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Wednesday August 5, 2020

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7/31/20 Arcadia, MI
31 lb. King Salmon!
Photo by Steve T

Installing 2nd Bilge Pump
Big mess & lots of work!

7/24/20 Manistee, MI
Next gen anglers & big grins!
Photo by Chris G.

55 lb. King Salmon
7/18/20 Dave B SE AK
Photo by Charlie K

Welded Double Trebles!
7/6/20 Lk. Ontario
Photo by Mike K.

7/5/20 Lk. Ontario King
12" Frog Meat Rig™ Combo

7/4/20 mid teener King
BTI 10" flasher/fly combo
Manistee, MI 7am 100 fow

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

8/5/20  Being an optimist, and Kings being scarce? ...this is could be due to the cold spring and the fish just aren't here in huge numbers yet.  Do know, as of last weekend, charter boats were targeting Lake Trout.  Have heard a few encouraging reports from S of Ludington.  So, let's wait and see how this plays out.
             Lakers are a excellent charter fish, because LTs are a bunch easier for customers to land.   Compared to doing battle with Kings Salmon over 20 pounds.
            There's is a common thread in the fish reports I seen.  When you're marking bait, there will be Salmon around it.  Only problem is, the bait is moving a lot from day to day.
             The China virus has severely limited my water time this year.  Compounded by no help in my shop which is attached to my house.  Hoping to change this soon.

8/4/20  Best news that came in from last weekend was Steve T's 31 pound King Lk. MI out of the Port of Arcadia, MI.  Steve's been getting a King, or 2 before going down on the deck in 100' of water picking on the Lake Trout. Click 31 lb. King
            While the King over 30 came on a competitor's spoon, Steve did share his best spoon is the XG-Ghostbuster Salmon Buster™ spoon 4.65 riding as a free slider.
            Steve has been part of this website going back to the early i2ks.  31 pounds is not his biggest.  If my memory serves me correctly, think he had a 34 pounder around 15 years ago.  Reel fact is? ...any King over 30 is a hard fought trophy!

8/3/20  Yet to hear an encouraging fish report as of last Friday from Ludington, or Manistee.  Seems the better King Salmon reports are coming from Arcadia, MI N.
             Picture in a picture shows how thick the hand laid fiberglass is on my 1979 22' Sea Ray.  Good boats are hand laid.  Cheaper boats use a chopper gun spray process.
             Story on the 2nd bilge pump install?  Had all the wiring, pump and switch for close to 2 years.  Finally, decided to stop procrastinating. Click picture in a picture

8/2/20  Posted a photo of work in progress installing a 2nd auto bilge pump.  2 years ago an auto switch malfunction.  Flooding the motor well and ruined the starter.  This happened when I got a dock at Solbergs Marina.  Now known as Pier 1 Marina.  We had an all night gulley washer measured in inches of rain. Click work in progress
             This won't happen again.  Installed 2 new bilge pumps with auto/float switches.  This required disassemble of the transom fascia to run wires neat and tidy.
             Back when I got a seasonal dock to charter, you got to know your dock buddies and everyone looked after each other's boat like it was their own.  If any boat had a list, you'd check their bilge when the owners were gone for a day, or 2.
             End result of losing the starter cost me the late season fishing (October) for Lk. MI Steelhead out of Manistee, MI.  This won't happen again!

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