Hi guys, I'm introducing myself as a new member, Capt. Ed, of Reel Rascal II Sportfishing Charters, www.reelrascalcharters.com, in Ludington, Michigan, my hometown. We are well known around the state as the Gold Coast Salmon Fishing Capitol, a well deserved reputation. I first fell for salmon fishing in 1982 when a friend took me fishing in August in the channel in front of the USCG station. I hooked a 26# King the first time out. After boating that I hooked into another 23# King, boating that too. Needless to say, I was totally hooked on salmon fishing, and right in my back yard for so many years previous too. I fished my own 26' Chris Craft from 1983-1987, then bought my current 33' Chris Craft Commander in 1988-present. On a lark, and kinda a challenge, I took a class for the USCG Capts. License and passed in March 1987. I've had alot of fun fishing with friends and clients alike. The sport has changed alot since I started, electronics, spoons, flies, riggers, and other tackle is all on the cutting edge and improving drastically every year. I found and joined this forum to relax and enjoy the comradery of fellow fishermen. To hear of their experiences, and expertise, and hopefully be able to share some of mine too. I am vey glad we have this forum to share our thoughts, and maybe some good old fish stories too from time to time.