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Friday April 3, 2020

Photo of the Day
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2019 April Lake Trout
Take Five's video

2020 1st Startup

Boat is fine after 2019 tune up!

Massive Re-wiring
Disassembly Mess!

Believe It, or Not?
Perch swallowed a soft plastic
bait a long time ago!

Photo by Kirk C.

3/13/20 Soldotna, AK
26 lb. King Salmon!
Photo by Capt. Jesse

1st Trip of the Season
3/11/20 Manistee, MI

World Debut

6 Rod King Spread
Proven fish catchers!
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Salmon Busters™ Great Lakes Info Tips and Trix Capt. John's Log

                                            Welcome New and Returning Visitors
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


COVID-19 can and will kill you stone cold dead!  If you do not take the necessary precautions?  Experts say the most likely way you'll become infected is from the air you breathe.  So, wear a mask, or at least a scarf when you have to go shopping.  Rubber, or Nitrile gloves must be worn too.  Bleach wipes? ...make your own by making up a strong 1 to 3 mix.  Stay at home.  Stay safe.  Keep at least 6' away from other people.  Treat everyone like they're carriers.

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

4/3/20  The fishing off Manistee, MI is great.  It's the catching that sucks.  3 boats on the shoreline yesterday, both N and S that all came home with the black kitty.  Water temperature on the beach has increased to almost 40°, but it's still silty with no fish.
             Working on re-wiring my 16' Grumman.  The end is in sight after another day, or two.  Wiring has never been a strong suit for me, but I do understand it. 
             Scrapped the factory wiring that will work out in the end.  Looks like buying the Grumman was a good move last year.  Click for rewiring 16' boat mess
             Easier to launch/retrieve and it looks like I'll have plenty of time to use it this year.  Tackle business is very slow and that's perfectly OK with me.  I'd rather fish than work any day of the year.  Fishing is fun and a heck of a good stress relief valve.
             MDNR has closed 3 public launches in Leelanau County being: Village of Northport, the Village of Suttons Bay, and the State launch at the end of Hilltop Road. 
                         Let's hope most launches in MI stay open!

4/2/20  Today's feature pic is from a video shot in 2019 aboard Wayne J's 16 footer.  I'm editing his 3 hour video down to 10-15 minutes.  This takes a lot of time, but I'm enjoying every minute of it.  Watching a seasoned 50 year veteran of the fish wars off the Port of Manistee, MI is almost as good as actually going fishing. Click WJ weighing a LT
             Yesterday, the MDNR planted 13,000 in Pere Marquette Lk. in Ludington, MI.  More browns are on the way for popular central Lk. MI port today.
             Michigan now ranks 3rd highest for COVID-19 among all states.  Arriving snow birds returning to Manistee from S and SW states please stay at home for 14 days.  Infection rate in Manistee County is relativity low.  Please, let's keep it that way!

4/1/20  COVID-19 has been predicted to kill 100,000 to 240,000 in our USA if everything is done correctly according to the experts.  80-90% of us that become infected will not require hospitalization and we'll get well at home. 
            Those over 60 with preexisting conditions are being hit the hardest.  Use common sense and heed today's warning, or play Russian roulette.  Click Russian Roulette
            MDNR closed both sides of Tippy Dam on the Big Manistee River, because fishermen were crowding together.  Look for more of closings at other major rivers where spring Steelhead fishermen tend to congregate.  This is wise move by the MDNR.
           Traverse City/Grand Traverse County is having community transmission of the virus according to Channel 7 & 4 News.  While cases in and around Manistee County are low, this is only the tip of the iceberg.  Click MI COVID-19 data
            259 people have died in Michigan.  Mostly in SE MI where there's a heavier population density.  Men die at twice the rate of women.  There's 7615 confirmed case of COVID-19 in MI, as of yesterday.  Probably 10 times this amount, because there's not enough tests available for the general public.  The best thing you can do is not become a statistic by using common sense and protective equipment.

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