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Capt. John

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2017 early season Kings
« on: April 01, 2018, 02:28:12 am »
All the Kings that I know of that were caught in Manistee and Ludington last April
and May, none were caught closer to the boat than 60'.  Most further back.
Capn Kirk Ludington terror whacked big time on 1/2 lead cores, that's plus 150' back.

Having caught 1000s of spring Kings fairly close to the boat, this is a radical departure from
all my past experience.  Maybe the fish are changing, don't know, but if Slide divers 60-80 back
25' to 40' off the reel, or long rigger leads, Kings were not biting.

Wanted to put this out there in case long stuff away from the boat helps you catch.
I would be amiss in my duties if I neglected to bring this up.
Capt. John
Home Port: Manistee, MI
Boat: 1979 22' Sea Ray

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Re: 2017 early season Kings
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2018, 09:39:44 am »
I tie a 100' 30 Lb fluorocarbon leader on my braid slide diver and then run the diver on the mono.  When fishing let the entire leader out so the braid is at the diver then set the diver and send it to your desired depth.  I have caught a few kings, browns and steels with this setup and it can be used with a short smaller leader for finicky fish.  With the braid at the diver it will trip easily no matter the depth and having 100' of mono is a good shock absorber .  Only drawback is having the slide diver on the line

I like this in the skinny water because when you get a good hit the entire slide diver jumps out of the water... :D