We had an awesome day beach trolling from the Manistee harbor to the south. We encountered pockets of fish all the way to the 1st major point. This 5 mile troll produced 8 very nice Lakers and a couple of screamer hits that we lost. Just a couple days before I came to fish, my friend Phil from Off Call II charters reported similar action including a 22# King! The presentation for these nearshore fish is really quite simple. You can run a set up of two flatlines on the outside with 4" shallow diving body baits. The middle two rods will be 1 or 2 colors of lead with either body baits or spoons. The inside set of rods was a 3 color with brightly colored Dreamweaver Super Slims, these produced well. We kept our boat in 16-25' and ran identical sets on both sides, both sides produced equally well. We were trolling south at about 2.6-2.8 There were some boats also working 25-40' outside of us. The fish are already biting and can be accessed by any sized boat under good conditions. Get out and fish! If you are interested in a trip, give me a call or shoot me a text. 231-510-9345 Capt. Michael Tilmann: Tilmannoutfitters.com
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