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  1. mixermarkb

    looks like champ weather

    Take your time with that knee deal Champ. I hope you get to get back in the boat as soon as possible, but make sure you are ready. I don't know what kind of wear and trea golfing requires, but getting out from behind consoles and up onto the deck, as well as running a TM all day isn't exactly taking it easy.
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    2 drownings at Castlewood

    Ok. How many of you guys have extra life jackets in your garage that you no longer use? I do. Could we as the OAF community build a wooden rack, stock it with PFD's and place it there with the cooperation of the local authorities? Can't make folks use them, but at least they would be there...
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    Spinnerbait Rod

    MOsmallies, I have never fished any of the Falcons other than the Cara series. My guess just from shaking them in stores is that the Lowrider would make a very good spinnerbait stick as well. Action seems similar, maybe just a touch slower, which I wouldn't hate. Not to sway you to spend money you don't want to spend, but I do find that I use the AOY rod pretty often, not just for spinnerbaits. It also makes a great big spook type rod, and for squarebills in cover, and works fine for bigger jerkbaits as well. It's a great all around rod for any moving bait technique that you point the tip at the water for, or need extra casting accuracy for close quarters.
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    stuck on 17

    At least you are working on your garage and new Champ. I have just been working on paying bills! Both my boats have been sitting all summer!
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    Spinnerbait Rod

    But- that said, if you like the lews, run it by sportsman's outlet/lews HQ in Springfield and see if they will do anything for you. Lews customer service has been pretty outstanding, and they may pro-rate you a replacement.
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    Spinnerbait Rod

    Falcon Cara 6'8" AOY model. Best spinnerbait rod I've ever used. 2nd place would be a G.Loomis MBR-783 in GLX, or an 843 if the 7' length was ok. I'm with Wrench though and like a slightly shorter rod for slinging blades.
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    Falcon Cara and B&R outlaw rods, need to move!!!

    Ham- I have the Cara McClelland Football Jig and Swim Jig rods, and the Cara Reaction deep crank rod.
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    Falcon Cara and B&R outlaw rods, need to move!!!

    bump and final price drop before ebay!
  9. All around good seller here, and he babies his stuff. Buy with confidence! ps, that's a nice wiggle wart stick, and throws a topwater a long way!
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    Tragic Event

    There is a huge difference between a normal pop up summer thunderstorm, and a long traveling, severe thunderstorm warning tagged, storm. I'm not saying the captain or driver or anyone else are bad people, but I am saying that several people had to exercise poor judgment, , and there should have been policies in place to protect their patrons from poor judgment. Even if your equipment is rated to work in 60-70mph winds, severe thunderstorms are just not places for the general public to be. At any concert I'm working, when I see that warning box go up, we are clearing the area and waiting it out. No exceptions. There is no form of entertainment worth having people exposed to a severe storm. It's not like those people were working a job that they knew could be dangerous, or storm chasing looking for an adrenaline rush. They were just there to be entertained for 30 minutes or an hour or however long the trip was. Attractions like the ducks, theme parks, professional sporting events, my industry of concerts, etc, ALL have to get serious about weather plans, terrorist/active shooter plans, etc. There have been plenty of examples already, and it sucks that some people have been too slow to come up with common sense plans to keep their patrons safe. NO ENTERTAINMENT IS WORTH DYING FOR.
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    Tragic Event

    Golden rule of entertainment is don’t let the paying customers die. I liken this to the stage collapse at the Sugarland show a few years back at the Indiana State Fair. Storm warnings were out, it was clear on radar that it was unsafe, and folks ignored the warnings to try and make a buck, or rather keep the bucks they had already made. Same thing happened here. One can debate the safety of these craft all you want, but the bottom line is no one at “Ride the Ducks” was willing to look at a big blob of red inside a severe storm warning box on their iPhone radar app and start refunding credit cards. Now, 17 folks are dead, and their entire segment of the industry may be sued and regulated out of existence. Greed. Plain and simple.
  12. Thanks for the post, and for the work you guys do!
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    Fish care

    I haven't tried the hydrogen peroxide before, but it makes sense science wise. Hydrogen peroxide also works wonders in a hot water heater if you ever develop smelly hot water.
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    Flutter spoon questions

    Plus one with this
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    Fish care

    Stolen from Mark Perry on BBC, thought it was worth a repost here: This proactive plan to keep your catch healthy was created by the folks at Sure Life and has been used in several summer time tournaments with great results. Keep in mind the water temp at Squaw Creek was over 90 degrees for most of the lake and I don't know of a single fish that was not released alive. In an effort to provide the best possible live release during tournaments; we are encouraging you to be proactive in addressing livewell conditions ALL DAY LONG. Although the weigh in procedure is critical, your handling of the fish throughout the day is even more critical, since the fish are in YOUR POSSESSION for the majority of the time. Please study the following suggestions and give them your utmost consideration. 1. In order to properly condition a livewell, you need to know the approximate volume of your livewell. We highly recommend that you measure the dimensions of your livewell(s) ahead of time to determine gallon volume. Use the following formula to determine the water capacity of your square or rectangular livewell. Using a measuring device (tape or ruler), multiply length times width times height of water in livewell (all in feet) times the constant 7.5. The result will be in gallons. 2. Fill livewell(s) early (shortly after takeoff) from good water in main body of lake. Do not fill livewell(s) or exchange water in creeks or coves and especially NOT at take off site. HELPFUL TIP: If you have separate livewells, fill first livewell early and store bags of ice in second livewell. This will help keep the primary livewell cool. Afterwards, if you need the second livewell, it will be easier to cool down. This method will also conserve your ice. 3. IMPORTANT!!!! Treat livewell with CATCH & RELEASE early and re-circulate for a couple of minutes to thoroughly mix. For tournaments use the following chart to determine proper amount of CATCH & RELEASE to add to your livewell. MAKE SURE YOU DOSE LIVEWELL BEFORE YOU START FISHING!!!! GALLONS OF WATER CAPFUL(S) OF CATCH & RELEASE FROM 10 OZ. BOTTLE 10-15 Gallons 2 ½ Capfuls Of CATCH & RELEASE 20 Gallons 3 –3 ½ Capfuls Of CATCH & RELEASE 25-30 Gallons 5 Capfuls Of CATCH & RELEASE 50 Gallons 7 Capfuls Of CATCH & RELEASE 4. CRITICAL!!!LIVEWELL TEMPERATURES. Please keep your livewell(s) as close as possible to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. DO NOT LET LIVEWELL TEMPERATURES EXCEED 75 degrees Fahrenheit at any time. Check your thermometer OFTEN to make sure temperatures are in target range. 5. Add 3% hydrogen peroxide to livewell once you catch your FIRST FISH. The 3% hydrogen peroxide will provide adequate dissolved oxygen levels even if you experience livewell failure. Pay attention to the dosage rates below and do not exceed our recommendations. Repeat this procedure when you start to operate second livewell upon introduction of fish. GALLONS OF WATER 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE DOSAGE RATE 10-15 Gallons ½ Cupful (4 Fluid Ounces) 20 Gallons ¾ Cupful (6 Fluid Ounces) 25-30 Gallons 1 Cupful (8 Fluid Ounces) 50 Gallons 2 Cupfuls (16 Fluid Ounces) 6. If you catch a heavy load of fish, please exchange water in livewell at least once during the day and repeat cooling of water, dosing of CATCH & RELEASE and reapply hydrogen peroxide to livewell. 7. IMPORTANT!!!!!!!DO NOT. REPEAT. DO NOT PUMP IN FRESH WATER OR RECIRCULATE FRESH WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY. This will defeat the purpose of cooling the water down and applications of water conditioners. DO NOT OPERATE LIVEWELLS ON TIMED AERATION. KEEP LIVEWELLS ON MANUAL RECIRCULATION CONSTANTLY. 8. DO NOT FILL WEIGH IN BAGS FROM WATER OVER THE SIDE OF BOAT AT WEIGH IN SITE!!!! Fill bags with water from treated and cooled livewells. Dip bags in livewells to fill with water or pump water from livewell through pump out pumps directly to bags as they hang off side of boat. To fill bags with water from lake at this point will totally defeat the purpose of all the work you have done in that livewell throughout the day. 9. TIPS FOR DEEP HOOKED OR WOUNDED (BLEEDING) BASS: Wet hands and try to remove hook using “through the gill method” working quickly. Do not keep bass out of water for more than 40 seconds. If having difficulty, then place bass in livewell water between procedures and allow it to breathe for a few moments and resume task of hook removal. If bass has swallowed the hook, then cut the line close as possible to hook eye and place bass in livewell. If bass is bleeding from body or gills, apply a pinch of CATCH & RELEASE directly to the wound. While we can’t guarantee that your bass will live, following these procedures will give them the best possible chance for survival. 10. TIPS FOR PROPERLY HANDLING FISH: Try to keep handling bass to a MINIMUM! Try not to let bass come in contact with carpet or let bass bounce around on carpet. This will cause extreme injury to the all-important slime coat or skin of the bass. If you do disrupt slime coating from this action, then this is a good time to rub some CATCH & RELEASE on abrasion. Be cautious not to break jaws of bass. Once broken, that bass will not be able to feed again. ALWAYS hold bass in vertical position or use TWO HANDS to support body. Holding bass with single hand by way of mouth in a horizontal position without proper support will dislocate or break jaw.

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