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Have great Saturday and Sunday. Winter in
Manistee means snow. Lately wet sticky snow on
my satellite dish have prevented early morning
The 9" Simrad I have does a fair job on 455 kHz side
scan (with nothing previous to compare it to).
Side scan vertical slashes are supposed to be fish,
reinforced with a double echo behind the 1st slash
from what I learned on YouTube.
Side scan over deep water has yet to show me
anything but lumps of bait.
Simrad down-vision deep water performance is scrap
compared to my Raymarine C127. GPS does a what
it should as a plotter navigational system.
Touch screen is a mixed blessing. Yes, easy to
operate ...if you like glaring at fingerprints all
Sonar is our greatest tool to get dialed in.
Back in the 1970s there was talk about outlawing
paper graphs/sonar that was a huge leap forward.
My 1st paper graph was 6" Mecca (purchased in
1979) that opened my
underwater eyes beyond belief!
11/15/18 MI firearms
deer season begins today. Have a safe hunt and
side scan sonar has been a game of guesses for me.
Knowing fish we're after are not stationary targets
and constantly on the move is part of the reason.
Today's featured pic is from Manistee, MI off
Orchard Beach State Park, a few miles N of
Manistee's harbor. Rocks/boulders appear as
lumps on the bottom. Fish are just short
slashes unless it's a lump of bait that tends to
My side scan works best on the starboard side.
Port side is semi obstructed by the outdrive.
Plan for 2019 is to raise the outdrive to get a
better picture both ways.
Keep waiting for the MDNR to post the number of this
year's run Kings at the Little Manistee Harvest
Weir. Approaching mid-November and no report
Do have an interesting commentary to share with you
when the final numbers come out. Last year
there was 1,768 Kings captured with double that
number for Coho. 1.7k is a dismal number.
Even though that was a minor increase over 2016.
Click Little Manistee Weir data 1968-2017
11/12/18 My season's end came way too early this year around
Labor Day due to a bad starter on the GM 350 V8.
Our Labradoodle pups came on 9/9/18 and raising this
litter ate up a lot of time. Reward was the
beautiful smart puppies that went to good homes.
Late season Lk. MI season fishing is a better choice
for me when the tackle business slows down.
Late season supplies a window to see the potential
into the next year. Last year, in late
September marked a lot of bait that carried into
Winter has given us a sneak peek of what's to come.
About 4 inches of wet snow has fell in Manistee, MI.
Weather looks like there will be some snow left on
the opener of firearms deer season that begins this
Click 1st snow of 2018-2019
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