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Wednesday  April 17, 2024

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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

4/17/24  Finished the 1st wet action test with P2024 that was better than hoped for.  New bait has a winning  enticing X wobble and the up-down top to bottom rocking motion of a Rapala, as seen from the surface.
                Video record was a success.  Audio was an epic fail.  Mic was a brand new Rode that pops and cracks, rendering the sound track useless.  Must get on the water and do underwater video.  What's seen from form the surface is not what a fish sees.  But this iwas great motivator to get the boat wet ASAP.

4/16/24  Going to a swim meet with P2024 today.  Have 2 configurations, both with variances for fine tuning.  5 months ago this idea took root that has the potential to be a game changer on how you fish big water.  Will be doing video to cover this historic occasion, as I watch my baby crawl out of the crib.
                Did a thorough web search to find how much pollen descends on Lk. MI with no luck on hard tonnage numbers.  So, I need to keep looking.

4/15/24  The dreaded tax day.  Deadline to file personal taxes is April 15th.  If you've waited this long?'re ranking as a master procrastinator  zooms to the top of the heap.  I file business excise tax, state sales tax and of course personal taxes.  So, I'm no stranger to tax day deadlines.
                Working on an overlooked topic of pollen that goes beyond allergies.  Lk. MI is not a bottom up food chain.  It's enriched from in-flow and what the wind provides.  Tree pollen is dense in my area of Manistee, MI.

4/13/24  Cleared out all tasks to budget time devoted to P2024.  The P will either stand for pain in the ___, or progress.  If all goes according to plan might be able to get in some preliminary water tests.  Monday's chat ...I hope is filled with optimism and not back to the drawing board.  Want this lure to be the ultimate best creation I've ever designed.  Time will tell this reel-story ...hopefully!

4/12/24  Posted a photo of the new mic system mentioned a couple of days ago.  These wireless mics are a lot smaller with rechargeable lithium batteries.
                This is a GoPro 12 with the Volta handle that can provide over 4 hours of run time.  Plan is to make this my hardtop cam to capture all rodular activity in the back of the boat.  Like the word, rodular?  I made this one up on the fly during a charter back more then 20 years ago.  Click GoPro and mic

4/11/24  Manistee, MI's fishing report grapevine runs at 5G.  It's been amazing quiet with not many fish being caught as of yet.  This echoes the weekly MDNR fishing reports too.  Good fishing spreads like a 10G wildfire.  Slow fishing is when we get the silent treatment, because nobody likes to admit losing.
                New plan of attack for P2024 is on maneuvers.  Typical for me? ...after I explore/try every way how not to do it, success will happen.  Defeat only makes victory that much sweeter is the way I have to look at it!

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"Simply has a edge through knowledge and ability of having broken the lock jaw barrier with his own bag of tricks on a regular basis....
& good sense of humor."

Guy Ellis-The Outdoor Guy "Manistee News Advocate" 
Feb. 2000

"King of the Charter Boat Skippers"

Tom Huggler 
"Fish Michigan" 
March 1999
"The action on Lake Michigan continued at a frantic pace... the crew went on to land 7 Kings (Chinooks), 1 Coho and 9 Lake Trout on the half day Charter." (17 fish)
Dave Richey 
"Sunday Detroit News" 
August 1984

28 lb. King  Pacific Ocean
3/13/21 Soldotna, Alaska

3/13/20 Soldotna, AK
12" White Lightening Flasher
26 lb. King Salmon!

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