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About jdh

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    Advanced Fisherman
  • Birthday 07/24/1987

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    Pier fisherman turned troller.
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    Grand Rapids
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    Most things fishing.
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    Civil Engineer

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  1. Fished from 7 pm until 9:45. Went 6-9, with 3 decent fish. Started just north of the sliders in 95 fow and pretty much stayed from 95 to 120 fow all night. No troll direction was best. Actually did several large circles. Speed was best between 2.5 and 3 mph (varied a lot with currents as we were turning circles). 1-3 200 Copper with Moonshine Halfmoon Bad Toad (8 lb steelhead) 2-2 300 Copper with Silver Streak Mag Blue Dolphin (2 lb king, 10 lb king) 1-1 Regular Diver back 145 on 2 with 8" Spin Doctor Kevorkian and Glow Poofster Fly (19 lb king) 1-1 Rigger down 90 with 11" Coyote Double UV White Paddle and Poofster Fly (1 lb lake trout) 1-1 Mag Diver back 145 on 2 with 8" Spin Doctor Dragon Slayer and white/green glow fly 0-1 Rigger down 45 with Moonshine Bad Toad RV Wanted to fish into deeper water to do some recon, but didn't have time.
  2. Thanks for posting these. A couple more: Fish-On Bait and Tackle - Nunica (Grand Haven), MI Lakeshore Tackle and Firearms - Saugatuck, MI
  3. In terms of big fish, the wire divers consistently take big fish, but interestingly my biggest fish have come on riggers, or on random setups. Rigger with a big flasher fly down 90-110 feet have taken my two biggest fish, as well as a 2 and 3 color lead core fished sometimes 40 feet above the thermocline. Also flasher flies on long coppers at 3-3.5 mph. I often do use one of the lines on the boat to fish water where it seems odd to find a fish. Another thing, the big fish rarely hit during the early morning or late evening flurry. Often bite later in the morning, or in the middle to late afternoon.
  4. Went out and bobbed around in the chop for a few hours on Saturday evening. Mostly fished in 95-100 fow, and then worked in. Didn't want to venture any deeper due to the east wind. All action was in 95-100 fow at 2.2-2.7 mph south troll. 0-1 150 Copper Stingray NBK (Laker?) 1-2 Downrigger down 39 feet Standard Moonshine Bad Toad RV (Both kings) 2-2 Size 1 Dipsy Diver back 125-150 ft on 2.5 - Pro King White Dragon Slayer with Blue Fly (Lake Trouts) 1-1 Size 1 Slide Diver back 100 on 4.5 - Std Moonshine Halfmoon Green Jeans Also took the time to analyze my spreadsheet this year. I would have though my riggers had been taking half of my fish, but the caught fish have the following distribution: Riggers 33 (26%) - Boards Copper/Leadcore 48 (38%) - Divers 44 (35%). Based on the numbers though I think I've been getting hits at about equal percentage for each presentation. One thing I noticed is that I've been putting more fish in the boat using divers the last two years. That's a good improvement from the previous 3 years when I was only getting 15-22% of fish on divers. Lets know that I'm putting together a better spread. In terms of lures, spoons have taken 59%, and flasher/fly 37%, with body baits and plugs taking 4%. Not sure if I'll make out more than 1 or 2 times in June yet, but I'm planning on hitting the lake hard July/August, if the winds allow it.
  5. I haven't used these in a long time, but they still look to be in good condition. One boot has lost its felt, and the other should probably be re-glued. Let me know if you want them. Pick-up only. Grand Rapids. 616-706-4061
  6. Another thing we noticed was the seiche at 6:45 or so. The channel was flowing into lake Mac at about 4 mph.
  7. Took a quick trip tonight. Lines in at 7 pm, last line in the water got hit at 9:30 pm. Enjoyed and awesome sunset and some good fishing. Fished from 150 fow out to 190 fow. Mostly fished in 170-190. North/East troll was best, but SW was good too. Went 7-7 with three nice kings, largest 15 lbs, 2 good lake trout 8&13 lbs, and an 15" king and a 9" king. Troll speed best from 2.2-2.6 at the ball. Hits came on: 1-1 Wire Mag Dipsy on 1 out 250 - Dragon Slayer SD and green/white fly 1-1 Wire Size 1 Dipsy on 1.5 out 250 (run on wrong side of boat?) Ha! 1-1 Free slider on rigger at 60 ft - stingray nbk 1-1 100 Copper and stingray orange tuxedo 3-3 Rigger down 55-60 - standard size moonshine RV Bad toad. Bigger kings all came on this one. Also found the boat launch full of spawning alewives when we got back. 6-8" size. Do your thing guys! (& ladies)
  8. Good trip! Thanks for the report.
  9. jdh

    Soha 5/26

    I have a Humminbird 999ci. The key for me is that it has a 50hz / 200hz transducer. I turn off fish location and just read the sonar signal myself. In turn up the gain/sensitivity as high as possible until just before a bunch of interference shows up. Also the transducer is tilted slightly backwards.
  10. jdh

    Soha 5/26

    I saw a post on Facebook by Sea Flea Charters in Grand Haven saying they were using planing downrigger weights. Ones with the fins that carry the weights a bit left and right.
  11. jdh

    Soha 5/26

    Thanks for the reports. Fish weren't hitting downriggers last couple days. Tried long/short leads but many fish were swimming up and then back down on the graph. 100 & 200 copper a mile away from the boat seemed to be what they wanted.
  12. Definitely not the same formation they usually are in. Both by Eldeans and by Yacht Club. Couldn't see the buoy the other morning by Yacht Club and just put the boat on plane, only to pass it on my way to the channel markers.