Made in  USA  Fishing Tackle Manufacturer

Your Place for Daily Great Lakes News 
(855) 950-FISH

(855 950-3474)

    Proudly serving the Reel Fisherman since 1983 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Photo of the Day
click photos for full-size

Where's the Fish?
Reel-hard with no light!

GoPro Upgrades
Light & Battery

7/20/16 Manistique, MI
Match the hatch did not work!
Click for spoons that did
Only 2 deals left

Back in  Stock!

Reel Fish Food
SB Blue Back Shiner

Click to Purchase

2017 Spoon Deal
Glow & Non-Glow
100% Un-Retouched Photo
Click 17 for 2017 Deal


Salmon Busters™ Great Lakes Info Tips and Trix Capt. John's Log

Welcome New and Returning Visitors

"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

17 for 2017

Spoon deal for 2017 has a dozen high tech extended glow Salmon Buster™ spoons in blue and green.  Along with 5 of my best spoons that proved winners last summer & fall.  Deal price is 125.  If purchased a separately retail is over a 150 bucks.  To make this special even a better, there's a bonus 9.95 diamond hook file & free shipping too!  If you're looking to up your spoon program? ...this is the way to do it!  Click 17 for 2017 deal

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

2/20/17  Happy Monday! 4 weeks from today is the official start of spring.  This warm weather has me thinking a lot about the almost here, 2017 season.  Plans are in the works for my first big lake trip barely 3 weeks away.  Stay tuned, it's a goodie!
               Best thing I like about fishing? ...as soon as I step on the boat, life's wearisome issues seems melt away.  Not to resurface until my boat is on the trailer, headed home.
              For me, it's an ultimate escape that provides a reset to life's ups and downs.  Especially, adrenalin rush when we hear the words, "fish-on" that sets everything right!

2/19/17  Have a great Sunday. 

2/18/17  Hit 50° in Manistee, MI yesterday.  More of the same is in store for us today. 
Mr. O. M. Winter is being nice to us and is on vacation thru most of next week!
               Was in Traverse City, MI yesterday afternoon.  Lk. MI's West Traverse Bay is completely open water with no ice.  I have no doubt boats will be on the prowl today.
              Cease the moment and take advantage of this warm spell that going to last for the best part of a week.  I will be working on my boat trailer later today after shipping orders.  Presidents Day is this  Monday and that means next USPS ship date is Tuesday. 

2/17/17  Temps in the mid 40s this weekend opens up a lot of opportunities.  My days will be dedicated getting my boat trailer in super-ready long haul mode. 
              Trouble free towing means tire air pressures must be up to snuff.  Both for safety and fuel mileage.  Wheel bearings will get a light tap of grease, careful not to over-pressure that can take out bearing seals.  Checking torque on the wheel lugs will not be overlooked.  Surge brake fluid will get checked and topped off too.  Then, mount a tool box on the boat trailer to carry tools/parts necessary for tire changes and wheel bearing swaps.
             No matter how much you plan, breakdowns are always a possibility.  Being prepared for any eventuality saves times and days that will be spent on the water.

2/16/17  MDNR's free fishing weekend is this Saturday and Sunday.  Reel good news for Steelhead river fishermen with the forecast highs in the 40s for my neck of the woods.  Ice fishermen? ...please use extra caution to make sure the ice is safe.
               Any orders received after 5am will not be shipped today.  Bookkeeper has a hold on the special accountant's file in QuickBooks to resolve things I do not fully understand.  That's why I have a hired accountant to keep the books on the up and up.

For a continuation of daily log entries going back 17 years: Click here

  Encyclopedia of
         Tips &Tricks

Do I Stay? NEW 2017!
Top Tier Tactics
Salmon Busters™
3D Tackle 2014
Super Snubbers 2013

Black's & Bands
Making Trolling Flies 1
Fine Tuning Bait 
2010 Myth Busting 1  
Rigging with Red

Double Loop Knot
Thinking Inside the Box 
Eaters, or Biters part I

  Click more articles

 Press Releases
History in the Making

"Simply has a edge through knowledge and ability of having broken the lock jaw barrier with his own bag of tricks on a regular basis....
& good sense of humor."

Guy Ellis-The Outdoor Guy "Manistee News Advocate" 
Feb. 2000

"King of the Charter Boat Skippers"

Tom Huggler 
"Fish Michigan" 
March 1999

"The action on Lake Michigan continued at a frantic pace... the crew went on to land 7 Kings (Chinooks), 1 Coho and 9 Lake Trout on the half day Charter." (17 fish)
Dave Richey 
"Sunday Detroit News" 
August 1984

We've had  Hit Counter   strikes since Jan. 2000 
Do not copy, print-out or reproduce material of any kind from this site 
without expressed written permission from

MichiganSportsman Copyright©1999-201