Friday, January 29, 2010

The Ultimate Fishing show Part 2

So after the seminars and a stop to watch my oldest son play in the kids area I was off to the fly fishing area.
I started off at the Michigan Fly Fishing Club booth, again these guys were great.  I told them that I was new to fly tying and that I had questions.  They let me ask all of he questions that I could think of at that time and they took the time to answer every question.  For the questions that they couldnt answer they gave me ideas on where to go to get the answers.  After that I went over to the Colton Bay Outfitters booth.  With being new to the sport of fly fishing I have alot of questions.  Again these guys answers all of my questions and gave me ideas on more questions to ask.  I was able to go to their fly casting area and received some one on one instruction with one of the guys from thier shop.  All I have to say is that I will be a customer of thier's for a long time.  One of the nice things that I seen with both of these groups is the time they took with the kids.  It seemed like when ever there where kids around they made sure and anwser the kids questions bring them behind the booths and get them involved in one of the activities that the groups where doing.  After the fly fishing section I met up with the family and we walked around and gave the show one last go around to make sure we didn't miss anything.  It was a great show i will be comeing back next year.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Ultimate Fishing show Part 1

I got a call from a buddy asking if I wanted a ticket for the fishing show down by Detroit.  Well turned out that I could go so loaded up the family and we were off to the Ultimate fishing show.  First booth we came to was the Metro West Steelheaders.   They made me and my family feel like we were one of the members.  They took us behind the table and showed us all of the great things they are doing for fishing and the outdoors.  Started off with the kids camp they hold every year then we talked about the conservation activities that the group is doing.  The nice thing I liked about these guys was the fact that they didn't push joining their group.  They gave me the info. told me a little about what the membership includes then we shared some fishing stories talked with the family and got a couple invites to go fishing this summer.

So after shaking hands and exchanging contact info. it was off to check out the rest of the show.  The wife and kids went to the exotic animals and I was off to the seminars.  The first seminar I watched was about jigging for Walleye.  Now I am not a huge walleye fisherman but after all of the seminars on walleye fishing I am ready to go catch some fish.  The highlight of the day was getting to see Michigan's own  B.A.S.S angler of the year Kevin Van Dam.  I ended up walking away with a lot good info that I hope to use on the water this year.

Friday, January 8, 2010

First Ice Trip of the season

So duck season is just getting over and ice is forming on the lakes and river around here in Michigan. It was a week before Christmas and my brother calls me and says there is 4 inches of ice on the Bay and they are catching perch just off shore. Well I can't pass up an opportunity to fish so I loaded up the ice fishing poles and bucket and we were off. The funny part of this is that my brother and I are complete opposites. So when we got to our destination he gets all of his equipment out and he looks like he could be on the cover of a ice fishing mag. I get all of my equipment out and I look like I just got done shopping at a garage sale. See I am more about function then fashion. It is site when we are together he has the latest in equipment and I have equipment that I like to say has experience. So here we are I got my blaze orange camo snow suit, my hunting bibs and and my floppy hat.

What made it all better is that I borrowed my sons sled that we use to go sledding. It is shaped like a big blue bird but it holds a 5 gallon buck just fine.

So we get all set up and we are fishing in about 4 foot of water and nothing. An hour goes by and sure enough I get one on the line. A nice perch about 6 inches or so not a keeper but it was a fish. So after that one I go and catch 3 more and my brother catches 1 in about 2 1/2 hours of fishing. No keepers but for the first ice fishing trip of the year it wasn't to bad. So until next time enjoy what God gives you and enjoy the Great Outdoors. See Ya out on the Ice.

Hello Everyone

Hi my name is Randy and as the title of the blog says I am a Everyday Sportsman. I don't have the most flashiest equipment or the newest but I get the job done. My plan with this blog is to share my stories of outdoor adventures and tips and tricks that work for me and maybe you. Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day.

Enjoy what God has given you and Enjoy the Great Outdoors,