Archived Captain's Log Entries from
October, November, and December 2011
12/31/11 Out with the old
and in with the new? The 2011 chapter of Great
Lakes fishing is about to pass into the history of Great
12/30/11 T.G.I.F. for the
last time this year. 2011 presented the Great
Lakes fleet with overall calmer waters and less blow days.
September and October were not the constant barrage of
wind ...as we've come to expect. The return of
larger Kings is another strong point for 2011, but
May, June & early July Salmon fishing was no bed of roses.
12/29/11 The days are
winding down for 2011. This season was very kind
to us Lk. MI fishermen. My memories start with
developing a killer program for the top 50' fish during
the middle of the day in ultra flat calm conditions.
Click 10/12/11 mirror glass water
12/28/11 Big news from my
neck of the woods is still the weather. Posted a
top-bottom photo comparing Decembers 2010 vs. 2011.
2010 vs. 2011 snows
12/27/11 Yesterday the perch
fishing was good on the Saginaw River out of Bay City,
MI. Late season anglers willing to brave the
elements are being rewarded with some mighty fine
eating. Plus, bonus days on the water.
Click 12/26/11 Bay City, MI perch
12/26/11 Yesterday was one
of the few times during a year when this website goes
over the top with jazzy jingle bells music, flashing
Christmas lights and falling snow.
12/24/11 Best wishes to all
for 2012 and Merry Christmas!
12/23/11 Took a look at the
effort put into this year's updates. As of
yesterday 48,267 words, comprising 360 paragraphs,
amounting to 85 pages (Microsoft Word data), & over 700
full-size images has been published on this website
since January 1, 2011.
12/22/11 First day of winter
2011-2012. Days will gradually start getting
longer now as we are about to pass the winter solstice
and shortest day of the year.
12/21/11 In keeping with
this week's theme about taking pictures ...posted my
favorite happy snappy taken in 2011. This photo
shows my ace double number on fishin' bud, John J fast
into a King on a diver rod.
Click for my favorite photo taken in 2011
12/20/11 My storyline about
preserving past memories with photos needs to be
postponed until I get a better handle on this vast
subject. Photos are a great way to record history
of events that are important to you. One picture is
worth a 1000 words!
12/19/11 The setup on
today's featured photo of a table full of spring Kings
caught in 1979 out of Frankfort, MI begins with the top
photo showing outriggers.
12/18/11 Photographs of your
fishing trips will be cherished long after the season is
over. My fish photo collection is easy to get lost
in ...when I post one for this website.
12/17/11 With the evolution
of the internet connections speeds for most have
increased. High speed connections makes video as a
learning medium very feasible.
12/16/11 One of my favorite
things is turning the lights off in the our tackle shop
when a day's work is done. That's when I get to
see all the glowy tackle saying goodnight. Decided
to reveal this "glow in the dark" experience with you and
snapped a pic.
12/15/11 Calendar of
preseason events for 2012 begins on 1/7/12 with the
Michigan Sea Grant Meeting being held at the Ramada Inn
in Ludington, MI.
12/14/11 Being in any
business requires the wearing of several hats. One
of which is advertizing guru. To be effective at
advertizing you need to think of appealing names &
slogans that become catch phrases to showcase your
Click Smurf & Turf
12/13/11 In my travels
around Manistee County, MI last week on 12/5/11 the High
Bridge Public Access between Wellston and Brethren, MI.
It was shocking to see only 3 boat trailers in the
parking lot setup to handle 40 some boat trailers and
12/12/11 1. How do fish see
things? 2. What colors can fish see? Much
has been said and written about these 2 mysterious
questions. None it to my satisfaction, because
simply put ...nobody knows and at the best offer
fish eye view
12/11/11 Yesterday's photo
showing the rubber fish rear toothpick is strictly a
demo for when I hold meat school in my shop. Meat
school is for those new to fishing meat and is done by
appointment only. In less then 5 minutes all can
be explained. This aids my customer's confidence
level and gives them a leg up. Showing them first
hand there is absolutely no learning curve.
toothpick & rubber fish demo
12/10/11 Christmas 10% off
sale will be extended for a few days. Ludington
Ford dealer is having issues fixing my RV's cruise
control. Was hoping to be on the road headed south
by the first of next week. But, when hoping meets
the reality of doing? ...it's a whole different
unreel-world. Snow has held off so far at my place.
Knock on wood:)!
12/9/11 My tackle webstore
will be closing soon for winter vacation. Not sure
when we'll reopen, but around Super Bowl Sunday is
tentative for now.
12/8/11 Perfected a new
machining process for the rear line-holder hole in the
back of our meat heads. This re-engineered hole
now has a tapering countersunk rim to make it easier to
peg the toothpick at right distance for desired hook
drop. Granted, this is a small, but necessary
tweak that will make hook spacing a lot easier.
12/7/11 Pearl Harbor Day
chat begins when I caught my 1st Salmon north of
Frankfort, MI in West Platte Bay on 10/1/1968.
That set the tone for the rest of my life!
12/6/11 Made it thru another
hectic Monday yesterday. Mondays is where the
undone work from the previous week gets piled. The
good news is UPS should be delivering the new 2012
Magnum and Super Mag Meat Heads today. Tooling
upgrades have been completed and will be proudly shared
12/5/11 Today's subject is
about storing your batteries during the winter layover.
This info can be applies to anything with a 12 volt
battery. My intent is to save you some
buck$. Plus, keep the grief factor away.
battery being filled
12/4/11 Built a pretty
extensive library of stock photos over the past 10 to 12
years. Images bring website visitors closer to the
subjects presented here. Reference yesterday's
topic concerning the proposed new fish cleaning station
for Manistee, MI.
12/3/11 Don't have all the
details for the planned new fishing cleaning facility at
Manistee, MI's First Street public launch.
Restrooms are supposed to be attached and there will be
6 bays open to clean fish.
Click Manistee, MI fishing cleaning tables
12/2/11 Posted a photo a
couple of days ago that has a lot of interesting
12/1/11 'Tis the season to
be jolly is here! Especially, after seeing the
King/Chinook Salmon 2011 tally for the Little Manistee
11/30/11 The 2011 Lk. MI
season was a series of radical adjustments aboard my
boat. After honing a killer deep program targeting
fish in the 90' to 150' down range, 2011 most of my fish
were caught in the top 60' ...with 35' to 50' down being
the sweet spot.
11/29/11 Today's featured
photo is back from my chartering days taken in 2003.
Lot's a various tackle to cover an entire season.
1000s of spoons, 100s of dodgers, around 100 flashers
with enough gear to fill every nook and cranny in my 28'
11/28/11 The reel cost on
tackle is based on how it performs throughout the
season. Tackle that does not live up to it's hype is the
expensive stuff costing you lost hours on the Great
Lakes and leads to total frustration. Tackle that
works is a super reel-bargain!
11/27/11 If you look closely at today's photo ...the middle deer has very little fat reserves. These 3 bucks were shot on different sections state land. Seen a lot of skinned deer during home processing, but never saw one this lean. Reasons could be many and better left to the experts to answer. Click low fat deer
11/26/11 Today's featured
live deer photo is a change of pace. It shows a
buck eating a small pine branch made possible by the
modern day point and shoot digital cameras. Nikon
P90 was used with a 32x zoom.
11/23/11 deer having munchies
11/25/11 Weather this fall
has been downright tolerable. It stayed tee shirt
weather thru almost mid October with temps in the 70s to
pushing 80. Lk. MI stayed calm and fishable most
days thru 10/12/11. This is a radical departure
from the norm when mid September ushers in a lot of
12/6/08 blizzard conditions
11/24/11 Have a safe and
enjoyable Thanksgiving Day 2011! If you look back
on the summer/fall Lk. MI season we have a lot to be
11/23/11 I've been setting
on this reel-info since last summer. My tackle
took 7 major tournament overall wins in 2011. Even
more incredible is winning both the pro and amateur
sides in the same 2 events around my neck of the woods.
Amateur and pros winning in the same contests proves
what I offer is absolutely no fluke!
11/22/11 Mark Tonello from
the MDNR office in Cadillac, MI was kind enough to
forward us his report focusing on Manistee County, MI's
11/21/11 Luck plays a big
roll in hunting, but there's still plenty of skill
needed when you drop the hammer. Website member,
Getaway aka Bob K's dad, Bob Sr. took a spike on the
evening of opening day. Then, doubled down with a
7 pointer the following morning.
11/20/11 Sunday a day of
rest and that's exactly what my plan is. Spent a
lot time yesterday on aesthetics adding new tackle to my
webstore. 2012 SUV (super UV) bullets and meat
heads will be available this coming Wednesday. The
new Smurf SUV heads along with a brand new combo deal:
the X-Glow Blue Mamba SUV has been added too.
11/19/11 The Meat Head
ordering pages at my webstore:
11/18/11 Coldest day of fall
thus far with temperatures never breaking freezing at my
place yesterday. Official winter is still about 6
11/17/11 The flip-side of success
...failure and nobody likes to admit failure, So
far, my efforts to sell my tackle company have went over
some where's between a fart in church and a government
bailout. My tackle manufacturing and sales
operation is very unique. Volumes have been learned from
my past wasted efforts.
11/16/11 Fishing and hunting
are blood sports like it, or not. Catch and
release is pretty easy to understand for our next
generation of fisher people. With hunting once an
animal has been shot either by bow, or gun there's no
11/15/11 Firearms deer
season opener is here. I hope your hunt starts off
with a bang this morning. This mild weather will
be turning colder with a chance of snow tomorrow.
Good luck if you're hitting the woods and have a safe
11/14/11 I have a important
webstore and tackle news announcement later this week.
unsanctioned statewide holiday begins in 2 days with the
opening of firearms deer season. Forecast for
Manistee County, MI on 11/15/11 is 50% chance of
participation (rain) with the temps ranging from 30 to
50 degrees. The day after the opener there is a
possibility of snow with temps staying in the 30s all
11/12/11 Young Man Winter was testing his small caliber snow guns yesterday. Ground was warm & the snow didn't stick around for long during the debut of 2011 snow season. Never the less, it's only the opening act with lots more to come. Click first snow
11/11/11 Veterans Day: is
the time to honor and remember those who served in all
branches in our military service during peacetime and
war. Let's hope all of our troops are safely home
soon. Anyone who served is a hero in my eyes
& deserves respect.
11/10/11 To quote the actor Al
Pacino playing Don Michael Corleone in Godfather III,
11/9/11 This month I turn 65
and daily updates will change to bi-weekly updates
during the winter. Once the 2012 season approaches
everyday updates will return.
11/8/11 7 Days a large army
of firearm deer hunters will take to the woods.
Manistee County, MI weather has been on the warm side.
Recent temps of 60 degrees for Manistee in
November is good, but snow is better for deer hunters.
Snow lights up the woods and makes following a blood
trail a lot more easier.
Click Ohio 9
11/7/11 Please vote your
choice in the poll just left of this text. Last I
checked, 80 to 90% rated the summer and fall Salmon good
11/6/11 Let's go with some
visitor interaction by voting to rate your summer and
fall 2011 Salmon season. This is an edited poll
directed at the last 1/2 of the season. My first
poll was deleted, cuz it's focus towards the entire
11/5/11 (DST) Daylight
Saving Time ends overnight and we revert to Standard
Time in the wee hours of tomorrow morning. 2:00am
on 11/6/11 to be exact.
11/4/11 History of my Magnum heads begins in 2005.
Ultra consistent spin in every head was mission
Unlike heads made by others that lack this reliability!
11/3/11 Upgraded my Magnum
and Super Magnum Meat Heads. Made in U.S.A. has
been laser etched into the Super Mags. Magnums now
have the same exact beefy tail section as the Super Mag
for Gen I & Gen II meat heads
11/2/11 My efforts at
selling my tackle company has pretty much been a bust
11/1/11 Today's is a very
difficult story for me to write. For that reason
I'm delaying info about the sale status of my tackle
company. Look for the reel-story when I can piece
together the right words to better explain this
situation after some careful thought.
10/31/11 There's a few big
lake anglers still fishing the open waters of Lk. MI.
Steve S and crew had a respectable day out of Kewaunee,
WI this past Saturday. The part of their
reel-story that struck my interest was the WI Kings were
coming deep. Like 95' to 150' down over 275 to 300
Click 10/29/11 Kewaunee King
10/30/11 My Lk. MI season
began about a month late back on 5/4/11. My last
outing was 5 months later 10/12/11. It was a very
memorable season. Especially, the August,
September and October fishery. 10/12/11 is my
boat's all-time high water mark with over 20 bites
during the banker's hours of late morning into the
mid-afternoon time frame.
10/29/11 Last summer I
re-powered my 1979 22' Sea Ray. Motor was new,
water pump was new and the fuel pump was new. Now,
less then 5 months later the Taiwanese Sierra fuel pump
is dangerously defective.
of fuel pump origin
10/28/11 Dick Boyajian
featured in the World Record Coho photo was one of the
original Manistee, MI charter boat captains. Dick
is part of the greatest generation of WWII vets and in
his 80s now. From 1942 on ....he joined the Army
Air Corp's 131st Bomb Group. Serving in the
Pacific theater as a radioman-gunner flying on B24s.
10/27/11 The setup on
today's MI's World Record Coho photo needs to be more
clearly defined. This is not a hook and line
record, but for size. This fish was captured at
the Little Manistee Harvest Weir on 10/27/73.
for this World Record Coho
10/26/11 Big time gully
washer at my place yesterday. This will surely
increase the flow of the Big Manistee River for those
Click Manistee Lk. Coho
10/25/11 Trail cams are
deadly tools that instill the virtue of patience by
letting you know what's there ...when you're not.
The technology in modern day hunting tools rivals the
advancement in marine electronics.
Click 11 pt.
trail cam image
10/24/11 Today's reel story
photo is from our WI friends across the pond.
Steve S and crew got a late season trip in this past
Saturday. They caught Kings and 'bows (WI speak
for Steelhead). Late season Great Lakes anglers
are rewarded with no crowds and plenty of rodular
activity. Fall fishing 2011 has been phenomenal.
10/23/11 Winter can come
early to Manistee, MI. Mid December brings snow
...and lots of it. Being prepared for the
onslaught of the dreaded white stuff is necessary.
Winter is a harsh fact of living in the north country.
Outside chores have me tied up with the nice weekend
we're having and will be winterizing my boat very soon.
10/22/11 A week of blustery
fall weather is coming to an end. Yesterday is
struggled to make 45 degree at my place. Even
cooler the day before with rain and heavy winds.
10/21/11 Located in WI's
Door County Strawberry Creek is the counterpart of MI's
Little Manistee River Harvest Weir. WI is having a
bumper crop of fall returning Salmon too.
10/20/11 Using the Grand
Rapids Press as a reference source, this year's quota of
6.5 million Chinook eggs were harvested at the Little
Manistee River Weir in 2011.
10/19/11 What a difference a
year makes! This time last year it was scary with
low returning numbers of King/Chinook Salmon. Did
2010 signal Lk. MI was on the same road that led to the
demise of Lk. Huron's Kings in the early i2ks?
10/18/11 Seems my impromptu
2007 thru 2011 photo study of the Salmon in Pine Creek
here in Manistee County, Mi isn't too far off.
Click 10/16/11 dead Pine Creek Salmon
10/17/11 For 5 years and
counting I've photographed the same gravel bar in
Manistee, MI's Pine Creek. Pine Creek is a MDNR
designated Trout Stream that flows into the Big Manistee
River about 16 miles east of Lk. MI. This pristine
fast free flowing stream is a natural haven for Salmon
and Steelhead reproduction.
10/16/11 Today's featured
photo is a beat-up Super Mag Undertaker meat head in use
since 2007. The dents are chew marks from a lot of
fish that ate this head.
10/15/11 A major pet peeve
of mine is the question that doesn't get asked.
Improving my customer's success with support is what I
10/14/11 Last Wednesday was
a blessing from the fish gods with weather too nice for
this time of the year. I've marked 10/12/11 on my
calendar as probably the last day you could fish Lk. MI
and do so in a tee shirt this year.
10/13/11 Being semi retired
has it's rewards. Had the joy of fishing bankers
hours with my wife yesterday out of Manistee, MI from
10am thru 4pm. Doldrums best describes the flat
glassy seas & sunny tee shirt October weather.
Click 10/12/11 glassy pond
10/12/11 Nowadays my skill
set does not include pounding out big boxes of
fish. My job is to make pro-caliber specialty
tackle ...so you can!
10/11/11 Fished Manistee, MI
yesterday from about 9am until 2:45pm. The first 2
hours of E wind was exercise in futility, as John J and
I struggled to buy a bite.
10/10/11 Those that are
still fishing the open waters of Lk. MI are being
rewarded with fine catches of Kings, Coho and Steelhead.
10/8/11 Glen Arbor, MI catch
10/9/11 Mark this summer like weather on the calendar, cuz more than likely this will be the last 80 degree temps Manistee, Mi sees until next year. Big cool down towards the end of next week. Fishing is reel-good out of Manistee now!
10/8/11 Website member, Mark T brought the current Lk. MI cloudy water issues to my attention on our message board. Southern ports like St. Joe and Saugatuck are plagued with a lots of churned up water. This off-colored water will grab more heat from the sun and promote plankton growth keeping the biomass healthy. Click Lk. MI from space
10/7/11 Made trip 1 on my
annual pilgrimage to watch the Salmon spawn in Pine
Creek. This stream is about 4 miles as the crow
flies from where I live in Manistee County, MI.
10/6/11 Finally buttoned up
all the loose ends with my tackle manufacturing
operation for this winter's shut down. Planning a
lengthy vacation to a warmer climate soon.
10/5/11 October weather is
super in Manistee, MI with daytime highs in the 70s.
Lk. MI is on good behavior with light winds. Lk.
MI fishing out of Manistee is reel-good for a
mixed bag of next year's Kings, large Coho (some over 12
10/4/11 Took the numbers off
yesterday's poll around noon. Compiling data over
the years shows slight gain in meat to 40% (cut &
whole). Spoons devotees have remained
approximately the same since 2003 at 25 to 30 percent.
Click for Poll Page
10/2/11 Yesterday the high
temperature struggled to reach 50 degrees in Manistee
County, MI. It was cool, but in 3 months ...we'll
think 50 is a tropical heat wave!
10/1/11 Tonight at midnight
menus & order boxes will be removed from all products at
my webstore. The site will stay up, but tackle
orders are discontinued until further notice.