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  1. Fished from 7 - 10:30 pm in 120-250 fow... Some good marks and some bait here and there, but could not get anything to go, first skunk of the year! Radio chatter seemed to confirm this was a very slow night... Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  2. Sorry for the late report... Fished from 5:30 am and pulled line at 10 am, went 3/4 Didn't have a hit until 7ish, even though we marked some fishing bait from the time we started trolling in 75 feet of water until 140 or so. It wasn't until we headed south about 3 miles south of port we found some active fish in the 130 range. Fish hit everything from wire Dipsy 150 out, downrigger 55 down, big rip on a 400 copper, that fish was lost, and the Deep rigger at 95. Oh no it was a good hour of catching, we caught an 8# laker on white paddle little boy blue fly, 12# king 55 down with glow green fire tiger moonshine, and a 11# steel head on wire dipsy, with blue paddle and protagonist fly out 150. It was a beautiful morning and the west wind kept a good shop on the water, but when the fog bankrolled in we called it a day. Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  3. Good job, gonna try to get out one more time on Monday Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  4. Awesome! Worth it Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  5. I had a single copper rod that was hit 2 times in 1 week this past month that I didn't have enough backing on for various reasons - I had about 150 YDS of 50# PP and both times almost ran the whole thing out on the first run - that was the LAST time that reel would get hit - I added about 250 YDS of PP and now - let the big boys hit is all day...use enough mono to start with IF you don't have a little 'post' on your reel seat - otherwise the braid will slip on the spool - the mono helps keep it in place. After that - add as much braided backing so that the reel fills up properly with the copper or lead core after that.
  6. Fished 8:15 AM - 1:30 PM Hit the lake a little late - headed NNW to 125 FOW with some scattered marks - temps were 76 on top and 51 down 90' Stayed on a NNW troll to about 320 - turned back to 200 and headed back to 320. There were good temps and some bait balls here and there - but we could not get things moving What worked: 3 rips on wire mag dipsy on 2 - 175 back with green/pearl SD and white fly 1 rip on braided mag dipsy on 2 - 225 back with glo blue jeans SD and blue crinkle fly 1 on DR - 90 down - glow mag green and white mag spoon - 8# steelhead not many guys seemed to be catching - not sure these fish will ever show up this year!
  7. Thanks Mega Byte for your reports... Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  8. Good job, we're they kings? What species? Thanks Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  9. Heading to Muskegon Monday... But I agree... It's been very quiet! Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  10. Hi - I need to update my email address - how can I do that? Please advise - thanks - Jim
  11. Yep - pretty much the exact same for us out of Muskegon - lines set by 6:00 AM - started in 70 FOW with TONS of marks and bait - everywhere! No takers - slide out north about 8:45 AM as the marks evaporated - found some active fish at the point about 300 FOW - good temps - scattered marks and bait - took a huge rip on the high 100' CU with double orange crush - gone after a few minutes... 10 minutes later - 250 CU goes with a large fish - ran like a big king - and broke off 30# test as he took most of my backing...that was it!!!
  12. SOG ranged from 2.6 - 4.2 depending on direction - yep - lots of currents down there! Tight lines...
  13. 1 for 3 with 2 of us on the boat - me and a newbie - fog was thick so we motored out slowly to about 80 FOW - started just north of port and set up heading south - good marks, good bait, good temps - surface was 64 and 43 deg on the bottom. Had the 300 CU go with a green mag flounder pounder - fish was a mature and fought hard for 3-4 minutes and came off - then 10 minutes later - the 200 CU rips - and this fish was MUCH bigger - never gave an inch or put the brakes on - he turned and headed north and never looked back - he hit a reel that didn't have as much backing on it and I had to muscle him - but he broke off - BIG KING #2 LOST Then - the braided dipsy out 150 on 2.5 with green SD and fly ripped - this was a smaller fish but boated him after a few minutes - 15# king.... Fog lifted about 11 am Very glad to see some kings show up - heading out this weekend and next week!
  14. I was out yesterday in Muskegon from 7am - noon - and fished in 90-120 FOW and there was a more bait then I've seen in quite a while - I was out 2 weeks ago and the screen was mostly empty from 100-250 FOW. I get that it comes and goes in areas based on wind, temps, etc. - But I cut my teeth in Lake Ontario 30 years ago - and the amount of bait there is insane due to such a rich bio-mass from Lake Erie...but I was happy with what I saw yesterday.
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