The Brown family consisting of Tiffany, John, Dennis and
Deadly Dale met me at the dock at 5:35 and I was
running a little late. The cheerful group was ready for
some "reel fishing"
after an unsuccessful charter on Lake Huron last year.
As we pulled off the dock I told them; "this year my
worst charter was 4 fish and 22 was my best", trying to
reassure them we'd be into fish. Well, today the King
Salmon were stacked up off of Manistee in decent numbers,
because of 2 days of constant west winds and they caught
performed like a Navy SEAL Team on a
Mission, when a rod went, these folks were on it like
pro's. We landed a real nice 8 lb. Brown, 1 Laker, 1
Coho and 9 King Salmon to 16 lbs. for a 12 fish total.
The Browns and myself spent as much time laughing as we did
catching fish and had a thoroughly grand time on Lake Michigan
during the morning half day charter. Oh, by the way
Tiffany caught the largest Salmon of the trip and young John
was an immense asset with boat duties. Click
here for trophy board image.
6/29/00 Shirley and Mike Lane were
on vacation in Manistee and wanted to catch some fish.
Also, this Charter was a make up deal from last January when
the winds and frigid temperatures prevented us from Steelhead
evenings trip the fish kind of co-operated, we had 12 to 13
hits, 9 fish hooked up and we boated 7. Although, the
fish ran on the small side the quality of the trip was great
with an outstanding evening sunset and calm seas to boot!
I'm still determined to get Mike into some winter Steelheading
this year when conditions allow us to enjoy ourselves.
Todays Report is coming to you courtesy of Eric Schippa first
mate on the Charter Boat Blue Chip, and his dad is Capt.
Kevin Schippa. According to Eric fishing was best over
220 feet of water straight out of Saugatuck about 8 miles.
Steelhead to the 12 to 14 pound range comprised most of the
catch. Best lures were DW's and Stingers in Orange and
Green Patterns. The top 40 feet of water produced most
of the fish. The total was 13 Steelies, 3 Kings and 3
Lakers.......(19 fish) Good Job Blue Chip!
Todays report won't
be about time on the water fishing. It's about computer
fishing. I'm spending the day posting the top 10
finishers and money winners at the tournaments
link. I just figured out how to use the Nikon Coolpix
950 flash. It sure would have improved the quality of
the images I snapped at the weigh in. Never the less
their is a learning curve with everything. Anyways, the
TV channel 7 news is calling for strong NW wind today.
Reggie West and John Thompson
booked a charter for their developmentally handicapped
patients Mark and Francis. They thought it would be a
great way to introduce Mark and Francis to Lake Michigan
fishing and guess what?.....it was! We landed 8 fish,
missed 4 hits, had one break the line and lost one just behind
the boat. We had very foggy conditions the morning
charter with Francis catching the largest fish of the day, a
leaping 10 lb. Steelhead that cleared the water at least 7
times. I was more than impressed with the way Reggie and
John cared for the special fisherman....really! this was
a wonderful charter for me also, because everyone thoroughly
enjoyed themselves to the max.
7:am Lee Walsh, Leslie, and Andrea Jurasek were
in Manistee to attend a wedding and thought it be great to
sample some Lake Michigan fishing. We left the dock at
7:00am looking for Salmon and Trout and it didn't take us long
to find them. These "two fine" ladies were up
to their first search for big fish and Leslie tied into
a determined 10 lb. Steelhead as I was setting lines.
Before that Steelie could be unhooked and boxed a King Salmon
in the 20 bracket decided to put up a spectacular show on for
Andrea by running out a 100 yards of line, but patience, skill
and determination won out on her part as I slid the net
underneath Andrea's "Tuna." We only landed 4
fish, but this great charter group were just plain nice people
to be around and that sure makes my job more enjoyable.
A special word of thanks goes out to Lee for being a fast
learner and handling the deckhand duties like a PRO!
The Dinezio family
booked a afternoon charter for Lake Michigan in quest of
Steelhead and Salmon and were successful! Dain,
Nicole, Laura, Vic and Vince
all landed fish. Nicole, a wise young lady of
about 9 years landed a nice 10 lb. King and Dain boated
a Lake Trout on his third try, he's only 6 and displayed adult
behavior through out the charter. We landed 6 fish, had
8 hooked up and we missed a 4 strikes on what best could be
described a slow afternoon on the big lake. The
conditions were pleasurable as the wind came down to almost
flat calm. The missed hits couldn't be helped or we
would have had a better box, nevertheless it was a great way
to spend a Friday evening.
Today is the Ladies Day Tournament
as the men continue to pre-fish for this weekends festivities,
the Annual Pro-Am. This tournament attracts close to 150
fishing teams in a fun event on Lake Michigan. The
weigh-in is at the Armory close to the public launch.
Yesterdays fishing was good with most boats coming in with
heavy boxes of Lake Trout with some Salmon and Steelhead as
the wind laid down in the afternoon as forecasted.
A light rain continues to fall in the early morning (7:00am)
as the tournament teams pre-fish for the upcoming weekend.
Everybody is trying to be as sneaky as a F-111 Stealth Fighter
about what's going on, trying to gain the edge that will take
them to the winners stage at the armory here in Manistee.
I don't have a charter until 6/23/00pm and the results of that
charter will be on the web as soon as possible with the most
trusted and honest fishing information available.....mine!
Todays forecast is: West Wind 15 to 25 knots. Partly sunny.
Waves 2 to 4 feet. And it's supposed to lay down either
late this afternoon or evening, let's hope for a decent
weekend. "Good Luck" to all the ladies in
Bad luck with the weather continues to plague us in the
charter business. A WSW wind at 15 to 25 knots going to
the west and increasing to 30 knots has caused me to cancel
the Steve Shultz
Charter for the
second time. I tried calling this group at 3:00pm
yesterday to save them the trip up north from Flint, Michigan
but they'd already left.
A strong morning SE
wind in the early morning and wind switching to the SW has
curtailed fishing activities for today. Plus the rain
showers we're experiencing right now adds up to another messed
up day in Manistee.
Sundays Charter consisting of Joel Sr. and Joel Struble Jr.,
Stephanie, Joe Cuellar plus
the their two well behaved sons Caleb
and Joshua spent
Fathers Day on Lake Michigan catching fish. As a matter
of fact, this fantastic group boated a nice mixed bag of
Salmon, Steelhead and Lake Trout totaling 14 fish in all for
about 30 hits or strikes. In the morning the Lake was
"Pool Table Flat Calm" and the bites were few and
far between, but in the afternoon the action increased to a
extraordinary tempo including a triple header. A special
thanks goes out to Joel Jr. for the honorary position of First
Mate which he earned by assisting with everything that needed
to be done. The "Cuellar Clan" is scheduled
again for 8/6/00 in Tunaville: Lk. Michigan!
Todays charter fisherman were Han Xiong Xiao (Shell), Rev.
David Anderson, Doug Jr. and Doug Hallett Sr.
As they boarded the boat at 6:00am I told them: "If we
catch any fish today it's up to providence because with the
recent blows I have absolutely no plan" and this was said
before I knew Rev David was the pastor at the West Bloomfield
Bible Church. Well, the fishing gods kind of smiled on
us with 9 decent sized fish on the half day trip. Doug
Jr. had the largest, a King weighing in at about 17 lbs. and
Rev. Dave landed a flashy 10 to 12 lb. Steelhead. Shell
fought it out with a 12 lb. Laker in a dogged
struggle from 60' down. The overall assessment of this
mornings outing is while we only landed 9 fish, it was a heavy
box to hoist off the boat. And last, but not least,
providence was on our side with because these fisherman never
lost a hooked up fish, unbelievable!
at 456 am EDT...National
Weather Service doppler radar indicated a line of showers and
thunderstorms with wind gusts over 40 knots. The showers and
storms were near Mid Lake due east of Ludington and extended
north to Mid Lake east of Manistee. They were moving northeast
at 45 knots. The storms will reach the coast by 6 am.
Thunderstorms pose many threats to marine safety. Strong
winds...rough seas...and low visibility in heavy rain can make
boat handling very difficult. There is also the threat of
Winder and rougher (8' to 10' seas in open water) than what I
want to fish in what best describes a cool and rainy day in
Manistee. However, the lake is supposed to lay down for
southwest winds 15 to 25 knots means no fishing out of
Manistee until the lake lays down. We've sure had our
share of rough seas in 2000!
Ven Lenkeek, Bob Schafer, and Jim Johnson
had looked forward to a great day of fishing on placid Lake
Michigan out of the Port of Manistee. Well, today wasn't
going to be it! Southeast wind at least 20 knots when we
started setting lines, the conditions were tolerable.
Then the wind shifted due south and increased to about 30
knots. The seas were running at least 5' when we pulled
rods. Incidentally, we boated a small Salmon and a Lake
Trout in the few hours we attempted to fish. This is not
the kind of charter I wanted to show this group, so it was
wisely decided by everyone concerned to rebook for August and
we cut this trip short at 9am.
Bob Rondelez, Ron, and myself
hit the "Big Pond" for a short evening fishing trip
on a tune up cruise. We boated 5 Kings to 14 lbs. for 7
or 8 strikes. We fished straight out of Manistee towards
thru 6/11/00 Capt. Craig Kent says;
"The weather in Manistee has been pretty rough this week.
A lot of wind and some rain has hampered fishing efforts
but steelhead are still being taken along with Lakers and a
few kings out 8-12 miles in the top 50 feet of water.
The shelf has picked up a little with several small kings
taken Saturday and a few larger fish on Sunday. This
action also seems to be around the 50' mark in 80-150 feet of
water. Best colors on the shelf are the Dolphin patterns
run behind riggers, Dipseys or Leadcore while orange is the
color of choice. While out deep the same
methods and lures are working. Hope the wind stops
blowing, the Ladies Classic and the Bud Pro-Am are less
than two weeks away." GOOD FISHIN!
Ed Evans, Bob Rondelez, Tom Rassmuson and
I were going to hit Lake Michigan at 6:00am but strong south
wind cancelled our plans.
Captain Mark Pefley and his little brother Jeffrey
decided to hit Lake Michigan for a day on the Big Pond.
Their boat the "Sunrise" was headed west in quest of
one of the greatest game fish know to man, Steelhead. As
they sped across the 30 line when Capt. Mark noticed a 2
degree temperature break just south of the harbor in deep
water. As they started setting lines the fish were on
the bite, in the next 4 hrs. they had a least 30 hits and
nonstop action in spite of a small 4 rod spread. They
only kept 9 fish, being selective to release the unharmed
Steelhead and Salmon. Capt. Mark and his sidekick bro
Jeffrey reports his best lures were DW's in a taped orange and
green crush along with a Stinger double orange crush.
Team Pefley are well known top notch fish producers in the
Manistee area. Incidentally, the fisherman who stayed on
the "Shelf" got burned with not many fish being
taken even by the charter fleet.
Kate Green "WHO'S THE BOSS"
at Fisherman's Center in Manistee at Solberg's Boat Yard
reports; "There is a lot of fishing going on and
not much catching. Cold water from a recent the north
blow has slowed the fishing temporally and the
"fleet" hasn't located the mother lode of fish yet.
The lake conditions are good, but not ideal." The
phone number if you're looking for info or tackle at
Fisherman's Center is (231) 723-7718.
and the crew there are some of the nicest people I've ever
dealt with."........Capt. John