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Whoopee Tyee

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  1. I upgraded to a Boston Whaler 285 Conquest this year and I like it a lot. On my older Lund 1850 Tyee I used my Minn Kota electrical trolling motor to give me a great spot lock performance for vertical jigging. It's difficult to stay over a spot with my new boat. I have joystick piloting and with my Mercury 403 Vessel View I have a skyhook feature which hold the boat position and direction. While it works, the motors (twin Verado 250hp) run quite a bit and churn the water up with lots of noise. It's not a very nice jigging experience. If I upgraded to the 500 or 700 series I could have their Bow Hook feature. It would be an expensive upgrade and I have no idea how effective it will be. I'm wondering if anyone else has experience with Bow Hook for jigging. Please let me know how it works. Does it reduce the amount and aggressiveness of the engines running? Thanks for any advice available.
  2. We have been catching lots of Ciscos in East Grand Traverse Bay. Here are a few with four Lake Trout in the middle for good measure. Note that a couple a very big.
  3. Launched out of Elk Rapids at 8:30 and went looking to jig for Cisco. First three spots close to the harbor in 40 to 60 FOW didn't yield anything. Some fish were there but no bites. Went out to my favorite Lake Trout spot and caught one jigging but moved around quite a bit and couldn't get another bite. After that we tried trolling in shallow water, 15 to 20 ft, with flat lines, one color and three color lead core and stick baits. Zip, zilch, nada. No fish in shallow. It must be too late. The water was 64 degrees on the surface. We then tried jigging in some more likely spots further North. Caught two Cisco and a 26 inch Lake Trout to round out the morning. We finished with two each Cisco and Lake Trout. Much slower day than our last trip out.
  4. Great drone shots! They really give a big feel to the presentation.
  5. The best place to shop for DYI canvas work is Sailrite. http://www.sailrite.com/ I've bought tools and sewing machine and made a front cover for my Tyee to keep the water from coming in on rough days. They have all of the tools and snaps you need.
  6. What a difference a few days makes. On Monday the 10th we marked many fish and hooked three Kings. Today they seem to all have disappeared. No marks, no bites and little action. Caught a nice 26 inch Lake Trout but no Kings. There were no Kings in the cleaning station either. It seems that the fish on Monday were passing through. The one I caught on Monday was a natural reproduction King salmon.
  7. Set up in front of the port at 6:15 in 100 FOW and trolled west and then South once past North Point. Lost a King on a wire std dipsey on 1 1/2 setting 130 feet back running a Moonshine yellow flounder std glow spoon. Lost a king on a 225 ft copper and Moonshine Mongolian Beef RV spoon due to difficulties getting the planer board to come up to the surface. After finally getting it up and in to the boat, the King came of about halfway in. It was a very acrobatic fish jumping out the the water several times while the planer board was still on. Landed a 14 lb King on the rigger down 100 ft using a small spin doctor and white & silver fly. Landed two Lake Trout on the riggers with flasher fly set ups. One was a nice 26 1/2 inch female. Not many Kings caught judging by the barrels in the cleaning station.
  8. East Bay 7-22-2015 Went out at 5:15 looking for Kings out of Elk Rapids. Didn't find any but took our limit of Lake Trout. First ones coming on Salmon type lures, Flasher & fly, Moonshine RV spoon and even a Big Weenie meat rig. Later fish were caught on the traditional cowbells and peanut. Fish hanging around 60 to 80 ft down in water 80 to 90 ft deep.
  9. I'd be interested in more details.
  10. Great Photos! Love the release shots.
  11. I have been thinking about a new boat and I really like the looks of the HewesCraft and KingFisher aluminum boats. They seem to be pretty much dedicated to fishing use. My question is the "ride" of these boats versus a heavier fiberglass boat of comparable size. It seems logical that the aluminum boats would not cut through the waves as well and bounce around in rough water more. I have a Lund 1850 Tyee that I really like so that is my baseline. I know that it moves up & down in rough water mainly due to the lower displacement. How would it be on 25 to 27 ft HewesCraft or KingFisher vs. fiberglass boat? Is anyone willing to share their experience? I'm not out to bash anything here, just some considered opinions from experienced fishermen.
  12. Left the launch at 6:10 and looked hard for Kings in the normal spots out front, South & North. None to be found. Caught 6 Lake Trout. The last four were jigging. Also caught a Whitefish while jigging. This was not a Cisco (Lake Herring) but a Whitefish. We're going to have to wait for the Kings it seems.
  13. Started out at the city dock on Stover road at 5:30 both mornings. On 7-30 took a nice 17 lb King out in front on a Moonshine RV Mongolian Beef Spoon on the wire Dipsy out about 120 (estimate down 50 to 60ft). Fished in front of Medusa and then the outer bank and back in without another Salmon bite. Took one Lake Trout. On 8-1 started out the same but no Salmon bite and fished the outer bank and then went out to North point and took several Lake Trout. One was too big and 5 were too small. Got two keepers. Caught the Lakers on spoons, cowbells and peanuts, and a Big Weenie Meat Rig. A full core, Slide Diver, regular Dipsy and down rigger all caught fish. Only one small Salmon carcass at the fish cleaning station. It looks like the few fish that were there have moved on for the moment.
  14. Evening trip in North Point area. Caught one Lake Trout on a Mongolian Beef Moonshine RV spoon on the wire dipsey set at 1.5 back 190ft. Couple of other rips that didn't hook up. No Salmon for us. Seemed to be some Salmon caught west of the harbor in Medusa area and further out. Very few marks where we fished.
  15. Went out at 9:00 to try our luck jigging for Lake Trout since there don't seem to be any Salmon in the bay yet. Tried three spots before we found good fishing and then picked them up at a pretty regular clip until we got our limit. Took a bit to find the right motion & timing but caught fish on various sizes and colors of jigs. We even caught one Cisco. Was fun to catch lakers on light rods and line. Ended up getting the best bite and biggest fish in 40 - 50 FOW.
  16. Morning trip on East Grand Traverse Bay from Elk Rapids Fished from 7:30 to 10:00 in 40 FOW on the East Side of the bay North of Elk Rapids. Caught 14 lake Trout with 8 being undersized and returned. Fished with only 2 wire dipseys 50 feet out and a 2 & 3 color lead core on planer boards. Difficult to keep all four lines in the water with so many strikes. Fished all spoons in various designs. Best was the Yeck Super UV Glow Lightning which had half of all strikes and next best was the Moonshine RV Flounder Pounder. The Dreamweaver Leopard Frog and Stinger Stingray Fat Nancy caught fish too but fewer. Note that there are nets two to three miles North of the port so watch out for the flags on the East and west ends of the nets in 30 to 50 FOW.
  17. I'm looking forward to being back there this Spring/summer.
  18. I took some visitors out on the bay yesterday evening to see if I could get them a King Salmon experience. We took two Kings. One was about 15 pounds and the other 10 or so. The larger one came on a wire regular dipsey set on 2 out 171 ft. with a bare Moonshine Magnum Flounder Pounder spoon in about 140 FOW on a North troll out in front of the harbor around 8:00. The smaller one was on a rigger with a White Glow Spin Doctor and white fly down 85 ft in 140 FOW just after sunset. We had several rips that didn't get hooked up. When we came in I questioned two other crews and they were both skunked. They appeared to be fishing like me but didn't have the same luck.
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