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Al Agnew

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  1. A recent discussion of baitcasting reels got me thinking, and I decided to take every casting reel I own, put it on the same rod, and cast the same lure out on my pond, just to see which reels did best. The lure I use most in the winter, my homemade hair jig made on the jighead that Mitch Fields designed, in 3/16th ounce, on a medium power Majorcraft Nanoace jig and worm rod. Note that this is probably a lighter lure than most people typically use with baitcast tackle. I would also note that I took the time to adjust each reel to best cast this lure on this rod. And one more note...it was a
  2. Robins don't really migrate. They move around to find food, usually in flocks, in the winter, and may move just far enough south to get out of snow so that finding food is easier. The reason you don't see them much around your house in the winter is more that they flock up and do more foraging in woodlands instead. Bluebirds also don't really migrate that much, either.
  3. Most of you may know that I did a lot of covers for BPS catalogs, so I felt some loyalty to them. I spent quite a bit of money with them over the years, and for many years I got a discount, which made me spend even more money. But BPS is a general outdoors retailer, and while they started as a fishing store, I'd be willing to bet that fishing stuff made up a smaller part of their business over the years. Their selection of tackle was good, but they seldom sold any real specialty tackle, and more and more they went to their own store brands of lures, rods, reels, etc. Some of their rods and
  4. You guys did better than I did today. Fished three pools that I know have some big fish, caught nothing but 10-14 inchers, a couple maybe 15 inches, didn't bother to measure them.
  5. Two members of our extended family, not close, have died from it. Also several acquaintances that we knew casually. Several younger family members have had it and got over it, though one was sick for several weeks. One of Mary's brothers probably had it, said he coughed until he thought his eyeballs would pop out for 4 days and felt like crap, but is now getting back to some semblance of normal.
  6. I'm not quite as sold on the Daiwa Tatula SV as others are. I've given mine a good workout, and it's been good but no better than several other reels I use. Part of the problem seems to be that it needs a lot more regular maintenance than I usually give my reels. I gotta say that, of all the reels I currently use, including several Lews, Garcia, and Shimanos as well as both the Tatula SV and the cheaper Tatula, my Shimano Citica from several years back may be my favorite, and the cheaper Lews Mach 1 is about as good as the more expensive Lews I own.
  7. I've been finding it difficult to choose baitcasting reels. Basically, anything in the Lews line that is between $100 and $200 is good, but which one is best? I've gone mostly by weight. The way I like to fish, an ounce or so in weight can make a difference in a long day of fishing. As for which ones cast best, handle light lures best, are most durable, etc., I just can't tell you. The ones I own are good, but are they the best? I'll be interested in hearing what others say.
  8. Regarding 100 bass days...I've had quite few of them and a handful of 200 plus bass days. I think it might be partly because of the way I fish, fishing fast with lots of casts. On typical summertime 10 hour float trip, probably about 6 hours of that is actual fishing time and not running riffles, paddling through dead pools, stopping for lunch, etc. If you fish slow and on the bottom, it might take you 30-60 seconds to fish out a cast. So in your six hours of fishing, you might make 60-120 casts an hour. Let's call it 100 casts an hour. Which means to catch 100 bass, you have to catch
  9. Al Agnew

    Photo thread

    Geez, I take a lot of photos but don't worry much about how great they are because I use them as reference for paintings. Started looking through my phone, and came upon this one from this past summer at our place in Montana, that just struck me for some reason. Sunset, Yellowstone River.
  10. It's an interesting question at what point do things like electronics change fishing too much and make it too easy. Somebody above said that you still have to get the fish to bite. True, but so what? You ALWAYS had to get them to bite, but first you had to find them. Now the finding is made so much easier. With this kind of sonar, underwater cameras, etc., you can find the fish, and actually see their reaction to your lure. And adjust accordingly. The only mystery left is in what adjustments will work. The big skill left to anglers in that case is how quickly they adjust. Yet, the
  11. I guess from now on I'll just call 'em like my buddy who is originally from Tennessee calls trout...nice'uns, good'uns, and big'uns. Nice'uns would be 14-16 inches, good'uns would be 16-18 inches, and big'uns would be 18-20 inches. Anything over 20 is holy-crap-what-a-fish!
  12. Nah, the magic marker marks wear off and disappear before the hard glass reinforced ends of the paddle wear down, and I gotta remeasure and mark them again. 85 fish days are no big deal if you count all bass you catch, including the occasional 7-9 incher. Most guys who don't count the fish they catch, catch larger numbers than they think they do. The reason I count fish is to compare trips and years. Surprisingly, my average number of bass per all day trip on Ozark streams has remained pretty consistent over the last 30 years at around 50 fish per trip. So the 85 fish day is probably ba
  13. Don't really care whether people believe me or not. Don't really care whether the fish is 19 1/8th or 18 7/8ths. I'll call it a 19. I measure big fish from the canoe with my paddle blade, which has magic marker marks at the base of the blade for 18 and 20 inches from the end of the blade. Try to measure them by putting the closed mouth even with the end of the blade, look at where the closed tail lobes come to compared to my marks. Accurate? Probably within 1/8th inch, certainly within 1/4th inch. What does it matter whether the fish is 17 3/4ths plus or 18? Doesn't to me. I ain't kee
  14. Starting to get excited about this team. Depth and experience. They still aren't a good shooting team, but they play great defense, they rebound well, they play a lot smarter than the last couple years, and they appear to be mentally tough; they don't let adversity get them down. They've responded well every game when it gets tight. If you'd told me before the game that Tilmon and Mark Smith would both have bad games and foul out with a total of I think 7 points between them, I'd have expected an Illinois blowout. But the other guys got it done, especially Mitchell Smith and Pickett off t
  15. But did it? It resulted in one point for Mizzou. And yes, Mizzou got the ball as well, and ran the clock down to 10 plus seconds with a three point lead. Illini had ten seconds to get a good shot, but great defense by Dru Smith on Dosumnu and a bit of the yips by the Illini star resulted in a bad shot with a whole 4 seconds left. Ten seconds is an eternity. Ask any Mizzou fan, and they'll just say "Tyus Edney". It was a horribly officiated game, with the quick whistles not only detracting from the flow of the game but giving first one team and then the other an advantage; it seemed t
  16. You'll be happy to know I have a good measuring system on my jetboat...ruler on the flat front end of the boat that butts up against the edge of my trolling motor bracket, just like a measuring board; I can place the nose of the fish against the raised trolling motor bracket. I measured every fish that appeared to be over 16 inches. But of course you can question whether I'm lying about all this, since I forgot my phone so I don't have pictures. Don't really care. I've caught my share of 17-19 inchers over the years. The 19 incher was the only one I would have taken a photo of anyway.
  17. I think they need to go back to the drawing board. Can't imagine how squirrelly that thing would be to try to maneuver with the whole front half of the canoe out of the water. Suspect it would flip like a top if you tried to cut it too sharply. And I also can't imagine how loud it would be. If something like that came up the rivers I float, I think I'd be throwing rocks at it.
  18. Yeah, a good pole makes a difference. I got into poling for a bit...my most memorable poling trip was when I tried floating Apple Creek in low water, using only a pole. Didn't even bring a paddle. In a 15 ft. aluminum canoe. It actually worked pretty well; standing up in the center of the canoe, I could pole very well in all the shallow water, and when I came to a spot where there were two rocks I had to go between and there wasn't enough space between them, I could put more weight on one foot and lean the canoe to where the other side was out of the water, and slip through. Only problem
  19. Actually, no. Mary and I started out being that cautious (though not using tongs...we used a grocery bag to get the mail out of the box). As the science of how unlikely it is to spread the virus from mailed items, we followed the science, and now simply wash our hands after handling the mail, and let the mail sit overnight. Yes, that's still being overly cautious, but it costs us nothing and gives Mary a little more peace of mind. Fear? Or prudence? I don't really care.
  20. Get real. If you are living with family members...LIVING with them and not just visiting them, there are so many ways you can spread it to them that wearing a mask is pointless. I live with my wife. We seldom go anywhere around other people without going together. We are equally exposed. So it would be completely pointless to wear masks in the house or around just each other. In addition, one would hope that family members kinda know what each other have done and where they've been, and how likely they are to have been exposed. Fact is, there are a LOT of people who, when finding
  21. But, you don't have to feel bad to have this virus and spread it. Geez, haven't you been paying attention? Of all the people I know who have it or have had it, nearly every one of them got it from somebody who didn't know at the time that they were infected. This has been repeated thousands of times just about everywhere. I think I even said that asymptomatic spread is actually one of the biggest problems and dangers with this virus. Unlike the flu, which as you said you know when you have it and don't go anywhere (or if you do go somewhere, other people probably can tell you have it and
  22. The economy is fine if you have good investments in the stock market. Tell any small business owner in places hard hit by Covid that the economy is fine, and you'll probably get cussed out or laughed at.
  23. But they ARE infringing upon you and yours. THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT HERE. For about the thousandth time, you wear masks to protect others FROM YOU, more than you wear a mask to protect you from others. And you avoid crowded indoor gatherings to protect others from you as much as you from others. If everybody is on board with this, the chances of ANYBODY getting it go way down. But the more people that aren't on board with it, the more people get it, even if they are being reasonably careful, and the more people that get it, the more danger everybody else is in, and the more that the econom
  24. Are you serious? Our governor refuses to even consider putting on a mandatory statewide mask order. The county health department supervisor in the county I grew up in, one county away from where I live now, resigned because as soon as she tried to get a county mask order instituted, she got nasty phone calls at all hours of the night, death threats, and people sending her emails threatening her kids. The county where I live, the health department supervisor says it's not her job to put on a mask order, and the county commissioners say it is, that it's not their job, so nothing has gotten do
  25. Well, that only makes sense IF you receive complete immunity after getting it the first time. Burning through the population? And...it's real easy to say that people at high risk should quarantine/isolate, but in reality, how does ANYBODY do that? You still have to eat, and have to visit doctors, and maybe have to do a number of other things that potentially expose you. Even if you are very elderly and home-bound, bed-ridden, whatever, SOMEBODY has to come and take care of you, and that somebody can potentially be carrying the virus. We all know that no measure is 100% effective. We also
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