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Walking on Water

Posted by MNAngler On December - 17 - 20093 COMMENTS
Walking on Water

When you live in Minnesota, your fishing season is only half that of those in Southern states. That is, unless you are one of the many who turn the handicap into an asset. When the sun gets low in the sky and the weather gets cold, a transformation takes place. Liquid turns to solid and mere mortals can do the impossible. People just like you and me can walk on water. I speak, of course, of lakes turning to ice. And so begins the season of ice fishing. We’re firmly entrenched in the holiday... (more...)

The Father, The Daughter,
and the Lego Spirit

Posted by MNAngler On December - 7 - 20091 COMMENT
The Father, The Daughter,  and the Lego Spirit

Forgive me, fellow anglers, for I have sinned. It’s been 2 weeks since my last blog post and fishing hasn’t even crossed my mind. Since my last post just before Thanksgiving, I’ve been wholly preoccupied with Legos. That might sound strange, but let me explain. I’m the coach of an all girls Lego League team made up of 4th and 5th grade girls, which includes my 9 year-old daughter. Our competition is coming up this Saturday, so in the past two weeks, I’ve had at... (more...)

Oh, Brother!

Posted by MNAngler On November - 22 - 20096 COMMENTS
Oh, Brother!

A few weeks ago, I got an email from my brother, who is also an avid angler. It was about the time I wrote the Fitovers sunglass review and he remarked that I was really getting desperate for things to blog about. He said I needed to go fishing more. Of course, he was right. The problem, though, was that October was a really horrible month for weather in Minnesota. It rained something like 23 out of 31 days. And the nice days had to be spent either working my day job or raking wet leaves. Time... (more...)

Pickled Northern – The Result

Posted by MNAngler On November - 17 - 20095 COMMENTS
Pickled Northern – The Result

The results are in. And nobody was voted off! After letting our Northern simmer and stew in pickling brine for the minimum 8 days (we were impatient), we finally got to try some. They turned out great! The taste and texture was just like pickled herring. The difference was that our pickled Northern, especially in the smaller pint jars, was a bit more sour than store bought pickled herring. My stomach wasn’t used to it, so I couldn’t eat too much in one sitting–even though... (more...)

Pickled Northern Pike Recipe

Posted by MNAngler On November - 14 - 20099 COMMENTS
Pickled Northern Pike Recipe

I know you’re as anxious to hear how our pickled Northern turned out as I am to try them. I’ve got a few more days to wait, but in the meantime, here’s the Pickled Northern recipe all in one place (click on the step link to see my result): Pickled Northern Step 1: Cut 60 to 75 bite size pieces of fish One cup of non-iodized salt to 1 gallon jar 1/2 full of water Add fish until jar is full Let stand for 48 hours Step 2: Pour off salt water, rinse Soak fish in white vinegar for 24... (more...)

I’ve Moved!

Posted by MNAngler On November - 13 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

I felt my blog was gaining enough steam that it deserved a domain of its very own. So I registered for one and moved my wordpress installation this week. As a result, if you’re subscribed to my blog through Google reader, you may have noticed a redistribution of some old posts. Please be assured that I didn’t repost them, but that Google reader picked them up again after my update. I apologize if there was any confusion. Please update your subscription to follow my new domain: www.journalofamnangler.com.... (more...)

Faux Review: Hobie eVolve Electric Drive

Posted by MNAngler On November - 11 - 20093 COMMENTS
Faux Review: Hobie eVolve Electric Drive

As if the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler wasn’t cool enough, Hobie recently announced an electric motor that mounts in the MirageDrive well. The motor will work in any of the Hobie kayaks that have MirageDrive and also comes with mounting hardware to fit the Hobie Twist and Stow rudder mechanism. So it works with all Hobie kayaks. This post is a faux review since I haven’t seen the motor in person, or used it yet. This is more an article of impressions. But I thought you might want to know... (more...)

Pickled Northern – Steps 3, 4, and 5

Posted by MNAngler On November - 8 - 200910 COMMENTS
Pickled Northern – Steps 3, 4, and 5

After soaking our Northern Pike for 24 hours, we were now ready to finish the recipe. My wife did step 3 without me: Boil together for 5 minutes the following ingredients: 1 1/2 cup of sugar 3 cups of white vinegar 4 bay leafs 1 tsp whole all spice 3 tsp mustard seed 1 1/2 tsp whole black pepper 6 to 7 red peppers or whole chili peppers Let cool at room temp – Make sure the brine is cooled down before adding items below or your meat will not be firm !!!!! She made two versions: one spicy... (more...)

Pickled Northern – Step 2

Posted by MNAngler On November - 7 - 20092 COMMENTS
Pickled Northern – Step 2

Forty-eight hours after step 1 of our Pickled Northern Pike recipe, we moved on to step 2: Pour off salt water, rinse Soak fish in white vinegar for 24 hours Drain vinegar off – discard The fish had changed color due to the brine soak. It was a little more translucent. Rinsed and ready for vinegar. Extreme close-up! Fish chunks in their vinegar bath. Until tomorrow… Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogle +1StumbleUponRedditDiggEmailLike this:Like Loading... Read More →

Pickled Northern – Step 1

Posted by MNAngler On November - 5 - 20096 COMMENTS
Pickled Northern – Step 1

I’ve never been a big fan of Northern Pike. I’m not really a catch-and-release fisherman (except when it comes to muskie), so I like to eat what I catch. But Northern aren’t what I would call a delicacy. Their many, many tiny bones and fishy smell make them one of the less desirable species I like to put on the table. But recently, I heard about pickling them. As an adult, I became a fan of pickled herring during the holidays, so pickled Northern Pike sounded like a natural... (more...)


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