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Monday  February 17, 2020

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Grumman 16' tin boat
Before photo of the helm

1# mono, file and UV Light
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2/3/20 Manistee, MI
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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

Spring's not that far off and it's time for our tackle deals again.  There's 4 all in one inclusive proven fish catching tackle specials with up to 25% off.  Free shipping if your order exceeds 125 is another value added bonus.  These are limited time offers.  All of our past deals have sold out.  It's just a matter of when. Click 2020 specials

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

2/17/20  Photo of the helm in my 1998 Grumman16' aluminum boat is today's subject.  This is the before pic without the sonar, radio and new hour meter.  Will post the completed project when the weather allows more work to be done in the pole barn.
              This is the important business part of the boat when instrumentation monitors gas level, charge/discharge, trim/tilt, VHF radio, rpms and sonar GPS.  Just because a boat is is borderline vintage, don't mean it can't be nice and up-to-date. Click for helm pic

2/16/20  Everything should have a budget.  Mine for 16' Grumman aluminum was to keep the cost below a 1000 bucks for the electronics.  Bought a Raymarine Element 9" screen late last season on sale.  Raymarine is excellent at upgrades for their operating systems.
              Elements 2019 model had a download to update the OS.  Zip file was opened and transferred to a micro SD card.  Now all that needs to be done is insert the SD card and go to settings to get the most up-to-date OS. Click update files
              GPS VHF marine radio, antenna, and hour meter recently purchased keeps me below budget for topnotch equipment for the eagerly anticipated 2020 season!
              If your sonar/GPS unit has a SD card slot?  Some manufacturer will have updates available for their older models.  So, it pays to check their website.

2/15/20  Posted a photo of one of our 2020 tackle specials listed as "must haves."  You need good monofilament line at a fair price.  Been selling Triple Fish mono for over 10 years with zero complaints.  Boated spring Kings at, or over 20 lbs on 15# Triple Fish mono. 
Everyone needs a top quality line.  Making failure not an option.  Click for this pic
              Diamond hook file that requires 2-3 light touches at shallow angle to turn a hook sticky needle point sharp is a part of the deal too. 
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              Included is a 51 LED UV black light for instant glow lure charges.  Best I've found so far.  A pound spool of mono, hook file and UV light is a heck of a deal all 39.95!

2/14/20  News from the S end of Lk. MI is boats are catching Coho at St. Joe and New Buffalo, MI.  This is the opening shot of the 2020 big lake season and the earliest I've heard boats in action.  This info came to us thru the weekly MDNR Fishing Reports email.
             Long range weather says the end of next week we'll be pushing 40°.  Weather for now is a yoyo with single digit cold snaps and above freezing temps. 
             Do know I'm feeling a sense of urgency to get both my boats ready.  My target launch date is March 15th, or as soon as the City of Manistee puts a few docks in.

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