Got a couple newbie questions- we just moved to Madison, WI from North Florida and I'm trying to learn the basics of salmon fishing. I'm used to either fishing shallow grass flats for inshore fish, or heading 30 miles offshore to find 100' of water for grouper and snapper, so I apologize for my ignorance! We have a 2007 Parker 1801 center console with a yamaha f115 that I'd like to bring over to Lake Michigan when the weather is good.
- downriggers- obviously electric are much more convenient, but is there any reason to not get a set of uses manual ones? Do you have to pull the ball up every time you get a fish on?
- seems like as soon as ice is out, you can find them in the harbors. Is this correct?
-any advice on tackle selections? I dont want to break the bank, but would appreciate any basic advice on colors/setups. I know this is probably a giant topic, just looking for the basics.
Ive dine a bit of research online but there is so much info out there it can be overwhelming. Any other advice is greatly appreciated!