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The Great Tungsten Ice Jig Debate

December 12th, 2017

First off, that is a waste of time, call this a size guide and when to fish them. Secondly, not a word about the heater in the corner, it was cold that winter Thirdly is actually a word and … Continue reading

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Tightline, Free Fall, Spinning or Schooley?

December 08th, 2017

This seems to be the big debate the last few years in the ice fishing world, so this is my take on it. As far as spinning reels, love my Daiwa’s but when it comes to fishing for panfish through … Continue reading

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Repeal Day, Monroe and Prohibition

December 05th, 2017

A state convention gathered in Utah on this date in 1933 to ratify the 21st Amendment. A three quarter majority was needed to make it official and Utah became the 36th state to do so. Making December 5 the official day the 21st Amendment was ratified. Now this date will be known as Repeal Day. […]

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Above The Law

December 05th, 2017

On May 1, 1977 David Frost had the interview of his career. This was three years after Nixon resigned. Nixon was working on his memoirs and his publicist believed that these interviews would boost his popularity. Frost was able to get Nixon to admit that he DID cover up the Watergate burglary but that it […]

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Greasing Your Ice Reels..

November 30th, 2017

….DON’T DO IT! I had a customer ask me at our local outdoors type store, what was the best grease to use with his spinning ice fishing reels. I told him none of course. If your reels are dedicated to … Continue reading

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Featured Brewery Site: 1121 S. Monroe St.

November 26th, 2017

Welcome to our first Featured Brewery Site. Today we are taking a look at the old Wm. Noland & Sons building. It was once used to store excavating equipment. At 5 thousand square feet, it is large and open space with high ceilings. The location is less than a mile south of town on the […]

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When Youre Beer, Youre Family

November 25th, 2017

Monroe has spoken. Every time my fellow citizens gather to discuss what Monroe needs to make it a better city the number one answer is an Olive Garden. But at least one voice pushes through the oil soaked endless iceberg lettuce bowl to say microbrewery. The real question is with around 250 breweries in Michigan […]

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Extend the Range of Your Vexilar

November 24th, 2017

If there is one thing when it comes to ice fishing that I absolutely cannot fish without, it would be myVexilar flasher. Afterusing every single model thatVex offersover the past 16 years and seeing the competition in tournament after tourney, … Continue reading

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Bedford Brewery Coming Soon

November 18th, 2017

Looks Monroe County will have a second brewery located in Bedford. I am excited about this news but I do wish it was closer. Congratulations to Bedford! I guess I’ll be seeing a lot of you in the future. Click here to link to the Monroe News article.

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Choosing the right Ice Rod for Panfish

November 16th, 2017

Choosing an ice rod for panfish sounds easy, just walk into the fishing department of a store and grab a 24″ ultra light rod with some reel and go fishing. If you really think that, then this is probably the … Continue reading

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Three interesting tomato varieties

November 16th, 2017

Earlier in this past growing season I took an informal survey of how a number of tomato varieties were responding to leaf spot diseases. You can go back and read the post to find out how things were going for them at that time. I kept an eye on them through the season and watched … Continue reading Three interesting tomato varieties

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Wheres The Beef?

November 09th, 2017

via GIPHY One of responses from the Trump administration with regard to the claims of Russian involvement in the 2016 election has been to call the investigation a nothingburger. Lets check to see how much beef there really is in this nothingburger. The most important recent development is the guilty plea of George Papadopolous. He […]

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The Deluxe Spoon Box from Clam Outdoors

November 08th, 2017

My staff order from Clam Outdoors came in yesterday to the house from Minnesota. If you are Facebook, you probably saw me go “Live” showing the features of the new Stealth Spearfisher hub shelter. One of the other items I … Continue reading

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The Day You Couldnt Spell Booze Without Boo

November 07th, 2017

Let’s go back a hundred and one years to November 7, 1916. Michigan went to the polls to decide on statewide prohibition. The two sides had made their arguments and soon they would know if the “wets” could hold back the tide that was taking over the nation. It was soon evident that it was […]

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Underwater Cameras, not just for ice fishing!

November 06th, 2017

Last month I shared that using my Vexilar sonar/flasher was an integral component in my success while fishing a walleye tourney on the Saginaw River. Proving yet again, your winter equipment can really be used all year-long to enhance your … Continue reading

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The Saginaw River is Heating Up

October 23rd, 2017

…and more fish are staging to come into the river. With the cold temps coming this week, the fishing should only get better until the ice takes hold. Obviously I just got home from the Saginaw River where I fished … Continue reading

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Large population of painted lady butterflies this year

October 12th, 2017

Just about everyone knows what a monarch butterfly is and its amazing migration to and from Mexico. But not nearly as many people have even heard of a painted lady butterfly; until this year that is. Reports of painted lady butterflies seem to be all over the twittersphere. The most popular one I’ve seen is … Continue reading Large population of painted lady butterflies this year

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The amazing salvia flower

October 12th, 2017

You can find some really amazing things in the garden if you know where to look. For example, look closely at a salvia flower and you will see something unique. Like most flowers, salvia produces nectar to lure pollinators such as wild bees, honeybees and others. And as usual the pollinators end up carrying pollen … Continue reading The amazing salvia flower

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Our Failing Naked Emperor

October 06th, 2017

via GIPHY One of the defining characteristics of the Trump campaign and administration is the utter disregard for the facts. There was some hope by Trump supporters that once he transitioned from campaign mode to presidential mode, he would also abandon his strategy of habitual fabrication. That hope died with the inauguration. Trumps inaugural crowds […]

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Snapweights and Fall Trolling

October 04th, 2017

Snapweights give walleye anglers an added tool in the tackle bag when it comes to going after the big fish that show up in the fall months prior to the winter freeze. Big baits, small baits, rattling, suspending, all of … Continue reading

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