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Monday  July 15, 2024

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7/12/24  Manistee, MI
Wayne J's 27.7 lbs.

30.8 lbs. King Salmon
7/4/24 N Lk. MI
Photo by Top 40

7/5/24  N Lk. MI
Washington, Il, WI

6/20/24 Fairport, MI
XG Frog Combo King

6/20/24 Fairport, MI
Blue Maui King

NFL draft days
Bud & Dr. Stephanie

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

7/15/24  On medical leave until further notice.

7/14/24  Fishing looks like it's pretty decent off the Port of Manistee proven by today's photo of Wayne J. hoisting a 27.7 lb. King.  Click jumbo King

7/11/24  Taking some time off as I work thru some medical issues.

7/10/24  Today's featured photo of a 30 pounder explains why we spend so much time and treasure chasing Great Lakes Salmon.  Jumbo fish of this weight are usually over 40" in length.  My personal best is over 46". Click Jumbo King
              Fish was decent yesterday morning  out of Manistee, MI according to Wayne J and his buddy.  They caught the early bite and landed a mixed bag that included a King pushing 20 pounds.  Location was the tourist waters off the port to 2 miles S in 100' to 150' of water.

7/9/24  Top 40 charters caught a 30.8 lb. King last weekend on the 12" Blue Maui combo.  Too early for WI's big deal KD derby.  Lots of cash in this event with weekly/daily winners.  Derbies like this level the playing field for all boats with a minimum of rules.
              Lk. MI multi fish tournaments no longer require observers on every boat.  No umpire  onboard leads to controversies that are hard to document

7/8/24  Back about a week ago an ignorant person with ill intent hid behind *67 to side track caller I.D. on our phones.  After calling me everything but a white person, started spewing Howie Flies came up with mear rig™.  This dummy didn't know about the website archives by machine
            You can see in 2005 meat rigs was listed on  It matters not who believes, or don't. This is my trademark.  The US government recognizes me are the owner.  I'm sure the Tangled Tackle camp was behind this with the worthless piece of lying dog crap, Chris Ingalls pulling the strings.  He poked the wrong bear.

7/5/24  Here's 4th of July fishing report from Craig C:

John,  Happy 4th. Lines in the water from 5:30-8 this morning. Put 3 in the box. Temp was deep with the break over 110 down. Went with a meat program. The John J 135 down took a big king early and went again with a decent laker over 225 fow. Took another big king a on black mamba glow with a clear meat head/red teaser meat rig with an led light. The frog flasher combo went and lost that one and lost one on a ghostbuster 225 back on a mag dipsy. The frog meat rig also was modified with a led light. Regards Craig

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