Saturday, March 22, 2014


Last night after I got home Susie and I booked it down to the timber to get a fresh batch rolling for the weekend.  We fired up the stove and gathered up all kinds of sap.  Most of the bags were loaded to the top after Fridays unseasonably warm temperatures.

By 5:00 pm the temperature had dropped and I was out on the water snagging for paddle fish.

 Paddlefish are one of the oldest fishes, with fossil records dating their first appearance at 300 to 400 million years ago. They have a very large mouth, and a long, paddle-shaped snout (called a rostrum).

 They're great deep fried in a beer batter but these all went back in the water. Any thing over 33" measured from the eye to the v in the fork of the tail goes back in the river.

Within 45 minutes I had my two fish but neither one was in the slot limit.  One too small and this one was too large.  36" form the eye to the fork in the tail  and just over 25 lbs.

 What a blast.  They put up quite a fight and I really don't mind releasing these prehistoric fish.  Knowing that the male Paddlefish reach sexual or reproductive maturity between six to seven years, while the females reach sexual or reproductive maturity between ten to twelve years.

 Jerry had a rough time finding a fish and we were over an hour and half in before he caught his first fish... too small.

 Then a few minutes later he doubled.  One on each hook.  Over 55 lbs of fish.  Snap a pic and then back in the water.

The largest one that Jerry caught had its rostrum cut off at some point. Probably by a barge. 

Saturday we boiled sap and socialized down in the sugar bush.

 Ryan stopped by to chat.

Mart and I enjoyed a couple
Dark N Stormies.  The drink of choice down on Little Corn.

While the girls enjoyed some green tea made with Maple sap.  Susie also made some tasty burritos that we heated up on the stove and scones.   

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