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Dock Building, Trolling and Fishing in General

So, what’s been happening here in the Upper Peninsula this spring? I’m happy to report that all the ice is gone from lake superior and the trout and salmon fishing season is starting off pretty well. Early this spring, I’ve been working on a new dock for my 30 foot charter boat, but is on […]

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Off Season Indoor FUN!

I sat in on a special shout-out for TUNA – Dave Carraro of National Geographic’s hit show “Wicked Tuna” – where the curious audience fired questions at him to find out how he gets to be paid for this passion.

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Effective Trolling Method

A while ago, I did a video on a dypsy diver, which is a device I use pretty extensively to fish for Chinook salmon. coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. It’s a device that gets your lure down deep in the water column when fishing in water deeper than about 30 feet. Of course it […]

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Ultroviolet Light and Fishing

Fishing can be a simple matter of throwing a worm on a hook, tossing it in the water, and hoping a fish grabs it, then reeling it in. On the other end of the spectrum, some of us like to be more scientific about it and complicate the equation. We try to figure out the […]

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Tagged and Clipped Fish

The Michigan DNR and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission stock lake trout and Salmon in Lake Superior (among other great lakes). They also track and monitor the habits of the fish by several different methods. One of the ways they do this is by clipping the adipose fin. (See Fin Clips on […]

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Local Splake, Lake Trout and Walleye Plantings

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the start of our long winter… at least up here in the U.P. it’s pretty long. I had an invite to ice-fish for walleye this week in Mn… Red Lake and Lake of the Woods, but couldn’t find any willing and able partners from our locale […]

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Taking the Long Way to Charter Boaters Meeting

Tuesday, Oct 21st (see more pictures on my personal FB page and at: My brother, Captain Mitch, his boy, Darren and I set out early, before the birds got up, on Sunday morning from the Houghton County Marina for a long boat trip. He’s piloting his 35 foot trawler all the way to Tampa, […]

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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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