Perfect conditions to fish offshore Wednesday evening if only for a couple hours. I told my son and grand-daughter it would be a lg. boat ride out and back. I punched in a 240ft. waypoint 100 degrees out of Manty and stopped short of it in 215ft. about 5:30PM. I set out double dipsies with inside wires and outside braided plus two riggers a medium strong North South current didn't allow more. Our only 2 fish and only 2 hits came off the same mag wire dipsy out 125ft. set 2 pulling a white bechhold flasher and double aqua fly. Netted a decent Laker and 2 yr. old King fin clipped. Both fish hit in about 235ft. one going out one coming back in. I pulled early and was in just after sunset. The NEWGLSP club had Dramm make up 4 hoses and connections for the Manty Marina cleaning station. They work great and are not a gift from above please use them as if you paid for them. Good Luck Fishing.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Glad you are alright. Lake Michigan is a very dangerous lake that gets little respect from too many people.
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.
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 <(((<
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