Captain John's Log
October, November & December 2004
12/31/04 As of yesterday at straight-up noon there lower end of the Big Manistee River by the M55 Bridge was completely frozen over. Manistee Lake was ice covered, but the channel in front of the "sand docks" was open water and you could see clearly what ice there was, sure didn't look very safe.
Sizeable amounts of rain for Manistee County is predicted for New Years Eve (tomorrow). This will be a godsend for those who chase January Steelhead on the Big Manistee River. Couple this with the warming trend we're now experiencing and there's gonna be some decent river action. However, this will not
enhance the traditional late March and April annual spawning times. Holdover fall Steelhead can drop roe and milt as early as January, further robbing the spring run (Mar. & Apr.) 2005 fish availability.
Mr. River Rat himself, Dick Swan has contributed another piece on his trials and tribulations with our DNR concerning Steelhead planting numbers. Dick has been involved at every level and has interesting facts and figures to enlighten us all. Please be forewarned this is not a candy coated article, but more or less
a scathing attack on the planting policies of northern Lake Michigan's Steelhead.
Finally got my main desktop computer put together on a temporary desk in my new office. The 3 new insulated double pane vinyl windows I installed kept the area nice and toasty even though it was almost -10 below yesterday morning..
12/27/04 By the first of the year I should have a new product that will save
you a bunch in the long run. I'm busy assembling kits for you to build your own flies.
These kits will come complete with everything needed for you to make your own 3 fly rigs for meat fishing. I expect you'll see a 60%
savings compared to pre-made retail rigs. Plus, this will make a great
winter project and help burn up some time until the 05 season arrives.
12/25/04 Seasons Greetings & Merry Christmas
The Big Manistee River is full of slush
and flow ice down by the M-55 Bridge. So, reports from the big
river are gonna be scarce at best.
12/22/04 A severe technical glitch has our private message board shut down. I am at work trying to restore the service and find out what-the-heck went goofy in computerville. The phbb code is a data base code, which means it's over my head. I'm sure my web hosting company will have it back online soon.
Santa came yesterday afternoon for
me. My new furnace was hooked up to it's propane supply and
it's now radiating warmth. Ah, yes...the joys of the simple
things in life are enough to make me content......like being
warm! Many thanks for the ultra pro-installation job from Ben
When I updated this website last night
around midnight, it was -15 below zero in Cadillac, Michigan.
8 to 10 inches of snow is predicted tomorrow for Manistee, Mason and
Benzie Counties. Yep, it's long john weather in the north
country......and this is only the opening curtain as the new winter
12/19/04 The polar express has barreled into
Manistee County! Our high for the day is supposed to be single
digits. This is our first reel-blast of artic air this fall and
this will NOT enhance any fishing here. Look for the Steelhead to
fall into a semi dormant state with any active fish hitting between 10am
12/18/04 Today's update is from Capt. Jay's
results yesterday on the Big Manistee River. Here's his
timely and informative report:
Some where along the line, winter has
snuck up on Manistee County! Snow everyday and future low
temps down in the single digits is what we have e to contend
with. While winter don't start officially for a few days, it's
12/16/04 Today is the day when message board
member Ben J. installed my
12/15/04 Plan was to launch Capt Tom Rasmussen's 18 footer and troll the area immediately adjacent to the mouth of the Little Manistee River. However, there's no courtesy dock left in the water in Stronach. No dock means no launch, so that idea went down the tubes. This is a big time disappointment to me, cuz I wanted in on some of the late season mixed bag of Coho, Kings and Steelhead.
Bob Hicks, proprietor of www.michiganangler.com
is running a Christmas special. Buy 6 twink rigs and the
seventh one is free. The fish killin' Dirty Dozen and Whopper
Stopper Streak spoon packs come with 2 extra, or free spoons.
His deals amount to at least a 10% savings over the everyday
12/13/04 As 2004 is drawing to close, I did some
inner soul searching about what was my best accomplishment this
year. The candidates could be many, including our highly
successful Salmon Symposium last March in Stronach, Michigan.
We had at, or over 200 people attend that do. Reorganizing my life
from being a charter operator for 21 seasons, then becoming a tackle
manufacturer who believes in all American made. Rave reviews
and acceptance of my flasher program was well beyond anything I
expected. I guess the best way to judge the flasher deal was
those who purchased (even a few) kept coming back and buying many
12/12/04 While this info is about a week old, the south end Manistee Lake by the Little Manistee was giving up a mixed catch of Kings, Coho and Steelhead. The lure of choice is the older style of U20 and T4 Flatfish with the spreader bars and 4 nibbler hooks. The best bite has been after 9am thru the early afternoon. This fishery is for the diehard, hardcore fishermen. The weather can be brutal with a stout north wind. Choose you days wisely and this unpublicized and often kept secret fishing hole can produce heart warming catches..
12/11/04 Finally took some major steps forward with remodeling my office area. Click for progress photo Building a new work station has been a daunting and all too necessary task. Drywall is up, new windows are installed and most of the wiring is complete. Now, that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, good things for me this week are on the horizon. With black-powder season upon us, some woods time is in order for yours truly. Look for future updates about a recent late season Salmon run and what I consider my ultimate best accomplishment for 2004 was.
12/10/04 Inside word from some of the major harbors on Lake Huron is that the Brown Trout are hitting. For those willing to brave the elements at this time of year, the reward is worth it. Spawn fished on the bottom and casting Cleos seem to be on the Brown Trout's menu. Look for sparse crowds and those in the know not willing to share info about this late season bonanza. I've heard the Browns ranging from 6 to 16 lbs. Now, these are worthy adversaries in anyone's book!
12/9/04 We got hit by a reel-gully washer a couple of days ago. This means great catching opportunities for those who pursue Steelhead on the Big Manistee River. The surge of water will bring up fish from Manistee Lake and Lake Michigan. Look for the upper to mid-sections (my favorite: High Bridge to Bear Creek) to get hot. I know these December Steelhead will be there and I miss not having my jet boat. Steelhead are a wonderfully cooperative specie and will hit in 33 to 70 some degree water. Yep, they're a helluva fish and have my never ending respect!
I'm getting reel-negative feelings about
the March GR show. While I haven't said much about it, I hope
to have to 2 brand new product lines soon and ready for the 05
season. Time is gonna become an issue with the new items I'm
manufacturing. GR would eat up at least 5 days. I have
committed to the Flint Steelheaders Show in Birch Run and will be
there come hell, or high water. The Birch Run Center offers
far better options, especially in the way of seminar space.
12/07/04 I ran into a reel-problem for doing the
Grand Rapids Sport and Fishing Show in March. While I was able
to get 30 feet (3 @10' booths) for Fish-On Bait, Offshore Tackle,
Riviera and my "Reel-Flashers," nothing in the seminar
schedule was open. Explaining how my flasher works is more
important to me then just selling product (I can do that and not
leave home). I'm looking into alternatives in the area.
If you have any suggestions, E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Response to my Christmas Flasher Deal has been an
overwhelming success thus far. In fact, the demand has even
surprised me. While I don't have an office, I can still offer
same day shipping (in most cases) and if you live in
Michigan.....generally your order only spends one day in
transit. US Priority Mail has been a godsend to me, because of
the daily pick-up my postman offers.
According to what I've been able to discern from
television reports the 2004 Whitetail firearms season was pretty
crummy up here. Several spots in the state offer far better
hunting opportunities than my area and that's a fact! One
excellent deer hunter I know, hunted hard and sighted 2 does on
opening day. In fact, that was to be the only deer he would
see in the 15 day season. I hunted his property in 2003 and
can attest it is prime deer country.
12/4/04 In my travels around Manistee County, I stopped by the High Bridge Public Access on the Big Manistee River. There was only 3 boat trailers in the parking lot, so I'd say the pressure was extremely light. The water looked kinda low and was clear with a slight green tint. From experience, what I just described does not bode well for good Steelheading. I'd say the odds are better further downstream from Rainbow Bend to Manistee Lake.
12/3/04 It's official now, because I'm now a boat-less, float-less and will likely suffer less headaches from not being a boat owner. My former vessel cut a trail for Bay City at 10am yesterday morning behind Paul Vantol's tow vehicle. This proud ship did not reflect it's age and was a fine looking craft put back into almost new condition by Dick Stahle, designer and builder of Cherokee Boats.
I have to part with a cherished friend today.
This colleague has been with me since 1987. During that course
of time, my buddy helped box close to 20,000 Salmon and Trout on Lakes
Huron and Michigan. In 1987 thru 1990 this companion lent a hand
in boating at least 7,000 Walleyes on Lake Erie. My pal always
made sure guests always made it back to the dock in a safe fashion. In
spite of dangerous seas, often exceeding 10 footers, in "all of a
sudden" surprise storms.
12/1/04 In the spirit of the Christmas season I'm offering a special gift (good thru 12/24/04. If you buy 6 flashers, the 7th one is free and on me. The free flasher is a special new secret color for 2005 and will not be displayed, or shown until the show season of 2005. Just order your favorite 6 and I'll gladly enclose your free 2005 model flasher. If you'd like to take advantage of this money saving "Lucky Seven" offer, you can order at www.michiganangler.com. Please do not even ask what the special new secret color is, because if I told you...it wouldn't be a secret!
11/30/04 Getting my former boat ready to leave for it's
new home Thursday is gonna consume most of the day. I need to go
over the battery wiring for Capt. Paul and make sure everything is
Today is the day I handle business concerning
the 2005 Sport Shows.
11/28/04 It was a dull, wet and dreary day in Manistee County yesterday until Dave S. showed up at my house. Dave is the Michigan distributor for Fish On Bait. We discussed the upcoming sport show schedule for 2005. I know we'll be doing the Flint Steelheaders Show in Birch Run and the Grand Rapids Show in March. Bob Hicks who runs the www.michiganangler.com online tackle store will also be a part of our dog and pony show. I will be trying to incorporate seminars at the shows I'll be doing. It's an huge honor to me to share what knowledge I do possess with you.
11/27/04 Remodeling my office area is my task for the next couple of weeks. Having room for 3 computers networked together needs to be in an organized work area, not the hodgepodged mess it was in. This project must start now, because once the 2005 tackle season gets here I won't have the time. If I'm a little slow in answering my E-mails it's because my office is tore up and I'm operating from my living room on my laptop.
11/26/04 Spent yesterday in the true spirit of Thanksgiving. I counted my blessings in how well my flashers were received last summer. I never had a clue that keeping up with orders was gonna mean a bunch of 18 hour days. I did manage to almost get to the break-even point in the first year with a new start-up company. Yep, that's a whole lot to be thankful for! Thanks to all of you who purchased my product and had newfound success with limits of Kings on "Reel Flashers." I'm extremely proud of the All-American production team that was able to bring you a super quality fish catchin' product at a reasonable price.
11/25/04 Stefan and Ted stopped by my house yesterday afternoon. They had finished chasing Steelhead on the Big M and needed some flashers. When I asked if they had caught, the reply was YES! So, I grabbed my camera for some fresh photos. Both of these gentlemen become infected with river fishing disease on a river trip
with me in 2001. I'd say they were rewarded with a nice 8 to 9 pound hen.
Done deal! My Cherokee now belongs to Capt. Paul Vantol and is moving to Ludington for the 05 season. Paul is a likeable, knowledgeable and a very experienced captain. I look forward to working with his charter business. I know he got a helluva fishing killing machine when he bought my rig. I more than
appreciate Paul's trust in me, because a late season water test was not in the cards.
I'm on my way to Midland, Michigan early this morning to finalize the pending sale of my the 28' Cherokee Sportfisherman. If all goes according to plan, I'll be announcing the new owner tomorrow. I think the deal we have worked out is beneficial to the both of us. Click here for the boat
The good word is from the surf fishermen in Manistee. Superlative results are coming from beach boys around Manistee County. Fresh untreated Steelhead spawn floated 4 to 12 inches off the bottom is turning the trick. The Barr Lake Outlet and the water tower (onion) areas are best bets for good action!
Deer hunting in my area has a lot in common with 20 pound Kings in Lake Huron during the 2004 season. Few and far between!
11/20/04 The St. Joe River has been smokin’ hot for steelhead over the last week. I have heard the charters with as many as 15 fish per day on the center section of the river. Many fish have been moving through the fish ladder in Berrien Springs and it is shaping up to be a great winter with the number of fish already in the system. Three of us fish Saturday from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM and boated five out of eight fish. Four of the eight fish came on gold colored Hot-N-Tots and Wiggle Warts back trolling in the upper river. Several hits casting spoons and one dropping skein through the deeper holes. I included pictures of the fish, but they are tough to see. Go get them before they all move to Indiana! ...........Capt. Mark T. Click for photo
Let's talk about lead today. A new bill is on Michigan's legislative agenda to ban lead use in the fishing industry. At first, I thought no big deal (I was wrong). Then Bob Hicks sent me the facts on the weight vs. mass issues. Here's something to think about on the density
pound/cubic inch topic: lead .4096, zinc .254, cast Iron .254, steel .283, copper .310, bronze .317, silver .380, Gold .6969.
As promised, I formatted a new article from Dave Richey about trolling the inland lakes for fall Steelhead. It's a big deal here in Manistee and you'll see boats trolling Manistee Lake everyday until the lake freezes. Manistee Lake has 3 launches I'm aware of, so access is pretty easy. Click for Dave Richey's article
Deer hunting vastly improved for me yesterday. I seen a huge buck with a thick neck, a 24 inch inside spread and far too many points to count. Yeah buddy, a massive monster buck that any hunter would be proud to show off. Only problem was, it was in the back of someone else's truck headed towards Manistee.
No snow, no deer and a wet dizzily afternoon describes my firearms opening day 2004. In fact, in my area I only heard one shot all day . I'd say hunting pressure was up from the amount of vehicles I seen parked within a mile of my property too. The possibility of snow is predicted by next weekend.
11/15/04 Firearms season for deer start today. I plan on spending most of the day in the woods. While the whitetail population around where I live is only a mere shadow of what it was 2 or 3 years ago, I still plan on going. Spending time in the north woods has it's own special rewards, regardless if you kill a deer, or not. Hunt safely and I wish you lots of good luck.
There's a strong rumbling on the horizon, lead will be banned from use in Michigan's fishing industry. While I'm not sure if the house bill has been voted into law yet, it's a given it will pass. Cannonballs, lead core, drop weights and yes....... even diver keels will have to be made out of alternative materials. I'm
pretty sure zinc is the closest in the weight vs. mass issue. Look for this to happen by 2008 with the selling ban to start in 2007. Click here to see what's gonna be outlawed!
My apologies to Gary N and Jeff B for a delay in my shipping policy. It's seems my shipping department has been far to lax. I need to crack the whip and increase employee productivity. Firing my shipping clerk is an option, but just don't have the heart to put her in the unemployment line. Click here for my clerk
The LRB of commercial enterprises kinda shot themselves in the foot and destroyed the myth: Native Americans are caretakers of the environment. They did this by netting spawning Lake Trout. Let's factor in our MDNR has a long history of restricting the season on Lake Trout as far back as the 1920s in an effort to protect
this at risk specie, especially vulnerable during spawning times.
Once again the Little River Band of commercial netters in Ludington displayed absolutely no regard for the 2000 Federal Court consent agreement. MDNR officers seized 3,857 pounds of lake trout, whitefish and chubs for violating the seasonal restriction. No fishing is supposed to take place between noon Nov. 6 to noon Nov. 29. The fishery is closed
during that time to protect spawning lake trout and whitefish. The fine these lawbreakers would have to pay if they were treated the same as a Michigan resident would have been $38,570 ($10 per pound).
Today's update is courtesy of Dave Richey, who I think of as the big gun of all outdoor writers. Dave has penned over 20 books and a multitude of magazine articles for all the leading outdoor publications. You can access his website at: www.daverichey.com Here's what Dave has to say:
Yesterday was one of the very few days I did not have time to do a daily update. I was smothered by a huge remodeling project that had me pinned down for the better part of the weekend.
11/6/04 Flasher production for 2004 is over. I've built all my blades and now have a standing inventory to go into 2005 with. This is a far cry from what went on in 2004, where catch-up was the name of the game.
/5/04 Capt. Jay Frolenko sent me report on his results yesterday from the Big Manistee River. Here's Jay's own words:
11/4/04 It is an honor and a privilege to have my longtime friend and world renowned outdoor writer, Dave Richey on board for today's update.
Joe K reported in today with good Steelheading in the mid-point of the Big Manistee River (Bear Creek public access). The method of the day on the fish he took was rolling spawn. His Steelhead ranged between 6 to 8 pounds. If my memory serves me correctly, a few years back I towed Joe's riverboat upstream to the Bear
Creek launch. To this date, it's my biggest river catch, a 15 footer! Joe, also added,......the river by him was fairly clear of leaves.
11/2/04 GO VOTE!.....now back to our regularly scheduled update, courtesy of Jason Bialik. Jason runs a guide service on the Big Manistee and reports fairly decent Steelheading. I believe Jason fishes the lower half most of the time. He said the big river was at the high water stage, full of leaves and some debris. Jason
expects the river to rinse clean soon, as the dreaded leave drop is almost over.
Tomorrow (11/2/04) we'll be focusing on our election and political affairs.
Like many of you, I forgot to set my clocks back an hour last night, as Daylight Savings Time came into effect.
10/30/04 Unseasonably warm weather for this time of the year as we approach the end of October and Halloween 2004. Overall, October has been a warm and wet month and no snow so far! The bow hunters I spoken with are not seeing big numbers of deer around Manistee. Possibly, the warm weather has delayed the rut.
The leaf drop this week is nothing short amazing. Trees that had leaves last week are now bare. This is good news for the Big Manistee River, as the leaves get rinsed from the system. Leaves can make the river almost unfishable even for the spawn dunkers and totally unfishable for those who like to pull plugs.
A popular catch phrase of the day is, "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer!" This is what I'm trying to do concerning the cormorants. Blindly saying, "these birds need to be wiped out" harbor no understanding of what these critters are about would be short sighted on my part. I have
learned is that the double crested cormorant is not native to the Great Lakes region and first nested in our area in 1913 according to the fws.gov (US Fish & Wildlife Service) website.
A pilot program in the Les Chenneaux Islands on Lake Huron was instituted last summer by the USDA to control the double-crested cormorants. The USDA Wildlife Service has dominion over these black fish ducks, because of federal edict, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.....which covers hawks, owls, ducks, etc.
10/26/04 I received an E-mail today from Mr. Tom Rozich of the Cadillac Office of the DNR. He explained that he only had 30 seconds to reply in his TV appearance and couldn't cover the ground in-depth about the Brown Trout Fishery. His words to me were very informative on the facts he has on cormorants. While I will not speak for him, the point was needed controls on the cormorants. I grasped a positive feeling Mr. Rozich is definitely on our side with this issue. Stay tuned for more info on this hot-button topic tomorrow.
I watched Mr. Tom Rozich on public television's "Ask the DNR" recently. Mr. Rozich is our DNR fisheries leader in Cadillac, Michigan. He was asked the question, "how come the Brown Trout population in Frankfort was down and if there was anything wrong with the current strain of Brown Trout being used?"
The way it looks, we've got over 2 inches of rain yesterday in Manistee County. Thusly, a considerable improvement in population fresh-run Steelhead can be expected ASAP! I've seen the stained inshore water from the Manistee River run all the way down to Big Point Sable before (when the north wind is just right).
This is a heck of a long 12 mile long scent trail for cruising Steelies to key in on. I'm betting the first three weeks of November will be phenomenal river Steelheading!
10/23/04 More rain is predicted today and this is good news for those who ply their talents chasing Steelhead in the Big Manistee River. Water flow is increased, causing a natural magnet for the chrome rockets of the fall. If you've never caught a silver-bullet fall Steelhead, make sure to put that on your "must do" list. You'll gain respect for a river-run adversary with a long legacy for brutal rod and reel wars!
10/23/04 More rain is predicted today and this is good news for those who ply their talents chasing Steelhead in the Big Manistee River. Water flow is increased, causing a natural magnet for the silver rockets of the fall. If you ever caught a silver bullet fall Steelhead.....make sure to put that on your "must do" list. You'll gain respect for a river-run adversary with a long legacy for brutal rod and reel wars!
Today's update features the answer of this week's poll. The question was, "when was the first Coho planted in the Great Lakes?" 72% of voted for 1966, which was not the correct answer! The first Coho were planted in 1933 and I'm pretty sure Lake Erie was the chosen spot. 1966 is when the Coho were
introduced to Lake Michigan and propagated to the rest of the Great Lakes soon after. To verify my data click here to confirm the above dates.
10/21/04 Good news could lay a couple of seasons down the road on the Steelhead scene from what I'm hearing. The diehards that are still pounding the Lk. Michigan off Manistee are being plagued by huge numbers of skipper Steelhead. Skippers are immature fish from 12 to 16 inches long and are about 2 years old. These baby Steelhead are called skippers, because the skip (leap, or jump) all over the surface in an effort to extricate the hook. So, a couple of years down the pike, Steelheading might be on the major improve for the big water and river anglers.
10/20/04 My prediction of success on the Big Manistee river is well formed, because of all the rain we've had. After almost drought conditions in August and September, lots of rain has been the story from Manistee County for about the last week. Rain increases the flow and draws fresh Steelhead in from Lake Michigan. These reel-fresh run fish are dumber then a stump and easy to catch. Unlike spring spawners, fall iron-noggins are super aggressive. These villainous creatures are ready to whack your offering hard. In fact, fall spawn dunkers experience hard hits and can have their rod almost yanked from their paws. This seldom, if ever happens during the spring run. Spring fish as a rule won't go out of their way to hit and need to be bumped in the snout to trigger strikes. Fall Steelheading is a favorite with me!
I've changed over from the Lake Michigan ratings forecast to the Big Manistee River. It's time we call the big lake season over and look to the many rivers that provide a excellent Steelhead fishery from now thru April of 2005. Prime time spawn tossing is right now (until the leaf drop is over) until the first week of
November. Then back dropping plugs will, ........as a rule produce better quality fish!
I've installed a new poll to test your historical facts of our the Great Lakes Salmon Fishery. The question is, "do you know when the first Coho Salmon were planted in our Great Lakes?" The answer is a toughie, so be forewarned!
If you're into extreme sports, yesterday would have been a grand day to fish Lake Michigan with 4 to 8 foot seas. Now, for even more thrills Stannard Rock on Lake Superior had seas to, and exceeding 20 foot with wind of 45 knot gusts to 53 knots. In case you don't know how to transpose knots into mph, multiply knots by
1.15. Hence 53 times 1.15 equals 60.95 miles per hour.
Just what we didn't need to hear! A totally new foreign specie was recently caught by hook and line in Burnham Harbor. This is a voracious feeder that looks like a cross between a dogfish, pike and a burbot. It's called a northern snakehead fish. This unwanted specie comes as a highly prized food fish from China
and can grow to well over 3 feet long. Click to view a northern snakehead fish
Ya know, something came to me when I was searching for a interesting subject for the daily update. Then what I do everyday came to mind about how I use the internet on a daily basis. With the advent of the www (world wide web) and the connectivity it offers, you can sure absorb a lot in a short period of time. What used to take many seasons can be accomplished with usage of search engines and visiting various websites. Scrutinizing the many message boards (most popular sites have) can instill knowledge, confidence and awareness in a New York minute.
10/14/04 The catching in Manistee remains excellent. 200 to 400 feet of water is showing limit catch action for 4 to 12 lb. Kings. The inside word is the Kings are coming 70 to 90 feet down on the riggers. Steelhead are being taken in good numbers and are coming anywhere's from 20 to 50 feet down over 400 to 600 feet of water. Look for the terrific open water fishery to be inaccessible soon. A cold front is predicted. Cold fronts generally mean heavy seas and stiff winds from the NW, making for unfishable conditions. Things for the inshore surf fishermen are looking better everyday in Manistee. Those surf anglers who have access to fresh spawn are doing well from Manistee's water tower to the Barr Lake Outlet.
The poll that I ran about increasing your success with my flashers was nothing short of remarkable. Over half the fishermen surveyed reported at least 50% increase in their catch. 10% reported a 100% increase over their previous methods. This is no small potatoes gain. This is called putting the odds in your favor by a superior piece of equipment. Please let me add, the lethal Black Mamba produced limit
catches of Salmon from May into Oct. I'm surprised that anything could, or would work well all season long, because I never seen this happen before!
10/12/04 Looking for a larger boat for a little bit of green? I just listed a previously owned 24 foot Bayliner Trophy for $9,995.00 and it's 100% fully equipped! This is a sound boat, having passed the rigorous DNR dry-dock hull inspection in 2003. If you're looking to upsize for pennies on the dollar, this vessel could be worthy of your consideration. The included equipment list will knock your socks off. This is one heck of a deal for someone who's looking for a great buy on larger boat that's still trailerable. Click here for more info on this Trophy.
10/11/04 Capt. Bob Hicks was sporting enough to invite me for a morning of catching yesterday. We fished out of Bob's home port of Ludington, Michigan. Ludville is known for extraordinary Salmon fishing and once again this popular port lived up to it's billing. We had 12 strikes, boating 8 pubescent
Kings (releasing 2) during our laid-back 4 hour voyage. Click here for our catch on 10/10/04 Click here for the lures used on 10/10/04
10/10/04 Now is the time to either buy a boat, or seriously start shopping for one. Owners and dealers looking sell, knowing this is not the prime time for boat sales. Sellers are willing to give ground on their bottom line price. You'll save many thousands of dollars by purchasing that new ride for 2005 now. Always consider a previously owned vessel where the greatest savings can occur. Granted you'll be responsible for winter storage, but you'll be able to rig and get the boat more to your liking, well before the 2005 season arrives. Another plus?...... is that you'll be ready to fish as soon as the new season begins. Yep, the determined, wise and prudent boat shopper is in the market now! Click here for the used boats I've listed
10/9/04 With no recent fishing rumors, reports, hearsay or gossip concerning our fishery, today I'm gonna do some flag waving. This is my business philosophy:
Manistee River update courtesy of Capt. Jay Frolenko from Strike Zone Charters. "The fishing today was about as good as I have seen in quite a while. Definitely one of the best days, I've had this year. We had seven (7) fish in the boat and at least that many other fish on during the day.
I have an article posted on our "open to the public" part of our message board about the lack of Salmon in Lake Huron during the 2004 season. If you want to read it and speak your peace click here. You need not be a
member of our private message board to use this one special "open to the public" forum. The other 6 topic-specific forums are reserved for esteemed members only.
In today's update, I'd like to focus your attention to the new poll I installed in the left column of this page. If you've used my product in 2004? Please cast your vote. After I get a good sampling number, I'll publish the current poll results on the Testimonial Page and do a carbon copy poll in 2005 for a
Fall was in definitely the air yesterday, as temperatures struggled to reach the mid-40s for a daytime high. Most of my maple trees are in the process of turning beet-red. Fall is probably my favorite time of the year. Good Steelheading is just around the corner for the river aficionados. Recent word from a Manistee
surf-fishermen is, "that's it's kinda slow and expected to improve any day."
10/4/04 Today's update is going to start the mental process flowing for the fisherman looking to upgrade their ride for next season. At this time, I've had a handful of people express interest to purchasing my Cherokee. This is a total fish killing machine, bar none! This boat has underwent a total re-fit during 2004 to bring it up to the standard of a brand new boat. Click here to see what I'm selling
10/3/04 Leaves are beginning to turn and I haven't noticed any of the those "lady bug" looking beetles that have been a pain in the neck for the last 5 years up north. We had a killing frost on 9/30/04 when the temperature dropped to 32 degrees and still none of those pesky bugs that invade every nook & cranny on the inside & outside of your home. A new, special page on my boat will debut tomorrow.
10/2/04 Only 6 more months before the 2005 big lake season starts in earnest! As time marches forward, now is the time to set the wheels in motion for a firm game plan for next year. This starts by sorting and organizing tackle, Storing your boat in a clean shipshape manner means a easier turn-key operation after a long winter's nap. Completely backing off all the star-drags on your reels is a good idea too. Success for 2005 begins in the fall of 2004. Unless, you're buying a new boat?
The opener of the archery season starts today. Bow hunting has become extremely popular, compared to when I used a bow back in the later 60s. With the long season offered and the new tack, bow hunting is a helluva sport.