We're quite a catch!

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Mike and his crew after their day on the water. One Coho and lots of lake trout.

Thanks for the great charter. Will try to do again next year. Thanks to (deckhand) Doug as well.

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– 3-time client, Mike
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Jim’s gang after the first day of fishing.

Brian – most appreciation from our entire family of fishers for the fine service and great experience. Max’s 8 pounder was exciting, but so was every smaller fish!  You are a quality guy. Jack ain’t bad, either! Best regards to you and family

– Jim

fish caught with sand point chartersThank you! We loved our trip – more importantly, the groom loved the trip!

Back in the heat of Texas now, though :(  Missing that cool breeze off the top of Lake Superior.

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– Dane
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Bob’s son with a nice Lake Trout. He later caught a small mouth bass in Lac La Belle.

Thanks so much for your time on Friday with my family giving them a great fishing experience.  In my job role I work very closely with our safety department so I was very impressed with your safety orientation and explanation of all the safety features on the boat.

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– Bob

family fishing with sand point charters, michiganJanice, Kathryn, and I truly enjoyed our fishing experience aboard the “Fishin Mission”. Definitely one of the highlights of our vacation. The salmon were great on the grill that evening.

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– Scott
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Tim and Sharon with their limit of 10 fish for the day from Stannard Rock

Hi Brian! We had such a great time fishing last summer! Tim and I are looking ahead at our schedule and hoping to be able to book another trip with you! Sharon and I had one of the best times we have had for awhile. I shipped 30lbs of lake trout home and though they were frozen everyone had enjoyed some fantastic lake Superior lake trout. We have recommended your service to anyone who has been interested.

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– Tim
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Pat and Rob with their catch

Just wanted to let you know I drove back a day early to use my day off to smoke the fish. I used a pickling spice brine overnight, let dry, and smoked at 180 deg. for 7 hours. An old captain in Grand Haven suggested a light brush of maple syrup just before done. The fish was fantastic! I can’t wait to share at work.

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– Rob
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Cindy’s Mother Helen with the biggest catch of the day… 13 pounds

We all enjoyed the time we spent out on the water. The fish tasted great and your son and you both were very enjoyable to be with. We will surely see you again next time we are up that way.

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– Cindy
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Susan Fighting a Laker

Great trip, hope to get back one of these years!

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– Susan and Martin

Fishing and Sightseeing Charter Fun and Challenges

Here is a brief summary (see photos below) of the life of a charter boat captain when he brings a mish-mash of people from different parts of the globe trolling for trout and salmon. Had a busy week and a half with many outings, some great and some just ok, as we averaged 8 fish [...]

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Stannard Rock and Lac La Belle Fishing

With a couple of windy days in a row keeping me off Lake Superior, I’m sitting here singing That Old Enemy Wind song “…it really makes it tough, when the lake is so rough…” Canceled one of the afternoon fishing/sightseeing trip to Manitou Island, 2.5 miles off the Keweenaw Peninsula and did a short stint [...]

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Coho, Perch, Lake Trout and more Lake Trout

Today is a rainy day in the Keweenaw Peninsula, so here I sit, just dreaming of lake trout fishing, instead of trolling out there on Bete Grise, or Lac La Belle. The past month has flown by with a trip to ND, a camping trip with the boys at *“Slod’s” and some fishing in between. [...]

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Season Start with 4 Species & 17 Lake Trout

Had a couple of nice surprises on Friday while fishing with Dudz. We left Calumet in the morning with the “Helm-n-Buoys” (my 19 foot Harbercraft) in tow since there was much to prepare for the weekend adventure to Stannard Rock. The anticipation was high for both of us, since it was to be the first [...]

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Splake – The Keweenaw Splake Anglers

Splake is the subject of the day here. Last Saturday, in Copper Harbor, there was a meeting of the Keweenaw Splake Anglers – a small group of people helping to protect and continue Splake plants in Copper Harbor.

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“Fat” Lake Trout Myths

Yes, lake trout have more fat than walleye, crappie, white fish, salmon and others, but the lean lake trout that we catch have a 10% to 15% fat content. The other lake trout species, Siscowet – the deep “fats” – have over 50% fat content, but we rarely catch them, because we don’t fish that deep. Also, the fats in fish aren’t artery clogging saturated fats, but are the good, heart healthy omega-3 fats that are essential for growth.

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Using Stackers with Downrigger Trolling to Increase Catch Rate

Here is a video about a stacker… a device that I use on my boats when trolling with down-riggers or dipsy divers for salmon and lake trout.
The video covers most of it, but here are some key points to review: (see the video first.)

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“Fish-Eye-Views” of Trolling Spoons – Underwater

Well, it’s still snowing here in the Keweenaw and we have over 4 feet of ice on the lakes, but I’m having fun in my basement, testing and researching in order to improve next summers’ fishing on Lake Superior. I’ll be taking a boatload out to Stannard Rock on Memorial weekend and many more charters [...]

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Testing, and Teaching How Different Weight Hooks Affect Lure Action

Lately, my line of  work (pun intended and not a bad, “4 letter word” in my line, it’s having fun) in by basement, testing and experimenting with lures and hook weights.  

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Ice Fishing Up-date on Keweenaw Bay for Lake Trout

The last few weeks have gone by lickity split. For those not familiar with the term, “lickity split” just means “very quickly” or “fast.” (So what else is new? Time always goes fast when you’re having fun, right?) On the ice, the fishing has been decent, but I’ve had a skunk-day and a few slow [...]

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