October, November & December 2017
New 2018 Pattern
Archived Daily Updates from Capt. John's Log
12/31/17 Good bye 2017 and hello to the soon to begin 2018 big lake season!
12/30/17 Today is a good
time to look back at my early 2017 season that got
off to a great start. April was decent for
Kings out of Manistee & Ludington, MI. Believe
it, or not?
12/29/17 Happy New Year to all! Have a great and safe holiday weekend too!
12/28/17 Stinging cold
Nanook of the North weather continues for MI.
According to recent memory this is going to be our
longest cold spell in better then 2 years.
Single digit below average temperatures will
continue for at least another week.
....single digits and about 8" snow is what I have
to deal with this morning. Have to have my
driveway clear for UPS to deliver.
12/26/17 Limbo week is here and things won't get back to normal business until a week from today. Time has taught patience is the best way to handle this. Enjoy this short delay ...even though I'm in a big hurry to have my 2018 production run meat heads in-house. This will happen, probably by the middle of January the way it looks.
12/24/17 Merry Merry Christmas!
12/23/17 Winter arrived
2 days ago on the 21st. This is good, because
from now on the days will finally grow longer with
each passing day.
12/22/17 Sent in my
order for 2018 Magnum Meat Heads yesterday.
Today we take care of bullet heads and get those on
12/21/17 At work setting
up unit 2 to machine meat heads. There's just
too much precision machine work for one person to
keep up with. Heads must be drilled, then hand
trimmed to have a piece of tackle we can be proud
12/20/17 Wanted this
week to be a report on how my season went. But
12/19/17 Swamped today finalizing plans for the 2018 season. Please browse the Tips and Tricks section if you're need a daily fishing fix. Plus, there's plenty of content on my YouTube page. Follow up tomorrow on how I've been able to improve services.
12/18/17 The highlight
of my 2017 season? ...set 2 boat records for my 22'
Sea Ray purchased about 10 years ago. Took a
Brown out of the Port of Ludington, MI last April
that was close to 10 pounds and a 16.95 Coho in
12/17/17 Have a great
Sunday. Getting my thoughts in order on how to
share with you my results of last season. This
topic will be the theme of this week's chat.
12/16/17 This is the
time of the year to correct past ills and upgrade
business services for my home office. New
satellite internet connection will double my data
usage to 20 gigs for about the same cost to what
Dish charged me.
12/15/17 My satellite
internet connection is going to be pretty sketchy
until this coming Tuesday. Changing from Dish
to Hughes Net Gen 5. Dish charges 60 bucks for
10 gigs. 10 gigs can be burned up amazing fast
once I begin working on, or view video files.
12/14/17 Pushing snow this morning with my plow truck. There's around a foot of lake effect snow that has to be moved. First time in the 2017-2018 winter season had to plow. 8° last night will keep the snow fluffy and light. Mr. Winter has arrived a few days early!
12/13/17 Lost electrical
power yesterday morning around 9am for about 20
minutes. New backup generator came on in 30
seconds. Then, when the power was restored,
the transfer switch shut itself off flawlessly.
So, the 1st time everything worked as it should.
12/12/17 Hard winter has
barreled into Manistee, MI, after a long run of
above average temperatures this fall. High
temps in the teens today with lake effect snow that
can produce several inches when the winds blow
across the Lk. MI and Lk. Superior.
12/11/17 Keep forgetting to stress an important point about the 2018 Skinny Minnie aka Alewife SUV combos. Being: it's a middle of the day producer working long after the early EZ bite is over. This can be proven by the time-stamped photos. Click for this proof
12/10/17 Updated the trolling flies page at our webstore for 2018. Design changes does take some creative talent to display tackle in the best possible way. On the web, I make sure to include several views & not overstate photos. Showing only the reel-thing when customers open their packages. Click 2018 Trolling Fly Page
12/9/17 Restocking my
trolling flies is the task at hand. Sold out
of many selections this season that must be
replaced. For me? ...attractor-fly
combinations work best when the adult Salmon are
hard keyed on a 54 to 58 degree thermocline.
12/8/17 Finishing up a
good week with progress on all fronts. Now is
the time inventory must be built for the soon ...to be
here 2018 season.
12/7/17 Video update for
you today from Lk. Ontario on how they track Kings.
12/6/17 Late season
fishing report fort you today. Kayak big water
troller, Chuck B. had a short trip in Oscoda, MI on
Lk. Huron. Here's what he had to say:
12/5/17 Yesterday was
probably the last time Manistee, MI has temps in the
high 50s. This fall going back to late
September has been nothing to complain about.
12/4/17 Today's featured
photo is a glow test we are currently working on.
This material that looks like gooey toothpaste was
extruded from an injection molding machine to get an
idea of the extended glow properties. Do know,
this prototype material glows all night, or at least
5-6 hours. So, we're on the right track.
in the dark test
12/3/17 Wrapping up the
story of the whys and wherefores of my home
generator today. Power outages shut my tackle
sales down completely. In rare emergencies
even ran 110 extension cords to run my satellite
internet, router & computer to ship orders.
Next is the food and bait we keep in 2 freezers.
This stuff has to stay frozen!
12/2/17 Have you ever
considered a dedicated home electrical backup
12/1/17 Going off the
reservation today with a subject remotely tied to my
tackle manufacturing business. It's something
we all need and have, most of the time until weather
takes down the power grid.
11/29/17 In response to
the 1, or 2 emails been receiving daily, our meat
heads are on track for total restocking by January.
In fact, we're running color test shots this week.
There's no room for error when it comes to colorants
due to the high cost.
11/28/17 2018 is a
little over a month away. To get a jump on our
holiday season, already have my New Years
resolution. Work less, fish more. I
pretty sure a 100% of you can agree with the afore
mentioned 4 words, or work less & fish more!
11/27/17 New 2018 tackle deals are available now. 18% is off with free shipping makes this year's deals the most attractively priced ever. Did my utmost best in explaining the 2018 deals at my webstore. Posted several photos proving this tackle works. Will not be shipping the new offers until later this week. Click for the new 2018 tackle specials.
11/26/17 More intensive
web work today takes stage front and center.
Design phase must have everything clearly laid out.
Working with php, html and java, all computer
scripting codes is a load. Can only do about
an hour at a time before I must take a break.
11/25/17 Day 2 of doing
a yearly overhaul of my webstore (michiganangler.com).
11 pages were in need of updating that ate up most
of yesterday. Having the web skills to do this
myself saves a lot of money and time by not hiring
this job out.
11/24/17 Nose to the
grindstone for yours truly today. It's a
fairly large task to work with images and install
the code for shopping cart technology at my
11/23/17 Happy Turkey Day! Working on new 2018 tackle specials that will be posted before this coming weekend. Today is the world reveal on my new article, Phat Results that took place on 9/26/17. Click Phat Results article
11/22/17 Have a great Thanksgiving. New 2018 tackle pattern has debuted today. A new companion article with several new photos that will be posted by tomorrow.
11/21/17 Soon to debut
new article is loaded with about 20 photos.
Many not posted before. Hope to have this new
piece available by Thanksgiving Day.
11/20/17 2017 was the
10th year with my 1979 Sea Ray 22' trailer boat.
Made a lot of upgrades to a top notch fishing
machine for pennies on the dollar compared to new.
Enclosed cooling was worth every cent not having to
11/17/17 There is no
instant gratification in tackle manufacturing.
There's not one project (flashers, meat-heads, &
spoons) I've completed that has not taken at least 6
months, or longer. 1000s of dollars are
involved, so you have to triple check everything.
11/16/17 Cold wet and windy as we get closer to full blown winter. Busy with get materials in-house for the 2018 season. The close of my 2017 season has been anticlimactic. Not ending as I hoped. Still a slim chance I'll get one more whack at the fish before I hang it up. Not having a last/ending trip is frustrating.
11/15/17 Firearms deer season is today. This opener has lost some of it's glory to bow hunting. Everyone I know, who owns a crossbow has already got their buck. Crossbows are deadly accurate out to 40 yards, maybe more. Click John J's 6pt
11/14/17 Good luck and
have a safe hunt for tomorrow's opening day for
firearms deer season in MI. Successive mild
winters have helped the deer herds around my place.
11/13/17 In about 11
months, I'll be celebrating my 50th anniversary of
being a Great Lakes Salmon and Trout fisherman.
Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s seen 1000s of
Coho on the surface ...porpoise all over E Platte
Bay N of Frankfort, MI.
11/11/17 Veterans Day that carries a special meaning to those of us when family members served on the armed forced like my father did in WWII. The courage to put your life on the line to serve our country should never be forgotten. Have a great weekend!
11/10/17 Something happened when I wasn't paying attention. It turned into hard winter with snow and temps in the high teens. Click 1st snow of 2017-2018 winter
11/9/17 Meat won this year by
2 percentage points in the recent poll over spoons
that tied last year. Spoons won in 2014 and
2015. Eye opener is how stable the rest of the
methods have remained since I started this poll back
in 2003. Click poll page
11/8/17 Currently, our
poll shows only a slight shift again. Will end
this poll tomorrow and post the results. This
poll is a prime example of computers are good at.
That being keeping track of data over long, or short
periods of time.
11/7/17 Rating my 2017
season? ...at this point in time, incomplete
is the only word I can come up with. Wanted to
finish on a high note with Lk. MI Steelhead.
11/6/17 Today my long running poll about your best method to catch adult Kings is waiting for your vote. This poll dates back to 2003 and has shown not major shifts in what the Great Lakes fleet prefers. Click poll page
11/4/17 Have a great weekend and don't forget to turn back the clocks tonight.
11/3/17 Did some
detective work to trying to find out why there was
twice as many Coho that ran in the Little Manistee
River, then there was Kings? After tracing the
Coho Plants from 2014 for Manistee County, MI, found
out the MDNR has been stocking the Big Manistee
River with 100k Coho a year. Onekama's Portage
Lake receives a 30k to 50k plant yearly.
11/2/17 Below are the
fish returns to the Little Manistee Harvest Weir for
the past 3 years. Brightest spot for this
season was the Coho return that had the best numbers
since 1994. If you like data and crunching
Click 1968 thru 2017 numbers
11/1/17 Busy with
production related issues. Been holding off on
ordering heads for the 2018 season to check out new
base colors. Unfortunately, the new colorants
are not suited for Lexan™ plastic that has a high
melting point for injection molding.
10/31/17 Happy Halloween
is about scary stuff. Things like the line
breaking just as a plus 30 pound King is inches away
from the net. That's a terrifying moment!
10/30/17 On January
13th, Sea Grant's 2018 Regional Workshop with take
10/28/17 Probably like
many of you? ...I'm in a hurry to complete all
outside projects before hard winter sets in.
Had our 1st frost/freeze at my place 2 days ago.
10/27/17 Fished a secret
location yesterday afternoon for what I consider the
best table fish in MI, Perch. Fished from
about noon until 3pm and kept better than a dozen
keeper sized Perch to 12 inches.
Perch in-hand is worth 2 in the water
10/26/17 Going to a secret lake today and try to catch some Perch. Hopefully, I'll have photos to share with you tomorrow. Do know this hush-hush body of water has been producing some giant Perch over 14 inches recently. Click for proof
10/25/17 No chat today. Was of out electricity from 5pm yesterday till about 8am this morning. Have a meeting with Generac power installer this morning. Our electrical grid is ancient that dates back to the mid 1930s when Tippy Dam was built. Consumers Power will gladly take 2-3k from me a year, but do nothing in updating their aging infrastructure.
10/24/17 Boat records?
...that's where we keep track of the biggest fish
caught aboard our boats. My current 1979 22'
Sea Ray's big fish are: Kings to 28 lbs, Coho 16.95
lbs, Steelhead is around 14 lbs, a Brown pushing 10
lbs, and a Lake Trout over 14 pounds.
10/23/17 Spent part of
yesterday rigging surface rods for October/November
Lk. MI fishing. Seen the first indications of
Asian Beetles (they look like a ladybug) beginning
to swarm outside my pole barn. These are nasty
bugs looking for any inside nook and cranny out of
the weather. So, they can avoid harsh outside
10/21/17 Enjoy the nice
weather this weekend. We've been on a roll
thru September well in October with above average
temperatures. Still have not had a frost, or
freeze at my place in Manistee County, MI.
Beginning this Tuesday more seasonal cooler temps
10/20/17 My Lk. MI
season is still on hold until we get surface temps
in the 50s. Next week it starts to turn
cooler. This should open up the Steelhead
trolling a lot.
10/19/17 From 2007 to
2017 photographed Manistee, MI's same gravel bar in
Pine Creek that flows into the Big Manistee River
...about 12 miles downstream of Tippy Dam.
There's been no noticeable change to the banks of
this Trout Stream.
featured photo is spawning Kings in Manistee County,
MI's Pine Creek. Pine Creek is a fast flowing
MDNR designated Trout Stream with regulated season.
This tributary of the Big Manistee River is a
pristine and beautiful sight to behold!
10/17/17 My annual
pilgrimage to Pine Creek, a tributary of the Big
Manistee River is scheduled for this morning.
This year is my 10th anniversary of archiving photos
of spawning Kings in this designated MDNR Trout
Stream since 2007.
10/16/17 Most of the
time during the season there's time to work on new
color combinations for potential new tackle
selections. Not so this season. Tackle
orders took off like a rocket in mid July and stayed
that way thru Labor Day weekend.
10/14/17 Have a great weekend!
10/13/17 Lk. MI fishing
from Big Point Sable to Manistee, MI is some where's
between pitiful and non existent in the depths of
50' to 200'. Normally, at this time of the
year, there should be decent numbers of Steelhead.
This season, thus far, these fish are a no-show.
10/12/17 Taking the day
off from the normal routine for new product testing
in the design and refine stage. It took about
5 years in the thought stage to start on my spoons.
Then, close to a year to refine and double/triple
check the design before production made possible
with the new technology of 3D fused filament
10/11/17 The idea behind
new tackle is to raise the bar with better products
that make sense. Today's featured photo is the
new for 2018, Steelhead (Florescent) Orange Cupped
Diver Rings. I am proud of this original
product with increased diver depth with less rod
strain over the mega-rings that pull like a
Budweiser draft horse.
10/9/17 Prototype secret
project is in the works. Looks like this
coming Thursday will be a good time to test out my
original creation. If the basic concept works,
design will be tweaked on my 3D printer until it
meets my high standards.
10/8/17 Continued warm
spell with warmer than normal LK. MI temp is
extending the growing season for the bio mass of Lk.
MI. This should be helpful in continuing the
rebound of the Alewife population and all species
that depend on them for food.
10/7/17 Yesterday's trip
went about as expected. Seas were tolerable
with air temperatures on the mid to low 60s.
Surface temp of Lk. MI was 64° and the thermocline
was around 60' down. We had a heartbreaker
when our only bite, a big silver King came unpegged
40' behind the boat. We lose so fish, it's
going to happen once in a while.
10/6/17 Lk. MI is supposed to be fairly calm today that good news for me. Hope to get another late season trip in. This time of the year tackle sales slow down and afford me the time to go and not feel like I have to rush home. Hope the fish cooperate just a little in less than ideal conditions for Steelhead that would be my first choice.
10/5/17 In the later
1960s when our Great Lakes Salmon fishery began, the
1st popular diver was the Pink Lady. This was
a crude miserable device. Next to impossible
to trip. This meant a long hard pull back to
the boat with the diver digging water non stop.
10/4/17 There's no such
thing as the offseason for tackle production.
Now is when and how I lay the groundwork for the
2018 season. Besides, not having to heat the
shop in the coldest part of winter to paint, cut
lure tape, etc. is a good move.
10/3/17 This is a very
sad time for America ...AGAIN! Mass murder by
a deranged evil individual bent on rising to the top
of this list of the worst killers in the USA cannot
10/2/17 We need more
fish plain and simple. How many is open to
debate? But a modest increase would generate a
lot of positive publicly for the DNRs.
Continued below back to the year 2000: