Archived Daily Updates
6/30/11 There were some fish
caught in Manistee yesterday. Not red-hot, but
respectable catches of Kings. Best I heard was 8
Salmon before 8am.
Today's featured photos clearly shows making your own
Herring strips, or fillets is not a messy job. The
trick is to fillet the bait while it's partially frozen.
A razor sharp knife is a must. Use scissors to
trim the belly to fit the meat head.
Click filleting bait
6/29/11 With the fleet
pressure intensifying every day, posting the locations
for the trap nets off Ludington is a good idea.
Manistee currently has no nets whatsoever.
For Ludington, MI fishermen, here's the current trap net
N43 56.325 W086 34.161 110 FOW
N43 51.205 W086 30.607 122 FOW
N43 51.855 W086 29.238 90 FOW
N43 52.582 W086 29.491 86 FOW
6/28/11 Biggest news is gas
prices that are falling. On my recent trip to
Calumet City, IL to pick up my boat, Ludington, MI was
at 3.62, further south at MI City, IN I paid 3.37.
Upon returning to Manistee, MI gas hadn't budged & was
holding at 3.65.
Just 3 weeks ago when the boat was dropped off for the
motor swap ...gas prices around Manistee was at 4.19 &
the cheapest was 3.99 south of Holland, MI. Fuel
prices are gradually coming down, but still need to fall
Cost of gas is directly attached to the invisible "800
pound Gorilla in the room" nobody wants to talk about
when it comes to dealing with our economy!
After digesting reports from Lk. Huron and Lake Michigan
fishing could be rated at semi OK for the State of
Michigan's part of Lk. MI. Very good off WI and
fairly productive down to the extreme southern end
On 7/5/11 the day after the 4th some of our tackle
prices will be going up. I've absorbed the last 2
passed down rate increases on WTP lure tape and the
overall material base costs. Prices on the popular
Doub L Glow series need to be raised to keep pace with
the manufacturing cost to produce issues I'm forced to
Recently 70 teams enter the 3rd Annual 2011 A-TOM-MIK
Challenge on Lake Ontario. This tournament is 100%
payback event made possible by donations and volunteer
help. A Tom Mik tackle's Tom Allen organized this
Click for results
Long time website member "2-Shot" won the Ladies Day
Tournament last Friday in Manistee's Bud Pro Am while
competing against a tough field. My congrats to 2-Shot!
From the sound of fishing reports posted on our message
board Lk. MI fishing was holding it's own and on the
improve as the fish are moving towards a summer pattern.
Lk. Huron's Port Sanilac showed shades of it's former
glory with a double digit silver fish catch from Team
their 6/26/11 catch
Saginaw Bay's tremendous Walleye Fishery is going strong
6/26/11 Sunday ...a day of
rest and that's exactly my plan!
6/25/11 Using this weekend
to get caught up on outdoor chores and tackle
production. Rain and thunderstorms since last
Monday has finally ended.
Late breaking word from Kewaunee, WI ...Salmon fishing
was good according to website member, SteveO. Hope
to have more on this WI report soon.
After the 4th of July weekend introductory pricing on
the new 2011 tackle will cease. The SUV daylight
blue glow colorant is pricey & a price increase is
In 2002-2003 well before the fleet jumped on the meat
bandwagon I paid retail 11 to 13 dollars for the 3 fly
meat rigs purchased from New York.
Cost to manufacture has risen greatly since then.
Plus, the second generation meat rigs we make now are
vastly superior over the early versions. Featuring
modern day colorants, replaceable leaders, snelled
double trebles, and cushioned crimps! These
improvements are light years ahead of all early i2k
generation 1 meat rigs.
6/24/11 New motor was
installed in my 1979 Sea Ray a few days ago. New
long block, fuel pump, water pump, Delco ignition,
rebuilt Quadrajet carburetor, rear motor mounts and new
front motor mounting plates. Original front
mounting plates, or shims were toast.
Motor has been test run and aligned ready to accept the
outdrive, ...if it's not bolted on already?
Click new GM small block V8 motor being installed
Next move is to sea trial the boat and then bring the
boat home from IL. Timing of this project
coincides with the beginning of adult Salmon only 2 or 3
weeks away. Granted I lost the entire month of
June big lake fishing, but with the hit and miss fishing
out of my home port of Manistee, MI the loss of June is
seen as no big deal.
Wondering about the overall cost to repower? Close
to what I paid for a pricey OMC electric start 15 hp
long shaft 4 stroke kicker.
6/23/11 Yesterday, I tested
regular unleaded for Ethanol content at the Wesco Gas Station N of
Manistee ...close to the M55 & US31 junction.
E content is what my
test kit said. This is about 1/2% lower than the
BP Gas Station S of Manistee on US31.
Click this gas test
The Wesco N is open 24 hours a day and sees a lot of
boats fueling up well before dawn every morning during
6/22/11 Manistee, MI gas prices
It's nice to know Wesco sells E-gas at only 7%.
This is 3% less than the State of MI allows at 10%.
Buying the least Ethanol content in gas is wise.
Alcohol based E fuels can damage to fuel systems: carburetors,
gas lines & gas tanks in older boats
Disclaimer: I'm using a 30 dollar test kit.
So, my results are not going to be spot on like a
chemist with a lab full of instruments. Then, E
content can vary from day to day depending on how much
Ethanol is mixed in the tanker-truck before delivery.
6/22/11 Ludington, MI has a
new ultra modern weather data buoy. This buoy is
located in 90' of water pretty much straight out of the
Port of Ludington.
lat/lons are close at 43 58' 57.1" N & 86 33'.57.1" W, but
Click data buoy
Not only does this new toy give wind and wave size
reports, it has water temp recording sensors at the
depths of 10', 20', 30', 36', 45', 55', 65' & 72'
I've installed a permanent link to this info on my
Great Lakes Info Page
This page is the one I use to see
aviation wind, Lk. MI wind, wave, and weather reports to
cover all the applicable reel-facts needed in planning a
safe trip on Lk. MI.
To check out the info on Ludington's new data system:
6/21/11 Bay City, MI hosted
the Walleyes for Warriors fishing event last weekend on
world famous Saginaw Bay. Over 80 fishing boats
volunteered their services to take 160 some military
veterans dating back WWII up until now.
This shows our Michigan Great Lakes sports fishing fleet
cares enough to honor all who put on the uniform to
proudly serve the USA.
We had at least 5 boats from website members take part.
All from this website managed to get our service men and
women into at least a few Walleyes. In spite of
very rough sea conditions that made the fishing very
Click event send-off
There's a deeper meaning here, cuz fishermen for the
most part are eternal optimists that are willing to lend
a hand where and when it's needed.
6/20/11 Walleye fishing is
the big deal now on Lk. Huron's Saginaw Bay.
Today's featured catch shows 3 person limit of Walleyes
to 22 inches. This is the perfect eating size if
tasty Walleye fillets is on your menu.
6/18/11 bay Walleyes
Several days of east wind made it a tough go out of
Manistee, MI this past weekend. Boats were spread
out N to S from Arcadia to Big Point Sable in search of
fish without much luck. Offshore deepwater fishery out
to the 40 line (close to 20 miles W of Manistee) didn't
fare much better. Let's hope for a turn around
Yesterday, Walleyes for Warriors do shined a positive
light on Michigan's fishing fleet. More on this
feel-good story tomorrow.
Click spectators at Bay City event
6/19/11 Happy Father's Day
to the 70 million dads in our country.
Fishing reports for
the WI side of Lk. MI are improving. Yesterday,
there was an honest 28 pound King caught. I seen a
photo of this fish ...it was very girthed out with a
large fatso body & a small head. All signs this
chubby 28 was not having problems keeping his gut full.
Algoma reports mentioned tons of bait too.
Today's featured image is from website member, jlars.
He is a very gifted photographer who has a knack for
taking interesting shots. He was fishing solo with
his dog, Jake out of what looks to be 16' -18' open
jlar's WI King & 'bow
6/18/11 Project Repower 1979
is coming to a conclusion. The replacement motor has
burned 5 gallons of gas during the test run phase.
No oil leaks & all appears to be well.
know the pro caliber work Calumet Marine is putting in
this project ...having gone thru this before repowering
my charter boat in 2003. Frank and his two sons
have left no stone unturned. I have several step
by step photos that will be turned into a heck of an
interesting article someday.
new motor nears completion
This weekend is the Walleyes for Warriors do being held
in Bay City, MI. The goal of this outing to to
show gratitude to all who wore the uniform in military
Should have an excellent report on this event from
several of our website members who have donated there
efforts and boats to this grand function.
6/17/11 Introducing a new
combo deal today. 12" Black Mamba SUV and our
industry leading Raging Red UV 3 Fly Meat Rig.
This costly special red UV colorant is purchased at 12
to 20 bucks gram depending on the amount.
Click for this new combo
Unlike others, I won't hard sell our UV lineup and tell
you it's the best. History will decide that.
I will say, breaking new ground & leading the
competition is what I do!
Not to over commercialize, but after seeing our new
Raging Red UV bullet heads for the first time on
attractor flies ...with the magnificent red UV reaction,
I got excited and wanted to share this with you.
To paraphrase a quote from the original Star Trek TV
series, "to go where no man has gone before"
seems quite appropriate!
Calumet Marine has my new replacement motor running
before installation in my 1979 22' Sea Ray. This
is the best way to nip any problems in the bud ...prior
to the motor going back in the boat.
Click breaking in the new motor
6/16/11 According the
fishing reports from our website members nobody tore up
the Trout, or Salmon last weekend. Those who
targeted Walleyes on Lk. Erie & Saginaw Bay fared much
better overall. Walleyes are a super June, early
While I haven't skippered a charter boat in 8 years,
...traditionally this time in June fishing was done
offshore over 400' to 700' depths. A mixed bag of
Steelhead, some Lakers, and an occasional Salmon would
be caught in the top 30' over deep water.
June is a tough month for the Lk. MI Salmon & Trout
charter fleet and it's not because the fishing isn't
good. Events like attending weddings, graduations
and retirement parties held in June keep a lot of folks
close to home. That's the reason several charter
operations move to Lk. Erie & Saginaw Bay to be closer
to major metro areas that does not require the
chartering public to be absent from home long.
6/15/11 Today's photo and
testimonial comes from our friend who hails from
Vladivostok, Russia, Denis U. Here's what he had
"Photo from our last fishing trip. Minonoska Bay.
Anchovy come back to our coast, by this case your meat
rigs works well."
I've used Anchovies and prefer them over Herring.
Anchovies are a very hardy bait fish, have a more scent,
and withstand the rigors of trolling much better than
Herring. Problem is getting pen starved bait
quality flash frozen whole Anchovies.
Another worthy point is what works in one part of the
world ...works in another. Fishing is a universal
language that requires no translation.
You notice Russian Salmon boats are anchored off the
beach to compensate for rising and falling tides of
Minonoska Bay Russia
Walleye fishery on Bay City, MI's Saginaw Bay is close to hitting full
6/14/11 If you're into UV
tackle? ...there's a new combo deal at my webstore.
The new SUV 12" flasher with the proven UV 3 squid rig
combo is introductory priced at a lowball 24.99.
This is a good 3 bucks below July-August retail.
Click for SUV Combo Deal
is no tackle on this planet that has more reaction to UV
light than this new combo. This is a limited time
offer that will end soon.
do some digging for the reel-story on the fishing out of
Manistee, MI. As an observation Thursdays &
Fridays have been decent. Then, as fleet pressure
builds Sundays and Mondays can be a tough go.
Possible reason is Manistee's "shelf" is not in a hurry
to reload with Salmon and resident herd is being trimmed
6/13/11 Mechanics of fishing
means things under your direct control. Over the
years I've wrote several articles in this website's:
Encyclopedia of Tips & Tricks
Tips & Tricks is dedicated to the reel-facts of big
water fishing. This section is not about
conjecture, or loaded with phony intangible opinions
that cannot be proved.
Resources like this did not exist when I become a Great
Lakes Salmon fisherman in 1968. My knowledge bank
is built on trial & error over 4 decades and counting!
Today's featured photo is from our Rogers City, MI star
port reporter, Julie aka fishsqueezer on our message
board. Julie is one of the lucky people in this
world who has a job she truly loves. That being a
Fish Census Taker for the MDNR.
Julie earned today's featured 8 pound Brown Trout by
casting a body bait off the breakwall in a one on one
light line fish battle.
Click for Julie's Brown
6/12/11 There's a new
2 pack option for Meat Heads at:
Since 2005 heads were only sold in 4 counts.
Click Super Mag Heads
packs are a cost effective way to have a selection
backup heads onboard in case you get chewed off.
Having spare meat heads in your "go to" favorite colors
is wise insurance. There are no tackle stores on
Click Mag Meat Heads
Fishing was decent yesterday morning at the Port of
Manistee, MI with some catches in making to the double
figures in spite of a rainy damp cool morning. The
Salmon were said to be in the top 50' over 100' to 200'
of water. Downside was King Salmon in the teens
were very scarce & the reel-action slowed to a crawl
6/11/11 Progress on 2011
repowering my 1979 Sea Ray is moving along quite nicely.
Bought what's called a new long block. Long blocks
are motors with cylinder heads already installed.
Then you reuse the intake and exhaust manifolds from the
old marine motor along with various other parts.
Essentially, you end up with a brand new power plant
...if it's done right?
Done wrong by a hack? ...this can turn into your worst
chose the guru/Godfather of all marine mechanics, Frank
Martin at Calumet Marine. His knowledge base on
all brands of inboards, outboards, & I/Os speaks
The reel story behind purchasing this older 1979 Sea Ray
project boat in 2007 was to show what could be
accomplished without a lot of long green involved.
Probably could have nursed another season out of the
antiquated 32 year old original GM small block, but it
would have been a crap shoot on longevity issues.
Under no circumstances do I, or anyone else want to deal
motor issues during July & August!
6/10/11 Deer baiting is
legal again in Michigan's lower peninsula by a MDNR vote
of 4 to 3. You can now use 2 gallons of bait
spread over a 10' by 10' area.
baiting ban was flawed science by those who do not live
with the deer critters all year like I do. I seen
deer follow one another and eat off the same branches as
they destroyed $2500 worth of my pine trees.
2007 deer feeding
of the deer baiting ban news overshadowed my planned
update concerning the mechanics of fishing ...which I'll
touch on tomorrow. Plus, a progress report on
repowering my 1979 22' Sea Ray.
6/9/11 Sea conditions for
this coming weekend in Manistee, MI are tolerable.
Chance of thunderstorms on Saturday, but Sunday is
predicted to be calm & partly sunny.
info from my home port of Manistee is dated from 2 days
ago. Last I heard there were some respectable
catches being taken 20' to 50' down over 60' to 100' of
water. Surface temp was in the 50s & down-temp
fish were biting was mid-40s.
keep in mind, old fishing info is sometimes worst than
no info. Thanks to Capt. Tom R for sending in
today's featured catch.
6/7/11 Manistee catch
6/8/11 I have a very limited
amount of Fish On Blue Label Herring for pick up at my
shop in Manistee, MI. As mentioned before, ...bait
in short supply this season.
is NO red label (5-6" herring), or green label (6-7")
herring that meets the criteria set forth by the MDNR's
Fish Order 245 for usage in Michigan's section of Lk.
MI. This offering is not for procrastinators!
Click for Blue Label bait
label makes the best hand-cut fillets, or strips.
If you're a strip user?
Prepared strips I seen are far too thin to balance ANY
bait heads for the correct roll.
Frankfort big water angler Jared R was kind enough to
email in today's featured photo of a high teener King
pushing 20 pounds. Central Lk. MI ports of
Ludington, Manistee & Frankfort are providing
opportunities for Salmon.
the Kings is comparable to last year. Maybe a
little larger which is good news for all. Light
fleet pressure means the spring herd hasn't been whacked
6/7/11 Report from Lake
Huron's Saginaw Bay says lots of Walleyes, but finding
legal sized 'eyes is another story. Crawler
harnesses and spoons were mentioned as doing most of the
damage. Haven't heard much from Lk. Erie yet.
Click 6/5/11 Sag. Bay 'eyes
Michigan is lucky to have these two world class Walleye
fisheries right on it's doorstep. Walleyes eat
good and are not a boney fish.
& Trout when filleted have pin bones above the rib cage.
Good chefs remove these pin bones on larger fish with
needle nose pliers.
6/6/11 Improved water temp
is the big story. Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay finally
took with decent fishing for Walleyes. Good to see
this fishery back on track.
Manistee, MI's King Salmon fishery was alive and well
with surface temps reaching into the low 50s over last
weekend. A good 2 to 3 weeks behind what should be
considered normal. Fishing pressure out of this
port continues to be very light.
6/5/11 Here's yesterday's on
the water report from the Port of Manistee, MI.
Jason D is the deckhand on the 31' Silverton charter
boat First Class skippered by Steve Hamilton.
Here's what Jason's email had to say:
"Wow, Ran your new ...stimulus
flasher today and did very well/ We took 7 Kings on
the new flasher from 100 - 135 feet down over 150 -
200 FOW between 10am and noon. Did really give it a
fair test... Stimulus flasher down at 90 only taking 2
fish in the same time frame. I will do more research
and give you some more details as I get them. Fishing
out of Manistee is really picking up. we boated 17
kings today. Thanks Jason"
9 Kings according to my math between 10am and noon
proves what pearl can do!
Plus, over their half
the catch came in a off-peak bite more towards a mid-day
6/4/11 The spring King
fishing evaluation of May in Manistee, MI is series
peaks and valleys. Lk. MI never warmed to anything
close to normal. The week before Memorial Day was
decent for those trolling deep. Like to depths of
250' down over 300' and deeper.
Stimulus pattern introduced last August was the "go-to"
flasher on some Manistee charter boats. The pearl
base material is the reel-deal with the Stimulus.
will out fish white any day of the week. Leland,
MI's Capt. Jack Duffy taught me to benefits of using
nature's natural pearl color back in 1979.
fact, if it wasn't for the hospitality and knowledge
gained from the Leland charter fleet back in the later
1970s ...I probably would have never became a licensed
charter operator in 1983. Meaning my life might
have taken another direction & this website would have
never came into being.
Click for Stimulus Combo Deal
6/3/11 Two long 12-15 mile
boat rides out to N Manitou Island last August exposed
motor issues. Valve guides in my 32 year old GM
305 V8 are shot. Gas was entering the motor oil.
Not a good case scenario to say the least. Next
part is decision time.
Do I spend
dough rebuilding the top half of a 32 year motor and
still have a 32 year old bottom end? Or, put a new
motor in and begin anew?
Motorz had brand new surplus GM small block V8s priced
right. This made more sense than buying new heads
to fit on a old engine. Said new heads due to a
high suspicion at least one cylinder head was cracked.
When this new power plant goes in, the tally amounts 8
marine small block GM V8 I've owned since 1968. A
well cared for small block can give up to 8000 hours of
service, but they'll be pretty tired by 5000.
this motor swap to Frank Martin at Calumet Marine in IL.
he sells my tackle and has built a shining reputation
with Great Lakes fishermen over the last 30 years and
counting. Patronizing those who patronize you just
makes good business sense!
out with the old
with the new
will be added to the ongoing saga of SR1979 with the
whys and wherefore's. Subject is too complex to
focus on in daily updates about motor swaps.
6/2/11 Got to the bottom of
the reel-story on who had the hot hand last week in the
Port of Manistee, MI. Deep-deep Kings being
targeting in the 120' to 250' on the rigger counters.
12" pearl Stimulus flasher was the big deal. I'll
fill you in on this and more in tomorrow's update.
Pressed for time repowering my boat SR1979 with a new
motor. Original power plant is 30 some years old.
A testament to small block GM V8s!
6/1/11 Hat's off to Team
Fray'd Knot for an awesome 3 spring tournaments in Lk.
Huron this spring. They won the Salmon Stakes,
finished 5th at Harbor Beach and took second in last
weekend's Port Austin event.
Click for Team Fray'd Knot
tournament average finish is 2.66 while competing
against 100s of boats at 3 different ports shows this
team is dialed in to the max. Fray'd Knot is
skippered by Capt. Chris Siemen and he was nice enough
to send today's featured photo in.
5/31/11 Hot weather and cold
fishing was the reel-story from Manistee, MI's Memorial
Day 2011. Surface temps in the low 40s does not
grow the biomass that makes the food chain thing work.
Never seen the main body of Lk. MI this cold in late
Recreational boaters and jet skis outnumbered the big
water fishing rigs at Manistee's First Street Public
Launch. Counted a skimpy 15 boat trailers on
Memorial Day morning at the launch, as 4.00 a gallon gas
is taking it's toll on leisure activities. A pitiful
turnout for the unofficial start of the summer 2011
5/30/11 Less than stellar
fishing and lots of fog might set a dubious record for a
low turnout of trailer boats in Manistee, MI's 1st
Street Launch for Memorial Day Weekend.
Lake Michigan is just not warming up due to an
insulating blanket of fog that prevents natural solar
warming. Let's hope this changes soon!
5/29/11 Cold and foggy was
the reel-story from Manistee, MI yesterday morning.
Then, the seas built with 20 knots winds making it a
tough go. Fog is predicted thru Monday (Memorial
Day). So, be extra careful if venturing out on Lk.
The unofficial start of summer is here. Calendar
summer begins in 3 weeks on 6/21/11. Continued
wishes for safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
5/28/11 Surprisingly enough,
there were some respectable catches taken in the icy
cold waters off Manistee, MI yesterday. 2 to 10
fish catches showed it was more a matter of luck, than
skill meant driving over the right pod of finicky spring
fish were caught? ...in the deeper water off Manistee's
"shelf" it was 85' and deeper. Reported bottom
depths of 150' to plus 300' showed the best action.
Although, there were some fish caught in and around the
Down temp off the shelf was 39 degrees where the Kings
were biting. Surface temps were in the lower 40s in a
brisk N wind that built 3-4' seas around noon.
5/27/11 First off, I want to
wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.
This holiday is dedicated to those in our armed forced
who gave all. Which is one helluva heart wrenching
statement when I think of all our fallen heroes!
Everyone I've spoke with says the same thing.
Fishing is way behind, cuz water temp is so cold for
this time in our season. Manistee, Mi is 10 to 15
degrees behind what's consider normal. This is
effecting both the Walleye and Salmon/Trout big water
Reel news on the 2011 bait availability issues
5/26/11 Confirmed Capt.
Chuck's in Ludington, MI has bait. Their fishing
report was some Kings being caught in the harbor.
2-4 fish, with a few boats dialed in doing better.
Need to research bait availability issues and have a
email into Tim Monroe owner of the Fish On Bait Company
to see what's up?
Weather for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend looks to
be on the calm side, but thunderstorms are predicted.
Weekend temps 60s building to the 70s by 5/30/11.
5/25/11 Sometime later this
morning I'll be posting contact info for purchasing
larger amounts of whole & strip herring that meets the
criteria for use on Lk. MI by the MDNR.
Capt. Chucks in Ludington, MI was said to have been
restocked recently. I will confirm this today.
Manistee, MI's Shipwatch Marina & Tangled Tackle has
5/24/11 Think it's about
time we all heard some positive news from Manistee, MI
concerning our spring King Salmon fishery ...don't you?
Spoke with Capt. Larry S who runs Shipwatch Marina and
dug up some more details on the last Sunday's Tight Line
Tournament for military veterans. 140 boats took
160 vets dating back to WWII from all four branches of
our armed forces.
Best news from skipper Larry was his mid morning triple
on meat with my tackle. His triple was taken on
the riggers 120' to 160' down over plus 250' of water.
Weapons were the my 12 inchers, being 2 Stimulus
patterns and 1 Yellowtail flasher.
Water temp down at 160' was 39.2. While the
surface temps were above 46 degrees. Once again
...it proves the tackle we sell will catch negative cold
5/23/11 Yesterday was the
Tight Lines outing put on by the Manistee Area Charter
association. This is show of appreciation to our
military vets with a free charter.
Some Tight Lines boats did respectable, but a lot of
excellent Manistee charters struggled to score 1 to 4
fish. Best action was said to be out past the 300'
With the exception of St. Joe, the several MI side ports
reported in as slow.
Walleyes off Au Gres, Saginaw Bay, & Lk. Erie was no bed
of roses either with 'eyes were hard to come by
according to the info I'm privy to.
5/21/11 Au Gres
5/22/11 I feel it's safe to
report; the world did not end at 6pm yesterday.
Seeing we'll have an entire 2011 season, now it's OK to
order tackle at:
predicted end of the world i.e. Judgment Day is
coming at 6pm today. I just wonder if the day of
reckoning is gonna start in EST, Central, or Pacific
Good luck to all fishing
the big water today. Calmer seas is good news for
weekend warriors. May is not a very stable month
Making a habit of keeping things simple just makes good
With that thought in mind, today's featured image on
shows a EZ way to attach mono to copper line. Been
using this method since 2008 with zero problems.
Best thing about the soldered loop is that it flows thru
the lines guides with minimal issues. Drawback to
my solder loop joint is it must be done dockside.
On the water an Albright knot will do just fine.
Click for Albright knot
5/20/11 Shallow water Kings
off Manistee, MI's harbor are still biting. Tin
boats are doing 2 to 4 fish and some charter boats are
in low double figures.
Been playing catch-up. Not the fish kind of
"catch" either. We've diligently nose to
grindstone to get our mom and pop tackle outlets stocked
up for the Memorial Day Weekend that's just a scant week
away. Rain is in the forecast for most of next
week. So maybe, just maybe we'll have a clear warm
sunny holiday weekend.
5/19/11 The great adventure
of the 2011 big water Great Lakes season is in full
force. All early fishing news is much better then
at this time last year.
Only downside is the main body of Lk. MI in the central
to more northerly ports is colder than usual, if there
is such a thing as normal?
Salmon reports from Manistee, MI have been centered
around the harbor area where the water temp is in the 50
degree neighborhood. You can bet if there's Kings
around Manistee's harbor ...the same thing is going on
at Ludington, MI. Locals there do not spread the
word much when the bait draws the Salmon to their
5/18/11 Rush nowadays is to
compartmentalize fishing methods adjusted to certain
times of season. Fishing does not fit into a box.
Too many variables in a constant evolving fishery means
those with an open mind do best.
Metal vs. Meat
Case in point, website member Tom M ran a 3 rod meat
spread on one of the best tournament boats in IN last
week. His tally was close to the side with metal.
In spite of the fact boat trolling speed was hot for an
effective attractor/meat program.
of the meat rods caught. Being a rigger rod, diver
rod & a short 60' copper rod off a bird. While the
3 rod metal side had one hot rigger doing most of the
approaching the time of the season central MI ports will
be gathering steam. Although, the main body of Lk.
MI is still very cold off Manistee, MI it's only a
matter of days before deeper waters at this port will be
Long range weather for this weekend looks
good & let's hope it stays that way!
5/17/11 Today's update was
supposed to be about no updates. Seeing, I'm burnt
out on anything to do with computers since 5/6/11 when a
server crash broke this website.
Then, I got an email from my fishing buddy, Denis from
Vladivostok, Russia. This was a pick-me-up to
soldier-on with business as usual.
Fish words from Manistee, MI continues to be good.
A few boats got into middle double figures on Kings,
just S of the harbor in 30' of water yesterday.
Our 2011 early crop of Manistee Kings is way ahead of
anything heard in about the last 3-4 years.
Getting back to the burnt out part, I do need a few days
off and away from anything to do with this potholed
highway that leads to: "computerville!"
5/16/11 Big news is that a
respectable number of Kings in the 15 to 20 pound
bracket were caught in last Saturday's Can2Can
Tournament held on Lk. Huron at Harbor Beach, MI.
This area is my old stomping grounds in the 1970s thru
the first half 1990s.
Team Getaway after a 3 fish practice day on the Friday
preceding upped their game to a respectable 9th place
Click Team Getaway's 5/14/11 catch
More good reports continues with E Chicago, IN is back
track after a slow start for spring Kings with limit
catches of Salmon & Steelhead.
Click E Chicago, In catch
Educated guess from the extreme S end of Lk. MI says
blue is a big deal. Recent webstore orders from IN
and IL are purchasing blue flashers, or the new SUVs.
5/15/11 Ludington, MI info:
there's a temporary small orange & white buoy in 90 fow
43 58' 57.1" N & 86 33'.57.1" W (+/-).
This short-term marker will be replaced
with a larger, easier to see yellow weather station
buoy that will gather data on wind, wave, currents and water
Click for this weather data station
This interim buoy is slightly north of the harbor.
Exercise care when navigating this area. When the
new buoy goes in and becomes functional ...it will
provide real time valuable reports on sea conditions for
Ludington, MI big water fishermen.
5/14/11 This is dated news
concerning spring Kings from a day, or two ago.
There were some Salmon being caught south to and past
Manistee, MI's Gurney Creek over 60 fow. This is
the first deeper water report I heard. Previous
King action was in the harbor area.
Posted a photo of a Sitex Koden CRT sonar/fish finder
that was state of the art in the later 1980s. Same
with the Pelican trolling speed indicator that was a
fleet standard in the late 1970s thru the mid 1980s.
Present modern day electronics have surpassed
yesteryears by leaps and bounds
1970s & 1980s electronics
5/13/11 Wind and wave
forecast for tomorrow's weekend fleet is not stellar:
SATURDAY...NORTH WINDS 20 TO 25 KNOTS. CLOUDY WITH A
SHOWERS. WAVES 3 TO 5 FEET.
In fact, the seas thru next Tuesday do not look very
Recent hot spell and 3" of warm rain for Manistee, MI
will help raise Lk. MI's temperature and bring us that
much closer to being able to target spring King Salmon.
Good luck to all fishing in Harbor Beach, MI's Lk. Huron
Can2Can Tournament. Proceeds from this event goes
towards the Mid-Eastern Chapter of MDA that serves over
400 patient families with Muscular Dystrophy with free
Planned update about spring Kings back in 5/17/06 is
postponed until tomorrow.
5/12/11 After reviewing the
results from the Lk. MI Coho Classic Tournament held in
Michigan City, IN a couple weeks ago ...valuable
insights into our 2011 fishery was gained.
Nobody in MI City event caught 10 weighable fish both
days in the Saturday-Sunday event. Spring Kings
were not overly abundant. Same deal in last
weekend's big deal tournament held in St. Joe, but the
Salmon were on a uptick from the previous week.
years ago in 2006 it was almost given most would have
caught all the Kings they wanted. Yes, our Lk. MI
fishery for Kings is not what is once was, but it's
still plenty decent. We will all have chances at
respectable catches before 2011 fades into history.
You can put the odds in your favor for better catches by
paying extra attention to your hooks. Keep
your hooks sticky sharp & check them after every fish.
Reel-facts say the sharper hooks are? The
quicker hooks dull from rubbing on bone.
Make sure your rigger releases perform with at least a
80 to 90% hook-up ratio. If your releases do not?
Consider switching to Black's Releases & rubber bands
that will make missing bites a thing of the past.
EZ catch of 2006 spring Kings
Leave your ego at the dock and enjoy Great Lakes
fishing, cuz it's all about the fun. It's not
about how heavy your fish box is, or ...is not!
5/11/11 Better news on the
situation with bait in the red and green sizes of whole
herring was forwarded to me today. Looks like 2011
reel-bait will be available soon.
Collette from Mik Lurch Tackle in Hammond, IN had good
words about their improving fishery in the extreme
southern end of Lk. MI. She called to reorder the
new 2011 SUV flashers that are building a solid
reputation. Mik Lurch will be restocked with these
hot selling flashers by Friday of this week.
Click SUV flasher
Researched the results from a couple of early season
2011 Lk. MI tournaments and that info will be shared
with you tomorrow.
5/10/11 After digesting last
weekend's port reports posted on our message board, it
seems like all caught some fish. However, nobody
was straining the back to hoist fish boxes off their
boats. There were favorable reviews on the new
2011 flashers & flies.
Manistee, MI is slow with a few fish being caught in the
stained harbor water color plume. Brown Trout on
the beach were shut down and probably done for 2011.
After suffering thru a website meltdown last Friday
...the members access link was restored in the header
navigation buttons. While the website was online,
all the navigational features were completely destroyed
when my webhosting company updated their servers to the
outside world. At least this pain was not self
inflicted, like a lot of computer problems are. My
hosting company was fully responsible.
5/9/11 Not a lot to report
fish-wise, but MI's Sunrise Side on lower Lk. Huron is
still showing signs of life with spring Kings to 16
5/7/11 Lk. Huron fish
last Friday is on the Lk. MI side: action was slow at
South Haven and not a whole bunch was happening at
Muskegon. Manistee is still producing with some
fish being caught, but nothing to be considered red-hot
keep in mind, at this time of the year fishing can heat
up in a hurry!
5/8/11 Just a perfect
weekend for Mother's Day with some of the best weather
of 2011. Even Lk. MI is finally showing respect
for the weekend fleet with calmer seas!
requesting all website members state the approximate
water temp at the depths where they're catching their
fish when posting port reports.
1980s you'd have to center your program in water
temperatures in the mid to low 50s, or you were not
going to score big.
the fish I'm catching nowadays are in 38 to 44 degree
water. A good 10 degrees cooler when compared to
30 years ago.
5/7/11 Due to my webhost
server's malfunction yesterday, I spent several hours
piecing this website back into working order. Today's update is
short and brief, because at times computers are nothing,
...but bigtime grief!
Tomorrow's topic will be cold water Salmon in 38-44 water
that seems to be the rule rather than the exception
nowadays in Lk. Michigan.
Looks like Lk. MI is
gonna play nice this weekend ...for a change. Wave
predictions are in the one foot, or less range.
Believe it ...or not?
Posted a dual
photo showing a the setup for planer board rods on my
boat. Rods are up & out of the way. Opening
up the back of the boat.
for this photo
Lk. Michigan ready to give up a huge bonanza of spring
King Salmon? If so, then it traditionally happens
at St. Joe, MI around this weekend.
Lk. MI temps
both in the main body and inshore waters off Manistee
are running a few degrees behind this time last year.
This could extend the Brown fishing.
Good luck to all this weekend and may the fish gods be
New product intro
today. Added the 2 oz size in Dive Bombs to the
existing lineup of 4, 6, 8, and 12 oz Dive Bombs.
This lighter size is exactly what's needed to easily
reach the 10-15' depth range. So vital in May
Presently, there's no piece of tackle on the market that
can dramatically improve several parts of any program at
such a low cost.
sizes of Dive Bombs
Here's a few tidbits of info covering Manistee, MI.
No boat launching fees, or season passes were available
as of 5/3/11. Look for this to change soon.
Fish cleaning tables were not in on the afore mentioned
date either. Crowded Saturdays means a struggle
for shallow water shoreline Brown Trout. Avoid the
weekends if you want fish!
5/4/11 Today's update
confirms my 4/30/11 description about more early season
shoreline Kings being caught out of Manistee in 2011.
4/19/11 update reported Manistee was producing about a
fish an hour. Yesterday's fishing trip proved ...I
nailed correct info both times. No small feat with
all the variables considered!
on our 2011 season opener?
1. Lines in the water from 8:30am thru not quite
2. 3 Brown trout and 1 King was boated.
3. We batted 100% by never missing a bite.
4. Water temp ranged from 43.5 to 45 degrees.
5. Water depths were typical shoreline trolling from 8'
6. No place was better than another, as we lucked into a
few scattered fish willing to be tempted by our
Click 4 fish catch
Click for 5/3/11 King
to my former deckhand John J and Capt. Dick Donovan from
Adventure 1 Charters for making this trip a success.
Capt. Dick's website
5/3/11 If your tackle
order has Dive Bombs in it at:
we're waiting to be restocked. This is a highly
popular in item & we are trying hard to keep up with
demand. Thanks for your overwhelming response to
Tomorrow's full fishing report will focus on today's 1st
fishing trip of the season for me ...out of the grand
and glorious Port of Manistee, MI. It was bigtime
fun to be back on the pond. Even though the wind
was cutting cold & we never seen 45 degrees!
5/2/11 Need to make a
revision to my 4/30/11 update and add more good news to
our just beginning 2011 season. Lower Lake Huron
is experiencing some of the best fishing for King
Salmon, Steelhead, Coho and Brown Trout in many seasons.
that thought in mind ...congrats to Team Fray'd
Knot for winning the prestigious Lk. Huron Salmon Stakes
Click for winning team
Capt. Chris and crew boated 4 Kings, 5 Steelhead, 1
Brown, and 1 Coho for a event winning catch of almost 65
pounds. A good 10 lb. cushion over second place!
Knot has finished in the top 3 for the last 3 years
running. They took the top spot out of 115
boats by fishing out of the Port of Lexington, MI.
boats proves Lk. Huron still can draw a huge crowd of
5/1/11 May the big deal
month for spring Kings at all Lk. MI ports.
Sooner, or later each port will get hot for the most
sought after bad boys of the spring.
If our fishery evolved back towards more Coho, Mylar
flies will be toast after about a dozen fish.
August adult Coho tend to spin and get their snout all
tangled up in flies, or squids. Squids being my
rubber based ...will tolerate this abuse longer.
In 1992 and 1993 Manistee had large plants of Coho and
showed what a great port Manistee can be. My 1/2
day charters could see 20, or more Salmon boated.
75% Coho and the other 25% was Kings. There's no
place for the most aggressive species of Salmon (Coho)
to hide off Manistee. They stack up on Manistee's
drop-off, or shelf and are sitting ducks for savvy
Click Mylar & Coho snout
the introductory sale on our new 2011 squids thru this
coming Monday. Posted a construction photo of these
proven fish killers. Each squid has a costly
X-Glow Mylar fly inside, an insert, nose spinner & a
storage tube. Like all my tackle ...our squids are
overbuilt to outperform the competition!
Click Squid photo
4/30/11 You know, negative
news affecting to our fishery is an big time attention
grabber, while any encouraging news is unfairly swept
under a rug.
There's 2 optimistic bright spots about our 2011 season
...still in it's infancy.
First is the the spring Coho catches that surpassed
anything we've seen on Lk. MI in about the last 10
years. Kudos to our respective DNRs for taking a
proactive Coho stocking program after the bean counters
said this fish was too expensive to raise.
Second is the number of Kings caught while fishing the
shoreline shallow water mainly for Brown Trout.
Not in huge numbers, but than I've heard in a long time!
Tomorrow's chat will focus on Mylar, Manistee & Coho....
4/29/11 Ending this week on
a high note with sunny conditions is far removed from
the rain and chilly weather that's been with us since
Manistee's near shore weather forecast for tomorrow
improved slightly to: SE winds 20-25 knots increasing to
30 knots. Partly sunny, waves 1'-2' building to 3'-5'.
Then, ...Sunday winds will be from the SW with waves
increasing from 4' to 7'.
My early season tackle sale ends tomorrow. Thanks
to all who are taking advantage of the special pricing
on the new fish catchin' 2011 products.
The reel-cost to tackle comes in when it does not
perform up to snuff, or worse? ...not work at all.
Everything at my webstore? ...I use. Every item is
fully tested to produce on the water with no learning curve.
Click Made in USA Label
The tackle I make like flashers, meat heads, flies and
squids are built to last in the USA. Construction
quality on our trolling bags far surpass any of our
Every one of our US Priority Mail shipping labels say,
"Thanks for Buying Made in USA Tackle." To remind
all where it's made and how much we appreciate your
4/28/11 Hate to be the
bearer of bad tidings, but this coming Saturday is
another kick in the gut for Lk. MI fishermen!
Here's Manistee, MI predicted wind and wave report for
Saturday ...S wind 21 to 26 knots. A chance of showers
after 1pm. Waves 5 to 7 ft.
Don't be surprised
if the DNRs from the states of IN, IL, MI, & WI surrounding Lk. MI
all reduce King
Salmon plants even further in an effort to avoid what
happened to Lk. Huron. Lake Huron in the 1970s,
1980s, and 1990s had a thriving King fishery. This
all ended abruptly in the early i2ks with the total
collapse of the Alewife population.
The clue is kinda on the wall with increased Coho
plants, even from Wisconsin. At one time WI had
almost given up on Coho. Switching their Salmon
stocking efforts towards mostly Kings/Chinooks in the
1990s, while still stocking other species.
Another clue was the returning 4 to 6 pound mini adult
Chinooks last fall. I'm not talking about the odd
precocious early maturing Salmon, but a late run of
mostly all small sub 6 pound adult spawners. Early
running Sept. fish were larger & in the teens.
This Saturday the 30th of April 2011 the Hammond Bay
Anglers Association is having their annual dinner in
Rogers City, MI.
Rogers City dinner info
4/27/11 This season it's
important then ever to have a firm idea about lake
conditions before heading to your chosen port.
It's impossible to make the right call on the sea
conditions 100% of the time, but here are tools to put
the odds in your favor.
My Great Lakes Info page is what I rely on.
There's sea forecasts from NOAA, searchable NOAA and
aviation data on wind speed. Plus, online data
buoy systems with real-time wind speed and directions.
Bookmark: Click Great Lakes
By popular demand the Salmon & Trout scents
made by Smelly Jelly has been restocked. This is
the 5th season Smelly Jelly has been a mainstay at my
webstore and it always sells out. We have Smelly
Jelly in the original Herring, Anise Herring, Alewife
and my favorite, the powerful Sticky Liquid.
Click for more info & pricing
4/26/11 Trophy 30 pound
State of Tennessee Striper is today's spotlight photo.
Strippers aka Striped Bass/Rockfish are native to
saltwater just like our Great Lakes Salmon and adapted
well to a freshwater environment. Once again, just
like our Pacific Salmon did. Saltwater migratory
species of Stripers return to a freshwater to spawn.
Making the 3rd factor in common with Great Lakes Salmon.
Click TN 30#
Striper plants were considered for the Great Lakes, but
fell soon out of favor with the explosion of the Lake
Michigan Salmon fishery in 1967.
Gale warning is in effect for the open waters (5 miles
offshore) of N. Lk. Michigan. Closer to shore is
15-20 knots with gusts to 30 out of the E. E wind
is terrible for shoreline shallow water Brown Trout.
E blows the inshore warmer water out to sea
4/25/11 St. Joe, MI was the
hot port on Lk. MI with the limited info I have to work.
St. Joe's Coho were still going strong. As you'd
expect in late April a few more Lk. MI Kings are being
mentioned. May is the month noted for spring
Lexington, MI on southern Lk. Huron had decent action on
Kings. Not huge numbers, but 4 Kings at 45.5
pounds won the Bluewater Club Tournament on 4/23/11
(this past Saturday). Scotty B and team was the winner
of this event.
It's a reel-good to see Lake Huron slowly on the mend
from the Salmon crash in the early i2ks. I know
for a fact how strong this spring fishery used to be!
4/24/11 Easter Holiday and a
fine reason to take the day off posting daily updates.
4/23/11 Today's featured photo
shows .175" thickness on last season's Herring strips that
should be .250" ...at least! Too thin to work
properly with the balance my meat heads were designed to
handle and still rotate properly.
Click too thin
While easier to use, strips will never perform as well
as whole herring. The bonus to running whole
herring is the cost factor, cuz it's less expensive than
Using commercial prepared Herring strips is like
training wheels on a kid's bike. Once you master
the basics ...it's time to move onto whole reel-bait!
Fishing in Manistee, MI took a turn for the better
yesterday. One thing in favor of all who fish the
more northerly-central Lk. MI ports? ...is April
weather has been so lousy, the shoreline-shallow water
fish haven't been beat on.
Decent report from southern Lk. Huron from yesterday.
Some Kings to double digits and Coho were caught off
Port Sanilac, MI in shallow, like 10' to 20' of water.
If you're fortunate to get out fishing this weekend
T.G.I.F. to end this inhospitable week in Manistee
County, MI. Wind, snow, and cold is not favorable
to any kind of outdoor activities.
The plot thickens with the bait supply for 2011.
Adam Shepard who took over the strips & bait sales from
Fish On Bait company is in the crowbar motel for hit &
run on a 2nd degree murder charge. Tim Monroe,
owner of Fish On Bait Company has no whole herring that
meets the criteria for Lake Michigan MDNR approved
The above is secondhand passed down info, but from a
highly trusted source.
If there's a supplier for whole bait in your area? ...like
I warned before ...you'd better snatch it up now.
This bait mess probably won't get fixed until later this
I certainly hope it's resolved sooner, but wouldn't bet
Potential lack of bait (whole bait mostly) for 2011 is
the driving force behind me raising the bar with a brand
new era in upmarket trolling squids and flies!
4/21/11 Last evening it was
my honor to be invited as one of the guest speakers for
the Manistee County Sport Fishing Association fishing
The MCSFA does a lot of good for all fishermen with the
King/Chinook Salmon net pen project, Kids Fish Day, season long big fish
derby & tournament sponsorship.
It was a pleasure to spent time with local home town
fishermen from Onekama, Arcadia and Manistee.
There's a kinship shared among all anglers regardless of
boat size and experience levels. Hey, who can't
have fun when you're in a room full of fishermen?
If you're interested in what the MCSFA does in detail,
or want to join this fine long standing organization:
Click here for
4/20/11 Old Man Winter's daughter
by proxy, Snow White is to paying Manistee
County, MI a visit. Average high temps for this
area are in the mid-50s for this time of the year.
We'll be lucky to see the mid-30s today and tonight the
low is mid-20s. It's takes a lot of dreary winter
weather to wear me down, but enough ...is enough!
If there is a bright side to this very cold April? ...we
won't lose too much. Next week is predicted to be
in the 60s. Hopefully, this cold spell will just delay
the season until we all can get off the dock in better
My Manistee snowometer now stands at
135" since Nov. 2010.
4/19/11 When you can get on
the water out of the Port of Manistee, MI fishing is OK
(about a fish per hour). There's been recent
reports of fair sized Brown Trout clearing double
digits, along a few Kings being caught along the
I'm changing over the nose spinner on our new squids to
a French spinner blade. This shape of type spinner
blade grabs the colder-thicker water better for a true
fish attracting spin. Especially, at slower
I'm a huge fan of a nose spinners on squids ...having
seen the difference over non-nose spinner equipped plain-Jane squids.
Click updated nose spinner
If you have squids on order? ...patience please.
Should have the new blades in before the end of this
week. All backlogged squid orders should be
shipped by Friday.
4/18/11 Preseason sales are
a wise tool for both the seller and customer.
Saving a few bucks here, and a few bucks there, adds up
over the course of a season.
It's no secret my tackle manufacturing operation relies
solely on word of mouth advertising. There's no
substitute for tackle that performs right out of the
package without the pratfalls of long learning curve.
Thanks all who've purchased our new tackle for 2011 and
remind those that have not ...all preseason sales
promotions ends on May 1, 2011.
4/17/11 Other then for a
handful of nice days this spring looks more like the
continuation of winter. Manistee, MI temps are
averaging 6 to 15 degrees below normal. When this
website was updated around midnight we had a 1/2" of
snow on the ground and thermometer was hovering right
at, or slightly below freezing.
Click 4/16/11 snow
Weekends like this show how short our big water season
is when nasty weather and big seas make the idea of
fishing a distant postponed dream. Kicker is?
...this week is predicted to be no shining path to
warmer days with more snow in the forecast!
4/16/11 Today I'm
very proud to debut our new 2011 Trolling Squids built
to superior standards. Each squid has a Mylar fly
inside, or tinsel skirt. The additional Mylar
skirt material adds bulk, flash, and X-Glow (except in
the Pearl Iridescent UV).
All squids have a willow leaf nose spinner blade for
enhanced flash. Having fished squids from
1977-2003 ...I know the reel-value of this attention
Are old school squids better than flies? To me?
...it's a tie, but the life of a squid is bit longer
than fly due to a
Click new squid selections
Base squids on the new squids is 4.99 thru 5/1/11.
After May 1st squids will be 5.99 & worth every cent of
it, cuz nobody offers the upgrades I do!
Plus, my tackle industry ground breaking world 1st
choices in 2 kinds
of leader material, 3 hook setup options and a storage tube to
extend the life of your tackle.
4/15/11 Was hoping to wish
all the weekenders good luck fishing, but nasty weather
with big seas predicted for tomorrow ...will keep the
Just don't have a lot subject matter to work with today
other than the United States Post Office has some kind
of rate hike due to take effect on 4/17/11.
Our webstore free shipping policy on orders over 100
dollars could be effected. In most cases, US
Priority Mail is the best deal on packages this side of
5 pounds. UPS is the best on rates, service, &
delivery times for
larger heavy orders.
From here on out, our season will gain speed. The
reel-question how ready are you?
4/14/11 ...GALE WATCH IN
EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY
MORNING. Just what you don't want to hear if
you're a weekend warrior.
Today's featured photo is our HRP BTI catching Coho off
E. Chicago, IN. Deep fluorescent red is a time
tested a proven Coho killer. In fact, my 1st Coho
Salmon was caught on this very same color, but on a M-2
Flatfish back in 1968.
Click HRP 2011
4/13/11 Early season success
is directly tied to water temperature. Temp jump
starts fish metabolism and causes them to feed (hit a
bait) more often.
Surface temp off Manistee, MI is slightly behind this
time last year with inshore off the beach water in the
high 30s to the low 40s according to the charts.
Early season Lk. MI Coho from St. Joe, MI to E. Chicago,
IN is still on tear, far surpassing catches from last
year at this time. Southern Lk. MI Kings are not
too far off and will be grabbing the very limelight
This coming weekend does not bode well for those
planning a Lk. MI fishing trip. Cooler weather and
stout breezes is what's on deck for this coming
4/12/11 Here's late breaking
news on the electric Asian Carp barriers in the
Chicago's drainage canal. The Army Corp of
Engineers now has 3 electric barriers working.
While this idea is flawed at best, 3 working electric
underwater fences are better than 2!
surprise ally in our battle against the Asian Carp,
Chicago, IL's new mayor elect Rahm Emanuel is trying to
speed up the "A-Carp study." This government smoke
screen is slated to extend for several years, not days
like it should be!
"invasive species are a significant and immediate
threat, and separation of the watersheds is an important
opportunity to invest in and improve the environment,
our infrastructure and our economy. We cannot go slow or
take a wait and see approach. The study must be
Click more info on this story
4/11/11 First warm weekend
of the 2011 season. Manistee, MI pushing 80
yesterday, but strong early storms with wind clocked at
79 mph tore up several local buildings.
Had several message board members fish Lakes Huron and
Michigan last weekend. All caught at least some fish and a few
had quite respectable boxes.
If this past weekend
was the official kickoff of the new season? ...then
we're off to a pretty darn good reel-start!
Click 4/9/11 Lk. Huron Coho
Introducing new trolling squids that are priced right.
5 squids with 5 bullet heads for 4.95 is a reel-deal.
I've caught 1000s of fish on squids.
Click new squids
It's no secret squids have fell out of favor being
replaced by Mylar flies. Lead core, copper, wire
line all fell out of favor too. Only to come back
stronger than ever!
4/10/11 Limits on Coho from
Chicago, IL to St. Joe, MI are still going strong.
Southern Lk. Huron off Lexington, MI had spring Coho 2-4
lbs. & respectable Kings past double digits. More
importantly the sunrise side (Lk. Huron) Kings are
looking plump well fed. This is good news and
let's hope this trend continues.
15.5 lb. Lk. Huron King
70s are a
reel-possibility for Manistee, MI today with
thunderstorms. Could it be that spring has finally
sprung? I certainly hope so!
4/9/11 Weather looks good
for southern Lk. MI ports like St. Joe, MI. Temps about
60 and seas at around 1' with fog being the downside.
concern for boat owners that dock is low water
conditions. Those that dock at Solberg's Marina in
Manistee with larger boats might have a problem until
die-off of gizzard shad in Milwaukee, WI's harbor was
attributed to VHS last month. Gizzard shad are
plankton feeders and native to Great Lake region and
many areas of North America. When small a gizzard
shad closely resembles younger Asian Carp.
4/8/11 Fishing for April
Brown Trout off the Port of Manistee, MI is mediocre.
There were some Browns caught this past week. Lack
of stained water due to low water flows had the fish
concentrated from the harbor south to the high bluffs
before Gurney Creek.
Size of the
Manistee Browns was above average 4-6 pounds. If
this trend continues last year's plant didn't fare well. This early in April we should be seeing
good numbers 1 1/2 to 3 lb. Brownies. Only
time will tell this reel-story.
My check list
to ready my boat for 2011 is almost complete.
Fired the motor and did a check on all the electronics.
Plan hit the pond next week.
Good luck to
all fishing this weekend. Weather looks to be on
4/7/11 Today's featured
photo has far more impact than words I can string
together. Here's what our dreams are made of:
click rearing tank full of 2014 Kings/Chinooks!
4/6/11 Today we'll shine the
light on Michigan's Platte River Hatchery located just
north of Honor, MI. This amazing facility is at
the roots of our Great Lakes Salmon fishing heritage
going back to the 1960s when it was first built.
Click Platte signage
Michigan DNR's hatchery program is a reel-example on how
government can get it right. In turn, establishing
one of the very best fisheries in the world.
Michigan became the leader that all other Great Lakes
States have followed.
Platte River Hatchery is open to the public daily
8am-4pm with mounted fish & other exhibits. The
later 1960s introduction of Coho & Chinook/King Salmon
transformed our Great Lakes and the art of deep water
sport fishing forever!
Click mounted fish
beyond an awe inspiring moment when you visit the long
fish rearing tanks where there's a bazillion tiny Salmon
just waiting to be caught a few years down the road!
4/5/11 If the present Coho
bonanza continues thru this season? we're all in
for a good time. While a smaller cousin to the
King Salmon, what Coho lack in size they make up for
with sheer aggressiveness. Plus, usually, they're
not as light sensitive as Kings and will be on a
constant bite all day long. Last part of this
coming August should be a reel-ball.
Introduced my "Fly Flippers" yesterday. These 2
lock snaps rotate the fly on the same turn rate of any
rotating flasher. This is very important with
flies that have multiple contrast colors like several of
our new 2011 trolling flies.
2011 Fly Flippers
tip was shared to all by the owner of North Port Nailers
during our 2004 Salmon Symposium held in March of 2004.
So, this pro tip has been around for a while.
opening up the snap you can spilt every Fly Flipper into
to 2 cross locks for use on slanted vertical finned
flashers manufacturers seem to have neglected
4/4/11 In a continuation of
yesterday's reel story on ethanol content ...the gas
station where the 8% E-gas was purchased was Glenn's
south of Manistee by about 1 mile and on the east side
of US31. 8% is good compared to the 10% outlets
are permitted to sell.
I will be testing all gas stations and marinas in
Manistee for E-content in their gas.
board members will have access to all my testing data
with percentage numbers. This information will not be
made public, cuz I want to show there's big advantages
in joining our online community.
ethanol content kit
spring King season is 1/3 as good as the early 2011 Coho
are? Then, our May King fishery will outpace 2008,
2009, & 2010. Only time will tell this reel-story.
Breaking news says a few Kings are being caught towards
Chicago's area of Lk. MI mixed in with the endless
hoards of piranha-like Coho that are on a hard bite now.
4/3/11 Lots has been said
about the ethanol content in the fuel we buy nowadays.
Understanding all the mumbo-jumbo is another story.
Especially, since the State of Michigan no longer
requires E-content to be listed at the pump.
To sort out
all the reel-facts I bought a testing kit. This
kit has a device to measure alcohol i.e. ethanol in
ethanol content kit
According to what I read it is illegal to sell over 10%
E-content, because of the potential harm it can do to
older vehicles and boats.
is not added at the refineries and is done locally.
Reason? ...ethanol draws water like a magnet and is far
to unstable to store very long.
a long story short ...in the future I will be testing
all Manistee gas station pumps, including marinas and
posting their E-content of the fuel they sell.
featured photo shows 7 to 8 percent is ethanol/alcohol.
Want to know which station this gas came from?
Then, check back tomorrow for this Manistee location.
4/2/11 There's a blanket of
early Lk. MI Coho from Chicago, IL to South Haven, MI
and probably ports further north. Early season
anglers are having a field day.
to add trolling squids to our tackle lineup for 2011.
Squids have more, or less fell out of favor with Great
Lakes fishermen, but will rise again this year!
reason is the China bullet heads, or beads were used
fillers inside the squid heads. This cheap acrylic
soft plastic soon melted into goo ...rendering the squid
next to useless. This will not happen with my
"Made in the USA" better quality heads that do not
chemically react to the squid body material.
new 2011 Squids
our squids will feature custom tied Mylar skirts/inserts
in X-Glow and UV (black light) sensitive bodies.
Main advantage to squids is they last a bit longer than
4/1/11 From our friends at
Calumet Marine down by Chicago, IL, Frank said this is
the very best the Coho fishing has been in a long time.
Catch rate is smoking red-hot 10 to 15 spring Coho per
hour. Interesting reel-fact is they're catching
these fish in water that's more like chocolate milk with
only 1' of visibility. This is a good clue that
Salmon use their lateral line's sensitivity to locate,
attack and chow on bait.
note about the Brown Trout action, or lack thereof off
Manistee, MI. Water is cold, even for this time of
the year. From past experience I can catch a few
Browns in water temps below 38 degrees, but a boat load
in 44 to 46 degree water.
predict Manistee's Brown fishing will greatly improve
with a few warm days and nights. Inshore stained water
absorbs heat from the sun and warms up quickly.