Molly Dickinson booked this afternoon's Charter for her
husband Brian and friends Marilyn and Bill. It was a
slow evening trip with ultra calm waters on Lake Michigan and
we managed to boated 3 Adult Kings to 23 pounds and 1 Laker.
here for photo of Marilyn and Molly.
7/30/00 Kip Carey
booked today's outing to get his friends Steve, Jan and Jeff
to get them hooked on Salmon fishing, which I know he did.
We started lines just south of Manistee when an ornery 26.5
lb. King ripped into the number 5 downrigger and the seasoned
veteran Jeff sprang in action, then the number 1 downrigger
rod started to scream line out towards Ludington with Steve on
his first Salmon. If that wasn't enough while the 2 man
were doing battle the low diver took a hard whack and Jan was
struggling to control her fish between the 2 man, for a triple
header on Adult King Salmon. After a long and arduous
tussle all 3 Kings meet their fate proudly and ended up in the
fish box. Click
here for Trophy Board Photo
The rest of the charter was anticlimactic
after the initial morning triple header, but we boated another
8 fish including 2 more Adult Kings, 1 Coho and 4 Lake Trout
for an 11 fish death toll. Today's group did a wonderful
job on the rod and never lost a hooked up fish. Also,
Capt. Kip Carey has joined the Kings Charter Team and will be
helping out in the future.
cancelled this charter on real short notice. So, it
looks like I'll have a couple of days off which are badly
needed to catch up on long neglected book keeping and web
work, I watched rain and storm all day from indoors.
Doug Haslett wasn't wild
about going fishing in the rainy, dreary conditions we're
experiencing today after morning thunderstorms. He
upgraded his date of August 30th to a full day and we'll be
7/26/00 The second day of the Big Boys Tournament
began with a bad sign by missing our 1st hit of the morning,
then it only got worse. The bait fish we were working
yesterday disappeared and were not to be found the rest of the
day. We only had 7 hits and boated 4 fish......pitiful
performance on my part, maybe the pressure of being number 1
yesterday got to me! We slid from
number 1 to 10th and still were in the money. I'd like
to thank my team for an outstanding job and I'm sorry I let
them down on the 2nd day. It won't happen again!
Fished the Big Boys Salmon Slash 2000 with my
Tournament Team consisting of Ed Evans, Jeff and Mark Pefley.
Somebody must have
wished us good luck on today's Big Boys Salmon Splash 2000
Tournament. We're number 1 on the first day's leader
board with one more day to go. We boated 9 Brown Trout
to 20 lbs., 1 Steelhead and 4 Kings to 24 lbs. for a total of
14 fish (needed 15) for a total weight of 130 lbs. plus!
Frank Schachter, Bill Finzel,
Panama Ed Ford and John went salmon fishing today on the
calmest Lake Michigan I've seen in a long time. We
headed south hoping to encounter some of the hot action we've
been experiencing and found limited success. After
losing 2 King hits I'm driving to boat at 8:30am thinking is
the day my streak since 1988 will be broken as far as catching
fish on every charter? Then the center rigger jumped to
life and Panama Ed got into a 12 to 14 King, landing it
with grace and form that's impossible to explain. A long
deep water troll put us into 6 smaller Lake Trout in pool
table flat calm blue bird conditions.
main story here is; small fish, big time! This group
was out to enjoy themselves and I hope they did because, I did
everything in power possible to increase the catch. I
thoroughly enjoyed today's guests company, I just wished we
had more fish willing to strike our lures. We ended the
charter with 7 fish (1 King & 6 lakers).
7/23/00 Karl and Bill Swonger hit the lake
for their first time Salmon fishing expedition. The
conditions were really against us with a light east breeze.
On the first strike of the morning Karl Sr. was slugging it
out with a wicked and mean 10 pound King, when the center
rigger got smacked by a large King in the plus 20 pound
bracket (Double Header!).
This fish was headed towards Wisconsin until expert rod
handling by Bill put the brakes on. Karl patiently
gained line as Bill was slowly cranking in lost line on his
bad boy. The Swonger's expertly landed both Kings and we
were off to a great start.
Then Lake Michigan went flat calm and the
east wind took it's toll on fish willing to strike a lure.
While we only had 5 more hits in the 6 hour charter and boated
1 brown Trout, 1 Laker and 1 smaller King, add in the
doubleheader for a 5 fish catch total. I started
thinking "I just didn't have my A-Game today," then
I went to the cleaning table and found out most boats out of
Solberg's Marina either got skunked or caught only 1 fish.
Bill and Carl Swonger are both from Toledo,
OH and if you need some very highly technical electrical
engineering done check out Bill's website by
7/22/00 I had the gracious honor to take Brittany
and Erin Salmon fishing. The were accompanied by their
fathers, Tom Gilio and Tom Whipple. Let me tell you, we
had a big time! Brittany early into the charter found
out why Chinooks are called Kings by whipping a 23 pounder
with minor assistance from her dad. Erin was on the ball
when a 20 pounder hit the center rigger and she took up the
slack like a seasoned veteran. Both Tom's caught big
fish too, including a 12 lb. Steelhead that was part Tarpon
and wouldn't stay in the water.
They landed 4 Kings from 17 to 23
pounds, 3 steelhead and 3 Lake Trout for a 10 fish total
weight of at least a 125 pounds which would have been second
place today's Casino Tournament's first leg today. This report
should make to Ripley's Believe or not, while we only had 12
hits, we hooked up on 12 fish, had one break the line and one
here for trophy board photo.
7/21/00 Gordon Arnold, Bob
Pyciak and Craig were at the boat at 5:15am rearing to catch
the mighty King Salmon. As we left the pier heads we had
a gentle sea about 2' from the northwest, so headed south to
clear the pack of boats and started setting lines.
Before the trap was set Bob boated a small Salmon. Then
Craig got into a 25 pound King that tested his endurance.
Also, Gordon the boxed a 6 to 7 pound Steelie just as the seas
were building to an uncomfortable level and we decided to quit
at about 8:00am. After waiting for the lake to lay down
at 5:00pm (which it didn't) they agreed on rebooking for
The conditions today in Manistee can be described a cool with
light breezes and very pleasant. Today is one of my last days
off for about in the next 6 or 7 weeks. So, I'm catching
up on my neglected office work and honey do's.
Emory, Craig Torrey, Rev. Jay Kendall, Doug and Justin Kellogg
meet me dockside at 5:30am for some Lake Michigan Salmon
fishing. We had a terrible start by missing our first 5
strikes and to make matters worse 3 on them were lost just
behind the boat. I started thinking it was my day to be
in the barrel or snake bit!!! Then things took a turn
for the positive and Nate on his second try landed a 8 lb.
Steelhead that put on an acrobatic show for us then landed a
10 lb. King. Rev. Jay who is Pastor at Merritt Methodist
landed 2 nice sized Brown Trout. Nate caught a couple of
deep diving Lake Trout while Doug slept.
Now here's a story in a story; Craig
Torrey how is about the best Deer Hunter in Michigan and has
made the Fred Trout TV Show with his trophy racks, also boated
the largest King of the day a fish around 16 Lbs. Plus, his
wife makes about the best blueberry pie I've ever eaten.
My assessment of today's outing is after an outright terrible
beginning we still came back to the dock with a respectable
cooler of fish.
Today was cool, windy and slightly rainy in the pm.
I changed the carburetor gaskets and wedge plate and was glad
I had no charter scheduled.
Matt Matthews and Judy
Matthews Long time patrons of Kings Charter since 1988
decided to once again hit Lake Michigan. We started off
real slow with not much action just slightly south of
Manistee, it wasn't until about 8:00am we got into the fish.
Then all hell broke lose on Giant King Salmon to 22 pounds,
mean Nasty Bad Boy Kings began attacking
our boat with reckless abandon. The action was furious
as adult Salmon hit like freight trains and fought like the
devil. We boxed King after King until the fish cooler
was almost full.
in the course of today's fish wars Matt and Judy never lost a
hooked up fish, incredible skill for 2 people who only fish
Salmon occasionally! Hat's off to the Matthews for
making me look good at the fish cleaning table.......!!!!!
Real heavy box for only 10 fish. Oh, I just about forgot
to mention the Matthews Limited out today!!!!!!!!!!!
7/15/00 We put a hold on the
Frank Estrada Charter until 5:00pm, because at 6:00am Lake
Michigan is running 5' seas. The charter group consisted
of Bill "Roland Martin" Miller, Mike "Bad
Bull" Durham, "Super Jane" and Frank
Estrada. We left the dock a little after 5 and
Lake michigan was decent to fish. We set lines in 200'
of water, hoping for the best. It wasn't long before
Bill "Roland Martin" Miller tied into a 10 lb. King
that was full of spunk, but the fish didn't stand a chance
with "Roland" Miller on the rod and he whipping on
it in short order. "Super Jane" was a natural
when it came to Great Lakes fishing and did a great job.
"Bad Bull" Durham was a savvy on the stick fishermen
and earned the position of Honorary First Mate for his immense
help. Frank was the leader of one of the best parties
I've had the privilege to take this year. These folks
worked with me and didn't get discouraged when the morning
fell through. Oh
yes, we ended up catching 3 Salmon & limited out on Lake
Trout for a total of 11 fish on a short PM trip!
7/14/00pm Rick and Sandy Horn were booked for
the afternoon charter. We left the dock around 3:30pm with
confidence they'd catch fish. We started out in the 200
to 400 foot range with mixed results, but Rick had the same
luck as the morning trip when he landed 2 fish in the same rod
and Sandy lost a wall hanger behind the boat. We then
hit the shelf late in the evening for some tuna action when
Capt. Irish Mike of Coldwater Charters knocked off a trophy
sized Brown Trout with the net which needless to say I'll
never let him forget. We struggled at first to get a hit
then the fish started to strike with constant fast paced
action. Rick and Sandy were a wonderful couple to spend
a great evening on Lake Michigan with and we finally end up
with 1 Brown Trout, 2 Steelhead, 2 Lake Trout, 1 Coho and 6
Kings to 18 pounds for a 5 species Grand Slam!
Ricky and Ladonna Wilson for a 6:00am start. Ricky
over the years was convinced by the misinformation that
Salmon fishing had declined point the point where it wasn't
worth going when I met him at the Palace Sport Fishing Expo In
early March. I told him; "you come to Manistee and
I'll show you just how great the fishing was," In
fact I proved it him early on in the half day charter when he
landed 2 double headers on the same rod twice.
Ladonna caught couple of decent fish, but Ricky landed a 21
pound King Salmon. The Wilson's limited out
with 4 lake Trout, 1 Coho and 7 Kings!
us back to port on the Mike Brodie Charter after we landed 1
small King. Safe than sorry is the motto of Kings
Charter Service. Also Mike, Bob and George rebooked for
8/25/00 and will return.
Jerry Halfhill, Scott
Brown and Rick Sloan
decided to tackle Lake Michigan's King Salmon fishery.
All being long time friends were at the dock at 5:30am sharp
and ready to go. We fished shallow water at first and
wasn't very productive for us with a stiff south east wind
blowing. Then we moved to deeper water and boated 6 fish
in including the biggest King of the morning a dandy 12
pounder landed with expert rodsmanship by Jerry. Being
windy and lumpy with seas to a past 3 feet we decided as a
group to spilt the full day trip, regroup and hit the lake in
the evening when it normally calms down.
6:00pm we began
setting lines in search of giant Salmon and it wasn't very
long before Jerry
got into a screamer in the over 20 pound class, but that fish
got away. Scott being up next, tied into a hard fighting
King in the 25 pound range that hit 65 feet down and shot
straight to the surface and jumped like a Steelhead. Scott
who is a Pere
Marquette River Steelhead specialist from way back and
skillfully wore down the big tuna and we landed the largest
fish of the day. The death toll on today's fish were 2
Cohos, 1 Brown Trout, 3 Lake Trout and 5 Kings on a full day
trip (11 fish).
who is also known as the Mancelona
Sportsman, caught a
7 to 8 pound Brown and was a super hand to have on board
assisting in boat duties like an experienced and professional
First Mate. I'd like to add this group were a pleasure
to have spent the day with! Click
here to see Scott's trophy King
offshore winds today have meant pleasurable conditions for
those fishing out of Manistee. Fishing is good on the
shelf for Onekama to Big Point Sable, deep water is producing
excellent catching when the early morning bite is over on
Kings, try 250 to 500 feet for a mixed bag. Spoons
pulled slow over the deep water has been best for me.
Today's Report is thru the courtesy of Capt. Craig Kent:
Friday fishing was good for Salmon on the shelf
again and the hottest setup on the lake right now is a Luhr
Jensen "Grey Ghost" dodger and Horsefly combo pulled
behind a rigger, dipsey or leadcore. These were taking
fish all weekend in 55-120 feet of water with good success in
200-400 feet on Friday. Other hot setups have been the
new Yellowtail dodger and Horsefly which has taken 3 big Kings
for me this week. Spoons are also being used with good
success on the same setups. Saturday the wind blew and
Sunday started out windy and then foggy and then the flies
were terrible only for it to get windy again. We sure
would like some calm days without flies. I will be
fishing a lot this week and if anyone would like updated info
you can e-mail me at email@example.com although
this site has about as updated and honest information as you
are going to get. GOOD FISHIN!
on the Tom Whipple Charter rain
and thunderstorms in the morning dictated no fishing
today. Lightening on Lake Michigan is nothing to
mess with and with safety in mind it was wiser to lose today's
trip rather than temp fate. Tom will return in the next
two weeks to sample the outstanding Salmon and Trout catching
we've been experiencing. It's foolish to have your
Guests get soaked and white knuckled from lighting.
Also, most thunderstorms have accompanying high winds.
Mike Kraft, Todd "The
and Terry Fillmore wanted
in on the spectacular Lake Michigan fishing we've been
experiencing. We hit the big lake around 6:30am and
began setting lines. After a brief tutorial on what to
do when a fish strikes, and then bad luck set in, the first 5
fish that hit got away much to my dissatisfaction. Here
it is about 8:30am and we didn't have a single fish in the
Then our fortunes changed drastically as we
gelled as a unit. Todd "The
Flash" got onto the idea of how to hook up on
these big game fish by hurriedly taking up the slack line to
get a "Fish On" for the
team. From about 9:00am until 12:00am we started
smacking the fish hard with Mike and
Todd picking up the routine fast.
When we pulled lines on the half day charter, we had landed a
10 pound Steelhead, 4 Cohos, 4 Lake Trout and 7 kings to 15
pounds for a total of 16 fish and a limit catch! We lost
3 big Kings with one being well over the 20 pound mark and
missed several strikes also. For the record this trio
was great folks to be around who knew how perform like a pro
Incidentally, this group had been on
two charters before, one out of Leland plus one trip out of
Ludington and their catch today exceeded the two previous
charter total of 5 fish on each trip by 6 fish. Today's
Captains Report just goes to show how fast your fishing
destiny can change once everything starts clicking right.
This report was a sheer pleasure to write because it was a fun
time for all and the "Catching was
John Chase, Todd Spoelma, Randy and Glenn Richardson
decided to explore Lake Michigan's fishing out of Manistee.
Being first timers for Salmon fishing the group experienced
just what King Salmon were all about when an almost 22 pound
King or Chinook hit the diver rod and took a 100 yards of line
off the reel. Todd was on the rod and after a long
struggle patiently wore out the King like an expert as I slid
the net underneath his Bad boy! Next up was John when an
18 pounder hit the center rigger and John who is an authority
on salt water Bluefish, skillfully handled that Big King with
the greatest of ease.
patriarch of the Richardson Family landed a couple of decent
Lakers and Randy was snake bit with only smaller sized Kings.
The co-operation of today's Charter Guests was tremendous and
that sure made my job easy. If there was a downside this
morning trip is that the fish were not on a hard bite and we
lost more than we landed. The body count was 4 Lakers
and 5 Kings.
Today the fish moved off the shelf and made fishing tough for
Light winds today made fishing on Lake Michigan a sheer
pleasure. Most boats came in with healthy boxes of Kings
to and over 20 pounds. Right now what's happening isn't
called fishing it's called catching. We're way ahead of
last years pace and let's hope it stays that way.
Todays report is courtesy of Craig Kent:
Fishing in Manistee is great so far this year. We
have topped the 200 fish mark with only my wife and I fishing
most of the time. Our most recent trips were Sunday 7-2 and
Monday 7-3. Sunday was a little slow with fish coming
best around 130 feet of water and riggers set 100' down.
We were able to take a couple of beautiful Browns 2 nice
steelhead and a couple Kings, Best baits were PK Green
Hornets, DW translucent green with glow Ladderback ,
and Dodgers with green Horseflies.
Monday morning was
incredible with my wife an I filling up by 8:30AM and she
landed 20 and 22# Kings and had two more break the line.
Hot baits today were the Stinger magnum Dr K, PK Green Hornet,
Dodgers and Flies, Silver Streak inverted Dr K, and the DW
Ladderback above. Hits today came as high as a free
slider on a 50' primary and as far down as 75' on the rigger
with good action at 60'. We worked 65-150 feet of water
straight out with all the other boats. Generally I like
to find my own spot but when the fish are there you have to
Yesterdays fishing report was good from all the boats that I
spoke with. A last minute cancellation prevented me from
witnessing it first hand by keeping me dock bound. All
the boats from the Big Point to Onekama are taking Salmon in
good numbers too! The recent west and southwest winds
have warmed the surface water temperature and drove the fish
towards structure with the bait. The best catch reported
on 7/1/00 was taken by Capt.
Glen Hagland on the
Sand Piper 2. I'm uncertain as to the numbers,
but he had the biggest box of Salmon caught in our area by
working the waters off Onekama.