Hey guys... anyone looking for one more guy for Monday morning ride along? Totally willing to pay for fuel. Hoping to go out of Kenosha or Racine. Thanks
Lake Michigan, Racine County
|@ the lake|
Fool65 nice fish
I also went out this morning but only managed to take home a rainbow and smaller lake that drown behind a ff.I did get around 12 chinooks but they were all 12-15" long.I was in 70-90 ft. of water .Maybe next time I will try out deeper.All the chinooks came on spoons.
71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
Two in the boat this morning, left the dock around 4:30. Went 4 for 7. Two hits on 10 color bloody nose moonshine (1 laker, 10 lbs and one king 10 lbs) two hits on 7 color 5 eyes (1 rainbow, 11 lbs.) one hit on wonderbread spoon on the rigger at 60, one on green/white spin doctor with green fly 65 down on the rigger, and last one was on a glow ghost J plug, 93 down on the rigger which was my new personal best- 31 pounds and change. Finally broke into the 30 pound club. It took somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour to get him boated. All hits came from 150 to 260 FOW. We started in 120, worked to 320 and back. Great day on the water!
71° - 75° F
Got out at 5 AM and in at 10.We had 7 hits and 5 in the boat.One 22 lb. king on a stinger spoon down 60.one 4 lb. Laker and three small kings about a pound apiece..Lost a nice King on a wht. Flasher and blue fly.Best depth was 90-120 flow.
71° - 75° F
76° - 80° F
Fished two in the boat, left the dock at 4:30 pulled lines at 12:30. Went 5 for 10. White/Green spin Dr. with green/white fly down 54 on rigger took two, one coho one laker as well as a big fish that broke the treble hook on its first run. One laker on a lime green flasher with matching spin and glo down 120. Small King came on blue flounder pounder, 90 LOC dipsey on a 2 setting. Other Coho came on a dipsey, blue/yellow/purple spoon, dipsey 1 setting 120 LOC. Nothing huge made it in the boat today for us, all fish between 2-12 pounds. One other lost fish was a big king- hit on a dipsey, dragon slayer flasher and blue 2 setting 95 LOC fly that ripped 300+ feet of line until it wrapped into the 7 color on the outside board... We saw the fish in the mess while bringing both in, but it worked its was off in the process. Dirty bugger wrecked my 7 color and created quite a mess to sort out, but all in a day's fishing! Great day on the water and the weather held up nicely. All hits were between 80 FOW and 160 FOW.
66° - 70° F
66° - 70° F
Fished solo this morning, my crew for the day had a sick kid unfortunately, so they had to bail. Left the dock at 4:30, pulled lines at 10. Went 6 for 6 with two healthy shakers released. 21 pound king in 78 FOW down 54 on the rigger with white/green spin dr. And green/white fly. Same set up and depth on the rigger took two Lakers as I worked East, 4 and 8 pounds. One shaker king I had to keep- he got the hooks way back in the gills on a silver/blue pro king spoon and was dead before he got to the boat, he was legal size at least. Same spoon caught one of the released shakers, as did a silver/green stinger. All hits between 78 FOW and 140 FOW. All fish on East-West or West-East troll, the North/South didn't get me a bump. Beautiful morning on the water. Fishhawk is on the fritz, had to run with GPS speed today but it worked out pretty well.
56° - 60° F
76° - 80° F
Made a last minute decision to fish for a bit tonight, went out solo. Set lines about 6:15 in 70 FOW. Worked East to 130 then spun back in. Hooked up the first fish in 90 FOW on a blue RV flounder pounder just after sunset, dipsey 2.5 setting with 55 LOC. I knew it was a good one when it took 400 more out before I had a chance to reel- turned out to be a 29 pound king! In the middle of fighting that one the downrigger rod fired as well, down 44 with Moonshine Mongolain Beef. Managed to net the king, then got to the 12 pound rainbow that hit second. Was a heck of a fun time fishing solo, was lucky (and glad) to land them both. Called it a night after that, both my nets had hooks buried in them, easier to deal with at the dock. Was awesome to get both in the boat solo, can't wait to crack the 30 pound mark! The poor Rainbow had 6 lamprey marks on it.
Thanks for your comments. We came in after 2 hours of nothing in around 80-115 FOW. Met Brian on shore, who was a great help in assessing the rigs we used and how I should adjust them to better my odds, as well as a fair deal on a pair of used downriggers!
The only action we had was when our little guy, Lukas, got stung by a fat BUMBLEBEE..... LITERALLY 6 miles out (little thing must have been tired trying to find a place to land, and Lukas walked up and grabbed it like it was candy). Since my wife is allergic (our daughter and I aren't), and Lukas had yet to be stung, we had to haul all lines in a race to shore in case he had a reaction (none observed).
Still learning my new toys (boat and trolling poles) and appreciate any help I can get. I'd like to have someone with off-shore experience come out with me for some tips and education. Until then, I'll just keep tryin' until it feels like I'm doing it right.
Fish are pretty scattered. If you work the bait balls in the 60-90 FOW you might be able to pick up some fish. For numbers I'd head out deeper and run the coho/rainbow set ups. Haven't been out past 110 FOW for about 1.5 weeks myself, so I can't say for certain how deep, last I was out there my best action was 220-260. The weather looks like it should cooperate, good luck and let us know how you do!
Hey Fishin' Fool 65.... and all others on the thread... I recently picked up a 20ft Cobia and built a little board for the back well mounted to two cleats (picture) to host 4 poles (and two downriggers to come when I find a good price on some used ones). I've been a lifelong shoreman and am trying to get our first ones on the line from the boat now that the rig is complete!
Looking to take wife and kids out tomorrow morning for the peak bite from 8-11am, but they are concerned about chop and sea-sickness for the 5 & 9 yr old kiddos. We generally keep to smaller chop (2ft) pretty well, and when it gets 3'-4' or higher, they don't handle it well at all.
Can anyone give me some guidance on the depths they're having success in this week? Generally we get out to apx 4-5 miles off the reef before it gets questionable. Tomorrow we're projected to have 6mph winds from the SW during the entire morning. Suggestions on how deep I need to get to even be presenting to prospective catch?
My rigs are a wireline with dipsy diver, another dipsy with 2 colors of lead, and two lines with 5 colors each that I could go off top or with dipsy divers. I've piece-mealed my initial poles as opportunities have presented themselves. Thanks to a great friend, I've got a fair mix of flys and spoons to throw on any of the setups.
Advice would be GREATLY appreciated.