active early and late, and during Full moon phase during the late morning, try splitting between the colder deep water, and the warmer water right at or slightly above the Thermocline. Kings like it cold, Coho and Steelhead tolerate warmer water, and when you have the conditions we currently have surface temps below 60 degrees try the top 20 feet with spoons and body baits troll around 3.5 to 4 mph and you can really do with the Steelhead. You will hook a lot and lose at least 30%.
  12. They need to look at what is happening at Hanford Wa. to see how dangerous that would be.
  13. I run a 31' Chris Craft, twin 454 inboards, I run 2 48" bags when trolling on 1 motor, and can get down to .5mph. bigger bags, you can get higher rpms, and control better. If you are running an autopilot, it will make everything more stable. I use the MinnKota sock, be sure to come to a full out of gear stop when deploying, and when retrieving the sock.
  14. I have all 3 the new one has some really good information for more advanced fishermen. Dan also points out the experience is the best teacher, learn your area, fish the active fish. Kings are active early and late in the warmer thermocline, and during other periods at temps from 42 to 48 degrees. The most intriguing information was the link he gave for lake currents.
  15. It is still for sale, it is listed thru POP Yachts.com, at $19500, I will sell it thru this site for $15000 firm includes all tackle slip for the remainder of 2015, the electronics are inclhttp://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_143419727113210&key=e1286eb9814cf594eba20351fe108b50&libId=iauzzh9r01002jq7000DAh2napv9v&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greatlakesfisherman.com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D37002&v=1&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.popyachts.com%2FView%2F63820&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.greatlakesfisherman.com%2Fforums%2Fforumdisplay.php%3Ff%3D65&title=1984%20Chris%20Craft%20316%20Commander%20-%20Great%20Lakes%20Fisherman&txt=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.viglink.com%2Fapi%2Fclick%3Fformat%3Dgo%26amp%3Bjsonp%3Dvglnk_14341972711309%26amp%3Bkey%3De1286eb9814cf594eba20351fe108b50%26amp%3BlibId%3D... __________________ uded. Humminbird 858.cdi, 4 walker downriggers Fishawk X4, , Toughbook with GPS chartplotter. 20 rods 24 reels, all baits. 4 TX44 planers and 10 walleye boards and more.
  16. Martin, try the St Joe city launch, you will never have water over the docks and they have a great cleaning station. $5 parking fee, but well worth it. On a different note, my friend Doug Wiggins (Sports Widow Charters) called me @ 2 pm Thursday, he had just finished his morning trip, ended up with 27 for 30, 20 of which were coho, the balance were Lakers and Steelhead. 200 FOW on a temp break in the top 60 Feet. Blue bubble fly behind a blue and white spin doc. The rest were on small spoons. He said all of the fish were full of Alewives, and that the alewives were of all sizes from fingerlings to full size.
  17. You will never regret having autopilot. Absolutely one of the most important tools I have. Allows me to fish alone, or help run the back of the boat when I have inexperienced fishermen on board.
  18. Struggled to get 2 fish today, 12# King on Walker deeper diver set on 1 out 150, with a stinger modified coyote spoon, and a 5# Steelhead on a 10 color with the same spoon, we started south of the Junk Cars in 80 and trolled north northwest to 130, Had a huge rip in a 3 color with a stinger orange killer that went down, and caught the 6 color and 10 color that were on that side of the boat. Kind of a big mess but we had the skunk off the boat. Waves were 1 to 2 when we left the pier and 2 to 4 coming in . Water is still 44 degrees at 55' down. We really struggled with the cottonwood seed today, hope that is done soon. Our speed varied with the waves but 2.5 at the ball seemed the best.
  19. I just ordered all 3 as my copy of Keating on Kings disappeared.
  20. When the cotton wood is flying, the fishin is dyin.
  21. I'm with you Kevin. Lots of juvenile fish if we let em grow up.
  22. let the cannon balls down until you gets slack cable then retrieve it till its tight and lives in about a foot I'll get you right where you want to be
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