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Plenty to see along the Rock

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 11:40 p.m. CDT

Inoticed something yesterday while running my boat down the Rock River. There are freakin’ eagles everywhere.

Now, at one time I had to just stop the boat and count. I got to 13, of all shapes and sizes. Your immature eagles are pretty much completely brown until around 4 years of age, when their head and some other plumage begins to whiten, while your fully mature birds have the classic white head.

Tell you what ... I don’t know how good an idea it would be to have your little puppy in the boat with you.

As one would expect, I noticed several other things while on the Rock this week. The amount of new cover – i.e. trees and other wood debris in the water – was awesome. Lots of great new places to stalk big fishes.

I also saw that we got some serious cleaning up to do. Seems over this massively long winter that lots of garbage made its way to the river banks.

Seems lots of you all got tons a yard repairs to do as well. That’d be courtesy of the massive ice as it broke free and began to roll down river. I spied some real doozies out there. If you had something in the path of the ice, it simply got relocated or destroyed.

Try to keep your minds focused on next Saturday. What’s next Saturday, you ask? Well, just the first catfish tourney of the year, that’s all.

This is a huge deal, man. I am pumped for 8 a.m. on April 12. The first tourney of the year is really the first time all the local river rats see each other after the winter months. Usually this means lots of pure bull being thrown around.

Simply put, it is a great time. I urge you to come out and become part of our fishing family.

Make sure if you do come out, that you stop off first at Schreiner’s bait shop over in Rock Falls and grab a 2014 fishing license, as the 2013 ones are now out of date.

I saw a mink on the bank of the river Wednesday while I was out. It was a pretty good sized one, at least as far as the ones I have seen. I do not know much about these animals, but I do know they are cute little things. Guess I’m gonna have to check into them a bit and do a little learnin’.

I know at one time they were one of the most highly sought after furs on the planet. I believe that has changed some now; I will have to check with someone more in the know.

Anywho, spring is trying to spring or get sprung or whatever, so get outside and start to suck it up some. Until next week ...

Go Catfish!

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