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    Default Walnut 6/11/24

    Today will be the 2nd trip this season and I will post results later this evening.

    First trip was last week 6/7/24 and we had to work through a few boat issues but managed to get 6 in the box. Total of 9 hookups with 3 lost at the net. Downrigger with harnesses, 100' back and down 45'. Couple came off big boards, 125 out with deep driver RR.

    This is our first year running big boards - any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks
    24' Caravelle

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    Default Re: Walnut 6/11/24

    I learned with big boards and as I had less help and fishing partners, moved to inline boards. My approach was to run the longest leads outside and make slow turns. Run a shallow line all the way out if you wanna target high fish. I used to use releases which worked but a lot of guys use shower curtain hangers with rubber bands for releases.

    Best of luck!

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    Default Re: Walnut 6/11/24

    I'm gonna give Geneva area a try for the first time. I've never fished that deep for walleye. I have two down riggers. Do you usually put that much line out. For salmon it was 30 feet. It probably depends on the depth.

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    Default Re: Walnut 6/11/24

    It was a rough day as far as boat maintenance goes. We got a late start due to boat wouldn't start. Took us about 4.5 hours to diagnose and fix the issue. Long story short it was the starter module under the rotor. Got the boat started and headed out. Went to setup and the auto pilot wouldn't work. another 1.5 hours and were finial fishing.

    Right or wrong we started fishing out deep, middle to north side of first trench. About 76 FOW. Picked up one right away and that was it for the next 4 hours. Packed up around 8:00 pm and headed for the marina. On the way back in we stopped at 53 FOW and started marking fish, not a ton but more than out in 76. Moved into 40 FOW and continued to mark a fair amount of fish. We setup at 40 FOW for a couple hours and started having hookup pretty regularly. Mostly shorts but a few nicer fish.

    If going out in the near future I would start early and stay in close - 40 to 55 FOW. Good luck out, be safe.
    24' Caravelle

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    Default Re: Walnut 6/11/24

    Sorry about the boat troubles Skinny.

    Badboards...when fishing that deep water I just head North until the marks are good. I only fish boards. I use the 50 + 2 method with snap weights. But, I use 3 oz to get the bandits down to catch fish that are 40 to about what I estimate are 55 feet down. I did well last year running 3 oz snaps at 50+100 and as far back as 50+150.

    I figure I was sometimes over top of a lot of fish that were stacked tight around 65 feet down. So, I bought a few snaps this year that are 5 oz. We'll see how that goes.

    I don't have or use dipsues or riggers. Not that they won't work, I just have enough stuff LOL.

    Will post everything I do and there are other great guys that fish this area and post. It's great in the summer and no doubt the fish are already there. If you want to try Ashtabula, it's a nice launch and park and there is an onsite bait shop literally at the ramp. They are very helpful, have supplies and they monitor the marine radio channels. If you go out past like 8 miles, there is no cell signal so I bought a marine radio.

    Tight lines Fellas!

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    Default Re: Walnut 6/11/24

    Thanks DW72. I've got a bunch of ways to try for deeper eyes and your method will definitely be one of them. Can't wait to get up there. I'm gonna give vermilion a try Monday really sounds like fun. Thanks and look forward to reading your post.

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    Default Re: Walnut 6/11/24

    Vermillion should be good as between Huron and Vermillion was great for me a few weeks ago. I also see that Capt. Juls is spanking them there now. Good luck!


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