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About phishtix

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    Advanced Fisherman
  • Birthday 02/25/1964

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    I live to fish and hunt
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    Grass lake mi
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    fishing for steelhead and bowhunting
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    Fleet Mechanic for Huron Valley Ambulance

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  1. Just got back from fishing the piers at Frankfurt and Manistee. First trip since last winter. The water is really high. Probably everybody already knows this but this was the first time I have been on the piers since last winter. I was shocked how high it has gotten. Manistee south pier pretty difficult to fish. Couldn't reach my sweet spots. Waves coming over the pier. Had one hit on the lake side just long enough for a couple head shakes and then it was gone. Green and glo KO wobbler. Pounded the spot after that but nothing. Frankfurt was much easier to fish. Temps are right and "some" fish are there cause they showed themselves, but no bites for me. Alot of "fuzzies" in the water kept fowling my line. That was annoying. Some good guys at the manistee cleaning station set me up with some fresh skeins. Thanks guys!!! Now at least I'm ready for some fall Steelhead. My favorite time of year is almost here :)
  2. Well technically winter hasn't officially arrived yet, but I'm considering the fall season done. I went back to the lower Ausable Friday. The weather wasn't horrible, but the fishing sucked. Had one fish on for the whole day. I didn't bring my boat so probably shot myself in the foot for that. One of my favorite spots I used to fish it alot, but now the bank has caved in with a big tree in the way, and one of the property owners adjacent ran a fence all the way down into the water so no way to get around from the bank. I just know theres fish in the hole but its a boat only fishery now. Got to say, this years fall runs were pretty dismal. I suppose for Salmon it would be considered fair. I sort of thought, maybe I'm mistaken, but didn't the state cut Salmon and kept the Steelhead plants intact? Seems like there was more Salmon than Steelhead the entire fall season. From the Spring runs, Skamanias, and mix of fall runs, I just didn't get into the steelhead like I usually do. I'm kinda holding out hope that the conditions just weren't ever perfect and theres a whole bunch of Steelhead to trickle up the rivers all winter. But winter fishing is getting tough on me. I can't take it like I used to. I have a lot of circulation issues with my hands and I literally have trouble just holding my rod when it get below freezing. My hand around my thumb and index finger go numb quickly. I get clumsy and drop things. Have trouble tying knots. It's frustrating. I used to love winter. Anyway hope everyone else did better than I did this fall. I'll be back out eventually. Maybe one more time before Christmas if I can find the time between work and family stuff, and the weather isn't completely atrocious. Good luck and Happy Holidays!!!
  3. Welcome Dan, can't help you with the WI reports. MI hasn't been exactly awesome. Could be worse. Gosh would have thought Oregon would be like heaven.
  4. Saw this on mlive but all they said was the man was from WI. Thats a trip. The lake has been weird this fall. The water level is high. It only takes a little wind to wash over the breakers. Fishing the south peir at St Joe I think I could beach fish without a net out towards the end of the peir. And the south pier at manistee on the lake side I used to stand and fish from the rocks. Now I get nervous standing on the lower edge of the concrete foote. The rocks are completely submerged, and the concrete foote is covered in slimmy slippery algae. Waves regularly wash over it and is difficult to climb back up to upper level due to the algae.
  5. Made a trip to the east side yesterday. Fishing from the bank. Didn't have a lot of time to fish maybe 6 hrs at most. Went 1 for 3 on steelhead. Some bait robbers kept steeling my eggs and I never did manage to get one on long enough to see what they were. Had a few on long enough to know they were small. If I was on the west side I'd figure they were young trout but I rarely ever catch young trout on the Ausable. Kinda thinking small walleyes but who knows. At any rate it sure felt good to finally catch some steel again. It's been toooooo long! I may have a grumpy look on my face in the pic, but trust me I was extremely happy to get this fish landed. Had fresh fish for breakfast and getting ready to have some for dinner
  6. Well that settles it. I'm cursed Going to hit some different water this weekend. Hopefully I can find some place that doesn't have 30 different guides running clients every single day of the week.
  7. So I've been fishing every friday since labor day weekend. Mostly up north on the BM. I can't buy a steelhead! Up till this past friday I was at least getting salmon. Not my target species to say the least but it was somethin. Last friday I couldn't even hook one of those. Now I know some guys are going to say its early, etc... but I been fishing many years now. I don't remember the last time I didn't already catch quite a few steelhead by the end of oct. Something weird going on this year. Either I'm cursed, (entirely possible), or there just aren't many steelhead this year. I'm fixen to go again this friday. Sooner or later I got to get into some. Nov is usually I good time for fishing. If fish aren't running good by the 15th I'm thinking something is not good with the steelies.
  8. Thought I would see if I could find any Steelhead in the Joe. But no Steel for me. Pretty much just fed the Channel Cats. They were actually a bit annoying. Did hook one King, but couldn't get the net on him. Had a couple other quick jerks but no solid hook ups. Like said though, probably 25 Channel Cats? I lost count. River is low. And in my opinion still too warm.But you never know. I took my wife here many years ago the it was last week in sept, water was low and mid 60s, she took her biggest Steelhead she's ever caught. I had it mounted, 17lbs! So you just have to go. You never know what will happen. Anyway heading north next friday. Steelheads got to show up soon!
  9. Glad you got some! The bird thing is funny. They are kinda tiny so they probably get tired out there.
  10. Yeah the nice weather is "nice" and all, but it aint helping the fishing. I see the DNR says that steelhead and a few salmon have been passing through the fish ladder at BS.
  11. Just got back from 3 days on the river. Can't say I tore them up but did ok for me. Got one nice male and a decent female. They were very fresh. Lost a few as well. River has quite a few fish but have to be patient to find the biters. They are really spread out in the lower river. Mostly hiding in the logs. More fish in the upper sections. Fresher fish in the lower. Big pods in the upper but frustrating they don't want to bite. The fun fish are in the lower sections. My dog fell overboard yesterday morning. That was a bit scary. It was heavy current and deep water. I managed to grab his collar and wrapped my other arm around under his frt legs and rolled him into the boat. Everything was soaked. He thought it was great
  12. Sounds like a decent trip. Cooler weather this past weekend has me getting the itch. Seems like its been a long hot summer!
  13. Fished the south pier at mansitee friday morning. The lake side was very cold water. The river side was surprisingly cool as well but not as cold as the lake. Fishing was so so. I hooked two very large fish myself but couldn't get them netted. Broke them off in the rocks. Friend got a really nice male. 25lbs! Boats seemed to be doing fare. Mostly getting fish from right off the end of the pier. Not gang busters but every so often they would hit fish. Wind picked up and I had to leave. Went down to Ludington and same story there. Waves coming over the piers. Did some exploring up in the river. Pere Marquette. Surprised to find a few fresh salmon in the river. But no biters. Headed down to the white river pier just to check it out. Waves were really big by this time. Guys surfing in wet suits. Water much warmer than up at Manistee. No fish seen. Pretty much no one fishing. Worked some lures but nothing hapenning. Did manage to get me some eggs from some nice boat anglers. Heading up for a trip here in a couple weeks. Looking forward to autumn!
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