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Saturday  October 16, 2021

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Frog Heaven
10/15/21 Strip Production

10/13/21 Spawning Kings
Pine Creek, Manistee, County

Big Manistee River King
10/1/21 photo by Chris G.

10/1/21 Ludington, MI
Capn. Kirk's catch
Photo by Kirk C.

XG-Frog 12" Combo
9/19/21 Burns Ditch, IN

8/19/21 Manistee, MI
Strip Teazer King mid-20s
Chris G. Grn. Frog 10" combo

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

10/16/21  Frog Heaven is today's title line.  Made about 140 XG Frog Strip Teazer yesterday afternoon with the new injection machine.  Being able to inject on the Z axis made for a smoothly-blended 2 color line.  Click Frog Heaven
                Prior, some 2 color shots were semi streaky and no consistency.  The fish didn't seem care, but I did.  Today's production goal? ...120 XG Kevorkians.

10/15/21  Have a great weekend.  Cutting it close on strip production with waning daytime high temps.  Chilly last night at 43°.  Today and tomorrow are being devoted to dialing in the new injection machine ordered last December. 
              Finally arrived about a month ago.  Stuck with 2 pricey plastic injection machines for now that could end up a "good thing" in case one goes kaput.

10/14/21  Cell phone died recently.  Went thru a bunch of failed fixes starting at the SIM card that was replaced.  Conclusion? ...the fail was in the cell phone itself and lost files.
                As I jot down today's chat, I'm backing up all of what's in my documents folder.  Ever though, there's auto backup is turned on.  Having all the important stuff on 2 spare hard drives is a lot better than 1.  Losing all my company/personal  files is a not!
                Lots on the upcoming agenda.  Have to cover the spawning Salmon in Pine Creek for the 15th consecutive year.  Our annual poll began in 2003 on your" best method for adult Kings" will be featured too in the not too distant future.
                To be a success in the fishing business there's no such thing as "overnight."  That's why many charter operations and tackle business become not viable.  When grandiose plans meet reality? ...many are forced go out of business.

10/13/21  Between a rock and hard place with strip production.  Need inventory to last us thru next April by estimating demand.  My guesstimate is our strips will have increased demand from the fleet that put them on trial last summer. 
                So, there is a decent number of fisher folks that know they work.  In our favor is there was zero herring, or herring strips available last August.
                This made me look a lot smarter than I am.  Do know there's plenty of work that needs to be done.  Plus, brand new color selections of Strip Teazers to be added.

10/12/21  I keep mentioning Strip Teazer production for 2022.  Today's pic is 400-500 strips in the drying/scent process.  This is a 4-5 day air drying deal that can't be hurried.
The drier the strips are? ...the more herring scent will be absorbed during packaging.  This is probably the most important step in the whole scheme. Click strips in production
                This is not a hard job.  However, this is a time burner with most of effort devoted to mixing and heating soft plastic.  Injection part goes quick.
                Every time I open a freshly poured mold and see good quality parts/strips?  There's a lot of personal satisfaction seeing this was only a brainchild a year ago.

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