April 16, 2016

Jeanie Chung and I used to both work the agate desk for the Sun-Times years ago. Both of us did some writing on preps sports, too.

I thought of Chung yesterday morning when counting coots on the north old clay pit.


Well, actually, I thought of her afterward when I was b...

April 15, 2016

Back downtown this morning, the sign in front of Station Street Pub caught my eye: "Cod, perch, tilapia, shrimp." 


Must be Friday.


And yes our little town has one of the oldest shrines in the United States and a well-known Catholic church.


We all have our little claims...

April 14, 2016

I found the insights from Kevin ``K-Pink'' Short on square bill crankbaits, Major League Fishing and international sales of boats quite interesting and he leads the notes and tidbits from the show last night, No. 7 for Stray Casts, now up as a podcast (just click here)...

April 13, 2016


Kevin ``K-Pink'' Short headlines Stray Casts No. 7. That's him in the photo.


We have our usually packed show tonight.


Short is on the "Bass Buzz" with Pat Renwick. Jeff Miller talks smallmouth stuff and gear Bobby Bergren. Miller is also on with Ryan Whitacre in "Loca...

April 11, 2016

I have theories.


I know that may come as a shock, but I do.


Many of them.


With the rains yesterday and last night, I expected to stuff the pockets of my camo hoodie with dozens of night crawlers and earthworms this morning as Lady and I rambled around.


But no, just fou...

April 9, 2016

I found Lady quite beautiful this morning against the background of the onion snow, which blew down hard and fast last night. And the onion snow was still sticking around this morning, at least for a few hours.


Our family's mutt loves the snow and she reveled in it thi...

April 8, 2016

 A couple notes from the Dan McNeil interview to lead off Stray Casts No. 6, especially the hopping the freights as a way to explore life.


Click here for Stray Casts No. 6 on YouTube as a podcast. Below are a bunch of notes from the show.


Above is a classic how-to vide...

April 6, 2016


Dan McNeil headlines Stray Casts No. 6.


The photo to the left is from an outing with him last spring on LaSalle Lake.


Probably should have asked him for a muskie photo.


I suspect muskies will come up at some point tonight.


But he is hardly alone on Stray Casts tonight...

March 28, 2016

Three Eurasian collared-doves croaked in the yards by the decorative fruit trees a block north as Lady and I rambled off this morning.


The spread of Eurasian collared-doves is something to observe as the years go on. Unlike the cooing of mourning doves, I do not find t...

March 25, 2016

I found it really fascinating Wednesday night when Gary Klein, during the ``Bass Buzz'' segment with Pat Renwick, talked about his history with flipping, especially the roots with Dee Thomas. Then I found this YouTube video of Klein talking about it.

Click here for Klei...

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