Archived Daily Updates
3/31/16 It's important to
remind you, today your 2015 MI fishing license
expires. Buying a new license is easy and can be
Click online fishing license
"It sucks" best describes Manistee, MI's early season
Greenish tinged cloudy water is fishless when it
comes to a trolled lure. I've never seen
conditions like this before both N and S of the harbor.
I want something to yank on my rod. So, I can feel
surge of a fish. The only way that's going to
happen is to travel to S Lk. MI. Trying for next
3/30/16 Sea Grant of MI has
really stepped up to the plate. They involve the
Great Lakes fishing public in their Salmon Ambassadors
program. Now, MI Sea Grant is trying to get a
better handle on the bait fish population in Lk. MI.
Click Sea Grant info & data
Lk. MI fishermen can share fish finder images of bait
balls with Scientist Dr. David Warner with the USGS.
You'll need to supply: date, time, location (like what
port?), depth, and lat/lons. Email your info to:
will post this info again in May when there's more boats
fishing. Enlisting public input is a far cry from
anything the MDNR does!
Trying very hard to find a weather window for a trip to
E Chicago, IN for spring Coho. That means no rain
for a couple of days and the wind to cooperate.
3/29/16 A new heater and
parts have arrived for my boat. The heater works
on the same principle as your car, or truck using the
warm water created in your motor.
New enclosed cooling system has made this possible.
Best part? ...I will have defroster vents on the
windshield. Boat owners know what a problem fogged
up windows are. Rain-X has a anti-fog product that
helps a little bit, but not like defrosters.
3/28/16 Next Monday, April
4th, 2016 the MDNR is celebrating the 50th anniversary
of the stocking of Coho Salmon at the Platte River State
Hatchery. This facility is located just a few
miles N of Honor, MI on the W side of US31. Time
of the event is 10am till noon.
Commemorating the success story of our Great Lakes
Salmon Fishery is a great idea. Since their
introduction, Coho have been a shining light in our Lk.
MI fishery that don't suffer from the huge ups and
downs, like the King/Chinook fishery does!
I hope to show my
appreciation by being in E Chicago, IN catching early
season Coho during this time frame ...if the weather
Need to thank Don H. for bringing this event to my
attention. Don runs an outfit dedicated to the
history of MI called, Up North Memories.
Don's Facebook page
3/27/16 Happy Easter. According to an
article written for Benzie County newspaper, the Record
Patriot by Colin Merry, the Lk. MI Alewife population
may be stabilizing.
district MDNR leader, Mark Tonello said, 2015 produced
an average spawn of Alewives. While average might
not sound like much of an improvement. Take in
account the hard record cold winters of 2014 and 2013
that produced hardly any. This is definitely
welcomed good news. Something the Lk. MI King
Salmon fishery has been sorely lacking!
3/26/16 Last season my best
and most consistent flasher was the Super Silver Bullet
10" BTI. This flasher worked great with flies and
the SSB 2 Fly Meat Rig™ from June into early September.
It's rare to have a pattern to dominate for 4 months.
Click 4 proof
The SSB plated series are a safe, generic middle of the
road color that goes with everything like salt and
pepper. 75% of Kings I caught in 2015 ...came on
the SSB BTIs. Especially, deadly effective
on my divers.
Click to purchase
Presently, can only imagine what the SSB Salmon Buster™
spoons can do until we get further along in 2016.
But know the outcome will be beyond expectations.
What makes this pattern so good? ...it's the super
active hyper-holographic lure tape that exclusive to my
4.0 Salmon Buster™ spoon
Out of all the deep video I shot to a 150' down, this
was the only holographic lure tape (silver ice chips)
that provided noticeable sparkle the GoPro could record.
If you have money in your budget for new Salmon
tackle? ...this is a wise purchase!
3/25/16 Big snow storm
turned into mostly ice. Expect to be without power
before this is over. That's why Friday's update is
early. Have a great weekend.
Next week the weather looks a heck of a lot
3/24/16 Yesterday, my 1st
trip on Lk. MI of 2016 refreshed my memory of the gentle
rhythm in following seas that lull me into pure
relaxation. It felt extra good to be afloat!
Inshore water is pretty cloudy, moving out to the color
line a 1/2 to a mile offshore might be worth exploring.
Cowbells & minnows warrants a try too.
Getting hit with a big-time late season heavy wet snow
storm. Guess 10 inches, or more by the time this
last gasp of winter moves thru late tomorrow.
3/23/16 Started my 2016
season yesterday out of Manistee, MI. Had lines in
the water from 4pm thru 6pm. We fished in
unproductive green milky water with 2' of visibility.
Water N of the pier-heads was 42.5°. The water S
of port was a little colder at 41°. Shoreline
Browns are primarily a sight feeding fish that respond
well trolled lure. But if the fish can't see it,
they're certainly not going to hit it!
Until we get 3, or 4 days of E wind that will push the
green silty water offshore, there no sense in fishing
out of my home port.
Click green milky water
Good news is my new cooling system passed the water
trials with flying colors. Exhaust manifolds never
exceed 179°. That good, because there's 160°
thermostat in it.
3/22/16 Great news, seen 2
robins yesterday and next week starts a warming trend.
Downgraded snowfall a bit from a winter storm that's due
to hit tomorrow.
If you like drilling down data? ...have the 2015 report
from the Salmon Ambassadors program that focuses on
Lk. MI King/Chinook Salmon. Studied this report for a
good amount of time. Let it suffice to say, no one
rated last season very high. The wild vs. stocked
fish is biased, because stocked Kings survival rate is
way below 1%. Then, factor in the 60% MDNR cut in
planted/stocked Kings in MI waters.
Click for this report
If, and "if" is a mighty big word, but might get a chance
to splash my boat later today!
3/21/16 Hard pressed for
motivation seeing there's a foot of snow predicted for
Manistee, MI this Wednesday and Thursday. While
last winter is in the rear view mirror, somebody forgot
to tell Mr. Winter, enough ...is enough!
S MI Coho bite is on. These vicious critters are
there for the taking. Being stuck is a rut for
week with boat mods is not how I wanted to start this
Now, the weather has taken a turn for the worse.
Further delaying my plans to drive to E Chicago, IN to
get in on the happening Cohofest.
will focus on Manistee's early season shoreline
3/20/16 First official day
of Spring 2016. 23° this morning at 7am is not
considered very spring-like. Yet to see a robin
that's always good sign of improving weather.
Today's featured photo is not what I want to show you.
Rather show you a box of fresh caught fish.
Hopefully, that happens sooner, then later.
week ago yesterday did tested the new enclosed cooling
system. It was a fail with exhaust manifolds too
hot at 200°. This signaled a major water flow
Considering where I live, a week in not bad to get new
manifolds installed with most of the time waiting on
shipping. This Tuesday should be able to water
Both of my charter boats had heaters like in your car,
or truck. There's plenty of heat in inboards and
outdrive (I/O) motors that can be tapped into.
That's the biggest reason behind an enclosed cooling
new manifold install
My time to fish is the early and late season when we're
not ultra busy making tackle and shipping orders.
Having a nice warm & cozy boat sure ranks high on my
3/19/16 Good day to take off
and work on boat projects. Up until now it was
about taking things apart. Today is all about
putting thing back together again so I can go fishing!
3/18/16 T.G.I.F! Seen my first
signs of spring with the grass greening up. Below
average temps in the near term is something we're not
accustomed to. Seems this mild winter winter has
fooled Mr. Groundhog that should be sued for malpratice!
New exhaust manifolds are ready for installation.
Hold up is the cheap Mickey Mouse fiber gaskets that
came with the cooling kit. These could not be
reused after the failed driveway water test on the
muffs. Should have the new manifolds installed
the best safety inventions is infrared-laser heat guns.
These impressive devices tell you in a second what the
temperature of objects are. For under 20 bucks you
know instantly how hot something is.
new exhaust manifold
3/17/16 On this St.
Patrick's Day just happy to have the lights come back on
after yesterday's strong winds knocked out the power
25 to 30 knot from the S and SW that only stirred up Lk.
MI waters off Manistee, MI more. While the first
part of March 2016 was nice, forecast says winter-like
weather is predicted. Highs only in the 30s are
supposed to last well into next week.
So, I'm in no big rush to going fishing until the
weather improves. Waiting on a special gasket to
install the new exhaust manifolds for my boat that
3/16/16 The southern Lk. MI
Port of St. Joe, MI is beginning to produce fair numbers
of fish. Our 2016 season is about 2 weeks ahead of
Know where to go to catch fish. But I'm in limbo
waiting for parts to finish up the enclosed cooling
system on my 1979 22' Sea Ray's GM V8. This has
turned into a project from hell. Not the 2 hour
job promised by the outfit selling these systems.
Good thing I had the common sense to get laser temp
readings from the exhaust manifolds before there was an
epic fail that could have cause major damage.
I'm in too deep to turn back and need to get this job
done. Then, I can head a couple of hundred miles S
from Manistee to where they are catching fish!
3/15/16 Shoreline fishing in
Manistee, MI has been very difficult for the fleet.
Reports from trusted sources say fish are scarcer than
No fish can be attributed to lack of water clarity.
Water on the beach is 39-40°. This means the water very
dense and keeps the sediment suspended. 2-3 feet
of milky visibility is what I'm hearing from the waters S of
Changing over to an enclosed cooling system has exposed a
clogged port exhaust manifold that runs 75 degrees
hotter than it should. While my motor is only a
few years old, this 35 year manifold is very calcified and rusty. Replacement will be here tomorrow
and my boat should ready for on-the-water testing by later this week.
Don't figure I'm missing much with the current slow
reports from Manistee. Look for this to turn
around with a few warm days and the right wind.
3/14/16 Coho fest continues
on S Lk. MI. Today's featured pic was forwarded to
me by Tom M and shows fat and sassy March Coho that are
in the attack mode. Coho are aggressive by nature
and have a
lot in common with Steelhead, that will bite all day too.
Hope to get down there the week of March 21st thru the
25th top sample some of this outstanding Coho action for
Click 3/13/16 S Lk. MI Coho
3/13/16 Spring clocks
forward 1 hour to adjust for the new time is today's
headline. Not a fan of the bi-yearly yo-yo the
clocks ritual that's forced upon us.
A variety of aggravating circumstances conspired to
prevent my 1st trip of the year. Next window of
this coming Tuesday. If everything falls into place?
3/12/16 Today is the big day
I've been waiting for since my last trip that happened
back on October 26, 2015. It's my first trip of
our shiny brand new 2016 season.
Today is the day I can be a hero, or heaven forbid ...a
zero? Both both over the last 47 years.
Granted, it's easier to be a hero and catch. But,
if I'm a zero today, that leaves plenty of room for
improvement. Look hard enough and there's always a
3/11/16 T.G.I.F. It's
a monumental task to get a boat fully prepared to fish
big water. Today was supposed to be focused on testing
the new enclosed cooling system. 25° this morning
was a good reason to postpone the maiden voyage of 2016
Heard the water around Manistee MI's harbor is chilly 40
degrees. By no means this is considered prime.
From past experience 44° on the surface is prime.
Recent cold snap has done little to heat the inshore, on
the beach water. Sunny skies and warming temps should
improve things by this weekend for the early season
anglers eager to wet a line like me!
3/10/16 Fishing can be about
personal records, as much anything else. Soon, I
will set another personal milestone by fishing Lk. MI a
week earlier then ever before. This winter has
been mild, to say the least. Last year on 4/1/15
there was a lot floe ice floating on the surface of Lk.
MI. Know this, because it was my 1st trip of 2015.
OK, finished the job with Todd B's expert mechanical
skills changing over to an enclosed cooling system on my
small block GM V8. Now, this system needs to be
tested before I'm comfortable enough to say, "it's
Company selling these units said it was about 2 hour
job. This is a big lie to get you to buy one.
Start to finish it was closer to 6 hours with the
absolute worst installation instructions in this
Click for awful instructions
Total cost my new freshwater cooling system including 7
new Mercruiser water distribution hoses was around 1100.
I should be able to extend my Lk. MI fall season well
into November, because you just drain the raw water to
Today will be spent completing the check list to make
sure when we do hit Lk. MI, we're ultra ready for our
first reel-adventure in the 2016 season!
3/9/16 City of Manistee has
put in 3 docks at the 1st Street Public Launch.
This town is known for being nice to all fishermen.
Especially, the early season big lake anglers that get a
free pass until the kiosk gets activated.
in earnest to install a closed cooling system on my 1979
22' Sea Ray's GM V8. Pulling the 35 year old
exhaust risers was a difficult job and a half.
Risers are on your exhaust manifold to prevent water
from entering the cylinders.
the new cooling systems installed by the end of today.
Enclosed cooling makes winterizing a heck of a lot
easier. There's only one fitting to pull.
large after the boat mod is complete. This weekend
is looking reel-good. Tomorrow is the worst day of
the week with rain and highs in the low 4os.
3/8/16 Wow ...63° at my
place in Manistee County, MI yesterday! Snow is
only six Sweet 16 deals left. Couple these spoons
with the knowledge in my last work that spells out how
to target surface fish at:
Top Tier Tactics
included can with will work at all depths. When I
put this deal together the goal was to give you my very
best from 2015 and 2016 spoons that were tested last
season. This is a multi-tackle offer with
everything needed to catch.
3/7/16 Today's high temp for
Manistee, MI is supposed to hit 50°. Tomorrow 57,
Tuesday 52, Thursday is the coolest day of the week at
47°. More 50s leading into next weekend.
It's encouraging to finally see reel-signs spring is
days for fishing Manistee look to be later this week
when there's no rain.
Installed my boat's radar yesterday. Radar is
handy to have when it's foggy out. Cold surface water
makes advection fog. This happens when warmer air
passes over cooler surface water. Don't know if
it's "game on" yet, but spring 2016 is definitely on the
3/6/16 Soon, we'll be
expanding our bead-chain keel weights to include 1.5 and
2 oz. Today is about organizing. Started on
the list where all boat tasks can be checked off upon
completion. Lists combat neglected jobs to
maintain a top-notch boat. 20 years in the charter
business taught me how important to be thorough and
avoid rookie mistakes.
something that will make you think. Did you know
my best selling spoon, the Gold HRP had NO silver on it?
Did you know my 2nd best selling spoon, the HRP1 is
entirely fluorescent red (both sides) with no reflective
surfaces on it?
Posted a pic
of the first 6 spoons that will go into the drink on my
first trip. As you can see, golds, reds and
fluorescent orange dominate.
spread of 2016
said there were NO docks in at Manistee, MI's 1st Street
Public Launch yet. Bet they will be going in very
soon with spring breaking this week!
Great news about the weather tomorrow!
3/5/16 It's a great life if
you know how to lead it? Had a bunch of stuff in
life disappoint me. People head the list, issues
with vehicles, lying politicians, economy in the tubes,
thing in life that's NEVER disappointed me? ...is
fishing. Fishing is what it is, with the bitter
and sweet. Deceptive curve balls are always being
thrown at us.
constantly trying to adjust to fresh challenges in an
effort to conquer our unconquerable foe, Mr. Fish.
There's no way to out smart a fish. Nothing is
allows for a plan, team work, and time well spent with
friends! Now, that's a thing of pure beauty beyond
my word-smithing skills to describe adequately!
3/4/16 Today begins a major
warm-up that will last thru next week for Manistee, MI.
Weekday temps will are predicted to be in the mid to
high 50s. Only one day in the high 40s. Has
2016 spring sprung? ...too early to tell, but it sure
looks like it!
in and my boat is almost ready. All that's left is
to install electronics and put the rods back on the
boat. In the process of making a list, so
absolutely nothing is overlooked. When the city
docks go in my boat does too!
3/3/16 Using the 5° last
night that will firm up the ground making it easier to
move stuff in and out of my pole barn. If will get
a bunch of rain next week? ...it will be a muddy mess
from the melt. So, today the batteries go in my
boat to get it completely ready.
Reconnoitered the reel-facts on the bite in S Lk. MI.
Burns Ditch is hot right now. Hammond Marina, IN is the
closest access point, S end fishing will last for
the next 3 to 4 weeks. Once the water there hits
50 degrees? ...these fish scatter and leave.
3/2/16 Yesterday, March came
roaring in like full fledged lion. We had a good 6
inches of snow, stout winds, and temps in the teens to
low 20s. Nastiest day we had in 3 weeks.
is alive and well in the S end down by Chicago, IL.
Limits of Coho, Browns and Lakers have been reported by
website member, Frank from Calumet Marine. Reports
like this make it very hard for me to stay at home!
Pastrick Marina in E Chicago, IN is 243 miles from
Manistee. That's a 4 1/2 hour trip in light
traffic. Research says, 1 day Lk. MI Indiana
licenses are $9.
One week from today is supposed to be in
50s for Manistee. There's a lot of rain predicted
for next week too (1-2" in 3 days). Kinda in limbo
for a while.
reel-possibility I could be fishing Lk. MI out at the
Port of Manistee, MI soon. Warm-up starts later this
week building towards the 60s next week.
Batteries are going in the boat this weekend.
Prepping the boat was done last fall. All my
planer board rods have new 15# test mono installed.
Began looking at the wind and wave forecast that can be
accessed from my Great Lakes
Main body of Lk. MI is 38-39 degrees. Done OK 38°
water on the beach before. 40s is better. My
history says, 36° water is struggle. I'll take what I can
Last season my 1st trip was on 4/1/15 and there was
floating ice to avoid.
Goal is to stop staring
into a computer monitor.
Snagging the bottom, dealing with wind-burn, or getting skunked ...beats
anything to do with a computer by miles.
2/29/16 Leap year day when
an extra day is added to February. This past
weekend's warm spell with temps in the mid 50s foretells
the 2016 season is approaching soon.
Scuttlebutt says, the harbor in Manistee, MI is open.
My season is on hold until the City of Manistee puts in
a few launch docks for the early season fishermen.
The second full week in March the weather looks to the
break towards spring.
Folk lore says March comes in like a lion, it goes out
as a lamb. Don't know about the lion part stuff to
describe our current weather. Maybe, more
like a big mean yard cat, cause we had a 30 degree drop
in temp in just a few hours last evening. Snow and
colder is predicted for tomorrow, March 1st.
2/28/16 Today's feature boat
motor pic is out of necessity. This pic to make
sure, I order the correct enclosed cooling system for my
rig and avoid restocking fees. I can send the URL
(Uniform Resources Locator), or web address of the pic
to the supplier.
Hopefully, the next time you see this motor, it will
have a full loop enclosed cooling system. Pricey
upgrades like this are possible, because there no boat
Paid under 5k cash for my boat in 2008. This has
allowed for new outdrives, new boat trailer and brand
new 350GM V8. Last year's upgrade was new 2014 15
Hp. 4 stroke Suzuki with fuel injection. Previous
season was the 12" Raymarine C125 sonar/GPS.
even imagine what I'd have to pay for a new 22' rig that
comparable to my 1979 22" Sea Ray hardtop with the same
boat motor photo
Refurbishing old boats requires a lot of knowledge.
So, you know exactly to fix it and do it right this 1st
time. This means zero grief & a wonderful boat you
can be proud of!
2/27/16 Spring is only 22
days away! Looking at installing a freshwater
cooling system for my 1979 Sea Ray 22 footer. This
trailer boat is a honey for 2 to 3 people with a fully
enclosed cabin. Drawback with the GM V8 is raw
water cooling system that puts the motor block in danger
of freezing during cold spells.
My time to fish is early & late season when we're not
busy in the shop making tackle. Closed cooling
system that uses antifreeze will extend my days on the
water. Bonus is? ....all you have to do is drain
the heat exchanger to winterize and back-flush the raw
water pump in the outdrive.
2/26/16 We all need
something to look forward to. Breaking up the
monotony of ho-hum everyday life requires fun stuff in
Planning special fishing events is what I call, fun
stuff. I'm big on the idea of returning to S Lk.
Huron to fish out of Lexington, or Port Sanilac, MI this
April. It's a 4 hour drive from my place in
Manistee, MI to get to Port Huron, then some miles N to
This is about the same as if I traveled to Chicago, IL
to fish out of E Chicago, IN for spring Coho.
Plus, the idea of big city Chi-town traffic is a huge
The glory of trailer boats is mobility and that opens up
2/25/16 Manistee, MI
forecast for this weekend is mid to high 40s. Next
week looks mild too. Too early to tell if the
weather has fully broke towards spring.
During the course of a season I will speak with many
different fishermen looking to improve on their catch
rate. As soon as I hear the words "we always" know
I'm dealing with an angler stuck in a self defeating
rut. There's no such thing as always.
Many like to tell me a stories about their favorite lure.
Preconceived notions like this stifle creativity that
could lead to bigger and better things. As a
charter operator had 3 to 4 hot combinations that were a
constant work in flux searching for the next best
thing. Best setups only exist for brief parts of the
season. Then, it's time to move on.
Guess the point I'm trying to make ...is above all to
remain open minded.
By doing so, you'll open the lid on your fish box often
to put more fish in it!
2/24/16 In the not too
distant future, will be installing a poll with the
options where you can chose where you'd like to see me
fish this spring. Manistee's Lk MI Brown Tout is a
given. This can happen anytime when the seas are
April Voting Choices
1. S Lk. Huron for the early season mixed bag of Coho,
Lakers and the occasional King.
2. S Lk. MI out of E Chicago, IN for early season Coho.
3. Inland waters Crystal Lake in Benzie County for
Rainbows & Lake Trout
4. Muskegon's early season Brown fishery.
5. Manistee's early season ice-out shoreline Brown
6. Torch Lake for landlocked Atlantic Salmon and Lakers
2/23/16 The 2016 fishing
season is undiscovered territory. Soon, we'll all
be on a journey full of promise and the looming agony of defeat.
Anyone one who says they win at fishing all the the time
is a big fat liar. Defeat is what puts the
frosting victory's cake!
I'm like a kid in the candy store with all the varied
choices we have within a couple of hours from where I
live in Manistee, MI ...without Lk. MI entering the
Development of my own unique high-action spoons has opened
There's Benzie County's Crystal Lake with Rainbows and
Lake Trout. Look to return to this lake in the 1st
part of my season. Do know this body of water is
Back when I trolled in Antrim County's Lk. Charlevoix in
the 1970s learned light line trolled along the dropoff
worked better. I'll probably tip down to 8-10#
test leaders for Crystal Lk. for the surface rods all
pulling Salmon Buster™ spoons. Another way is use
my standard 15# mono Lk. MI leaders? ...is by trolling
the onshore wind. Wave noise and
ripples always makes for a more productive sneaky
Torch Lake just N of Traverse City has Atlantic Salmon.
On Torch Lk. in 2011 an IGFA world record 26 lb. fish on
6 lb. test line was caught. Look to fish Torch in
Both of these inland lake fisheries, info is hard to
come by. Locals are keeping pretty hush-hush.
Look for to change when I get a reliable spoon program
Haven't even touched on Glenn Lk. in Leelanau County.
When it's blowing too hard on Lk MI inland lakes are a
viable alternative for the trailer boat fleet.
2/22/16 More spring like
weather yesterday for Manistee, MI with temps in the mid
40s. Most of the snow has left. 6 inches is
about all that remains where the ground is not bare.
Opened up the road to the polebarn to get ready for the
first trip of 2016.
Not sure if Manistee's harbor is free from ice and need
to check on that today. First boats out generally
see the best shoreline Brown Trout fishing. In
part, because whatever resident holdover fish we have
...are not picked over.
The City of Manistee is good at getting at least a few
docks in at the First Street boat launch as soon as Lk.
MI is clear enough to fish. Earliest I ever fished
Lk. MI out of Manistee was around the middle March.
There's a reel possibility this could happen again.
2/21/16 Glimpses of spring
with temps in the mid 40s yesterday. We are losing
snow fast at here in Manistee, MI. Bare spots are
beginning to show in the backyard. Good to see
actual ground again. Snow drifts that had my boat
blocked in the pole barn are going away.
If it's an early spring? ...being ready is all I
can think about. Looking forward to to our early
season fishery is an understatement. Have proven
Salmon Buster™ spoons to kick off the year with.
At this time last year it was all trial and error.
That's the fun part!
2/20/16 Had to retrieve a
few S Divers for a photo shoot of the new glow rings.
That meant I had to visit my boat and it felt good to
stand on the back deck!
Yesterday's mid 50s were not hard to take after it was
-1 at my place in Manistee, MI Thursday morning.
We have about 9-10 inches of snow on the ground.
Look for that to diminish with more above freezing temps
predicted for this coming week.
2/19/16 T.G.I.F. Good to
see many of my loyal 2015 customers reordering Salmon
Buster™ spoons for 2016. Thus far, spoon reorders
amount to 75% of my gross sales for this year.
Fishermen only go back for more when their tackle is catching fish!
2/18/16 Outdoorama in Novi,
MI starts next week on February 25th and runs thru
February 29th, 2016. Did not see any seminars
scheduled on Salmon/Trout fishing, but there were many
on Walleyes, Bass, and Lk. St. Clair Muskies.
Boat, Fishing & Outdoor Show happens on March 11 thru
the 13th, 2016 at the Expo Center in Birch Run, MI.
All proceeds from this show are reinvested in our
fisheries. This is made possible by the all
volunteers and chapter members.
Next and last big spring fishing show will be at the
Devos Center in Grand Rapids, MI March 17th thru the
After 25 years on the show circuit, I no longer have the
desire do them. Shows require a lot of effort,
expense, and time away from home that wears on you.
2/17/16 Single largest
expense for the trailer boat fleet is the cost of fuel.
This year's low gas prices are predicted to carry over
in to the summer.
Boats are just not a fuel efficient way to travel.
Estimate my 1979 22' Sea Ray with a 350 GM V8 gets
around 4, maybe 5 miles a gallon at a 2700 rpms.
have a 19 pitch 21" stainless steel prop that pushes my
rig at 25-26 mph according the GPS "speed over ground
reading" (SOG) in fairly calm seas. This is a big
improvement over the 1.5 miles per gallon my charter
boat with twin V8s got.
Never been cheap on boat gas. Moving your boat
away from high traffic areas is a lot better than
playing bumper boats straight out of port. Which
is always congested at my home port of Manistee, MI.
The BP station S of Manistee on US 31 has what they call
rec gas. This means no ethanol. Rec gas
priced a little higher than regular 10% ethanol we put
in our vehicles.
Big lie is the higher price of rec gas, because it
contains no government mandated ethanol made mostly from
corn, it should be cheaper. A 56 pound bushel of
corn makes 2.77 gallons of unsustainable ethanol.
2/16/16 5 of the next 6 days
for Manistee, MI are going to be above freezing. 3
of these days will be in the 40s. This will be a
welcome break after last week's chilly temps.
Data for ice cover on the Great Lakes is in our favor
compared to 2014 & 2015.
Currently there's only 30% ice cover. At this time
of the year in 2015 61% of the Great Lakes had ice
cover. 2014 had 80% during this same time period.
Ice cover cannot help the basic building block of
plankton growth. This is the first link in the
food chain that makes everything else happen.
2/15/16 Interesting week for
Manistee, MI weather-wise. This coming Thursday
average daytime high temps break freezing and go to 33°.
About 3 weeks later on March 14, 2016 we reach the 40°
threshold. Then, by the end of March on the 31st,
average daytime high climbs to 48 degrees. It
looks like we gain 8° every 3 weeks, or so ...from
No doubt, we will see warmer and colder days before
official Spring 2016 arrives on 3/20/16. That's a
short 35 days from now, or 7 weeks precisely.
2/14/16 My Valentine's Day
sweetheart is my 7 month old female Lab, Kit Kat.
She's a true, richly colored Chocolate Lab with a
gorgeous glistening coat.
Kat is a smartie for a
baby girl. Her vocabulary includes; no, leave it,
sit, down, stay, outside, come (most of the time) and
fetch. My favorite trick Kat does happens every
morning when she proudly struts, with her tail wagging,
when she brings me my slippers.
Kat never has been disciplined. Beating on a dog with
newspaper, fly swatter, or a worse; a hand is cruel and
abusive. Young dogs respond to food. Food is
their entire universe. I use mini dog treats and
always have some in my pocket. I reward good
behavior with a treat. Positive
reinforcement doesn't confuse your K9 companion.
Don't believe in full-fledged training sessions.
Training is part of everyday when she seems especially
alert and ready to accept commands.
Click my Kit Kat
Biggest part about training dogs is repetition with
plenty of patience.
For 10,000 years dogs have been part of human history
and mine since I was a kid. Dog owners know about
he unconditional love and devotion these wonderful
animals give. So, today, my love and Valentine's
Day is dedicated to my best girl friend, Kat!
2/13/16 No information is
better than misinformation. Misinformation wastes
your valuable water time and leads to frustration.
So, just because you read it on the internet, doesn't
make it necessarily true. Webmasters like myself,
have to vet their content. All journalists have a
responsibility to the truth, whether in hard print, or
on the net.
Recently, I was sent a link from a website selling bead
chain keel sinkers making an outlandish claim 1/2 oz
sinkers with a 100' line would get to 25' deep.
Total BS that doesn't even make sense. I fish on
the beach in April. Sometimes, due to traffic my
shore-side lines get pushed up into very shallow water,
less than 5' deep.
Rarely, do I ever see a rod tap bottom, even in very
shallow water with a 1/2 oz bead chain keel weight
towing one of my spoons. Same goes for metal
spoons, back in my chartering days. Hitting bottom
on the beach in April is a no-no, because that's when
lures get fouled with grass, roots and leaves!
Misleading statistics call into the question the
experience level of the person coming up with these
numbers. Casting a dark shadow on the motivation
that led to why this mistruth was ever published in the
Was it to sell, or inform? Well, they missed it on
both counts, because their weights are pictured with
just 2 balls exposed, instead of the better 4-5 ball
ones I sell.
2/12/16 Mid winter reminder
to charge boat batteries is a good topic for today that
will save you money. Removing boat batteries and
keeping them in a warm place prevents the lead plates
inside from sulfating. Sulfating is what ruins
batteries. Making them worthless and a costly trip
to the auto store for replacement.
Removing boat batteries based on safety alone is a good
idea. No electric fires can occur if there's no
juice onboard to start them. Then, there's the
issues of power vampires that suck juice 24/7 that makes
dead batteries. Things like boat radios/stereos,
autopilots, etc. are power suckers.
Click 2/11/16 charging
have a dual battery system like I do, both batteries
must be good. A poor low voltage battery will draw
juice from the good one, making 2 dead batteries.
Know the newer battery isolator switches can prevent
this draw, but mine is 1980s vintage.
2/11/16 February 13th and
14th is the MDNR's free fishing weekend. This is a
chance to share your passion with a non fisherman.
Ice fishing is the first thing that comes to mind.
River fishing for Steelhead is a great choice too.
Good numbers from the fall run and new fish trickling in
before the onset of big run that's about 3 weeks away.
Early March, depending on weather is always a safe bet
for MI Steelhead.
Free fishing weekends were always a easy to book when I
was running charters.
2/10/16 Good day to press
the pause button on this website and look forward at
what need to be done. Job 1 for 2016 is to improve
on underwater video. There's a bunch of stuff to
be learned in the mostly undiscovered dark depths of
The only way you can improve on how a fish attacks a
lure, is to see them do it. There has to be an
answer why I seen many Kings go after a meat rigs™ and
none of them get the hook.
Click action cams ready
2/9/16 Confidence toll
charge comes with a very high price. It's the hours
that goes into fine tuning your spread finding out what
the fish will hit. That's
why being able to coordinate/transpose colors from
flashers, to meat rigs, to spoons ...makes sense!
Going out on
a limb with a 2016 prediction. I predict you'll
see my SSB spoons in a 2016 fish box like today's featured
photo. Click for this 2
in 1 pic
SSB 10" BTI
was my best flasher in June, July & August. It
worked with flies & SSB Meat Rigs™. Super Silver
Bullet has the most active holographic effects on this
2/8/16 Sweet 16 Deal has
been a huge hit and look to close out this offer soon.
Unlike others in the tackle business, I've outlined a roadmap for
your success. My new 2016 8 page
article, 4Ts is a complete program featuring bead chain
keel weights and plain Dou-Lock snaps for stealthy,
trouble free presentation.
2016 4Ts article
4 ways to purchase the Sweet 16 Deal. You can
purchase 8 of my best in 2015 and 8 new 2016, or doubles
of the 2016 tested colors.
Sweet 16 Deals
the afore mentioned deals have sub-options to include
Duo-Lock snaps and bead chain keel weights. I
highly recommend purchasing the snaps and bead chain
weights. There's 49 dollars in bonus tackle when
you buy the complete package.
Thinking back to the more early days of our fishery,
wished there was an offer like this. I can only
imagine the countless hours of trial and error saved.
take to heart the info in the new "how to" articles with
associated videos the only reason you're not catching?
...is there's just no fish in your area!
2/7/16 Super Bowl Sunday is
when thoughts turn towards the upcoming fishing season
in earnest. By now, everyone one is looking
towards spring that's only 6 weeks away.
marks my 48th Great Lakes season and that's a helluva
long time. Do know my enthusiasm has not waned and
only gets stronger with each passing year.
will 2016 bring? Impossible to predict, but it
will be interesting finding out!
2/6/16 Every job has tasks
that must be done everyday. Fun stuff is side
projects that improve on previous items. In my
case, it's my new hat cam mount that means hand free
video. New mount sits higher and is better
balanced then the old mount.
more camera protection. Mount and camera is about
5 ounces. This requires a tight fitting head band
to keep the cam from slipping down.
Have the over
the counter headbands from Sony and GoPro. Both
are extremely uncomfortable and were designed by the
Spanish Inquisition as a torture device.
2016 hat cam is ready and waiting for the 1st trip of
2/5/16 Just about done with
proof reading and clearing up the muddy text in my new
2016 4Ts article. This was a massive task to put
in words how to use spoons on the surface.
the course of a 7 month April thru October big water
season, emphasis on surface tactics is about half.
Having information like this at your finger tips via the
web is an amazing a reel-story.
4Ts surface fishing article
Mystifying part? ...is why fish on top have a special
attack mode for the bright fluorescent colors of red and
orange. These colors do not exist in their normal
Guess some things in fishing are not meant to be
explained and this is one of them.
2/4/16 Finished the cam lens
mod and re-focus Reassembly was a major issue when
a piece of the LCD frame got pinched. Turning a 10
minute job into a hour. Extra work was worth it
and saved scrapping the camera. Tasks like this
are easy after you do the 1st one. This is lens
swap was a FIOY (figure it out yourself) project.
Made a new 3D
printed housing/mount for my hat cam. This is a full
enclosure that provides better protection from moisture. Had to do a
small trim job on the new mount. Opened the front
to uncover the mic.
Click new hat cam mount
A good sound
track is a must. Hearing the interaction onboard
is what I'm after. Top quality audio adds to the
overall viewing experience.
2/3/16 Changing the lens in
my Sony Action cam should be finished today. Have
to re-focus the new lens that requires glue to hold the
new lens in a fixed position.
know how I talk myself into techie stuff like this.
The truth is, I'm in way-over my head. There's
risk of ruining the cam without extreme care.
lens does not fish-eye, curve, or bend the horizon. This
low light cam mod is an effort to get better underwater
Click cam mod in progress
2/2/16 Good day to sit back,
take a break, & make plans for the 2016 season.
Looking at a April return to Lk. Huron, as an
alternative to a W blow at my home port of Manistee, MI.
is a offshore wind for lower Lk. Huron ports like,
Lexington, MI. Early season Lk. Huron catches have
been on par with Lk. MI, if not better.
Planning for future events is what keeps me going.
Can't fathom people with nothing to look forward to.
That's not life, that's just existing
Have you made your plans for the 2016 big water
2/1/16 February is the
shortest month of the year and seem to fly by compared
to January. Tomorrow is Groundhog Day when we
turn to an animal predict the weather.
just a day, scientific meteorology surrenders to a large
rodent that lives in a dirt cave. Folk lore folly takes over to predict just how much
winter is left.
Hog will not see his shadow tomorrow in Manistee, MI
according to the forecast. Supposed sign of an
early spring. I sure hope the Mr. Woody Chuck is
1/31/16 Goodbye January 2016
and thanks for the 42 degrees at my place yesterday.
To the outside my season begins in 8 weeks. My
first trip in 2015 was delayed by ice. First trip
out there was a lot of areas of floating skim ice and
We couldn't fish the beach N. That area had just
too much ice. So, we went S. It's a dangerous
situation, if the offshore ice gets pushed in a closes
the harbor off.
With less ice on Lk. MI this year,
mid March, only 6 weeks away ...my season could start.
I have a full tank of confidence, because there's a year
under my belt learning what my spoons can do. Plus, notes from
most productive 2015 colors is a big help!
Best part of 2016 ...the more I learn about improving
the expertise to fish my spoons? ...you'll be the first
to know. It's going to be a fun season that's on
1/30/16 Added some new
photos to dress up some of the pages in my new article.
A complete program to target surface fish in the top 10'
of the water column. Plain, or clean snaps and
bead chain keel weights is a fully tested ...winning
Fish after fish showed their preference to snaps and
bead chain sinkers from April thru October 2015.
In fact, the first time this system was used it caught
There's always a better common-sense way waiting to be
discovered. This is what makes fishing the Great
Lakes fun and exciting. The same spark that went
off inside me in 1968 when caught my 1st Salmon is still
there to this day. Rekindled every time a rod goes
off. Just don't say, "fish-on" much any more.
I use the magical phrase, "there's one!"
It's kind of funny how just
2 words can make your fishing buds move so fast!!
1/29/16 Today's topic is my
thoughts from a rambling mind. You look at TV ad
from McDonald's Big Mac and you see a standing tall,
very scrumptious burger. OK, buy one, open the box
and the Big Mac looks like it was thrown together by the
people who built the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Suddenly, this burger is 100% bun and burger size
shrinks to 75%.
The point I'm trying to make is we're all being lied to
everyday by unscrupulous people pushing product.
Then, you get to somebody like me telling you the
reel-truth and designing a total program to fish my
spoons, as I have at:
Top Tier Tactics you
run into the risk of your efforts falling on deaf ears,
or does it?
1/28/16 2016 marks 12 years
I've been making tackle. This year might be the
most challenging due to the low number of Lk. MI Kings
Late season 2015 lots of small/skipper Kings and less
Lk. MI ice are promising signs this fishery could
possibly be on the rebound.
My 2016 Salmon Buster spoon additions are loaded with
new shades of gold, red, and orange. All top notch
Steelhead, Coho and Brown Trout colors.
Go back 20 years to 1996. This my best year in the
charter business on Lk. MI. 1996 Steelhead were
available in astonishing numbers. By then, the Lk.
MI fleet had a good 10 years of experience pulling these
sea-run Rainbow Trout off the surface to 40' down.
You can discover what we used back then and still use to
this day to target surface fish in my new mega article:
Top Tier Trolling Tactics
While 2016 Kings could be iffy, focusing Steelhead off
the surface is not!
1/27/16 Sweet 16 deal is a
limited time offer just like the Dirty Dozen offered
last December that sold out in a week. There's
close to a 50 dollar price reduction when spoons, bonus
hooks, bead chain keel weights and snaps are purchased.
You'll notice the red, gold, and orange colors in my
latest spoon offer. There's one anomaly that
stands out is the new 2016 Purple Kevorkian-Ice in the
is a great color to run on the surface when it's an
overcast day. Purple in any variant is a excellent
choice to Salmon too.
Sweet 16 pic
an option to S16 for those that already have a lot of
the 2015 colors. This option is where you can
double up on the top 8 and get 16 of the new 2016
1/26/16 It's an honor
introduce my 8 part mega article on surface fishing tactics.
This is a massive 7000 word knowledge base with 2
Top Tier Trolling Tactics
New for 2016 is the total package to target surface fish
called the, "Sweet 16."
There 8 new 2016 selections. All proven colors
from last season, or from my history vault of proven
winners relied on when I was running charters
in my 4T article goes hand-in-hand with the Sweet 16.
This a total system that ensures your
time on the water is more productive.
Click Sweet 16 Deal
1/25/16 Hard at work
finishing up my new article Top Tier Trolling Tactics.
There's 8 pages in this work covering everything I know
about catching fish in the top 10' of water.
It's a massive task to proof-read this 7000 word info
bank that will be done very soon. Hope to debut
this tomorrow. Along with a new Sweet 16 spoon
Today's featured photo is the new 2016 CFO. The
letters stands for Crushed Fluorescent Orange that's a
ultra deadly Steelhead color from way back!
It took 3 weeks to get this exclusive color match that's
not a stock colorant. Comes in a silver and gold
CFO Salmon Buster™ spoon
1/24/16 Have to pass on
today's chat. Too much to accomplish before the
official debut of new tackle for 2016. 8 part
article targeting surface fish is nearing completion.
1/23/16 Had more than one
person ask, "where's the 1st mate of the month?"
I discontinued this after 15 years when it was brought
to my attention, word censors would not permit this
website to be viewed at public schools.
Hell week is just about over for me. Building new
spoon inventory is coming to an end. For 2016,
there's 3 new base colors that made 12 new selections
you'll soon see the merit of. 2015 was a test and
tweak year, because Salmon Buster™ spoons were brand
new. This year is take what was learned in 2015,
and refine my fish catching lineup.
very near future, after some minor re-write hope to
debut my 8 part article with 2 videos that covers all
the bases when it comes to surface trolling.
the new colors are dedicated towards surface Coho,
Browns and mainly Steelhead. High fish are there
for the taking once you understand the basics.
1/22/16 It's quite a luxury
to access my history vault on colors that produce, then
make baits to my high standards. My vast history
vault contains all the colors that I made a living from
as a fulltime charter operator & guide from 1983 thru
a lot of bizarre stuff fish bite on when it comes to
spoon colors. I, nor anyone else can explain why fish
gravitate to certain colors. It's a fascinating
mystery that's better left unexplained! Tomorrow?
...a sneak peek at new 2016 tackle
1/21/16 I'm all in on
Steelhead colors for my Salmon Buster™ spoons in 2016.
With an uncertain future for Lk. MI Kings this is a wise
move. 2015 season adult Steelhead showed decent
growth rates in the 8 to 10 pound range. This is
about the long term norm.
For some reason unbeknownst to me and the rest of the
world, these wandering open-water Rainbow Trout have a
fondness for bright red and orange colors. While
several colors can and will catch Steelhead, hues of red
and orange seem to work best.
Expanding on the 2015 HRP color toward the 2016 Hot
Cherry series no-brainer. Fluorescent Hot Cherry
will come in 4 variations of fish catching gold and
silver that are scheduled to debut on, or before Super
My 2016 season now is about 8 weeks out ...depending on
when the weather breaks. Going into 2016 going to
be exciting and fun!
1/20/16 First full day of
2016 spoons production amounted to 300 and some.
Goal is to have a 1000 new and replacement spoons
in-stock by Friday. Factoring in rebuilding the
entire sold-out HRP spoon inventory, figure we'll be in
good shape and meet Friday's target.
On the front burner is a new video to showcase the
razzle-dazzle light show Salmon Buster™ spoons put on.
Regular still photos do not do them justice!
1/19/16 Today's featured pic
clearly shows the fiber optic glow edge in the new 2016
Hot Cherry series. This translucent spoon is
highly fluorescent too. Check out the lens quality
and the overall fit and finish on my 2016 spoons by
New spoons are in-house and 2016 production shifts into
high gear today. Lots of work to accomplish in the
next few weeks. There's several new colors and
patterns in the works. Hope to be able to reveal
all the new tackle by Super Bowl Sunday.
1/18/16 If all goes
according to plan, my 2016 order for spoons will be
in-house by this evening. Then, get reel busy
making 2016 spoons. There's 2 brand new colors yet
to be revealed. Know you'll see the merit on this
expansion of the Salmon Buster™ spoon lineup.
Be sure to check back tomorrow to see some of the new
fish catching creations planned for this year. The
hot new colors are spin-offs proven in 2015.
Lots of good stuff on the horizon as the 2016 big
lake season gets closer everyday!
1/17/16 2015 was the
inaugural year for the Salmon Buster™ spoons. 2016
is an evolutionary year for my ground-breaking, patent
Clear, X-Glow, and HRP base colors all sold out in 2015
and were reordered last month to replenish stock for
2016. Should have this new stock in-house very
Today's pic shows how the spoons come out of the mold.
The part joining the 4 spoons together is known as the
tree. The tree provides a path for the Lexan™ plastic to
flow, ...at over 600 psi. This intense psi
pressure makes the heat that melts the plastic, as it's
compressed into the injection mold.
Click new spoons on a tree
1/16/16 Semi debut today,
but wait until the finished new fiber optic glo edge red
spoons are done for the reel-reveal. This
fantastic new color is a translucent fluorescent that
plays off any available light source to reach it's full
potential. Click 2016 hot
Mindset behind this color is a spin off from the HRP
colors that sold out last season. So, why not make
your best selling product even better?
I am very proud
to bring you tackle that is reel 21st century
1/15/16 It's well within
reason, in 8 weeks could be fishing for early season Lk.
MI Coho out
of East Chicago, IN. Trying to plan my 2016
special events schedule and there's one intriguing
fishery I've yet to tackle. Canada's Port of Erieau,
in Ontario has a fascinating N shore Lk. Erie Walleye fishery with
Steelhead mixed in according to what I've heard.
News from Manistee, MI? ...it's turned into hard winter
this week with lots of lake effect snow. After
bare ground starting show a week ago, now it's way above your
knees, if you have to trudge thru it. Like I did
the other night to broom the snow off my TV & internet
satellite dishes. Weather had been mild, guess it
had to turn into winter after all.
1/14/16 Built another new
computer in 2015 to make video editing go faster.
It takes a lot of resources to speed up this process.
1080i HD can take up gigs of space for caching into
workable video files to edit, cut and render movies
I have a lot of raw media files (HD videos) and decided
to make these into Blu-Ray discs. So, I had to add
a blu-ray burner and that's when I snapped today's pic.
Tech sheet on my new box includes: an Intel I7 4970 quad
core CPU. Video card is a Geforce GT 740.
This Windows 7 machine has a 240 gig SSD boot drive, 750
watt power supply, 32 gigs of ram, DVD drive, Blu-Ray
drive, & a 2T storage drive for video files.
Great feature is the 5 front mounted 2.0 and three 3.0
USB ports. It has card reader for opening action
cams/camera media sticks & thumb drives.
All components mentioned are in moderately priced
category. Not the newest cutting edge stuff that
costs an arm and a leg.
Click computer interior
There's maybe a grand in this top notch system that does
everything except sit up & beg at warp speed. Over
the counter price would be maybe, twice what I have in
Contrary to popular belief, building your own computer
is easy. It's mount stuff, then plug it in.
Just be careful fitting the CPU into the mother board.
BIOS does all the work installing the operating system
when you turn it on for the 1st time!
1/13/15 Working on an
underwater video from footage shot a couple of years
ago. This video was taken with my rigger cam at
depths of 155' to 100' down. This movie shows Kings moving in
and out of the spread trying to attack the flasher/meat
This video will dispel the myth fish
don't swim down to investigate the baits. Location
was on Lk. MI. S of the Port of Pentwater, MI, by
Little Point Sable.
To make this video viable, it has be a 720i HD video.
Viewing it any smaller resolution the fish just don't
show up well. There's very little light to provide
exposure for the quality camera frames once you get deeper than 60' down.
For 2016 I have a special lens mod for night vision for
my Sony AS-10s. This requires disassembling the
cam. Then, refocusing the image. Know it's a
very technical mod and will need luck on my side for
this to work out. Potential benefit in additional
low light exposure that adds clarity makes this risk
...one worth taking.
have a narrow aqua-dynamic profile when compared the
more square-ish GoPro White edition I tried.
Click my rigger cams
1/12/16 Today's pic show the
fiber optic glow edge on my Salmon Buster™ spoons.
This photo was shot on macro with no editing to alter
the original visual content. Photo was snapped on
my desk. It's more noticeable in full sun.
Click fiber optic spoon
My spoons glow in the daylight. This is a feature
no metal spoon is capable of. You know, ...if I
don't point advantages like this out? Nobody else
is going to do it for me.
1/11/16 There's a lot of
whys in fishing that defy answers. Especially,
perplexing is Steelhead having strong preferences to hit
fluorescent reds and oranges.
There's no color in nature's fish world that can come
close to explaining why Steelhead are driven to attack
these vivid fluorescent colors. Click
Gold HRP and the all red HRP 1 were my best Steelhead colors
last season. Ludington late season Lk. MI troller,
Capt. Kirk said his best was the Gold HRP too.
Knew when I introduced my spoons about this time last
year hot red had to be part of the lineup. In the
later 1980s and 1990s there was Bomber 15 Long A in
flaming hot red that took a lot of Steelhead in
June-July. Problem with the 15 Long A was the
screw eyes that fastened the hooks onto the bait often
got ripped out.
1/10/16 Just finished what
seemed like the longest week of the year. Good
news is there's only 3 weeks in January left.
Cleaned my shop, finished videos, and new 6 part article
is ready to go. I've ran out of work until my new
2016 tackle is in-house.
1/9/16 Entered into the
proof reading and minor rewrites for the yet to debut 4T
Not counting the intro page, there 6 other topic focused
pages amounting to 6000 words and 2 new HD videos
Just stuck in limbo until my 2016 tackle arrives.
1/8/16 T.G.I.F. Making
the future happen requires a lot behind the scenes
preparation. Every time, I think ...I'm done?
...another great "must do" idea gets added on.
1/7/16 The back-story on
yesterday's video about visit the hatchery is one of
those neglected projects that finally was completed.
Ran across the footage while I was editing other videos
between the recent holidays when there was time
That's 2 new videos since 2016 began and 2 more will be
revealed very soon.
1/6/16 Let's go with another
video update for today. MDNR Hatchery Manager,
Phil S rolled out the red carpet for my visit with a
complete tour of the Platte River Fish Hatchery back a
few years ago. Capt. Phil runs the Off Call II charter
boat out of Onekama, MI too. We do have good
people working for our fishery and Phil is topnotch.
I was there a when the DNR was micro tagging the
King/Chinook Salmon plant a few years ago. This
fish rearing facility is located N of Honor, MI on US31.
It's place ...I'm always in awe of!
Click here for
1/5/15 Cost effective grabs
my attention. Going back to April 2015 pulled a
mixed program with 4.0 Salmon Buster™ spoons, and my old
standby 11 series floater Rapalas. This stickbait has
done right by me going back the late 1960s.
April 2015 Raps never caught a fish for me, but old
habits die hard.
the setup: port board, 3 lure spread, with Raps on the
outside and inside. Middle had a Salmon Buster 4.0
and that's what took fish. Seen this more than
let's look at cost. Size 11 Rapalas are 10 bucks,
or more. Plus, this a fragile balsa wood bait that
gets busted up in the net from big Browns. My
Salmon Buster™ spoons are unbreakable Lexan™. Cost
2 to 4 bucks less and a lot more durable!
1/4/16 1st reel-week of the
New Year. Time to move forward in a big way.
Have a new 6 part "soup to nuts" article that covers
surface trolling with my Salmon Buster™ spoons.
After seeing how complex, but easy way to fish, each
topic needed their own page.
This work has 2 companion videos. One on Brown
Trout and another that covers surface Steelhead,
So, I've been extra busy for the last 2-3 weeks.
just discussed will debut when my new tackle arrives.
Get prepared for a flood of proven timely fishing
tips and tricks very soon!
1/3/16 We're on the cusp of
a new Great Lakes fishing season. Have several
goodies waiting in the wings. Just waiting for the
right time to announce them.
doing a lot of video editing lately. The prefect
video shot to show what we do needs a drone to capture
it. Seeing a boat trolling 8 surface lines off
boards with an overhead camera would sure put things in
1/2/16 January's Great Lakes
climate is the longest, darkest month of winter.
Good news is in about 90 days the early season shoreline
fishery for Browns begins. 2015 April action
included Steelhead and Lakers. 2015 was a empty
blank slate for my new spoons. This year I have
established colors/patterns proven to work. This
is a big deal for me!
1/1/16 To start 2016 off
right, let's begin with a brand new fishing video.
To view this video of a diver King, off Manistee, MI in
early Sept. 2015.
Continued below back to the year 2000:
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