Fish Tales

December 4, 2006

Now That’s a Shanty

Filed under: Fishing,Midwest Fishing — by love2fish @ 7:41 pm

When I was asked to go ice fishing on Houghton Lake, Michigan, I expected a hole in the ice, short pole, a bucket to sit on and a frigid wind.  That’s how we fished the frozen lakes in Montana.   My first surprise was when we left the road and drove the pickup over the frozen lake.  My guide laughed and said it was his first time driving on the ice this season.  That was not at all comforting.  “You just need to stay away from the artisian springs.  That’s where tourists get into trouble.”
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November 26, 2006

Asian Carp Invade Illinois River

Filed under: Fishing,Midwest Fishing,Uncategorized — by love2fish @ 6:19 pm

Dangerous Asian Carp are invading the Illinois River and heading for the Great Lakes.  Asian Carp are an invasive species that have a strategy of overwhelming their environment and a habit of jumping when spooked by boats.  They can grow to 100 pounds.  Imagine a leisurely sunset cruise on the river when you are hit in the head by a 80 pound fish. The bass fishing tournaments in Peoria are gone, replaced by tourists watching carp jump and fishing above the water with bow and arrow.
Video of Asian Carp Jumping on the Illinois River

Asian carp have no stomachs which causes them to eat non-stop. They grow quickly and leave nothing behind for native species. They reproduce like crazy. Watch out Great Lakes whose fragile environment has already been attacked by zebra mussels and lampreys. As the carp make their way up the tributaries, steps must be taken to keep them out.

So what can be done? A new breed of fisherman are making a good profit fishing the invasive species. Considered good eating by the Asian-American populace, harvesting the fish for food is an excellent method of returning the Illinois River to its native inhabitants.

November 9, 2006

Ocean Fishing Crisis

Filed under: Fishing — by love2fish @ 4:16 pm

Global overfishing and destruction of ocean habitat will lead to extinction of 90% of the world fish population in the next fifty years.  A study conducted by 13 scientists in four countries say that the world must react now to protect what is left of our available seafood.  Demand for seafood is on the rise and supplies are falling.  Farm raised seafood is one alternative, but these methods are not necessarily the solution.  Reefs are devastated, mangrove and seagrass beds are changed by pollution, coastal development and climate change.

Look for the “Fish Forever” label for products that are sustainably harvested seafood.

October 24, 2006

Indiana Lampreys

Filed under: Fishing,Midwest Fishing — by love2fish @ 12:52 am
Great Lakes Lamprey I’ve caught some weird looking fish, but none as strange as the lamprey. While fishing the St. Joseph River in Elkhart County, Indiana, I hooked a walleye, but pulled in two fish. A lamprey was attached to the side of my catch. I recognized the invasive species and witnessed their damage to Indiana waterways firsthand.

An adult specimen will attach itself to a larger fish and suck the blood and body fluids in a parasitic fashion. The one I saw had a round sucker mouth with circular rings of teeth. It looks somewhat like an eel, but had a dorsal fin, blackish brown body and grayish underbody. Lampreys either kill the host fish by draining it of fluids like a vampire, or leaving a wound that becomes infected.

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October 16, 2006

Techniques for Snag-Less Fishing

Filed under: Bass Fishing,Fishing,Midwest Fishing — by love2fish @ 5:26 pm

Losing your favorite lure on the bottom of the lake is frustrating and expensive.  I ask Nick Teeters (www.rangernick.com), my favorite guide on Lake Monroe in southern Indiana, if he will back the boat up again in an attempt to retrieve my B-1 Bomber.  I imagine all the big bass that just left the area.   But Nick just grins and says, “If you’re not getting hooked up, you’re not casting where the fish are!”  I’m no longer embarrassed by my imperfect cast.
 
Ranger Nick is a naturalist that can provide information about the lake, techniques, fishing patterns and native wildlife. He calls turkeys and points out bald eagle nests.  Fishing with Nick is fun and educational.  He’s taught some of the best anglers new tricks, yet is patient and kind to my nervous 12 year old daughter. Nick taught me two methods that have reduced my fear of getting snagged.

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October 14, 2006

Tournaments for Women

Filed under: Bass Fishing,Fishing — by love2fish @ 9:28 am

My dream is to retire to a life of tournament fishing.  The prize money for bass tournament fishing is getting better for women.  In 2007, the top 12 women anglers will be competing for cash and prizes totaling $640,000.  Deb Wilkinson, Tournament manager for the Woman’s Bassmaster Tour said, “We’re looking forward to another full-field season of high-stakes competition on some of the best lakes in the country with these anglers.”

The events will be held in Del Rio, Texas; Russellville Arkansas; Guntersville, Alabama, Gilbertsville, Kentucky and Shreveport, Louisiana, with the Tour Championship on Lake Mitchell near Birmingham, Alabama.  With over 200 entrants expected in the professional and amateur divisions, competition will be stiff.  To fish these fine lakes in the south would be heaven on water.  Fish on…

October 6, 2006

Belizian River Fishing

Filed under: Fishing — by love2fish @ 7:19 am

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There is nothing like fishing for salt water fish in a fresh water river.  Fresh water is less dense than salt water and where rivers empty into the ocean, the salt water is deep, and the fresh flows over the top.  While in Belize on vacation, we had the opportunity to experience this exciting form of fishing.

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September 25, 2006

Fly Fishing on the Yaak

Filed under: Fishing — by love2fish @ 9:23 pm

I don’t fly fish. It’s a beautiful sport, but I’ve never felt coordinated enough to cast only the weight of the fishing line and land a tiny, feathered fly on top of the water. Fly fishing is cool to watch, but I would probably hook nothing but my own head.

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September 19, 2006

Days to Catch

Filed under: Fishing,Midwest Fishing — by love2fish @ 3:24 pm

Darn, another snag! River fishing can be frustrating with stumps, downed trees and debris along the banks. I lived on the St. Joseph River in northern Indiana, and my friends and I spent many evenings under the tall poplars fishing. We used night crawlers and bobbers to try to keep off the bottom, and reeled in fast past the underwater obstacles.

On one cast, I reeled in nothing but line and I could see my bobber just under the surface, stuck on a stump about fifteen feet out. I tied yet another hook, and went back to coaxing. A couple of hours later, my bobber started moving upstream against the current. It went up and down, lazily following the bank. We laughed when we realized a hungry fish had made a meal of my stranded night crawler.

The bobber would tease us, swimming just offshore, upstream and down, disappearing only to show up again the next day. Later that week, it finally came close to shore. Randy waded out in chest deep water, grabbed the bobber and pulled in a bullhead catfish. 

Bullhead Catfish 

September 12, 2006

Potawatomi Fishing Derby a Great Success

Filed under: Bass Fishing,Fishing,Midwest Fishing — by love2fish @ 3:44 pm

The 14th annual Potawatomi Fishing Derby exceeded all attendance records.  Many families enjoyed the excellent weather during this Saturday’s event around the big pond. My husband, daughter and three of my grandchildren entered the derby, while I worked the tent and drove around on the gater, selling a record number of hot dogs, chips and pop to hungry participants.  Prizes were awarded by age group for the following categories:  bass, rough, pan fish and catfish.

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