It seems like eons ago but our trips to the Great Lakes Region, specifically, Lake Michigan, with our own boat, completely rigged for deep trolling for Salmon, was a unique chapter in life. I was the captain of the ship, but for sure my son Scott was the first mate. Scott seemed to take to the Salmon Fishing like Bill my youngest son took to the RC aircraft hobby. Many times Scott's best friend Joel Benson from Stoddard would travel with us for what was usually a long week-end. They fished hard but at their ages and good looks at the time the interest in girls was ever present. It was not uncommon during the years that we pursued Salmon Fishing to catch 200 lbs of Salmon a day. The fish generally were between 20 to 28 lbs each, and fighting doubles was a real challenge out of our small boat. We had an older wood hull Thompson Boat with an I/O and generally ran four downriggers at various depts. J-Plugs were the bait of choice, sometimes running flashers in front of them for an attractant. We did run some side boards for trout from time to time. With the rocking of the boat it was hard for me to tie on lures or tend to detail. Scott was never bothered by sea sickness and so he was the go to guy. Can't you just hear the call "Fish On"
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The "Stoddard Oldtimers". I believe one had to attain the ripe old age of 35 to join. Our rival team was the "Genoa Oldtimers": We had many a good game and entertained the local communities on many a warm summer eve.