Aug 18-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: August: Aug 18-09
Neil's fish story    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from Susan Harri
Favorite past-time    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Brita Haapala

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 06:28 am:

It's not often we get to see the man that flies the plane and snaps the shutter for the many aerial photos that have graced our Pasty Cam pages. But today's the day. Susan Harri, Neil's better half, sent this photo of one of the things he does when he's not piloting his plane. That's a King Salmon he's holding, which he caught while fishing in Lake Michigan waters. I didn't get any particulars on the size and weight, so maybe Neil can chime in with the stats for those inquiring minds that want to know.

While Neil was off on one of the other Great Lakes, Brita Haapala captured a "fishing buddies" scene here in the Keweenaw. I can just imagine what a big time this must have been for the littlest fisherman on the dock. Any time a little guy gets to hang out with one of the big guys, it's a special day indeed.

By Donna (Donna) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 06:52 am:

So that's Neil....congrats on the big lunker!!!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 07:50 am:

Neil not only catches great pictures but a great looking salmon too!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 07:51 am:

It really is nice to see what the man behind the camera looks like. Very nice fish, too!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 07:52 am:

That's not how I was picturing Neil at all! Too funny!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 07:53 am:

I bet that was good eating, YUM-YUM. ;O)

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 07:56 am:

Very nice to meet you Neil!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 08:07 am:

My first time fishing, as a kid, I had one of those little fishing things that the line wrapped around a piece of red plastic. My grandpa got it ready for me and I sretched out on my belly on a pier-and then I dropped my line in the water, hook, line and sinker. ;O( right down to the bottom of the water. My grandpa had a couple more of them in his fishing box. ;O)

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 08:52 am:

Neil, it is nice to now have a face to associate all those wonderful aerial shots to. The grand catch of the day...good job.

Brita, it is always a pleasure to view your wonderful shots of those growing boys. I love the look on the smaller fisherman's face. WHAT A JOY.

By Michael Austin (Mjayeh) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 09:17 am:

Nice one Neil, last year I took a King Salmon out of Lake Michigan. It was 14lbs the biggest fish I have ever caught. We were about four miles out of Manistee, it took me 25 minutes to bring it in.

By John Preisler (Jpreisler) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 09:48 am:

Good eatin'?

By Richard Staszewski (Staszski) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 01:14 pm:

Neils fly over photos really show just what a wonderful place the UP is. I live in Wisconsin, but try to be a "UP-ER" by visiting at least twice a year. Thanks much Neil.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 02:43 pm:

Fantastic shot of Neil and his King Salmon! Wow! Nice to meet you, Neil, and thank you for all the great work you share with Pasty Net.
Your aerial shots are super!

By Michael Austin (Mjayeh) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 06:33 pm:

"John Preisler (Jpreisler) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 09:48 am:

Good eatin'?"

I marinated it overnight in a lemon/herb blend, cooked it on the grill for six minutes each side. Served it a Minnesota long grain wild rice and a vegetable medley. Some of the best tasting fish I have had, nice and flaky.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 07:15 pm:

Hi to Neil. Nice to meet you also.

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 10:25 pm:

Thanks for all the comments. The fish were great.
I flew to Manistique and my buddy picked me up and
drove to Fairport on the Garden peninsula.
I caught this one which was about 8-9 lbs and a 16
lb one. The picture got deleted of the bigger one.
Believe it or not.
Lots of people take their boats there from all
over the state. I highly recommend it. I will send
Mary some aerials of place. All the other
fishermen there seemed very generous with fishing
tips and local hot lures are available.
I usually never get pictures of myself so I really
forgot how I look too. I seem to have grown older
by the looks of it.

By Uncle Chuck at Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 10:31 pm:

Neil, Also nice to meet you, btw- great fish!


By Donna (Donna) on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 07:06 am:

I've had salmon from Lake Superior and from Lake Michigan. Superior's fish IS Superior! No question!!

By FJL (Langoman) on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 08:22 am:

A lot of lures on Mr. Harri's rod. Must need them all!!

By Rowdy (Roudymi) on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 09:46 am:

Nice hat too.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 09:53 am:

Thank you, Mary & Mrs. Harri for showing us the eyes and face behind the camera in the aerial photos that so many of us enjoy so much! It is awesome to finally get to see you, Neil! You are a very handsome guy, and your king salmon is no slouch, either. :-) I caught coho salmon on Lake Michigan once, many, many years ago, on the NW side of the lower peninsula. It made some of the finest eating I have every had, when grilled with garlic butter sauce. :-)

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 10:12 am: may have grown older, but you seem to be in pretty good shape there, dude.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 10:30 am:

WOW! Neil, when you come down to earth, you really come down to earth...uh, water! Fine catch! Hope you have an extra plate to set on the table....I LOVE salmon! :)

By Justin Johnson (Tinksno) on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 12:06 pm:

Can we all say what a yummy catch! Neil, how far out off the Garden Penn were you? Did you head out towards Poverty Island? My stomping grounds are Nahma/Isabella and i am an Escanabian.

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 02:13 pm:

We went out from Fairport and run out past Poverty and the other island. Troll back and forth along the dropoff in about 90'-100' of water. We went 55'-60' deep with downriggers and ran lead lines with dipsies. We also had planer boards.
They say the salm0n school with same size fish so mark the spot where you hook a bigger one and turn as fast as possible to cross the spot again. It is a slow process with multiple lines out.

By Helen (Heleninhubbel) on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 05:19 pm:

Dear Mr Harri....could you please let me have that fish......I LOVE could drop it off at the Jutilla's in Hubbell.......remember you built a room on their house when Julie's mom broke her foot years ago......I never catch a thing....and don't say it's cuz I am a girl....giggles

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