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The Root River played an April Fools day joke on me today, except it wasn't a joke. I REALLY wanted to get another shot at the spring running steelies but with all the rains I scratched that idea. Went to plan B - Powerlining!!!

I was joined by Cam today and we hit up the Lakefront outside of Montrose Harbor. Winds were gusting up to 25 mph out of the southwest and made powerlining a bit of a challenge, but we were committed to getting some fish today. Cam was also looking for his very first Coho out of Chicago and a new edition to his work in progress Lake Michigan Species photo book.

Got the first line shot out and rigged up, and began setting up line #2 when the first bell went off. Fish was on for a few seconds, took a leap about 60 yards off shore, and was gone :evil:

A minute later bell #2 goes off. Fish on! Landed a beautiful 23" 3.5lb Coho. We were in business.

Soon after that fish Tom landed his first Coho on his recently-built powerline rig. Nice work Tom!

The bells were pretty consistent today. Even though the winds were tough, we still had good action. Ended the day going 4 for 9 (a couple popped off close to shore, a couple more were briefly on and got off). It was very tough to get solid hooksets with the huge bows in our lines created by the wind.

All in all, it was another awesome time fishing the big pond.

Enjoy the pics!





 

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RonG said:
Nice Job! The cohos look tasty.

It's gonna be hard to find a coho with scales intact for a good snapshot. :cry:
I know I think I'm going to have to figure something out with that... I'm thinking I'm really going to have to bring the studio to the wall with me... only it has to be a cloudy day and i'll need a big mirror as well... Haha, or i guess I'll have to build a live well for them or something.

The fillets are on ice in the fridge. Yum Yum.
 

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here's an idea.... rinse the coho off and lose those stupid spring scales, then snap. or wait til the fall and try to catch a spawning coho. they can get real pretty when they turn red...
 
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