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  1. Most of the livery people I know are careful not to put people in if they deem it unsafe. It's usually do it yourself floaters that get into these predicaments in my part of the Ozarks.
  2. Yup, or a 15-16 incher. There is absolutely no way that stretch produces a legit 5 pound smallmouth in a year. Maybe one every 5 years or so. In fact, I know of only one true 5 pounder that ever came from that stretch. And one other guy I know and respect his "guesstimates" told me he hooked one he was sure would go 5, and lost it at the canoe. Largemouth are another story. I have caught 5 pound largemouth from that stretch...not many, but a few. But I've been fishing it for, oh, about 55 years or so.
  3. In regard to my other post...I would call this one no more than 3.5 and probably less on an accurate scale. 18 inch Ozark river smallmouth seldom weigh more than 3 pounds.
  4. I have caught quite a few 20-21 inchers, and not a single one of them was anywhere close to five pounds. The closest I've seen was one my brother caught last year that was about 21 inches and weighed 4 lb. 12 oz. I've also never seen a 19 incher that weighed 4 pounds. Basically, it takes a pretty healthy 20 incher to weigh over 4. And a REALLY fat 21 incher to weigh 5. My two legit five pounders were 21.5 and 22.5 inches.
  5. No, not in the late spring and summer. Fish, especially bass, go to where the food is. There isn't much food for them in the middle of slow, deep pools. They sometimes use the deep water as sanctuary, but if they are there they probably aren't active. They feed in shallower, moving water because there is a lot more food there. They utilize cover, especially overhead cover like big logs or rocks, as ambush points and a bit of safety at the same time, but they aren't always next to such cover. Basically, if the water is deep enough that you can't see the bottom, it's PLENTY deep enough for the fish, and if there is cover to hide in and under, they can be in much shallower water yet.
  6. Clarity should have been perfect, about 3 feet visibility. Didn't take the temperature but on the Bonne Terre USGS gauge (the only Big River gauge showing temperature) it was 62-64. A little higher than normal but not much. Conditions should have been right.
  7. Don't know why I didn't see this post until now...those of you who thought it was a copperhead either don't know how to identify copperheads or have never seen one. The markings are completely wrong for a copperhead. FYI, copperhead blotches are thin on top and widen down the side. They've been likened to Hershey's Kisses. But if they are connected across the back, the connection is always a lot thinner than the parts of the blotches that are on the sides. You could say that if they are connected, they look a bit like bow ties. This snake has blotches that are THICKEST on the back and thin down the sides, AND it has another row of blotches on the lower sides, which copperheads don't have.
  8. It has not been all that good for me. I've floated every section now from above Irondale to Blackwell this spring, and haven't caught any big fish yet. Had one good day for numbers, with 105 bass caught. I floated it today, a long float (15 miles), so I made a lot of casts. Caught 60 bass, almost evenly divided between largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted. Not a single one of them was over 14 inches.
  9. And I'll say this again...I may be in the minority but I care about a hell of a lot more than how well I'm doing. I'm doing well because of ME, and my wife, and some fairly good luck along the way. It has nothing to do with who is president. But I care a whole lot about what is going to happen in the future on a lot of different levels. I care about the world we are leaving for our children, or my case my beloved nieces and nephews. I care about the environment. I care about energy, water supply, external threats. And right now I have passed the "concerned" point and am into full blown seriously worried about the future of this country. Not just because of this virus, though I'm pretty darned concerned about the possibilities of further mutations that could bring this thing to a whole other level. No, I'm worried about what this virus has shown us about how stupid, selfish, and anti-science we are. And how polarized we have become. It's getting past the point of being polarized, and getting closer to the point of outright hatred for everybody who doesn't believe the way your side believes (no matter which side that is). I stated on a thread on Facebook the other day that I thought the people who were participating in the thread, who were complaining mightily about their governor "shutting down the state" when the whole thing was a media hoax, were being self-centered and whiny that they couldn't go get their hair cut, which several had already complained about. In response, one of them came back on with a long diatribe about how I was nothing but a libtard, and that he hoped I would lose my house, all my money, my retirement, be reduced to having to scrounge in dumpsters to keep from starving, and to finally die of some REAL horrible disease--along with all the other libtards. And he was serious. And his "friends" on the thread came back and agreed wholeheartedly with him. Folks, it ain't that far from feeling like that to taking action, when you feel that strongly. As for Trump, I had hopes. I didn't vote for him, but I hoped that as a political outsider he just might take the tack that he was the president of ALL the people, listen to all sides, and govern as a leader, not as a Republican. He could have. He could have done a lot to pull us together. He could have been the one adult in the room. But instead, he doubled down, heck, quadrupled down, on divisiveness. And before you say that the Democrats were the ones attacking him, guess what...it takes two to be divisive. Trump didn't start every fight, but he started some of them, and he responded to any perceived opposition with nuclear tweets. He became the biggest child in the room, not the responsible adult. I am not second-guessing his responses to this pandemic. He made mistakes, but who knows if anybody else would have done better. He didn't have the country prepared, but that was a problem that was a LONG time coming through multiple administrations...the experts have been warning of this for decades, but nobody took it seriously enough. However, I AM faulting him for the apparent lack of any plan at this late point on what to do from this point on. We have forgotten that we are all Americans, that we all want pretty much the same things, but disagree on how to achieve them. We have let the radicals on "our" side, whichever one it is, define what the other side is, instead of listening to the other side. We have slid down the slope of considering those who disagree with us as enemies with nefarious agendas, not as simply fellow Americans with different ideas, life experiences, and priorities. It scares me.
  10. I don't think Missouri's is all that difficult. A lot of guys I know catch Master Angler size smallmouth half the times they go fishing. Same with good reservoir bass anglers catching largemouth. I counted up all the species that I've caught that would have qualified, and it came to 18 different species, maybe more. I've never submitted any of them. Probably several hundred smallmouth over 50 or more years. Quite a few largemouth. Only a couple spotted bass. One hybrid bass. Quite a few white bass, though that was a long time ago when we'd catch 3 pound plus white bass a lot while fishing for bass on Wappapello. Quite a few bluegill...that is pretty much dependent on finding a good small lake where the bluegill aren't overpopulated, then you can catch a hundred of them. One grass carp that was homegrown...and is still in my pond so one day I might catch it again--the thing is about 25 years old by now and I don't know how long they live, but it's still there. A few crappie over the years. A couple eels many years ago. A couple longnose gar. A few rock bass. One muskie, fishing for bass on Pomme. A couple chain pickerel winter fishing on Current River. Used to catch huge longear sunfish in the spring at a certain spot right below a low water bridge on Big River. Redear are like bluegill...find a good pond and you'll catch plenty of big ones. One brown trout in Missouri. One walleye.
  11. Nope, the so-called masks that most people are wearing. Mary has made a bunch. We've been experimenting with how to make one that actually seals decently around your face, which is difficult, which makes me think that my figures are maybe on the optimistic side when it comes to what most people are wearing. My biggest problem was leakage around the sides of my nose...my glasses continually fogged up, which obviously means a whole lot of air is leaking out there. But we've finally solved that problem by buying a load of the metal strips that go across the top of your bag of coffee so you can reseal it. Sew one into the top of the mask and bend it to fit around your nose. Works well. Mary has been making them for everybody in the family. I have a couple N95 masks. Haven't used them because, to be honest, we haven't been anywhere that I think they'd be necessary, and since ours AREN'T going to be professionally fitted, they probably aren't going to be foolproof anyway. We haven't been anywhere in public since this thing started except the grocery store a couple times, and then it was during the 6-7 AM period set aside for old people. Mary goes in, I stay in the car. Both times there haven't been more than 3 or 4 other people in the store. I did go into Tractor Supply in Farmington early one morning, after reading on their website about how careful they were being and all the measures they were taking. Big joke. None of the workers wearing a mask, no sanitizing wipes to wipe off your cart, had to ask a worker where something was and he had no qualms about coming up to within 2 feet of me to get me to follow him down the aisle. Had a small plexi screen at the checkout, but it was basically useless. I was glad to get out of there, and it's been well over 2 weeks now so I guess I'm not infected from it. Won't go back to that store.
  12. Regarding masks...nope, from everything I've read, they aren't more than about 10% effective in screening out virus particles coming in through breathing. Somewhat better than that screening out particles breathing out if you're already infected. Good for keeping you from touching your face, good for slowing the velocity and thus the spread of particles with heavy breathing, talking, even sneezing and coughing. Velocity and spread is important. So no, they aren't great protection. But they do some good. They lessen the amount of the virus you might get in a single exposure, or that you might give others. At the same time, they can make things worse if you aren't careful about the way you use them, clean them, etc. The way I figure it, if you're wearing a mask, it's more likely that you are going to be careful and conscientious about the other things you might be doing to limit exposure to yourself and others. I feel a lot more comfortable about being around somebody wearing a mask because of that. And there are a whole lot of people who feel the same way, whether or not it is totally justified.
  13. I have to say that I am sick and tired of these stupid comparisons. To "achieve" that 102 deaths per day from auto accidents, how many person hours are spent in cars? 300 plus million people and probably at least half of them spend an hour a day or more in an auto. When you look at THOSE statistics, driving is one of the safer activities we do. And we tried alcohol prohibition, but because people LOVE alcohol, it didn't work. People don't love Covid. They don't WANT Covid. Many love cars, and for most they are a necessity. So we take the small risk of dying in an auto accident as part of life. This virus is NEW. It's a potential cause of death OVER AND ABOVE all the causes of death that we've learned to live and die with. I can control the amount of risk I take from drinking (though many can't). I will accept the tiny risk of dying in an auto accident. But I know that IF I am infected with Covid, I have a significant risk of dying...one exposure, one illness, and since I'm in the high risk group I just might die. It's comparing apples to oranges, or eyebolts. So I do what I can to avoid the exposure in the first place, and I EXPECT anybody else who wants to be a member of society to do the same. If you don't, you are putting me and my loved ones in danger, and I will NOT accept that.
  14. Had a friend who sweared that blackened drum was as good as blackened redfish, since they are in the same fish family even though one is saltwater and the other freshwater. I never tried blackened drum, don't even know for sure how you prepared blackened fish, but blackened redfish was really popular for a while.
  15. Back around 1986 or 87, I hosted a writer from Field and Stream magazine for several days of fishing Ozark streams. He was a big fly fisherman but had never fished for river smallmouth, and wanted to do an article on the Ozark smallmouth rivers. I was recommending to him by somebody, and he called me and arranged to spend five days at our house and fish at least four of them. I wanted to show him a variety of Ozark streams, so the first day we fished one I always thought was really cool, Big Creek down to Sam A. Baker Park. Super clear water and great scenery, including a small shut-in with a couple interesting rapids to run. The fishing was okay; we caught quite a few mostly small smallmouth. He had come to the area expecting to stop and fly shop and buy flies for smallmouth, but there wasn't any such animal in Southeast Missouri, so he was using some of his trout streamers, all of them too small. I riffled through his fly boxes and picked out a couple of big white streamers that he'd used for tarpon or something, and he caught a few decent smallies on them. Second day we floated the upper end of Big River, just to see another smaller stream with different scenery. Did pretty well. He had gone to Walmart and bought some fly rod poppers and they produced a few fish. Third day we floated a section of the lower middle Meramec, hoping to get into a big smallmouth, but the fishing was pretty slow. Last day to fish, we floated a lot farther upstream on the Meramec. I was really feeling the pressure for ONE of us to at least hook one big one. I still remember the exact spot. I was using my homemade crankbait along a vertical clay bank, kind of a nothing spot really, no logs or even chunks of mud that had calved off the bank for a big fish to use for cover. But the big one was there, and it hit my crankbait. A bit over 20 inches, and he was as impressed as if he'd caught it himself. In all the years since then, I've floated of boated past that spot hundreds of times. I've fished it when it was warm weather, and always note that it really hasn't changed. You'd think those exposed clay banks would really keep being eroded, and a hundred yards farther downstream this one has, but the exact spot still looks like it did back then. So I was fishing that stretch today. I motored past the spot, and thought to myself that I'd never hooked another good fish off that bank in all those years. And then I thought, "but today will be the day." So I'm drifting back down the river and come to that spot, and I think again, "there's gonna be a big fish there." I was using my homemade crankbait just for old time's sake. I landed it 6 inches away from the clay, started the retrieve, and there was a huge bronze flash, a swirl, and I was hooked to a big fish. There are no pictures, because I lost it. Got it up close to the boat, got a good look at it...for sure 20 inches or better. But then it shook its head while it was facing me, and the hooks came loose. But I called it, and after all those years, there is still something about that spot that attracts big fish!
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