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Friday  August 28, 2015

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

8/29/15  Happy Saturday!  S wind has sent the temp break down to 120' the last I heard from Manistee, MI.  Next week is shaping up with a stable barometer and steady temps in the 80s into the Labor day Weekend.  Wind is supposed to calm down too.
                        Have a great weekend, because you deserve it!

8/28/15  Fished out of Manistee, MI for approximately 1 hour yesterday morning.  In fact, we pulled lines at 7:55am in building seas.  Straight out of port there was a lot of marks at 75' to 150' down over 175 feet of water when Todd B and I first setup.  S wind pushed us past this big pod of fish well before we got all our lines in.  Turning around trolling back into the waves was out of the question.  Trolling downhill with the seas was bad enough.
             The seas were all messed up with converging waves from 2 different directions.  While my heavy 22' 1979 Sea Ray cuts the water on plane nicely, it's a miserable platform in mixed up waves.  This due to it's hard cut vee hull that echo rolls in the trough.
             After an hour riding in a nasty 2' to 3' slop, decided I wasn't having one iota of fun.  Knew there were far better ways to spend my time onshore. 

8/27/15  Hanging the "gone fishing" sign on the door for this morning.  Plan is to fish a mini trip.  Then, be in the shop well before noon to get orders all shipped today.  Been almost 2 weeks since I was last out.  It will be interesting to see where the temp is.
              Last night Lk. MI off Big Point Sable was flat calm and we had a very bright, almost full moon.  So, I'm not overly confident about what this morning will do.

8/26/15  Only 5 days left in August as the 2015 season rolls on.  Best news is, 2015 is an improvement when compared to 2014 and 2013 for central Lk. MI ports.
              Here's a guest update from Pete D:

"Thank you for posting a pic of my 14 year old son Daniel in July.  He and I just returned home from our annual two week fishing trip in Manistee with friends who have been coming to this port for 30 plus years and have been mentors to me and now my son.  Your blue mamba glow flasher and meat rig were deadly for us 100 feet down.  I first learned about your tackle and daily posts from them and am now a daily reader and more successful fisherman.  Thank you for all you do and please keep on." Click to view Pete's fish

Pete D.  Extra Credit fishing team       

8/25/15  The central Lk. MI ports of Manistee, Ludington, & Frankfort, MI have the deepest thermocline we've seen in probably the last 3 seasons and that's a good thing.  Finally, Lk. MI is recovering from record, or near record winter ice cover for the last 2 years.
               Warm water produces more plankton that's welcome news for the bait fish population.  Also, having warm water increases the base metabolism and grows larger Salmon and Trout of all species.
               We had a lot of wind from the W & combinations of S the past 4, or 5 days.  Wind is going to come about to the NW.  This should help run some cold water in and raise the existing temp (thermocline) that ranges from 110' to 140' down.  My guess is we'll have temp in the 70-80' range when it calms down this coming Thursday.
               Weather outlook for this weekend looks very promising too with highs in the 80s and winds that look to be calming down.  So, get out and enjoy summer while you still can!

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