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Tuesday,  July 7, 2015

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Salmon Buster SUV spoon
7/4/15 Muskegon, MI

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Vintage Cowbells

Lake Trout Tackle

6/28/15 E Chicago, IN
3 person limit of Coho

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Ludington's Capn. Kirk
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Green Sparkle UV 4.65
6/20/15 Lk. Ontario LT
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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

7/7/15  The 3rd week of July, adult Kings start showing up in the central Lk. MI ports.  My largest Kings of the season were always caught in the last week of July and the 1st week of August in my charter years of 1983 thru 2003.  Last week of August going into the 1st week of September generally produced the best numbers.
             That was then, and this is now.  Hard to believe we still have surface temps in the main body of Lk. MI in the 40 degree range.  I can only offer conjecture, which I dislike doing.  But ever clearer waters cuts down on the amount of heat from the sun has to be part of the reason.  And of course, cold winters 2 years in a row.  Cooler water translates to below base metabolism/growth rates for Lk. MI fish too.
            Tackle bonus giveaway will end on 7/15/15.  This is a 2 week extension.  Thanks to all who've purchased tackle to qualify for the extra 20 bucks in free-bees.

7/6/15  This past 4th of July weekend was flat-out gorgeous in Manistee, MI.  High 70s to mid 80s shows that summer is here.
              Spent most of my 3 day weekend doing chores.  Sorted out my lake trolls, or cowbells that goes back to the 1970s.  When I went into the charter business in 1983 charter skippers had to be good at catching Lk. MI's bread and butter fish, Lake Trout.
              There's 3 kinds of shapes cowbell blades, being Indiana, Colorado, and willow leaf.  Indiana and Colorado are more slow speed and work from 1.2 to 1.8 best.  Willow leaf blades are more speed tolerant that you can run faster to slightly over 2mph.
               Nowadays elitists wrongfully snub their nose at Lake Trout.  This is and was Lk. MI's original charter fish that goes back to the 1930s.  Click vintage cowbells

7/2/15  Have a great and safe 4th of July Holiday Weekend.  Going to take a few days off and enjoy where I live.  Summer in N Michigan is to be appreciated and now's the time to do it.  Still lots to do on the water.  Cupped diver ring data needs to be collected and verified.

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Guy Ellis-The Outdoor Guy "Manistee News Advocate" 
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Tom Huggler 
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"The action on Lake Michigan continued at a frantic pace... the crew went on to land 7 Kings (Chinooks), 1 Coho and 9 Lake Trout on the half day Charter." (17 Fish 6 hr. trip)
Dave Richey 
"Sunday Detroit News" 
August 1984

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