Winter was good to the Black Pearl. The bottom was sandblasted in the fall and new bottom paint was applied. The seats were redone thanks to Kenny at Canvas Innovations. I spent hours behind a line winder going through every reel. New Blood Run copper, stainless wire, mono and braid was spooled up. Black Pearl is sporting new Traxtech downriggers, tracks, and rodholders. These are sharp in the color black, of coarse, and a huge upgrade for putting more fish in the boat for our clients. I owe many thanks to Jeff Miller, Aaron Sybesema, Tony Wolte, Wes Scott, Jason Curnick and Kyle Defouw for their help with these projects. You find out who your friends are when you ask them to help bottom paint a boat:)
So....we launched on 4/25. The following morning was nasty cold and windy but we couldn't wait to get the boat dirty. Coho fishing was fast and furious in 120-150 fow just south of Holland. We managed a quick limit with a nice king as well. Riggers were down 35-70 ft. Mini streak mixed vegies and a white paddle with a Poofster fly were good. 150 and 300 coppers produced as well. Divers back 70-90 on the lows with white paddles and oceana flies accounted for a few fish as well. With a new crew including my two year old Grady we went back out that afternoon. He helped us crank in another bunch of coho and one king. This time we found fish closer to 150 FOW and the action was furious. Grady asked me to go all week so we finally had time on 5/1 before I had to work. We managed 13 coho and 2 kings in 205-220 fow with similar set ups from 7-10 am. Hopefully this awesome fishing for silvers continues. The kings are just starting to show themselves in greater number the next few weeks.. The fish look very healthy and our Lake Michigan fishery is producing stellar catches. Give us a call to get in on the action!