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  1. Still fishing, and here's the report so far:

    7/10 with 5 kings 2 coho.  Mostly fishing in 120-160 fow.  2-2.5 mph ball speed.

    10 lb king.  Downrigger down 60 with flounder pounder.

    10 lb king. Slide diver back 145 with white plug.

    5 lb king.  Downrigger down 75 with flounder.

    3 lb coho.  Slide diver back 145 with white plug.

    5 lb coho.  Downrigger free slider, ball down 55, stinger blue dolphin.

    2 lb king.  400 copper.  Silver streak green dolphin.

    20 lb king.  Mag diver back 185.  Green meat rig.

    Three missed were:

    Downrigger free slider ball at 55 (coho), blue dolphin.

    300 Copper (steelhead), flea-4-all spoon.

    Mag Diver back 115 (coho) pro king flasher.

    Will pull lines soon.

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  2. 2 hours ago, ceboet said:

    That may have been us at the ramp JDH. We were 13 for 18. Set up in 190 on a SW and seemed to get better as we went out. turned at 250 but the bite slowed as well. 400 copper went 6X's +. Rigger at 70 < 90 went 4-5X's and wire divers took a good beating as well. Lot of marks 70-100 down with that being the target zone. All flasher fly's, whites and greens. Mixed bag with one nice 4-year old coho a few Steel Head, 1 and 2 year old Kings, as well as 2 released Lakers.

    Sounds like that was you.  Spoke to a three different groups that did well in deeper water.

  3. Motored up close to Grand Haven.  Started around 6 pm in 100 fow on a SSW troll.  Trolled out to 150.  Then trolled east back into 120 fow and trolled SSW into 140 fow.

    Pulled lines at 9 pm.

    Went 5/5 with 4 kings and 1 lake trout.  Only 1 king with good size.  The others were around 3-5 lbs.

    Flea-4-all spoon on the 300 copper took thee fish.  Green flasher flies took the bigger kind and the lake trout.

    A bit bumpy but overall a nice evening on the lake.

    Will try to get out a few more evenings this week.  Some boats at the ramp had done pretty well in coho and steelhead in 200-300 fow.  Heard that 400 coppers we're working well out there.

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  4. Launched at 5:30 got to the pier heads and almost turned around.  Waves were much larger than expected given the buoy was report 1.3 footers at the time.  Stuck it out and took us 45 minutes to get to 90 fow.  Fished from 90 out to 150 and then turned back in and tried 90-110 fow.

    Went 3/3 all kings.  Two about 3 pounds and one about 20 lbs.

    Pulled lines at 9:30 am.

    400 copper with double trouble took the big king.

    400 copper with green jeans and downriver at 95 with white paddle took the two small fish.

    Probably going to try again in the morning.  Hopefully it's not as wavy.

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  5. Thanks for the replies.  I have all the gear - copper, leadcore, wire dipsy, mono dipsy, etc.  I think I just need some more time on the water to figure things out and get on some patterns.  My goal this weekend is to clean up the boat and get everything organized and labeled.  That should help on the water.

    I need to get this figured out!


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  6. I'm getting frustrated with fishing this year.  Haven't been able to get away from work when the weather is nice.  Been too wavy when I've been free.  Finally got a day I could take off work and hit Ludington this morning.

    Fished from 6:30 am til 12 going 3-5.

    1 king and 2 drop back rough steelhead in the boat.  Other two bites were kings.  Bite from 80 to 220 fow. No pattern, other than 3 bites on blue dolphin.

    Still trying to figure out how my boat fishes.  But I feel I can't catch fish anymore.   Other boat were reporting 5-10 kings in the box.

    Need to learn to adapt to what's working I guess.

    I shouldn't complain, but I'm cranky and running on little sleep!

    Al that said, it was an awesome day on the water with my dad this morning even if the fishing wasn't great for us.


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  7. Fished 6:30 to 9:30 am.  Worked WNW from 120 fow out to 180 fow and then back in on a ESE into 85 fow.

    1-4.  Picked up a 7 lb laker.  Other three hits were likely salmon.  One was really big and straightened out 2 points of a treble hook.

    160 fow (WNW troll) - Mag Diver on 2 with 8" MI Stinger Green Jeans Flasher and riverside fly back 189.  0-1 (big king)

    165 fow (ESE troll) - Mag Diver on 1.5 with Hammer Time 10" Spin Doctor 1-1 (laker)

    145 fow (ESE troll) - Downrigger 89 ft down - 8" Pro King Mt Dew Scum Line Flasher with Frosted Phil fly (chartreuce & flashabou).  0-1 (coho?, smaller  king?)

    120 fow (ESE troll) - Downrigger 89 ft down - 8" Pro King Mt Dew Scum Line Flasher with Frosted Phil fly (chartreuce & flashabou).  0-1 (big release, no one home)

    Waves were pretty tight coming out of the ESE leading to limited acceptable trolling directions for us.

    Didn't mark many fish in the cold water (55 degrees or colder) where we had most our lines.  Lots of marks in the 70-60 degree water.

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  8. I've run 3 or 4 diver frequently late in the summer.  It's effective!  I use a mag dipsy with ring on 1 inside (low), and a standard size with mag ring on 3 outside (high).  Have to sometimes get some help while setting divers.  Setting the high first and low second helps.  They will tangle occasionally.

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