Fishing on Lake Vermilion – 2011

The 2011 fishing trip with all the boys was a great time.  The weather was perfect and the fish were biting.  There were 11 species taken by the group of eight.  Near the end of the week, we had a great shore lunch on the lake.  We cooked lots of fish and had this group photo taken.  We packed in all the equipment to fry fish and french fries.  The boys were able to catch fish while we were cooking.  We also had a nice campfire while we were there.

Shore Lunch Day!

The Muskie were active – Jack caught a 42 inch model the very first night in camp.  Jim-Jim and his crew attracted the attention of a very large Muskie out on Hibbing Point.  Jim-Jim hooked a small walleye and before he could get in the boat, the Muskie attacked the walleye.  A long fight ensued and ultimately Jim-Jim claimed the walleye, but the boys couldn’t net the Muskie at the same time.  Mind you the Muskie was never hooked…..it was just hanging on to the walleye that Jim-Jim had hooked.  The story that the boys told about that adventure will go down in the history of this event and will undoubtedly be told again and again over cocktails for years to come.

There were lots of nice fish taken during the week.  Norweigian Bay produced a lot of nice bluegill for us and Square Rock Island was productive for small-mouth bass (for me, not so much for Sam.)  We spent some time back on the Partridge River at the stairway to nowhere and caught lots of fish both times that we were there.  We even saw someone sitting on the dock at the stairway to nowhere, but we never found out where he came from…..as you might expect.  The Moose Ball Islands were not as productive as years past, but we noticed that several people were fishing the reefs just North of Greater Moose Ball.  Sam caught a very nice walleye over by Treasure Island on and ugly yellow shadrap.  It was really windy that day and we were trolling between the islands when he picked that fish up.  Try as we might, it was the only fish we caught in that area.

Sam and I fished together everyday and were able to see a lot of the lake in the boat that we rented.  I hope his memories of these fishing trips are as important to him as they are to me.  It is great to be able to spend time with your son in the great outdoors.  There is something about it that is very fulfilling in a hunter gatherer sort of way.  Anyway…enough of that:  On Friday afternoon, we took a long cruise down to Vermilion Dam. 

Sam jumping between Boulders on the River

I hadn’t been down there in several years and Sam had never been, so we took a few hours off from fishing and did some sightseeing.  We hiked down the portage path to the river between the lakes and took some pictures.  After that we went over to the Vermilion Dam Resort and bought some gas for the trip back to the more familiar part of the lake.  On the way back we took a detour through a string of red-green bouys and headed back on to the east end of the lake.  We actually went past the point where the map has to be turned over….this was new territory for both of us.  After a mile or so, we had seen enough and turned back for the west end of the lake.  Lucky and the boys were sitting out on a reef bobbing for walleyes.  Jeff had caught a couple, so we anchored in to see what we could catch.  The fishing was pretty slow at the time, but I was lucky enough to convert on the single bob that I had while I was there.  Sam reeled in a rock bass with some big shoulders on it, but that was about all there was for us that final day.

 Everyone caught a walleye this year, but it took Alex until the end of the day on Friday to finally come up with his. What makes that final fish of the trip even more memorable is that he caught it – after – a trip to the emergency room to repair his leg from a fillet knife puncture that he inflicted upon himself while trying to get the fish basket open.  

The boys getting ready to fillet some fish!

You may notice that we are missing one boy from this picture.  That is because Alex is on his way to get his leg stiched up and we were getting ready to clean some fish after getting Alex up off the ground.  Lucky is getting to know the emergency room pretty well.  He and both of his boys have made a trip there at one time or another.  They really need to stop that tradition, and they especially need to avoid the emergency room when there are this many fish to clean.

Overall, it was a great trip with a great group of guys.  I look forward to the opportunity to do it again sometime soon.

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White Eagle Resort Webcam

White Eagle Webcam

If you click on the link above, you can watch the action at the White Eagle Resort on Lake Vermilion in Minnesota. Sam and I will be there on a fishing trip in a little less than two weeks.   This is the Resort Webcam that will give you an idea of the conditions on the bay where we will be staying. The weather looks pretty good tonight.

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The New Rega P5

Listening to vinyl on the Rega P5 has been a major improvement over my old (and inherited) ADC Accutrac 5000.  Whatever I gave up in convenience with this new deck, I appreciably improved in sonic quality.  Granted a new turntable required some new vinyl purchases, but old records simply sound better and new records sound  great; in fact they occasionally border on stunning.  Sound comes from places in the room that I have never noticed before.  True audiophiles call that imaging or an expanded sound field.  I am not sure of the term, but I have experienced the pleasure on more than a few albums.  If there is a break-in period with a new turntable, as some people claim, the experience should only get better.

Why listen to vinyl when CD’s sound just fine?  I have had more than a few of my friends and family question me on the desire to spend a small fortune on what they consider  “outdated” technology.

First of all, I am a pack rat; and unlike many of my contemporaries, I saved and protected my record collection from the 70’s and 80’s, so I have a good collection of music that I don’t own on CD.  Second, new vinyl records sound really, really good.  It is undoubtedly personal preference and a bit of nostalgia, but vinyl is more warm and natural sounding.  CD’s are admittedly clean and precise, but not as musically inviting like a true analogue recording.   Finally, I like to listen to music.  Selecting, handling, and preening vinyl records is part of the listening experience that I really enjoy.  I can put on a CD and be asleep on the couch before it is done.  Records keep you on your toes thinking about the next side that you are going to play.

This post started with a discussion of the Rega P5 and really turned into a justification for listening to vinyl records.   Whatever else……. you might think, I never stopped listening to records, but I am not sure that I fully appreciated how good they could sound until the Rega came into my living room.

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Perry Meridian may be a “Sleeper” with Sectional Draw

Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star prep basketball reporter, identified Perry Meridian as a sleeper team in Sectional 11.  The Falcons had a good draw with an opening round game against Greenwood, an opponent they beat earlier in the season.  If they are able to get by Greenwood in the opener, the Falcons would likely face top-ranked Center Grove in the semi-final round of the tournament.  Center Grove is a very good team, but Perry played them tough earlier in the season.

On the other side of the bracket, Franklin Central looks to have a good chance to get to the sectional final.  FC has played well all season, they are well coached, and don’t make many mistakes.  Playing at home, they will be very difficult to beat.

IndyStar.com | Taking a closer look at the sectional draw | High school sports blog | The Indianapolis Star.

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Senior Night at Perry Meridian

Pre Game Festivities

Introductions with Senior Parents before the final home game

Senior Night at Perry Meridian.  The boys played a good game against Bloomington South who is one of the top ranked teams in the state.  The game was tied until late in the fourth quarter when a the Falcons missed a couple of baskets and turned the ball over.  Otherwise, it was  a great effort against a very talented opponent.  Bloomington South has two players that have already committed to Division I basketball programs and will likely have more.

In any event, it was a fun game to watch.  The sectional  draw is tonight.  With one more game against Arsenal Tech, the Falcons will face another Division I recruit in Tre Lyles who has committed to Indiana University as a high school freshman.

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Sieber Wedding Reception

This video was shot in the backyard of 602 Sugar Tree Road during Linda and Will’s wedding reception. There was about 6 minutes of actual footage, but most of it was unfortunately overexposed to the point that I couldn’t make out who was being filmed. There are some good shots that survived. I hope you enjoy this one.

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Perry Meridian Basketball Senior Night Video

The Perry Meridian High School basketball video. Sam Cooper is the tall one that sinks the basket from half court over his head.

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Christmas on Pike Street – 1950’s

This is the first 6:48 of the Cooper Family Video Series. This footage was shot sometime in the 1950’s at the family home on Pike Street, Crawfordsville, Indiana. If you are able to identify other family names, please leave a comment so we will all know.

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Visiting Pike Street

Here is another installment of the Cooper Home Video series from the 1950’s.

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