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    Phil Lilley reacted to Beaverdamstore in What Great Weekend Weather.   
    Most of the people coming in are complaining about slow fishing. They have been generating most weekday mornings. After it settles back down there is a midge hatch every day. Slow fishing but either a small pheasant tail, or a olive or dun midge should get some attention.
    We did get Turner Jones Micro Jigs back in the store. Between those, PJs Jigs, and Trout Magnets drifted under a bobber should get you enough bites to keep you interested.
    Another option is white or yellow power bait. I would about bet I can catch enough for dinner with it. :-)
    Stop by with a fish story.
    Jim

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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Fly Fishing Pete in New Species Of Trout?   
    Looks like over 20 inches... hope you kept it.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to fish in Fishing Buddy Report   
    Once again, Phil and crew provided us with an awesome experience on our recent stay at Lilley's Landing. We made the trip down for the first time in 15 months and we were really looking forward to the stay at Lilley's and the fishing on Tanycomo. After driving for 4 hours, we unloaded and immediately grabbed worms and headed for the dock for a couple of hours of fishing on the first day. It was cold, but the worms didn't freeze (even though Mrs Fish was concerned that they would!) and they worked their magic on the trout. We caught 3 fish and kept two of them. The Corps, bless their pointed little heads, ran water even though they were scheduled to shut it down. Oh well. It wasn't too cold on the dock, which made it better sitting to watch the poles. The next day we took our time getting out and about. Figuring that the temperature would be better after lunch, and depending on the Corps' generation schedule, we moseyed down to the dock early afternoon. Sadly, the Corps continued to run water even after they said they were going to shut it down. I guess the "polar vortex" hitting the southwestern part of the US increased the demand for electricity. But, ya know, it really didn't matter. We used both worms and white power bait and caught a couple more fish. We turned them loose to fight again another day. Returning to the room, we fired up the grill and had a terrific supper. We really hated to pack up and go home the next day. It always seems that way...we hate to leave Lilley's and Taneycomo after only a few days fishing. But, we can't stay longer. Looking forward to our return trips in 2015...with our boat we may even be able to catch more fish. Thanks a BUNCH to Phil, Lisa, Curtis, and the whole crew at Lilley's for an excellent visit. We can't wait to come back! PS: the fish we kept tasted great with lemon and dill!
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    Phil Lilley reacted to Fly Fishing Pete in New Species Of Trout?   
    Drifted a jig late this afternoon just above Fall Creek and caught this big guy (gal?)! Never seen a trout possess such amazingly sucker-like characteristics.


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    Phil Lilley reacted to Lance34 in Caught My Fist Striper   
    Dan the fisherman and I got out yesterday afternoon. This being my first ever time going striper fishing it was a watch and learn experience. I think I'm hooked. Great day, good company, and landed my first striper. 20# and some change. Thanks Danny for showing me the ropes and look forward to getting back out there again.



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    Phil Lilley reacted to crappiefisherman in 14 January, K Dock   
    i CANT CATCH FISH 2 DAYS IN A ROW FROM THE SAME SPOTS, YOUR SAFE READING MY POSTS
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from peoriaone in Hot Tips For Cold Water Lake Of The Ozarks Crappie   
    John Neporadny

    Some of the largest crappie of the year are annually taken at Lake of the Ozarks by anglers jerking suspending stickbaits for bass.
    About 10 years ago I went crappie fishing on Lake of the Ozarks with Roger Fitzpatrick, a local bass tournament competitor, who had refined a suspending jerkbait tactic to catch slab crappie. During a couple of hours of fishing, we caught 28 fish in the 11- to 13-inch range and on a couple of occasions we scored doubles. I also caught the largest crappie I’ve ever taken on my home lake --a 15-inch fish that weighted 1 pound, 14 ounces.

    Since then, I have jerked a LuckyCraft Bevy Shad 60 in a ghost minnow hue to catch crappie throughout the winter. The key is to find brush piles in the 12- to 15-foot range and slowly work the stickbait over the top of the brush. I throw past the brush pile, reel the lure down to its maximum depth and then employ a twitch-twitch-twitch-pause cadence with the pauses lasting about five to 10 seconds. I throw the stickbait on 8-pound monofilament line with a 6 1/2-foot medium-action spinning rod. Scaling down to 6-pound line will make the lure dive deeper, but I prefer the 8-pound line for added strength in case a hefty largemouth or hybrid white bass-striper nabs the stickbait.

    The stickbait technique produces quality fish, but when I want to catch numbers of crappie I resort to horizontal and vertical presentations with jigs. My favorite jighead size for casting is a 1/16-ounce model which is heavy enough to cast and control on a windy day, yet is light enough to slowly fall through a school of suspended crappie. On calm, cloudy days, I will occasionally throw a 1/24-ounce jighead to make the lure fall even slower for suspended fish. I can also vary the fall rate of my jigs by tying the lures on 4- or 6-pound monofilament or fluorocarbon line.

    Two of my favorite soft plastics for casting in the wintertime are the Bobby Garland Baby Shad and the 3-inch Bobby Garland Slab Slayer in blue ice, chartreuse-and-white, butter belly, pearl glow and chartreuse glow hues. The glow colors produce best for me when I shoot the lures into the dark areas of a dock or cast to the shadowy side of a dock.

    The same brush piles that yield crappie on stickbaits also produce when I am casting a jig. I always cast past the brush and count down my jig (usually an 8- or 10-count). I keep my line semi-taut so the lure will pendulum towards the brush and hopefully tick the tips of the limbs when I start reeling. While slowly turning the reel handle I occasionally twitch my rod to make the jig hop slightly. Strikes frequently occur while the jig is falling towards the brush or after it has ticked off of a limb.

    If I notice on my depth finder that baitfish are suspended high in the water column and crappie are ignoring the Baby Shad and Slab Slayer, I will switch to a technique similar to the shaky head finesse tactic for bass. I attached either an Eagle Claw Nitro Trailer worm or a Berkley Gulp Alive Fish Fry in chartreuse or white to a 1/16-ounce jighead and cast it to the deep ends of boat docks over depths of 20 to 30 feet. As the jig slowly falls through the suspended fish, I occasionally shake the jig-and-worm combo. I let the jig pendulum all the way back to the boat on a semi-taut line and watch for indications of a strike, such as a twitch in the line or if I feel my line getting heavier. When my the shaky head is directly below the boat I let it sit there for a short while before reeling it in to make another presentation to the dock.

    Vertical jigging is usually my last resort. Whenever I approach a brush pile, I will cast to it first to catch the most aggressive fish. Once the action stops, I will position my boat over the brush and drop my jig until I feel it hit the cover and then I will make one turn of the reel to keep my jig slightly above the snag. I drift back and forth over the brush pile occasionally letting the jig bang into the branches, which usually triggers a strike.

    A 1/8-ounce jighead works best for me when I am vertical fishing in deeper brush because I can feel the heavier jig better. I vertical jig with either a fuzzy-grub style jig or the Slab Slayer. The marabou of the fuzzy grub and the limber soft plastic tail of the Slab Slayer generate plenty of tantalizing movement even when I am holding my rod still, so these lures are ideal for holding in front of an inactive crappie and teasing it into biting.

    Catching a trophy bass on a suspending stickbait in the winter is an once-in-a-lifetime thrill, but when I want some hot action on a cold winter day I get my fix by chasing after those calico panfish.

    For information on lodging at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.

    Copies of John Neporadny's book, "THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide" are available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site www.jnoutdoors.com.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to capndan in 14 January, K Dock   
    Well I appreciate all the comments even the really negative ones. Maybe some of you should go back and read the spirit of my post. DD wasn't offended because he read the post as it was meant to be read. And Phil I have huge respect for you but your post back to me I thought was a little more than observation, but didn't offend me in the least. Just so you know we obviously did not keep 150 and in the subsequent trips threw back pretty much everything. I love OA and what you and others share with us.
    I will leave this last thought for anyone not tired of this thread. If I happen upon a brush,pile or a certain contour, our feeding highway that is relatively unknown and believe me they are out there and you good fisherman know it, they aren't unknown to everyone but I know you are happy to read I wont be putting that out there. I know most of you are saying thanks. I messed up once and I have learned from my mistake. I hope you all have great success this weekend and you share a secret with someone and a great technique. Phil and others thanks for OA, and to a couple of others I am going to try and go get a life and invent Tom Mann Grape Jelly worms with a pink fire tail on Stren 8lb test and a whippy zebco rod with a 600 fastened to it walking the peninsula of Mill Creek . Man I miss those days!
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    Phil Lilley reacted to Ham in 14 January, K Dock   
    I invented the Internet. Just sayin.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to aarchdale@coresleep.com in 14 January, K Dock   
    Rangerman nailed it. I love posting and could careless if someone is in my "spot" not like im fishing to feed my family or for money.....And by the way if it werent for me no one would know what a Rapala Shad Rap is LOL
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    Phil Lilley reacted to Casey Jeaux in 14 January, K Dock   
    Chasing someone else's fish is one of the most frustrating things that I have ever done. Duplicating is a little easier while trolling, but it can still be hard to achieve the same results.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to Bird Watcher in 14 January, K Dock   
    I was the one that informed everyone about umbrella rigs and jigs with plastic worms. Once the bass fisherman read about it, they started calling them A rigs and Ned rigs and tried to tell everyone they invented them.
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Aggressor1988long in One Cast   
    We started a cool thing the other day-  One Cast
     
    Every morning, we'll make one cast off the dock, video it and post the video.  We started posting it on our facebook page but thought it would be good to post it here for our non facebook friends.  So I'll post the video every morning here too.
     



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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Alaskman35 in June 10 2014   
    No eyes . . . fooey!
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from tho1mas in One Cast   
    We started a cool thing the other day-  One Cast
     
    Every morning, we'll make one cast off the dock, video it and post the video.  We started posting it on our facebook page but thought it would be good to post it here for our non facebook friends.  So I'll post the video every morning here too.
     



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    Phil Lilley reacted to duckydoty in Jan 12Th First Fish On A Two Hander   
    Finally made the leap into the two hander world on Lake Taneycomo. For Christmas I recieved a 12' 6", 6 weight Clearwater rod and real set up with a 450 grain skagit head. I was finally able to get out yesterday and give it a try. About a month ago, I recieved some casting lessons from fellow forum member westbranch fly and have since watched a few videos on YouTube. Had an hour or so before work so I decided to head to the river and give it a try. Corps were running at least two units, maybe 3. I did not bring waders and headed to the flats between outlet 1 and 2. Fumbled around for a little while just casting the tip and leader without a fly to insure I would not hook myself. After getting comfortable with that, I tied on a pine squirrel sculpin and started to concentrate more on fishing. I was able to throw 45 to 50 feet of line consistently and every now and then got 60 feet of line out there. Now remember, this is all from the bank with no waders and no back casting room. I eventually hooked up with a nice 18-19 inch rainbow marking my first fish ever on a two hander. Heading back out there in a bit to get some more of that before working again today.

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    Phil Lilley reacted to duckydoty in Jan 12Th First Fish On A Two Hander   
    Went back out for a few more casts this morning. Temp on truck said 14 and it sure felt like it. Picked up a couple more fish on the 2 hander and on a new color skeem on a fly.




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    Phil Lilley reacted to tpierce in White River Elite Club Tournament Results   
    I rarely post but decided since I advertised our club last week and had great interest, I would post a report so those guys would know how we did at our first event.

    We fished Sunday, January 11th out of Moonshine Beach from 7-3. The weather held off and wasn't bad at all. Air temps were above freezing all day. We did have some very light rain here and there but not a problem. I say this since my partner was my 11 year old son, Tristan. He fished all day, just taking one break and that was to pop his back. You guys know how it is with all of those clothes on... Anyway, it was overcast with a slight breeze. Water temps were 44-45 degrees.

    My son and I fished a grub 95% of the day and had 13 keepers between us. We fished the middle of cuts over trees typically in the 40 foot range.

    The 11 year old had big bass at 21 inches which papers out to 5.3 lbs. He also had heavy stringer at 17.3 lbs (6 fish limit). We had heavy boat at 31+ lbs (12 fish). We don't allow the A-rig to be thrown so I was very proud of his almost 3 lb. average. His best 5 would have gone over 15 lbs.

    There were 2 other six fish limits at 13+ lbs. for a total of 4 six fish limits. 95% of the fish were caught deep with some jig fish being caught. I did catch one keeper largemouth on a stick bait (mega bass). FYI half of the fish caught were largemouth which was good to see. Everyone fished within a few miles of the dam.

    As a father teaching a child to fish it was a wonderful day... My son's words when I netted his big fish were, "No way did I just catch that fish! No way did I just catch that fish!"
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Moswimb8slinger in Winter Smallie Fishing Take 2: Tactics, Techniques And Tackle January 20, 2015   
    What: Learn more about winter smallie fishing from veteran anglers Mitch Fields and Steve Harrison. Mitch will bring some of his special hand poured craws and Steve will bring some hair jigs and do a hands on tying demo. Why: No matter how much you already know you can always learn more from other anglers. So, get out of the house, bring a buddy and your favorite appetizer or snack to share with the rest of us. You can buy beverages at the bar.

    We'll hold a 50/50 raffle and will donate the proceeds to the American Legion's Wounded Warrior program.

    We're also going to hold a drawing for a few lures and two lucky people will go home with a nice new lure! When and Where: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7-9 pm at The American Legion Goff-Moll Post 101 located at 2721 Collier Ave, Brentwood, MO 63144. Collier is just West of the Schnuck's grocery store located at the corner of Brentwood and Manchester. Can't make it? No worries, we're going to shoot some video of the meeting and post it on You Tube so you won't miss out.

    Thanks again for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    The Missouri Smallmouth Alliance
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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Seth in Winter Smallie Fishing Take 2: Tactics, Techniques And Tackle January 20, 2015   
    What: Learn more about winter smallie fishing from veteran anglers Mitch Fields and Steve Harrison. Mitch will bring some of his special hand poured craws and Steve will bring some hair jigs and do a hands on tying demo. Why: No matter how much you already know you can always learn more from other anglers. So, get out of the house, bring a buddy and your favorite appetizer or snack to share with the rest of us. You can buy beverages at the bar.

    We'll hold a 50/50 raffle and will donate the proceeds to the American Legion's Wounded Warrior program.

    We're also going to hold a drawing for a few lures and two lucky people will go home with a nice new lure! When and Where: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7-9 pm at The American Legion Goff-Moll Post 101 located at 2721 Collier Ave, Brentwood, MO 63144. Collier is just West of the Schnuck's grocery store located at the corner of Brentwood and Manchester. Can't make it? No worries, we're going to shoot some video of the meeting and post it on You Tube so you won't miss out.

    Thanks again for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    The Missouri Smallmouth Alliance
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    Phil Lilley reacted to ozark trout fisher in Frozen Trout   
    Got down to the Current for Saturday.....stayed along the river Friday night, and then headed to Parker Hollow to see if we could scare anything up. When I got out of the truck, the temperature read an even 0 degrees. The fog coming off the river had frozen on the branches of the streamside trees, forming a wintry scene that I won't soon forget (yes, I have pictures that I'll try to get posted later today.) It was lovely, but also a little intimidating from an "I'm about to go stand in a trout stream" point of view.

    The river was beautiful that morning. Crystal clear, morning sunlight reflecting off it like a mirror. The river itself was of course flowing along as it always does, but every little pocket of standing water along the edges was frozen solid.

    The river was also dead. Not a trout flashed, you couldn't see anything nymphing in the runs where you can almost always find a few feeding trout. Perhaps we should have gone further upstream, closer to the springs where the water was warmer. In any case, the fly rod had to be constantly dipped in the water, and the reel as well. It took mere second in the frozen air for every ounce of liquid on either to become solid. Given all this, it was a bit of a challenge to take the task at hand too seriously.

    I battled the elements and the entirely unwilling trout for a couple hours before I momentarily retreated to the bank for some lunch and the much needed warmth of a fire.

    As pretty and relatively deserted the water around Parker was, we knew this wouldn't be the answer from a fishing perspective. We traded out our pride for a better hope of success, and headed up to Montauk State Park. The fly only section of the park is really a great place to be during the depth of the winter, relatively bereft of crowds, but full of stupid, willing trout. You know these fish are tame and straight from the hatchery, but it looks natural enough and it's possible to delude yourself for a few pleasant hours. We did just that, until we were taken out of our reverie by the dreadful interruption of the one thing you don't want to hear on a river-a siren. Ok, so that ruined the illusion, but there are still worse ways to spend a winter day.

    But seriously, we all have watches. Lose the siren.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to Robertcet in Ice Fishing On The Rock (King's River)   
    At least the Eagles are trying too!



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    Phil Lilley got a reaction from Sethy45 in Hot Tips For Cold Water Lake Of The Ozarks Crappie   
    John Neporadny

    Some of the largest crappie of the year are annually taken at Lake of the Ozarks by anglers jerking suspending stickbaits for bass.
    About 10 years ago I went crappie fishing on Lake of the Ozarks with Roger Fitzpatrick, a local bass tournament competitor, who had refined a suspending jerkbait tactic to catch slab crappie. During a couple of hours of fishing, we caught 28 fish in the 11- to 13-inch range and on a couple of occasions we scored doubles. I also caught the largest crappie I’ve ever taken on my home lake --a 15-inch fish that weighted 1 pound, 14 ounces.

    Since then, I have jerked a LuckyCraft Bevy Shad 60 in a ghost minnow hue to catch crappie throughout the winter. The key is to find brush piles in the 12- to 15-foot range and slowly work the stickbait over the top of the brush. I throw past the brush pile, reel the lure down to its maximum depth and then employ a twitch-twitch-twitch-pause cadence with the pauses lasting about five to 10 seconds. I throw the stickbait on 8-pound monofilament line with a 6 1/2-foot medium-action spinning rod. Scaling down to 6-pound line will make the lure dive deeper, but I prefer the 8-pound line for added strength in case a hefty largemouth or hybrid white bass-striper nabs the stickbait.

    The stickbait technique produces quality fish, but when I want to catch numbers of crappie I resort to horizontal and vertical presentations with jigs. My favorite jighead size for casting is a 1/16-ounce model which is heavy enough to cast and control on a windy day, yet is light enough to slowly fall through a school of suspended crappie. On calm, cloudy days, I will occasionally throw a 1/24-ounce jighead to make the lure fall even slower for suspended fish. I can also vary the fall rate of my jigs by tying the lures on 4- or 6-pound monofilament or fluorocarbon line.

    Two of my favorite soft plastics for casting in the wintertime are the Bobby Garland Baby Shad and the 3-inch Bobby Garland Slab Slayer in blue ice, chartreuse-and-white, butter belly, pearl glow and chartreuse glow hues. The glow colors produce best for me when I shoot the lures into the dark areas of a dock or cast to the shadowy side of a dock.

    The same brush piles that yield crappie on stickbaits also produce when I am casting a jig. I always cast past the brush and count down my jig (usually an 8- or 10-count). I keep my line semi-taut so the lure will pendulum towards the brush and hopefully tick the tips of the limbs when I start reeling. While slowly turning the reel handle I occasionally twitch my rod to make the jig hop slightly. Strikes frequently occur while the jig is falling towards the brush or after it has ticked off of a limb.

    If I notice on my depth finder that baitfish are suspended high in the water column and crappie are ignoring the Baby Shad and Slab Slayer, I will switch to a technique similar to the shaky head finesse tactic for bass. I attached either an Eagle Claw Nitro Trailer worm or a Berkley Gulp Alive Fish Fry in chartreuse or white to a 1/16-ounce jighead and cast it to the deep ends of boat docks over depths of 20 to 30 feet. As the jig slowly falls through the suspended fish, I occasionally shake the jig-and-worm combo. I let the jig pendulum all the way back to the boat on a semi-taut line and watch for indications of a strike, such as a twitch in the line or if I feel my line getting heavier. When my the shaky head is directly below the boat I let it sit there for a short while before reeling it in to make another presentation to the dock.

    Vertical jigging is usually my last resort. Whenever I approach a brush pile, I will cast to it first to catch the most aggressive fish. Once the action stops, I will position my boat over the brush and drop my jig until I feel it hit the cover and then I will make one turn of the reel to keep my jig slightly above the snag. I drift back and forth over the brush pile occasionally letting the jig bang into the branches, which usually triggers a strike.

    A 1/8-ounce jighead works best for me when I am vertical fishing in deeper brush because I can feel the heavier jig better. I vertical jig with either a fuzzy-grub style jig or the Slab Slayer. The marabou of the fuzzy grub and the limber soft plastic tail of the Slab Slayer generate plenty of tantalizing movement even when I am holding my rod still, so these lures are ideal for holding in front of an inactive crappie and teasing it into biting.

    Catching a trophy bass on a suspending stickbait in the winter is an once-in-a-lifetime thrill, but when I want some hot action on a cold winter day I get my fix by chasing after those calico panfish.

    For information on lodging at the Lake of the Ozarks or to receive a free vacation guide, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at funlake.com.

    Copies of John Neporadny's book, "THE Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide" are available by calling 573/365-4296 or visiting the web site www.jnoutdoors.com.
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    Phil Lilley reacted to mojorig in District 2 Fisheries 2014 Fourth Quarter Newsletter   
    All,

    I have attached the D-2 fourth quarter newsletter. If you would like to be added to the newsletter email list, feel free to email me at jtrisley@agfc.state.ar.us

    Is this something you guys want me to continue to post?

    Thanks for everything you all do for Bull Shoals!!!
    D-2 - 2014 Fourth Quarter Newsletter.pdf
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    Phil Lilley reacted to Jeff Maberry in Well I Am Finally Trying This Out Hello   
    I have been lurking here for some time, thought I should say Hi to everyone.
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