When fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan out of Chicago we have a little different fishing style that is unlike anywhere in the world. On a typical salmon fishing charter we will run between 10 and 16 rods at the same time depending on conditions. This is all trolling and the boat never stops. We are often asked how do we not get all the lines tangled. Now sometimes we do get tangles but for the most part tangles are rare. The way we reduce our tangles when salmon fishing is we stick to one fundemtal rule. All the lines are run behind the boat in a V pattern both vertically and horizontally. We do this by having many different tactics using planer boards, Dipsey Divers, and Down Riggers. It will all make sense when you are out on your Lake Michigan Fishing Charter.
With planer boards we run out anywhere from 20 to 150 yards of line out then attach a plastic board. The board works in such a way as to pull the line out far out to the side to keep it away from the other lines and the boat.
The Dipsey Divers stay close to the boat and run Deep. These are disks hooked to the pole and they not only pull the lure down but also far out to the side.
Finally the downriggers. These are a 12lb lead ball hooked to a heavy cable with a winch. We attach the line to the ball and down it goes. When the fish strikes the line is then released from the ball and its Fish On.
These are the primary ways we run our baits. Our Lake Michigan Boats require a Lot of open water to keep our lines away from other boats so we do not tangle with another salmon fishing boat. Fishing on a Chicago Fishing Charter we have a lot of open space and being we have a faster boat then the rest of the fleet we are often alone out where the fish are.
Book your Lake Michigan Fishing Charter with us. We not only are out there to fish but we spend some time explaining how it is done and what to expect. Our Fishing Charters are about much more then just boating some fish. Its about the fun exciting environment we create for our customers.