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Tuesday  July 5, 2022

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24 lb. King Salmon
Full view big fish!
7/2/24 Ludington, MI
Photo by Chris G.

XG-Frog combo 24 lbs.
Froggie Rip Teezer strip
7/2/22 Ludington, MI
Photo by Chris G.

6/29/22 Frankfort, MI
Alewife die-off continues
Photo by Allen I.

6/21/22 Rogers City, MI
Silver Bullet BTI Lakers

August Glow & Bozo Colors
Big Kings are on the way!

5/29/22 Onekama, MI
Spring King Salmon

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

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"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

Blue, Green & Multi

21st century specialized low-light LED tackle is in the works.  Flashing LED lights have a Lithium battery good for 200 hours or more.  We're at hard at work adding trolling flies, Meat Rigs™, spoons, flashers to our 2022 LED tackle line-up.  Goal is to have everything in place by 7/15/22 for prime time Kings.  Standby, more soon.  Click to purchase

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

 The 4th of July is known for awesome fireworks like what happens on your boat when an over 20 pound King comes to the net.  These are massively huge fish akin to trying to land a runaway freight train.  That's what today's featured photo shows!
            There's not many states in our USA that present the opportunity for world class freshwater fish that the Great Lakes does.  This is a blessing! Click over 20lb. King
            Seen the peaks and valleys in our King Salmon fishery and we're definitely on the  upswing after some pretty lean years.  This is exciting, as we get closer to primetime.

7/4/22  Ludington, MI port report from 7/2/22 from Capt. Chris G:

"Fished Ludington last evening.  Went 5-6 in that 170-ish water. 250'-350' copper took fish.  Dipseys and rigger took some too.  Pulled a strip teaser on a mag dipsy 180' out on setting 2 and had a hard rip of a 24 lb King: Click 24lb. Frog/Rip Teezer combo
            This will make you feel good.  Same one we used last fall.  And it’s the same strip. Thank you so much. We had a riot had one 22, 24, 18 and 15.  Not many people had fish last night and if they did? ...the fish they had were small."

7/3/22  Are flashing LED lights a novelty, or a serious fishing catching tool?  My answer is both, because these 200 hour Lithium battery LED mini lights just hit the market recently. 
            Water tested on a 4.65 Salmon Buster spoon and proven to catch.  This just scratches the surface.  Easy add to trolling flies and meat rigs with the 2 spilt rings with the line threaded thru.  Know our meat heads will turn the additional weight of the mini light.  Suspect other brands will not.  But that's their problem, not mine.
             Have a jig being made to make LED 4.65 Salmon Buster spoons that's about a week out.  This is 21st century low-light tech that does not rely on duration of charged up glow.  Have a short video of our spoons proving this works that will be posted soon.

7/2/22  Guest update:  "John. A quick note with some news to share with you. We fished today out of Frankfort.  Fishing was slow for adult fish (we landed one fish (about 16 pounds) but we hooked and released a dozen or more juvenile king salmon.  The real surprise was the number of dead and dying Alewives.  Literally countless acres of fresh dead and dying smaller (mostly 3 to 4 inches, but some over 6 inches) alewives about a mile off shore in 62f surface temp water.  Attached are photos that captures a tiny tiny sliver of what we trolled through."  Capt. Allen I. Click for size of Allen's bait

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