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Capt. John's  
Encyclopedia of Tips and Trix

 Home Salmon Busters™ Great Lakes Info Tips and Trix Capt. John's Log

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Do I Stay? NEW 2017!
Decisions-Decisions?
Top Tier Tactics
Targeting Surface Fish

Salmon Busters™
New Spoon Info
3D Tackle 2014
History in Making My Spoons
Super Snubbers 2013

Stop Losing Diver Fish!
Black's & Bands 
Down Rigger Releases
Making Trolling Flies I 
Making Trolling Flies II 

DIY Mylar Flies
Fine Tuning Whole Bait 
Roll with the Flow!
2010 Myth Busting
Fish Can't See Red? part I
2010 Myth Busting
Fish Can't See Red? part II
Rigging' with Red

Using Red Label Herring
Double Loop Knot
Loop Knot for Flies
Thinking Inside the Box
Mindset before the Hook-Set

Storing Flies & Meat Rigs

Take Care of Tackle
Spectra Super Lines
Getting a line on braid
Member's Services  
What our members offer
Eaters, or Biters part I
Aggressive, or Neutral Fish
Eaters, or Biters part II
Aggressive, or Neutral Fish
Mid Day Mayhem
Mid-Day Catching
6 Pack Stickers
2 sets of Pig Stickers
Getting to the Point
Hook Sharpening Study

New way to fish Lk. Huron

Nowadays Tactics
Rod n Reel Tips
Taking Care of Tackle
2008 Silver Bullets 
New Metalized Products
Pine Creek 10/6/07 
Movies of spawning Salmon
9/18/07 Harvest Weir
New photos of the weir
1979 SR the Re-Fit
Refitting an older boat
The Deep Bite
Catching at 300' down
Super Mag Heads
Bait heads for whole
2006 BTI Report Card
2006 BTI Flashers
Building Your Own Flies
How to build 3-fly rigs
T-Bar Steelhead
by Dick Swan
My  Best Day in 2004
Members narratives of 04 

Steelhead Heaven & Hell
by Dick Swan
Steelhead Slow Troll
by Dave Richey
Cliff's Illinois 04 Recount
Cliff's story of 2004
Preparing Your Own Bait 1
Preparing Your Own Bait 2
Bait Prep & Care
Steelhead Heaven & Hell
by Dick Swan
Steelhead Slow Troll
by Dave Richey
Cliff's Illinois 04 Recount
Cliff's story of 2004
Preparing Your Own Bait 1
Preparing Your Own Bait 2
Bait Prep & Care
Secret Hook Set-Up
Dual Trebles for Kings
Dick Swan's "They Must Go!"
Gripes About the DNR

Rubber Band Releases
How I use Bands
Wire Line Knot/Crimp Info
7 Strand Braided SS Wire
Poll Page

What's Most Popular
Steelhead Heaven & Hell
June
Steelhead Decline
My Best Day in 2004
Member's Recollections
Using Cut Bait for Tunas 1
Part 1
Using Cut bait for Tuna 2
Part II
April 9, 2004
My Great Lakes Opener
Does Size Really Matter?
Tips for boats up to 25 feet
Dave's Learning Curve
A Rookie's 1st Season
FBD's Harbor Program
Tips on Harbor Fishing

Lk. Michigan Ports 
Photos and navigation tips
Re-Power Project 2003
Rebuilding GM 350's
Reel Wire Divers  
30# test stranded wire
Lead Core Tactics
Using Lead core line

Get the Point?
Sharpening hooks
Capt. Bud Raskey  
Capt. Bud Raskey bio
Strategy for Spring Kings
Finding spring fish
Capt John's day
Fishing with Capt. John
Pre-season prep
Boat maintenance tips
Harvest Weir
Little Manistee Weir
Reel Hot Lures
Exact "Red Hot Lures" 
 

Hook "em" up 
Science of sharp hooks
Search Pattern Tactics
Tips on locating fish
Speed Kills
Trolling speeds
Slide Diver
Slide Diver info

Raising the Limit  
Reasons for 5 Salmon Limits
Best Spoons   
Best producers 2000

Release Me
Facts on rigger releases
River Trilogy
Fishing with Warren & Tom

Last Trip for Hire
Results  of 11/26/03
A-Tractors
Dodgers, cowbells
8.23.06
How the Trip went

Steelhead History
Michigan History
Fish Recipes
E Z cooking methods
Desktop Images
Photos for your computer

Reel Chartering?
Inside Chartering
Fish Cleaning
Fish filleting tips
Battle Stations  
Rod handling tips  
The 10 Rules
Fishing ideas & ethics 
Flatfish Tuning
Lure tuning info
Brown Trout 7.0
Tips to catch Browns
Head Games
Steelhead program

Plug Fishing Tips
Back trolling Methods

Diverolgy 101
Study of Diving planers

The "Birds"
Surface tactics 

Fish vs. Us
Fishing info and how to's

Visual Tech Tips
Visual learning tools
Did You Know?
Interesting 
Mistakes to Avoid
Things not to do!
Spoon Info 
A history of  Salmon Spoons

Sewn Minnows
Rigging live minnows
Cut Bait Tips
Cut-bait info
Attaching the Fly

Connecting leaders
When a plan comes together
Putting knowledge to work
Double E

My Tribute to Ed Evans 

 Some of the links below do not work

Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Do I Stay? New!
Top Tier Tactics
Salmon Buster™ Spoons
3D Tackle 2014
Black's & Bands
Super Snubbers 2013

Making Trolling Flies I 
Making Trolling Flies II 

Fine Tuning Whole Bait 
2010 Myth Busting part I
2010 Myth Busting part II 

Rigging with Red
Double Loop Knot
Thinking Inside the Box 
Storing Flies & Meat Rigs
Spectra Super Lines
 
Member's Services
Eaters, or Biters part I  
Eaters, or Biters part II
Mid Day Mayhem
6 Pack Stickers
 

Sticking Point
New way to fish Lk. Huron

Rod n Reel Tips
2008 Silver Bullets
  
Pine Creek 10/6/07 

9/18/07 Harvest Weir
1979 SR the Re-Fit
The Deep Bite
Super Mag Heads
2006 BTI Report Card
8.23.06

Deeper Salmon

Dick Swan's "They Must Go!"
Wire Line Info

Preparing Bait 1
Raising the Limit  
Using Cut Bait 1
Dave's Learning Curve
Fish Cleaning
FBD's Harbor Program
Last River Trip for Hire
Double E
My  Best Day in 2004
Steelhead Heaven & Hell
Fly Building Instructions

Preparing Bait 2
Poll Page
Coho Conspiracy
T-Bar Steelhead
Rod & Reel Tips

Rubber Band Releases
Lk. Michigan Ports
Reel Chartering?
Reel Wire Divers
Lead Core Tactics

Battle Stations
Get the Point?
Attaching the Fly
Spring Strategies  
Capt John's Day


Preseason Prep
Flatfish Tuning
Harvest Weir

Cut Bait Tips

Reel Hot Lures
Hook "em" up 
How to Find Fish
Steelhead Slow Troll

Cliff's Illinois 04 Recount
April 9, 2004
Capt. Bud's Story

River Trilogy
Secret Hook Setup
The Plan

Fish Recipes
Does Size Matter?

Head Games
Best Spoons
Rigger Releases
A-Tractors

Brown Trout 7.0

How Speed Kills 
Steelhead History
The 10 Rules
Slide Diver
Cut Bait Log

Plug Fishing 

Diverolgy 101?
The Birds  
Fish vs. Us
Visual Tech Tips

Did You Know?
Mistakes to Avoid
Spoon Info 
Sewn Minnows

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11/2/16 Last Trip
Manistee, MI


1.2 to 3.3 MPH Fish Boxes
Trolling Speed Variance


11/2/16 Hot Lures
Salmon Buster™ spoons
Click to purchase

Absolutely Magnificent!
9/28/14 Lk. MI Manistee, MI

This past Thursday, went on a wild goose chase and the goose won.  Setup in 70' of water and trolled W to the 32 line out of the Port of Manistee, MI (about a 6 mile troll path) looking for Steelhead off the surface of Lk. MI. 
              The NOAA temp chart erroneously  showed 53° laying next to a 39° temp break that didn't exist.  Proving once again, just because you read it on the internet, doesn't necessarily means it's true!  Click for this lying temp chart
             The graph lines that show 39° was actually 53°.  When you swing for the fences, sometimes ...you're bound to strike out!

 

Importance of Split Rings

Front heavy duty split ring for easier, faster lure attaching, or swaps.  Front hole in metal spoons is .120, a tad less than an 1/8". The front hole in my spoons is .360, or 3 times as large at 3/8".  Now, in low light which spoon is easiest to hook up.  Besides, all first generation Great Lakes Salmon spoons all came with rings in the 1960, 1970s, right up to the mid 198Os. Another point about my front ring is the center tow point is 100% correct no matter what kind of swivel you use.  Not to mention the added action larger rings give.  Allowing the lure to move more freely under a widespread gamut of trolling speeds.  Besides, I use what I sell, and can only make these spoons the way I'd use them.  Being a penny-pinching cheapskate afraid of the the added cost of a split ring is not how I do business, or make tackle click test link

Welcome New and Returning Visitors

"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

 

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Sweet 16 Deal

Sweet 16 Deal has 8 of the best surface producing spoons from 2015 and 8 new colors that were tested last season.  This deal can be purchased with just spoons with 20 bonus hooks for 125.  There's an option for 16 spoons, 20 bonus hooks, 25 Duo-Lock snaps and 16 Bead Chain Keel Weights for 150.  This is $49 off, if purchased separately. This is a complete surface program. Click for cost breakdown