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Monday  May 20, 2019

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5/15/19 E Chicago, IN
Big catch of Kings and Coho
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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

5/20/19  Manistee, MI's "Tight Lines for Troops" pulled off another highly successful free tournament.  Close to 50 boats took part in taking our former service members for a great day of fishing on Lk. MI in homage to our vets. Click for tournament results
              Winning fish was a 19.5 lb. King caught aboard the "Indian Giver."  Lake Trout were the predominate species, but there was some Kings taken.
              With our late spring? ...Manistee could be setting up for an outstanding King fishery this Memorial Day Weekend.  If we get SW wind and warmer temps?         

5/19/19 Have a great Sunday.  Weather for Manistee is a lot better than predicted.
             Need to stress, as a safety issue, DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY into the 51 LED Black Lights we're selling at the webstore.  A few brief seconds is tolerable.  Please keep this in mind when you're using the best, fastest way to charge/light-up "glow in the dark" tackle.

5/17/19  Main ingredient (alewives) to a successful spring King Salmon season has been a no show thus far at central Lk. MI ports.  Not fishing Lk. MI last fall due to boat issues leaves me in the dark about what the bait situation looks like.  Later fall months of October and November is an excellent indicator on the Alewife population. 
              The next couple of weeks in Manistee, MI we should see some bait and Kings.  Kings are the big deal and most sought after fish we have.  Hope they show soon!

5/16/19  This weekend is Manistee, MI's "Tight Lines for Troops" happening.  2019 marks the 10 year anniversary of honoring our service men and women special event. 
               Manistee goes all out for our veterans with free tournament charter fishing, awards, raffles, and a dinner at no cost to all former service members.
               To improve this do? ...moving it to later in the summer when more stable weather patterns will be a huge bonus to all participants.  Middle of May weather and fishing is iffy in Manistee.  Thunderstorms are predicted for Saturday.  Let's hope this holds off.

5/15/19  Here's Tom M's fresh report from the extreme S end of Lk. MI down by Chicago: 

"I know, you probably know, but fishing is on fire down this way, mostly from the ditch east in 50 to 55 FOW.  We used three of your Salmon Buster™ spoons today and they were on fire.  I am a true believer,  the only thing that out-fished them today was my green frog meat rig on the downrigger.  I never really gave them (my spoons) a good try, but there are going to be a few of them in my spread from now on. Click for Tom's meat pole
           We ended up with four kings.  The biggest one was 15 pounds.  We lost about six kings the bait and Coho are just everywhere.  Couldn't keep the poles in the water.  Never really got a full spread of nine rods out today." ...Capt. Tom M. E Chicago, IN

Until conditions change with warmer water and the bait and Salmon move N, my home port of Manistee, MI is in a holding pattern ...waiting for the mother lode of Kings to show up.

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