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Saturday  February 24, 2018

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New LED Lights
Rod Rack Installation

USB Outlet 12 Volt DC
Before & after photo

Ice on S Lk. MI
Feb. 15, 2018

GoPro Hero 6
7 hours of record time!

2/14/18 Manistee Harbor
Gulls on the ice!
Photo by Take 5


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

2/24/18   2018 action for spring Coho in S Lk. MI is beginning to heat up.  Eyeing this early fishery with great anticipation.  Could make a quick trip if wind looks favorable.
              Batteries are going back into my boat today.  Need to complete wiring for the hardtop lights and new USB outlets.  This has taken on a new sense of urgency with the ice gone from S. Lk. MI and Coho waiting to be caught.

2/23/18  Boat upgrades are moving along nicely.  Yesterday, was able to install the new aft deck lights on my 1979 Sea Ray's rocket launcher/rod rack.  Fishing late during adult King season is one of the few options I have.  Too busy in the mornings shipping orders on the same day, or as fast as they come in.  Click new LED's on rod rack
               Never use rear deck/aft light while navigating to and from your harbor.  Especially, in the channel where very bright lights can cause temporary night blindness.
               My new LED lights won't be fully appreciated until late into this season.  But it's another project that's done now.  Not when we're extra busy making tackle this summer!

2/22/18  Another warm spell is on the way.  Lasting well into next week with temps in the high 40° range.  This brings the early season anglers another step closer to Lk. MI 2018.
              Sometimes I know better and just get by with EZ cheapo fixes.  The bow light on my 1987 Sea Ray uses an expensive double bayonet socket Perko light bulb. 
               I've put dialectic grease on both ends and sometimes this problematic bow light still won't come on unless you flip the nav light switch 2-3 times.
              Talked myself into upgrading to a LED green & red bow light that gives 50k hours of service.  The safety aspect is beyond question.  You must show yourself to other boats when it's dark, or you're a navigation hazard.
              Cost to replace running lights is cheap compared to a ticket the U.S.C.G. can and will write.  You see C.G. in the Manistee, MI's harbor at dark assisting others, or looking for poorly lit boats.   Once the C.G. spots an infraction, you'll get a free boat inspection that brings in ALL safety gear into question, including flares.  So, if you ain't up to snuff 100% in all departments ...this can get real expensive in a hurry.
              Common sense says treat the C.G. the respect they deserve.  Once I had a mouthy charter customer becoming confrontational towards the C.G.  This put me between a rock and a hard place.  Just make sure your boat is legal in all aspects all times!

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