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About Whatahoot

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  1. Absolutely, thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  2. Holland 5/21 12-3 pm Quick shakedown trip with my buddy Ken, 1 for 3 and a 15 in. King we released safely. We hadn't seen any reports from the morning following the storms and east winds so we put lines down in 80 fow south of piers, half way to Saugatuck. North troll, 2.3-2.5 SOG. Winds were SSW and got choppier as the afternoon went on. Our one fish in the box came 15 min's after first rods went down, 10 lb. King on 225 copper with Mag Blue Dolphin. Thought we were on for a decent day as we were marking a few decent fish. Nothing for the next 1-1/2 hours so we circled back south to our 1st fish spot and hit a screamer steelhead on a rigger free slider with mag blue flounder. Ball was 50 foot down, 2.5 SOG and 49F. We got it to within 10 ft. from the boat and it surfaced, zig zagged behind the boat twice and then danced on top of the water 30 feet sideways, right into our dipsy line. Bang, gone! 10 minutes later our chute flat line with a 4oz. dive bomb and plain regular sized silver spoon (left over from the 80's) went off screaming, set the hook and held on for about 30 seconds and lost it. Damn! Ended our day on a rush, the boat ran great and skunk out of the box... so can't say we had a bad shakedown!
  3. Nice day, thanks for the report!
  4. Take the 30 min. drive to Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor, he also sells on e-Bay as Alfs Tackle... I buy mine from Aaron at Lakeshore Outfitters in Saugatuck, another short drive.
  5. Thanks guys, We haven't been targeting early coho's the last few years (sorry, no great excuse!) to keep up with the subtleties of the spring hunt. Never to old to learn! All total, looks like this spring has been encouraging for the fishery.
  6. St. Joe 4/12 We ended up 1/1 with a small coho, Not a great day for our cooler but a great day on the water for my friends shake down cruise! We trolled from 50-150, Surface temps were all 45F until 135 where it dropped to 39F and the water finally cleared up a bit (out 8 miles!). Talked to a guy at the ramp who went to 200 and he went 4/7 with 185 the best. He said the water finally cleared up out at 200... Gotta say we were amazed at the warm water, 51F north of the piers! We followed our instincts thinking fish would come in to the warm water. We were way off, should have listened to the other reports of fish stacked up in 200 fow. Assuming all of that warm, dirty water pushed the fish out over deeper water? Thoughts?
  7. Thanks for the article! So, what is the growth rate of the Ludington Ciscos? I tried to quickly consult Google but found nothing... Can one assume if the lake trout like them, they are taking the yearlings? Two year olds. Just wondering
  8. Awesome stuff, thanks!
  9. Congrats Bob! Jealous! Our Wellcraft 232 Fisherman is 2 years into big lake fishing with some success but still learning I am still working and have two more years to get through, I may have to burn a few vacation days to come out and learn how to do it!
  10. I like using the Dive Bombs, they come in different weights and you don't need additional tackle or knots. You attach them 50 ft. or so from your lure or half way on a full core. I have quit using full cores and add it to a 5 or 7 core to get the same depth. Remove them before the fish gets too close to the boat. https://www.mistinger.com/dive-bombs
  11. Thanks for the good report. Awesome to hear your partner did well, should be a great summer! Brings back great memories of my Dad taking me out as a little guy... and I have been forever hooked and grateful!
  12. Holland also has a Paddle Wheeler that caters to Private Charters and Weddings. http://hollandprincess.homestead.com/hollandprincesshomepage.html
  13. I'm with you FBD! It can really be tough, especially from pictures. I'll stick with being jealous and live vicariously until I can get out there myself! Thanks Ed! Rick
  14. Awesome, thanks for the report! I have also heard of guys doing very well with the Steelhead run up the rivers the last month.
  15. Yes, MC's has some basic stuff. The Holland store has quite a large selection of Stingers, Silver Streaks and Moonshine spoons and plug selection. Also have ice fishing gear and a couple of Daiwa 47 reels left.