wind and more wind is what we've been getting here in
Manistee. Had to cancel more trips today on account of
it, met with the Wiggins and Frey parties this morning at
7:00am and the best option was to reschedule. While Late
September and October are noted for it's windy conditions why
does it only have to blow on the weekends?
The cool weather has caused fishing for Steelhead to improve
on the lake and river. You'll be receiving first
hand reports because this week I'm busy with charter bookings
for both Lake Michigan and the Big Manistee River.
3 to 6 foot seas and a personal commitments prevent Lars
Hierta from fishing today will me today. This was OK on
my part because we need more fish to show up in the offshore
waters of Manistee and thermocline to move up to the surface,
it's a 120 feet down now. The first 3 weeks in October
will be fantastic action on chrome silver bullet water
Gloria and Joe Keysh fished with me today. We caught 2
small Kings and slow going, so we decided to hit it
another day when conditions will be better. A very
deep thermocline (120' down) contributed to our lack of
success. I made the wrong call and hit Big Point Sable
and the fish just weren't there. Most boats reported in
with not many fish.
Weather and cancellations have prevented me from hitting the
lake for the best past of 2 weeks now. I used this time
to post my E-mail members on my best producing spoons in the
2000 season so far. I'll be fishing this weekend and
you'll get a hands on report. Feels good to have some
time for myself!
I went to Tippy Dam today for a photo shoot
and found Al Williams from Clinton Twsp. Michigan with a large
river ran King Or Chinook Salmon. Al has fished the fall
Salmon run for the past 15 years at Tippy. While he only
landed one fish, he had several break off. Great job Al
here for Al's photo.
here for Tippy Dam photo.
to fish today with Kathrina Sypridakis, Lois, Scott and Joe
Simecek. Rough water prevented us from being successful.
The only option was trolling around the harbor and there just
wasn't many fish available. 3 to 5 foot seas at 6:30am
is what we found when we cleared the harbor, that kind of chop
is just not enjoyable to be in. We made 3 passes in the
harbor before I felt like I was beating on a dead horse.
The plan here is to have Scott's Group back
next year during prime time when conditions will be more
agreeable for everyone on board. Also, I like to add the
weather prediction on the wave heights was way off by NOAA and
if I knew the water had of been so choppy I'd have saved these
folks a long ride up north from Warren, Michigan.
In a closing thought, these were nice folks
and I wished the lake would have cooperated.
Rhea and Byron Robinson had today's charter date, these folks
didn't call and cancel. They just chose not to show
up...very tacky on their part. If there's justice here
for me, we wouldn't have gone in the morning anyways because
of thunderstorms which we've had more than our share of.
Plus that, a day off feels good after the August pull.
fished today with the Allen family today. This trip was
a present from Dad Clarence to his two sons John and Doug,
plus family friend Paul came along also. This was a
super great group that needed no instruction in how the handle
a fishing rod. In fact they never missed or lost a
hooked up fish, boating 2 Cohos and 5 Kings to 18
All in all it was a great half day event because
we only spent about 4 hours with lines in the water and the
Kings were extra frisky as well. These folks are natural
born Salmon fishermen and I hope to see these folks back again
in the future.
Oh, by the
way although today's catch wasn't the heaviest of the season
it was wonderful compared to yesterday's puny catch. Click
here for the photo of reel fishermen.
9/8/00 Fished with
Terry McCain and Bill Goudzward today on a semi-calm Lake
Michigan. Struggled to find these fishermen some fish
and just couldn't locate them. Both Bill and Terry were
enjoyable to be around and deserved better than 2 small Coho
we boated. The lake has rolled over twice in 3 days and
the fish are scattered all over hell's half acre. While
some fish were caught by the fleet, most boats had very skimpy
catches. Tomorrow should be better with the sable west
wind we had today.
Fished with Tammy, Chris, Don
and Brian Green today. The fish have scattered from the
strong north blow we experienced. We had 8 strikes and
boated 4 reel nice Cohos, a Steelhead and a 16 lb. King.
didn't set any records on this trip, but the quality of the
company was unsurpassed. The lake cooperated with gentle
seas and light breezes. Not many fish were available and
we covered a lot a territory for the 6 we were lucky enough to
here for photo.
9/4/00 Michael, John,
and Mike Sr. Pawluk had today's date along with friend Mark.
The lake wasn't even close to being enjoyable to fish on.
Tried the harbor after I ran south 2 miles and turned back
from rough water. We had a couple of weak nibbles on the
diver rods with no hook ups. The Pawluk party was kind
enough to wait around until 4:30pm for predicted calmer waters
which never happened. John is rebooking for the
outstanding Brown Trout Fishery we have in Manistee next
The bad thing about today is
that a couple of the guests traveled from out of state and I
had to send them home empty handed. But, the weather is
something we can't control. Also, most of the
charter boats that ventured out into the rough seas (4 to 6
footers at least!) came in early with seasick passengers,
which not the way I do business.
9/3/00 Joe Patti and
his friends Denny Hickerson, Alvin and Steve Matich had one
heck of a Salmon Charter today. Joe fished me last year
and got into a heavy catch and wanted to show his buddies what
Salmon fishing is about. Guess what? Everything
thing went according to Joe's plan with everyone landing tough
skill testing fish. In fact, Denny boated a pit bull
mean King that topped out at 29.25 lbs. on Solberg's
This trip started out with a severe
thunderstorms, high winds and showers, but the weather turned
out to be real decent by 10:00am. We ended up with 14
fish for the trip, 9 Cohos and 5 cracker jack Kings for a
total fish box weight of approx. 180 lbs. Also, I'd like
to thank Joe Patti for rebooking on the same Sunday in 2001.
Click here for 29 pounder photo. Click
here for trophy board photo.
Barry Pines family went with
me today. This charter started off on the wrong foot
with heavy duty thunderstorms until 9:00am, then the Solberg
dredge blocked my dock and if that wasn't enough a freighter
was entering the channel when we finally could get off the
dock. This charter finally got underway at 2:30pm.
The only good thing I can say about this trip is that we
landed 9 fish and a box that weighed more than a 100 pounds.
9/1/00 Fished with Norm
Englesen and his gracious mother Judith from Norway. We
hit the fish right of the bat and missed 7 bites trying to get
lines in the water. Norm landed several oversize Kings
to past 22 pounds and Judith boated a strong 11 pound Coho
during the skirmish with the attacking Piranha like Salmon.
We've almost became spoiled because doubles and triples are a
way of life aboard the "King Fish" (my boat).
didn't really get a chance to visit with Norm and his Mom much
during the charter event, being busy with tending lines.
Feature this, the trip started at 7:00am because of a
thunderstorm delay and by 10:00am the Englensens had quickly
boxed their limit.
We ended the morning with 5 monster Kings and 6
Cohos homesteading in the fish cooler for a total weight of at
least 150 pounds. I'm glad the trip ended early because
of threatening skies. Click
here for their limit catch photo.