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8/25/19 Just returned
from a wonderful trip to fish Lk. Huron at Rogers
City, MI with Wayne J. Had a great time seeing
new water and learned a thing, or two. Fished
Swan and Hammond Bays. Places I've heard about
for 50 years and never had a chance to wet a line.
Our resident tour guide, savvy big water angler, and
gift from God was Gary O. Seldom do you meet
fishermen of his caliber, sense of humor and flatout
likeability. The 3 of us, totaling over 210
years of combined life experience did a lot of
laughing and grinning.
In fact, the 3 of us are planning a trip to Detour,
MI next May for Atlantics.
Oh, how was the fishing? Fill you in on the
Click Gary O's big King
8/23/19 Have a great
8/22/19 Good luck to
everyone fishing. Keep your expectations
within reason. Fish early and late.
Yesterday's 5 hits Frankfort, MI all came after the
sun went down. Last couple bites happened
almost in the dark. Every meat rod (had 4 out)
took smacks and new 2020 A.I. 4.65 spoon. Only
thing that did not get bit was a flasher/fly combo.
Keep in mind, this is the time of the season when
temperature means squat. We had nibbles in 40°
to 70° water. Fish the marks and you'll do
8/21/19 OK enough trip
last night out of Frankfort, MI with Wayne J.
Frankfort was my home port when chartered there from
1983 thru 1990. So, I know this port very
Our 6 rod spread (3 riggers, 2 divers & 150' copper)
was set and looking around 6pm. We rode, and
we rode for the next 2 1/2 hours with nary a nibble.
Then, as the sun slowly sank below the horizon
all billy hell broke loose. Let the games
Chute rigger, 90' slammed straight down, as a high
teener King headed for the bottom in a vertical
crash dive on the X-Glow Froggie BTI combo.
As Wayne was dealing with the nasty chute fish, our
side planer with 150' of copper towing the new 2020
A.I. spoon took a whack and was peeling line.
Then, the 3 rigger 70' down, made another vertical
run towards the bottom over 150' of water. OK,
great, my boat's first 3 banger of 2019.
Sadly, the copper rod got tangled around the board
and snapped the 20# mono leader.
Click BTI combos and Kings
By dark both divers hauling meat had fish on out to
270' of water. The diver Kings came unpegged.
That's 5 good hooked up Kings, pulling line, with a
sub par 2 fish, or 40% landing ratio.
Area fished was 2-3 miles N of the harbor over 120'
8/20/19 Sometime during
the earlier 1980s, the MDNR decided to put all their
eggs in one basket. Making King/Chinook the
main focus of their stocking efforts.
Former MDNR Fisheries Chief, John Robertson in the
later 1980s advocated for a more balanced approach
with Coho, Browns, Steelhead, & Lake Trout all equal
in the mix. This made sense. If there
was a hiccup with one specie the effect would be
Now, in 2019 we're seeing how the leadership of the
MDNR has failed across the board. We've lost
our Brown fishery, most of our Kings and the Coho
plant is dreadfully low. The Lk. MI DNRs continue to
spew out there's no bait & natural reproduction is
Question: if there's no bait (alewives) how come Lk.
MI is growing so many Kings above 20 lbs, with a few
pushing the 40 lb. mark? Future chat topic, the
8/19/19 Manistee is the
tale of 2 kinds of results. Those that can
find a few Kings and those who cannot buy a hit on
suspended fish. Running out deep 550' in hopes
of staving off the skunk is a rare occurrence for
this time of the year.
Sure, there are few ginormous monster Kings pushing
40 pounds, but darn few of them. I know
several top-notch Lk. MI fishermen with decades of
experience struggling to put a few Kings in the box
everyday. So, while size is up, numbers have
fell off a cliff.
This is a downward spiral. Less Kings, less
natural reproduction of future generations of
Salmon. MDNR's natural reproduction hypothesis
is looking pretty darn shaky!
8/18/19 Lost weekend as far as the
internet goes. Thunderstorms and no satellite
connection are beyond my control. Less than
1/16" of rubber coating on my underground sat cable
has gave me problems before. Hope to have this
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