Archive for April 2013

Cabela’s in Columbus, OH.

Went to Dublin today to see a knee specialist and had a three hour wait after that for a MRI, so I decided to check out Cabela’s new store down by Polaris in Columbus.
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Was somewhat disappointed that it wasn’t as big as I thought it would be. They did however have a pretty good selection of fishing and hunting gear and some neat decor.

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I still dropped just over a hundred bucks on some new lures and a rain jacket. Not a bad day to go since its been raining and windy here the past week. Even though the store was a let down I still love their site.

Lima Lake 4/13/13

Went to Lima lake today to see if I could catch me some of the trout the ODNR released this last Friday. It was another cold blistery and extremely windy day out.

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Managed to catch 2 rainbow trout before it started to sprinkle out and I decided to call it a day. One was around 10 inches long that I threw back and the other was just over 15 inches.

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Hopefully the weatherman is correct and the weather will warm up tomorrow and maybe I’ll be able to get my limit.

Local Sportmen Clubs

Here are some local sportsmen clubs in the surrounding area that might be of interest.

Ada Liberty Conservation Club 
Located north of Ada, OH on St Rt 235, This club has a nice lake with a shooting range that is stocked with Catfish, Trout, Bluegill and Crappie. They have an Annual Catfish Derby held in May each year. Cost to join this club is $20 a year for a family membership.

Bluffton Community Sportsman’s Club
Located off Spring Street in Bluffton, OH, This Club features two lake that are stocked with Rainbow trout, Perch, Walleye, Bass, Crappie and Bluegill. They have an Annual Trout Derby held on the first Saturday of May. Cost to Join this Club is $30 per person.

Hog Greek Game Club
Located off County Line Rd and Stemple Road, west of Ada, OH., This club offers a nice quarry to fish that is stocked with Catfish and Perch. They also have a Annual Catfish Tournament held in May. There is also a firing range located at this club. Cost to join this club is $20 a year for a family membership.

McGuffey Conservation Club
Located south of Ohio 309 on Marion Township Road 55 in McGuffey OH., This club offers a lake to fish in that is stocked with Catfish. This Club is in decline but I hope with the new leadership from Doug Keen, that they will turn this club around. I fished there last year and the lake was moss covered most of the year. I attended a fishing derby there last year and 14 of us fished for six hours and only caught five fish. After that I learned that it hadn’t been stocked with fish in over 3 years. I recently learned that they did stock it with 100 small catfish and 100 pounds of larger catfish. This is a small step in getting them back to the clubs glory days when there was over 300 members. They also have a firing range. Cost to join this club is $20 a year for a family membership.

All these places listed are great places to take your kids out fishing.

Grilled Trout Fillets topped with Crunchy Nut Lemon

Ingredients

2 tablespoons pine nuts
About 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
2 oil-packed anchovy fillets, minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 medium cloves)
About 3/4 tsp. salt, divided
2 teaspoons very finely shredded lemon zest
1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 medium heads radicchio (see Notes)
4 skin-on trout fillets (each about 1/2 in. thick)
Freshly ground black pepper
About 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Preparation

Toast pine nuts in a wide (not nonstick) frying pan over medium heat until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Pour into a medium bowl and set aside

In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat until just warm and add panko. Toast panko, stirring occasionally, until a shade darker, about 5 minutes. Add anchovies and garlic; stir to combine well.

Add panko mixture to pine nuts. Stir in 1/4 tsp. salt, the lemon zest, and parsley

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 3 seconds). Cut each radicchio head in half, cut each half into 3 wedges, and brush cut sides with olive oil. Skewer wedges onto metal skewers, 3 per skewer. Grill radicchio skewers (close lid on gas grill), 2 minutes.

Turn radicchio skewers over. Brush fish on both sides with olive oil and grill, skin side down, 3 to 4 minutes (close lid on gas grill), or until they look opaque (cut to test) and loosen easily. Using 2 spatulas, gently turn fish over (close lid on gas grill) and cook 1 minute more. Transfer fillets to plates and radicchio to a cutting board. Season fish with salt, pepper, and a few drops of lemon juice to taste.

Remove skewers from grilled radicchio and chop radicchio roughly. Toss with remaining lemon juice and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir remaining 3 tbsp. olive oil into bread crumbs and spoon over flesh side of fish. Serve fish with radicchio.

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Quarry Lake (Marion, OH)

Skipped out of work early today and headed over to Quarry Lake with Randall Hopkins to see if we could land a few of the trout that the ODNR released earlier this month. With the temp around 52 degrees it was a beautiful day to get out and fish.

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We was a little limited on tie and only fished for about an hour but I did manage to land my first rainbow trout of the year.

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If the weather cooperates tomorrow I might try my luck there again.

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