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> > East meets West..."Two boatrides, a trip to the Moon, an Iridium flare, and a free jar full!"

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Todd's cottage looking up from Cowden Lake
Todd's cottage looking up from Cowden Lake
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Cowden Lake from Todd's dock
Cowden Lake from Todd's dock
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Nice fat black crappie for dinner!
Nice fat black crappie for dinner!
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Slabsides on flies!
Slabsides on flies!
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Big pumpkinseed too!
Big pumpkinseed too!
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Joe with an eatin' sized 'gill
Joe with an eatin' sized 'gill
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Think we have enough for dinner, boys!
Think we have enough for dinner, boys!
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The Slaughter
The Slaughter
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Joe chops the veggies
Joe chops the veggies
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Todd firing up the griddle
Todd firing up the griddle
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OH YUMMY!!!!!
OH YUMMY!!!!!
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On to the mighty Muskegon!
On to the mighty Muskegon!
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Joe starts the day looking happy
Joe starts the day looking happy
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The Four Amigos!  Our host Bill is in the olive-drab shirt
The Four Amigos! Our host Bill is in the olive-drab shirt
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Host Bill and Todd scouting habitat
Host Bill and Todd scouting habitat
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Ooooh, that looks juicy!
Ooooh, that looks juicy!
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Our host and guide Bill shows us how it's done
Our host and guide Bill shows us how it's done
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Todd gets a "hammer handle" on a grub and spinning rod
Todd gets a "hammer handle" on a grub and spinning rod
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Joe's first smallmouth on a fly rod, working a blue popper
Joe's first smallmouth on a fly rod, working a blue popper
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Joe with a nicer smallmouth
Joe with a nicer smallmouth
Jmd123June 22nd, 2021, 8:26 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2530
Made the trip out to Todd's place on Cowden Lake again and met Joe there. First night was foraging, and the lake did not disappoint! Bluegills, pumpkinseed, black crappie, and small largemouth were hitting my #10 purple Woolly Bugger hard, while Joe was fishing a little yellow popper and getting almost as many hits as I was! A delicious fresh fish dinner was had and enjoyed.

Friday was a jet boat ride on the mighty Muskegon for smallies, with a few nice rock bass thrown in. My Friday fly was a rainbow KBF, which I announced was for "pride month"! They then incessantly hassled me about my "gay fly", which was producing quite nicely..."So you gonna keep dissing my fly after that one??" In fact, that 15"-er was our biggest fish of the day...then I acquired the free jar full, went on a lovely pontoon boat ride around Cowden Lake, courtesy of Todd's neighbor Wayne, showed the boys the Moon at 214x through my 5" Maksutov telescope, and saw an Iridium flare! Helluva day...

Saturday was relaxing for me, slept in late and took it easy while the boys went to chase pike in the rain and wind. They came back very quickly, saying they lost a nice one (Todd estimates 32" or more) because they didn't have a big enough net!!! Some more fishing yielded a few bass for them while I lounged and enjoyed the contents of the jar...then one last evening fish, not much luck until after dark when I picked up two rock bass and a fat bluegill on a glo-in-the-dark KBF!

A wonderful tradition continues with my two Favorite Fishing Friends (F3, baby!). Enjoy the pics!

Jonathon

More to come in Part 2...
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MartinlfJune 23rd, 2021, 3:52 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 3157
Looks like you guys had a great time. Nothing more delicious than fried panfish, especially bluegills and crappie! Thanks for sharing.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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