2012 in review

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

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We finally got our first really big snow since we moved to Michigan.  Granted it’s not as much snow as we had in Pennsylvania a few times, but it’s still nice to see. I look forward to more of it this winter.  It will really give me a chance to exercise the snow blower.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2012

The Santa Waffle came to visit this morning and we had a great morning.  Cleaned off the driveway (we had a white, sunny Christmas here in Michigan)!


Shopping makes me hungry….

So last Sunday we went and did some final shopping… really just having a good time walking around the outlet mall.  I got a new fishing rod for my next fishing trip….. the kids and Bethany got some shirts / pants that were on sale.

After some time at the mall, it was time for a late lunch / early dinner @ and got a Steam Pot for 2…. this is what was left.

Joe's Crab Shack

Fishing @ Port Huron Board Walk

I took a day off on Monday and went fishing in with my neighbor.  We had a great time – the temperature was in the 40’s and there was virtually no wind (well at least that we felt).   The wind was only a couple of miles an hour and out of the west so behind the building we were out of it.  The water was very clear today and a beautiful blue color.  I’m still amazed at how clear it is and that you can see the bottom 30 feet down.  The past few times, it was out of the east or the north and you got cold after a few hours.  We tried fishing the other end of the area that we had been fishing.  The current was much faster in that area.  We went from 2 oz. to 8 oz. of lead and the line was still being moved by the current.  When we were talking to the guy at the bait shop he told us that we should be using 1.5 lbs. to 2.0 lbs. to fish in that part of the river.  Unless we come further down the wall where the current slows down.

I think we found the sweet spot on the sea wall to fish.  Based on the four times we’ve been there on spot on the wall always seems to yield a catch while we are there.  Next time, that’s where we are going to start out.  We were talking to a fisherman at that spot on the wall when his rod bent over – fish on!   He was able to bring in this 27 inch Steelhead and we helped him land it with the net.  Once we got it on the deck, he asked us if we wanted it…. he had caught another one about an hour earlier and he said he would only eat one, because he had a freezer full of Walleye at home he did not want another steelhead – he thought the Walleye tasted better.  He also shared some of how he was rigged up with his pole, so some new ideas to add to our next fishing trip!


December 17, 2012 Ship Traffic @ Port Huron on the St. Clair River

Andy Nelson’s

Recently when traveling, I got to stop back in at Andy Nelson’s BBQ. I have always enjoyed eating there… the smoke comes through in the meat, but it’s not to much. If you are ever in the northern Baltimore County area on I-83, I would highly recommend the stop.


Andy Nelson's from the back side at Christmas time.

My Location@11:20am,12/1

My Location@11:20am,12/1
100 Merchant St, Port Huron, MI 48060

Went Fishing again in and had a good time – for December it was not too bad with temperatures in the the 40’s; however, with the 7+ Mile an hour wind it seemed much cooler.  We were able to talk to some other fishermen there and there were some that had caught fish that morning (one really nice Brown Trout) just down the walk from where we were.  So we know there are good fish there; however, we did not catch any.  We did have about an hour or so where we were getting some bites… but not quite able to get one hooked!

The day started out kind of foggy and damp, but not all that unpleasant.  There was a “jingle bell run” going on for the first hour or so while we were there.  Towards the end of the morning, the sun started to peak out and it looked like by the afternoon it might be much nicer.  But your really can’t complain about this type of weather in December can you?


While we were there, I took several pictures of ships as they passed by – it gives you the scale of the water we are fishing on the .