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Classifieds/Buy/Sell / UP Whitetails Banquet Tickets
« on: February 20, 2016, 01:52:55 PM »
I realize this is short notice but if anyone has an extra ticket for tonight could you please call me 906-360-4027.


Mylan Koski

Classifieds/Buy/Sell / For Sale: Raymarine MFD, Auto Pilot, and Radar
« on: February 13, 2016, 12:52:31 PM »

Selling my Raymarine electronics, including:

•   Raymarine C120 MFD 12" Multi-Function Display
o   Power Cable
o   Seatalk Cable
o   NMEA Cable
o   Sun cover
o   NMEA/Seatalk wiring junction box
o   Manuals

•   Raymarine DSM 300 Digital Sounder Module (600W or 1000W depending on transducer)
o   Power cable
o   Data Cable to C120
o   Manuals

•   Two (2) Raymarine Radar Domes (both work; one for use, one for backup if you ever needed it)
o   Two (2) 10 m radar cables
o   Manuals

•   Raymarine Pathfinder Smart Heading Sensor
o   Gyroscope Plus Sensor
o   Seatalk and NMEA Cables
o   Manuals

•   Raymarine S1000 Auto-Pilot
o   Hydraulic Pump
o   S100 Remote Control
o   Manuals

•   Raymarine RS125 GPS Antennae
o   10 m NMEA/Seatalk cable

Everything works and was removed from the boat this weekend.  You have everything you need to re-install the entire system, minus two short flexible hydraulic lines for the AP pump and a transducer.  I plan to re-use my existing transducer and do not want to risk removing it from its thru-hull installation and possibly damage it, rendering it useless. Picture below.  Only things not in picture are the manuals, hydraulic pump, and S100 remote control.

Selling it as a package deal, $1,500.00. ALL EQUIPMENT IS SOLD

Off Topic / Re: Donations to Defray Upangler Server Rental annual cost.
« on: January 27, 2016, 07:59:05 PM »
SSFA Board of Directors approved a donation of $200. Thanks again for keeping this up and running for us all.

I was just advised that there will be a Special HAC Meeting regarding the future plans for the Presque Isle Marina at the Citizens Forum Room at Lakeview Arena tomorrow night (Tuesday, January 26, 2016) at 5:15 pm. The public is welcome.  Anyone with an interest in the future of the marina is highly encouraged to attend the meeting.  There is talk of significantly downsizing the marina and eliminating services.  Attendance at HAC meetings is reportedly very low.  If you want your chance to express your opinion about the future of the marina, tomorrow night is the time. 

Off Topic / Re: Donations to Defray Upangler Server Rental annual cost.
« on: January 21, 2016, 07:39:27 PM »
SSFA will likely donate Brett. Thank you for maintaining this site for everyone to use!

South Shore Fishing Association / SSFA Board of Director Officer Changes
« on: January 15, 2016, 05:29:30 PM »
The SSFA Board of Directors held the first meeting of 2016 this past week.  The first order of business was pass the torch on to some new officers for SSFA.  Change in an organization like SSFA is a good thing, it pumps fresh blood into the organization and brings new opportunities for new ideas and leadership.  I would like to congratulate Andy Allan for accepting the position of President.  Andy was Vice President last year and he really stepped up to the plate and was a driving force last year for our activities.  I would also like to congratulate Reid DeRosie for accepting the position of Vice President.  Reid has been a member of the board for several years now and he always has fresh ideas and new ways of looking at things.  Ken Ohman will continue as our Recorder.  Ken is an active member in other boards and will continue to be a invaluable member of the board who knows how to get things done.  After more years than I can count on two hands, Fred Govern decided to take a break from the Treasurer position.  I will be moving into that position and will remain active in all of our events.  We also welcomed Steve Hellman back to the board. We are looking forward to a year filled with great events and activities for SSFA.  We will be posting the dates of events in the coming days.  If you are interested in becoming an SSFA Member, Board Member, or a member of one of our committees, please contact anyone of the Officers or Committee members.

Here's to an early spring and I hope to see you on the water soon!

Mylan Koski 

Gun Talk / Re: CPL Classes
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:50:25 PM »
No sir, I am not a member of that club. Had my CPL years ago but it expired when I moved out of state. It's time that I renew it. Adam, there is a class at the Westbranch Sportsman's Club (Skandia) on Saturday, January 30th. Contact Josh at 361-2509 if interested.

Gun Talk / CPL Classes
« on: December 03, 2015, 09:17:44 AM »
Looking for recommendations on a CPL class in the Marquette area.



Marquette Weekly Fishing League / 2015 MWFL Final Night
« on: October 05, 2015, 12:52:32 PM »
Last night for league will be Wednesday, October 14th.  See you there!

Off Topic / Ghost Net Reporting Link
« on: September 24, 2015, 08:08:47 PM »
I was sent the following link by email; not sure if it's been posted on here before. If you encounter a ghost net, consider reporting it using this online system. I am aware of at least two boats that encountered a ghost net off the UH break wall in Marquette this summer, which was probably the same net, if you have the coordinates of that net, please submit them using the online reporting system. The DNR is interested in the coordinates as well. If you don't want to send to GLIFWC, send them to me and I'll forward them to DNR.


League is cancelled due to SCA


SSFA held its 2nd Annual - Veterans Appreciation Fishing Day yesterday and I know I can speak for everyone that was involved in the event by saying “WOW” what an awesome day and what an awesome community and country we live in.  We ended up with about 40 boats and 70 Vets for this year’s event.  Morning registration was headed up by Kathy Herrala and took place at Presque Isle this year.  From what I’m told the registration process went very smoothly and all Vets were quickly registered and on their way.  My wife April Koski, assisted the Vets with getting on to one of the three MarqTran busses bound for one of the three launching areas (Upper Harbor, Lower Harbor, and Fish Dock/Association Dock) where Captains and First Mates waited with Red Cross volunteers and Derek VanBuren and other National Guardsmen to greet the Vets and escort them to their boats. 

Boats were on the water and fishing by 8 am.  The water was a bit rougher than predicted but not completely unexpected, this is Lake Superior after all.  As the sun rose above the horizon and we started to heat up from the morning’s chill so did the fishing.  With my dad at the helm and me setting rods it seemed like only minutes before each of the two vets on my boat landed a nice lean lake trout and the cheering began.  We turned the boat back around and boated two more from the same area.  After a short lull in the action I realized I hadn’t raised the flags I brought with me.  It wasn’t but a minute after putting the first flag up that we had our next fish.  Being the somewhat superstitious fisherman that I am, up went the second flag and sure enough another rod fired.  It was a beauty and our biggest fish of the day, which is how we gave one of our Vets the nickname, “Big Fish Jim” Feliciano.  What was I to do next, I was out of flags and we needed to catch more fish. The answer came a few minutes later when our other Vet, Sam Fry, poured himself a quick cup of coffee – yep, fish on!  It was a good thing Sam had plenty of coffee because the same thing happened on his next cup of coffee.  With our spirits high, a limit of lakers in the box, and seeing a smile on everyone’s face, I realized we each had just made some new friends.  Looking at the clock I realized how fast the morning had flown by and that it was time to head back to port for the boat parade.

As we neared the lower harbor lighthouse I could see a dozen or more boats lined up for the parade.  The only thing missing was the USCG rescue boat that was to lead us in the parade.  I didn’t have to wonder why they weren’t there for very long as we were informed by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department rescue boat that the USCG boat was on a response call to Munising – it seemed like a fitting reminder that the very service men and women we were there to honor are always working, for us.  As the boats were lead into the harbor by the Sheriff’s boat we could hear the loudspeakers that Vets Committee member Andy Allen set up while we were out fishing, playing one of the service songs and we got our first up close glimpse of the crowd that had gathered along wall to greet the Vets.  It was clear that this year’s crowd was significantly larger than the year prior.  The crowd was waving, holding flags, and wearing the red, white, and blue sunglasses provided by Ross Anthony of Honor Credit Union and handed out by Hannah Crampton from the Elks – patriotic and cool all at the same time!  The vets on my boat, Sam and Jim were holding up a couple of the fish they caught as we passed by the crowd, they were grinning ear to ear and I could hear them point out people they knew on shore.  Seeing the boats in front of us, the boats behind us and the smiles on Sam’s and Jim’s faces, as well as the crowd on shore and hearing the music was an instant shot of pride and emotion, what a great moment, what a great day this was is all I could think about.

The parade ended and the boats returned to their respective ports where the Vets deboarded and were bussed back to Presque Isle for the afternoon ceremony and lunch.  Fish coolers were hauled in a trailer from the Upper Harbor by Wayne Herrala and I transported the coolers from the Lower Harbor over to Thill’s Fish House.  Once the Vets and their families arrived at Presque Isle along with the Captains, First Mates, and Volunteers, Mike Paluda, SSFA Veterans Committee Chairman welcomed everyone to the event and provided everyone with a brochure of the event prepared by Jamie Tomczyk.  Following the welcoming there was a presentation of the colors.  Mr. Bob Blevins, an original member of the Veterans Coalition in Marquette and a 33-year retired veteran of the USMC and past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, gave a speech that that was spot on and liked by everyone.  The afternoon’s meal was promptly served at the completion of Bob’s speech.  The main course was prepared by Mr. Stacy Aho and consisted of a 300-pound hog that had been cooking on the smoker since the evening before.  Side dishes of salad (provided by Cross Roads Bar and Restaurant) and beans were provided along with refreshments provided by Coca Cola distributers and Econo Foods.  Supplies for the meal were provided by GFS and Walmart.  The afternoon desert, 300 homemade cupcakes, were baked and decorated by my aunt Janet Paquette and mom Cheryl Koski.  The meal was fantastic and I don’t think anyone went home hungry!

While many were enjoying the welcome ceremony and lunch, a relatively big group of people Eric and Lindsie Williams, Errin Devine, Ralph Beauchamp, Mike Myers (his son Marshall Myers), Ben Bernard, Steve Sanderson, Ray Uimari (wife Cathy, daughters Caitlyn and Taylar), Erik Uimari (son Ethan), Eric Burkman, Matt DeBolt, Ryan Stern, and Dan and Melody Thill, were working fast and furiously over at Thill’s Fish House to fillet the fish from the day – thank you Thill’s Fish House for opening your doors and letting us use your facility, equipment, and supplies.  The coolers were stacked in the trailer and promptly delivered to the awaiting captains and vets back at Presque Isle.  The tables and chairs were packed away in the trailer by the Boy Scouts and National Guardsmen and returned to NMU – thank you Greg Stone for helping us again.

It took a lot of time, effort, planning, coordinating, cooperation and patience to put this event together.  I want to thank everyone who was involved in the event: captains, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone in between, but I especially want to thank the Vets, past, present, and future, we cannot thank you enough for what you have done and continue to do for us all.

During one of our Vets Fishing Day committee meetings this summer I was enlightened first hand as to how our service men and women are not often (or ever) acknowledged or appreciated for what they have done for us all.  One of our committee members, a decorated Vietnam Veteran told us of an experience that happened just this summer.  He told us that while walking through the parking lot of Econo Foods and wearing his Vietnam Veteran hat, a woman who he had never met, walked up to him and gave him a great big hug.  Somewhat startled he asked her what that was for and she told him, “for serving our country”.  He went on to tell us that was the very first time since he left the Vietnam War that anyone like that has thanked him for his service.  I don’t know the things that this man did in Vietnam or the things he had to go through, or what any one of the other Veterans did there, but I do know when this country asked them go there or to any other place in this world to lay their lives on the line, they went, and they served, and some gave everything for us.  Every person in America owes our Vets a debt of gratitude for their service and for providing us with the freedoms to be able to take part in events like this.  To all of our Vets, if no one has ever told you before, please know that it was our privilege to be a part of this event with all of you and thank you for your service to all of us. 

The next time you see a Vet, thank them for their service and thank them for what they have done for you and for us all, it might just be the first time they’ve ever been told that.

Off Topic / Re: What do you do when fishing on the Great Lakes is slow?
« on: September 04, 2015, 12:51:27 PM »
Awesome catch!  I did a trip with my dad years ago out of Cape Hatteras - OBX with very similar results, best day of fishing ever!  This picture makes me want to go back again.  Thanks for sharing.

Marquette Weekly Fishing League / Student Chapter of Trout Unlimited at NMU
« on: September 02, 2015, 03:39:03 PM »
Herb Grenke runs the student chapter of Trout Unlimited at NMU.  He wants to know if anyone who participates in the weekly league would be interested in having a student accompany them for a weekly league event?  I'm sure there may be other opportunities to take a student out as well, but I was thinking we could have one week where a number of the boats each took one student with them.  Anyone interested in this in the next couple few weeks before we end the season?

Gun Talk / Re: leather
« on: September 02, 2015, 01:15:21 PM »
One of my co-workers does a lot of leather craft stuff.  He has made me a couple of custom fillet knife sheaths, very nice work at a very reasonable price.  I passed your inquiry on to him.  He said he would contact you.

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