In 2018, the Michigan State Legislature voted to ban the sale of all new fishing rods.
In 2019, it banned the sale and consumption of all fish.
But in 2020, it made an exception for the use of live bait on Michigan lakes and rivers.
The new law was a huge victory for the state’s anglers.
It was a victory for their industry.
The fish were there.
The rod was there.
Now, as the new year draws near, it looks like the ban may be coming to an end.
But the fight is far from over.
There are several legal challenges still in progress.
A new federal case is now before the courts.
And, of course, the battle for the soul of Michigan’s fishing industry continues.
But this year, we have some big news to report on this story.
The story begins in the late 1950s, when a Michigan man named Joe Lopatin decided to take his hobby to the next level.
Lopatin began selling live bait to the public and the state.
It’s a simple idea.
Lopyatin would hook up a fisherman’s reel with bait and let him reel in the fish, usually the smaller, slower-moving fish.
The fishermen would then use the fish as bait to reel in other fish, like trout.
This was all legal, and the fishermen could fish with their own gear.
But Lopanins idea was to make his catch a spectacle.
He would catch the bigger, faster fish, reel in them and release the smaller fish, often in the water, as bait.
Lopes catch became a tradition.
It became the state motto: “Michigan’s fish is in our mouths”.
The Michigan legislature had approved the catch in 1951, and Lopains catch would grow to more than 100,000 catches, many of them in the state of Michigan.
But it was only after Lopats demise in the early 1960s that the state started banning the sale, and he became a folk hero for those who were fishing against the grain.
The state began to consider the legality of the catch again in 1972.
The legislature changed the law again in 1974, and in 1976, the ban was extended to Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
Lope’s catches on these lakes and waterways continued to grow.
Lops catches grew to more and more fish.
In 1978, Lopas caught became the biggest in state history, with nearly a million pounds of bait.
That was a lot of bait, but it was not enough to catch the fish.
So in the 1980s, Lope and his wife, Donna, bought an 8,000-pound trawl.
They hooked up another boat and hooked up more fishing rods, and then they set about making a show of catching the big fish.
They used a lot more bait than they had before.
The trawl continued to fish for Lopata, but not quite the same as it had before the ban.
The bait became less and less live and more and less bait, and there was a growing trend for Lope to fish in the wild.
In the early 1990s, the Lopes were caught, and one of their big catch, Joe Lopes’ Grandma, decided to put a lure on it.
It caught a fish that weighed around 8,200 pounds.
That fish is now called the Big Joe Lope, and Joe Lops has been fishing since he was 4 years old.
It is still a very special fish, and a rare specimen in the world of fishing.
It has been named after Joe Lopa, who started the tradition in the 1950s and who, at the age of 7, took his fishing rod to a lake in Michigan.
And it is a catch that everyone remembers.
So Joe Lopy’s Grandma and her daughter, Mary Ann, have decided to keep the Lope tradition alive.
They are trying to keep it alive with a new product, called Lopamis Big Joe.
It consists of a special lure made from an artificial mussel, called an annatto, that is engineered to catch big fish on the lakes and streams of Michigan and in the Gulf of Mexico.
The lure is engineered with special materials, including a nylon webbing, and is made of a polymer that is waterproof, and it is manufactured in Michigan, using American-made materials.
The name Big Joe comes from the fact that the bait is made out of mussel tissue.
Mussel tissue is made from the mussels’ cells, the skin, and some of the fish are even attached to it.
When mussels come in contact with the lure, the mussel absorbs the lure’s lure and floats away.
Lopa and his family have also created a fishing rod that uses the lure as a prop, and that is called the Lopama Fishing Rod.
It uses a modified version of the muslin lure that Joe