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  1. Went 3 for 5 tonight on silver but it was far better than that because the fish were a bit active and I finally made the right counter moves to get 5 bites. The little chatter on 68 seemed to indicate not much was happening. Set down a little south of the channel in 110 FOW to set lines. Strong current from the blow yesterday so managing speed and blow back took some work. Took a small king in 116 FOW on a downrigger 66' down with a Moonshine Hot Lipps mag. spoon but with the blow back, depths was likely 44' down. Let the fish go to grow up to be a line ripper. About 135 FOW the same set up lit up again in a much bigger way. The good fight ended early and the king was skipping its way across the top of the water with my mag. spoon and I had nothing left but a slack line. Fixed that problem but it got me to thinking. Marked hooks 75' and below, along with a few bait balls, but no hits. Reset the high diver (3 set, 145' out and about 50' down) with a mixed veggies. About 30 min later in 127 FOW, it ripped and a good fight ended in a 10 lb king. Reset that line and changed out the other high diver with a Moonshine bloody nose going with the white spoon - color tip program program. Got pushed out to 130 FOW but near the bait ball I marked earlier and big fun happened with the high diver bloody nose spoon that resulted in a 20lb king in the net. The leader broke, the 45lb Sampo coast lock swivel was destroyed. Not sure how I got so lucky. Got that all repaired but not takers for a while. Pulling lines after sunset, the high diver bloody nose lit up again. About 20' off the back of the boat it came unhooked (I immediately changed out the hook on the spoon after that). Likely about the same size as the 20lb fish landed earlier based on the fight. It was a bit disappointing but the way I looked at it, it was a bonus fish that happened to hit when all lines should have been up and likely happened because I ran over the bait ball vector to the shore line (another good move). Very fun evening. Too many trips with no marks, no hits, swatting flies and the tolling brain fog sets in. Hope you guys have the same fun on your end of season runs!!!
  2. Thank you for rewarding all of us on the site with your catch data. And the pics too! Got me to thinking that I need to do a better job of that myself. Interesting findings that the fish moved out by evening. Water looks gorgeous. Fin Warrior - Holland, MI
  3. OK, I took a table pic. Bleed them all out after they were landed.
  4. Pushed off at 4:00pm and set down in 125FOW trolling west. Marked fish in 135FOW but decided to keep pushing out since it was early. Hit 190FOW and started a north-south troll. Took a nice 10+lb steelhead on a mag green 2-color SW rig down 75' with a mag green dolphin on the business end. Next came a double, SW hit first then a spinny w/ blue fly 81' down went off immediately after. Did my best to fight both and clear the 3rd line, 300' copper which of course was right in the thick of things. Once the copper was up I kept fighting both and then just had to pick one because both drags were still spooling. The SW green dolphin sported a 21lb king, the blue fly, who knows, hook bent and fish was gone. I decide not to mess with the copper and put a 2 set diver out back 190' with a mag blue-silver-yellow holographic spoon and was rewarded about 30 minutes later with a 20lb king. Unfortunately, while pulling the hook out I did not take notice that the dipsy broke off the line and dipsy and spoon became a donation to the fish gods. No worries, I had more of that set up! While making the repair, I put out another dipsy, same distance with a green alewife spoon. Clearing that line 20 minutes later I had a 5lb steelhead on it - didn't see it get tripped while I was finding a new spoon and fixing leaders. Things got quiet for about 30 minutes and I move into about 185FOW due to boat traffic then the blue fly spinny erupted once more and that produced a 19lb king (must of had one less meal than the others). That made a hand so I pulled lines at 8:20pm and went home to watch the Hawks beat the Oilers and advance to the next round. Yes I do like my hockey :). Sorry no pics as I was by myself.
  5. Nicely done. Funny how deep riggers were hit along side high divers. I was out Friday night as well in 190 FOW - will post shortly.
  6. Finding silver fish has been hard since the spring. Set out yesterday at 4:00pm to fish 200+ FOW with a top water steelhead spread. Went 1 for 3. Did not find any steelhead but as luck would have it, a 23lb King hit a 10-color leadcore on a board with a holographic mag spoon (either a DW or MS, yellow and blue on opposite edges). Strike came on 210 FOW, east troll, 2.6mph on the Depth Raider. Female plant, stomach was empty. Spouse was hoping for salmon steaks tonight, happy I could deliver. BTW, I marked nothing suspended all evening. Fin Warrior Holland
  7. I also gave it a go out of Holland yesterday from noon to 4:30pm. Covered from 110 to 230 FOW. Not a bump. Marked next to nothing beyond 140'. 48 degree water was down about 100'. What little warm water there is, is piled up on the Michigan shore. Fin Warrior
  8. Worked 170 to 240 FOW, 42o 42’ to 42o 44’ Lat. between 1:30 & 5:30 with a 6 rod steelhead program. Got bit 8X and would up 2 for 5, both steelhead. Slide divers 30'-40' down saw most of the action with Greasy Chicken Wing, Monkey Puke and Green Dolphin on a copper blank spoon getting most of the action. Basically copper/gold was the menu ticket. Had one big screamer on a dodger/crystal fly that came off after taking at least 200' of line out. Never got a chance to fight the fish, it had the upper hand the entire time. Counted 10 alewifes inside the mature male steelhead. Annoying black flies were still around.
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