Spring Kings 2018 Recap

Discussion in 'Big Lake Surf/ Pier Reports' started by snootman, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. snootman

    snootman

    Messages:
    209
    Likes Received:
    272
    Location:
    SW Michigan
    This years spring king window seemed way smaller than last year, with the southern ports getting them briefly and the northern ports not getting hardly any at all. Ended up having to take trips downstate pretty frequently. Was pretty empty out there with nobody really knowing what was going on in their home ports, and the few that did know were too busy on their boats getting limits of 15-29 lbers.

    I had a good time casting spoons for them while everyone else seemed to gravitate towards fishing bait.

    My local pier did not get any kings at all this spring so that was a huge disappointment after last year's solid week of fishing.
     

    Attached Files:

  2. GRUNDY

    GRUNDY

    Messages:
    2,522
    Likes Received:
    1,568
    Location:
    West Coast
    I’ve only heard of one pier caught king North of SH...

    Nice work on the fish!
     

  3. salmon_slayer06

    salmon_slayer06

    Messages:
    3,787
    Likes Received:
    1,635
    Location:
    Chesterfield,MI
    west side of the lake is on fire. We dont get enough west south west winds. Heard today a 35 pounder was caught there. Ill save my time off in November. Hearing huge steelhead again just hope they break off or jump out of the nets till fall.
     
  4. Clum

    Clum

    Messages:
    374
    Likes Received:
    617
    Very impressive. Even more impressive that you have any faith what so ever in those snap swivels. Especially for kings.
     
  5. salmon_slayer06

    salmon_slayer06

    Messages:
    3,787
    Likes Received:
    1,635
    Location:
    Chesterfield,MI
    Ive had nothing but problems with those nice sampo ball bearing swivels. Every other cast it twists up on itself and causes major line twist and its a wasted cast. Those seem to be the only solution. Ive tried a swivel than leader and just s snap snd found it to be better but I remember there being an issue still and didnt like it. This fall im trying jigs and plastics like the guys use over in Wisconsin. With that braid and spoons ive had lots of line twist and its bad enough to get skunked.
     
  6. blackghost

    blackghost Premium Member

    Messages:
    434
    Likes Received:
    312
    Location:
    Grand Rapids
    Those swivels work fine on the piers. It's when you start trolling that you'll start having trouble. Given I'm usually casting 8 lb test line. The line will snap before the swivel bends.

    Awesome job on the pier kings!
     
  7. toto

    toto

    Messages:
    9,223
    Likes Received:
    4,307
    Location:
    Bear Lake
    I'm with you SS, can't wait to tangle with those steelies again. Don't mind tangling with those big salmon either.
     
  8. Munuscool

    Munuscool

    Messages:
    220
    Likes Received:
    262
    Location:
    Yoop
    That Little Cleo is a killer! Congrats on the tanks
     
  9. 6667supersport

    6667supersport

    Messages:
    8,545
    Likes Received:
    9,079
    Location:
    MACOMB
    When I cast I use 20lb braid, then have a pretty large swivel then have a floro leader. I put snap rings on my spoons and tie directly to the snap ring.