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For My Father-In-Law

My wife, Linnet’s father, Harvey Gaither passed away this past Tuesday from his third bout with cancer. He was a real trooper, as they say in dealing with it. He kept his composure and his sense of humor and spoke of it very frankly. When the time came he had everything in order he could have thought of and was surrounded by family. That seems to be all there is to say, on the surface. During the days afterward the outpouring of love and support from friends and family was overwhelming

kelly

kelly

 

Looking Ahead

LOOKING AHEAD Terribly sorry for the absence, unfortunately life has a funny way of changing things on you, but it’s time to get back to the fishing. The weather seems to have a mind of its own, and it’s obviously wearing thin on patience. If you’re starting to get the fish itch like me, then one suggestion is to get organized, and get ready mentally. If anything, it gives you a wonderful excuse to wander (somewhat) aimlessly through the aisles of your favorite tackle house. To start

TheBeardedTay

TheBeardedTay

 

The Funeral

I went to a funeral today. It was not a normal funeral as one would think of as normal but rather something like I had never experienced before. This man was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was just ten years older than I and had passed away in a nursing home. I was there because a friend had invited me to come along and basically keep him company. I obliged him and we met shortly before 9:00AM and headed for the Ft. Scott National Cemetery. If you’ve never been there, it is quite a pl

kelly

kelly

 

Of Squirrels And Deer

So gun season has dawned and the Deer are, by now what one would call SKITTISH. I awoke at the crack of TOO DANG to discover it was 61 degrees outside. I immediately switched from long johns and sweat shirts to the more seasonal Hawaiian shirt and shorts. I still had a Doe tag so I went out with my son Steve, who still had a buck tag this morning to a new place. I was in there on the previous Thursday and saw a mess of Does so I figured there must be a buck around somewhere...not. Not eve

kelly

kelly

 

My Dad's Old Deer Gun.

My Dads Deer rifle was a Ruger RL in 257 Roberts. He accurized it himself and, boy could he drive tacks with it. Then one day he got the itch to improve it again. We took it to an old friend of his named Marion Reed who lived along Butler Creek near Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a gunsmith of no small talent. He had it a week and viola a 257 Ackley Improved. 117 grain bullets now flew at 3100 fps. He charged $100.00 because he had to make the cutting tools first. Marion Reed did a lot of work fo

kelly

kelly

 

Weekend Angler

WEEKEND ANGLER: SLOW IT DOWN, MAN. It’s hard to believe that summer is quickly transitioning to fall. It seems like just last week I was reading an article about pre-spawn bass fishing, and now we’re winding down and looking forward to some relaxing fall fishing. If you’re like me, your daytime job prevents you from fishing as much as we’d love, and you have to become a magician of sorts to drop a line and reel ‘em in. Most rely on the weekends to find the one that got away, and that ca

TheBeardedTay

TheBeardedTay

 

Hello, My Name Is...

Taylor, but I'm easily confused for a lumberjack. I'm a teddy bear in disguise, and I am The Bearded Tay. My main goal for this blog is to entertain, tell a story, and talk about my mediocre attempts at fishing. I've grown up in Springfield most of my life, and lived my early years just a stones throw from Bass Pro. I've fished for as long as I can remember, but not until a few years ago did I get really hooked. (hahaha) I'm slowly but surely trying to learn different techniques and rigs t

TheBeardedTay

TheBeardedTay

 

Taking The Maiden Voyage With The New Transom Setup Today

I took the day off today to get a long weekend. Plan to take the Excalibur out on the water and try out the new Lehre 5hp outboard and the new transom configuration. I hope this runs well. I have seen issues with water coming up close to the motor on lots of the Scadden toons out there but with the Excalibur XX I have the rear cross section of pontoon where you sit when you don't have the frame installed, so I hope that keeps the water surge from the toons down. We'll see! Eventually

N9BOW

N9BOW

 

Modifying Scadden Frame To A Transom And Be Able To Change Back

Transom design for my Scadden Excalibur XX with the two person LaserX frame. I didn't want to use the regular cargo plate that comes with the frame due to it not being wide enough or strong enough to handle my 5hp lehre propane motor. I decided to Mod the second person frame section and make it modular take down configuration. This way I could make a transom that was completely attached to the first frame when I want to run this inflatable in zodiac orientation and then reassemble back to the tw

N9BOW

N9BOW

 

From: I Hate Retirees; That Right I Said It

Isn't it funny how the non-retired gripe about the weather and stay home while the retired go fishing if it is anywhere between 125 degrees hot and 1 degree cold....rain or shine, sleet or snow, wind or calm, high water or low water, sick or well. How can you hate the weather if you stay in because of it, and how can you hate the retired because they dont let the weater bother them Love'm both and get outside!!!!!!!!! Source:

chambug

chambug

 

Wormin For Walleye - Part 1

White River Walleye on Worm Harnesses In 1919, Norman Rockwell painted two covers for successive issues of a magazine called The Country Gentleman. The images are now in the public domain. The Fishing Trip The Catch Even Norman Rockwell knew worms catch the fish. Why many people avoid using worms and insist on artificial baits would make an excellent topic for a psycho-social doctoral thesis. I won’t be writing that. Instead, this article is

rps

rps

 

From: Trip Report Thursday, 4/12

Source: Trip Report Thursday, 4/12 WORKED ALL DAY FOR 42 SCATTERED CRAPPIE ... LARGEST WAS 1.8 POUND....FISH WERE ANYWHERE AND EVERY WHERE, MINNOWS AND RUBBER JIGS WORKED WELL,..STARTED PICKING UP WALLEYE AND CRAPPIE AROUND 4PM COSE TO THE SHORE IN ABOUT 10 FEET OF WATER ON JIGS,AND ROADRUNNERS TIPPED WITH MINNOWS AS WELL AS NIGHTCRAWLERS. .CAUGHT SEVERAL LARGEMOUTH AND WHITE BASS WHILE CRAPPIE FISHING COSE TO SHORE AREAS.

DAKOTABOY

DAKOTABOY

 

Fishing Trip 4/09/12

Went out about 7:30 this morning and started by trplling for walleye for awhile. Said the heck with this and went to a favorite spot and caught 13 total. 1 was 15 " one was 14" and the rest were either 12. I did catch one that was 10" and the other one I didn't keep was about 8". All in about 2 hours. I was around the one mile long bridge. Good day.

careperr

careperr

 

My Calendar Runneth Over

My Calendar Runneth Over By Brian Wright brian@outdoorguysradio.com Before the beginning of each year I work on my schedule for the upcoming seasons. First, I review the past year, evaluate my body of journalistic work, and determine if I accomplished what I set out to do. This helps with planning the year at hand. Seems as though this should be pretty easy. Since I primarily focus on angling and/or destinations, you would think planning the year would be easy. After all, look at a

Hillbilly Deluxe

Hillbilly Deluxe

 

Chilly Nights And Indian Summer

Chilly Nights and Indian Summer By Brian Wright a.k.a. Hillbilly Deluxe According to Wikipedia, an “Indian Summer” is a meteorological phenomenon that occurs in autumn, in the Northern Hemisphere. It is characterized by a period of sunny, warm weather, after the leaves have turned following an onset of frost, but before the first snowfall. In my neck of the woods, on Indian Point at Table Rock Lake, Indian Summer generally occurs in early November. There’s something primeval about

Hillbilly Deluxe

Hillbilly Deluxe

 

Trolling For Table Rock Walleye

TROLLING FOR TABLE ROCK WALLEYE INTRODUCTION Rumor has it that fools up North take two foot long, fairy wands out on ice and dabble something called pimples up and down through holes for walleye. That's just wrong. I once read an extended debate on a walleye message board over exactly how many and what size chartreuse and fluorescent red beads needed to be arranged in what order on a crawler harness to catch walleye. Bear in mind, these were grown men arguing over worm fishing. Howe

rps

rps

 

Alaska, 1St Trip

I've been thinking about Alaska since being stationed in Panama some twenty years ago. Finally after realizing that I've been thru Desert Shield/Storm in a Mech Infantry Unit and a year in Afgahanistan after 9/11, and that I've turned fifty years+ old...what am I waiting for?! Booked a flight from KC to Denver to Anchorage. Surprizing less than I thought, about $560 round trip. (Book early)Reserved a car for two weeks. (about $700) Planed on fishing (2 week license $88) and exploring the

GC Witail

GC Witail

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