Last day for my special 9.5% discount promo code:
950-FISH on purchases over 50 bucks. 4G
introductory pricing will be over tomorrow too.
for my webstore
Predicted weather for South Haven to Benton Harbor, MI
looks favorable for this weekend. E, S & SSE
wind and waves around one foot. Wind and wave
forecasts are always iffy. For safety's sake
confirm your local forecast be heading out.
Need to shake up my Brown Trout program by going back
to the past. Cowbells and sewn minnows will
produce Browns when stickbaits are dead.
Hall of Fame charter skipper, Bud Raskey taught me how
to do it. While Bud is no longer with with us
the knowledge he passed on to the fleet always will be
Yesterday I mentioned to day I'd share with you
...what I know about fish being able to see UV light.
Smurf, & Rage Red UV reaction
Yesterday while filling orders building the new 4G
flashers there was a eerie green reflection on the
ceiling. Light was being reflected off either
the special UV green process, or the green metallic
light shifting paint.
for this reflection.
My first attempt at putting a netcam movie together
was a task. Learning technical aspects editing
is a major challenge.
Click for my 1st netcam movie
Today is the world debut of the new 4G meat rigs.
Companions to the G4 flashers introduced last week.
The photo has 4 light sources & is not retouched in
anyway to enhance the color properties, cuz I don't
Click new 4G meat rig
There's only a week left with my special 9.5% promo
discount to familiarize all with my new (855) 950-3474
toll free phone number. Enter promo code
950-FISH during checkout at my webstore for this
discount on all purchases over 50.00.
Fished Manistee, MI yesterday morning from about
8am till 1:30pm in splendid T shirt weather. This is
major news for March with the thermometer hitting 81
3/22/12 High temp
yesterday at my place hit a sweltering 87-88
degrees. To me this is too hot to work
Click 86 proof at my place!
3/21/12 85 degrees at my
place yesterday in Manistee, MI is way too hot.
But we can count our blessings the Great Lakes
States are seeing such warm and gorgeous weather!
...official spring 2012 has sprung! Winter is
over! We have a brand new Great Lakes season
to look forward to with all the reel-challenges it
has to offer.
3/19/12 One more day to
official spring 2012, but it feels more like summer
already in Manistee, MI. I do appreciate this
kind of warm weather after a long winter.
3/18/12 Sunday is
supposed to be a day of rest. With that
thought in mind, this website deserves to be
vacation until tomorrow.
3/17/12 St. Patrick's
Day luck of the Irish is was us for the debut of the
4G Mamba SUV.
posted a not so good photo of the 2012 G series new
flasher. This is just a sneak peek to see what
I've been talking up. Click sneak peek G-SUV
3/15/12 Front and center
the weather grabs the headlines today. 80
degrees at my place along with Traverse City, MI
that set a new record high temp of 80 yesterday.
3/14/12 Among other
various duties found the time to test start my boat.
This is all part of the process for the first shake
down cruise of the season. Today's feature
photo shows the smoke from last fall's fogging oil
being burnt off. Ear muffs on the motor
provide water for home testing. Which is
2012 motor test
3/13/12 Yesterday I
posted a photo of the 2012 3G Mamba SUV. The
was the second design change as this new flasher
evolves. Third try is on tap for today.
3/12/12 If yesterday's
weather didn't put the thought of holding a fishing
rod, then you were indoors. Mid to high 60s
for the 11th of March was not hard to take.
installing boat batteries and electronics yesterday.
But that's not what today's update is about.
free sunlight illuminating ing my pole barn
3/10/12 Manistee, MI's
launch ramp has been revamped. The exit on the
east end is non existent. Entrance and exit
will be where it always was. Tow vehicles with
boat trailers will go into parking directly instead
of circling back around the old way.
3/9/12 The exact hooks
used on our meat rigs are now available at my
webstore. Competitively priced at 8.95 for 30
VMC 9650TR number 1 X-Strong round bend trebles.
9650 VMCs are a fleet standard and been around for a
long time in bronze, nickel and perma-steel, but tin
reds trebles debuted in 2005.
3/8/12 Finally making
progress on all fronts and that feels good! It
hit a wonderful 62 degrees at my place yesterday.
This is a far cry from last weekend's blizzard.
3/7/12 The mega phone
company Sprint wrecked my 800 number I had dating
back to 1985. Sprint's last 4 digits are 2099,
while mine was 2009. Being just one number off
caused 50 to 100 errant misdialed calls a week at
all hours ...everyday of the week.
3/6/12 Gaining traction
after being stuck in limbo last week. I'm
behind on a new ...never seen before, or attempted
project. Fine tuning the formula and test
painting will happen today. If all goes as
planned? ...a world debut is gonna happen soon!
3/5/12 Finally got the
juice turned back on after living like Neanderthal
since Friday night when the big snow storm hit.
Big turnabout in the weather for Manistee with temps
in the 50s on the way by mid week. Hope your
weekend went better than mine!
3/3/12 Massive storm
with snow, rain, and thunder has my satellite
connection running very slow. Heard
conflicting snow fall for my area, but 12 to 15
inches is a possibility.
3/2/12 A sure sign of
spring is the opening of the Flint Steelheaders
Fishing Show at Birch Run, MI beginning this
Click for today's show dates and times
3/1/12 Extending my
February specials thru this coming Sunday when the
Flint Steelheaders Show at Birch Run, MI concludes.
This extension is a must, because I've been put
behind the 8 ball with computer issues this week.
2/29/12 Just about have a new system up
and running after losing my main computer on Monday.
Hopefully, I will be able to work with images
reel-soon to post new photos like normal.
2/28/12 Catastrophic computer failure
has me on my backup box today. Lost most of
yesterday going around in circles. Hope to
have all problems resolved by next week.
2/27/12 This Thursday the month of
March begins. According to folk lore, the
description of March ranks between lion (bad
weather) & lamb (good weather), or visa versa
....depending on how the month begins. March
2012 will come in like a lamb with sun and temps
above freezing in the mid to low 30s later this
2/26/12 NASCAR Sundays
are back with the 53rd running of the "Great
American Race," the Daytona 500 on FOX TV. In
car cameras to bring us inside the action will be
featured. Much like my new waterproof mini HD
net cam that provide us close-up views when the
important stuff goes down.
Click mini 4.5" HD camera
2/25/12 A rare event in Manistee, MI
occurred yesterday when we got about 2" of snow.
Last measureable snowfall was 10 days ago on
2/24/12 How about a fresh report for
Steelhead in the Big Manistee River today?
Been neglecting river fishing long enough.
Click 2/28/01 later
2/23/12 Plan for today? ...to shoot
another video that shows the ins and outs of the
floating F11 Rapalas I've used since the early
2/22/12 In the not too distant future
my toll free 800 552-2009 number will be changed.
Sprint and T1 Mobil have moved in next door and are
using the last four numbers of 2099. Mine is
2009. I'm receiving too many misplaced calls a
day and my patience has worn thin. My new toll
free number will come with plenty of advance notice.
2/21/12 Exactly 4 weeks from today is
the official beginning of spring 2012. Looking
forward to the end of winter, longer days, and times
2/20/12 It's my great pleasure to
introduce the 2012 reel-net cam mounted on the
handle a few feet up from the net's hoop.
You'll have a gun sight view of our action.
2/19/12 There's 2 words that should not
be spoken any fishing conversation. These
words are always and never. Do you use always
and never when talking about fishing?
Posted a couple of new short
preview videos on my:
2/17/12 Today's chat is
on hold for now. Maybe later I can show you my
new secret weapon that will bring new meaning to
2/16/12 Long range
forecast for Manistee, MI says most days in the mid
to high 30s well into next week. Official
spring (3/20/12) is not all that far way.
2/15/12 You can increase
your odds of success with F11 Rapalas by not overloading the
tow point with heavy swivels, or tight knots that
can be knocked out of alignment.
2/14/12 Valentine's Day
update is about knowing your lure and how to fine
tune it for the most lifelike presentation.
Manistee, MI's first season begins around mid March
and runs thru April for shoreline Brown Trout.
This close quarters fishing is done in 5' to 15' of
water with many boats trolling along the beach.
Deconstructed F11 Rapala
2/13/12 Rage Red UV
flashers are only being offered during the month of
February. So, these ground breaking red UV
flashers are not for procrastinators. Those
who purchase now can order replacements ...if, and when
Click Rage Red UV 4 in 1 photo
2/12/12 Did a follow-up
photo to show the hooks being inserted in the
interior corrugated part of my cheapie storage
cardboard box for stick baits.
2/11/12 Winter has made
a brief return to Manistee County, MI. Temps
took a nose dive and we got 2 whole inches of the
white stuff. Not to fear ...temps in the mid
to high 30s are predicted to return next week.
Last time we got snow was 2 weeks ago.
2/10/12 Plan for the
near future is to do a video explaining Rapala hook
mods that will improve the performance of this lure.
Like I said a few days ago, Raps are a touchy
finesse lure to fish for maximum effectiveness.
Raps & tools to swap hooks
2/9/12 Today's featured
photo is courtesy of website member, Steve B who
does everyone a favor by killing WI coyotes.
Steve hunts them at night.
2/8/12 Today's update is cancelled due technical difficulties. Regular updates will resume tomorrow.
2/7/12 We're behind on
orders for Rage Red UV tackle at:
2/6/12 I'm sure you've
heard the sayings; "it's about as exciting, as
watching the refrigerator defrost," or "as exciting,
as watching paint dry."
2/5/12 Super Bowl Sunday
is when we tie up all the loose ends left over from
2011 and seriously look towards spring. The
official start of spring is now about 6 weeks away.
2/4/12 Keeping your boat
batteries charged during winter layup will save you
big bucks in the long run. Batteries are
expensive like everything else nowadays.
County, MI has their own version of the better known
ground hog Punxsutawney Phil who hails from a PA
town with the same name.
2/2/12 Ground Hog Day
where folklore steps in to predicted how much more
winter we can expect. See Mr. G. Hog says
about what's in store for Manistee, MI tomorrow!
2/1/12 If yesterday's
high temps in the 50s didn't taint you with a early
dose of spring fishing fever? ...nothing will!
Wonderful best describes Manistee, MI's weather
that's been downright balmy for central to northern
MI thus far!
Click 1/31/12 Manistee
1/31/12 Thanks to all
who took advantage of the January bonus meat rig
offer by purchasing tackle at my webstore. Our
January bonus officially ends tonight.
1/30/12 My entry into
YouTube was spurred on while web searching for some
DIY projects late last year. I soon learned
YouTube in many cases ...is a how-to video search
engine for hard to come by knowledge by watching
instructions instead of reading them.
1/29/12 The technical
advances in our Great Lakes fishing tackle just wows
me. The ground breaking UV colorants I use in
manufacturing are truly 21st century products.
1/28/12 Since the
official announcement of my videos posted at YouTube
this past Thursday they have been viewed over a 1100
times. That's at, or over 550 views per day
showing I'm on the right track. Thanks for
watching my short "how to" movies.
1/27/12 I'm on schedule
to a early start for this season. I have 8
rods ready with new 15# Triple Fish mono. Batteries will be
going into my boat about a month from now.
Then it's all up to March weather for my first
Manistee, MI shoreline Brown Trout trip of 2012.
Direct links to each of my videos, or see all 7 at my: YouTube channel
1/26/12 Today is about
how the internet has grown up with faster connection
speeds in our featured photo of my homemade line
Click for my line stripper
1/25/12 Decided to do
some pull tests with my handheld scale to look at
the knot and breaking strength of the Triple Fish
German mono I'm selling.
1/23/12 While it's not
exactly suntan weather ...January temps in the mid
40s is a gift for Manistee County, MI today.
Spring fever is a lot easier to catch too!
1/22/12 First month of
official winter has came and gone ....as of today!
Warmer temps this coming week for Manistee, MI is
welcome news after last week's frigid weather.
1/21/12 Big news from
this past week is the hard winter that took up
residence in Manistee County, MI. A good foot
of snow fell and the thermometer took a plunge into
the single digits. Last Thursday the high was
a stingy 11 degrees.
1/20/12 Ice fishing
season is here. Cold temps to single digits
are building ice providing a hard water highway to
catch some dinner. Perch with Walleye a close
second are the best table fishing we have in MI.
fresh caught perch
Posted a photo
from a few days ago with good looking plump deer.
Seen January deer look kinda scrawny before, but not
this mild winter thus far. Snow cover at my
place now is about 6 inches when normally it would
be around a foot and a half.
1/18/12 Posted a couple of new pics of the
Rage Red UV and Smurf 2 Fly Meat Rigs. These
were the top sellers in 2011 even though the Smurf
meat rigs was introduced in mid-August. Both
meat rigs are very impressive under a black light in
unretouched photos. To date, this is the best
black light reaction captured.
Click for this photo
1/16/12 Hump day in the
month of January ...our longest-darkest winter month
of the year. Tomorrow we'll be on the downhill
side January goes (past halfway).
1/15/12 The key to
unlocking trolling success on the Great Lakes is
your line spread. Having riggers, divers and
your long distance (long distance = copper/lead
core) program all working in unison. In other
words, all methods producing equally.
1/14/12 I have a pretty
full plate this weekend building and revamping
shopping cart pages at my webstore. We're
restocked with everything that sold out last season.
1/13/12 A $10,000 top prize will be up for grabs in the 38th annual Hoosier Coho Club Classic to be held in Michigan City, Ind., on May 5-6, 2012.
The granddaddy of all Lake Michigan tournaments features fun competition, wide-open fishing and first-class facilities. In addition to the $10,000 Pro division first place cash, $2,500 will be awarded to the Amateur division champ and $1,250 for the 24U division winner. Payouts are based on 30 boats per division.
Thousands more in cash and merchandise will be up for grabs in Big Fish, 2nd Day/2nd Chance and 333 events within the Classic. www.hoosiercohoclub.org
Entry fees are $475 (Pro), $225 (Am) and $100 (24U). The Hoosier Coho Club also hosts a three-division tune-up tournament on Apr. 28.
My 2011-2012 Manistee snowometer now stands at 10 inches of total accumulation.
1/12/12 Yesterday in
Manistee County, MI was one of those kinda days to mark
on the calendar and remember.
Click to see
1/11/12 The eternal
unanswered mythical question of what and where fish can
see is an excellent subject for today.
Click for 6
separate fish eyeballs
1/10/12 I've got a bright
outlook for you today. Tomorrow will add about 90
seconds of daylight when compared to today. Days
are getting longer exponentially. Soon every new
day will add 2 minutes and more. Over time,
minutes turn into hours.
1/9/12 There's something on
the front burner to important to overlook weather
related. We all know MI and surrounding Great
Lakes states are having a very mild winter.
1/8/12 The photo named "Boat
Project Done!" with the marine band radio in the left
border brought to mind how all forms of communication
has evolved like nowadays electronics. Today it's
called networking. In 1968 I called learning.
1/7/12 The good news is 2012 season is here
& all the promise it brings! The unknown factor is
the most mesmerizing part of fishing. Fishing and
therapy have a lot more in common then the 7 letters
each word contains.
1/6/12 The offseason is the
time to do easy boat mods. Consol in my boat is
small and installed a piece of plywood to mount
electronics more to me liking. This was done in 2007 and
the bare plywood wasn't looking all that good.
1/5/12 Here's an
email/testimonial from Capt. Steve in Kewaunee, WI:
1/4/12 ZOV to the best of my
knowledge this has never been written, or spoke about
when it comes to fishing. Even more specific, for
Great Lakes trolling for Salmon & Trout.
1/3/12 You know,
...another easy to keep New Years resolution is to join
the "Occupy" movements. Then, occupy your boat as
much as possible to protest anything not directly
connected to fishing! Occupying my boat off
Manistee in 2012 ...works for me!
1/2/12 Here's an easy New
Years resolution not predestined to fail. Mine is
to fish as much as I did in 2011, ...if not more.
Making reel-resolutions you can keep is the deal!
1/1/12 First day of the New
Year and it's starting off with blizzard warnings for
Manistee, MI. 10 to 20 inches of snow with winds
to 50 mph is forecast!
12/31/11 Out with the old
and in with the new? The 2011 chapter of Great
Lakes fishing is about to pass into the history book of Great
12/30/11 T.G.I.F. for the
last time this year. 2011 presented the Great
Lakes fleet with overall calmer waters and less blow days.
September and October were not the constant barrage of
wind ...as we've come to expect. The return of
larger Kings is another strong point for 2011, but
May, June & early July Salmon fishing was no bed of roses.
12/29/11 The days are
winding down for 2011. This season was very kind
to us Lk. MI fishermen. My memories start with
developing a killer program for the top 50' fish during
the middle of the day in ultra flat calm conditions.
Click 10/12/11 mirror glass water
12/28/11 Big news from my
neck of the woods is still the weather. Posted a
top-bottom photo comparing Decembers 2010 vs. 2011.
2010 vs. 2011 snows
12/27/11 Yesterday the perch
fishing was good on the Saginaw River out of Bay City,
MI. Late season anglers willing to brave the
elements are being rewarded with some mighty fine
eating. Plus, bonus days on the water.
Click 12/26/11 Bay City, MI perch
12/26/11 Yesterday was one
of the few times during a year when this website goes
over the top with jazzy jingle bells music, flashing
Christmas lights and falling snow.
12/24/11 Best wishes to all
for 2012 and Merry Christmas!
12/23/11 Took a look at the
effort put into this year's updates. As of
yesterday 48,267 words, comprising 360 paragraphs,
amounting to 85 pages (Microsoft Word data), & over 700
full-size images has been published on this website
since January 1, 2011.
12/22/11 First day of winter
2011-2012. Days will gradually start getting
longer now as we are about to pass the winter solstice
and shortest day of the year.
12/21/11 In keeping with
this week's theme about taking pictures ...posted my
favorite happy snappy taken in 2011. This photo
shows my ace double number on fishin' bud, John J fast
into a King on a diver rod.
Click for my favorite photo taken in 2011
12/20/11 My storyline about
preserving past memories with photos needs to be
postponed until I get a better handle on this vast
subject. Photos are a great way to record history
of events that are important to you. One picture is
worth a 1000 words!
12/19/11 The setup on
today's featured photo of a table full of spring Kings
caught in 1979 out of Frankfort, MI begins with the top
photo showing outriggers.
12/18/11 Photographs of your
fishing trips will be cherished long after the season is
over. My fish photo collection is easy to get lost
in ...when I post one for this website.
12/17/11 With the evolution
of the internet connections speeds for most have
increased. High speed connections makes video as a
learning medium very feasible.
12/16/11 One of my favorite
things is turning the lights off in the our tackle shop
when a day's work is done. That's when I get to
see all the glowy tackle saying goodnight. Decided
to reveal this "glow in the dark" experience with you and
snapped a pic.
12/15/11 Calendar of
preseason events for 2012 begins on 1/7/12 with the
Michigan Sea Grant Meeting being held at the Ramada Inn
in Ludington, MI.
12/14/11 Being in any
business requires the wearing of several hats. One
of which is advertizing guru. To be effective at
advertizing you need to think of appealing names &
slogans that become catch phrases to showcase your
Click Smurf & Turf
12/13/11 In my travels
around Manistee County, MI last week on 12/5/11 the High
Bridge Public Access between Wellston and Brethren, MI.
It was shocking to see only 3 boat trailers in the
parking lot setup to handle 40 some boat trailers and
12/12/11 1. How do fish see
things? 2. What colors can fish see? Much
has been said and written about these 2 mysterious
questions. None it to my satisfaction, because
simply put ...nobody knows and at the best offer
fish eye view
12/11/11 Yesterday's photo
showing the rubber fish rear toothpick is strictly a
demo for when I hold meat school in my shop. Meat
school is for those new to fishing meat and is done by
appointment only. In less then 5 minutes all can
be explained. This aids my customer's confidence
level and gives them a leg up. Showing them first
hand there is absolutely no learning curve.
toothpick & rubber fish demo
12/10/11 Christmas 10% off
sale will be extended for a few days. Ludington
Ford dealer is having issues fixing my RV's cruise
control. Was hoping to be on the road headed south
by the first of next week. But, when hoping meets
the reality of doing? ...it's a whole different
unreel-world. Snow has held off so far at my place.
Knock on wood:)!
12/9/11 My tackle webstore
will be closing soon for winter vacation. Not sure
when we'll reopen, but around Super Bowl Sunday is
tentative for now.
12/8/11 Perfected a new
machining process for the rear line-holder hole in the
back of our meat heads. This re-engineered hole
now has a tapering countersunk rim to make it easier to
peg the toothpick at right distance for desired hook
drop. Granted, this is a small, but necessary
tweak that will make hook spacing a lot easier.