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  1. I hardly ever post anything, but Im on here a lot. My wife was diagnosed with early onset dementia 5 years ago. i haven't pickup a pole since then taking care of her is a full time job. now she's in a residential care facility getting close to the end. i buried my brother yesterday. all the post and pics helps me ease my mind for bit. So thank you from the bottom of my heart and keep those pics coming.
    13 points
  2. Brian Sloss

    some smallmouth

    Since the higher water has receded to fishable levels, I have been getting some guide trips in. The water remains up a bit and there is a stain to the river. I have done a trout trip and a couple of smallmouth trips. The trout has been ok, but the smallmouth are loving the stained water. Here are some highlights.
    5 points
  3. You don't like Vick's? You haven' had it prepared right. Lol. We Eastsiders know how to cook Vick's. Come on over and I will serve you the best you've ever had. (Kinda taste like tide pods when done right).
    4 points
  4. BilletHead

    What's Cooking?

    Guess some have never heard of a feast for the eyes?, Sous vide loin. 137 for three hours. in the vac bag with the meat was thyme and sliced garlic plus a nice bug spoonful of the retained goose fat when I did the confit venison roast. When pulled from the bath it was seared on a bed of hot coals that had some white oak splits on them. Sides of fried potatoes and onions that had asaigo cheese in it. A nice salad. BilletHead
    4 points
  5. Macsimus

    Curiousity question

    Put in at Baxter yesterday. The water in Big and Little Indian was very stained (approx 1' vis) and yet just outside the mouth in the White it was very clear. Why isn't the dirty water from this creek flowing into the White? Found a couple of lonely Spots yesterday in 7 hours of trying, both keepers. The first ate a DT-10 and the second one selected a tandem white spinnerbait with Okie and colorado blades, both fished very slowly. Coldest water I saw was in the White at 46 and warmest was in Big Indian at 48 but the temps in the latter were very inconsistent. Stuck with the cranks and spi
    4 points
  6. I was fishing Tuesday at an STL County park lake an observed a dark spot out in the lake. I cast into it and hooked a Gizzard Shad about 8" in the dorsal fin so started to fish on the down wind side of the school of shad and caught three nice bass in the 14-18 inch range. I decided to fish the upwind side of the school and on the first cast hooked up with what I thought was a carp since I caught a glimpse of the belly flash and it was fat. Played it and when I got it close saw that it was a bass and backed off on the drag and landed her. By myself so took one picture next to my rod for scale,
    3 points
  7. Made a trip to Ackerman access early this morning hoping to beat the predicted wind. I had planned to fish the area downstream from the access but that plan quickly changed as the water was too high from backflow of the White river, which has been running water bigtime 24/7 for last few days. I had to walk up above the first island to get away from the high water. Fishing was pretty good with 4 cutthroats, 2 browns and about a dozen rainbows. Fished an egg pattern with a ruby midge dropper. Wind really started to crank around 10:00 so I called it a day shortly thereafter. Here's a pic of
    3 points
  8. We had a lot of rain come over the last couple of weeks,after the creek was ultra low. Big water started flowing through. I took my son to the creek to our secret spot. The bank is steep and was still very soft under the first inch or two. We decided not to try to go down, as we would hae a really hard time to come back up. And the bank would probably suck us down into the mud. We decided to fish ibn the hole by the bridge, where everyone fishes. I snagged on something and broke off my HD Craw. Then I tied on the Ned. I had something play with it,probably a sunfish. Snagged and broke
    3 points
  9. But it really sucked for me. Friday marked the first year anniversary of finding the tumor, it was day my grandson was born. 2 weeks from Tuesday will be the first anniversary of being cancer free, the day the tumor was removed. Its been a long year, the surgery and recovery. 37 days of radiation, and the 4 months recovering from it. The lymphadema and treatments for it. 2 false alarms, and biopsies to go with them. A nite at Barnes back in January when the lymphadema developed an infection. The choking, dry mouth, stiff neck, ringing in my ears, and all of the aches and pains from
    3 points
  10. vernon

    Fricking theives...

    Yep, I couldn't agree more. Included in what I had taken was a bunch of lures that had belonged to my dad. I didn't really use them much - in fact, most of them not at all but they always kind of gave me a sense that a part of him was still along with me in the boat. In fact, I always keep a tube of the old original Pringle potato chips in the boat for that same reason. Dad thought that Pringle's were more important than hooks and line! But, now that stuff is gone for forever and for what? A quick buck? I just hope whoever stole our stuff actually needed it that much more t
    3 points
  11. ness

    2018 Garden Thread

    Look at those puny little things! 😄
    3 points
  12. 3 points
  13. Big Minnows Catch big fish!.......... just ask my wife.
    2 points
  14. hahahahha, What's your rush? Do you remember the story about the old and young bull on the hill looking over the big heard of heifers in the valley below? BilletHead
    2 points
  15. vernon

    Fricking theives...

    As someone who can literally "feel your pain" I'm beyond sorry to hear that. About 90% of ALL my lures and terminal tackle was stolen a little over four years ago and I still can't believe how difficult it was to try and get it replaced. In fact, I've still not even come close to putting Humpty Dumpty all the way back together again and doubt that I ever really will. Thanks to many of the great guys on this forum I was able to solicit some pretty valuable advice on how to go about starting the process but at least a couple times every year I still find myself looking for something in th
    2 points
  16. I still really think the big problem was the Shad kill. You just can’t catch many fish when there is all that free food to be had.
    2 points
  17. Boy I dunno. Is that gonna fill a feller up? whats your meatball recipe?
    2 points
  18. Slow down now fellas. Let's not start down this road of no pics! Tonights dessert.
    2 points
  19. MOPanfisher

    What's Cooking?

    I didn't take no pictures either tonight, I was in too much of a hurry to get amongst it. Came home and my wife, knowing how much I love corned beef had 2 of them in the crock pot, mmm the smell was wonderful. I dipped out some of the juice into a stew pot, dumped in half a bag of baby carrots, chunked up a whole head of cabbage, and finally chunked up about 5 smallish red taters after the cabbage had cooked down a bit to make room. Right now I am quite stuffed, wife had to go to spfld so mom and I had to do our best to eat it all, failed horribly but that just means lunches for this week.
    2 points
  20. I have trouble posting pictures here. Joe would be proud of me for a lot of stuff.
    2 points
  21. Joe would be proud of you for not putting up a picture. BilletHead
    2 points
  22. MOPanfisher

    What's Cooking?

    If a man is in the forest why would he need to speak, simply breathe deep and enjoy it. Plenty of time to be.wrong when you get home.
    2 points
  23. That's the way you do it. Get in the truck and meet some new people and see new water. Very nice.
    2 points
  24. Plastic_worm

    Gear review

    Some asked for a review of the gear I used on the 310 mile St Johns River trip. Here's a quick run down on the GNARBOX. This was the first piece of gear I picked up and I used it everyday to back-up my photographs and video. It was really easy to use and something I'll take on all my trips.
    2 points
  25. Hang in there, Gary. Hold God, remaining family and friends close. You're in our prayers.
    1 point
  26. Johnsfolly

    What's Cooking?

    Soinds like you've hit on a great tag line. "Tide cleans all the way from beginning to end!"
    1 point
  27. Pat Magee

    Fricking theives...

    I think that is one thing people don't realize. My tackle boxes and bags were a catch-all for just about everything. Costa sunglasses....stolen. Good needle nose pliers...stolen. Good small flashlight....stolen. Gorilla glue....stolen. I find myself looking for stuff like this around the house and realize it was in my tackle bag or box and instantly get pissed again. I even tried a $500 reward on all of the usual selling sites. I just wanted all my crap back, not because of the value but more-so because some of that crap was actually sentimental to me (ie hand me downs, hand-made,
    1 point
  28. tho1mas

    2018 Garden Thread

    Lettuce in the raised garden came up yesterday. Too small for picture. Also, my indoor broccoli has one little start. Broccoli is new for me - anyone had any luck or problems with it?
    1 point
  29. bwcballer10

    Thursday and Friday

    I decided I couldn't wait any longer to try for some whites in the Little Sac. I got to Orleans about 10:30 Thursday morning and got my boat unloaded and started trying it underneath the bridge. No luck, so I head to mouth of Walnut Creek and give that a try. Still no luck so I continue heading downstream towards the lake. As I turn the bend below Orleans I talked to a guy fishing from the bank, he had 2 whites on his stringer. This gets me a little excited because it means at least a few fish have made it into the river. I try the mouth of the little creek there on the left as you turn the co
    1 point
  30. BilletHead

    2018 Garden Thread

    Finally getting on board for this garden season, We are so ready for some good produce. Both big raised beds have been turned. One of those beds has covers and is warming up. A bunch of the tubs have been moved and area raked smooth. Bought a pallet of cypress mulch and a new layer put down where tubs should be. Have lettuce up in one starting tray, Just finished up seeding another with diferent lettuce and a few tomato seeds, BilletHead
    1 point
  31. I have left cars at all the places you mentioned and not had a problem. That certainly does not mean I won't have a problem the next time or that you will not have a problem. Camping spots on the Jacks Fork is the least of your worries. It is blessed with more good gravel bars than almost any other river. The ones you mentioned are certainly great but there are others also. Buck Hollow to Bay Creek is my favorite stretch. Enjoy yourselves.
    1 point
  32. rps

    What's Cooking?

    I cheated on this one. The meatballs were store bought, but very good. My recipe would have bread, milk, garlic, crushed red pepper, herbs, and a beef/pork blend.
    1 point
  33. MOPanfisher

    What's Cooking?

    I have some squeeze horse radish sauce. It will open up your sinuses.
    1 point
  34. yes, don worked for storm back in the day, and was very involved with making the wart. the zoner, has a more subtle wiggle than the wart, and also comes through cover better. one hint is that i am wrapping some lead wire onto the front hook shank, and i am using 20# braid. this gets it down a bit deeper, and with the braid, it is much easier to feel the wobble change when many of the bass are getting the bait. bo
    1 point
  35. LOL, my dessert was a package of the 99 cent molasses cookies. I live them things.
    1 point
  36. Stealing fishing tackle and equipment should be mandatory capital punishment.
    1 point
  37. Same as a charity golf tournament. Nobody wants to participate if the pro's show up to clean house. Can't blame them.
    1 point
  38. MOPanfisher

    Inflatable pfds

    I never said it is required, however wearing an approved inflatable PFD is an option if a work vest (pfd) is not required. There are times of the year when I have worn an old float coat and been darn glad.
    1 point
  39. I'd call Harvey's and have them drop you, and pick you up. Leave your vehicles at their place.
    1 point
  40. Easy public access always means lots of people. But it doesn't mean there aren't fish there. I've caught a lot of nice fish right around public accesses on the rivers I fish. Even when there are people swimming and splashing around, the fish that live there are kinda used to the commotion. But it's a whole lot more pleasant to go there when the splash and giggle crowd isn't, like early morning and late evening times, or on a rainy day during the week.
    1 point
  41. Scott, Saturday was amazing. It's nice to meet more and more people you can connect with about river fishing the way we all did. Aaron is the definite king of that waterway and it simply amazed me how he would explain spots that seemed completely innocuous to the bystander. I've learned a lot and will continue to do so. That drum was one big surprise that I did not expect. My hoodie smelled of drum slime the whole way back to KC. I can't wait to get back out there and experience that river at it's best and float some new water soon. Thanks fellas!
    1 point
  42. motroutbum

    New Zealand 2018

    Hey Guys & Gals, I just returned from another amazing trip to New Zealand. Here are a few photos from my adventure. I hope you enjoy! All Images © Randy Hanner and www.sovereignpiscator.com, 2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.
    1 point
  43. John I am thinking that would be a trophy size for you. Think they would let you fish in the bait tank? Dan I think John should start catching bait for everyone! BilletHead
    1 point
  44. Phil Lilley

    Tackle shop

    Kris Nelson, owner of that new shop, will stock his shop and run it like I have mine. He's been a guide on Stockton for quite a few years and is successful on those walleyes... he's shown me pics. But he will carry what works in his shop- baits that catch fish at Stockton. He and his wife have worked hard since buying the resort. Hope they do well. I've been trying to get him to write fishing reports on the forum... he's been too busy but I'll keep trying.
    1 point
  45. I guess Internet research is an important part of derby preparation, and Lord knows I've learned a lot from lurking on here over the years, but I've found my real knowledge of fishing (and life for that matter) has been gained from relationships with other fishermen who are better than I am. If you are just lurking on here, and not taking the time to occasionally post, share information, and cultivate relationships with the many stellar anglers and all around good folks on here, you are missing the most valuable part of OAF. There are some really friendly folks here, who will enrich your life
    1 point
  46. PM sent, Royal Blue. This post has been up less than 48 hours and has had 1,077 views vs. 14 replies. So for every 78 people who have viewed it, only one has left a comment. Therein lies the reason I provide only general information these days. Yeah, it's derby season. If you want to know more and are an OAF member, PM me and I'll elaborate.
    1 point
  47. They Walleye guys on the bank seem to live and die by the clown rogue jerkbait. I couldn't catch a cold with one.
    1 point
  48. Governor, Senator, Representative, Directors, Departments, Fly Shops and organizations I am writing to ensure that you have been advised of destruction being created by the increasing presence of equestrian activity and ATV use within the upper Current River region which is a part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverway which is managed by the National Park Service. Current Ozark National Scenic Riverway (ONSR) regulations prohibit horseback riding within the Riverway except for four established trails located approximately 47 river miles downstream from Montauk State Park and prohibit
    1 point
  49. First priority shouldn't be one recreational group or another, it should be the protection of the resource, period. It's the resource--the river and surrounding lands--that belongs to all of us, and one user group should not be permitted to wreck it for everybody else. ATVs and horses both do a lot of damage and cause a lot of erosion if not confined to trails that can handle the use. So maybe the solution is to provide for trails that CAN handle it. And that's where the user groups come in. Hikers do a lot of volunteer trail building work in places like the Buffalo National River;
    1 point
  50. Champ188

    Question on Distance

    I think you are wise to put in some time around Larry Gale and see what you can come up with. Back in my Central Pro-Am days, we usually had our March tournament up there every year. For at least the last 3-4 years, I ran from PB2 to the Nianguas every year because as someone mentioned earlier, there was slightly warmer water up there. If the water starts approaching 50, don't be afraid to slow-roll a spinnerbait around shallow wood and docks. I finished fourth in the CPA event up there one year doing just that, then Donna and I went back up there the next day in the CPA Team derby and finishe
    1 point
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