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Saturday June 6, 2020

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

6/6/20  Some take ways not mentioned on my 1st Lk. MI trip of the season begins with as strong N bound current along Manistee's shelf.  Surface temp was 66° with the thermocline that looked to be down around 50'.  If the wind/wave direction was not from the NW? I'd have setup in 50' of water to know I didn't run past the fish.
             Manistee's shelf 100'-150' is either hot, or cold, not much middle ground.  With the Kings being scattered down to St. Joe, it's more luck than skill locating fish.

6/5/20  Fished out of Manistee yesterday early evening from 6pm till 8pm.  This was my first trip of the 2020 season on Lk. MI.  Reason for a short trip? ...wife became ill and there was no need to push her towards seasick misery.
             It's amazing how good a GM 350 V8 runs when all cylinders are firing.  Found a bad spark plug last fall and did a complete tune-up.  Starts a lot easier too.
             Fished from the 16s S to the high 13s in 100'-150' and didn't mark enough fish to feed a hungry barn cat.  Boats that fished the morning shift did decent on Kings.

6/4/20  Out with the old and in with the new as my new 2020 boat launch sticker gets installed in my truck.  Looks like the stars have lined up for an afternoon trip.  1st of the season on Lk. MI out of my home Port of Manistee, MI.  Click launch ramp pass

6/3/20  Bits and pieces on the status of the 2020 early season on Kings says 15 to 20 pound fish are being caught up and down the MI coast.  From St. Joe to central Lk. MI some fish are being caught which is an improvement over last year at this time.
             Still recuperating from yesterday's heavy work load of orders.  Generally, the 1st part of any month tends to be slow with orders picking up in mid month.
             Work is keeping me onshore and that's OK.  Don't relish the idea of solo events with a light 3 rod spread.  Used to running 6 rods that allows for some error.  Cut that in half and you're relying a lot more on luck than skill.

6/2/20  Squashed with tackle orders today.  Catch you tomorrow.

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