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Ice Fishing / RIP Captain Jim Hudson
« on: January 26, 2013, 07:53:18 PM »
I don't have many details, but I received a call from a mutual friend just now telling me Jim was killed today after falling through the ice on Lake Superior on his snowmobile near Ashland, where he was a guide.

I am terribly saddend by this news, as over the last couple years we had become friends, and Jim and his crew fished Stannard Rock with me last summer.  He was on many TV shows, especially for ice fishing, but was also an expert at summertime Laker fishing around the Apostle Islands. He was a excellent fisherman and a super nice guy.  Many many people are better fisherman because of Jim and his willingness to help.

Please say a prayer for his family...and be safe on the ice boys.

RIP my friend...

Hunting / Trapping / Bad Azz Bunny Hunt!!
« on: January 26, 2013, 03:47:34 PM »
As old Napper would say...This was a "RARE" Bunny hunt  wink()  I got to join a buddy of mine along with his son and wife on a hunt on some CFR land in Sands.  Crazy part was...nobody had a gun!  Just 4 people and one of the most lethal bunny killers I have ever seen...  Meet "Aries"...A 2yr. old Red Tailed Hawk


Once we enter the woods, he lets the bird go, with a R/T transmitter and 2 sets of bells attached so you could hear him as he moved around above you.  It takes off like your never gonna see it again...  Does some high circles, flys out of sight before returning a minute or so later to settle in the tallest tree around.  We line up about 30 yards apart and start pushing through the cedars and blowdowns.  As we move, he continually circles above and stays out in front of us.  I was frickin amazed at what I was seeing.  This bird was litterally letting us drive the woods for him as he watched for movement in front of us.  We walked for over 2 hours with no sign of a bunny at all.  As we started back toward the truck, I stepped on a brush pile and BOOM!  Out comes a white ball of fire.  I yell loudly "HO HO HO HO" over and over while waving my arms to let the Hawk know Ive flushed something(as I was instructed to do).  Little did I know he had already seen it, and was in a full dive from the tree tops.  You could hear the "swoosh" from his wings as he came crashing thru the tree tops and nailed this rabbit on a full run less than 20 yards away from me!  The rabbit was screamin like crazy and had wedged itself under a log...but "Aries" had ahold of him and wasn't letting go!!  My jaw was on the ground!  I've seen some crazy sh*t in the woods, but to have this all happen in front of me...on pourpose, by a trained Red Tail Hawk...I couldnt belive my eyes!  shock()

--I'll let the pics say the rest...

-As we approached right after the strike.  He has the bunny pinned under the log...

-A shot of the "Kill Site"!

-Finishing off the bunny so it would stop screaming before the Hawk began to rip it apart...

-The Hunter and his Prize!!  What a crazy scene to witness from 5 feet away!





-Edward and his boy!  I cant imagine the dedication it takes to get a bird to this level of training...let alone hes a High School kid!  Pretty dam cool!

Gun Talk / Up close and personal....
« on: January 21, 2013, 02:20:16 PM »
After the talk in the other thread about close range protection and the Judge Revolver, I wanted to give my review/opinion...

First, I was glad I was talked out of the Taurus, and second, I am glad Smith and Wesson had me covered!  This is my S&W Governor... :rock:

I had shot "The Judge" probably 100 times and I can promise, it aint even close to the Smith.  The Smith "feels" much better in the hand, is lighter, has far better fit and finish(and almost no cylinder play at all), and is a 6 shooter instead of a 5 like the Taurus.  I now have well over 200 rounds through my Smith and I love it more every time I shoot it.  The "Governor" will shoot .45 Colt, .45acp, and .410 Shotgun shells, and has become my new "carry gun" in the woods during hunting season.  

Most of the rounds I've put through it already have been either the Colts or the .410's.  I went through multiple boxes of different ammo to find what it liked.  This gun is amazingly accurate for having such a short barell, and off hand 40-50 yard shots can be consistantly placed on target with the .45 Colts.  I prefer the Barnes Vortex 220 grain X-Bullet.

As for the .410's, I tried 5 different brands, mostly 000 Buck. (4 pellets)  Amazing what a difference there is in the spread between the brands.  My favorite ended up being the Federal Premium "410 Handgun PD" in 000 Buck for its really tight groups, and the Winchester "PDX" in 000 Buck was also pretty good. At 40 yards I was still getting 3-4 pellets per shot on a pie-plate sized target with the Federal. The really high speed loads seem to spread out a lot faster.  Whe she is laying on my nightstand, she has 2 rounds of 45 Colt with 4 shots of 000 Buck behind it.  Anything inside of 80' wont stand a chance.

 Here is 1 shot from 15 yards with the .410 loads.  Federal on the left, Winchester on the right...

Here is 6 shots on each target from 15 yards.  Thats (24) .30 caliber holes in 6 trigger pulls of a revolver.  Dont enter my house unnanounced  wink()

Its all set!  :rock:

-Captain Dan Keatings "Salmon School" will be held in Marquette on March 23, 2013 at the "Citizens Forum Room" at the Lakeview Arena.

-This Salmon School and Gear swap is being sponsored by Daybreak Charters and the South Shore Fishing Association.  :beer:

Hunting / Trapping / Air Skinning a Yote??
« on: January 09, 2013, 01:41:59 PM »

Aint that somthing...

Classifieds/Buy/Sell / Yamaha Motorcycle For Sale. SOLD------
« on: January 09, 2013, 12:21:52 PM »
I'm a little out of season on this...but I cant be the only guy thinking about Motorcycles right now  tongue()  If you know anyone who may be interested, send em my way!

This is a 2009 Yamaha Raider.  1900cc/113ci V-Twin Cruiser  Liquid Silver Color.  

I am the original owner of the bike, and have added a few things to it:
--Vance and Hines "Big Radius" 2 into 1 performance exaust system (not just a muffler)
--Yamaha brand removable Windsheild with locking bracket
--Yamaha brand Expandable Saddle bags, custom mounted to Chrome Cobra Bag Supports
--Corbin Custom seats for Rider and Passenger along with removable backrests for both seats..  The passenger seat can be removed for a cleaner look with just 2 bolts.
--Yamaha brand Chrome Engine Guards with Arlen Ness Highway pegs
--240cm Rear tire (Upgraded from the stock 210)
--Power Commander 5 Fuel Injection Computer for adjusting fuel/air mixture thoughout the rpm range for a perfect tune.
--300 Watt (2) speaker Stereo system with underseat-amp and I-pod hook up
--Digital Electronic Cruise Control with bar mounted controls.

The bike is absolutly Mint, with NO scratches, nicks, or dings anywhere.  It has just over 10K miles, with the rear tire beig replaced 1k miles ago.  I also still have the brand new stock exaust system, as well as the brand new stock seats.  This bike is my baby, has has been cared for as such. The power of 113 cubic inches on 2 wheels, especially in the low end is grin-inducing at the very least!  If you want a reliable, comfortable, well built bike that has the power to walk away from any other Cruiser on the road, this would be it

The Bike is located in Marquette, and can be seen anytime.  Additional pics also availble if needed.

Bike is SOLD!

Trout/Salmon / Salmon Fishing Seminar
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:01:51 AM »
---I edited this to include the poll....

I cant give out any details just yet, but I was asked to get a "feel" for the thoughts of the fisherman around here...

How many guys would be interested in attending a seminar on Salmon Fishing here in Marquette?  Its a 6 hour program, usually 2.5 hours, then an hour break, then 2.5 more hours.  The way it looks now is it will be a Saturday or Sunday, and most likely the 2nd or 3rd weekend in March.  Snacks an Lunch would be provided.  Tons of good info and technques from one of the best in the buisness, right here in Marquette.  I didnt want to say his name just yet...but many of you have read his books...

Things are being worked out as we speak, with nothing in stone yet.  But I was trying to get an idea from people on here what the level of interest would be?  Would you attend if youre from Marquette?  Would you travel to Marquette from where you live for a day to attend something like this?  Know many others that would like to attend?? Saturday or Sunday better?

There are also thoughts of having a "swap meet" for fishing gear either before or after the seminar.

Any thoughts, comments, or good advise would be appreciated.

Hunting / Trapping / Rage Broadheads...
« on: October 04, 2012, 09:35:49 AM »
Yes...they make a hole!!   :rock:

25 yard broadside shot.  Broke ribs on the way in and the way out and the broadhead was still perfectly intact.  I shot Muzzys my whole life.  But an entrance hole like that has permantly changed my mind...

Gun Talk / .223 Bergara Barrel FOR SALE
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:57:48 AM »
I have a brand new in the package, Bergara Barrel in .223 caliber for a Thompson Center Encore for sale.  Stainless steel finish.  24" long.  Fits Encore and Encore Pro Hunter T/C Rifles.


Lake Superior / Another Sunken Gill Net...
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:24:28 AM »
Moved this from the SSFA board....

Here is a pic of our "longest" catch of the day, though we weren't allowed to enter it into the "multi-species" category...  About 7' in length, 20-25lbs, and and extra 50lbs. or so of waterfilled high dollar Indian engineered "buoys", with KBIC on one side, and a fisherman number of KB-1063, all written on a Tide jug in  marker... Just another example of how far the "caretakers of the land and sea" go to ensure their nets dont get lost in Lake Superior. 

1.5 miles straight East of the upper harbor wall.  151' of water.  Been fishing that area for about 2 weeks straight, everyday.  Over 2 miles from the nearest MARKED net.  I snagged "bottom" there 2 weeks ago on a charter and just cut the rigger cable, assuming I had just snagged bottom, not a net.  After putting another $90 cannoball and new cable on last week, I wasn't willing to give up another yesterday. We threw the boat in Neutral and got the other 3 rods out of the water. After over an hour using the riggers and our hands to winch it up, we were able to save all our gear.  The metal pole pictured was wrapped around my riggerball.  We cut everything free and then tied a Red life jacket to the lead line that was now floating along the surface.  Marked the spot and sent the info to Heather and the CO's.  As of last night, it was in the same spot and had not moved. 

"Supposedly", after hearing from Heather today, they are going out this afternoon to retrieve it.  We shall see.... 

Lake Superior / "Discovering" with Daybreak Charters at The Rock!
« on: August 29, 2012, 03:55:27 PM »
Here is a link to the show incase ya missed it!   :beer:

Lake Michigan / RESPECT...
« on: August 18, 2012, 03:20:14 PM »
Dont ever forget how much respect these lakes deserve...no matter how big your boat(or balls)...


Lake claims 2 fishermen
 Friday, August 17, 2012
 Two bodies of two fishermen have been recovered after the 26-foot boat they were in went missing Thursday in Lake Michigan. The boat left out of Ludington to go salmon fishing off Big Point Sable Thursday morning at 6 a.m. with Ludington resident Ray Finholm, 58, of Ludington, aboard, along with the boat’s owner, Bill Sorokin, 67, of Plains, Pennsylvania.
 Wind and waves were severe Thursday and investigators said they believe the boat sank in the rough weather.
Sorokin's body was pulled from Lake Michigan by Coast Guard personnel about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Finholm's body was found shortly after 8:30 this morning on northern Mason County beach area not far from where Sorokin had been in the water.
Finholm was a prolific community volunteer, lending fish-catching and fish-cleaning skills to the annual SuckerFest, the Ludington Boat Club’s annual fish fry/boil for Hospice of Michigan, which happens to be this weekend. He also helped other charities he came across.
He was a long-standing director of the Mason County Walleye Association, where he maintained the grounds, helped raise fish and helped raise funds and cook meals for the annual walleye dinner for many years. He was a former Great Lakes Castings employee.
His wife’s name is Shirley.
“Ray would do anything for anybody,” Ludington Fire Chief Jerry Funk said.
Sr. Chief Sean Cross of Coast Guard Station Ludington and Chief John Tribfelner of U.S. Coast Guard Station Manistee both had crews launch boats to search for the missing 26-foot boat at about 6 p.m. Thursday and searched until around midnight. Coast Guard helicopters joined in the search and a debris field was located in Lake Michigan about 3 miles south of the Mason-Manistee county line.
Wave heights on Thursday reached as high as 7 feet, according to the weather buoy maintained by the University of Michigan 4 miles west of the Lincoln River mouth.
According to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies from that agency, the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office and Grant Township first responders initiated a land search Thursday night and found fishing-related items that may or may not be related to the missing boat.

Lake Superior / Stannard Rock...Like you've never seen it before!
« on: August 14, 2012, 09:18:15 PM »
Here is a video we made a few weeks ago out at The Rock.  A GoPro camera was attached to a Torpedeo Weight while we were drifting, using some mighty fine rigging wink(), and was lowered down to between 65 and 80 feet...even when the bottom came up to 55 feet  :kick:  Gives you a real good look at why we get snagged so much out there!  A shot of a fish thats likely over 30lbs, and a few areas of 30+ fish on the screen at once.  
When fish are "stacked up" on my graph...this is what it looks like below the boat.  :rock:

There will be a few more clips of this and more on an upcoming episode of Discovering, with new host Brian, which was also filmed that day.  :beer:

Hunting / Trapping / Beman Arrows FOR SALE
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:32:20 AM »
I have (12) Beman ICS 340 Hunter Elite Carbon Arrows for sale.  They are all 1 year old.  A few have the arrow wraps on them, and the rest dont.  4" White helical veins.  All in perfect shape with no damage.

They are 30.5" long, so unless you have arms as long as mine, you can cut them down to whatever length you need.  I am switching shaft size and dont need these anymore.


Availble for drop off or pick up near MQT, or buyer can pay shipping.

Lake Michigan / Magnum Michigan STEEL!
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:10:36 PM »
I gotta hand it to Boe-D...this fish tried everything possible to get off, including destroying the spoon and breaking 2 of 3 trebles off the cheap ass Gamacrapsu hook, but he still put it in the boat.  It hit on the SWR, set just 5' off the bottom in 50' of water, 17 miles East of Manistique.  It weighed 13.96lbs on the DNR scale at the dock after spending 7 hours at the bottom of the cooler and being bled out.  The second biggest Steel aboard my boat ever down there.

....The following day, we delivered the "punishment" to Scott for catching that fish THE DAY BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT    :nuts:, and losing his first 4 fish on derby day.

There are probably a few others that would like to have done this with us...so enjoy  :beer:

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