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Nothing beats a great pair of legs

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BullfrogIt's a sport that jolts your senses. A bazillion mosquitoes are buzzing in your ears. The pungent odor of swamp water and insect repellent permeates the humid, saunalike air. Your lips taste salty from the sweat running off your face.

A single beam of light sweeps through the darkness. You squint your eyes, searching for a white belly or glowing golden eyes on the muddy banks. Just upstream, you hear the distinctive, sonorous call of your quarry: Brrr-rum. Brrr-rum. Brr-rum.   more...

 

 



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Drowning boy plucked from river

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Wayne Arnold plunged into the running swells of the St. Clair River without a moment's hesitation.

It was a little after 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Huron Lightship site manager had not heard a call for help, but only seconds earlier, standing on the moss garden that surrounds the ship, he had seen what could have been the look of death on a tiny face.

The boy was 4 years old, Arnold later learned, but at the time, all he could think of was reaching the lifeless form not far from his museum vessel.

"He was floating on his back, about two feet under water, with his eyes bulging," Arnold recalled.

He threw off his cap, chucked the wallet from his pocket and jumped in feet first. Then, grabbing on to the boy, he held his head above water until he got to a ladder.   more...

 



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Second boater dies after late-night accident

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A second man has died from injuries suffered in a boating accident that previously claimed the life of one man and critically injured two others.

Samuel "Nash" Collins died Friday at University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor.

Mark Jackson, a recent graduate of Oakland University, died immediately when the 20-foot Mariah in which he was a passenger struck a dock while traveling at a high rate of speed in darkness in the North Channel near Harsens Island early Wednesday.

Jackson was standing in the back of the boat on the left side and took the full force of the collision, said Lt. William J. Krul of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Division. Collins, whose father owned the boat, was the driver.   more...

 



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A Great Lake - Huron

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Here's one way to one-up the friend who owns a summer home on Martha's Vineyard. Say that you can't stand mob scenes, so you vacation on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. Huron may sound at first like a spot for coal barges or steel mills, but parts of it are quite beautiful. And being in Canada, where the dollar costs you only 75 U.S. cents, the eastern shore is cheap. This is a friendly, 100% snoot-free zone. And all there is to do is nothing: Eat sweet corn, paddle a canoe, golf, go antiquing, walk the white sand beaches, swim and watch sunsets.   more...

 



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August is perfect time for lakeside runs

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Nothing beats the dog days of summer like a flop in a lake after a hard, hot race.

One of the state's great beach races, Harborun, takes place Aug. 2 as part of Elk Rapid's Harbor Days. A kids' fun run is at 8:30 a.m., with a flat and fast 5K and equally flat and fast 10K at 9.

Both start and finish at Veterans Memorial Park, near Lake Michigan. Within walking distance is a carnival with dozens of rides, and the main street through the village is filled with food vendors of every description.   more...

 



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Congratulations to H2ONotes Depth/Fish Finder Giveaway Winner!

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Eagle Fishmark 320 FishfinderH2ONotes congratulates Steve Freitas of Grosse Point Farms, our winner in the Eagle

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Depth/Fish Finder giveaway! Steve originally signed up for H2ONotes at the Detroit Boat Show earlier this year. He is an avid boater and reads H2ONotes frequently.

Special thanks to Freeway Sports who generously donated the prize: valued at over $300!

 



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Roboshark Measures the Ocean

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The Roboshark with a school of grey reef sharks /PAThe 77lb. robot has an electronic "brain" which dictates its swimming patterns, speed, depth and direction.

Kelvin Boot, head of education at the National Marine Aquarium, said: "This is a very sophisticated piece of underwater technology. It is a fantastic example of how technology can be applied to help us understand more about the oceans." more from Ananova...



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BoatUS reveals most popular members’ boats

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BoatU.S., the world's largest organization of recreational boat owners, announced today the 20 most popular brands of boats owned by its 540,000 members. Leading the list are Sea Ray, Bayliner, Wellcraft, Grady-White and Catalina.   more...

 



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Heavy duty

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Genzink Steel's current project with Lake Michigan Contractors may not be the company's biggest, Vice President Mark Genzink says, but few have had a higher profile. That's because Genzink Steel teamed up with Lake Michigan Contractors to transform a barge into a massive floating dry dock on Lake Macatawa near Kollen Park.  more...

 



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Port District can hire police force

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State lawmakers have given the autonomous Illinois International Port District power to hire its own police force as Chicago port officials scramble to meet security needs. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has yet to sign the bill, which has been sitting on his desk for more than a month. The bill would amend a state law that created the port district, which oversees imports and exports on Chicago's Southeast Side.   more...


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It's a boat, it's a car, no it's Amphicar

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Robert Vondracek angled the tight corners on the bumpy, curved dirt path leading down to the banks of Long Lake, commenting until the front tires met water on how well the two-door, red and white car, handled.

At the water's edge, he pulled a button on the dashboard to close the air vents, tugged on a floorboard handle, engaging two rear propellers, and for a moment, James Bond had nothing on him as he cruised the car into the water and began motoring through the lake.



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Early Season Tactics for River Ducks

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Avoiding crowds is not easy--here's a classy way to do it.

There's nothing like the sights and sounds of a big marsh on a cold, autumn morning. Singles, pairs and even huge flocks of mallards, pintails and other puddle ducks cartwheel out of the leaden sky and drop into the decoys scattered among the cattails. With soaring duck numbers, limits often come quickly.   more...

 

 



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Search Continues for Hit and Run Boater

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A woman was hospitalized after a boating accident that took place on Lake St. Clair Sunday night.

The woman's daughter reported that she was out fishing with her parents when a boat traveling 20 mph hit their boat.

The accident took place at 10:30 pm Sunday night. The woman has since been released from the hospital. Police continue to search for the driver and the hit and run boat.

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Impact of Hunting & Fishing in Michigan

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You may be surprised when you see the true economic impact created by hunters and anglers in our state. Here are some facts every sportsman should know, brought to you by the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation.   more...

 



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Water courses thick through Krause's blood

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Anyone who is familiar with the waterfront in Boat Town knows, or knows of, Jim Krause. Here is a gentleman who started work around the water's edge when he was nine-years-old and became a no-nonsense worker who only knew full speed ahead in everything he did. Always telling it like it is, he has the kind of personality that holds the interest of everyone, including those who seek his advice.  more...

 

 




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