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11/17/16 @ 7:54 AM
buckrubtaxidermy
buckrubtaxidermy
USER since 10/19/10

Thanks to Rob at RN charters for taking the boys along to make this episode of Growin Up Wild.  The action was fast and furious and we were done in no time.

Lake trout action at its finest out of the Seagull Marina, plus Austin tells you how to prepare a delicious meal and how to cook it different than salmon. 

Enjoy!

http://huntchannel.tv/growin-up-wild-episode-7/

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11/17/16 @ 5:25 AM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (86%)
Waning Gibbous

Couldn't handle sitting in the office letting The Man abuse me on an amazing November day, so went home, packed a cooler, hooked up the boat, and headed to the lake!

Left the Manty dock ~ 12:30, conditions were spectacuar; I've fished many July days that weren't as nice as this!

Given the limited daylight I had at that point, I now somewhat regret doing the exploring I did but I had a tingling sensation telling me to run south so I folowed that.  I stopped along the way to check out the graph; off the college, off the Dome Home, a couple more times down to about 10 miles south.  Checked out the 60 foot and 100 foot ranges.  Didn't mark one thing anywhere on that journey, so decided to turn east and put the pedal down.

Pulled up in 150, 200, 230 to check things out, nothing.  Kept steaming east, finally set up in 330, at this point it was almost 2:00 PM and I didn't have much daylight left.

Put the crusty old green dolphin down 100 on a rigger, flasher fly on a wire dipsy, and the trusty moldy carrot on a 5 color and started covering water and enjoying the day.  Got out to 390, then turned and went back in, getting as shallow as 310.  Surface temps were in the 49 degree range everywhere, I did not put a probe down.  Did not mark anything like I had been previously, until I hit an area in the 315 range.  Marked a few fish suspended between 100 and 150.  Released a nice plump natural king that hit the green dolphin down 100.  Had an 18 mile boat ride ahead of me, so started pulling lines ~ 3:45.  Amazing ride back to port as the sun set, it's going to be a sad day when those cranes are no longer on the western horizon.

That's it for Santa's 2016 season.  It was a bumpy road from a catching perspective, but it's become a lot less about the catching for me.  Never really had a chance to try to get after the browns, put a 23 in the box in early June, enjoyed that amazing run of cold water, stacked alwife and salmon in shallow in the middle of July, and got after it offshore pretty good this fall.

Hoping to find abundant alwive and some salmonoids next spring!

Santa Out    

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11/7/16 @ 1:32 PM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

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First Quarter

Incredible November day on the water.

Left the Manty dock 6:30 AM Sunday 11/5.  Stopped in various depths looking at the graph for fish and kept going until something interesting popped up.

Surface temp was pretty much 51 the entire way out, started setting up in 400 due east of Manty.  Put the probe down, temp was 51 down to 85, 45 at 100 foot down.  Based on the strong thermocline I marked at 100 periodically, I suspect it got colder below 100 (only put the rigger & probe down 100).

Two plump two-year old kings in short order hit the flasher/fly 50 foot down on rigger.  Kept heading north with waves as we set up, got back to the spot where we hit the two about 45 minutes later and couldn't entice another hit.  Kept working north, first out and then in.  Covered from between 500 into as shallow as 290, ended up almost to Rowley's Point.  Ended the day 5 for 7, two-year old salmon and one lake trout.  The salmon were a smaller year class than what I'd gotten the previous two trips.  Did not have one hit from a 'bow, not sure where they're lurking.

Came across a fog rainbow, thought we may run into the Black Pearl after going through it.

Fantastic day on the water, ruined it by watching the Packers.  If weather and wind allows, I may get one more in..........

Santa

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10/29/16 @ 12:54 PM
EUPYOOPERJIG
EUPYOOPERJIG
USER since 2/29/16

Yes, we just used the dock at seagull Thursday night 

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10/29/16 @ 12:51 PM
River guide
River guide
USER since 1/31/06

I know that I asked a week ago but I had something come up and didn't make it over.  Can I get in at seagull marina still? I want to try in the morning. 

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10/24/16 @ 5:10 AM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waning Crescent

It was Santa and the duck hunters on a glorious Sunday at the Manty Marina.

Left the dock prior to sunrise.  Water was 46 in the harbor and outside as well.  Decided to try shallow to start, worked 35 to 60 from Silver Creek point to about Dome Home.  After 90 minutes and no hits and no marks, pulled lines and took a boat ride due east.

Surface temp was 53 outside of 100.  Pulled up on 100, 150, and 200 to check the graph.  Finding nothing interesting, continued onward.  In 300, found some interesting things on the graph and decided to set up.  Put the temp probe down first, big temp break but it was 44 down 100.

Put the trusty old Silver Streak green dolphin on a 74 foot rigger, then played around with various other things from a wire dipsy with flasher fly, 300 copper to a 1 color.  Fairly quickly, the green dolphin got smoked by a nice fish that came up to the surface.  Fought it for a while, then came loose.  It was a nice 10 pound class rainbow or king.

Continued to work the spread, that 74 rigger got pounded again.  This time put a very plump 11 pound king in the box.  Next a nice fat rainbow on a 140 wire dipsy with blue bubble / LBB flasher fly.  Released a smaller bow and king, and put another nice king (~ 8 pounds) in the box on that green dolphin 74 rigger.

Worked out as far as 320, in as far as 280.  About 295 seemed to be the spot.  The kings had an abundance of small alwives in them.

Glorious day on the water, hoping to get one more in.

 Santa

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10/22/16 @ 1:49 PM
EUPYOOPERJIG
EUPYOOPERJIG
USER since 2/29/16

Yes Seagull is still open

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10/22/16 @ 9:37 AM
River guide
River guide
USER since 1/31/06

Just wonderingif you are still able to put in at seagull marina? Thinking about heading over in the morning or even this afternoon.

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10/20/16 @ 9:48 AM
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postal
postal
USER since 8/19/02

MOON PHASE (73%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Wed PM 5-6:30 - As Santa said, too nice of a day to simply pull the plug on a great season so we decided to take the Dubble Bubble out for one last quick run.  Decided to set up in 30-40fow and look for a few hungry browns.  Deployed a 6 rod spread of spoons and jplugs and after 30 minutes(and a rendezvous with Santa on his way in from 500fow),  a spunky 9-10 lb brown found it's way to our net on a 2 color lead/planar board setup with a moonshine wonderbread magnum spoon.  Was getting dark and didn't want to put the boat on the trailer in complete darkness so we headed in.  There are fish nearshore without a doubt as we ran across numerous large bait balls as well as nice hooks mixed in.  I had told the Man to stick and gotten out at noon, there is no doubt in my mind we could have nailed many more!  Like Santa said, get out there if you can because there are fish to be had and you will have the lake to yourself!  Looking forward to hooking up with Santa for another late season run aboard the Santamaran!  

Tight Lines til next time,

Dubble Bubble Boy

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10/19/16 @ 7:24 PM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (82%)
Waning Gibbous

Too nice of a day to go to work, so told The Man to ram it, hooked up the boat, and headed to the lake!

Left the Manty pierheads at noon with visions of off-shore steel and salmon in my head.  Seas were as calm as you'll see in October, popped an adult beverage, took a 90 degree heading and went for a boat ride!

At ~ 100 foot, surface temps were 58 all the way out.  Were a little cooler in closer.  Stopped in 300 and dropped the probe down 100, 58 degree water surface to 100 foot down.  Continued the journey to the east.  Pulled up in 450 and set up.  Water pretty much the same situation.  Worked various lures and presentations from as high as a 3 color to a 100 foot rigger and a 300 copper with a Torpedo weight hooked on which was running at least 100 feet deep.

Worked between 350 and 530.  Peridocially marked fish, most from 80 to 150 feet down.  Marked the most in the 480 foot range.  One bite, a plump king that hit a white spoon 100 foot down on the rigger.  No other bites, couldn't find the steel.

Hope the weather allows for another trip or two.  The fall offshore trips are stellar when you find the fish.

Santa

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