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Understanding Sonar

Sonar – The word comes from SOund NAvigation & Ranging. Some call them fish-finders and some just call them depth-finders. Call them what you may, but here I’ll clarify a common misunderstanding about what you see on the screen. What’s the difference between distance and depth when referring to sonar? There is a huge difference, […]

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Skunks? No, but Learning How to Troll With Down-Riggers

Author of university improvement books, Bill, contacted me recently about trolling for Lake Trout. He had never fished on Lake Superior before, so he and his life-long buddy, Phil made the drive from Rhinelander, WI (after flying from Massachusetts) and got dropped off at the Lac la Belle marina for a day on the water. […]

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Expecting a Slow Day

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Yesterday, I was running late for my 2 pm charter on Lake Superior with an Amish furniture store owner and his wife from Minoqua, WI. I couldn’t find a deck-hand anywhere in the Keweenaw area… I thought my 12 year old son Andy was coming, but at the last minute he bailed […]

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Salmon, Trout and Weather – Lately

“What’s the weather going to be like next Thursday?” Food Photographer Andy asked me as he called to check on his Lake Superior fishing charter which was 5 days away. In my effort not to be rude or a smart-Alec about it, I used a thoughtful tone of voice and said “Well, It’s hard to […]

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Salmon, Trout and Weather – Lately

“What’s the weather going to be like next Thursday?” Food Photographer Andy asked me as he called to check on his Lake Superior fishing charter which was 5 days away. In my effort not to be rude or a smart-Alec about it, I used a thoughtful tone of voice and said “Well, It’s hard to […]

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Stannard Rock again Plus a Variety

Well, we are almost through August and this last 1/2 of the month in the Keweenaw has been a little rough on Lake Superior, which is usual for this time of year. We have averaged 7 fish per trip in the last 2 weeks, which is about 1.5 fish per hour… not great, but still […]

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King Salmon and Bobbing in the Waves

“There’s something going on with that planer board on the port side,” my sea sick, Aerospace Researcher, chumming the fish, dad of two 20-some-year-old boys shouts. His son, Electrical Engineer, Mike, also looking a little green around the gills… I mean pale in the face, grabs the rod and starts to crank viciously on the […]

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Summertime fun on Lac La Belle and Lake Superior

Almost a month has gone by since my last post because it’s been a whirlwind of (mostly) fishing (for lake trout), (some) sightseeing (Gull rock and Manitou Lighthouse) and general summer activities. Times fun when you’re having flies… I mean times fun when you’re having fish… I mean… oh, forget it. Suffice it to say […]

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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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