Ricochets, by outdoorsman Joe Roth
Copyright © 2018
Weeell, it is Spring-time and the “Birds and the Bees” are hanging about.
In this case, the “birds” are the “MERLINs”, a courting male and the “hard-to-impress”
female, Ms. Merlin. The pair have been hanging around my neighborhood for the past week.
I am hoping that a nest may appear shortly, and the local mole population and other landlocked critters will have a population decline. The most likely tree for the nesting site is an old multi-branched red oak whose circumference suggests that it is of a multi-century age — think of TECUMSEH the Chief possibly walking past it.
This past week-end I traveled to see family and decided to stop at the “SIDECUT Metropark” in Maumee, Ohio, but unfortunately the rains of the past week raised the river, to where the Metropark Rangers had closed off the parking areas and posted signs prohibiting wading in the river.
There was a local vendor parked on the side of the road, selling various fishing tackle, so I stopped and spoke with him regarding the present river flow. He replied that since Saturday the flow had been dropping about three-quarters of a foot per day and should be open to fishing by Wednesday, but that is dependent of the weather, especially in the Fort Wayne area.
When asked if the spawning run was near its end, he said that the run will extend into May, as few females are in the river and most WALLEYES caught are the males (aka JACKS)!
So I'll keep the readers (Hopefully, there are more than my wife?) informed as to what's up with the WALLEYE run!
This past Saturday, my men’s group had a exemplification of new candidates and, while waiting for assignments, I struck-up a conversation with my partner and he showed me a photo from his fishing buddy of the STEELHEAD he caught at the TIPPY DAM, outside WELLSTON, Michigan.
Apparently, the spring run is running and fish are hitting on spawn, bounced on the bottom.
He also informed me that his home unit is having a minor exemplification and it being held on the 30 of April.
I yelled at him, “THAT”S TROUT OPENER WEEKEND!”
I did, however, take his phone number to have another source for mid-state fishing.
I recently dropped off two old metal outboard tanks at a radiator shop on the northwest side of Ann Arbor. The owner looked at them and indicated they just needed a good washing out and
paint job. I get to pick-them up this coming week-end — all for ten dollars ($10.00) each.
All I need to do afterwards in get the two Evinrude/Johnson fittings for the motor. I'm still looking for a metal three-gallon for the 2HP kicker.
All for now. Enjoy the Outdoors and BE SAFE!