We set lines at 5:45 am just outside Michigan City harbor looking for Skammanies but nothing so we trolled out. First hit in second 65 fow on Dodger/ fly 60 ft copper boated a nice coho. Another boat east of us had 2 drive bys.
Trolled to 70 ft and turned around but nothing so kept trolling out. Fish hit 240 copper/mixed vegie at 72 fow. Reset and it went off again. Trolled to 80 fow and turned around, nothing trolled out and downrigger went 60 ft down. Green/gold w/silver back spoon. 8 pound laker. Continued out and hit another laker on 240 copper.
We continued hitting fish out to 104 but trolled to 120 with nothing so turned back in and hit a fish at 104 or 60ft copper with dodge/fly. Big fish! Bend the rod hard! Got the board of then cottonwood got stuck at the reel and fish snapped 20 lbs mono.
We lost so many fish because the cottonwood got caught at the end of the rod or at the reel. Fish would be fighting while getting cottonwood off and by the time we got it cleared they were gone!
This was a problem with copper with mono Becker! Never had a problem with copper/braid backer so we'll be changing everything to braid.
Mixed veggie and 000 orange dodger with green/blue peanut fly were the best. Lost count how many fish hit. If we hadn't had to deal with cottonwood we would have had our 15 fish by noon.
Hope this helps!
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