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TODAY @ 6:55 AM
Alrighty
Alrighty
USER since 5/17/17
I'm relatively new to the Lake Michigan trolling game and I need some advice. This year I went to all braid on majority of my equipment and I continue to have false releases on my two downrigger releases when I use dodger / fly combos on braid.  I'm using the cannon style single clip release.  Any tricks for solving this problem?

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TODAY @ 6:47 AM
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BigMusky12
BigMusky12
USER since 12/22/04

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waxing Gibbous

Sailboats have right of way in many cases, but not all.  Nearly all assume they have right of way all the time and expect you to get out of there way no matter where they want to go.   

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5/23/18 @ 7:53 PM
lundertaker
lundertaker
USER since 3/1/13

On another note, I just want to take a minute to remind everybody to be very alert out there on the lake! We were very nearly T-boned by a large sailboat today between the North and South Gap. I would guess the sailboat Captain had a blind spot but to miss us by 15 ft in 49-degree water is a bit scary! Just sayin,.......

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5/23/18 @ 7:47 PM
lundertaker
lundertaker
USER since 3/1/13
Hey sailboat guy! Saw those deep Kings on the graph when we passed you a couple of times! Guess I should have work north-south instead of going back in! Only ended up with 3, but one was a 10 lb steelhead!

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5/23/18 @ 6:50 PM
Sunshine2
Sunshine2
USER since 12/20/01

Nice job Steve. Beautiful rebound. I had different results. Went 4 for 5 (2 guys). My Shallow spot was dead dead dead and spent too much time there. Went back to an old 80-120' spot and caught our 4 but ran out of time when we found them because buddy had to leave. Will spend a lot of time in deeper water on Friday after what I saw today. Spoons did nothing. All fish on green and gold peanut or 2" flies. 5/8 ounce 30' back was best. Will be running 1/2 king gear on Friday, saw too many nice deep marks. 48-49° in deeper water. You kicked everyone's butt. Talked with the DNR surveyor and she said most boats were coming in with 0's or 1-2 fish.

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5/23/18 @ 6:47 PM
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Sail Boat Guy
Sail Boat Guy
USER since 5/21/18

MOON PHASE (67%)
Waxing Gibbous

Went 4 for 10 today - solo.  The fish weren’t cooperating. 

But....picked up an 18.3 lb king off the bottom in 100 fow. White Coyote w/LBB. Crazy fish.  He shredded my fly. Lost another big king right after that. 

Nice to see these big fish this early. 

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5/23/18 @ 1:59 PM
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Musky IL
Musky IL
USER since 4/10/10

MOON PHASE (67%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

15 Coho, 3 guys, 24' - 26'ow, REDEMPTION from yesterday.

If someone would have bet me we would get a 3 man today I would have been on the losing side of that one. Morning started bleak, but moving around proved to be the ticket. Yesterday was tough, both on confidence and attitude. Amazing what a better day will do to spirits.

2 dispy one both @ 12'old - orange Dodger peanut fly blk/purple (or mass confusion spoon)

2 - 3 color orange dogger peanut (double aqua n green) or blk/purple

2 riggers 1 flat line 35' back down 8' orange dogger aqua peanut - 1 SWR down 7' orange dogger green peanut (or orange Thin Fin)

1 flat line on a board with keel weight orange dogger blk/purple fly



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5/23/18 @ 1:38 PM
Maj0r
Maj0r
USER since 4/12/18
By following Hataaja Instagram you will see what he is doing.  I think he has been up in Door County smallmouth fishing for the last several weeks.  


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5/23/18 @ 12:24 PM
ImFromIllinois
ImFromIllinois
USER since 4/28/18

Anyone know how to get a daily fishing report from the king himself co founder of Haat rods Eric Haatja ? Facebook? Twitter? His YouTube account is near non existent. 

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5/22/18 @ 10:33 PM
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irishff
irishff
USER since 1/17/07

MOON PHASE (56%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

So after fishing out of Racine on Monday I decided to try Milwaukee today. The goal was to find coho and hopefully some bonus Kings. Well, what I found was cold water, 46 degrees. In Racine it was 48 to 49. There was lots and lots of bait but not a lot of actively feeding coho in close. I primarily fished from south shore all the way to the north gap in 35 through 45 FOW. We went 4 for 4 with 3 coho and 1 king. What I can tell you is that if your out for a while and getting little to no hits you need to stay in close proximity to one of the gaps. We caught all of our fish today within 200 yards of the Main gap, two of which were directly in line with the gap. As for what worked: 

*The King = came on a Sooper Fly UV Orange Crush Spoon on a down rigger down 30 ft in 39 FOW.

*Coho #1 = came on a Dragon Slayer Flasher/ Poseidon Flies Milwaukee Minnow King Fly on a wire dipsy 3 set 60 LOC in 40 FOW

*Coho #2 = came on an orange dodger/ Poseidon Flies Dirty Martini peanut fly on a 2 core in 36 FOW

*Coho #3 = came on an orange dodger/ Poseidon Flies Milwaukee Minnow peanut fly on a 1 1/2 core in 36 FOW

Not a steller day but as the weather gets better with west winds and warmth its only going to get better. If you want to get coho right now, go to Racine, start at the green can and troll north. If you have your heart set on Milwaukee, stay in close proximity to the gaps or venture deep.

Good Luck, Be safe, Tight Lines 


   

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