Thursday, July 2, 2015

Well, it wasn't the best night to go out fishing, but I have a Marina Party on the 4th that I haven't caught enough Salmon for, so despite the weather, we headed out around 6:30.  I heard that some Kings were caught North in 140 -160 FOW, so Dave, Paul, & I pounded our way North in the 3-6 footers, then headed with the waves on a SSE troll.  We only fished 5 rods because of the tough conditions and it wasn't till we made it to 130 FOW outside of Holland that we missed the first bite, 60 down, on a white/green magnum with spots.  Shortly after, the lead core with a purple and black Pro-King magnum started ripping out and kept going with drag cranked up.  Boom, its double time, the dipsy went with a green fish catcher and home-made orange mirage fly.  As I was bringing in a 7 lb king on the dipsy, Dave had his hands full on the lead core as he ended up submarining the large planer board and the line just kept going out.  Not wanting to loose the fish or the gear, we pulled the other 3 rods and backed down on the board/fish.  The board finally popped up and Dave was able to bring in this beefy 14 lb king.  We fished for another hour until 9:30 and the waves calmed a bit, but no more action to report.

I'll probably head out on Friday night in order to make sure there enough filets to put on the grill Saturday.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Unfortunately the Tuesday night league was cancelled last night due to waves.  We fished for almost an hour, but didn't have any luck in the 110 to 130 range.

If it's not rough out, I'll give it a try tonight.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I'll be fishing the Tuesday nights Summer Tournament put on by the Holland Steelheaders, with Capt TJ on Bending Limits.  Last night was our first night in the league.  We had a slow start, loosing our first couple of fish.  But, then things picked up and we ended the night 10 for 18.  Don't get to excited, as were running the Lake Trout program and caught only Lake Trout.  We fished in 100 to 130 FOW.  The biggest was 12 lbs and the smallest didn't make the size limit.  We had several in the 10 lb range.  For the night we took 1st place with the Best Box of fish (5 fish weighing 50 lbs total - in this league you weigh your 5 best fish).  Not bad for our first night in the league.

A couple of boats did go for Kings, and the Big Fish of the tournament was a 14lb king.

It looks like it will be Smoked Lake Trout at our marina 4th of July Party!


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Monday, June 22, 2015


This Reports from Capt. TJ on Bending limits:
Lake Michigan fishing charters Father’s Day weekend fishing report!
This past weekend was jam packed with action. Fishing is very good out of Holland.  Friday evening we had 21 bites, but were only able to get 8 of the fiesty fish to the net.  Saturday morning was our best trip, landing 17 fish! 14 Lake Trout and 3 salmon.  Saturday afternoon the bite was a little tougher, but we were still able to land 8 fish. We also landed 3 of the biggest fish of the year on Saturday evening!!
The lake trout are loving our new Yakima spin n glos on the bottom.
The kings continue to want nothing but big weenie meat rigs!  Blue balls again was our most consistent one!!
What a weekend of fishing!   Book your trip now! Dates are filling quickly!
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Well, with no son around for Father's Day, Kris joined me fishing this morning.  We fished from 6:45 to 9:30 and ended 2 for 2.  The first fish was a 11 lb Lake Trout that bit on a full core in 80 FOW on a UV wonder-bread glow magnum spoon.  We kept heading west and when we finally turned south in 160 FOW we hooked a 15 lb King on a full core with a Snow White Magnum ProKing.  It didn't act like a king as it jumped several times before we were able to get to the planer board.  We headed back east and didn't have any action on the way in.  There were no waves and very few boats out, which was surprising for a Sunday Morning and Father's Day.  By the time we pulled lines, the flies were overtaking the boat.


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Friday night

I had a full boat of friends on Friday night, but we didn't get a full cooler of fish. Marc, Shane, Chuck & I were lucky to get the skunk out finishing 1 for 1 with a small king. We were all over 80 to 140 but couldn't even mark much on the screen.   It was a beautiful night and cameras were used on the sunset instead of the fish.


Thank you,
Wade

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

TJ joined me last night and we fished from 6:30 to 10pm straight out of Holland.  Early on we covered a lot of water with out much action in the 140 to 180 range, then moved in closer.  We ended up 2 for 7 and had a hard time hooking the fish.  We had a real nice steelhead jumping around a dozen or so times before it shook the spoon (lead core).  The two we caught were 7 and 11 lb kings. Green was the hot color with 3 hits coming on silver with green and spots, 1 on a white/glow with green and spots, 2 on green and gold with silver back, and one on greenish fly.  The meat rig was quiet.  The lake was flat, the visibility was questionable at times, but it was a lot of fun at the end of the night when we got the double header going.

I hope to be out there again on Friday.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Marc and I fished last night from 7 to 10pm.  I had some good intel from Bending Limits and Black Pearl Charters that the kings were biting in 160 to 180, so we started fishing out deep.  After an hour without bites and seeing nothing on the fish finder, we worked are way back in.  We marked fish regularly in the 135 to 145 area but again, no bites.  Finally during the sunset hour we got a little action as we were headed back east towards the pier.  We pick up a small king on a Lemon Ice Magnum on a full core in 85 FOW and then a nice 14 lb king, 60 down, on a gold magnum spoon with green sprayed on both edges.  The fish seem to be moving around a bit.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Went out Friday evening with Mark (D-23) around 6:30 and it was a bit sporty with some big waves rolling through.  We ended 2 for 3.  A nice 7 lb steelhead came on white with green spoon that looked just like the steelhead itself, on  a full core.  A 3 lb king came on a green flasher with home-made orange mirage fly on dypsy 150 back.  Of course, the one that got away felt like a real nice king and came on the a green alwive magnum spoon, 60 down.  Because of the strong North wind and waves, we fished south to Saugatuck from 85 to 65 FOW.  We turned around about 8:30 and headed back toward Holland.  We picked up lines shortly after that as Mark was starting to turn green with the added wave action.

Hopefully we'll be back out there tonight and with this East wind, it should be pretty calm.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Had nice first trip on the Rhino last night.  Capt. TJ of Bending Limits road along as well.  The fishing was slow and we didn't mark many either.  We spent most of the time around 110 to 125 and went 1 for 2 on small kings.  The king came on a Mag blue Dolphin Spoon. Heading toward the pier at sunset we picked up a nice 8 lb Laker in 80 FOW on a green fly.   Hopefully I'll be back out there on Friday.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sorry for the lack of reports, but I hope to get the Rhino launched this week and start fishing on a regular basis.  The word from the Grand Haven Tournament was that the Lake Trout continue to easy to target and the kings are quite a bit harder to pinpoint and find on a day-to-day basis.  Good amounts of kings were caught in the 10 to 16 lb range.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

I fished on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday on the Bending Limits Fishing Team in South Haven Tournament (They fished Friday too).  We had some great practice fishing but couldn't find the kings during the tournament.  Capt. TJ's report is below.  Thanks TJ, it was still a lot of fun!

"This weekend was our first tournament of the year in South Haven. I'll be completely honest, we flat out tanked over the weekend. After great fishing Thursday with 8 kings and a bunch of trout and going 12-21 on kings on Friday. We struggled to land fish Saturday and only weighed 6 fish. Sunday we couldn't buy a salmon bite if our lives depended on it. Our biggest king was 11 inches. On a positive note we did have some really great footage from both days for the Salmon Showdown. Congrats to Nick Everse on his tournament win in Holland Saturday. Congrats to Best Chance Too on the pro side win. Congrats to Breaktime on the 333 victory! You guys are all fantastic fishermen!! On to Grand Haven in two weeks!"

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I made it out today aboard TJ's boat with Buster.  The 3 of us nearly caught our limit and ended with around 12 for 16, fishing around 10' of water.  The fish were all pretty small, except for the one-that-got-away, which was nice Brown over 10 lbs about 15' behind the boat.  We caught 5 small browns, 1 Laker and the rest kings.  We released several small fish.  It was a sunny and flat morning - A great day to be out!  Thanks TJ!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

I haven't been out yet, but I've been hearing the Browns are hitting both in shallow water trolling and also fishing off the pier and fisherman have been limiting out!  Good luck!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Anybody getting the itch to go fishing?  I sure am!  It won't be too much longer and the ice burgs will have melted and we can get out there again.  I've heard that some of the pier fishing has been Amazing in the last couple weeks!

There are a lot of tournaments this summer, so mark your calendars and put your crews together - A team that's practiced and prepared is more likely to win.

If anyone is still looking for a slip this summer, please give me a call.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

 Mark and I caught an 8 lb Steelhead and a 16 lb king on Thursday night in 100 FOW.  There were all kinds of people out fishing so it was important to stay by the wheel.  The King came on a white mirage fly on dipsy on 1 back 185 and the steelhead on greasy chicken wing spoon on full core.   We were feeling ok about our short outing where we fished from 7 to 9, except that when we got back to the Z-dock, we spoke Jeff who just got back in and he and his wife caught 10 fish.  They said that they were out a bit deeper in 150 or 160.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

 We have our big Shipyard Labor Day party coming up and I needed to get a few more fillets for the grill so I headed out on a solo trip from 5-8 pm last night.  It was a windy bouncy evening on the lake and mostly trolled S and N.  I ended 3-4 with a 10, 12, and 16 lb king and the big fish tested my driving, fishing, and netting all-in-one capabilities.  Disappointingly, the one that got away broke the backing line behind the full core.  It was probably the biggest yet as it was ripping the line off the reel - where the backing line broke probably hadn't seen the light of day in quite some time.  I was mostly in 95-110 feet of water.   The 16 pounder came on a meet rig 70 down.  The other 2 were on a full core with a greasy chicken wing spoon.  They fish provided some great fillets for the grill on Sunday!

Mark and I are going out for trip tonight too...details to come.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Saturday morning I headed out with Mark (D-23) and we fished from 7 to 10:30.  We ended up 3 of 4 and took 3 nice kings in the 6 to 10 lb range.  The action was good early but we just drove around for the last 2 hours.  We were mostly just South of Holland and in 80-110 FOW.  Back at the dock I talked to few people that did much better than us (8-10 fish) but were fishing further North.  This set the stage for our trip the next day.

I went out again with Mark on Sunday morning and we got up little earlier and fished from 6:30 to 11:00 and ended only 2 of 5.  We headed North and fished mostly half-way between Holland and Port Sheldon from 70 to 130 FOW.  Unfortunately the good advice from the day before didn't turn into more fish.  We did loose 2 fish to broken lines.  One fish came on a meet rig and the other on a blue dolphin spoon.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

I took an afternoon trip on Sunday (I'm a sucker for a calm, sunny day on the water), so I was expecting slow fishing, and unfortunately that is what I got.   I ended up 1 for 2 and caught a 6 lb King on Green dolphin glow on a full core.  But, it was a beautiful day!


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Don from Z-31 was out Sunday Night and reported that he went 3 for 3.  He brought in Two mature female Chinooks and nice steelhead.   40 to 50 foot down in 150 foot of water.  Green Dolphin and that hammered gold and green with the fluorescent tape.

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