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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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  1. Was worried about the big storm forming off of Holland, but it stayed south. Fished 6:30 until 10:30. Went 4-4. 3 kings, 1 steelhead. Nothing huge but good sized fish. Kings were immatures and biggest ran just under 15 lbs. 2.0-2.5 mph. 120-150 fow. 200 copper & Lyman plug. 400 copper & Moonshine Double Trouble Rigger 67 - Silver streak mag blue dolphin Mag Diver on 3 back 145 - Kevorvian Spin Doctor and Mirage Fly with green beads.
  2. I run a low diver on a 7 ft Talora and a High on a 9 ft Talora. Seems to work for me. I've been on other boats where running 9 and 10 ft rods worked too. Just need a little practice to avoid tangles when setting/resetting.
  3. Fished from 5 until dark. Worked 50 out to 135, but stuck in 125 -135 most of the night. (lots of big marks in that water). Went 1-1 with a 23-ish lb king. Didn't weigh it, but its the biggest fish I've got this year. Hit a lyman lures plug on a 200 copper.
  4. Fished from 70 fow to 215 fow and back. 3-3. Two kings about 8 and 18 lbs. Both immature fish. No milt or eggs. Third fish was a shaker. White paddle down 93 feet and 400 copper with blue flounder.
  5. Yup. There aren't a ton of fish, but the ones there weren't on a good bit today from what I can tell. They might be feeding overnight near surface and not as much in the morning.
  6. We have a steelhead and a lake trout in the cooler. Lost our 1 king bite on a meatrig off a 300 copper. Fished 100-180 fow. Pulling lines in 20 minutes.
  7. The snap on the back is to hook the fly leader to (you tie a loop in the fly leader). See if you can't browse through the gallery on this site. There are some good pictures of how flashers are set up.
  8. I've done both. I prefer to use a small spro barrel swivel between the mono and braid and then use a uni-to-uni knot to connect the leadcore and mono. A lot of people use the Willis knot for the leadcore but I'm not a fan.
  9. Braid is abrasive and tends to eat up the releases. Also, the releases will fray the braid over time. I like 30 lb to 40 lb mono to clip the board too because its "sticky" and stretches. Kind of like a shock absorber in the system.
  10. 5 & 7 colors will work. I use the same clips that come with the board. I also tie in a 10 ft section of mono behind the leadcore to clip the board to. Then I use 300 yds of braid behind that. Longer sections of leadcore work better with bigger boards. I find the Church TX44 boards a little overkill, but I haven't tried any other options.
  11. Welcome. I like the Church walleye boards. No tattle flags. I don't like them to release when the fish hits either - because if its set that way sometimes the waves release them. I'm sure there's more good options out there too. What ports are you going to be fishing?
  12. The fish are with the food. The upwellings haven't brought the alewives in. Instead it's pushed them offshore. When the fish are staging and the lake flips, then it's usually game on. I haven't posted lately because I haven't been out. And no numbers of silver fish to speak of. Planning to start fishing more the next month. Weather has been too rough the days I have been free to go too
  13. I go with 6-8 wraps with the mono and 10-12 with the braid.
  14. Made it three trips in a row. Fished the same water. Steelhead had moved on. Not nearly as many fish marked as the past few days. Went 3-4. Laker, coho, smaller king. 2 on meat on divers back 120-140. Another on a weird herring lure.
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