Local outdoorsman having busy time

EVART— Evart area resident Mark Sochocki, also executive director of the Big Rapids Housing Commission, has found plenty to do lately on the outdoor front.

He lately went perch fishing at Saginaw Bay, one of his favorite activities.

“It went very good,” he said. “A friend and I caught more than a hundred perch. There were about five to six inches of good ice, which was surprising. It was pretty good. My friend got a 13-inch perch.”

Sochocki said last there are plenty of individuals waiting for safe ice.

“I’ve heard of a couple of areas around here where the ice hasn’t been that good yet,” he said. “We were in shallow water on the bay, with less than three feet of water.”

Local reports this week indicates the ice is better in some areas.

Sochocki said he went to the Thumb for the opening day of the late pheasant season, which was Dec. 1.

“I didn’t get a chance to be there for the regular season,” he said. “I was just too busy. We had a good Saturday over in the Thumb. A friend and I shot our limit of rooster pheasants.”

Sochocki said he wasn’t able to get in too much deer hunting but his sons picked up the slack.

“My oldest son shot a nice buck on the first day of rifle season (in the Evart area),” Sochocki said. “My other son shot one with a bow and with a gun later in the rifle season. I did a little bit of grouse hunting last season but it was slow. I think I got one grouse. We did not see many. The guys bird hunting in the area said it was a pretty slow year. But I’ve only been out one time.”

He was hoping to get back to Saginaw Bay by the end of the month.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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