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Wednesday  November 22, 2017

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Fatso Coho Salmon
Manistee, MI 9/26/17

10/25/17 Crossbow
John J's 6 point

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

11/22/17  Have a great Thanksgiving.  New 2018 tackle pattern has debuted today.  A new companion article with several new photos that will be posted by tomorrow.

11/21/17  Soon to debut new article is loaded with about 20 photos.  Many not posted before.  Hope to have this new piece available by Thanksgiving Day.
                Oak wilt disease has added a pile of extra work for me this fall.  Had to take down about 15 trees.  Oak wilt hits the red oaks the hardest.  White oaks do survive longer, but are doomed in the long run.  Long term outlook? ...we'll lose all our oak trees in N MI.

11/20/17  2017 was the 10th year with my 1979 Sea Ray 22' trailer boat.  Made a lot of upgrades to a top notch fishing machine for pennies on the dollar compared to new.  Enclosed cooling was worth every cent not having to winterize.
                 Thanksgiving week is upon us.  Showing just how fast 2017 came and gone.  Hope to debut a new article before the end of this week.  It's 90% done waiting on proof reading and minor re-write clarifications.  Photos with a proven new 2018 secret color too!

11/17/17  There is no instant gratification in tackle manufacturing.  There's not one project (flashers, meat-heads, & spoons) I've completed that has not taken at least 6 months, or longer.  1000s of dollars are involved, so you have to triple check everything.
                 The colorants we use come from 3 different continents.  Some are known as, rare earths and are very expensive.  Communicating across the world is a slow day, by day process.  Where each question takes a day, maybe 2 for a reply.  There's where I am now, pushing slowly ahead, but making progress.  Click rare earth explanations

11/16/17  Cold wet and windy as we get closer to full blown winter.  Busy with get materials in-house for the 2018 season.  The close of my 2017 season has been anticlimactic.  Not ending as I hoped.  Still a slim chance I'll get one more whack at the fish before I hang it up.  Not having a last/ending trip is frustrating.

11/15/17  Firearms deer season is today.  This opener has lost some of it's glory to bow hunting.  Everyone I know, who owns a crossbow has already got their buck.  Crossbows are deadly accurate out to 40 yards, maybe more.  Click John J's 6pt

11/14/17  Good luck and have a safe hunt for tomorrow's opening day for firearms deer season in MI.  Successive mild winters have helped the deer herds around my place.
                 Was hoping to have all colors of meat heads back in stock by December 1st.  Delays in getting colorants have pushed this back till early next year.  Some of the colorant we use are special order and that takes time.

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