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Hunting / Trapping / 190" Michigan Buck
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:40:13 PM »
They do exist... :thmb:  Good for him!  Sounds like a hell of a nice guy!  He just missed the state record.


Lake Superior / Michigan Out Of Doors TV in Marquette
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:04:18 AM »
Incase ya missed it yesterday...  :thmb:  We had him out about 2 weeks ago here in Marquette. Its the first segment of the show, starting around the 3:00 mark.  We couldn't make The Rock, but we still had fun.

Lake Superior / Marquette Cruise Boat on the Rocks
« on: August 27, 2013, 10:14:17 PM »
Anybody hear any other details on this yet, or get a real story from someone onboard?  I know they're trying to keep it pretty quiet...  They hit the shoal that is CLEARLY MARKED on the charts, just north of Partridge Island last week.


Lake Superior / We got a monster...
« on: August 20, 2013, 03:08:21 PM »
At least thats what the customers said when the DOWNRIGGER started screaming out...  Yea, not the rod...the rigger  :nuts:

Ahh yes I said, welcome to Marquette.  Just another place in the UP that the Indians like to trash.  And the conversation went on from there... wink()

Dont worry a**holes, Ill clean up your mess...

I also got an extra rigger ball, about 7 new downrigger swivels, a peanut/dodger set-up, and 5 spoons. 

Classifieds/Buy/Sell / Yamaha Snowmobile FOR SALE
« on: July 23, 2013, 07:45:03 PM »
2004 Yamaha Venture 136"
-600cc 3 Cylinder
-only 1700 miles
-Electric Start and Reverse  (pull start back-up)
-2 passenger with adjustable backrest and rear heated grips
-Digital Gauge Cluster with analog Tach

I am the original owner of this sled, and it was used as an extra sled for my wife to ride, or for some 2 person rides we did here and there out to camp.  We put 1000 miles on it the year we got it. The last few years almost all the miles have just been running the dogs around the property in the winter or the occasional late season deer drag.  Its in perfct shape, has always been stored in doors, and has NEVER been on an open trailer.  The only rust is (as usual) on the header pipe, which I paint every year...  Every other part of the sled is 100% rust/corrosion free and clean.  It runs like...well, a YAMAHA!  The most reliable machines on the planet  :rock:  The 600 triple is a nice smooth powerplant and has plenty of power for 2 people plus a gear sled in tow.

Located near Marquette

Trout/Salmon / Bait Prep and Rigging for Meat Rigs
« on: July 07, 2013, 10:56:28 AM »
I am doing a write up for my website on how I like to run my Meat Rigs for Kings, and I wanted to post some of the stuff here as well.  I will also have a couple videos on my site to explain it even better.  As always, this is the way I like to do it.  I have taken bits and pieces from many other good Captains, and this is surely not the only way, or the guaranteed-to-be-the-best way.  Buts its definitely the way it works best for me on my boat, and hopefully it will help a few others hook and catch a few more fish this summer...

-I mostly use either Green or Blue Label Herring, 6"-8" long.  I also use Fresh Alewives, and prepare them the same way.
-Pull herring out of freezer and cut open immediately...  NEVER let the herring thaw out without cutting open the seal or it will pull all the juices out of the meat as it thaws...

-Lay the trays out and cover the top side with Borax.  Let sit for 10 minutes.

-Then cover again with non-iodized Salt.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Flip over and do the other side of baits the same way.  The Borax and Salt will lock on the scales and help to toughen the meat a bit.

-Before the meat is totally thawed, I put them into a container, add some extra Borax and Salt, top off with cold water, and let them continue to thaw in the container.

-I then start by cuttin the head off, right behind the gills. Also cut off the belly, and remove the guts.

-Next I make an angled cut on the portside of the herring  wink()  Cut on an angle back to about the dorsal fin.  It will be about a 1-1.5 sq. in. chunk.

-This cut helps the bait sit correctly in the bait head.

-Dam...Thats Sexy  :dance:

For rigging, I use nothing but DOUBLE TREBLES.  Ive tried every other combination including single hooks.  NONE come close to the carnage caused by 2 properly placed trebles, IMO...  I start by taking one of the hooks on the front treble and putting it through the herring, just in front of the tail, as seen below.  This leaves the other treble even or slightly behind the tail fin.  **By doing this, you ensure your hooks are not pulled away from the herring while its spinning in the water.  If a fish hits this bait, hes getting 6 stickers in his face!

-Now, the most important part...  Putting the bend in the bait.  By pulling the line tight through the bait head, you can put a nice bend in the herring, matching the bend in the baithead.  This creates a perfect slow roll in the water, which is why I think whole bait outfishes strips on almost all days.  You have 3 times the meat/scent on each meat rig.  You have silver scales on both side of the bait.  You have a tail fin that adds action.

-Save all the little "chunks" you trimmed off eariler.  Put em in some brine, and use em for Sushi Flys, Brads Baits, etc...

-I will store the pre cut meat in a mix of 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Salt, and topped off with water.  I will also used some of the colored brines from time to time to add some shine.  If kept cold, the baits will last for months this way, and old bait that was never hit can be returned to the brine to be freshened up.

Hope that help some of ya guys put a few extra in the boat!  :beer:  I leave tomorrow and head south for the next month...cause the Lakers at The Rock need a break  tongue()  Hope to see some of you guys down there   :beer:

Lake Superior / Stannard Rock Laker...on a Fly Rod
« on: June 29, 2013, 08:41:10 AM »
I had 4 Fly Fisherman on board for a run to The Rock last week.  They told me first thing in the morning that they wanted to use nothing but Fly gear, even if it meant getting skunked, and for me "not to worry about it"...  Yea Right...  They just asked that I try to keep them in less than 50' of water, preferably 15-30', and try to put them over fish.  They would do the rest.  Jeez, that seems simple..  wink()

Over the course of the day, they had probably 30+fish follow flys right back to the boat, but just wouldnt strike, including a few in the 20lb. class.  They ended up hooking about 8 fish, but with the barbless hooks, only 3 made it to the boat.  2 about 4-6lbs and one about 8lbs. There has never been a happier crew to go 3 for 8 at Stannard Rock  tongue()  They were a really great group of guys from all over the country.  2 from California, 1 from Wyoming, and one from Washington.  They have been all over the world together from Russia to New Zealand, and 3 of the 4 are full time guides out west.  They had their sh*t together, and didnt have any of the typical "look down on you" attitude I see from most of those guys.  They showed a true appreciation for the lake, and for Stannard Rock.  They have 2 days booked for 2014 already, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do on the next trip!

As always, I wish I would have shot more video.  But here is a short clip from that day...

Lake Superior / Nice Rainbow!
« on: June 21, 2013, 01:35:50 PM »
...Not a Steelie!  :nuts:

But probably one of my favorite pictures that Ive taken in a long time.  This was halfway home from an afternoon run out to Stannard Rock last week, right after running through a nasty thunder storm seen in the background, about an hour before sunset. (and 5 minutes after a customer used my spreader light as a grab handle...)

We are awfully lucky to be able to see thing like this as fisherman!   :thmb:

Lake Superior / Daybreak Charters Fishing Reports
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:58:29 AM »
After receiving many emails and PM's asking why I wasn't doing reports anymore, I wanted to post this up here.  I ran into some website issues late last year with the program that lets me enter the reports. My "web guy" has finally got a handle on it, and I believe the system should be good to go again.  Ive entered a couple summary reports for last month, and will start to enter at least one report a week again for the rest of the season.  So thanks for all the messages...it was just the kick in the butt I needed to get it fixed...

These reports are simply meant to help people out who may not get out very much and maybe to get them onto fish faster, or to give new ideas to them or others who may do things differently than I.  They are not the way things "should" be done...they're just the way I do them  laugh() 
If anyone ever has a question or needs more specific details, feel free to contact me anytime.  :beer:


Lake Michigan / Manistique Marina
« on: May 20, 2013, 09:17:22 AM »
I just called to reserve my slip for the month of July and wanted to pass along some info...

The harbormaster said that the water in the marina is as low, if not lower than it was last summer/fall, and probably as low as he's ever seen it this time of year.  However, bids have been approved, and dredging is supposed to begin within 1-2 weeks.  Last year only 1/2 the marina was even accessible, so it'll be nice to have a full 8' of water all the way through it this summer!  They are also starting the construction of a new restroom/shower facility, as well as a pavillion with other ammenities.  Along with their well cared for and ALWAYS operational fish cleaning station, the marina improvements will sure be nice, and will help draw more people to their city. (What a novel idea, eh Marquette...)


« on: May 19, 2013, 02:09:24 PM »
PENN 330 GTi Levelwind-
Was used for 8-10 colors of leadcore.  The reel is 3 years old and in perfect working order.   SOLD

Diawa Accudepth Plus 47LC Levelwind spooled with brand new 15lb. Andes Backcountry Mono and 25' of 15lb. Seaguar Floro leader.
The reel is 2 years old and in perfect working order.  SOLD

Diawa Accudepth Plus 47LC Levelwind spooled with 15lb Andes Backcountry Mono, 2 colors of lead core, and a Seaguar 15lb. Floro leader.  (SWR)
This reel is 1 year old with very little use and works perfectly.  SOLD

Okuma Coldwater CW303D spooled with new 15lb. Andes Backcountry Mono and a 15lb. Seaguar Floro Leader.
This reel is brand new and has never been on the water.  SOLD

(2) Okuma Coldwater CW303D levelwind reels.  I bought 10 of these this winter, mostly for leadcore setups, and only ended up needing 7 of them.  These are my extras, and are also brand new in perfect shape. SOLD

***I also have 1 Diawa Accudepth 47lc, and 1 Diawa Sealine 47lc, both spooled with 1000' of Torpedo Wire last year.  Havent dug them out yet so no pics, but if anyone is interested, just let me know. SOLD

Boat and Tackle Setups / Landing Sling/Cradle Opinions?
« on: April 18, 2013, 12:21:24 PM »
Maybe some of you Musky/Pike guys have thoughts? I am looking for a cradle of some sort to use at Stannard Rock.  For the most part, we try to release most of the bigger fish we get out there, and I'm looking at options on better ways to land, and more importantly weigh these fish before we release them.  My estimates on fish weights are rarely more then a pound or two off of the actual weight, but customers (and friends) don't always believe me...  I will not weigh any fish we are planning on releasing because hanging them vertically and hooking under the gill to weigh them will cause serious damage to a fish of that size.

I was thinking of a sling or a cradle that could be zeroed on the scale, and then used to lift the fish that way to weigh it before releasing them.  I wanted to see if anyone has any first hand experience with any of the available options.  I've looked on line and done some research, but would love to hear first hand experience on any particular models or brands.

I hope to make as many runs as possible out there during BOTH weeks of summer this year... :nuts:

Classifieds/Buy/Sell / SPOONS FOR SALE...Cheap!
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:04:37 AM »
Here are 9 groups of spoons for sale.  More than half of them have aftermarket hooks...mostly Owners.  A few are "chewed" on, but none are bent or damaged.
Call or message me if interested. :thmb:

#1-(12) Standard Spoons $20 SOLD

#2-(12) Standard Spoons  $20. SOLD

#3-(12) Standard Spoons  $20  SOLD

#4-(11) Standard Moonshine Spoons  $25. SOLD

#5-(10) Magnum Moonshine Spoons $25 SOLD

#6-(8) Magnum Moonshine Spoons  $20. SOLD

#7-(12) Magnum Spoons  $20  SOLD

#8-(12) Magnum Spoons  $20

#9-(13) Magnum Spoons  $20. SOLD

« on: February 25, 2013, 11:42:08 AM »
All these reels are in good working order with no major scratches or damage, and are located in Marquette.  PM or Call if interested.   :beer:

(2) Diawa Sealine 47's with Line Counters.  Spooled with 20lb Andes Mono backing and 500' of Red Power Pro.  They were used as Slide Diver reels, and were spooled new last year.  $75 each SOLD

Diawa Sealine 47-LC  Spooled with 20lb. Andes Mono backing, 3 colors of Suffix Leadcore, and a 15lb. Seagur Floro Leader. $70 SOLD

Diawa Sealine 47-LC  Spooled with 20lb. Andes Mono backing, 5 colors of Suffix Leadcore, and a 15lb. Seaguar Floro Leader. $70 SOLD

Diawa Sealine 47-LC  Spooled with 20lb. Andes Mono backing, 6 colors of Suffix Leadcore, and a 15lb. Seaguar Floro Leader. $70 SOLD

Penn 320 GT2  Spooled with 20lb. Andes Mono backing, 8 colors of Leadcore, and a 15lb. Seagur Floro Leader.  $60 SOLD

Gun Talk / Sandy Hook Father...Unleashed
« on: February 05, 2013, 01:39:28 PM »

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