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Al Agnew

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  1. I learned very early in our marriage (now 38 years and going strong) to keep my mouth shut about things Mary does. About a week into the marriage, she fixed fried chicken for supper. She asked me how it tasted. I said that it was good but Mom's chicken was better. (Which was the truth, my mom made the best fried chicken I've ever tasted.) Mary has not made us fried chicken since that day. And brings it up about once a month.
  2. I've yet to find any crankbait that runs more than 8 feet on a normal length cast. The physics just don't allow it. You can troll one on a long line and get it down considerably deeper, or you can stick your rod tip a couple feet into the water and get another foot or so, but every time I've hung up a deep diving crankbait, it's been about 2 feet deeper than I can reach with my rod. By physics not allowing it, I mean that if your cast is 60-80 feet, there just isn't enough line out and time of retrieve to get a crankbait down all that deep. If it does get down 10 feet or more, it's onl
  3. Smallmouth/spotted bass hybrid.
  4. What Gavin said...I just looked on the history feature on Google Earth, and at normal water flows there are gravel bars everywhere on that stretch. If the river isn't high you should have no trouble finding camping bars.
  5. I do find it hard to believe that catching and immediately released bass causes 5-10% mortality. But is that because I don't WANT to believe it? Just don't know.
  6. Theoretically, limits are set to maintain the population, and the likelihood of many people being catch and release, or not being good enough to catch a limit, is factored into the set limit. If bowfishers or giggers were allowed to kill the same number of bass as rod and reel anglers, then the limits would have to be adjusted accordingly...it would almost certainly mean that the limit for everybody was reduced. So yeah, if you wanted to go that way, fine, but understand what it would lead to. As for Wrench's comment about me...actually, I agree that in theory, the guy who catches a hun
  7. There are rock bass in every creek flowing into the Mississippi between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau. And they will be northern rock bass. You should have a decent shot at catching some. Another spot that I think should produce some rock bass would be the Bootleg Access on Big River headwaters, at the Highway 21 bridge south of Potosi. And any other access on upper Big River should be wadeable, fly fishable, and have rock bass. Now if you want to add shadow bass to the list, you gotta go fish upper Black River, or on the Current and Jacks Fork. But you shouldn't have too much trouble cat
  8. Funny...9 years later, so now I'm 68 going on 69 before too much longer. And I don't think a single thing has changed with me. Although I had to stop playing basketball when Covid hit, I'm now back to playing 2 days a week, 2 hours each day, full court...and I'm out in Montana now where the air is thinner. I'm gradually working myself back into basketball shape...one of the things that goes away quickly and takes a lot longer to come back is simple balance, being in balance when you make a move. I've been demolishing a deck off and on for the last week or so, and hit it hard today after pl
  9. Here are the bugs on the water just starting to get thick. But this concentration only lasted a few minutes yesterday.This was a rock at the edge of the water, covered in caddis. The mass just under the surface is their eggs, which are not much bigger than a pinhead when laid, and lime green. They stick to everthing and quickly swell up and dull in color to match the rocks better.And this is what this section of river looks like. Iconic Paradise Valley!
  10. "Hog mollies" are northern hogsuckers. A clear water, Ozark stream fish, like several species of redhorse, which the old timers called "yeller suckers". You'll probably never seen a blue sucker unless you fish the Mississippi a lot.
  11. Well, the bugs weren't as thick today. I thought I could just drift the elk hair caddis along the banks as I floated downstream in the little raft, but only caught a couple trout doing that. The hatch exploded for about 15 minutes, and I caught a few during that time. Other than that, I'd find occasional pockets of fish rising, but it was only when a cloud would cover the sun. As soon as the sun popped out again, the fish stopped rising. And there weren't all that many clouds. So I'd only caught about a half dozen by the time I got to the spot I'd caught the most yesterday. There was no
  12. So I've been in Montana since early spring (early spring by Missouri standards). It's been for the most part a cold, wet spring out here, with lots of wind. We are building a new patio and deck, so between the crappy weather and trying to line up contractors, my fishing time has been severely limited. But the highlight of the spring on the Yellowstone is the Mother's Day caddis hatch--if you can catch it right--and I've been hoping for it to happen. Last week it almost happened. We finally got three warm days in a row. Problem was, one of them was TOO warm. You see, the hatch require
  13. Yup, blue sucker. In Missouri, they are found in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, and have been reported from the lower Gasconade, lower Osage, and lower Current River. They are evolved to live in strong current, hence the streamlined shape and sickle-shaped fins. They are apparently a lot rarer than they once were.
  14. Another big difference between warmouth and the Ambloplites genus is that all goggle-eye have six anal fin spines. Warmouth, like sunfish, have only three spines. But as for appearance in general, goggle-eye have black spots on a lighter background, warmouth, if they have real spots, have light spots on a darker background. Warmouth are highly variable in color, however, but they always have the light lines radiating outward from their eye.
  15. Phil, ever since you mentioned it to me, I've been thinking about getting into that league. I just started playing again a couple weeks ago, having not played since Covid started. I'm out here in Montana and the air is a little thinner, and I wasn't in great shape anyway, since basketball is usually my main exercise. I showed up at the gym with everybody complete strangers to me...the guy who invited me said they had good players and not so good players. Well, most everybody, except for two guys, were in their teens, 20s, or at most 30s, and nearly all of them were good. I was able to pai
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