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Hallet trip Ed
Evans charter The
Fished with Derrick Gress with his friends Don, Mike, and
World Famous Doug "Cutie Pie" Acker. The
fishing was superb again with hungry Cohos swarming on our
lures like Killer Bees. The bite was on at daylight and
we couldn't keep lines in the water. We had at least 20
strikes in the two hours we spent on the lake before building
seas chased us back to port.
When we pulled lines at 8:00am we had 9
Cohos checked into the fish box and a King that was visiting
with them for a 10 fish total. Today's guests were out
for a good time and I hope I fulfilled their wishes on a trip
of short duration. It's better to quit while we were
ahead rather than toughing it out on bumpy or lumpy Lake
The laugher on the boat outweighed the fish box as
Cutie Pie dug his heels in on the diver rods and landed 3
dandies. A great time was had by all including myself,
and I needed it after yesterday's Kamikaze Salmon War. Click
here for great fishermen on a short charter.
Doug Junior, Doug
Hallet Senior, Orrin Hoblyn, Dave Keezer and Tracy Hill caught
with us today. Dave, Tracy and Orrin are Nebraska
Corn Huskers and seen Salmon fishing beyond belief. We
must of had plus 40 strikes and way to much action to
describe. We landed 20 fish, 9 of which exceeded 20 pounds and
9 Cohos that averaged 9 pounds.
Slaughtering big numbers of fish to satisfy
guests takes to fun out of it for me. I'm glad that the 14
additional fish we had hooked got away because Senior had to
go to K-Marts for a bigger cooler to transport fish home and
there was way to many fish to clean anyways.
Let me say, I'm not proud about
what happened on today's charter. Overkill will no
longer be an option, I'm imposing a 15 fish limit on my trips!
And you can tell I'm suffering from Fishitis! Click
here for a massive overkill dockside photo. Today
was my own fault.
Charter with Cindy and Mick was even better that the day
before. Tremendous is the word that best describes what
happened today, we smacked the fish in rapid flurries. I
had to pull duty on the third rod of a triple header that
turned into a quad, when I discovered the rod that I was
dealing with had 2 10 lb. plus Coho thrashing all over the
surface. That's right 2 Cohos on one rod! While
the Sheasers were doubled down on big Kings, Jeff Pefley slid
a net on the first Coho then the second net on the other one.
By now we had 2 Cohos on the floor with
Cindy and Mick's Kings approaching the netting zone.
Fast net action by Jeff put the double header of Kings in the
fish box, 4 fish in the boat before all the rods were
set...mind-blowing! The fishing was awesome, we ended on
a triple header that almost seemed common place and pulled
lines at 8:55am and headed home with 5 Cohos and 6 Godzilla
sized Kings to 25 lbs.
In the two days Cindy and Mick fished with
me they had 23 Salmon hooked up and put 22 of them in the
boat. Let me say "you won't find any better fishing
folks than these people." Also, they've reserved
the same 2 days for next year. Click
here for a great dockside photo!
Cindy and Mick
Sheaser were my esteemed Charter Guests today. These
folks know how to fish--and never, I mean never, lost a hooked
up fish. With anglers on the rod like the Sheafers it's
easy to look good. Cindy dealt with huge line stripping
jumbo Kings that almost wore her out, but she hung in there
and landed every bad boy that messed with her!! Mick did
fantastic as well, heeding all instructions to the letter
because we had 3 double headers to deal with. His
assistance was needed and appreciated.
Constant fish on was
the order of the day, from 7:00 to 8:30am the strikes came
hard and fast, because the Salmon were on a hard bite in
Tunaville. Fantastic or incredible best describes the
fishing on this charter. And guess what? I even
get to have more fun with Cindy and Mick tomorrow in search of
The fish box weighed in at over 170
pounds with 7 Kings to 23 lbs. and 4 Cohos that averaged 10
lbs. for an 11 fish total. Click
here for a heavy Tunaville trophy board.
"Limit Out" Ed Evan once again graced us with his
fishing prowess today. I swear every time that man steps
aboard my vessel the fish are in a super cooperative mood.
The charter was a Fishfest for Ed Evans, Capt. Chris
Carey and myself because there was no one else on the boat.
When Ed got bored from landing fish he let me and Chris have a
go at reeling in those nasty bad boy Salmon that dwell in the
depths of Lake Michigan.
It was a superb outing for a threesome with constant
fish activity until we pulled lines. Ed is tournament
leader and always is great company, plus the trip went very
smoothly. We hung 15 fish on the meat rack which
included 1 Laker, 1 Brown Trout, 5 large Kings and 8 Cohos.
Estimated live cooler weight was in excess of a 160 pounds.
Oh, by the way I never lost a fish
today when Ed was nice enough to let me have a turn, but I do
know a couple of other people on the boat who did. But,
I won't mention any names. Click
here for an "awesome meat rack" 15 fish limit catch.
Brodie and friends were today's Charter Guests and these
fisherman got to the rods quick. They
had about 20 strikes and landed 10 fish including
3 Kings, 5 Cohos and 2 Brown Trout for a 10 fish total and
decent box of fish.
Details on this trip are sketchy
because Capt. Mark Pefley and Capt. Chris Carey ran the trip.
After yesterdays going 2 for 13 on the early morning bite, I
was fit to be tied. A day away from the boat is what I
needed, because of my intense schedule (everyday). Both
Captains teamed well together and deserve praise in doing a
great job on my day off.
Click here for their trophy board photo.
Charter Guests were Brian, Bill, Andy and Don Brown. I
had my hands full on this trip, losing 11 of our first 13
bites. I had called a meeting about 8:30am and told the
fisherman if we were going to end up with a good box you'd
better start putting them in the boat. Excitement had
caused to many missed opportunities. After the meeting
the anglers performance level soared. We went in a 6
fish run without misses. Brian and Bill picked up on the
proper techniques first, boating several hard fighting Salmon.
Andy and Don caught on quickly and began building a heavy fish
We had at least
30 bites on today's charter and a 20 fish limit could have
been there, but it was my day in the barrel to lose a lot of
fish. Fantastic Salmon action was the rule with not long
between hits. We ended up with nice mix including 6
Kings, 2 lake Trout, 1 Steelhead, 1 Brown Trout and 6 Cohos.
A 5 specie Grand Slam was had on today's outing.
for Grand Slam photo.
here for trophy their board photo.
Cara and Brad
Chicky, a great couple from downstate celebrated Brads
birthday today by limiting out on Salmon. Their box was
awesome even exceeding the 15 fish limit they boated with me
last year at the same time. The size today is the reel
story, the 6 Kings ranged in size from 21 to 26.5 pounds and
the Coho went from 8 to 10.5 pounds.
Oh, let's not forget mention they had 4
double headers and landed every single fish that was hooked
up.....fantastic!! After a foggy morning and more fish
that would fit into the cooler we pulled lines and headed for
the barn at 10:45am. More that enough fish were landed
to satisfy everyone on board including me. A very
special thanks goes out to "Quick Rick" for helping
out as guest first mate. He preformed admirably and
never missed a fish with the net......outstanding job Rick!!
here for their awesome meat catch photo!
8/23/00 Fished today with
"Quick Rick" Pritchard and his father Ray, plus
Eliott too. The morning fishing was god awful terrible
because of a severe thunderstorm that lasted through most of
the night. After 2 hours of fruitless trolling we as a
group decided to throw in the towel, regroup and hit it again
in the evening with a different plan.
We left the dock
around 5:00pm hoping for better action than the morning and it
wasn't long before we were into fish. Eliott caught a
large King and Ray did likewise. Both these anglers
landed their largest fish ever this evening. "Quick
Rick" helped out immensely with the rod tending duties
and landed some good sized fish too! We ended up with 8
fish for our efforts today that included 3 Coho, 4 Kings and a
Steelie. What happened here today is that we saved what
otherwise could have been a poor trip. Click
here for trophy fish photo.
Ben Nietubisz today was accompanied
by Al and Norm Buchner. Ben started the day by pushing
on me for a limit catch instead of just being happy with what
the fish gods would be willing to give us. Al and Norm
were just plain happy to have an opportunity to catch some
fish, which they did in a grand fashion. Everyone dealt
with large Kings and Coho also. Norm did a fantastic job
on a 12 pound Steelhead that put on a flashy show for us on
here for Norm's Steelhead photo.
Ben turned out to be a natural and this
Salmon thing and was lighting quick at the rod and knew how to
bring 'em to the boat like a pro! Al landed several nice
fish with the wisdom of the old man in the sea. We hung
12 fish on the trophy board which included 5 Cohos, 5 Kings to
24 pounds, a Laker and Jim's dandy Steelhead.
Considering the way the thermocline went down from 25 to 105
feet it was an awesome catch. Oh, yeah Ben almost
limited out and he left knowing there was more than enough
opportunities that were missed. Overall the fisherman
did a expert job in getting their own rod and hook set.
Incidentally Norm had been on 6 previous charters
on Lake Huron and on all 6 they only boated 10 fish, so Norm
now knows what its like to fish Lake Michigan when they're
here for trophy board photo.
Rex Broome and Jim Fountain,
both from Indiana decided they were up for a Salmon Charter on
Lake Michigan. We first set lines in the harbor and in
the first half hour Jim and Rex had landed 3 Adult King
Salmon.....incredible! The next pass in we hit another 2
Adult Kings and I thought we were off to the races. Then
the fast bite we experienced came to a screeching halt.
Deep water was our next stop
and Jim caught his third King when the wind shifted and I
couldn't locate the fish. Right at 12:00am a Nasty Bad
Boy King ripped the center rigger and Rex tangled with a super
large King exceeding the 30 pound mark easy. After about
20 minutes he passed the rod to Jim and the fish was still
full of meanness. Hey, I got tried just watching the 2
fishermen dealing with that monster. We had the lunker
almost within netting range when the hook pulled loose and the
trophy swam away, with Rex and Jim agreeing that any fish that
can fight that hard deserved his freedom.
Great trip today with 2 very
knowledgeable and patient anglers. Oh, I just about
forgot to mention both fishermen limited out on King Salmon.
here for trophy board photo.
8/19/00 The reel
story here is the fight a 22 pounder gave Sally as the boat
was pitching to and fro because the lake was getting rough.
Believe me this lady had her hands full on a fish that
wouldn't quit, plus I had to steady both of us in an
uncomfortable 3' to 4' beam sea. Sally won out in the
end with determination and strength.....good job Sally!!!!
The unfortunate thing about today's charter
is that rough water had to spoil a full day in search of
Salmon to a shortened half day. However, all was not
lost we still ended up with a cooler that had 4 fish in it
that weighed 70 pounds and a great time with nice
people....the Verniers!!! Click
here for their trophy photo.
8/17/00 Tournament Ed Evans and his son Derrick
cleaned up on the Salmon today with the help of Bob Rondelez.
They had at least 20 strikes from big mean Adult King Salmon.
We had 2 four bangers, boating 3 twice and a triple header, of
which we only managed to land 1 out of the 3. The action
was constant and thanks to my team and they knew how to put
them in the net. Ed is part of my tournament team and
showed why today.
The unbelievable fishing we experienced
made up for Ed being dockside yesterday. We all got
tried from dealing with the monsters that were on the lose
today. We ended up with over 200 pounds of fish in the
cooler and I'm glad we didn't land all the fish that were on
because I'd still be at the cleaning table instead of posting
this report. A special thanks goes out to Bob Rondelez
for helping out! Click
here for trophy board photo.
8/16/00 Stayed dockside
today because it was much too windy and caught up on sleep and
rigged a bunch of reels with new line. Tackle
maintenance was taken care of today.
Jim Horlocker, Rick Bielat, Dave
Schiltsges and "Uncle Jim" Ruttan hit the Salmon
jackpot today. Strong thunderstorms in the early morning
almost cancelled today's charter. So, we left kind of
late and didn't get lines in the water until 7:30am.
Immediately we found the Kings on the feed when the center
rigger tore free and a big tuna started peeling line off the
reel! Everyone on the boat put forth a team effort
because the action was fast and furious while it lasted (until
We landed a triple header on Adult
Kings and boated 5 more Kings plus a Lake Trout on a short
morning outing for a total of 9 fish and a cooler that weighed
at least 150 pounds.
Jim Horlocker who booked today's trip
has fished with Kings Charter since 1987 and his cheerful but
determined fishing skills are always welcomed. Let me
say to my guests today, "a great team job on the
triple header, you guys know how to cooperate when the
pressure is on."
I'll sum up this charter by repeating
what Uncle Jim said as we returned to the harbor, "We
done ourselves proud today." Click
here for trophy board photo.
Whitney and Paul Prucka had a
fine Salmon Charter today. They caught about 100 pounds
of fish or more in about 8 hours on a pleasantly calm Lake
This was Whitney's first time after
the King Salmon as she amazed me at on how fast she picked it
up and put 'em in the net like a pro!! Also, Paul has
caught Adult Kings in the past and landed 2 Big Kings on my
30# real wire outfits.....they're to toughest rods to master
because there is absolutely no stretch......this is no easy
feat to accomplish. They ended up with a Laker, a decent
Steelhead and 6 large Kings for a total of 8 fish.
When it seems my job can't get any
better than it has been, I run into just about the nicest
couple you'll ever meet! I'd like to personally thank
Whitney and Paul for being such gracious fishing guests and so
undemanding to be around, which makes my job a pleasure!!!!
here for their trophy board photo.
8/13/00 Steve, Tom, Bob Junior and Bob
Laughery Sr. fished Lake Michigan with us today. We
boated a doubleheader on big Kings and missed another 3 or 4
fish on a short morning charter. Rain and thunderstorms
chased us off the lake by 9:00am. They've rebooked for
later in August when they'll be up on vacation in Manistee.
The Laughery's have fished with me since 1992. Click
here for 1999 trophy board meat catch! Need I say
8/12/00 Matt, Gary Junior, Gary Curzinski
Senior and Paul Austin fished with us today. He had a
strong early morning bite, hitting 3 fish before the whole
spread was in the water. This group of fishermen are
probably the most experienced and confident group I have the
privilege to take all year from being former big lake boat
owners. So there's need to elaborate on their prowess.
While we boated 8 fish, the cooler
was heavier than the 15 fish box they got with me in 1999.
Size was the big deal and that's just what these fishing
fanatics were out after. Fish after fish came to the
boat until the box was almost full to the top. I know
everyone enjoyed themselves because August 11, 2001 was the
Curzinski and Austin name on it....thank guys for rebooking,
you're a reel joy to fish with! Click
here for meat photo.
8/11/00 Good times today were
had by Steve
Hooks, Dominic "Consigliore" Fucciolo, Kevin Lytle
and Ron "Forrest Wood" Bell. Fun was today's
theme with the above mentioned skilled fishermen. Even
though we lost 4, that's right 4 double headers we still ended
up with a 170 pound cooler of fish. The guests today all
hailed from Lansing and were "Up North" to catch
some Salmon and cut lose and have a good time, which I know
they did. The laughter and inside humor on the boat
matched the full box of Salmon we had!
Overall, we had 16 hits and ended up with 8
Adult Kings from 16 to 23 pounds and a Lake Trout for a total
of 9 fish and more than enough action to please everyone
including me. Each one of today's fishermen preformed
like experts in handling both the agony and ecstasy of
losing and landing giant sized trophy King Salmon. In
parting I told the group "I probably had more fun then
they did, as I drove away with a smile on my face."
Plus, I didn't have to clean the 6 monsters that got away!
"Click here for their trophy photo."
8/10/00 Victor Pytko,
Dave Keyes and Jon Reesman were on an Auto Conference in
Traverse City and thought a Manistee Salmon Charter would be a
good idea and they were more than right. Dave who can be
called the ultimate outdoorsman was first up and landed a 12
lb. King about 8:30am. Then we had slow going for about
2 hours before the action picked up. Jon who is a
veteran of many salmon wars and knowledgeable in the tactics
to put fish in the net fought a doubleheader with Dave on the
other rod in the middle of the day and both fisherman boated a
couple of dandy Kings in the mid 20 pound bracket.
Victor had to wait until
the charter was almost over (2:00pm) before he got his chance
at a reel screamer, and with wisdom and diligence handled
tough King in the mid 20's like a pro to top off our box.
We hung a Laker, 2 Cohos and 6 reel decent Kings on the meat
What made this trip for me is while I
suffering from mid-season burn out today's guests made the day
by being patient and just plain nice folks to be around.
Also, I'd like to thank Capt. Tom Rasmussen to the excellent
first mate job and expertise that helped us look decent on a
slow day. We had 11 hits and boxed 9. To top it
off Jon, Dave and Victor never lost a hooked up
here for their trophy board photo.
8/9/00 Brian Green had the unfortunate luck
of the draw to have this date. After an early morning
thunderstorm ruined our chances at a daylight bite we had
tough sledding ahead. The fish were down at 130 to 150
feet and wouldn't touch our lures even after a long and costly
boat ride to Big Point Sable.
Our plans were hit it again in the afternoon
hoping to experience last evenings tremendous bite.
However, Brian didn't want to take a pounding when it started
getting rough around 3pm. So, it was wisely decided on
his part to postpone his charter when conditions will be more
on our side. Brian was not charged 1 red cent for my
efforts today. Although, they went home empty handed we
could have rode the trip through for a costly skimpy catch at
best and a bad case of sea sickness at worst!
Keep in mind I had Brian and his friends
into an outstanding catch last season and will do so yet this
year when he returns.
Shaw owner of Offshore Release chartered my boat for some deep
water release testing which we accomplished in a grand
fashion. She was accompanied by Marshall Dunn, her
wonderful daughter Janet Shaw along with her 3 well mannered
sons Jesse, Micah, and Elijah Shaw-Rutschman. So, this
was more or less of a family reunion charter for Mary's
Today's report is special, because while we
spent most of the day delayed by weather when we finally had
our chance at the fish, they were on the bite. We had
several multiple hook ups and landed 3 double headers, testing
each anglers skill to land huge King Salmon.
rained out with thunderstorms in the morning, but we had an
excellent evening on Salmon including one Master Angler King
that went 27 pounds. We ended up with 1 Coho, 1 Brown
trout and 6 Adult Kings for a total weight of at least a 125
pounds of fish and missed at least that many strikes. Click
here for family trophy board photo.
P.S. Earlier in the day I promised
Janet some fresh Salmon fillets to go home with and guess
what?....... she did!
8/7/00 Today's Charter was booked by Mike
Kirchner. He was accompanied by Cindy, Joe and Mike
also. The Lake was uncomfortable at a 3 to 4 foot chop
and building. So we decided to cut the trip early.
We landed 1 small Laker after breaking of a decent King when
the leader to the fly broke. We had another tap on the
center downrigger that didn't get hooked up either.
I really was looking forward to this trip because
the guests were having a good time before we left the dock at
5:30am and that's hard to do that early in the morning.
Rather than having people feel ill, I'll take the loss in
hopes of seeing folks back again. This group is
rebooking for something next year because I only have 2 Salmon
8/6/00 3 Joe's, Caleb,
Joshua and Stephanie Cuellar went on today's superb happening.
After losing the first 2 strikes in the morning things started
looking pretty bleak. Stephanie even started to complain
about the size of the fish when I suggested if they're not
happy with the job I'm trying to do I'd be glad to take them
back to the dock, because I have no use for bad attitudes and
Then fortune smiled on my group and the
fish turned on with a vengeance to whack our lures like a
bunch of hungry Piranha. The downriggers were taking
savage line ripping hits from adult Kings. Joe Senior
even fought it out with a huge trophy King that pulled the
scale down to almost 32 pounds. Both the other Joe's
caught respectable sized lunkers plus the young guy's, Josh
and Caleb boated fish also.
What tickled me about the whole event is
that Stephanie had to eat her words and knows now, not to
complain to me ever again about things I can't control.
It was a reel nice feeling to weigh in a 31 plus pounder for
everyone on the charter. Oh, by the way Steph got tried
reeling in 2 Kings in the 20 pound bracket. The trophy
board had 1 Steelhead, 1 Coho, 4 Lake Trout and 6 Adult King
Salmon from about 15 to 31.5 pounds hanging on it for a 12
fish total for an extremely heavy box. Click
here for photo
8/5/00 Doris and Dan Culton hit Lake Michigan
for a Salmon trip with us today. I decided to go to the
stick (Big Point Sable) in hopes of staying away from the
Manistee Flotilla and didn't find many fish willing to accept
our offerings. We trolled 27 miles of water for 6 hits
and boated one decent King Salmon, 2 Steelhead and a Laker.
Doris and Dan were more than patient with the lack of
activity from aggressive fish. These are super nice folks that
provided a great lunch for me (potato salad and fried
chicken). We tried from 15 to 450 feet of water with
only limited success. In fact I invited them back again
at my own expense for a half day trip because of the slow
fishing, plus I liked their food. Not many fish were
caught by anyone today and the entire fleet came in with small
boxes of fish, but at least I had a full belly, thanks to Dan
Doris who has been with at least 10
different charters and she paid me one of the compliments I've
had all season when she said; "While you might not have
the largest boat I've been on, or the fanciest, but you got
the best run charter service I've been with. I didn't
have a people yelling at me to reel and not to reel, pump the
rod, etc....." Quite a compliment from a fishing
lady on a 4 fish trip! Click
here for Doris and Dan.
8/4/00 Elaine and Dick
Kowalski fished a Half Day Charter with me today. The
fish were almost impossible for me to locate, we only
had 6 hits and boated a 17 pound King and 4 decent browns.
Fishing has been on a roller coaster ride for about the last
week with excellent one day and poor the next.
The Kowalski's have been chartering with me since
1991 and always have great catches, except on today's trip.
Dick in the past has landed a 30 and a 32 pounder back to
here to see the double trophy's in 1995.
Russ Boomsma, Kyle and Dave
Bradley hit Manistee's Harbor from some incredible King Salmon
fishing or should I say catching, as we boated 8 Kings for a
total live weight of about a 175 pounds! Although the
charter started reel slow and as usual and we didn't have a
fish in the boat at 8:30am, things turned around in a hurry
First to tangle with these Nasty Bad Boy
King Salmon was "Russ the Rodman" and he found out
in a hurry why they're called Kings when he battled a good 20
pounder to the net in close quarters, because the harbor is
always crowded. Then Kyle got into the fray when he put
a whipping on a spunky 22 pounder also. We had two
honest double headers and almost a third in what can be
described as a up front, in your face slugfest with large,
mean and difficult handle Adult Kings to 26 pounds. What
helped here is that both Kyle and Russ are sturdy young men
that with stood the brutal punishment these fish were willing
to dish out.
Dave who is a long time patron of Kings Charter
stayed in the front of the boat with me for the most
part and let the young guys have a blast. Before I
forget, we almost cancelled today's charter because Lake
Michigan was rolling at 4 to 6 foot seas and I won't fish
rough water. But, we decided to mess around in the
harbor for a little while rather than me sending him home
empty handed and ended up finding a Salmon Bonanza!!!
Click here for Trophy Photo.
8/2/00 Dick Tuner, Peter Paul VandeWisj (from
Holland), Ernie "The Arm" Weiss, Tom Hardy and
John Israel from Hardy Communications Inc. booked Tom
Rasmussen from Sue Lee Charters and myself for today's outing.
Right off the get-go both the Sue Lee and I had bad luck.
Capt. Tom Rasmussen's came in the form of a log becoming
wedged between his prop and rudder and mine in losing fish on
the "hot" morning bite.
I'd just finished setting our 8 rods when the #3
downrigger rod took a hard poke, broke free from the release
with nobody home.....then simultaneously a double header hit,
the lead core and the #5 rigger rod started towards Ludington
and crossed over each other with the Lead core sawing through
the mono and no fish!! To make matters worse to fish on
the lead core then came off. So that's the way my
morning went. My luck has to change soon on keeping
those darned fish hooked up!
Sue Lee's day went a little
smoother on the fish with him, boating 3 while I was still
skunked. The bright spot here is I got to see Ernie,
John and Tom after absence of 5 years and these super savvy
fisherman in the past have experienced some awesome fishing
with Kings Charter Service going back to 1987 in the Lake Erie
Walleye days. They're great folks to know and have on board!
Plus, they taped the first TV Outdoor Show I did.
Oh, by the way everyone landed decent sized fish
and we ended up catching 1 Lake Trout, 1 Coho, 1 Steelhead and
5 Kings to the 22 lb. range. Click
here for photo.
8/1/00 Today the Salmon fishing on the Wenet
Charter didn't happen so this date is being postponed the
future. 6 hits in 4 hours is a slow go, plus 4 of them
didn't hook up!