Category: Hunting & Fishing tails

Ma & Pa Kettle

  I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. ~George Washington     Whenever autumn arrives my thoughts turn to pheasant hunting; one of my favorite activities throughout the years. My best friend Jim and I hunted and fished together for many years, until he passed away unexpectedly some time […]

Smelt Fishing in Old Kenosha

  Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after. ~Henry David Thoreau     I’ve gotten some very nice emails and notes regarding my perch fishing story in “Our Wisconsin” magazine. The story, which is also on my blog, recalls those “good old” days […]

The Flying Rowboat

  I’ve had boats that sank, boats that rolled away, and even one that flew. ~Joe     Some of my friends and relatives (my wife being one) have commented at one time or another, that everything happens to me. While I disagree with that in whole, I will admit that I’ve had my share […]

The Runaway Pony

  A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle. ~Ian Fleming     We had a small mobile home on Lake Puckaway in Central Wisconsin. Puckaway is a very shallow lake, which is fed by the Fox River. It is a very diverse fishery and we have caught many nice fish […]

Tommy and the Turtle

    If I fished only to catch fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago. – Zane Grey       My friend Tommy and I have had many great fishing adventures over the years. We’ve ice fished, river fished, pond fished, fished in the big water of Lake Michigan and the far […]

The Storm on Silver Lake

The Silver Lake Tornado Joe Campolo Jr   George is one of my oldest and best friends. We grew up together in the “Sunnyside” neighborhood of Kenosha, Wisconsin. George lived about four houses down from me, and whenever I wanted to know if George was home all I had to do was stick my head […]