Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Fishing in the UP, eh?
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The upper peninsula of Michigan (known in the local vernacular as the U.P.) is still a wild frontier – even by Midwest standards. I recently went on a fishing trip for the opening of walleye season on Lake Manistique with my buddy “the Captain” and his brigade-mate from both tours in Iraq “Captain II”. Amid sordid tales of hoary combat in the war zone, we put the groups’ killer instincts to more mainstream use slaying a couple of nice sized Northern Pike, some brain cells on Captain II’s boda bag of local cherry wine, along with a stack of empty Bud cans with The Captain’s new 50-cal muzzle loader (and yes, that’s snow you see at 28-degrees on May 15). Along the way, we spotted several bald eagles (which are making a huge comeback from their endangered species status) and what group consensus determined was a lone wolf (which sounds way cooler than a giant coyote – you be the judge). The Captain’s mini bulldog Napoleon had a great time as well eating the ubiquitous expedition squeeze cheese, licking up spilled beer, and even peeing on Captain II’s boot after several bladder-cramping hours on the boat – which seems sensible from a dog’s perspective given the lack of alternative vertical surfaces in our maritime setting.