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  1. had to give it another shot before church this morning! left Holland channel (on Parker this time) about an hour before sunrise in tall seas... fortunately we got out there and setup when we did because it continued to build in the couple hours that followed ---> went 3 for 3 and here is what worked: glow spoon stacker rod 6.45am 30fow off north pier trolling south moonshine green jeans jplug dipsey 7.30am 25fow off spyglass trolling south moonshine happee meal jplug rigger 8.00am 30fow off state park pavilion trolling north the mud was smeared way north this morning and out where it began to mix into the cold was where we found fish... lots of birds eating... seen a Rhode Island sized seagull that we swear was big enough to be eating jack salmon from the looks of it when we trolled into the channel the walleye had slowed down for the fisherman in there and we had no salmon takers either as we passed through we will see how long this bite sticks around... the big male Chinook of the morning was another 2017 plant from what port we can only wonder?
  2. Despite the rain starting out and the howling northern gale winds and waves we decided to venture out and try fishing Holland Harbor again today. Seeing as the temps dropped 27 degrees in 24hrs we just couldn’t resist. We didn’t slaughter them by any means but we sure had fun! Went 3 for 7 on Salmon and also caught a few sheephead and kitties. Most kings came on smaller chrome red head size 3 j-plugs but we had a few on other plugs and even a flasher. Riggers and dipseys mainly. Lost a screamer on a board too. Two of the king hookups were inside of Mac and the other 5 were down the channel a ways. Highlight was we caught the longest Chinook we have ever boated at 42 inches. It was a plant and just a beast to fight! Now he is in the freezer and gonna go on the wall. Anyways, we may try again tomorrow morning as it looks like the southern winds are coming and that just might be it for the cold water. Exhausting fishing though… the 7 to 10 foot waves were just crashing over the pier all around us. Turning in the arms and netting fish was something else. Thankful to have gotten a piece of them though before they move up river! What a challenging and disappointing run year 2021 has been, mainly because of the warm weather. PS => seen more monster walleye caught off the north channel wall the last two days than I can ever remember
  3. tried Holland Channel tonight for anwhile on the 18' tiller... weeds/current/wind were horrendous but we still had fun... nothing like fishing in a northern gale! we had no bites unfortunately - thanks for your report and let us know if you get anymore.
  4. great seeing you out there! way to fight the current and waves - you earned that mature you got at dusk!
  5. swing and a miss for us... tried it for about 2hrs last night in 4-5ft waves out of the north and no releases... weeds were not a problem but still no bite.. today checked three tubes by todd farm in fennville and no fish had arrived there yet so it makes you wonder... about 15 guys were fishing at allegan dam and looked to all be coho but not certain
  6. anyone driven to Allegan dam or "the tubes" at Todd Farm to see how many beasts have slipped through? Going to Fennville to inspect a property tomorrow and may have to check
  7. not us... we have had better luck leaving the 115 pound choc lab home and bringing....wait for it........ THE CAT!
  8. nope... all we've caught are hens so far... last year we caught em out front all the way through September. Last king caught was an anorexic 29.5pound male on a high line jplug in 15fow out front on September 30. Got it mounted - the thing was 41.75 inches and had probably weighed 37-38 pounds pre spawn out is our best guess... kids and i have this theory that a group of em never run to the dam but actually spawn out on the boulder walls midway down the channel - who knows if we are right - here is a pic of this 2019 finale fish
  9. misery loves company we went 0 for 2 out front this morning conditions were perfect but no good pod of fish to target
  10. kevin, are you trolling saug or holland tonite? good luck and let us know how you end up! I have to go to Indiana all weekend so it is up to you
  11. nice Kevin - everything we got last night were hens... good sign as the big males have yet to show! And as far as trolling speed we usually run plugs on the upper end of the spectrum 2.8-3.0. Seems like most guys might be trolling too slow, but who knows...
  12. Made the September ritual run down from Holland and setup fishing Saugatuck at around 4.30pm today Thankfully water had finally finished turning over and was icy cold outside of the mud 1st King smoked the mini-dipsey with chrome red head in 22fow south troll right in front – MISSED EM! 2nd King drilled the rigger 15 down blue spackle jplug in 23fow same spot same direction – GOT EM! 3rd King just ripped our small dipsey with jplug that was out only 19 feet (not a typo… just two poles length) on the inside of a turn in 16fow right out front same spot – GOT EM even though the jplug harness had buried itself in him halfway down! 4th King came on the rigger down 14 bright green jplug in 20fow same spot same southern troll direction as before – GOT EM! This one was our biggest of the night 5th King just drilled a 2 color moonshine super glow plug as we trolled into and through the channel after the sun went down – MISSED EM but it was very exiting as he just crushed it but eventually got off 6th King we had go was on the rigger at 8.45pm on a glow jplug 12down as we were trolling west back out of the channel – MISSED EM as he came off for whatever reason in the darkness after 5min So we ended 3 for 6 Tried flashers and got no takers It was all jplugs and no particular pattern of plug obviously Water is very weedy so requires lots of checking and resetting lines but still had a blast! This is the very best time of year and our favorite way to catch em. Everyone has been saying how bad fishing is and how hardly any of the fish that run are 4 year olds even anymore but hey guess what it was sure good tonight and resembled success we have had the last few years. Hope they stick around for a bit!
  13. Wilson and I were rewarded for getting up early and out before sunrise off of Holland Saturday morning. Ended up 4 for 6 Had a double setting lines in 80fow at around 6am (full core Yellow Dolphin while being set… the board had just been clipped on and we were letting it out when it went – managed to land our biggest chinook of the morning and year thus far) (high dipsey blue spindoctor & fly while still letting line out with only 60 feet out – landed a 2 year old chinook) From here we took a 3yr old chinook next in 90fow at sunrise 6.30am (high dipsey blue/green spindoctor with 140foot of line out) Then we missed a couple big hits on the downrigger (55 down moonshine mag flounder pounder got smoked twice but just didn’t stay hooked) Last we got another big chinook in 98fow at around 8am (deep dipsey with 100ft out green frog spindoctor and white fly) The east wind was howling and most guys left the shallower water so quickly… for us sticking around and little more in tight really worked out. This north wind brought the temp break up higher which was great to see. Was going to keep the boat on anchor overnight here in west olive like we have commonly done so we could fish again Sunday morning but the weather changed and the north wind started whipping so we changed our plans…
  14. my son was given the shirt when he won the kollen park catfish tourney this summer 1st place got him 670 in cash + the cool tshirt... if you are serious and want a shirt, then ask the nice guys at Powderhorn bait shop on River Ave
  15. 41 inches 29.5 pounds This ones going on the wall -- way to go kids!!! I almost filleted it but my son was smart enough to grab a tape and scale... apparently all the FL shark fishing has made me desensitized to trophies Congrats to my daughter and her Master Angler Chinook! 29 pounder on September 29
  16. decided to run out of Mac and down to Saugatuck to run the mud one last time... while setting lines in the sideways pouring rain hard east wind had a high line orange board get buried in 26fow off saug north pier... big ole male my daughter hauled in... last one of the year for us... actually probably our biggest too, for sure our longest... will weigh it back at the dock in Holland
  17. 4.5 colors out frog spin doctor of all things 22 fow off saug south pierhead - what a beast - what a fight - we were due for this! also caught this Pike while trolling out front in the kzoo wash out - 8ft down on rigger green ladder jplug got em
  18. everything we have gotten so far this fall has been either riggers 8ft down with a size4 jplug 50-120ft back OR smaller size dipsey ringless dialed to 3.5 with a size4 jplug on it running anywhere from 28-40ft of line out we fish the saug channel mainly but also holland channel and pierheads... we always fish 25fow or shallower good luck off muskegon!
  19. Boy what you described on the plantings sounds too good to be true! Thanks for the info. We will pull that up on the iNET tomorrow. When we were coming back into Holland midday today we got a jack in the channel as well so who knows.
  20. slow and challenging... lost 2 pigs in saug channel this AM - managed to get this one... everything we hook up last few trips is Male... no eggs... the only "bite spot" in all saug this morn (and trust me we tried everything) was midway thru channel by rock walls... had to have speed so slow was in neutral basically being pushed out by east wind
  21. speaking of the devil... we did go again tonight (9-8) and worked the Saugutuck channel and pierheads... took THE CAT along this time of all things hoping it would serve as a "luck charm" - managed to get 7 sheephead and 2 salmon... good times!
  22. Ha - nice Kevin... hands down you are the founding father of fall fishing --- my kids still talk about the guy in the blue 4winns who completely crushed em every time and was actually nice to us and gave us advice (remember back then it was the kids and I trying to learn out on the duck boat in Holland channel?) - Anyways, yes fall fishing completely stinks compared to what it used to be and we now have to fish long hard hours often times to even get a couple but it is still kinda fun. Someone has to try to catch the 200-300 total salmon that run in Ottawa county these days... can't leave em to run up the streams and die and be feasted on by the coons! Good reminder and trip down memory lane on those 2018 videos... here are a couple from the treasure chest- the dipsey double off Saug where I dropped my phone and the 23.5er that my son caught in front of Tiara deep inside Mac (this was in that one 18hr period where there was actually fish to be caught) - what isn't in the video is that we fished for 14.5hrs without a bite in sub-55 degree pier water leading up to these... double off saug.mp4 monster catch 23.5 pound king caught by William!.mp4
  23. managed 2 kings this AM in the mud off holland/saugatuck (tried both) - fishing was slow as the lake hadn't turned over - still was glad to have scored a couple - i realize this is the time of year where everyone almost goes hush hush on the run - anyone else have a report?
  24. moonshine happy meal magnum hologram spoon was best - else blue and green spindoctor blue fly (green jeans)
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