October, November & December
12/31/13 Happy New Year is
an understatement. Happy New Season better fits
what I have mind. 2013 was a tough year for the
fleet and I'm glad to see it go.
12/30/13 Great Lakes fishing
is a lifelong learning experience. Added to my
knowledge base this past June shooting deep video on my
rigger cam 140' down.
12/28/13 Happy New Year is a
traditional greeting at this time of the year.
Well, how do you clearly define happy? ...found a great
example in photos Bob K sent in. Happy is how to
describe Bob's pics of his Manistee, MI fishing trip
12/27/13 Happy last Friday
in 2013. Soon we'll turn the calendar to 2014 with
the hopes and challenges a brand new year always brings.
12/26/13 The new page
focusing on the fish caught in 2013 is a work in
progress. Added Bob K's 26 pound Manistee, MI King
yesterday. Still have a more photos to post in the
future. It's not too late to get your fish added.
12/25/13 Have a safe and very Merry Christmas.
12/24/13 81 degrees at my place? Yep, it's not a dream, but it is 1280 miles S of Manistee just N of Ocala, FL where I'm at now. Never been S for Christmas before and it seems more like a warm day in July then anything even close Christmas Eve Day.
12/23/13 Today's message is Merry Christmas to you and yours!
12/20/13 Happy Friday! Noticed "The Weather Channel" on cable TV is giving winter storms names. Gemini is the 7th winter storm of this season and winter does not officially start until tomorrow. With only 19 letters left in the alphabet ....we're going to run out of names well before winter 2013-2014 is over!
12/19/13 Learned a few things in putting together the new page showcasing the fish viewers/members of this website sent in. First, it will be a lot easier to build this page as a work in progress during season. Second, from now on ...every season will have a page like this to document what's been caught. Click Fish of 2013
12/18/13 Finally got a handle on the new page showing the fish that were caught in 2013. The majority of the photos on this page were sent in by viewers/members of this website. If you want your caption, or byline changed? Please contact me by email for the desired revisions. Click Fish of 2013
12/16/13 Fish of 2013 page
is almost done. Installed bylines help explain
photos. If you have sent me pics and want your
byline/caption changed? Contact me by email and
I'll make your desired revisions. Majority of the
images showcased on this new page were all sent in by
viewers, or members of this website.
Click for Fish of 2013
12/12/13 For about the last 3 years December in Manistee, MI has been just dreadful with temps close to 20 degrees below the norm. Used to run a fair amount of guided winter Steelhead trips on the Big Manistee River 10 years ago and cannot recall Decembers being this nasty.
12/9/13 Winter begins
Saturday, December 21, 2013 if you go by the calendar.
If you look at the thermometer it began about 3 weeks
ago in Manistee, MI.
12/8/13 Made major progress
on the new page showcasing what we caught in 2013.
Photos sent in by the viewers of the website made this
page. This shows how connected we all are in the
society of Great Lakes fishermen.
Click new page progress
12/7/13 Pearl Harbor Day
when we lost about 2500 US service men in a surprise
attack from the Empire of Japan. This country
mistakenly thought they could defeat us.
12/4/13 Fast forward a
decade, or two from now. You order fishing tackle and a
drone will deliver it to your door. This is not
science fiction. Amazon and UPS is considering
12/2/13 As we enter the last
month of 2013 it's a good time to reflect on this year's
accomplishments and set goals for 2014.
11/30/13 While researching
the cost of fishing licenses in various states ...seen
some states actually charged extra for purchasing
fishing licenses online. The MDNR does not.
11/28/13 Have a safe and
Happy Thanksgiving! This holiday always make me
think about how fortunate I am. Not for the
material things, but for my pets, wildlife, fish, people
in my life and that I'm still sucking wind under my own
11/25/13 It's no small
secret I've tried unsuccessfully to sell my turnkey
tackle business for the last 2 years.
11/23/13 It's officially
long-john weather in Manistee, MI. Yesterday's
high was 19 degrees at my place with a couple of inches
of fresh lake effect snow. The Great Lakes are
capable of creating their own weather systems laden with
moisture when the wind is from the right direction.
11/21/13 Been limiting my
computer time to around 30 hours a week for the sake of
my eye sight. 30 hours is a 1/2 to 1/3 of my
former routine. To make best use in a limited
schedule I'm hard at work updating the code for my phpBB
forums aka message boards.
11/19/13 Big storm
rolled thru and knocked out my power recently. Was
on generator power most of Sunday.
11/16/13 Test publish wi-fi
11/15/13 Called Rep. Franz's
office and spoke to his secretary yesterday.
He was in session and couldn't be reached. I made
my point clear about not hiking DNR fees.
11/14/13 I hate politics and
anything associated with them. However, today I'm
calling my MI State Rep. Ray Franz (R) about the hikes
in MI hunting & fishing licenses.
11/13/13 3 inches of lake
effect snow happened yesterday. This is the 1st
measureable snowfall this season and with any luck?
...it might hang around the firearms deer opener
this coming Friday.
11/6/13 Had planned on
discussing our MDNR issues with public relations, but
ran across a far more important story. I will
revisit this topic in the future
11/5/13 Best thing about
yesterday's update? Larry is still carrying
enthusiasm for Great Lakes fishing well into November.
Having dedicated fishermen is what we need to keep our
sport going. Having passion about what you like to
11/4/13 "John, This is Larry
T. Fish!Fish!Fish! spoke to you a couple of months ago
and I place a couple of orders with you this year. Very
impressed with your tackle.
11/3/13 Ritual of "fall-back" your clocks one hour to adjust for EST happened last night at 2am. Daylight Savings Time will begin again March 9, 2014.
11/2/13 Recent rains of
about 3 inches will swell the Big Manistee River
watershed. In turn, raising the water, flushing
the river clear of leaves, and bring Steelhead upriver.
11/1/13 Happy November, as
this year speeds towards 2014. Been reel-busy with
pre 2014 production since the webstore closed a while
10/31/13 I'm sure you've
heard, "opposites attract." Swapped colors around
and came up with the new 2014 MJ Mamba aka Michael
Click new MJ Mamba
10/30/13 2014 MDNR estimated
new monies from license fee rate hikes reveals only
1/18th of the MDNR budget only $977,000 will be
allocated towards fish rearing.
10/29/13 Asian Carp have been
confirmed in OH's Sandusky River as of last summer!
10/28/13 Below is what
happened at the WDNR Strawberry Creek harvest station.
Wire tag fish had to be planted. You can see for
yourself how important stocked King/Chinook Salmon are
to the overall count. I do take issue with the
Oct. 14 & 17 lowball round numbers of wire tagged
Salmon. Could this be CYA concerning the ratio of
stocked compared to Kings that are spawned naturally
after the DNRs cut the plants this year?
10/27/13 2001 was the best
year for MI Master Angler Kings with 243 over 27 pounds.
Add 4 years to 2001 = 2005, then 2005 = 2009. This
brings us to 2013. Another year of respectable
sized King Salmon. Is this an every 4 year
occurrence, or just a coincidence?
10/26/13 Major flaws were
exposed in the states surrounding Lk. MI about estimated
natural reproduction of the 2013 crop of King/Chinook
Salmon at WI's Strawberry Creek egg harvesting facility.
Approximately 60% of the September Kings were planted
fish with coded wire tags. This blows holes in the
DNR's knee jerk theory about natural reproduction being
enough to sustain a fishery. This is after the
fact of an ill conceived major slash in ALL Lk. MI King
Salmon plants in 2013 with no hard data beforehand.
10/25/13 The MDNR cutting
back 60% in King plants in 2013? This is a large
over correction if the numbers of the fish taken at the
Little Manistee River Weir stay in the 5 to 6k range
over the next few seasons. My memory says we need
plus 10k returning to supply the summer fleet with
respectable chances at good catches.
10/24/13 Numbers from this
fall's harvest of King/Chinook Salmon captured at the
Little Manistee River Weir are a dismal 6427.
Click MDNR weir data
10/23/13 First snow and ice
of the 2013-2014 winter season happened last night.
This is only a sneak peek of what's to come.
first snow of the season
10/22/13 Concluded the poll
sampling yesterday and not much has changed. Cut
bait and whole bait combined overall at 31% was the most
10/21/13 Time for my long running poll about "your best method for adult Salmon." Began this poll back in 2003. This is the consecutive 11th year for this poll. Please vote.
10/20/13 2014 is going to be
an especially hectic year for yours truly. Just
keeping up with our existing lineup of tackle is
challenging enough. Throw in the new product
design, testing phase, and production is a massively
10/19/13 Lack of shooting
enough video in 2013 is my biggest regret. To make
a fishing movie? ...you need a few fish under the boat
and that didn't happen often. Video is a tough nut
to crack, ...if you want anything close to a pro level.
10/18/13 T.G.I.F. as October rolls on. Plans for this weekend is to finally get a firm start on the new big fish page of 2013. Shutting down the webstore does not mean free time. In fact, entirely to the opposite as I rush to build enough inventory for 2014 while the weather is still decent to make progress replenishing the popular Mambaville lineup.
10/17/13 Today's reel-story
is about a 16.5 WI Steelhead caught with a BTI/2
Fly Meat Rig® in the Super Puke pattern. This
jumbo sized 'bow was taken 80' down.
10/16/13 Promising is how
I'll rate the crop of 2014 Kings. More late season
Salmon are being caught now compared to last year at
this ...when any Salmon were scarce as hen's teeth.
Trying to predict the future is as we all know is
impossible, but outliers look good.
10/15/13 Spawning Salmon are
fascinating to watch and always seem to draw a crowd.
Today's pic shows Salmon spectators at Manistee County,
MI's Pine Creek.
10/14/13 Saturday's trip to Pine
Creek, here in Manistee County, MI is always worth the
effort. Fish there this season were mid to high
teen Kings for the most part.
10/13/13 Made my annual
pilgrimage to Pine Creek that's classified as a Trout
Stream in Manistee County, MI. With this being a
Trout Stream fishing closes at the end of Oct.
10/12/13 "Morning Captain, I
hope it's not to late to have my pic (King 26.11 lbs)
join the rest of the big fish crowd, this was taken in
Frankfort in August on your green glow froggy bti &
meat rig combo, presented on a digger diver mono set up.
Thanks & enjoy your time off as we will be looking
forward to next season!" Dennis D
10/11/13 Have a super great weekend! Lots of loose ends to tie up. Please standby while I get some of it done. Then, I can share it with you.
10/10/13 "Hi Capt, A photo for your library….this was just a hair under 25# as weighed by the DNR lady conducting surveys at the docks in Petoskey in July. The diver this was caught on was using one of your snubbers which I absolutely believe made a difference in allowing us to land it. Kept the treble hook on the Meat Rig tight in corner of the fishes mouth till it hit the deck and then fell out. I had 7 fish over 20# this year (another over 23#) which is not bad for this weekend warrior and 5 were caught on divers using your snubbers without one lost!!!!" ....Michael B. Click for his photo
10/9/13 Thanks to Chris C
for his hard work devoted to today's chart/graph.
It shows the size of Kings/Chinooks from 1993-2013
entered in MDNR Master Angler program.
10/8/13 Whew, just completed
my 9th season in the tackle business. Webstore is
now shutdown until I make up my mind ...to reopen in
2014. Right how, I'd say never, but after some
time off for RR plans for 2014 will happen.
10/7/13 Thanks to all for
making the 2013 season a success with the tackle I
10/6/13 2014 will be a new
product/tackle development year for my tackle operation.
Startup takes 50-75k to bring new tackle to the market
10/5/13 When time allows,
efforts will be directed at the new photo page, Fish of
2013. Lk. MI hasn't produced this many large Kings since
10/4/13 Happy Friday! Still
lots to do before I close up shop this coming Monday at
midnight. This website will still be maintained
daily for now. Thanks to all that visit and a
special thanks to those that honored me by purchasing
10/3/13 If is a mighty big
word, ...that's a given. "If" we didn't have a
cool down in mid-August 2013? ...a couple of things
would have happened.
Campground located at M-22 and the Platte River Bridge
has been closed by the government shut down. I
spent many happy weeks at this place in the 1960s and
Campground is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National
Lakeshore that was began by Sen. Phil Hart (R-MI) back
in the 1960s, as a way to preserve this piece of God's
earth for the public domain. Feds bought back all
privately owned lands/properties to revert the
surrounding lands to it's natural settings.
10/1/13 2004 copper price
(pertaining to brass rivets) pound : 1.48 2013 :
3.32 Note that base material drives prices.
The smallest piece in my flashers is brass rivets.
Thye've doubled in price since I went into the tackle
business in 2004.
Continued below back to the year 2000: