Ken J. and I along with 2 of my boys spent the weekend at Isle royale and did a little trolling for lake trout and some bobbing. Our trolling was from Middle Island Passage down into Mosky Basin. The larger laker was 11 lbs with LOtS of lamprey marks and the smaller, 4 lb laker was really a fighter, caught in 9 feet of water. It took Andy 11 minutes to land it as it took a few runs and fought like a steelhead or brown trout. In fact, I was very surprised when it came in and was a lake trout.
Bobbling in 150 to 200 feet of water, we all cought a couple of lakers, but the drift was kind of fast even with a few sea anchors out.
Water temps were around 38 with some night ice in the harbor. Still some snow in patches on the island. We had the island to ourselves.
I will post some photos soon since I don’t have them yet… my iphone was on the fritz so I had Ken take some picts.
Got 2 lake trout, one on a white FinnAction Lure and one on a J-plug, the rest bobbing on the flats.
Recently Leo and Andy came with me at Traverse and south entry and we caught a few lakers on a green (Fish Grinch) and white FinnAction Lure. I am delivering some of these to Harters today so they will be available for purchase there.
By the way, at the Island it’s illegal to have fillets of fish in your possession except for immediate consumption. Any fish you are taking home should be cleaned only and not filleted.
I discovered that my test tank water speed was not in calibration. The speed was actually slower than I previously measured with my speed probe… My speed probe was about 1/2 mile per hour off, which means many of the lures sold had TOO MUCH BEND in them causing them to spin at a much lower speed. (A constant spin is NOT desirable)
They will still work well for a very slow troll of 1.2 mph to about 1.8 mph, but if you like to troll over that, they should be fixed, or replaced.
The good news is that it’s very easy to fix. Just lay the lure on a table so that the “cupped” side is down (hump up) and push down with about 11 to 20 pounds of force. Then test in the water when at trolling speed to verify that it’s not a constant spin. When acting properly, your rod end should be pulsating slightly as the lure does it’s thing.
I would be happy to do this for anyone, or exchange them for new ones. Sorry for the inconvenience.