September 1999
Vol. 4, No. 3

Teach the Children!
In many parts of the country, school kids take field trips to museums and zoos… here they come to Bay Shore! Just a couple weeks ago the Resort hosted six groups of fifth graders from area schools, to give the kids a chance to see how boats are launched, minnows are kept alive, and a bit about fishing. Two of the area's best fishermen, Carol and Glenn Chenier of Gladstone, came to the Resort to talk, and answer the youngsters questions. All were told about the Resort's ice fishing contest just for kids… and many said they'd like to take part. Speaking of the Chenier's, the Resort wants to again congratulate Glenn and Carol for winning the MWC's Husband and Wife Team of the Year award. They are two of many local residents who fish the many MWC tournaments around the Midwest, and will be taking part in the MWC World Championship next summer.

Summer was Great for Walleye
This newsletter has been saying for years that the mid-summer weeks of late July and early August are good ones for walleye fishing. It's generally the hottest part of the summer here, as it is in most of the country, but the days are long and many fishermen get an early start, then come in for lunch, and then catch a nap before going out again another few hours on the water.

Thanks for the Compliments on the Cabins
Connie and Naomi have been hearing lots of compliments on the cabin remodeling work done the last couple of years. A number of the guys have said they'd be talking to their wives about joining them for a week at the Resort next year… even if their ladies aren't as avid fishermen as they are. The many nearby golf courses, along with other attractions like the Casino, bingo and shopping make a trip to the Little Bay de Noc area attractive even for the non-fisherman in the family.

Register Early...Save Money
Take a look at the new 2000 reservation form, because if you're able to plan ahead, you'll save some money on next year's vacation at the Resort. Reservations confirmed with a deposit by February 1st will be made at this year's rates. So check your calendars, talk to your fishing buddies and make your plans now so you'll have the best chance for your favorite cabin. Get your deposit in by February 1st and you'll get the best rate. See you next year!

Our Bait Love the Shop Changes
Every time you turn around, it seems like there's something new at the Bait Shop. Just since the first of October, Naomi has installed new covers on the minnow tanks to maintain water temperatures and cut down on the growth of algae. New air regulators on each tank were also installed, all to allow the Bait Shop to continue to sell the healthiest minnows in the area. The shop itself is much brighter than it was a couple years ago. New windows let in more light, and the walls are painted white to make it easier to find the lures and gear you need to make your fishing trip even more fun. The top sellers in the shop this year were crawler harnesses from Walleye's Choice, and the deep-diving crank baits from Rapala. Many of the Storm lures were popular as well this summer. In case you missed it, Normark, the maker of Rapala lures, bought out the Storm Company, and has announced they'll be cutting in half the number of lures made under the Storm label. Naomi and Connie want you to know that they have a good supply of many of the soon-to-be-discontinued lures, so if you'd like to grab a few of your favorites before they're gone, just call the Resort and they'll make arrangements to ship you what you'd like. And if you really can't go fishing without a specific lure, the company has said they'll put a discontinued lure back into production if the order is large enough.

Maneuver Past Butler's Island for Great Fishing
Did Butler's Island reach out and grab you this summer? The island lies just off shore from the Resort, and anglers have to be careful to stay between the red and green buoys to be safe. Connie calls it the "Bermuda Triangle for props" and that about sums it up. The public launch site next to the Resort was busy all summer long, as the low water level on the bay effectively closed many other sites. The low levels affected many of the old favorite fishing spots… a few got better, but in most cases fishermen had to find new places to try their luck. The walleye season was good again, but the perch fishing was exceptional. From early spring thru the present, the perch have been caught in large numbers. Naomi reports that even when the walleye bite was off, fishermen came into the shop with tales of good luck on perch and bass. The late season has begun a bit early this year… probably because of lower water temperatures. This is the time of year when the real trophy size walleye are taken. The days are shorter, the nights are cooler, but if you don't mind the cold, this is the time of year for great fishing. And it's not just the people who know this is a good time for fishing. Naomi spotted a pair of bald eagles last week. Watching an eagle swoop down and grab a fish… what a sight!

New Towel Policy
Just a reminder. While we provide clean cabins complete with bed linen, kitchenettes with utensils, refrigerators, and color TV's, the Resort no longer furnishes towels. We had some problems in past years with guests using our towels to clean out their boats, wipe off muddy boots, etc, so we had to change our policies. We have a supply of towels available with a refundable deposit, if they are returned in good condition when you check out. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Woody's Corner
Woody has just celebrated her fifteenth birthday, and she's still letting people know just how important she is. Her hearing and vision have deteriorated, but she's still got to check things out at the shore. This summer she was regularly down at the public boat launch next to the Resort, greeting the fishermen as they came in and checking out the catch of the day.

The Old Recipe Box
Fish With Citrus Sauce

* ¸ cup orange marmalade
* ¸ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
* 2 tablespoons bottled white horseradish
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 3 teaspoons minced garlic
* ¸ teaspoon salt
* 1 cup chopped parsley
* freshly ground black pepper
* 2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
* ¸ cup pineapple juice
* 2 tablespoons dark rum or Cognac, optional
* Six 8-ounce boneless, skinless fillets

In a non-corrosive saucepan combine the marmalade, horseradish, garlic, parsley, Tabasco sauce, lime or lemon juice, pineapple juice, rum and oil. Season with salt and pepper and marinate the fish in this mixture for 1 ¸ hours.

Preheat your grill or broiler. Remove the fish from the marinade and transfer the remaining marinade to a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Grill the fish for 3 to 5 minutes per side, depending upon the thickness. Baste the fish as it cooks with the marinade. Serve the fish with a tablespoon or so of the marinade.

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