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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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How to Fizz a Fish

September 14th, 2017

How to Fizz a Walleye: Catch and Release Fish From Deep Water

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Perchnado 2017

September 13th, 2017

So I sort of stole the title from the shark movies on that science fiction channel, but “Perchnado” sort of fits the bill after two days of fishing on Lake Erie where the perch were flying in the boat. There … Continue reading

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Clam=Ice Fishing: New products for the 2017/18 Season/Shanties

September 07th, 2017

I got a sneak peek of most of the new product back in August, but its time to go through the whole list on the website and see what “must haves” are out there for the upcoming ice fishing season. … Continue reading

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Detroit Beach Boat Club Perch Tourney: September 2, 2017

August 30th, 2017

Its that time of the year again, it is the perch tournament at the Detroit Beach Boat Club, this Saturday! Cost is $20.00 per person and the payout is 100 percent. There is a big fish prize, and will … Continue reading

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Dropping the Bomb(s) on Fall Walleye

August 23rd, 2017

You’re going to ask me why am I talking about walleye on Lake Erie when the perch season is in full swing, and my snarky answer is going to be, “If you snooze, you lose.”. In this case it … Continue reading

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Forgive Me Father For I Have Sinned

August 21st, 2017

For those unfamiliar with this Catholic meme, it is the opening sentence Catholics whisper to the priest to start confession. My confession is that I find this particular point in our history fascinating. We have a President who appears determined to self-destruct, a party that is uncertain they are willing to go down with him, […]

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Lincoln Wept

August 21st, 2017

Lets take a step back and just review briefly the various defenses of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and good old fashioned racists that weve heard so far. Racism as free speech Its true. Our constitution does protect racism as free speech. Free speech, however, does not guarantee that you are free from other forms of punishment […]

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Whats Next?

August 16th, 2017

via GIPHY After the violent clashes in Virginia, America looked to the President for healing. Instead Trump could only think about his own obsession of winning an argument with the media. As a result, we have a President who insists those who support Nazis and white supremacists deserve the same respect and consideration as those […]

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