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Wednesday  September 20, 2017

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4.0 Salmon Buster™ spoon

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Ageless FireDot pattern
Manistee, MI 9/12/17

9/12/17 Steelhead
SB 4.0 Firedot 2
Manistee, MI

9/10/17 King Salmon
XG Frog Salmon Buster™

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

9/20/17  I'll calling in sick this morning.  I will fix this "sick of not enough fishing" soon!

9/19/17  Plan on checking Pine Creek for numbers of Salmon in this stream before this week is over.  This extended warm spell will not load the rivers and streams with spawning Kings.  A cold rain followed by E wind usually is cause for a big push of fish.

9/18/17  Since I left the charter business in 2003, my average fish take since has been about 1 fish an hour (lines in the water) thru thick and thin.  This season, I'd say this average fell to 1 fish every 2 hours of effort ...thus far.
               This season has yet to play itself out.  There's plenty of time left to raise my fish take upwards ...if I have a good October for Lk. MI Steelhead?  It will be interesting to see if the trend of bigger Kings this year carries over, resulting in larger Steelhead. 
               Master Anger Steelhead (over 17 lbs.) are hard to come.  In my charter days boated many in the 15-16 range.  Breaking the 17 lb. trophy Steelhead ceiling?  Only done this maybe 4 times.  With the largest 21 and change out of Saugatuck in May of 1996.

9/16/17  Enjoy these end of summer warm days and have a great weekend.

9/15/17  As mentioned in yesterday's chat, the Firedot color leads my list of longevity.  Having used it for 48 years. That's how long this early days late 1960s color has been around.  Digging into the history of this pattern it came and went. 
             Then, enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the late 1970s when Luhr Jensen transposed it dodgers.  That became a mainstay of the Lk. MI fleet.  This was a "go-to" summer selection all thru the 1980s into the 1990s for attractor fishermen pulling dodgers.
              Firedot dodgers lost popularity when Jerry Bechhold's slanted vertical fin rotator took over the market in the early i2ks.  Only to be copied by Ludington's Dreamweaver tackle company that found a work around to circumvent Bechhold's patent.
              This bit of Great Lakes fishing lore brought up another question in my mind, as next year I celebrate my 50th year on the Great Lakes next season.  That being, what is my top lure color over the last 5 decades?  This will require careful thought to answer.

9/14/17  Today's featured photo is from my last Lk. MI trip out of Manistee.  It's the Firedot pattern on a 4.0 Salmon Buster™ spoon.  For me?  ...this color dates back to 1969 when it came out on a slow speed/high action Luhr Jensen Manistee Wobbler spoon. 
              The Manistee Wobbler is from the era when the up-and-coming Great Lakes Salmon fleet was buzzing about the possibility of 50 to 100 pound Chinooks, as the Kings were known by ...back then.  Kings as a name never took over in full the about late 1970s. 
               Yes, 50-100 lb. Salmon was not out of the realm of possibility, because Lk. MI was already growing Coho 2 to 3 times, as big for what's considered normal.  At least that's what the word was, spoken around several campfires in the late 1960s. 
               In my long career pushing 50 years on Lk. MI? ...1000s of Salmon & Trout have came to the net on the Firedot color.  It was a no brainer to include this school bus yellow pattern with fluorescent red dots in my tackle lineup! Click 9/12/17 Firedot Steelie

9/13/17  Two terms come to mind about yesterday's fishing trip out of Manistee, MI.  1st was tee shirt weather.  Second was football Steelhead.  "Football" is a often used word to describe fat-stocky-plump Brown Trout.  Click yesterday's fatso Steelhead
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