Saturday, October 14, 2017


 I had high hopes for getting out on the water and a doing a float on Friday and catching some smallies. 
 But the weather didn't cooperate.  So, Jace and I took to the road and hit some bridges in the North West end of the county. Most of the bridges had a pretty good population of  cliff swallows. 
 The stream conditions were a little cloudy but we gave it our best shot, with no luck. 
It was a good morning with friends.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


 I hit brush after school today and it wasn't long before I hung up my beatle spin up in a tree across the stream.
 So' I busted out this Thomas Buoyant that was in Kendo's old tackle box.  These lures were first made in the late 30's .   Kendo had several in the box and from what I understand they're a classic trout and salmon fishing lure from back in the day.  I can imaging Kendo hitting the streams around Sheboygan with one of these.  So what the hell,   I gave it a try. 
It wasn't long before I had a strike and a miss followed directly by a good hit by this little rainbow.

One and done on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon.  Thanks Kendo.

Saturday, September 30, 2017


 Beau and I picked a bushel and a peck of apples from over the chicken coop.
 He wanted to take some home pressed juice back to CO with him

 It's a lot a work grinding and pressing out the apples so I was glad to have the help.
 But well worth the work to see the amber juice flowing.
Beau froze his for the ride back and Susie fermented ours for a holiday treat.
 After all pressing matters we did a family hike on the new trail from the state park to felderman park and to grandpa's parlor for ice cream.
We finished off our sunday with a trip down to Bomb Fire Pizza.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


 Beau and I have hiked this trail for over 20 years
 It's Beau who has to wait up for me these days. 
Beau at the Devil's Oven 
The descent down to the stream a hundred feet below the bluff.
 Fatman's squeeze 
 Things are pretty shallow at the first little pocket we hit.
 a vocal kettle of vultures overhead

 As we work our way down stream the water gets a little deeper and the fish a little larger
 We all know the battle for competition is fierce 
For a brief moment I had all the points.
First fish
Most species 
and two points for each Trout.
Fish netted that was four points for me.
 Then Beau wanted to make it two points for a crappie, prior to this catch.
I missed one and moments later he landed this one
Don't give up on a $3.69 lure.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


 setting trail cameras


 Getting back out on the river
 With the Governor 
 or shine
 4 hours later after 2 hours of rain and about 1/2 hour of darkness we finely make it off the river.
first of several texts on Friday 

 Friday was Maquoketa's homecoming .the parade was more successful than the game.
 After the parade I took off for the old fishing road.
It looks like they've done a little work on the back side of the boy's old place.
 Trout hooked and netted.

After a cool one or two we walked over to the memorial to look for grandpa's brick.... we found them both

Sunday, September 17, 2017


To celebrate Beau being back Susie put together a great spread of food.  Complete with one of Beau's favorites, eclairs. 
 Lady's night with Kimber back with Kensley and Alana, Steff and Cheryl.
Flying baby.
 This kid is getting bigger all the time
 Beau and Mallory looking good at Adam and Steff's wedding
The Family Becker didn't look too shabby either.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


 Marvin took us on a hay ride back down to Codfish Hollow

 Three Bands  Jay Roddy Walston and the Business,  SLEEPWALKER & 4 on the Floor
 Family photo in the gallery
 Mallory backstage
My few by the end of the evening.  :)