July, August & September 2013
9/30/13 Discovered actual
be stranger then fiction when I looked up the best
selling tackle in 2013. The only double aboard my
boat in 2013 came on the Kevorkian and SSB. Both
of these patterns are world exclusives to my tackle
Low and behold, when I checked the overall sales numbers Kevorkian Glo was number 1 in the 10" BTI flashers & Meat Rigs®. SSB aka Super Silver Bullet was the best seller in combo deals. So, as luck would have it, my only 2013 2-fer was on these 2 very popular selections. Believe it, or not? Click for photo verification
P.S. Photo taken show the SSB combo as white due to overexposure in a rush to box these fish & get lines back in the water ASAP. Tomorrow? ...more best sellers.
9/29/13 A technical web server glitch delayed today's topic. All is better now ...finally. I'll catch up with you tomorrow with our best selling tackle during 2013.
9/28/13 A good weekend to take
care of the yard and garden before the weather turns
cold. Last October it got cold early with no Indian
summer. This made the Manistee winter seen like it would
never end, cuz it never warmed up until May. Then, it
was like flipping a light switch in more summerlike
weather with no spring gradual warm up.
9/27/13 5 days into the fall
season and the leaves are beginning to fall. Most
trees at my place have yet to show any color yet.
With the bow season open right around the corner lack of
any leaf drop will hamper visibility.
9/26/13 Michigan has a
tackle history rich with iconic manufacturers.
Helin became famous for the banana shaped Flatfish that
came out in 1936 based in Detroit, MI.
9/25/13 Stuck in the too
much to do mode to do anything meaningful for today's
get together. Busy is OK and sure beats the
alternative of nothing to do.
9/24/13 Closing date for my
webstore is 10/7/13. Extended planned close date a
few days to accommodate today's news. Business has
many paths. The one I've chosen is not to reorder
any base product for our existing lineup for 2014.
Reason behind this is to make room to work on new tackle
for 2014, or 2015. I have a proven track record
for making tackle that works. This only happens
thru a long drawn out design process.
9/23/13 A fish is a fish, is
a fish. What appears as likely food to one specie
pretty much applies to all species of all finned
predators. Case in point is today's featured photo
by Larry showing a walleye that hit a Meat Rig™ and one
of my 12" flashers. Plus, Larry's 'eye was taken
down fairy deep on a rigger.
Beach, MI Walleye
9/22/13 Lk. MI is predicted to have 1 to 2 footers tomorrow. Need to ready boat from summer mode with the enclosure off (side curtains-backdrop) to fully enclosed. No matter what the shore temperature is, temp on aboard boat is governed by surface temp of the water. 2 footers are on the high end of what I can shoot video on. Movies are meant to move. Not the camera jerking all around, causing jitter. Which is amateurish to watch. Have 2 downrigger cams now and plan on using them next time off the dock.
9/21/13 A big thanks goes to
SteveO for passing along the info from WI's Strawberry
Creek egg harvest facility. According to the WDNR
the average weight of Chinooks, of King Salmon captured
last year (2012) was 11.5 pounds. With most fish
being rated as 3 year olds. It will be interesting
to see how much the average weight will be this year.
9/20/13 10 days and counting
before we close up shop. This will allow time to
do a new photo gallery page of the 2013 Lk. MI Kings.
The 2013 season is best explained explain with ...less
is more? Meaning less King Salmon available with
9/19/13 Probably, I don't give
myself enough credit. Preferring to have my tackle
speak for itself. Today, that's gonna change,
because after replaying my few August trips
one thing was clearly evident. My original Diver
Diggers™ and Super Snubbers™ work together flawlessly.
Digger equipped divers with my snubbers turned 80 plus
percent of ALL diver hits aboard my boat into landed
Click to purchase before I close up
9/18/13 Last Saturday was
decent for those that fished off of Manistee, MI as I'm
coming to learn. Best news is the small immature
King in Derek L's catch. Small Kings where in
short supply at this time last year. I probably
won't be able to fish until I close the tackle store and
shut down on Oct. 1st.
Click for Derek's 9/14/13 catch
9/17/13 Seems things are looking up with Lk. MI's late season fishery. Here's a good report from Onekama, MI's charter boat, Sandpiper III this past Saturday:
"John, Caught 8 fish last Saturday morning off Onekama and had 12 bites. We took fish from 120-420 feet of water and all the fish were in the top 50 feet. The best action was mid morning over 400 feet of water. The good news was that our catch was made up of one dandy adult Coho (14#), 1 small coho, 5 kings from 2-14 pounds (next years) and a steelhead. I love fishing this time of year when the weather permits as the fish are actively feeding and they are great eating. Capt. Kevin H."
9/16/13 Below are the MDNR
Chinook/King Salmon plants for Manistee, MI in a year by
year format from 2009 thru 2013. Please note the
major reduction in the 2013 plant.
9/15/13 To dispel any rumors
to the contrary, rivers and streams in Manistee County,
MI are not loaded with Salmon. The rumor mill was
churning out reports the fish ran early. This is
strictly conjecture from those wanting to sound like an
authority trying to reason out why the summer Salmon
herd of 2013 was a lot thinner then in previous years.
9/14/13 94 degrees in Troy,
MI to 33 degrees this past Wednesday to scattered
frost in today in Manistee, MI shows the wide variance
of temps we have in MI.
9/13/13 Over the weekend I
will compile the number of Kings/Chinook Salmon planted
over the past 4 and 5 years in Manistee Co, MI.
Then, share this number with you this coming Monday.
Sometime in late October the MDNR lists the number of
Kings taken at the Little Manistee Harvest Weir.
It will be interesting to see the percentage return
9/12/13 My condolences to
the Butterfield family for their loss when MI State
Trooper, Paul Butterfield was shot and killed about 15
miles from where I live in Manistee County, MI.
And all us for that matter for living in a society where
we cuddle criminals that use firearms to commit
senseless acts of murder with 3 hots & a cot for life.
Whatever happened to an eye for an eye for justice?
Click here for more info
9/11/13 As this season winds down
...it's time offer a yearend sale before I close the
webstore in October not to open again this year.
Plans for 2014 depend on a lot of things.
Presently, I have more ideas then workable
solutions. Have had feelers concerning selling my
tackle company again. But that's happened before ...only
to lead to a dead-end after I invested a lot of time
9/10/13 Still lots of
fishing left as today's featured WI pic proves.
Steelhead will be the big deal now and juvenile Salmon
until it's gets to miserable to fish into November.
Drawback to fall fishing is wind, wind, and more wind.
9/9/13 Salmon fishing during
2013 was hit and miss for the most part. Seen this
coming when Kings were scarce and hen's teeth off
Manistee, MI in October 2012. Generally, fall
fishing is harbinger what will take place the following
9/8/13 Looks like there's going to be a window, or 2 this coming week for me to get off the dock. I vastly underestimated the amount of work and time that goes into shooting video with mini action cams. This year has been spent mostly conquering a steep learning curve. Then, there's issues of battery life and how many minutes that will fit on a micro SD card. Got that stuff figured out. Now ...I just need calm seas to put it all to use.
9/7/13 Wind and wave
forecasts at best are sketchy. Before leaving to
fish Manistee, MI you can check the Station BSBM4 at Big
Sable Point, MI for real-time data. Then compare
real-time wind data from Station MEEM4 in Manistee's
harbor. These are great tools that can be
accessed anytime on the internet.
9/6/13 Here's a great family
story from Port Austin, MI:
Had planned on fishing today. Maybe
to lumpy to shoot video is my major concern. This
year has been difficult trying to capture video. 3
elements have fall in place.
9/5/13 Considering many
options for next year:
9/4/13 Let's go with one of my recent emails for today's chat:
"Hi John, Just thought I would send you a
picture of my first 25 lbs. king. I was in Manistee on
Sunday. It was caught on your new green mamba BTI
on a wire Dipsy. I bought it at Tangled Tackle in
Manistee. Have a great day, Mike"
9/2/13 Have a great Labor Day 2013!
9/1/13 Recent wind shift
from the N to the NE, then E, then back to the N again
has for sure moved the down-temp higher. Adult
Kings that were staging off Manistee, Mi's Orchard beach
State Park could have a easy road to run the river.
Today will probably be "yell at everyone" harbor combat fishing, if my hunch
8/31/13 Loose notes: the
late bite did not exist. Big pods of bait came off
the bottom around 8pm that was the end of us catching
fish on the evening 8/39/13.
8/30/13 Finally! ...had the
chance to spend 9 hours on the water & assemble a few
notes. Yes, there are Kings to be caught in
Manistee. Yes, they are giants compared to past
years. The truth is: these big guys only got big
by less competition for the food source. Meaning
NOT the double digit limit catches we've became
8/29/13 Fueled by a heavy
workload, today is the opportune time to put this
website on autopilot and take a break from the normal
routine. Normal is work and too much work is no
good. We all deserve a day off every now and
Captain John, Here is a picture of my big fish of
the year caught last Friday night 8/23 just off Silver
Lake Sand Dunes in 65 FOW 40' down at sunset. |
8/27/13 Congratulations to
Team Sandpiper III anchored by skipper, Kevin Hughes for
winning last weekend's Pro Division in Frankfort, Mi's
Benzie Frenzy Tournament. Their 10 weighable fish
came in at 165 pounds for a healthy 16.5 pound average.
8/26/13 Results from this past
weekend says most of the fleet did not fish yesterday.
There's a S blow that's still in progress reshuffling
where the fish are going to be.
8/25/13 Here's what Derek L
had to say about fishing Manistee on 8/24/13:
8/23/13 NOAA wind and wave
forecast for today and tomorrow is decent. Sunday
the wind builds to 15 to 25 knots and stays brisk thru
this coming Monday. Last week of August-first week
of September usually offers good numbers of Salmon.
Heavy on the word "usually," cuz this year nothing has
been usual when it comes to weather.
8/22/13 Yesterday was the
first warm wind we've had in Manistee County, MI in a
long time. August 2013 has been cool for the most
part with a lot of N wind.
8/21/13 Situation with the
commercial trap nets off Ludington, MI is not good.
Little River Band tribal fisher, Thomas Brattice 47 was sentenced to
prison for 5 to 15 years for 2nd degree CSC.
Brattice's operation has several trap nets around
8/20/13 Port reports I'm
privy this past weekend's results were mediocre at best.
Some pulled the black kitty aka Mr. Skunk to 7 fish per
day. Please keep in mind, I report what the
trailer fleet is catching, not what the charter boats
are doing. Charters are on the water everyday and
that's where they have the upper hand to more fish.
8/19/13 Last week's N blow
made catching tough off Manistee's shelf last weekend.
Harbor was producing some hog-sized Kings during first
and last light. Manistee's staging Kings that
were, or are holding? ...have migrated up the Big &
Little Manistee Rivers.
8/18/13 Happy Sunday!
Enjoy the big King Salmon photos. It might be
years before we ever see Lk. MI produce this many large
Salmon. And? ...the best has yet to come.
Last week of August-1st part of September should be
icing on the cake for this season's hogs!
8/17/13 In case you don't
know it? ...the 2013 season is making big King Salmon
history. Never in the 13-14 years of this website
has so many photo Kings over 27 pounds have been sent in
(emailed) to me. Seeing Lk. MI 30 pounders and above used
to be a rare occurrance with maybe 1, or 2 a season
being posted on this site. Think the count this
year is 3 with plenty of time left for more to be
Click Adam's King
8/16/13 Warm spell is on the
way with temps to the mid-80s for central Lk. MI.
Warmer only comes with S wind. S wind shoves warm
water in and drives the fish deeper. For
knowledgeable attractor fishermen having a deep
thermocline puts the odds in their favor. Adult
Kings get reel-stupid when they're congregated at depths
of 90', or more.
8/15/13 Tuesday's N blow ran
a lot of cold water inshore off the Port of Manistee,
MI. I have no doubt the harbor was the place to be
yesterday morning. Then, after the lake rolls the
harbor becomes a diminishing return when all the easy
fish as pick off.
8/14/13 Personal shout out
and thanks to Derek L for today's 22 lb. King pic taken
off Manistee, MI yesterday. This fish is 10 pounds
lighter then a 32 pounder he caught a couple of days ago
on Traverse City's E Bay. Have a photo of his 32
that will be posted down the road. Readers have
been keeping this website well supplied with current big
fish photos that I appreciate very-very much.
Derek's 22 lb. Manistee King
8/13/13 Here's yesterday's
fishing report from Arcadia, MI:
8/12/13 Have positive news
about catching King Salmon at Traverse City, Leland,
South Fox Island, Frankfort and Arcadia, MI. Still
waiting for Manistee and Ludington reports. But
have no doubt these 2 ports are producing as well. More
info when this website is updated with more fishing news
as it becomes available.
8/11/13 Posted a prime
example of this year's Kings courtesy of longtime
website member, SpoonTang. His fish weighed 26 and
change. All packed in a girthy bluegill styled
short frame. This fatso jumbo Salmon hit a BTI 10"
flasher pulling a green fly caught out of the Port of
Onekama, MI not too long ago.
this awesome fish
8/10/13 The flat oval
Cortland Flea Flicker 30# line tracks with less
blow-back than regular round 30# test mono. Made
it a point to see how this line performed on our recent
8/8/13 am trip. I was skeptical about this until I
seen it for myself. We trolled 100' to a 150' down
with minimal blow-back behind the cannonball. Far
less than conventional 30# round mono. This was a
pleasant surprise for me.
8/9/13 Please take note of
the Salmon stomachs photo today. Hungry, growing
Salmon engulf a bait and are easier to get a hook into.
Full blown adult Kings? ...these fish are in the hit,
nip & rip mode and cannot swallow a bait ...due to their
stomachs being shrunken and displaced by a large
8/8/13 Planned topic of
eaters vs. biters is postponed until tomorrow.
Around 4am yesterday morning we had a thunderstorm with
winds in excess of 60 mph come thru Manistee, MI.
This storm knocked down our power lines. We were
without electricity for most of the day. The juice
finally is back on now, but I have a backlog of orders
that did not get shipped. By this afternoon all
orders will be shipped.
8/7/13 Posted a screen
capture photo from the Aviation Wind and Weather link on
my Great Lakes Info Page. This is the page I rely
on before fishing. Click for
8/6/13 Thanks to everyone
for emailing in their photos of their King Salmon to
almost 30 pounds. If you haven't seen your photo?
It's because I have a backlog of huge fish pics!
8/5/13 Recently discharged
(3 days ago), Iraq veteran, Army SPC 2 Brian L
fished Manistee, MI's Small Boat/Big Fish Tournament
this past Saturday with TTR, aka Todd the Rod.
Todd's boat is a 27 footer and this event was for boats
under 25' in length.
8/4/13 Catching a Master
Angler King (over 27 lbs.) is quite an accomplishment.
is a feat that raises it to the next level. That's
what website member, Craig C did by his lonesome
Click Craig's hogasaur King
8/3/13 Shifting strong winds
in late July has slowed the catching for my home boys in
Manistee, MI. The trailer boat fleet struggled
this past week targeting King Salmon. Over 20
pound King Salmon are common place, but numbers are not!
8/2/13 Fished out of the
scenic Frankfort, MI on 7/31/13. Lk. MI was kind
enough to reward us with a eater King for our morning
effort. Fished N to Pt. Betsie. Then, N
around the corner into W Platte Bay. Finally
ending up in E Platte Bay before returning to port
around noon. This was a lot of water to cover in
just 6 hours (plus 30 miles).
8/1/13 Let's start off
August on the right foot with a heck of Lk. Ontario port
report from Capt. Chris S:
7/31/13 August is tomorrow. The month all Great Lakes Salmon fishermen anxiously await. Get ready for the 2013 crop of larger Kings then we've seen in several years. The deal is there's not huge numbers available, but when you hang one it's gonna be goodie! You might want to consider spooling up with 30# test if you use lighter string. 20# test gets sliced on a rigger wire pretty easily when a big guy gets spunky behind the boat.
7/30/13 Happy Tuesday!
Mixed up winds to and past 20 knots this past weekend
makes me glad I'm no longer in the charter business.
Bait and down temperature shift with the wind. So
do the fish you're after. Making it a game of hide
7/29/13 Manistee County
Sport Fishing Association putting on a small boat (25' &
under) big fish tournament for the amateur fishermen
this coming Saturday, August 3, 2013. Weigh your
best 5 fish in one day deal that doesn't cost an arm and a
leg in fees.
7/28/13 Did some thinking
about the big Kings to and past 30 that are being caught
in Lk. MI now. Recalled 2002 in my charter days
and that year we had a lot of adult Kings that broke 30
pounds. Correlation is: that was when the water
fleas were nasty thick and Flea Flicker mono was a must.
Do water fleas contribute towards growing larger fish?
7/27/13 Installed a
navigation button at the top of this page to the Indian
commercial trap net locations off Ludington, MI.
This is a printable page for those who troll the water
from Big Point Sable to Pentwater. Stay clear & be
safe! Click Ludington nets
7/26/13 N blow ran brought a
lot of cold water inshore and slowed the fishing off
Manistee, MI. They're still catching fish at this
port everyday with Kings over 20.
7/25/13 Ordered more Flea
Flicker, first load went out the door in 2 days.
Talk to anyone who's fished LK. MI lately and they'll
tell you how bad the bugs have been. Lk. MI ports
from Chicago to Frankfort have jumped on this line to
cure the bug problem!
7/24/13 N wind to 30 knots
off Big Point Sable more, or less cancelled yesterday's
fishing. The few that did fish out of Manistee, MI
yesterday am hit the fish between Guerney Creek and the
big point before big seas made fishing miserable.
7/23/13 Manistee, MI's shelf
about 3 miles due W of the harbor was good yesterday.
my new HD video with tips and tricks for avoiding line
7/22/13 It's game on at
Manistee, MI. Deep water 350'-600' was decent
7/21/13 On the 7/1/13 update
mentioned prime time for adult Kings at my home port of
Manistee, MI begins around the 20th of July. Like
on cue, Kings did return to their throne off Big Point
Sable. Yesterday, the fishing made a dramatic
7/20/13 Fishing was
cancelled yesterday by Mr. Stout Wind. He decided
to huff and puff at 20 to pushing 30 knots ....making
huge seas that kept the fleet dockside.
7/19/13 What's wrong with
Manistee MI's shelf (drop off)? How come it's not
producing up to it's past standards? Simple
answer, it's all water temperature related. The
shelf is warm water then it's a sharp break to cold
water with little comfort zone for fish and bait.
7/18/13 Hot spell with temps
in the 90s loaded with humidity is a good reason to take
the day off from normal duties. Welcomed cool down
for this weekend is on the way.
7/17/13 Recently, spoke with
Capt. Craig from Capt. Chuck's Tackle Store in
Ludington, MI. about the amount of water fleas going
back to my last Friday's Pentwater fishing trip.
7/16/13 Installed the option
for Diver Diggers™ modified to fit Slide Divers at my
web based tackle store. For Diggers that fit
Dipsys and Slide Divers
7/15/13 Beneficial offshoot
to my recent trip to fish out of the Port of Pentwater.
MI once again taught me about sea fleas to clogging line
7/14/13 Fishing out of
Pentwater, MI last Friday evening was decent for this
year. We hit 4 fish from 6pm until we pulled lines
Click TTR with a sun downer King
7/13/13 Fished for about 4
hours out of the Port of Pentwater, MI. This is
one of the few Lk. MI ports I hadn't fished out of until
Click Pentwater pier heads
7/12/13 If the wind stays
down? ...could get out on the big pond this afternoon.
Even if the fishing isn't all that hot? ...time spent
aiming the rigger cams can be accomplished. Having
the meat rig/flasher centered in the frame is a must.
7/11/13 Here's a clever
story in the form of a customer review/testimonial:
7/10/13 Featured photo is a
38 pound King on our W coast caught using Super Mag Heads.
It's interesting to hear from anglers from all parts of
this world sharing the common denominator of ...the
Click saltwater W coast King
7/9/13 As this season zooms
towards primetime for big adult King Salmon be prepared
for fish in the 20 pound class and above. Heard of
more than a few over 26 already being caught off my home
port of Manistee, MI. These jumbo tackle busting
Kings are big fun.
7/8/13 Last day for the new digger video before it's moved to Capt. John's Log. Fishing improved a tiny bit off Manistee, MI recently. Fish slid up the shelf in the 120' to 75' depths. 1 to 3 a boat is what I'm hearing from the trailer boat fleet for a 1/2 day. The few fish that are being taken are early/late low light biters. Reports say lots of bait.
7/6 & 7/13 Have a great weekend. Weather is on our side to enjoy the outdoors
7/5/13 Yesterday, had a
great time putting the new Diver Digger™ video together:
7/4/13 The stars lined up
correctly and was able to get on the pond (Lk. MI) out
of the Port of Manistee, MI for a few hours last
7/3/13 OK, it's official now
with TV channel 7 in Traverse City, MI reporting
fishing sucks on Lk. MI so far in 2013. Well, they
didn't say, "sucks". Their words were, "slow."
Which in essence ...means the same thing. Then,
channel 7 interviewed a few fishermen that gave
opinions, reasons, or excuses why the catching is
7/2/13 Back a couple of
weeks ago, the
W MI Fishing League
held a tournament out of Holland, MI with big bonus points for Brown Trout.
Kevin's box of Browns
7/1/14 First half of 2013
will not go down as a banner year for Lk. MI. Look
for a dramatic improvement in the second half.
Don't judge a book by it's cover, as this season has yet
to unfold. Adult Kings available in the 3rd-4th
week of July is the benchmark.
Continued below back to the year 2000: