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Buckda posted 06-05-2006 08:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for Buckda   Send Email to Buckda  
There are just some days when you're out in the boat and the fish aren't biting, you lost a new lure on a snag and the waves are rolling too large to go much of anywhere....sometimes those types of days cause you to rant and rave, and other times, you sit back and reflect that it's great to be alive and in your Whaler.

Yesterday, the fish weren't biting, I lost a new lure on a snag and the waves were rolling too large - 3-4 feet - to go much of anywhere. I was getting a little frustrated, when I looked around and realized that I needed to get the camera handy and just enjoy the day.

The half moon was out early, framed by a beautiful and clear blue sky:

There were few other boats out and about, but I hope the ones that were found the framing of my 18' Outrage in the sunset as picturesque as I did of this Glacier Bay Catamaran:

As I was idling into a darkened harbor, with nary another boat to be seen, I looked back on the open lake in the gathering dusk and realized that there are some days when you're just happy to be alive:

People here in Chicago wonder why I travel the 90 miles to the other side of the lake to do my boating. That last picture just about sums it up, don'tcha think?

AZdave posted 06-06-2006 02:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for AZdave  Send Email to AZdave     
Buckda, really nice pictures. A gift for all of us. As I look at your pictures, I think you might have a telephoto view of the world running in your head ( I have the same perspective). There are a bunch of new digital cameras with high ratio zoom lenses. I bought one for my kid, but have not actually bought one for myself. What focal lengths are you using? Dave
HuronBob posted 06-06-2006 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    
Buckda, nice photos, and great philosophy.. It is never about how productive the fishing is, those who think it is are missing 90% of the experience.

I had a similar evening yesterday, went fishing, cruised up the river in the Whaler, hit a couple of small ponds on the chain of lakes, and caught nothing...and didn't care at all! The weather was clear as a bell, the river was peaceful. The evening ended with running into my friend Craig, a local fishing guide. He led me to a couple of spots I had never fished where he, I, and his Golden Retriever hit into some Largemouth Bass and talked about fishing as the sun went down.

I covered the boat as the light faded and went home to a glass of wine.

Buckda posted 06-06-2006 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Dave -

My Canon was stolen about a year ago when my apartment was robbed, along with the three lenses that I had. I've not yet replaced it, because I've been spending so much money on the boat repower and other projects lately.

I'm using a Fuji FinePix with "6X optical and 2X digital zoom" that I bought for about $200 at a local radio shack to tide me over. It takes wonderful pictures for what it is....but I do miss my Canon SLR!

Bob -

Agreed. I spent 7 and a half hours in the boat on Sunday, and four on Saturday...I don't think there is any better way to spend a weekend (of course, I didn't get home on Sunday night until after midnight, but hey - who said you don't have to make sacrifices for your passions?).

I got some great sunset shots as well...perhaps I'll post those too.


bkoelbel posted 06-06-2006 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for bkoelbel  Send Email to bkoelbel     
Buckda -

How true, how true........

We all need to remind ourselves that, despite the 'little things'.....'it's the journey, not the destination.'

I've got to say, that time on the Whaler, whether with my son, fishing, cruising, or just plain ol' napping, is good for the soul.

No joking: if it hadn't been for time at sea, I think I would have gone off the deep end during my divorce.

Better therapy than any $150 an hour shrink!

Royboy posted 06-06-2006 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
You've got splendid taste in cameras, Dave. I've got a Canon SLR I just love. Nice shots with your "make do" box though. You picked the wrong Great Lake though. I've been pounding the walleyes out on Lake Erie for two days straight now, and it's mostly flat too! Just perfect couple of days really, and I'm so glad to be able to enjoy them from the deck of my new Outrage! Looks like this High Pressure trough is movin' on though, so maybe I'll stay on shore tomorrow and install my new boat graphics. "Ichthus" lives! I got matching MC numbers too.


tombro posted 06-07-2006 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
Buckda, thanks for the nice shots. Glad to see someone is enjoying summer weather. Here in the Northeast we are enduring yet another stretch of unsettled weather, with NE winds to 30kts today and rain. We are in the trough of the jetstream; you are in the crest, and lucky to be there!
jechura posted 06-07-2006 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jechura  Send Email to jechura     
I agree. Never even had the time to put a motor on a transom up north,

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Buckda posted 06-07-2006 06:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Cool shot of the fog-bank Jerry!

Last Friday when driving home from work, I had considered just picking up the boat and driving to the UP. I guess I'm glad that I didn't...but it sounds like I should have towed the boat over to Detroit and put in at Lake Erie for some Walleye fishing.

I'm out of commission on boat usage until the 4th of July weekend now due to work and another vacation I have scheduled (Will give you a Walleye report from Northern Canada when I get home!).

Roy, you still owe me a ride in that little lady....


MJS posted 06-07-2006 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for MJS  Send Email to MJS     
People here in Chicago wonder why I travel the 90 miles to the other side of the lake to do my boating. That last picture just about sums it up, don'tcha think?


I'm in the same boat (no pun intended). I live in Arlington Heights but bought a cottage on Lake Leelanau in nothtern Michigan (six hour drive if no traffic). Everyone asks "why not some place closer?" I know Wisconsin has some beautiful places and I have been to many of them. But my goodness, in Leelanau county, at dusk, you have the sun bouncing off Lake Michigan, Lake Leelanau and Grand Traverse Bay. When we are there, my wife and I take the Montauk out to the middle of the lake to witness every stunning sunset.


minitauk85 posted 06-07-2006 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for minitauk85  Send Email to minitauk85     
Last Friday I had the best of both worlds on Lake Lanier- the fish were biting and the sunrise was beautiful! I took this about 5 minutes after launching- just couldn't resist and I thought the fish could wait!-k
ConB posted 06-07-2006 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
Mike, geewhiz, don't be tellin'. ;-)


MJS posted 06-07-2006 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for MJS  Send Email to MJS     

I gonna be there for a month! Did you get the powwerhead for the Outrage? I am looking for a ride on the bay.


ConB posted 06-07-2006 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     

You out of town guys get to have all the fun in Northern Michigan while we work!

Yes, motor is up and running. Call when you want a boat ride.


fourdfish posted 06-08-2006 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for fourdfish  Send Email to fourdfish     
Some great pics Dave! I know that feeling well.
The fishing was great but the catching was not!

Some great waters up there, used to fish Platte Bay with the great view of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Do miss that some even though Door County is great! Wanted to go to Mac Island for Lilac fest on the 9th but wife said we had another engagement.

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