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Monday  January 20, 2020

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Manistee Launch 2019
Ice out photos

5/17/18 Atlantic Salmon
Just N of Big Pt. Sable
Mis-identified as a Coho

New 60 hp 4 stroke Suzuki
 Major Upgrade over 40 hp
OMC 2 stoke Evinrude

Brown Trout Autopsy
5/6/14 Full of Gobies

Steelhead Stomach
11/3/15 Insects/Bugs
Where's the Alewives?

World Debut

Smart Spoon Proof
Tricked this one into hitting!
2020 Smart A.I. Spoons
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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

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

1/20/20  Hope to debut a couple of preseason tackle specials for 2020 on, or around Super Bowl Sunday.  Specials will include what I run  on my boat for summer Kings that you've seen proven here in 2018 and 2019, or in my videos.
              Windows 10 with our Zebra thermo printers has been a fight.  This printers were state of the art in 2004 and still are in my opinion.  There's no easy fix, because Zebra has discontinued support for these printers/shipping label makers.  Finally, some hours later got them up and running perfectly like they were before the Win 10 OS switch.

1/19/20  My last Lk. MI trip of 2019 was on October 30th.  Noticed the high water at Manistee's 1st Street public boat launch.  Click Manistee launch March 2019
               Water was maybe 8" from flooding above/over the ramp into the lot.  Normally, water levels are the lowest of the season in the fall.  Not so last year.
              It remains to be seen where we're at with Lk. MI water levels this spring.  What brought this to mind? ....was Kewaunee, WI closed their launch to high water last year.
         Backyard snowometer guesstimation is at 52" for the 2019-2020 season.

1/18/20  Dodged a big bullet when I found the free upgrade tool link that I shared yesterday.  Was prepared for a clean Win 10 OS install, or start from scratch, then stuff existing programs into each of my network's 4 computers ...not a fun task!
              Some programs that are only available as downloads like my video editor and 3D printing software would have been a big hassle.  This would have required reactivation emails and reentering product keys. Click free Win 10 download tool
              It will be nice to get back to making tackle.  Good riddance to computer hell week that's took up the last 3 days, including 2 all-nighters.  2am till 8am my satellite internet does not count towards the metered monthly 20GB usage.

                     Not having to buy 4 licenses of Win 10 Pro is a godsend.

1/17/20  Pressed for computer time today.  On the 14th of this month, Microsoft discontinued support for Windows 7.  In the process of upgrading this box to the dreaded Windows 10 ...I thoroughly dislike.  If you're in a pinch to go to Windows 10, you can still download it for free according to PC Matic's newsletter.  I'm testing this now and it has downloaded Win 10 Pro OS with zero grief!  Click free Win 10 download tool
             Win 10 is a 5.6GB download that will take a long time.  Be sure to backup all files before attempting this upgrade.  Other than fish, computers are the most important part of my business.  Everything is controlled by the love-it, or hate-it box.
             Found a shell program that can turn Win 10 into Win 7 start screen that I like a lot.  For me, it made transitioning easier. Click Win 10 to Win 7 screen program
             Like within all things in computerville, you do so your own risk.
       Backyard snowometer guesstimation is at 42" for the 2019-2020 season.

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History in the Making

"Simply has a edge through knowledge and ability of having broken the lock jaw barrier with his own bag of tricks on a regular basis....
& good sense of humor."

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

"King of the Charter Boat Skippers"

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

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