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Thursday   April  27, 2017

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4/25/17 Manistee, MI
1st King of the 2017 season!
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4/25/17 Manistee, MI
SB 4.0 Gold Crushed Orange
High Teener King!

4/25/17 Manistee, MI
SB 4.0 Gold Crushed Orange
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Gold Orange Crush pattern
Salmon Buster™ 4.0 spoon

4/13/17 Ludington, MI
Double digit Brown


Salmon Busters™ Great Lakes Info Tips and Trix Capt. John's Log

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

4/27/17  Part II:  Inshore water on 4/25/17 was 48° in 5' to 10' of water.  Once you moved out a little deeper, surface temp was 46°.  Long 80'-90' lead lengths off the riggers produced both fish at 2.5 mph.  Water color was stained with NO weeds in it!
              This has to be experienced, cuz no amount of words can ever describe what a surging double digit King peeling line transmitting their power up a rod and reel feels like!
              For me, it's a magical event of Lk. MI baddest fish living up to it's reputation. 
The sheer strength and majesty King Salmon have what fish tales are made of.
              Icing on the cake is what something totally unexpected happens, like it did a few days ago when we boated a King Salmon pushing 18 pounds.  This is my best/biggest April King since I left the charter business in 2003.  So, we're off to a great start!!

4/26/17  Part I: Escaped from the shop yesterday morning to wet some lines and it felt good!  Just being on the boat, wandering around in hopes of a fish, or 2 was energizing.
              With zero confidence, trolled N up the shoreline searching for Browns with 6 rods off the big boards.  OK, after the best part of a hour with not hits, ...on the beach Browns were a no show. Seen this movie before and changed tactics.  Set a rigger down 7' over 12'-15' of water & looped towards the the S.  Still had 4 lines off the boards.
              Soon after the 1st rigger was set, a 5 lb. Laker fell victim to the lethal SB 4.0 in the Gold Crushed Orange pattern.  Click for this LT & Salmon Buster™ spoon
              This was a positive clue a another rigger needed to be added into our 6 rod spread.  Then, swapped out 2 of the surface board lines for 2 Slide Divers.
              Headed S to the 1st clay bank with no action.  Changed direction to the N and that's when our 2017 King season officially began with a bruiser pushing 18 lbs. ripping into the deadly SB 4.0 Gold Crushed Orange.
Click for our season opening King Salmon
                     Part II tomorrow with more reel-info & particulars!

4/25/17  Breaking News:  Big deal for Todd B and myself about 9:30am this morning.  Boated our 1st King of 2017.  This bruiser pulled the scale down to 17.8 pounds.  Flavor of the day was the killer Gold Orange Crush 4.0 Salmon Buster spoon. Click for this bad boy!
                        For the rest of this reel-story, tune in tomorrow!

4/25/17  11 days have went by since my last fishing trip and that's way-way too long.  Between the weather and being busy in the shop ...has kept me dockside.
               It's my own fault for not making time to steal a few hours on Lk. MI for a needed mental adjustment.  Fishing puts everything in perspective for me that been a steadying influence on my life since I got my 1st fishing rod & reel in the mid 1950s.
               Back then, the USA made fishing reels here.  My 1st reel was a
Pflueger Akron that came out in about 1925.  The Akron was manufactured in Akron, Ohio ...not China!

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