Wrapping it for Walleye

Wrapping it for Walleye

By Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz

 

Like clockwork, the phone at The Next Bite office rings with a call from Santa about this time every year looking for gift advice. After the usual pleasantries, Santa got right down to business. He said there was a guy who had been extra good this past year that had just bought a Mercury powered Nitro Z21. Santa wanted to help him rig it. Continue Reading

The Must Do – Fishing In Wisconsin

The 12 Step Program To Complete Your WI Fishing Bucket List.

The Must Do Dozen

By: Barb Carey

Wisconsin is one of the most diverse places to fish in the world.  In addition to a variety of species that are available, there are also opportunities to experience unique styles of fishing, some of which have a sub culture of their own. Consider this a bucket list of Wisconsin Fishing Adventures. Continue Reading

Fishing Vintage Gear

Fishing Vintage Gear

I collect old fishing equipment. I guess it started when my grandmother gave me my grandfather’s gear after he died. He left me about half a dozen old rods with metal level wind casting reels, his old tackle box and his deer hunting rifle. This was shortly before I joined the Army and left on what would become a twenty year career. During those years I moved ten times but through all those moves I kept grandfather’s old gear. Continue Reading

Smelt Fry

A SMELT FRY STILL BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER 

One of the earliest signs of spring, when I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, was the legendary smelt runs on Lake Michigan and with it the ever-popular smelt fries. Every church, bar, VFW Hall and American Legion Post seemed to have one. 

Eventually, the smelt runs diminished and with it the smelt fries. But today, in the northwestern side of the state, The Baldwin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station has kept the tradition of the spring smelt fry alive. On the last Friday in April, they put on a day long smelt fry attracting people from all over western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.  Continue Reading

Florence County Wisconsin

Florence County

Escape and explore outdoors with family and friends this winter

By: Wendy Gehlhoff

Looking for outdoor winter adventures or a cozy spot to come in from the cold and enjoy great food and great times with friends and family?  Look no further than Florence County, located in northeastern Wisconsin on the border of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Florence County has a population of only 4,500 and 195,193 acres of land under public ownership.  That means over 60% of county land is available to the public giving you endless possibilities for your adventure into the outdoors. With 28 locally-owned restaurants and family-friendly taverns, there is a wide range of food and atmospheres to choose from when you want to relax and refuel after your excitement outdoors.   Continue Reading

Roberts Defense Guns

Roberts Defense

Roberts Defense 1911 Badger Sportsman Magazine recently became aware of a local handgun manufacturer literally right down the street from our office, and with our magazine being all about promoting Wisconsin, its products, and the outdoors, an article on this local business fit right in.  In May, 2016, Marvel Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the 110-year-old machine tool manufacturer, Marvel Manufacturing, acquired Roberts Defense, a leading producer of premium 1911 pistols. Continue Reading