Sunday, January 3, 2016

01/03/2016 BIG BIRD CHARTERS FISHING BLOG - LAKE MICHIGAN/SAINT JOSEPH MI. SALMON FISHING - 2015 HIGHLIGHTS






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GREETINGS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE BIG BIRD FAMILY!

Now that we've entered 2016, we at Big Bird Charters would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to those that joined us in our 2015 season.  To those that couldn’t make it last year, we hope to see you in 2016.  It’s always a pleasure to meet new people and enjoy “catching” up with those who have fished in previous seasons!



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Put Some Poundage In The Box For These Texas Fellas, Awesome Fishing! - Big Bird Charters


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Kevin & Bob - Fishaholics with a severe addiction.  Always a blast guys! - Big Bird Charters


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Bros Batchin' It Up.  Wet & Rainy Day, But That's King Fishing For You! - Big Bird Charters


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Dueling Kings - Big Bird Charters
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Our season in re-cap was an overall great one!  The spring Coho and King Salmon weren’t as strong in numbers as we would have liked, but the Steelhead and Lake Trout made up for it.  June brought a lot of hungry Steelhead and big one’s at that!  Of course through June, July, August, and September we have our mixed bag catches (King Salmon, Coho, Steelhead, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout).  The fall King run was not a knock out session , but we did land some big ones!    Though the future of our King Salmon fishery is uncertain, our other species (Steelhead, Coho, Lake Trout) are expected to stay strong and steady.
 
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Smile says it all! - Big Bird Charters
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Huge Laker! - Big Bird Charters







Much appreciation to all of you and thanks for letting us do what we love best, FISH!  If anyone has pictures they would like to share, we would love to see them and possibly use them on our website.  If you joined us this past year and do not see your pic on here, don't worry you are still a rock star!  We have all of our 2015 trips/pics posted on our website....check it out!   Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have and remember, it’s never too early to think about fishing and reserving you're desired date.  Wishing the very best of 2016 to all!
 


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Daddy/Daughter Fishing - BBC
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Olivia's Big Laker! - Big Bird Charters





It is always a real pleasure for us to introduce fishing to children and see the thrills that come across their faces!  Lanie and father Don(left), did a great job at landing this fiery juvenile King Salmon. 

Olivia and father(right) gave exceptional teamwork towards landing this “big boy” of a Lake Trout!


 


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Never A Dull Moment With The Sabatino/Kanouse Crew!  Let The Good Times Roll 2016! - Big Bird Charters


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Salmon Fishing Family Style - Big Bird Charters


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Little Bird, Big Bird, Momma Bird...Family Bonding - Big Bird Charters

For those of you that like to write reviews and want the world to know about your experience aboard "BIG BIRD", we would love to hear about it!  You can share your stories at the (*) links below and many “thanks” in advance for those that take the time to drop a line and those that have already!





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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

07/22/15 BIG BIRD CHARTERS FISHING BLOG - LAKE MICHIGAN SALMON FISHING REPORT & NEWS






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SHOT FROM LION'S BEACH.  HARD TO TELL, BUT THERE ARE 5 FT. WAVES ROCKING OUT DEEPER.

BIG BIRD CHARTERS is back at it again with another fishing report from Lake Michigan, Port of Saint Joseph, MI.  Alot has changed since April's fishing report.  Fishing has kicked in full gear and we are having some great days on the water with our guests.  For those that have joined us, they know how chaotic the moments can be with 2-3 fish on at a time.  Now that we are into the middle of our season, the fishing has had it's "fast bite" days and it's challenges.  The weather has presented unpredictable moments and has reflected on the fishing.  Let's be honest, some days are just straight up tough fishing, but as cliche as it is.."That's why they call it fishing and not catching".  This blog posting is a re-cap of the last month's fishing.  Hope you all enjoy!


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AFTERNOON TRIP DUE TO ROUGH WATER IN THE A.M.

Day 1 with the Greenwood family:  Originally scheduled for the morning, we delayed to the afternoon due to wave conditions.  Not too shabby with 10 in the box with a mixed bag of King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Skamani, and Lake Trout.  This was just an appetizer for the next day of fishing!




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TORE IT UP! - BIG BIRD CHARTERS

Day 2 with the Greenwood family:  With a 6 a.m. dock departure and 7 hours of fishing, we managed to find the mother load.  We fished from 110 foot of water on out to 240 fow.  We covered the entire water column range with baits in place from surface to bottom.  The fish are scattered out and in this case, very plentiful!

 

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 ERIN, LISA & MR. TROUT












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 YEARLY TRADITION WITH THE SABATINOS

 6/21/15 The Sabatino/Kanouse family are always a real pleasure to have onboard and we have a blast on the water!  The afternoon fishing was a bit tough, but the good times are always rolling with these folks.  See you all next year!

 

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ERIC AND HIS BIG BAD KING
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JOE AND HIS BODACIOUS KING

7/11/15 The home town wrecking crew joined us for 2 days of fishing.  To the left and right are Eric and Joe sporting their King Salmon.  The second day of fishing proved to be a box filler of salmon and trout.  The Lake Trout we are catching in mid-summer are big and hearty.  Chuck, included in the group shot below has been a long time friend of "BIG BIRD" for decades.  He's been fishing with Jim from the very beginning starting in the early 80's.  It is always great to see you guys and good to catch up on old times.  Hope to see you all again soon!


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JOE, ERIC, CHUCK & THEIR MOUND OF HOGS - BIG BIRD CHARTERS




 

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BOB & KEVIN - ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BITE!
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MR. PHIL IN MID-FIGHT

  7/12/15  Some good ol' boys that are always looking for the next fish bite.  Looks like your bait money was put to good use fellas and thanks for the morning grub!  Phil(right) had his very first experience of boat fishing and he got broke in right!

 

 

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JERRY & MARK - GREAT JOB!
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FAMILY STYLE FISHIN'

7/16/15  It was a real delight to fish with Jerry, Mark, Nicole, Zoey, & Ian.  The fishing was a little tricky this day.  Quite a few other bites that just didn't stick to the hooks.  Regardless, we caught some beauty's and had a blast fishing with this wonderful family.  Later on I joined them for some dinner chow down at Babe's Lounge in Benton Harbor for the Catch & Cook.  Lori at Babe's, does an absolute awesome job at cooking the fresh catch and it really caps off the fishing day and the overall fishing experience!

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7/2/15 TRIP CUT SHORT DUE TO ROUGH WATER, BUT THE VILLAREALS STILL GOT THEIR REEL ON!

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THUMBS UP STEELIE FISHIN!










Steelhead/Skamani are an allure to our Lake Michigan fishery.  They put on a heck of a show with their acrobatics and unpredictable movements and speed.  Our Skamani count is down a tad from last year, but we are still getting them.  Recently Steelhead and Skamani were right up close to the pier heads, which creates a "battle zone" of boats and jam packed piers.  Skamani fishing is very popular and draws many for the excitement of the bite!

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MIXED BAG O' FISH - STEELHEAD, LAKE TROUT & KING SALMON

 

 

 

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7/21/15 STARTED OUT WITH 3 FOOT WAVES, BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP THIS CREW.  

Thanks to all that follow and support what we do, if it wasn't for you all we wouldn't be able to do what we do!  If anyone has questions about fishing or just wants to drop a line on how fishing is going for them, we would love to hear from you.  Also, for those that may me interested in planning a fishing charter...there are plenty of days left to get in on the action before the season ends.  Fish on and keep it reel!

CAPTAIN JIM & CAPTAIN ERIC - BIG BIRD CHARTERS



Sunday, June 7, 2015

06/07/15 BIG BIRD CHARTERS FISHING BLOG - LAKE MICHIGAN SALMON FISHING REPORT & NEWS


Welcome to this week's blog posting from BIG BIRD CHARTERS.  Fishing in Southwest MI. in Saint Joseph, MI. has had it's great days and challenging days.  Whether the fishing is exceptionally great, or our skills are put to the test....we always fish hard to have the best day possible.  The weather has been very inconsistent, which reflects on the fishing.  Regardless, we always have a great time on the water with the fine folks that join us!


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YESTERDAY'S FISHING PROVED TO BE A GREAT ONE! - BIG BIRD CHARTERS


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FISH WERE DEFINITELY ON! -  BIG BIRD CHARTERS

The deck got very fishy on this trip.  Steelhead (Rainbow Trout), Coho Salmon, and Lake Trout have been prevalent in their spring feeding.  The highly revered King Salmon of Lake Michigan have been scattered out and not present in great numbers.  This is due partly to the decrease in the hatchery of King Salmon because of a
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THANKS FELLAS! - BIG BIRD CHARTERS
low population in Alewife, which are the preferred diet of our mighty King Salmon.  This is a balancing act of the food chain from predator to prey.  Not to worry, as the DNR balances the King Salmon fishery, our other salmon and trout fish species keep the allure of Lake Michigan Sport Fishing alive and thriving.

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JUST ANOTHER DAY OF WORK - BIG BIRD CHARTERS

As we return from our fishing trips, this is just one of many things we see coming in.  The mighty MISSISSAGI is offloading salt as many boaters make their way around "her".  It is quite impressive how these massive cargo ships navigate the narrow St. Joseph River. 


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THANKS TO TERRY, STEPHANIE, & THE BOYS!

We had a great time with our IL. crew.  It was a calm, beautiful, smooth day on the water.  This day presented it's challenges, but we came out on top.  7 caught, 4 to 5 other that didn't stick on the hook, and all while dealing with massive cottonwood build up on our fising lines. 

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HAD A BLAST WITH DAN AND CREW.



Great trip with Dan and the wrecking crew!  We had fast action in the morning and then it slowed down by late morning.  We had 15 or so bites with 9 fish landed.  Coho Salmon and Steelhead came primarily in the top 20 foot of the water column in 280 foot of water.  Lake Trout are still all over the water column biting from the surface to the bottom.  You guys were great and thanks for the comraderie fellas!

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DUELING KINGS

 

We are catching alot of 1-2 year old fish as we typically do this time of the season.  Altough they are smaller fish, they supply fast action and are the best eating, especially the Coho Salmon.  To the left are 2 King Salmon, also known as Chinook Salmon.  Kings put on a show and are the most challenging to fight and land in the boat.  We are starting to notice bigger Coho and Steelhead as we move along in our season.  Soon, big Steelhead and Skamani will be peeling our lines.  For those that have not experienced our sky-rocketing Steelhead, your missing out!  June is always a great month for these fighters.  For those interested, reserve your charter now to get in on the action!

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FISH GRINNIN!

 

This last picture was taken a few days ago from an afternoon trip.  2 Lake Trout, 1 King, and 3 Coho Salmon had these boys grinnin' from ear to ear.  We love having children aboard because for most, these are the biggest fish they have ever caught and their excitement is more than words can explain.  It's always great when the fishing is non-stop and we can get everyone's limit, but that just doesn't happen every day.  With 6 in the box and stories of the fish that got away, this was a successfull day with the Mimnito Family.  Good times and memories down the road!

 

 

At Big Bird Charters, we would be happy to hear from any and all of you about questions you may have about our fishery and what we do here.  For those that would just like to talk fishing and share any fish tales, just drop us a line in our blog box!

Thanks to all that follow us and support what we do.  Till next week, Bird's The Word.

-CAPTAIN ERIC 





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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

05/26/15 BIG BIRD CHARTERS FISHING BLOG - LAKE MICHIGAN SALMON FISHING REPORT & NEWS.







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SUNRISE IN ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN - BIG BIRD CHARTERS


Welcome to another week of fishing talk & news from BIG BIRD CHARTERS.  First and foremost we hope everyone had a great and safe MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.  Much love and thanks to those that have served, continue to serve and defend our country’s freedom.

 



Two days ago , Ian and Noah battled these King Salmon with perseverance.  Kings are notorious for their powerful fight and line peeling force.  At one point, there was 400 foot of line out with one of these beauty’s on the other end.  Ian and Noah kept their lines tight and did a great job working their fish.







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2 BOAT SALMON CREW - BIG BIRD CHARTERS

The weather is finally warming up and the summer fun in the sun is right around the corner.  The 2015 salmon and trout fishing season is revving up to be a good one.  The fishing has been great on most days.  The floppy weather, storms, and heavy winds tend to work against us fisherman in the spring months, but regardless, it is our job to get out there and find them after the storms pass. 

 


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WATERHOUSE BROTHERS
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HOT BAIT FOR KINGS

Most of our fishing last week took place between 80 fow(foot of water) to 130 fow with the exception of yesterday, where we ended up 10 miles out from the shoreline in 240 fow.  On left, The Waterhouse bros bask in their salmon glory.  The trolling spoon on the right, made by "Warrior"  has been one "hot ticket" this week for the bigger King Salmon.  We ran this spoon about 80 foot down in the water column and tapped into the almighty Kings.


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KING STYLE
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GAGE & HIS LAKE TROUT

We take great pleasure in introducing Lake Michigan Salmon and Trout fishing to the younger generation.  The more we can engage them in a different and exciting fishing experience, hopefully it will be a stepping stone towards their love for fishing.  These guys were great and fun to have on board.  Lake conditions were perfect this weekend.  A slight chop to keep our baits swaying in the water, a cool breeze, and weather in the high 60's and low 70's.  Summer here we come!



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THE WATERHOUSE CREW - BIG BIRD CHARTERS

Fishing gear summary:  We are still using our surface leadcore rigs that cover the top 30' of the water column where we are catching Coho Salmon, Steelhead, and Lake Trout.  As the season progresses and we get into mid-summer, the Lake Trout rest more towards the sea bottom.  Below the top 30' we are targeting the bigger King Salmon, Coho, and more Lake Trout with our downriggers, dipsy divers, and copper line rod/reel combos.  

 

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 FAMILY STYLE - BIG BIRD CHARTERS

Stay tuned for next week's fishing news and updates from Big Bird Charters, as every week has it's changes, challenges, and rewards.


Captain Eric - BIG BIRD CHARTERS