July, August, & September 2009
Archived Results from Capt. John King's Log
up is a great title for today's featured photo of gale
force winds to over 40 knots pounding Manistee, MI's
north pier & light house. Estimated wave heights
were 10' and above since yesterday.
for battering 10' seas
October 1st is the start of bow season for MI
whitetails. A new law says anyone over 50 years
old can hunt with a crossbow in 2009.
the sun sets on the 2009 Great Lakes Fishery it's only
fitting that I thank all who bought, or used my line
of tackle in 2009. I take it as an honor every
time you access this website & invite me into your
personal space. I'm truly humbled by your
9/26/09 Wind is supposed to build tomorrow afternoon. Then go to gale force by Sunday evening. 35 to 40 knot winds are in the picture with waves exceeding 12 feet thru Tuesday. Look for diminishing winds on Wednesday. Thursday the bow opener for whitetails trees will be OK to climb with lighter wind. Full foliage in Manistee for now.
Today's featured photo is my first and quite possibly
the last fish of the 2009 big lake trolling season.
Wind is predicted for early next week. Looks
like September's love affair with 3 weeks of calm
water is about to come to an end.
1st & last photo
9/24/09 Please check out today's featured split photo of double snelled treble hooks in action. Both of these fish are welded to the line with zero chance of escape. I wasn't the first to string 2 trebles together, but I was the first to do it with special hand crafted turned-up eye hooks. Having the line snelled directly to the hook shank means a straight line pull for maximum penetration. Click double trebles in action!
Fished Manistee yesterday from 9am until we pulled at
2pm. Predictions of fog delayed our starting
time about an hour. Didn't find a whole helluva
lot after we trolled north towards Manistee from the
Guerney Creek area. Hindsight is always 20/20.
2009 has left town and today we welcome the onset of
fall. Continuing yesterday's
update about the hook in the finger. The first
thing is to do is yell, swearing loudly when you get
stuck with a hook. This alerts your crew in
short order that's something's way wrong, you're nuts,
or you're having bout with Tourettes.
What do you do when a fish moves at the wrong time and
sticks you with a hook? Needless to say, it's
unpleasant as hell. Especially, if you've lost
control of the fish. This leads to the fish
flopping around wildly on the deck with your paw going
along for the ride. Making matters worse ...the
hooked fish is all tangled up in the net with my
finger still firmly implanted in a mess.
Click hook thru my little finger
Good topics on-deck for this coming week's updates.
From saving a little money on reel repair/maintenance
tips to handling an onboard crisis are scheduled for
staple of my rigger program is what's called the "John J Rig." It's named in honor of John J
...who's a regular aboard my boat. John crewed
for me back in my charter skipper days in the early
i2ks too. Plus, he put together this Salmon
slaying combo first.
9/18/09 Fished Manistee yesterday morning ...8am thru 1:30pm
with John J and Fred G.
Here's a little known fact that hasn't raised too many
eyebrows concerning numbers of fish returning to the
harvest weirs. According to our MDNR's website
the 2008 return was less than half the amount in 1988
during the height of BKD disease crisis.
Word from the Little Manistee River Harvest Weir says
there's only a couple of hundred fish there ...so far.
This info comes via website member, "Miller Time."
Today's featured photo is courtesy of Steve S in Green
Bay, WI. Their inshore action was slow, so they
ran out to the deep water (600'-700') & put together a
halfway decent day ...fishing meat down 120' to 150'.
Click for immature Kewaunee King
from ports of St. Joe to Manistee last weekend were
nothing to write home about. Heard a lot mediocre
reports of 3 to 5 fish per boat. Not great, but
this extended period of calm seas at least the conditions
Since before the Labor Day Weekend Lake Michigan has
been behaving itself quite nicely with seas 1' or
for dead-still calm Lk. Michigan
Some people assign special status to different fish
species. Brown Trout fall into the category with
many calling this fish a German Brown that has extra
smarts like the scientists that built ME262 (1st jet
WWII fighter). To those that elevate Browns to
mythical prominence? ...it's mostly due to the fact they
just don't catch many.
Yesterday's update about the looming world record
Brown for Manistee County, MI is a tough act to
follow. Anything I say today pales in
Yesterday was a momentous day for Manistee, MI when a
Brown Trout exceeding 41 pounds was pulled from the
Big Manistee River. Tom Healy was fishing with
Tim Roller's guide service on the Big Manistee
downstream from where the
Bear Creek tributary flows into the main river.
Healy's State Record Brown Trout
can't fix stupid! Today's featured photo clearly shows
boat that tried jumping Manistee, MI's south pier.
This is a yearly occurrence for all ports with long
extended break walls. A needless accident to say
Click for boat piled up on pier
your Labor Day Weekend went off well. Jury's
still out on Manistee, MI fishing over the past 3
days. I have an inkling fishing was on the tough
side, cuz flat water and pressure from tons of boats
is not conducent in building big fish boxes.
9/7/09 Labor Day as a national holiday has been around since the late 1800s. It's a holiday built to honor our work force in the USA, as it well should. If you look at many of the major accomplishments over the past 100 years, most of these are a direct result of USA labor. In 1969 the American astronaut Neil Armstrong put the first foot prints on the moon and didn't drive a Honda, or a Toyota to get there. To the fifth column inside our borders spewing negative statements about our workers, products and industry, please buy a ticket to Bongo Bongo, BFE, and move wherever you think it's better!
2 of our 3 day 2009 Labor Day Weekend. Look for
lighter traffic by this afternoon, as many will be
returning home today. Reports I've heard said
fishing was OK.
We've got about 2 weeks and a couple of days of actual
summer left before Autumn 2009 begins on the 22nd of
this month. The 2009 season has flew by for me & it seems like only a couple of weeks
ago we were
chasing April Brown Trout in Manistee, MI.
luck this weekend! From what I saw in Manistee
last evening, you're going to need it to survive the
Labor Day crowd of neophyte Salmon fishermen.
range weather for Manistee, MI continues to hold at
sunny skies and stable high temps in the mid 70s thru
this coming Labor Day Weekend.
Manistee's big fish derby is being led by Capt. Larry
Scharich with a 30.65 lb. King.
In fact, the top 3 money fish are all over 30 pounds
and only being separated by ounces. Larry and
his crew (mostly Pam) runs Shipwatch Marina in
Manistee, MI too.
We bid adieu to August 2009 ...as another chapter
in our Great Lakes Fishery goes down in history.
With me, the jury is still out on how to rate this
month that made it hard on weekend fishermen with
mostly rough water on Saturdays and Sundays.
Highest wind recorded yesterday at the Big Pt.
Sable weather station was 29.9 knots from the north.
Which is pushing 35mph.
Click Big Pt. Sable info
Read 'em and weep as another prime
time August weekend goes down the tubes for the
trailer boat crowd:
the grand pleasure to introduce Fred from Bear Lake,
MI into the sport of big water Salmon fishing last
evening. We had lines in the water from 6:00pm
until 7:30pm. In this short time frame we boated
3 fatso Coho and 2 Kings in the mid-teens.
been a positive perfect storm brewing in 2009 for the
big lake fishermen.
Today, may I suggest you rummage thru my tips and
trick section? There's a wealth of knowledge and
all you have to do is
Lumpy today (S to 30 knots) and diminishing winds NE
wind tomorrow at 10 to 20 knots is what's in store for
central Lk. MI. Thursday even looks better.
This weekend is to far out to make a call, but it
would be reel-nice if both Sat. & Sun. were fishable.
This coming weekend is usually the most crowed of the
History has taught us the last week of August and the
first week of September is the absolute best time of
the season for big boxes of Salmon.
No fishing was the story from Manistee, as even
the largest 30 some footers cancelled their charters.
Hopefully, Lk. MI will lay down towards daybreak.
All be it may, the wind was puffing at 22 knots from
the north when I hit the sack around midnight.
8/22/09 Wind was brutal last night when I went to bed around 1pm. It was from the N at 22 to 29 knots. Today is not going to be a bed of roses either, with 3 to 5 footers making things uncomfortable for all boats under 30 footers. Tomorrow is supposed to be better (1 to 3s). Mad at myself from not being able to pry a few hours to fish last week. In the process of taking steps to cure this nonstop constant treadmill monotony soon.
Looks like Mother Nature is in cahoots with the
wind gods to conspire against the weekend angler.
Here's the NOAA near shore Manistee weather for today
In concluding this week's deep fishing discussion
...it's extremely important when using super braid
lines for rigger rods a shock tippet of 30# quality
mono MUST be used on the business end. The mono
absorbs the abuse from rigger releases and is stiffer
than braid when it comes to resisting line twist from
Hope you weren't too broke to pay attention to
yesterday's important update about downsizing the
diameter of what you're towing thru the water on your
To fish riggers down to 200' comfortably there's 2
ways to do it. First is a costly super powerful
rigger that can hoist 15# to 20# cannonballs.
Mediocre is the word that probably best describes
last weekend. Some fish were caught on Saturday
in lumpy Lk. MI seas. More rough water was on
tap for Sunday with winds gusting over 20 knots.
Tough weekend wind-wise for the trailer boat crowd.
Do not have an across the board consensus on how
to rate fishing. The fish are deep (100' to 170'
down) and there's a raft of anglers uncomfortable
fishing this deep. Deep fishing exposes holes in
your program if you're lax in the area of sharpening
hooks and rigger releases not set hard enough to stick
fish at depths exceeding 100'.
Today is supposed to be plenty fishable in
Manistee, MI with seas predicted at 1' to 2' with
south winds 10 to 20 knots. Tomorrow is gonna be
lumpy in the morning.
Here's Bill K's welcomed testimonial & Lk. MI port
report from Milwaukee, WI:
This is unconfirmed, but very believable ...Shipwatch
Marina in Manistee, MI weighed in 2 certified 30 pound
Kings yesterday. Shipwatch is located on the
north side of the channel that leads to Lk. MI
downstream from the Washington St. drawbridge.
Capt. Chris from Ludington stopped by my shop this
past Saturday to pick up some of the new 2009 Sparkler
flashers with matching meat rigs.
Weekend warriors that made the trek to their
favorite Lk. MI Salmon ports last weekend got burned,
if they hoped the prediction for rough water was going
to be wrong.
Today's featured photo is a close-up of the silver
metal flakes inside the new 2009 Sparkler material.
Having the flash specks molded inside the base plastic
eliminates cost and provides the consumer a vastly
superior product. This is another world first!
For the second weekend in a row the weekend
warrior is gonna find rough seas (3' to 5') for
Saturday fishing with 15 to 25 knot stout winds from
the south. Sunday is a tad better with SW 10 to
20 knots with waves in the 1' to 3' variety.
Good luck to all fishing the Great Lakes this
weekend. It's safe to say all ports are catching
fish ...as our 2009 run of adult Kings is here.
A few Kings have already scooted up the Little
Manistee River in Stronach, MI as of lately.
Roscoe, aka Steve B and I fished Manistee, MI last
evening. We launched at around 6pm and didn't
see any rodular activity until after 8pm.
4 fishermen left Manistee MI's harbor the evening
of 8/3/09. It's been said they hit something
like a triple header and all moved to the back of
their 20' Crestliner. A wave from the seas
running at a good solid 4' came over the stern,
swamping this vessel and quickly capsizing the 20
footer. Ojan Aryanford the only
person unable to get a life jacket that were being
stowed in the bow is presumed drowned by the Manistee
My 12" flashers are better known for towing meat
rigs. However, use of trolling flies produce
excellent catches too. Approx. 30" leader length
a strong S blow to almost 30 knots cut
short a lot of plans to fish central Lk. MI.
Huge seas from the south is exactly what we need to
stabilize our fishery. Look for a more
consistent results this week as the thermocline sinks
deeper into the land of attractor territory.
Attractors come into their own the deeper the fish
Hit the pond for a couple of hours last evening &
we got off to a strong start. Chute rigger went off before
I had the port outdown set. Unfortunately, this
fish did not stay pegged for long. Then, just as
I set the starboard diver w/new Sparkler 2 Fly
Meat Rig ...that rod loaded immediately with a 10
pound King. Click Sparkler
Meat Rig King
7/31/09 Good luck to all fortunate enough
to have time available to fish the Great Lakes this
weekend. Work has kept pretty much shop bound
24/7 this July.
7/30/09 Let's take a look at the
Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. This is
a 9 day WI contest with the ports of Algoma, Baileys
Harbor, Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island
all competing for the big Salmon award.
Presently, the largest King is over 26 pounds and
there's a raft of over 20s chasing this leader.
As of this past Monday there were over 25 Kings
weighed-in over the 20# mark.
Click Kewaunee Kings
7/29/09 For a change of pace I posted a
photo of a Black Bear killed on M55 and Warfield Road
about a week ago. You can tell by the photo this
is no small cub, but a full grown adult. This
animal was hit about 10 miles from where I live and
had rubbed most of the hair off it's hind quarters.
Click dead Manistee County Black Bear
7/28/09 Fleet-wide results in Ludington
last weekend were a tough go. Manistee wasn't a
bed of roses, with several tourney boats traveling
long distances to find better fishing.
7/26/09 Much has been made of meat
pulling larger fish, if compared to other methods.
Meat, or fishing with bait is only part of it.
Let's not overlook the quality of the angler and the
ability to adapt to newer ways of catching fish.
Even though, Salmon fishing with natural bait precedes
artificial lures by several years. It's just
that no one focused attention to fishing with bait on
Lk. MI until I did in 2003 on this very website!
7/25/09 Predicted wind from the W & SW should help set up a deeper discernable thermocline over the next 3, or 4 days. Temp break has been mostly in the top 50' and higher making consistent results hard to come by with the fish scattered. Much of this is due to a extra cool July where we've seen daytime high temperatures not reach 60 degrees and night time lows in the 30s occasionally.
7/24/09 Good luck to all hitting the
Great Lakes this weekend. May the seas cooperate
and your coolers be full hog King Salmon.
Website member, Mark W fished Manistee, MI Thursday
thru Sunday last week and took 54 fish, mostly Kings
to past 23 pounds. Mark worked 80'-120' water
depths with a simple limited meat program.
Taking most of his fish on divers fishing about 60'
7/22/09 Here's a 7/21/09 Manistee mid-day
fish from website member, Polewalker:
7/21/09 Escaped from tackle shop
duties to maintain my sanity for a short evening on
the pond with my wife & wife's sister, LeAnn
yesterday. We fished from about 6pm until 9:40pm
to get LeAnn into a decent King Salmon. Which
she landed with great joy after a long and lengthy
struggle on a diver rod.
Click LeAnn's King pushing 20#
7/20/09 Hats off to website member,
Tokenfinn for taking 1st place with the largest fish
in the Manistique, MI tournament with a huge 22.5
King. Tokenfinn took this winner on King Emerald
Green BTI & X-Glow BTI Fly.
Click for this winning 22.5 King Salmon
7/19/09 Denis U, fishing out of the Port
of Vladivostok, Russia caught 3 Masu Salmon. Even though the rest
of the fleet struggled with 0s to 2 fish. Denis said most of their
Salmon have entered the rivers to spawn.
Click for X-Green Frog Russian Salmon
7/18/09 A commonly asked question is about how fast we ship from our webstore, www.michiganangler.com Answer is: we try for same day on all orders received by 10am, sometimes later still works. We know ...you want your tackle yesterday & ship ASAP!
7/17/09 If you're fishing this weekend
good luck. Sunday looks best with sunny
conditions, temps in low 70s and most importantly
With this being tournament week in Ludington, MI, my
information pipeline has dried up. Dick Cheney
and water-boarding couldn't pry loose lips from these
serious tourney anglers. I do have a local
Ludville contact and the world's best UPS delivery
driver, Kirk C, aka Capn. Kirk on our message board.
He said, "the bite window is to the outside an hour
long ...when the Salmon go on a hard fed. Then,
it's ride around and hope for another hit, that might
not come for hours." This is dated info from
7/15/09 According to my calendar compiled
over the last 41 season, prime time for Salmon begins
today. S wind predicted for this week is bound
to shake things up for the better. I know we're
sitting on the verge of one helluva fishery in the
next 2 months.
Here's a testimonial from last weekend's Kewaunee, WI
Fished Manistee, MI yesterday evening from 6:30pm
until 9:30pm with BTIs and flies. Had 5 hits,
boated 4 ...releasing a little guy. Size was
impressive, cuz in the 3 Kings we kept, I'd say we had
good 50 pounds of Salmon.
Click King Purple BTI
Action over the deeper water in Manistee, MI is on the
slow side for now. Yesterday, there were some fish caught
in and around the pier heads. A good
bunch of bait piled in Manistee's harbor ...as of
Today's featured photo is from website member, "Just
Hook It" taken last Sunday while fishing out of
Michigan City, IN. Once again, this shows
extreme southern Lk. Michigan has a bunch of fish we
in Manistee, MI can only dream of for now.
We're entering the part of the season in Ludington and
Manistee, MI that makes reliable fish reports all that
much harder to come by (due to tournaments).
Next week is Ludington's big events in what has to be
one of the most attended on our Great Lakes.
Three days ago on the 6th, website member Bad Medicine
put together a good program and boxed out with a 3
person 15 fish limit while fishing the Port of
Sheboygan, WI. Not sure on the exact weapons Bad
Medicine used, but know he was happy with the Mini
Flies we sell at the webstore:
Click for 7/6/09 WI catch
Today's update and photos is courtesy of Frank Martin,
owner of Calumet Marine who caters to the big water
fishermen. Frank fishes the waters off extreme
south end of Lake Michigan by Chicago, IL.
Click 7/4/09 limit catch off Chicago, IL
from WI website members fishing out of the Port of
Kewaunee is fair to good, as today's featured photos
Click 7/5/09 Kewaunee fish
More NW and N wind is in store for us in Manistee this
week. After cool 4th of July Weekend with
night-time low temp in the 40s at my place?
...kinda makes one wonder what's going on with the
weather. Must be global warming ...eh?
Spent most of yesterday replacing the Mercruiser
outdrive on my boat, SR1979.
Have a safe and great 4th of July Weekend. We're
still about 2 weeks out on prime time summer Salmon
fishing. So, look for fishing in the central MI
ports of Ludington, Manistee and Frankfort to
gradually gain more and more fish.
First order of business today is to apologize to Cole
for misstating his age as being 10. Come to find
out Cole is 8 years old, not 10.
Click for Cole's 17# Salmon
Haven't been fishing in a while? If you need a
visual fix to get over not being on the pond?
Then I have a link to a short video that should help.
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