February 27, 2016

A pair of buffleheads bobbed on the north old clay pit this morning. Just them. Well, a pair of Canada geese were on the west shoreline.


I find it odd that waterfowl find our little middle-of-nowhere town pond during both migrations. We have resident mallards and wood...

February 26, 2016

Spring Training



In my last blog I suggested some early bass fishing opportunities that region anglers could

take advantage of. Being the faithful Stray Casts contributor that I am, I felt it necessary to...

February 25, 2016

Trekking into another Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.


I will try to have this up every Thursday morning, in part to have a place to post links and general info on things mentioned Wednesday night in our broadcast of Stray Casts, and in part because I ju...

February 21, 2016

So a pair of geese floated on the nearly completely open north old clay pit this morning. I am pretty sure they are the pair that nests on the island on the south pit.

Half of the south pit is still covered with honeycombed ice. The ice came off the north pit about as f...

February 18, 2016

We are in that delightful time when it really matters where you live or recreate outdoors.


To the north and west of Chicago, ice fishing, while sloppy, should hold through the weekend, but to the south and east ice fishing fades toward history or is already there.

We ar...

February 16, 2016

I made it home from Stray Casts practice last night in time to catch the end of the Grammys, notably in time for the tribute to the late great B.B.King with Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark and Bonnie Raitt.


Ah, Bonnie Raitt.

 She is the closest I will come to fawning over a...

February 13, 2016

Ralph and I have been best friends the first day we started working at Mik Lurch together. (Sad to see it go). Ralph was always the Multi-species expert on Lake Michigan and I was always busy chasing them mean ol' red smallmouth bass. 



Ralph came to me last year with...

February 11, 2016

The last couple weeks we have been doing trial runs of streaming the Stray Casts television broadcast. While we did the news and fishing reports sections, I realized it would be helpful to have something of hard copy on web sites, contact info and such without slowing...

February 10, 2016

This has to be the worst part of the year for me. Deer season has come and went and rabbit

season is over too. I have organized my tackle 10 times. My reels and rods have been clea...

February 7, 2016

Changes come, inevitably.


Changes always come with a push-pull: a push to reach the new, a pull back to the famiiar.


Thought of that this morning, how the pair of geese on the town pond looked so moronic trying to walk on the ice of the south old clay pit.


I think...

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