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6/16/24  Happy Father's Day!

.6/15/24  Gut bucket report from Manistee, Mi is rather bleak.  Unless you're a Lake Trout devotee. Not many Salmon as you can see with most of them being dinks.  Guts in the garbage bags are from charters dumping entrails in the community bucket. Click gut buckets
                There's a silver lining in every cloud.  Less Kings caught now means more for the summer fishery when the sports fleets comes out in force..  Thanks to Wayne J for the pictures.

6/14/24  Today's fishing report from Manistee, Mi is a lack thereof.  Hardly any sport trailer boats are using the 1st Street Launch.  Have gutr bucket photo and empty parking lot I'll post later.  Wayne J took this pictures.  Just completing an all nighter painting Black Mamba flashers and need sleep now.

6/13/24  Best fishing news I could find points us today to Lk. Superior with a record breaking Coho being caught.  Lk. Superior is our fastest warming lake.  Bait fish have seen increases that grows bigger predatory fish.  Lk. Superior's waters are pristine.  Thing I liked most there was no crud on the bottom like we have here off Manistee, MI.  20 some years ago Lk. MI's bottom was clean, but that's changed in the here and now.  Click record Coho

6/12/24  To complete Monday's chat is about the way the Lake Trout fleet fishes.  4 dipsys, all dragging on the bottom are producing most of the LTs on a 25' leader. Diver cuts s trench, clearing a lot of the bottom crud we did not use to have.  Then, the last part of the fish battle must be hand-lined to the net. 
                This is not my cup tea that semi defeats the sport of rod and reel angling.  Know I can hand-line a King over 20 pounds a lot faster by hand, then with a rod and reel.  Done this before when pressed for time at dark.  It's easy for me to be critical, but in the charter business you do what you have to

6/11/24  No Manistee gut bucket report today.  Final decision on tooling for P24 has my time spoke for.  This is a major expenditure that must be spot on.  There is no going back when $1000s are on the line.  That will in-turn put fish on your line.

6/10/24  The party line for Manistee's instant fish hotline is the gut bucket at the cleaning station.  Wayne J reported at 10am last Friday morning there was 2 dink Kings and one pushing 10 pounds.  Add in about 20 Lake trout that we being cleaned at the time by a charter skipper.  The sports fleet is just not into dragging dipys on the bottom with 25' leads that means the fish must be hand-lined in.  Know it works, but just not enthused with the tactics.  More on this tomorrow...

6/8/24  Have a great weekend.

6/7/24   Today is the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.  I asked my dad why he fought in WWII.  He said, it was so I didn't have too.
                Also, this weekend is our MDNR's  free fishing weekend, along with other perks.  Click MI 3 free accesses
               Free fish weekends were always easy to book in the charter business by removing the cost and hassle.  Any time is a good time to introduce new people to our sport.

6/6/24  The central Lk. MI fleet is doing a lot of fishing.  Not so much on the catching part, as suspended Kings are scattered and hard to come by.  Time will cure this when the bait begins to form along a a yet to be established thermocline.
              MI Sea Grant did deep trawls in 2023 and pulled Alewives off the bottom in 450' of water.  This is beyond the reach of the fleet.
              Spring Kings came and went about a month earlier then the norm.  Let's all hope it does not end a month early this summer.


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