August Results 2001
Hodson trip 8/10/01 Pawluk Charter 8/16/01 Grant Fry 8/24/01 Van Stoyk 8/29/01
August 2001 results
This page contains the exact results from every charter with no embellishment. This is a "tell it like it is" standard of honesty that Capt. John King is known for. Proof can be found in the archived links to photos that accompany every charter. While other charter operations might give you a bunch of "pie in the sky" unfounded promises. Here you can see and read the precise verification of the whole story when it comes to fishing with King's Charter Service, the reel facts!!!
8/31/01 Winds and conditions to rough to fish caused the postponement of the Scott Jason trip, until next season.
8/30/01 6:45am Update: We got blown off for the second time on the Kerry Van Dyke charter from this past July. Approaching thunderstorms in the north and strong winds from the south means no fishing. If it's not going to be fun, why do it? This is my philosophy when it comes fishing Lake Michigan. The marine forecast for today is wind from the south at 15 to 25 knots. Which in miles an hour, is a 20 to 30 mph wind and will build warm water seas to 3 to 6 footers in a big hurry!
Today's ultimate angling crew consisted of Don Van Stoyk, Capt. Len Mitchell plus Capt.
Jeff Pefley and we whacked and stacked the Kings! We boxed out on
Kings to 24 pounds and added a couple of Cohos to the cooler, just
so the Kings wouldn't be lonely. Don, who is 75 years young,
has the stamina of a plains Antelope and is a WWII veteran, landed
at least his limit and shared some of the rod duties with his
for Don's heavy dockside photo on 8/29/01am
Matt and Ron concluded their 2 day stay with Kings Charter in a
bang up way. This morning they had doubles and even a 4 banger
on Kings (boating 3 of the 4). The cooler had 7 quality
Salmon, a 10 pound Steelhead and they released a smaller adult King
for a total of 9 fish on the half day trip.
Fished with Rex Broome and
his good friends, Matt, Jim and Ron. We spent a long, arduous,
and wonderful day on Lake Michigan in quest of Salmon. We had
8 strikes and boated 5 decent fish including 2 Kings way past the 20
pound mark, 3 Cohos (1 shaker) and a dandy 12 pound Lake
8/26/01 No fishing, blow day, because George Wilkerson left Manistee in a hurry. The lake laid down nicely and was fishable in the pm.
Mark Smith had today's abbreviated
trip, because of just plain awful weather. We cut our losses early
on this trip, even though we boated 6 fish. The Salmon were
skimpier than hen's teeth in the traditional places, because warm water
down to 100 feet plus had the thermocline all messed up.
Grant Fry booked today's
trip to gain insight and knowledge on how to score on Salmon all day
long, rather than just the early and late bite. Well, I sure
that Grant, John, Kevin and Tony weren't disappointed, because they
had action throughout the entire charter.
Fished today with the
"Dynamic Duo" of Dave Esterline and Dave Cunningham for
the fourth time this season. Dave E. brought his young
son Matt and Dave C. brought Justin to sample the action on Lake
Michigan during "Tuna Time" out of Manistee. Dave C.
(aka "Grandma") caught his 3 fish limit of Kings by
7:00am in the harbor and we then moved the towards the shelf around
Today's guest list was made
up by Steve and Cindy Wixom, plus their very good friends, Gloria
and Ross. We fished the harbor, because early morning
thunderstorms and threatening skies made it a wise choice.
Right of the bat, Ross landed a 28.40 pound, Master Angler King
Salmon and it only got better from there.
Ben Nietubitz booked
today's fishing trip and was accompanied with his father, Ben
Senior, Al and Jeff. We started out like "a house on
fire" during the first hour of the trip. We boated 4
Kings to 26.5 pounds in a rapid fashion and then things went dead
for us in the harbor. We moved south and to deeper water and
landed to tiny Cohos and 2 more Kings to 24 pounds for an 8 fish
total for the day.
I fished with a more than respectable
group of anglers today, and do I have a story to tell you!
Joe, Jim and Ted were more than dumbfounded when berserk, line
ripping Kings with severe personality disorders began to wreck havoc
first thing this morning with our tackle.
Finally at straight up noon we got Pete, Matt, Jerald, Mike and Andy
off the dock, because of rain and unsettled weather in the
morning. Before I go any further with this report, I'd like to
say "Thank You" to this group for their understanding and
patience and I wish all my guests were just like these folks.
8/19/01 7:30am Update: A driving rain and a fairly strong north winds has put the Pete Cooney charter on hold until 12 noon. Hopefully, the lake will be decent and the fish will be hitting once the fronts move through. Plus, the crowds will be gone and the north wind should put the adult Kings around the harbor by this afternoon.
greeted by George Cashmore as he boarded the boat around 5:30am this
morning. George is a seasoned veteran of many Salmon Wars with
Kings Charter (in fact, George was one of the first charters I
ran in 1983). The guest list also included Mac, CZ, Chuck,
Bob and Don and these anglers were out to celebrate the life of
their dear departed friend, Harris McBride, who passed away exactly
one week ago today.
8/17/01 Waited for the seas to calm down from this morning blow, so we could get the Karen, Preston, Taylor and dad, David Oberly off the dock. We had 4 Kings hooked up and boated 2 Kings to around 20 pounds and missed a hard strike. Not many fish were ever graphed and no bait was to be found in the waters kinda straight out of Manistee. Slow best describes the fishing and this is not what I wanted to show the Oberly Family who drove all the way from Indiana. But, 2 fish is better than none. Click here for the Oberly Family photo
8/17/01 6:00am Update: Things are on hold for the Oberly Family Charter for today, so far. 2 to 5 foot seas are not something I want to introduce David's 10 and 12 year sons too! I hope to get them off the dock later this afternoon when, hopefully, it will be a tad calmer. They cancelled the small craft advisory from last night, but the wind is gusting from the WSW at 25 mph, sustained wind at 20 mph.
John and Mike Pawluk, along
with their good friend Keith had a fairly decent day with me, today
on Lake Michigan. For never fishing for the big Kings before,
this group did an stupendous job. They only missed 2 fish and
boated 13 fish overall (we thru one back to grow up), including 2
very chubby Cohos, a small Brown Trout and 10 Kings to 26 plus
pounds. The box probably weighed in at some where's around 150
pounds. If there was a downside to today's fishing, it's that
we had to contend with a light rain all day long.
8/15/01 Fished the Pawluk Charter today in Manistee's harbor trying to put a few Kings in the box for my guests. We had 4 fish hooked up and boated 3 Kings to 20 pounds before boredom set in and we pulled lines around 11:30am. The Pawluks hail from New York and are interesting folks to have onboard. I'll be fishing with them again today and wish us luck, because a heavy catch would be nice after struggling on harbor patrol for the last 2 days. Click for their harbor patrol catch photo
8/14/01 Fished with Dr. Steve Fox and Father Louis Komorowski in the harbor today. We hit 5 fish and landed 3 Kings, while playing bumper boats in crowded conditions. The lake had rolled over and the harbor was our best chance for adult Kings, that's why we stuck it out. The company of both anglers far surpassed the quality of fishing I was able to show them, but never the less it was a fine day to be on Lake Michigan. Click here for Dr. Steve and Fr. Louie
Couldn't fish very much today
with "Yoder's Yankers," because 4 to 6 footers just ain't my
cup of tea. We called it a day after a couple of hours. I
said a fond farewell to a good bunch of fishin' Hoosiers as they
returned to Indiana with about 10 one gallon bags full of Salmon fillets
from yesterday. A special thanks goes to Capt. Len Mitchell from Lucky Charm
Charters for helping produce 8/12/01's outstanding catch. Len
has a few weekend dates available.
8/12/01 Today I fishing with a
wonderful bunch of Hoosiers from Indiana. Wayne Yoder found
this website last winter and wanted "in" on the fantastic
King Salmon Fishery, Manistee and Lake Michigan has to offer.
Wayne (an accomplished Lake Erie Walleye specialist) was
accompanied by his son, Douglas, Paul and Bill.
Dan Greiner booked today's
charter for his friends Scott, Guy and "Mr. Smooth"
himself, Frank. Tough luck plagued these men as their car
broke down in Flint, Michigan on the way up from Toledo, Ohio and
their luck didn't improve much upon their arrival in Manistee,
Fished with three excellent
fishermen beyond compare named Gary, Paul and Dan. After the initial
rush of adrenalin, these anglers got with the program in a big
hurry. Although, you might not believe this, they only missed
one strike and had only one fish get off the hook, reel fact!.......simply incredible!
The death toll overall, was 10
fish on our evening sojourn, because it was much to rough to fish
effectively in the am. Click here for
the 3 outstanding fishermen!
8/9/01 Fished with the Scott Jason
group today and it's a special event, because Scott has fished with
me since 1977, well before I went in the charter business.
Don, Ron and Scott's son Kevin made up the "group."
It was Hooverville on my
boat today, because I had Tony, Kevin, Joe, Warren and Warren Hoover
onboard. The Hoover's have caught with me since 1987 and
today's catch was not spectacular, we ended up fairly decent with 3
Kings to 23 pounds, 1 Laker and a "Lunker Hog" Master
Angler Brown Trout that tipped the scales at 16.80 pounds.
Kevin caught the fatso beer bellied Brown in a scrappy duel in close
I fished with
longtime friends and supporters of Kings Charter, Mary Shaw from Blue
Water Research who owns the patents on the Off Shore Release.
Mary, Marshall, Ruth and Rod were my esteemed and welcomed
I'll be fishing tomorrow with
longtime friends and supporter of Kings Charter, Mary Shaw from Blue
Water Research who owns the patents on the Off Shore Release.
Mary, Paul and Marshall are always a welcomed guests and the performance
of the Off Shore Release is legendary. Marshall's Saginaw Bay
fishing reports are among the best I receive and Marshall on 17 or 18
A super lack luster
performance on mine and the fishes part, best describes the limited
action that was witnessed by Steve, Dave, Larry, Mark, Steve and
Craig. Today was supposed to be a Salmon Seminar, but the
continuing struggle to put a few fish in the boat took it's
toll. In 8 hours of lines in the water we had 6 strikes, 5
fish hooked up and 4 were boated. The area fished was from
just north of Big Point Sable to Manistee. The box had 2 semi
decent adult Kings, a shaker King and a 8 pound
8/4/01 Angler supreme, Barry Pines was once again my honored guest. Barry's son Rich rounded out the twosome. We left the dock at 5pm and boated 4 Kings to let's say, oh about 25 pounds. We played with a dancing Steelhead that deserved to get away and a giant King that came off 10 minutes into the fight, plus a couple of strikes were missed. The action, while not fast and furious was steady until we pulled lines at 9:30pm. Click here for Barry and Rich's photo
Fished with Elaine, Jean, Jerry and Dick Kowalski today.
Started south of the harbor and ended up north of the harbor in a
100 feet of water, searching for fish. Broke a big King off
behind the boat, caught a decent King and found a shaker Brown Trout
that couldn't be released. Tough, describes my morning as we
planned on hitting again in the evening, but lumpy seas prevented
8/2/01 Fished today with the outstanding father and son team of Steve Smith. The wind was finally from the southwest and Lake Michigan is starting to produce some reel catching. We hit 6 adult King Salmon, had 4 hooked up and boated 3, on the half day charter. The catch weighed in at over 75 pounds for the 3 Salmon. Sorry, no photos, because I forgot and left the camera at home. Young Steve 10 years old, now knows the strength and endurance of adult Kings or Chinooks. The green Bechhold Flasher was "hot" in the 85 to 100 foot depths.
Jim Courtwright along with
Fred, "Lucky" Ron and John made up today's charter guest
sheet. This trip was a referral from Chip Cartwright of Silver
Streak fame who's a relation of Jim. The high of the day is
when "Lucky" Ron caught a 17.40 Master Angler Brown
Trout. Seas building to plus 4 foot caused us to cut this full
day trip a little short, but nobody went home disappointed. We
landed a nice, 8 pound Steelhead, 3 Kings to 12 pounds and the
trophy Brown for a 5 fish total. Click
here for "Lucky" Ron's Lunker Brown Trout.