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Thursday  January 17, 2019

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5/7/18 Ludington, MI

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

1/17/19  Purchased a starter drone with a 720p movie camera.  The possibilities are endless on what a view from a drone can show us.  Hovering over a surface spoon?'s within the realm of possibilities we could see the fish attack the lure.  Biggest benefit will be aerial panoramic views of how we fish.  New drone should be here today.
               Tune it tomorrow to read about the big crash when the drone goes rogue and takes for parts unknown after losing the remote control signal.  Amazon said it was OK for those 14 and up.  This is good, and suits my beginner skills just fine.  Which are none!

1/16/19  Went back in my archived Capt. John's Logs from 2016, 2017 and 2018 to gather data on when Kings can be caught at central LK. MI ports (Ludington, Manistee & Frankfort).  It seems the last week of April into the first 10 days of May was best.
              2017 and 2018 inshore shallow water Kings (30'-50') are gaining prominence by the end of April.  Meaning by then, ...the lake had warmed up enough to bring bait in from the main body along with some spring Kings.  Heavy on the word some, not in droves.
              Have set this time frame aside to do some serious fishing in 2019 with a new untested spread that should multi-purpose rods and eliminate having to pull cores and half cores.  I will revisit today's chat in May with the outcome from this year.  Fun part will be proving my gut feeling will change the way I fish for the better.

1/15/19  Sharing with you my favorite fish photo I took on May, 7, 2018.  This respectable King was caught around 4pm in full sun conditions on 4.0 XG Bluetail Salmon Buster™ spoon.
              This productive pattern was designed by Chip Cartwright from Silver Streak spoons.  I believe in giving credit, where credit is do. Click for this photo
              Having this pic as a close-up shows the grain in the skin on this big guy's head.  Note the eye looking down, these eyes will move to watch you, which is kind of eerie.
              This fish was caught in about 35' of water at 2.5 mph troll speed on our 20# test mono Slide Diver rod 70' ....behind the s diver.

1/14/19  Today and tomorrow will be above freezing and that's about as warm as you can expect for Manistee, MI at this time of the year.
               Task at hand is to Mamba-ize (paint) a couple of 100 Salmon Buster™ spoons before the weather turns bitter towards this weekend.
               Thus far, this winter has not been particularly harsh with several days above freezing.  Hopefully, it will stay mild and keep some spring Kings at reach of the early (April-May) fleet at central Lk. MI ports. Dealing with spring Kings at or, over 20 pounds in close to the beach (waters 30'-40' deep) is enough to peak anyone's interest.

1/13/19  Been looking at drones to capture the way we fish in the spring with planer boards.  Seeing the wide cut of our trolling pattern would enhance any video.

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