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11/13/17 @ 9:00 PM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (21%)
Waning Crescent

Two days of light winds compelled me to give it one last shot on Monday 11-13.  The Man had me locked in the cage until 10:45, didn't arrive at the ramp until around 12:30.  Had my sights set on fishing water that started with a 4, so didn't have much time.  Left the Manty harbor in calm seas, took an 85 degree heading, and put the pedal down.

Once I got east of Rawleys Point, there was a 1-2 foot roll from the east with a modest chop from the west, making for a comfortable 16 mile boat ride with my friend Moon Man.  It was about 1:45 when I set up shop in 430; a 100 foot spoon rigger, a 50 foot spoon rigger, and a 5 color spoon.  Worked out to 480, then back to 410, going south then north.  Kind of a bummer when you're watching the sun start to set at 3 in the afternoon.  Lost one fish, a big bow on the five color agent orange spoon.  Wonder if I should have run another rod up higher.

Pulled lines around 4:15, enjoyed the final sunset of the 2017 season.

Time to hibernate, and look forward to fat Brown Trout in March!

Santa out

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11/5/17 @ 2:07 PM
EBfishin
EBfishin
USER since 5/1/14

Big Santa just have a question for you. Did you see alot of diver ducks on your trip

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11/5/17 @ 11:11 AM
Whistling Gull
Whistling Gull
USER since 5/2/11

Look's like the Elves will play while Santa's away... :)

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11/4/17 @ 8:58 AM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

I've been watching this darn wind for two weeks, waiting for an opportunity to get out deep.  Friday 11-4 looked to be the best opportunity on the horizon, so jumped at it.

None of my crusty old mates could tell The Man to ram it and get out of work, and convincing a non-hard core person to go fishing in 38 degree air temp. and 40 degree water temp. is a tough sell.  So, it was Santa and the Pam Anderson blow-up doll on a fine November day.

Arrived at the Manty dock ~ 9:15, was hoping conditions would allow me to get deep.  Expecting the north winds to kick in (west wind was already blowing), I ran north along the shoreline to the Lighthouse, then headed due east to see what the conditions were going to be.  Did a fly-by of the TR harbor, which one of my crusty old mates observed on the TR webcam as he was living vicariously through Santa while anguishing at work.

Pulled up in about 170 due east of the light to see what I saw.  Marked two fish down deep on the graph.  Conditions not too bad in that depth.  Decided to keep going east.  Next pulled up in about 330, marked nothing on the graph, conditions quite a bit nastier there.  Kept going east, wanting to fish 400 - 500.  Hit the ledge where she drops fast, pulled up in 390 to check the graph and conditions.  Marked no fish, conditions were similar to Santa's disposition - very confused and nasty.  Big rollers from the north, steep chop from the west.  Decided that fishing in that mess was not prudent with only Pam on board.  Ran back west, conditions markedly better inside of 200 so decided to set up in 130, troll east and south with the building north waves.

Water temp was about 40 on the surface everywhere.  Water was a bit warmer (42) down 50.  Worked from between 130 and about 200, from north of the light to the south water tower when I pulled the plug.  Ran stuff as high as a three color, and as deep as 100 foot rigger.  Mostly spoons, some F/F.  No nibbles, marked a very limited amount of fish, no bait.

Enjoyed a great day on the water, pulled the plug around 2:30 PM, going zero for zero.  Will watch the weather and see if one more trip is in the cards.  Last year's final trip was 11-17.  Would love to get out deep and make one more good run at 'em before the 6 month hibernation period begins. 

Santa out

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11/3/17 @ 12:42 PM
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L U E 42
L U E 42
USER since 7/13/09

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous

Before winterizing the boat today I headed out for a short solo trip. Tried in 120 to 170 FOW - nothing doing. Moved in to closer and teased a football brown and a small laker from the bottom of 40 FOW off Silver Creek. I could see bait tucked in among the rocks on my graph. A monkey puke spoon caught both.

Water temperatures were between 40 and 42 degrees everywhere I checked: in the harbor, on the surface in 170 FOW, down 100 feet. All the same.

Every year I have the notion that I will have the last fishing report of the year on this thread. And every year Santa does. So today I was thinking.. November... frost on the dock... cleaning station already closed.. yes sir this is the year!  Until I got back to the dock and there was Santa's truck parked next to mine. Surely he will be posting soon  

Until next year...

Edited on 11/3/17 12:42 PM
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10/24/17 @ 8:09 AM
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L U E 42
L U E 42
USER since 7/13/09

MOON PHASE (21%)
Waxing Crescent

The weather was nice last evening so I headed out after work for a short 2 hour trip. Found water temps from 50 on the surface to 44 at the bottom of 80 FOW. Worked 90 to 65 FOW without any hits.  Found a few nice pods of bait in 70.

Hoping to find one more nice fishing day. 

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10/17/17 @ 8:38 PM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent

Been itching to get out, looked like Tuesday afternoon was the best chance to get out between gale force winds so jumped at it.

Left the Manty pierheads about 2:00 PM, was greeted by some jumbo rollers out of the south, but conditions better than I had hoped for.  Decided to run south, then work back north with the jumbo rollers.  Set up in 160 about 8 miles south of town.  Marked a few pods of fish shortly after setting up, no takers.  Ran various combinations of deep spoon rigger, second rigger with flasher fly and then spoon, 5 color spoon, and 200 copper.  Water temp was 57-58 on the surface, all the way down to 60 feet.  Went in to 140, lost about a 5 pound king on the deep spoon rigger.  Back out to 160, kept pushing north.  As the sun was setting I was about east of the Dome Home.  In 140, the 100 foot blue spoon rigger got hammered and the fight was on.  Classic  big king fight, boated the 2018 derby winner in October of 2017; a legit 18 pound king!

Trolled until the sun set, no more hits,  Ended one for two, but that tank sure made the trip.

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10/14/17 @ 11:49 AM
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quantumleap
quantumleap
MEMBER since 5/31/07

MOON PHASE (27%)
Waning Crescent

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Left the Manty harbor Friday afternoon at 2 pm ahead of the Badger. Set lines (solo 3 line program) at 100 fow and trolled SE out to 180 fow. Surface temp was 56 degrees and probe temp was 50 degrees down 60 feet. Fished until 5:30 pm and ended up with 3 nice silver Kings (7 pound, 14 pound, 15 pound)

60' Rigger with Electric Koolaid spoon. 2 for 2

70' Rigger with Blue Confusion spoon. 0 for 3 ...all drive-byes

150' Mag dipsey with Electric Koolaid spoon. 1 for 1

Found fish in 120 - 140 fow on a SE - NW trolling pattern.

Props to Big Santa on Electric Koolaid spoon info. 

Hoping to get out 1 more time next week, but the wind forecast isn't too promising

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10/6/17 @ 2:46 PM
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reel-a-meal
reel-a-meal
USER since 3/30/12

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

Late report from Thursday AM.

We fished a little south of Manty started in about 50 fow headed southeast and got our first hit on a 3 color glow spoon.It was a whopper 7.5 inch salmon with big shoulders. We kept heading southeast and stopped marking fish so made a big turn and went shallower. In about 48 fow downrigger released with about a 5lb brown. After getting everything back in order we had a nice boat ride for a long time. In the process of changing lures the 6 color took off. After a nice fight we landed another brown in the 12lb range. We saw the sky getting cloudy and decided to quit.  

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10/6/17 @ 11:55 AM
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Big Santa
Big Santa
USER since 7/24/02

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

Thursday 10/5, jumped at a small window weather-wise to get out on the lake and see if we could find some fish.

Departed the Manty harbor as the sun was rising, balmy 46 degree water greeted us.  For once no major time constraints, so crew-member Flounder and I decided to invest some time into exploring before setting lines.

Ran south towards dome home in 40, the water remained 46-ish the entire way.  Shut down in 60 to look at the graph for a couple of minutes; marked a little bait, no hooks, decided that was not the promised land.  Headed due east, repeated the process in 130, 150, and 180.  In about 100 the surface temp jumped to mid-fifties, in about 150 it jumped over 60.  Didn't mark any bait or fish in those three stops, was not feeling the love, decided to tell Flounder to hunker down and head north.

Ran north to the TR south water tower, did a little searching between 150 and 200.  Marked some bait and hooks in about 150, got the little tingle, decided that is where we'd find the fish!  Ran into 130, set up going east with the wind and chop that was pretty brisk at this point.

Surface temp mid-60's, sharp thermocline was only about 35 feet down in 130.  The deeper you went, the deeper the thermocline was. 

Two 2-3 pound kings on 70 foot spoon rigger.  Very nice three-year old class king smacked a flasher-fly on 45 foot rigger, we battled it to the back of the boat and then it came unglued.  Santa scolded Flounder for his inadequacies.  Those were in about 160.

Trolled back west to 140 into brisk chop, then back out to 180, no more takers, decided to continue working deeper.  Worked predominantly between 230 and 270, did not venture deeper as the chop was pretty nasty the deeper you got and didn't feel like getting beat up.  We ended up with a dandy 12 pound class rainbow, two smaller rainbows, and a 4-5 pound king in the box.  Lost that three-year old king, released three smaller kings, had two drive-by's, and lost two rainbows.

Biggest fish came on 250 copper spoon, 300 copper spoon, and one on a 5 color spoon.  All small kings came on the deep spoon rigger (70 to 80 feet of cable out).  The only flasher/fly bite we had was that 3-year-old King Flounder sadly lost at the back of the boat.

SSE wind started to kick up pretty good, we ended up closer to the lighthouse than the north water tower when we pulled the plug.  Would have liked to have stayed a little more south, but the wind and strong current made it tough to troll back south.

Great day on the water, ended it with some fine cheeseburgers and curds at Shooter Malone's.  Regardless of wind, I'm shut down now for about 8 days, hoping to get another 2-3 off-shore trips in.  Those fish coming out of the cold water fighting like freight trains!

Santa out

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