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Trout/Salmon / Monday July 9th - crew needed
« on: July 08, 2012, 10:02:12 AM »
I'm headed to Fairport tonight to put the boat in the marina for the summer and to fish tomorrow.  I have one guy going with but could use another if anyone is interested.  Plan a late start tomorrow about 6:00 or so.  I have room in the camper if you want a place to stay tonight.  I do have a 3rd for Tuesday, and then pulling the camper early Wednesday for the HODAG.

Let me know.  Leaving Marquette about 5 or so and will get to Fairport around 7 this evening.

Mike

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Off Topic / Benefit Dinner - Kris Paluda
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:09:29 PM »
This Sunday, June 24th, a benefit dinner is being held at the American Legion Post 44 in Marquette for my daughter, Kris Paluda.  Many of you know that she was diagnosed with cancer, has completed her treatments, and is starting to get her life back together.

I am posting it here on UPA to make you aware that Daybreak Charters has donated a fishing or sight seeing charter (for up to 5 people) to the event, as one of the many raffles that will be conducted..... thanks John, you are a class act!  So if you want a chance to fish with Daybreak, stop by the Legion, eat some spaghetti, and buy a few raffle tickets.

I'm going to try and post Daybreak's flyer and the Benefit flyer.

Mike




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Off Topic / Paper Bag Salmon
« on: June 18, 2012, 03:23:26 PM »
Tried this yesterday with some fresh salmon from Fairport, and it was absolutely outstanding!  The recipe follows and was found on-line.

Mike

Also known as “Poor Man’s Cedar Plank Salmon,” we discovered this unique method of grilling salmon on a paper bag about ten years ago in the great state of Wisconsin.   Must admit, the first time I saw our neighbors throw a dry paper bag and a big slab of salmon onto their gas grill, I was tempted to run back to the cottage to call 911.   I decided to have another beer instead, and watch.  Amazingly, no flames!    And because we have very “neighborly” neighbors, they shared some of their grilled paper bag salmon with us.  Moist, with a touch of smokiness.  Absolute perfection.   I brought this unusual technique back to Chicago with me, and we’ve been grilling salmon this way ever since.  Wishing everyone a safe and festive 4th of July and happy cooking and safe celebrating!

Wisconsin Paper Bag Salmon
1 large salmon fillet, skin on (see Note 1)
Olive oil, preferable classic or “light”
Sea Salt and coarsely ground black pepper OR Williams Sonoma Potlatch Seasoning (see Note 2>)
1 brown paper grocery bag, handles removed
1 spray bottle water (just in case)
Lemon wedges

Let salmon rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes.  Brush very lightly with olive oil and season with either salt and pepper or Williams Sonoma seasoning.  Preheat grill (gas works best for this) to medium indirect heat.   If your grill has three burners, be sure the middle burner is turned off.  When grill is hot, place the grocery bag in the center; place salmon, skin side down, onto the paper bag.  Cover and grill until cooked through, about 15 minutes, depending on thickness of fillet.  If all goes as planned, the bag will blacken and smolder but never catch on fire.  If it does, you’ve got your water bottle, right!

Carefully slide paper bag onto a small metal sheet pan.  Then invert the salmon onto a cutting board.  Peel the bag off.  The skin should adhere to the bag and peel right off.  Isn’t that nifty?!  Now invert the salmon once again onto a platter, so you can show off the beautiful presentation side.  Serve with lemon wedges and amaze your friends and family. 

Note 1> Most seafood watch groups advise against consuming farm-raised salmon.  Your best bet, if available, is wild caught Alaskan salmon.  My personal favorite is sockeye.  Other types of fish may also be used with this method, including ruby trout and arctic char.

Note 2> Williams Sonoma “Potlatch Seasoning” is tailor made for salmon and adds a terrific flavor.  Available in stores or online at www.williams-sonoma.com.  If you like salmon, this seasoning belongs in your spice cabinet!

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Off Topic / NRA Legislative Alert - Michigan
« on: June 12, 2012, 08:06:05 PM »
Just received this in an email from NRA.

Michigan: House to Vote on Repeal of Permit-to-Purchase and Registration As Early As Tomorrow
 
The Michigan House of Representatives could vote on House Bill 5225 as early as tomorrow, June 13.  HB 5225 is a landmark pro-gun bill that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements.  HB 5225 and its amended language have already passed in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee and would require the federal standard of background checks for the purchase of handguns instead of the burdensome, unnecessary and duplicative state “permit” system.
 
HB 5225, sponsored by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), as amended, would repeal the bureaucratic state “permit-to-purchase” handguns which became obsolete when the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) took effect in 1998.  Under the current state system, gun buyers must apply with their local law enforcement agency and pass a written test before being authorized to buy a handgun.  This “permit” is valid for only one gun and it expires after ten days.  Since 1998, federal law has required a national criminal records check for the purchase of any firearm, from any gun dealer, in every state.
Some of the key points of HB 5225 as amended are:
•   Repeal the state requirement to seek police permission to purchase a firearm by traveling to a local police station and obtaining a permit to purchase.
•   Repeal the requirement to register a completely legally purchased and owned firearm by a law-abiding citizen to be registered with the government through the police.
•   Adopt the use of the federally-funded National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
•   Default to the federal standard of prohibited persons and each purchase would still require a background check.
•   Cut Michigan’s costs by using the federally-administered instant background check system and eliminate wasted man-hours of tracking lawful gun owners in Michigan.

The NRA has been working diligently to repeal this antiquated, costly and unnecessary obstacle for gun owners and has coordinated with several state Representatives to produce the new language for HB 5225.

This bill has made major progress despite the sudden opposition of the Michigan State Police (MSP).  Although the MSP expressed their neutrality since HB 5225’s introduction, they changed their position at the last minute and have tried to sabotage its passage.  At this time, the MSP is officially opposed to HB 5225 and will be working against our attempts to repeal these obsolete state laws.

This is not the first time that the MSP has been on the wrong side of an important pro-gun bill.  For example, during the concealed carry debate, the MSP actively opposed that bill claiming that law-abiding citizens were not responsible enough to carry firearms for self-defense and that violent crime would skyrocket.  They have been proven wrong on concealed carry and they are wrong to oppose a rights restoration bill such as HB 5225.
 
All NRA members across Michigan now need to call AND e-mail their state Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 5225.  To find your state Representative’s contact information, please click here.
 

 
   



50
Lake Michigan / Fishing with Frank and Luke
« on: June 08, 2012, 08:04:43 AM »
Just had the experience of fishing Fairport with The Appleman, Frank Shultz, June 6 and 7, and my 8 year old grandson Luke Olson from Ishpeming.  What a treat  :dance2:  Between Frank's experience and stories and Luke's excitement it was an absolute treat.  We were 8 for 9 Wed evening, with the biggest just shy of 17 and we came in about 9.  11 for 16 Thursday AM with a gentlemanly 8 AM start time.  And 7 for 12 Thursday evening coming in again about 9:30.  Kind of nice to not kill yourself with those 0 dark thirty starts and finishes and 3 or 4 hours to sleep in between.  Hottest setups for us was an ugly spoon called Blue Whale off copper and an RV Crab Face of an SWR.  The fly bite was essentially dead for us I have to admit-although we put down a Green Sushi and had a nice fish within 5 minutes.............and then no more. Sitting around the campfire with a beer or daquiri in hand after some apple fattened venison off the grill, telling stories, listening to Luke talk fishing, life is good!

Luke and I thank you Mr Appleman  :beer:



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Off Topic / Repeal (Handgun) Permit to Purchase
« on: May 25, 2012, 06:30:09 AM »
Michigan House Committee Votes to Repeal Permit to Purchase Today
 
After two weeks of consideration, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee yesterday (5/24/12) passed House Bill 5225 as amended; important and long-overdue legislation that would eliminate the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements.  This committee also approved House Bill 5498, sponsored by state Representative Richard LeBlanc (D-18), and House Bill 5499, sponsored by state Representative Ray Franz (R-101).  All three bills were supported by the Republican members of this House committee and not a single Democrat voted to support any of them.  All three bills now go to the full House for a vote.

HB 5225 as amended would abolish the bureaucratic “permit-to-purchase” handguns which became obsolete when the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) took effect in 1998. Under the current state system, gun buyers must apply with their local law enforcement agency and pass a written test before being authorized to buy a handgun.  This “permit” is valid for only one gun and it expires after ten days. Since 1998, federal law has required a national criminal records check for the purchase of any firearm from any gun dealer in every state. Some of the key points of HB 5225 as amended are:
•   Repeal the state requirement for someone to ask for police permission to purchase a firearm by traveling to a local police station and obtaining a permit to purchase.
•   Repeal the requirement to register a completely legally purchased and owned firearm by a law-abiding citizen to be registered with the government through the police.
•   Adopt the use of the federally-funded National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
•   Default to the federal standard of prohibited persons and each purchase would still require a background check.
•   Cut Michigan’s costs by using the federally-administered instant background check system and eliminate wasted man-hours of tracking lawful gun owners in Michigan.

The NRA has been working diligently to repeal this antiquated, costly and unnecessary obstacle for gun owners and has coordinated with several state Representatives to produce the new language for HB 5225.   Its two companion bills also passed in this committee.
These three bills passed the committee today despite the last-minute change in position of the Michigan State Police.  Although the MSP had stated their neutrality since HB 5225’s introduction, they changed their position at the last minute today and tried to sabotage their passage.  At this time, the MSP is officially opposed the HB 5225 and will be working against our attempts to remove these obsolete state laws.
This is not the first time the MSP has been on the wrong side of an important pro-gun bill.  For example, during the concealed carry debate, the MSP actively opposed that bill claiming that law-abiding citizens were not responsible enough to carry firearms for self-defense and that violent crime would skyrocket.  They have been proven wrong on concealed carry and they are wrong to oppose a rights restoration bill such as HB 5225.
 
Thank you to our members for contacting the House committee members prior to today's hearing.  All NRA members across Michigan now need to contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 5225.  To find your state Representative’s contact information, please click here http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/.


52
Off Topic / Caring Bridge - Cancer Awareness
« on: May 06, 2012, 09:19:16 AM »
My family was put on trial this spring when my oldest daughter was diagnosed with cancer.  Kris lives in Green Bay and is a single Mom with a 3 year old.

The purpose of this post, while certainly off-topic, is to raise awareness to a free website called Caring Bridge, that helps people deal with any type of major health or family issue.  Kris set up her site here  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rispaluda

The site is free and helps deal with keeping family members and friends up to date on condition, treatment status, and all the other things that are going on.  I was getting overwhelmed trying to keep everyone informed using email and phone calls and then Kris opened this website, and what a blessing.  We have spent most of the last 2 months here in Green Bay helping as best we can, and she is doing great.

But again, the purpose of this post is to raise awareness that a website like CaringBridge exists and is a Godsend.  I hope none of you need to use it, but if you do..............

Mike

53
Off Topic / Once A Soldier
« on: April 30, 2012, 05:48:46 PM »
I just love this photo.  For all you vets out there, thanks for your service.


54
Off Topic / "Occupy"
« on: April 14, 2012, 12:04:24 PM »
I'm boiling inside right now.  Just went by the Post Office in Marquette and was treated to a group of "Occupy" protesters standing outside.  And one of them was carrying this flag.


I'm sorry, but if I were that kids Dad, I'd kick his ass all the way down the street.

55
Product Reviews / Laker Special Eye
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:10:15 PM »
You lake trout fishermen will relate to this one.  Many of us over the years fished lakers with flies, peanuts, Spin-N-Glows, spoons, and whatever, and have been successful on them all.  A fisherman from Alpena named TJ Willaker put me on to a Spin-N-Glow/fly combo a year or so ago that I had to try.  The final product appears below and is made with half white glow and half UV green mylars, with glow beads on my regular double hook set up.  I ran it locally last fall after getting back from Fairport and had some excellent results, with and without being tipped with sucker meat.  Even tried it on a rigger with a spoon on a slider banded to the line about 8 feet up and caught a double (that was like dragging a tire up from the bottom  ;D )  So I decided to add it to my selections for this year as a complete rig, ready to fish.



Spin-N-Glows aren't quite so common these days, but if you make your own flies, it's easy to set up and I highly recommend it.  Or you can get mine from my website.

Mike

56
Product Reviews / #36 SushEye
« on: March 21, 2012, 08:11:33 AM »
#36 Sush Eye

The "Sushi" flies are here now and available on the website! Here is the #36 Sush Eye paired with a Sushi Green Glow hook set. The hook sets have a rear 5/0 and front 4/0 Matzuo, with extended glow beads that work extremely well. A copper wire under the snell to hold your choice of meat and a longer but thinner than normal, flashy fly makes it a "sushi" rig.

 


57
Off Topic / AG Holder - Anti-Gun Nut
« on: March 19, 2012, 02:14:42 PM »
1995 VIDEO OF ERIC HOLDER: WE MUST ‘BRAINWASH’ PEOPLE AGAINST GUNS

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/holder-in-1995-we-must-brainwash-people-against-guns/

Our President has surrounded himself with radicals, in this case, the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the land.

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Off Topic / Congressman Allan West
« on: January 29, 2012, 11:49:05 PM »
If you have not yet become familiar with Congressman Allan West, Florida, you are about to!  Holy Wah!  The press should go ballistic over this one.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/28/allen_west_tells_liberal_leaders_to_get_the_hell_out_of_the_usa.html


59
Gun Talk / Meet The Big Shot
« on: January 03, 2012, 09:57:44 PM »

60
Gun Talk / Fishing for lead
« on: December 27, 2011, 12:43:41 PM »
Figured I would start fishing a little early and a little different ?

My son and I are now joint owners of a Dillon RL 550 and are set up to reload 38 Special, 357 Magnum, and 45 ACP.  We also picked up Lee 6 cavity molds to cast bullets for the above calibers, that are the tumble lube style.  We cast a bunch over Christmas while Mike was home from Green Bay and he took them home to load up.  I will do the bullet casting here in Marquette.

Now for the fishing!!!!  Wheel weights make a perfect casting alloy for bullets but are getting harder and harder to come by as more states are banning the use of lead for wheel balancing.  Some are now zink and that ruins the alloy if you melt some of them in it.  I also own a bunch of linotype I happened to acquire years ago that can be added to pure lead to make a good alloy.  So I am looking for lead, either pure or wheel weights, and would gladly make a swap of cast bullets or reloaded bullets in the calibers we work with, in return for the lead.

I sent this note to friends in several towns across the UP, just in case they might be interested, and am posting here to get more exposure, just in case this might fit for one of you.  Just send me a PM if it does.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012......and good fishing :dance2:

Mike

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