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Off Topic / Re: Looking for someone who can braze
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:01:25 PM »
Thanks very much, I will look him up!

Off Topic / Looking for someone who can braze
« on: March 14, 2018, 06:55:31 PM »
I have a brass branding iron I use for my decoys to identify the carver and carving shop. It is brazed to a steel stem with a wooden handle.  This is the third time it has worked loose in the eleven years I have owned and used it...a bit tired of shipping it back to the vendor to fix and consequently be told that this is the first time this has ever happened with one of his brands.

Does anyone know of a local fabrication shop that does brazing well?


Off Topic / Re: Technical difficulties
« on: March 13, 2018, 06:34:33 AM »
Photobucket "restructured" their policy of allowing access for photo storage and resizing use for internet posting about six months ago. IF you had their cheapest annual membership, they eventually relented and allowed these individuals to renew at the pre-existing annual fee rate, all others ha the pics frozen and access denied without paying for a full membership. 

U.P. Treasure Hunting / Re: 2018 Maple Syrup
« on: February 27, 2018, 06:54:54 AM »
Does the warm day, cool nights, cycle really benefit sap production that much?

Ice Fishing / Re: Burbot- Marquette/Munising Area
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:30:13 AM »
Very Nice, Dan!

I heard back from the MDNR Fish Advisory folks...the burbot data for Lake Superior is mostly large fish (old) and not a very large or broad size range, so skewed towards higher PCB concentrations.

Ice Fishing / Re: Burbot- Marquette/Munising Area
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:00:05 AM »
With all due respect to Chris' technique, a simple circular cut that breaks the skin behind the gill covers, followed by a cut that releases the viscera from the body cavity is all that you need.  Take a pair of pliers and get a firm grip on a skin flap on the dorsal surface while holding the head in your left hand and pull the skin, which will peel-off easily in one sheet all the way back to past the tail.  This way you don't waste the meat over the rig cage. You can omit the cut down the belly, but the viscera will pop-out when you skin the fish, so it's best to do this outside in the garage.

Ice Fishing / Re: Burbot- Marquette/Munising Area
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:34:24 AM »
The one thing you can achieve with a fish that, as a species, has a high PCB level is to skin it and remove most of the body fat...standard cleaning with a burbot. Mercury distributes in both lean muscle mass and fatty tissues, PCB only in fatty tissue.  They eat well in chowders, or fish boils. When I first moved over here from the eastern U.P. you could drive up to a sportsman's club up toward Houghton and pick burbot up from a couple of dipping operations they carried-out on the Sturgeon...miss those days.

Burbot will eat juvenile lake trout, another reason I like them!

Ice Fishing / Re: Burbot- Marquette/Munising Area
« on: February 17, 2018, 01:45:08 PM »
A dead smelt set on bottom with a tip-up is also a nice pairing to the above.

Burbot have a single barbell off the bottom of their jaws, but basically feed like catfish and bullheads.  The spawn a water temperature ebb values, usually via forming a big aggregated "ball" in flowing water like a river or current swept bottom.

A thirty pound burbot would not be my choice to eat, but smaller fish are not as high in contaminants and are certainly not higher than a siscowet of equivalent size.

Lake Superior posts burbot as limited consumption, Lake Michigan has them listed at one meal a month. Basically, this tells me that not many burbot were analyzed from Lake Superior, given the background pollution levels in the two systems.  I will contact a friend who works on the Fish Cosumption Advisory guidelines and ask him how many and what size range of burbot were tested from Lake Superior waters.  The chemical of concern listed is Poly Chlorinated Bi-Phenyls (PCBs).  Lake trout are list at two cut points; greater than 24" and less than 24" total length with recommended consumption of less six times per year for fish <24" long

Gun Talk / Re: Looks like Marquette is going to get a Public shooting range
« on: February 08, 2018, 08:53:29 AM »
They've moved to the connector road that extends Silver Creek Road over to connect by the snowmobile club house on CR-553

Hunting / Trapping / Re: UP Predator Challenge
« on: February 08, 2018, 08:48:36 AM »
Because then animals are approaching breeding season.

Hunting / Trapping / Re: Closing-in on the end product...
« on: February 03, 2018, 07:52:36 AM »
Done, I should have used the flash... cheek area on heads turned-out darker than they actually are. They'll get a sealer coat to keep them from "chalking" this spring.

Lake Michigan / Re: Ludington Lake Michigan Fishery Workshop
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:29:53 AM »
Here is Chuck Bronte, USFWS Green Bay Laboratory, presenting on the Federal perspective regarding Cisco reintroduction research on Lake Michigan.  Note his complete dismissal of alewife stock recovery potential:

Here is Jory Jonas's presentation on Michigan's cisco stock and the MDNR's perspective regarding Federal "help" in establishing a viable cisco stock:

Cisco= lake trout forage that does not contain high levels of thiaminase, which induces EMS in salmonines, particularly lake trout.

Hunting / Trapping / Re: Closing-in on the end product...
« on: January 27, 2018, 10:02:14 AM »
The fall migrations have been spotty to poor.  Last year we hit a good patch of weather, snow squalls, heavy winds up to one day of gale force winds, side-ways rain shifting to snow...which moved birds around and brought birds into the system, just not many mallards or blacks. We were worked by small groups of blacks and a couple of flocks of mallards along with singles, but the majority of birds we shot were redheads, scaup, and ringnecks; skipped the goldeneyes and buffies, along with most of the old squaw.

Look for a pm on this coming Fall plans.

Hunting / Trapping / Re: Closing-in on the end product...
« on: January 26, 2018, 02:51:00 PM »
"Just sharpening the saw" as Jack Welch would say, in preparation for those late October mallards that come through.  Why we go over near your camp each year...

Hunting / Trapping / Re: Closing-in on the end product...
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:39:20 AM »
Nice, most of the folks I know who hunt them toss the adults...

Some minor bill highlights and head detail are all that is left.

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