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Mega Byte

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About Mega Byte

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  • Birthday 06/12/1974

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    Jason
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    Newaygo/Port: Pentwater
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    football, baseball, whitetail hunting, horseback riding
  • Occupation
    I write custom business software

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  1. No, I haven't been out yet this year. I have my boat in getting some maintenance done on it and the darn shutdown happened and my guy struggled to get parts to finish the job. It sounds like he's got a plan, but it has made the progress slow. I've been watching the water temps and I'm waiting for them to warm up just a bit. That will help concentrate the bait and the coho. I'd like to take the kids down to the Southern basin and catch some. We'll wait for a nice day to do that. Then beginning in May, I plan to chase to the kings as they work their way north. I expect to take a trip or two in April before hitting it hard in May.
  2. Those in the dark runs to and from port going to be a little slower for me this year I think. There is a lot of debris in the lake. Look at some of the pictures in this article. https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/03/huge-waves-batter-lake-michigan-shoreline.html
  3. Yeah. That is where I grew up. My brother and his wife run it now. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  4. Ran a little south where we had done well during early spring fishing. The ESE wind really picked up a lot sooner than I thought it would. I had the 3 kids with me so we stayed closer to shore as it was calmer. The horizon looking West was really rough. We trolled S for a bit and the spun back N. Stayed between 40 fow and 70 fow. Most of the marks were in the 45-55 fow range. Really started marking the fish good once we got back to the front of the pierheads, which was when we had to pull lines to leave for a horseback riding trip. Finished the morning with 1 small laker and two small throwback kings we found when pulling lines. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  5. That link takes me to "Restoring an antique peavey" Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  6. I know some walleye guys use them and they will troll around 1 to 1.8. Towing those umbrella rigs might be tricky with the big boards. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  7. I usually walleye fish in Saginaw Bay or some local lakes near Newaygo. I'm not opposed to trying it sometime though. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  8. We ran West to the shelf off Pentwater targeting steelhead. This is something I haven’t done before. Usually I’ll throw some high lines for steelhead while I’m targeting kings and they typically do well. But, decide to give the deep water a try. Did what research I could on this and looked like guys were using keel sinkers and targeting the top 10 feet of the water column. My 100 Cu lines usually produce for me, so I threw 1 of those out and the other 5 lines where higher. We only ran a 6 rod spread. We set lines in 230 FOW, which is about 8 miles offshore. Trolled NW out to 477 FOW without a bump. We did see a few marks deep – around 80 ft down. It was very foggy out there and we were right in the middle of the shipping lanes, so we had to keep an eye out for freighters. There’s typically two times a year I wish I had a radar on board and this was one of them. After a few hours I decided the research I found was intended for cooler surface temps. We were at 66.7 degrees out there. We hadn’t had hit so I decided to switch things up. I set lines from 20 feet down all the way to 75 feet down, thinking we might pick up a younger class king out there. 80 feet down it was 44 degrees. 70 feet down it was 60 degrees. We ran a 100 Cu, 200 Cu, 250 Cu, 300 Cu, Rigger @ 75’ down and a dipsy diver at 70’ down. We also decided to turn E, work back into some relatively shallower water and run up the shelf. A regular sized orange Moonshine spoon on a 100 Cu went once we got up on the top of the shelf in about 260 fow. After a good fight (he ended up wrapping the line around himself and coming in sideways for a bit), we got a 12 steelhead in the boat. I pulled the dipsy diver deployed another 100 Cu. We fished for another 2.5 hours without a hit. We did have a throwback king on the rigger when we pulled lines. One of our challenges today was we weren’t able to find any surface temperature variations or scum lines. We kept the speeds around 2.7 – 3.2. (Surface speed when fishing all the high lines and ball speed after I reset.) I think I’ll save these offshore trips to when the satellites show some very distinct surface temp changes, or when the lake flips and they move in closer. If anyone has any fall steelhead tips. feel free to share. I’m trying to extend my fishing in September & October.
  9. Nice fish! Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  10. Did you mark much? Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  11. Plugs recently turned on for us. Lots of spoon bites. Meat has been slow for us this year too. Part of that is because for much of the summer we were dealing with colder than normal water. The fish were up high where meat traditionally doesn't do as well. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  12. The ladies on my boat use them when fighting salmon. So you may find a use for them in saltwater and freshwater. Many have a pin for rod handles with gimbals. If your rods don't have gimbals, I would remove the pin from the belt. Sent from my LG-Q710AL using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
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