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For Great Lakes fishing captains, rough sailing

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) - Fishing boat captains all along the Great Lakes are struggling to stay afloat this summer, some losing half of their customers because of the manufacturing and economic slump in the Midwest.

Some charter captains have put their boats up for sale while others say they're barely able to cover their costs.

Charter captain John Atwell who takes out boats on Lake Huron in Michigan says some boat owners might not be able to survive the downturn.

States surrounding the Great Lakes have been hit particularly hard by auto plant closing and extended summer shutdowns.

Atwell says auto workers used to make up about 10% of customers, but he says very few are booking trips now.

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