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  1. Close enough. Please call/text at 6165021597 to discuss. Mike
  2. I'd like it. Where are you located? Mike
  3. Larry told me it's not happening this year because the church isn't available.
  4. Larry, will there be a 6th annual swap meet this winter?
  5. Interested in the boat. Contact name and number?
  6. Good condition. $100 for mast. $125 for the pair of boards. Will sell them separately. Text 616-502-15nineseven for pictures. Grand Haven area.
  7. It looks to me like they can with a few bolts and an extra back bracket as right now the bracket of each reel is what pinches around the pole. However, a search for a back bracket and bolts sold by big jon did not find anything, so you may have to engineer them yourself.
  8. I have a 5' dual mast with manual spools and 2 Otter Boards in very good condition for sale. $200 firm. Text for pictures if desired. Grand Haven area. 616-502-1597
  9. I would take a table. Captain Mike Jansen
  10. To make sure you don't lose a board, replace the OR-16 with a big snap swivel. To keep the board in place from sliding down while fighting a fish, put a rubber band around the line 2-3 times and put the line and rubber band into the snap. It's very easy to undo the snap and take them out when reeling in a fish. The only drawback to this method is that you don't get any slack in the line between the two clips, but at least you aren't spinning circles after $25 boards due to pads that you didn't know were bad until they didn't work anymore.
  11. the water's cooled down and most of your hits should come 30-60 down. I would start in 100-140 and put it on an east that last hour to finish in 70-80. Blue UV BW meat rigs took the majority of my hits on sat pm, the last time i was out. the last hour was fun, going 4-5 with all big fish.
  12. Don, The MS tourney is running as well on Saturday out of Snug Harbor. You have to be to the scales between 12-1 for that tournament. Any chance we could push our weigh-in back so any of us MSCSTers who wanted to fish both could do so? I'm thinking that if we have our fish to Snug by 12:30ish, we can be weighed in there by 1:15 and to our weigh-in by 1:45ish, 2:00 at the latest. Those not fishing both would not be at a disadvantage in any way as those fishing both tourneys would have to quit fishing earlier to make the MS tourney weigh-in. Both tourneys have the same start time. The only thing better than fishing one tournament in a day is fishing two in a day! Sincerely, Mike Desperate Tournament Addict
  13. Jim, Thanks for all the work you do putting these tournaments together and keeping track of the scores, etc. I was looking at the year-end points given out for the third tournament and they don't seem to correspond to the daily scores, i.e. Five O given fourth place points for a seventh place? Would you verify the scores? Thanks. Also, it's looking pretty tight at the top. If there is a tie, how is the port champion going to be determined? looking at their sixth tournament finish place, big fish? Mike
  14. It sure is good, and all of the different year classes bode well for the future. Thanks again, Frank.
  15. Want to start by thanking the guys like Mike and Priority 1 who post on a regular basis. I get on the bay once a year and it sure helps to have an idea of what the fish want before I hit the water. Took a four-man limit this morning from 7-11 am in 30-35 fow running six boards and two lines off the boat. Fish were 16-26". All but one came off the bottom. We were on the east side of the shipping channel, about 7 miles south of AuGres. The fish showed a preference for small Colorado blades in silver/blue, silver/purple, and copper/pink/charteuse.
  16. Don, Congratulations on the big win this weekend. Nicely done. Nothing makes the ride home better than a big check in your pocket!
  17. I chartered for 7 years out of Holland before making my "home" port Muskegon the last 12 years. I second everything already said and would add that the laker fishing is not as good out of Muskegon as Holland, the entire year. As for the nets, guys do a pretty good job of sharing coordinates online to help you keep up with them. You can usually count on a few sets south of the channel and a few north as well. My advice is to start in the dark where you KNOW there are no nets and not to troll north or south, and have someone watch diligently if you are fishing anywhere from about 70 to 170 fow when its light. This doesn't mean that you still might not run into trouble. One set was moved in August last year. We went out where we were sure there were no nets only to run into them, luckily we got everything up in time. If you do run into them, start with bringing your deepest sets in first because your higher stuff may ride over them. Also, it's been my impression that the guys in Holland share more info on these forums than the guys in Muskegon, although there are a few guys like sniffer and mainiac who share frequently. Finally, I wouldn't say there's much of a difference in the baits I run in both ports for silver fish.
  18. Sorry, Grant. I thought I gave the requested advice about trolling relative to the current. Mike
  19. You can catch fish going in any direction. The salmon swim in every direction to the current, and the baitfish do too. Otherwise, the fish would never leave a certain depth of water as, on this side of the lake, the predominant current is from the south, as the water flushes to the ocean. However, after a strong south blow for an extended period of time, the current may be from the north as the water flows back for a time. The most important consideration is that your bait is being presented at its ideal speed and has the right action for the mood of the fish. If you have any current to mention, this means different speeds with, against, and sideways to the current. A couple extra considerations- I always check the current before I head out the door in the morning, for a few reasons. First, if I knew where some fish were recently, minus any seasonal migration patterns that may be at work, I assume that the fish may have worked down with the current with the baitfish that it is probably also pushing. Second, if you are on a pod of fish, you typically want to troll into the current because you get your best bait action at a slower over-ground speed, meaning you stay over the fish longer. On the other hand, if I don't know where the fish are and am in "search" mode, I might purposely troll with the current as I will need a faster speed to get the right bait action, meaning I cover more water and give myself a better chance of encountering fish. Finally, if you run a lot of copper and leadcore on your boat, and the current is even reasonably strong, you are asking for big trouble if you are setting lines, or even simply trolling with your spread out, sideways to the current. This is how guys end up with the copper on one side of their boat in the diver on the other side of the boat. Setting these long lines is obviously safest going into the current, and quickest. Going with the current is my second choice, although you can still run into trouble if your speed is not up and you end up dropping your coppers into the divers, etc. I run two riggers, four divers, and six to eight boards off my 20' Lund, and, as long as I am paying attention to the current when I am setting lines, hardly ever have a problem. Another consideration, sometimes depending on where the fish are, you may have to troll in one direction. A number of years ago, the fish were over 200' down in the GH tournament. Even with a 16# ball, you couldn't get at those fish trolling into the current because the blow back was so great. The teams that did well figured out that they had to troll with the current to get the bait down to those fish. Obviously, in that case, the location of the bait was more important than the presentation. Final words, with my first sentence being said, there are some days when the fish will only hit going in one direction. Maybe it's because you can't get the right speed and action unless you are going in that direction. Maybe it's how the bait looks to the fish given the angle that the sun is hitting the bait. Maybe others have other ideas as to why this might be. I just know that it happens, and it can be frustrating because it certainly doesn't make fish-catching easy.
  20. Rigger rods battened down, so the release is tight enough to handle the pressure...Diver rods perpendicular to the boat and horizontal to the water...All copper and leadcore gets let out right down the back of the boat, the board is attached, you let out plenty of line so it drops straight back for at least 75-100 feet, and then you let the board start to catch...Boards 40-60 feet apart at minimum...And you should have very few tangles, while you don't have any fish on. All bets off after you get a few fish on at once.
  21. Don't forget to pay attention to the current. If you're running sideways to it while setting copper or leadcore, the likelihood of getting tangles increases greatly. It's best to set going into the current, going with it would be second. I check the weather buoy on my way out the door every morning so I know which way the current is flowing and its strength. This can help with having an idea of whether the fish may have moved or not as well. I usually get away with running leadcore next two each other that is 2-3 colors different, although for steelies I will run a one, two, 3.5 and 5 on each side without trouble. Just make sure to keep the boards far enough apart and make gradual turns. For copper, I don't put anything closer than 50 next to each other, but it would be common for me to run a 200, 250, and 300 off of each side. I run two riggers, 4 divers and 6 boards of my 20' Lund Tyee Mag typically without much difficulty. Of course I have to cut back when it gets rougher.
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