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West Michigan Fishhead

cy berg

Joined Nov 25, 2013
Hello all! I am a diehard fisherman who moved to Michigan from Illinois so I could be closer to more fish. I also write a regular outdoors column for the local newspaper, The White Lake Beacon (search "Berg's Catch of The Day" if you are interested)

Learned to smoke salmon first and then discovered whitefish season. Truly a fish built to be smoked. We get them in good numbers right around Thanksgiving, at night, along the shore of Lake Michigan wherever bigger rivers flow in. Have been smoking in a side box smoker grill for about 5 years and the results are spectacular. Needing additional capacity for when we whack 'em I built a wood smokehouse.

The smokehouse is not ready for prime time, having failed to maintain temp on my trial run Saturday. I went looking for help and Lo and Behold here you all were!

Really looking forward to the feedback.


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Joined Jun 20, 2013
Hey Cy

Welcome to the forum.  You'll finds tons of info here.  Just ask



Master of the Pit
Joined Dec 31, 2012
Welcome aboard.!..this is a wealth of knowledge and the search bar at the top will be your best friend.  Do you also drink dogfish head? )))
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Epic Pitmaster
Joined Oct 7, 2012
Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.


gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 6, 2011
Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything  ........
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Feb 9, 2009
Welcome aboard Cy!  You'll find that this is a great place to share ideas on smoking, grilling, etc.  There are plenty of folks here who genuinely enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.


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