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Sunday  February 17, 2019

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2/17/19  Lot of folks tell me they want to make their living from fishing.  Little do they know?'re going to work 3 times as much for half the money.  To make fishing your livelihood it's a nonstop forced march 24/7.  I know, because I've been doing it since 1983.
              Approaching 20 years with this daily log (7200 updates), rarely missing a day is reel testament to the point I'm trying to make: the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence.  Saving grace is? ....enjoying everything we do.
             Designing some new toys to play with the spring.  Been working on a new die that cuts the ladder-back into the oval tape for more pizzazz.
             New blue-green color shifting tape does not get justice in the photo I snapped.  Like the new fluorescent red pattern.  It's very eye catching.  White Lightning tape over silver with the ladder-back is a stunner too!  Click 2019 Test Spoons

2/16/19  Have a great Saturday.  Realized been talking about my water drone and have not shared pics of what it looks like.  Will be posting these Monday.
              Everything has a following.  Was surprised by the amount of companies making drones.  Discovered FPV goggles that have been used by our military for a long time. 
             Pretty sure FPV means "1st person view" where every movement of the drone is displayed on a headset that covers the top of your face.
              I can only imagine being right over the top a big King 400' away from the boat capturing scenes of the ensuing battle.  Hope to make this happen in 2019.

2/15/19  MDNR's free fishing weekend that many will enjoy.  Free fishing weekends were always easy to book if you're in charter/guide business.  Don't think price keeps potential fishermen away.  Believe it's the process of going to a store, or online fiddle faddle.
              Behind in spoon production.  This is good and means people are purchasing.  Know the spoons are working from repeat orders and 2 to 6 of the same spoon.
       Drone video test shoots this weekend.  Looking forward to how the cam performs.

2/14/19  Valentine's Day alert, please do something nice for your significant other.  It will keep peace in the household and be a firm down payment on future fishing trips.
               Learning curve on my new Swellpro Spry drone is akin to climbing Mt. Everest.  Takes 2 aps, the controller to talks to the drone thru a special Wi-Fi network. 
              This software is incredible that includes programmed flight, circle mode, and follow the controller.  Plus, if it lands in the water upside down? ...the drone can right itself.  This  high tech is all from China, serving notice to the USA, we cannot afford to get left behind.
               Just about ready to shoot test 1080i HD video.  Video cam has 90 degrees of remote control up and down rotation to zero in on the action. The controller screen is a preview of what you're shooting.  Know this is going to raise the bar for my fishing videos.
               The scope of what we do is too vast to capture on video from the boat.  Great Lakes fishing is covering a wide swath and millions of gallons of water.  Our trolling has evolved beyond anything I could have dreamed of back in 1968.  This is when I became hooked on Salmon and Trout fishing to the max.  We fish for the most stunningly gorgeous fresh water fish on this planet ...baring none!

2/13/19  Good news the day before sweeties day.  This is one of the last weeks of winter when average daytime temp is below freezing.  Keep in the mind the word average takes in account the highs and lows and is no guarantee warm weather is here. 
               Last year at this time? ...Valentine's Day was in the mid 40s and the following week in 2018 we hit 50°.  Thoughts of an early spring are easy to entertain, but spring will be here on it's own schedule when Mr. Winter kicks the bucket.
        My unscientific guess-o-matic snowometer now stands at 80" for this season!

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