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We've been up here for a few days now, and have managed to land alot of hammer handle pike, a TON of 2-3 pound Smallies (27) and my wife landed a 3 1/2 pound Largemouth. All this was yesterday on The South Manistique Lake.

Some might ask, what am I doing here on the computer instead of fishing? My oldest and I came up to the Public Library while my Wife and youngest sleep. The little one was up all night with an ear infection, and we had to run into Newberry this morning to hit the hospital to get him all better.

I just cracked open my 2nd case of Labatt's. Life is good.

BTW...All the fish, including the gills, ave been caught on Rat-L-Traps. tomorrow I'm hoping to get into the walleye that are supposed to be abundant here on the lake.

Almost forgot to mention, we whitnessed a Bald Eagle swoop down out of the air and snatch a fish out of the water no more than 100 yards in front of us. That made the whole trip worth while. Well that, and having Laura kick my A$$ in total fish count.

I should have plenty of pics when we get home. All fish have been released successfully.
 

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Always nice having an eagle sighting, Grapes. Seen many there myself. There used to be an eagles nest out back of the Deer Tails restaurant just north of town on 33. Not sure if the restaurant is still open or not. Hope the little guy gets better fast. Enjoy your week
 

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Sounds awesome Mike! I hope the youngin gets better quickly. Bald eagles are always a highlight!! Especially witnessing them capture a meal! AWESOME!!!
 

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Last fishing report...We managed 19 more smallies this week, and they just shut right off. The pike have become a nusance on the ends of our lines, and I still have yet to get into the walleye up here. I guess it just follows me where ever I go. The kids are having a great time slaying the gills, yesterday we spent the day at pictured rocks, and swimming in Superior, and yes it was so cold we boys all had "innies". Then we went to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Seney National Wildlife Refuge and whitnessed some very amazing sights. We took the Wednesday evening "Short Bus" tour. We got a very detailed naration to the park from a VERY BIG animal lover, who by the way didn't appreciate my boys acting like they were shooting all the ducks and geese that were in the area. Today it's off to Oswald Bear's. Hopefully the boys can get their picture holding a bear cub, and not get mauled in the process. Tomorrow we'll be on Mackinac Island.

I didn't think it was at all possible, but I have managed to eat my weight in smoked fish, Menominee is my choice (Naubinway has the best), and down it with Labatt's that are so cold that I can almost hear the glaciers weep when I crack one open, and yes I have had one for just about all of you so far.

I bought the boys a minnow trap a couple days ago, when we were driving thru Brimley. I stopped into the casino at Bay Mills Reservation, and I put $3 in a dollar slot and bet max credits. Won $15 on the first spin, cashed out and left. Used the money for the minnow trap, that when we are home, we have to check every 15 minutes to see if there are any in there. So far, the boys have used bread, pop tarts, ham, and left over hotdogs. They have managed a few minnows, and even a couple 1" gills.

Hope you all are enjoying the weather, we sure are. See you next week.

Family vacations are very enjoyable.
 

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Great report Mike. I'll have to agree with you....Superior is very cold!!! As a kid, we always had family vacations and I was able to swim in all the great lakes. Superior is by far the coldest!!! AWesome up there isnt it? I cant wait to get up there again. After reading your original report, I started doing some online research. Maybe next year. Glad to hear you guys are having a great time!
 

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QUOTE(chivo @ Jun 25 2009, 12:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Great report Mike. I'll have to agree with you....Superior is very cold!!! As a kid, we always had family vacations and I was able to swim in all the great lakes. Superior is by far the coldest!!! AWesome up there isnt it? I cant wait to get up there again. After reading your original report, I started doing some online research. Maybe next year. Glad to hear you guys are having a great time!

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p141839

This is the place we stayed at. We rented a pontoon from one of the local boys for $80 a day, and it came with 10 gallons of gas per day too. The boat that comes with the house is a 14' Lund Adventurer, and the motor, which is $90 extra a week, is a 7.5 Merc. We opted out of the motor, in favor of a little extra comfort with the pontoon.

The price that is listed for the cottage is $25 dollars less if you don't bring a dog, which we opted not to bring Grizz with us
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If you decide to go, please drop my name. They will give you the same hospitality that they give us.

The Lady that owns it, lives in Indiana, but her folks live in Curtis, and are the caretakers for the house.

I would highly recommend this place to any and all. Fishing was spectacular for Bass (both large and small mouth), pike and all of which were caught on an assortment of Rat-L-Traps. We even caught quite a few nice sized gillz on Rat-L-Traps too. Most of the gillz were caught on worms though.

I even bought 2 dozen minnows at JR's, and easily ended up with 5 dozen for the price of 2. With so many extra minnows, I showed the boys how to eat them, which they also tried, without coaxing from me, and to due to the pi$$ed off look I got from their Mom, we had to stop being boys on vacation.
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Here is the Vines Clan, and special guest, saying HI from the UP

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one of the many Pike
 

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QUOTE(Big Dog @ Jun 27 2009, 09:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Mike, you're killing me here!
If I didn't miss the UP before, I sure do now.
That cabin looks great, and the lake and fishing, wow.
Next year, d*mmit.

I was trying to downsize my smallie pics, but it keeps telling me they are to large to attach, so for now you will just have to take my word. Kinda funny if you think about it. The smallie pics are to large.

The place is easily set up for 2 sets of couples with kids. We didn't spend to much time at all in the cabin. if we weren't fishing, we were on one of our many day trips. Each morning, I would wake, go fish, pick up the family, put on a couple hundred miles enjoying what the UP has to offer, then fish the evening to only wake up and do it again. The days just morphed into one up there. I kept forgetting what day it was.

My wife even caught her first Largemouth (a 3+ pounder to boot). We all had a great time, but it nice to be home again.
 

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There is always so much to see and do in the UP. I wouldn't go again for less than 10 days.
The Pictured Rocks, the many waterfalls, Seney Wildlife Refuge, fishing, hiking and mmmm blueberry picking.
Yeah I could survive on fresh fish, blueberry pancakes and blueberry sundaes for 10 days straight anytime.
 

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we just did 9 days, and I didn't want to come home. We did Seney Refuge (twice), Soo Locks boat tour, The Falls, Mackinac Island, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter tour, Pictured Rocks boat tour, Oswald Bear Ranch. I love smoked fish and it always seems better in the UP. I got my fill on that and on pasties, pronounced pass teas. Not paste eze. Those belong on hooters. LOL I do believe we were to early for the blueberries.

I sold my place in the UP almost 10 years ago, and this was the first time back up there since Oct of 2001. I felt like I was home again. Once you cross the bridge, the peoples attitudes seem to get a whole lot better. Everyone is in such a great mood.
 

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Yep, like a time warp, no worries no hurry.
Does 90% of the people still have the bumper stickers that say "I'm in no hurry, I'm on the way to work"?
My last trip we stayed at a cabin, running water, electricity and oil heat, no phone, one TV that worked when it felt like it, about 1+1/3 mile off the main road, down the rut between the trees.
When you've got fish, wildlife, nature and quiet, you don't miss the modern conviences, too much fun stuff to do.

And yes:pasties, pronounced pass teas. Not paste eze.
I could kill for one right now,mmmm
 

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QUOTE(Big Dog @ Jun 27 2009, 10:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yep, like a time warp, no worries no hurry.
Does 90% of the people still have the bumper stickers that say "I'm in no hurry, I'm on the way to work"?
My last trip we stayed at a cabin, running water, electricity and oil heat, no phone, one TV that worked when it felt like it, about 1+1/3 mile off the main road, down the rut between the trees.
When you've got fish, wildlife, nature and quiet, you don't miss the modern conviences, too much fun stuff to do.

And yes:pasties, pronounced pass teas. Not paste eze.
I could kill for one right now,mmmm
which one, orange or blue
. I love the Dobber Pasties from the escanoba area the best. I picked up a recipe post card in St. Ignace on Pasties, and I do believe I'm gonna give it a whirl with Venison. And, no matter what, it has to have rutabaga in it.
 

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QUOTE(Grapes @ Jun 27 2009, 11:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Big Dog @ Jun 27 2009, 10:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yep, like a time warp, no worries no hurry.
Does 90% of the people still have the bumper stickers that say "I'm in no hurry, I'm on the way to work"?
My last trip we stayed at a cabin, running water, electricity and oil heat, no phone, one TV that worked when it felt like it, about 1+1/3 mile off the main road, down the rut between the trees.
When you've got fish, wildlife, nature and quiet, you don't miss the modern conviences, too much fun stuff to do.

And yes:pasties, pronounced pass teas. Not paste eze.
I could kill for one right now,mmmm
which one, orange or blue
. I love the Dobber Pasties from the escanoba area the best. I picked up a recipe post card in St. Ignace on Pasties, and I do believe I'm gonna give it a whirl with Venison. And, no matter what, it has to have rutabaga in it.

God yes, without rutabaga it's not a pastie. Those things stink when you cook them, but mashed rutabaga with butter and just a bit of pepper. Yummmmm!
Homemade ones are good, I made some years ago, but truthfully, the environment is a big part of the taste, they just taste better up north and on vacation
 

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Glad you guys had a great vaca. The Curtis area is fantastic for a great family vacation. We`ve been up there so many times that we`ve seen all the area attractions more than once. We`re considering going back next summer and start the process over with our grandaughter who is 5 years old. Once you go over the bridge it becomes an adventure. Gotta love Curtis.
 
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