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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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Sneezeweed is blooming

September 28th, 2017

We were sitting out on the porch earlier this week enjoying that summery weather. One flower caught my eye, it was fresh and bright among the others that were either gone or fading fast. It was one we forgot that we had planted this spring — it was sneezeweed. Sneezeweed, also referred to as Helenium … Continue reading Sneezeweed is blooming

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Perchnado V: the sequel x5

September 25th, 2017

What an incredible perch fishing season we have had on the Michigan side of Lake Erie this season. Lines at Jeff’s Bait and Tackle (boats/trailers/trucks) are stretching back towards I-75 on the weekends. They are a pretty well oiled machine … Continue reading

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Same Poison Different Bottle

September 23rd, 2017

via GIPHY   Every time Republicans regroup in an attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the proposed legislation gets worse. That in itself should tell you something about the nature of the politics at play here. The proposed Cassidy-Graham bill is the same poison in a different bottle. It shifts health care […]

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Dogbane in prairie area

September 19th, 2017

When I was aroud ten years old, back when all kids were free-range, I spotted spotted a plant during my wanderings that impressed me so much that I’m intrigued by it to this day. I didn’t know what it was called at the time. It wasn’t until later, when I was in college, that I … Continue reading Dogbane in prairie area

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Tar spot on maple trees

September 19th, 2017

In many cases, diagnosing plant problems requires an in-person look at the plant in question. Too many disorders look similar when all you have is a photo to go by. Earlier this week someone sent me a photo asking about spots on a valuable tree they have in their front lawn. That was an easy … Continue reading Tar spot on maple trees

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Grape ripening

September 19th, 2017

According to my records, my grapes are about ten days ahead of last year at this date. Every growing season is different and any particular year doesn’t necessarily line up with seasonal average growing conditions. Ten days is a long time when it comes to grapes. I covered the grapes with netting last week to … Continue reading Grape ripening

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The Hottest Perch Rig on Erie

September 19th, 2017

….for me anyway, is a rig/concept I came up with a couple of years ago. The standard perch rig, also known as a crappie rig, consists of two perch arms called lears with two snells attached at the end. Since … Continue reading

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