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Saturday  July 21, 2018

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7/14/18 Manistee, MI
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7/1/18 Manistee, MI
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7/21/18  Have a great weekend!

7/20/18  Good luck to all the weekend warriors.  Saturday is going to be touch and go with thunderstorms predicted.  2' to 3' seas look to be tolerable except for fast moving storms coming across Lk. MI.  Staying close to port is a good idea tomorrow.
              As Manistee, MI welcomes the summer Salmon fleet, please note at the 1st launch the city has a chart down by the ramps with commercial trap net locations.  Did not verify the info, so beware and careful. Click Manistee traps printable page

7/19/18  Had the great pleasure to fish with Wayne J and Todd B last evening out of the Port of Manistee, MI for a few hours.  Fished pretty much straight out in 125' to 225' of water.  Just didn't mark that many fish in this area.  Marked a few pods of bait.
              Did see one boat when we came in with 6, or 7 fish that included 2 decent adult Kings.  So, there are fish to be caught if you hit the right area.  We ended up with one small Steelhead and a good time on flat, calm seas.  There were no fish in the harbor last night.

7/18/18  Explaining the the mechanics of our meat heads today that begins with the all important toothpick.  Keep it simple stupid (KISS) works for me.  Said pick works to hold the bait inside the head, that's obvious.  Click toothpick & meat head
               Mechanically pegging the toothpick in the rear of the head to 2 purposes. 
1. To hold tension on how far back you want to the hook to be from the head.
2. Plus, it's a jettison device to free up the head when a fish eats your bait sliding up the leader/line.  This means your foe cannot use the head against you and pry out the hook.
               Best part of the pick in the rear hole?  You can tune bend in the fillet/strip/whole bait to control the rate of spin, adjusted to your trolling speed. 

7/17/18  Let's leadoff today with Zack's 31.7 King Salmon caught this past Saturday morning while fishing with his dad, Mike K.  Mike shared the fish take was 2 to 4 fish a boat with some doing better numbers targeting Lake Trout.  He also mention he marked a lot of bait, most he's seen in a long time.  Click Zack's 31.7 lb. jumbo King

7/16/18  Mid-July and King fishing is beginning to perk up.  Today's chat exposes the myth of hooks supposed to be sharp out of the package, or box.  This is total BS.  Hooks are packed tightly in 1000 counts.  Every bump, or jar these hooks take during travel?  Common sense says the fact of rubbing together is going to knock off some of the point.
              Hook files were invented for a reason to put the finishing touch on a hook.  So, use them.  Reason behind hooks 101 today?  King Salmon as they mature their skin turns into leather.  In fact, billfolds are being made from Salmon hide.  That's why it's important to make the most of your opportunities and not miss bites!  Click hook packaging

7/15/18  Have a great Sunday!

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