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Well I am all ready to go, got the boat loaded, gear packed, battery charged.   Heading out to South Cove to try for some stripers in the morning...pics when I get back....

Oh yeah, got a new, larger boat now too , 12ft sun dolphin Jon Boat , trolling motor and a 3.3 Mercury outboard.

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Good Move! Now you can put your mask and oxygen tanks up for sale. (don't get rid of your life preserver though) :) Gold Luck on the Stripers!

Which is just another way of saying good luck,  hope you hit it big!

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Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy! :thumbsupanim

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If they are schooling like a couple of weeks ago, going to try my flyrod out...could be fun.

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1 hour ago, azdigger said:

Well I am all ready to go, got the boat loaded, gear packed, battery charged.   Heading out to South Cove to try for some stripers in the morning...pics when I get back....

Oh yeah, got a new, larger boat now too , 12ft sun dolphin Jon Boat , trolling motor and a 3.3 Mercury outboard.

If you're taking a 12 footer out into open water on that lake you obviously know what you're doing. In ''94 (I believe it was), a big squall on the lake with high winds came up pretty quick and nearly swamped the marina, wrecking several of the moored boats and created a lot of damage. I was fishing off of South Cove and went to shore when it started to hit. But as I did,  I could see a few of the smaller boats still out there getting tossed around by the waves and  having problems cranking up, so I launched and managed to get them towed in. The result was, I barely made it back without getting swamped and sunk myself, although my 20' Bayliner was getting slammed against the dock, my engine had died, and my anchor rope got fouled around the propeller.  I had to jump into the water (Errol Flynn style, hunting knife between my teeth), and cut the rope that was wrapped around the Prop and the Shaft to free it, (trying to avoid getting smashed between the boat and the dock), but I finally managed to fire up the engine and get the heck out of there.

 I didn't catch any fish that day, but it was reward enough that the people I towed in were grateful that they didn't drown. So was I. For them and for me.

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weather is calling for calm winds all morning

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New boat did great...got to add fish finder, seats with cushions,,,,,,,,and a little taller in height.

caught lots of small ones, small mouth bass and striper. Kept 4 for a meal, smallest was 14 inch and the big one was 18inch....good fighters.

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23 hours ago, azdigger said:

If they are schooling like a couple of weeks ago, going to try my flyrod out...could be fun.

So, azdigger, nice job and pics. I'm wondering if you got a chance to try your flyrod. If you didn't, don't bother, unless you're just looking for an increasingly ultra lite experience; more challenge, more sport, and play etc. What you're doing now seems to be working just fine, and if it ain't broke . . .? 

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got 3 nice hits on the fly but no hookups....wrong color....seems shad was the color not white.

The big one hit and did an impression of a submarine...straight down in about 30ft water, had to work him up. Again all on 4lb test.  clean water and deep makes it fun.

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11 minutes ago, azdigger said:

got 3 nice hits on the fly but no hookups....wrong color....seems shad was the color not white.

The big one hit and did an impression of a submarine...straight down in about 30ft water, had to work him up. Again all on 4lb test.  clean water and deep makes it fun.

Wow! 18 incher on 4 lb test! Oh Yeah! The water is clean, clear, and beautiful . . .  And deeper than it looks. It's an absolute natural marvel up there. Thanks for the pics!

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