April Brown Trout Season 20001
2 Daves & Chris Herig trip 4/14/01 17 lb. Brown 4/14/01 R. Gosk Brown 4/22/01
2001 Brown Trout Results
This page contains the exact results from every charter with no embellishment. This is a "tell it like it is" standard of honesty that Capt. John King is known for. Proof can be found in the archived links to photos that accompany every charter. While other charter operations might give you a bunch of "pie in the sky" unfounded promises. Here, you can see and read the precise verification of the whole story when it comes to fishing with King's Charter Service, we serve the reel facts1
4/30/01 I cancelled the Curt Meekhoff trip today, because of the lousy fishing in Manistee. This charter thing only works for me if we can do some catching, not just fishing! Hopefully, Curt will rebook for the outstanding spring fishery in Saugatuck. My concern for a successful fishing trip outweighs the financial gain on my part.
4/29/01 I met with Gary Doublestein and his friends, Irv, Dick and Mike at 6:45am. After I informed them of the poor fishing, we decided to try it for a while so Irv could pick up a few pointers on Lake Michigan Brown Trout techniques. We had 2 half hearted tugs from what we though might be fish, and no further action. So, Gary is going to rebook for Saugatuck in a week or two. The party's over for Brown Trout on the shoreline off Manistee for this season, or at least for now.
Matt Eurich and his fishing buddies; Jim, Mike and Bill
spent a pretty uneventful day in search of Brown Trout on Lake Michigan.
We hit 3 fish while setting up and things started off just fine, then
heavy shoreline pressure and east winds took it's toll. The fish
were just not in the mood to cooperate! We covered over 20 miles
of shoreline and even tried sewn minnows with cowbells to no avail.
Overall we had 5, maybe 6 hits and boated 3 Browns to about 6 pounds.
4/27/01 I was supposed to be fishing with Walt Cockfield this afternoon, but traffic delayed him and it was decided to find him another boat for tomorrow. The starting time would have been 6:00pm, much too late to get in much fishing before dark.
I'll be spending most of the day pulling maintenance and adding new
equipment to the Cherokee. The 4 rod holders per downrigger is an
amazing option, and only Fishlander offers it! The more I use my
new riggers, the more I like them.
I had the wonderful
opportunity to fish with 3 generations of the Gosk Family, Jason, Randy,
Ron and dad Richard. What a time we had! Fun was the theme
for the day as humor and laughter kept us busy when the fish didn't.
4/21/01 I fished with Gary Bishop, Matt, Barry and Rich Pines today, the predicted stout winds from the southwest caused us to quit early. We had 8 hits and boated 4 Brown trout to 9 pounds. It's better to err on the side of safety, than tough it out.
I fished the afternoon charter with Joe Peraino, Al and son Max Iafrate.
Al Iafrate is a 5 time NHL All Star, playing for Toronto and Washington.
Al holds the record for the world's fastest slap shot clocked at 105
mph. I thoroughly more than enjoyed the company of this afternoons
4/19/01am This morning, I fished Ron and Bob Schlosser and Eric. We hit about 9 quality fish and they boated 5 Browns on the am trip. Click here for catch photo
Today, I fished with two excellent big
water anglers, Doug Herig and his long time fishing partner, Pat.
After an awfully slow start, we got into some "Reel Brown Trout
Fishing." Doug who had dreamed of catching trophy class Brown
Trout, had his wishes fulfilled when he landed a Master Angler 17 pound
fish after a fierce and lengthy, hard won fight. The 17 pounder
was a beer barrel, football shaped bruiser, a prime example of what
Manistee has to offer.
The couple of Lynn Sager and Terri Pollack were my fishing
guests today. The morning started out with 3 footers in an
uncomfortable beam sea troll. Then around 9:30am the Brown Trout
"went on the bite." In short order we had 10 strikes and
landed 7 Browns and missed a King that was in the 16 to 20 pound class
right behind the stern of my boat. Click
here to see their limit of Brown Trout.
4/12/01 I had to cancel Ron Scholosser, because of gale force winds, Ron has rescheduled for 4/19/01.
Today's most excellent guests
were Dave Cunningham, Chris and Dave Esterline from last February.
We were plagued by some of the worst conditions known to man, with
horizontal rain and high off shore winds to 25 knots. The dreadful
weather was more than offset by the friendly camaraderie of the 3
incredible fishermen mentioned above.
Click here for
Dave Esterline's trophy
fished Lake Michigan today with Wendell Wilk and Kim Vance for Brown
Trout. We sacrificed quantity for quality. boating 2 Brown Trout
in the 12 to 14 lb. class and Wendell boated a 12 lb. Steelhead hen in
full spawning colors. East wind that switched to northeast didn't
exactly set the fish on fire and luck was on our side boating 3 large
fish under the worst possible wind direction.
with Eric, Derrick, Dave, Tom and Kevin Bowerman today. Because of
rough seas left over from yesterday we started at 11am. The Brown
Trout fishing on Lake Michigan has really picked up from the south blow
we just had. We had at least 25 hits, but the Browns weren't
staying stuck and we lost a bunch of fish. The death toll was 7
Brown Trout and a Laker we released.
4/7/01 While I had enough sense not to try fishing today, a boat sank off Manistee with 3 very brave lads aboard. All were rescued by the Coast Guard.
4/7/01 Met Ian and Todd Sloan at the boat this morning at 7:30am and was much to windy to even consider fishing the big lake. I'd like to thank Todd for being willing to rebook for a later date. I received a well needed improved fishing report on the Browns in Lake Michigan. The fish had moved onshore yesterday afternoon and the boats that fished in the pm all did decent for the most part....finally!!!!!!!!!!!
I was on Lake Michigan today
with the Heath, Josh and Ron Blewett in search of Brown Trout.
Fishing was simply great and the catching was totally non-existent along
the Manistee's shoreline. The Blewett's took pity on me and let me
quit early as we decided to postpone their date to more favorable
conditions, because of lack of cooperation from Mr. Brown Troutis.
They're just not here yet.
4/5/01 Had the father-son team of Travis, and dad, Tim Anthony as guests today on the Manistee River. We hit 3 Steelhead and were fortunate to boat 2 fish. The Anthony's are from Fairbanks, Alaska and are reel fishermen, believe me. Travis unassisted hooked and landed a dandy full colored buck in the 10 to 12 pound class. In the last hole of the day I pulled a rabbit out of the hat and Tim caught a bright wild, thrashing chrome hen in snag infested waters, I'd rather be lucky than good! Click here for the father-son photo
and Kyle Bradley along with Russ Boomsma were my guests today. We
had 6 strikes and boated 4 Brown Trout on Lake Michigan in bluebird
conditions. So, the lake was nice, the weather and the company was
great. The fishing improved slightly, but the catching was on the
slow side. Look for improvement as the winds switch to the south
tomorrow. Inshore water temp is now 42 degrees.
4/3/01 I fished today Jason Crawford, Jeff, Jeremiah and Todd. We 3 hits and boated a Brown Trout in short order. Then east wind took it's toll and we didn't hit another fish as the seas built to around 4 foot, so we quit early to cut our loses. These were nice folks to fished with and deserved better than what was available to us.
great group of fishermen today, who I named the "3 Amigos."
The infamous Amigos consisted of Jerry Devon, Ken Glen and Jeff Peck and
were out to catch some fish and have a good time. After almost
getting skunked at 10:30am we hit our first Brown Trout on Lake
Michigan. Jeff showed extreme patience and talent in landing a
trophy sized Brown Trout in the 10 to 12 pound range. We hit
another 5 fish and Jerry, Kenny and the head honcho amigo, Jeff boated 3
I launched the 28 foot Cherokee
on Lake Michigan today. We trolled for better that 3 hours
and landed a throw-back Lake Trout and a small Brown Trout.
Needless to say, I wasn't impressed by the quality of the experience.