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Monday  July 22, 2019

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7/21/19 Manistee, MI
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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

7/22/19  Fishing is getting better at my home port of Manistee, MI.  Chris G had a decent morning yesterday.  2 Kings (15 & 20 lbs.) and 2 Lake Trout along with a few misses is a great catch by a dedicated weekend warrior.  Click 7/21/19 Chris's catch
              There was 8 Kings ....all over 30 pounds weighed in at the Ludington Offshore Classic.  Going back to the mid 1980s when I fished in the then, Lowrance Ludington Tournament, never were there that many Kings weighed in over 30 lbs.
              Winning pro catch on day 2 was a 50/50 mix Lake Trout and Kings.  Good to see the return of the 30 pounders.  Click info and pics from the Ludington event

7/21/19  Yesterday, close to 8" of rain fell on my place in Manistee, MI during a few short hours.  Know 8" is pretty close, because I have to empty my rain gauge that only holds 5".  This means I'm flooded and no fishing until the field/road in front of the pole barn dries out.
              There's been 4 Kings over 30 pounds weighed in during the ongoing Ludington Offshore Classic.  Two at over 32 lbs, one at 33.9 lb. and the big guy at 37.35 lbs.
               Fish do not get this big from lack of baitfish that the DNRs portrays.  There's something going on that's hard to understand (at least for me) is where is all this bait at? 
               I've yet to see much bait off Manistee this season.  Did get a good report on bait from last weekend according to Chris G.

7/20/19  Looking for a window to fish Lk. MI again.  My season is playing out as normal when time is at a premium.  During the offseason, I come up with grandiose ideas like using a drone to capture aerial footage.  Then, the realities of running a tackle business set in and that comes first.  Wishin' ...I was fishin'!

7/19/19  Hot, hot and more hot as a heat wave settles in over MI.  90° temps are a rarity in N MI.  This year already hit that mark twice at my place in Manistee, MI.
               Fishing was hot yesterday in Ludington, MI for big Kings.  According to Wayne J, Capt. Chuck's Tackle Store weighed in 3 Kings over 30 pounds.  Including one Goliath that went 36 pounds and change.  Stay cool and enjoy weekend!

7/18/19  Frankfort, MI's popular Benzie Frenzy tournament has been moved a month ahead.  Dates on this year's events are July 26, 2019 - July 28, 2019.  Years past, this contest was always won with Salmon, mostly Kings.
              Being earlier this year? ...Lake Trout might be needed to fill in the gaps in case the Kings are not there in force.  This could be a game changer.
              Frankfort is one of the most scenic ports on the Great Lakes.  It's surrounded by high sand bluffs that lead up to the Sleeping Bear Dunes off Empire, MI.


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