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Coho with thundersticks??

Discussion in 'South West Michigan Streams and Rivers' started by meatfishhunter, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. meatfishhunter

    meatfishhunter

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    This was my first year throwing hard bait for salmon in the NW and had a ton of sucess with them on the kings. I was wondering if anyone ever does any good with them for ho's on the grand?
     
  2. 357Maximum

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    The metallic shallow lipped Thunderstick Jr's normally work pretty good for me in frogwater and current seams in the Grand for da ho's, I am struggling a bit so far this year though. The smallmouth and crappie are liking them far more than normal this season however. :lol:
     
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  3. Pasquan

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    I haven't had luck with it this year either
     
  4. Mr Burgundy

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    I typically don't look any further than spins or bob/guts...BUT I WILL NOW lol. Tnks for a view on new ways to catch ho's, much appreciated.
     
  5. meatfishhunter

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    I'll definitely bring along the bobber rig but now atleast I know the thundersticks will be worth a shot thanks
     
  6. ausable_steelhead

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    My favorite coho lure is a 1/4oz hot n tot. Slow crank, pause, slow crank. I've had fish nearly swallow them.


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  7. Trout King

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    That is an old school go to right there bud. Don't see many people throwing those for kings or coho anymore, especially in that color.
     
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    I am sure there are a few guys that still do that. Of course those type of guys likely don't talk about it much. :sad:
     
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    There are tons of forgotten about lures, baits and tricks. Everyone reads what the best lure is on the internet and that is what you see on the river. The firetiger thunderstick is the perfect example. Lots of colors and lures work well in a variety of conditions, but if you go king fishing where there is still good numbers, most of the guys will be tossing firetiger thundersticks.
     
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    YEP, then there are guys that like to base their lure choice on water depth, run length, current speed, etc and some of them folks were taught old school lures and notice they still work and never stopped working and could care less what the internet recommends. Some of them folks might even pride themselves on doing it "old school" when they are alone with their own thoughts. That's the best part of fishing is the fact there is many many ways to skin that cat. I pulled up a snag with the anchor awhile back and it had two old Bomber Long A's in it's grasp. I likely spent more time and energy saving/resurrecting them plugs than most would have, but they are ready to fish again. It's the little things for some folks I guess. :lol:
     
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  11. Benz

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    I haven't had much success with Thunder sticks or J-11-13's in the Grand this year for Coho or Kings. I've spent a few afternoons and evenings this year fishing the Grand pretty hard with sticks and so far I'm 0-2, 1 King and 1 Coho. Last night, I'm pretty sure my only hit was a foul hook on a coho on a J-13. I enjoy searching more than casting into a pod though, so I'll keep at it. Skein/bags can be killer but keeping the cats away is impossible in the frog water until the water really cools down.
     
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  12. Mr Burgundy

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    Good ole superman... used to kill the steel on that
     
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    I caught my first non big lake chinook on a red and white el cheapo fake Daredevil as a youngin fishing for pike in a drowned rivermouth, ya just never know.
     
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  14. Benz

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    Switched over to streamers today and landed a nice skam. Tons of fish still around, hopefully the kings start showing up soon.
     
  15. concentroutin

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    I use hot-n-tots (1/4 oz) a lot for salmonids. Not usually big numbers, but the plug bite is really addicting, and if timed right you can have some outstanding days.
     
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