|The whopper Rainbow...|
|Sunrise over the sand dunes on Lake Michigan|
|My first Coho Salmon|
Shortly after our trip, he went back out and sent me a text while I was at work … he got a citation 27.02# Chinook (King) Salmon.
|Eric's Trophy King Salmon|
What a blast it was fishing new waters for new species and learning new techniques. I am looking forward to the next trip to Michigan; hopefully it will include some monster Muskie and Walleye.
|This was only half of the equation|
That was followed up with a big channel Cat that broke off when I grabbed the leader. Then I went back to tossing artificial lures and caught five more smallies on the Rapala in a short amount of time but none worth writing home about. All fish where no bigger than 8-12 inches. So I decided to go back to cat fishing and it didn’t take long and I caught the first Flathead of the day. This guy was merely an appetizer.
I didn’t get any measurement but I’m guessing he was mid 20’s - y’all can be the judge. Well the bite slowed down and it was getting late so we made our way back to the ramp. I still had a lively bluegill hooked on so I dropped it down and decided to leave the reel in the free spool as we paddled back. I mentioned to Dan how I didn’t know how I was going to reel in my line without getting snagged up, and jokingly said “I will wait to reel it in with a fish on…”. With my kayak lying up on the bank while I prepared to load everything up, my rod started to shake and the line started to peel off the spool - yup Hooked UP! I couldn’t believe it. Did I just call it or what? This was a much stronger fighting fish than earlier and after a short battle I dragged the beasty Flathead up from the river.
|What a nice photo bomb!|
|This is what happens when I leave, they killed it. I missed out by a couple of days.|