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  1. All that and: different rivers have different strains of salmon, some known for their early run times, some for their food quality, some for their size. Our brood stock were not from a river known for large fish. More salmon stay out in the ocean 5-7 years. Ours are usually done in 2-3. Rare is the four year fish any more. Out lake gets very cold in the winter, and the fish slow down because of it. In the ocean they can always find 50-55 degrees somewhere. If that fish was keyed on 1-2# prey, why did it hit a 5" spoon?
  2. 7-28-12 B4K. 1 hour 40 minutes from the pier heads to the pier heads in 2-4' chop. We had to quit with 15 fish or who knows what we could have done that day...
  3. The good old days in the piers at Holland were not so long ago. Labor Day after noon 2013. We were calling people we knew had licenses and coolers to come meet us at the dock, grab their limit and go home. 27 kings, 3 coho, 10.4# walleye on a rigger and a #4 silver bullet J plug...
  4. I haven't caught a king yet this year, in five trips. Appreciate the honest reports.
  5. Beach towel. On a half core. In a tournament. I was already spending the big fish side pot while some poor crew member was winching it it. Really expensive bra in the Grand River trolling for steelhead. Just happened to be my wife's size. She still has it. Chunk of denim on the hooks after fighting a plug free from a snag on the Kalamazoo. Nothing to see here...
  6. After having Sixshooter beat me regularly in the WMFL tournaments that started at 5am, he was kind enough to share with me that when fishing that early, don't be afraid to fish shallow and high, for fish out of temperature.
  7. There were so many issues with telling kings from coho back in the 3/5 limit era, especially when there were a lot of three pound versions of each swimming around in May, that the South Haven tournament finally went from catch a three man limit weigh 12 to catch a three man limit weigh nine salmon and three trout. That way even if you didn't know what you caught, what you weighed in was legal and not up for argument. We were lucky and after we got our ninth salmon with a mix of coho and kings and went in to 60-70 to drill for lakers, we popped a big king on a spinny bouncing bottom. So we had room for it within our limit and didn't have to toss a 14# upgrade over the stern to stay legal.
  8. Is the smaller one a coho? Tail doesn't look to be spotted up like the others... Then, what would I know, haven't handed either in a long time.
  9. After three trips offshore looking for kings only to lose one laker, my preferred Saturday routine is: Drink a lot Friday night. Sleep in. Cut firewood in a mosquito and poison ivy filled swamp. Put money from firewood in Roth IRA. Day trade IRA money. Used to be my side gig money was my fun money, but I'm not inspired to put it into fishing gear lately. These are sad and troubling times, then I'm up 17% ytd. Not nearly as exciting as listening to a drag sing.
  10. Got beaten up in 1-3' chop Saturday AM, fished out front (junk) up the beach (more junk) ran out to 70' (rough) trolled out to 130' (rougher) back to 70' (not bad) back to 130' (taking them over the bow) and then trolled back into 80' and pulled them. One 4# laker off the bottom in 117'. Ran stuff from flat lines as it was low 60's on the top, all the way down to 130'. Took one last shot out front as we came in and tripled on sheep, all master anglers from 11-13#. Had a 14 year old newbie out for the first time on Lake Michigan and he thought it was fascinating.
  11. I don't think you can find something they won't hit. I took one on a paddle / fly trolling for kings out front in September. Anything you'd troll 2.2-2.5 mph for walleye (plugs, spoons) will work, the uglier the color the better. Hot and tots and flicker shads (hooks are sharp but not durable) for sure. I kindly informed him I can fish wherever the @#@#$ I want and he should learn how to drive. The cops could have had a field day last night with people running up to Big Red before coming off plane, huge wakes in the no wake zone, opening it up 100' before the buoys, running at plane well within 100' of other vessels. And apparently people trolling in the channel too, what @$$holes...
  12. 49-54 degrees out in front of Holland, nice river plume. Two hours out there caught one alewife. Should have been at least one steel around. Counted 18 rods between both piers never saw anyone run for one either. Not even sure why I bother any more. At least a couple consolidation sheep in the channel were fun until one of the blow boat racers yelled at me as I'm not allowed to fish in there.
  13. Gotten 8 and lost a few more in my last three trips, but none as big or pretty as that one. When they get that big they can put on a good fight. All on spoons / nothing a sticks which is weird.
  14. That's how you sell it, unfortunately the kings aren't quite here yet and the forecast at least for the next week isn't great for going out and looking for them...
  15. Saturday was hit or miss, Sunday was mostly miss from what I heard. Sometimes coho and even browns don't mind a brisk troll, but usually after the water warms up.
  16. 1-2 colors. Then I spend a lot of time in shallow. But you'd be amazed how many out of temp fish there are up high year round.
  17. Most people have pared down riggers to 2-3 per boat. I'd run a pair, one per side, up the gunwale about 3' from the stern. This leaves each back corner open to net fish.
  18. Keep them coming. And as a guy that puts bands on geese every spring, I'll warn you they do not take kindly to being netted, but that's a lesson the kids may have to learn on their own :)
  19. But rewarding when you string it together and finally wail on them.
  20. That was me, beach to 40'. Two trips out there one coho. Last year we were limiting on Lakers with bonus fish about every trip.
  21. Fished +/- 1 mile north and south from 4-20' with the usual mix of sticks plugs and spoons. Water was 57, clear, little debris. NW 1' chop wind switched to NE and some SOB was grilling and I could smell it. Rained. Wasn't a good time. Never moved a board. I'd say it was good to be out, but really, it wasn't.
  22. Best report I've seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing.
  23. Trying to remember what year I had 1256# on 171 fish in October. Usually add a couple hundred more # in Lakers if we can get out from Thanksgiving to New Years.
  24. I run mine in Excel and can sort / filter or pivot chart by any column. Most handy and I've used it to shut down more than one person that's called bs on a post. One thing with steel late in the year. Find one hit that area hard.
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