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  1. Arrived at launch around 5:30 am. Ran down to the "sliders" and started setting lines in 105 @ 6 am on a S troll. Initially set an all salmon spread as the sun was coming up. After about 30 minutes I started switching a few things out for trout. Wasn't having a lot of success. Turned north at Saugy and moved out to deeper water (120) and picked up 1 small trout on a SD/spin glo combo on rigger but lost it trying to flip it in the boat without the net. Got another LT on wire diver SD/SG combo and lost it. Got another LT on wire diver. Picked up a good sized Laker on a blue Flounder Pounder spoon down 60 on rigger. Picked up one more LT on the rigger bouncing bottom with the Mellow Yellow SD/spinny combo on rigger. No silver bites. Pulled lines at 10:30. Finished 3-5 on trout. SOG was 1.8 - 2.2. Speed at ball was 2.0-2.5
  2. I caught a Chinook that looked similar back in 2011, I think. I'll see if I can dig up the picture sometime.
  3. Funny looking fish, Ed. Glad you got your rod back. Sounds like an interesting day, indeed!
  4. Got to the launch at 5:20 am. Ran West-northwest out of port to 125 FOW and set lines on a S troll (fished basically straight out all morning). Picked up a lake trout on a wirediver meat rig. Tossed it back. Picked up another small laker on rigger 80 down with a Moonshine Blue Jeans mag spoon. Tossed it back. Had a short strike on 225 copper with a live wire sd and pickled sunshine fly. Kept working 120-130 and landed a 10# steelhead on a 350 copper with a showtime sd and fly combo. Bite slowed down and we tried out to 150 with nothing to show. Started trolling back into 120's and picked up a smal coho on the 225 Live Wire in 140. Worked the 120's at a slower speed (2.5 SOG) and picked up 3 more bites all on the same 225 lw combo. One nice coho that spit the hook about 50 feet from the boat, a 13# King, and a 6 # coho. 
  5. It's a good idea. I think I will try it. Most of those days that I noticed better action with the big paddle, the paddle itself didn't get much love anyway but was probably just acting as an attractant.
  6. I've had a day where I was getting bit with an 11" paddle on rigger and then took it off and they dried up. Put it back on and started getting bit again. I've also had days where I struggled to get bites and put one on and started doing well. Other days it doesn't seem to make a difference.
  7. We found them in 110 this morning. We launched at 5:30 and ran straight out of PS to 100. We were 2 for 3 by 6:30 am and ended up 4 for 8 by 8:00 am. Bite shut off and couldn't get anything else to go after that. Black Hulk Moonshine on 350 and 8" Showtime spinny on 225 were best. Had something big break off a 10" Black Jeans meat rig on wire dipsy 140 back, and Blue Flounder Pounder RV on 300 took our biggest fish (22#). The water temp was 55 on surface and 50 degrees from 50 down to bottom. South troll was best w/2.6 @ the ball.
  8. They were working on the cleaning station this morning when I was there. It was up and running and the water shut off seems to be working fine now.
  9. Somehow we avoided the skunk (5/31)...Launched at 6:30 am. Lost my net at the drawbridge!! I was so mad at myself. I ran out to 60 FOW and set lines and started trolling WSW. Set riggers and as I started setting out my long lines first I got our first bite on a the Bloody Nose RV on rigger down 60. Lake Trout. 2nd bite came on a 10 color with a stinger blue veggies (small king) no sooner then I got it out there. Took a decent sized king on glow white blue ladder back Moonshine spoon on 300 copper not long after setting it out. Got another Laker on the 10 color w/ stinger Blue Veggies. All bites were between 70-100 FOW. Trolled over dead water out to 120 and picked up a steelhead on the 150 copper w/ Jager Bomb. Trolled back into 105 and tried a N troll for a bit but didn't get any other bites. SOG was 2.2-2.5. Speed at the ball was 2.9-3.1. Current was ripping pretty good. Tough morning but didn't lose any fish even though we had no net. There was another boat at the cleaning station that did similar to us but with bigger fish.
  10. Left the city launch at 6:50 am and proceeded to 130 FOW straight out of the harbor. Turned North with waves to set lines and Immediately got a rigger bite @ 60 down with a mag Flounder Pounder but didn't hook up. Had a small Lake Trout hit a Spin Doctor (Atomik Chrome Killer)/fly (green) on wire diver 135 back but came off near the boat. Boated a nice laker on the Flounder Pounder down 60 before turning to the South. Took another bigger Laker on the spinny/fly wire diver. 300 copper fired with a good King on a Jager Bomb. No sooner then got that in the boat and the other wirediver with a super slim Get er Done spoon got crushed and bent one of the hooks straight. Nabbed and released another nice Laker on the spin/fly combo. Removed rod from lineup. Took a 20lb. King on the Flounder Pounder before the bite shut down. Pulled lines and ran North a couple miles but only managed one more small Laker (dragger) when reeling in one of the riggers. SOG was all over the place but best down speed was 2.9. Returned to dock at 11:40 am.
  11. Good eye, Tyeell. Yes, it is! I searched all over for something that I could securely mount a rigger on a narrow gunnel boat and still be able to quickly remove as needed. It works like a champ. I only have very light-weight manual riggers on it because I ended up having to use wellnuts in the top bolts that attach to the gunnel. I'm considering upgrading to electric because I think I actually put more stress on the mount by cranking up the ball then an extra 10lbs. of motor weight would.
  12. Great report, JD. Do you remember what the surface and down temps were when you were out in that deeper water?
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