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  1. What goes "clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop, BANG-BANG, clip-clop, clip-clop.... An Amish drive-by shooting.
  2. I've never been a big fan of the typical Canadian types of fishing...lakes, portages, pike, walleye, lake trout...mosquitoes and other biting critters in vast numbers. I fished a couple lakes in Algonquin Park for lake trout and smallmouth...caught a smallie that was about 18 inches and thick, probably weighed 4 pounds. Didn't think much of it until one of the park rangers was talking to us as we were loading up the car to leave. When I told him about that fish, he said, "You do know the record for the park is only 4 pounds and some ounces, don't ya?" It was one of only a handful of smallies I caught (never did manage to catch a lake trout), so I wasn't too impressed with the fishing. Maybe my most interesting Canadian trip came about because I used to do an art show up in Buckhorn, Ontario, a couple hours north of Toronto. It was a little town out in the middle of nowhere (though that part of Ontario is pretty well populated, with quite a bit of farming country). But it was the only big wildlife art show in Canada, and people flocked to it and bought a LOT of artwork; a couple of the Buckhorn shows were the best art shows by money I made of any I ever did. We got to know Robert Bateman there, and in fact we spent several days in a big cabin he owned on a lake in the area one year, and fished the lake quite a bit after the show. But I'm first and foremost a river fisherman and always have been, so I investigated the river fishing possibilities in that area, and got wind of the Burnt River. So Mary and I and another couple got a float trip set up on a 10 mile section of the river. It was one of the weirdest rivers I've ever floated. It was narrow, maybe averaged 40 feet wide, flowing mostly through heavily wooded lowlands with occasional granite bluffs. And it was dead slow, basically still water the whole way, except for three major rapids. We ran one of them, portaged the other two. It was supposed to be full of smallmouth and harbored some muskies. So I was really wanting to catch a muskie, having never caught one before, but I didn't have any muskie type lures or tackle. So I hoped my bass stuff would produce. We floated about three miles of dead water, catching basically nothing, then came to the first rapid. In the fast water below it I caught my first muskie, about 28 inches or so. Mary caught two, both slightly smaller. No smallmouth. Another couple miles of dead water and dead fishing, and the second rapid produced a couple more of those small muskie. Third rapid was about a mile downstream, and the same thing happened. No smallmouth, just those little muskies, and only in the fast water. Near the end of the float, I decided to try for a bigger muskie. I'd been noticing the occasional weedy, wide backwaters off the main channel that we passed, and had avoided them because they were so weedy, but maybe that's where the big muskies were. So we paddled up into one of them. I had rigged up a Superfluke to fish in the weeds. And those weeds were absolutely full of smallmouth! I caught a bunch of decent ones, 15-17 inchers. It was the last backwater before the end of the trip, but I was sure mad that I hadn't tried any of the others we passed.
  3. I don't expect a whole lot to come of this, but Donald Trump JR. came out against the mine in a tweet, just got notice of it today.
  4. My problem is I like all my watercraft too much...find it very hard to get rid of any of them. I own more boats now by far than I've gotten rid of over 50 years or so. Gotta have a boat for every occasion! So I have 14 different ones right now...have gotten rid of 7 over the years. Of course, of the ones I own now, only one has a motor on it.
  5. Concerning your original idea...there are three advantages to doing flat bottoms on your "pontoons". First, it would be easier. Second, they would draft an inch or so shallower. Third, they would make your craft a little less susceptible to being blown around by the wind. Other than that, I don't see any particular serious disadvantages to them, but no other advantages, either. If this was going to be a craft for whitewater, then yes, the rounded pontoons would be better...they would make the craft less susceptible to currents going in directions you don't want to go. I've done a LOT of rowing in the last fifteen years or so, since we got the place in Montana. I love rowing, and can handle fairly serious whitewater. But there are still things I don't do as well as the river guides out here in Big Sky country do. Somebody who is really good on the oars can keep a raft the exact same distance from the bank no matter what the current is doing, by manipulating the oars to move the raft sideways without turning it so that the guy in the back is farther from the bank than the guy in the front. I plan on practicing what I'd call draw and pry rowing to get better at that while I'm out here right now.
  6. I wonder why they don't figure the flow in cfs on the Poughkeepsie gauge, it would make it a lot easier to know what the river is like. Without even your little bit of experience with river levels, nobody unfamiliar with the river would have a clue what 1.33 feet is like. But if it said 100 cfs I'd know exactly how much water was in the river. I've not fished it down that far...think maybe I took out there once, but can't remember for sure. It gets extremely low up in the smallmouth water. I've found that in almost all those streams where spotted bass are native, you pass a point where from there on down it's almost all spotted bass. And those lower portions always look very fishy, but you never seem to catch as many spotted bass down in that kind of water as you can smallmouth in the upper portions. There was a time when I thought those lower sections of such streams should have some huge smallmouth, but it's never happened for me.
  7. Okay...I got all the values correct, but added 9+9=18, and multiplied 18X44=792. And I did another of these a while back on Facebook, and the answer depended upon doing that final equation in order of the digits, as I did this time. So I'm calling foul. Unless you put the brackets around the calculator and lightbulbs, as Gavin did to get the "correct" answer, there really IS no correct answer, but some guy on Facebook when I did the last one quoted some math text that said you are supposed to do the calculations in order. So I'm saying I was right!
  8. Like Johnsfolly said, pumpkinseeds are basically non-existent in MO. There have been only a short handful of documented collections of true pumpkinseeds. Although they look superficially like longear, the ear flap is quite different and they have a different, slightly slimmer body shape. I've caught a few of them a lot farther north than this state.
  9. I'm doing it in my head, but I think it's 792.
  10. The hybrid was cool! It's always interesting how many species can hybridize. There's a tiny creek, fed by a small spring so it's permanently flowing but the pools are the size of a bathtub, near my house. It's full of creek chubs and redbellied dace, and the two hybridize. I had one of the hybrids in my aquarium for a couple years, sent photos of it to the MDC biologist I know, and he agreed that was what it was, said he'd never seen that before.
  11. You could micro-fish and catch the next record longear!
  12. There used to be a fish hatchery on a tributary of the upper Meramec, and they raised pike for a while. Apparently some escaped from the hatchery, and showed up in a few collections on the upper portion of the Meramec for a few years. There was never any evidence that they reproduced naturally in the river. There have been occasional records of pike showing up in strange places in the state. Like I said, probably this one, if it is a pike (I'm pretty sure it is) strayed down the Mississippi from farther north. All of us fish nerds are waiting on the new book on the fish of Missouri to come out. The old book has this to say about northern pike in Missouri: "Before Department biologists began stocking northern pike in 1966, occasional specimens were reported by fishermen from widely scattered localities in northern and central Missouri. Most reports were from the lower Osage River, where a small self-sustaining population may have existed. Other records may have been based on individuals that strayed into Missouri from the north along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. In recent years, the number of reports of northern pike from along the Missouri and upper Mississippi rivers has increased, and it is possible that limited reproduction is occurring in these areas. The first stockings of northern pike in MIssouri were of adults into Deer Ridge Lake, Lewis County, and Miller Lake, Carter County, in March 1966. Adults were also placed in ponds at Indian Trail Hatchery, Dent County. The latter fish spawned successfully, and some of the resulting fry may have escaped into the Meramec River. Northern pike were subsequently stocked into Thomas Hill Reservoir in 1967 and Stockton Reservoir in 1970. Stocking of northern pike was discontinued in 1974, and natural reproduction has not been sufficient to maintain populations in any of these lakes. ...Currently, some of the largest natural populations of northern pike in Missouri are in borrow pits and drainage ditches on the flood plain of the Mississippi River in Clark and Marion counties." As for chain pickerel, they apparently are not native to anywhere in the state except the St. Francis and Black river systems (the Black river system includes Current, Eleven Point, and Spring rivers), and waters that connect to the St. Francis River in the Bootheel (this includes Duck Creek). In the "Fishes of Missouri" book, Pflieger says he examined a 24 incher an angler had caught on the lower Big Piney, and received reports of others being caught in that area, but has no idea how they got there, since they have never been collected anywhere else in the state besides the rivers mentioned above.
  13. Ham, look at the shape of the snout on the three photos that moguy1973 posted. The snout on the fish in question matches the highfin carpsucker perfectly. The other two don't have that bump in front of the eye. If you're going by the long first ray of the dorsal fin, it is often broken off on both the highfin and the quillback.
  14. Have noticed the rock climbers the last couple times I floated through there, but didn't see any obvious spots at the upper or lower end of the bluff that were being used as accesses. The bluff is 100 feet of sheer cliff, so definitely would have to go around it, not down it!
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