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Dr Hook

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  1. Slow day today, but skunk is out of the box. Set up in 40 fow with good marks but no takers. Lost the marks so began trolling out NW. Took 11 lb steel on 100 copper with Moonshine Red Hulk in 145 fow. Surface temp out here is 56 deg Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman mobile app
  2. Set lines just outside pier heads at 6 AM with good marks, made 2 passes with no hits. Marks evaporated so began heading out at 3.0 gps, 3.1 at the ball to cover ground. Took one hit on rigger 25 down in 55 fow with Moonshine Crab Cakes. Continued to head west and by the time we got to 100 fow we could tell it was going to be tough fishing with lots of calls for fishing reports on radio so continued to head out looking for better water. 46 deg water was 25 down in close but by the time we made it to 200 fow it had dropped down to 50 feet. Finished at 230 fow and decided to pull lines and call it quits, no sense trolling back through all that dead water. King was only 3 lbs,but at least no skunk and I'll know enough to stick closer in tomorrow.
  3. We can only hope they eventually drive their boats over the edge of Lake Michigan.
  4. Yes it is a nice fish, just too tantalizingly close to 20 which I haven't broke yet this year Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman mobile app
  5. And an excellent opinion it is Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman mobile app
  6. Short trip today due to concerns about the cell moving NE out of Chicago this morning and the need to be other places at noon. Set lines at 7 AM in 85 fow and pulled them at 10. Spent most of the morning in 95 to 105 fow on south troll thought did turn out and north at the end and got out to 125 fow, but didn't see much over 105. First hit on rigger 70 down in 98 fow took a 19 lb king in 98 fow with a Lucky Charm plug. About an hour later, 150 copper went with a 6 lb king in 102 fow with Moonshine Red Jeans. That was pretty much it, finished 2 for 2
  7. Typical full moon fishing today. Left the dock at 5 AM and set lines in 55 fow. Had 2 hits in 65 - 70 fow and landed a lake trout off rigger 60 down with green glow ladderback plug. One we lost was on 200 copper with Jagerbomb. 200 copper with Jagerbomb went again at 8:30 in 87 fow and again lost the fish. And that was it. Fished out to 110 fow but didn't mark anything beyond 100 fow.
  8. Received this as an e-mail from a friend today. Seemed appropriate for this site. In case you haven't seen this one!.........BRILLIANT STORY: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sends a letter to a home/landowner asking for permission to access a creek on their property to document the decline in a certain species of unheard of frogs. *****The homeowners response in the second letter is EPIC***** Letter From Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife: Dear Landowner: ODFW Staff will be conducting surveys for foothill yellow-legged frogs & other amphibians over the next few months. As part of this research we would like to survey the creek on your property. I am writing this letter to request your permission to access your property. Recent research indicates that foothill yellow-legged frogs have declined significantly in recent years and are no longer found at half their historic sites. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated and will help contribute to the conservation of this important species. Please fill out the attached postage-paid postcard and let us know if you are willing to let us cross your property or not. If you have any concerns about this project please give us a call. We would love to talk with you about our research. Sincerely Steve Niemela Conservation Strategy Implementation Biologist ********RESPONSE FROM LANDOWNERS: ******** Dear Mr. Niemela: Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter. We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are only $8.00 per unit after you purchase the “Frog Survey License” ($120.00 resident / $180.00 Non-Resident). You will also need to obtain a “Frog Habitat” parking permit ($10.00 per vehicle). You will also need an “Invasive Species” stamp ($15.00 for the first vehicle and $5.00 for each add’l vehicle) You will also want to register at the Check Station to have your vehicle inspected for non-native plant life prior to entering our property. There is also a Day Use fee, $5.00 per vehicle. If you are successful in the Draw you will be notified two weeks in advance so you can make necessary plans and purchase your “Creek Habitat” stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident). Survey units open between 8am and 3pm but you cannot commence survey until 9am and must cease all survey activity by 1pm. Survey Gear can only include a net with a 2″ diameter made of 100% organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18″ handle, non-weighted and no deeper than 6′ from net frame to bottom of net. Handles can only be made of BPA-free plastics or wooden handles. After 1pm you can use a net with a 3″ diameter if you purchase the “Frog Net Endorsement” ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs captured that are released will need to be released with an approved release device back into the environment unharmed. As of June 1, we are offering draw tags for our “Premium Survey” units and application is again only $8.00 per application. However, all fees can be waives if you can verify “Native Indian Tribal rights and status. You will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of “Frog Surveys and You” comprehensive course on frog identification, safe handling practices, and self-defense strategies for frog attacks. This course is offered online through an accredited program for a nominal fee of $750.00. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Otherwise, we decline your access to our property but appreciate your inquiry. Sincerely, Larry & Amanda Anderson.
  9. Braved the 2-4 footers, rain and a few bolts of lightning that popped up over the shoreline as we were setting lines. Fortunately the lightning died out quickly and the rain eventually ended once all the lines were in and I could get back under cover. Fishing was just as tough, boating one 5 lb king in 90 fow on dipsey 200 back with Proctologist fly on white spindoctor with glow on one side and dark metallic green on the other. Don't know the name of it, but I call it a Spartan Night Light. Fished north and south in 75 - 100 fow. Also had 2 rips on 200 copper again with the Jagerbomb, but they were gone by the time we got the board off.
  10. A little bit of a late start this morning due to poor alarm clock technique on the part of the crew. Set lines in 52 fow, and first rod goes off before I can even touch another rod. Braid dipsey 90 back on 3 with Laser Lightsaver Spindoctor and Big Weenie Bushy Beaver fly. Crew lands and net a 5 lb king while I'm setting more rods. 5 rods in and same dipsey goes off in about 60 fow, but crew can't keep it on. Finally get all lines set on a SW troll and opposite dipsey 120 back goes off in 90 fow with the UV Crush Spindoctor and Big Weenine Last Brunch fly. 13 lb king. Last bite comes at 8:30 on 200 copper with Jagerbomb in 82 fow. 14 lb king. Pulled lines at 10:30 due to heat and 2 hours without a bite.
  11. My 28' with Mercruiser Mag 350 IO takes about 15 gal per trip Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman mobile app
  12. I have talk to people who still swear by short 10' leads. I usually start at 20' and start lengthening them if they don't get bit I generally run both my dipseys on 3 If you have a long dipsey rod it'll work to set them out back. You just need to be sure they clear the riggers which is easier out the back than the side I don't run meat. I don't fish Grand Haven either, but I'd say check the boards Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman mobile app
  13. Don't know what time you went in but they turned on again around 11 AM. Set lines in 55 fow on south troll. Had no bites by the time all the lines were in, so we turned north and began to get bit. 2 for 3 in about 65 fow. Small laker came on 75 copper with Red Hulk. King came on green/glow spin with Rapture Ventriloquist fly. Lost a screamer on dipsey 80 back with Laser lightsaver spin and Big Weenie Bushy Beaver fly when it got into my 150 copper. King on the rigger actually got into other dipsey and 100 copper but the rigger line would slide freely through the knot of braid and copper so we were able to hand line it in. 2 big messes...its why I was always setting lines when you called. Fished without the 100 and 150 for the rest of the morning and was able to take 3 more between 11 and noon on a slightly northwest troll. Would turn in after the hit and then work back out on same 345 troll. First one came in 97 fow, then 105 fow, last in 110 fow... all kings. First one came on dipsey 180 back with the Bushy Beaver set up, second one came on 225 copper with Lucky Charm plug, last one came on dipsey 150 back with UV crush spin and Big Weenie Last Brunch fly. Made one final pass from 88-110 with no hits so called it quits.
  14. Could be worse, could be the other end of the horse Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman mobile app
  15. After looking at everything again, I'm thinking this may just be the problem. Just not enough lines in the water. Don't need to go crazy. I pretty much stopped doing solo trips because fishing was easier with crew and more lines in the water.
  16. Fished pretty much the same program as yesterday but started in a little closer and changed the lures that didn't get hit yesterday. Had 5 hits either side of 65 fow and boated 2 kings, a steelhead and a small laker. Lost one on 150 copper with Lucky Charm plug. They all came early. Moved out a bit when the action cooled, and took 2 more kings in 85-90 fow. All kings were 15-19 lbs and steelhead went 10 lb. Laker came on rigger with Blue Hulk 60 down. Red Hulk on 100 copper took steelhead and king. Dreamweaver UV Jagerbomb on 75 copper took 2 kings. Last one came on dipsey back 90 with UV crush spindoctor and Last Brunch fly.
  17. 5 for 7 today. Set lines in 60 fow straight out of channel and fished south to Saugatuck. All hits came in 80-95 fow. Water temps still with big shallow break from top down. Both dipseys set back 90 went but lost em both due to straightened out swivels. Green/glow spin on one with Rapture Grand Illusion, UV Crush spin on the other with Big Weenie Last Brunch. Otherwise took a king and laker on rigger 65 down with Moonshine Blue Hulk. 100 copper with Moonshine Red Jeans also took king and a laker. Last one came on green Dreamweaver Captain's Choice plug with green ladder back on rigger 50 down. Other than the spin/flies, only lures that took hits had black ladder-back on them.
  18. The cold water seems to be scattering the fish. I was out yesterday (Aug 1) and fished 80-120 fow from Tunnel Park to just north of port Sheldon and went 2 for 5. 2 hits on rigger 100 feet down brought up one small laker. 2 hits on dipsey 100 back yielded a 5 lb coho. Last hit, and of course the best came on 150 copper, buried the board and snapped the backing just like that. Fished all weekend and the temp break has been gradually coming up in the water column. Winds don't seem to have been strong enough to flip the lake but it has been coming in up from below. Water also seems to be getting colder as I went north. Probe down 55 ft started out at 48 deg and had dropped down to 42 deg north of Port Sheldon.
  19. Kings have been scarce here in Holland as well, but looks like it may be picking up. Don't expect much of a fall run Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman mobile app
  20. Putting them out first helps. After that I just make sure they are beyond the riggers when I let them out the back. 10 foot dipsey rod helps with that. Dipsey setting takes them to side just like planer board.
  21. Tough fishing but managed a 3 for 3 day plus one little throwback king. Set lines in 100 fow and got first hit in 115 fow on rigger with Moonshine Blue Hulk 100 speed at ball was 2.1. Didn't really want to catch more lakers so bumped speed up to 2.9 and 45 min later, on the same rigger, took another bookend 12 lb laker in 125 fow. Then things slowed until I accidently bumped the throttle and popped my riggers. Dropped speed to reset lines, rigger cables crossed coming up, and while I was clearing that mess, braid dipsey 225 back in 160 fow starts screaming. Boated a nice 14 lb king on green glow spindoctor and Rapture Grand Illusion fly.
  22. Mag wire divers straight off the back, braid dipseys to the sides then fill out with lead core or copper off in line boards. Carry a couple extra long lines so you can pull a set of divers if the bite slows.
  23. Not bad, just over one, built a little at the end Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman mobile app
  24. Set lines in 80 fow and began trolling SW. First hit was a steelhead in 120 fow on rigger 60 down on double orange crush. About an hour later 240 copper with Veggie Delight took a rip but went slack once the board came off. Things were looking bleak for the morning until we found the rookie had a banana on board. Deep sixed the banana and a short time later took a triple in 140 fow on what I'm presuming were 3 steelhead, but only landed 2 of the 3. Rookie had one on dipsey that hit like a king but never got close enough to see for certain. Don't know how he managed it but his fish spit the hook after it was played out on the surface. The dipsey was braid 200 back on 3 with UV Crush Spindoctor and Big Weenie Last Brunch Fly. The other 2 came on the 240 copper again and braid dipsey set to 3 225 back with green/glow Spindoctor with Rapture Grand Illusion fly.
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