April 30, 2016

A red-winged blackbird repeatedly dive-bombed a sandpiper as they flew up and down low over the north old clay pit. It was like they were some sort of old-time avian fighter pilots. (Hello, Red Baron or, if you prefer, Manfred von Richthofen.)


I would call it a least s...

April 23, 2016

Canada geese raised such a racket of honking on the south shore of the north old clay pit that I knew I  would find goslings between at least one pair.

And I did. It just took a while to find the two goslings swimming tight to their parents.


So tight that I could not ev...

April 21, 2016

As usual, there was a lot of nonsense and antics last night on Stray Casts.


But there was also some nuggets of good stuff other than our wit.


Here are notes and contacts for things from the show last night. Click here for the podcast of Stray Casts No. 8. The show stre...

April 20, 2016

Jacob Wheeler, the comer of modern bass fishing, headlines Stray Casts No. 8. That's him in the photo below and right.

We have our usually packed show tonight.


Wheeler is on the "Bass Buzz" with Pat Renwick. Nick Ryan is on with Ryan Whitacre in "Local Hammer." Ben Dick...

April 17, 2016

The red fox stalking mice or voles in the weeds growing under the front row of the old weathered bleachers registered in some part of my brain this morning, but not fast enough to fire the synapses that would have had me pull my phone from my left pocket to get the pic...

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...

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