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Saturday, December 11, 2016

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

12/10/16  It's turning towards hard winter this week in Manistee, MI.  Gone is the extended warm fall that was enjoyed by all in my neck of the woods.  I mean woods, because I live in the Manistee National Forest.  This is a patch work quilt of federal and state lands.  Including the 80 acres my property adjoins.
                Official winter is still 11 days out.  Wednesday, December 21, 2016 is the winter solstice and the official start of winter 2016-2017.  First day of spring 2017 begins Monday, March 20, 2017.  I'm looking forward to the days gradually getting longer after official winter begins.  Loss of daylight seems to curtail a lot of stuff I want to get done. 

12/9/16   Big water fishing/trolling is all about decisions to find fish. It's a daunting choice to search out the zone/depth of water where the fish are.  Compound this hunt with the bazillions of cubic yards of H2O in the Great lakes.
                Sometimes it's pure luck.  Defining luck? ...this is where opportunity meets preparation.  Trolling is a highly efficient method to cover a vast amounts of water.  In 4 hours at 2 mph (attractor speed), you've traveled a path of 8 miles.  At 3 mph (spoon speed) would be 12 miles. So, logic says; fate is on your side to run into some fish.
                Plain & simple, I make deadly tackle.  Made for the all big water anglers.  You don't have to be an expert to figure out how my tackle works. It's designed to be no muss, no fuss, with a zero learning curve, as long as you can dial in the speed of your boat!

12/8/17  Informative article from Sea Grant goes a long ways explaining why stocking cuts are not as detrimental as many think.  Hatchery reared Kings have such a poor survival rate the DNRs would have to plant tons more than they do now to even have the slightest impact on the Lk. MI King Salmon fishery.  Detailed Sea Grant Stocking Info
               Which raises anther point: some ports in 2016 had a banner for Kings like the extreme S end of Lk. MI.  While Manistee was no bed of roses in 2016 it was a huge improvement over 2015 and a reason ...to be very positive about the future!

12/7/16  75 years ago today, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor sent the USA on the path to becoming a world super power.  Eventually, Japan found out what happens when the American people come together, united in a common cause.

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