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Tuesday  June 18, 2019

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Broken Aftco Roller Guide
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6/9/19 Onekama, MI
20 lb. King Salmon
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6/11/19 Ludington, MI
Whitefish on SB 4.0 Icy Blue
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6/8/19 Olcott, NY
Lk. Ontario Kings
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6/7/19  Manistee, MI
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"You've just discovered the most extensive information available to the Great Lakes Angler and Charter Fisherman I've been able to put together so far. Please keep in mind, there's well over 150 different pages. Full of my original content containing a complete encyclopedia fishing tips, past results, photos, You Tube videos, Facebook posts, tricks & how to's. Only here, are the constantly evolving techniques to consistently catch more & larger fish are revealed in an easy to read & understand format" ...Capt. John King

Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

6/18/19  Keeping yourself safe and legal is today's focus.  First, check the dates on your flares.  This is a U.S.C.G. requirement.  Next is a 5" by 8" plaque about oil discharge.  Pretty sure all boats over 22' must have this plaque.
              Getting pulled over by the Coast Guard is most likely insider your port with burnt-out running lights in the harbor.  This can happen anytime with old style bulbs when you're plowing thru rough water.  I went to LED to lessen this occurrence.
              The Coast Guard is not on the muscle.  They're just doing their job.  My run-ins with the CG have all been amicable.  Coasties are there for your protection and deserve to be treated respect.  Make sure your air cleaner/spark arrestor is cleaned ever so often.

6/17/19  In the year 2002 rebuilt my Wolverine Charter Choice rods with Aftco roller guides for 30# test 7 strand wire.  Made a simple wood vee-jig to twist/roll the thread over the guides.  This served me well until this year.  Click for i2k wire diver article
               Noticed I had 2 broke guides.  OK, no big deal.  Let's do a cheap easy fix with what's on-hand.  Used 30# Cortland White Spot Braid dyed with a blue Magic Marker.
               After several coats of clear lacquer the rod is back in service.  Background on the rods used dates to the 1980s when I bought the Wolverine 10' rods that were the best on the market.  70 bucks in 1985 equates $166.25 in 2019.  So, these were no cheap rods!
               Getting 34 years of service out of these old beat-up rods makes this a wise purchase.  Incidentally, there's a 100 bucks in the Aftco roller guides on each rod and they've caught several tons of fish and Kings to past 32 pounds.  Click repair job photo

6/16/19  Happy Father's Day.

6/15/19  Father's Day is tomorrow.  Go and enjoy it with dad.  Many of us no longer have that opportunity.  So, take advantage of this special day.

6/14/19  Guest update today from Josh A. Onekama, MI about last weekend's fishing trips:

"Wanted to share with you some good fishing adventures this past weekend made mostly by one of your meat rigs.  Believe the name is green frog. 
             Found some good scum lines loaded with beach grass and wood.  But also, bait and hungry kings.  Few miles north of Onekama 24s to 27s, best depth 200'-250'. 
            This meat rig accounted for 3 20lb kings in about 2 hours Saturday morning on same wire diver & accounted for 6 fish on the day.  Worked the same water rest of Sat. evening & 3 hours Sunday morning.  11 fish Saturday and 4 Sunday, all kings, most had small 2"-3" alewives in them.  Thanks again for the top notch tackle." ...Capt. Josh A.

6/13/19  Posted a photo of the new double single hook setup that undergoing testing.  Hooks are VMC Permasteel open eyelet used as an option for our spoons.  Can only report these new hooks are 1 for 1 and further evaluation is needed.  Click 2 single hooks
              Testing new ideas/ways to accomplish a goal, or to solve a problem should be an ongoing process.  The best has not been invented yet, but we're trying.

6/12/19  Ludington's Capn Kirk continues to break new ground with our Salmon Buster™ spoons when he caught a Whitefish 110' down close the bottom.  Catching whitefish with a trolled lure of any kind is a rare experience.  Click Kirk's Whitefish
              Was out of Manistee, MI for a few hours last evening.  Setup S of port of few miles in 400' of water.  Wayne J and I fished into 125' on a 5 mile straight line troll path.  Hooked and released a small 5-6 lb. King during our test session. 
              New double single hooks worked and wire Slide Divers performed as intended. 
So, this should be viewed as win even with only 1 fish.
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