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Wednesday October 22, 2014

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Diver Ring Evolution
Moveable hold down tabs

Die Cuts for Spoons
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Project P15 Diver Ring
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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?

10/22/14  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

10/20/14  Predicted Lk. MI conditions look good the last half of this week.  Waves at 1' or less is hard too pass up.  Not going to winterize my boat until November.
                Last report I had from Manistee was Kings being caught on meat 125' to 150' down over 250' feet of water, but that was a good week ago.
                Today is earmarked for web store work and redesign of the cupped diver ring with moveable tabs that was not accomplished yesterday.

10/19/14  Great things for this coming week.  P15 diver ring will be redesigned with moveable tabs and 4 #6 stainless steel truss screws.  I know this is a small part, but it plays a huge part in how your divers perform.  Rings will test marketed soon.
                Seas for this week looks very good on Wednesday the 22nd.  If the forecast stays favorable? Lk. MI is on the agenda.  Click P15 cupped diver ring

10/18/14  Stable weather by middle of the coming week should mean calmer seas and a window to fish Lk. MI again, as this season winds down.
                No such thing in the fishing tackle business as an offseason.  Typically, sales slow down at the time of the year, but there's still plenty to do.  Fall is when new 2015 tackle is built.  Demand for our meat heads this year was at an all time high and must be replenished.  Plans for 2015 are ahead of schedule & will be shared when the time comes.

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