May and June Results 2001
Melder Charter 5/8/01 Jeff Jones 5/24/01 Whitaker Trip 6/29/01 Dan Cameron 6/30/01
and June 2001 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, the reel facts!!!
Today's full day charter guests
were Darrell, Scott, Rick and Dan Cameron. Dan, being first up got
into a nasty duel with a cantankerous King in the 20 pound class. For
several minutes it was up in the air, as who was going to win this battle?
Dan or Mr. King Salmon? But, after patient and adept rod handling,
Dan won out. All in all, we slayed 11 fish consisting of 8 Hog Lake
Trout (to 15 lbs.), 2 decent Steelhead and Dan's trophy King or
The hard luck story in the Pro-Am
belongs to "Team Sunrise," after being a top 5 boat on the first day
of the Pro-Am. They had 160 points going into the second day, and a good
catch on Sunday, but they got back to the harbor 3 minutes late and had to
disqualified themselves. Motor problems cause the delay in returning.
Never the less, congratulations to all the participants.
Finished about 18th (Pro-Division)
in the Budweiser Pro-Am Tournament with Dave, Justin and Dave. We boated
10 lunker Lake Trout that averaged about 11 pounds a piece (2 were released
to be legal). Finding Steelhead and Salmon was almost an
impossibility for us and the most of the tournament fleet. Click
for our Port Reporter's outstanding 3rd place report
6/23/01 Fished south and the results were meager. Weighed in only 3 fish, that totaled 18 pounds. Many boats did far worse, of what can be considered an extremely slow day on Lake Michigan. We're in the middle of the field as far as points go in the Pro-Division. When you're as far down as we are, you can only go up. Look for an improvement tomorrow.............I hope!!!!!!!!!!
We finished 10th overall in the Ladies Classic in Manistee today with 46
pounds in the 5 fish we weighed in. My Ladies Team was more than
fantastic, boating 11 of 12 fish hooked. Plus, they only missed one
strike too! I'd like to thank Rickie, Melissa and Nicole for being such
terrific anglers. These women could teach most men a thing, or two, Reel
Fact!! Click here for ladies the catch photo
Fished out of Manistee this morning
with "Team Sunrise," we boxed 8 fish by 8:30am and missed several
strikes. Our pre-tournament box averaged about 7 pounds a fish. We
didn't stay in the "Hot Spot" long enough to call attention to the
plot of water, we want to work tomorrow. We pulled lines around 10am and
finished up the boat maintenance started yesterday.
I fished today with Mark Sabo and his
son, Matt. Threatening skies and thunderstorms prevented us from
venturing too far away from port. In a 150 of water, young Matt got a
taste of how hard a King Salmon in the 15 to 20 range can scrap. After a
15 minute battle, the monster King swam free, as the line got cut underneath
the boat...shucks! We then moseyed out to deeper water and had another 7
hits and "6 fish on." Click here
for "Team Sabo"
We got off the dock around 5pm after
the thunderstorm warning expired. Fished the inshore water depths of 100 to
220 feet and for the most part, all we found was small kings. Moved to
the 450 foot range and found 49 degree water only 5 miles from port.
Action was good, with at least 10 to 12 strikes in 4 hours of trolling, but
our landing ratio was very poor. Overall, we boated 6 fish and released
4 small Kings. We were on the 13 and 14 north line (just south of
Manistee a tad).
5/27/01 Wayne and Julie Yoder along with son Doug tried to fish Lake Michigan today. The weather was windy from the north, raining and temperatures in the high-40's. Needless to say we cut the trip short, because of the nasty conditions. Plus, the north blow brought in a bunch of cold water, scattering the Salmon.
Jeff Jones and his friends Mike and
Jason were my guests today. They deserved far better treatment than I
was able to muster, because of a lingering cold I just can't shake. Even
though we lost a triple header and I was under the weather we managed to boat
11 fish on the half day charter. Catch
5/20/01 Lynn and Jeri Pollack landed 4 Kings to almost 2o pounds and a richly colored dark gray Lake Trout. The conditions were ultra flat glassy calm with not a dimple on the surface. The fish were spooky and hard to come by for me, but Jeri landed her largest fish ever Click here for Jeri's Tuna and it was just too nice not to enjoy Lake Michigan!
I had a superb time today as long
friend and veteran of many "Salmon Wars," Bob Hoover took his superb
family on a event today. His fantastic wife, Rose was accompanied by Bob
Junior, Mike, Kelly, and last but not least Debbie. Mr. Hoover has
fished with me since 1987 and has never went home disappointed.
fish on the Jeremy Parker half day trip
today, while battled a severe cold, or as I call it "Boat
Phenomena." The fishermen today did a great job on the fish when
the opportunity presented itself, but with a temperature of 102 I wasn't with
it at all. Tried to find another boat to run the trip and just couldn't.
5/17/01 I'm going to try and finish with the Saugatuck thing this weekend. I should be trailering the boat back Monday. With me being home I'll have time to finish the Bechholds Flasher Deal, Fishlander Spoons, and I'll setting up an account with Luhr Jensen. If you're a member of my E-mail list you'll be entitled to purchased fishing tackle at reduced rates compared to the stores.
5/16/01 I had to cancel the Bill Webb trip for today. Thunderstorms are nothing to mess with, let alone the high winds and heavy rains that accompany them.
5/13/01 8 fish were boated on the 2 Daves charter today after being cancelled out by weather yesterday. Boat Daves are world class folks to fish with. Plus I lost the original story Click here for their catch photo.
13 fish were boated on the Robert and
Carolyn Bell trip today. Bob had a reel taste of the outstanding King
Salmon Fishery off Saugatuck, Michigan. Both the Bells did great job
with the fishing rods, once I broke Bob's habit of "Billy Joe Bob's Hook
Sets." TNN and ESPN has ruined many fishermen with those B.S. TV
hook sets! Also, it was a shortened trip, because of the fast catching.
We took 18
fish today on the Sandy Melder half day charter with constant action on King
Salmon. It was a Tuna fest with line ripping Kings busting us up.
The fish were aggressive to say the least, and 80 feet of water was best.
Mitch, Jim "The Net"
Fisher and Lars Hierta rode the Kings hard today and put their limit away wet!
My guests and myself boated 18 fish on today's charter. Overall, we
boated 2 Steelhead, 1 Laker and 15 Kings to maybe just past the 20 pound mark,
also 9 of the Kings were hogs. Click
here for awesome photo.
5/5/01am Steve Jr. and Dr. Steve Fry met with me at 7:00am to hit Lk. Michigan in quest of Salmon and Trout. Brutal east wind to at least 25 knots caused fishing to be on the slow side (wind from the east, fish do not feast!). We still managed a couple of Lakers for the younger Steve (9 years wise) and a pair of decent line ripping, mean spring Kings for Dad to land. Click here for the two Steve's photo
5/4/01pm Ian and Todd Sloan were my first trip off the dock in Saugatuck. Lk. Michigan served up 12 fish will to strike and we boated 2 Kings, 3 Lakers and a Steelie. The heartbreaker of this charter was the fact a strong King well into the 20 pound range broke us off when it tangled up with other lines. Click here for photo
5/3/01 I'll be leaving for Saugatuck today, and if all goes right should in Saugatuck early this evening. Daily updates are on hold, because I don't have a laptop that I can travel with (next purchase). Fresh information will be available as soon as I get access to the internet. Also, please leave messages on my voice mail for a prompt and speedy reply. Boat and I'm ready for the stupendous action on spring salmon.
5/2/01 My extremely foxy guests today were Sandy, Niki, Sara, Bambi and Barbie. These ladies are strippers from the Deja Vu. The recent warm weather prompted these gals call me, so the could improve their tans and get rid of existing tan lines. Needless to say, I was excited at the chance to take them fishing! Then, just as we were leaving the dock, I rolled over and woke up, because the alarm went off.
I spent yesterday and I'll be spending the day doing maintenance on the lake
boat. Changing the oil and putting bottom paint on is in order too.
Fishing reports from Saugatuck are reel good, with Steelhead and Salmon
comprising the majority of the catch. The 12th of May, which is a
Saturday is open from a recent cancellation. Interested in a great
catching trip? Call me at (800) 552-2009.