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Michigan's Best Fall Chinook Fishing
Written by Capt. Mike Gnatkowski - Gnat's Charters   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 10:46
For many Michigan sportsmen fall means salmon; big, mature Chinook salmon. While other outdoorsmen are practicing with their bows or shooting rounds of skeet to get ready for the upcoming hunting season, serious anglers are taking advantage of the seasonal migration of salmon that amass off river mouths and pier heads before heading upstream to spawn. The kings have gorged for several years in the wide-open expanses of the Great Lakes and are now returning to natal river or planting sites. The concentration of salmon makes for some of the best angling of the year.
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Walleyes after Dark
Written by Capt. Mike Gnatkowski - Gnat's Charters   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 10:26
Walleyes are built for hunting at night. Armed with keen night vision, a super- sensitive lateral line and a highly developed sense of hearing, walleyes have the upper hand under the cover of darkness and take full advantage of it. It’s a wonder more anglers don’t. 
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Get In Line for more Salmonids
Written by Capt. Mike Gnatkowski - Gnat's Charters   
Thursday, 31 May 2007 09:16
20 years ago most Great Lakes anglers wouldn’t have known what an in-line planer board was. Today, side planers have become one of the most important pieces of equipment in the big-lake angler’s arsenal. But not all side planers are created equal. Some are better suited for pulling heavy lengths of lead core line, a hot tactic for summer kings. Others are perfect for targeting brown trout in shallow water or steelheads cruising near offshore scum lines. Truth is, no one in-line planer can do it all.
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Lake Michigan Downrigger Basics
Written by Capt. Mike Gnatkowski - Gnat's Charters   
Thursday, 31 May 2007 09:14
Downriggers were invented on Lake Michigan. Manufacturers like Big Jon, Invader, Riviera, Cannon, and others can all trace their roots to Michigan’s fledgling salmon program back in the late 1960’s and early ‘70’s. Downriggers were the brainchild of industrious anglers fervent with Coho fever who were experiencing the thrill of the first return of salmon to their planting sites, and the frustrations of not being able to catch them.
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Pier-Fishing for Big-Water Trout and Salmon
Written by Mike Gnatkowski - Gnat's Charters   
Saturday, 31 March 2007 17:41

There was a time when I felt sorry for boat-less anglers who were restricted to fishing from piers and breakwalls. It seemed that they were at a major disadvantage. Rather than wait for the fish to come to them, anglers in boats could hunt for fish, searching them out wherever wind, baitfish, the spawning urge and current would take them. Pier anglers seemed to be too restricted.

 

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