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Friday  October 7, 2022

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17 lb. Steelhead
10/4/22 Ludington MI.
Photo by Kirk C.

8/11/03 George Metzler
Inventor 3 Fly Rig (far right)
Cut Bait Seminar

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9/17/22 Platte Bay Coho
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9/2/22 Arcadia, MI King
LED 4.65 Green C.I. XG
Photo by Steve T.

LED Krystal Salmon Buster
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8/18/22 Frankfort, MI

LED Krystal Salmon Buster
Multi colored LED Spoon

Photo by Craig C.

Salmon Busters™ Great Lakes Info Tips and Trix Capt. John's Log

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"You've just discovered the most extensive information available to the Great Lakes Angler and Charter Fisherman I've been able to put together so far. Please keep in mind, there's well over 150 different pages. Full of my original content containing a complete encyclopedia fishing tips, past results, photos, You Tube videos, Facebook posts, tricks & how to's. Only here, are the constantly evolving techniques to consistently catch more & larger fish are revealed in an easy to read & understand format" ...Capt. John King

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

  Wrapping up a good week.  Incremental process with our soon to be trademarked Rip Teezers.  Sent in the money and paper work 7 months ago.  If goes as planned, that will be 4 US Gov. trademarks that cost about a grand each.
             Protecting a brand is nothing to take lightly and separates me from the fly by night copy cats that plague the tackle industry.  Been associated with Salmon tackle going back to 1968 and know the quick buck pirates don't have staying power.

10/6/22  It's ironic that the thing I'm probably best known for meat rigs™, is something I never wanted to do, because it's low production time consuming work.
              Found out the fatal flaw in the Twinkie Twinkie rigs was one continuous string (40 lb. mono) from the bead chain to the hook (2 knots). 
              The 40 mono was good for maybe 5 fish.  Then, leader frays meant a complete re-do.  Spent many a night to have rigs ready for the next morning.  Solved this defect with a replaceable leader, but that made twice the knots.  Added double snelled trebles that added more time/work.  This was a godsend to keep the main 3 fly string pristine.
              My plan was to just make heads and let others make the meat rigs™ which I coined in 2004.  Trademarked these 2 words that's marketing nirvana.  Meat rig™ is trademark is like Kleenex that used over a board swath of tissue products.

10/5/22  Going back to August of 2003 there's a long story on how I came up with 2 iconic words of the Great Lakes Salmon fleet, being meat rig™.
               Metzler creator of the 3 fly rig named it, Twinkie Twinkie Cut Bait Rig featuring Rhys Davis heads.  These heads didn't last long under charter high fish output. The hole in the tail ripped out after about 10 fish.  Davis heads were flimsy & needed constant attention to get the correct roll.  Davis had total monopoly on strips in the early i2ks.
              My plan with Metzler was to supply him with heads in 2005, because the work that goes into making 3 fly rigs is very time consuming (till this day, never wanted to make 3 fly meat rigs™).  Metzler, who was also a charter skipper chose to stay with Rhys, or he wouldn't have had bait to sell from his tackle store.  The meat wars were just beginning.
                               To be continued tomorrow.....

10/4/22  With me? ....making meat work was an expensive 4 year process dating back to 1999.  Biggest cost was the frozen herring I had air freighted to MI.  I bought every type of bait head & flashers that were supposed to work.  Most of this stuff was absolute junk.
              The path to where we are now, began in 2003 when I started running 3 fly cut bait rigs.  This improved when I added the fish shaped flasher. Click Geo Metzler
              Hit it big when I started buying 3 fly cut bait rigs from George Metzler, who invented these rigs.  Purchased a lot from him who lives in New York.  After he saw the demand, I invited him to fish with me out of Manistee, MI on 8/11/03. 
              So, this was no overnight instant success story.  George was an immense help.
                                     To be continued tomorrow.....

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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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