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    Fishing Report Milwaukee 5/10/2006
    By Capt. Jim Hirt
    I have been out the last four days. We are catching more cohos than any other species. Cloudy days bring better action on silver spoons and sunny days bright orange or red are working. Usually my spring coho come on flasher flies, not this year. On most days I start out with a mix of flasher flies and spoons in a variety of colors. As I start producing fish, changes to the most active presentations are made. I am finding that at the current water temperatures of 44-48 degrees on cloudy days small spoons like the Vulcan #2 Silver Reaper, Silver Sky and Spring Green are out producing the flashers. The sunny days Michigan Stinger's Orange and Red Shanster, Orange and red Chip Shanster, have been best. Michigan Stingers with the needle sharp VMC hooks are almost 100% for fish on and fish in the cooler. The good news is the spoons are not as speed sensitive as the flashers. For those of you who do not do well with flashers try some small spoons. Downriggers down 15-30 feet, Slide Divers set on #4 with 40 feet of line out and Yellow Birds are the presentations I have been successful with. Action has been good where ever you find a temperature break. The harbor gaps and tight along the shoreline are all good places to try. The big kings are scattered. They like the bigger spoons such as the Vulcan #3 in most of the silver color patterns. Some of the boats have been out in deeper water, but the water inside of 45 feet has worked for us. The boat speed of 2.2-2.5 on the Depth Raider gave the best results. The contents of the fishes’ stomachs showed they were eating well. There are some 2-inch Alewives in the fish we caught. We also snagged some big ones on our lures. Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.

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    Salmon Fishing Report Milwauke

    Salmon Fishing Report Milwaukee, Wisconsin 5/22/2006
    By Capt. Jim Hirt
    The last three days the fish have been jumping in the boat. Well almost, the action is great. Were taking a mixed bag of 80% Coho, 20% Chinooks and a few Browns and Lake Trout. The action is still in the top 35 feet of water outside the breakwall Milwaukee in 35-45 feet of water. Gobbly Wabbler peanut flies in green or purple are best for hammering the Coho tied 13 inches behind a 6 inch orange flasher. Most of the Coho are in the top five feet. The best presentation for us is Yellow Bird planer boards with a 40-foot lead. There is also some Huge Chinooks around between 10 and 18 pounds. Eighteen pounds is a not bad size for this early in the year. If this is an indication of the size of the four year olds it should be a very exciting season. Big spoons are working for the big boys on downriggers presented from 25 feet to the bottom. The best spoon for us is the Vulcan #3 Fire Tiger or Monkey Puke glow. Slide Divers are also producing fish 10-20 feet down with spoons or flasher flies. Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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    • #3
      Milwaukee Charter Fishing Repo

      Milwaukee Charter Fishing Report 5/30/2006

      By Capt. Jim Hirt
      Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Plenty of Coho action on flashers and flies don‘t be afraid to run them deep. The surface temperature is warming up and the fish are moving down. We’re taking a mixed bag of 50% Coho, 50% Chinooks and a few Browns and Lake Trout. A few fish on top with most of our action on downriggers 20-50 down in fifty to eighty feet of water. Look for the huge schools of baitfish for the best action. Gobbly Wabbler peanut flies in green or purple are best for hammering the Coho tied 13 inches behind a 6 inch orange flasher. There are also Chinooks around between 10 and 17 pounds. Big spoons are working for the big boys on downriggers presented from 25 feet to the bottom. The best spoon for us is the Vulcan #3 Fire Tiger or Monkey Puke glow. Slide Divers are also producing fish 30-40 feet down with spoons or flasher flies. Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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      • #4
        Milwaukee Charter Fishing Repo

        Milwaukee Charter Fishing Report 5/30/2006

        By Capt. Jim Hirt
        Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Plenty of Coho action on flashers and flies don‘t be afraid to run them deep. The surface temperature is warming up and the fish are moving down. We’re taking a mixed bag of 50% Coho, 50% Chinooks and a few Browns and Lake Trout. A few fish on top with most of our action on downriggers 20-50 down in fifty to eighty feet of water. Look for the huge schools of baitfish for the best action. Gobbly Wabbler peanut flies in green or purple are best for hammering the Coho tied 13 inches behind a 6 inch orange flasher. There are also Chinooks around between 10 and 17 pounds. Big spoons are working for the big boys on downriggers presented from 25 feet to the bottom. The best spoon for us is the Vulcan #3 Fire Tiger or Monkey Puke glow. Slide Divers are also producing fish 30-40 feet down with spoons or flasher flies. Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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        • #5
          Charter Fishing Report 6/5/200

          Charter Fishing Report 6/5/2006

          By Capt. Jim Hirt
          Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin. East wind and clear skies has slowed the midday action. First light and the last light of the day are the best times to catch Coho on flashers and flies. The surface temperature has warmed up to 62 degrees and the fish are moving down. We’re taking a mixed bag of 80% Coho, 20% Chinooks and a few Browns and Lake Trout. There are a few fish on top with most of our action on downriggers 20-70 down in 50 to 120 feet of water. Look for the huge schools of baitfish for the best action. Peanut flies in green or purple are best for hammering the Coho tied 13 inches behind a 6 inch orange flasher. There are also Chinooks around between 10 and 12 pounds. Big spoons are working for the Chin's on downriggers presented from 25 feet to the bottom. The best spoon for us is the Vulcan #3 Fire Tiger or Monkey Puke glow at first or last light. Slide Divers are also producing fish 30-40 feet down with spoons or flasher flies. Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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          • #6
            Milwauke Lake Michigan Fishing

            Milwauke Lake Michigan Fishing Report 6/14/2006
            By Capt. Jim Hirt
            Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin. East wind and the normal warming of the water are setting up Lake Michigan into a summer pattern. The key any day on the water is temperature and baitfish. Find those two ingredients and your on fish. There are Coho at all depths on flashers, dodgers rotators and flies. Most of the attractors are working. Watch your speed they are very speed sensitive. I have been running them between 1.8 and 2.4. The surface temperature is up to 62 degrees and the Rainbows are turning on. They are coming on half cores of lead with Vulcan #2 Green Dolphin spoons. We’re taking a mixed bag of 50% Coho, 25% Chinooks and 25% Rainbows. We are getting are best action in 80 to 200 feet of water off of the filtration plant. Look for the huge schools of baitfish for the best action. There are also Chinooks around between 10 and 14 pounds. Big spoons are working for the big boys on downriggers presented from 25 feet to the bottom. The best spoon for us at first light is the Vulcan #3 Fire Tiger or Monkey Puke glow. Later in the day they go to Michigan Stingers Stinger Stingrays in the glow puke color. Enjoy our great resource. Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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            • #7
              Charter Fishing Report 6/23/20

              Charter Fishing Report 6/23/2006 Milwaukee Wisconsin
              By Capt. Jim Hirt
              Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We have been out every day. The best action has been from 50 to 120 feet of water most anywhere out of Milwaukee. The area north in Whitefish Bay was the best last night and consistently produces all season. Coho have been in temps from 50 to 57. Lake Trout are in 50 degrees and colder and Chinooks have been active in 44 to 52. A must have is a temperature gauge that will tell you temp at the lure. Several types are available. There is one that is a thermometer you hang on your downrigger weight for about $10 that will give you a rough idea. A more expensive option is a cable unit with a counter that you stop the boat and let it down I used one of these for years. The top of the line is probe you attach in line in the downrigger cable. A product out in the market place for this purpose is the Depth Raider. This unit offers a probe that you connect to a special downrigger cable giving you speed and temp at the lure to depths of 200 feet. This information is sent to an easy to read display. The key any day on the water is temperature and baitfish. Find those two ingredients and your on fish. The Coho and Rainbows are mostly on #2 Vulcan spoons all of their silver colors are working for us. The big kings are on all styles of rotators with blue or green flies. Large #5 Reaper or magnum spoons in silver or glow are also good for kings. I have been running between 1.8 and 2.4. Enjoy our great resource. Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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              • #8
                Charter Fishing Report 7/8/200

                Charter Fishing Report 7/8/2006 Milwaukee Wisconsin
                By Capt. Jim Hirt

                Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rainbow trout, Chinooks and Coho have been active during the past week. The area and depth have been constant as the big pond settles into a summer pattern. The best water has been 80 to 150 feet with Rainbows coming on Slide Divers set to #3 with 80 feet of line out and 5 color lead core with small Vulcan #2 Silver Sky spoons. This is a midday bite between 10 am to 4 pm. This same tackle will take Coho early and Rainbows thru the day. You can also catch Chinook all thru the day but the best bite has been early and late in the day. Look for them in water below 50 degrees. The temp break to 50 degrees is at 70 feet. Fish for them from 70 to the bottom on downriggers. I find the best action about ten feet off the bottom. Magnum spoons like the #5 Monkey Puke and Fish n Chip Reapers along with most of the different types of rotators with green or blue flies are taking the big ones. Watch your speed, kick up your speed to 2.4 to 2.6 for Rainbows and between 1.8 and 2.4 for Kings. Have a blast! Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                • #9
                  Charter Salmon Fishing Milwauk

                  Charter Salmon Fishing Milwaukee 8/9/06
                  By Capt. Jim Hirt
                  Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fishing is still excellent the east wind continues to move the warm water into Milwaukee and the cold water moves out. For most of the day this is has brought the cold water fish down to below 70 feet in 100 to 200 feet of water. The Chinooks are between 12 and 20 pounds. Coho are running up to 8 pounds. We have had good numbers on Rainbows 8-14 pounds look for them in the top 40 feet as they like the warm water in depths over 100 feet. Action has been steady and predictable. At first light look for the big Chinooks, Coho and Brown Trout in the top 40 feet in closer to shore. I think this will dry up as this area becomes too warm. All presentations are working. Try Slide Divers set to #2 with 65 feet of Power Pro line out or conventional mono divers with 80 to 100 feet of line out. Most magnum spoons in silver/green, silver/blue or Glow in the dark are working. I like the Reapers or Vulcan magnums. Downriggers are also good with spoons or rotators and blue or green flies. Run half cores of lead early with spoons. Later in the morning about 730 am follow the fish down and out to deeper water. I set up in 45 feet at first light and when action slows down I move to over 100 feet for Rainbows up top and Salmon at the temp break to 50 degrees. Temperature is the key. Find the break and work above and below it. Then work north and south in that depth. If it's clear and calm, you may have to run long leads of 50-100 feet on the Slide Divers and downriggers. Watch your speed! Kick up your speed to 2.4 to 2.7 for Rainbows and between 1.8 and 2.4 for Kings. The warm water Kings like a slower speed. Fish on!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                  • #10
                    Fishing Charters Milwaukee Rep

                    Fishing Charters Milwaukee Report 8/21/2006
                    By Capt. Jim Hirt
                    Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin 8/21/2006. The four year old Chinooks or King Salmon are about as large as they are going to get. We are now getting average Kings at about 20 pounds. Our best lure for them has been magnum spoons in silver/green, silver/blue or Glow in the dark. I like the Reapers or Vulcan magnums from badgertackle.com. Downriggers are the way to go. The wind has been moving the fish around A couple of days of west wind will move the warm water out and the fish come in to 50 to 60 feet of water. When the wind blows east go deep over 100 feet for fish. Rotators and blue or green flies are also working. I like to run a mix of rotators and spoons. The rotators will attract the fish to your downrigger presentation. As always check the water temperature as the first thing you do. Find the 50 degree water and you will most likely find fish. If you fish at first light you may find fish in the warm water above the temperature break to 50 degrees. When the water is above 50 degrees from top to bottom continue to deeper water in search of colder water for salmon. The boater's that don't care to run 6 to 8 miles off shore I would consider working the warm water for some great Brown Trout or Rainbow action. Look for them from 25 to 85 feet in the top 40 feet as they like the warm water. Action has been steady and predictable. All presentations are working early in the day and downriggers are better later in the morning or mid day. Try Slide Divers set to #2 with 65 feet of Power Pro line out or conventional mono divers with 80 to 100 feet of line out. Temperature is the key. Find the break and work above and below it for salmon. If it's clear and calm, you may have to run long leads of 50-100 feet on the Slide Divers and downriggers. Watch your speed! Kick up your speed to 2.4 to 2.7 for Rainbows and between 1.8 and 2.4 for Kings. The warm water Kings like a slower speed. Good Luck!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                    • #11
                      Fishing Charters Milwaukee Rep

                      Fishing Charters Milwaukee Report 9/7/2006
                      By Capt. Jim Hirt
                      Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin 9/7/2006. There are two different patterns for you to fish for salmon and trout out of Milwaukee. The 4 year old mature Chinook are entering the north and main break wall gaps. Big kings are always fun and you should be able to hook up with some of the fish in the 15-25 pound class working these areas with magnum spoons in silver, silver/blue, silver/green on the sunny days. For overcast days definitely go with glow in the dark. The magnum Reapers and Vulcans from Badgertackle.com have been our best producer. I usually start out with the glows and go to silver about 2 hours after sunrise. Another location where fishing has been excellent is out over 140 feet of water approximately 6 miles off shore. The temp you want to fish is 50 degrees and you must go near the bottom to find it. Depending on your boat speed you may need 150 to 170 feet of cable out on your downriggers to get there. Our best lure for them has been magnum spoons in silver/green, silver/blue or Glow in the dark. I like the Reapers or Vulcan magnums from badgertackle.com. Rotators and blue or green flies are also working. I like to run a mix of rotators and spoons. The rotators will attract the fish to your downrigger presentation. As always check the water temperature as the first thing you do. Find the 50 degree water and you will most likely find fish. If you fish at first light you may find fish in the warm water above the temperature break to 50 degrees. When the water is above 50 degrees from top to bottom continue to deeper water in search of colder water for salmon. The boater's that don't care to run 6 to 8 miles off shore I would consider working the warm water for some Brown Trout or Rainbow action. Look for them from 25 to 85 feet in the top 40 feet as they like the warm water. Action here has slowed as the water temperatures keep going up. Good Luck!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                      • #12
                        Fish Milwaukee Fishing Report

                        Fish Milwaukee Fishing Report 9/13/2006

                        By Capt. Jim Hirt
                        Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin The four year old Chinooks are coming up the rivers. This year, if it is like most years, the peak of the run is mid September. Good fishing with near shore opportunities for all size boats is now! Look for exciting action on the biggest fish of the year in the warm water outside the break walls, in the harbor gaps and around the harbor. My first choice for tackle is the Vulcan magnum spoon. A close second and third choice are the Nestor Wobblers magnum size and size #4 J-plugs. When the water is clear go with all silver, silver/green, silver/blue. In low light or cloudy stained water, run the glow in the dark spoons. Vulcan and Nestor Wobblers you can get from Badgertackle.com J-plugs you can get anywhere. Downriggers 15 to 30 down are the way to go. Run your corner downriggers at 12 to 22 feet with 60-foot leads and cover the deeper water with the remaining downriggers. The Slide Divers are taking a lot of fish with the large ring set to #2 and 50 foot leads at 37 feet of line out. I used 50-pound Power Pro on all my divers this year and it allowed for better hook sets and deeper running with less problems.
                        If the two and three year old Chinooks are the way you want to go, look for the temp break to 50-degree water. The wind has been out of the East. When the wind blows east, go deep over 140 feet for fish. Reaper magnum Spoons, J-Plugs and Rotators with blue or green flies are steady producers. I like to run a mix of rotators and spoons. The rotators will attract the fish to your downrigger presentation. As always check the water temperature as the first thing you do. Find the 50-degree water and you will most likely find fish. If you fish at first light, you may find fish in the warm water above the temperature break to 50 degrees. When the water is above 50 degrees from top to bottom, continue to deeper water in search of colder water for two and three year old salmon. Action has been steady and predictable. All presentations are working early in the day. Downriggers are better later in the morning or mid day. Try Slide Divers set to #2 with 65 feet of Power Pro line out or conventional mono divers with 80 to 100 feet of line out for Rainbows. Temperature is the key. Find the break and work above and below it for salmon. If it's clear and calm, you may have to run long leads of 50-100 feet on the Slide Divers and downriggers. Good Luck!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                        • #13
                          Fish Milwaukee Fishing Report

                          Fish Milwaukee Fishing Report 9/13/2006

                          By Capt. Jim Hirt
                          Fishing report for Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin The four year old Chinooks are coming up the rivers. This year, if it is like most years, the peak of the run is mid September. Good fishing with near shore opportunities for all size boats is now! Look for exciting action on the biggest fish of the year in the warm water outside the break walls, in the harbor gaps and around the harbor. My first choice for tackle is the Vulcan magnum spoon. A close second and third choice are the Nestor Wobblers magnum size and size #4 J-plugs. When the water is clear go with all silver, silver/green, silver/blue. In low light or cloudy stained water, run the glow in the dark spoons. Vulcan and Nestor Wobblers you can get from Badgertackle.com J-plugs you can get anywhere. Downriggers 15 to 30 down are the way to go. Run your corner downriggers at 12 to 22 feet with 60-foot leads and cover the deeper water with the remaining downriggers. The Slide Divers are taking a lot of fish with the large ring set to #2 and 50 foot leads at 37 feet of line out. I used 50-pound Power Pro on all my divers this year and it allowed for better hook sets and deeper running with less problems.
                          If the two and three year old Chinooks are the way you want to go, look for the temp break to 50-degree water. The wind has been out of the East. When the wind blows east, go deep over 140 feet for fish. Reaper magnum Spoons, J-Plugs and Rotators with blue or green flies are steady producers. I like to run a mix of rotators and spoons. The rotators will attract the fish to your downrigger presentation. As always check the water temperature as the first thing you do. Find the 50-degree water and you will most likely find fish. If you fish at first light, you may find fish in the warm water above the temperature break to 50 degrees. When the water is above 50 degrees from top to bottom, continue to deeper water in search of colder water for two and three year old salmon. Action has been steady and predictable. All presentations are working early in the day. Downriggers are better later in the morning or mid day. Try Slide Divers set to #2 with 65 feet of Power Pro line out or conventional mono divers with 80 to 100 feet of line out for Rainbows. Temperature is the key. Find the break and work above and below it for salmon. If it's clear and calm, you may have to run long leads of 50-100 feet on the Slide Divers and downriggers. Good Luck!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                          • #14
                            Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michiga

                            Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Wisconsin 10/4/2006
                            By Captain Jim Hirt
                            Milwaukee fall fishing has never been better. The west wind has moved the Alewives in from 160 feet to 50 feet and the temperature is 45 degrees at 30 feet down. All presentations are working. Spoons, flasher flies and plugs are all taking fish. The first light bite has been fantastic. Doubles and triples are common when the sun is just on the horizon. I start my morning with all glow spoons. Charge them up with bright light before you put them in. Charge them again every opportunity you have in all low light situations. Keep them bright for the hottest action. I have been running my Slide Divers on #4 early and going to a lower number after it gets brighter out. The lower the number the deeper they dive. Sixty feet of line out is a good place to start. The best glow spoons for me have been the Reaper Fish Fry, Green Fox or any of the Tiger Glows in the magnum size. The only place you can find them is at Badgertackle.com Downriggers 40 to 60 down have been the ticket once again with glow spoons. Later in the day on sunny days move to deeper water and fish 60 to 90 feet down with Vulcan Silver Plate, Silver Sky or any of the silver colors in the regular size. This 3-inch spoon is just the right size to match the Alewives look for them at Badgertackle.com
                            Four-year-old kings are also available. Most of the boats are reporting four to six of these big bruisers each trip. You will have to pick and peck at them. Try magnum spoons and #3 and #4 J-plugs. The big kings will be available until mid October with the quantities diminishing toward the end of October. For exciting action on the biggest fish of the year fish the warm water outside the break walls, in the harbor gaps and around the harbor. When the water is clear go with all silver, silver/green, silver/blue. In low light or cloudy stained water, run the glow in the dark spoons. Downriggers 15 to 30 down are the way to go. Run your corner downriggers at 12 to 22 feet with 60-foot leads and cover the deeper water with the remaining downriggers. The Slide Divers are taking a lot of fish with the large ring set to #2 and 50 foot leads at 37 feet of line out. I used 50-pound Power Pro on all my divers this year and it allowed for better hook sets and deeper running with less problems. Good Luck!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                            • #15
                              Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michiga

                              Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Wisconsin 10/4/2006
                              By Captain Jim Hirt
                              Milwaukee fall fishing has never been better. The west wind has moved the Alewives in from 160 feet to 50 feet and the temperature is 45 degrees at 30 feet down. All presentations are working. Spoons, flasher flies and plugs are all taking fish. The first light bite has been fantastic. Doubles and triples are common when the sun is just on the horizon. I start my morning with all glow spoons. Charge them up with bright light before you put them in. Charge them again every opportunity you have in all low light situations. Keep them bright for the hottest action. I have been running my Slide Divers on #4 early and going to a lower number after it gets brighter out. The lower the number the deeper they dive. Sixty feet of line out is a good place to start. The best glow spoons for me have been the Reaper Fish Fry, Green Fox or any of the Tiger Glows in the magnum size. The only place you can find them is at Badgertackle.com Downriggers 40 to 60 down have been the ticket once again with glow spoons. Later in the day on sunny days move to deeper water and fish 60 to 90 feet down with Vulcan Silver Plate, Silver Sky or any of the silver colors in the regular size. This 3-inch spoon is just the right size to match the Alewives look for them at Badgertackle.com
                              Four-year-old kings are also available. Most of the boats are reporting four to six of these big bruisers each trip. You will have to pick and peck at them. Try magnum spoons and #3 and #4 J-plugs. The big kings will be available until mid October with the quantities diminishing toward the end of October. For exciting action on the biggest fish of the year fish the warm water outside the break walls, in the harbor gaps and around the harbor. When the water is clear go with all silver, silver/green, silver/blue. In low light or cloudy stained water, run the glow in the dark spoons. Downriggers 15 to 30 down are the way to go. Run your corner downriggers at 12 to 22 feet with 60-foot leads and cover the deeper water with the remaining downriggers. The Slide Divers are taking a lot of fish with the large ring set to #2 and 50 foot leads at 37 feet of line out. I used 50-pound Power Pro on all my divers this year and it allowed for better hook sets and deeper running with less problems. Good Luck!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                              • #16
                                Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michiga

                                Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Wisconsin 10/4/2006
                                By Captain Jim Hirt
                                Milwaukee fall fishing has never been better. The west wind has moved the Alewives in from 160 feet to 50 feet and the temperature is 45 degrees at 30 feet down. All presentations are working. Spoons, flasher flies and plugs are all taking fish. The first light bite has been fantastic. Doubles and triples are common when the sun is just on the horizon. I start my morning with all glow spoons. Charge them up with bright light before you put them in. Charge them again every opportunity you have in all low light situations. Keep them bright for the hottest action. I have been running my Slide Divers on #4 early and going to a lower number after it gets brighter out. The lower the number the deeper they dive. Sixty feet of line out is a good place to start. The best glow spoons for me have been the Reaper Fish Fry, Green Fox or any of the Tiger Glows in the magnum size. The only place you can find them is at Badgertackle.com Downriggers 40 to 60 down have been the ticket once again with glow spoons. Later in the day on sunny days move to deeper water and fish 60 to 90 feet down with Vulcan Silver Plate, Silver Sky or any of the silver colors in the regular size. This 3-inch spoon is just the right size to match the Alewives look for them at Badgertackle.com
                                Four-year-old kings are also available. Most of the boats are reporting four to six of these big bruisers each trip. You will have to pick and peck at them. Try magnum spoons and #3 and #4 J-plugs. The big kings will be available until mid October with the quantities diminishing toward the end of October. For exciting action on the biggest fish of the year fish the warm water outside the break walls, in the harbor gaps and around the harbor. When the water is clear go with all silver, silver/green, silver/blue. In low light or cloudy stained water, run the glow in the dark spoons. Downriggers 15 to 30 down are the way to go. Run your corner downriggers at 12 to 22 feet with 60-foot leads and cover the deeper water with the remaining downriggers. The Slide Divers are taking a lot of fish with the large ring set to #2 and 50 foot leads at 37 feet of line out. I used 50-pound Power Pro on all my divers this year and it allowed for better hook sets and deeper running with less problems. Good Luck!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                                • #17
                                  Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michiga

                                  Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Wisconsin 10/4/2006
                                  By Captain Jim Hirt
                                  Milwaukee fall fishing has never been better. The west wind has moved the Alewives in from 160 feet to 50 feet and the temperature is 45 degrees at 30 feet down. All presentations are working. Spoons, flasher flies and plugs are all taking fish. The first light bite has been fantastic. Doubles and triples are common when the sun is just on the horizon. I start my morning with all glow spoons. Charge them up with bright light before you put them in. Charge them again every opportunity you have in all low light situations. Keep them bright for the hottest action. I have been running my Slide Divers on #4 early and going to a lower number after it gets brighter out. The lower the number the deeper they dive. Sixty feet of line out is a good place to start. The best glow spoons for me have been the Reaper Fish Fry, Green Fox or any of the Tiger Glows in the magnum size. The only place you can find them is at Badgertackle.com Downriggers 40 to 60 down have been the ticket once again with glow spoons. Later in the day on sunny days move to deeper water and fish 60 to 90 feet down with Vulcan Silver Plate, Silver Sky or any of the silver colors in the regular size. This 3-inch spoon is just the right size to match the Alewives look for them at Badgertackle.com
                                  Four-year-old kings are also available. Most of the boats are reporting four to six of these big bruisers each trip. You will have to pick and peck at them. Try magnum spoons and #3 and #4 J-plugs. The big kings will be available until mid October with the quantities diminishing toward the end of October. For exciting action on the biggest fish of the year fish the warm water outside the break walls, in the harbor gaps and around the harbor. When the water is clear go with all silver, silver/green, silver/blue. In low light or cloudy stained water, run the glow in the dark spoons. Downriggers 15 to 30 down are the way to go. Run your corner downriggers at 12 to 22 feet with 60-foot leads and cover the deeper water with the remaining downriggers. The Slide Divers are taking a lot of fish with the large ring set to #2 and 50 foot leads at 37 feet of line out. I used 50-pound Power Pro on all my divers this year and it allowed for better hook sets and deeper running with less problems. Good Luck!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved

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                                    Fish Report 4/19/2007 Milwauke

                                    Fish Report 4/19/2007 Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan
                                    By Capt. Jim Hirt
                                    April fishing is very good. Most of our charter trips are catching limits on Browns and Chinooks. Clear skies with the wind out of the northeast at 5-10 mph have been the norm. The water flowing into Milwaukee harbor is 52 degrees. We have been fishing the temp breaks in front of the river mouth and harbor gaps marking fish at all depths. Lots of bait fish around. Our best presentations are Yellow Bird planer boards with 25 foot leads behind the boards and downriggers 20 to 25 feet down. The way I set up a planer board is with 20 lb. mono to a 1/4-ounce bead chain sinker. Use 8 feet of 18 lb. Seaguar Fluoro Premier fluorocarbon leader from the sinker to a size #1 Cross Lock snap and lure. The fish have not been too particular. Most 3-4 inch spoons and J-Plugs are taking fish. Some of our best producers have been Vulcan Silver Sky, Nestor Wobblers Sun Burn Glow sold at http://www.badgertackle.com Michigan Stinger Jawbreaker and most of their silver orange spoons. Depending on wind direction the north and south gaps are producing fish. Our bigger Chinooks have been caught at the north gap. The fish at the north gap came on small spoons. Silver blue spoons worked best for us running 60 feet behind the ball on downriggers 8-15 feet down. Our best boat speed was 2.4 mph. Slide Divers are producing very well set to #1 with 20 feet of line out. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2006, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.

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                                      Fish Report 4/22/2007 Milwauke

                                      Fish Report 4/22/2007 Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan
                                      By Capt. Jim Hirt
                                      April fishing is very good. Most of our charter trips are catching limits on Browns with a few Rainbows. The water flowing into Milwaukee harbor is 52 degrees and the lake is 44. We have been fishing the temp breaks in front of the river mouth and harbor gaps marking fish at all depths. Lots of bait fish around. Our best presentations are Yellow Bird planer boards with 25 foot leads behind the boards and downriggers 20 to 25 feet down. Slide Divers are producing very well set to #1 with 20 feet of line out. We had some fish on downriggers but the majority of fish came in the top 15 feet on Slide Divers and Yellow Birds. The way I set up a planer board is with 20 lb. mono to a 1/4-ounce bead chain sinker. Use 8 feet of 18 lb. Seaguar Fluoro Premier fluorocarbon leader from the sinker to a size #1 Cross Lock snap and lure. The fish have not been too particular. Most 3-4 inch spoons are taking fish. Some of our best producers have been Vulcan Silver Sky, Nestor Wobblers Sun Burn Glow sold at http://www.badgertackle.com Michigan Stinger Jawbreaker, Tourney Winner and most of their silver orange spoons. Depending on wind direction the north and south gaps are producing fish. Fished part of each trip Saturday and Sunday for Chinooks but did not find any. There is also Lake Trout being caught in 40 to 80 feet of water north of Milwaukee I have no info on what or how deep. Our best boat speed was 2.4 mph. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2007, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.

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                                        Fish Report 5/4/2007 Milwaukee

                                        Fish Report 5/4/2007 Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan

                                        By Capt. Jim Hirt
                                        May fishing continues very good. Most of our charter trips are catching limits on Browns with a few Rainbows, Lakers and Chinooks. The water flowing into Milwaukee harbor is 52 degrees and the lake is 46. We have been fishing the temp breaks in front of the river mouth and harbor gaps marking fish at all depths. Lots of bait fish around. The south gap was very good due to the northwest wind pushing the warm harbor out the gap. Always consider the wind direction and where the best temp breaks are created from the movement of the water. Our best presentations are Yellow Bird planer boards with 25 foot leads behind the boards and downriggers 20 to 25 feet down. Slide Divers are producing very well set to #1 with 20 feet of line out. We had some fish on downriggers but the majority of fish came in the top 15 feet on Slide Divers and Yellow Birds. The way I set up a planer board is with 20 lb. mono to a 1/4-ounce bead chain sinker. Use 8 feet of 18 lb. Seaguar Fluoro Premier fluorocarbon leader from the sinker to a size #1 Cross Lock snap and lure. The fish have not been too particular. Most 3-4 inch spoons are taking fish. Some of our best producers have been Vulcan Silver Sky, Nestor Wobblers Sun Burn Glow sold at http://www.badgertackle.com Michigan Stinger Jawbreaker, Tourney Winner and most of their silver orange spoons. There is also Lake Trout being caught in 40 to 80 feet of water north of Milwaukee I have no info on what presentation or how deep. Our best boat speed was 2.0 to 2.4 mph. For cold water keep your speed down. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!! Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at http://www.bluemaxcharters.com Copyright© 2007, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.

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