July, August, & September October
Archived past results from July, August & September 2012
9/30/12 Tomorrow at midnight tackle sales cease at:
9/29/12 Today's featured photo is the bottom of Lk. MI off the
Port of Manistee, MI in 30' of water on top of the
shelf before it plunges to deep water. You can
see for yourself the bottom is a living viable
environment. Always in a constant state of flux evidenced by the
current caused windrows that furrow the bottom.
of Lk. MI 30' down
technology comes with a price. That means in
most cases you become a slave to it. I have
several cameras that shoot video, everyone of them
requires a different set of instructions to make them
work. Regretfully, there is no industry
Today the world debut of my new Rigger Cam. The
fish shaped weight has adjustments on the tail fin to
get the camera angle right.
Was going to comment on the MDNR Chinook/King Salmon
plant reduction, but figured it would be like poking a
stick into a hornets nest. 2016 is when this
will play out.
Press release from the MDNR yesterday:
a short trip to Pine Creek that's only a few miles
from my place to checkout our fall run of Salmon.
There were no Salmon to be found ...just yet!
The history of this website begins in late December
1999 with the purchase of my 1st computer. I was
dumber than a stump when it came running one, but
persevered to gain knowledge in land of computerville.
customer contact mailer
Plans for the coming week include visits to the Little
Manistee Harvest Weir and to Pine Creek in Manistee
County, MI. Been doing photos of the fall Salmon
run on Pine Creek for the last 5, or 6 years.
This year videos will be added. Hearing the
sounds of fast running streams will add an extra
dimension for those unable to see this in person.
Posted an aerial photo of Frankfort, MI's Betsie Lk.
I'm very familiar with this area. Started my
charter career out of this port in back in 1983.
2012 officially begins this Saturday. Fall is a
great time fish with crowds of summer long gone.
Many turn to hunting and that just means less people
9/19/12 Low water is
forcing the closing of certain portions the far E end
of Betsie Lk. in Frankfort, MI. Water is so low
the fish are barely making it over the sand bar where
the Betsie River dumps into Betsie Lake. This
part has never been closed to fishing before.
of good stuff yet to come. This Friday looks
like Lk. MI might be fishable.
Think it's about time to start recapping the 2012
Great Lakes Salmon season. This year taught us
never ever stays the same, as every season is
9/16/12 Today's reel-story
classic do as a I say, not as I do. Saturday's
chat focused on the page I use most off this website
click for: Great Lakes Info
9/15/12 Wind has laid down ...somewhat, with 1 footers off the
Port of Ludington, MI. Temp of 54 degrees is 72'
down. More info can be found by
Here's this weekend's wave forecast for Manistee, MI:
9/13/12 Lk. MI looks like it's going to be very fishable this
weekend. My plan is to catch
This website is on autopilot for now as I handle the
decision making process of where I want to be 2 years
from. Been kicking around a lot of alternatives
concerning the potential sale of my tackle company.
Tackle store closing on 10/1/12 is firm.
9/11/12 Today we remember the victims of the horrific tragedy that befell our nation on September 11, 2001. This shocked our country, the USA into the 21st century.
9/10/12 October 1, 2012
will be the last day my web based tackle store will be
open as the quest to find a person with enough vision
to buy my tackle manufacturing company. Learned
volumes from my first failed attempt last year that
was a mess.
Part II on my attempt to sell on tackle
manufacturing operation begins on 10/1/12. Which
also coincides with the 2012 closing of the webstore.
Damp, cool and windy best describes
Manistee, MI today. Looking forward to next
week. This passing week was not good for me.
Wisdom tooth pulled on Tuesday and a root canal on
Thursday was not my idea of fun. Lost one of the
best weeks to fish of the entire season. The new
week beginning tomorrow has to be better!
9/7/12 Big blow from the N
and NW is predicted for Manistee this weekend.
Depending on how hard it does blow factors in how many
Salmon will head upstream from the lake.
9/6/12 Today's featured photo is from website member,
John J aka Megan Ann on the message board. John
called me from the water yesterday morning and was
sitting on a skunk around 10:30am. The mid day
bite helped him put 3 fish in the boat. 4 fish
is no big deal, but it's a lot better then coming back
to the dock with the black kitty.
9/4/12 Best to postpone any fish reports until I get a
better handle on what's up. Deep was the last
word and that was from this past Saturday morning.
9/3/12 Installed the new tackle for 2013 at my webstore. These new models with the hyper holographic lure tape are exclusive to my line of tackle. I'm proud to bring you industry leading 21st century tackle. Click new Super Silver Bullet & Kevorkian tackle
9/2/12 Here's fish report from Onekama, MI about
Have a great-safe Labor Day Weekend that marks to
unofficial end of summer. There's still plenty
of the big lake season left for adult Salmon.
This week will be gangbusters for the fleet providing
the seas cooperate. Last week of August and
first 10 day of September has been traditionally best
for big numbers with little effort.
There's great news for the weekend warrior trailer
boat fleet. Lk. MI is gonna play nice with 1
footers over the upcoming Labor Day Weekend.
This is after yesterday's breezes that exceeded 25
knots (about 30 mph) pushing 6 foot seas from the S.
If you fish enough sooner or later you will catch a
monster King (at least for this season) as today's
featured photo proves.
Click Todd the Rod with 25 lbs. of King
8/29/12 Catching has been
absolutely phenomenal out of the Port of Manistee, MI
lately. That's why why I didn't saying fishing
and started today's update with "catching."
for the Labor Day Weekend appears to be decent.
Low 80s and no rain is the forecast for now.
Hopefully, the seas will play nice too.
8/27/12 Long range wind
forecast for Lk. MI is for more S & SW wind towards
the end of this week. Today going into Tuesday
there's light N & NE wind before it swings again out
of the S. This means a deep thermocline that
going to get progressively deeper.
Safety means being on full alert at all times.
Manistee, MI's piers collect boats every season from
those who are over confident. Even if you have
radar & a plotting GPS relying on instruments to
navigate is plain stupid. You MUST navigate at a
safe speed where your boat does not outrun your field
8/25/12 boat on S pier
8/25/12 As of yesterday, the big deal out of Manistee, MI was
flashers and meat rigs down about 140' over 150' to
300' of water. S wind is driving the thermocline
ever deeper. If you're setup to fish with meat,
braid rigger rods, and special thin rigger cable?
...deep fish (plus 100') are dumber than a stump and
EZ to catch.
8/24/12 T.G.I.F. as we head into the busiest weekend of the season for the Port of Manistee, MI. Patience and courtesy is needed on everyone's part.
S, S and more S wind is the predicted wind direction
thru this coming Sunday. So, be prepared to fish
deep if a big box of fish is needed to cure your
8/22/12 It was my great pleasure to launch and fish out of a
new port for me, Onekama, MI. While I've fished
these waters many times before ...it was always from
8/21/12 Let's start today with a of my a recent email:
"6 of 8 on meat. 4g green mamba and x glow smurf. Thanks for turning a slow morning into a great morning for 2 first timers. Thanks, Derek" Click for Derek's catch
Now into the above statement that needs clarification on my part. It's nice to see testimonials, but all I did was sell the tools/tackle for Derek to accomplish his goal.
They caught these fish on their own with knowledge they chose to use from this website. Ask yourself this question: how many tackle manufacturers offer the support in the form of written articles, videos, & message board like I do? Short answer: nobody!
The age old saying, "give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Show a man how to fish and you'll have a friend for life." OK, so ...I changed the last part a little.
Prime time for EZ catches of Lk. MI Salmon is now.
Last 10 days of August and first 10 days of September
means the fish are at all major ports.
8/19/12 Cut up the bellies of 3 Kings. This is a scrap
part that gets tossed. These 3 bellies made 20
bucks worth of bait ...once I prove it works.
Click new batch of strips
8/17/12 Good luck to all chasing Great Lakes fish this
weekend. Seas are predicted to be OK for the trailer boat fleet ...with 1
to 3 footers
tomorrow off Manistee, MI. Saturday's wind/wave
forecast was just recently increased to 10 to 20 NW
Here's a fish report from website member, Kevin D
fishing out of Arcadia, MI:
Fishing has been good at Manistee, MI. Boats
that are dialed in are doing double figures on Kings.
Cold surface temps that was with us last weekend have
moderated towards the 60 degree range for inshore
Here's a fresh Manistee, MI fish report from website
member Darren H:
8/13/12 Special introductory pricing on the new 2013 lineup of
Super Mamba Tackle ends today at midnight. The
rainbow holographic shimmer is a dazzling light show
to behold. Fished with this new pattern on
8/8/12 & we took 5 fish in little over an hour.
8/12/12 Yesterday morning was harbor patrol for many Manistee,
MI boats. Temp came up high and the first major
push of Kings went up the Big & Little Manistee
8/11/12 Have a great weekend & enjoy yourself!
8/10/12 T.G.I.F again ...already? Posted an Alewife vs.
Meat Head with Herring photo. The end result is almost
identical twins. Hope this explains why meat is
8/9/12 Video update to show you the new 2013 Super Mamba Tackle:
Click for video debut: 2012 Super Mamba Tackle
Super Mamba flashers are specially priced thru this coming Monday with a buck, or two off regular prices. Interested? Click Here to Purchase
Plan A is to escape to Lk. MI for a few hours this
morning. Providing the seas the seas are
favorable for shooting video. Keeping the camera
still does provide challenges to make quality footage
if the boat is getting tossed around a lot.
Yesterday, fishing at Manistee, MI made a marked
improvement according to savvy charter boat skipper
Dick Donovan from
8/6/12 No local Manistee,
MI fishing reports from
yesterday. 20-25 knot winds kept the trailer
boat fleet onshore. Saturday was medium with
boats that fished a little N. 5s to 7s just N of
Big Point Sable was another OK spot this past
This means I won't be fishing today after FINALLY
making the time to do so:
8/4/12 Manistee, MI
continues to be lukewarm and has not shifted into high
gear yet. 8 to 11 fish catches by the charter
boats (I know of) was the norm yesterday. Look
for these numbers to double when the main herd of
Kings arrives off this port.
8/3/12 T.G.I.F. already? This week just flew
by due to
the workload making and shipping tackle. Being
too busy beats sure the alternative of not being busy
Fishing is all about fun. Fun and
fishing have a lot in common. They both start
with a f, both share the letter n, and the u in fun means
2 things on tap for today. First ...my
You Tube page crossed over the 20,000 views threshold.
Not too shabby seeing my You Tube efforts began on
working on a EZ cheap way to solve the ever present
issue of having a supply of bait to use with my
tackle. Used a meat slicer set at 3/8" thick to
cut the skin off some fresh Salmon by website member,
air drying Salmon Strips.
7/30/12 Little Point Sable S of Pentwater is still the hot
spot for limits of King Salmon. Ludington was decent from the
bath house to the big point. Manistee was medium
according to the scant reports I was able to come by.
7/29/12 Congrats to "Team
Burns Unit" and Capt. Steve Burns for their win in
yesterday's the Flint Steelheaders Ludington, MI
tournament. He won this event with the Smurf SUV
combo fished 10' off the bottom with whole red label
trimmed to fit aboard.
7/28/12 Have a great weekend and enjoy yourself.
7/27/12 At 2pm yesterday the temp break, or thermocline was
105' down off Ludington, MI's Big Point Sable.
This is attractor and reel-meat territory for sure.
Attractors can work at any depth, but come into their
own the deeper you have to fish.
7/26/12 This is the big
week for tournaments at the Port of Manistee, MI and
when fishing info tightens up. Stable to lower
gas prices and more Kings available since 2007 is good
news for all. Vast majority of Kings are cookie
cutter 13 to 16 pounders, but there are a few in the
19 to the low 20 pound range. Last year we
didn't see a steady diet of over 20 pound bruisers
until August. Then, it was game on!
Today's topic is fishing news. Little Point
Sable S of Pentwater was red-hot and that's where the
majority of the good catches came from in last
weekend's Ludington Offshore Classic. Big Point
Sable's Salmon action is on the improve according to
Craig from Capt. Chuck's tackle in Ludington.
This news is from yesterday. Hope to have a
fresh fishing report from Manistee long before this
7/24/12 Hats off to website member, Hawkeye for his
niece's winning 17.3 King in last week/weekend's
Ludington, MI recent Youth Tournament. Team Hawkeye
used Smurf Combo (12" flasher & 3 fly meat rig) to nab
the top spot for his young niece.
Began a topic yesterday focusing on the size of
this year's crop of King Salmon. According some
data gleaned from the Ludington newspaper, looks like
the average weight was up around 2 pounds a fish from
2011 winning catch weights.
Manistee, Mi's fishing has tightened up a bit.
Yesterday, even this port's big guns struggled to get
towards double figures ...after mostly EZ catching
from the Ludington, MI's Youth Tournament is fish a
plenty, but King Salmon over 17 pounds are in short
supply. A 17 pounder and change won the kids
7/20/12 Today's featured photo from Ludington, MI is self
explanatory. There's a fish fest in full swing,
...as this season continues to wow me. This
photo is courtesy of Pro Team Anglers Avenue awesome,
Capt. Bill. This crew hails from WI and drove
their boat across Lk. MI to compete in this week's
Click for their 7/20/12 catch
7/19/12 Lk. MI is going to behave itself for the weekend
warrior fleet beginning tomorrow. Friday,
Saturday and Sunday the seas are predicted around 1
foot off the Port of Manistee, MI. Wind will be
from the SSW and that should help move the thermocline
a little deeper. Last I heard the temp break was
high, like 40' and above due to N & E wind.
Going to do something I haven't done in a long time.
Today's update will be a testimonial by Brad R with
some nice words about my efforts
Ever feel the need to open a can of whoop ass on the
fish? Want to send a clear message to the fish?
Proud of your boat's name? Like stuff out of the
Semi postponed until later when I debut
personalized flashers with a message, or a boat name
that will be a hoot to fish with. Click
and muggy in Manistee, MI as scorching summer 2012
continues to blaze on. Extra deep the thermocline
in August probably is on the way
fun yesterday! Rewarded
myself with a brief 6 hour furlough away from the
shop. Hours on leave? ...being from 6am to noon.
Then, my Cinderella story from Manistee, MI came to an abrupt end and it
was back to reality of the tackle business.
Finally finished the Mag vs. Super Mag video. This
project has been dragging on since late June when we
shot the first underwater segment.
Just between me and you? ...my want to go fishing is a
burning desire held in check by my customers in need
of tackle wanting to do the same. Phenomenal
reports from Leland to Grand Haven, MI of limit
catches of Kings in the mid to high teens are coming
in. While I'm extra busy with making tackle,
shipping orders and shore bound.
Yesterday reinforced the story of the best laid plans
by mice and men often go astray. Got down to
business early, finished my work by 2pm, and cut a
trail for an evening fish at Ludington, MI.
Big Point Sable Weather Station BSBM4 reported a mild
7 to 11 knots breeze around noon (last time I
checked). Wave forecast was 1', or less.
7/10/12 Hope to hang the "gone fishing" sign at 2pm this afternoon if all orders are filled and completed. Customers deserve to have their tackle shipped fast and that's why we treat all orders as ASAP. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see if the pond won, or I was stuck in the shop all day taking care of business.
The weather has cooled off some, but not the fishing
for Chinook/King Salmon from Ludington to Frankfort,
MI on our side of the pond. Sheboygan to
Kewaunee, WI is doing good on the fish and probably
all ports in the N half of Lk. MI.
7/7/12 Taking Saturday and Sunday off. Regular updates will resume by Monday, or sooner if I can get the new meat head video finished and posted on YouTube.
T.G.I.F. in bold type and capital letters!
Been burning the candle at both ends way too long and
need some personal time off.
The surface temp on Lk. MI is rising ...common
sense says that. Learning to deal with what
"might" be in store for us this summer makes a good
subject for today's chat.
7/4/12 Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. Average daytime high temps for Manistee, MI at this time of the year is 75 degrees. When I updated this website last night around midnight it was a sticky 77 degrees at my house. In 2012 we've had more days in the 90s, or pushing 90 ...then the last 3-4 years in Manistee County.
Air & water temperature is the reel story from
Manistee, MI. 92 at my degrees place yesterday
for a high and it still was pushing 75 at 11pm.
Planning on fishing Manistee, MI this week?
If so? ...be aware this week is Manistee's Forest City
Festival where they setup a carnival with rides, etc.
at the First Street Public Launch. Making
parking for boat trailers and tow vehicles difficult.