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Monday, June 17th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, June 17th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mike Schoonveld

Single or treble hooks for fishing: Which one are you going with?

Hypothetical situation: You’re stranded, starving, and close to death from lack of food.
You’ve just found some fishing gear and it includes two identical fishing lures, identical except one of them has a single hook, the other is fitted with a treble hook. You know you may only have one chance to catch a fish. Which lure are you going to pick?

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So many options: What to consider when buying a fishing rod

Even an experienced angler can walk into a store that sells fishing rods and quickly become baffled.
In a small shop, there may be a couple dozen rods from which to choose. In a large store, there may be a couple hundred. How do you choose which one is right for you?

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Mike Schoonveld: A win for boat dealers; a caution for boat buyers

Would you buy a car from a dealership called Honest Al’s Autos? Perhaps, but you’d probably believe Honest Al about as much as you’d believe a fortune teller at a carnival.
It’s bad enough that Al will pontificate exponentially about the features, reliability, history and other aspects of the cars he trying to sell, but once you’ve finally negotiated a price and decided to purchase the vehicle, by the time you get the paperwork done in Al’s office, you are apt to have a few hundred (or more) dollars tacked onto the bill.

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Mike Schoonveld: Deep thoughts about fishing with earthworms

I’m not a particularly deep thinker, and most of the time, like when I’m threading a worm on a hook, I’m not thinking much deeper than how deep I should dangle the worm.
Most fish like to eat worms. But why? The answer to that question takes some deep thinking.

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Know your insurance coverage before taking a vehicle out on the ice

I recently saw a photo of an airplane that landed on the ice of a frozen lake and then skidded onto thin ice where it nosedived into the water below. 
Until then, I’d never even heard of a plane landing on an ice-covered lake, but I suppose in “up-north” areas where lakes seem to be ice-covered more than they are open water, it happens frequently. I’ve seen dozens of photos of cars, trucks, snow machines and ATVs that took the plunge.

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Army Corps of Engineers triples down on invasive carp barrier effort

The best hope for keeping invasive Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the Brandon Road Project.
That project, however, is about a billion dollars short of getting full funding and likely a decade or more from completion – when and if someone does find the money. So much for government efficiency to handle what has been labeled the most significant threat to the ecology of the Great Lakes in the past three decades.

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Mike Schoonveld: Cisco fishing can be easy, but not always

Just when I thought I had it figured out, I found out there’s more to cisco fishing at Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay than I thought!
It reminds me of the time an acquaintance told me, “I took a charter on Lake Michigan once. The fishing was easy. We left the harbor, the captain and mate set some lines and our group caught fish all morning.”

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Winterizing your boat means more than just focusing on mechanical parts

A spring “shakedown cruise,” is normal practice for many boaters. This is when they go to the lake specifically to check to make sure everything is working as it should be after a winter of hibernation.
Usually, if the proper winterizing steps were taken, the mechanical parts of the boat will be perfect. If there are problems, it’s usually something that unexpectedly didn’t weather the winter. That’s why the word “winterize” is important to Michigan boaters.

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