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    slothman got a reaction from MoFisher22 in I see there are still tournaments going on.   
    I get the Regatta permits for our bass club (LOZ and Pomme) and no one has said anything to me about having “pulled the permits”.  We have been very thoughtfully considering if we should cancel our tournaments, or impose some different procedures to keep people at a distance, or something else altogether. Currently our plan (if we choose to not cancel) is that everyone launch their own boat without assistance, stay away from one another,  weigh fish one person at a time while everyone else stays distanced at their boats. 
     
    Personally, I think now is an excellent time for bass tournaments to change their format to something more like what the kayak guys do where you take pictures with your phone with a gps and time stamp. And fish for total inches instead of weight. Then you could release the fish shortly after catching it and back in the same spot where it was caught. You would also not have to keep the fish alive in the livewell all day with the picture method. 
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    slothman got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in I see there are still tournaments going on.   
    I get the Regatta permits for our bass club (LOZ and Pomme) and no one has said anything to me about having “pulled the permits”.  We have been very thoughtfully considering if we should cancel our tournaments, or impose some different procedures to keep people at a distance, or something else altogether. Currently our plan (if we choose to not cancel) is that everyone launch their own boat without assistance, stay away from one another,  weigh fish one person at a time while everyone else stays distanced at their boats. 
     
    Personally, I think now is an excellent time for bass tournaments to change their format to something more like what the kayak guys do where you take pictures with your phone with a gps and time stamp. And fish for total inches instead of weight. Then you could release the fish shortly after catching it and back in the same spot where it was caught. You would also not have to keep the fish alive in the livewell all day with the picture method. 
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    slothman reacted to Dutch in Do It Midwest Finesse Jig Mold   
    I don’t use a hammer when modifying a mold.  I tape the item in place with masking tape then go to my largest bench vise.  I put the mold in the vice and tighten it down.  

    I also have used JB Weld but lately switched to RTV silicone.
     
     

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    slothman reacted to dtrs5kprs in Do It Midwest Finesse Jig Mold   
    Not at all.
    I would say Mustad is generally "beefier" than Gamakatsu, about the same as Owner. Gammies run a full size small (2/0 Mustad is more or less the same as a 3/0 gammie). Owners and gammies may start sharper, but the Mustad will usually hold a point better...jigs, spinnerbaits. The cutting point Owners are a different animal altogether.
    VMC is becoming more and more available in heavier jig hooks. And their quality is excellent. Sharp, strong, good finish. Their flip jig hooks are amazing. I put a bunch of vmc hooks in heads for little brown jigs and tubes this winter. They run pretty close to the Mustad in terms of dimensions, once in a while one or the other will surprise you. 
    That's a newer VMC in a bug jig. Similar version is available in a standard 60 degree eye. And the most heavily modified mold I use.
    Barlow's is a great place to get a guess on wire diameter. They usually have caliper measurements of diameter for one size of every hook in the catalog.
    Most Do-It molds have a little wiggle room on hooks. Some have quite a bit. Can often modify a mold to use multiple hooks, even different eye orientations. Some mods yield a head with a little more flash, easy enough to trim if it does the job. Takes a hammer, a Dremel, some patience, and sometimes a little JB Weld.
    If you're just needing to jump from say #1 to 2/0, you my just need the hammer. Put the bigger hook in the mold, close it, start gently tapping the frame, beginning at that cavity, but working up and down the frame. Especially in the middle. Might have to use a small piece of masking tape to hold the bigger hook in place.
    We have somewhere north of 40-50 molds. Solid 2/3 are modded out in some way.
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    slothman reacted to Mitch f in Do It Midwest Finesse Jig Mold   
    Dutch, you taught me this and it worked famously! I’ll never buy a weedless mold anymore... only possibly if I’m using a fiber weedguard, which will never happen! 😂😂
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    slothman got a reaction from dtrs5kprs in Do It Midwest Finesse Jig Mold   
    As somebody that is a novice in and is just getting started pouring my own jigs, this is a very interesting and informative thread. I don’t fish a Ned much (hardly at all), but this has been a good education in hook selection. I’ve exclusively used mustad hooks in my bass jigs so far and have been quite happy with them. I have had requests from some guys to use a beefier hook like a gamakatsu or owner. I think I can just use a mustad with a heavier wire (not sure I want to modify my mold to do it though).
    Sorry for the digression. Please continue and don’t allow me to sidetrack your conversation. 
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    slothman reacted to dtrs5kprs in Do It Midwest Finesse Jig Mold   
    The 5318 is super sharp, but bends out, and corrodes badly. Had high hopes for it.
    Think that mold is also cut to take a 604 Gamakatsu in #1. We used that one, but had trouble with points rolling. Corrosion resistance is good. Good hook, if you don't mind chucking out some heads every day. Stopped putting it in our jigs about 4 years ago.
    Sickles never worked for me, in any size under 3/0. Probably just me. The eagle claw version seems less sharp than the old Matzuo, which apparently went bye bye.
    The Mustad 32883, size #2 rocks. Same size as the Gamakatsu (they run a full size small). 2x heavy wire. It's made for salmon and steelhead, basically looks like a little bitty shakey head hook. Points hold up. Good corrosion resistance...I just pulled some cut sticks off that had been on rods since 2018, no rust. That's my choice. The shank to eye leg length is designed to be shorter. This gives it a larger effective gap to listed size, bit does mean most molds have to be tweaked to take it.
    That's pretty much the range. I've seen references to Mustad version of the sickle, but haven't actually seen one yet.
     
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    slothman got a reaction from Mitch f in Flogging   
    I haven’t used chatterbaits, but I’ve heard you can clip the paddle tail off a keitech and it works better than with the paddle tail. 
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    slothman got a reaction from Basfis in Favorite fish fry   
    I found some stuff that is quite tasty. It is called “J.R. Mad’s Magic Fish Breading”. 
    First I just used corn meal, then I moved to Louisiana, then I found JR Mad’s. I think it is the best, but my wife still prefers straight corn meal. 
    I also really like to make a batter and cook them Fish & Chips style with some malt vinegar. Of course, there is also cover it in Old Bay and pan fry/blacken it in butter. That maybe my new favorite way to eat fish. 
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    slothman reacted to MOPanfisher in Like Deer Hunting   
    Without Reading The Rest I Cannot Tell You How Disturbing That Comment is.
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    slothman reacted to fishinwrench in Mid Lake LOO Bass Report   
    Here's a Lake O tip for ya that should be perfect timing.  
    As it warms up to near 60° water temp and the lake is still at winter pool levels the crawdads that burrowed under seawalls and big rocks when the water was up last fall/early winter begin to wake up and will crawl to the edge of the waters new level.   Wiggle warts, hula grubs on stand-up heads, or a 3/8 football jig worked from dry ground into the water and down to about 3-4 ft. is a solid pattern.    Bass will cruise those rocky banks at a depth that is just out of sight and will pounce on anything that enters the water from the shoreline.   
    If your casts are landing more than a couple inches from the waterline though.... you're screwin' up.    
    My personal fav is a 5" Chomper hula grub on a 5/16 Mitch Fields jighead, or a 1/4oz. mushroom style standup head. 
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    slothman got a reaction from mixermarkb in Mid Lake LOO Bass Report   
    It was a tough day for most of my bass club today. Only one limit brought in. The wind was brutal. I caught three nice keepers on a spinnerbait earlier in the day for a little over 9 pounds. I only managed one other short fish. Looks like more people are starting to catch them on LOZ, but it definitely isn’t a great bite yet. 
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    slothman reacted to Mitch f in Being Prepared   
    Yep
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    slothman reacted to Mitch f in Being Prepared   
    Yes I agree, the market fundamentals seemed pretty solid before this hit. My old financial advisor always told us to have 3-6 months of expenses liquid in case of an emergency....he was right
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    slothman reacted to rps in Being Prepared   
    Th wife and I cannot complain. We have been blessed over the years. We draw teacher pensions, SS, and she receives a small pension from her early careers. We are fully bought in here and only pay a monthly.
    Unfortunately all else we saved, except for small cash reserve in the bank, is in mutual funds. It stings to see the market drop that much.  
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    slothman reacted to Kathy E. in Mid Lake LOO Bass Report   
    Okay, so we tried crappie on Wednesday but there were a bunch of people on our community dock -- only two of whom belonged there -- and they had cleaned out the crappie.  We went out in the boat but had no luck.
    But we went out yesterday and I did catch a short bass on the orange Wiggle Wart.  I would cast it all the way to shore where it would snag on leaves under the water 30% of the time.  I mean, the fishing was sloooow BUT I did have THREE other strikes, even though I caught none of them.  I was retrieving fairly slow most of the time although I would alternate with a retrieve, stop, retrieve.  Unfortunately, I cannot remember precisely what I was doing when I got the strikes.  By the way, all of the strikes took place midway from shore to our boat.  BUT I also tried fishing the depth of water where the strikes were coming -- about 10 to 12-feet -- but got no strikes in that area.  It is like they were following the bait out from the shore or close to it. 
    Water is clearing up nicely.  It is still stained but better than it was the last time I reported in.
    I think we will try to go out again on Monday or Tuesday.  I'd been hoping to go out over the weekend but the weather is looking sort of 'iffy.'
    Thank you for your report, slothman.  I had tied on a spinnerbait but I didn't use it.  I did use the Ned rig with no luck; I used a black lizard Carolina-rigged with no luck; and the WiggleWart seemed to do the best even though it was just one fish.  My husband never had a single bite but then he was using a FireTiger Wiggle Wart and maybe that made the difference.
    Oh, two of my bites AND the one fish were off of or near secondary points; the other bite was about halfway down a gravel bank off of a main lake point that was NOT on the channel side.  The wind, which was fierce yesterday, sort of dictated where we were fishing.  Our trolling motor is simply no good at handling the wind and my husband will NOT buy another one.  Go figger, right?  No matter where we went, we were in the wind as it was shifting around pretty good.  Another factor probably against us was that the prevailing winds yesterday here where we fish were from the east and southeast.  Sometimes wind direction doesn't seem to matter; yesterday, perhaps, it did.
    Not many anglers out yesterday so I think the bite is slow or fairly non-existent.  The ones that I did see, including two with dual power poles (which means they are serious) were concentrating solely on secondary points, if that helps anyone. 
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    slothman reacted to Terrierman in Being Prepared   
    It would be a very bad time to try to retire with any kind of money problems at all.  Or worse, be a young family living paycheck to paycheck like a lot of them are in today's world.
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    slothman reacted to snagged in outlet 3 in Being Prepared   
    Money is made when the market goes down just like when it goes.  There’s always someone on the other side of the trade.  Short sellers are mopping it up 
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    slothman got a reaction from BilletHead in Got Lysol Spray? $$$$$   
    If you find out, please report back. I’d love to know the answer to that. I’m gonna have to go check the closet and see what I’ve got in stock. Maybe I could buy a new trolling motor and all the fancy electronics with my Lysol spray and some TP. 
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    slothman got a reaction from fishinwrench in COVID-19 - Coronavirus 2019-nCoV   
    Definitely easier said than done( especially with kids). 
     Being completely debt free is an incredibly amazing feeling though.
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    slothman reacted to Fish24/7 in Got Lysol Spray? $$$$$   
    I saw 1 can sell for $65,000. I just don't get it man... The auction started at under $20 too
    If people are willing to bid sky high and then pay it, I guess it's not price gouging then really. Hope you find several cans!
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    slothman got a reaction from Fish24/7 in Got Lysol Spray? $$$$$   
    If you find out, please report back. I’d love to know the answer to that. I’m gonna have to go check the closet and see what I’ve got in stock. Maybe I could buy a new trolling motor and all the fancy electronics with my Lysol spray and some TP. 
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    slothman got a reaction from fishinwrench in Gas   
    31 mile mark at the point by Linn Creek cove at the convergence of the osage and niangua. I agree that it is super weird here. I understand how the way they do it here makes more sense to people in some ways, but in other ways, like you mentioned, it becomes more difficult. 
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    slothman reacted to laker67 in No Mushrooms   
    I did not find a single mushroom on my walk from the driveway to the dock, but I did catch a limit of white crappie. I was fishing at my SIL's dock at the N37 according to fw's calculations. Only 5 female crappie in the bunch and the males were not colored up yet. Six to seven foot deep over 15 feet of water. And they were not very aggressive, more like a hang on dead weight kind of bite.
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    slothman got a reaction from Kathy E. in Mid Lake LOO Bass Report   
    It was a tough day for most of my bass club today. Only one limit brought in. The wind was brutal. I caught three nice keepers on a spinnerbait earlier in the day for a little over 9 pounds. I only managed one other short fish. Looks like more people are starting to catch them on LOZ, but it definitely isn’t a great bite yet. 
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