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"Four Fish" L. Michigan (pic heavy)

Postby Uncle Lou » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:08 am

Just got back from Ludington - Lake Michigan Salmon Trip. Went up with three neighbors; Ron, son James, and Tom. James just graduated from Ferris State Police Academy and started a job as a Holly Police Officer (I think I am almost as proud of him as his parents). I had the pleasure of seeing James grow up from about age 4 we have been neighbors. Ron is a UAW worker and Tom is a retired butcher. We fished with a retired UAW worker (Gordie) who has a well equipped and really beautiful boat - 31' Tiara. Don't worry I wont give height and weight of each of us, just length of the boat.

Anyway back to the fishing. Left Saturday morning and fished that afternoon, sunday morning, Sunday evening, then again Monday til about noon. We did not kill them but had a great time, good weather and good company makes a trip as much as anything, and since a week ago Sunday having an incident on Lake St. Clair, where me and two friends almost went down on a 18 foot bass boat, I think I will look differently on fishing in the future. The old saying a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work will be replaced by me to " if the boat don't sink, and you don't get skunked that is a good day".

We started off the first trip straight out of Luddington till we hit the break. Surface temps were around 68, and Gordie was looking for 50-53 degree water for the downriggers, although we had lines scattered throughout the column pretty good. We were running 12-13 lines; 3 downriggers, two dipsies each side, then 2-3 planer boards per side. We caught a mixed bag of King, Coho, and Steelhead.

The report from Gordie the week earlier were the fish were scattered and you had to work to find them, but the fish being caught were big 20-25 lbs. Well for our trip the fish were scattered and some little ones to boot. We caught exactly four fish each time out not counting the shakers (lil ones we through back).

Saturday had some action, but lots of little ones. Sunday we were out of the harbor at 5:30 and Gordie worked hard, it took 7 hours to get our 4 fish. Sunday night we were skunked til probably 9pm till we got a late flurry, James caught a 20 pounder, and we lost 2, but got our 4 by sundown (~9:30pm). Monday we went back to work that area we had good action Sunday night. We missed 3 good fish, but got our 4 fish. The four fish became the theme of our trip by Sunday night, because as we were sitting skunked I spoke up to say we will be cleaning four fish tonight.

Here are some pics.
Heading out
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James' first fish
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Tom's First
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Unbelievable how calm the water was the entire trip
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Me fighting a Steelhead
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Landing the steelie
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After the bios thought maybe some wanted to see my arm
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Who doesn't like sunsets
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Gordie with a shaker
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the crew
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Fish in the cooler (but never more than 4)
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James' 20 pounder
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Tom got one that went 19 and that is almost a 10 pound steelie next to it
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Ron's arm as he fights a good king
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Then what is a good fishing story without one of my apple pies
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Then my neighbor Randy put his lawnmower in the drink a week ago Sunday(had to take a pic of that)
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Re: "Four Fish" L. Michigan (pic heavy)

Postby Singing Bridge » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:27 am

GJ on the fish Lou!!

Enjoyed the left field lawnmower too. lol

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Re: "Four Fish" L. Michigan (pic heavy)

Postby Stanley » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:31 am

Love the pictorial Lou.
You can fool some of the bucks, all of the time, and fool all of the bucks, some of the time, however you certainly can't fool all of the bucks, all of the time.
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Postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:32 am

Incredible action shots Uncle Lou......you have a artists eye.
The sunset one had me misty eyed ;)
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Postby Tadmdad » Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:44 pm

Nice pictures Lou, Ludington is a graet area to fish and a friendly town to fisherman. Did you guys fish the "stick"?

Couple of my buddies did good there last weekend. Fishing Frankfort "Benzie Frenzy" this weekend, Thursday thru Sunday with a group of buddies, last tournament of the year for us. That 31' Tiara open is a great fishing platform.
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Postby Uncle Lou » Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:54 pm

Tadmdad wrote:Nice pictures Lou, Ludington is a graet area to fish and a friendly town to fisherman. Did you guys fish the "stick"?

Couple of my buddies did good there last weekend. Fishing Frankfort "Benzie Frenzy" this weekend, Thursday thru Sunday with a group of buddies, last tournament of the year for us. That 31' Tiara open is a great fishing platform.


Stick, projects, bathouse, covered a lot of water, and yes that boat is a easy fishing boat. Slept right on it too. Good luck on the Benzie Frenzy Tad
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Re: "Four Fish" L. Michigan (pic heavy)

Postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:30 pm

Bigdaddy-yoyo wrote:Incredible action shots Uncle Lou......you have a artists eye.
The sunset one had me misty eyed ;)
:lol: :lol:

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Postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:45 pm

:D :D :D
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Postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:00 am

Bigdaddy-yoyo wrote::D :D :D
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Postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:55 am

Uncle Lou....any more pics?
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Postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:18 am

Uncle Lou......is this the trip the boat almost sunk?
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Postby Uncle Lou » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:48 pm

Bigdaddy-yoyo wrote:Uncle Lou......is this the trip the boat almost sunk?


No, the boat we almost sunk was an 18 foot bass boat the week earlier on Lake St. Clair. I have been in 3 situations on the water (danger wise) that I will never forget.

Once on my 17' bass boat in 93. I was tucked behind rattlesnake island on Lake erie and hard south blow. took about an hour to get in 8 miles (bilge pump running the whole trip back).

About 8 years ago we got hit on a squall on Lake Michigan with Gordie on this same boat, that front came at us so fast and hit us so hard Gordie started cutting the lines. I reckon he cut about 12-14 lines at about $45 or so per cut. It was gone as soon as it hit us. We were in immediate 8-10 footers or so. That boat handled it well, but spun us sideways.

A few weeks back we were on Lake St. Clair in a 18 bass boat trolling into the wind breaking 3-4 footers, bilge on the whole time and burnt up. I have never been standing on the back deck of a bass boat with water over my shoes until then, pretty scary.
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Postby Uncle Lou » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:49 pm

Bigdaddy-yoyo wrote:Uncle Lou....any more pics?

I could probably dig one up of me picking my nose on the Sunday trip we trolled for 7 hours to boat 4 fish
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Postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:24 pm

How about a pic of Randy pulling out the lawnmower :lol:
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Re: "Four Fish" L. Michigan (pic heavy)

Postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:01 pm

Is the mower still in the lake.......Wasn't sure if that is how you guys in Michigan make a fish crib :lol:

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