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About Creekerman

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  • Birthday 09/16/1957

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    Boat name = Hope N Water is a 18.5 1992 Bayliner 3.0 Mercruiser with 9.9 Yamaha kicker
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    Battle Creek
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    Deer Hunting, classical guitar, home remodeling, wildflower propagation
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    Hospital chaplain - Catholic priest

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  1. 9 for 10 .... 7 Coho 3-5#, 1 Steelhead 9#, 1 Laker 8# Forecast was horrible and thunderstorms went over us on the way from B.C. to South Haven. A scheduled tournament had been cancelled due to weather. But there were other boats heading out. We decided to give it a try. Everything cleared. Turned out to be an ideal day. Put lines in the water at approx.. 8:30 AM on 120 FOW and trolled out to 140 at times. Most of the fish were caught in the first 1.5 hours (4 Coho and 1 Steelhead…all on DR hits). The rest extended through the day until we quit at 5:30PM…out as far as 180 FOW. Chased off the water by heavy dark clouds coming across from Chicago way. Success with the following: Green Dolphin spoon on Dipsy 170 feet back Blue-chrome Splatterback plug on 10-color leadcore Yellow Spin Doc with blue fly on DR 60 feet down Fuzzy Bear Jager Bomb on DR 60 feet down Black Spin Doc and red-clear UV meat rig 350 copper Live Wire Spin Doc and green-clear UV meat rig 350 copper 3 Coho on ProKing Jager Bomb on other DR….2 on free slider, other on terminal spoon (65 ft down). Had big rip on DR with Jager Bomb spoons but not home upon retrieve. Released one small Coho
  2. I used to go out of South Haven in my 15.5 footer with a 60 hp Mercury and 6 hp kicker to 200 FOW in calm water up to 2 footers without a problem. I'd recommend a radio and a smart phone with accuweather radar bookmarked to watch for what is coming.
  3. Thanks for the report. Went out yesterday morn....I work for a living so limited time. Tried same water marks no hits. Went out deep 205 FOW ave. and took a solo limit of Cohos. Didn't want to go home with skunk. Used green dolphin, jager bomb, and HUD special spoons.
  4. I was told that the water was shut off to the cleaning station and the restroom building due to the construction. There was a lot of construction materials piled all around those units.
  5. Fish cleaning station is NOT open. The DNR guy there told me it will likely be closed for quite a while yet due to the construction that is going on there. Public bathrooms are not operating either. The pot-a-potties are there though.
  6. South Haven 4-22-17 AM Got a late start....about 9:00 AM this morning. But all the fish came between 10:00 AM and about 12:15 PM. Solo outing...couldn't find a deck hand. 4 for 4 all cohos in 180-190 FOW... approx. 2.5mph SOG. All on south troll. First was on a blue dolphin spoon on 3 color leadcore. The last 3 were all on downrigger with chartreuse spin doctor and dark blue fly at 65-70 ft. down. Quit at about 1:00 PM because waves started to come over my stern. Wanted to limit go.
  7. Thanks for the update...and for keeping us all informed!
  8. Thanks for that report. Fish envy here!
  9. St. Joe 4-1-17

    Blessings on the birth, mother, father, child and grandparents!
  10. St. Joe 4-1-17 4 for 5 all Coho. One quick hit as dypsy was initially deployed. Two shakes and off. Time fished: 9:00 - 3:30 Two licenses on boat. Depth of water = 25-30 FOW Bait = Storm UV rattlin Thin Fins in Pink fire (2). and Green fire (1). Also orange Dreamweaver dodger and blue fly. Top 10 feet of water Troll speed: 2-2.5 mph
  11. Anyone know how to boil salmon eggs for Whitefish bait? How long to boil? Do you freeze them afterward? Any other tips-advice?
  12. Had a dental appointment in Grand Haven today. Hooked on the boat and launched solo for the evening bite from Holland. Ended up one short of a limit…. 10# Steelhead on 10-color leadcore with JJ Mac Muffin Moonshine spoon approx. 90 FOW 8# King (minutes later) on same 10-color leadcore with JJ Mac Muffin Moonshine spoon approx. 90 FOW 4# Coho (Double) on Downrigger with white Spin Doctor and poofster fly 70 FOW 59 down 2# Coho (Double) on 5-color leadcore with moonshine "Ratchet Jaw" spoon 70 FOW Happy even though one short of limit...Thanks be to God!!!
  13. @ Taddpole Last couple of times I've been out, I've only gotten hits trolling East (and a couple heading back West). Last night we kept trolling across the 110-90 FOW and got our hits on both sides of 100. North or South troll in same depth...nothing!
  14. Save the Kings!

    Thanks for the info. I'll look into it. I definitely want to see a future full of Kings in Lake MI. Obama and Co.....not so much.