March 25, 2018
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Word from the Woods: It’s all about the fish

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Will Caron (center), 9, gets some help from Capt. Pete Douvarjo (left) while driving his boat as sister Paige Caron (right), 6, watches during a fishing trip Aug. 26.
By John Holyoke, BDN Staff

Over the weekend I shared a neat package with readers that I’d love for you to check out. In short, I took my boss fishing. Or, more accurately, Capt. Pete Douvarjo of Eggemoggin Guide Service took my boss fishing. The result: A feature story on the day, a column about the experience and why we took the trip, and a food story about the smoked, pickled mackerel that I created. The best news: After an unsuccessful moose-watching trip earlier this summer, I seem to be back in my boss’s good graces … I think.

— John Holyoke

Health scare inspires Maine man to captain fun family fishing voyages

“Here’s the most important rule,” the owner of Eggemoggin Guide Service told 9-year-old Will Caron and his 6-year-old sister, Paige Caron. “No hooking Captain Pete.”

Another guarantee to the boss: I can find you a fish … honest

A few weeks back, I boldly headed into the woods, new boss in tow, to show her exactly how smart her outdoors editor was. She learned. Boy, did she learn.

Pickled, smoked mackerel is a fishy feast

“Update: The smoke smells wonderful. The mackerel is not as pretty as it once was, and the fire department has likely been notified that there’s a fish on fire on [my street]. But did I mention that the smoke smells wonderful? I gotta find something else to smoke. Anybody got a spare pig? A rack of ribs? Hell, even a fresh raccoon would probably do.”

Blog log

State and Capitol: Game warden MacCabe speaks out on bear referendum

Maine game warden Kris MacCabe, star of the Animal Planet TV show “ North Woods Law,” discusses why the Maine Warden Service is opposed to Question 1, a referendum to ban bear baiting, in a video posted Tuesday morning by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Out There: Reader uses novelty BDN key chain to catch a bass

Officially, they were key chains with the BDN logo emblazoned on them. But these key chains were designed to look like bass lures, and more than one avid angler told me that they planned on adding hooks and trying to catch a fish on our BDN bass keychain lure.

On the horizon

We’ve got two pretty cool projects in the works this week: First, on Thursday, Aislinn Sarnacki and I will be in Portland for a town hall-style debate on the bear hunting referendum. That debate, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be streamed live at and on the ABC13 website. It will also be aired on ABC13 at a future date.

And second, I’ll be heading to Augusta for the release of the two eaglets that were rescued from their Bangor nest earlier this year. The eaglets have spent the summer at Avian Haven, and are now fit to be released into the wild. I’ll be on the scene and we’ll have a story, photos and video of the release on Friday afternoon.

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