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Manistee Area Fishing Report

May 7th, 2019

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:

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