|20 inch smallie on the Mississippi River|
|My "new" 1999 25 hp Merc|
|Chuck's 12 inch walleye on lead core|
|First official Mille Lacs Walleye, 27 incher|
It's pickle time in the garden as we have started making the famous Bernie Konter's Fall Fest Pickles. I have adapted his recipe for a 5 quart ice cream pail by filling it with long quarter sliced cucumbers, onion slices, and dill (all fresh from the garden). Next comes the brine, 8 quarts of water, 1 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of canning salt, a generous tablespoon of minced garlic (not dried), and about the same amount of pickling spice. Mix it up and pour over the cucumbers. Seal with the cover and in a week or so they'll be ready to munch on. The blueberry crop at Blueberry Ridge in Eleva experienced a rough winter so the picking has not been very good. My raspberries are great and now that I planted a few different varieties, we are having berries from July 1st thru the end of September. The plan is to try and get back on the river again on Sunday to take advantage of the existing river height as it's easier to fish right now.