Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Team Rhino had a great time fishing in the Big Red Classic last weekend.  We were pretty disappointed that we didn't catch more fish, but we all had a great time and we didn't get skunked either.  Tony, Paul, Mark, Marc, Craig and I only caught 2 on the first day and 3 on the third day.   We mainly fished the 80 to 110 FOW and were straight out of Holland on day one, then went out front of Port Sheldon on day 2.   It was pretty slow, however we missed a few on day 2 that we wished were in the box.  We took hits on a little everything so there wasn't anything hot.  I do remember tjhat we took a 6 lb Steelhead on 4 color with a Red Thin Fin.    A 6 lb laker came on a Green and Gold Magnum on a 12 color.  7 lb Laker on Meat and down rigger and we had a 9 lb laker on a green fly and dypsy back 180 on 2.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I went out with Jim and Jim last night on Jim's boat.  We fished from 6:30 to 10 pm and all of our action came after 8 pm, with most between 9 and 10pm.  We ended 5 of 6 with 4 big kings and a 10 lb lake trout.  The biggest king was 21.5 lbs, and was the biggest fish I've caught in a couple of years. Meat Rigs and a White Green and Black Magnum Spoon got all the action and the best fishing was 80 - 100.

There seem to be a lot of big Kings being caught the past week.  I hope you signed up for the Big Red Tournament as these big fish should make the standings pretty interesting.  Good Luck!



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Friday, July 1, 2016

Chuck, Mark, Shane, and I fished Friday evening (June 17th) from 6 to 9:30 and ended the night 2 of 3 with an 8 lb Laker and an 8 lb steelhead.  All of our action came from 6 to 7 pm and then nothing after that.  We fished 85 to 115 FOW and took are fish in 88 and 100.  The Laker came on a 12 color  on Lemon Berry Magnum and the Steelhead on a 3 color lead on an orange and yellow spoon.  On the radio, 1 or 2 fish seemed to be the average catch.

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Chuck, Mark, Shane, and I fished Friday evening (June 17th) from 6 to 9:30 and ended the night 2 of 3 with an 8 lb Laker and an 8 lb steelhead.  All of our action came from 6 to 7 pm and then nothing after that.  We fished 85 to 115 FOW and took are fish in 88 and 100.  The Laker came on a 12 color  on Lemon Berry Magnum and the Steelhead on a 3 color lead on an orange and yellow spoon.  On the radio, 1 or 2 fish seemed to be the average catch.

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I fished the mud off the pier-heads in Saugatuck from 4:30 to 8:30pm yesterday with TJ and Jeff.   The fish have been in close as the water is cold and the bait are also in.  We ended 2 for 5.  It seemed like the boats around us were catching more fish as we saw a few nets out there that were more active than ours.   We ended up with a 14 lb Laker and a 3 lb Brown.  With the busy Holiday weekend, I probably wouldn't recommend fishing the pier-heads off Saugatuck, at least not too close or you will be missing some of your gear...  Have a Great Holiday Weekend and 4th of July!  For any of you staying at Eldean Shipyard, I will be cooking a complimentary lunch from 12-3 on Monday with Brats, Chili-dogs, and Grilled Fish.  Thank you to Black Pearl Charters for large donation of Salmon that I will be grilling!



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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Kris and I had a nice dinner cruise last night rather than a great fishing trip.  We fished from 5:30 to 8:30pm and didn't have any bites.  We went west from 100 to 205, then back East to 150 before calling it a night.  There were really no marks on the graph.  On the way in, we did see a cluster of boats in 70 to 90 FOW.  I'm going to give that a try on Friday.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Chuck, Kyle, Mark & I fished last night from 6 to 9pm in 180 to 255.  We ended 2 for 3 catching fish in the 240-250 area.  One coho on a green dolphin 70 down and a steelhead on 4 color with the golden carrot (carrot looking gold spoon pictured on last report.  We missed a 2nd steelhead on the same set up as we watch it jump, jump, jump off the hook.  So, we had more guys, more poles, but less fish.  I keep forgetting the net, but I haven't lost one yet at the platform.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

I had a great first trip on Rhino last night (6:30 to 8:30) and got my limit.  My wife backed out last minute, so it was a solo trip.  Earlier in the day, I had read one good report about fish in 190 to 240.  I did just that, fishing heading west from 190 to 240, but without a bite.  Since I was already there, I kept going west and found fish between 240 and 250.  I ended the night 6 for 7, loosing one fish on the slider.  4 were cohos between 1 and 5 lbs, a 5 lb steelhead, and tiny king that got released.  2 came on a slider, probably 30 down.  2 came on a 12 color, and 2 more, including the steelhead on a 3 color.  See the photos for 3 hot lures.  I only fished small spoons.  No magnums, no meat, no flies.  Great night!




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Saturday, April 30, 2016

I fished with TJ from 4:30 to 7:30 on Friday evening.  We went out looking for Coho, found them on the graph, but couldn't get them to bite.  We did end 3 of 5 with 2 little kings and and one coho.  2 or 3 of the bites were on a meat rig.  The Coho came on a slider and a coyote spoon.  We were in the 100 to 140 FOW.  We did hear of Coho being caught around 205 on Red dodger and fly combos.  I just launched my boat yesterday, so I hope to get out there again soon.


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

TJ has a boat on A-dock.  TJ is a good fisherman.  TJ is the Charter Boat Captain of Bending Limits.  Bending limits ran its first Charter of the year yesterday.  Yesterday the boat caught 26 fish.  Good job TJ!

It sounds so simple doesn't it?  Well what a day for bending limits!  They caught a around 15 Lake Trout, several Browns and few Salmon to make this a remarkable trip for this charter group.  The fishing is great so its time to get the boat in and start fishing!




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Sunday, April 17, 2016

The fish are biting and its now warm enough where you don't see your breath when yelling "Fish On!".    There have been a lot of Browns, Lakers, and Coho being caught right now.  I've heard that the beach has been good for browns.  We headed offshore yesterday afternoon and fished from140 to 190 and ended 5 for 6.  We caught 4 nice coho's in the 3 to 5 lb range and a 4 lb laker.  The surface baits didn't have any action and everything came on downriggers 50 - 90 (coho) and the laker near the bottom.  It was sunny and flat.  A great first trip out!

Wade



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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

 Shane and I went out last night one more time before I haul the boat.  We hadn't heard anything, so we just started at 80 feet and headed west.  The boat was having some battery and electrical issues from the start and it wasn't too long before all the electronics and helm controls/panel were out.  Because of this and the nav lights not turning on, we only fished from 4:30 to 6:30.  We ended up with one 6 lb King on a full core and magnum white/pink mirage-like pro king spoon.  It was probably around 100 FOW, but without any instruments its a bit of a guess.  I did hear that the fishing was really good in shallow and near the Saugatuck pier heads.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This is what the great fishing look like for us last night!



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Great Fishing last night!  The Kings were biting and Buzz and I had a ton of fun on TJ's boat fishing in the Steelheaders Tuesday night league!  We left the pier heads at 6 and started pulling lines at 8:30.  In that short amount of time we went 11 for 14 with 7 Kings, 3 Steelhead, and 1 Coho.  We did miss the 2 biggest fish of the night though which would have definitely helped us at the weigh in.  As it was, we took 3rd place for the night as several boats weighed in some nice big Kings.  Everything came on meat or flies in 120 to 150 FOW and copper rods had most of the action.  Straight out of Holland and fish were biting on any trolling direction and we were marking them consistently.


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Monday, August 10, 2015

I fished with TJ/Bending Limits in the Waypoint Classic on Saturday morning.  We started out going for Kings, North of Saugy,95-105 FOW.  After only going 1-4, we moved in a little shallower and put the trout baits on (Spin-n-glows) and started working the bottom.  We took several, but not enough to weigh 12 fish as we needed.   We ended 8 for 15 with 7 Lake Trout.  A lot of kings and steelhead were caught by several boats with the steel head out deeper in the 110 - 140 range.


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Thursday, August 6, 2015

We did catch our 5 fish in the Tuesday night league, but not the way we intended.  With TJ on Bending Limits we set up just North of Holland around 100 FOW and tried for kings with Meat Rigs and Flies.  After a real slow go at with a couple of hits, but no fish, we moved in a little shallower around 90 FOW to target Lake Trout with spin-n-glows and try to fill the cooler.  The Lake trout were biting and it wasn't long until we had 4 Lake Trout and 1 king in the box.  We ended 5 of 9.

What was real awesome was the 28.5 lb King that another boat landed and had at the weigh-in.  What a big fish!  Lots of Kings were caught on Tuesday night, so they are starting to be caught with more regularity.
 
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Monday, August 3, 2015

The Big Red Tournament was a lot of fun but once again the fishing, for the most part didn't go our way. Team Rhino (Mark, Marc, Wade, Paul, and Tony) was in right in the middle of the pack after day 1 when we caught 3 smaller steelhead and a 12 lb king.  The action was on 4 different poles: 3 lead lines with spoons and one downrigger with a meat rig and we ended 4-6 with the action coming in 70-85 FOW.  Day 2 was another story where the fishing was more difficult because of the wind and waves and the fish didn't seem to be biting.  We only caught 1 steelhead and couldn't get much to happen including marking very many fish and spent our time in the 70 to 120 foot range until the tournament was cancelled an hour early because of big waves.

On Friday I went out and practiced fished with Capt. TJ on Bending Limits.  We had a difficult time targeting kings in the first couple hours so we went back to targeting Lake trout and before noon we had 10 Lakers, 2 Kings, and a Steelhead.  Our biggest fish was a 15 lb king that we caught after snagging somebody's copper that had broken off.  After reeling in the copper, TJ then hand-lined in the second copper to find a freshly broken off King.  Bending Limits and a few other of the Pro boats finished in the top 10 in the Big Red and it was definitely due to their ability to target Lake Trout and fill up the cooler.




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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 I fished with Capt. TJ in the Tuesday Night Steelheaders League.  We ended 4-6.  We mostly targeted Lake Trout, but they had moved out of TJ's normal hunting grounds so the action was slow and we couldn't get the 5 fish that we needed for the weigh in.  We ended up trying for kings in the last hour and picked up a nice 14lb king around 95 FOW but that was it after the 3 Lakers we took earlier around the same depth.  For the night, we were 4th in the league for the Biggest Box and probably 3rd for the Biggest fish.  I thing the biggest fish went to a 16 lb Lake Trout.  Most boats struggled only catching 2 to 4 fish.



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Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunday Morning:  3 for 4.  Slow action overall.  South wind pushed warmer water into the east bank.  Laker and Steelie hit in 150-160 FOW.  Coho (surprise) came on lead with meat and a large paddle on the business end in 115 FOW.  Fished close to Saugatuck.  Did notice a scum line about 110 FOW but no notable action.  Small flies and biting flies - it was very buggy out there today.

Capt Dick
Fin Warrior

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

From Captain Rich on Fin Warrior - Fishing 90 - 110, Picked up two steelhead last night. One on a dark colored J-plug I painted myself out on a full core and the other on a Dipsey 40' down with Monkey Puke on the business end.  Ran meat but no takers.

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