Trolling suspended fish at Big Traverse

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Once again, neglecting to get some winterizing done at home, Calvin and I took advantage of the nice weather to do a little fishing. As they say, you have to “make hay while the sunshines,” but it’s up to the individual to determine what “hay” is for him or her.

Our plan was to fish on the reef if nobody was there, then default to Louie’s Point and move on to Traverse Island if the reef was occupied. The was a boat on the reef, so we proceeded with plan B. On the way there, I stopped the boat to check the sonar and found lots of fish from 10 feet down to 30 feet, so we dropped a dypsy and immediately got hit by a nice steely. We dropped a few more lines, fished for 45 minutes more and nailed only one more fish, this time a 3lb laker.

We then fished in shallow water near Louie’s Point, but found no fish there. This was just an experiment anyway, since I had never fished there before, just heard that there was a spawning bed there somewhere.

A little while later we were at the island. Cal had one on and I landed one before hunger got the best of us and we had to go home. In our hurry to get on the water, we never thought of bringing food… at least we don’t forget the important things, like rods and lures.

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About Brian Helminen

Brian is the owner and Captain of Sand Point Charters, LLC. He also owns and operates Designotype Printers, Inc. with his wife, Margaret. They have a cottage on Lac La Belle that can be rented by the week in the summertime.

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