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  2. You might wanna think again. There's an outfit in Australia (Custom Air Seals) that are making replacement piston seals for most spring and gas ram guns that not only boost your velocity by 50-75fps but also dampen the recoil. They take the original seals that look like this And make replacements that look like this... No idea why manufacturers haven't adopted this seal design (patent infringment maybe?) but I swapped out the ones in my Gamo Swarm and my Benjamin Prowler with the Australian seals and I promise you it is something you definitely wanna do to any break barrel gun you plan on hunting with. Talk about waking up a sleeping lion!
  3. Jholder, you couldn't of said it any better! Champ188 I've kept my mouth shut for years seeing you post this bogus WHAT HAVE YOU EVER WON ??!!!!!?? You act like you're this high headed pro, dude you're on here posting pictures of a 10 lb ned rig limit??? Like seriously that's not impressive at all. An a rig is the most level played lure on the market, just because you throw it and struggle doesn't mean you should take away from the guys who have put in the time with it. What's the difference with a jig, or a crank bait?? You go down the bank chunking and winding a crankbait? Isn't that a dumb mindless bait?? Maybe It should be banned. I've honestly yet in 7 years to hear a valid excuse (besides from a pyschial standpoint) of why the a rig should be banned, it always boils down to nobody has one so they use the "I'm too good" "it's too easy" junk. If I'm spending my time away from my family I'm out there to catch as many and as big of fish as I possibly can, if I had to catch 5 little line burner ky's on a ned rather than catch many more numbers and much better quality on an arig I'd just stay home and watch the paint dry. My .02
  4. To the guy above, well said. Think I'll go fishing tomorrow and throw the ned all day!
  5. Man, your collection is growing. I spent an hour a few days ago looking for my first pcp. Went to Bass Pro Friday as they have a few. I need to start looking into perking these guns up, as with any of my current 9, Ive done nothing but add optics. Think I will leave the springers stock, and trick out the pcp as much as I can. Looking good wrench.
  6. Yup. The worst part of this circle, is crop insurance is gov't funded, and regulated. So is flood insurance. The insurance companies have no control over pricing, and regulations. Every company will offer the exact same product(s). Nothing more, nothing less. The difference is claim quality and speed.
  7. While I can appreciate the sentiment, it took 23lbs to win AIA. I'll agree that the A-Rig will spot you a big one here or there on blind luck but 5 big ones for a winning bag on blind luck is a rarity. Blevins (the team who won) has won AIA on TR 3 times in the last two years (I believe). At this point I don't believe he is he just a regular "rumdumb". He's obviously figured out something that works. And in a tourney where all the anglers are legally allowed to use it, the playing field IS level...Until the guy that has put the time in and that has figured out how to apply it, goes to work. I'm not trying to get into the tourney pros and cons here, that's been debated multiple times. As for the fish care aspect of things, I get your point. The learning of fish care comes with time on the water. They can learn how to fizz a fish caught from an A-Rig just as easy as one caught drop shotting or ice jigging. And they will eventually learn, if it's the hard way or the easy way.
  8. Well done! Those of us who have built rods recognize the time you put in that one.
  9. rps

    What's Cooking?

    Chicken Divan. A recipe is on my blog
  10. rps

    What's Cooking?

    Hash with an egg and a salad.
  11. rps

    What's Cooking?

    This was roast chicken with spinach and dressing with mushroom gravy.
  12. rps

    What's Cooking?

    Let us catch up. This bad boy went to the OA One Bass tournament Saturday.
  13. It’s a technique with a place and is far from a novice one. It has taken me several years to figure out where and how. Still trying to figure out how in the world to get it thru trees and reliably hook a fish C-rigs are way harder on deep fish....just my $.02. Not liking a technique or tool is not a good reason to complain about it. I have my kid fish a ned a lot. It’s a proven novice bait and the complaints about it are much less.
  14. I know Champ can respond for himself, but I'll throw in my two cents. The main reason the Arig is frowned upon by so many good fisherman is that any rumdumb, like myself can catch big fish with little or no SKILL. This time of year it levels the playing field for all. There are many deep fish caught as well and most novice fisherman don;t know how to take care of deep fish. It just gives too big of a advantage to the Arig slingers.
  15. Johnsfolly

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    Last night was a use what I can from the fridge. I found some white asparagus, onion, some bacon, a mix of sliced mushrooms (shitake, oyster, and portabella), some sliced ham, and a mix of cheeses ( @WoundedOne smoked cheddar, sharp cheddar, asiago/parmesan blend, and smoked provolone). I also found a third of a box of large shells and a half box of medium shells. I broke up the large shells so that the pasta would cook at the same rate. I sauted the bacon then added the onion and asparagus. Onc ethe onion was close to translucent I added the mushrooms, sweet basil, S&P., kickin chicken spice. I drained the pasta and let it cool. Melted buter and added the cheese and aome milk to make a cheese sauce. Mixed the pasta and the meat/veg mixture in a casserole then the cheese sauce. Topped with more shredded cheddar and baked for 30 mins. No photos but it ended up a pretty tasty dish 😁.
  16. Competing interests. That's what the courts are for. Who's in this one for the recreational use side?
  17. Insurance costs money. And insurance companies are in it to make money. I am sure the risk guys see what is going on and rates will rise costing the farmers more money. Either way, farmers are at a loss. Tax payer dollars spent on flood control and its not happening.
  18. Nice sculpin! My daughter would be jealous.
  19. Why? Is your problem with it that it works too well? Are you incapable of throwing it? Can't afford it? You knock it all the time, what's your deal? Your comments on almost everything are usually negative and consistently have a "holier than thou" vibe, who hurt you?
  20. Mary was going to be gone from Thursday to tonight, so I had a choice to make...do I watch the NCAA tournament and overdose on basketball, or go fishing? I didn't make any real plans, just decided to go if the urge struck me. A couple months ago, after I'd gotten up at 5 AM to go play basketball from 6 to 7, with boat trailer already hooked up on the truck so that I could leave for the river right after basketball, Mary was telling her sister Tina what I was doing, and Tina said, "you know, it must be nice to have two things you are that passionate about." So really, although there is not much that would override my passion for fishing, this was basketball...but...I don't love watching basketball quite as much as I love playing. So when I woke up Friday morning, knowing it was going to be a nice day and the trolling motor batteries were already charged, I headed for the Meramec. This is usually the toughest time of the year for me to figure out the bass on the Meramec. They are leaving their wintering pools and heading for spawning areas, but they are so much in transition that sometimes it's hard to find them...or at least find some that are willing to bite. I headed up the river to a certain wintering pool, and then went right on by it to the next riffle upstream, which has a big slow eddy right up against the fast water. Sometimes, that kind of current seam seems to gather the moving fish. Sure enough, using a deep diving crankbait, I hooked a nice smallmouth on about the third cast. A couple casts later, another one. I ended up catching a half dozen there. Okay, got that figured out. But I was curious whether there were any fish left in the wintering pool, especially toward the lower end where I'd found a pile of them earlier in the year. A half hour and two small bass later, I concluded they were gone. So, find more eddies at the bottoms of riffles? I drifted downriver, fishing smaller eddies along good banks with some current, catching a few more small fish...and then a 17 inch male on the crankbait in one of those little areas. So I kept fishing down one more similar bank. Then I hooked a fish that felt much bigger. It came to the surface, and I was excited. This looked like my first 20 incher of the year. I played it carefully and lipped it...well, maybe not quite 20 inches, but it was a heavy, thick female. I put it on the ruler on the front of the boat...18 3/4th inches! Wow, I couldn't believe I'd misjudged the length of that fish so much. Still, it was a great smallie. But then...I KNEW I needed to replace my trolling motor batteries. They had gotten to where they were only putting out half the power they had when good, but that had been enough the last trip I made before spending five weeks in Montana, and I'd kinda forgot about their deterioration. They had supposedly charged up okay the night before. But by the time I caught the big fish, they were about done. A half hour later, I was done...no power. So I headed back to the ramp, and decided to spend the rest of the day working around our cabin on the river, where I'd spend the night. Saturday morning was just too nice. I had to get back on the river. So as soon as the local boat dealer opened at 8 AM, I was there buying trolling motor batteries. I put in at the nearest access to the cabin and headed upriver, hoping the crankbait bite would continue. First spot, two small bass. Second spot, nothing. I tried a couple of riffle bottom eddies. Nothing. Headed upriver as far as I wanted to fish back down, and stopped at a pool that usually produced both winter and summer bass. Two more dinks. The next pool downstream has one of the best riffle bottom eddies of any pool on this stretch. The riffle is fast and dumps into the pool at a near 90 degree angle, with a smallish but beautiful eddy that drops off into 12 feet of water abruptly. First cast with the crankbait--16 incher. Second cast--a heavier fish struck. After the bad guess the day before, I figured when I saw this one that it was probably 18 inches. But it was another heavy female, and this time when I put it on the ruler, it came to 19 inches. The eddy produced four more fish, each one a little smaller than the last, the last one barely 11 inches. I fished down the pool below, catching one more small fish. By that time, you could tell it was a spring Saturday...the jetboat motorheads were showing up, people buzzing up and down the river joyriding, and I was getting a little annoyed. It sure is nicer to fish during the week. I came to a marginal riffle bottom eddy, and caught a marginal fish from it. Next one didn't look as good, and didn't produce anything. I couldn't find any more that looked like they would hold fish. I caught two more little ones, and then it was 4 PM and I was ready to call it quits. But it was nice to get into a couple of good fish, anyway.
  21. jdmidwest

    My Bees.

    They say bumble bees make honey out of the pollen they collect. They have underground hives that are not as complex only containing several hundred bees max. They don't store as much food as usually only the queen winters. Honeybees have many hundred of thousand bees and winter above ground in great numbers. They rely on the stored honey to survive the winter as a group and keep brood raising all winter.
  22. jdmidwest

    My Bees.

    It may be the color of your box. They see red as black. And black irritates them. I made the mistake of wearing some black latex gloves one time. They swarmed them like mad. What colors do bees see I use plastic in my coated with wax. They will draw it in the spring and when they are building on a young queen. You can always melt some beeswax and brush some more on to get them to work it. Your queens may be getting older, most keepers requeen every 2 years or so. I would make some splits this spring and they will make a new queen if you do a walk away split. I usually take a frame of eggs and brood, a frame of capped brood, and a frame of honey out of a good hive and move it away. Fliers will return to original hive, nurse bees will stay to tend the brood. Feed them well and check them in 3 weeks. If you have new brood, they have made a queen and all is well. If not, add another frame of brood and eggs and give them another 3 weeks. Or buy a queen and put her in the split when you make them. They will release her and the cycle will start much faster.
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