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Sunday   April  23, 2017

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4/13/17 Awesomeness!

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4/13/17 Ludington, MI
Double digit Brown

My nemesis, weeds!
4/13/17 Ludington, MI

4/12/17 Ludington, MI
Brown was 14.2 pounds
Gold Crushed 4.0 SB
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4/11/17 E Chicago, IN
Mix of Kings & Coho!
Photo by King Seeker


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

4/22/17  Have a great weekend!

4/21/17  T.G.I.F.  Heavy workload for me this week as the 2017 season moves forward.  Biggest accomplishment was maintenance was completed on my 1979 22' Sea Ray.  Only thing remaining is to pull and grease the top U-joint in the Mercruiser outdrive.
               Cold, wet and rainy has held my enthusiasm for fishing in check for the past few days.  More rain beginning next Tuesday with showers predicted thru next weekend.

4/20/17  There seems to be more Coho being caught this year by our website members that fish southern Lk. MI.  That's the good news, but fish over 10 pounds have been hard to come by thus far for members.  So, I guess we're all waiting for the Kings to show up.
               I'm in limbo about where and when to fish next.  There's is a weather window this weekend.  Seeing there's no huge amount of inshore central Lk. MI Brown Trout ...means I'm not to keen on fishing Saturdays, or Sundays.

4/19/17  Lubricants are the cheapest thing you can buy for your boat.  Having a rigorous maintenance schedule will coax years of extra life out of your vessel.
              Even inexperienced mechanics can change oil, lower end lube and pick up a grease gun.  Owner manuals tell you how to do this and how often.
              In the charter business having a broke boat means no revenue and lost days you can never recover.  That's why staying on top of lubricants is so important to me.  With this mindset I was able to get 8000 hours out of my 2nd charter boat's motors from 1987-2003.

4/18/17  Day off sounds good.  So, that's exactly what I'm gonna do!  Plan was to go fishing out of Manistee, MI.  17 knot wind out of the SE at 5am morning blew that off.  Angle of SE can funnel right up the coast, making it too lumpy for me.
              Honestly, I'm spooked at Manistee's early season fishing.  After 2 years of less than mediocre results due to weeds, I'm just not excited at fishing here.
              When trolled lure is fouled with debris on a constant basis, you have to know when to throw in the towel and hope for better times ahead.
              Do not let me deter you from fishing Manistee with my less than spectacular  outlook.  Reports this year say the weeds don't seem to be that much of a problem. 
                          Issue is? ...haven't seen it for myself yet!

4/17/17  Installed a polarizing lens filter on my GoPro action cam.  Video I shot on 4/13/17 came out excellent with clear views of Browns battling underwater.  New filter allowed better underwater view.  Hope to piece this Ludington movie together when time allows.
             Maintenance day for my 1979 22' Sea Ray.  Already changed the oil in the 4 stroke kicker and drained/replaced the outdrive lube.  By the end of today oil and filter for my 350 GM V8.  Lower end lube in the kicker will be changed by the end of today too.

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