Great Lakes Fishing
Presentation Tips - Article 9
previous articles we covered some ways to present lures in early summer.
This time of year look for most of your fish in the top 50 feet. Keep
your eye on your locator and also work deeper marks when you see them.
My experience this time of year is the deeper fish are less active and
tend not to bite. Most often you will not mark well above 30 feet because
those fish are outside the cone of your locator's transducer. The primary
presentations I use at this time of year are planer boards, dipsy divers
and leadcore. If your budget allows, I would recommend trying a leadcore
line set up. This presentation will work when all others are dead. The
basics of leadcore are simple. The most expensive part is the reel. It
must have enough line capacity to handle the leadcore line plus mono and
Dacron for a total of anywhere from 300 half core to 600 yards two cores.
I run my half cores or five colors on Daiwa 47H. This is the smallest
reel a half core will fit on. Line counter reels are not necessary. Leadcore
sinks at a rate of 4-5 feet per color. A half core will run about 24 feet
deep. When loading this reel, start with 100 yards of a braided Dacron
then strip the lead out of the end of the leadcore and tie a Blood Knot
to the leadcore. Finish with a Willis Knot and 60 feet of a 20-pound monofilament
to a ball bearing cross lock snap. You will need a heavy action 8-foot
rod to work with lead. You may run this with a planer board if you are
going to use multiple set ups. Snap on your favorite lure and let out
all of the line to the Dacron. Then install your board so it does not
release. I usually run them 150 feet off each side of the boat. Very wide
turns and low boat traffic are a must to avoid tangles and getting run
over. I set my drags light. When the reel starts to scream, adjust the
drag as necessary. Reel in the line until you can reach the board and
hand release it. Now the line is clear to bring in the fish. I don't fish
lead early in the morning. I use it when the early bite is over. Some
of my biggest fish are caught on this presentation.
by Capt. Jim Hirt (Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI) 414-828-1094 www.bluemaxcharters.com