5/15/14 Brown Trout
Small Brown, big Alewife
6/30/14 Looks like about a 8 degree
temperature break off the Port of Manistee, MI and other central
Lk. MI ports. Good thing is? ...this temp differential is
close to structure, or the drop-off/shelf where Lk. MI rapidly
6/29/14 Happy-happy Sunday! It
was hot and sticky at my place in Manistee County yesterday with
temps approaching 90 degrees.
6/28/14 Came to the wise conclusion
I'm a whole lot better at making/shipping tackle than I am at
fishing nowadays. Anyone can do Great Lakes fishing and
become fairly accomplished at it. All it requires is time
on the water to gather intel. My 3 to 4 hours a week I get
to fish Lk. MI is just enough to mount a serious threat to the
fish any longer. Nowadays, if I do hit the fish? ...it's
more a matter of luck, then skill.
6/27/14 Congratulations are in order
to message board member, Verdict aka Tim P for winning last
weekend's long running Manistee Bud Pro-Am in the Pro Division.
6/26/14 Made new hardtop action cam
mount with my 3D printer. Extension mount is from GoPro
modified to fit Sony cams. You cannot buy this custom
part. It has to be printed out. Raising the cam higher
will facilitate better downward/overhead angle to see the
riggers go off. Maybe the divers too.
Click 2014 hardtop
6/25/14 Just not much to report
today. Work, work, and work has me shop bound trying to
keep up with demand. Which is a good thing and sure beats
6/24/14 Target date for my next
fishing event is this coming Thursday afternoon. Water
testing prototypes that will be documented on video with my hat
cam, hardtop cam and 2 rigger cams. It's one thing to tell
a story. It's another to prove it on video.
6/23/14 Major progress on all fronts
by working this past weekend. Modified the arms on the
rigger cam weights. Next move is to water test and dial in
the object/lure being towed in the center of the frame.
Having 2 rigger cams will make good video that will be shared
later this season, or when time allows this fall.
6/22/14 Welcome to the second full
day of official summer of 2014. This is the weekend
Manistee's long running Budweiser Pro Am Tournament.
Decided to postpone today's water test trip to less crowded
6/21/14 P15-V5.BC is ready to get
wet sometime this weekend. Time will tell, but I feel like
I'm getting close to something that will revolutionize the way
we fish the Great Lakes. No one in the world wants to
share this with you more than me. Potential patent rights
prevent "letting this cat out of the bag" before the patent
process has begun.
6/20/14 Happy Friday! Going to
try to spent a digital free weekend. Computers have
invaded every section of our lives. That's fine for the
silent ones, but for computers we have to operate? ....every now
and then, a break is a good idea.
6/19/14 Results of our recent DNR
poll was close to a dead heat. 52% were negative with 48%
being positive. The bigger picture says 74% rated the
government agency from terrible to fair. Guess 48% is a
good number for nowaday's government.
6/18/14 Back-story to this past
Monday's fishing trip is we worked the weekend to get orders out
the door ASAP on Monday with no delays. Then, be home
early enough after the fishing trip to clear up any orders that
came in on Monday.
6/17/14 Sunday's SSE blow cooled off the
water at the Port of Manistee, MI. Anything over 200' of
water? ...you're in 40 degree water. There were deep meat
program fish lurking at 100' to 150' depths off the shelf, but we
were targeting higher fish where the light is better for
capturing fish hits on video.
Click John J
with 1st P15 King
6/16/14 Mr. Nice Guy, Ken W from KRW
trolling tackle stopped by yesterday to pick up some SUV heads
for his production needs. He shared, fishing is pretty
good, lots of drop back spawned out Steelhead with the best
fishing over 200'-250' of water.
6/15/14 Have a great Father's Day!!
6/14/14 Friday the 13th being
unlucky? ...for me, that depends how you look at it. Set a
web sales top day for 2014 yesterday. But that means I
cannot go water test P15 version 4 today, as originally
scheduled. Guess that's the unlucky part. I'm way
too dedicated to customer service and will be processing and
shipping orders today.
6/13/14 Friday the 13th, full moon
and Father's Day Weekend is what's on tap for today.
Superstitious people are spooked by Friday 13s being unlucky.
I'm not of this mindset, because luck is when opportunity meets
preparation and we do that ourselves.
6/12/14 Facebook is an excellent
subject for today. Totally don't understand why people ask
me to "like" their Facebook page. Kinda defeats the
purpose if you have to ask somebody to "like" you, ...doesn't
could never in a 1000 years ask somebody to "like" me, or my
Facebook page. It's just territory, I'm not comfortable
6/11/14 Busy building tackle and
revising P15 version 3 is how yesterday went.
6/10/14 Manistee's sport fleet never
got a second chance on Sunday to see if the Saturday's good
fishing would carry over. Strong N wind that kept the wise
6/9/14 Please take a good look at
today's featured Manistee, MI catch photo by website member,
Kimbo. You'll see only one for-sure adult, a King pushing
20 pounds. This was part of the problem with low catch
number in 2013, we had only one year class, 4 years olds to work
with. Juvenile King Salmon were a no show during 2013 in
6/8/14 Yesterday was the right day
to fish Manistee, MI. Several limits with some Kings
pushing 20 lbs. were caught by a lot of boats.
6/7/14 Manistee limit
6/7/14 Finally restocked with
Cortland's Black Spot Spectron 35# test Super Braid. Been
using this line since 1992 and haven't found anything that comes
close. If you're after maximum diver depth, strength and
long term performance, please consider.
6/6/14 Happy Friday! Please
vote and rate your DNR's performance. Negatives hold a
slight lead. Did see 6 voted excellent and came to the
conclusion DNR employees have a right to vote too. I will
leave this poll in-place for about a week.
6/5/14 Drill down data can expose
things we do not want to see! Checked out Manistee's once
famed Brown Trout charter catch numbers during March and April for the years of: 2011
(37), 2012 (99), and 2013 (38). So, for 3 year's of effort
the grand total, ...drum roll please, ...a pitiful 172 Browns.
Click to verify these numbers
6/4/14 Think it's a joy to be a
charter skipper and produce huge boxes everyday? Guess
again, cuz it's not!
Click 2013 reference material from the MDNR
6/3/14 Word travels fast when
fishing is good. Last weekend the spring King fishing in
Ludington, MI was firecracker red hot. Heard the sports
fleet had 2 and 3 person limits (5 Kings) in 2 hours, ...or
less? Now, that's commendable!
6/2/14 Stiff warm breezes to almost
30 knots from the S yesterday and today is improving the Lk. MI
water temp off Manistee, MI. 12 degree temp break of 62 to
50 degrees on the 25 W line 3 miles out on the shelf had to push
some fish in.
6/1/14 Welcome to June 2014. Cold water and not-so-hot-fishing is what I have from Manistee and Arcadia, MI. Temp breaks (vertical thermobars) are setting up and fishing will be on the mend soon, if it hasn't already?
Good day to pull boat maintenance with Lk. MI's cold water
conditions off Manistee. Outdrive lube need to be changed
and so does the oil/filter in the GM 350V8.
5/30/14 Yesterday was a good day. Saw firsthand
how cold the main body of Lk. MI is at the Port of Manistee, MI.
There's 37 degree water on the drop-off (shelf is 3 miles out).
Fished the off hours of 9:30am to 12:30 noon. In 3 hours
we marked only 3 fish 40-70' down over 100' of water. MDNR
census taker clued us in. Boats did 0 to 4 fish.
Morning bite was the deal. There was no later morning bite
John J, & I can attest to.
5/29/14 Up late last night making prototypes to water
test. It's been a 7 week learning curve to make decent 3D
models. It's joy to see a plan come together.
5/28/14 Fishing in Ludington, MI was hot-hot-hot this
past weekend. Impressive numbers of Kings were caught S of
this port in the 55s to the 53s by the "project." Fish
were taken in the warm water side the the break. Keep in mind,
this info is dated.
5/27/14 This past Sunday completed my water project to
the pole barn. Was outside from 7:30am till about noon.
Kept hearing what sounded like a bird chirping.
5/26/14 Memorial 2014. Please remember what this holiday is really about.
5/25/14 Long overdue hooking up water to the pole barn
is my job for today. Pipe is already buried underground
...just waiting fittings. Tying up projects will free up
some time in the near future for fishing/tackle testing
5/24/14 Unofficial start to summer is Memorial Day
Weekend and the signals the boating season is here. Play
safe and enjoy yourself, because you deserve it!
5/23/14 Manistee, MI
fishing for spring Kings has been OK. According to Bud,
owner of Tangled Tackle the best report yesterday was 48 degree
water inside of 50' towards Guerney Creek (6 miles S of
Manistee). This puts the fish on top of the shelf about
2-3 miles from shore. Spring Kings should be around
Manistee well into June the way Lk. MI is setting up with lots
of cold water in the main lake body left over from last winter.
Honesty is always the best policy. Truth is? ...been too
busy to contact sources about what's going on with the spring
Kings off the Port of Manistee, MI.
5/21/14 Plan was to go fishing today, but a surge of
orders has my OCD in high gear. Just can't take a day off
when there's fishermen waiting for tackle.
5/20/14 Received my Salmon Ambassadors notebook and
ruler from MI Sea Grant's, Dan O'Keefe. Went over the
instructions last night and everything looks pretty easy to do.
Good news, spring Kings were caught during Manistee, MI's Tight
Lines for Troops event this past Saturday.
Click to view on Facebook
5/18/14 Mentioned yesterday about strong sales to our
west coast's Pacific Ocean Salmon fishery. This is all
thru word of mouth. Not by advertizing there.
5/17/14 This is the time of the season when tackle
stores stock up, cause a May rush for us. Too busy making
product for anything meaningful today.
5/16/14 Posted a photo of Ludington, MI's Big Point
Sable Lighthouse for the scores of you who have fished this port
and perhaps are a little homesick for the big point.
5/15/14 Fished the shoreline of Lk. MI out of the Port
of Manistee, MI yesterday for Brown Trout. Trolled from the
harbor N to Orchard Beach State Park. That was a no go.
Pulled lines and drove S to Big Point Sable (approx 15 miles) to
leave no stone unturned.
5/14/14 Webstore is restocked with all the tackle that
sold out during 2013. Twilley Tips, rubber bands (in 2
sizes) and hook setups are ready to go.
Click tackle store
5/13/14 2 days to left to get in on our spring special
and purchase Clean Meat Rigs™. This product serves those
in Canada and New York who prefer to use just an attractor, or
flasher with a plain head that is the foundation of their meat
Click Clean Rigs
5/12/14 Nicest weekend of the year (thus far) took
place this past Mothers Day Weekend. I have no doubt the
fleet was out in in force at the popular S Lk. MI ports catching
fish. Should have a few reports to share with you
5/10/14 Have great Mothers Day Weekend!
5/9/14 Everything I've heard about this spring's Lk.
MI fishing is good. Kings are being caught in the southern
part of the lake at a much higher rate then 2013. This
year's crop early season Kings are more like 2012, with 12 to 15
pounds being the norm.
...Yum! is the title of today's chat and featured photo showing
3 gobies discovered during a stomach autopsy on the 6 pound
Brown caught 2 days ago. This Brown was stuffed full, yet
had the urge to whack one of our floater stickbaits.
5/7/14 Maiden voyage of 2014 was a success with all
boat systems performing up to snuff. Nowadays Great Lakes
fishing boats are incredibly complex vessels with marine
electronics such as sonar and auto pilots. Let alone your
main power plant and maybe a kicker motor that must come to life
after a long winter's snooze.
5/6/14 I'm tired of working, how about you? To
fix this too much work stuff, going fishin' sounds a helluva lot
better. So, that's exactly what I'm gonna do today!
5/5/14 Reports of few early season Kings being caught
on the beach has me wanting to go fishing. Even a few
Kings is 1,000% better than at anything from 2013 when Kings,
while large ...didn't make much of a presence known until later
best news I can give you is a few Kings are being caught in the
skinny water on the beach off Manistee and Ludington, MI while
trolling for Browns. It goes without saying, this is a
good sign for 2014.
5/3/14 It's all on the line! This thought provoking statement will be discussed soon.
5/2/14 Double T.G.I.F. as we completed out first month
back in business after this winter's snowball express had
me stranded in Florida a lot longer than planned for.
5/1/14 Shoreline trolling for Browns has improved off
the Port of Manistee, MI. Water clarity has recovered in
the last few days. Some Lakers are being caught too.
Water temp on the beach is cold for this time of the year, heard
4/30/14 Clean Meat Rigs™ are the reel-deal! This
was proved last August when a clean (no flies) Meat Rig™
out-fished the rest of the spread by a 2 to 1 margin. 2
and 3 fly rigs are killer unless you're at a port where meat
fishing is used by the fleet, like Manistee, MI. Pulling a
less encumbered presentation can work to your advantage.
4/29/14 Deer at my place are in
tough shape after a record 220 some inches of snow during last
winter. Gaunt skinny deer is what I'm seeing.
Click skinny 2014 deer
4/28/14 Rain for most of the week is what the
weatherman is predicting for Manistee, MI. Rain with temps
in the 40s and 50s will likely keep my boat shore side.
This will be the first April since 1980 I missed not on one of
our Great Lakes.
4/27/14 Good day to clean the shop that looks like a tornado hit it! Feature pic is a stickbait type lure displayed on the build table before the raft and support material is pulled away from the lure. Surprising enough this size 9 Rapala type bait floats. Going to look for some small screw eyes to hang hooks on it. Click 3D printed lure
4/26/14 I'm like a day behind on stories that match the daily featured photo, but first let's cover the California's Bodega Bay on our W coast. Andy F is a MI transplant that moved to CA a few years ago. Here's what he had to say, "
Here are a few fish I got here in Ca last your.
The pic with both my 2 boys in it was my 38lb 44" long caught on your XG blue bubble last July. It also caught 1 of those twin 30pounder in the other pic. This rig was my most consistent and was always in my starting lineup. Ill get some pics showing your bait this year for your web page. Click Bodega Bay, CA 30 pounders
I really like your rigs and it's really nice you have a hook options, because here in CA we cannot fish with treble hooks or any kind of barb. They are definitely top notch!"
Andy F. from Stockbridge MI
4/25/14 Fresh report from a Port Huron, MI tackle
customer said Lk. Huron had decent numbers of Kings and a few
Coho being caught S of Lexington, MI in the 15'-30' depths.
4/24/14 Lots accomplished yesterday. My boat is
water ready for the maiden voyage in 2014. Lures are
loaded, rods have new line, and the batteries are at full
charge. Next week looks like a reel possibility to chase
Manistee, MI's once famed shoreline Brown Trout. Browns
are not as numerous compared to 10-12 years ago.
Click ready boat
4/23/14 Major progress yesterday!! Made my 1st
models with my 3D printer in PLA. It was a very difficult
task to configure the software, machine, and level the bed.
These are just baby steps for designing new tackle for 2015, but
at least it's a start!!
4/22/14 Today's featured photo is about as
watching paint dry, unless you're me. Seeing my new
workforce come together will surely take the heat off me.
For the last couple-three weeks it's been just me doing and
building all the tackle orders.
4/21/14 Unexciting, but necessary for today is
training new staff to make attractor flies. Plan is to
instruct all 3 new employees at the same time to expedite this
4/20/14 Easter Holiday means a day off for yours truly.
4/19/14 Hired 3 new workers this
week to help build tackle. Been behind the 8-ball ever
since the 4/1/14 reopening of the webstore and playing catch up.
4/18/14 MDNR Platte River Hatchery Fisheries
Biologist, Aaron Switzer spoke on Traverse City's TV Channel 7
yesterday. He brought up the fact that this winter's cold
and extended ice cover "could" mean less of a growing season for
Great Lakes fish. In turn, resulting in possibly smaller
fish this season. This is makes sense.
4/17/14 Boat docks went in yesterday at Manistee, MI's
1st Street public launch. The City of Manistee is kind to
early season Lk. MI fishermen. History says there's no charge to
launch until sometime, ...usually in later May. Click docks going in on
4/15/14 Project 2015 begins with my new 3D printer to
build, design, & water test prototypes. Sent the 1st
printer I ordered back. It was cheaply built at under
Berra quipped, "it's
like déjà vu all over again" is a worthy theme for today's chat.
Exactly one year apart, today's photo shows the Kevorkian and
Super Silver Bullet BTI 10 inch flashers being the hot setup.
Kinda proving fact can be stranger than fiction factoring in the
Click déjà vu pic
4/13/14 Good day to stay unplugged from the internet.
4/12/14 Good news today from Manistee, MI! Brown
Trout are being caught!! Pier fishermen with fresh spawn
were catching good numbers. Trolling inside the harbor
(basin) is producing some fish for those willing to dodge the
ice. Brown report came courtesy of Capt. Tom R who caught
3 Browns yesterday trolling in the channel.
4/11/14 Triple T.G.I.F! "Whoa" is all I can say
after a very hectic week. Been on a hard git since
3/30/14, the day I left Florida for the state I cherish, MI!
4/10/14 Fishing check list for 2014 begins with a new
fishing license ...if you're a MI resident? 2013 licenses
expire on 3/31/13. Next is to have a current boat
registration that always seems to get lost in the shuffle during
rushed boat prep.
4/9/14 Made a couple of hundred Meat Rigs™ in the past
few days. Hands all tore up from pull testing knots.
This is a vital step in quality control that must be done.
4/8/14 Made a small bent in the backlog of orders
we're trying to get out the door. Hopefully, by the end of
this week we should be all caught up.
Click 4/7/14 orders
4/7/14 Sunny with temps in the 50s is how yesterday
played out. Snow is melting. Bare ground is finally
showing up. Possible 60s by Saturday for Manistee, MI.
4/6/14 Today's featured photo shows a completely
destroyed 7' blue spruce by hungry deer. Pines in the
background were hit hard too, with the bottom 6' of branches
gnawed off. Deer never hit these close to the house trees
4/5/14 Manistee, MI's deer population had to be under
stress during this winter's record snowfall of 220 inches at my
place. Deer chewed everything to nubs. All of my
pine trees were stripped bare 6' above ground level. Lilac
bushes that were never hit before are now just a clump sprigs.
bedded down 4/3/14
4/4/14 Cleared the large
snowdrift blocking the side door entrance to my workshop
yesterday. What started off as a heart attack mountain of
snow? ...got whittled down to a mole hill. Today, have
another big drift to clear to gain access to the storage trailer
where our Meat Heads are stored.
4/3/14 Just about ready to get on
with the reel-business of 2014. My home-office network of
5 computers will be connected today. This is a must to
4/2/14 Slept like a log last night in the Manistee National
Forest, MI where I live and it felt good! Being gone for
all winter was not the plan. Arrived home yesterday in
snow, ice & 18 degrees! There's 3 doors used to enter my
house. All 3 are blocked with 4' of next to impossible to shovel glacial frozen snow.
4/1/14 Tackle store is now open for the 2014 season. Looking forward to what this year's fishing offers us! Click for Capt. John's Tackle
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