I have been very fortunate the past 5 years to have a half-dozen or so fishing buddies who have boat rigged for the Great Lakes. I have caught a ton of fish aboard these boats. We have had some days that are un-real. However, tonight I was on my own for the first time. If you have ever fished aboard a buddies boat on the great lakes, it looks pretty easy. Boy, did I find out how wrong that was tonight.
For the people who don’t know, I just picked up a 16 foot flat bottom. Not exactly ideal for the Great Lakes but it would get the job done. I have been working on it for about two weeks prepping it for its first trip. Tonight was the night. I had planned to film tonight’s trips. The winds were coming from the southwest. Perfect for the bay I was fishing.
Needless to say, I ran into a lot of problems tonight. The new fish finder wasn’t reading correctly. The lead core I bought from a guy wasn’t spooled correctly.I also couldn’t get where I wanted to go because the waves and winds were pretty bad leaving me to make a north troll. I also have been trying to keep cost down because I am not going to be trolling much longer. So that kind of dampened the night but I still tried to enjoy it.
Around sunset, I pulled a line to put on a glow J-plug. I had a pretty big mess at the moment. I thought how funny would that be the have a fish hit the dipsy. Sure enough, seconds after I thought that thought. The dipsy buckled over and it was game on. The fish took a few runs but basically came in after that. Finally I landed my first king in my own boat.
The fish came on a white/glow paddle board with a green glow fly off a dipsy. It was back about 250 feet in 400 feet of water. It was about 12-14 pounds. Not necessarily the water I wanted to fish but hard to figure that out with a fish finder that didn’t want to work. I finally got it working towards the end of the night.
This king was a huge accomplishment because I had been trying to do this for a few years with my other boat. However, I always have had problems with that boat. I don’t think I’ll be having problems like that anymore with my new rig.
If you haven’t been out trolling and waiting for it to get good. I suggest you get out there. The fishing is pretty darn good from the reports I have been hearing. Fish have started moving into all the rivers around the state. Next rain should bring in a good pod of fish.