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what is the typical setup for spring browns such as lures and line size planer masts or inline boards just wondering what works best for some of you and when is a good time to target them out of muskegon and port sheldon
 

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If you use planers or a mast system that is a personal choice, they both work. Both systems will have some negatives and positives. Most guys use 8 to 20# on the planers in the Spring. The lures are mostly crankbaits with some spoons thrown in. There are days when a bigger lures works and a certain color then the next day you will need a smaller lure with a different color than the day before. There are some past post check them out there is a lot of information available from the members. A good time to target them is when the swallow water starts to warm up. From what I have learned if you can find warmer water there will be fish this time of the year. Don't be afraid to head south for a few trips the fishing at St. Joe is very good when we are slower around the Grand Haven area. Look for post coming in the next few weeks and the that should be a good guide on when you should fish for the browns.
 

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The one thing most don't take into account is when you target for just one species of fish you will be giving up on the others. If your fishing from say Whitehall north this time of year that many not be all that bad but in southern end why limmit yourself. Zebra mussles have changes some what the way us old school guys fish but don't be afarid to run some spoons off riggers close to bottom(and close to the ball) those browns are still feed on sculpin, stirr up some sand and you may be suprised what comes looking for dinner. The most and biggest browns(16lb.) I've taken all came off riggers usually pulling some kind of a gold spoon once the water clears(sand settles)then other colors are as good.
 
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