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136
Trout/Salmon / Show me your Taxidermy!
« on: October 28, 2010, 01:56:12 PM »
There have been a few threads here and there about Fish taxidermy but what I really want to see are some pictures.  I am looking for pics, as many as possible, of your Salmon or Trout mounts.  Reproductions and Skin mounts.

I have yet to find a somewhat local person who does excellent work.  Not good work, but excellent work.  I have seen a few fish lately that have been mounted locally this year and....well..... lets just say I am very dissapointed in the work I have seen.  When you take your "Trophy of a Lifetime" in to be mounted and it come back looking like a completely different fish and weighing 10lbs. less, its a real shame.  I need to find someone who can make the Fish on the wall look like the Fish in the picture.  Someone who dosent use a stannard issue pattern for all Lakers for instance, and instead, can make the fish look like it should.

Heres what I am looking for....
--Pictures of mounts done by different people
--Opinions on Skin mounts vs. Reproductions   Pro's and Con's of each.
--Reccomendations for quality work in the Marquette or Upper Peninsula area.

I dont want to turn this into a "mine is better than yours" thread or anything like that.  If you have a comment, good or bad, that shouldnt be posted, please just e mail or PM me the info.

Last summer alone I sent 15 fish to the Taxidermist to be mounted.  3 were done locally(1 at Loyds in Republic which I havn't seen yet, and 2 at Outdoor Ventures in Skandia, which both looked horrible and like a high school kid did them after school, and 1 was actually over 4 inches shorter than it was when it went there) but for the most part, I suggest to my customers to take the fish home and use a taxidermist close to them because I dont know of a high quality taxidermist around here.  I would sure like to find someone who wants a ton of buisness from me each year, and who does quality work.  I would rather have my customers spend their money here in the UP instead of taking their trophy home and spending that money elsewhere.

I really need someone who takes the time to make each mount unique, like the fish itself, and not some run-of-the-mill repeated pattern.  I also understand, quality costs money.  But I am of the line of thought that if its going on my wall for the rest of my life, spending more now so it looks good forever is worth it, and most of my customers agree.

So let me see what you guys got!  Show me those mounts!  Give me your opinions....unless they are really bad......then please just PM them to me!

Thanks Guys!
  :beer:

137
Hunting / Trapping / Superior Custom Deer Processing in MQT
« on: October 23, 2010, 09:21:09 AM »
Since we have a good debate going on another processor, I figured I would see the public opinion on these guys as well.

Superior Custom Deer Processing is in Harvey, on Riverside Drive.  A small, but top notch operation.  Clean workplace, good equipment, and great cuts of meat! (No bandsaws here!)  Smoking and Sausage/Jerky are done off site, but are Excellent!!  I know many people I know already use them but I figured I would post up to see others thoughts, or to give another option to people who aren't happy with their current butcher.

I cant say they are forsure the best because I havn't tried everyone else, but I can say I have never been dissapointed in the last 6 years of going to them.  Always a quality job, done by quality guys, in a quality facility, for a good price.

Darren and Rob Peterson (sp?)  906-458-0606

 :beer:

138
Off Topic / Dedicated to the Lions fans out there ;)
« on: October 20, 2010, 02:04:08 PM »

I would comment......but I am still on the floor laughing  :dance2:

139
Lake Superior / Stannard Rock "My Best of 2010"
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:09:19 AM »
Here is a video/pictures of my year out at The Rock.  Some great times had out there this year, and some BIG fish too!  Cant wait to get back out there!....but until then, here ya go.....  Let Uncle Ted play it for ya  wink()




 :beer:

140
Lake Superior / The Rock on 10/10??
« on: October 08, 2010, 12:46:31 PM »
My plans have moved to Sunday to head to the Rock.  Weather depending, we leave at 530am from Presque Isle Marina.

Figured I would post up incase anyone wanted a running partner.

 :beer:

141
Hunting / Trapping / Backstraps!!
« on: October 04, 2010, 09:48:24 AM »
A great ending to opening weekend near Marquette!  Had him in at 15 yards at 6:15pm and gave him a Rage 2-Blade behind the shoulder.  He went 50 yards and died within view of my stand....with a softball size hole behind his shoulder!  WOW do those Rage heads make a hole!!

He was the only buck in my area in 3 months with 8 points so I was specifically looking for him.  I passed 7 smaller bucks this weekend waiting on him to show up.  A quick, clean kill makes me feel even better and I am SOLD on the Rage Broadheads!  :rock:







With nothing bigger in my hunting area right now,  I really wish I was still going to Canada this year  :kick:  Gonna become a deer watcher for a while now!


142
Hunting / Trapping / Good Luck!
« on: September 30, 2010, 10:07:11 AM »
The greatest season of the year is upon us gentleman!  I still may chase a few fish this month depending on weather, but my mind is now focused where it should be....down the shaft of an arrow!

I Love to fish.....but I LIVE to HUNT!!  :rock:

Best of luck this season to my fellow Bow Hunters! :beer:  You never know...this may be "THE" year!  Be safe and shoot 'em straight guys! :beer:

143
South Shore Fishing Association / 2010 Marquette Bay Classic Tourney Rules
« on: September 03, 2010, 09:35:44 AM »
2010 SSFA Marquette Bay Classic   Start time 6a.m. on Saturday, September 11th, 2010  



--Fishing Classes: Catch and Keep Salmon and Trout, and Live Release Salmon and Trout (You may enter all 4 classes for one entry fee)

--Rank will be determined by the TOTAL weight of the 6 largest fish in a class, per team, or total weight of ALL live release catches. A team may enter all 4 classes however classes MAY NOT be combined.  ONLY 6 Fish per class per team will be weighed.  DONT bring more then 6 fish per class to the weigh-in.  Its up to you to select your 6 largest fish to be weighed.

--Live Release MAY NOT bring in more than the legal Michigan Limit for their boat at one time. (20 fish max)

--Teams of 1-4 anglers per boat.  Boat fee per team is $125.00

--Tournament waters are inside of a line extending North from Laughing Whitefish Point, and East from Big Bay.

--ALL boats MUST leave from the Presque Isle Marina/Launch, Cinder Pond Marina/Launch, the Fish dock, or Association dock.

--ALL boats MUST be inspected by a tournament offical BEFORE leaving the dock or you will be disqualified.

--Starting time is 6a.m. on Saturday.  Boats MUST remain inside the breakwalls until the flare has been shot at 6a.m. and the tournament officals make the call on VHF channel 68. If you leave early, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

--Channell 68 is monitered by tournament officals all day

--Weigh-in will start at 6:15a.m.  All fish must be certified fresh or live by an official at the weigh-in.  ALL decisions made by the officials are final.

--ALL boats MUST be inside the end of the Lower Harbor wall by 3p.m. SHARP or you WILL be disqualified.   A tournament offical will be posted there to make the call.

--Boats MUST come to the weigh-in to drop off their cooler BEFORE going to their dock. Drop off at least 1 team member and your catch, then get in line to weigh it.  Any boat that does not drop a cooler at the wall BEFORE going to their dock will be disqualified. Coolers that are carried up to the weigh-in will NOT be accepted.

--All Michigan fishing regulations apply during the tournament

--There is no minimum age, however, minors must fish with an adult.

--All members of a team must fish in the same boat.

--ALL fish MUST be taken within the tourny waters as described above.

--Steelhead, Brown Trout, and Coasters may ONLY be used in the TROUT class.  A Salmon is a Salmon, a Trout is a Trout. Period.

-Captains Meeting: Friday, September 10th at 7p.m. at Marquette Mountain Ski Area.  AT LEAST 1 MEMBER FROM EVERY TEAM MUST ATTEND THE MEETING.

--Alternete Date...Posting of a small craft warning by the NWS will result in the tournament being rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 12th.  Forcast conditions will be announced at the Captains Meeting.  Anyone not wishing to fish on the alternate date will recieve a full refund of the entry fee.  If the weather turns bad during the tourney, the officals have the right to cancel the tourney at any time.  If at least 3 hours have been fished, the tourney will be considered completed.


Good luck to everyone and have a Safe and Fun day out there!  See ya at the Weigh-in!   :beer:

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The tourny is just around the corner!  1 week from this Saturday, on September 11th at 6am!

I know most guys are fishing in the derby, but if you know anyone who is not and would like to help out on shore, for an hour or two, or all day, please let me know.  Myself and the other crew members can handle the mid-day live release weigh-in, which you are welcome to stay for as well, but we need help in the early morning and then again in the afternoon to cover all the different docks people leave from.

-Heres what I need...

2 people at the Upper Harbor boat launch/Presque Isle Marina to check in boats and pass out poker chips for coolers. Be there by 5a.m. and stay until 7a.m.

2 people at the Cinder Pond Marina/boat launch/ from 5a.m. until about 7a.m. for the same task.

4-5 people at the Lower Harbor Wall/Weigh-in around 2p.m. until about 4 or so to help dock boats, unload coolers, help people get on shore, direct foot traffic, etc....


If you or anyone you know may be interested in helping out for any legnth of time during the day, please contact me at 906-250-1052 and let me know!  Every year we try to make things go smoother than the last, and are always looking to improve in any way we can.  Constructive suggestions are welcome on anything you think we can do better. 

Thanks Guys!  Remember, the Captains meeting, Raffles, and  :drunk: :beer: :drunk: are NEXT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, at Marquette Mountain.

Hope to see lots of you guys there!
   

145
Off Topic / A Little Motivation!
« on: August 31, 2010, 03:09:52 PM »
With all this dam wind lately, I am trying to stay motivated!  :beer:

Here are a few of my favorites....
































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This reminds me of "someone" I know! ;)

146
Lake Superior / THE ROCK. 8-26-2010
« on: August 30, 2010, 11:27:46 PM »
After hearing all the talk about all the big fish being caught out at Stannard Rock, I decided I just had to try it  wink()   I booked a trip with Daybreak Charters and brought along 4 of my best friends, ready for some action!  Thanks to Finook, Spoonfed, Highline, and Limp Bizcut for making it a hell of a day on the water, and a day I really needed!  Its really a lot of fun catching fish out there! wink()

We left the dock at 10a.m. and returned after sunset.  SE wind 10-20mph and waves that started at 4's and ended up as 2's.  Dont know how many fish we boated, but it was plenty!  Biggest 2 fish of the day, a 23lb. and a 21lb., were the first two fish in the boat.....at noon!  We jigged for about 3-4 hours and then needed to relax for a while, so the "cans" and the sandwich's came out, the trolling gear went in, and we went huntin'!  Found a few of my old trolling spots full of fish, as well as 2 new pinnicles I have never seen before.  Anything that was hooked to a fishing line and dropped below the surface was HOT! 

Cant wait for this dam wind to finnaly die :mad: so I can get back out there!  Enough is enough already!


Here is a video from our trip.  Enjoy!  :beer:


147
Lake Superior / Stannard Rock 2010....so far
« on: August 20, 2010, 10:58:59 AM »
Its been a great year so far!  Lets hope the weather holds out for another month!

Enjoy  :beer:























































COMING SOON....




148
Lake Michigan / Fairport Video Clip
« on: July 19, 2010, 11:17:16 AM »
Here is a little taste of the Video I am putting together from last weekend.  It was tougher than normal fishing, but we still found plenty of fish.  Had to look for them, try different things, different places, different tactic.....but they are still there!



We fished Saturday in the derby as well.  We set the first line at 4:10 a.m. and pulled the last line out at 10p.m.  A hell of a beautiful day on the water!  We ended up keeping our 15 fish, all between 6-16 lbs, with 5 over 14lbs.   We threw back at least 6-8 small fish and over a dozen shakers as well.  No big ones for the board, but some sore arms and a tired crew forsure!

45-70 fow in the morn and eve, and 140-250 fow during the day.  White back spoons in Monkey Puke and Black Rasberry were our 2 best as well as the Blue Flounder and SS Blue Whale.  Brads Cut Plugs probably caught almost half our fish that day.  Packed with herring and run on the SWR, Lead core, or wire divers....didnt matter, they were on fire!  As far as speeds....SLOW was the word.  My normal speeds were to fast it seemed.  2.0-2.4 GPS SOG was the best.  We found some offshore Steel as well.  Best action was on 2,3,5,8 color lead in 200-260 fow.  3.0-3.4 GPS SOG was best for the Bluebacks.  Maulers, Finn Spoons(gold), and SS Orange Puke were on fire.

If the fishing is slow for you, dont be afraid to explore down there a bit.  There may always be "hooks" in the Gap, but they aint always biting there!!  Run from the crowd and find some new water.  Dial in your spread and you will find em.  The weights are not there like we were expecting, but the numbers are excellent!

I am heading back down today for another 14 days, see you guys down there!!  :beer:

149
Off Topic / Top 5 BEATDOWNS!!
« on: July 05, 2010, 06:03:08 PM »
RIP Bob Probert. There may have been more than just adreniline going through his veins, but for a while there, he was the only exciting thing about the Wings!  Many memories as a kid seeing Probert dishing out punishment, and he kept a young #19 protected.

What I wouldnt give to have a guy like this on next years squad! :rock:

PROBERTS TOP 5 BEATDOWNS......(They just dont fight like this anymore!)

150
Lake Superior / Marquette Fireworks Grand Finale Video
« on: July 05, 2010, 02:12:05 PM »
For those of you who missed it, here is the last 2 minutes of another GREAT show in Marquette!  :rock:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1339748457648&ref=mf

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