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Happy Holidays

From Marianne and I may you have the best of the holiday season and a very successful new year

Salmon

  We are catching salmon on a regular basis on the morning trips.  Give us a call.  I do have some mornings available this week

AGAIN SALMON

Two days in a row we have had good salmon catches.  Please go to the gallery and see 7 salmon two lake trout and a cisco caught on 8/11 in the morning.   I hope they stay around.  Other charters in Leland are catching also.  If you have been askin...

salmon today

We had a great day today catching salmon.  Four four year old salmon, one two year old, two steelhead and two lake trout.   Todays catch is in the pictures gallery for you to see.  I have been catching one or two kings every trip for a week in the...

where are the salmon

That is the biggest question in Leland right now.  It is true for all over Lake Michigan.  We have had reports from many of the big tournaments and many of the other ports that salmon catches are way down.   Leland had a batch of salmon pass throu...

what are we catching

There has been a lot of effort from many captains to find a sustainable salmon fishing in our area.  We have had just a couple days of decent salmon fishing and are hoping that we will see the large quantities of salmon come into our area soon.   ...

Salmon may be here

On saturday a couple of captains committed to fishing salmon in and around the islands.  One capt had 7 on a half day the other capt on a full day had 12.  We have had a major blow today and my guess is that the water temps and those fish have pro...

Now is the time

What a great week we had on the Far Fetched.  Mostly warm temps and light winds except for Friday.  Way to hang in there guys with cold winds and rain.   We have been catching fish on a regular basis.  An occasional salmon has been brought in but ...

what a great day

Check the photo gallery, another great day today on the Lake.  Light winds pleasant temps and good fishing.  Lake trout are pelntiful at this time with the cold water temps we have.     Give us a call and see what we can do for you.

Still going

An update on what is going on in the life of Capt Scott.  The boat is cleaned, waxed, inspected and approved, the starboard water pump was rebuilt, two new batteries, R&R battery charger, hooked up HD 10 to provide input to auto pilot, painted...

SNOW???????????

Yes it is snowing in Northern Michigan. I had plans to move the boat today to the marina to get some work done.  If it warms up later today, that is still in the plans. There are some lake trout on the first bank.  A boat caught several the other ...

Finally

I am now ready to get the boat in the water.  The weather has warmed up, the ice left Lake Leelanu last week and time is running short to be ready for Memorial day. There is a lot to do.  Clean, wax, paint the deck, rebuild water pump on stbd side...

Snow Snow go away

I have had enough.  Even though I am a skier and have enjoyed the skiing this season, my mind is on the boat and the summer battles with some big fish.   The broken captains seat is being repaired, a couple new batteries, bottom paint, are only a ...

tis the end

We pulled the boat our yesterday. the season has ended for Aaron, Gunnar, Dave and myself. Thanks to everyone that fished with us this season. We hope to see you back next year.

What's going on?

With the summer almost gone we can now look back a little bit about the season. Salmon fishing all over Lake Michigan was very slow. there has been no report from any of the higher ups about what might be going on.   Fortunately in Leland we hav...

finally summer

Well the last week has been more typical of summer in Northern Michigan. Temps have approached the 90 degree mark with scattered showers and T storms possible every day.   Water temperatures have finally started to warm and we anticpate salmon wi...

Let the fishing begin

Finally some good weather in the north. This past Sunday we had snow and a high of 38 degrees. Today, thursday we are looking at sunshine and temps in the lower 70's, how is that for a swing in temps.   Yesterday was boat launch day. My neighb...

Where did all the water go?

I made my first trip to Leland in a long time Wednesday and was amazed at how low the water is. I estimate we are down about 15 inches from last fall.   I will be putting my ladder back on the wall to allow us the ability to get down to the boat....

tis the end

Well what a season this year. Gale warnings, nice days, heat we had it all. I will put the boat to bed this week, winterize, remove items and bring them home and put the cover of for this season.   thanks to all my customers both old and new for...

What is going on?

I can't believe the number of salmon we are catching this season. Almost the entire month of July has been loaded with salmon catches/   We are catching a lot of three and four year old fish and they are not nice. They have a lot of fight and do...

Still some salmon around

We had a great day on the pond yesterday fishing for both salomn and lake trout. We did not leave the port until 10:00 am and were still able to land four nice kings and kept 8 lake trout and through back five.   Weather was great and had a fun t...

Salmon YES

What a start to the season. We have been catching record numbers of King Salmon already. This has been the best salmon start I can remember and I have been fishing from Leland for 29 years.   We are averaging about 10 fish per trip with many lim...

Yahoo, ready to go

Just finished the last of the inspections yesterday and we are approved and ready to go. I don't mean to say that I did not think the boat would pass, just that the stress of going through both a dry dock and then topside inspection does take a l...

Summer/winter/spring

I wish the weather would make up its mind. We go from 85 degrees down to a high of 35 last week with even some snow mixed in.   Leland harbor is about to begin phase 2 of the expansion. What this means to me is that the launch ramp will be close...

What the hey!

Guess what, the launch pad in Leland will be closed for the addition of the new ramp. They will be digging out the old one and then adding one more ramp. Closed until July 1 UGH   That means launch in Suttons Bay and drive the boat around the pe...

I am thinking summer

I am here at my winter job looking out the window at a bunch of snow and bright sunshine thinking about the boat.   We will be running the Great Lakes Fish and Cook through NMC again. This program includes fishing on the far-fetched and the going...

What are you waiting for!

Salmon fishing is really going strong now. Most boats are coming in with a mixed bag of sizes and perhaps a few lake trout mixed in.   Make you plans, give me a call

Salmon?

We have been patient in Leland knowing that the Kings would show up eventually. I don't want to get too excited because over the last several days we have seen some decent catches.   Problem is that several boats can be fishing the same area with...

How are we doing

Well, here we are half way through the season and we are still not getting salmon. The good thing is that we are catching a lot of lake trout.   We have finally seen a thermocline develop in our near shore waters which should help to congregate s...

Rain Rain go away

What's going on this spring, rain, cold winds which all effect the fishing.   I fished second bank on Monday, surface temps were in the mid 50's and temps at 30 feet were 48.   Not only has it been cold, but the winds have been...

Wow what a day

Went fishing this week and had a great time with some great people.  Not only did we have a good time but the Lake Trout were snapping.   The morning trip we caught 15 trout and probably released or lost another 20.  That was in less tha...

Summer is almost here

Finally a warm day that felt like summer.  Followed by a cool and windy day.  Winds were blowing near 30. The boat is in the water and ready to go.  There has not been a lot of captains fishing because of the weather.  First reports are a lot...

SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first blog of the year and I am talking about snow.  Yes, our forecast is for up to 10 inches of snow on Wed.  Last year, the cover was off the boat, it was cleaned, waxed and I was ready for bottom paint.  Now, looks like I should uncover the...

Coming to an end

What a wind storm we have had for the last four weeks.  We have had gale warnings up on several occasions with winds in excess of 40 knots.  Went to the harbor yesterday and the waves were breaking over the inside wall, some of the biggest I ...

WINDYYYYY!!!!!!

what's with this weather, we have had nothing but wind for the last three weeks.  Only three half days has it been nice enough to fish.  OK Mother Nature, give us a break

Some good fishing still left.

Salmon fishing is still strong from Leland.  We continue to get salmon in all the age classes up to fifteen pounds. there is still a lot of good fishing left this season.  Make your plans now.

What the Heck!

What a fantastic run we have had with our salmon fishery.  Even through yesterday morning, boats were bringing in double digit numbers.    Today the wind blew us off the lake.  Here is hoping we have the chance to fish tomorrow  

WOW!!!!!!!

This is the hottest salmon fishing this year.  Most boats are catching double digit numbers for half days.  Our full day trip on Monday was 28 fish, 26 of them King salmon.  If you are even thinking about fishing this year, now might be the t...

Salmon Continue

We are still catching big numbers of King Salmon fishing the North end of Manitou Island.  We are catching mainly four year old fish that are averaging around 12 pounds.  They are fun to catch!   Give me a call so I can schedule your trip

another great day

Caught a total of 15 salmon today eight this am and 7 in the pm.  All big fish with lots of fight   let's go fishing

Two days in a row for great salmon

Yesterday was a great day for Kings from Leland.  All the boats were in double digit catches with several boats getting limit catches of kings for their clients.   We are catching some really nice fish, not one or two year olds but the m...

It must be time

Yesterday was the best day this year for King Salmon, all big fish and a lot of them.  They were active with many boats in the double digits on a half day and having that many more hits. If you are intersted in Salmon fishing now might be the...

What a year!

Somebody help me! We have been fishing the north end of the island and have had boats catching up to nine fish in a half day,  then you go back the next day and leave with two.   We had been marking a lot of fish, today we did not.  I gu...

The fish might be here.

We are seeing more and more Salmon in our catches.  Still mixing in a couple of trout on most trips.  Water temperature is settling in at aboutt 100 feet with real cold water in the 40's   Hopefully we will start seeing increased salmon ...

Salmon Today

Had a great day on the Lake today.  Take a look at the picture album.  Ten Salmon threw back a little guy and a big trout.  I am hoping this means we will be targeting the salmon now.   Fishing has been slow, we had been taking limits of...

Is if officially summer?

I think summer is finally here and all of a sudden the temp only gets to 60 during the day and in the 40's last night.  The wind has been blowing like mad, up to 25 knots and has the water all mixed up.  It is suppose to be nice today so maybe thi...

Great Fishing

Went fishing today and had a great one.  Lots of lake trout, but we managed to get into the ones to big to keep.  Yup that is a fish story, but we probably through back about 20 trout.  Kept five trout one small salmon.    Things are sta...

June 8

I hope the events of last night are an indication of things to come.  I had a trip to the island and had a chance to put some lines in the water.  OK, only had a little time so out went lead core and why not, one downrigger.    In twenty...

What a great day

Went fishing on Saturday.  Great day wonderful weather and a great group.  A good number of salmon are being caught.  We went trout fishing and caught a dozen had to let five go, size limits,  We caught one nice salmon at the end of the trip...

Ready to Fish?

If anyone can figure this out let me know.  How come when you put something away for the season, it gets really dirty or will not work when you hook it up.  Every season this happens.  I don't remember the boat being that dirty when I put it away ...

Almost time

Yes it is almost time to launch.  The downriggers are on and rewired with more hassle free relays that will allow me to control the downriggers from the bridge.  The port side motor has been reworked with machined heads, new thermostat housin...

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Yup the title says it all.  Had to tear down the port engine.  Manifolds checked out ok so we think we might have a cracked or damanged head.  Physical inspection of the head gasket did not reveal anything.   Oh by the way, purchased one...

Working on the boat

Well, work is progressing well.  We have the new downriggers and are in the process of wiring them so I can use the remote switches on the bridge.   We bought one of the new Fish Hawk downrigger temperature gauges.  It is suppose to give...

Season's almost here

Got the downriggers out today, but it's snowing outside!