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Well the day has finally arrived. The van is packed and we are ready to go. Little King, Big Saw and myself are headed to Sault Saint Marie, MI (pronounced Soo Saint Marie) to fish for 3 days for the pink salmon that pile in the St. Mary's River to spawn. The pinks are joined by kings and atlantics so we are looking for a potential mixed bag, but our real target are the hump backed aggressive little devils they call Pinks. Don't know what the wireless status will be at the hotel, so depending on that, I'll either post pics from my phone or hopefully on the computer at the motel. There are never any guarantees, but if I do manage to catch some, the first one is dedicated to Ja Knee Sea ;)

If you want to check out the fish, this cam is located literally feet from where we will be fishing.
http://www.lssu.edu/arl/fishcam.php This cam is run by LSSU (my alma matter) as part of their Atlantic Salmon hatchery program, but the pinks love to have their picture taken too!

We don't leave until this afternoon (son has a football game) and it's an 8 hr. drive, so no fish reports until tomorrow.

Wish us luck!
 

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Have fun along the wall at the Edison Plant :)23

Never got to experience the Pinks up in the Soo while attending school in the UP... Had friends that went, but never got out there myself... It's some awesome fishing...
 

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Inquiring minds want to know.
I was considering flying out to meet you guys there but a job came up here.
I hope you guys are having an absolute riot!
 

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Ed said:
Inquiring minds want to know.
I was considering flying out to meet you guys there but a job came up here.
I hope you guys are having an absolute riot!

They r probably tired from catching fish & will be home early,

Or.............

They 'll get banned from the area because of the clean air act. Did ya forget? Big saw smokes 2 cigars at a time. :p
 

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They 'll get banned from the area because of the clean air act. Did ya forget? Big saw smokes 2 cigars at a time.
If you can believe Tom Skilling, they may not be having such a great time... Rain and cold

I do'nt see any reason to make pre-report excuses for poor results.

With conditions like this



there is no reason, regardless of weather or cigar stench :)38 that only 1 or 2 guys shouldnt be able to fill a cement mixer truck with the pink fish. :)2 I hope they brought a truck big enough.
 

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Fuunny you should say that. When I saw that underwater camera preview, I had the goofy idea to drive there no matter how far it is.

SpoonBob or not, you should be able to catch 1,000,000million. I'd be throwing Yum Dingers just for kicks. Those crazy, angry :)17 fish are probly snapping at anything that comes their way.
 

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We did knock the snot out of the pinks, just not at the St Marys River by Edison. We did pick up a few there on Monday, but the bite was pretty slow, the afternoon bite was a lot better then the am bite. Tuesday we tried the pier and it was really slow, so we hit some other river Tom had fised in the past. The first stop we we got into some fish, but not quite the bite we were looking. So we headed to another spot and this is were we really hit the mother load. Took us about an hour to bang out a limit. We went back the next day and thye were still there Big Saw was able to scratch out a limit in about an hour and a half, others of us were able to get them a bit faster. So for the 3 days we wound up with 75 fish or so, had we tried the other river on monday we would have hit the 90 fish target.
 

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Well I had intentions of posting as the trip went, but we wound up pretty busy. I have quite a few pics to post so I will get to those this afternoon. Like LK said, the St. Marys really wasn't as hot as we thought it would be. The guys in the boats did pretty well, but the shore bite was pretty slow. We managed 15 the first day and that was fishing pretty much all day, and the majority of those came on the evening bit casting 3/4 and 1 oz. hot pink sweedish pimples. A few were caught on spoons, but nothing was really the hot bait so to speak. It was more a case of finding fish, not getting them to bite. On our way up I had stopped to check a river I had fished for kings quite a bit in the hopes that we would limit out on Pinks at the Soo in the AM and need something to do in the PM. As it turns out, the natives still have about 4 miles of gill nets in the bay there so virtually no kings are getting through, but as luck would have it, the pinks are now using that river to spawn in like never before.

After Monday's dismal catch of just 15, we fished Tuesday am in the Soo and then decided to head down to explore the spot I had heard was now getting pinks. We first tried the mouth of the river and didn't do much, but then got some intel that they were stacked up by a local bridge. We got there and no one was there so I was a little skeptical, but sure enough there were quite a few fish. LK managed to figure them out pretty quickly and was soon into fish. Big Saw and myself took a little longer to tap into the program, but landed a few also. Unfortunately, after an hour or so, we had taken about 9 fish but had worked that group over and had no more takers. I had this spot on the back of my mind I wanted to try, but first, I didn't know if I could find the two track logging road it took to get back there, and second, I didn't know if we could get back there without getting stuck as it had been raining. Fortunately, some things had changed in the last 15 yrs. First, now I had GPS in the vehicle and the raod actually showed up. Second, what was once a logging road, now was graveled very well and we drove right back and even found a little parking area where it dead ends. We got out of the van walkd down the trail and was a little shocked at what we saw. Hundreds upon hundreds of pinks all stacked in the river! I think LK had one on his first cast and it was on from there. Lk was the front runner with s certain spoon only he had, but we still managed to take our share using similar spoons. One problem was NOT snagging fish they were so think. We all threw back a bunch of foul hooked ones, but we had no problem hitting our 30 fish limit of legal biters!

We were back to the Soo by later afternoon, had fish cleaned and dinner cooked by 7 and the boys were at the casino by 7:30!

Wednesday we got up, packed up and checked out and headed south to our spot. Wehn we got there we noticed not nearly as many fish in our spot, just a few hundred at most, but they wer fresh fish and even more aggressive than the day before. After a trip to the bait shop the night before, Big Saw and I both had the same super spoon LK had and we al started hamering them. LK still schooled us and had a limit in less than a half hour. I took about another 15 minutes and Big Saw a little longer, but he isn't as mobile as he used to be and only fished the same pool. We still wound up releasing a few legal fish, a ton of snagged fish and still had a 30 fish limt in about and hour and a half.! Next thing you know we were on the road with some UP Pasties in our bellys and a cooler full of fish! It turned out to be a great trip, one we'll do again next fall for sure! Pictures and videos later this afternoon.
 

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Great report.
 
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