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Saturday,  April 25, 2015

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King Midas Mamba
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4/24/15 Manistee, MI

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4/17/15 Todd B hoists a
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4/17/15 Manistee, MI
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"You've just discovered the most extensive information available to the Great Lakes Angler and Charter Fisherman I've been able to put together so far.  Please keep in mind, there's well over 150 different pages.  Full of my original content containing a complete encyclopedia fishing tips, past results, photos, You Tube videos, Facebook posts, tricks & how to's.  Only here, are the constantly evolving techniques to consistently catch more & larger fish are revealed in an easy to read & understand format" ...Capt. John King

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

4/25/15  Yesterday's fishing trip was one of those kinda reel-events not fully appreciated until the day after and you have to return to work.  Then, reality sets in.
              John J, Todd B, and I caught 4 fish in about 4 hours (8am-noonish). Granted 4 fish is no big deal, but considering the weeds in the water ...fouling the spoons, 4 was OK.
              Lk. MI, off Manistee has never been besieged with floating/suspended grass and weeds like this year.  Sure, I've seen junk in the water before, but this weed problem has been going on for a good 2 weeks, not just a few days.  Like in years past.  Found weeds and crud from Big Point Sable to N of Onekema, MI.  That's a good 20 miles of shoreline!
              Tip: if you do plan on fishing in this area, pull and clean your entire spread every 20-30 minutes.  Neglecting to do so will result in a long face from no fish!
              Took a deformed Steelhead, Laker & a Brown N of Manistee, MI's harbor close to Orchard Beach State Park.  Last fish came off the S harbor wall right before we pulled lines.
              New Gold Mamba, heretofore to be known as, the "King Midas Mamba" is a winner that took 2 of our fish.  Hope to have these available soon. Click King Midas Mamba

4/24/15  Computer system is down today for R & R.  Seems the computer operator (me) has a strong urge to wet a line.  This weekend, new mamba patterns for sure.

4/23/15  Yesterday's snow and chilly weather did not throw a damper on my enthusiasm for this season.  Pretty excited about the endless possibilities of new patterns & colors.  Should be able to debut  new flashers next week to match up with my new Salmon Buster™ spoons.  Silver Rainbow Mamba and metallic Gold Mamba is what I have in mind. 
              2015 is one of the best for Lk. MI shoreline Brown Trout Manistee, MI has seen in a long time ...if you hit the right day?  Although, my results have yet show it, some decent catches are being reported.  Thus far, N of the harbor has been best.  While I've wasted most of my efforts to the S.

4/22/15  Cost of a MI enhanced drivers license to enter Canada was $48.50.  There's a lot of paper work involved.  Most of which, the clerk at MI Secretary of State takes off your birth certificate.  Was surprised the clerk quizzed me on the info off my birth certificate.  Asking my mother's maiden name and father's middle name.  Guess this is their idea of extra security.  My opinion of this is a jumbo sized crock of BS when I've lived in Manistee County for at least the last 15 years, paid taxes, and voted here too.

4/21/15  Log, photos, tips, and tricks for the Salmon Buster™ spoon page is off to a good start.  Here's where you'll find my early season spoon notes.  Click for this page
              The art to designing tackle is to do so with an discerning eye, compounded by a lot of skepticism.  Prove it, prove it again, and again against different designs is part of the process.  To bring my new spoons to market you're looking at enough money to buy a new pickup and then some.  Even if your sure, doubt can and will creep in until there's proof!
             All my doubts vanished ...when I saw a good sized Laker take my spoon, over 2 stickbaits last week on the same planer board.
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