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  1. Honestly I don't think too many people worry about it. I know when we eat fish we tend to eat the smaller ones, of the shorter lived species so there's less accumulation. But I have a friend who processes and eats a lot of fish and he thinks nothing about putting some 10-20# lake trout in the smoker. I've caught a couple tagged large lake trout that were 15-20 years old, so if any fish out there is going to be full of mercury, it's those.
  2. If Buck is still there, just punch that tree scraping, stopping every 2 minutes to eat something, gassy glue factory drop out right in his horse face. Why they gave the guy that hates horses the horse even they don't like... (The rest of the family had a great experience. I figured anything with me and horses was going to suck, and it did, so expectations were met)
  3. Is that quick fish a good sign or a curse? Thanks for the report.
  4. Sheephead tournaments? Back in the American Tackle era I made enough off those one year I had to report it on my taxes.
  5. Pike love gold red lb Thin Fish. Got one in December in 40' at the bubbler - that was a head scratcher.
  6. You're killing me. I'm not even looking at the forecast and buoy any more. Given up until the lake unflips and I can troll 10' for trout slams, which is usually early November. In full out bird mode now - scouted for the youth hunt yesterday and saw 7 ducks, but 5 of them were chip shots...
  7. Welcome. Bass will be ruined for you the first time a king tries to pull you off the pier and into the lake. Don't overlook plugs, they don't cast as well as spoons but some days a big thunderstick or J-13 rapala slowly ground back to you, or even if there's no traffic and rocks walked slowly down the channel is the ticket.
  8. If it does flip, find a pier head and beat it up. We had 47 degree water in close in the first week of October many years ago and beat up on the browns and steel fishing the plume in Saugatuck for about a week. Even lost one nasty boot of a king that didn't run when it should have.
  9. Excellent report. When we've found them, there seems to be nothing of note to hold them where they are. The water's all the same, no scum line, no bait. But if you find one, cloverleaf the area as there's usually more. I've found them in October in 370' out of Holland and trolling the beach in 6'. Go figure.
  10. Still chasing. 50 degrees out front not a mark. Fished the channel and Mac. Lots of salad / line cleaning. Three catfish and about a dozen sheep. Only lost one fish and I'm pretty sure that was a good walleye. Forecast not promising.
  11. Look up the plants for 2018. I'm already going to be (cough cough) sick a lot in September of 2021. And probably a little bit next year as well. Heard of two and already got one jack personally in Holland - those should be last year's plants already coming home.
  12. I'd hit the piers if I looked over and saw a cat on a boat. Mine come running out of the woods as soon as they hear the trailer being backed into the barn. Top video, about 7-8 seconds in, middle board, starboard side?
  13. We got one last week trolling for walleye. Unfortunately it fought like a walleye. Then we got a 14# sheep that fought like a 20# king...
  14. Sick of chasing your reports last year as I'm usually the guy making reports and not following them, we hit Grand Haven last night. It was a little bumpy out front. Like "awh hell no" bumpy. Trolled the too warm river because we were there and got a white bass. Speaking of, in your video from in front of Saugatuck last year, don't you have a planer board out of formation? Not that I went back and found your reports to see when I needed to start harbor patrol.
  15. Some male kings will run after one year in the lake. Commonly called "jacks". Meat was probably light and it had a huge white gonad inside the rib cage?
  16. Great story. Great pictures too. One if the most impressive reel abuses I've seen was a paddle fly down 100' on a 50# braid rigger rod with the drag cranked down. Rod turned sideways in the holder and it went to 600+ on the counter before I could trip the wire diver and copper board on that side to get them to the surface, and turn on the fish. We were in a tournament and I was already spending the big fish pot. 9# coho.
  17. There's also Dutton (Dunton?) Park on the north side, Kollen Park on the south side, an unnamed township launch on the south side, and a dead end road next to the Tiara townhouse off Jenison Street in the no wake zone on the south side that has no dock. This used to be a 4L Jeep only launch but with the high water I've seen a minvan launching jet skis there. Bring snacks for the ducks too, they know my kayak by now.
  18. When the lake flips, the options are: 1. Hit the piers for steel. The fact that you can't catch kings around the piers in the summer down here tells you all you need to know about kings in the summer in southern Lake Michigan. 2. Go far enough offshore to find water that hasn't changed in temperature profile. Those fish are unaffected. 3. Fish lakers. They're on the bottom in 80-120' regardless and don't even seem to notice that the surface water changed any.
  19. For drama free, honest, detailed reports, yes. But the fishery is such that there isn't much to report. I've caught one king this year. One.
  20. Seen fish like that, missing gill plates, spines with a kink or even bent into a "Z". Caught a brown with no lower jaw. All seemed fat and healthy. Great story on the rod.
  21. How did they figure out it was yours? Just curious. I've got my name in the container with all my gear but not on any one knife.
  22. Jeep Grand Cherokee is supposed to be able to Ford 24". Not sure I want to try...
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