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Friday  May 25, 2018

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South Haven, MI King
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Tight Lines for Troops
Annual Manistee Event

5/16/18 Manistee, MI
Atlantic Salmon, 2 hr. trip

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5/13/18 Ludington, MI
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5/13/18 John J's 35" King
Ludington, MI

5/9/18 Ludington, MI
Capn Kirk's catch:
Laker, King, Coho, 2 Browns


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5/25/18  Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

5/23/18   Been laid low by a nasty cold for the past week and have no current fishing info from Manistee, or Ludington, MI.  Need some water time and soon.  Forecast for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend looks decent.  Highs in the 70s with showers for Friday evening and Saturday morning.  After that it's clear sailing.

5/22/18  Guest update from Wayne J who helped out with last weekend's Tight Lines for Troops event in Manistee, MI.               Click for some of the fish caught

"While volunteering for Tight Lines for Troops, I had a chance to snap a couple of fish boxes.  They had a larger than usual catch which consisted of approx 70% lake trout.  I also saw several kings pushing 20 pounds.  Good time for our veterans, Wayne J."

5/21/18  Salmon Buster™ spoon have now caught all the major cold water species in MI.  Coho, Pink, King and Atlantic Salmon have been checked off the list.  Along with Browns, Lake Trout and Steelhead have all fell victim to my creation.   As little as I fish nowadays this is quite an accomplishment to be proud of!

5/19/18  Misclassified the fish we caught on 5/16/18.  I was not a Coho, but a small Atlantic Salmon.  Website contributor, fishing friend and DNR census taker Julie S brought this to my attention. Here's what Julie had to say:

John, Was just looking at that fish you caught the other day. You mentioned it was a coho. I looked at it and it’s an Atlantic salmon. That fish came over from Lake Huron one of the planted sites Alpena St Mary’s LSSU plant OSCODA or Lexington.

These fish are moving around. Would you have approx length and also did you see any kind of fin clip. The ad is there so I’m thinking a fish planted from LSSU which would be one of the pectoral fins or ventral fins. Want to send this info in to our biologist. JULIE S

                   >>>>>>>>>>>>>>  My Reply <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Hi Julie, Looked at that fish long and hard, counted anal rays too.
Just did not see the x and y dots I seen on Atlantics caught in the past.
Spots on gill plates were there, but none too circular.

What raised my suspicion as how to classify fish was the scales were tight,
not like spring coho, with scales falling out. Click fish in question 

Ad fin is there, far side pec fin? ....don't remember taking notice of that.
I'd say it was 21-22 inches long. We did release this fish. Thanks for noticing, John

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