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What a differance a couple of days makes.....
The begining of the week, Iwas fishing Blue Dolphin/Green Dolphin on EVERYTHING..... Fast forward to Friday, and I ended up fishing WHITE everything. (Minus 2 spoons for steel) \

I had the please of fishing with a USA Army vet on thursday with a friend of his. I could not ask for better company. Thanks Jesse for serving our country and serving as rod boy on the Scooby Snacks.

Thursday am was the gong show with only fishing 4 rods for 2 plus hours. We would take hits as fast as I could set rods. After a bunch of lost and some good netting blunders.... 15 nice fish made it to the box.
At the end we had 14 fish and I was trying to pull lines and ended up catching 2-3 more
Fished from the sliders to Douglas point and then ran back home.


Saturday AM I had the pleasure of fishing with Stuffit57 and his sone from Michigan Sportsman. After a slightly later start than normal we made the run out in the chop to 60 foot of water by the time we hit 85 we had almost 10 fish in the boat with a very happy 13 year old. Once again as fast as I could put down the riggers they would fire. One hit inparticular I set the rod cranked it down and never took my hand off the rod and it had a fish on it.
What made today super fun was a quad with no auto pilot and 3 guys. 1 on the wheel, me holding 2 rods. The 13 year old son going to town on a diver fish to have the deep copper JUST SCREAM!!!. 30 MINUTES later we get to the screaming deep copper and Jake the 13 year old man child. takes over the now 600 copper. No Joke this kid can fish tournies with me any time he wants. He put in WORK on this copper and landed the fish.

Today was full of interesting moments. Another screamer on the deep rod and Jake was fired up and ready to take over rod duty. Drag set right, big fish on I hand off the rod after I get it out of the tree. My fav. 6 am sound just sings from the drag on the reel, all of a sudden slack line......... I bring the line back in to see the 25 pound floro leader SAWED off. The fish must have swallowed the spoon and had line in the corner of its mouth as it swam away...(Not much you can do about that.)

We picked up our last 4 fish and found one swimming along the boat on its side. It must have broke off after a long fight with someone else this morning.

all in all 15 for 23


What worked the past 2 days.

100 copper Did not fish
200 copper Hawg Wild BLL
300 32 pound Mother Of Pearl BLL (HOT)
300 45 pound Mag Blue/Green Frog BLL
250 32 pound Fish On! BLL Prototype
270 45 pound Moonshine Double Trouble (Changed to Bullseye after I broke off the DT and it also caught fish
diver Pink eye BLL Back 150 on 2
diver BLL Hawg Wild 130 on 2
rigger Moonshine Double Trouble down 70 (Hot)
rigger Moonshine Double Trouble down 80 (Hot)


UV Spin doctor with a blue dolphin teaser rig has also been good for fish after the sun is up. Along with brads cut plugs down deep with a Green Gator Pro troll.



What I have noticed this year vs the past two are the fish are just TEARING gear apart. I have broke/bent/ destroyed hooks from every company. Owner 4x hooks are getting malled just the same. I will be the first to admit on my divers I run the drags tight when I run spoons. I want them to buttong themselfs when they hit (I do loose some gear, but 95 percent of the time when they hit, they are there for good.) This does not explain why they are tearing up the copper hooks so bad. Either way I will pay the price for new hooks if the fishing keeps up.


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All week I have fished from 60 (set up) trolled out to 90-95 and caught fish. Always on a SW troll. As the morning moved on I fished 101- 110 on a south troll.
SOG 2.4
North troll has been Jank

Holland to Saugy all the way to Douglas point. (More steelhead than kings down by the point)




To everyone that asked me about my exerances with riders.... Today is an example of why I take riders. I got to watch a young man be just geeked about some lake michigan tuna.....

This week I made some cool new friends from all differnt walks of life.
I just need another week off to rest after putting down close to a 1000 pounds of fish this week.









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Sounds like an awesome week Dave. If you do the same next year, I'm in for a few days right now:D Will camp over there somewhere.....How big is your yard:idea::lol:
 

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Ralph,
We have a huge back yard and we are less than 10 min from the launch.

I may take another couple days off coming up if the weather looks good. I will keep you posted.

Every 4th of july week I take some time off to fish. I have the worlds greatest wife who understands my addictions and does not bother with trying to change them:) Did I mention she is a heck of a good cook too.
 

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Ralph,
We have a huge back yard and we are less than 10 min from the launch.

I may take another couple days off coming up if the weather looks good. I will keep you posted.

Every 4th of july week I take some time off to fish. I have the worlds greatest wife who understands my addictions and does not bother with trying to change them:) Did I mention she is a heck of a good cook too.
Sounds great, a bed and breakfast:lol: How does she do with omlettes:evilsmile

I've used most of my vacation this year, but do get a few days off here and there, just can't plan until it happens.
 

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thanks Dave, had a great time- Jake and i went back to school-incredible fishing -a bit challenged to load up photos though. any tips on this?
the fish went well on the grill tonight- I also gave a pile to my to Nam vet neighbors- greatly enjoyed by those guys they dont fish but they love to eat it ! hope to get out with my son Jake another time
cheers !
 

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Sounds like a great week. Thanks for sharing the photos and detailed report. I will be at Lake Ranch the last week of July. I will give you a shout on the radio.

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Nicely done Dave. Kudos to you for sharing your experience with others on the big pond. To add to that, your description and pictorials go above and beyond.

I read a report the other day on another site that said something like this...

"We were out between 75fow and 230fow and caught our four man limit in about 4 hours on downriggers, wire dipsies, and leadcore. Had a great time. Get out there!"

See what I mean? It's a PUT AND TAKE FISHERY GUYS AND GALS....share what you saw with your own two eyes. I'm pretty sure Dave isn't worried about someone trolling through his spots...and neither should you.

For what you...and others do with your reports, thanks a bunch. I rarely fish salmonoids more than once per year now, but every time I read one of your reports it is like I am right there with ya'....
 

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Thank you so much for taking me, but I'm not hero at all! I consider myself a normal guy who did something he was asked to do. But thank you more than I can say. Fishing has helped my life in so many more ways than just catching a fish. What Dave does is the nicest thing I have seen in a long time, and it's nice to see that people out there still care.

Also, if anyone ever gets the chance to fish with Dave (I went two times myself) do not pass it up. He knows his stuff, and if he doesn't limit then no one on the lake will. In the two days I spent on that boat, I learned so much. I also learned that he is a heck of a fishermen and that if he ever calls me again. I will be at the boat launch in no time flat!

Thanks again for taking Scott and I. We can't really say it enough. We had a blast and are still eating the fish you sent us home with!
 
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