Outdoor Wisconsin | Program | #3106

Outdoor Wisconsin | Program | #3106


>>WE’VE COME BACK TO THE SOUTHERN UNIT OF THE KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST IN WAUKESHA COUNTY, WHERE VISITORS CAN ENJOY FOUR SEASONS OF OUTDOOR FUN. IN JUST A FEW MINUTES, JUDY NUGENT AND I JOIN MEMBERS OF IBEW LOCAL UNION 494 FOR A FRIENDLY SPORTING CLAYS COMPETITION AT WERN VALLEY SPORTSMEN’S CLUB. THEN JEFF KELM HUNTS FOR SQUIRRELS USING A RATHER UNIQUE BOW, AND EMMY FINK GOES HORSEBACK RIDING AT NAHH! TACKAWAY NEAR CLINTONVILLE. BUT FIRST, I’LL HEAD OUT ON LAKE MICHIGAN WITH DUMPER DAN SPORT FISHING CHARTERS OF SHEBOYGAN AND KEN BALISTRIERI, THE HIGH BIDDER FOR THIS TRIP AT LAST YEAR’S “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN” BANQUET. I’M DAN SMALL, AND IT’S TIME ONCE AGAIN FOR “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN.” ♪ SUMMER TO FALL, WINTER TO SPRING ♪ ♪ FROM GREEN BAY TO WHERE THE ST. CROIX SINGS ♪ ♪ FROM KETTLE MORAINE TO SUPERIOR’S SHORE ♪ ♪ OUTDOOR WISCONSIN ♪ ♪ OUTDOOR WISCONSIN ♪♪>>WE’RE GOING OUT ON LAKE MICHIGAN OUT OF SHEBOYGAN WITH DUMPER DAN CHARTERS ONCE AGAIN THIS YEAR. CAPTAIN DAN WELCH AND FIRST MATE ALEX AND ANOTHER CAPTAIN, GEORGE IS ON THE WHEEL AND DAN, WE’RE JUST BEATING THE SUNRISE THIS MORNING. HOW’S IT BEEN. HOW’S THE FISHING BEEN?>>IT’S BEEN PRETTY GOOD OUT OF SHEBOYGAN, DAN AND WE’RE GOING TO TRY SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS MORNING. GEORGE AND ALEX HAVE BEEN FISHING IN SHALLOW THE PAST FEW DAYS OPPOSING THIS BOAT SO WE’RE GOING TO POWER UP TO THE NORTH AND MAKE A PASS IN IS A SHALLOW SEE IF WE CAN GET A BROWN OR KING. THEY’RE STARTING TO COME IN CLOSER TO THE HARBOR AREA THIS TOMORROW OF YEAR, SO WE’RE GOING TO GIVE THAT A SHOT, FOR THE FIRST HOUR OR SO, SEE HOW THAT GOES AND IF THAT DOESN’T GO, THE REST OF OUR BOATS ARE OUT DEEPER, SEE HOW THEY’RE DOING AND WE CAN GET OFFSHORE.>>IT’S THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND COMING UP AND THIS IS THE TIME OF THE YEAR THAT THE BIG KINGS COME INTO SPAWN, RIGHT?>>ABSOLUTELY. WE LIKE BEING HERE WHEN THEY COME INTO SPAWN BECAUSE THEY’RE A GOOD SIZE AND FUN TO CATCH.>>ALEX, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SET RODS TODAY?>>WE’RE GOING TO GET THEM DOWN QUICK, FISHING CAN GET PRETTY CRAZY, TO WE’RE GOING — SO WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO GET THEM DOWN AS FAST AS POSSIBLE AND GO FROM THERE.>>WHAT KIND OF BAITS,.>>SPOONS, J, AND FLASHERS. MOSTLY SPOONS, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO STICK TO. IF THEY GET A BITE, KEEP IT, IF THEY DON’T, CHANGE IT.>>WE’RE JUST CLEARING THE HARBOR AND GEORGE IS GOING TO POWER UP. WE’LL SEE WHAT WE CAN GET. ♪♪>>OUR SPECIAL GUEST TODAY IS KEN BALISTRIERI AND KEN, WE’VE BEEN OUT TOGETHER MANY TIMES.>>OH, YEAH DEFINITELY.>>YOU BROUGHT YOUR SON ALEX AND JOHN ALONG.>>CORRECT.>>YOU GOT INTO A BIDDING WAR WITH JIM AT OUR BANQUET FOR THIS TRIP, AND –>>YEAH, IT WENT PRETTY HIGH. HE JUST WOULDN’T GIVE UP AND I WASN’T GOING TO QUIT.>>I KNEW YOU WEREN’T GOING TO QUIT, AND JIM LEARNED THAT TOO, SO DUMPER WAS GRACIOUS ENOUGH TO DONATE TWO TRIPS AND THIS IS THE SECOND ONE.>>THAT WAS NICE THAT HE DID THAT.>>NOW WE ALWAYS HAVE TO DETERMINE THE FISHING ORDER. HAVE YOU GUYS FIGURED THAT OUT?>>USUALLY USE A DECK OF CARDS WITH THE FAMILY, BUT JOHN HAS NEVER GONE BEFORE, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME, SO I’M GOING TO LET HIM DO IT TO IT.>>ALL RIGHT.>>WE’LL LET THE BOYS GO FIRST AND THEN YOU –>>NO, YOU CAN TOO.>>I’M GOING TO FISH AFTER YOU. YOU BOUGHT THE TRIP, YOU FISH BEFORE ME.>>THAT’S NO PROBLEM.>>NUMBER THREE.>>HE’S STILL THERE.>>ALL RIGHT.>>START TURNING THAT HANDLE RIGHT AWAY. HE’S COMING AT US, HE’S WILD.>>PUT THIS HAND UP HERE, ALL RIGHT, REEL, NICE AND GENTLE.>>TRY NOT TO PULL BACK ON IT, JUST A STEADY 45.>>RAISE IT UP. CRANK IT.>>GOOD JOB, BUDDY.>>WHERE HE — WELL, JOHN, YOU T LUNCH, WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>OH, WAY HARDER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.>>IS THAT RIGHT?>>YEAH.>>WELL, THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST FISH. REST UP FOR THE NEXT ONE.>>YEAH.>>GOOD JOB.>>THERE’S SOME NICE FISH ON HERE, GUYS.>>ALL RIGHT.>>HOLD IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT. THERE YOU GO. LET HIM FIGHT, LET HIM RUN A LITTLE BIT.>>HE GOT HIM.>>HE GOT HIM! [APPLAUSE]>>NICE JOB.>>THAT WAS WORTH THE WAIT, WAS IT, ALEX?>>DEFINITELY.>>NICE JOB. BEAUTIFUL KING.>>PRETTY FISH THIS TIME OF YEAR, AREN’T THEY?>>THEY REALLY ARE.>>I THINK DUMPER DAN SAID WE GOT THE GRILL FIRED UP BACK ON SHORE.>>AWESOME. THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. I CAN’T WAIT TO EAT THEM.>>YOU’LL NEVER HAVE FRESHER FISH THAN THAT.>>NO.>>DAN, THANKS AGAIN FOR A GREAT TRIP. YOU GUYS ALWAYS SHOW US A GREAT TIME OUT ON THE LAKE. ALEX AND GEORGE, THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.>>YOU BET. THANK YOU.>>DID YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME, KEN?>>HAD AN AWESOME TIME.>>PHENOMENAL.>>IT WAS GREAT.>>WE ALWAYS SHOW THE FISHING BUT WE NEVER SHOW THE EATING. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS.>>I AM TOO. THE FRESH SALMON ARE ON THE GRILL AND WE’LL ENJOY THEM IN A FEW MINUTES AND GOOD TIME AND TASTY FISH.>>THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL P.>>– IT’S ALL ABOUT.>>YOU COULD WIN A FISHING TRIP LIKE THAT AT THE “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN” BANQUET, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19th, AT THE COUNTRY SPRINGS HOTEL IN PEWAUKEE. WE’LL TELL YOU HOW TO GET TICKETS LATER IN THE SHOW. McMILLER SHOOTING CENTER, HERE IN SOUTHERN UNIT OF THE KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST, OFFERS SPORTING CLAYS SHOOTING YEAR-ROUND. LAST SUMMER, JUDY NUGENT AND I JOINED MEMBERS OF IBEW LOCAL UNION 494 FOR A SPORTING CLAYS OUTING AT WERN VALLEY SPORTSMEN’S CLUB, LOCATED JUST A FEW MILES FROM HERE.>>BEAUTIFUL SUMMER EVENING HERE AT WERN VALLEY SPORTSMEN’S CLUB IN WAUKESHA COUNTY AND I’M OUT WITH A GROUP FROM THE I WANT NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL 494, AND THEY ARE UNDERWRITERS OF “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN” AND JOHN PUT THIS GROUP TOGETHER AND JOHN, WHAT A GREAT DAY AND EVERYBODY IS HAVING FUN SO FAR.>>YEAH. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. IT’S A GORGEOUS EVENING, AND WE HAD A DRAWING FOR OUR MEMBERS, RANDOM DRAWING, AND ANYBODY THAT WAS INTERESTED IN COMING TO WERN VALLEY TODAY, PUT IN A COUPON, WE HAD A DRAWING AT OUR LOCAL UNION AND THESE ARE ALL OF OUR LUCKY WINNERS.>>WE HAVE THREE TEAMS AND THIS IS A FRIENDLY COMPETITION. BUT THIS IS — WE’RE CALLING THIS THE “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN” CLAYS CLASSIC. MY TEAM IS HIGH VOLTAGE.>>OH SCRAM>>>>OH! [GUNFIRE]>>AND PAUL, WHO IS THE EDITOR OF “FINE TUNING” MAGAZINE IS ONE OF THE OTHER CELEBRITIES.>>GENTLEMAN PAUL, WHAT’S YOUR TEAM?>>SUPERCHARGED. [GUNFIRE]>>WE’RE NEW, SO LOOK OUT.>>PULL! [GUNFIRE]>>PULL! [GUNFIRE]>>170 FOR SUPER CHARGED, AND 181 –>>WE CHANGED OUR NAME.>>>>SPORTING STUDS. [LAUGHTER]>>HOW DOES THIS WORK?>>BY VOTE.>>OK.>>AND WHAT DID WE HAVE, GUYS?>>187.>>187 FOR THE HIGH VOLTAGE TEAM, SO I GUESS WE WON. HIGH VOLTAGE TAKES THE “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN” SPORTING CLAYS CLASSIC.>>AND THAT MEANS, WHAT, THE LOW TEAM IS BUYING, IS THAT WHAT WE –>>Y.>>YES.>>DID YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME?>>WE HAD GREAT TIME.>>WANT IT 0 DO THIS AGAIN SOME — WANT TO DO THIS AGAIN SOME TIME?>>TOMORROW.>>THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN,” 30 YEARS, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN BEHIND THIS, AND THIS IS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU, SO HOPE WE CAN DO THIS AGAIN. THANKS A LOT.>>THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>IF YOU’VE NEVER TRIED SHOTGUN SHOOTING, SPORTING CLAYS IS A GREAT WAY TO GET STARTED AT WERN VALLEY OR HERE AT McMILLER SPORTS CENTER. MOST HUNTERS GOT THEIR START HUNTING SMALL GAME, LIKE SQUIRRELS AND RABBITS, AND BOTH ARE ABUNDANT HERE IN THE KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST. MOST SMALL GAME HUNTERS USE A SHOTGUN OR RIFLE, BUT SOME LIKE TO MAKE IT MORE CHALLENGING BY HUNTING WITH A BOW AND ARROW. LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENED WHEN JEFF KELM JOINED FELLOW HUNTER AARON BERG FOR AN ARCHERY SQUIRREL HUNT IN A WOOD LOT IN GREEN LAKE COUNTY.>>ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, SQUIRREL HUNTING HAS BECOME A RITE OF PASSAGE. IT’S A GRAY WAY TO INTRODUCE YOUNG HUNTERS TO THE SPORT, AS IT TEACHES GUN SAFETY, TEACHES PATIENCE, AND ALSO PROVIDES AMPLE OPPORTUNITY, SO THAT THEY STAY INTERESTED. AS OLDER HUNTERS, WE TEND TO GRAVITATE TOWARDS THE DEER AND WATERFOWL HUNTING AND GET AWAY FROM THE BASICS OF SMALL GAME. TODAY WE’RE GOING TO DO SOME SMALL GAME HUNTING WITH A BIT OF A TWIST. WE’RE GOING TO USE THE BOWS AND SEE IF WE CAN’T REALLY TEST OUR SKILLS AT THIS VERY SMALL OPPONENT.>>WELL, WE’RE NOT INTO THE WOODS HERE FAR AND ALREADY WE’VE SEEN A FEW SQUIRRELS MOVING AROUND. BUT THIS ISN’T GOING TO BE EASY TODAY, IS IT?>>NO, IT’S DEFINITELY NOT. IT TAKES A LOT MORE PATIENCE WITH A SQUIRREL THAN IT IS WITH A DEER.>>AND THEY’RE NOT VERY BIG.>>NO. NO. WE BETTER BE ON TARGET TODAY PRETTY WELL.>>AND WE’VE GOT A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO HELP US, SMALL GAME POINTS INSTEAD OF BROAD HEADS, AND WE’VE GOT THE LIGHTED KNOX.>>THE LIGHTED KNOX WILL DEFINITELY HELP WITH FINDING THE ARROWS. WE’RE SHOOTING AT THE GROUND TODAY.>>THIS SHOULD BE A LOT OF FUN. I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS AND I SEE A COUPLE OF SQUIRRELS OUT HERE, GET A GOOD SHOT AT THESE.>>THE OTHER DIRECTION, RIGHT AT THAT FENCE.>>HE’S MOVING ACROSS THE TREE RIGHT HERE. WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR HIM TO COME DOWN. THIS IS WHERE THE PATIENCE PART PLAYS IN. HE TOOK OFF.>>HE GOT UP INTO THE TREES AND MOVED OVER A LITTLE BIT WHERE I COULDN’T GET A SHOT. AS SOON AS HE HIT THE GROUND, HE TOOK OFF. BACK UP BY THE HILL UP HERE WHERE I WAS SEEING MOST OF THOSE THE OTHER DAY. CAREER CAREER ♪♪>>YOU SEE IT?>>YEAH. HE’S UP A WAYS THOUGH.>>STANDING BACK A WAY, I DIDN’T KNOW IF YOU SAW IT. NOT EASY TO SEE HIM THROUGH THE GROUND COVER.>>NO.>>THAT’S WHY I WALKED AWAY UP ON TOP OF THE HILL BACK THERE, GET A LITTLE BETTER VANTAGE POINT, GOOD SPOT, THAT WENT FAIRLY EASY. BUT YEAH, IF YOU DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE WITH THE GROUND COVER OUT HERE, IT’S NOT EASY TO FIND THEM.>>THE BRIGHT GREEN STUFF WHERE IT JUST STARTS TO COME UP ON THE BASE OF THE HILL, IT’S RUNNING THIS WAY. OH, THERE’S A SQUIRREL. SEE HIM?>>YEP. PERCHED UP NICE AND PRETTY.>>YEAH. HE’S JUST A LITTLE OUT THERE.>>HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU? [GUNFIRE]>>CLOSE.>>HE WAS 20 FEET. HE HAD — THERE WAS A BIGGER BRANCH BEHIND IT, THERE WAS A BACK STOP, AND THE ARROW FLIPPED UP. DID A LITTLE TOPPLE. BUSTED THE KNOCK, BUT OTHERWISE THE ARROW IS OK.>>LET’S GO THIS WAY.>>HOW MUCH CLOSER DO THEY NEED TO BE FOR YOU? [LAUGHTER]>>GO THAT WAY.>>I THINK WE’LL HEAD THIS WAY. [LAUGHTER]>>THAT WAS AWESOME. BIGGER SQUIRREL ON THE GROUND. JUST HIT THE TREE. 30 YARDS MAYBE.>>DID YOU GET HIM?>>I THINK I JUST MISSED HIM. I THINK IT JUST HIT A BRANCH.>>I DIDN’T SEE THE SQUIRREL RUN ANYWHERE.>>HE RAN AROUND.>>DID HE?>>YEAH.>>WELL, I CAN’T SAY IT WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DAY OF HUNTING I’VE EVER HAD?>>NO, DEFINITELY NOT. THERE WERE A LOT OF FACTORS PLAYING INTO US NOT BEING ABLE TO GET MUCH.>>YEAH. IT’S EARLY, YOU KNOW, IT’S BEGINNING OF OCTOBER, SO WE’VE GOT A LOT OF GROUND COVER. KIND OF WINDY TODAY, MAKES IT A LITTLE TOUGHER TO HEAR THEM, I THINK.>>WITH THE WIND, YOU HAVE TO WATCH FOR MOVEMENT, ESPECIALLY WITH SQUIRRELS BEING AS SMALL AS THEY ARE. EVERY MOVEMENT, YOU HAVE TO PICK UP AND THEN THE WIND, IT WAS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TODAY TO SEE ANYTHING.>>WE GOT A COUPLE OF CHANCES, YOU KNOW, WE BOTH PROBABLY COULD IMPROVE ON OUR AIM, BUT WE KNEW THAT GOING IN, IT WAS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE.>>YEAH. I DEFINITELY DIDN’T EXPECT TO SHOOT 100% TODAY FOR SURE.>>IT WAS A LOT OF FUN AND GOES TO SHOW DURING THE SLOW TIMES OF DEER HUNTING OR IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GIVE YOURSELF A CHALLENGE, YOU CAN TAKE THE ARCHERY EQUIPMENT OUT AND GO AFTER THE SMALL GAMES. GUYS HAVE SHOT PHEASANTS AND RABBIT WITH A BOW.>>THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE OUT THERE, IT’S WHETHER YOU’LL TAKE THEM OR NOT.>>WE HAVE A FEW MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO COME. WHY DON’T WE AT LEAST USE UP THE REST OF THE DAYLIGHT WE’VE GOT AND SEE IF WE CAN’T TAKE THEM AND NAIL A SQUIRREL.>>ABSOLUTELY. LET’S KEEP GOING.>>THE GUYS DIDN’T BAG ANY SQUIRRELS ON THAT HUNT, BUT ON ANOTHER HUNT, AARON ACTUALLY SHOT A FIVE-SQUIRREL LIMIT WITH HIS BOW, PROVING THAT IT CAN BE DONE. HERE IN THE KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST, THERE ARE ALSO EQUESTRIAN TRAILS WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY AN OUTING ON HORSEBACK. LAST SUMMER, EMMY FINK ENJOYED A TRAIL RIDE AT NAHH! TACKAWAY NEAR CLINTONVILLE. ♪♪>>LOOKING FOR A NEW WAY TO GET AND EXPLORE WISCONSIN? MAYBE IT’S TIME YOU START HORSING AROUND.>>SO INTRODUCE ME TO YOUR FRIEND HERE.>>THIS IS PENNY, HE’S A QUARTER HORSE, SHE’S ABOUT 14 YEARS OLD.>>AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RIDING PENNY?>>SINCE LAST YEAR. WE JUST GOT HER, SHE WAS A RESCUE. WE BONDED EVER SINCE.>>OH, THAT’S — SHE’S GIVING YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW. THIS FAMILY HAS OWNED HORSES FOR OVER 20 YEARS. AND THROUGHOUT THOSE YEARS, THEY HAVE FOUND IT A CHALLENGE TO FIND QUALITY EQUINE PRODUCTS CLOSE TO HOME.>>YOU COULD NEVER FIND IT. WE HAD TO DRIVE AN HOUR TO GET FINEST BEER TYPE OF TACK WE WANTED AND BY THE TIME YOU GET HOME, IT’S ANOTHER HOUR FROM THERE, SO YOU’RE LOOKING AT FIVE, SIX HOURS. BY THAT TIME, YOU DIDN’T GET TO RIDE, SO MY GOAL WAS TO MAKE SOMETHING IN THE COMMUNITY SO THE COMMUNITY COULD COME, GET WHAT THEY WANTED OR EVEN ORDER WHAT THEY WANTED. AND BE ABLE TO GO HOME, RIDE, OR EVEN BRING THEM HERE.>>YOU CAN CHOOSE A RIDE THAT’S BEST FOR YOU. ONE, TWO OR FOUR-HOUR TRAIL RIDES, JUST ALL $5 WITH YOUR OWN HORSE OR $20 AN HOUR WITH A RENTAL HORSE. RIDING LESSONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME. YOU’LL LEARN BASIC HORSE RIDING IN A FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT.>>WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT IT?>>YOU GET TO LEARN STUFF AND I LIKE HORSES, SO MOST OF THE TIME I ENJOY BEING HERE BECAUSE I GET TO WORK AROUND HORSES AND DO ALL THAT STUFF.>>YOU GOT TO SLOW DOWN YOURS. THE PONY HAS SMALLER FEET.>>I THINK IT’S WONDERFUL FOR HER. SHE HAS LOTS OF FUN.>>GO MORGAN. GO MORGAN!>>SHE KNOWS THAT IN ORDER TO HAVE FUN, SHE HAS TO DO WORK, SO BEFORE, LIKE, RIDING LESSONS, SHE TACKS UP HER OWN HORSE. THIS IS THE HORSE THAT SHE RIDES IN LESSONS. AFTERWARDS, SHE UNTACKS IT AND SHE KNOWS HOW TO BE PATIENT WITH THEM AND IT’S GOOD.>>IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE LEARNING SOMETHING EVERY WEDNESDAY THAT YOU COME?>>UH-HUH. STILL JUST A PONY.>>ALL RIGHT. WELL, YOU STAY SAFE. I’M GLAD TO SEE YOU WEARING YOUR HELMET. DO YOU THINK YOU CAN TEACH ME A COUPLE OF THINGS OUT ON THE TRAIL?>>YEAH.>>ALL RIGHT. ♪♪>>THERE YOU GO!>>SHE HAS A LITTLE GIDDY UP HERE AND THERE.>>HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT IN ONE WORD WHEN YOU’RE OUT RIDING PENNY, BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, WHAT’S THAT LIKE?>>LIKE REALLY PEACEFUL. YOU JUST HAVE TIME TO THINK AND YOU CAN TALK TO THE HORSE AND JUST HAVE YOUR OWN CONVERSATION.>>IT’S EXCITING, IT’S RELAXING, VERY RELAX RELAXING AND I JUST LOVE IT.>>ALL RIGHT, READY?>>TOTAL FREEDOM, YOU KNOW. YOU’RE WITH THE HORSE, YOU HAVE A GOOD BOND, IT TAKES TROUBLES AWAY, IF YOU HAVE THEM, YOU KNOW. WE JUST ENJOY THE COUNTRY, AND TRY TO SHARE IT WITH OTHERS.>>AS THEY SAY HERE IN CLINTONVILLE, HAPPY TRAILS! COME ON GIRL!>>IF YOU’VE NEVER TRIED HORSEBACK RIDING, THE FOLKS AT NAHH! TACKAWAY CAN HELP YOU GET STARTED. OTTAWA LAKE, HERE IN THE SOUTHERN KETTLE MORAINE, OFFERS A MIXED FISHERY THAT INCLUDES PANFISH, BASS, AND NORTHERN PIKE. LET’S JOIN TOM NEWBAUER AS HE FISHES FOR NORTHERNS ON ANOTHER WAUKESHA COUNTY LAKE — FOWLER LAKE NEAR OCONOMOWOC.>>IN THE EARLY FALL WHEN THE WATER TEMPERATURE GETS IN THE LOW 60’S, A LOT OF TIMES, YOU KNOW, THE PIKE AND BASS WILL MOVE INTO THE SHALLOWER WEED FLATS AND A SPINNER BAIT IS A GREAT LURE TO USE TO FIND THOSE FISH. THERE’S ONE PROBLEM THOUGH. IS THAT A BIG NORTHERN OR MUSKIE COULD SWALLOW THIS WHOLE THING AND THEN CUT YOUR LINES. AS A MATTER OF FACT, CHRIS, DIDN’T THAT HAPPEN TO YOU JUST LAST MONTH?>>YEAH, I WAS UP NORTH IN THE MINOCQUA AREA AND I WAS USING A SPINNER BAIT FOR BASS, AND YEAH, BIG OLD MUSKIE CAME UP, 45, 46-INCHER, BIG HEAD AND ENGULFED THE WHOLE THING AND TURNED AND SNAPPED.>>CUT THE LINE.>>IT CUT THE LINE.>>THE HARD PART ABOUT, YOU CAN’T REALLY PUT A LEADER ON TO AN R-BENDED SPINNER BAIT. THIS IS AN R-BENT SPINNER BAIT. YOU CAN’T PUT A LEADER ON TO THIS, IT WILL FALL ALL OVER THE PLACE, BUT WHAT I HAVE TIED ON TO HERE, IT’S A TIEBLE PLASTIC-COATED, 49 STRAND WIRE LEADER. 30-POUND TEST, AND ALL YOU HAD TO DO IS TIE YOUR STANDARD IMPROVED CLINCH KNOT, BUT JUST GIVE IT TWO WRAPS AND THEN TIE IT OFF AND CLIP IT. I’M TELLING YOU, THIS IS GREAT. YEAH, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A WIRE CUTTER TO CUT IT, BECAUSE THERE IS WIRE INSIDE. YOU ALSO UP ON THIS END HAVE TO PUT A LITTLE SWIVEL ON, YOU KNOW, SO THAT IT ATTACHES TO YOUR LINE. SO IF YOU’RE EVER IN THAT SITUATION WHERE YOU MIGHT BE IN AN AREA WHERE THERE’S BIG PIKE OR EVEN MUSKIES IN THIS SITUATION, THAT USING A TIEBLE WIRE LEADER IS THE WAY NOT TO LOSE FISH. IF A BIG ONE GRABS IT. ALL RIGHT, CHRIS, DO YOU WANT THE NET FOR THAT ONE OR NOT?>>NO.>>I HAVE IT HOOKED PRETTY GOOD.>>HE’S HOOKED GOOD. ALL RIGHT. I JUST MISSED A NICE ONE AND NOW YOU GOT A DESEPTEMBER ONE THERE.>>CAME RIGHT OUT OF THE WEEDS, RIGHT BY THE BOAT.>>OH, HE ALMOST JUMPED IN THE BOAT.>>OH, MAN.>>THAT’S ONE LIVELY FISH. ALL RIGHT. BUT THE ONE I MISSED WAS BIGGER THAN THAT ONE.>>I JUST CAUGHT THAT PIKE, IT STRAIGHTENED OUT THE ARM OF THE SPINNER BAIT, AND IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY RIGHT HERE, IT’S ALL KINKED UP, THAT WAS IN THE FISH’S MOUTH. I WOULD HAVE LOST THAT FISH IF I DIDN’T HAVE THIS LEADER ON.>>THAT WASN’T SO MUCH OF THE FISH SUCKING IT ALL IN, HE MUST HAVE TURNED ON IT, RIGHT?>>HE TURNED ON IT.>>YEAH. YEAH, YOU WOULD HAVE LOST THAT FISH OTHERWISE. SEE, SOMETIMES DAD HAS GOT A GOOD IDEA ONCE IN A WHILE.>>WELL, MY SON CHRIS AND I ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME OUT HERE CATCHING SOME OF THESE NORTHERN PIKE THAT ARE MOVING IN TO THE SHALLOW WEED FLATS IN THE FALL. AND YOU OUGHT TO GIVE IT A TRY. I’M SURE IT WILL WORK FOR YOU TOO.>>FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS WEEK’S FEATURES AND FOR TICKETS TO THE “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN” BANQUET ON FEBRUARY 19th, VISIT WWW.MPTV.ORG AND CLICK ON “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN.” I’LL BE AT THE MILWAUKEE MUSKIE EXPO FEBRUARY 13 THROUGH FEBRUARY 15 AT STATE FAIR PARK.>>NEXT TIME, WE’LL GET A PREVIEW OF THE 75TH ANNUAL “MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL” SPORTS SHOW WITH SHOW DIRECTOR CHARLIE POTTER, WE’LL VISIT WITH LEGENDARY ANGLER DAN GAPEN AT LAST YEAR’S SPORTS SHOW, AND WE’LL GET A TURKEY-CALLING LESSON FROM STATE JUNIOR TURKEY CALLING CHAMPION AUSTIN STANKOWSKI AT THE MIDWEST OUTDOOR HERITAGE YOUTH EDUCATION EXPO. I’M DAN SMALL, HERE IN THE SOUTHERN UNIT OF THE KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST. JOIN US AGAIN NEXT WEEK FOR “OUTDOOR WISCONSIN.” ♪ FLASH OF A WHITE-TAIL MOVIN’ THROUGH THE PINE ♪ ♪ THE LONG VOWEL OF THE OWL IN THE EVENING ♪ ♪ LOON ON THE LAKE, A MUSKIE ON THE LINE ♪ ♪ OUTDOOR WISCONSIN ♪ ♪ FREE YOURSELF LIKE AN EAGLE IN THE AIR ♪ ♪ FEED YOURSELF LIKE A BEAR IN THE BLACKBERRY ♪ ♪ LIKE A HAWK, PERCH AND STARE ♪ ♪ OUTDOOR WISCONSIN ♪ ♪ WHEN THE WORKIN’ LIFE IS WAY TOO MUCH ♪ ♪ WHEN YOU’RE IN TOO DEEP AND WAY OUT OF TOUCH ♪ ♪ LACE UP YOUR BOOTS, GET OUT OF TOWN ♪ ♪ TAKE A WALK IN THE WILD OR SIT DOWN AND LISTEN ♪ ♪ LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS OF THE CRITTERS OF THE NIGHT ♪ ♪ TO THE WIND IN THE LEAVES AND THE LITTLE RIVER RUN ♪ ♪ COYOTE BROTHER HOWLIN’ IN FULL MOONLIGHT ♪ ♪ OUTDOOR WISCONSIN ♪ ♪ HIKE, FISH, HUNT, CAMP, SAIL, CANOE ♪ ♪ SKI, PHOTOGRAPH, LAUGH, DO WHAT YOU WANT TO ♪ ♪ STICK YOUR NOSE WHERE THE WILD ROSE GROWS ♪ ♪ OUTDOOR WISCONSIN ♪ ♪ OUTDOOR WISCONSIN ♪♪

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