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Wednesday December 7, 2022

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Trick Camera Weight
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FireDot LED SB 4.65
New for 2023
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Blinking Bozo
New for 2023

New Packaging for 2023
LED spoon package deal

LED Red Light
New for 2023

2023 LED Spoons
Screws, not pop rivets!

LED spoon King
Good numbers in the future


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


Blue, Grn, Red, Multi

21st century tech LED tackle is here. Our water auto activated  LED spoons lighted with a Lithium battery is good for approx. 200 hours. We have  LED trolling flies & 10" LED BTI Flashers too. Tested last summer for the 2023 season.  Spoons are now made with machine screws, not pop rivets.  LED lights can be changed aboard.  Click for LED spoons

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

12/7/22  Pearl Harbor Day that forced WWII on us.  We lost over 2000 souls when the Empire of Japan attacked us by surprise.  I'm sure Japan now knows this was a mistake.
              Bad juju with the new Consent Decree that involves tribal fishing.  Have not seen the official document yet, but gill nets from Empire to Leland, MI are on the table.
              This whole deal is very complex, because the poorly worded Treaty of 1836 ceded fishing rights to the tribes.  Hard to negotiate when the other side has all the cards.
              Consent Decree of 2000 was a pure ___ show in Manistee, MI with Little River Band of Indians stealing millions of dollars for phony trap trap businesses from the MDNR.
              Commercial and sport fishermen is an ongoing eternal battle.   Sport fishermen supports the fisheries with license fees.  Commercial fishers just take.

12/6/22  Flashing green LED light did not provide much of a charge in our X-Glow spoons.  Maybe 10% to the outside.  Need to test the multi, blue and red before final judgment.
              For 2023 our LED flashers are no longer pop riveted.  Machine screws and nuts a big step up for replacing a burn out LED light just like our spoons.  Need to update the web page to make this info more available.

12/5/22  Running a test to find out if the LED lights can actually charge our X-Glow spoons.  This being done in a darkened room with a XG Mean Green as a test subject.
              Test will last 2 hours in a glass to mimic time in the water.  This would be a heck of a bonus.  If the flashing green LED provides glow properties to the spoon?
              Spoons won the annual fall poll as most popular.  Part of this reason was not a sustained deep thermocline in our busy central Lk. MI ports last summer.  Top 50' of the water column is spoon territory.  There is a draw back to the top 50'.  Being the early-late bite accounts for the majority of Kings in the box.  100' deep fish tend to bite all day.

12/4/22  Underwater video of Kings down 120' to 140' is total crap after my latest review.  YouTube uses compression codex to shrink file size where detail is lost.  Especially, if what you're working with isn't all the great in the 1st place. 
             Published in 720p in 2013... when even more detail was lost.  Know I have the original 1080p file size that's a heck of a lot better then what's there now.
             Biggest gain if I can improve the clarity  is watching how the fish swim up and down.  Hope to have this re-edited soon of the hidden world of King Salmon.  720p movie was the direct result of a slow satellite internet due to the time it took to upload large files.  This is no longer a issue with my Spectrum bad boy fiber optic service.

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Guy Ellis-The Outdoor Guy "Manistee News Advocate" 
Feb. 2000

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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

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12" White Lightening Flasher
26 lb. King Salmon!

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