Buzz Baits Breaking!

Short video on the Northland Buzz Bait breaking. This is temp as I am working with Northland to see if they have a wore quality issue.

How Do Honeybees Make Honey!

Collecting Nectar & Pollen For Winter

It’s Oct 24 and there are only a few warm days left for the Honeybees to gather nectar and pollen for their Winter food supply. So this is why you see so many Bees working aggressively during these final warm Fall days. Yes, Honeybees use both Nectar & Pollen for a food source and here is why!

Collecting Nectar

To make Honey a honeybee needs to fly to several hundred flowers to gather its Nectar. To collect this nectar the bee sucks it from the flower and stores it in its Nectar Sac, or a separate stomach for just storing nectar. When the nectar sac is full the honeybee will return to the hive and pass the nectar to the indoor bees via their mouths. These indoor bees will do the work of reducing the water content down by chewing the honey and passing it on to another bee until the water content is only 17% – 20%. To evaporate more water from the honey, the bees will place the honey into the honeycomb and fan it until the correct water content is reached, then the comb will be sealed with wax and stored for Winter use (food).

The Honey Process

So how was the honey made and where did the water come from. The water is in the Nectar the flower produced, but the honey is made as the bee sucks the nectar into its mouth. There the bees have glands that secrete an enzyme into the Nectar (sucrose), which generates glucose and fructose honey. Sounds gross right, but it does taste good! Note, Honey produced by Honeybees has a low pH that is inhospitable to bacteria, mold, and fungi, allowing it to last for years without refrigeration.

What If The Honeybee Gets Hungry

If the honeybee gets hungry and needs energy during its travel is can open a valve in its Nectar Sac, allowing a portion of the nectar to passe through to it’s stomach. At the hive the bee can eat honey already produced if needed. Note, A bee will produce 1/12 of a teaspoons of honey in its lifetime, so you can see it takes a lot of Honeybees to make a quart of honey.

Why Do Bees Collect Pollen

Pollen is used as a food source, but it does not produce the Honey we all know so well and like. The honeybee also stores the pollen on its back legs instead of in a special sac like the nectar, as you can see in the picture below. But how is it used? The bees will mixed the pollen with honey making a Bee Bread (food), which is rich in protein and the main food source for both the larvae and new baby bees. Note, A bee can collect about have their body weight in pollen.

How To Make Fly Fishing Poppers – Quick, Easy, and Cheap

Making Bass & Bluegill Fly Fishing Poppers

When making Fly Fishing Poppers you can purchase all the tools, lacquer paints, feathers, etc.. and make them look like the store poppers, but does it really matter to the Bass and Bluegills. Will I can tell you it does NOT, as I did purchase all the tools and found after years of making flies and poppers you can make them faster, easier, and much cheaper without these tools. Now they will not look like a manufactured popper, but they will catch just as many fish and I can tell you my tools are stored away in a box as these two methods will save you time and money. And they work great!

Making Poppers Out Of Foam

Here I step you through the easiest method I know, making Fly Fishing Poppers out of foam. And there is no thread wrapping or tying involved.

Making Poppers Out Of Dowel Rods

Here I step you through a process that takes a little longer than with foam, but works great and looks good. We will use thread here for the tails, but we do not use feathers as we have a much better material to use that attracts the fish even better. It’s called Flashbou!

Picking Wild Berries – Getting Out To Nature

Picking Wild Berries

In the Mid West the time to pick wild berries is July and August. You can start with the Red & Yellow Raspberry, then the Black Raspberry & Mulberry, followed by the Blueberry and then the Blackberry. Altogether its just a great time to be out in nature seeing the wildlife and picking the fruit it has to offer.

Picking Red & Yellow Raspberries

Red and Yellow Raspberries turn ripe in early June and continue through July and may bear fruit more than once a year. Research in this area has shown that the anti-cancer benefits of raspberries may extend beyond their basic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory aspects. Phytonutrients in raspberries may also be able to change the signals that are sent to potential or existing cancer cells. Oh and they taste great!

Picking Mulberries

Wild Mulberries turn ripe in early July and are very tasty. They are full of vitamin c, iron, calcium and protein. Mulberries are highly valued for both their sweet berry flavor and medicinal value. They contain high levels of Reserveratrol, which is the same powerful antioxidant that is found in the skin of red grapes and red wine.

Picking Black Raspberries

Black Raspberries turn ripe in Mid July and are the best tasting of the raspberries. They offer the same benefits described under Red and Yellow Raspberries. which contain the antioxidants alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and choline. Raspberries are also a powerful source of polyphenols such as anthocyanin, flavonols and ellagitannins. Oh and these taste incredible!

Picking Blueberries

Wild Blueberries turn ripe in late July or early August and can be easily found in the upper part of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Blueberries are known for warding off heart disease. The blueberry’s fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. The fiber in blueberries helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease. As for eating you can eat them plain, in cereal, with cream, and my favorite in pancakes.

Picking Blackberries

Blackberries turn ripe in late July and early August and do not have the same sweetness as the Raspberries. Much like spinach, raisins, apples, plums and grapes, blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C, but other nutritional benefits include a very low sodium count and having only 62 calories to a cup. The dark blue colour ensures blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits.

Picking Strawberries

Wild Strawberries turn ripe in June and even though they are very small compared to those grown in the garden they are still very tasty. Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber. One cup of fresh strawberries contains 160% of your daily needs for vitamin C.

BBQ Sauce for Ribs and Chicken – Quick and Easy

How To Make A Great Barbecue Sauce

After trying many different ingredients to make a great BBQ for Chicken and Ribs, but with little time and expense involved, I finally came up with one. I also use ingredients that many of us have at home already, so no special trips to a unique store to find.

Ingredients for Making Our BBQ

When using these ingredients you need to determine if you want a tangy sauce, a sweet sauce, a rich sauce, or any combination. You can even change the amount of tangy taste you like, for example I like my ribs more tangy than my chicken and I like my chicken richer in taste.

1. Sweet Baby Ray’s “Honey Barbecue Sauce” (2/3 of the amount you will need for the entire sauce)
2. Heinz Ketchup (last 1/3 to complete the amount of sauce you needed)
3. Yellow Mustard or French Mustard (Tangy Ingredient, taste the sauce until you have the level of Tang you are looking for)
4. Garlic Powder (use only the amount you like to taste, don’t over due it)
5. Molasses or Sorghum (Sweeter) (I like to add a couple of tablespoons)

Making The BBQ Suace

This video will walk you through making this BBQ.