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Posts with tag: "Zortmans"
Stripers in Paradise
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Stripers in Paradise

By KENNETH L. KIESER Leavenworth Times outdoor columnist  Posted May. 7, 2014 @ 6:29 pm    Imagine going fishing in a boat with three professional fisherman on a dark, moonless night without lights. Then imagine this was your first fishing trip.Scary? You bet, just ask Valory Zortman.Her parents own Mockingbird Bay Resort on Norfork Lake in Arkansas, and she was not passing up this opportunity to fish for the legendary stripers she had heard about.The beautiful college coed was instructed on how to cast spinning tackle in a 19 ½ foot Legend bass boat with three other fishermen, or in other words, fishing in total darkness without hooking someone in the head with a big treble hook.Zortman and company were fishing in beautiful Norfork Lake for the healthy striper population, a predator that makes savage attacks and long runs like a rocket bound for Jupiter while stripping line and taxing reel drag systems with ease. Most people start out fishing for crappie or bluegill, but not Zortman. She was entering the fishing world in difficult conditions for a challenging fish.The night-time ride was cool and refreshing as the smooth-running Legend boat split the waves toward a distant cove with promising structure. Each angler cast straight out towards the shore and began a medium speed retrieve with Rogue lures.Veteran outdoor writer John Felsher soon hooked a ...

Our Christmas Tree Flotsam
Monday, December 24, 2012
Stripers in Paradise

You know how some people have fabulously expensive Christmas ornaments with carefully coordinated bulbs and perfect bows to decorate their tree (micromanaging placement of each individual bobble), and they carefully pack each ornament away every year in its own special box?  Well, I'm NOT one of those people.   We refer to our Christmas tree decorations as "Christmas Tree Flotsam"...Flotsam:   The wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on or washed up by the sea.Imagine the stuff that's left behind on the surface of the ocean after a recent ship wreck -- that's rather like our Christmas tree decorations!  -- But how I cherish and unapologetically love the random, bizaar, and exceedingly quirky items that we feel oh-so-nostalgic over year after year.Our Christmas tree flotsam includes lots of vintage ornaments that have graced our trees over the years, both artificial and real.   They're admittedly a bit beat up, but they retain their charm and sparkle. Then we have our traditional "plastic green cow" which is always placed in a prime place on the tree, prominently, in the front, and somewhere about eye level.  The plastic green cow goes back to before I was born and was hung on the tree many years ago -- during the hard years, when my mother was young and newly immigrated from New Zealand to Los Angeles with her ...