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  1. The speed of the Missouri's current helped those guys with not having to paddle like crazy to make good mileage every day. ACOE has turned that River into a self-scouring barge ditch. That contrasts 180 degrees with what reports say the MO River was like in Lewis & Clark days when it was spread out and ran much, much slower than today. Still, it was an incredible feat to drag their big boat upstream against whatever current was present in the early 1800's.
  2. Guess who is a part owner of MLF ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kroenke_Sports_%26_Entertainment https://www.tulsaworld.com/sports/kelly-bostian-major-league-fishing-pro-tour-riding-a-historic/article_7079813f-0c08-579a-87c0-275bf1a5b9ed.html
  3. Thank you for attending and including the link on which to make comments. I'd suggest anyone concerned include their comments prior to 11-30-19 and like mojorig just said, the more comments they get on the same subjects the more weight they carry. Here's what I wrote and feel free to copy, change, or wordsmith it however you choose: ACOE should be doing a study on 1.) increased shoreline erosion, 2.) operational and recreational safety impacts to other boaters, 3.) damage to privately owned docks AND ACOE licensed Marinas that are being directly and clearly caused by the proliferation of these so-called "Wake-Boats" that are constructed to allow water ballast to be added to on-board tanks causing them to produce enormous, outsized boat wakes. In addition to the damaging wakes these boats create, there is the impact of transferring invasive species such as the Zebra Mussel via the left-over water that is impossible to completely drain from the ballast tanks in these Wake-boats.
  4. Late 1950's and I'm out with my Dad and his Sis at LOZ and they are both in their very late 50's and we're in a Rental boat from The Antlers where they liked to stay. Dad loved to troll so he ties a black & white Lazy Ike on his rod and ties a green-sunfish Pico Perch on Auntie's rod and decides to troll down the middle of the main channel. Auntie Anne gets a hit and starts reeling it in, gets' it up to the side of the boat, looks over the side and almost throws the rod & reel into the Lake. Dad grabbed it from her just in time and hauls a pretty good sized Eel into the boat. Auntie thought it was a snake and being born in the far NW Suburbs of St. Louis County in 1899 when all around was woods & fields had experiences with snakes and wanted no part of it. When they say Eels are slimey, slippery critters they mean it and I think I recall Dad having to finally step on the Eel to de-hook it.
  5. Kinda' funny how this went down....and it tells you something. There's a Facebook page/group that got started devoted to all things Table Rock Lake. Some great shared photography and some good pics of nice fish on there and general information along with answered inquiries about facilities around the Lake area. Anyway, some discussions got started (because someone posted if anyone had signed some petition to ban Wake-boats) about the damaging effects from huge Wakes to Docks, Shoreline and how the incredible wakes from all these plowing "Wake Boats" were making use of the Lake hazardous to other boaters. So many people chimed-in with complaints and bad experiences and were then argued with, insulted and cursed at by apparent owners of these plow-Boats that the owner/administrator of the group put out a notice that posts on the subject of damaging wakes and careless boat operation would no longer be allowed. πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Š
  6. With the cooler, pleasant weather we just went out leisurely " Crusin' " from Baxter up to the mouth of the Kings yesterday. Bill's comment about summertime boaters is right on since we were, unknowingly, on the same water. Man, it was a Tuesday and the boat traffic reminded us of 4th of July ! Tubing and more tubing, which is fine and fun for the younguns', but get the heck out of the middle of the lake with all the crazy turns it takes to bounce the tubers over the boat wakes....no one sharing the lake with you can anticipate when and where you're going to pull a sudden 180. Then there's the 'toon pulling the skier that passed us close on our left which is sorta' OK but too close....the skier goes down and the dumbbutt 'toon driver makes a sharp turn to his right, right in front of us, to go back and retrieve the downed skier. Hello ! Moron, do you not recall just passing us ?
  7. Yessir, that also applies to this 20 slip dock on the main Lake channel/shoreline near us that the owner(s) have 2 of the ultra-bright dusk-to-dawn lights burning on. They are mounted on the lake-end of the dock out from under the roof. Trying to see other boat's Nav. and Anchor lights coming around the gradual shoreline bend this dock is moored to beyond the overly-bright, unnecessary lights is impossible due to the direct glare from those lights and their reflection off the water. I know two guys around here that often night-fish that have complained to the Corps about this dock-lighting as a safety issue without results and they said the Corps employees ask for the street address that is supposed to be posted on the end of the dock but there is none. The one fella' said he was over by this overly-lit dock with his Nav. and Anchor lights on and was almost run-over by another boat that swerved and then stopped and actually apologized. 😲 The other boater said he couldn't see the Angler's boat lights because of the overpowering glare from the two dock lights. When the Kimberling City Fireburst is held on the same night as the Shell Knob display and the boaters are returning in different directions from the two, it's not IF it's gonna' happen, it's WHEN.
  8. We enjoy sitting out on our deck after dark when it cools off a little and watching the ISS go over, star and moon-gazing and what's going on out on the Lake. For gosh sakes be careful out there while night fishing because we have been seeing numbers of pleasure boats and jet-skis running without lights well after dark and have no idea whether the operators are just stupid or stupid drunk. Last night was a classic when a boat headed out of Baxter about 9:30 with no Nav or Anchor lights on at high speed down the Lake. We couldn't figure out what the strange glow in the water was back under the boat's transom and swim-deck and finally realized he/she had one of those boats equipped with some kind of underwater lighting and that's what they had turned on and that was all. That boat was one of six we saw passing by with no lights just last night alone....
  9. Thanks, seeing so much of those bright-as-the-Sun Bowfishing lights in use on a lot of nights. The guy leaves them on moving from one area to the next and then running back into the launch ramp. Also, "docking-lights" that boaters are using as some sort of headlight while running at night are not legal but we are seeing more and more of them. Then there's the 20-slip dock owner across the White from point 17 that has two large dusk-to-dawn lights out on the end of his dock protruding out from under the dock's roof over his swim-deck that blinds boaters trying to see other boats' navigation lights at night.
  10. Grandson asked me to "fix" his reel that his Dad had messed-up. Quickly discovered Dad had looped line around the rear of the spool and had just kept crankin'. Easy fix and an opportunity to show "Patch" how to disassemble an open-face and how they work. Included a little lesson on how to correctly set the drag and how to fight the fish with the rod and not just by crankin' the reel. Showed him how to take care rigging-up the Ned Rig and how it was important to get that worm on the hook shank straight and he watched Mr. Fumble Fingers (me) struggle with it and tied it on. Later that evening he takes the same rod/reel/Ned and lands, gets a picture of and releases this beauty....
  11. Yeah, you just nailed it " lots of people in MO have corn to sell, Arkansas, not so much". The well-funded Corn-Ethanol Lobbyists hard at work passing out "perks" in Jefferson City.... vacations and money to the Missouri Legislators again who are easily bought and sold and owned. Always follow the money !
  12. The fact that a person can buy Ethanol-free 87 Octane in AR but not in MO is raising suspicions of some kind of the usual Political "deal-making" that fattens some MO State Politician's wallet.
  13. Submitted "Ha-Bob's" in Lampe that they didn't list. Intersection of Hwy 13 and "H" where you turn off 13 to go down to Baxter.
  14. Learned through experience that if you're searching for Ethanol-free gas from a gas-pump in a 100 mile radius of St. Louis....you're out of luck. There was some little-known agreement with the EPA that only gas containing Ethanol would be sold within a 100 mile distance of St. Louis. No, I don't know the name of the agreement or why it was imposed but the nearest station that sells Ethanol-free to the West of the Metro area is reportedly in Rolla. Our Grandson got a new job in STL and moved there from Springfield, went searching for Ethanol-free for his lawn-care equipment and ran into this situation.
  15. skeeter


    Same thing has happened lately with the Weather App on DIRECTV you can get if your receiver is connected to the Net. The former Weather App was far better than the worthless Piece of Junk they now expect viewers/subscribers to be happy with. Neither one of them would put the Radar images in motion so you could kind of determine where the heavy weather was headed but at least you could get your local Radar on the previous thing but not on the new clunker.
  16. Years ago, MDC recognized the need for regulating the bed-jerkers on Missouri Streams and Rivers and wisely instituted a catch & release policy on those waters during the Bass Spawn season. Very obviously, that same need is now present on the State's Reservoirs due to incredibly increasing fishing pressure and MDC can easily "fix" this by correctly extending the same catch & immediate release regulations that they have wisely placed on moving waters to the State's Lakes. MDC would not be the first State in the U.S. to have done this and there must be some kind of monetary pressure on them since they are failing to recognize this very important need. Like all the knee-jerk, reactionary goofs in all levels of Government, it appears things will have to reach a crisis level first before they take action.
  17. Cannot recall the last time I've seen TR this clear at this time of year. Seeing signs of it beginning to turn over.
  18. Jerks and unsafe, inconsiderate idiots are not limited to the pleasure-boat, wake-boat crowd. One of the worst morons I've ever encountered was Sunday evening coming out of Big Indian and heading towards Baxter Boat Dock. We all had the youngest Grandson out on the 'toon during his Easter Break and he had just nailed a dandy 18" Smallie and had successfully landed it on 6 lb despite the usual frantic "crash-dive" at boatside. We're putt-putting along in a straight line about 40 yds. away from the shore on the left side when I hear this boat coming up from astern. Here comes some brain-dead idiot (that I hope is reading this) with Arab-style headgear on driving a red Bass Tracker with a portly gent in the passenger's seat. This idiot passes us not even 25' ( yes, that's FEET) away on our port side, between us and the shore, and then cuts DIRECTLY across our bow. All five us are immediately pissed and we followed the jerk to the Baxter launch ramp where my Wife prevailed upon me not to start anything...which four out of the five of us were ready to do. We got good pictures of the moron walking up the courtesy dock to get his tow-rig and trailer with his Arab-style rag still on his head and the Red Tracker and its registration numbers in the foreground. πŸ˜–
  19. Not sure what is going on here but thought it was worthwhile to report to the local MDC Agent. Our Daughter and Grandson decided to do a little Sunday evening fishing off the bank down around the Baxter launch ramp and courtesy dock. They came back after dark with pictures on their phones of very large heads and carcasses of several Spoonbill that had been butchered at the ramp. No one was still around so no idea who was there. Normal Spoonbill snagging area is far away from Baxter by water, way up the James arm.
  20. I do know the Corn-produced Ethanol farce uses 6 gallons of fresh water to produce one gallon of dratted Ethanol. In some areas where Ethanol producing plants were established and had to rely on well-water for that fresh water supply, surrounding residents water wells went dry and they had no choice but to have them drilled deeper....until the next time. What I am waiting to hear is how the States plan on recouping the lost fuel tax revenue that these electric car owners avoid paying for their use of Public Roads and Bridges. We're already "giving" them about $7k in tax credits to buy their vehicles.
  21. That's a step in the right direction but since the Poachers are stealing from ALL of us in the public, it still isn't enough of a fine. Couple the fines with being a "MINIMUM, REQUIRED sentence" to get around namby-pamby, weak Judges and throw in what Minnesota used to do or maybe still does and immediately confiscate, Boat, Motors, Trailer and any vehicle they used in the Poaching incident.
  22. We've had Centurylink in the immediate Baxter area since 2004. Started off with gosh-awful Dial-up and then they thankfully upgraded to DSL. We get a reliable 8Mbps and if our home's wires on the poles was just 200' closer to their "Office" at the entrance to Briar Cliff we would get 10Mbps but distance over these antiquated phone wires chokes us down in speeds. A few things I've discovered over the years: If your place is on the Little Indian Lake-arm side of the ridge that Highway "H" comes down, there is a chance you can get Total High Speed's radio signal from their antenna at Black Oak. If you are on the other side of "H".....NOT. Suggest you investigate by calling them and they can pull up your address and tell you if you are a candidate but the last time I checked with them I was not impressed with their speed nor their prices and cannot receive it here anyway. Suddenlink, nor any other Cable is not available South of the Bridge. A few years ago, Centurylink brought new, underground copper wire down to their "Office" building at Briar Cliff's entrance that enabled the 10Mbps via DSL. If they ever should bring Fiber down to that Briar Cliff office like they recently did (per Matt Bell at Bell Computer) in their upgrade to the Cape Fair area that will potentially increase our speeds to 40Mbps but, again, the antiquated phone lines in the area, going back to the late 1950's, will choke that down. As far as "reliability", one thing that greatly increased ours was to call Centurylink's Internet Repair and complain 1-855-331-1346 about how unreliable your internet service is. They should offer to send out a Field Service Tech. Have him check and determine if you have the old fashioned 2-wire phone line in your place (most around here do have that) and when he verifies that you do, ask him to install, at no cost to you, what the Service Techs call a "Home Run" with modern CAT5-wire direct from the phone access box on the outside (where your phone line enters the place) and route it directly to your Modem. After many, many complaints and service calls 8-10 years ago, they finally sent a more tech-savvy young guy out and he identified the old 2-wire phone line as being the problem and did a really nice job installing the "Home Run" here and at our neighbor's and it has made a huge difference. If you currently have Centurylink in the Baxter area, I'd strongly suggest you consider retaining your account because I've been seeing multiple complaints from new property owners in the area on Social Media (Table Rock Lake Group) that when they call Centurylink to get hooked-up they are being declined and told Centurylink is "full-up" in the area and is not accepting new customers !! We also tried doing the Cell Phone modem thing ( 25 Mbps if memory serves unless there is a lot of traffic on the AT&T cell-tower over in Viola ) and bought AT&T's necessary hardware but they lie about what size of Monthly Data Plan you will need and we quickly and very expensively exceeded ours and told them where they could shove their service, after getting "dinged" with a 30% re-stocking fee for the returned hardware at their Branson Corporate store. Good Luck ! Let us know how you did please.....
  23. Got pooches ? All this Duck discussion reminded me that I found a large bag of "Duck Jerky" at Sam's club (where everything is large πŸ˜„) for Dog treats. Compared to their other Dog treats it was inexpensive and contains none of the artificial by-products or corn gluten meal the others had in their list of ingredients. Our four-legged beggars are just nuts for these pieces of jerky and try to lead me to where I keep the bag stored. Only thing is you have to break the strips of jerky into shorter pieces so they don't try the usual gulp and swallow eating cause it's real Jerky and needs some chewing.
  24. Bassmaster Pro talks about fish mortality on certain fisheries and claims Tournaments have no impact. Nah ! He doesn't have an axe to grind here....not at all ! 🀣
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