September 5, 2015

Elyria
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Smokin Fish

The manager Carrie Ardick-Wormsley of Lorain's Ardick Seafood said they have been smoking 30-40 pounds of fish every other week for 20 years, and two to three times a week during holidays.

The smokehouse, the icehouse and salt were a basic part of the world in which my grandparents reached their 30s and beyond. I can still remember a hot Summer day as a group of us chased the iceman for the chips that flew from his pick as he cut icebox ice for customers on Kenyon Ave. in Elyria. Decades Read More…

Hike With Ike

Everyone calls them "buzzards" but no, they are Turkey Vultures. You'll often see them riding thermal swells circling around and around. The old Western movies would have you believe they are waiting for an animal (or a thirsty cowboy) to die, but usually not.

You might remember my dog, Eisenhower, from our adventures hunting shed deer antlers last winter. In case you thought I only let him out to hunt birds, rabbits or sheds, I thought I’d share with you one of our recent outings. Thomas Jefferson didn’t like the form of exercise we’d call “sports” today. He felt Read More…

Glassing for Deer

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This time of year I spend a lot of time “glassing” or looking through my binoculars and spotting scope for whitetail deer, and at this time of year they are seemingly everywhere at the right hours. Walking around the lake there’s a young couple on the bank fixing a couple of lines, completely unaware that Read More…

Harmful Algae Blooms

Remember that bit of information I gave you some weeks ago about how the forecast for the Lake Erie algae bloom was rather moderate this year? Yeah, well, about that… During the first weeks of spring, environmental agencies monitor phosphorous levels in the Maumee River system to estimate from this primary nutrient just how bad Read More…

Then in began to RAIN

Tubing on Sutton Lake was pretty difficult with all the debris.

A wise man once said, “Some days you win, some days you lose, some days it rains.” He was using a baseball metaphor to talk about life because when it rains, they stop the ballgame. Although I get what he meant, you can’t take this too literally because real life doesn’t stop when it rains, Read More…

All about that Bass

I caught this smallie on a Berkeley powerbait Red Soft-Craw. Plastic baits are terrific for small water Bass this time of year.

Word on the lake is the Walleye bite is terrific again, and the perch are picking up in places too. It’s shaping up to be another terrific Lake Erie summer but let’s look inland for just a bit. I love the lake fish and ith them as often as I can when my freezer needs Read More…

Sitting on a hill in the evening

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Sitting on a hill in the evening, I try to situate myself facing either north or south. That way I’m not staring into the sunset, or silhouetted with the sun behind me. If I am, I try to break up my outline by staying below the crest of the hill or I put a tree Read More…

Palo Verde

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I want to tell you a story with a moral at the end. I happen to be off on one of my adventures, a little farther from home than usual. In fact, I’m about thirty-six hundred miles from home, in the Central American nation of Costa Rica. Friends who traveled here before me rave about Read More…

Deer Hunting Changes

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Of the opinions I’ve heard regarding changes to the rules, few are based in science, some are based in convenience (blackpowder season should be earlier in the year to coincide with my vacation) or personal preference (we should have deer gun season over Christmas break so I can hunt with my kids who are off Read More…

Let’s Go RV’ing

Big, off-seaon RV shows give buyers an opportunity to do real side-by-side comparison of many RV models, and are an increasingly popular way for first-time buyers to join the RV culture.

“Let’s Go RV’ing!” The commercials are selling the word “Away” and they say it’s as much about getting there as it is about being there. But there’s something to this concept of “Away” that’s very genuine and honest; that is as soon as you get “Away” you stop thinking so much about “this here” and Read More…