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hoglaw last won the day on October 30 2015

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  1. Hope you are all doing well. It's been half a decade since I've been on the forum. Life has been busy. I've got a 5 year old and a 1.5 year old now. The boys are getting older and it's getting closer to time to move from just fishing on the creek to hitting the lakes. I'm in the market for a deep V and am looking at one that has a 2020 200h Evinrude HO. To some extent it seems like motor brands are like Ford vs. Chevy, and each era and size has their plusses and minuses. I'm aware that Evinrude motors are no longer being made, but assume that parts and warranty service will re
  2. Smallmouth were on beds when I floated a creek on Friday.
  3. I've fished up the river and up war eagle 3 or 4 times this year. I've caught zero females and have not had a good white trip. They're either still prespawn or just aren't going to run. So to hear that they still have eggs is good. Maybe the walleye was a post spawn fish? They hang around upstream and in shallow water for a while I think. They're still being caught up the rivers.
  4. Another year and my time for white bass/walleyes up the river is limited. I had a trial that finished up the week before last and was able to get out on a Wednesday in the kayak. River was extremely low then and I only managed one good walleye (that got released), a few shorts, a few small crappie and one lonely white. I was hoping to get out again tomorrow and kayak down to 45 from Waterford but the graph is coming up and getting muddier, so unless it stabilizes quickly then today's rain probably did me in. I imagine it will get right next week at some point once this cold and wet stuff b
  5. I connect nanofil to floro or mono with a double uni. At first I was breaking off too much and didn't have much confidence in it, but now my break offs seem about 50/50 at the lure (almost always tied with a regular clinch knot or occasionally a palomar) or at the leader, which I think means I'm doing it right. I need to learn the alberto.
  6. Man I'd love to but I just can't bring myself to be away fro. Home for a night these days. Our little guy is turning 1 next weekend. I've yet to spend a night away from him. My wife was out of the country on business for a couple nights a few weeks ago, and the first weekend in November she is going to see her grandparents. I'm going to go see a friend whose family bought the Thomas Reservoir down in Hazen. It's a big duck club and I'm overdue for a trip. Should be a good crappie/bass weekend. But it's my first nights away from my son since he was born. Having mixed emotions. LR, next ti
  7. They just aren't that fun to shoot (to me anyway) but I agree with the comments above that for a wilderness gun a large caliber magnum revolver is probably about as good as it gets. I have a browning semi-auto .22 as well Jason. I can't remember the model (I think it might be the buckmark) but it's an absolute tack driver. My wife has a Walther PK380 that's like lightning, it never strikes the same spot twice. EVER. My favorite shooting larger caliber pistol is my Beretta M9. I can shoot it about as consistently as the .22 and it has a fifteen round magazine. Just a phenomenal gun.
  8. I've done the dock shooting deal a little. It doesn't take long to get good at getting a jig a long way back under them. That part is pretty intuitive. The problem is docks with lots of cables or cover that's past other cover. Getting good at actually working the bait once it's back there is the rub.
  9. Al has a great post somewhere on this board (probably in multiple places) about favoring the discharge over gauge height when it comes to figuring out whether a river is "floatable" or not. It should probably be bookmarked. Right now, the Berryville gauge is showing 64 cfs. While a decent rule of thumb is that anything over the 25th percentile and under the 75th percentile is probably floatable and fishable, the 25th percentile can be a lot of dragging and the 75th can be pretty swift on lots of rivers. BUT, on the Berryville gauge you'll note that the current 64cfs more than double the me
  10. Lance, what is the dock bite like right now? A co-worker has a six stall enclosed dock with lots of hanging structure that's basically impossible to fish (at least effectively) from outside of it. One side of the dock is in about 30 feet of water and the other is more like 10. We were hammering post-spawn fish suspended in the trees underneath it in the late spring fishing either jigs or minnows vertically. I assume they will use spots like that all year long. Are there better/worse times of the year for that kind of deal?
  11. Very stable and comfortable. Yes, they're heavy. Not a great boat for small stream stuff, but better than a canoe for mid-sized water. Reasonable multi-purpose boat. My family has a few (on the Little Red near Heber oddly enough) and they are perfect for that river.
  12. I've quit smallmouth fishing during a couple of CC floats to fish trout jigs to carp. One of the first rods I ever built was for throwing 1/16 jigs to oversized fish. Nicely done ham.
  13. I slow rolled the bridge by my house and saw a plus sized smallmouth surface to chomp something. I'm sure that's what it was. They seem to be whacking them here.
  14. The mulberry has a good population of big fish, but it fishes very differently (in my opinion) than the normal Ozark stream. Those slower pools hold some oversized and overeducated fish. Very similar to the Big Piney (in Arkansas) in that regard. Still haven't floated the Illinois Bayou but it's on the list. I've floated from Wolfpen to Turner Bend (about sixteen miles I think) in two hours and five minutes. Did that with my wife when it was about four feet. I've done it higher but when it gets above that level the rapids just kind of get washed out. This was huge standing waves and
  15. Now that's funny. Let me marinate on that for a while and get back to you.
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