Father & sons

Mike Abbot, from Chicago, enjoying a huge smallmouth (4+ pounder) his son caught all by himself while out with Capt Ben on Grand Traverse Bay with Traverse City Bass Guide Service.  As evidenced from his huge smile, he’s a happy little guy!   Fishing with Traverse City Bass, out on Grand Traverse Bays, this was one of many bass caught that day. His brother’s big fish was no slouch either!   Way to go guys!!!


A Boy & His Fish

Wolfe Outfitters guide, Matt Dunn holding a pike that customer, Austin caught while fishing the Pere Marquette River. To date, this was Austin’s largest fish.
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On the next day, Austin and his dad, Gary, went out with Sport Fish Michigan Captain and friend, Capt. Brian Springstead out of Traverse City. Happily, that big king salmon in front of Austin was now his largest fish ever. Two days in a row, he caught his largest fish. Way to go! Austin is definitely hooked!!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I was reflecting the other day on how lucky I am to have such a supportive wife and family. Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day, and I’d like to send out a special Valentine’s Day message to my best friend and wife: Thanks for being you, allowing me to be me.

Without her daily support, it would be nearly impossible for me to operate one, let alone two busy fishing guide businesses, Traverse City Bass and Manistee River Salmon. Getting up before the crack of dawn on a daily basis, often staying up late into the night pouring custom plastics, tying spawn sacks, curing salmon spawn or pouring jigheads and drop shot weights normally would come as a heavy price to pay in terms of a marriage.

Thankfully, my wife is understanding. Not only of my fishing obsession, but my break-neck guide schedule. And the fact that I constantly smell fishy! So here’s to my fantastic wife and best friend: Thank you for putting up with me and for everything that you do. Happy Valentine’s Day!