July Results 2001
Rumpeki's Half Day 7/3/01 "Skipjacks" 7/20/01pm 31 pounder 7/25/01 Team Smooth 7/31/01
July 2001 results from
Capt. John's Log
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, we serve the reel facts!!!
The Cary, Dave, Buck and
Bryon 3 day Fish-a-Thon ended today, and I'll be sorry to see this
fine group of dedicated fishermen leave....FACT! The team
work, sharing and camaraderie displayed by "Team Smooth"
is a seldom seen thing in today's world. Now, here's something
to pay attention too; they boated every fish and didn't miss one
strike, reel incredible!
Today's success doesn't
show in the numbers of fish that we boated, but the first-rate time
that was shared by all. Cary, Bryan, Dave and Buck were once
again my honored guests. This team has it all! They set
lines, net fish and are probably the most experienced and helpful
folks to ever set foot on my boat in the 14 seasons that I've owned
this Cherokee. It's reel easy to brag this group up, because
I'm amazed at how fast they caught on to my program. Oh, Yeah,
we did end up boating 4 Kings to maybe 25 pounds and a handsome chromer
7/29/01 Fishing was pretty decent on the Cary Bradshaw charter today.
Cary was accompanied by Buck, Brian and Dave. Most of these
fishermen are members of the Battle Creek Steelheaders and are avid
and experienced fishermen. The action right off the "get
go" was HOT! The first rigger down connected briefly with
a large King. Overall, we went 7 for 14 on bites or
"hookups," and 6 were Kings to 25 pounds and a mint
chrome, beautiful Steelhead in a great team effort on wild, nasty
"Bad Boys" (Adult King Salmon). Click
to see Buck's 25 pounder
Today's charter guests were
Elizabeth, Chris, Benton and Harold Rosenbaum. Slow fishing
continues and we only boated 3 Lake Trout, 2 Kings and a Brown
Trout. We lost 2 decent Kings, but overall there's just not
that many fish to be had, plus this is our second day of east
wind. I need a easy day, because I'm reel tried of struggling
to put a few fish in the boat. The tournament boats that did
well fished way north of Onekama.
Pitiful fishing is what my
charter guests endured today! Dave, Tony, Steve and Brian all
watched me cover the harbor, then out to 650 feet of water. We
missed 3 semi-decent fish and boated 2 micro-mini, tiny baby
Kings. The word "struggle" best describes what ever
charter captain hates, a reel skimpy catch!! Fishing for me
and the rest of the fleet was just plain lousy, because the lake
rolled over (lost temperature) and sent our fish to the Wisconsin
shores or places unknown. The guests deserved far better
fishing, than what they witnessed.
Lumpy 4 foot seas from the
north and distress call prevented getting in the Dave Bryan Charter
as scheduled. I did catch a 22 footer called the "Flaky
Pierre," which I towed safely from 4 miles out, to the city
Hog Master Angler King Salmon is the reel headline for today's Nate
Emery trip. Nate was accompanied by his grandson Justin and
his wife, Sharon who landed a whopper 31 pound plus, King Salmon on
a lead core outfit. The ensuing battle was a reel war.
Patience on Sharon's part won out, as we slid the net under her
trophy. Both Nate and Justin caught nice sized Kings,
during a light and much needed morning drizzle.
Al Weir booked today's
charter as a show of gratitude to his construction crew. The
crew was made up of Bill, Steve, "Big Vinnie" and
Sam. This was an extra ordinary group of good natured men out
to have a good time and see what the what the fishing is like out of
Manistee. That's exactly what happened, they seen many more
fish than we boated.
Click here for a fine
group of fishermen.
My guests today were Doris
Colton and her father, Dan Wright. While we didn't exactly
"set the world on fire" with a super heavy box, we did manage
to hook and land 5 respectable fish. The catch consisted of 2
Kings to 20 pounds, a couple of decent Steelhead and a 8 pound
Coho. Click for catch photo
We finished the third "on
the water" Capt. John's Salmon School day in grand fashion by
boating the largest King of the season, so far! My team today
consisted of Dave, Dan, Ed, Mike, John and Alf. The high point of
the day is when Mike landed a huge 25 pound, adult King. While
battling it out with the giant tuna, all men stepped in the lend a hand
in moving rods and clearing lines. These men are to be congratulated
on the skilled manner they displayed.
Today, we started the first
leg of our Salmon Seminars. John, Dan, Bob, Jeff, Craig and
Adam were my esteemed guests. These anglers were on the job
and never missed a downrigger hit.......fantastic! We boat all
5 interested finny creatures that made the fatal mistake of chewing
on our lures. The only strike that was missed was on a high
diver. The body count was 3 chunky Lakers, an immature King
and the nicest fish was a 10 to 12 pound cart wheeling Steelhead.
Fished a very short evening on 7/19/01, by the time we finished boat
maintenance and gassing up. Dropped lines on the fish around 7pm
and we pulled at 9:30pm to go in. During the two and a half
hours we had 10 to 12 hits and landed 5 Kings (a skipper was
released) to about 20 pounds, small Laker and a dandy 10 to 12 pound
Steelhead was expertly landed by Capt. Mark Pefley. We had
"reel decent" action for such a short period of time.
Also, boat traffic was light, which improved the catching.
Click here for Mark's
Regular reports are
resuming today, because the Michigan Sportsman is back online!
Under no means think, we're being attacked by huge amounts of adult
Kings, so far. We do have some fish, but the areas they're in
can be a "hunt and peck" situation. Yesterday's best
action was south, in the 12's to 10's in 150 to 200 feet of
water. The lead core was dead and the divers were best with
Bechhold Fishcatchers (flashers) and green metallic flies. The
temp break was down at 40 ft.
Today's guests were Russ
Boomstra, Kyle and Dave Bradley. We covered a lot of water and
had about 10 to 12 strikes. Only 4 of the fish stayed stuck
and we boated 4 Kings from 3 to 16 pounds. Bad luck plagued us
with hooks being straightened out and a complete inability to stay
over active fish. The east wind to flat calm didn't help the
Click here for
Kyle's 16 pounder
fishing tomorrow with long time friend of Kings Charter, the Dave
Bradley's group of outstanding fishermen.
The second "Capt.
John's Salmon School" concluded today with another great
morning on Lake Michigan. Fishing was on the slow for us, as
the lake rolled and temperature moved up to the 25 to 35 foot
range. We had about 7 hits and boated 6 Kings to say, 18
pounds, but 3 of the fish were tiny weenie little guys and were
tossed back to grow up.
Click here to see Scott's
started another Salmon School with Bob, Steve, John, Dave,
Scott and Gary, soon to known as the "Salmon Assassins."
We fished north away from the main pack and had 9 hits and boated 4 Kings from
10 to 18 pounds and a Steelhead. Our action was decent, considering
we didn't drop lines until at least 7:45am. The misses
included 2 double headers! Click
for group photo
7/11/01 Yesterday, I photographed how rig a sewn minnow, requested by my visitors from Scotland. Plug cut bait, herring fillets and rigging methods are posted on the E-mail list members private page. I've yet to complete the exact text on how to rig fresh herring, but the photos will give you a clue as to what message I'm trying to relay. The video tape from Jerry Bechhold was of immense help. Cut bait is the big thing on Lake Ontario where 40 pound Kings are semi commonplace. It should work miracles here in Michigan, once we get the proper speed figured out.
"Capt. John's Salmon
School" concluded today with the unleashing of 6 Salmon Slayers,
soon the wreck havoc on the Great Lakes Fish population! Mark,
Jeff, John, Leon, Joe & Jeff (see
photo, top to bottom- left to right) were the group who
presented me the wonderful opportunity to share my 33 years of
Salmon fishing experience with. All of the participants were
already accomplished anglers in their own right and this was proven
by the fact, only 1 strike was missed, and every fish hooked up was
brought to the net in a pro-caliber manner.
Fished today with 2 Jeffs, Mark, Leon, John and Joe in
"Capt. John's Salmon School." I thought everything went
amazingly well, considering we couldn't get off the dock until 6:30pm,
because of rough seas and threatening thunderstorms.
7/6/01 Boat preparation is what ate up most of my day, a thorough cleaning was in order along with some long neglected projects. Tomorrow marks the start of "Capt. Johns Salmon School" where hands on methods will be explained in great detail. Catching fish will not be emphasized, but gaining knowledge will be.
I had the grand opportunity
to take Dena, Mary, Henry and Kerry Van Dyke fishing today.
Lake Michigan was much to rough with maybe, 3 to 6 footers to
contend with. Driving from the Lansing area I wanted my guests
to at least wet a few lines in the harbor, before we rescheduled
Kerry's charter for August 30,2001.
The afternoon guests were
"My 3 Sons" of Mark Rumpeki. Tommy, Chad and Jayce had
more than enough action on Salmon to make anyone, pleased! The boys
boated 6 Large King Salmon and a Brown Trout pushing 14 pounds.
While pulling lines Mark landed a King exceeding the 20 pound mark after
a long and exhausting battle. Chad landed a couple of Kings in the
high teens, while Jayce had the bragging rights to the lunker 14 pound
Brown Trout. Not to be left out, Tommy pulled his share of the
load, landing a couple of hard fighting Kings. A great time was
had by all on a calm Lake Michigan.
I fished with 3 generations
of the Ward Family this morning. Dwayne, Kyler, Mike and Scott
Ward were more than decent folks to fish with. However, it was
a tough go for me, because I couldn't either locate or stay over the
fish. We only were able to boat 3 fish and had 3 become
unstuck, due to choppy seas. All of the Wards either landed
fish, or had one on the rod. The heartbreaker was the giant
Tuna that Dwayne had within yards of the net, before the hook pulled
free. These folks deserved far better fishing than I was able
to show them. If there is a redeeming story, it's the fact 2
Kings were monsters.
7/2/01pm I had the great opportunity to share an evening on Lake Michigan with Betty and Ray Hickman. The fishing was not red hot, but we managed to bring 4 Lake Trout to 11 pounds and a 12 pound King to the net. Ray's expert rod handling and alertness made all the difference in the world, by not missing hits or losing fish. Betty was a sheer joy and light conversation made up for the lack of a heavy fish take. All in all, it was a pleasure to fish with these folks. Click for Betty & Ray catch picture
Fished morning the trip
with Dennis and Dale Brown. It was a slow go and not many fish
wanted to hit. Tried from 100 to 600 feet of water and was
only able to muster a Coho, a micro small King, and 2 Lakers to 13
pounds. While the catching was not earth shattering, but fun
and laughter enjoyed aboard was immense.
I was supposed to fish again this morning with the Whit
Whitaker group. However, a strong blow from the northwest
prevented this from happening. 5 to 7 seas are not something to be
comfortable in. Hopefully, I'll see Whit again next year when he
returns to Manistee from Florida.