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Jurrassic Lake Trout on Lake Superior

Video Details: Season 7 - Episode 14. James Holst and In-Depth Outdoors Pro Staff Team member Grant Sorensen fish Lake Superior in early October using Sufix 832 Advanced Lead Core and spoons behind planer boards to land a mind-blowing number of huge lake trout!

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Jerry Ho
I really enjoyed watching this video James and Grant. I just watched it twice. I love catching lake trout but have never caught any that big. I'm curious to know what reels you were using. They look like Shimano Tekotas with line counters but what size were they? Another question is do you fill the spool with the suffix 832 or do you put on a backer of some sort of mono and then tie on the lead core?

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Jerry
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I really enjoyed watching this video James and Grant. I just watched it twice. I love catching lake trout but have never caught any that big. I'm curious to know what reels you were using. They look like Shimano Tekotas with line counters but what size were they? Another question is do you fill the spool with the suffix 832 or do you put on a backer of some sort of mono and then tie on the lead core?




We were using size 300 and 600's picked up from Dean.

FYI - The 832 Advanced leadcore is so much thinner in diameter when compared to standard leadcore you can actually get a full core (10 colors) on a Tekota 300 + backing which is a VERY small/compact line counter.

See here for the scoop on the Tekota 300 with 10 colors >>> http://www.idofishing.com/forum/showflat.php/Number/1163999/fpart/1/832-fyi

Here's how we had those rods rigged up....

We're fishing segmented lead core. So most of the reel is filled with mono or braid. To that we tie in 3, 4 or 5 colors of lead core. To the end of the lead core we add a 30' leader of 20# flouro. Easy. Simply. The 832 leadcore is getting us 8+ foot of depth per color so at 3, 4 and 5 colors our spoons are running approximately 25, 32 and 40 foot, respectively.

We started our day fishing 2 rods of solid leadcore right off the sides of the boat but those rods produced very few fish while the boards were going crazy. We assumed this was due to the boat spooking the fish out to the sides and away from the leadcore rods without boards. It didn't take us long to just pull them out of the spread and focus solely on the boards as the action was ridiculously fast paced.

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James Holst
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Average Joe
That episode was EPIC

Tons of action

I loved it
James HolstAdministrator
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That episode was EPIC

Tons of action

I loved it




Just seeing some of this footage again makes me want to do that again so bad I can taste it! Grant, how about a spring trip, buddy?!

Here's the original report from back in October if anyone is interested. http://www.idofishing.com/forum/showflat.php/Number/1178966/93/fpart/all

Some of the pics we came home with remind me of what a special trip that was.



















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DTF
If you're going up this spring, I'm your net man!!
KTroller
Great show James! Definitely putting a trip to Superior on my list.

Gonna try the 832 LC on Pepin this year as well, looking forward to that added sensitivity. Just need to determine if I go with straight LC or segments.

Any tips on knots for the new LC?

Thanks!

KT
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Any tips on knots for the new LC?

Thanks!

KT




I use the same knot I've always tied on leadcore. There's lots of knots that can be used but I tie an overhand knot in the leadcore near the end and then use a palomar to knot the backing or leader to the leadcore using the overhand knot in the leadcore as a stop to keep my palomar knot from sliding off. Rock solid and quick.

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James Holst
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KTroller
Thanks again James!
Grant Sorensen
Thanks for the replys guys! That trip was one for the books that is forsure! Im glad we got it all on film too and were able to share it! Simply amazing!

Last year, I started my open water fishing season off with back to back trips to the rainy river that were just insane, and ended the year with this trip here. I hope this year will be similiar!!

Cant wait to get back on these fish out on Superior! With what we learned last year, this year could be even better! Big lake trout have to be one of my favorite fish to catch, and you can bet we will be targeting them all summer long!!

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moxie
The suspense at 16:00 was a Jaws classic
Wow that a lot of fun to watch!!
jp42396
I love seeing those monsters pulled out, but there's still a lot of ice out there. When are you going to post ice fishing videos on youtube?
wiswalleyenut
james,

Did you use a swivel to keep line twist out with the spoons, and what speeds were you going. That got my blood pumpin for some open water fun! I would think this would work early for salmon on Michigan as well?

Nut

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Edited by wiswalleyenut (02/26/13 12:58 PM)
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james,

Did you use a swivel to keep line twist out with the spoons, and what speeds were you going. That got my blood pumpin for some open water fun! I would think this would work early for salmon on Michigan as well?

Nut




Yes, we ran a sampo swivel about 6' in front of the spoon to eliminate twist. Trolling speeds were 2.1 - 2.3.

I can think of a number of scenarios where this leadcore presentation should be deadly.... kings on Michigan is one of them.

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brook100
Hey James, great vid. Thinking about trying this set up for Lakers in the spring along the Duluth shoreline. Been a long time user of lead core for walleyes on the St. Croix river, but never tried planer boards with it? How do they attach to the lead core?
Grant Sorensen
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Hey James, great vid. Thinking about trying this set up for Lakers in the spring along the Duluth shoreline. Been a long time user of lead core for walleyes on the St. Croix river, but never tried planer boards with it? How do they attach to the lead core?




Let me tell you, this presentation will work wonders out of Duluth. A lot of the water out there is 70 to 120 or 130 feet. That means with just lead alone, you can easily get down half way, even more. The majority of the fish out there too are down 40 to 70 feet. When you can get boards with spoons down 60 plus feet.......watch out fish!!!

What you do is segment it. Attactching the board directly to the lead will cause it to weaken and could potentially break. So the idea is to have a few reels, set p with different amounts. Ideally, you would have say 2 reels with 3 colors, 2 reels with 4, 2 with 5 etc (its nice to have everything in pairs). Run out all the lead and attatch the board to your mono backing.

I cannot wait to use this presentation out of the Duluth/Superior area. Previously, if you wanted 6 lines down 70 feet, you had to have a 30 plus foot boat with 6 downtriigers on it. Now, a guy with a 17 footer can do the exact same.

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brook100
Thanks for the info Grant appreciate it! We took a charter out from the Duluth harbor last summer and had such a blast we wanted to figure out how to do it ourselves. With this lead core technique should be easy to transition over from walleyes to Lakers without doing down riggers like you said.
Joel Ballweg
Finally got around to watching this episode the other night.
Pretty awesome fish you guys caught James & Grant. It wasn't just the size that was impressive but also the numbers of big fish you guys caught. Really impressive fish & trip!

As for the new lead core, I will be running it on my walleye rods this summer and also plan on running it for some of my deeper lines on Lake Michigan this summer.

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JoeShow
It's official, I just contracted Lake Trout Cerebral Dysfunction Syndrome.
Walleye Lunker
So, how do I apply to be a "reel" man to help out when you guys get 5 fish hooked up?!
tcp1lt
I want to try fishing lake trout with lead core in Canada. After reading all these comments, I have a couple questions. If I want to get down 32' with spoons, I would use 3 colors and a 30' leader. Question 1) why so long a leader? Would 10' be adequate? Question 2) if i use a countdown rapala rather than a spoon I would be down another 7-8', total about 40'. Comments?? Thanks.
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I want to try fishing lake trout with lead core in Canada. After reading all these comments, I have a couple questions. If I want to get down 32' with spoons, I would use 3 colors and a 30' leader. Question 1) why so long a leader? Would 10' be adequate? Question 2) if i use a countdown rapala rather than a spoon I would be down another 7-8', total about 40'. Comments?? Thanks.




3 colors of Sufix Advanced alone wouldn't get you down to your 32' target. You'll need 4.

As for leader length that is one I use on all my open water set-ups when attaching a leader. It is something I'm comfortable with and I understand how the lures will react on that length of leader. You can experiment to your heart's content and I wouldn't expect any major negative impacts going longer or shorter, within reason.

As for adding the countdown Rapala... that is not a lure I would use in a trolling situation necessarily but there's no reason you couldn't use it. I would instead recommend a Husky Jerk or similar style bait in lieu of the sinker.

I hope this helps. Holler if you have any other questions.
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