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About mincmi

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  1. mincmi

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Going to give Lake Michigan one more whirl next weekend and bring the boat back to the Carolinas. The following week I have a high school cross country meet that I administer so I could not make that date. Hope you have a good turnout and lots of fish. Will look if you have something in the fall, otherwise we will see you once the water flips in December.
  2. mincmi

    Lake Ontario trip

    Fishing the shipping channel? What were your browns - there are a little tougher to come by out deep this time of year. Nice fish.
  3. mincmi

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Took us a while, but finally found what we have been looking for on our final trip - 24#
  4. mincmi

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Nice work Scott - What kind of water temps did you have in the 20-25 FOW range? When you mentioned the other day that you 5 color was not going, I was thinking that possibly that water is now too warm for consistent trout in that range.
  5. mincmi

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Scott, Sounds like a good day. Nice to see some better size this month. Too stormy to fish out of Frankfort on Saturday, but we could weigh in three trout pushing 30# on Friday. Nice water this morning, going 13-16 all lake trout. Have not had any salmon yet. There are a few around, just have not run into them. Only non lake trout was this 10.3#/31.5" spawned out MIchigan Master Angler walleye that Brent caught on Thursday:
  6. mincmi

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Think there was a Tiger caught at Jocassee this winter. Here is the link Jocassee Tiger with the discussion and photos of the fish - obviously much different than Scott's fish. Scott's fish is also not a splake. Splake have a forked tail from their lake trout genes.
  7. mincmi

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Nice brown! Lake run browns will silver out. Number of rays on anal fin of this fish are right for a brown too. Coho or kings would have spots in tail and while Atlantics do not have spots, their tails are forked like lake trout.
  8. mincmi

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Warming temps have help turn the trout on at Jocassee this week. Number of browns over 8 caught in the last several days. We were 14-14 in the tournament, (10 browns and 4 rainbows) there yesterday with a lot nice fish brought to the scales. Would expect to see similar conditions at Chillhowee at the tournament on 4/27.
  9. mincmi

    mincmi

    Fish from MI - NC(SC) & MI and now TN
  10. mincmi

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Thanks for the vote of confidence Shea, but we can strike out some too.
  11. mincmi

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Thanks for the info Scott. We will look forward to it. Our recommendation for next year would be to include Jocassee into the rotation so we could have a "home game" too. That lake is a mountain lake too, but not as high. I have only seen the temp below 50 one year since we started fishing there in 2010. You could have a tournament there from mid Dec-Feb. and have conditions better than Saturday. There are cabins and campsites available on site and good size town about 20 minutes out. Three ramps, large parking area, and tie up dock. It is an easy pull from 40 to 26 to 25 and then 11. About 1.5 hours from Asheville. I have been working in Knoxville lately and it was 2-45 to my boat at the lake from the hotel which is the same distance I go to get there from Charlotte. Not a lot of big fish but a very pretty lake that does give up an occasional trophy brown . As you are only allowed 1 fish over 20" (per person, not boat) our tournaments there are a 1 fish weigh-in.
  12. mincmi

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    We are always in favor of early start and early finish. Like to have a chance at the low light bite before sun up. After reading about Chilhowee, is that lake ready after being restocked last year? That is not a lot of time for those stockers to get much pass 3# and while I have no idea what the survival rate is in that lake, I can't believe it is tremendously high. Jocassee stocking has about a 5% survival rate 1 year after planting at 10".
  13. mincmi

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    Thought me might be running too much junk deeper. The one fish we had on Friday did come off a set of cowbells and double spin & glow at 40, so we had a flasher fly set-up on a rigger and a wire diver running deeper with a dodger/SG. Had a lot of fish right in those deep lines but they just ever went. We did not run the short boards with the wind blowing so hard on Friday. We are usually much better shallower with the clean spoons than deeper with attractors, so not unusual that we could not get that bite going, That is why I finally pulled the flasher running at 70 and put on another orange spoon on that rigger and ran it at 25, and it took a fish. Our biggest fish was in the box well before 8, and then doubled up making the turn once we had enough room past the bridge. Both of those fish came off the outside starboard boards as they rode up the bank very near to shore. We could get away with that running those short cores. Came back under the bridge and swung around again tried up there a second time. We did take a couple smaller fish on the port dive on that second pass but the outside boards did not fire. Worked our way back to where we took the first fish and caught its twin. We did have a hit in the last hour too after we turn in behind you.
  14. mincmi

    South East Trout Troller's Association

    Thanks for hosting the tournament, Scott, well done! We enjoyed meeting you and others. Look forward to your next event in April. Evans & Brent
  15. mincmi

    Fishing the Trout lakes 2019

    3/23 - Report Watauga Lake We enjoyed our first trip to TN and Watauga Lake. Fished from 7-1:30 going 8-10, all lake trout, with most of our fish before 9. All our fish came in the top 25 and mosts were within a 1/2 mile each side of the bridge. Couple of 4.5 pounders were our largest. Not being familiar with the lake, we started with something we could be confident in and what is our standard spring spread on Lake Michigan for lake trout where we would be fishing in about 20-25 FOW. That spread includes Silver Streak Mini Orange Crush on a 2 Color, Michigan Stinger UV Mix Veggies on 100 CU and a Silver Streak Standard Black Screwball on a Slide Diver. Those three took 8 of the 10 hits we had (Screwball had 5). We did take fish on a Dreamweaver Golden Orange Icicle on a free slider and a Michigan Stinger (Stingray size) UV Orange Tuxedo at 25 on the rigger after a change-up when the riggers only had one hit all morning running stuff between 40-70. Water temp about 46 and our speed at the ball was usually about 1.6. Water was pretty cloudy after the hard blow the previous days.
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