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  1. interesting photos ATTACHED I'd say 95% of the mature fish of substance (those weighing 15# plus) and we caught scores of them this fall had an unclipped fin and were naturals
  2. thanks and PUG took a few of my kids out at sunrise this morning without me (i have a sailing regatta) and from the pics they sent me they are getting into some more nice silver fish in that 150-200fow beautiful sunrise east wind makes it a rough monster though! 717164522.3gp
  3. trolled for only about an hour while bringing boat around from west olive to holland tonight too warm to try in close so buzzed out to 170fow and setup there absolutely insane marks on graph top to bottom ended up 2for3 on three year old chinook was a blast what worked was white paddle out 220 on deep diver and also the other deep diver out 200 and then the rigger down 106 with spoon
  4. maybe this is old news but my son reports that CG & State Police did in fact discover & retrieve the body (charter boats saw it) directly off GH in that 60-70fow
  5. You guys are smart how you are doing it. I don't fish alone no more and am always with the kids (and pug) it seems but even with kids you wanna talk about and have a plan if someone goes over and we do. When I was much younger I used to be pretty reckless and stupid. Super rough water and fishing alone a lot... invisible I felt. Then at a seminar I met some salmon fisherman who had their boat sink in 76 degree water and while they had life jackets and all shoot it didn't take long for hypothermia to start setting in. Fortunately someone randomly passed thru their part of the lake and saved em but a couple hours and those guys were messed up. Warmer surface temp and a life jacket and you can still be in a world of hurt I learned! such a beautiful lake... the deadliest in the US though
  6. update from my son who works on the charter boats in GH - they are getting em real good trolling inside the channel this morning also he sent me this pic of the missing boat of the fisherman that went missing this week - so terribly sad...
  7. thanks and good.luck to you if you do get out there in the next day or two - in the fall sometime 10am or 2pm in the afternoon is better than sunset so you never know please post a report so we can try to keep tabs on how many fish are still there gathering i have to go out of town for a sailboat race this weekend with my son - haven't told pug yet but he is gonna be grumpy when he finds out!
  8. water has actually warmed some - didn't expect that (see satellite chart image) messed around trying lots of depths in close... slow start... buddy of mine got a few going in that 8-12fow by the pierheads so we tried that but just couldn't get a program going... all we got was a northern pike on a jplug 2 color - haha eventually we caught a coho in 35fow on dipsey flasher and then a chinook on the same dipsey flasher in 39fow and then after dark another chinook on a 3color with mongoose plug had to work way too hard for em tonight but PUG got a few 20230914_203113.mp4
  9. The kids and I whaled on em again off Saugatuck tonight. Same program except they were in a little closer (25-32fow). Pouring rain and some 4foot waves starting out made it more challenging but we just stuck to the program and did what PUG had taught us. 5for8 dipseys were quiet tonight 6color went with bloody nose spoon 3colors went as did 5color with plugs rigger went 25down with glow spoon high line mono out 150' behind orange board with size5 goose went at sunset what a fall this has been! 20230911_181536.mp4 20230911_202750.mp4 20230911_195857.mp4 20230911_191726.mp4
  10. Tis the best time of year! Thanks for the detailed post. All this rain could enhance things perhap? Temps still on the higher end though. If I end up trying tonight in the rain then I'll let you know what we encounter...
  11. Nice job! Intense scene and very impressive pulling that off solo. Thanks for the pic. JDH did you end up with a couple? FBD is going tonight and hopefully he can let us know the status of the bite...
  12. 6 for 7 on Salmon 3 for 3 on sheephead Salmon jumping everywhere - not eating so much though What a beautiful fall morning!
  13. 9for15 white flashers and plugs mixed in with a couple spoon bites pre-sunrise we were 5for10 already outfront once again, PUG put us on the fish Master Angler ALERT (second one in two weeks) 39.25inch silver chinook long boy thing has to weigh only 22 pounds 3year old on roids!?! LOL
  14. right on for whatever it is worth my son said the Holland charters smoked em (lots of big silver fish even) in that 40-60fow off Holland yesterday morning who knows what happens next? even PUG is unsure... this late August cold water blurp was a gift though!
  15. was in Grand Haven with boat yesterday evening took the opportunity to troll the channel and out in front of the pier heads after the sun went down... was a lot of fun certainly plenty of chaos and activity lost one on a dipset plug in the channel by the back of the boat scored on another just outside pierheads 30min after sunset on 5 color plug the ride back into Holland late in the moon light was beautiful
  16. nice job tonight and thanks for the report we struggled amongst the pack of boats in tight off Saugatuck this evening not positive what changed... maybe a big group of kings already moved up river OR more likely they were just frightened by all the boat traffic which unfortunately is only going to get worse over the next 3-4 days... for whatever it is worth we seen more of them jumping all over tonight than we had seen all week we ended up just 1 for 2 on salmon and caught a sheephead andncatfish had buddies on three other boats doing the same and these guys are real good at it and I think one managed 4 and another 2 and the just 1 like me
  17. Essentially same program as Monday when we were 24for51 Much bigger fish today though which made it all the more exciting! Photos and some funny videos ATTACHED here Check out the video of us finally landing the 30lber after about 40min – humbling how I fumbled the net job and nearly lost him in the end! PUG and the crew were sure excited to get another Chinook Master Angler award 20230831_094233.mp4 20230831_101636.mp4
  18. thanks guys cleaned a lot of fish today and from the looks of their bellies they were eating shad... gobs of shad is what I was seeing on graph too i bet
  19. decided to head out again with a different group of kids tonight... having 7 kids is a real bonus when it comes to trolling returned to the sacred waters off Saugatuck but this time fished slightly deeper same type of program as morning though and while it started off a little slow we managed to go 7 for 19 highlight was after the sunset in the dark when we had 6 on all at the same time and following that two doubles... chaos but what a blast! we started glowing up baits and they just kept biting til about 60min after sunset so tallying it up in the end Parker went 23 for 50 today
  20. After all the reports of them getting an early/on-time run in Grand Haven this year, decided it was high-time we see if Saugatuck would equally produce. Ran down in the darkness and setup in 40fow directly off Saugatuck channel at around 6am. First fish came at around 7.15am. We nailed a couple coho in that 40-43fow but weren’t breaking records or anything so we slid in a bit more. For the next 4hrs it was just one bite after another all really right there in that 31-34fow just inside the kzoo river mud. Pretty much all combinations produced. 3 colors, 5 colors, 7 colors, dipseys, riggers… Plugs caught the most fish. Spoons got maybe 3-4 fish. Large white paddles must have gone a half a dozen times too. We had three quadruples and lots of laughs in the midst of all the chaos. Hats off to PUG, the kids, and a very determined crew! Ended up going 16 for 31 this morning, which has to be one of our best if not our best trip on Parker and definitely an exciting start to the fall season. 20230828_105229.mp4 20230828_105905.mp4
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