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    Haris122 got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    Sounds like it got some potential for bigger fish in the deep spots. Either way nice scenery I would imagine. 
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    2 cars and dropped 1 off, there were 3 of us, so we didn't have to leave our rigs unattended. 
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in crappie 11/4   
    Hit busch yesterday for some groceries.  Caught eaters at 36, and 38, only got 8 though swimming jigs 3-5 feet down near any vegetation still alive.  Saw lots of cars parked on the dam at 33, so my guess is that you can catch boatloads of dinks there with about 1 in 10 fish being 9 inches or better.  Its getting cold quick!  My guess is that they will be very catch-able until everything freezes up.
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    Haris122 reacted to jfrith in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    This “don’t trust the scientists“ sentiment in this day and age amazes me. Believing that a significant portion of scientists falsify data to support their hypothesis for financial gain or whatever else, to me just sounds like more right wing projecting.
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    Haris122 reacted to Devan S. in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    Man this plane crashed and burned.....don't extinguish it now. But for real:
    The argument on here constantly is the fishing or the hunting was better back X(10, 20, 30) years ago. That drums been beat to death over every fishery including Taney which has kicked out back to back state records. Everyone has their spin on why but nothing seems to solve the problem. 
    So for all you guys with the years of wisdom, knowledge, and experience, what fishing has gotten better since X years ago?
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    Haris122 reacted to ness in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    Did I tell you guys I had some foxes in the front yard one time?
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    I'm pretty sure being successful in any occupation means having the money to pay your bills.  I don't do what I do for free.  Once again, though, you are misunderstanding/misrepresenting the role of the scientist.  A mechanics job is to successfully repair a boat motor.  My job is not to successfully fix/repair/ or do anything, but to better understand the nature of a very specific set of interactions.  Good or bad, i report my results, and i follow it down that rabbit hole.  Often it goes nowhere, but that information still has to be learned.  I do not falsify information to remain employed, nor do elongate experiments or whatever to secure funding.  I may be misunderstanding you, but It seems like you're insinuating that I (or any other scientist) do. 
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    All scientists are working toward a goal, although your assumption of bias is incorrect.  I probably am not going about this the right way, so I will attempt to do it better.  I do apologize for being a jerk, and coming across as condescending.  First, I work as a chemist, so, although not a fisheries biologist, I understand the frustration of research.  People who do not conduct research on a regular basis have a very misguided view of what it actually entails.  Of course, everyone who designs an experiment wants it to succeed.  The problem is that the vast majority of experiments fail.  Often times 1 experiment can take months or years, and failure is very disheartening.  As a chemist, and a scientist in general, you learn to deal with the overwhelming failure.  What I am getting at, is that a scientist, through failed experiments, has learned to simply follow where the data leads him/her.  Bias or ones personal feelings on the matter are simply irrelevant.    The "scientists are biased to secure funding" argument simply doesn't hold up.  It frustrates me to no end, because that argument is most often used by people who have not been in a laboratory since they were 14.  They are just ignorant on the subject.  Again, I do apologize for insinuating that you are unintelligent. 
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    Let's just go ahead and admit it.....The reason is poor management.   The "biologists" are supposedly smarter, their education and equipment is supposedly far superior.....yet they flat out SUCK at their job.   Chain smoking, half drunk, high school dropouts did a far better job with far less cool $#!t to work with.  And they did it for minimum wage.
    Statements like this are why i have a problem with you.  It is not provable one way or the other.  You provide zero evidence for it, yet present it as if it were a fact.  Also, there is no reason to use quotation marks around the term biologist.  Feel free to express your opinion, and I will do the same. 
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    Haris122 reacted to Mitch f in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    I’ve seen a bunch of West County Cougars, they are really looking better than they used to. Always look at the hands...they can’t Botox them. 
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    Hell yeah i have a temper, but c'mon, if the stuff that smalliebigs/wrench/and various others posts doesn't cross lines, that doesn't either.  Those are the most vulgar people on here by far.  Also, if i post a report, don't turn it into an MDC bashing thread, or I will turn it into a redneck bashing thread, which is both easy and fun. 
            How come wrench can constantly make personal insults about scientists, but i cant make personal insults about outboard mechanics?  He is clearly out of his lane.  I posted a fishing report, and you ladies start crying about the MDC.  Start your own thread for that.  OAF is obviously a very "clicky" forum.  If you dont have anything constructive to add, please to not post on my reports.  Start your own.
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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    We caught several browns actually.  I caught 2 on a jerkbait, and my buddy caught 4 on a fly and tiny jerkbait.  Here is my second.  I didnt see any transmitters on any of them, but i did see an MDC boat and the folks in there were looking for tagged browns they said.

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    Haris122 reacted to top_dollar in 8 bridge to scotts ford   
    Floated from the hwy 8 bridge access (woodson woods?) down to scotts ford over the weekend. Temps were in the upper 20s in the mornings, up to mid 50s in the afternoon.  Bluebird skies both days.  Water was very clear, i guess that's typical though.  I didn't realize you weren't supposed to use soft plastic baits on that stretch....i guess because of the trout?  Anyway...the sign didn't say anything about jerkbaits, so that's what i used, hopefully they aren't against the rules too.  My fly fishing friend sure caught a bunch of trout.  I caught a couple of browns and a rainbow, but mostly smallmouth.  It seemed like kinda slow fishing, but i didn't really know what to expect out of that stretch.  I caught 12 fish the first day, and 13 the second day.  1 fish was a real beauty of a smallmouth, just shy of 19 inches.  I caught it just below where the spring enters the river on an x-rap.  An x-rap 8 and an 110+1 style jerkbait in natural colors were working well enough for me to not change.  Id throw the x-rap in the riffles and shallow wash outs, and the 110+1 in the deeper pools. 






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    Haris122 reacted to ness in My son's first deer.   
    I say -- encourage your kids to find things they love to do. If it's not exactly what you wish, you're the one that needs to adapt. It's most important that they love something and that they find happiness and fulfillment. It's not always a straight line. 
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    Haris122 reacted to Seth in 10/27/19 One Last Hoorah   
    Decided to pick up the trout rod instead of the bow since the weather was so nice. Got down around noon and stumbled upon a lunker in short order. It was hanging out near some weeds and setup just right. Two cast later with a 1/80oz olive micro and it bit. It didn’t put up that great of a fight. It mostly just wallowed near the surface for a few minutes before I was able to coax it to the net. It was 19” Long with a 14.5” girth and weighed 5# even on my digital scale. The park scale said 5.25# so it reads a bit heavy. This is probably the fattest trout I have ever caught.
    My intentions were to let it go, but I could not get it to stay upright. I made sure to keep the fish in the water after it was netted and only held it out of the water long enough for a picture. After working it back and forth for 10 minutes with no luck, I decided to go ahead and keep it for a skin mount since it is my second heaviest trout and had good color.
    Fishing wasn’t that great as I only caught another 10 trout. All but the other three that I kept were fairly small. There were quite a few nice stockers around, they just wouldn’t bite. Wacky orange trout worm caught all but a couple.
     
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    Haris122 got a reaction from JestersHK in Recent Reelfoot trip   
    Past weekend, I went down for a weekend trip to Reelfoot with a few buddies of mine that had been there before. The hope was to get into some good fall crappie fishing down there, but unfortunately for the life of us, we could not find any of them or any sunfish for that matter. The two things the lakes are most well-known for, we did not even get a single tiny fish of, haha. We got there Friday late morning and fished from then on until end of Saturday at the Upper Blue Basin, and then for the last day we gave the western-most portion of the main lake a shot. We didn't hit buzzard slough or any of the other spots further in-between unfortunately. There wasn't much catching going on, but what was caught was generally decent sized. We started the trip off by having a nice fish break me off. I was throwing a pink jig a fellow member here made (Jungle Jim), when I thought I got snagged, then a bit into trying to drag my snag in, I realized it was an actual fish. Anyways a bit into the fight, the line broke and with it my first good fish of the trip escaped. Afterwards it was a very slow Friday. My one buddy lost a little white bass by the boat, fishing with minnows, and that was as far as I remember all the bites we had until Friday evening. Half an hour before we had to bring the boat in for the day, that same buddy caught a 8 lbs channel cat on shrimp, near a little channel leading to another portion of the lakes. That was all for that day. We tried fishing from the bank that night some, but in the end nothing seemed to bite, so we got ready for the next morning. Next morning for a while there was again no action, but same buddy then caught a 14" Largemouth on a little twister tail as we we're throwing stuff towards the bank. Then a while later, just before we're about to try on the other side of the lake I make a last cast with a little crankbait and hook into a nice gar. It took me for a bit of a ride, and even got the line stuck on the propeller for a bit, before that got cleared, but we eventually netted him. I wound up with what I believe to be my first spotted gar. It was a nice fish. I would estimate it to be probably 4 lbs. We let it go and kept going, and eventually started throwing stuff towards a bank with tall grass. There I tossed another jig JungleJim made and hooked into a nice Bowfin. Once we brought him in, I kept throwing the jig some more, and then hooked into an even bigger Bowfin. We brought him in, and I would guess this one was probably about 4 if not 5 lbs as well. This made it 2 different species now, that I had never caught before. Next few hours went by with no further luck, until we hit the same spot that the big cat was caught at. We fished there the last few hours of the day and the same buddy that caught the big cat, ended up catching a decent sized Bullhead. Right before we were about to head back, I noticed I had something on too, and got an even bigger Bullhead on shrimp as well. Never having caught a Bullhead before regardless of species, this made it 3 new species for me. All good sized for their species I would say. The last day we hit up the main lake, and same buddy caught a Drum early on. Then middle of day, I caught an even bigger Drum as well. That was all the fish we caught. Unfortunately my other buddy had no luck this trip. I've been on that end before. On the way back to "dock" though, we had a 10 lbs asian carp jump into the boat right at his feet. We took a picture with it as well, but then just tossed it back. It wasn't as action filled a trip as I hoped it to be, but in the end it did get us some good sized fish out of it. And what I found odd, is that nothing seemed to touch minnows that they threw. Weather wise worked nicely too. It wasn't too hot, cold, or windy, though it was a bit too sunny for my taste.
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    Haris122 reacted to Daryk Campbell Sr in Torn   
    Who are we to tell kids what they should be?  I have held many titles, and will be taking on a completely new one on Monday.  My parents never decided for me, and I'm glad they didn't.  I have introduced my 19 year old son to a few ideas for work, and told him he needs to have a job.   He is now working with the iron workers union, and seems to like it.  Will he retire? I don't know, that is his life.  He may decide 10 years from now to become a Pro Bass Fisherman. 
    Dont sweat it Mitch.   Let the kids be kids, and they will figure out their path(s).  Give them the tools you can, and let them fail.  It's ok.  
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    Haris122 got a reaction from Greasy B in Recent Reelfoot trip   
    Past weekend, I went down for a weekend trip to Reelfoot with a few buddies of mine that had been there before. The hope was to get into some good fall crappie fishing down there, but unfortunately for the life of us, we could not find any of them or any sunfish for that matter. The two things the lakes are most well-known for, we did not even get a single tiny fish of, haha. We got there Friday late morning and fished from then on until end of Saturday at the Upper Blue Basin, and then for the last day we gave the western-most portion of the main lake a shot. We didn't hit buzzard slough or any of the other spots further in-between unfortunately. There wasn't much catching going on, but what was caught was generally decent sized. We started the trip off by having a nice fish break me off. I was throwing a pink jig a fellow member here made (Jungle Jim), when I thought I got snagged, then a bit into trying to drag my snag in, I realized it was an actual fish. Anyways a bit into the fight, the line broke and with it my first good fish of the trip escaped. Afterwards it was a very slow Friday. My one buddy lost a little white bass by the boat, fishing with minnows, and that was as far as I remember all the bites we had until Friday evening. Half an hour before we had to bring the boat in for the day, that same buddy caught a 8 lbs channel cat on shrimp, near a little channel leading to another portion of the lakes. That was all for that day. We tried fishing from the bank that night some, but in the end nothing seemed to bite, so we got ready for the next morning. Next morning for a while there was again no action, but same buddy then caught a 14" Largemouth on a little twister tail as we we're throwing stuff towards the bank. Then a while later, just before we're about to try on the other side of the lake I make a last cast with a little crankbait and hook into a nice gar. It took me for a bit of a ride, and even got the line stuck on the propeller for a bit, before that got cleared, but we eventually netted him. I wound up with what I believe to be my first spotted gar. It was a nice fish. I would estimate it to be probably 4 lbs. We let it go and kept going, and eventually started throwing stuff towards a bank with tall grass. There I tossed another jig JungleJim made and hooked into a nice Bowfin. Once we brought him in, I kept throwing the jig some more, and then hooked into an even bigger Bowfin. We brought him in, and I would guess this one was probably about 4 if not 5 lbs as well. This made it 2 different species now, that I had never caught before. Next few hours went by with no further luck, until we hit the same spot that the big cat was caught at. We fished there the last few hours of the day and the same buddy that caught the big cat, ended up catching a decent sized Bullhead. Right before we were about to head back, I noticed I had something on too, and got an even bigger Bullhead on shrimp as well. Never having caught a Bullhead before regardless of species, this made it 3 new species for me. All good sized for their species I would say. The last day we hit up the main lake, and same buddy caught a Drum early on. Then middle of day, I caught an even bigger Drum as well. That was all the fish we caught. Unfortunately my other buddy had no luck this trip. I've been on that end before. On the way back to "dock" though, we had a 10 lbs asian carp jump into the boat right at his feet. We took a picture with it as well, but then just tossed it back. It wasn't as action filled a trip as I hoped it to be, but in the end it did get us some good sized fish out of it. And what I found odd, is that nothing seemed to touch minnows that they threw. Weather wise worked nicely too. It wasn't too hot, cold, or windy, though it was a bit too sunny for my taste.
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    Haris122 got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Recent Reelfoot trip   
    Past weekend, I went down for a weekend trip to Reelfoot with a few buddies of mine that had been there before. The hope was to get into some good fall crappie fishing down there, but unfortunately for the life of us, we could not find any of them or any sunfish for that matter. The two things the lakes are most well-known for, we did not even get a single tiny fish of, haha. We got there Friday late morning and fished from then on until end of Saturday at the Upper Blue Basin, and then for the last day we gave the western-most portion of the main lake a shot. We didn't hit buzzard slough or any of the other spots further in-between unfortunately. There wasn't much catching going on, but what was caught was generally decent sized. We started the trip off by having a nice fish break me off. I was throwing a pink jig a fellow member here made (Jungle Jim), when I thought I got snagged, then a bit into trying to drag my snag in, I realized it was an actual fish. Anyways a bit into the fight, the line broke and with it my first good fish of the trip escaped. Afterwards it was a very slow Friday. My one buddy lost a little white bass by the boat, fishing with minnows, and that was as far as I remember all the bites we had until Friday evening. Half an hour before we had to bring the boat in for the day, that same buddy caught a 8 lbs channel cat on shrimp, near a little channel leading to another portion of the lakes. That was all for that day. We tried fishing from the bank that night some, but in the end nothing seemed to bite, so we got ready for the next morning. Next morning for a while there was again no action, but same buddy then caught a 14" Largemouth on a little twister tail as we we're throwing stuff towards the bank. Then a while later, just before we're about to try on the other side of the lake I make a last cast with a little crankbait and hook into a nice gar. It took me for a bit of a ride, and even got the line stuck on the propeller for a bit, before that got cleared, but we eventually netted him. I wound up with what I believe to be my first spotted gar. It was a nice fish. I would estimate it to be probably 4 lbs. We let it go and kept going, and eventually started throwing stuff towards a bank with tall grass. There I tossed another jig JungleJim made and hooked into a nice Bowfin. Once we brought him in, I kept throwing the jig some more, and then hooked into an even bigger Bowfin. We brought him in, and I would guess this one was probably about 4 if not 5 lbs as well. This made it 2 different species now, that I had never caught before. Next few hours went by with no further luck, until we hit the same spot that the big cat was caught at. We fished there the last few hours of the day and the same buddy that caught the big cat, ended up catching a decent sized Bullhead. Right before we were about to head back, I noticed I had something on too, and got an even bigger Bullhead on shrimp as well. Never having caught a Bullhead before regardless of species, this made it 3 new species for me. All good sized for their species I would say. The last day we hit up the main lake, and same buddy caught a Drum early on. Then middle of day, I caught an even bigger Drum as well. That was all the fish we caught. Unfortunately my other buddy had no luck this trip. I've been on that end before. On the way back to "dock" though, we had a 10 lbs asian carp jump into the boat right at his feet. We took a picture with it as well, but then just tossed it back. It wasn't as action filled a trip as I hoped it to be, but in the end it did get us some good sized fish out of it. And what I found odd, is that nothing seemed to touch minnows that they threw. Weather wise worked nicely too. It wasn't too hot, cold, or windy, though it was a bit too sunny for my taste.
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    Haris122 got a reaction from nomolites in Recent Reelfoot trip   
    Past weekend, I went down for a weekend trip to Reelfoot with a few buddies of mine that had been there before. The hope was to get into some good fall crappie fishing down there, but unfortunately for the life of us, we could not find any of them or any sunfish for that matter. The two things the lakes are most well-known for, we did not even get a single tiny fish of, haha. We got there Friday late morning and fished from then on until end of Saturday at the Upper Blue Basin, and then for the last day we gave the western-most portion of the main lake a shot. We didn't hit buzzard slough or any of the other spots further in-between unfortunately. There wasn't much catching going on, but what was caught was generally decent sized. We started the trip off by having a nice fish break me off. I was throwing a pink jig a fellow member here made (Jungle Jim), when I thought I got snagged, then a bit into trying to drag my snag in, I realized it was an actual fish. Anyways a bit into the fight, the line broke and with it my first good fish of the trip escaped. Afterwards it was a very slow Friday. My one buddy lost a little white bass by the boat, fishing with minnows, and that was as far as I remember all the bites we had until Friday evening. Half an hour before we had to bring the boat in for the day, that same buddy caught a 8 lbs channel cat on shrimp, near a little channel leading to another portion of the lakes. That was all for that day. We tried fishing from the bank that night some, but in the end nothing seemed to bite, so we got ready for the next morning. Next morning for a while there was again no action, but same buddy then caught a 14" Largemouth on a little twister tail as we we're throwing stuff towards the bank. Then a while later, just before we're about to try on the other side of the lake I make a last cast with a little crankbait and hook into a nice gar. It took me for a bit of a ride, and even got the line stuck on the propeller for a bit, before that got cleared, but we eventually netted him. I wound up with what I believe to be my first spotted gar. It was a nice fish. I would estimate it to be probably 4 lbs. We let it go and kept going, and eventually started throwing stuff towards a bank with tall grass. There I tossed another jig JungleJim made and hooked into a nice Bowfin. Once we brought him in, I kept throwing the jig some more, and then hooked into an even bigger Bowfin. We brought him in, and I would guess this one was probably about 4 if not 5 lbs as well. This made it 2 different species now, that I had never caught before. Next few hours went by with no further luck, until we hit the same spot that the big cat was caught at. We fished there the last few hours of the day and the same buddy that caught the big cat, ended up catching a decent sized Bullhead. Right before we were about to head back, I noticed I had something on too, and got an even bigger Bullhead on shrimp as well. Never having caught a Bullhead before regardless of species, this made it 3 new species for me. All good sized for their species I would say. The last day we hit up the main lake, and same buddy caught a Drum early on. Then middle of day, I caught an even bigger Drum as well. That was all the fish we caught. Unfortunately my other buddy had no luck this trip. I've been on that end before. On the way back to "dock" though, we had a 10 lbs asian carp jump into the boat right at his feet. We took a picture with it as well, but then just tossed it back. It wasn't as action filled a trip as I hoped it to be, but in the end it did get us some good sized fish out of it. And what I found odd, is that nothing seemed to touch minnows that they threw. Weather wise worked nicely too. It wasn't too hot, cold, or windy, though it was a bit too sunny for my taste.
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    Haris122 reacted to Daryk Campbell Sr in Somewhere in Wayne County   
    Had an opportunity to fish while the Boys took a float trip.  Nothing of size, but a fun day of fishing none the less.  All were on the top water spook jr.  







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    Haris122 got a reaction from chucknduck in Extreme low water fishing was a success   
    Maybe a few shallow spots on the meramec but still had lots deeper spots for the most part. 
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    Haris122 reacted to drew03cmc in Somewhere in Jefferson County.   
    I'm glad you could get out. It's refreshing to escape. Keep on them!
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    Haris122 got a reaction from chucknduck in Extreme low water fishing was a success   
    Wow, no kidding on the extreme low water. What would you say was an average depth there? Hope those fish get some more water soon. Looks to be on the brink of drying out.
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    Haris122 reacted to MOPanfisher in Wal-Mart Announcement   
    My yard dog would happily let a crack head cross the yard, as long as he wasn't carrying a possum or cat.
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