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6/14/18 @ 11:38 PM
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Animal's Kingdom
Animal's Kingdom
USER since 7/3/04

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Waxing Crescent

Tim - 

Sorry to hear about your accident.  Hope all heals well.  If you are trailering it sounds like they are doing better up north east of MKE in 120-130FOW.  Read a few reports where Manitowoc is taking multiple 31# Kings.  For some reason the tanks are up north and the fishing is much more consistent.

T

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6/14/18 @ 11:31 AM
Timotheus
Timotheus
USER since 7/14/09

Just wondering if anyone has had any luck out of bender lately.  I've been sidelined for the last 2.5 weeks after getting rear ended. Now i have my truck back and looking to get back at it. 

Thanks! 

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6/1/18 @ 12:42 PM
cycleguy
cycleguy
USER since 2/8/05

Nice job Fisher.....

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6/1/18 @ 12:03 PM
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FisherKid88
FisherKid88
USER since 4/8/12

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Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

Setup in 80fow last night at 7pm. 

Trolled east to 135 before first hit.

155fow was key. Loaded with fish top to bottom. 

Went 11 for 11 and let go 2 small ones. 

Every rod took fish, dipsys at 30-40' deep. Riggers at 90+ leadcores on top. Keel weights. 


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5/28/18 @ 6:56 PM
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Timotheus
Timotheus
USER since 7/14/09

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Waxing Gibbous

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Partly Sunny

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Went out about 830 this morning w wife on a last minute change of plans.  As we were launching, lots of boats coming in after the wind change.  I was a bit skeptical of the waves and weather and the boats coming in, so we took a short ride out and found clean water and nice temp break at 70 FOW and gave it a go for a couple hours, ended up going 7 for 7!! 6 coho on boards and two color - had to be about 12 feet down, one color didn't get touched until I added weight with same stuff.  And we pulled a bonus Laker on a dipsey down about 60' on flasher fly. 

I had every intention of going deeper, but being a newbie with a northish wind I didn't want to venture to far out - save that for a later day.   

@Sunshine and those who pm me, THANK YOU for the advice!  I owe you guys a couple beers or something!  

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5/28/18 @ 9:01 AM
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Robbollio
Robbollio
USER since 10/17/04

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Waxing Gibbous

I was the lone kayak this morning out of Bender. I started deeper outside of everyone in around 30 fow. 2 rods setup with coho rigs. Nada for me unfortunetly but the morning conditions were awesome until about 7:30 am. The new yak handled the blow and waves very well as i rode the waves back in from in front of Grant park. So Im very happy besides the skunk. Until next time.

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5/27/18 @ 1:08 PM
Timotheus
Timotheus
USER since 7/14/09

Thanks for the help Sunshine!  

The 00 dodgers along with the baby spin doctors (orange) is mostly what I have been using, with peanut flies.  

That chart is perfect, printed off a copy to keep on the boat!  

Thanks again, and good luck tomorrow!

Edited on 5/27/18 1:09 PM
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5/27/18 @ 10:40 AM
Sunshine2
Sunshine2
USER since 12/20/01

Tim,

water temp for coho is perfect right now for your setup. Hopefully the chart I use will load here. Everyone has their theories, I go by this chart knowing that they'll leave their comfort level for short periods if bait are present.

I also use 1/2/3 color but my best setups this spring have been 5/8 ounce weight 25-50' back. It also appears that they are already starting to prefer larger flies, at least in my boat. The standard and time tested rig is a 00 orange dodger with a peanut or coho fly.

I say all of that but I'm also targeting kings now and getting larger coho on riggers and dipsy rigs with flasher/fly combos. But dodgers are still getting the majority (but smaller). Hopefully others will add to the discussion to guide you. Off to get the boat ready again, I'll be on the water early tomorrow.

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5/27/18 @ 10:26 AM
Timotheus
Timotheus
USER since 7/14/09

Thanks Sunshine! For the links and for the information. That all makes perfect sense and help to figure out this new adventure!

I will mainly be targeting cohos, at least until I can figure out how to get some riggers mounted on the boat that can be removed without leaving to much hardware in the way for the family fun time on the water.

In the meantime I have been using 1,2 and 3 color cores to target that top 20’ (depending on depth of water) and will bring out more colors along with dipseys to get the top 50’ to 60’ as needed.  

Definitely not looking for someone else's spot - just what is working. One of the draws of fishing out here is to avoid those crowds! I figure there is enough water out here compared to the inland lakes where there is no reason to be playing bumper boats.  

If you don't mind, follow up question on temps - from what I read, general rule of thumb would be look for water less than 50 degrees, is that correct? 

Thank you again!!

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5/27/18 @ 4:47 AM
5 EYES
5 EYES
USER since 12/13/12

Hotdog, if you look back to my post on 3/19 I have a map and directions to get out of the harbor. I went yesterday and I thought it was deeper than back in March. Maybe the water has gone up since than. Stay right exiting and you should not have a problem. Good luck! Thanks to everyone for all of the good information on this link. 

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