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  1. Not What I Expected

    It is a sad day when we loose the fury family that means so much to us. I feel your pain. Hardest thing I have ever had to do, but all the while knowing it was for the best for the companion I so dearly loved.
  2. Release boats?

    If the area is depleted of quality fish then why are tournament guys going there, they must be catching fish that will weight. I also want to know if fish wont repopulate an area or make there way back why do we spend money for GPS and mark locations, because we caught quality fish and go back to catch quality fish again .
  3. Release boats?

    Direct quotes from 176Champ, google search. At Lake Martin, Alabama (2005), bass moved an average of 5 miles from the release site after 10 weeks. After 2 months, no fish were in close proximity to the release site, and all fish tracked over 3 months returned to within the same general area of capture. In general, it appears that if largemouth bass are released after tournaments in good shape, only short-term stockpiling occurs at release sites, as most fish disperse from release sites within 2-3 months and up to 40% of these fish may return to original capture sites. Although fish displaced up to 13 miles have demonstrated homing abilities, few make it back to original areas if displaced over 6 miles. Most importantly, a study we conducted at Sam Rayburn in 2003-2004 indicates that population-level impacts of tournament-related bass relocation and concentration are likely low. No question, stockpiling at release sites does occur, as we estimated that 31,050 bass were transported to weigh-in sites during the one-year study. But, we also estimated that tournament anglers transport only 5% of the total largemouth bass population of legal-length (31,050 of the 621,000 available bass) in one year. Simply put, only 1 out of 20 bass are subjected to relocation and potential crowding at release sites per year. Bass can and do work there way " HOME"
  4. The Bradford Pear conspiracy !

  5. Lews vs Falcon vs Duckett ?

    TFO Temple Fork Outfitters, $100 to $200 can get them at fin and feather in Springfield. Lifetime warranty. Support is usually quick and easy to deal with.
  6. Evinrude Motors

    Wrench is spot on, I am a die hard Mercury guy always have been. Chevrolet is the same way always will be. But there are things the huge corporations screw up and they know it. I Drive Chevy trucks, but if you ask me what if I have to turn a wrench on a vehicle what manufacture I want to work on I promise you it wont be Chevrolet or American for that matter. I apprenticed under a Multi Manufacture Master Mechanic and he taught me Jap engineering. They have it figured out and need to learn us dumb Americans a thing or three. I think that this drive to first is killing us, rather than make a good product from the start get it out on the market and fix it later It happens in all industries today, equipment, cars, boats. I think we would be better off if we tested and actually did tests in actual real world situations with people that use it test them, then the government is involved making everything " safe " and " idiot proof " is no wonder we are suffering in sales and design. You have to put a tag on a hairdryer, Warning do not use in the shower. It is no wonder we aren't building the best anymore.
  7. I can tell you being a marshal is a unique deal. It is a real learning experience, I spent 3 days on Bull Shoals the 2nd time they came here. I was paired with Hank Cherry, Keith Poche, and Greg Vinson. The tournament was delayed the first day due to a terrible storm. I watched Hank Cherry put on a clinic on how to fish a jerkbait, he had over 100 fish that day, He caught everything that swims in Bull Shoals that day. The guys I was with were super and willing to answer all questions and explain the whys and hows. They would show you the screen shots of there graphs and tell what ever you wanted to know. I think it would be fun anywhere to get to the marshal thing but on waters you fish it was an amazing learning weekend. Your right they just seem to sense the changes. I cant remember who said it but, they felt weekend guys would be better off practicing accuracy and presentation, it was unbelievable how accurate and how precise they could place lures. under limbs and bushes and docks.
  8. New fishin stick

    That is to pretty to fish with. That is art that needs to be set up and admired. He did a fine job. You got a real good kid.
  9. 3/4 Eagle Rock afternoon

    Chunking and winding cranks is some times a misinformation for guys that are learning. You have to give that bait a twitch a pull a stop a go. With lures like the crawler and wart a lot of times the bite is very subtle when fishing this time of year, it just quits vibrating, or you hang it up on a rock or wood when you let your line go slack to get it to float off watch you line before you start reeling again, fish and usually the better ones will be waiting. Just another tip you almost cant reel one to slow, get it down and slow down and let it hit and bang into everything you can.
  10. SEI lower unit?

    I had braided line get wrapped around the prop shaft of my 87 V175 Mercury. It ruined the seal and filled it with water, they don't run for very long that way. I priced parts to repair, almost $900.00. I bought an SEI Lower Unit for my Mercury and have had no trouble at all. I figure like dblades I could by parts and still have a used up housing with a broken skeg or get a new unit with a warranty and If I have to by another I am still cheaper in the long run. I found good reviews online and have not had a bit of trouble. The people I dealt with were helpful and friendly and mine came powder coated black and fit like a glove with no issues. I am usually a buy OE guy on most things and for my 87 Ranger 360V I still buy a lot of my parts direct from Ranger and have them shipped from the factory to me. For what it is worth I am very happy with mine. I fish a lot and fish all winter so it is not a garage queen either.

    There has to be some judgement applied This is the most insightful thing I think I have heard in all the discussions on gun laws, mental health laws, and how to fix our societal ills. Most of our society lacks this basic skill. NO judgement and No common sense. How many children are dying each year from cell phones texting and driving, yet they are not outlawed. It is simple to stop the cell phone, if the phone is moving faster than a human can walk it will not work. the technology is in the phone already. Yet we do nothing, Judgement and common sense, mass shootings are all happening in GUN Free Zones When these tragedies happen it is heard God Help Us, maybe if they let him in the door in the first place he might. We are debating and making it legal for a boy to use the girls bathroom and a girl to join the Boy Scouts, everything is ok. Smurfs say lah lah lah all day is the problem with our nation. It is ok to say no to kids, Its ok to not be good at something, everyone does not need to play, its called life. It aint fair deal with it, teach kids to deal with there problems face to face like we used to, out behind the school with a bloody lip and a black eye. It is ok to lose, you don't have to like it but you have to learn to lose to be good at winning. I learned more in my life from screwing up than I ever did from getting it right. I am 44 years old and my dad is 69 and he probably can still whoop me, and I have been bigger than my mom since I was 12 but she can tell me sit down and by god I do. Its all about respect, for your elders yourself and GOD. We seem to have forgotten the Golden Rules of Life. Actions have consequences. Laws will stop nothing, it is illegal to kill but yet it happens, it is illegal to drive 65 in a 55mph zone but it happens. it is illegal to steal and it happens. The worst punishment I ever got was the time my mother said she was disappointed in me, That hurt worse than any whippen I ever got, and I got my fair share and if I got one that I may not have deserved at the time it made up for something I got away with. Mom and dad taught me this, before you do something ask yourself this, IF mom or dad was there to watch you would you Do it anyways. Amazing how many things that kept me from doing.
  12. Swimbait fishing on the ROCK?

    On that swimbait you might try a little dye. SSSSHHHHHH. You did not hear it from me.
  13. Swimbait fishing on the ROCK?

    I agree with Champ on the depth thing and the hook not being natural. But there are times when the jighead is to much weight due to shallow water and a super slow retrieve that the hook option is better. Was fishing a swimbait with a guy in the back of my boat I had a light jig head and was getting my ars handed to me. I just turned around and looked at his set up, belly weight wide gap hook and a slower retrieve was what the fish wanted. I did not have a weighted hook but had wide gap. I would get hung up if tried to get that jigheaded rig that slow and the fish would not hit mine if it was fast enought. I really think the Kietech has the best action and the most natural presentation.
  14. Fisherman’s nightmare

    And the Darwin Award goes to...
  15. Really nice work and super neat rack.

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