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    What's Cooking?

    We, the residents here in garden homes, were planning to have a Saturday evening , socially distanced, outdoor, 4th of July grill party. I made tabouli and Lebanese steakhouse style hummus. This morning we received a notice the six employees tested positive and contact tracing had begun. They closed, again, the public dine in facilities. This spooked our prospective attendees. We all agreed to cancel. I had already made a huge batch of tabouli and a batch of Lebanese steakhouse style hummus. The wife and I spent the afternoon delivering portions to our neighbors. Tonight we will have pork tenderloin, tabouli, and hummus.
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    What's Cooking?

    Interesting task. I would start with sherry and unseasoned rice vinegar, soy, fish sauce, garlic, a touch of oyster sauce, chili oil and several drops of sesame oil, and corn starch.
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    Walleye

    Raise your hands and dance. In a couple years they will be worth the trouble. I tried to look it up on line. It appears the Meramec has a natural spawn, and I found this at a web site called family outdoors: https://www.family-outdoors.com/missouri-walleye-fishing
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    What's Cooking?

    Roasted wings and root vegetables.
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    What's Cooking?

    In Norman, while I was at law school, Sunday breakfast was two inchys looking at you. Two cheese enchiladas with red sauce and two sunny side up eggs. You would see the frat boys bringing in the pledges after a Saturday house party. It was like a rite of passage. From time to time, one of the young men needed to run out the door. Provided you weren't hung over, it wasn't a bad breakfast.
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    What's Cooking?

    Hot summer night meal.
  7. With wife concurrence (I hope you all have been or will be so lucky as to find a wife like her) I am going to do the Garmin Foce with the Echomap UHD 9" side view.
  8. I post this in TR rather than elsewhere, as the most likely source of feedback is here. When I moved to Tulsa, I was afraid the time required to travel to and back to the lake would mean the end of fishing. 45 - 50 minutes to the lake makes 6:00 AM launches difficult for me. I contemplated selling my boat. Once I was here a bit and the current problems came up, fishing may be the only way I can have fun outside of the community I live. However, boats always have something wrong with them, unless Wrench just finished them, and even then, give it a month. Currently, my TM is kaput. In Oklahoma wind, a good TM with excellent spotlock is a must. I have used an Ulterra since early 2015. Now it stays on my bow as a large chunk of weight. So here are the questions. Do I do the Garmin Force/UltraEchomap on the boat or do I wait for the Lowrance Ghost, 60 inch shaft, to come out who knows when? Do I put $4500k on a five year old 15K boat? Do I run, naked, through Skiatook, Oklahoma disguised as the stay puff man? What do you think?
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    Walleye

    river types: You want walleye? Fish the White below Beaver dam to Beaver town. Trust me. Thousands are there.
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    What's Cooking?

    Caprese Avocado Salad
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    What's Cooking?

    Speaking of June Cleaver, I won't wear pearls, but I will make a casserole from that era tonight. Hot dog, potato, and sauerkraut. I can almost hear Perry Como and the Kraft cheese and Campbell soup commercials.
  12. You are correct. The boat in question was an Express modified jon center console. Sturdy as can be, but when the wind came up, it would beat you to death. The day in question I had been trolling walleye on the Devils Backbone near Big M. The wind came up and I had to make the long run home. I was not anywhere near top end, but I was on plane. Scared the bejesus out of me.
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    What's Cooking?

    With the brunch Sunday, smoked salmon and chilled shrimp were included. The salmon came with hard boiled egg, red onion, and capers. I added the cream cheese and tomato on half of a thin bun. The avocado was perfect, too.
  14. I had an MK self deploy in rough water two boats ago. The motor tore off the mount and torqued the boat sideways. Because of that, IMHO, scissor hinge motors need to be secured with a Ram brace or other form of lock down for travel across the lake.
  15. After I read your answers, I knew what I would suggest. I think a 6' to 6'6" casting rod would serve you best. If a lure tangles at the tip, it is difficult to reach a longer rod tip sitting in a kayak. Boat fishermen are standing and can set the handle down and back. Standing in canoes and most kayaks is problematical. Besides, a shorter rod avoids over hanging trees better. For the size of typical lures for stream and river fishing, you would want a rod rated for 1/4th to 1/2 ounce lure and 6 to 12 # line. To help with distance, you want a rod that will load more easily so look for a medium-ish power and a moderate fast (or even moderate) action. I had a 6' Falcon that matched those specs around 20 years ago. I bought it at a boat show. If I still had it I would give it to you. Further suggestion: in a good rod the overall weight is not really a concern. Instead, you want a rod with a light tip and the weight at or behind your casting hand. Think of the swords in movies with knights. They all have large and heavy pommels for a reason. Same with scimitars and samurai swords. Based on that I suggest you avoid the lower end price range as one of the hallmarks of those is larger and heavier guides on older style heavier blanks. I have always recommended Falcon rods, but they have nothing in their current rod line up that meets the specs described. St Croix makes 6' casting models with specs close to the above in the Mojo and Avid series. You might see if you can get one in your hands. The BPS in Tulsa is dinky compared to Mecca in Springfield, but they carry St Croix Mojo and Avid series rods. For reels, find a Lews in your price range, unless you want enthusiast level. Then find the Daiwa that Babbler recommends. Sadly, one of the best stream and river baits, the Ned, is a different problem. Are you sure you won't carry two rods? As a final resort, build your own rod or find someone to do it for you. Currently, you can put together a high quality rod for around $200 in parts. Hope this helps. BTW, Al's comments above are gold.
  16. Answer a couple of questions and I will make a suggestion. What weight range are the baits you will fish? Since you are in a kayak I assume you prefer a somewhat shorter rod? 6' or 6'6"? Standard or pistol grip? Are you a wrist caster or an arm caster? What price range is your top end? >$100? >$200? >$300? What about the reel? (Some combinations require an upper level reel. My Ned rig bait caster works best with something like the Revo MGX.)
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    What's Cooking?

    They would be great. I favor a fruit salsa but did not have the ingredients. Instead, I made a curried sauce with sour cream and some mayo.
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    What's Cooking?

    Cod and shrimp fishburger with roasted carrots and pearl cous cous. Made a little salad on the side as well.
  19. Good explanation Bobby. When it is all up and running, give us your impression to go with the one Babler has supplied.
  20. I was able to fish this afternoon! I assure you, Oklahoma is far windier than what we endure on Table Rock. It makes old school fishing with no trolling motor very interesting. I am still waiting on the 60" Lowrance Ghost to become available. I may have to follow Bill's lead and focus on Garmin, but their compatible sonar units are big time dollars. Heat - well, it's summer. Tulsa has always been hotter and colder than Eureka. Enough complaining. While exploring the lake today, I found a large and deep creek (55 fow) that feeds into the lake. The channel runs through drowned timber and old pasture (no trees or boulders). The creek bends several times and splits into two other creeks. I believe I have found a year round fishing hole. In addition, the timber isolates it from the wake boats. Caught several on the Ned. Only one keeper. I look forward to fishing there in the early morning.
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    What's Cooking?

    The sauce is, in fact, a modified Carolina mustard based sauce. Hard cider, mustard, vinegar, maple syrup, tomato paste, chili powder, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and sriracha.
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    What's Cooking?

    What you see is horseradish coleslaw, good on or off sandwiches.
  23. @breeves2245 I have rarely fished Beaver, but I fished the next lake down stream for 17 years. First step, be on the water before the sun rises. Step two, watch more than you fish. Look for baitfish nipping the surface, oil slicks, dead fish pieces, gulls, and unexpected daytime surface massacres. These are important for things later, not the moment. Remember where each one occurred and the season and the weather at the time. The buzz bait is a great tool, but really addresses a different pattern. The whopper plopper is great too, but it also is a throw and reel lure. They work and produce, but it seems to me they only find the hungry and totally surprised. The rest of the time, the top water world belongs to fins, poppers , and walkers. Bill Babbler has written many times of fins, where, and when. I gave up on finding fins, but the Berkley jointed Surge Shad gets you most of the way there. Search his redfin posts and learn 90% of what you need to know. I understand your affection for torpedoes. I learned to fish seriously in Canada with my Father and we fished torpedoes and Mepps. That does not mean they work the best here in NE Oklahoma and NW Arkansas. Instead, I suggest you narrow your choices to two basics. Spooks and poppers that you can walk. Take a chrome spooks and put good hooks on them. If you can, add a light feather to the tail. Buy the Sixth Sense Splash Back. The spook is for straight walking. Cast, twitch once to move the nose to the side, then again to change, then start the pattern. With the walking popper, start the same, continue the patient pattern for a bit, then stop and plop one or two times before you start again. Look for flats with an edge that drops into a channel, flats bisected by a small creek or old road, bluff ends, and pockets in longer shorelines. Good luck.
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    What's Cooking?

    Ok. Cue up Also Spake Zarathrustra. Now sit and learn how I think it should be done.
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