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As I turn the last page of the “SLIP’S 2017 LOGS, STATUS AND STRATEGIES” log book on an astounding year of angling… I think back on the initial strategies and goals for the year. I wanted to tag at least (4) Trophy Master Angler Panfish and that would include one thru the ice which would be a PB using that method. I ended up with 2 trophy P.Seeds thru the ice with a PB at 9.8" as well as(13) total Master Anglers thru the rest of the open water season!

To accomplish this feat I would greatly scale down my presentations to micro lite equipment… rods, reels, lines and baits. Careful considerations of lines were incorporated into my methods which would not exceed 2# mono diameter…and super lines that would approach 8# test or above to handle the trophy quality of fishes sought.

I would also aim to make my time on the water more productive by timing the trips with solunar periods… majors and minors on New and Full Moons. I've discovered big fish follow the moon… period! 2017 proved that especially considering the hard water Ice Period. I was on the big fish spots on the peak periods and it paid off!... BIGly!!!

I think I coined a phrase “Fishing for the Numbers by the Numbers” by incorporating all methods and strategies to gain my odds on the water for numbers as well as numbers of trophies. By the end of the day and all the numbers were tallied for 2017 I broke many records for the Master Angler Program in at least 2 counties.

I’m hoping for an even better season for 2018 and success for the fishermen following BBG!


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20180629-Last minute decision to fish…

with the Back ache, heat wave and the sounds of the many motorboats and jet skis going on at the lake next door I initially decided to keep off the lake. The wife however easily changed my mind. It was a challenge her big fish jigs against the waxie on the 1/64th. We settled on a lake that had a sand bar great for cooling off on a hot fishing trip. Checking the solunar tables we would be fishing the Lull.Period so I wasn’t expecting much of a bite even considering it to be an 80% plus fish activity day.

As we were launching the boat we took note of the many pleasure boaters and jet skis’ on the water. It will certainly be a tough bite just considering the boat traffic.

As we approached the first waypoint I also noticed the considerable amount of weed clippings floating on the surface caused from the boat traffic. This will certainly take the long-cast from the arsenal today in most spots. I still have a slip/float handy for just these situations. Jeri refuses to use a float.

The first waypoint … a historical crappie producer for me produced nothing on many casts and flips to stumps and laydowns.

I then went to a waypoint that had some shade from the harsh sun… a sort of sheltered cove with tall trees edging the shoreline. The depths maintained a 9-0’ contour close to the shoreline. I quickly tagged a few B.Gills and then a near trophy B.Crappie 14” class. After a few pics the fish was quickly released. A junior pike soon followed. Jeri continued refusing all offers to throw the micro jig and waxie.

After just a few more fish we took a quick dip at the sand bar and fished the shallow bay drifting towards the launch.

1/64th oz jig and waxie continues to be the hot bait for me nearly 3 seasons running.

20180629-fishing trip snaps

>> 20180629-just missing the mark on a trophy B.Crappie... Long-Cast/.016 oz Jig/Pink Waxie Method

>> 20180629-nicest B.Gill of the day tagged on the Long-cast/pink waxie method.

>> 20180629-Outfished the Wifey, many to 0... she refuses to fish the Waxie!



20180702-~~<")))))><(-*Summer.Period*--52%/80° like to do a little recon on a reservoir... last time i fished the lake it was a sloppy mess with dying weeds and little fish activity




20180708-~~<")))))><(-*Summer.Period*--41%/80° many fish and so little time .... between fishing and family functions so hard to keep up on the social media... hopefully, will have a bad weather day to catch up!

fishing with my son Kenny this afternoon during a minor.period... hopefully, we will get him in the certificate database today... crossing my fingers!

20180708- Kicked Butt with the “Between the Docks”Strategy...

I love the summer period!  Extended sunlight and some of the warmest temps just around the corner got the fishes metabolism jacked up with food generated in abundance in the shallows and flats. Today I Fished with my son Kenny taking advantage of that situation timing the activity periods of the fish with some great summer weather, hungry fish and a great body of water.

We fished the minor period during the early afternoon and continuing till the upslope of the major periods before dusk.

The main strategy was using ultra light spinning equipment with ultra light jigs.

I hoped the plethora of waypoints recorded on my sonar from a successful fishing history on this lake would help and it did.  We found active fish in most locations mostly from the shallows to the deeper flats not exceeding 9 feet.

Kenny found active fish hitting his jig set-up ... 1/8 ounce and 2 ½ inches long.  He finally settled on pink and white swim jig in color.

I found good bluegill and Lepomis activity on the micro jigs and waxie tips.  I even tagged a bonus rock bass 10 inch class.

We concentrated our efforts with The "Between the Docks Strategy" and it worked great for us today! found many active fish even in the busiest locations. This is one of Gladwin Counties most popular lakes with tremendous fishing pressures and boat traffic. Kenny and I mastered it all today!... the extremely hot weather, boat traffic and a low activity solunar day for the month.

We ended up the day catching multiple limits of panfish each but no trophies.  Still a great day on the body of water.


x20180708-Nice R.Bass on the Long-Cast/.016 oz Jig/Waxie Method

x20180706-Big or small they like the Long-Cast/.016 oz Jig/Waxie method

x20180708-Kenny with a tight to the bank LMB on a 3†swim jig

x20180708-Kenny with a nice summer pattern B.Gill

x20180708-Nice Midsized summer pattern B.Gill

x20180708-many doubles between the docks

x20180708-First cast LMB on the 1†swim Jig




x20180708-Kenny and I kept busy tagging fish



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