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DEW POINT 61°

Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan

Two Rivers/Manitowoc, Lake Michigan
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8/6/20 @ 6:17 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (91%)
Waning Gibbous
chill440
chill440
User since 1/2/15

Fished out of Manitowoc Wednesday morning from 3:30 until about 1:00 PM and went 3 for 3.  Started out in about 120 FOW and found 70 degree water from top to bottom.  Started trolling SE, put the probe at 100 ft and found that to be the case within a few degrees all the way out past 250.  Once we were out past 250 the temps started to drop. We didn't pick up our first fish until after 7 AM.
Fish #1 was a small Laker off the rigger down 110 on a Magnum Blue Flounder Pounder UV spoon in about 260 FOW.  About an hour later we landed a nice coho on 7 color running an Aqua FF.  Decided to circle back over that spot and on the SE troll picked up our 3rd and final fish very close to the previous mark. Fish #3 was a small King, off a rigger down 50 on a Carbon 14 spoon.  Trolled back and forth in this area and didn't catch anything else after that.

8/1/20 @ 11:34 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
fishrepellant
User since 3/25/10

Fished this morning from Manty.  Had a great time with a friend and a couple of new friends.  Went 10 for 14-ish.  (had a few unexplained releases). Fished SE in 90-230 FOW. Planers with core then copper went early...turning to wire divers and riggers late morning.   Spoons with pink, black and/or silver in top 40’ seemed to be key.  FFs deeper had drive-bus, but no takers.   Wire divers from 27-74 LOC. 

Marked a couple of specks and one arc total. ??‍??

Water was about 70 and cooled to 67 surface before we left. 

One fish had a full belly (see pic) but the rest were empty.  

Good luck. 

8/1/20 @ 9:25 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
newman2
User since 6/5/11

Fished this am out of manitowoc, southeast, 6-9am.  Only 1 small king on the rigger down 50 on mac muffin spoon.  It hit early, before all lines were all in.  Worked 100 to 180, mostly had spoons out hoping for some bows, no luck today.

7/30/20 @ 8:44 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (83%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
Tyee Teaser
Tyee Teaser
User since 8/18/14

4am to 11am

Started in 60 feet NE of TR.  Used moonshine glow spoons but there was no glow bite.  Went NE into the waves and kept heading deeper.  Had a release on 40' rigger in 160' but nobody home at 6:30.  At 7:00 same 40 ' rigger in 170' on same moonshine red/green spoon took a 5 lb. Bow. We were not marking bait or fish since we left 60'.  Thought we were wasting our time.  Dead sea.

Then at 10am Spider wire Dipsy at 14 passes on my Penn 309 exploded.  Really.  The rod holder base blew out.  The 309 got wedged under the Cannon downrigger and I was able to grab the butt of the rod just in time.  Had a 12 lb bow put on a ridiculous show.  Thank God it was double hooked or we would never have got this one in.  It was in the air more than the water.  Won't forget this one.  Orange with black ladder back stinger mag spoon.

At 11 am one more 8 lb bow hit the same 40' rigger.  Ended up 3 for 4.  Biggest surprise was total lack of bait or fish on down and side imaging.  Sometimes dumb luck works best.


7/30/20 @ 7:07 PM
Lribb
User since 4/7/19

Glad you are alright.  Lake Michigan is a very dangerous lake that gets little respect from too many people. 

7/30/20 @ 2:51 PM
Aluma1
User since 4/12/03

That’s why I always use transducer boards on my boats. So I can add and subtract transducers without drilling more holes in the transom. I think I would have called mayday once you had water coming in. With no outboards running.  Help is not always super quick getting there.  i always wear a inflatable life vest while fishing solo.

7/30/20 @ 2:43 PM
reel riot
User since 8/26/01

KyahKyah,

Quite an experience you had . Thank goodness you had something to bail water with ! Sounds like you might have had a course in Basic Seamanship , that the Coast Guard offers ! I know you called your wife which was good, but you could have also put out a 

Pon Pon distress call on ch 16 , without calling a Mayday, and might have alerted other boats in area just in case this went the other way! Albeit you got in safe and sound, thats what counts . I highly recommend that Basic Seamanship course for all boaters, as you will be amazed how much you will learn about safe boating, not to mention the insurance discount on your boat by most companies ! 

The Coast Guard also offers free boat inspections, and will certify your boat for the boating season . This way you know your prepared, and the sheriff or Wardens will usually leave you alone when they see that Coast Guard sticker on your windshield when their doing dockside inspections and ticketing ! The most they usually ask is to see your flares, to see if their date is expired ! 


Stay Safe and Good Luck Fishing  <(((<





7/30/20 @ 2:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (83%)
Waxing Gibbous
CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
kyahkyah
kyahkyah
MEMBER since 4/17/15


Well... Not much of a fishing report, as I got skunked last Friday,  but I thought I would share this with this group, so you can learn from my moronic mistake.



Was trolling with my kicker around 10:00 and my 9.9 Merc died.  Was getting ready to head out around 10:30 PM and my 115 merc died.  Could not get either started, so there I was 7 miles out in the dark only my 80 Terrrova to get me back. I knew my Terrova would not make it, as I was 5 hours in already.  Then, my worst fear came true..  while trying to fix the motor, I pulled the back screw plate and saw that I was sinking.  The water was up to my floorboards and all the electrical and fuel lines were underwater.  I quickly go my emergency flasher, flipped the bilge pump on, got out my marine radio to channel 16, put on my life jacket and texted my location to my wife. I then started bailing to see if I could get ahead of the water coming in.  Fortunately,  the bilge pump gained on the ingress of water and I was able to start troubleshooting and held off on the distress call. I found the problem, used a screw to plug the hole and then got to work on the big motors.  I was fortunate enough to get the big motor going and was able to make it out, but it really could have gone either way.  I had installed a new bracket on my transom to get my Helix 9 ducer deeper and had missed a screw.  How stupid?  Anyway, two lessons for me.. One, any time you work on your hull, double and triple-check.  Secondly, I now purchased an automatic redundant bilge pump with automatic float switch.  At least I will be alerted if there is water coming in now.  It was so wavy and I was only trolling, so I was not alerted to the problem.  Anyway, all good now, but I was pretty shaken up at the time, but by keeping my whits and literally stopping, taking a breath, formulating a plan, putting my safety protocols in place, the result was much better.  I am sharing my stupidity with others, so you can learn from my mistake.  Take care and be safe everyone!  Kyle 


7/25/20 @ 2:12 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (30%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
fishland
User since 9/7/12

Went NE out of Manty friday afternoon. Fished between 90 and 150ft. Ended up with 2 bows and lost a small king at the net. Both bows on spoons. One down 60 on the rigger other on dipsy out 125. King came on flasher/fly down 80 on the rigger in145ft.

7/24/20 @ 5:59 PM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
tangled2
User since 4/1/02

Nice conditions Friday AM off Manitowoc.  A grand-daughter tagged along she knows the routine and usually doesn't get sea-sick but even this old Naval Vet succumbs occasionally.  I told her to hang in there for an hour she agreed.  45 minutes into that hour in 113ft. my 96ft. rigger got hit.  I had about a 15ft. set back running a mag spin doctor with a musselhead meat rig and dreamweaver's ballyhoo.  Pretty good run then just slowly horse him back hoping the hook set was good.  A natural male with 3 larger alewife inside - spawning size which is encouraging.  Some spiny fleas but not terrible.  Dockside at 6:45AM we did a weigh-in on Popp's UPS scale for a local fish contest; the attendant was good about it.  We are holding the same fish even though it doesn't look like it.  25.95#  Good Luck.

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