Eaters, or Just ...Biters?
The perplexities of putting an article together about fishing with direct applicable "written in stone facts" is just never going to happen. Windage needs to be adjusted to your area, lake, or port. Sorting thru what makes sense to you and what guidelines draw a tangent to your personal experiences. In the following, gleaned from my years fishing the Great Lakes since 1968, I'll do my best to maybe, just maybe help you put another fish, or two in your box. The word "maybe" needs to be used, cause with fishing the outcome is never certain until you pull lines and head for the dock, and, or hopefully the fish cleaning station. This article was put together after the 2008 season, cuz as time marches forward, things will evolve. That's the reel-nature of our ever changing Great Lakes Fishery!
Putting this pieces of any fishing puzzle together begins with a baseline timeframe to put the information supplied in this article into perspective. First off, you need semi-decent numbers of fish. This happens in Manistee from about the 3rd week of July thru the second week of September. Second part of this equation when using attractors is having a thermocline deep and the deeper the better, cuz deep fish do not reach peak activity levels until the sun has been up for a while. Early sunlight does not penetrate to depths of 80' and better due to the low angle of bands of light traversing at an angle ...much like fighting against the sloped armor of the famous WWII tank, the lethal Russian T4.
Part II will focus on the
pernickety biters all
hooked around the snout, but not inside the mouth!
It's my firm contention later August and early September Salmon fall into
2 categories. One being fish fully intent on eating. The other
is fully adult Salmon that have the urge to just strike out at a lure, but
have lost the ability to swallow a meal due to a shrunken belly/stomach.
Much like fully mature river Salmon known for not eating.
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This article was
completed on 1/26/09 by Captain John King