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Friday  September 24, 2021

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Sunset on 2021
Bye summer, hello fall

E Platte Bay Coho Limit
Kayak caught
Photo by CBull

XG-Frog 12" Combo
9/19/21 Burns Ditch, IN
Photo by John Z

XG Frog Strip Teazer
8/19/21 Manistee, MI

9/19/21 Burns Ditch, IN
Nice King 4.65 SB Froggie

Photo by John Z

8/19/21 Manistee, MI
Strip Teazer King mid-20s
Chris G. Grn. Frog 10" combo

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

9/24/21  The sun has set on summer 2021 earlier this week, as we transition into fall. 
48° at 4pm yesterday here in Manistee, MI confirms this fact. Click 2021 sunset
              My view of the Salmon season comes from a narrow lens from limited time on the water.  Do know this year was an improvement over past lackluster seasons. 
Increased across the board tackle sales were up is one of the indicators.  Keeping me onshore making tackle and shipping orders.  My tackle business always comes first!
                Have a great weekend, because you more than deserve it!

9/23/21  CBull was kind enough to share his success with us from last weekend.  He caught his 5 Coho limit last Saturday out of a kayak from E Platte Bay in Benzie County, MI.  This was no small feat that required a lot of work on his part dealing with getting up and down the Platte River gravel bar mouth.  Click Cbull's 5 Coho limit
              This is a task.  Been there, done that in the 1960s thru the 1970s.  The feds used to dredge the mouth.  Keeping a channel open with a crane dragline bucket.  They have since discontinued this.  So, you're on your own if you want to fish there.

9/22/21  Want to revisit John Z's 9/19/21 trip out of Burns Ditch in Portage, IN.  The hottie was the XG- Frog in a combo deal.  He ordered more and I sent him a bonus froggy spoons to try.  The 4.65 XG-Frog Salmon Buster took the biggie in his 5 Salmon catch.
              My point is?'s hard enough to find one color that's working.  Proving the same pattern in combos and spoons can work as a team.  That's why I strive to have all our meat rigs™, flashers, spoons and Teazers in the same colors. Click Frog Combo King
           This is further reinforced with the 8/19/21 photo of a 10" Frog combo with a XG-Frog Strip Teazer that has not been posted before.  Click for this combo with ST

9/21/21  World debut of a new line of tackle, as we expand our soft plastic lineup.  We have floating 4 eggs clusters and single eggs in the 8mm size.  Floating soft plastic is the most expensive there is to purchase in raw form.  Click new Salmon Eggs
              For river and stream use, neutral buoyancy/floating just a few inches off the bottom is where you want your offering.  That way, a fish don't have to move to eat it.  All they have to do, is just have to open their mouth.  Then, it's game on.
             This product was a no-brainer for us to start up.  We already have all the colorants and machines that can make eggs.  Expense was the outlay for egg molds.
             Not sure on pricing until we do a cost breakdown.  Waiting on packaging that should be in-house before the end of this week.

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