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Turkeys, mushrooms and catfish, oh my ...

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:25 a.m. CST

Well, turkey season has definitely come in with a bang. While gassing up “The Battleship” this past weekend, a truck pulls up alongside carrying young Gavin Olinger and his grandpa. Gavin is wearing camo and a 15-inch permanent smile. You’da thunk he’d just tried out for the part of the Joker in the next Batman movie.

I was directed to check out the contents of the bed of the truck … and man, what a bird. This timber chicken had a 10-inch beard, and although we didn’t have an official weight, it had to be 25 to 27 pounds. Just an awesome turkey … and get this: it’s Gavin’s first one.

This young man comes from a long line of hunters, and it appears he is off to a fantastic start to his hunting career. Congratulations to you young man, way to go.

Now, I am no turkey hunter; I am content to lease our land to others who are interested. But mushrooms … them things definitely got my attention. This weather pattern has all the right makings of a terrific season for these fabulous fungi. We need to add some moisture to it, however, but things are close.

I just realized while cleaning out the garage that I had not bothered to look for any shed antlers this year. Musta been due to the never-ending string of arctic-like temperatures we had. But I wonder if maybe I will stumble on a few while looking for mushrooms? Wouldn’t that be nice?

Anyway, while you read this here article, me and daughter Taya are on the Rock fishing the first tournament of the year. I also hope we are catching some decent fish, because my little girl has been talking serious smack to all the guys. She just loves being around the catfisherman at these tournaments. They are real good to her, and let her just run off at the mouth like a 12-year-old is known to do.

If you’re interested in seeing how we – or anyone else – did, the weigh-in will be from 2-3 p.m. at the old Route 2 roadside table ramp between Rock Falls and Lyndon. Come check it out; we will be raffling off a rod, and all money will be going to help out our fellow catfisherman Calvin, who I wrote about previously, who has been stricken with cancer.

Guess after the tournament, it’ll be time to start chasing flatheads, as the water temps are quickly reaching toward the 50s.

Now stay tuned for the rapidly approaching manufactured bait-only tournament, sponsored by G and S Cheese Bait and J and N Dipworms. This tourney will be May 24th, and will launch out of Prophetstown State Park. This is always a ball to fish, and with the sponsors kicking in a bunch of guaranteed money, well, how can you go wrong?

So hang in there until next week, and enjoy some outdoors in the Rock River valley.

Go Catfish!

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