Manistee, 6-24-17

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Bill P
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Manistee, 6-24-17

Postby Bill P » Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:54 pm

Solid day on the water. It didn't look good early as the forecast for light winds was already wrong when we hit the launch. Early wind was very stiff out of the west and looking to build to 2-4's. We started north in the 17's and trolled south. One large laker on a 10 color and a nice king on a rigger down 115' were our only two bites. Worked from 70 out to 230 fow and back a couple times: no fish marked, no bait marked.

We all wanted to work our way offshore for steelhead before the wind got too bad. Not a lot of cold water to work with this year after yet another mild winter and warm spring. So we figured it would be a slow pick rather than fast and furious, but I always like the adventure of finding fish offshore. Temp broke from 60's to 58 and eventually 57.6. An abrupt drop from 57.6 to 57.4 around the 37.5 line west prompted me to mark a waypoint. We kept going out toward the 40 line hoping to see another drop but it went back up to 57.6 and stayed there for a long time. We started setting lines in a light drizzle at the 39 line (18 miles offshore). We immediately had two steelhead on high lines with 1 1/2 oz. weights, losing one. A nice laker followed on a rigger down 35'. As we passed the 40 line the surface temp crept up a few tenth's of a degree and we weren't getting bit. Also, the down temp on the probe at 60' had been bouncing between 47 and 50 degrees. That started creeping up too, into the low 50's.

We turned back to where we hit fish and then kept going back east to where I had marked the small temp break.

We found a patch of fish trolling East and West from the 37.5 to 39W line and worked it on east/west trolls. The waves actually laid down to nice 1-2' rollers. This almost never happens! It was supposed to come from the NW, but actually started turning to the SW. It laid down to 1-2' waves and we had a great run back to the harbor.

Picked away on steelies and nice lakers on surface lines with 1 1/2 oz. weights, riggers with sliders and 10 color lead. No mother load if fish but steady action. Finished 12 for 16: 1 nice king, 4 steelhead, 7 lakers. Orange, orange, orange in spoon patterns

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