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Great Lakes Trolling - Making it Simple & Fun by Darryl Choronzey

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Great Lakes Trolling - Making it Simple & Fun by Darryl Choronzey

The magic words… “Fish On!” came screaming out from John McKessock’s lips. My rod was pumping and bucking. The Ambassadeur was screaming and moaning. John jumped for his rod to get the gear out the way. I threw the motor into neutral and I freed and hauled back on my rod. The big king 90 feet under the boat was obviously annoyed with the sting of the 2/0 Mustad barb buried firmly in his jaw. First the brute headed for safety going deep, then would turn tail, rise and begin heading towards the horizon. From the minute I grabbed the...

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Road Tripping for Summer Kings by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

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Road Tripping for Summer Kings by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve looked forward to the dog days of summer and salmon fishing on the Great Lakes. It pains me to report that I only live about 50 miles from Lake Michigan, but these days most of my summer salmon fishing takes place six hours to the East on the New York waters of Lake Ontario. Admittedly, the last two summers have produced some of the biggest Chinook salmon on record for Lake Michigan, but a big fish here or there does a poor job of making up for what overall has been...

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The Great Lakes Best Brown Trout Ports by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

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The Great Lakes Best Brown Trout Ports by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

  I’m just old enough to have witnessed the glory days of the Great Lakes when brown trout were almost as abundant as salmon. It was a time when hard core anglers—fishing from small boats—would chisel ice away from launch ramps so they could be among the first to target browns each season. Back in the day, all the Great Lakes had an abundance of forage and the sky was the limit as to state and provincial brown trout stocking efforts. Sadly those days are gone and the changing face of the Great Lakes has forced biologists to reduce stocking...

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Centerpinning Alternatives by Tony Ensalaco

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Centerpinning Alternatives by Tony Ensalaco

Every so often, a new bait or technique will come bursting into the fishing world and becomes quickly declared as the ultimate way to catch steelhead. I remember when Bruce Belles started shipping his Clackacraft boats out east to Michigan and hot-shotting from drift boats became incredibly popular in the Great Lakes tributaries back in the eighties. I also recall the first time I fished from a drift boat and watched a rod almost get ripped off the gunwale by an early November steelhead. Seeing those violent take-downs convinced me at the time that using lures was the most effective...

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Targeting Giant Kings by Matt Straw

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Targeting Giant Kings by Matt Straw

On the West Coast, it’s called a “tyee.” In the Great Lakes, a 30-pound king salmon has no special designation, but it’s probably destined to hang on a wall somewhere. A 30-pounder might look small on the Kenai, but it’s a big salmon almost anywhere else. With some species, it’s possible to target the biggest specimens. Trophy bass, walleyes, and pike can be selected for with bigger baits, or targeted in bodies of water where genetics produce titans. But, with some species, it’s next to impossible to target only the biggest specimens with traditional techniques. Most people feel king salmon...

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