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Brian Jones

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    Bonne Terre, MO
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    river fishing, and deer hunting

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  1. Could be wrong but the first one looks all spot to me???..... Totally agree on bottom one and inconclusive on middle one. Is what it is. The spots and meanmouths have pretty much claimed the lower meramec.
  2. One of my absolute fav's: "I'd rather drink turpentine and p!$$ on a brushfire". --Sheriff Kimbel Young Guns II.
  3. "He always said he wanted to run the gauntlet".
  4. "We may have to be neighbors but I don't have to be neighborly". "How's it with stains." "Well Mr. Capet bagger. Around these parts we got something called a Missouri boat ride".
  5. I think we're gonna check out Mina Sauk again. Should have a good flow after Thursday's forecasted rain.
  6. I agree totally. I've also seen that with engines as big as 70HP and was REALLY surprised at just how little sand it took to lock one up. This happened to a buddy once while several of us were down on Current River below Van Buren. I was convinced that my buddy had locked up his power head. But once we pulled the shoe, the engine fired right up. So we rinsed the sand and grit out of the shoe and liner, re attached it to the pump and it ran just fine the remainder of the trip.
  7. I've never been above Blackwell bridge and have only done that a couple of times. Both were early spring week days when the river was high and I was pretty confident I wouldn't encounter anyone else. I know some local guys who run their jets around Cherokee Landing/St. Francois state park in the spring. But that is something I don't feel comfortable doing in ours and personally don't think the river needs jet boats up that high. As a general rule I won't run Big River when the gauge at Richwoods is below 3.2 and won't run above the hole at the old Big River Heights bridge once the river gets busy even if I can.
  8. Over the years I have seen a handful of guys (mainly trappers) on the middle Gasconade and middle to lower Meramec using mud motors or small prop outboards with those hand operated engine lifts (those things are pretty neat). But the bottom line is if you are a river rat there is absolutely no substitution for a jet. Period. Sure you can walk riffles, etc. But on all of the rivers I fish there are good holes that are considerable distances between accesses. And putting through long holes and wading riffles is really impractical most of the time on these waters.
  9. I don't think I've ever seen a mean mouth with that much spot in it.
  10. Fished Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Took a trip on each section; upper or lower upper, middle and lower middle or upper lower depending on how you draw the lines. Each trip was good but Monday's trip was best. Partner boated a 20. I caught an 18 and we each caught a 17 along as well as 15-20 other "keepers". Brought home a wad of spots from the trip yesterday. Looking forward to Sunday's lunch...................water temps were 45 yesterday when I took out around 2:00.
  11. Does the MDC ever put any of videos of their electrofishing trips on YouTube and if not, why???....
  12. I can only speak of the Invitational and I've been hit or miss for the past 10 or so years so I cannot speak for every tournament. But I can tell you this, when cwc87 was helping run the weigh ins NOT ONE spotted bass brought to the scales was returned to the river. I've always respected him for that.
  13. I know that by the mid 90's they had already made it into Apple and Saline Creeks. However, no one in a position of importance gave a darn until they began to threaten Lake Michigan almst a decade later...... Would a more proactive approach (if one was even possible) to this problem made a difference? Who knows. But the one thing for certain is that ignoring the problem did absolutely nothing except bolster the population.
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