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Saturday  November 17, 2018

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11/17/18  Have great Saturday and Sunday.  Winter in Manistee means snow.  Lately wet sticky snow on my satellite dish have prevented early morning updates.

11/16/18  The 9" Simrad I have does a fair job on 455 kHz side scan (with nothing previous to compare it to).  Side scan vertical slashes are supposed to be fish, reinforced with a double echo behind the 1st slash from what I learned on YouTube.
                Side scan over deep water has yet to show me anything but lumps of bait.
                Simrad down-vision deep water performance is scrap compared to my Raymarine C127.  GPS does a what it should as a plotter navigational system.  Touch screen is a mixed blessing.  Yes, easy to operate ...if you like glaring at fingerprints all day?
               Sonar is our greatest tool to get dialed in.  Back in the 1970s there was talk about outlawing paper graphs/sonar that was a huge leap forward.  My 1st paper graph was 6" Mecca (purchased in 1979) that opened my underwater eyes beyond belief!          

11/15/18  MI firearms deer season begins today.  Have a safe hunt and good luck!

11/14/18  Interpreting side scan sonar has been a game of guesses for me.  Knowing fish we're after are not stationary targets and constantly on the move is part of the reason.
                 Today's featured pic is from Manistee, MI off Orchard Beach State Park, a few miles N of Manistee's harbor.  Rocks/boulders appear as lumps on the bottom.  Fish are just short slashes unless it's a lump of bait that tends to stay put.
                 My side scan works best on the starboard side.  Port side is semi obstructed by the outdrive.  Plan for 2019 is to raise the outdrive to get a better picture both ways.

11/13/18  Keep waiting for the MDNR to post the number of this year's run Kings at the Little Manistee Harvest Weir.  Approaching mid-November and no report yet.
                Do have an interesting commentary to share with you when the final numbers come out.  Last year there was 1,768 Kings captured with double that number for Coho.  1.7k is a dismal number.  Even though that was a minor increase over 2016.
                           Click Little Manistee Weir data 1968-2017

11/12/18  My season's end came way too early this year around Labor Day due to a bad starter on the GM 350 V8.  Our Labradoodle pups came on 9/9/18 and raising this litter ate up a lot of time.  Reward was the beautiful smart puppies that went to good homes.
               Late season Lk. MI season fishing is a better choice for me when the tackle business slows down.  Late season supplies a window to see the potential into the next year.  Last year, in late September marked a lot of bait that carried into this one.

11/11/18  Winter has given us a sneak peek of what's to come.  About 4 inches of wet snow has fell in Manistee, MI.  Weather looks like there will be some snow left on the opener of firearms deer season that begins this Thursday.  Click 1st snow of 2018-2019

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