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  1. Thanks for inviting me on the trip - very nice boat and setup. I learned a lot of ideas to try out on my boat.
  2. Zach, I was in a green Lund, solo. Nice size king! I did have meat out on a dipsey, no hits on that for me... I think you are right on the coho, the ones I had were small, like 15".
  3. I fished PS also this morning. 90-130', a bit south. I started at 5:00am. 3:3 Two small coho between 6am-6:30am on riggers ~45 down. Blue dolphin - mag, green dolphin - std. Not big enough to net, released both of these. One 14# king in 110' about 7am, 80' down on rigger same std size green dolphin. No other hits, flies got bad earlier today, very active by 9am. I pulled rods at 10am. I did see a guy near me with a fish on ~115, just after I put away the last rod to head in. Water fleas were also bad today...had to pause to clean the line to be able to get the king in. When it gets bad like that I usually start rotating lines in/out about every 30 minutes to try to keep them clean enough not to hang up on fish, but had not noticed they were active this am until too late.
  4. Storm looked a little scary at start, so waited til 7:15 to leave port...Storm was still active at gh, but just cleared PS. Fished in 110 to 130, mostly south. Ended 4 for 5. 4 Kings all about 7#, lost a Laker. 1 on STD blue dolphin 40 rigger, 1 on STD green dolphin 70 rigger, 2 on meat rig dipsey back 200 on#2. Laker was on a mag blue dolphin rigger at 45. Flies were miserable starting around 10am.
  5. I replaced much older Lowrance LCX series finders with Humminbird two Helix 10s, mega side imaging + down imaging (mine are G2N). The side imaging and down imaging don't come into play much for me for lake michigan salmon trolling. They are very helpful though for perch or other species, eg if fishing also a drowned river mouth lake attached to the big lake.
  6. Fished 6am-11am in waters 90-145 both north and south. No hits. Marked just a few bait balls both near bottom 30' and also in top 40'. Marked a few fish, but not too many - mostly in the 110-120 range.
  7. Two other things I do when using a slider. 1. I put a small bead on the main line so that when slider comes down it bumps on the bead. I had an issue with the swivel on the slider overlapping the swivel at the bait and causing it to open up. This solved for me. 2. Instead of just letting the slider be free, I use a small rubber band to fix it to a point on the mainline. Like, if I want it 10 feet above the ball, when I set the main line, I lower the ball 10 feet, then attach a rubber band to the mainline and clip the swivel onto both the mainline and the rubber band. Now, you know the depth and its repeatable no matter the lure type.
  8. Tried the same area off Holland this morning Sunday 6/9 ~7:00am-10:30. Did not mark many fish today and had no hits. Did have plenty of rain!
  9. Solo trip fished 6-11:30 Fished 90-130. 3 for 3, 3# king, 14# king, and 22# king. All on DR, 70, 70, and 80 down. All on mag blue dolphins. Was able to release the 3# unharmed for another day. Had 1 other hit on a dipsey 110' back with std yager bomb. 22# was full of bait, and there was tons of bait close to the harbor. Quickly caught ~20 magnum sized ale's for future use with meat rigs.
  10. Added 6/2 AM: 2 for 2 today....7:00am-11:00am 8# King in 110, 35' down on Mag Blue dolphin; 10# Laker in 65', 45' down on Mag Stinger Yager Bomb. Both ~2.6SOG, with the waves. Laker had a Magnum sized Ale in stomach, King was empty Marked some bait balls in top 30' near the Buoy, but marked very few fish today, marked a lot more on Saturday. ========= 6/1 AM: Fished 7:00-10:30 till the thunderstorms rolled in. Had 2 hits on mag stinger yager bomb, 40 down on rigger, and 2 other hits on same spoon in a mixed veggies pattern - 55 and 45 down. Of these, only landed a 6# king. Not sure why hook up ratio is so low, hooks are very good. Maybe smaller fish slashing at it. All in 65-70 FOW, all on South troll into the waves.
  11. Good to meet you littleboat. . I worked similar water (110 to 160) yesterday ending with a 16# king that came on a Stinger mixed veggies 55' down. Lost two other fish, and had several 'nobody home' rod pops. . Went out of PS again this morning 5/27 with PennStater - real nice guy. The lake was completely flat 6:30-11:30 and sunny - the fish were missing in waters 90-160. We only managed one 8# laker on a mag flounder pounder 65' down in ~130. Our only other hit was on a 5 color with a mag blue dophin that did not stick. One the way in we came upon a 10' section of dock floating down the channel. It must have broke free with the high water. We were able to get it back to the launch and out of the water - could have been a real surprise for someone if at speed.
  12. Updated 5/12, orig post was actually for Sat 5/11. . On Sun 5/12am, worked shoreline & a bit around the Bubbler. One Brown (29", looked about 8#, quickly released without weighing) - South about 1 mile, on rigger 7' down, 100 back, in 14' - Stinger mixed veggies. No other hits.
  13. [email protected]:30 in 60, zagged around north and out to 80, didn't mark anything. Zagged back to about 30, saw maybe 2 marks in about 55' low in the column. 10:30-12:30 switched to trying fishing shoreline from 10-20ft. No hits for the day. Surface temps 42-44 both in close and out deeper.
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