Born to Fish

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About Born to Fish

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    Bigmouth Buffalo
  • Birthday 09/18/1956

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    Blue Springs, MO
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    All types of fishing, turkey hunting, Kansas City Royals baseball, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Chief's Football

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  1. I got a Powerdrive V2 last year with I Pilot and love it, especially the spotlock! I bought a "reconditioned one off the Cabela's website. Saved about $300 and it was just like new! I did have to adjust the latch collar and file down the Deploy-Assist Lever some so I could lower and raise the motor. Every Powerdrive I've look at, last year and this, at my local Bass Pro have had the same problem with the Deploy-Assist Lever and latch collar. The Deploy-Assist Lever is a tad too long and won't release from the latch collar. Took me less then 5 minutes with a file to fix the problem. My spotlock will hold within about five feet, even in a pretty good wind. Lot's of good i Pilot videos on YouTube .
  2. Missouri fishing regulations have gone through various periods of increased restrictions and liberalization dating back to about 1900. Commercial fishing for game fish, with fish traps and nets, was common during the late 1800s and early 1900s and lead to the passage of the Federal Black Bass Act in 1926. Most of our fish, and wildlife, resources were nearly wiped out during this time which lead to the formation of the U.S. Fish Commission in the 1870s and MDC in 1936. Some of Missouri's first fish regulations were during the early 1900s including a goggle eye length limit and creel limit. Regulations started to be liberalized in the early 1940s up through the early 1960s. Elimination of market fishing for sport species allowed fish populations to recover plus the country was celebrating life after WWII. Fishing pressure increased significantly with the "Baby Boom" and fishery biologist had many new tools for studying fish populations. Bass numbers started declining, as well as size, by the 1960s. This lead to a 6 fish daily black bass creel limit (1961), a statewide seasonal bass harvest closure (1965), and a 12-inch minimum length limit (1974). By the 1970s, streams and rivers in many states didn't hardly have any bass larger then 10 inches or so. The 12-inch minimum length limit probably was one of the biggest accomplishments of MDC to help the quality of smallmouth fishing throughout Missouri. Having the 15-inch minimum length limit has enhanced it even more and I wish they would have left the 18-inch limit alone. Fishing regulations, like many "regulations", aren't popular with large groups of our population now days. The human population of Missouri is doubling about every 90 years and, the last time I checked, nobody has made any new rivers or streams! However, I still have family members that will keep any smallmouth 11 inches or larger no matter if it's hook-and-line or gigging!!! They don't do it around me but I'm not around them very much! P.S. MDC has lots of river and stream studies dating back to the 1950s thanks to the Dingell-Johnson Act. However, in my opinion, since they eliminated their research office in Columbia, Missouri, some 15 or 20 years ago, they don't do as much "research" as I think they should but that probably goes back to the anti-regulation sentiment now days.
  3. Yep, more Federal land will be sold to private owners and more river accesses, boat ramps, campgrounds, etc. closed to the public. This will all result in fewer places for the public to hunt and fish, unless you're rich and can buy an area for yourself or pay a lease or join a club. Plus a lot of this habitat will be destroyed and converted to other land uses that "make more money". The Missouri legislature has been wanting to do away with MDC's sales tax for years and I'm sure they will try again with the new governor. And, all this as our state population grows putting more pressure on the remaining public areas and habitat. The "good old days" are a thing of the past!
  4. Note the statement at the bottom of the web page; "This website is an entertainment website, news are created by users. These are humourous news, fantasy, fictional, that should not be seriously taken or as a source of information."
  5. Sounds like some great memories and some well, not so great! Thanks for sharing!
  6. Hopefully there's no big rain events in the next 90 days! There's a lot of fine material in that construction debris that could easily wash into the river. There's already too many degraded areas on this stretch of river with too much silt/fine material from human disturbance in the watershed. They could do this work in a month, or less, if they really wanted to.
  7. They should have just left things alone to begin with. Maybe just re-establish a riparian corridor. Design for the original work should have considered high flows, but that's engineers for you.
  8. Wish they would use silt fences, but they're only required for construction sites an acre or larger. I do see a "floating turbidity curtain" on the plan sheets for erosion and sediment control.
  9. Sweet!!
  10. SWEET!!
  11. Businesses on that stretch of Hwy 7 (Clinton to Warsaw) have had a rough go of it for the last decade or so. First, there's the 2008 recession which hit the recreation industry really hard. Locally you have the increased competition from the growth of businesses in Clinton and Warsaw and, on a larger scale, you have competition from LOZ and the Table Rock/Branson area; both areas where you can build houses close to the shoreline. Also, a lot of the "baby boomers" are getting up there in age were they don't recreate as much as when they were younger plus Truman Lake is past its' "boom" period which makes it a bit less popular. Its always been tough to make much of a living on a 3-4 month recreation season in Missouri, especially if you don't have activities for school kids! In fact the last time I drove through Tightwad, the bank had even gone out of business too! Just my 2 cents!
  12. Congrats!! Pretty rainbow!
  13. Missouri lost one of its pioneers of trout fishing, Spence Turner, last Saturday night. If you enjoy fishing for trout in Missouri, especially brown trout, or enjoy fishing any of the "trophy" trout areas, it's because of Spence! Rest in peace my friend! http://owaa.org/owaa-legends/spencer-e-turner-iron-man-in-chest-waders/
  14. Missouri lost one of its pioneers of trout fishing, Spence Turner, last Saturday night. If you enjoy fishing for trout in Missouri, especially brown trout, or enjoy fishing any of the "trophy" trout areas, it's because of Spence! Rest in peace my friend! http://owaa.org/owaa-legends/spencer-e-turner-iron-man-in-chest-waders/
  15. Missouri lost one of its pioneers of trout fishing, Spence Turner, last Saturday night. If you enjoy fishing for trout in Missouri, especially brown trout, or enjoy fishing any of the "trophy" trout areas, it's because of Spence! Rest in peace my friend! http://owaa.org/owaa-legends/spencer-e-turner-iron-man-in-chest-waders/