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Tuesday September 2, 2014

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"Old One Eye"
2007 Super Mag Meat Head

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

9/2/14  On cruise control until I gather the reel facts from last weekend.  Did hear some were fishing the 25 to 28 line W, or in 500 to 600 feet of water.

9/1/14  "Old One Eye" is a nickname I gave an Undertaker Super Mag Head a good 5-6 years ago.  Fish ate the eyeball off and did a transplant to repair this oldie, but goodie!
              Suspect we all have pet, or nicknames for certain things on our boat.  Nicknames denote, differentiate, and are usually earned in fish battles.  Old beat up lures got that way from hard service and always earn a special place in my heart.
              I know this head is no longer in pristine shape, being in several brutal King Salmon wars.  The cracked ice, over glow makes WTP 830 glow tape.  As you can see the cracked ice has shrunk over the many seasons.  Click "Old One Eye"
              Vinyl, or Mylar lure tape is made 2 ways.  First method is cast, an expensive poured process that results in a thinner vinyl.  Second, is called, calendared that is rolled out like dough and will shrink over time.  WTP tape, the tackle industry's standard is mostly calendared.  Which is said to be most flexible and ideal for lure applications.

8/31/14  Gonna save the epic tale of "Old One Eye" 7 years in making until tomorrow and say, the Labor Day Weekend crowd got disappointed with yesterday's nasty weather.
              Scattered rain and wind to 23 knots from the S made fishing Lk. MI miserable if your were brave enough to try.  Good news is? Lk. MI will be behaving and give the fleet a shot at the fish before tomorrow's predicted S blow with 4 & 5 footers.
              This time of the season wind seems to become our constant companion!

8/30/14  Fished Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this past week.  During these 3 mornings we had lines in the water for about 10 hours resulting in 10 bites.  Amounting to 7 fish boated (2 Lake Trout, 2 Coho, & 3 adult 15 to 18.5 lb. King Salmon).  My trips end before 11am, having to be in the shop by noon to ship orders.
               What I did notice was fish marks were OK until fleet pressure built, causing the fish to vanish.  Only to re-appear when the fleet thinned out about 9:30am.
               Sonar has grown with the fleet.  What used to be a 200 watt machine is now a 500, or larger.  50kz is the preferred wide angle transducer beam preferred used by most.  Add up each sonar machine bouncing 1000s of watts off the fish and it has to effect something.  Swim under your transducer like I have and you'll feel a strong pulse, or timed thump hit you.  Active fish we caught were well below the thermocline and the furthest away from the transducer too.  Is there such a thing as sonar shyness?
                My most productive hours were 9 to 10:30am when boat traffic waned.

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