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Saturday  August 18, 2018

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8/16/18 Manistee, MI
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8/18/18  Question for you today: how many Kings over 20 lbs. do you have to catch to consider you have a good trip?  ....my answer is 1 or 2.
              Bass, panfish, trout, & walleye anglers go fishing all the time without the remotest chance of catching a 20 pounder, & do so happily.  W Coast anglers limit might be 1 a day.
              By sheer volume, Great Lakes King Salmon have diminished their value.  So, it's my contention we've spoiled ourselves with over-expectations of 200-300 pounds of boxes of Kings.  Yes, I've had boxes well over 300 lbs. in the charter business.
              This I can tell you with careful observation from 20 years as a charter skipper (1983-2003).  Average charter customers are good for maybe landing 50 pounds of Kings.  Whether is be five at 10 pounds, or two 25 pounders.  Then, they're shot and you'll lose a lot of fish from them not keeping the line tight.  Tomorrow's topic? ...rebuilding the fleet.

8/17/18  S of Manistee, MI the 10s starting in 75' of water there is a DNR "test" net running SW for 3/8 0f a mile.  Same thing at the 9.5 numbers. 
               My understanding of "test" nets? ...test nets are deadly gill nets that kills everything that gets stuck in them depending on mesh size.  These nets are scheduled to be pulled this morning at 9:30am.  So, beware of this area in the morning!
              A huge thank you goes out to Capt. Brad Peterson from Angler Management Charters in Manistee for calling in with this info.  Click Angler Management website
              Kevin D aka Chummer had a good morning yesterday.  Nice 5 fish box on meat.  Know he was using 350 coppers and pulls a lot of meat.  Many thanks to Kevin for the high quality photos he shares with us!  Click Chummer's 8/16/18 catch

8/16/18  Fished Manistee, MI last evening from 7 till 9pm.  Setup in the 13s and trolled S to the 10s.  Hit 3 fish all on the same rigger 75' down over 80' to 88' of water.  Temp break was 55' down.  Salmon my wife, Merlene & I caught came out of 48-50° water. 
              Troll speed was 2 mph.  Flavor of the day was the 12" Ghostbuster combo.  All 3 bites came on this rig.  Seas were a nice 1' chop that made for a pleasant evening.
              This is the 3rd day in a row I've fished.  Haven't done that since leaving the charter business in 2003 (15 years ago).  Caught our 1st adult Coho in 2018.
                  Big fish, big fun!  Go get 'em!  Click wife's too big to hold fish

Important 1pm supplemental update:  In the 9.5 numbers S of Manistee, MI there is a new net going in according to Capt. Brad from Angler Management Charters.  No further info.  Could be a test net, or a long term trap net.  Will investigate for more info ASAP!

8/15/18  Fished a very lumpy Lk. MI out of Arcadia, MI with Capt. Steve B. aboard his battleship, a 35' Cabo.  3 to 4s from the SW that grew into 5s when we pulled lines. 
              There was some fish in the Steeple Hole, but as we got closer to the Herring Hole it was pretty grim.  Temp dropped by 10' from the stout SW wind.
              News for all: even a 35' boat in sloppy seas is not a pleasant way to fish. 
So, buying bigger will not flatten out the boat ride during trolling, or on the way in.

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