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and, ...or Fishing Report?
9/20/17 I'll calling in
sick this morning. I will fix this "sick of
not enough fishing" soon!
9/19/17 Plan on checking
Pine Creek for numbers of Salmon in this stream
before this week is over. This extended warm
spell will not load the rivers and streams with
spawning Kings. A cold rain followed by E wind
usually is cause for a big push of fish.
9/18/17 Since I left the
charter business in 2003, my average fish take since
has been about 1 fish an hour (lines in the water)
thru thick and thin. This season, I'd say this
average fell to 1 fish every 2 hours of effort
This season has yet to play itself out.
There's plenty of time left to raise my fish take
upwards ...if I have a good October for Lk. MI
Steelhead? It will be interesting to see if
the trend of bigger Kings this year carries over,
resulting in larger Steelhead.
Master Anger Steelhead (over 17 lbs.) are hard to
come. In my charter days boated many in the
15-16 range. Breaking the 17 lb. trophy
Steelhead ceiling? Only done this maybe 4
times. With the largest 21 and change out of
Saugatuck in May of 1996.
9/16/17 Enjoy these end
of summer warm days and have a great weekend.
9/15/17 As mentioned in
yesterday's chat, the Firedot color leads my list of
longevity. Having used it for 48 years. That's
how long this early days late 1960s color has been
around. Digging into the history of this
pattern it came and went.
enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the late 1970s
when Luhr Jensen transposed it dodgers. That
became a mainstay of the Lk. MI fleet. This
was a "go-to" summer selection all thru the 1980s
into the 1990s for attractor fishermen pulling
Firedot dodgers lost popularity when Jerry
Bechhold's slanted vertical fin rotator took over
the market in the early i2ks. Only to be
copied by Ludington's Dreamweaver tackle company
that found a work around to circumvent Bechhold's
This bit of Great Lakes fishing lore brought up
another question in my mind, as next year I
celebrate my 50th year on the Great Lakes next
season. That being, what is my top lure color
over the last 5 decades? This will require
careful thought to answer.
9/14/17 Today's featured
photo is from my last Lk. MI trip out of Manistee.
It's the Firedot pattern on a 4.0 Salmon Buster™
spoon. For me? ...this color dates back
to 1969 when it came out on a slow speed/high action
Luhr Jensen Manistee Wobbler spoon.
The Manistee Wobbler is from the era when the
up-and-coming Great Lakes Salmon fleet was buzzing
about the possibility of 50 to 100 pound Chinooks,
as the Kings were known by ...back then. Kings
as a name never took over in full the about late
Yes, 50-100 lb. Salmon was not out of the realm of
possibility, because Lk. MI was already growing Coho
2 to 3 times, as big for what's considered normal.
At least that's what the word was, spoken around
several campfires in the late 1960s.
In my long career pushing 50 years on Lk. MI?
...1000s of Salmon & Trout have came to the net on
the Firedot color. It was a no brainer to
include this school bus yellow pattern with
fluorescent red dots in my tackle lineup!
Click 9/12/17 Firedot Steelie
9/13/17 Two terms come
to mind about yesterday's fishing trip out of
Manistee, MI. 1st was tee shirt weather.
Second was football Steelhead. "Football" is a
often used word to describe fat-stocky-plump Brown
Click yesterday's fatso Steelhead
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