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Just gonna put this out there to see if it has happened to anyone else. I had to make a long troll back to launch this weekend.... Merc thermostats stuck closed..... Anyway, as I approach dock my middle foot button will not break circuit when I let up on it. With time on my hands b/c trailer was coming from across lake...I pulled switch, as wire came outta deck, it was melted together thus causing the continuous circuit. The boats foam was also melted to it. Looks bad bad, like possible fire bad. I pulled the motors wires which I installed and found no corrosion and nothing loose. Just like they were when I installed them. Just the wire in the foam was melted, wire just outta switch and where wire clears foam was ok. I'm sure this had to do with heat displacement. It's not a big foot switch, it's the T&M type. Just a FYI for anyone that had to make a long troll and has the same set up!!!!

February 25, 2013 at 6:08am

My son took his first deer in Eldorado, Arkansas this year during the youth hunt. He shot it with his Rossi .243, and dropped him in his tracks. He had 4pts and weighed almost 150lb. Grant is 9 y/o and is already looking forward to next year!!

January 29, 2012 at 9:40pm

I need a few options for putting a livewell on a pontoon boat. This boat will used mostly for night fishing. We have some ideas, but were looking for a few more ideas. Gonna make it a simple pump in and overflow out system with a drain. any ideas are appreciated, thx

June 23, 2011 at 11:06pm

I just would ask every loving dog owner to please say a few prayers for my family, as I had to put down my 13 y/o black lab tonight. She has been having trouble breathing when she would get excited, as the kids and I got home from school I could here her barking in the house,as she almost always did. The vet said she probably expelled to much air and could never recover, her tongue turned blue, as she tried to recover. By the time I got her to the emergency vets office an hour had passed. I've had her since 8weeks and yes she was a house dog, slept in our bed until she had knee surg. She has been a wonderful pet, companion, and loyal friend, picking up ducks and geese all her life. I did bring her last year on 3 hunts, I knew they were her last.God bless her.

September 13, 2010 at 10:38pm

I find it hard to believe that CCA is going to have their Trout Shoot out and not let any of the fish count for the STAR. Hey Sam B. open it up this Memorial Day weekend, and offer refunds to anyone on the east. I hate to tell my boy, thats a nice trout, but we cannot weigh it in for the STAR, he's been looking forward to the opening weekend since he got his youth packet. Just my one cent, Pres. obama got the other one....

May 25, 2010 at 2:31pm

I heard a 'rumor' that CCA is considering canceling the STAR this year. Has anyone heard this and what are your opinions. I personally think the star should start as usual, moving the start date to july probably will have no benefit, this spill is going to take years to clean up. If u can fish , then fish, if u can't then request a refund from CCA. just my 2 cents

May 21, 2010 at 8:22am

Just looking for a few opinions, I have a 1998 champion of which I bought new and have always carried boat insurance. It runs right at $36 a month. The boat is in good condition for its age, the motor of course has corrosion in some areas, the trailer will soon have to be replaced. I love the boat and have no plans to get rid of it any time soon. Should I keep paying the $36 or just take my chances. I am also able to do simple fiberglass work. I have calculated paying over $5000 in the 12 years of having the boat. The money is not the question but how long should you keep insurance on a boat?????????????? thanks

April 19, 2010 at 2:07am

This one weighed 8.41 my best so far, I had a 8.2 a couple of years back. We weighed in with 5 fish weighing 18.81. She was caught on a watermelon red fluke, the bass are on the banks and doing their thing. I think it will stay good for at least 2-3 more weeks. She was caught in 6 mile, very good grass and plenty of it, good fishing,TH

April 02, 2010 at 7:26pm

Does anyone have a report for sabine nwr. Good or bad looking to take off work tues. night to go wed. thanks...

November 15, 2009 at 1:56am

How is the water around grassy lake. Just curious if it flooded real bad.

November 10, 2009 at 8:37pm

We made it up to P.A. for my semi-annual muzzleloader trip, wife freaks out if I go every year. Anyway long drive once again 19.5 hrs. Very nice weather with snow greeting us the friday we came in. Sat. buddy kills one yearling 80-90 lbs. meat. No hunting on sunday, P.A. law, buddies brother surprises me and brings us to the steeler game, very good time except for the $7.00 beer. Monday morning temps around 25 deg. frost and some mixed fog. Shoot another nice yearling, two down. Later that afternoon we were invited to hunt right off of a golf driving range. More deer sign than I have ever seen, BAM one more down, a nice fat 140lb doe. Buddy watches one until dark, too far. He has one more to take so it's back to the range, BAM, another big fat doe. The food up there is unbelievable acorns everywhere, clover and green grass abundant, beans and corn planted everywhere, no wonder they can take on such a herd. TALLY, 2 yearlings, 2 big old fat does, 3 pheasants, 6 bottles of P.A. premium wine, 2 frozen wild turks killed by his brother, 5 more frozen pheasants plucked and wrapped. We deboned everything up there and froze it in 2 gal. bags, made the trip back alittle easier. One last thing, the scenery up there is great, with rolling hills with dairy cows grazing,to the big canadian geese feeding in the grain fields, I cannot wait until next trip. BTW we also ended up with 20 very nice walleye fillets from the allegney river. Hauled 250 lbs of fresh caught 21-25 white shrimp which were gone in mere hrs. Brought up for friends and friends of friends, did not make a penny, nor did we intend to.

October 26, 2009 at 8:11pm

Here are a few I hope will make the fatal mistake this season....

September 24, 2009 at 8:23pm

Had 2 buddies down from pennsylvania for thurs-sun. Did very well despite the weather. The wiers produced 40-50 large reds, we kept only 13 eaters.Did fish up north 210 area and the fish I had found had other ideas. Went out this afternoon and with two boats did very well 25 trout, 3 flounder, and 1 red. We released 10-15 big reds to fight another day. Anyway FYI there is a big piece of steel " I " beam sticking out of the water at the north end of west cove as it dumps into hog island gully, I tied a float to it but at very high tide this could be extremely dangerous. This was left by one of two shrimp barges that were recently moved.

September 13, 2009 at 10:12pm

As I posted earlier I am going back to pennsylvania this oct. to get the meat haul started early. I shoot a cva optima .45. I use the shock wave 200 gr. now, but, I am not very confident as it performs poorly. I shoot the .444 now as it is legal in La. but, If anyone has any suggestions or comments as to bullet weight and accuracy please let me know. thanks, the speck/deer slayer....

August 18, 2009 at 8:43pm

What do use to cover up the seeds. I have been using a 4 foot 4x4 with some chainlink fence tied to it. It works ok but just wanted some ideas that may work better. I can weld something up if need be, so throw out some ideas and/or personal experiences. Thanks........

August 14, 2009 at 9:59pm

Does anyone use these, bought them last year and have yet to draw blood. We are going back to pennsylvania this year for the muzzleloader doe harvest, and if there is time I will try and fill my buck tag w/ the bow. My broad heads are the 100 gr. 4 blade 1-1/16th I believe. I hope this is enough to take down a pennsylvania buck. Legal buck is 4 pts. on one side. Hoping for a nice 8 or better. thanks

August 05, 2009 at 8:27pm

I would like to know what is the average to pay a carpenter/electrician/plumber. I just finished a job for a friend which included const. a 400 sf. screened in porch under a camp. Not a easy task, working around steel I beams, hardie planking the top and bottom, installing ceiling fans, outlets, etc... and other various tasks. The cost of materials is around 1700.00. I do not want to ask too much, but do want to get compensated properly. Thanks for any help...

July 23, 2009 at 12:14am

I was washing my 350 honda rancher off and found the inner boot was cracked. do I clean the joint out, re-boot the joint, and wait for time to take its toll , or should I replace the entire cv shaft. thanks

July 07, 2009 at 9:11pm

These are 6 nice gar we took out of sabine reserve a couple of weeks ago. The biggest was 32 lbs. Plenty of meat for gar patties. This trip was kinda special because my buddies brother came down to fish tuna out of venice, but with 8-10 ft seas the trip was cx. He is from pennsylvania and as some of yall may remember, I went up there 2 years ago for the muzzleloader season and had a great trip, with 2 does and some delicious pheasants. He had never seen a big toothy critter like this and I let him handle all of the jugs. Anyway he has another story to bring back with him from the SPORTSMANS PARADISE........... SORRY, the only pic I could get to load was the largest of the trip, my great computer skills are amazing.............

May 20, 2009 at 10:03pm

I just took off my old motorguide to replace it with a new minnkota, and was wondering what works better. roughing up the surface and using silicone or gel coat. I have some white gel coat from another job that would look great but, I don't want to spend that much time on it, and becides its going to be under the new motor. thanks......

May 07, 2009 at 2:38pm
A comment titled: Bad wires in response to a report titled: Melted trolling motor foot switch

Not sure of the gauge wire from batts in back of boat, it's a champion coastal champ. Wire is plenty big enough for 24v. But the T&M switch's wire is clearly smaller that the factory set up. The problem arises b/c the switch basically breaks the main current. The wire on switch is just not large enough to handle that current/draw. If I get time I will post a pic. It freaks me out to see wire like that coming outta my deck.

February 25, 2013 at 9:48pm
A comment titled: thanks in response to a report titled: I love my lab

Thanks for the kind words, the kids are having a very hard time with it as am I,a dr. buddy of mine came by this early a.m. with his tractor and dug a hole to put her in. I did build a very nice 'coffin' last night late. prob. woke up my neighbors, oh well. Put her toys, a camo collar, a tennis ball, her practice dummy, and a decoy in with her. I told the kids we will pour a slab and let them put their hand print in it and write whatever they want to say on it. once again thx for listening to me, it really helps to know there are people out there that fel the same way as I do.........

September 14, 2010 at 9:33pm
A comment titled: vent prob, in response to a report titled: boat/gas tank

I have a 1998 champion that had the rear fuel tank hose too high which allowed me to put only a few gallons in the tank. I cut the hose and re-attached, but as I would fill up, the gas would 'burp' back out, letting the air out, I now get 6 or 7 gas station paper towels and wrap around the nozzle as the gas is pumped. as it burps it absorbs the spillage.. dont know if this is going to help, but its what i did..........

July 17, 2010 at 6:12pm
A comment titled: love dem labs in response to a report titled: Rex

I to have a 13 y/o lab, named belle, she was with me @ 9 weeks old, before my wife and kids. She has worked her heart out season after season to ' make her daddy happy' picked up more than 1000 ducks. She is a house dog and I would have it no other way. Now to old to jump into my king bed she sleeps next to me on the tile floor. I will some day have to deal with this tremendous loss, I know it's coming, and with tears in my eyes I can do nothing to prevent it, but hope she goes peacfully. thanks for sharing your story and GOD bless...........................

July 02, 2010 at 10:15pm
A comment titled: nice lake in response to a report titled: lake chico Arkansas

This lake is very nice, you can ride for hours and enjoy nature. The only form of real 'expensive' activity is in greenville MS. just to the north, a riverboat casino. If you like to look at planted cotton then this is your place. My uncle owned and farmed 1000ac. for 40 yrs. up there. Really not too much to do in the imediate area. Go online and look around there might be something within a short drive.......enjoy

July 01, 2010 at 9:04pm
A comment titled: lake chicot in response to a report titled: lake chico Arkansas

We use to fish up there every year back in my younger days, 10 or so yrs ago. The lake has a little bit of everything. Bass school up this time of year on the shad, so bring some little george type baits and pop 'r's'. the bream are very large and we always did good w/crickets. Fish for the bream around the docks on the northern parts of lake. The lake also has a massive population of white bass, they can keep you busy for hours. These will be also on the northern part of lake, which is divided by a small bridge, we caught almost all of our white bass on the west side of lake. All of the docks have brush piles so this can produce anything from bass to crappie. hope this helps

July 01, 2010 at 10:53am
A comment titled: boat prep in response to a report titled: NON SKID PAINT

Sorry I did not mention that I did rough the alum. up with my wire wheel. I also put a alum/galv. primer down. Once its dry it sticks really well. Every now and then I shake up the extra paint and touch up the scuff marks, but thats about it...

June 10, 2010 at 10:21am
A comment titled: boat paint in response to a report titled: NON SKID PAINT

I skinned the inside of my boat w/ alum. looked at many options, but finally used a beige water base exterior from lowes and added the non-slip grit additive. It did take a while to dry, but I painted it in febuary so thats probably why. On the sides I used a beige oil base auto paint with no grit. It looks great and did not cost more than $40.00 for everything....hope this helps

June 09, 2010 at 9:44pm
A comment titled: boat carpet glue in response to a report titled: REMOVAL OF BOAT CARPET GLUE

I've removed plenty with a wire wheel on my angle grinder, it does make a mess, but it is really the only thing I have found to be time effective.

May 19, 2010 at 2:16am
A comment titled: stolen cross in response to a report titled: WWI Memorial Stolen

better plan, nail their sack to a stump and give them a dull butter knife. dig in or die,

May 12, 2010 at 10:29pm
A comment titled: trailer in response to a report titled: Boat Trailer

Cut that all off, it is used to protect the spindles on axle during transport. The \'dealer\' or trailer guy obviously forgot or did not care to remove it. Take it of, give it a good wirebrushing and cold galv. it. That will slow down the rust process but the rust always wins....

May 06, 2010 at 6:35pm
A comment titled: thanks in response to a report titled: BOAT INSURANCE

Thanks for all the input, I probably will keep insurance but maybe look around for a better deal. At the very least I will keep liability, b/c you never know what is going to happer out there.

April 19, 2010 at 8:44pm
A comment titled: You've go to be kidding me in response to a report titled: eeeeks

Thats alot of dull knives and ice, not to mention ice chests, gut piles, freezer space, taxidermy costs, it just goes on and on. I'm in, like those problems.

January 28, 2010 at 7:26pm
A comment titled: wax in response to a report titled: DUCK WAX

Years ago we got a big box at vincent oil co. It was located east of hwy 14 just south of mcneese st.

December 30, 2009 at 8:09pm
A comment titled: stealth cam settings in response to a report titled: Trail Cam Settings

I have 2 one I450 and a I550, I personally set mine on 3 pics every 3 minutes. They do take pics of absolutley nothing sometimes but thats how infared camers do sometimes. I use a big 12 volt batt. in a old ice chest with the proper terminals and get awsome batt. life and the camera seems to operate better w/ a steady source of power. Make sure not to point the camera directly into the rising or setting sun. hope this helps. daspeck

December 22, 2009 at 7:59pm
A comment titled: DOG NAME in response to a report titled: Need Hunting pal names...


November 28, 2009 at 11:57pm
A comment titled: refuge closed in response to a report titled: Sabine

the refuge is closed on thanksgiving, christmas, and i think new years day.

November 24, 2009 at 8:26pm
A comment titled: battery life problem solved in response to a report titled: camera

This is what I do, go down to your local junk yard get a good used battery from a newly wrecked car, get the clamp on terminals w/ the wing nuts on top. I then get a piece of wire 6-8 ft. get the proper plug in for my 12v power source plug on the camera at radio shack, solder the proper wires in place, almost always the center is + and the outside -.I then get an old small ice chest, paint it thats it. Now if you have a very long walk its kinda hard to carry but if you are only walking a couple hundred yards then this is the ticket. You will get plenty of batt. power which I have noticed will make any camera operate better. works perfect for me. If your camera does not have a 12v power inlet just make sure you but one with it next time. I get months of power with this set up..hope this helps......

November 22, 2009 at 6:47pm
A comment titled: MUZZLELOADER HELP in response to a report titled: Muzzleloader Difficulties

Do you need to use the BDC, or will most of your shots be within 150 yds. I have had the same experience over the years and have learned that you need to experience with different bullets and charges. If you are set on using pellets make sure they were stored in a climate controlled area (house) not shop, moisture in LA will get into everything. I started using powder again and fine tuned mine to shoot very well w/120 grs. and a 295 gr. bullet. I suggest backing off to 100grs and trying the bullet again. If it still does not group, try a diff. bullet. I am now using the economy line from. "precision bullets" these are by far the best bullet for the price and are VERY affordable. Google precision muzzleloader bulets and take a look, they also give shooting tips like spit swabbing after each shot to leave the good fouling in the barrel, hop this helps. d-speck......

November 22, 2009 at 6:28pm
A comment titled: WALLEYE in response to a report titled: pennsylvania trip

OILMANBC, These were walleye, they were given to us by my padna's buddy. My buddies brother has the allegney river record walleye on his wall, anyway they have made a extreme comeback from when the river was a sespool. He did catch these by one of the dams around natrona heights,pa. All I know is that they are one of, if not the best tasting fish I have ever had.

November 11, 2009 at 4:35pm
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