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  1. Good job, gonna try to get out one more time on Monday Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  2. Awesome! Worth it Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. Thanks Mega Byte for your reports... Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  6. Good job, we're they kings? What species? Thanks Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  7. Heading to Muskegon Monday... But I agree... It's been very quiet! Sent from my SM-G950U using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  8. Hi - I need to update my email address - how can I do that? Please advise - thanks - Jim
  9. 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!!!
  10. SOG ranged from 2.6 - 4.2 depending on direction - yep - lots of currents down there! Tight lines...
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. I prefer drift socks or trolling bags since they stabilize the boat better in windy/rough weather - I have 2 on my 21' Proline - but RARELY use them both...in addition - when a BIG king hits - you can throw the bags in to slow the boat significantly without changing RPM's - (especially with a newbie) land the fish - pull the bags - and you are right bag to the speed the fish hit...hope that helps!
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