Thread: Down rigging and Superior
07-30-2011 10:54 AM #1
Down rigging and Superior
Spent yesturday (Friday) in a 21 foot Lund Tyee downrigging just outside of Superior Wisc going for Trout mostly.
Weather was great in the morning and got hotter as the day went on and the clouds disapeared, thank goodness for Bimini tops..
I haven't done this before and by about 5:00 or so we decided to quit, we did catch 4 nice trout and a Coho that I'm thinking ran over 6# ...great day
We did stay where he thought we'd catch smaller trout, they seem to grill/taste better than the big ones.
I will be doing this again...any downriggers for sale ??
07-30-2011 11:07 AM #2
Looks like some nice fish. I have always wanted to try it out there but never fished on the big lake.Mike Debner
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08-01-2011 09:41 AM #3
Nice Al. Grill them on a cedar plank then or you smoke them? I have only done a salt water, brown sugar brine and smoked trout or salmon so interested in any recipes that you may have tried.Pro Staff - Dream Catcher Lures www.dreamcatcherlures.com
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08-01-2011 01:38 PM #4
Pretty basic this time, original plan was to filet them the lay on tin foil that's been hit with Pam and broil them till you see a bit of brown around the edges, coat with melted butter and flip over, repeat the brown thing and butter.
Wife had other idea's about fish cooked in the house, my fault, the vent system is waiting for the cabinets to get installed.
Ended up using the infra red burner on the grill and a bit of added heat from the other burners, did the butter thing when I thought the one side was done then fliped and repeated.
Added a little salt and pepper and I think they came out pretty good, small trout so they didn't have that fatty/oily taste the bigger ones can have...so they tell me.
I'll have to try a different method next time.
08-01-2011 02:54 PM #5
Very nice outting! I have been watching watching riggers on Ebay ever since we got our boat, but my wife keeps spending our money on crap we don't need.I was wondering why the frisbee kept getting bigger. Then all of a sudden it hit me
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08-02-2011 06:54 AM #6
But there's enough of a investment I'd like to make sure before I buy anything major.
Check the cannon outlet site, I see they had some pretty good deals on what I assume are returns or ? units.
09-08-2012 04:29 AM #7
I was out there a couple of weeks ago myself. I launched out of Superior as well. I love doing the down rigging thing, not very good at it, but we managed to boat two lakers and 1 steelhead. I only have a 19ft boat so finding the perfect weather does limit my fishing out there somewhat. I prefer eating the lakers over salmon. I cut the heads off and gut them and leave the skin on. Fill their bellies with onions,green peppers, butter ans lemon pepper. Wrap them in foil and grill them for about 10 minutes flipping the once. Unwrap the foil and the bones and skin fall right off.
As far as down riggers go I have the cannon hand cranks. The work good, but can a lot of work if your fishing 200+ft of water. My brother in law has the electric riggers and they are great, but 1200 skins a piece.
April and may seem to be the best fishing up there. You dont even need riggers they are so shallow.
09-10-2012 08:41 AM #8
I finally got all set up with riggers, planner mast and ski's and I have still yet to use them.I was wondering why the frisbee kept getting bigger. Then all of a sudden it hit me
09-14-2012 04:11 PM #9
You can get some nice new cannons for under $500, got one from here...
Went out last weekend and did pretty well considering weather was a bit sporadic, 7 lakers, 2 coho's and a steelhead which we returned as it didn't have the clipped fin and I guess they don't taste very good anyway.
Seasons almost over but if somebody wants to go out next year, keep me in mind.
This year has been a fishing disaster for me, but finally got the boat fixed and set up for the great lakes now.