October, November and
12/31/08 Have a safe New Years
Eve! I still have no internet and been trying to get a service tech
from Hughes Net out to my place. This is the 8th day since this
satellite connection went down. It's been a nightmare dealing with
My Manistee snowometer now stands at 92 inches for winter 2008-2009!
10 years ago this week my very first computer was ordered.
I didn't have a clue on how to run the darn contraption, but
learned quickly. If you'd have told me 10 years ago my
entire business depended on the internet, I would have said
you were nuts!
The internet has leveled the
playing field for small manufacturing operations like my
tackle business. In fact, in the Great Lakes markets my
websites get more traffic than my much larger competitors that
rely on mass retail market outlets to stay in business.
If you're new to the
sport of big water trolling for Salmon, Trout and Walleyes,
the net will shorten your learning curve by years. It's
been exciting to see how fast the internet has blossomed
during the last 10 years and look forward to what the future
Connectivity issues continue to plague me. I have no
satellite internet and my slow 26.4 phone modem hookup is
barely useable due to extreme phone line noise. This
probably was caused by recent heavy rains and flooding.
We will not be shipping
any orders until 1/5/09, the first Monday in the upcoming new
year. It's impossible to make mailing labels, or conduct
any business until my main phone lines and satellite dish are
in good working order again.
Manistee County leaves a lot to be desired. Especially,
if you live in the rural community where any type
service/utility is marginal at best in good weather and
downright unreliable in the winter.
Manistee snowometer now stands at 87 inches for winter
Due to technical difficulties this website will not be
updated daily until my satellite internet connection is
repaired. Hopefully, before the first of the New Year.
Presently, I'm struggling thru with an extremely slow 26.4
Kbps dialup connection. Even to do basic internet chores like
retrieving emails takes forever and a day.
Christmas to all! This time of the year signals a new
beginning. A new hope and that's probably more important than
ever, as we look towards the future.
Great news! Our days
are finally starting to get longer and a slight warming trend is in
store for the Great Lakes region, in spite of more of the white stuff
Photo posted yesterday shows
slight traces of blood in the package on the right. Reasons for this
could be many.
comparison bait photo
Vacuum sealing when thawed
can pull blood out of the bait. In the thousands of package of
bait produced, there's bound to be some packages where the vacuum seal
gets broken, or a very few trays might have thawed during transport and
distribution. Reputable retailers will not pass on damaged bait to
their customers. I caulk up the occasional tray of questionable
bait to the price of doing business and use it myself.
My Manistee snowometer now stands at
85 inches for winter
Hope to be restocked with bait soon after Christmas.
Should have both red and green label herring if all goes
according to plan. Shipped most of our backlog of bait orders
yesterday, along with tackle orders. It felt good to be
extra busy again with the holiday rush bearing down on
us. Today and tomorrow are the last 2 days left in our
special holiday promotion of 10 to 20 percent off, free
shipping $ a free Sparkler flasher.
Posted another comparison
photo on what to look for when purchasing bait. Full
explanation in tomorrow's update.
for this new bait photo
My Manistee snowometer now stands at 82 inches for winter
12/22/08 Hit by 2 major
system snows in Manistee County, MI since this last Friday. I'd
guess around 24" inches total when everything is all said and
done. Like many of you, we've been digging out, trying to keep the
If you live in a rural area, or as
I call it, "the boonies" satellite internet is not
reliable. In simpler terms it's an overpriced piece of junk that
will cost you 50 to 70 bucks a month that goes out when it snows, or
rains. Satellite internet is not near as reliable as satellite
TV. It's miserable trying to keep this website updated with junky
Just a couple of days left in
our mega-sale Christmas sale. If you're a procrastinator time is
running out to buy more tackle for less money and get a free 09 Sparkler
featured photo is our 10 and 12 inch flashers we produce decorating a
Christmas tree. While the finery of these ornate the colors is
worthy. The reel beauty is when these flashers are coming to the
boat with a fish in tow!
Many thanks to all the
wonderful Christmas greeting emails I've received from viewers of this
website. Wish the time was available to answer each and every one
of them with personal reply, but the work load from the holiday rush has
us very busy.
notice when the US gets hit by major winter storms we're not
hearing a thing about global warming on the nightly
news? Is this a conspiracy to fill air time
between the anchor desk and weatherman? I know for a
fact, our last 3 Decembers have been getting worse.
Colder than a X mother-in-law's kiss and snow up the
Counting the total snowfall accumulation we received this
My Manistee snowometer now stands at 64 inches for this
fall, winter is 2 days away!
12/19/08 Sold out on
shipping bait at: www.michiganangler.com
Will be taking steps today and into early next week to secure
more. From what I've seen, bait is always plentiful until you need
it. Existing bait orders we have will be shipped on
If you're in need of bait and
placing a tackle order at my webstore, just make a note to that effect
in the special comments section on the checkout page. If you just
need herring? Send emails to: email@example.com
to get on our waiting list.
you're not into missing fish? ...upgrade your existing
flies with the same double snelled trebles we use on our
flies. These new 6 pack stickers are tied on 50# test
Triple Fish heavy duty fluorocarbon and a glow bead.
our deadly dual trebles
turned up eyelet snells pull directly straight on the main
shank of the hook, thus insuring the ultimate best chance for
a positive hookup. This was and is a industry first and
to the best of my knowledge, nobody else offers dual trebles
We'll be shipping
more bait next Monday and holding all orders until then.
Presently we have about 8 free Styrofoam shipping containers
left. So, if you've been kicking around the idea of
making sure you have meat to start the 2009 with, now is the
time to order.
Today's photo is a comparison side by side images of Herring
fillets being processed. In the left photo the meat is
beet red. This could signal several freeze-thaw cycles
in a vacuum sealed package. The vacuum if not broken
during thawing, blood can be drawn into the baitfish.
Any package with a extra amount of blood in the tray, do not
purchase and ask the store for another tray.
comparison bait photos
The photo on the
right shows the flesh side of the bait has more of an opaque
white color and this is what I prefer. Bait in either
photo can work if the fish are on a hard bite, but if the fish
are being touchy, the bait on the right will out produce.
12/16/08 Some thing just
make sense and with that in mind, now is the time to purchase bait
online at: www.michiganangler.com
It's a lot easier to ship bait when it's cold and wintry like it is
now. Bait will arrive at your doorstep frozen rock hard!
For a limited time, until my
supply of donated freezer shipping containers runs out, there's no
charge for these expensive Styrofoam boxes. You can purchase
enough Green Label Herring from the Fish On Bait Company to make 140
pieces of prime fish bait.
Cost is inline in today's
less then perfect economy too. You can buy 7 packages, packed 10
herring to a tray for the dirty-ball low price of 50.00. During
the 2008 season this bait retailed at most outlets for 7.95 a tray (8
So, the actual retail base
cost on the bait alone is 56 bucks according to my math. Then
factor in the no charge container and a low 4.95 shipping charge.
Free shipping if you buy over a 100.00 worth in a combined order with
In season (May thru
September) this could easily amount to 80.00. If you buy now, do
not process the bait until you're ready to use it next April, or
May. It will keep just fine in the freezer. I've used bait
processed in October the following May, but do not recommend this length
of time. Click for complete
This offer on bait offer is not discounted at any sale pricing
tier, the savings are included!
another perk to our special Christmas sale. Everyone
who's placed an order retro-active to 11/25/08 (when the sale
started) will receive the same discount thru 2009. While
others might just say, "thanks," ...I'll show it
with a discount good for all of 2009! Plan to announce
this bonus was going to be after the sale ended on 12/24/08
anyways. Click for our special webstore sale at: www.michiganangler.com
Posted a unique
photo that bookends to my 2008 season out of the Port of
Manistee, MI. It shows the first fish we took in May and
the last fish just past Labor Day 08. After placing
these 2 photos together the grand conclusion is my New Year's resolution.
That's to fish more often in the coming 2009 season.
12/14/08 Here's a mini
history lesson on the 2008 Lk. Michigan season thru my eyes out of the
Port of Manistee, MI. First off, it was a cool spring and
summer. To the outside we had maybe 5 days above 90 degrees.
Many days it struggled to get into the low 80s.
The big lake stayed cold for the
most part with a constant stream of wind from the north. While
2008's overall success depends on you who speak with, the easy fall off
the hay wagon limits did not happen like in the previous seasons of 2002
The point I'm trying to make, the experts
talk a lot about global warming. Something we've yet to see in
Manistee, Michigan. Our brutal December is not global warming!
Manistee County front yard snowometer now
stands at 47" for this fall.
to clear the snow off my guest trailer yesterday. Depth
was building towards 30 inches and that's too much weight for
this early in the season. So far this week, we've spent
at least 8 hours removing snow.
for roof clearing
12/12/08 The promise of the 2009 season? That predestined
moment in time when a rod goes off, then 2 seconds later
another rod springs to life for a double header. It
almost seems like you're being transported by an unknown force
into a mystical zone of complete mental relaxation.
Fishing is a magical world that blocks out all other distractions
in life. Fishing is total escapism from a reality, that
all-to-often needs escaping from. Some call might this
recreation? I call it maintaining my sanity!
Busy at work today
building a new page at my webstore to offer Herring that meets
and exceeds our MDNR's requirements. While selling bait
with the season a good 4 months away at it's earliest might be
a little early, it the best time. Why? ...cuz it's
winter in the Great Lakes States, ensuring rock hard frozen
product when it arrives at your door.
Many have sold and shipped frozen bait, but nobody has done it
on a cost effective basis.
That's all about to
change now with help from some of our message board members
donating the Styrofoam shipping containers. These
freezer boxes at cost are at least 10 bucks. Look for 7
packages of Green Label Fish On Herring to be delivered to
your door for 49.95. Green Label retails at 7 to 8 bucks
in most tackle shops. Freezer container, 7 packages of
green and free shipping is one helluva good deal!
for sneak peak
12/11/08 Been hunkered
down riding out the recent snow storms in Manistee. Our main
problem has been system snows gaining steam as the storms pass over Lk.
MI. Thusly, creating more lake effect snow and adding to
Deer are in a bad situation with
3' in the woods already.
Situation on the Manistee River for
fall/winter Steelhead has been pretty much unreported. Trying to
pull a boat out of the water on a snow covered icy boat ramp means you
might need tire chains for retrieval. Did here there was some
fresh run silvery Steelhead being caught around the M55 bridge, but that
info was from a week ago.
Manistee County snowometer
stands at 41" for this fall. Winter begins on 12/21/08, which
is our longest night, or shortest amount of daylight. Incidentally,
our word, "winter" comes from a Germanic term meaning
"time of water."
12/10/08 If you don't have
2' to 3' of snow in your front yard, then it's time to share this
wonderful, grand and glorious experience by posting today's photo.
As of 12/9/08 according to a
National Weather Service trained spotter there was 30" on level
ground in Wellston, MI. I live about 6 miles west of this small
town and have that much at my place too. Plowed 20" of snow 2
days ago and a good 1' yesterday.
Recent memory dating back to 1985
when I started guiding on the Big Manistee River for fall, winter and
spring Steelhead, ....this is the most snow seen, ...this early in the
season. Starting back up my yearly snowometer today at 40"
...so far this fall.
Estimated snow depth for Manistee County will be
added daily, or whenever it snows.
the near future there will be page at the webstore where you
can order bait that's from this year's batch. Winter's
freezing cold temperatures will keep everything hard rock
frozen until it reaches your place. There will be no
extra costly charges for the insulated shipping
containers. These were donated by a couple of our
message board members and this savings should be passed
on. I've used bait that's been froze for 3 years and had
terrific performance. So, no need to worry about this
stuff being fresh.
12/8/08 Posted a new
photo taken on 9/2/08 to go hand in hand with last Thursday's debut of
optional hook setups. The 3 ways you can now purchase trolling
flies with double snelled 5/0 single hooks, standard single 1/0 treble
and double snelled #1 trebles.
The snelled double trebles took 4,
or 5 fish for us on 9/2/08. All were hooked on the bottom chin up
by the snout, but not inside the chops. Our landing ratio per bite
on that day was close to perfect and we missed no hits on the snelled
double trebles. Went to the 2 treble rigged flies after missing
several strikes on 8/30/08.
for sticker proof
we got dumped with several inches of snow. Can't say
exactly how much. Between 14 to 18 inches would be in
the ball park. There's 20 to 24 inches on the ground
now. More is predicted most everyday this coming week
too! I'm setup to handle snow, but the receiver control
module for my snow plow is on the blink and won't be able to
get a replacement until early next week.
for 12/6/08 Snow Storm
Harbor Day ...67 years ago today we lost approximately 2,400
American servicemen were killed ...including 1,177 permanently
entombed in the battleship USS Arizona. Japan
never paid restitution to the families that lost sons, or has
accepted true historical fault. Now, this nation is
welcomed to build & sell their autos here?
100 employees were laid off at the Little River Casino in
Manistee, MI. Maybe, if their policies about commercial
netting were more on the up and up, they'd have more local
support. I for one? ....will not set foot in that place,
or ever spent one dime in this casino. Haven't heard if
the nets were pulled for the winter, or we'll face another
major catastrophe of a of a jumbled mess of floating nets like
May of this year.
12/5/08 Our message board
will be down from midnight tonight until early am this coming Monday
for necessary upgrades. Normal service will resume this Monday before
Hopefully, in the near future
I'll have a new article done that will go hand in hand with the 3 new
hook setups. Click
for 3 hook options with trolling flies
I'm proud to offer you
another world first, being 3 hook setups, or options when it comes to
purchasing trolling flies at our webstore. Being a small
manufacturer does have it's advantages when it comes to fine tuning the
needs of your customer base.
update is going to be one you have to figure out
yourself. I've published 3 new photos that are your
clues. If you're not much of a Sherlock Holmes?
for the straight skinny on some more new stuff for 2009
for 2009 is to have "Members Services" page where we
list the various skills by our members. We have members
that are welders, marine mechanics, taxidermists and a few
that build top notch aluminum rocket launchers/radar arches.
Only 21 days are
left in my special 2009 sale. Keep this in mind, cuz I will
not be doing the Flint Steelheaders Fishing Show in Birch Run,
MI coming in March 2009. I know this is a radical
departure from past policy, but it's necessary to lessen my
2009 will mark the
first time since 1983 I have not been a vendor in one way,
shape, or form at spring fishing trade shows in the states of
PA, OH, KY, IN and MI
Now's a great time
to cash in on the lowest prices ever offered with incentives
like no-charge shipping and a free 2009 BTI 10" Sparkler
flasher. Click special
Pier fishermen in Wisconsin are casting small 1/8 oz crappy
jigs for Salmon and Trout with great success. This info
came to us by message board member, No Fish Nick,
who's supplied two photos of some dandy fish recently caught
in the "land of cheese."
No Fish Nick's
black jig looks to me like it's made from marabou. If
you've never see marabou in the water, this downy feather
tends to look alive.
hook jawed 11/29/08 WI Brown
11/29/08 jig & WI Steelie-'bow
to handle some business today and thank everyone that's placed
an order during our special promotional "2009 Tackle
Stimulus Deal." There will never be another tackle
special that includes no-charge shipping, a free 2009 BTI
10" Sparkler flasher, and 2 discounted pricing
tiers. First tier is 20.09% if the retail prices shown
in your shopping cart exceed 100.00. Second tier is 10% for
all orders below 100.00 and you'll still get the free
Sparkler, but will be charged the low minimum shipping charge
A special offer like
this ...will never happen again at: www.michiganangler.com
Shipping is another thing that needs covering. All
orders for this Christmas season will be shipped US Priority
Mail (unless the UPS option is noted). Priority Mail
does not guarantee a delivery date like UPS. So,
patience is needed with the US Mail system
Using priority mail for
us means making a special a trip to the post office.
We'll be shipping orders only a couple of days a week.
Rather than everyday, like "in-season," where expediency
is absolutely necessary and expected.
11/30/08 Last Wednesday
upon the introduction of the new color patterns for 2009, Sparkler and
HRP were the leading story.
The Sparkler has been in
development since 2004 with the RF's came into being, then in 2006 when
the 10" BTIs were born and introduced. I figure a little
picture verification on the silver flecked Sparkler is in order with
today's featured photo.
Capt. Chris, second from the
left has been using a version, very similar to the "Sparkler"
dating back to 2004 with a special request product Chris picked up at my
shop. This pattern has been on the QT for a long time.
for Capt. Chris 7/5/08
the holiday weekend is going well for you. I'll rouse up
some ambition for a more meaningful update tomorrow.
all the pages at the webstore: www.michiganangler.com
Went to a wider screen format, more like 10 by 7, which is a
highly popular setting for today's larger monitors. This
allows a wider screen to display more products and less
Our shipping policy has changed
to US Priority Mail for now. There's a couple of
reasons. One it's cheaper at 4.95. It is slower
than UPS with no guaranteed date delivery, but during the
off-season speed of package arrival is not like July, or
Day 2008, have a wonderful holiday!
11/26/08 Time to
show the world the new tackle for 2009. Value and
extreme durability is the theme that started back during Labor
Day 2008. New flashers are a bargain, as no lure tape
was used. This helped cut costs a bunch. New BTIs
in the Sparkler and HRP patterns sell well below the existing
line up. Both of the new flasher designs will provide
many years of service. Comes in the 10 and 12 inch sizes
too. Click new
The Sparkler is injection
molded with thousands of micro silver metal-flakes, never to
wear off. This flasher was a direct offshoot from
testing in Ludington since 2004 by Capt. Chris S. Chris
told me his best success was mid-day with a very similar test
version. During high sun and off-peak hours this flasher
is a winner and very cost efficient when compared it's closest
cousin, the Krystal Killer pattern.
new Sparkler BTI
The HRP was been
requested for a long time by southern Lk. Michigan charter
operators. Having the color molded in, the finish will
never fade, chip, crack or peel like all painted dodgers do,
...sooner or later. You can plainly see what I'm talking
about in the photo. The HRP will be hot for spring Coho, June
deepwater Steelhead. I just wish we had this color
aboard last Labor Day when we got into the Coho & Kings
off Manistee, MI.
purchase tackle from me there's a cast of 1000s that are
involved. Meaning the USA work force my suppliers have.
There's long chain of custody in raw materials, shipping,
pieces & parts that goes into my products. All built
with USA links, to US workers. Rest assured any revenues
generated will stay in OUR USA!
high level meetings are on the table today with my top level
advisors at Kingfish Products Inc. I'll be in conference
with the leaders of my shipping, sales, promo, inventory,
& booking keeping departments to come up with your 2009
Tackle Stimulus Package. Details of our package will be
announced later this week.
Bail-outs? Hey, no big
deal! We had a bail-out last February when one of my
employees was put in jail on bench warrants for delinquent
traffic fines. We handled this crisis with bold strokes,
we did not hesitate, ...cuz he's the one that snells the
Almost a 100% sure we will not doing the Flint Steelheaders
Show in Birch Run, MI, this Mar. 6 thru 8, 2009. Getting
ready for shows is a massive undertaking. Been doing
sport, or trade shows since 1983 and the Flint Steelheaders
Show since the early to mid 1990s. Just going to take a
break and reassess the options for 2010.
I truly appreciate the past support of
the Flint River Valley Chapter of Steelheaders!
busy with production for now. My 2009 season has already
started. The more I can do in the off months, the more
free time when next season begins in earnest. Been going
back and forth with my decision to do the Flint Steelheaders
Boat & Fishing Show in March of 2009. Find out
tomorrow what the tentative plans are.
11/22/08 As close November
draws nearer and nearer, it's getting closer to time to lay out the new
2009 products. I have not been deterred by the poor Wall St. and industry
news. I have one direction and that's 100% straight forward.
In rating the new 2009 stuff
it begins with performance, overall durability, and what the reel-cost
is. I've built in value and kept that as my theme in this tougher
economic climate. Look for the rest of the details some time next
week. My only drawback is, there's a ton of web-work on my plate
until the debut is finalized.
Hope to get it all done by
next Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2008!
the weatherman's heavy snow prediction holds true, Manistee
and Ludington will be getting 2 feet of snow by this
afternoon. I hope for less.
T.G.I.F. and have a
great weekend. Remember the things in life we have to be
thankful for, cuz next Thursday is turkey day, our national
Day of Thanksgiving.
winter-like weather still has a firm grip on Manistee County,
MI. Next week looks better where daytime highs will at least
be above freezing. With 10 days remaining in November,
it's a wonder we didn't see snow a lot sooner than we did.
Got early word from one
of Santa's helpers the new 2009 product, or should I say
products will be arriving in my shop soon. I haven't
been deterred on my march to bring you the most productive
fishing products we can make in the USA.
Stay tuned for more on the yet
to be announced brand new lineup for 2009.
There will be some groundbreaking news in a week, or two!
11/19/08 My Dish Network satellite
HD programming has a 24/7 fishing show called, WFN channel 394.
This station has it's normal smattering of Bass and saltwater
The two programs that interest me
most are Nice Fish and Fishing Canada. Both of these
programs have featured Salmon fishing in British Columbia, Canada
The bait of choice in the BC
programs is some form of natural bait, 10 to 1 over artificial
lures. Whole and slice herring with meat heads similar to what I
produce. Then, there's larger 8 inch herring used in a cut plug
manner, just rigged with bare hooks.
I watched like a hawk and saw
Kings to over 40 pounds bite the same meat stuff we use in the Great
Lakes States with success. Critically, most of these TV shows in
BC are directed promos for lodges, or guide services. Leaving out
any how-to stuff entirely.
Watching a angler turning a handle
on the reel does not transpose well into the actual feeling we get
fighting fish. So, watching handle cranking can get pretty boring,
along with the put-on giddy laughter. Seeing what methods work and
catches is not boring.
11/18/08 It's a major
burrrr in Manistee County for now with night time temps in the low 20s
to the high teens. 4 inches of the white stuff fell yesterday,
making for wonderful conditions to hit the woods. Been seeing deer
at my place. All does so far.
Last report from the Big Manistee
for fall Steelhead was pitiful, but river Steelhead seekers are used to
adversity. Fall river Steelheading has never been a numbers
game. Fall river fishing teaches us all a good life lesson in how
to stay humble and appreciate the chase, not numbers of fish killed.
Kinda sounds like deer hunting ...eh?
11/17/08 Manistee County
around where I live received it's first snow that stuck and not melted
off. Yesterday, there was enough snow to light up the dark shadows
in the woods, making spotting deer a bunch more easy. Conditions
were prime for seeing deer, but hunting pressure is next to nil.
Normally, we'd have maybe 5 or 6 sets of hunters in my mile
section. This year is way down as far as hunters go. Seeing
a few does with this year's fawns, but no horns on my property yet.
11/16/08 Day 2 of
firearms deer season in Michigan. Communing with the woods is a
grand and glorious way to recharge your internal batteries, dead deer,
Have several good news ground
breaking announcements that will air on, or around Thanksgiving Day
...maybe shortly thereafter.
official unofficial holiday, meaning the start of the firearms whitetail
deer season. Good Luck and have most importantly ....a safe &
get a hook beyond the barb stuck thru your skin? If you
fish long enough this is bound to happen no matter how careful
your are. In almost every case you can push the barb out
the other side, then snip off the hook with good side
cutters. If you opt for the emergency room the shot to
numb the area will hurt about as much.
I've have several hooks
stuck in my head, hands and arms, mostly from charter combat
fishing when inexperienced anglers get excited and reef on
the rod at the wrong time. Hooks fly with a great force
as the stress is being relieved.
hook in paw
One thing is: you'll be amazed
about how tough your hide is, when you're shoving the hook
thru to expose the barb. Like shoe leather wouldn't be a
you've been living under a rock, it's no small secret several
sectors of our economy are in deep do. Please let me
take this chance to defend our besieged US auto industry
that's in dire need of help. The Big 3 are the best
chance we have to dig ourselves out of the hole greedy
Washington bureaucrats dug for us.
Driving around in an
electric rickshaw is not very attractive to me. The US
economy is built on excess, that's why many of us have trucks
to haul what we deem necessary. Hence the reason to work
hard, putting long hours in. Ford, GM and Chrysler did
not push gas prices way past 4 bucks a gallon. The Wall
St. crooks did that all by themselves!
my 20 years as a charter skipper on our Great Lakes, there's 2
season's that stick out. 1985 and 1996 were the only 2
seasons I can say with confidence, my full day charters
averaged at, or over 20 fish a day. 1985 was a glut of
Salmon and 1996 was pure Steelheadville in the best
sense. If we're to believe the MDNR's data collected
from the Little Manistee Weir, the numbers in the years
mentioned ...bear this out.
Now, on fast
forward we look at the more recent years of 2003 to 2008 the
data is just not there to add credence of the DNR's claim to
We all know 2008
was struggle at times. We had to work smaller pockets
and be in the absolutely right area to maintain respectable
constraints are a problem for all the Great Lakes DNRs.
There has to be a solution where we get a more balanced
fishery that doesn't depend wholeheartedly on just
Kings. Let's hope things get fixed soon to stem the tide
of less and less anglers.
Heard thru the grapevine 5 Salmon
of one specie is a reel-possibility for MI in 2009.
I stand corrected on the issue of how many rods are going to be
allowed in 2009. One of our message board members found a link on
the MDNR's website saying next year 3 rods a person will be a set
MDNR's 2009 3 rod rule
While I haven't checked
this regulation in a long time, on rivers a net with a total length of
36" (hoop to handle). This law has been largely ignored if
you're fishing from a boat according to my personal conversations with
CO's in the past. River boat fishermen need a longer net.
This facilitates less stress on the fish for those that release
Steelhead like I do on occasion. If this is still law, it ignores
hard to enforce rules are a daunting task for MDNR
Conservation Officers. Gray areas in unenforceable
laws for the Great Lakes is the 2, or 3 rods per person when
your fishing for Salmon (3 rods), or let's say Walleyes (2
rods). This comes into play, with a perfect example
being Saginaw Bay, where I've caught both
Now, ...who's to
say, or dispute your mindset when you go to court fighting a
ticket for too many lines/rods in the water?
Mind-reading doesn't exist and neither should stupid, next
to impossible fishing laws for our already overburdened CO's!
example: you're trolling the Lake Michigan off Manistee's
harbor, as soon ...as you enter the zone between the piers,
technically you're no longer on Lk. MI. Does this mean
3 rods legal on Lk. MI are now instantly cut to 2 rods a
person once you're inside the harbor? I think you get
for rods photo
Will there be a
blanket law change in 2009 to eliminate the "how many
rods confusion?" We'll have to wait and see, cuz
governmental agencies tend to be a higher power onto
themselves, often ignoring anything to do with common sense!
deer season starts next Saturday is the only positive news I
have for now. Look to be Steelheading on the Manistee
River this Tuesday, or Wednesday. This weekend's
rainfall might help move some fish upriver.
Congrats to John J for adapting to the no deer bait rule and still
taking a decent 7 pointer. Some of the keys to John's
success is he doesn't hunting mornings, having spooked to many deer on
the way to his stand in the hours before daylight. He changes
times and locations with his tree stand, as not to alert the deer to a
fixed schedule. I'd say the area where John hunts is a strip of
woods, some open land of about 15 acres. Granted this is a small
plot of land, but it lends to his intimate and proven tactics.
It's worthy to note John J spends a
lot of scouting and puts his time in. He has persistent patience
that only comes with years of knowledge.
John's 7 pointer
pound King found in Battle Creek is the truth according to Fox
News. This fish was found dead, estimated live weight would have
exceeded 90 lbs. While the headline is misleading, this whopper
found was actually found in Battle Creek, but that's a creek in the
State of California. I dispute this photo as a hoax, cuz holding a
fish that large on one knee goes against mechanical laws of leverage.
85 lb. King Salmon
Stick with me on
this ...as we turn the page to yesteryear, but we actually believed this
was within reason back in the late 1960s when Salmon were first
introduced to Michigan. Us first generation of Great Lakes Salmon
fishermen were actually gearing up for fish like this. We thought
there was a reel-possibility of Salmon going over 50 and some tipping
the scales at 100. Our dreams never materialized, with the MI
State Record on Kings being anchored around 47 pounds. Overall
world record is 126 pounds for Chinook Salmon. Kings, or Chinooks
caught on a rod and reel? ...the best ever is 96 pounds.
in Manistee has not been cooperating to pull more Steelhead into the
rivers. Warm and no rain will tend to hold back the fall
fish. There's some in the river, but not in huge numbers. A
good hard 2, or 3 day gulley washer is what's needed. My riverboat
is ready and waiting for the right conditions. Traffic report from
the Manistee River is light during the week. Not many cars in the
High Bridge access at all.
Up late last night watching the election results on CNN,
probably like many of you. The medium of TV has been
raised to a much higher level. So, I'll spare you any
political commentary, as I completely lack any
qualifications to do so.
Fishing update about the low
numbers of Kings at the Little Manistee weir is not the doom
and gloom the 5169 count represents. Even though that
number is the lowest on record. The disparity
between the sports and charter fleet has closed. When
I figure out the rest of the reel-story, that story will be
shared with you. There's a lot more than meets the eye
in trying to hash-out ...the way the 2008 season unfolded in
Election Day, please go vote! Unlike most
presidential elections, both major candidates I deeply
admire. No matter who wins, we can't lose with either!
Yesterday, I began a
dialog about the data collected from the Little Manistee
Weir from 1968 thru 2008. While the numbers are
down for the 2008 run of Kings, the fleet is a lot better at
catching what's available for several reasons.
'68-'08 weir data
This is a complex subject and will be touched on later
Big Point Sable is
limit city for Steelhead and has been for the past 2
weeks. Top 30 to 35 feet of water when the weather
permits for fast action.
Manistee River is
producing some Steelhead. Received a pretty comprehensive
report from the lower end to Tippy Dam from a diehard river
fishermen. Bill said the lower end below the M55
Bridge in not seeing any fresh run fish as of lately.
The area around Bear Creek has been OK. Tippy to the
sawdust hole is OK. All fish between 7 and 10 pounds
are darker holdover fish. Majority of fresher silver
fish are averaging 4 to 5 pounds.
Update: The data from the Little Manistee
Harvest weir is easy to understand. The
alarming fact is only 5169 Kings in 2008 if that
number stands. That would make 2008 season the
very bottom rung on the Chinook ladder totals since
Fall Brown Trout
Hope you set your clocks back a hour last night. I forgot
is slow in Manistee Lake off the mouth the Little Manistee River as
there's no Coho, or Steelhead to speak of. Results thus far are 2
outings for maybe 1 fish. Let's hope this improves now that we can
finally afford to buy gas again.
10/31/08 This coming Monday I will post all data
collected by the MDNR since 1968 at the Little
Manistee Harvest Weir. This spread sheet has the
records Chinooks, Coho, Browns, spring and fall
Steelhead accrued over the past 40 years.
were captured at this weir in 2008 according to the
latest info. The DNR is pulling the aluminum
gates and closing this facility by the end of next
You will be
enlightened with the exact fish counts and not
projected speculation that have little to do with
the reel-facts! ...more coming soon.
talk about the happening of late concerning the Little Manistee Harvest,
not too far from where I reside. In 2008 there were only 2 holding
pens with Salmon. 2 to 3 times ever week we had website members
checking to see what was at this weir. All reported 2 pens with
fish and I seen this with my own eyes.
Now, let's take a trip back in time to
2001 when every pen was full of Salmon. Today's photo from 2001
clearly shows a massive amount of fish, with every pen full. Not
counting the early fish that were said to be trucked away.
Hope to soon have the numbers of fish
that returned in 2007 and will be contacting Mark Tonello from the
Cadillac DNR for the 2008 overall harvest count. There is a story
here and I will get to the stark reality of it, in the very near future.
Click 2008 pens
10/29/08 Let's hope Mark Tonello is the permanent
replacement for now retired Tom Rozich. Mark
is a fisherman and understands the situation from a
fisherman's point of view. Although,
personally I have never met Mark, my contacts made
over several decades speak very highly of him.
To clear up any fuzzy edges, Tom Rozich was the man
in charge of the Cadillac DNR, or (I think) the
Central District that has a direct impact of ports
like Ludington, Manistee and Frankfort.
hunting around my neck of the woods is on a slow
pace. The DNR has permanently banned baiting
and that's threw a monkey wrench into how these
animals are hunted. There are area's where
natural deer movements can be planned out.
This is not so with the vast tracts of woods that
surround most of Manistee County.
Fall river fishing for Steelhead is here. My personal favorite
is pulling plugs, cause the strike is a jolt of lightening bolt beyond explanation.
Slam dunk has been used too, but whatever you call it, ...it is vicious.
Seeing a Steelhead pound a rod will warm the inner soul of any angler, making
it perfectly clear, ...why you like to fish!
Big lake trolling for Steelhead is
only 1/3 of the experience. Doing battle in closed quarters where
rocks, weeds, branches and tree trunks are ready to snag your
trophy. Plus, I forgot to mention the unseen constant of current
helping the fish avoid the net.
Today's photo is from a couple of
years ago. Like all photos, it shows the size of the fish and who
caught it. It does not show the big jump this rascal made at the
boat, and very close to the net. 3' of air between this fish and
the water is no exaggeration.
This photo does not show how
large Steve's eyes became when he hollered, "holy
poop," but in far stronger language. I think this fish
cleared water 5 times and that's not unusual when river water is 38
degrees, or warmer.
Manistee River Steelhead
January Steelies, due to the
colder water don't jump as much, but the winter fish are still a
handful. October, November, March and April iron-noggins are the
I think any fish that jumps a
lot garners extra respect, cuz Steelhead are the closest thing we have
in the Great Lakes basin that skies like a feisty Tarpon!
start the week off on a positive note. That being the price of gas
is falling like a rock. I paid $4.20 last August. Now it's
well under 3 bucks.
tone is from Capt. Dick Donovan who fished off Big Point Sable on
10/24/08. Here's his late season Lake Michigan report:
"Made the trip to Ludington today to put the boat in storage for
the winter took a couple friends, ended up fishing down by the point in
the 4-5's in 170-190 fow. Caught 1 brown, 2 coho, 10 steelhead 3 lakers
that were sent back to freedom. Lost 4 other fish everything came
in the top 25 feet on orange and pink spoons not a bad day, but it
rained all day. We only fished for 3 hours. It was a great
way to end the season."
Capt. Dick from Adventure
One Charters posts photos of his charter catches, much like I
used. To see what he caught in 2008 click
of the largest questions facing Manistee is the status trap nets for the
reminder of this year. Heard a lot of yak about seasonal
restrictions, but nothing concrete. Last winter the LRB tribal
netters left the nets in. Only to face a large mess of lost, or
tangled nets when this spring rolled around.
Capt. Dave Deforest, Tribal Law
Enforcement has been promoted and will not be involved in the process
like he was for the past 2 seasons. Dave has assured me his
counterpart will be handling business in a professional manner in meticulously
marking the net locations he like did. Plain and simple, Dave
Deforest did one helluva job, of which we all should appreciate!
Without him marking the nets, we'd have been in deep doo.
10/25/08 As October winds down I'm starting to get the
itch to fish Steelhead on the Big Manistee
River. Worked on my river boat getting
everything shipshape. Should be good to go by
the first week in November when the leaves are done.
story worth sharing: in 2007 took my 9.9 Johnson to
a dealer in my area to fix the water pump and
possibly adjust the carburetor to help slow speed
idle. When I picked up the motor I was hit
with a 200 buck plus bill for rebuilding the carb
and water pump. This motor was never run since
the work was done.
my dismay, when testing motor in a large garbage can
filled with water, no water was pumping out the
small tube. The motor wouldn't idle
Disassembled the lower end to get at the water
pump. The entire pump was never changed, like
I was billed for. Looks like they just
replaced the impeller.
at the top of the water pump that runs into the
block of the motor was not connected. That
being reason no water going thru the motor.
idling thing was the main jet at 5 turns out from
flooding the motor at slow speed. Needless to
say the OMC dealer that worked on this motor will
never-ever see one dime of my money again.
Could have mentioned this marine dealer's name, but
that would have portrayed me as a vindictive
person. Which I am not.
this story? If you want something done right,
do it yourself!
T.G.I.F. Have a nice weekend!
Here's a honest assessment from Capt. Chris Bronner about reel story
of Manistee County's Tippy Dam at this time of the year:
"Thank you for all the info regarding the Big Man. Well we made it out late Friday night and Sat morning. Fri night waded just downstream from the DNR ramp on the north side. We managed 1 fair hooked king in 3 hours of fishing floating spawn and egg sucking
leeches. The hen was spawned out and in half way decent shape believe it or not.
Sat morning headed downstream about a 1/4 mile and set up on a nice deep hole with shallow gravel in front and in back of the hole. We floated spawn, egg sucking
leeches and skein in the deeper holes while a couple of guys cast Mepps number 4s to fish on gravel. Ended up landing 5 fair hooked kings, 2 steelhead from the dark water and countless fish foul hooked that were released or broke off in 9 hours of fishin. 75 percent of the kings were in bad to poor shape.
Click Capt. Chris's
We did however land a few kings that were in pretty good shape for this late in the run and that far upstream but had zero table fare in my eyes. Tippy was a zoo,
probably about 15 plus boats out with countless shore fisherman. Spoke to a DNR CO and he claimed that another fresh small wave of kings was headed upstream, how accurate that is? I don't know? Saw over a half dozen steelhead that were caught on Sat. I will upload you some pics sometime this week. Thanks again!"
Tight Lines and Straight Shootin, Chris Bronner
10/22/08 Here's a heads up on what served me well in my
20 year career as a charter boat operator. Get
done, ...what needs to be done, when you store your
boat. Don't leave it, or put off necessary maintenance
tasks for spring.
To me? ...the
weakest link in a Mercruiser outdrive of the double
u-joint yoke that runs from the motor into the top
of the drive. This double u-joint needs to be religiously
greased about every 100 hours of usage. For
most boaters this is once a season.
The only way to
get grease into the double yoke is to pull the drive
and do it with a grease gun. Pulling the drive
is easy. Aligning the shifter mechanism when
reassembling is a toughie, unless you have some
Anyway, to make a
long story short, the u-joints in my outdrive were
not accepting grease like they should. I
deemed it better to replace these parts now, rather
then next spring. Even worse? ...an untimely
breakdown when the fishing is good.
Cost to replace lost fishing time? Well, that
figure is priceless, cuz it can't be done!
Haven't said much about the Boaters Guide Page lately. If
you're in the market to buy? ...now's the time. I have 2 boats
listed that are both fuel efficient for their size. One is a
24' Thompson and the other is 27' SportCraft. There's a lot of
bang for the buck in used boats. Click
Boaters Guide Page
Word of note about yesterday's
theme on fogging the internal part of the valve train and combustion
chamber. There is a risk of fouling a spark plug. This
problem tends to happen with older boats that do not have electronic ignition.
Wanted to fish Lk. Mi this past Saturday, but
the wind was from the east and kind of breezy.
This would have put a short miserable chop on
Manistee's shelf and even worse further out.
So, winterizing my boat was yesterday's task.
featured photos is the fog created by pouring a
small amount of Marvel Mystery Oil down the throat
of the carburetor. This provides extra
lubricant to the valve train and cylinder walls for
winter's long nap.
my boat will turn 30 years old and the original
small block GM V8 is still fresh as a daisy with
good oil pressure and no weird knocks, or
noises. Outdrive's have several advantages
over outboards. One being a longer service
take offence MoPar and Ford fans, but the small
block GM could possibly be the best push-rod V8
motor ever made.
GM 305 small block V8
10/19/08 Today's update is courtesy of Bob J. aka
"Bobby's Toy" on our message board.
Bob was kind enough to put together a spread sheet
from the Detroit Area Steelhead's tournament results
comparing the 2007 to the 2008 seasons. While
the figures might look alarming, a lot of the
downturn can be explained with less boats.
no secret 2008 wasn't a banner year, the 47% off in
angler participation and the 84% decline in Coho are
compared to 2007
of Fish Caught
of Kings Caught
of Coho Caught
of Steelhead Caught
of Lake Trout Caught
of Browns Caught
5 months ago in May I fished for the first time
in the 2008 season. Hope to bookend 2008 with
my last big lake trip of year out of Manistee, MI
Sometime in the
near future Dick Boyajian, Bud Raskey, and I will
have a sit-down for an interview of what went on in
the late 1960s thru the 1980s. Bud is in the
Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Dick belongs
there too. Both of these retired charter
skippers have a combined 80 years in the charter
business. Stay tuned for their insights, wisdom and
recollections of the "early days!"
Today, let's look at one of the true pioneers in
the evolution of our Great Lakes Salmon
Fishery. Dick Boyajian was one of the first
charter skippers in Manistee, MI, being licensed and
running trips way back in 1968.
Dick and I took
a trip down memory lane about the early days of the
charter boats and the booming fishery that took
Michigan by storm in the later 1960s. This all
came up when Dick was finishing an aft curtain for
my boat. So, we had plenty of time for light
conversation. Dick shared a bunch of his
old stories, more than likely unknown to many of
you. One of my favorites was about when Luhr
Jensen Sr. came to Manistee and these two fishermen
first got acquainted at Fishermen's Center in
Manistee in 1968.
Jensen Sr. traveled to Michigan from Hood River,
Oregon with the tackle they made to catch Salmon on
the west coast. Stuff that hadn't been seen in
Michigan yet. I'll hold this story right here
until next week and Dick long involvement with Luhr
from the Big Manistee is a lot of leaves, the maple
trees dropped about 90% of their leaves this
week. Water in the lower end was up slightly
and a few Steelhead have been caught. Haven't
heard of any big numbers yet, like 1 to 3 fish per
Today's chat is for Pete B that will show a
short learning curve. Matt, Pete's brother
contacted me last August and wanted Salmon
tackle. After a couple phone calls and a few
Emails, he ordered some tackle. Now, Pete and
Matt are from Ohio and are experienced on the waters
of Lk. Erie for Walleyes, probably Steelhead too.
went over a few tips to shorten the learning curve,
nothing lengthy, just the important stuff.
Then, about a week later Matt emailed today's photo
of his brother holding a 30 pound King.
for Pete's 30 lb. Lake Ontario King
are: they bought about 150 bucks worth of tackle
from me and most importantly this brother duo never
fished Salmon before! Pete more or less
requested today's update, cuz for some reason ...he
didn't have a photo of his trophy.
10/15/08 In the 1970s the bread and butter fish for the
Lk. MI charter boats was Lake Trout, Coho ranked
second and Kings came in third. I brought this
up to show you the Chinook fishery never took off
until the early and middle 1980s. Then the
King fishery crashed in 1988 from BKD. In the
later 1980s we had big numbers of Lake Trout and
fair numbers of Coho to fall back on, if you were a
charter operator. No such luck in the i2ks,
due to darn few Coho and Lakers. Bringing
balanced fishery is a good idea!
lower numbers of Kings returning this season, it's a
wonder we caught as many fish as we did.
Attribute that to the advancements in Salmon tackle.
photo to show the protector sleeve that now comes
with every fly. Granted it's a small thing and not
costly for me to add, but name one other
manufacturer that tries to prolong the life of your
for fly with sleeve
for today is there's plenty of young 2"
alewives according to Capt. Dick Donovan who fishes
Lk. MI well into October. Dick said the fish
they caught were just gorged with these small
baitfish. This bodes well for us next
season. About time for good news ...eh?
Every problem has a solution. Think long
enough and it will explain itself. This is how
the protector sleeves came to mind, after struggling
to untangle wad of fly Mylar all intertwined in a
jumble. Fast, smooth access was nearly
impossible. Go heavy on the "was"
word, cuz the sleeves have made organization a heck
of a lot easier!
on, every fly/meat rig storage case and every
trolling fly sold as singles in the tube will have
protector sleeves included to keep things
straight. This simple idea should add years of
service from your flies.
I just wish I'd have came up with this idea when
flies tied with Mylar first became popular.
George Richey introduced the Mylar styled flies to
the world with his original
Fly" back in about 1977. There were
others making trolling flies out of Mylar back then,
but the big deal was the flies made from polar bear
and deer hair.
10/13/08 Storage boxes I sell to store
meat rigs are a neat solution to keeping expensive
tackle in order. Unfortunately, this is not
the case with trolling flies where loose strands of
Mylar get chaotic like Don King's hairdo.
things better is a never ending process. I
found a far superior way store your trolling flies
in the boxes available at: www.michiganangler.com
Even if you
don't have one of the storage boxes I sell, you'll
find this new idea worthy in case you just wrap your
flies around a piece of Styrofoam like I used to.
Sometime in the
very near future I'll share this new idea with you
...with the best word in the American language, that
being the word: FREE!
for sneak peek
Biggest news is the 2500 Salmon that have returned to Lake Huron's
Swan Creek, including a few Kings to over 26 pounds. This is the
first time since 2005 noticeable numbers of fish has made their presence
known at this location. This is wonderful news for the Lake
Huron. Let's hope this rebound of Salmon stays on course.
Credit for the goings on at Swan
Creek is courtesy of Julie S who works for the MDNR as a creel census
taker and other capacities.
Summer-like weather continues in
Manistee County making an opportunity to care of outside yard projects
before the leaves come down. By the first week of November the
leaf drop is over and it's time to turn my attention to Steelheading on
the Big Manistee River. Good numbers of Steelhead are generally
available in the rivers by the third week of October, but you'll have to
deal with tons of leaves.
10/11/08 Great weather for Manistee County is predicted
for the nest few days. Time to tie up some
loose ends in production for 2009.
couple of topics hanging from intended
updates. It was more important to post the
news about the egg take.
for holding tanks, or pens
Especially, after we're used to seeing all the pens
full at the Little Manistee River Harvest
Weir. This has not been the case this fall
with smaller numbers of Salmon returning. Just
knowing we have enough for the 2009 plants is
Yesterday's update about the egg take was made
for the internet. Info like this will never
make the local, or national news markets. It's
mainly important to those that fish the Great Lakes
and the tributaries that flow to it. That's
where this website fills the bill and keeps you
informed on what's up to the best of my ability.
10/9/08 update from Wisconsin's Strawberry Creek
The fish continue to come into the pond at a good clip. We processed 878 chinooks today and left at least 100 in the pond for the next harvest. The daily egg take for Wild Rose was collected in very short order.
Next harvest is planned for Monday, October 13th (which is Columbus Day, Observed and Thanksgiving Day in Canada for those of you playing along).
P Scott Hansen
Lake Michigan Fisheries Biologist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource
Here's a reassuring email reply from Mark Tonello
about my inquiry of the low numbers of Kings
returning to the Little Manistee River Harvest Weir:
"We'll be alright. We haven't seen a ton of fish, but we've had enough to do three days at the Little
Manistee. Plus, we have enough fish to go again tomorrow. We actually had some fish show up at Swan Creek,
...we've done several days there as well. So, we should be able to get what we need.
...it's still early October. We've had good numbers of kings show up at the Little Man weir even into early
November ...we're confident that we'll be able to get the eggs we need. Hope that update helps!"
Fisheries Management Biologist
Central Lake Michigan Management Unit
More good news from Wisconsin's Strawberry Creek
"The second harvest at SCW resulted in the processing of 565 chinooks with at least 100 being held over. The remainder of the eggs needed for Kettle Moraine Springs Hatchery were collected and approximately 450k eggs went to Wild Rose. The number of fish to date is ahead of last year's.
Yesterday was a particularly busy day at SCW with three concurrent tour groups and a contingent of researchers from the University of Washington collecting research samples. There have also been some new local food pantry destinations added which is always good to see. Thanks once again to all the continued hard work and cooperation. Despite the complexity, things went extremely well I believe.
The next harvest is scheduled for Thursday, Oct
9. A good deal of fish were making there way in yesterday so there should be a pond full."
P Scott Hansen
Lake Michigan Fisheries Biologist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource
I thank both Mark Tonello and Scott Hansen and
their respective DNR's for letting me share this
info with you. It's good to know the DNRs have
enough eggs for 2009 plants!
Big lake fishing in Manistee is good!
Capt. Dick from Adventure One Charters hung up 15
fish taken during a morning trip a couple of days
ago. The catch was pretty evenly split between
Steelhead and Kings.
for Capt. Dick's 10/6/08 catch
ton of importance in Dick's photo. It's the
immature Salmon that are the future of 2009 when the
fleet returns to the waterways next spring.
October continues to be an overlooked month for big
water trollers, but for the "dyed in the
wool" late season anglers there's a bonanza of
great fishing that lasts into November!
update will be about problem solving and protecting
Biggest news I came by yesterday is the Tom Rozich of the Cadillac DNR
retired a couple of weeks ago. Tom was helpful to me with info and went out
of his way to return my phone calls. Rozich, like all public
figures had a few detractors, but when you're on point, you're always
going to get shot at more. Good Luck Tom on retiring!
This news came about when I emailed
to Tom concerning the low numbers of Kings and "if" there was
enough Kings for the annual fall egg take at the Little Manistee Harvest
Weir. As of a few days ago, there were only two holding pens at
the LMHW that were full, the other six, or eight holding tanks appeared
to be empty.
Looks like Mark Tonello might
be Tom's replacement at the Cadillac Office of the MDNR. Hope to
hear from him soon with an update concerning the status of the egg
take. I've read some of the detailed studies Tonello has completed
and it looks like we got a good man on our side (us MI fishermen) in the
During the 2008 I fielded phone calls every week
from those using my products with questions
concerning, ...in simple terms: "they weren't
catching like in the previous seasons."
Those who called were looking to place the blame on
themselves, or other factors, ...never fully
understanding where the "reel-problem"
today's featured photos will shine the light on
where the "reel-problem" lays. Top
photo in today's left border is from 10/3/08 (last
Friday). Bottom photo is was taken on 10/5/08
about a year ago of the exact ...same gravel bar
where the fish nest. This time lapse photo
record speaks volumes:
You can judge
for yourself comparing the numbers of Salmon in 2007
to a year later (2008). Our MDNR has based our
fishery on Chinooks, or Kings. They've
invested a lot of money and time into perfecting a
good fishery this specie. This I can not
Chinooks are the least adaptable Salmon to a
freshwater environment and it's in the cards there
will be peaks and valleys with a King fishery.
History has proven this point and will do so
again. What will 2009 bring? ...no one can
Added July, August and September 2008 to the
ever growing archives from my Captain's Log.
Nowadays, this section would be called probably a
blog. However, I started down the path of
recording daily updates 3 years before the word
"blog" was ever coined, or spoken.
for archived updates dating back to 1/1/2000
Let's look at the minority group of slobs that give river Salmon
fishermen a bad name. Yesterday, I went on a photo shoot to check
on a tributary of the Big Manistee River known as Pine Creek. Low
and behold, as soon as I stepped out of my truck there were freshly
cleaned Salmon carcasses strewn on the shoulder of the road.
It would have been less offending
to this waste thrown back into the river. In fact, some
regulations on the west coast want the offal deposited back in the
rivers and streams. This provides nutrients for the fish already
in the water system and the soon to hatch baby Salmon, as the cycle of
10/3/08 Salmon litter
seen 50 degrees at my place yesterday. Cold and rainy has kept
many of the bow hunters I know from climbing the trees. Reports
say the doe population is up slightly, but bucks are scarce for
now. Trees are still in full foliage.
Busy setting laying the foundation
for the 2009 season. Conquering tackle production issues now,
means more time for me to fish when next year rolls around.
Haven't stored my boat yet and hope
to make it out a time, or two before winterizing SR 1979. October
is iffy, cuz of breezy weather.
Have a great weekend and thanks for
allowing this website to visit your computer!
10/2/08 Wanted to follow-up yesterday's update about my
40th anniversary in Salmon fishing with the single
most important step forward in big water Salmon and
Trout fishing. Fought with myself all day
trying to come up with one complete, defining all
encompassing answer and could not. Our fishery
is too complex trying to pick a single
subject. Given a choice of few things?
These are my picks:
that have moved light years.
fishermen that still pursue our Great Lakes fish
with a blazing passion that hasn't diminished since
the onset of the first run of adult Coho in
3. the internet
loaded with all kinds of info and the connectivity
The single most
important thing I learned? ...is not to blame
myself when there's no fish under my boat. I
do not look for excuses, knowing full well, you
can't catch what's not there. 2008 reinforced
this with on-again, ....off-again numbers of fish.
gift the Great Lakes Fishery has bestowed upon me is
the personal relationships built over the past many
seasons that have enriched my life.
On this day: 40 years ago, 4 decades, or 14,610 days ago I
caught my first Salmon. It was a hen Coho
pushing 10 pounds
taken in W. Platte Bay, north of the Port of
Frankfort, MI. My inaugural Coho hit a fluorescent
red M2 Flatfish with 14 ounces of lead strung in
front as a sinker to get down to the fish.
This was a big deal in my life!
My 1st big
water rig was a 14' Rinker with a 40 hp Big Twin
Evinrude towed by a 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass.
The rod was a Heddon Muskie Special equipped with a
Plueger Reel spooled with 25# test Berkley
Trilene. EVERYTHING used to catch this Salmon
was made in the USA back then. Well before
the politicians and Wall Street villains shipped
our manufacturing capacities out of OUR country for
the sake of a snake oil bottom line!
with imports is: the consumer pays the same price if
the stuff was USA produced. The extra profit
margin is gained by huge multinational companies and
the consumer does not see passed down cost savings
in over the counter retail prices.
you could send a letter for 5 cents, gas was about 33
cents a gallon and almost everything was made with
pride ... in the good ole USA!
my 1st Salmon