Started out bumpy out of Algoma Thurs. morning on PK's boat. Big swell from Wed. winds and a chop made things tough for a while. One smaller king on the three color core behind a rigger ball at 100 feet down was all we could get a hit on. Magnum glow spoon with black or blue ladderback seems to be the ticket. Barely dodged the skunk again. Kewaunee in my boat next time. Water temps were 68 degrees and the wind died as we fished. Hardly any trailers in the lot with a few boats straining water by the harbor mouth but we fished 150 foot depths.
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Fished out of Algoma last Thursday and Friday with no runs, no hits and no errors. I found fish from 140-250 but no takers all I was able to do use to get my first mate sick.
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Fished out of Kewaunee dropping lines close to 4:30pm and wrapping up at 7:30 Tuesday. Caught 3 fish ; a laker about 6:00 on a dipsy and large green/glow spoon, a 10# king on a large glow spoon/ blue ladderback, and a small rainbow on a glowspoon with purple spatter. There was a diagonal wave pattern that made getting out to 100 foot depths a little slow but the wind never picked up and there weren't many whitecaps. The dipsey and downrigger were the first hits and there was a little tug off the 200 copper that I thought was a bigger wave but, much later, found out was the smaller bow. Didn't see much on the finder out to 200 feet and as the sun dropped we headed back in and marks started showing up shallower and the fish started biting in the 100 foot and less depths. The same survey lady that was at Algoma Satuday, greeted us when we got back to a mostly empty Kewaunee launch where she collected the snout of one fish to get the tag inside. The nice king was wild, not a hatchery fish.
Fished Saturday afternoon/evening from 2 to 8:30. Went 4 for 5, all Kings with biggest being 13 pounds. Raspberry Carbon took 1 fish, F/F took 2, and a doctored Pro King with black Sharpie took the other. All fish came inside 130' and at depths of 40 to 50 down. Long ride battling 3 to 4 footers but more than likely are last trip of the year. Great time spent with family!
Have been running Dipseys on wire 1.5 to 2 setting and they are literally going almost straight down. Can see them on the graph, verified by reeling them in/out and seeing the movement. 50' of line out on counter and 50' down, so much for the depth charts. Verified line counters at home by walking line out, exactly right. Currents? Not sure what was going on?
Fished Friday 3:00 to 8:30 out of Algoma. Went 5 for 8, 4 Kings and 1 Bow. 3 hits on Raspberry Carbon, 2 on Raspberry Shadow, and 3 on F/F's. Downrigger dropped between 50 & 60 and 250 & 300 Copper took all hits. Got hits between 190 & 110 fow. Cold water everywhere we went.
went 3 for 5 this evening out of Kewaunee-
cold water was near shore (54-58 deg surface) fished in 115 fow all hits came in the top 50 ft. 3 & 5 color coppers got hits and dipseys 100 ft back. Any moonshine with red, white and black was getting hit. Bloody nose, red hulk, and another one similar to the hulk. All hits came after sun set. Riggers were not productive- ran stackers 80/60 & 70/50 then moved them up to 60/40 50/30 once we started popping fish on the other lines but got nada on them.
I didn't get the lat/lon unfortunately, but i was about in 145 fow slightly north of Algoma when i hit the shipwreck or whatever it was.
DC I like to hit 3 different levels to start. One board with 3 to 5 color. A dipsy out 150 and a rigger down deep. Once you find the active fish switch to that depth presentation.My favorite is a 10 color straight out the back. Easy to set out and get in with no tangles by yourself and fish are tired dragging all that lead, so easier to net.. Last trip we did best with this, yes J plug
Curious since I fish solo a lot what is a good 3 rod spread in the morning. I have 2 down riggers, wire and braided dipsy’ and regular braided for high lines with boards. Also when I have my wife or a friend alone what’s a good 6 rod set up for early morning? I never know if I should run salmon candy flashers with fly’s, spin doctors, spoons, meat rigs, etc? I have these options but never know if I’m using too much of one thing. Last 5 trips out of Kewaunee left me with 0 strikes. Just before K/D started I landed this nice #26 at about 8p in 130fow on low dipsy out 172 ft on braided line @2.7 mph.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Kewaunee Launch is in great shape. Just make sure you crawl in the water up to our knees to winch your boat up because if you drive it to the trailer the ramp nazi will come tell you how to load your own boat. LOL