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      Read Me Before Posting! This is critical!   12/17/2015

      If you're new here, welcome! We're glad you're here, and encourage you to participate. That said, we do have different policies and rules than most forums, so it's absolutely critical you familiarize yourself with them. Otherwise you may find yourself wondering why you were banned. Before Posting Read the Forum FAQs & Policies <-- this is critical! You might get banned if you break a rule! For the members to be able to help you as efficiently as possible please do the following before posting: a) Search the boards. Often, your question will have been asked by someone else, and they answers they received will help you too. The search field is on the upper right, which performs a general search on everything. Clicking on the options to the left of the search box helps narrow your searches.  Clicking "advanced search" will give you many options to fine tune your search. Search the FAQs. Many commonly asked questions are already answered in the FAQs. Forum Policies & FAQs General Bass Fishing and Site FAQs TREAT OTHERS WITH RESPECT!! We set a higher standard of conduct for our members than other sites. We expect you to treat others with respect. We ban anyone who is disrespectful, disruptive, caustic, or is otherwise rude and confrontational. We also reserve the right to ban anyone without warning or explanation. This IS your warning.   Posting If you are unable to find your answers in the FAQs or by searching the boards, or if the answer was incomplete or not quite correct for your situation, you should post your question. Please follow this procedure 1) Create your own topic. Do not jump into another persons topic. This only creates confusion and makes the board harder to search. Even if the problems seems similar to you, more often than not, the answer to your request will be something different from the original post. 2) DO NOT double post. The most knowledgeable and helpful members read all the boards and help in anyway. Double posting only marks you as an annoyance, and does not help you get answers any faster. Post your request in one board only. 3) Make sure you post in the right board. Otherwise, your post will be moved to the appropriate forum and/or deleted! While we truly are thrilled you have chosen BassResource.com as your bass fishing resource and would love to answer your questions, please ask them in the appropriate boards. This will not only help you get your answer faster, but may help others who may have the same question/problem. Please read through the different forums and descriptions, and then select the appropriate forum before posting. This is the single, most important thing you can do to ensure your post is answered! Before assuming your post was deleted, assume it was moved (even if you don't see a "moved" notice - we often remove those notices after moving a post). 4) Use a descriptive subject line, and format it properly.  "Need help" , "Help me", etc is not useful to forum members. At the very least, your topic will be re-named, thus making it difficult for YOU to find it again. And typing something like 'HELP ME!!!!!!' as a subject line is pretty much a guarantee that your post will be read last, as most people prefer to take care of the post they know something about first (Those with a descriptive subject line) 5) It's not mandatory, but it's often a huge help to you if you list your location in your profile. Often it will prompt a response from somebody who fishes the same lakes and rivers as you.

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  1. Lunch break today near a pond.Thought I'd give it a try.15 minutes later this was the result.She bit a 4 inch GY senko in watermelon.Absolutely incredible fight with 8 pound test.I helped the drag by stripping line off several times.The fish was nearly symmetrical at 21.5 inches long,and 21 inch girth.Extremely heavy bodied fish.Weight chart says between 8-9 pounds.Thank you Lord!
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  2. I've been asked to explain my approach to examining structure. When looking at a one dimensional map or one dimensional depth finder screen it's hard for some people to convert that image into a 3 dimensional image in their brain. When I select a piece of structure I look at it from 3 directions; form, fit, & function; let me explain a little farther. Form: what is its overall shape; quite often it differs from the map since most maps do not have the details needed to form a proper image. Fit: how does it fit into the surrounding area? Is it isolated? Relationship to deep water? Connected to other structure? Function: is it a feeding area, the bass's home, or a stop over place from the spawn. A structure fishing situation consists of a structure, breaks, break lines and deep water. "Breaks" are things on the structure's bottom like stumps, rocks, weeds, logs, and bushes. A "break line" is a line or lines along the structure's bottom where there is a defined increase or decrease in depth, either sudden or gradual like the edge of a channel, hole or gully. There are other break lines, too, like a weed line wall, a brush line, where two bodies of water meet which differ in temperature, color or water current. The angler who learns to read structure and where/how to fish it on its breaks, break lines will consistently catch bass while other fishermen who do not understand such things will struggle. As Buck Perry says "Anglers must recognize from the beginning that not all good-looking structures harbor bass. But, he explains, Never will bass be found that are not related to structure in some manner."
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  3. Considering I just spent half an hour reading your entire post, I'd say I do to some degree -T9
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  4. Hello Fellows, Just dropping-in to let Y'all know that I'm still on the map, and all is fine. It was right around this time last year that I last logged-in. Phew, seems like the older we get, the faster time flies (just ain't fair). I'd like to wish the BR fraternity a very Merry Christmas, and many more.
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  5. I was in a park once and started picking up the trash off of the shoreline. My girlfriend and daughter followed suit and before I knew it every kid in the park was lending a hand. We filled 4 large contractor bags full of bottles and cans cleaning the entire park. Meanwhile all the parents sat and watched in disbelief. Ghandi once said "be the change you want to see in the world". Leading by example many times has wide reaching results.
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  6. Have you ever had a strange thing happen while bass fishing? One of the strangest happened to me years ago, and I will never forget it. I was bank fishing in Weston Florida in one of the biggest man made lakes in the area. I had caught a bunch of bass in the 1 to 2 lb, size. I caught a nice two pound fish and released it at the edge of the bank and it swam several feet and right into a potato chip bag that was in the water for some time. I don't know if he thought it was a cave to swim into for shelter. The entire fish was in the bag except the tail that was sticking out. The bag with the fish raced away into deep water and disappeared for a while and reappeared in the middle of the lake on the surface. For quite a while I watched the bag motor around the lake changing direction, and diving every once in a while. This went on for at least 30 minutes. The bag finally made it back to the shallows and within reach. I positioned myself to be within rod length. I finally got my rod tip in the bag and my little friend was free at last. I don't know who was happier me or him. It was definitely one of the strangest fishing days I have ever had.
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  8. Definitely not my target species, but it sure was a fun fight! Right at 22 pounds, kicked off my new years and continued attempt to learn blade baits with a bang!
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  9. I couldn't let a little cold and snow stop from searching for those giant January bass that have been caught. They were hitting like it was spring time. Didn't get a water temp but would say 38-40 maybe colder. Had to keep breaking ice chunks off the guides. This is north of where I have been fishing recently. Caught 6 bass 1 pickerel and lost a few . Big pickerel bit my swimbaits tail off after catching a couple bass on it. Another dose of snow expected tomorrow.
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  10. Quick trip to BPS then a little Ned rig fishing from the shore late today. Caught a couple little rats then this big girl. 3lbs, 7oz. I'll be putting the boat in tomorrow and be bringing one Ned rigged rod for sure!
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  11. What's wrong with a guy trying to put food on his table and clothes on his back? It's not like he switched to "JoeBobs Low Stretch Fluoro" He just has another big name brand on his resume. The best thing about it is you, as a consumer, can buy any line you want no matter who peddles it.
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  13. I had been doing some brainstorming for unique ideas that will allow guys to commemorate a catch, trip, PB, etc. My wife is a photographer and one of the services she offers her clients is something she's dubbed "print to paint" and after seeing her work on various portraits, it clicked that some guys may be interested in having this done to their own pictures. Replicas and mounts are great, yes, but this is another option that I feel is a viable alternative at a lower cost. She recently worked on a picture of my PB and went over the entire photograph with the technique. I just received the printed portrait yesterday and it turned out awesome! The final product arrives with raised brush strokes, just like a painting. Below is the original photo along with a pic I took of the finished product. I also included a close up of the brushing effect on the portrait. The example is 10X15 and other sizes are available. Framing and canvas print is also an option Let me know what you think! Feel free to message me for inquiries on having a picture of yours done. It's not just limited to bass either or even fishing for that matter. She can do this with ANY picture. Hunting, outdoors, anything. www.laurenrhcampbellphotography.com Thanks to Glenn and BR for letting me post!
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  15. my new "dream" spinnerbait combo and it's a dream come true! met dc 6.2:1 with avail 95mm handle megabass 2016 destroyer bandersnatch 6'8"
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  16. I guess I don't as I couldn't make it through your post.
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  17. Graduating from a Jon boat and getting my first full rig bass boat its an old boat but had a marine mechanic check it out and he gave me the thumbs up!!! Very excited!!!
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  18. Catt & Pat are sitting on a little ridge just south of Indian Mounds; full moon is barely on the horizon, slight southerly breeze. I make a long cast towards deep water and start the count down to the bottom. The Texas rigged worm settles down when there's that classic "Thump", drops the rod, reel the slack, and set the hook. Nothing gives, then in a microsecond on my knees, rod half under water. Catt: Yells get the net! Pat: For what! Catt: I think he's heading for the Louisiana side Pat: You gonna land em or what Catt: Aint you suppose to play em first? Finally back to my feet, line singing again, drag slipping, rod all bowed up. Catt: He's headed for Six Mile, if you start the big motor we can head em off. Pat now standing behind me: Want me to pour some water on your reel? Catt: No! just get the gun! Look a swirl just under the surface, a sudden dive for freedom, your mine sucker. Pat with quick move and it's in the net: Took you long enough. Catt falls back into the seat drops his rods on the deck: Dude let's see it. Pat turn on the interior lights: Shoot it's only a stripper! Catt sits up, lips it and grabs the tail, gotta be at least 36" Pat digs around in the console for the scales 16 LB 5 OZ. Catt: Slipping it back in, that's a hawg right there. Pat: Don't count it's a stripper! Catt: Still a hawg Pat: You're still down 7 to 4, shut up & fish.
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  19. The rain was pouring and there was a big puddle in front of the Bar just outside the American Legion Post. A ragged old Army ground pounder was standing near the edge with a fishing line in the puddle. A curious young Marine Fighter Pilot came over to him and asked what he was doing. "Fishing," the old Sergeant simply said. "Poor old fool," the Marine Officer thought to himself, and he invited the old Army Soldier into the Bar for a drink. As he felt he should start some conversation while they were sipping their whiskey, the haughty Fighter Pilot asked, "And how many have you caught today?" "You're number ten," the old Army Sergeant answered. “2 Air Force, 3 Navy & 5 Marines.”
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  20. I came across a stack of old drafting drawers. So I have just used them for tackle storage. Everything is out of the boat and stored in these drawers. Each tournament and trip I can pull what I want and load the boxes accordingly.
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  21. Well, after I carved the bass, I decided to try a couple more just to see if I could really do this. I believe I'm getting better, and I am really enjoying this. Something interesting to do in the off season. 7 degrees here in Cincinnati this morning. Hootie
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  22. my zillion-tws came in today i love the feel of this reel i can't wait to spool it up
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  23. My Christmas Pig. 6 pounds, 3 oz. Caught at sunset today from the bank on a Livetarget Trap
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  24. Shiny brand new, old-n-faded, painted black, red, or green pumpkin; I've tried em all. Makes absolutely no difference at all
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  25. Maybe more of a tacklemaking thing but funny nonetheless So, I have been getting in depth with my jig making, I am seeking to pour my own non leads, and so on. But, I have been tying on my bass jig rubber, and silicone skirts for years now. I had found a good source for tying materials at a local fly tying shop, and figured some hair and feather jig versions may be useful. I found a fly pattern for a hellgramite, (NH's lakes region has them),...that calls for some black raffia material, and as my girlfriend was going to a Micheals craft store I decided to tag along, since we dont have any black raffia.... As we pulled into the parking lot the discussion turned towards the tying of my jig skirts as my girlfriend has seen me tie some, but wondered what the raffia was for. Now this store, has a smaller vestibule, and sound echos in it, not that I dont have a loud voice,...cuz I do,..But I digress. We discussed the raffia some, and as I opened the first door for her, she said,.."So, ,...whats up with your skirts?", she opens the second door and I say,.."I dont like when they slip down, Id rather they stayed up where they belong, so I tie them up tight",.... the store went silent, and all the customers and employee's (all women) at the stores front, turned and looked straight at me.,...I think I turned all shades of red, and the girlfriend? is still laughing...lol,,.........
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  26. People that leave trash... Are trash.
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  27. Temps in the twenties, wind chill in the teens, but they still have to eat.
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  28. My newest combo. Dobyn's extreme HP 745 and Daiwa T3 SV. Going to use it for frogs.
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  29. I hear that - The BOAT GORILLA introduced himself to me this spring . . . A-Jay
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  30. My brother and I fished a river in Southwestern Virginia today and we had a blast. Today was probably our best "big fish" day, we landed 4 over 18", one of them breaking the 20" mark. The big ones were all holdover fish I am pretty sure, we catch a lot of wild fish in this area but when they get that big it's hard to know. Very good looking fish either way. In addition to the big fish we caught many small wild trout and a few decent sized stocked trout in the 13-16" range. The stretch of river we fished is several miles below the stocked portion, so it doesn't receive much pressure from what we can tell, and has very nice fish! This rainbow taped out at 19" This brown must have been older than dirt, you could have fit a baseball in his mouth and he had one heck of a kype! Had to break out the Conquest 50 for a little fun too!
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  31. Here are a few of my reels. Shimano JDM Conquest 200 Shimano JDM Metanium Shimano Excense DC Daiwa Steez LTD SV 105XH DAiwa Steez LTD SV 103TN
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  32. Westport River facing west. At the upper left corner of the image is the Atlantic Ocean. The tip of the point of land that separates the river from the ocean is a large rock formation known as "The Nubble". A few hundred yards into the river is Charlton's Wharf and across the channel from the wharf is a red lighted navigation buoy. We were returning from a spring day's lobstering. A day in which we found one of our rolls of toilet paper had been left where it got wet. My mind hatched a scheme as to how we would dispose of the useless roll of tp. As we entered the river, I told Spencer to get on the bow with the soggy roll. I steered the boat into the tide and nudged it up to the buoy. The red plastic lens had a post about a quarter inch in diameter and about five inches lond at the top of the lens. Spencer placed the toilet paper on the buoy and we returned to the dock, wondering how long our ornament would remain. It was still there the next morning as we were heading out for a day's fishing. It was still there when we returned. The toilet paper remained through May, June, July, August. By now, it had been battered by downpours. It was dimpled as though it had been peppered by hail. Still it maintained its proud perch keeping watch over the activities on the river. It lasted through the rest of the fishing season, still doing its job as a sentinel. We didn't think anything about it during the off season, but when we set our first load of gear in late February, it was still there, looking as bedraggled as ever. Through March, April, and into May, it stood firm. In late May as we were leaving the river a Coast Guard buoy tender was tied up to Charlton's Wharf. It had the buoy on deck for refurbishing. We shared a laugh, hoping the Coasties would be amused by the addition to their navigation aid. Apparently they were. When we returned, they had completed their service of the buoy, and when they set it back into the river, they placed the roll of toilet paper back on its perch. It survived the rest of the season and was still there when we passed by with our last load of gear to end the season. The next spring, it was gone. Whether it was kidnapped, or finally disintegrated we'll never know. But for two years it brought us a bit of fun.
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  33. All the ponds in the northern portion of my state are frozen so I headed an hour and a half downstate to see if they wanted to chase some cranks. Water temp was 45-46. One thing I didn't bring and it bit me bad was a net. Within 30 minutes of each other I lost two 6+lbers trying to grab the lip without getting hammered with the trebles. They were not lethargic at all thrashing around the side of the boat. Should have done a few things different including boat flip em but didn't trust the line not breaking. Had a few 3lbers smack at the crank near the boat then swim off. Eventually after trying new areas managed to land three 4lbers before packing it up. Net will be in the boat next time.
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  34. Won't tell your bass club buddies but you'll post it on the internet..?!
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  37. For the past 5 months we started process of selling our beatiful home to move into even more beautiful house in canyon lake. It finally done after a long, frustration and anxious await. We had to change a total of 3 buyers, with the 2nd buyers took almost 2 months and could not get the fund so we canceled that and keep 5000 deposit( the case is still in small claim court). We are so lucky that the house we want, the seller and agent work with us all the way so we are able to get that beautiful house. Now let fishing begin.
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  38. Here are a few pictures of problems you can't see but are very real anytime you buy a used boat. This first picture is of the a transom. I easily pushed that 10" screw driver into what's supposed to be plywood. This next picture is what's supposed to be the wood stringers than run from the front to the back of the boat and keep the hull from breaking in half. There were supposed to be four but all are basically gone. This next one shows you what the old open cell floatation foam can do. What you are seeing is water coming out of the foam as I pushed the screw driver in. This can add several hundred pounds to the weight of the boat. This is what happens when I got bored and wanting to check out my chainsaw I just worked on.
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  39. Had a pretty good redemption today, my little brother has a tournament on the 19th so we went to look for some fish on Lake Anna. Found them in 35FOW and put a dozen in the boat, biggest was the low 4 I'm holding, she wouldn't sit still on the scales but I wanted to get her back since they can have a tough time coming from that deep water. I apologize for the scratched out background, that was for a little fun to send to his friends who will also be fishing that tournament, then I realized it was the only picture I had of the fish! I think this was my last outing before I head back to school, gonna be a long winter
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  40. I caught this lil fella on a speed shad and the catfish hanging out of its mouth was nearly half the size of the bass lol
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  41. My Mom and Dad divorced when I was 23 years old. That's about forty years ago. When my Dad left my Mom, he didn't take much with him, but he did take most of the family photos and all the photos of his family before I was born. Our relationship was awkward for a long time after and his wife was did not want anything to do with me and my family. I learned to accept that. When my Dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I was never notified he was having a lung removed but the information leaked out and I was there when the surgeon came in with the news. The next twenty nine months were special for both of us because it opened a door for me to become a part of his life and for his wife to see who I was. What ever issues she had with me paled in comparison with my desire to be there for my father and for her. My Dad died on a December day 20 years ago. My relationship with his wife quickly became distant. Well my step-mother recently passed away. Her son and daughter came to me. I hadn't seen them since my Dad's funeral service. They had gone through their mother's estate and found a box of photos. They were the photos my Dad took with him when he left. My Dad's wife never mentioned them to me and I did not press her. Her children immediately recognized what those photos were and what they might mean to me and they gave them to me. I have not had a single photo of my Dad and or his Mother, Brothers and Sisters until know. This is one of the greatest gifts I have received in my entire life. A picture is worth a thousand tears. It has helped me to have some closure in a time of year that isn't always jolly. It was special to see my Uncle, who is my name's sake and my Dad's baby brother. I can see myself in him. My Dad's baby sister looks just like my youngest daughter. I would have never known had not been for an act of kindness.
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  42. My son caught his new PB today. This beauty weighed in at 5.27 lbs His smile says it all. He caught it on a square bill crank in about 5' of water - after graphing the fish on sonar the first pass around. Exciting on many levels A lot of thanks to you guys for all of the knowledge and assistance you have provided along the way - here's to a great 2017 - and more big fish!!
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  43. Well, as hard as we tried to slow the hands of time, another year has come-&-gone. Happy New Year fellows and gals, here's hoping for a HOG-filled 2017 Tonight I'll be watching 'Pitbull'...okay, who am I kiddin, I'll be watching the 'Bad Ones', his 6 dancing girls Roger
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  44. Feeling so lucky this morning. Cold and rainy here in North Dallas...woke up at 6 and almost said the heck with it, but I got out and braved the elements. Total of 9 in two and a half hours, this moose being the best of the bunch by far. Gonna be a great year. Ps. Thanks bassresource, she came on a rattle trap, which I only threw bc I read here that they are good winter lures lol!
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  45. here are some of my more recent acquisitions: daiwa alphas sv 105shl that i've tricked out a bit DIY BFS spool Hedgehog air BFS bearings Hedgehog color dress up parts 90mm tatula handle megabass hyper cork knobs new spinnerbait combo shimano metanium dc 2015 95mm avail handle avail knob caps megabass 2016 destroyer 6'8" bandersnatch
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  46. Yes. (The short answer.) More of the iceberg... and a hunting story... But there does have to be a pay-off, although it can be distant in time and space. I can delay gratification with the best of them but I can also move very fast when I see a window of opportunity open. Fishing and hunting are generally low probability occupations, especially after you've begun to narrow your goals and definitions of success. Productive patience has, for me, come with experience, a tempering or metering of energy. Dare I say... wisdom? On my last elk hunt I chose a particularly challenging hunt: A late season permit in an area that does not support wintering herds -only mature bulls, often alone, and often very large. These are top-tier contenders in the rutting game that find secluded locations to winter, away from the wives, the kids, and upstart teens. It took me 3 years to get the 5 day permit. A hunt, in practice, is a calculation of ever-changing odds, the consideration and weighing of the complexities before me. As “luck” (the things I cannot control, good or bad) would have it, my hunt fell during a drought. My pre-scouted spots literally dried up -no forage, no silage, nothing but weeks-old elk droppings. Still, hoofing hard, I identified 3 bulls in three separate locations, miles apart. The rest of my hunt was spent truly hunting, trying to close the final gap without busting anyone out. Bust an elk and your hard-earned preliminary work evaporates into rugged terrain and thin air. And, you, back to square one. I false-started numerous times, trying to close that incrementally critical gap on animals I had not seen but knew were there; I could smell them in their vacated beds, or more acutely, when the wind was right. And I could visualize them. I could conjure an image of each bull in its ridge-top bed, meter the wind (both prevailing and local), and estimate the odds of closure. But each time I attempted an approach I was thwarted by wind: direction, turbulence or, with the droughted ground cover, from the complete lack of it. On one such attempt I moved only when the drone or distant roar of an airplane passed overhead yet, after 2 hours and 200 yards, I finally aborted 120 yards out from my visualized bull (a 70% chance he was there). I knew he’d have detected me -the time and space getting too critical in terms of the conditions: errant breezes, the click and rustle of ground cover, or his simply standing up to stretch with only his head and all that sensory equipment, exposed. Once again, I took a deep breath, and backed away. I would rather finish a hunt with all three bulls having never knew that there was a wolf at their door, than to bust one -disturb one- due to impetuousness or desperation. I know how well their faculties provide for them and thus generally know what to expect of them. They expect to meet a wolf at any moment. And an impatient wolf is a dead wolf. The culmination -the payoff- in that hunt came in the last hours of the last day -an amazing (low probability) story of luck (a window opened), perception (I recognized the window when it opened), patience (I knew when to back off and when and how to move), and perseverance (be there -wide awake- or be square). That elk, a large heavily-antlered bull (scored 330+), was the only elk I actually saw with my eyes during those 5 days (or the previous 2 weeks), and I saw it for only a moment before I pulled the trigger. The entire game had been pretty much played out in my head. When I finally stood over that immense horse-sized animal in that dusky gulch bottom that final hour, I considered a final probability calculation, weighed what I’d accomplished, and was -and still am- amazed at what a human being can do. This is not bragging, but humble awe, and a deep satisfaction, well worth all that patience. My fishing is much the same, although catch rate replaces that singular culminating event, me trying to beat “random” (clueless/chuck-in-wind) and to understand what’s happening. It makes me a control freak, but I argue that I come by that honestly. Patience is most definitely a part of that.
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  48. At 5:09 PM on 12/17/2016, my wife and I welcomed our second son into the world. He was 7 pounds 10 ounces and 20.5" long, and we named him Finn Momma and baby are doing great, we should be going home tomorrow.
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  49. I can remember those days. Many times having oatmeal, potato pancakes,or peanut jelly sandwich for supper, Getting needed clothing for Christmas & not much of that, mom repaired a lot of our clothes.one of our best Christmas mornings was when my sister got a new store bought doll & I got a cap gun & holster. I feel family life was much better then. I could go on & on about growing in the 40's but so as not to bore y'all I'llshut this down with I hope y'all had a Merry Christmas & will have a great New Year.
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  50. All my kids & grandkids safe & home for the holidays!
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