Blog Entry for November 13, 2013
Today's day is rather unique, 11/12/13. Those digits don't roll around too often. November is always a busy kind of month with the harkening of really cold weather and the tasks that come with the weather change. I'm up at the cabin looking out at the lake, and the dock poles are still in the water. There is a skim of ice 10 feet from shore, but I'm sure that will be gone later in the day. It's still going to be cold getting those four post out though. Wish I could have found the bar I use to screw them out of the sand, don't know where I left it. Too many places it could be. I'm going to have to locate a substitute before they freeze in solid.
I've been watching the woods since daylight. There is always a hub hub of activity by the bird feeder the juncos, chickadees, and cardinals are usually there very early. You never know what else you might see around the cabin woods. We've seen fox, bobcat, a bear once, and we almost always see deer each day.
I was contemplating hunting this morning, but it's much warmer drinking coffee by the wood stove. My thermometer reads 23 degrees, and it's quite windy. The wind chill had to bring it down to a feels like in the low teens. I am really turning in to a fair weather hunter. I did spend some time considering it though, and to substantiate the excuse for not going out, I even looked up online those zip on blanket boots that cover your regular boots to keep your feet warmer on stand. They look a little bulky, but they got good reviews.
The price is right on these to maybe get the credit card out and pull the trigger. They also look like something to get for a Christmas present for my son's girlfriend who is quite an outdoors gal, but her feet always get cold. Here's the web address if anyone is interested in looking at them online: Icebreaker Insulated Boot Blanket.
By the way here is a picture of Angie with her first deer with her new crossbow. She was one happy hunter!
While I am on the topic of shopping for outdoor products, it reminds me of a page I looked at from the Bassmasters website. They had a new Rapala digital hand held scale there that looked pretty good. What I liked about it was that, one it was touch screen, and second it had several features that enabled you to keep track of each fish's weight while keeping a running total. Other scales do this, but I don't have one. It also comes with cull floats that are paired number wise with the individual fish's weight. Here's what it looks like and here is the link to the new Rapala hand held digital scale.
Moving from weighing fish to the latest from Bassmaster, I recently read where the powers at be at Bassmaster have decided to expand the 2014 field to 115 anglers. It seems that this year more Open winners and points leaders accepted the invitation to join the trail. That meant there were going to have to cut ten existing Elite Series anglers. That has been done before, however, many of these anglers finished the last couple of events thinking that they could fish for a win, which would get them in the Classic, rather than fishing for points to help keep them above the 2014 cut. They believed that BASS had promised no cuts for 2014. To put the issue to rest BASS raised the number that would be fishing next year. Here is a link to the article that discusses this decision: B.A.S.S. Will Allow All 2013 Elties To Return.
I recently have received my confirmation to Marshal the 2014 events on Table Rock and Cayuga Lake. I will definitely be looking forward to these two events.
I've been reading a series of articles written for Bass Fan by Joe Balog. Joe is a Lake Erie guru that I have followed over the years and have listen too in seminars at area Spring Fishing Shows. I will have to say that he is a very good writer and tackles some very interesting and sometimes controversial topics. Here is his latest piece on Bass Fan. You can access the rest of his articles there: Trip to South Florida Hard to Justify.
Well, I need to get some things done, but before I close I wanted to make sure I announced that Dandy Don Fowler is now a proud new grandfather. His son Matt and daughter-in-law Hillary just had a baby boy. Don and his wife went down when the baby was born and here's a picture of Don holding the little guy.