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LOL / What's the smallest caliber gun you trust?
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:43:54 AM »
The question came up:  "What is the smallest caliber of gun you trust to protect yourself?

My personal favorite bear defense gun has always been a Beretta Jetfire in .22 short!

I've found over the years when hiking in bear country I never leave without it in my pocket.

Of course we all know the first rule when hiking in the wilderness is to use the "Buddy System". For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this it means you NEVER hike alone.  Always bring a friend or companion, even an in-law, that way if something happens there is someone to go get help.

I remember one time hiking with my brother-in-law in northern Ontario.  Out of nowhere came this huge brown bear and man was she MAD!  We must have been near one of her cubs.

Anyway if I had not had my little jetfire, I'd sure not be here today.

That's right, one shot to my brother-in-law's knee cap and I was able to escape by just walking at a brisk pace.

That's one of the best pistols in my safe!

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Outing Chat / Re: Sheephead outing?
« on: January 31, 2012, 02:14:11 PM »
I haven't seen a date yet, but I'm interested!

Puck

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2012 and Previous / Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:24:30 PM »
The area we will be fishing, from Google Maps

I'll work on getting GPS points.

Puck

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2012 and Previous / Colorado River, Webberville, Tx GPS points
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:09:01 PM »
N 30.23015   W 97.51945
N 30.21035   W 97.51302
N 30.21035   W 97.51302
N 30.20464   W 97.52890
N 30.19803   W 97.52254
N 30.20419   W 97.50881
N 30.20879   W 97.49680
N 30.21302   W 97.49190


Puck

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2012 and Previous / Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:02:11 AM »
Any stripers in this section or are they further down?
Matt

The stripers come up into this area about an hour before sunrise, and disappear back downstream as it gets light out.  My largest was 15 pounds.  I hooked it on a simple shad, size 4, just at first light, 7 years ago.

Puck

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2012 and Previous / Sabine River lessong learned
« on: January 24, 2012, 07:08:02 AM »
Lessons learned.
1.   Travel with a buddy.  Don’t run this stretch alone.  There are too many variables. This stretch of water part of a power generation waterway.  The water conditions can change quickly.

2.   Double, and triple, check your gear.  Make sure you have what you need before getting on the water.  I was missing my flippers.  Big mistake with a kick-boat.

3.   At least one member of the group should do a dry run for the return trip.  The road did not go as far down the river as I had though.  And I didn’t have my flippers so I wound up travelling, with the kick-boat on my back, along deer trails.  I do not recommend this at all!

4.   As much fun as fish are to catch on a 3wt, I’d recommend at least a 5wt.  This will allow you to cast a little further with a larger fly.

5.   If you have a favorite fly, bring at least 6 each.  I fished with 3 flies for 6 hours. This was an exception, not the rule.  Frayed tippets after repeatedly catching fish can abrade the mono.  I made a conscientious effort to keep my tippet fresh.

6.   Most of the fish in this area are spotted bass (Kentucky) and aren’t as large as LMBs.  I started out with a size 8 PGPP, and had to go up to a size 6 to keep the sunfish hook-ups down.  The KLMB make up for size with their willingness to bite and the way they fight.

7.   If you fish on the weekends here, be prepared to share the river with swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and other anglers.  Rarely will you see anyone on the river in the morning.  By late afternoon the casual sportsmen will start showing up.  The summertime is much busier than any other season.

8.   Launch on the east side of the generation canal.  The west side his extremely high banks and is difficult to climb up.  Make sure you can get back to about the midway point for take-out.  It is a lot easier to walk on the road than the deer trails.

9.   Bring twice as much water as you think you will need.  Just because you feel comfortable and cool does not mean you don’t need to take in water.

10.   A lightweight watercraft is perfect to fish this water.  A canoe would work well with 2 people, and a kayak would also work.  The downfall of them is that you can’t lug them up the hill like a backpack, as I did with my kick-boat.

Puck

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Outing Chat / Re: White Bass Run
« on: January 19, 2012, 05:35:57 PM »
Where would one go to fish white bass from a kayak? Rivers, lakes? Where to launch? How long do they typically run? I always thought this was a late Feb/ early March thing.

Intriguing!

Next weekend is the Guadalupe trip, and the fly festival is the following weekend, but might be a good trip after that.

I only have half a day to be out of the house.  My kitchen pass expires at 1400.  Being a weekend husband for 2 years has finally caught up to me now that I am home...

 So I will fish on a favorite local water, if the water conditions, and my health, allow.  Hobie kayak travelling upstrean until I find something.

I'm still a little short-winded.  I HATE not being able to talk.  Our kids love it though.   ;D

Puck

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Outing Chat / Re: White Bass Run
« on: January 19, 2012, 03:38:50 PM »
Next Weekend! 

Kayaks and fly rods.

Puck

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I was there.  We tied my favorite ladyfish fly, a rear-tied surf candy in bright colors.

Here is one of our latest recruits.  I told him all kinds of stories as he watched me mangle the flies. 

Puck

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Damon's Seven Lakes / Re: Special Non Conventional Method
« on: January 17, 2012, 04:03:16 PM »
Grey Lady = Nilo (AKA Mrs Puckett)

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I'll be there in a little while. 2012-01-17-1800

Saltwater flies tonight!

Puck

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Damon's Seven Lakes / Re: SSG JL Puckett, 2011-12-29
« on: January 17, 2012, 10:50:17 AM »
Our sons, Mert and James, and I, had pitched tents and camped out the night before, making a campfire and doing some serious storytelling, with an occasional adult beverage to whet the whistle and ward off the chill.

The absolute best part of that trip was watching my son, the soldier stalk the fish.  For some reason the LMB were skittish that day, and would run at the slightest movement or noise.  Mike was right there, coaching, guiding, and teasing.  When he hooked into that decent fish he whooped and hollered like any kid. 

He didn't catch it on a fly, this time.  But his hopes are up, and he now knows he can catch good fish in Texas.

Puck


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Damon's Seven Lakes / Re: Special Non Conventional Method
« on: January 17, 2012, 10:41:40 AM »
Mike has already given the Grey Lady some tadpole flies to test.  They look great.  Zonker strips always have great action in the water.

On her first Saturday off, we are headed that way.

Puck

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2012 and Previous / Re: June Fresh Water Outing
« on: January 11, 2012, 03:21:42 PM »
Topic is unlocked. 

Updates to follow.

Puck

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Damon's Seven Lakes / SSG JL Puckett, 2011-12-29
« on: January 10, 2012, 12:48:55 PM »
Thanks to Mike's encouragement, my son, SSG James L. Puckett,  caught a 3+ LMB out of Duck Lake just a few days after Christmas, using unconventional methods.

Puck

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