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Hunting / Trapping / Re: Killed by eagles?
« on: April 13, 2018, 01:59:44 PM »
When I still lived in Menominee Co. I saw an eagle kill a very young fawn in the alfalfa field next to my place. Saw the dive bomb and thrashing around, then the eagles head going back and forth like a jackhammer. Within a few seconds another eagle arrived to share in the kill. Very little evidence left when it was over. We used to get a lot of eagles, both bald and golden on our salmon gutpiles. Have a picture somewhere of about 8 at one time. Strange thing though, was when the neighbor's barn cat would wander over, all the eagles would leave and wait until it was done eating. 

Off Topic / Re: 1800 Mi. South
« on: December 20, 2017, 07:29:41 PM »
These were all caught fishing bait from an anchored boat over a reef or structure. 35-50' deep or so. Very similar to jigging, but a hook, leader, swivel and egg sinker let down to bottom or near to it. Bait was cut or whole sardines and other baitfish. Sometimes use squid or shrimp also. Trolling also, but not this day. Plugs, or diver/spoon combos, really cooking, 7-9 mph. Lots of action, strong fish.

Off Topic / Re: 1800 Mi. South
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:42:48 AM »
Great day on the Gulf. If you are ever in the SW Florida area, look up Capt. Steve Skevington at
www.paradisefishingcharters.com. Been going out with him for years, always a great day. Gag and red grouper yesterday, along with a pile of lane, mangrove, and grey snapper. Fish tacos and grouper fingers coming up. Hope everyone has a Great Christmas and Holiday Season. Christmas lights in the palm trees still look a little strange, but it is still Christmas. Frank

Hunting / Trapping / Re: Wife's best weekend
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:08:35 PM »
Great story, Congrats to you both. I clearly remember my wife's first deer, heard the shot, and she could barely talk into the walkie talkie that she had one down. Fun times

Off Topic / Re: 1800 Mi. South
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:53:36 AM »
Very fortunate here, Dire. Some minor wind damage and flooding in our community, but nothing for us. we are about 90-95 mi. north of the bad damage in Naples, Marco Island area which took the worst mainland damage. Keys will be a long recovery. Have been doing well on seatrout and sharks inland, will start chasing snook and redfish soon. We stayed with David and family during storm, they did well also. Pretty vulnerable feeling.

Off Topic / 1800 Mi. South
« on: October 03, 2017, 08:13:41 PM »
Good day out in the Gulf of Mexico. Unusual catch was a nice Blackfin Tuna, usually found in water deeper than the 65' we were in. Hurricanes and storms have the water mixed up. Nice mix of Spanish, King mackerel, asst. snappers, barracuda (great eating by the way), some bonitas for shark bait. Miss chasing eyes off the Ford R. at night this time of year. Have a Good One, Frank

Product Reviews / Re: Side by sides
« on: August 25, 2017, 01:33:22 PM »
When I had my farm/orchard I used a Kawasaki Mule for a ton of things. The one I had was pretty bare bones model, but was perfect for all the years I used it, and it is still going. Pulled a mower, sprayed, hauled apples and other stuff, drug out deer, beer cruises, etc. etc. Had 2/4 wd plus lock, hi-low range, comfortable bench seat. No other brand to compare it to, but it was great.

Lake Michigan / Trip to Lake Michigan
« on: July 31, 2017, 12:21:54 PM »
Was invited to return north from Florida and fish the KD tourney with good friend Capt. Jim McDonald, Fin-addict Charters, Cedar River, Mi. We stayed on Washington Island, had some good fishing and good times with good friends. 24.6 was the biggest, several in the 19-20 range. Not sure where the big one ended up. Weather was a limiting factor in amount of time on the water and locations available, but had a great time. 

Lake Michigan / Re: The Decline of Little Bay De Noc.
« on: January 19, 2017, 01:04:32 PM »
I moved to the BaydeNoc area in 2002, fished it regularly. I moved away in 2015, so it should start getting better soon.
  Joking aside, I also noticed the decline that just went off the cliff right after the netting fiasco under the ice. Habitat and forage changes certainly factors. Weed oriented fish and goby forage became clear. Some very predictable suspended (large) fish patterns early season all but disappeared. The explosion of fishing pressure around Oconto had to factor in, 1000's of big fish taken in no slot area had to contribute to lower fall return numbers. Throw in some bad spawn years and lower stocking added to the netting pressure and it is a perfect storm. Big Bay has exploded with smallmouth in areas that used to be easy picking for walleye. Did they fill a vacuum, or drive the walleye out? Maybe prey on them. Natural, cultural, legal, societal factors all in the mix, only some can be addressed, but not happening so far.

Lake Michigan / Re: Finally back on the water
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:24:36 PM »
Sorry to hear that you've had to do battle again. Esther and I sure send our best along to you, glad to hear you are back on the water.

Lake Michigan / Re: Fairport week of 6/26
« on: June 29, 2016, 06:21:39 PM »
Good job, Dave. Looks like a great box of fish. Chasing sharks and cobia down here, haven't got a tarpon to the boat yet, but getting closer. Have a good one.

Off Topic / Big Silver Fish
« on: April 26, 2016, 07:53:41 PM »
Not exactly a king or steelie, but shiny, big and pulled like a truck. Permit estimated about 33-34#. We also caught many snook, seatrout and jacks this day, but the permit was the highlight, caught offshore from Ft. Myers on a crab. Like a 30# bluegill on steroids

Boat and Tackle Setups / Re: Let's see your rig
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:50:47 AM »
I'm quite a ways south of you guys now, about 1800 miles. My new rig is a 23' Key West Bay/Reef model. Primarily fish shallow water here (Charlotte Harbor), redfish, sea trout, snook, and cobia are main targets. Tarpon, sharks, kingfish and some other stuff is seasonal. Grouper, snappers and lots of other stuff is mostly out in the Gulf of Mexico, can get out there on nicer days. Still strange to think of 2.5-3' of water as "plenty deep" to fly across, having fun learning.

Off Topic / Re: Saying Good-Bye to the UP
« on: September 12, 2015, 05:02:32 PM »
So far, so good.

Off Topic / Saying Good-Bye to the UP
« on: August 19, 2015, 01:24:34 PM »
We're headed out tomorrow AM, pointed toward Florida. Our only son, daughter in law, and grand daughter live there, so some good grandpa time coming. We first moved here full time almost 15 years ago from the Flint area, had a great run. Met tons of really good people, made some close friends, and at last count, shot approx. 100 deer and caught 100,000 fish. Or about that many. We vacationed here prior to that and have enjoyed all of our time here. Had a lot of fun on this site over the years, will send along a picture of a grouper, tarpon or shark occasionally. We know that our little piece of paradise, with the orchard, woods and river will always be the "our greatest home ever" along with the UP in general. Thanks for sharing it with us for a bit. On to the next adventure. Frank & Esther Schultz  :thmb:

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