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Saturday October 25, 2014

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World Debut

V3 Diver Ring
Final Version, rotating
 hold down tabs!
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Diver Ring Evolution
Moveable hold down tabs

Die Cuts for Spoons
14 most popular colors
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8 colors of Ladder Backs
2 sizes, regular & mag

Project P15 Diver Ring
In needs of revisions


Great Lakes Info Tips and Trix Capt. John's Log Fish of 2013

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"You've just discovered the most extensive information available to the Great Lakes Angler and Charter Fisherman I've been able to put together so far.  Please keep in mind, there's well over 150 different pages.  Full of my original content containing a complete encyclopedia fishing tips, past results, photos, You Tube videos, tricks & how to's.  Only here, are the constantly evolving techniques to consistently catch more & larger fish are revealed in an easy to read & understand format" ...Capt. John King

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

10/25/14  Offseason limited time offer: 2 cupped 2015 diver rings with rotating tabs and 2 black Super Snubbers™ for 19.95.  Photo on the way.  Click to purchase

10/24/14  Modified diver ring with moveable hold-down tabs turned out better then expected on the first try.  Haven't tested the cupped diver ring vs. a mag ring, but did hit bottom on 105' of water with 175' of line off the reel.  This needs further testing to verify you get the same performance with less rod strain resulting in a lighter drag.  This transposes into more fish hooked-up and in the net!
                 Updated my Thingiverse account with this new rock solid design for your personal use.  If you have a 3D printer? Click my Thingiverse diver ring
                 This new P15 diver ring is the 513,584th model/product to be uploaded to this free 3D printer's website.  Sharing my free exclusive design with you is a good thing!  And goes a heck of a lot further then what ANY other tackle manufacturers have done!!

10/23/14  Lk. MI fishing at the Port of Manistee, MI yesterday was nippy with highs in the 40s.  In-shore surface water was 46 degrees on the shelf (3 miles W of port) and 52 over 600'.  Best band of next year's Kings was in 200' to 320' with the bites coming deeper than expected at: 70' to 100' down.  If anything can be consider normal when it comes to fishing at this time of the season?'s usually in the top 50'.  Not so this year, as this season continues to be out of the ordinary.
               Fish count did not reflect the action.  Including a heart breaking miss on a double around 6pm.  Like I said, the weather was nippy and so were the dastardly Houdini fish that were a lot better at just nipping, and then pulling an escape act!

10/22/14  Redesigned diver ring is moving along nicely.  Will soon have a few prototypes printed out.  3D printing means tackle models can be made to test in the reel-world.  This is a super, almost instantaneous leg up when you can fish with tackle, then makes edits as necessary in-house, without a budget that breaks the bank. Click diver ring in flux
                Lots of new ideas floating around in head, because all of our basic tackle is so behind the times.  Tackle we use nowadays hasn't really changed in the last 30 years.  The design process of making new tackle is fascinating, challenging and rewarding.

10/21/14  Here's results of last week's poll about rating your 2014 Lk. MI season:
Only 18% rated the 2014 Lake MI season at 6, or better.  82% gave it a failing grade of 5, or worse.  Most shocking news was 1 in 7 fishermen voting, gave the fishing the lowest score of a 1.  This is not good news, cuz interest in this fishery is now questionable.
                Finally, have the lure tape, or metalized Mylar/vinyl page up and running at my webstore.  You can order lure tape for flashers, meat heads, spoons, ladder backs, and inserts for your divers.  Please remember, lure tape on this page is only available during the offseason, now thru December 1, 2014  Click custom lure tape page

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"Simply has a edge through knowledge and ability of having broken the lock jaw barrier with his own bag of tricks on a regular basis....
and good sense of humor."

Guy Ellis-The Outdoor Guy "Manistee News Advocate" 
Feb. 2000

"King of the Charter Boat Skippers"

Tom Huggler 
"Fish Michigan" 
March 1999

"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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