PROSTAFF PROFILE:
Mike Veine

Mike Veine
HOMETOWN:
Au Gres, MI

Capt. Mike Veine is a full-time charter captain and outdoor writer.

With over 1,000 articles and thousands of photos published in over 50 different magazines, Mike’s bylines have appeared in Outdoor Life, In Fisherman, Bassmaster, Salmon Trout Steelheader and many other outdoor publications. His fishing seminars have also been seen by thousands of anglers. Mike Veine offers fishing charters on the Great Lakes primarily for walleyes on Saginaw Bay and Lake Erie, but also for salmon and trout on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as well. His fishing techniques were honed from many years of tournament and charter fishing experience. The high level of success and enjoyment on his charters are top notch with over 1,000 repeat customers as a testament to his quality customer service.

Website: www.trophyspecialists.com/

Recent Fishing Reports:

7/17/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

7/17/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I felt kind of guilty today after team Michigan dealt team Ohio a resounding defeat in the team competition at the National Arm wrestling Championships this past weekend, so today I had two boat charter of clients from Ohio and we maxed them out on nice walleye with limit catches on both boats. We basically fished the same area that I found at the end of yesterday's charter, but with a stiff northwest wind, that spot was a lot tougher fish. Both boat had to make short trolling passes over a break where the walleyes were holding in mass. It took several short passes of perhaps one hour catching about 10 walleyes per pass to get the job done. It was fairly rough today with three footers all day long and when the wind switched form the NNW to the West, the bite slowed up a bit. Yesterday plastic was best, but today, spinner/crawler rigs were the ticket, but color did not seem to mater. We put the spinner close to bottom and the walleyes latched on. My boat lost very few fish, but my companion boat lost a lot. I had the senior members of the family, while the other boat had the younger generation. Perhaps older, wiser, slower and steadier was superior today. :)

Capt. Mike Veine
http://www.trophyspecialists.com

7/16/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

7/16/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

After taking the weekend off to participate in the National Arm Wrestling Championships where my four medals helped Team Michigan win the team competition, I had to rely on friends fishing reports to select a fishing area. It didn't help today either with possible storms predicted. The first spot I tried, where a friend of mine caught 16 walleyes yesterday evening was full of fish, but they were biting much, so we ran to where we caught a lot of fish on Thursday. That spot had some fish there too, but in one long trolling pass through the area, we only had nine walleyes in the box. We then tried another spot a few miles form there and as soon as I began setting lines fish were latching onto the lures. I was running two Hot N' Tots on the outside boards and those got crushed, but the spinner/crawler rigs were also getting hammered to, so in about an hour my clients had their 24 walleye limit iced down plus a couple eating sized channel catfish as a bonus. The biggest walleye today was about 24 inches. Chrome/green Tots were best today, but everything in the water caught their share of fish. I was trolling at about 1.8 mph, give or take a couple tens, in the surging waves. Walleyes are being caught all over the Bay right now, so if the bite isn't good in one spot, you need to move around to find the hot bite.

Capt. Mike Veine

7/13/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

7/13/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We had a delay going out today with storms rolling through in the morning. When we headed out it was pretty windy too; about 7-10 knots more than the National Weather Service had predicted. Since their was a possibility of more storms during the day, we had to stay pretty close to port. We tried out in deep water first and caught some nice walleyes there, but the wind continued to increase and the waves built up so we had to head closer to shore. We had sporadic action there for the duration of the trip and ended the day with 23 nice walleyes in the box with some good sized ones up to 26 inches. My clients also caught a 30" northern pike and two yellow perch that all went in the box too. There were a lot of sheephead and catfish in that area too, so there was enough action to keep everyone interested. We pulled meat with everything suspended about five feet off bottom going 1.4 to 1.8 mph in the surging waves. Color did not seem to mater much today as everything got hit about equally. I have the weekend off, which is my only weekend that I have off all summer. I'm going to the AAA, National Arm Wresting Championships and hopefully my cousin's wedding reception after the tournament. My back is killing me though after today's charter in those rough conditions, so hopefully I'll feel better in the morning.

Capt. Mike Veine
http://www.trophyspecialists.com


7/12/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

7/12/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

We finally had a beautiful day for fishing today with low winds, a light chop, and filtered sunshine; near perfect for walleye fishing. We ran back to the spot where we found lots of walleyes yesterday and picked up right where we left off with non-stop action right form the time I set lines until the end of the trip. My clients from Cadillac, MI and Chicago, IL had to problem putting 24 walleyes in the box in short order. They also kept a couple perfect eating size channel catfish too. I mixed some crankbaits into the trolling spread today and the walleyes ate them up. The old standby, chrome, 1/4 oz. Hot-N-Tots with a rubber core sinker 5' ahead of the lures did the trick. A trolling speed of about 1.8 mph was my velocity. We also some meat today too and that also worked like a charm. The wind is predicted to be up some for tomorrow with two completely different wind predictions form two weather sources. The National Weather Service calling for 12 knot SW winds, which would be fine, but Windfinder is predicting wind to 27 knots from the south turning SW, which would be awful. We'll just have to wait and see how thing shape up tomorrow morning to see if we can fish.

Capt. Mike Veine
http://www.trophyspecialists.com


7/11/2018
Saginaw Bay, Arenac County

7/11/18, Saginaw Bay, Au Gres, Fishing Report

I decided to try some different spots today right from the start of the trip. The first location produced a couple quick walleyes but then nothing more, so we moved to spot #2. There we caught a couple more walleyes, but nothing steady, so we moved to spot #3, which turned out to be full of walleyes. We had non-stop action for a two mile stretch, but unfortunately, my clients had only booked a 5 hour trip and they ran out of time before they had limited out. With four clients aboard, catching 32 walleyes takes very steady action right from the start, which certainly isn't always going to be the case with the way walleyes move around in the Bay. It often takes checked several spot before finding a concentration of active fish. They did end up with 25 walleyes today though with the biggest being about 26 inches. They also caught some catfish and sheephead along with a white bass, white perch and a yellow perch too. We had a big pike on, but it bit through the line taking the lure with him. We pulled meat on the bottom today with every lure in the water catching their share of fish. It was fairly windy and rough at times today, so the trolling speed varied a lot in the surging waves from 1.4 to 2.0 mph. We had some issues with seasickness yesterday and today too even though it was really not all that rough out. In both cases, taking a good seasickness preventative would likely have cured the motion sickness. If you are planning a fishing trip on big water and motion sickness is possible, then consult your doctor about Transderm Scop, which is a prescription medication that is applied through a patch worn below the ear. In every case I've seen where this product is used it has blocked all sea sickness including some hard cases that were especially prone to motion sickness. Over the counter remedies like Dramamine may be fine for those that get light sea sickness occasionally, but Transder Scop is a much surer bet.

Capt. Mike Veine