Left the Manty pierheads ~ 2:15 PM Thursday intent on taking a boat ride and finding the fish. Decided to run deep, with visions of leaping double-digit rainbows and maybe a stray king in our heads.
Took a 140 heading and pushed "go". After 17 miles, the surface temp had warmed up one degree, being a balmy 48 degrees. Stopped and dropped the probe, it was 43 degrees at 45 feet, 39 degrees at 85 feet. Not exactly what I was looking for.
Pushed on for another 4 miles, in that span the surfact warmed to 51 - 52. Started setting up in 405 at ~ 21 miles from the harbor.
Put the probe down, 43 degee water was still ~ 45 feet, and 38 down 90. Set the winning spread with nothing below 45 and started workign north towards some breaks closer to TR.
Enjoyed a fantastic couple of hours with Kid Joe who's heading back to college, BL, and Wenzel meat sticks. No fish. As we approached the area I should have set up in, we stuck 2 nice lake trout and had two other hits (which I believe were lake trout). Pulled the plug in 440, about 20 miles due east of the Manty pierheads.
Never found those leaping double-digit rainbows, but ended an enjoyable night with some fine pizza at The Buffalo.
All of that cold water is crazy. I was shivering and hands numb by the time we got back to the dock after the 21 mile run through 44 degree surface water. The shorts and thin jacket didn't quite make the cut.
Go get 'em. Wherever the heck they may be.