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  1. Going to start using 2lb test and trying out some jigs or pink worms. When boat fishing we usually fish from Short Creek down to 65 bridge. 4lb test and powerbait on an 6' ultra light. That is how I have fished from the boat for years. Maybe use some nightcrawlers from time to time. If I go to 2lb test and start throwing some jigs and spoons, what type of rod should I be using with a spinning reel?
  2. That's far enough away from McCord Bend 😉
  3. Beaver and Bull Shoals seem to have much better O2 numbers top to bottom. Is Table Rock typically this different?
  4. Would opening a spillway or two just a tad add any amount of usable O2 to the upper part of the lake without inceasing temps too much?
  5. Is Elk visitors code for meth buyers?
  6. Lilley's jon boats are fiberglass and never thought twice about it even though I grew up fishing mainly out of aluminum jon boats. Those jon's at Lilleys are very sturdy and stable. One thing to keep in mind is whether you will always have a place to launch off the trailer. If you ever had to drag or carry to launch for places you want to go then I would compare weight. Go light
  7. That doesn't sound much like retirement to me. That said, like in any business where you have something to sell, you have to know your customer and do everything you can to assess what they want in a trip and explain to them what your plan is. What you described to me I would consider a successful walleye trip, but I grew up fishing Stockton and I know how hard it can be to get on the wallys.
  8. Have a Lowe Deep Vee 165 Fishing Machine I bought used earlier this year. Has a 60HP Mercury 4 stroke on it, with the Bigfoot gear case. Has a terrible time getting on plane unless it's just me in the boat. The bright spot is that it will run in the 5mph range without plowing, which is perfect for Taneycomo (guessing that has something to do with the bigfoot). That is not great when I have the fam on Stockton or trying to get on plane loaded down when we need to run a ways. Top end speed with 4 adults, full tank of gas, gear is 25mph. Can hit 30mph if just me and little gear. Now, I knew when I bought it this wasn't the ideal motor for this boat. Boat is rated for up to 90HP and no idea why the previous owner ordered it with the bigfoot. Even the marina sales guy when I got to Iowa to pick it up said that I would want to find the right prop for this boat to improve performance and/or power up at some point. I got the boat for a bargain with the intention of making those savings help work towards eventually going up to a 90hp, but that will take me a couple of years to save for. In the meantime, that leaves me with a choice to try a different prop or consider a hydrofoil. I don't want to rehash that debate as I know the pros and cons to both. Two questions: If I look at a prop upgrade, how hard is it for a competent service department to figure out the correct prop? I plan to use Anglers Port in Warsaw as they are both a Mercury and Lowe dealer. And even though I didn't buy a boat from them, their service guys were helpful when I called and had questions in the past. If I look at a hydrofoil, it seems very few of the popular ones will fit the Mercury bigfoot and none of the no drill ones fit the 40-60HP Mercury 4 strokes anyways. My thought was that if I plan to trade or sell this motor within the next few years I don't want to drill on it. Plan to discuss with Anglers Port when I take it in for winter maintenance later this fall, so I don't know what their suggestion will be yet.
  9. I have not weighed it, but I would hope that Lowe within the last five years didn't engineer a package that overloaded their trailer. I can't think of anything that would be significant added weight post factory to cause this. Will continue to monitor wear at 50psi. Could just be crappy tires I suppose. Thanks for the tips fellas.
  10. It is on both edges of both tires. However, outside edges are slightly worse than inside edges
  11. Got on Pomme today for the first time in about 13 years. Holy schamoly the lake was busy. Bass boats, fishing boats, pontoons, tri-toons, and some big runabouts. PWCs and tubers everywhere. Not what I remember it being like even on a Saturday in August. The sheer volume of boats is what got me. Plus, those big boats create way too much chop. I watched one Cobalt go by about 12 times today in the 3 hours we were sitting in one spot. Just burning gas all day. Not stopping to swim or pull a tuber. Just burning gas in a small area of one lake arm I guess I am not surprised. Those 24' runabouts too small for LOZ now and I can remember seeing my first cigarette boat on Stockton about 15 years ago and thinking it's all downhill from here. Shame this tranquill lake has been ruined. Ok rant over. Sorry.
  12. So the boat I bought earlier this year has trailer tires that are max rated for 50psi at the max load. Tires were basically new as previous owner kept boat at a marina Iam under max load and started using them at 45psi. Had some edge wear so went up to the 50psi. However, even at 50psi I am getting wear on the egdes that tells me they are under inflated. I suppose I need to get them balanced to keep chasing the issue or is it ok to go another 5psi up?
  13. This reminds me of the raccoons who come down on the dock at night to say hi. Scared the crap out of one last time I was down because he never saw me and I was waiting for him to get comfy with his first snack before spooking him.
  14. Yeah, even going through and searching old posts gives you a ton of knowledge. Phil has a post that covers the general seasons and will be watching one cast each day leading up to the trip.
  15. Haven't been able to fish the fall much on Taneycomo in the last 15 years. Used to wade fish up by the dam in my younger days and remember catching a lot of browns. Will be in the boat this trip fishing Fall Creek down to The Landing. Will be happy just having the time on the water fishing and with family
  16. This post reminded me of a night bass fishing trip about 15 years ago out of Shell Knob. I had my brother with me and he caught a Sauger, or at least that is what I determined it to be. It was not a walleye. He thought he caught a walleye, but once I got a good look at it in the light it certainly was something else. I called one of my buddy's dads the next day and he was convinced it was a sauger based on my description.Only one I have ever seen or caught. Certainly never saw one come out of Stockton growing up.
  17. We were at SDC a couple of weeks ago on a day there were some scattered storms in the area. I guess lightning got within 10 miles and the rides were shut down pronto and pretty much at the same time. They must use radios to notify the operators.
  18. A year is actually pretty fast in government time
  19. The curtains not being released and no decision to abandon ship will be widely criticized and rightfully so. Not only can people not get out, but the curtains would make the boat harder to drive and cut the wind. The News-Leader has a new story from the mom and ex wife of two survivors. The canopies initially kept people from getting out of the boat and eventually one side rolled up letting them swim to the surface.
  20. We were just in that area two weeks ago for a day of pleasure boating. I had not been on that area of Table Rock in 15 years. Saw many Ride the Ducks in the water that day. It seemed to me they would be in the water about 15 minutes looping around the island off the Belle. They don't move very fast and trying to go against the wind and current would be even slower. I can't recall if they were using the state park ramp or the one behind the Belle. SDC sold Ride the Ducks last year. From the video of the boat that made it back it looks like they were trying to get to the ramp behind the Belle. Even if wearing life vests, that is no guarantee you can get out of the boat in time or even survive open water in those conditions. Not to mention if you get knocked out hitting the roof, side, or person thrown into you. The people on the boat that made it back certainly don't appear to be wearing them, but by the time the boat is rocking it would be hard for many to stand up to get them and then get them on in those conditions.
  21. There has to be PFDs, right? Not that they are easy to get to or put on during a crisis
  22. You mentioned a dike across from Branson Landing. How far does it come out and how deep is it if the water is off? I don't have much experience on the lake below 65 bridges
  23. You just need one of those 350HP outboards that can push your boat 100mph
  24. Maybe it was a Gambler tourney instead of a Skeeter tourney? 😛
  25. He is a college professor at OTC. So, by nauture he is likelh a bitter crusty old man.
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