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  1. "My dad and I see tons of guys slow trolling the drop offs in the summer and they few guys I hear from say you'll pick some up but you'll also be dealing with catfish and sheephead left and right" And sailboat races, and ignorant power boaters, and territorial so called walleye charters that will run you over when you're the only other boat fishing. I swear though it's about 10 sheep per walleye, and one cat fish per walleye. At least the sheep are easy to tell as they hit and fight hard and tend to head up to the top. The cats stay down and head shake and every one makes you think it's a 30" walleye until it isn't.
  2. Fished Holland Harbor Friday night and did my part to help strain the weeds out of the channel and lake. Cycling through rods non-stop to keep them clean. No marks at all out front in the 54 degree water so didn't waste time in there. In two passes down the channel didn't see much to stay in there either, so went into Mac. Had one big rip in there, missed one hit, and caught three (3) small sheep. Pulling lines in the near dark looked over and one rod tapped a couple times like a perch hitting a minnow, but the board didn't move. Looked suspicious so we pulled that one next and found a 21" walleye hanging out. Mac has walleye but it's a tough nut to crack. I fished it six times this year and caught walleye twice. Granted, when I do catch them, they are very nice, healthy fish. I crack up when I clean the walleye we catch on the bay - a 20" walleye in the bay barely cracks 3# but the same fish from Mac is usually 4#+.
  3. What river south of the Pere Marquette pumps any kings back into the lake? Saugatuck should be increased by 100% getting all the Holland plants. These fish don't only support 1 or 2 days of harbor fishing 2-3 years after they are planted, the support the local fishery for the 2-3 years until they run.
  4. I'll take them out on any of their 2' wave forecast in my 14'. After that, they'll be motivated to get it right,
  5. My 87 year old father in law watched me throw back a 14" coho in disgust. Product of the depression and ate a lot of sucker paddies as a wee lad. From now on he has my wife make sure that all legal coho and walleye are steered his way. "Release to grease"
  6. Daiwa SG27 series are the standard, not cheap but more reel than you'll need. They can handle kings in a pinch...
  7. I run ~20' leaders on my slide divers and 40' on my riggers. Puts all the lures all in about the same line. Not sure if that helps but in my OCD head it feels right. Two things to remember, the rocks on the south side of the channel aren't vertical like the channel walls and love to eat gear, and plugs dive so when your rigger is at 14' in 18' of water, your plug could very well be banging into the bottom, and there's all kinds of fun stuff there too.
  8. I pride myself at this but that's a new one for me...
  9. Looks like a coho to me, and if so it's an absolute monster. Master angler is 12# on those...
  10. Once again 2md beats me to the punch but all was not lost. Conned my wife and daughter into heading out last night and it didn't disappoint. First pass down the channel, got into a bunch of salad so I turned around and started cleaning lines in Mac. Something heavy on a down rigger. Hand it over to my daughter, she reels in a 17" largemouth bass on a size 4 wonderbread J plug. That's a first. Head back out, get into the lake and a slide diver starts thumping. Hand that to my daughter and the same rigger just explodes. We clear traffic and land a small sheep, throw it back, and then land a 14.3# sheep on the rigger. Fought very hard - thought it was a king. Head in and just past big red a rigger pops and just sits there arced over a bit. As I reach for it a king sharks to the top and tears off across the channel. Somehow there was a gap in traffic as he's now in between the arms on the north side and still going. I crank the boat around and tell my wife to just reel, pull in the planers, point the boat at the fish and goose the throttle. The sheriff comes over to see why this dude just crazy Ivan'ed 135 degrees across the channel. Another boat comes over and passes within 6' of us as I'm motoring, sheriff lights him up and pulls him over. Somehow we get the fish out from under the boat and not tangled and net it. Highlight of the night is trolling back past the sheriff and look over and he's got his phone up filming us. We wave. He points behind us. Seven figure mega Sea Ray just hauling through the no wake zone. Rich boy gets lit up and pulled over. His crew looked happy. Boat name "Running Late". ha ha ha ha Last trip down the channel slide diver gets popped and I gun the throttle trying to pull the fish out of traffic and into Mac. He ain't having it and jumps. Lead boat in the pack behind us slows down and the other 4-5 do as well to allow us room to play this thing out. Can't say thanks enough. Land it by Van Andel's docks and hoist it up to applause from the boats around us.
  11. Ran blue bubble last trip. And mountain dew, and green glow, and black glow, and white glow. All the standards. Fish were equally unimpressed. Stopped in at PS about 4 yesterday and there was 50' of salad piled in front of the docks. Yuck.
  12. Could not buy a hit last night. Fished 70-100' from full core to bottom mix of flashers, plugs, spoons, changed speed, changed directions, nothing. Marked some fish all deep, marked the break at about 62', and at dark marked 6-7 huge bait balls in 70'. Pulling lines in the dark in 65' my wife is reeling in a copper and I'm reeling in a wire diver and the last rigger down just starts hammering. We let it go until she stows the copper then she tries to pick it up but it won't move. I finally get the wire in and throw it on the floor, crank up the rigger and trip the release having no idea where the line and fish are and hoping not near the prop. The king was on a free slider and was riding it up and down the line. Had it decided to make a run it could have hit the release full speed and broken off everything. Fish pops up along side the boat and takes off, I turn to get it behind the boat and now we're beam sea in nasty tight east wind chop (14' boat). However my wife knows the drill and soon we had a 19# king on the floor on top of all the gear we threw there. Did I mention my wife had a broken foot? Usually since real estate is precious on a 14' I have everything put away but I just left the king in the net on the floor and we motored in. Wife goes to step out of the boat onto the dock, hooks the net, and flips into the gap between the boat and the dock. I was mortified. She thought it was pretty funny. So since the boat towel was clean from not wiping anything up, she put on my hoody and used that as a skirt and told me if we got pulled over on the way home it would not go well for me. "Ma'am, step out of the car". "Uh, no officer, that's not going to work..."
  13. Call them up, ask to talk to the officer, explain what he did, and what it cost you. Otherwise it's just going to happen again. Absolutely no reason the people we pay to serve and protect have no idea of what they are doing. I used to rent storage to an Ottawa County marine sheriff and let's say I put in more water time in on most weekends than he did in a year. Didn't even own a boat outside of work.
  14. I've seen them bust people for "jigging" whitefish where the fish was hooked in the mouth or so, but from the outside in. And the same when people floss fish at Sixth Street - hook is in the jaw hinge but clearly pointed inward. Remember the guide book is just a summary and you're obligated to know all the rules that aren't in it. Not sure how...
  15. Fished Tawas as a guest last Friday morning, warm water everywhere and the fish were scattered after the big blow the day before. We covered a lot of ground and picked up walleye here and there, going 5/6, most fish on 8-10 color cores. Reeling in small walleye on 10 colors is possibly even less thrilling than reeling in lake trout on full cores. But at least every hit pulled the boards back well enough to tell, which lakers sometimes don't even bother with trying. Switched over to Au Gres that afternoon and had a sporting ride in the waves. The boat does not handle them nearly as well at 1.6 as it does at 2.7. Besides cleaning the interior of the boat many times over, we went 11/12 with two big cats, three sheep of various sizes, a small eye, and five keepers from 1.6-3#. Spoons off slide divers were best, had crawlers out too but they mostly caught the farm animals. Wondered what it could have been if I'd put out all plugs and spoons and rolled faster. Best water was on a line from the point to the other point (I don't know the names) in 20-24' of water.
  16. Page 10, second column, second paragraph: "Hook-and-Line Fishing: Fish not hooked in the mouth must be returned to the water immediately." Of course about three lines later in the same paragraph it says you can't fish with a bare hook, and a bare gold size 14 hook has landed many an alewife for me jigged in the channel when they are in. Not trying to bust balls here and I like you reports but the DNR has been known to mine social media for contacts.
  17. Tried out front last night, as the sensor in the channel showed water as cold as 52 degrees had come in overnight and the buoy had 50 degrees down like 25'. Never found anything below 64 on the surface. Marked a lot of perch in 20' or so. Actually caught one on a Flicker Shad. And we caught sheep. Caught sheep in 30', caught sheep out front, caught sheep in the channel, down the shipping lane, past the no wake zone. I bet we caught over 30 of them. No real size. No pattern. They hit everything. Sheriff was out and was plenty busy busting people who can't seem to figure out what no wake means. Good.
  18. Believe that to be a Gander Mountain store brand spoon. Does it have like a varnish / clear coat on it? They did. They also came with wicked sharp black VMC hooks which was odd for a "cheap" spoon. NK's are stamped at the nose.
  19. 1 color, 1 color, 2 color with 15' of 25# mono in between each color, and another one of those. I troll a lot in close for browns / steelhead / walleye and use these a lot. I can also run them as SWR's on my down riggers, and add snap / torpedo weights to get them down deep if needed. But I can't run a 300' copper in 8'.
  20. My wife said the look on my face when I realized we were upstream from the dam on the river was absolutely priceless. We did manage a 23" master angler cicso by wrestling it from a very determined sea gull on the beach, but being a quasi legal method of procurement we decided not to enter it. And the fact that half the head and gills were pecked away probably would have showed up in the picture you have to submit...
  21. Hit Traverse Bay for the 4th time. First three trips, no fish. Was hoping to get my youngest a master angler cisco as they are apparently just jump in the boat easy to catch. Pull into Elk Rapids, find the launch. But no, there's a wooden boat show, so the launch is closed until 9:30 to allow the wooden boats to do wooden boat stuff. Not a wooden boat in sight. Guy gets kind of jerky with me, so I point out we should have brought the '56 Barracuda instead of the '94 Sea Nymph, and that grandpa was a foreman at the Aniline Road Chris Craft Plant. Then we were friends. So we launch. Only to figure out we are upstream from the dam. Wrong launch. Walk back to get the trailer, put the boat back on it (no wooden boats in sight) and go and find the other launch. My wife explains things to them and they laugh an give us a permit without paying as we paid at the other launch, which was fine, as we actually launched. Head out to 65' which the drop off makes our heads spin. We're Holland flatlanders, 25' of drop per mile, not 50' of drop in seconds. Set up on marks. Troll out of marks, troll back into marks. Set up a flat line, 1 color, 5 and 7 colors, two slide divers and two riggers. Only one tangle. One color goes off, good fish, gets into the 7 color and is gone. Then it goes again, small laker we release. And again. Same. Surmising the lakers are picking off the dying alewives up top, I yank the 5 and 7 colors (never mind all the marks 25-40' down) and put out more flat lines. With thin fish. And rapalas. You can't mimic alewives much better than that. And we get one more hit and it's 60' down on a rigger. Marks dry up. Head into the rocks to look for cisco / browns / bass, troll around in 12' for half an hour until we find a piling that grabs a diver. Pull the other lines, come back to it to untangle it. Kid bails over in the mean time and goes swimming. Get the diver untangled, pick the kid back up, and call it a day. The cisco hunt will resume come October...
  22. Sitting here uploading documentation into two redundant folders, reading your reports and feeling sorry. Appreciate the level of detail.
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