Iâ€™m finally getting a chance to write a report for fishing last weekend.
Some of you may have known that the Lake had rolled over last Wednesday down here in St. Joe and that brought some Steelies into the pier heads. I was able to hit the water Friday night and Saturday morning for a few hours. Friday I had lines set by 4:30pm and pulled at 8:00pm went 1 for 4 on the steelies with 3 of them hooking up in the river and 1 off the south pier. On Saturday morning we hit the water and had lines set by 7:00am and pulled them at 10:00am, went 1 for 4 on the steelies again 3 of them hooking up in the river and 1 off the north pier.
On Sunday I headed up to Muskegon to fish the league challenge, in hope of bringing home the wooden fishy. We hit the water around 4:45am and did some water temp searching and found a spot around 2 miles north of the piers in 85 fow. By 5:30 we headed west and started setting lines with 2 riggers down and 2 full core out and trying to get 2 dipsies out, we had the first king take a full core with a Moonshine Yellow Smolt. After getting that line back out the next king was on in a matter of seconds, this time a full core with a Moonshine Flounder Pounder. After this fish was boxed we had about a 15-20 minute low and I was able to set a diver rod and a drop ball. We worked out to 97 fow when the full core Flounder Pounder took off screaming and then a rigger went with a Moonshine Blue Smolt down 58 feet. As we got those 2 fish close to the boat to net the other rigger goes with an EverGlo Wonder Bread J-Plug down 48 feet. With 3 of us in the boat and 3 fish on, no one to net and steer the boat, we decided to place the J-plug rod in the rod holder and forget it. With Kirk fitting a big king that was now in front of the boat and Brett trying to net it, I took the fish that I had on and just grabbed it out of the water and through it on the floor of the boat, I grabbed the J-plug rod and fought that fish to the back of the boat, by this time the big king was out of the net and laying in the bottom of the boat with the first one that I brought in and we were able to net the third fish and through it on the bottom of the boat. What a fire drill that was. From that point on I donâ€™t think we had all 6 lines in the water for more then a few minutes, there was a few times we only had 2 rods in the water. We end up pulling lines at 7:30am boxed out on kings and headed for the shoreline to see if we could pick up a steelhead or brown and to get out of those so called 0-1 foot waves.
We took (2) kings on Moonshine Flounder Pounder full core, (2) kings on Moonshine Yellow Smolt full core, (2) kings on Moonshine Blue Smolt off rigger down 58 feet, (2) kings on EverGlo Wonder Bread J-Plug off rigger down 48 feet and (1) king on Blue Bubble Spin Doctor w/ Chrome Blue/Green cut head off drop ball. Oh! And (1) sheephead on a J-11 orange jointed rap. off (2) color core that thought he was a steelhead by flying 3 feet out of the water when we hook him.