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Off Topic / Weapons Check
« on: June 10, 2011, 08:15:05 AM »
The Marquette County Deputy pulled over pick-up truck owner John XXXX for a weapons check.  There was a noticeable NRA bumper sticker displayed on the vehicle.

When the Deputy approached the vehicle, the man behind the wheel handed the officer his driver's license, insurance card and concealed carry permit. The Deputy took all the documents, looked them over and said, "Mr. XXXX, I see you have a CPL. Do you have any weapons with you?" The driver replied, "Yes I do. I have a 357 handgun in a hip holster, a .45 in the glove box and a .22 derringer in my boot." The officer looked at John and asked, "Anything else?"

"Yes. I have a Mossberg 500 12 gauge and an AR-15 behind the seat." The Deputy then asked if the man was driving to or from a Rod & Gun Club and the man said he wasn't, so the officer bent over and looked into the driver's face and said "Mr. XXXX, you're carrying quite a few guns.

May I ask what you are afraid of?"

John locked eyes with the officer and calmly answered, "Not a f--king thing"

Lake Michigan / Fairport - 6-4 Report
« on: June 05, 2011, 05:28:35 PM »
The water at Fairport is very cold yet.  Warmest Saturday was 49 at the surface near Pt Detour (47 most places ), and 44 down at 30 feet everywhere.

Spent 4 hours on the water east side of Big Summer, the gap, and the Point in the AM and was 0 for 0.  Targeted steelies with 4 lines and kings or whatever with the rest.  Tried again in the evening with the same results.  Did manage to mark a few hooks and a few small bait pods.  What they were ??????

Iron Mike was the only other boat out Saturday, with Big Al on board, and they did the same as I did.  Iron Mike bought "Tangles" boat, and the word is Steve and Jenn are out of salmon fishing.

Dick set the float markers out today and went out to 160 in his small boat to try for a while, and came back skunked too.  Dick's 2 boats and Tangles are the only craft in the marina.  Brought mine back home for some maintenance and some Lake Superior fishing before Father's Day when it will be back to Fairport for the summer.

Some bass fishermen came in from Little Summer and reported the water as too cold, and the bass aren't there yet either.

Off Topic / Lime Island - HELP!
« on: May 03, 2011, 01:22:18 PM »
I wrote the DNR Director on April 10th, asking him to remove Lime Island from his planned State Forest Campgrounds to be closed this year.  I received his response Friday, which was negative, citing budget reasons.  Having been a 40 year employee with the agency, I certainly understand budget issues, but I also understand that when well over a million dollars have been invested over time in a particular facility, you don't just throw it away.

My campaign to keep it open then went into high gear.  I sent 3 documents as an appeal to all members of the Natural Resource Commission, the Governor, Senators Casperson and Walker, Representative Foster(covers the East UP), TV6, The Mining Journal, and 5 other major papers in the state(FREEP, Soo, TC, GRP, Lansing State Journal).  Howard Myerson at the Grand Rapids Press just posted the first story today and can be seen in the link below, as posted on Great Lakes Angler by another friend, Dave Mull.


If anyone is interested in the 3 Word Docs mentioned above, just send me an email.  If you have political connections and are interested in this subject, any and all help is appreciated.  Expressing your opinion in various media, or directly to the Governor, DNR Director, Natural Resource Commission, and your elected representatives can also be useful.

Any and all help is welcome.


More on closing Lime Island

    I wonder how many of these majestic places will get bought up by fat cats with condos on their brains if and when they get auctioned.


    Dave Mull
    Great Lakes Angler Magazine

Off Topic / Chili Cook off
« on: April 16, 2011, 09:35:52 AM »
An oldie, but always funny!

Judge #3 was an inexperienced Chili taster named Frank, who was visiting from Springfield, IL.

Frank:  "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off.  The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table, asking for directions to the PBR truck, when the call came in.  I was assured by the other two judges (Native Yoopers) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy;  and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge 3."

Here are the scorecard notes from the event:


Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato.  Amusing kick.

Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.

Judge # 3 (Frank) -- Holy crap, what the hell is this stuff?  You could remove dried paint from your driveway.  Took me two beers to put the flames out.  I hope that's the worst one.  These Yoopers are crazy.


Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork.  Slight jalapeno tang.

Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.

Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children.  I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain.  I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver.  They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.


Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili.  Great kick.

Judge # 2 -- A bit salty, good use of peppers though.

Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA.  I've located a uranium spill.  My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano.  Everyone knows the routine by now.  Get me more beer before I ignite.  Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest.  I'm getting shit-faced from all of the beer.


Judge # 1 -Black bean chili with almost no spice.  Disappointing.

Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans.  Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.

Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it.  Is it possible to burn out taste buds?  Sally, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills.  This 300 lb. woman is starting to look HOT ...  just like this nuclear waste I'm eating!  Is chili an aphrodisiac?


Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili.  Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick.  Very impressive.

Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato.  Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.

Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes.  I farted, and four people behind me needed paramedics.  The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage.  Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher.  I wonder if I'm burning my lips off.  It really ticks me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming.  Screw them.


Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili.  Good balance of spices and peppers.

Judge # 2 -- The best yet.  Aggressive use of peppers, onions, garlic.  Superb.

Judge # 3 -- My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames.  I crapped on myself when I farted, and I'm worried it will eat through the chair.  No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Sally.  Can't feel my lips anymore.  I need to wipe my butt with a snow cone.


Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.

Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment.**  I should take note that I am worried about Judge #3.  He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably.

Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I  wouldn't feel a thing.  I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water.  My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth.  My pants are full of lava to match my shirt.  At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed me.  I've decided to stop breathing it's too painful.  Screw it; I'm not getting any oxygen anyway.  If I need air, I'll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.


Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili.  Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.

Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chili.  Neither mild nor hot.  Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he's going to make it.  Poor feller, wonder how he'd have reacted to really hot chili?

Judge # 3 - No Report

Off Topic / What is it?
« on: April 07, 2011, 08:41:03 AM »
Just viewed the LSSU web cam and did a screen print of the page to capture the creature that was there.  What is this?


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Trout/Salmon / Odors vs Fishing Effectiveness
« on: April 06, 2011, 11:08:39 AM »
I've been wanting to ask this question for some time to see the various thoughts from you experienced anglers.

We all know and understand that the fish have a phenomenal sense of smell.  What precautions are necessary when fishing salmon in particular, to improve the opportunity for strikes.  If any!  I know some are very anal about this subject and won't let anyone touch the lure or line without first washing their hands.  To others, it's not a big deal.  And still others use WD 40 to kind of mask whatever.

I've been kind of middle of the road, only worrying about it if someone makes contact with grease or oil.  But maybe my results would be better yet, following a different, but reasonable approach???

Your thoughts and recommendations?

Hunting / Trapping / Great story - "Never Give Up"
« on: December 09, 2010, 06:14:04 AM »
Man, 86, hunts from recliner, bags buck
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
The Associated Press

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Lester Warner left the hospital in a weakened state last month, his frail body wracked by late-stage cancer. At 86 years old, he and his family had decided to stop treatment. But that didn't mean he planned to stop hunting.

Pennsylvania's highly anticipated two-week rifle deer season was fast approaching, and the lifelong hunter from Dover Township, about 30 miles south of Harrisburg, wanted to take to the woods one last time.

"He just assumed he would be going. We decided we were going to play along with it: 'Yeah, we can't wait for hunting season, Dad,'" recalled Warner's son, Brian.

Brian and his brother Scott were skeptical. But when their father started to rally -- gaining strength with the help of a physical therapist -- they decided they had better accommodate him, said Brian, 51.

So Brian lugged an old recliner up the side of Broadtop Mountain, near his Huntingdon County dairy farm, to the small hut the family had built for Les Warner years ago. His father would hunt in comfort.

It was 19 degrees as the sun rose on opening day last week, the valley floor white with frost. Mr. Warner eased his old man's frame into the recliner, sipped his coffee, and waited, armed with the .243 Winchester that Brian had selected for its mild recoil.

It wasn't long before a huge 8-point buck emerged from the woods, the biggest that Mr. Warner or his son had ever had the opportunity to take. They marveled at their good fortune. A hunter can go days without seeing a buck.

"Well, shoot it," Mr. Warner told Brian.

"No, you're gonna shoot it," his son replied.

Mr. Warner stood up from the recliner and took aim. The buck bolted. He followed it for 80 or 90 yards. Then, as it slowed down, he pulled the trigger.

A perfect shot.

Lowering the gun, Mr. Warner turned to his son and said: "Never give up."

"That's right, Dad."

Brian called his mother. Shirley Warner could scarcely believe it.

"Knowing what he's been through in the last six months, in and out of the hospital, radiation and chemo and physical therapy and really sick at times, I was shocked. In my wildest dreams I didn't think he would get a buck this year," said Shirley, who's been married to Les for 53 years. "My son and I cried because it was a miracle . . . there's no other explanation."

A week later, the retired pretzel baker remains thankful.

"I know I've had many blessings through this situation," said Les Warner, whose story was first reported by the York Daily Record. "Everything seems to be turning out well for me, and I know the Lord's been with us."

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10342/1109127-100.stm?cmpid=MOSTEMAILEDBOX#ixzz17c098N2x

Off Topic / Awesome Video
« on: December 08, 2010, 07:47:06 AM »

Here's To The Heroes

This is a beautiful Military Tribute and is dedicated to all the men
and women who continue to fight for our freedoms. Thank you!!!


Boat and Tackle Setups / Stuck 2 piece rod
« on: November 10, 2010, 10:07:56 AM »
Before I break something, I thought I better ask if there is a magic way to separate a 2 piece rod.

One of my wire line dipsie rods was together all summer at Dick's, and now I can't get it apart.  Tried some penetrating oil last night, placed the rod handle in a vise, and still no luck.

Any tricks that you know of that I might try?

Great read in today's Washington Times.

NUGENT: Annual family hunt camp: The purest of American traditions


Off Topic / BOW Salmon Fishing
« on: October 04, 2010, 08:12:31 AM »
The DNR has a program called BOW, Be an Outdoor Woman, and for several years has hosted a BOW Salmon weekend at Fairport.  I have participated in all of them so far, and shared the outing with Jeff Jette, "Get Bent" this year.  Previous boat captains have also included Jason Peterson, "Dreamer" and Mike and Kim Herman "Micah Pa Tea".

This years event fell on a crap weekend that limited time on the water, but we still had a good time.  I made a You Tube video to capture the weekend and if so inclined, you can see it here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60Tctvv-M78

Participants came from as far as Lansing and LaCrosse( Dorothy is both a WW2 and Korean War vet ).  The event is already scheduled for Fairport again next year, August 12-13-14.  If you know of any interested ladies, they can contact Sharon Pitz at the Marquette DNR office to get on her list.(906-226-1321)or pitzs@michigan.gov  Sharon has been the primary organizer of the BOW events in the UP for several years, and earlier this year received an award from MUCC that recognized her contributions.  Sharon has been assisted in many of these local events by Cathy Pederson, also of Marquette and in some of the photos.

Lake Michigan / Algoma report
« on: September 27, 2010, 07:54:55 AM »
Went south to Green Bay for the weekend with Get Bent and his 25 Sportcraft.  Long haul to get skunked!

They are catching some decent fish in the river and we assumed we could scare up some action on the big water, either younger fish or some steelies.  WRONG!  Went out to 280 feet and worked back in shallow Saturday and Sunday for 3 releases.  Good time on the water with friends, but looks like home for lakers if we want more fish this fall.

Off Topic / Membership Position
« on: September 06, 2010, 08:27:37 PM »
Just curious???

I see many descriptions of members, like New Guy, Junior, Senior, Hero, etc.  Where do these come from?

Lake Superior / Lake Superior Chinook Plant Schedule
« on: May 13, 2010, 07:13:00 AM »
This came out from DNR yesterday.

The Lake Superior Chinook salmon net pens will be stocked during the period of May 17, 18, 19.   Fish food and a feeding schedule will be brought to your site when the fish are delivered.  Your fish will arrive at the same approximate time of day as you have received fish in the past years.   If you provide me with a phone contact, I can call you on the day of the plant to let you know the more specific timing of the hatchery truck to your site.   The fish are arriving later in the month of May this year than they have in past years.  The reason for this change in plant-out timing is detailed below.

The long range weather forecast is predicting 60-70 degree temperatures for the week of May 24-28, and with the low water levels in the receiving rivers these Chinook will need to be released from the pen nets no later than Saturday May 29th. 

If you need to contact the DNRE at any time during the pen rearing period, you can reach Hatchery Biologist Jim Aho at the Marquette State Fish Hatchery at 906-249-1611 ext 324, or Hatchery Biologist Randy Espinoza at the Thompson State Fish Hatchery at 906-341-5581 ext 201.   If any issue or emergency arises, please contact me, George Madison, immediately 24/7 at 906-280-1045. 

                                    Planting Schedule

Monday, Black River Harbor - Net Pen         25,000  into one net pen + 50,000 direct to the river

Tuesday, Big Iron Silver City - Net Pen           25,000 into one net pen + 50,000 direct to the river

Wednesday, Dead River - Net Pen          100,000 distributed into 4 net pens @ 25,000 for each pen

Thursday                 Carp River, Marquette                     100,000 direct plant to the river

Why are the Lake Superior Chinook salmon being planted late this year?

Historically, the Michigan DNRE Thompson State Fish Hatchery stocked Lake Superior Chinook net pens early during the month of May; however changes in the hatchery fish food will mean that the 2010 plant and future stockings will occur in mid to late May.

The DNRE State Hatcheries have been feeding all Chinook salmon with an Oxytetracycline (OTC) impregnated fish food in order to imprint an OTC fluorescent mark on the skeletal bones of these fish.   This OTC marking provides for a means of identifying and determining what lake-inhabiting Chinook are actually products of hatchery reared fish or products of wild naturally produced fish.  The OTC marking system is one of the fundamental tools used for determining the contribution of stocked fish to the sport fishery.  Fish stocking evaluations are necessary for biologists and anglers to understand the overall benefit that is realized as compared to the cost of rearing trout and salmon.  In order to for the OTC chemical to successfully imprint onto the bone structure of the young Chinook, these fish have to be a minimum size (about 2.5 inches) in order for the mark to adequately infuse into the bone structure of the fish.

Due to increased worldwide aquaculture demands for fish food, feed costs have risen dramatically and are continuing to increase at a rate of almost 10% per year.   This escalation in fish food costs, combined with the likelihood of steeply expanding costs in the future, is putting a significant strain on Fisheries Divisions budget for trout and salmon rearing programs.  DNRE Fisheries Division has recently begun experimenting with a fish diet that is less expensive than the traditional supply of feed.  Hatchery managers can utilize this lower cost feed supply and still produce a high quality fish for stocking.   The downside of this new fish diet is that the fish grow slightly slower which delays the ability to OTC mark them by about two weeks.  This slower growth rate in-turn delays stocking by about two weeks. 

The new type of fish food used for salmon rearing will cost about one-half of the traditional feed expenditure, which will result in a significant cost savings to the Hatchery budget.  Overall, the State can realize a considerable level of cost savings by using this new feed, while still producing a high quality stocking product.  The bottom line is that the DNRE has no alternative but to continue to find ways to produce good fish at a lower cost.  Due to these constraints it is very likely that all future Lake Superior Chinook stocking will occur on a mid to late May time line. 

George Madison, Fisheries Supervisor
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment
West Lake Superior Management Unit
Baraga, Michigan  49908

Off Topic / GPS System in trouble
« on: May 19, 2009, 07:27:53 PM »

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