Well on Friday it was the CLF subscribers freebie and Matt already posted so here`s the link:
https://www.chicagolandfishing.com/forum ... hp?t=34184
For the afternoon trip I set up on the line in 180` and pointed it East out to 210`. It was by no means lock and load for us but we did manage to bring some decent fish to the box, along with two dinks, as well as leaving more than a few to fight another day
. The Led Zeppelin seemed to bring some fish to the baits but when they switched over to Pink Floyds "Dark Side of the Moon" and opened up some Tyskies beer the fish really became active :wink: . We landed a mixed bag of 9 fish with an 18# King leading the way, and a few coho pushing 8#`s. The best bait was a smurf spoon down 84` on a `rigger. Marks all over the screen, the problem was getting them to cooperate. There was a 1 mph plus current which helped me hone my skills on setting lines on the rods by giving me a few tangles
On Saturday Morning I set up on some marks in 90` around 27` N and trolled east out to 135`. I had 6 rods out initially and every one took a hit so it was really easy to determine a pattern
. I made a few passes and took hits each time until it seemed to shut down for just about everyone. We ended up with a dozen Kings with the biggest at 13 # and 15 #`s, and one that those fish could have eaten as a snack
On Sunday morning I again set up in 90` on marks and the first rod down was the infamous lighted J-Plug
which once again didn`t let me down, it took a fish before I could put the second rod down, then after setting it again another King went after the light and made it`s way to the cooler. It was pretty good for the first hour and a half or so, we were 7 for 7...until mention of a Banana on the boat came into play
. Then we started loosing fish, not to mention dry spells between the hits.So is the Banana an Urban Legend??? I know a group whom I`m sure won`t take the chance a second time
. I was switching baits trying to get the few marks on the screen to go and ended up with 11 for the trip loosing 4 or 5. I stayed between 90` and 105`taking a few hits at the end as we came back North.
The water was really warm, in 105` it was 69* at the surface and 61* at the bottom. We need some West winds to draw these fish and bait back in from the depths.