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DarkEdge

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  1. They've become a major problem for the crappie populations here in Oklahoma. On top of that, the mess they make. We crappie fish (as I've explained to a few guys I've gone out with here) in floating houses over structure on the water. The houses have a huge hole in the floor to fish through (similar to an ice hut, but the hole is 8' by 20' in most cases). More times than I can count, a cormorant will dive for fish, and come up in the middle of that house. Instead of diving, and going back out, they always take off, jump the railings, and decide to make a complete mess out of the place with their droppings. One house has the doors and windows closed, and four birds were stuck in there for close to six hours. I'm glad I didn't see the mess from that incident.


  2. Just wanted to let everyone know. I've got a Quantum Lite QL50 casting reel someone gave me years ago for payment on some work I did for them. I decided tonight to take it down, clean, grease, and oil it. Upon taking it apart, I got a terrible surprise. There was no grease in the reel! I greased it up real good, put it all back together, and it's good as new, maybe better. Use to have a nasty gear whine in it, finally gone. I know they aren't expensive reels, but now it acts like a $200 reel.

    I just thought I'd let everyone know. I've come across this problem in a few spinning reels, but this is the first caster I've taken down. I'd check a few reels if you've got them. Might have the same problem I do.


  3. What's the draw weight on that baby, Rob? My Barnett is only 150 pounds, and releasing the string on it is a bit of a challenge without firing it. I've been thinking about getting some cheap old bolts, and carrying one for releasing the string if I don't fire it. That way, if I lose, bend, or break the bolt, I don't lose anything.


  4. Yeah, like KK said, I've done it once. It's an interesting way of fishing. A lot of people try it, thinking it's super easy, but it's a lot more dangerous, and a LOT harder, than it looks. Sometimes those holes are in twenty or thirty feet of water. Other times, they've got giant turtles and even poisonous snakes in them.

    I heard a story of a few guys noodling on the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas. About six guys were diving the deeper water, looking for fish that way. One went down, found the fish, then came back up for his partner. But before his partner was ready to dive with him, he went down for the fish. When he came up, all the others heard was, "Hey guys, I've g..." The fish was so big, it pulled him under, and swam with him almost 300m upstream to get away. If it had wanted to, it could'a drown him.

    So anyone wanting to try noodling, be warned. I'd hate to pick up the paper one day, and see someone I might've known, killed by one of those huge fish.


  5. I dunno about smallie weights. They aren't my forte. But either way, it's still a hog. It's true, what they said about angles. My PB largemouth didn't look more than 2 pounds by the length, but it had the girth, which you couldn't really see in the picture I took (Fishing Gods Rule #15: Don't bring your camera, catch the fish of a lifetime, so I used my cell).


  6. Actually, Bill, your solution is much simpler. Go to CT or "That other unmentionable store" and get some water proofing spray. Braid is almost the same as canvas, so you're right, you want it to shed the water. But silicone spray will leave a residue in the water. The water proofing spray dries, stays, and while it will wash off over time, it'll at least keep from spooking/possibly poisoning fish.

    I've done it, once, because I had some braid on a microlite rod, and the wet line actually put too much weight on the tip. One bit of advice, though. Soak the spool with the spray, let it dry for about two days, then walk the line off the spool, and rewind it. Otherwise it'll clump together a bit too much, and you'll lose your casting. Otherwise, you could always slowly work the line over a wooden dowel, then rewind it back once it dries.


  7. As personal preference, I use #6 lead when pheasant hunting. In the double barrel, you could load one chamber with a 2 3/4" #7.5, and the other with a 3" #6. Closer shots taken with the shorter, smaller shot barrel, longer range with the more powerful load. Assuming the SxS you have is chambered for it, anyways. In the past, my bird hunting like that was done with a pump. I'd have a #7.5 2 3/4", followed by a 2 3/4" #6, then a 3" #5 (turkey load). As the bird flew, if I mislead the first shot, I had a slightly more powerful load behind it, and an even more powerful load behind that. Doing it that way, there was rarely a bird that got out of range on me (but a few I did jump by surprise, and got out of range long before I took a bead).


  8. I agree with what Rich said. A few weeks ago, I was fishing the pond on 58, throwing a chartreuse buzzbait, and a heron took off from shore, flew over, and made a dive at my lure. I've seen them go after fish looking baits before, but never a nasty, puke yellow anything. I thought as quick as I could, and jerked hard on the rod, causing a decent splash. It spooked the bird back into flight, saving me the aggravation of losing my favourite buzzbait, and the saving the bird from any number of happenings, none of which would be too good.

    And going along with what Smerch said, I was fishing with Spottedgarrr a week or so ago, stopped off at one spot he knows, and I think I gathered up three or four spools worth of line. I filled the empty corn can I had with me with line alone, not to mention all the other trash there was down there. On the plus side, I started to fill a tackle box with all the extra tackles they left. And they left us a few worms, so cleaning up for them didn't seem so bad. B) Also found a goose washed up, but I know it didn't die from anything fishing related. It was very obviously a downed bird that wasn't/couldn't be retrieved. But that's a thread for a different section of the forum.


  9. I just wanted to propose a fun "fishtogether", more for the comeradery, a few prizes and mostly bragging rights here on the forum. LOL. I hope that this can still happen at some point in the very near future. as I said, I haven't given up all hope on Marineland, cause let's face it, fishing that pond would be kick a$$. :( I will contact someone from SN (Zooz) and see if this is a viable option in that location. I will also ask what exactly is in that pond, as far as Carp are concerned.

    maybe we could plan a trip down to Indiana or Illinois to fish for Asian Carp. all we need are a few boats and some nets. LMAO.

    I'll fish with my bow! Doubt anyone would complain about bowing asian carp. :P


  10. I can't say much for boat storage, but I can give some tire insight. Wrapping the tires is mostly important if the trailer will be sitting in the sun. Of course, it doesn't hurt if it's in a closed building. Also, make sure you slightly over-inflate the tires by 5-10 psi. That just ensures that, in the worst case scenario, when you go to pick your boat up, the tires aren't flat. They'll be low, but it'll roll.

    Hope that helps.


  11. Im not kidding, that is the biggest bluegill ive seen caught in the north, did you say it was caught in a quary?

    Actually, it was caught in the pond off highway 58 in Thorold. If you're ever interested in seeing exactly where (I'm sure you know the swim, but I found a spot that produces fish that size almost regularly), shoot me a PM.


  12. You need a rod with a backbone to use artificial lures, or your hands will get tired in no time.

    A side note on this. Fishfight is definitely right about rod with backbone. But I speak from experience, you need one that's equally strong and light weight. I've got a CT special 8'0" Medium Heavy rod, and while it has the backbone to do the job, the combo is so heavy it makes casting for more than two hours a challenge. Forget multiple day fishing. One night, four hours of casting, my back and shoulders were screaming.

    So the lesson I've learned, stout and light.

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