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Had the youth duck hunt today. Took a 12-year old kiddo and his dad from the neighborhood out today. Probably one of the slowest youth hunts I've been on. They are usually non-stop action for the first couple of hours, but not today. Still ended up with a limit of birds, it just took a bit longer than usual. I inadvertently left my phone at home so didn't get any pictures, but I was pretty proud of my puppy-dog today. Aside from her barking and howling at us while we were throwing out decoys this morning (damn noisy mutt), she did a great job retrieving 7 ducks (and as an added bonus 3 coots). Had a couple of cripples diving on her and she stuck with it and ending up getting all that were shot back to the boat. She only broke once when we had a dozen teal land in the decoys before shooting hours. We've worked a lot this past month on "place" in the boat and she did a good job staying in her spot. She continues to make all sorts of loud, weird, crazy, almost non-dog sounding noises while she sits in-between retrieves, but I think that is starting to mellow a bit. I need to try to get a recording of some of these noises. I don't even know how to describe them -- moan, groans, squeals, whines, purrs, half-barks. It's the oddest darned noises I've ever heard out of a dog. Should be a real fun season with her this year.

Hope y'all are having a good weekend!
 

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Sounds like you had a great day L&L. I went out for early goose with a good friend in New Hampshire this morning. Never saw a goose but had a good time hanging out with him. It’ll be the last time we see each other for a while so we made the best of it. After hunting we put a new blind on his tdb 17 while having morning beers and mostly picking on each other.


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Shoot em up, Moe! (y)

Had the youth duck hunt today. Took a 12-year old kiddo and his dad from the neighborhood out today. Probably one of the slowest youth hunts I've been on. They are usually non-stop action for the first couple of hours, but not today. Still ended up with a limit of birds, it just took a bit longer than usual. I inadvertently left my phone at home so didn't get any pictures, but I was pretty proud of my puppy-dog today. Aside from her barking and howling at us while we were throwing out decoys this morning (damn noisy mutt), she did a great job retrieving 7 ducks (and as an added bonus 3 coots). Had a couple of cripples diving on her and she stuck with it and ending up getting all that were shot back to the boat. She only broke once when we had a dozen teal land in the decoys before shooting hours. We've worked a lot this past month on "place" in the boat and she did a good job staying in her spot. She continues to make all sorts of loud, weird, crazy, almost non-dog sounding noises while she sits in-between retrieves, but I think that is starting to mellow a bit. I need to try to get a recording of some of these noises. I don't even know how to describe them -- moan, groans, squeals, whines, purrs, half-barks. It's the oddest darned noises I've ever heard out of a dog. Should be a real fun season with her this year.

Hope y'all are having a good weekend!
As I've said, my yellow was once removed from Cosmo...his Dam was a Cosmo pup. He too was a talker, moans, groans, weird little noises that just made ya laugh. Never barked. Wasn't a blind or bird thing, just vocally expressive. Dreams were crazy to listen to sometimes. He got a little quieter about 4 or 5 but it never bothered me.

Sounds like she did well! And y'all had fun! (y)
 

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Sounds like you had a great day L&L. I went out for early goose with a good friend in New Hampshire this morning. Never saw a goose but had a good time hanging out with him. It’ll be the last time we see each other for a while so we made the best of it. After hunting we put a new blind on his tdb 17 while having morning beers and mostly picking on each other.


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Nice to catch up before ya take off. (y)
 

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Morning OG!

Went fishing at my local spot Friday evening and sweating that my time is getting short to wet lines with winter coming. This spot looks like a quarry but formed when they built an elevated off ramp for a freeway to an old trucking road that feeds suburbs into downtown. It sits adjacent to a river. Prior to businesses being built around it, I "heard" from old timers that it was a pay pond stocked with game fish. I have been fishing it for going on 36 years from a float tube.

Seems the really "nice" fish aka 19+" largemouth are fewer than they used to be. I live on believing that at some point I'll tag that 23" fish again but you gotta catch a lot of damned 14-15 inchers to get there. Think I need to take some out and eat them, did that a couple times last year and should have this year.

Anyway - in 36 years I have only accidentally caught two crappies. One earlier this year and this one from last night which hit on the topwater. Two times prior to last night, fishing a rubber worm along small brush lines, I set the hook into something LARGE but line was cut in both instances after a couple hard head shakes. Last night I was casting a 10" worm headed back to my truck, in the middle of the small and a fish picked up my worm.

It was a 30 yard cast straight out and I'm slowly paddling toward it working the worm and bringing in slack. I realized pretty quick that there was too much slack and that an undetectable strike had happened and a fish was swimming toward me with the bait. Pretty quickly. Reeled up, felt the fish, and set the hook.

"Tink"!. Line cut on the hook-set before I could really gauge what sized fish was on the other end. :mad: Cut clean.

My theory on the 3 instances over all this time is a musky or a pike. I have no way to prove that but given the waters' history as a pay pond and running aside a river think its logical, musky my 1st guess. More of those in these part than pike.

Either way, 3 times in 36 years does not warrant fishing a leader. :rolleyes: But I sure would like to land the SOB once.

1st crappie on a top water too, imagine it happens a lot I just don't crappie fish much.

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As I've said, my yellow was once removed from Cosmo...his Dam was a Cosmo pup. He too was a talker, moans, groans, weird little noises that just made ya laugh. Never barked. Wasn't a blind or bird thing, just vocally expressive. Dreams were crazy to listen to sometimes. He got a little quieter about 4 or 5 but it never bothered me.

Sounds like she did well! And y'all had fun! (y)
I really don't mind the funny dog noises either, they are pretty entertaining during the slow stretches. Now the howling and barking that echoed through the marsh when we were setting-up decoys in the dark is another thing altogether. :cautious:
Question for you: I've been to a couple of hunt tests, but don't know much about them. Also, never been to a field trial. Are there bonus points in those events for speed? :LOL: If speed is a factor, this mutt of mine would shine. When in that depth of water that is not quite deep enough to swim and not quite shallow enough to run at a normal gait, but requires something more like a jump-run type of motion, she looks and sounds like a damn freight train going through the water on retrieves. The flat out speed is something to behold.
 

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Morning OG!

Went fishing at my local spot Friday evening and sweating that my time is getting short to wet lines with winter coming. This spot looks like a quarry but formed when they built an elevated off ramp for a freeway to an old trucking road that feeds suburbs into downtown. It sits adjacent to a river. Prior to businesses being built around it, I "heard" from old timers that it was a pay pond stocked with game fish. I have been fishing it for going on 36 years from a float tube.

Seems the really "nice" fish aka 19+" largemouth are fewer than they used to be. I live on believing that at some point I'll tag that 23" fish again but you gotta catch a lot of damned 14-15 inchers to get there. Think I need to take some out and eat them, did that a couple times last year and should have this year.

Anyway - in 36 years I have only accidentally caught two crappies. One earlier this year and this one from last night which hit on the topwater. Two times prior to last night, fishing a rubber worm along small brush lines, I set the hook into something LARGE but line was cut in both instances after a couple hard head shakes. Last night I was casting a 10" worm headed back to my truck, in the middle of the small and a fish picked up my worm.

It was a 30 yard cast straight out and I'm slowly paddling toward it working the worm and bringing in slack. I realized pretty quick that there was too much slack and that an undetectable strike had happened and a fish was swimming toward me with the bait. Pretty quickly. Reeled up, felt the fish, and set the hook.

"Tink"!. Line cut on the hook-set before I could really gauge what sized fish was on the other end. :mad: Cut clean.

My theory on the 3 instances over all this time is a musky or a pike. I have no way to prove that but given the waters' history as a pay pond and running aside a river think its logical, musky my 1st guess. More of those in these part than pike.

Either way, 3 times in 36 years does not warrant fishing a leader. :rolleyes: But I sure would like to land the SOB once.

1st crappie on a top water too, imagine it happens a lot I just don't crappie fish much.
Always ticks me off when a fish comes disconnected before seeing what species and what size. Do you ever use a wire leader in musky waters? I'd imagine braid or mono would be no match for the musky teeth.

Also, I love those crappie! They, along with perch, are my favorite eating fresh water fish.
 

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Morning OG!

Went fishing at my local spot Friday evening and sweating that my time is getting short to wet lines with winter coming. This spot looks like a quarry but formed when they built an elevated off ramp for a freeway to an old trucking road that feeds suburbs into downtown. It sits adjacent to a river. Prior to businesses being built around it, I "heard" from old timers that it was a pay pond stocked with game fish. I have been fishing it for going on 36 years from a float tube.

Seems the really "nice" fish aka 19+" largemouth are fewer than they used to be. I live on believing that at some point I'll tag that 23" fish again but you gotta catch a lot of damned 14-15 inchers to get there. Think I need to take some out and eat them, did that a couple times last year and should have this year.

Anyway - in 36 years I have only accidentally caught two crappies. One earlier this year and this one from last night which hit on the topwater. Two times prior to last night, fishing a rubber worm along small brush lines, I set the hook into something LARGE but line was cut in both instances after a couple hard head shakes. Last night I was casting a 10" worm headed back to my truck, in the middle of the small and a fish picked up my worm.

It was a 30 yard cast straight out and I'm slowly paddling toward it working the worm and bringing in slack. I realized pretty quick that there was too much slack and that an undetectable strike had happened and a fish was swimming toward me with the bait. Pretty quickly. Reeled up, felt the fish, and set the hook.

"Tink"!. Line cut on the hook-set before I could really gauge what sized fish was on the other end. :mad: Cut clean.

My theory on the 3 instances over all this time is a musky or a pike. I have no way to prove that but given the waters' history as a pay pond and running aside a river think its logical, musky my 1st guess. More of those in these part than pike.

Either way, 3 times in 36 years does not warrant fishing a leader. :rolleyes: But I sure would like to land the SOB once.

1st crappie on a top water too, imagine it happens a lot I just don't crappie fish much.

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You might try a heavier weight, 20# test fluorocarbon leader, about 6" long or so. The fluorocarbon is very thin but tough. Another alternative is tiger wire. I use it a lot for Musky and Pike. I don't think the fluorocarbon would affect your catch rate at all.
 

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I really don't mind the funny dog noises either, they are pretty entertaining during the slow stretches. Now the howling and barking that echoed through the marsh when we were setting-up decoys in the dark is another thing altogether. :cautious:
:LOL: :LOL: :LOL:

One of my hunting partners had a lab that had to be tied up while we tossed decoys in the wooded pothole or it would try to retrieve every tossed block. Sounded like the dog, tied to a tree, was undergoing torture as we set-up.

Another partner joked that - You can barely hear her in the bottoms.:whistle:

As the incessant barking, yelping and howling echoed throughout a fifty mile radius. :oops:
 

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You might try a heavier weight, 20# test fluorocarbon leader, about 6" long or so. The fluorocarbon is very thin but tough. Another alternative is tiger wire. I use it a lot for Musky and Pike. I don't think the fluorocarbon would affect your catch rate at all.
Thanks Gone, you are right and I have considered it. I've used fire wire and it kills accuracy on pin point shoreline casting which I do a lot of, and at night. About sprained my wrist on a log hookset once too which sucked for 3 weeks. :eek: I don't do leaders because I get a bit of line twist running rubber worms and # 2 and #3 hooks a bunch. That, and fooling with leaders in the dark in a float tube kinda sucks. 3 of these strikes over 36 years just doesn't want to make me change my habits. While I think it's a Musky, I also think the warmer shallower ware in this impoundment doesn't allow them to spawn well or grow fast. If it did, I should experience this a lot more than I have. There is plenty of bait fish in there though, and a tom of soft vegetation growing on the bottom. Never used to be that bad but no one is managing it either.
 

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I really don't mind the funny dog noises either, they are pretty entertaining during the slow stretches. Now the howling and barking that echoed through the marsh when we were setting-up decoys in the dark is another thing altogether. :cautious:
Question for you: I've been to a couple of hunt tests, but don't know much about them. Also, never been to a field trial. Are there bonus points in those events for speed? :LOL: If speed is a factor, this mutt of mine would shine. When in that depth of water that is not quite deep enough to swim and not quite shallow enough to run at a normal gait, but requires something more like a jump-run type of motion, she looks and sounds like a damn freight train going through the water on retrieves. The flat out speed is something to behold.
Those Sir, the speed, is where you earn style points. (y)
 

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When in that depth of water that is not quite deep enough to swim and not quite shallow enough to run at a normal gait, but requires something more like a jump-run type of motion, she looks and sounds like a damn freight train going through the water on retrieves.
Called "driving water" here.

Re: speed, if trials were judged with stop watches, instead of straightedges, mainstream retriever training would be much different.
 

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Called "driving water" here.

Re: speed, if trials were judged with stop watches, instead of straightedges, mainstream retriever training would be much different.
In a trial, if two dogs perform a certain task in precisely the same manner, but one does it in say 5 minutes and the other in 8, they are scored exactly the same?

I need to go watch a few trials. I know there are quite a few hunt tests that are held near me, but what resource can I use to find trials in my state?
 
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