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Thursday July 31, 2014

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7/30/14 Manistee, MI
Todd's 6# Steelhead

Stomach Contents
Laker with 7 Alewives

Kokanee Salmon
Landlocked Sockeye Salmon
State of Colorado, USA

7/24/14 Manistee, MI
Todd the Rod with a natural 30" King w/adipose fin
This fish was released
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 Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

7/31/14  Are you ready to turn the calendar page to August 2014?  This is the big deal month when it comes to King Salmon on the Great Lakes.  Gone are the days hunting for these critters, because now, ...these fish are hunting for their home port!
              I'm light years ahead of last April/May in lure/tackle design in 3D printing.  Discovering the idiosyncrasies that goes with this amazing technology has been a journey into the unknown,  Yes, there are some limitations, but if you can think it? can make it!  This will all be explained this fall when I debut P15s that will be a game changer.
              Yesterday morning, went N to stay out of the crowd that usually fishes S out of my home port of Manistee, MI.  Was sure glad I did when we got socked in by fog and had to navigate troll direction by radar.  Radar is one of the instruments that once you have it,'ll never go without it.  Even though you don't use it a lot.  Mine is shut off most of the time due to the heavy draw it puts on the boat's electrical system.

7/30/14  Honesty in fishing reports? ...hard to come by!  OK, on a scale from 1 to 10, Manistee at this time last year was a 4 at best.  This year Manistee deserves at least a 7 for the varied species that lie in wait off this port.  Steelhead, Coho, Lakers, and Kings are all here for the taking once you get dialed in.  Click today's Steelhead pic
              In our case, this morning Todd the Rod and I fished from 7:30am and pulled rods at 11:30am, having close to 10 bites.  For most part, on the yet to be revealed P15.HV2.4.0.  This is a code/numbering system for reference down the road.

7/29/13  Big fish award winner in last weekend's Salmon Splash Tournament held in Manistee, MI was King that weighed 23 and change.  Big fish leading in WI's long running KD Tournament is pushing 30 pounds.  Cold water is inshore.  I'm sure there's some mature adult Kings being caught in Manistee's harbor.
               Too busy for anything else today.  Between staying on top of orders and P15 design projects leaves little time to gather intel. 

7/28/14  Posted a photo of a Salmon you don't hear much about in the Great Lakes States, that being Kokanee Salmon.  Kokanees are smaller version of a landlocked Sockeye Salmon.  Size-wise these fish are more like our spring Coho with 5 pounders considered a large fish.  Way back the 1970s the MDNR planted Kokanees in MI's Cass Lake.  That pilot program bit the dust after a few years.
              The back-story on today's topic Tony F was having a hard time getting his boat down to a 1.8 trolling speed and purchased a set of trolling bags from me.
               Here's what Tony had to say:

"John - the sea bags came in and the drop to 1.8ish made a big difference! See attached photos.  Thanks SO much for your help - Tony" Click Tony's Kokanee Salmon
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