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#483299 - 11/28/17 10:52 PM Pond Boss Forum get together, Sept 22, 2018
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I have been to Highflyers PBF get together's twice and enjoyed both times immensely. I have heard of some of the get together's in Nebraska before I became a forum member.

So after thinking about it for a couple years it is time for me to step up to the plate and invite any PBF members that would like to come to a get together at our place.

Right now it will be a firm tentative date of September 22, 2018. There will be food, fishing and fellowship.

Location will be Pittsburg, Kansas and there are lots of reasonable motels within 6 miles of our place and a casino motel within one mile. Shopping for non-pond interested spouses at 4 miles to Pittsburg and 20 miles to Joplin, Mo. And Carolynn makes a pretty good hostess too.

No cost to attend other than your travel cost.

More details will come about next April but I wanted to get a thread started and a time line so people could pencil the date into their plans. I will re-visit and keep this thread going as new information comes along.

Edit 3-8-18: Sepember 22, 2018 is the date.


Edited by snrub (09/15/18 12:26 AM)
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#483302 - 11/29/17 07:12 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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It's a 4.5 hr drive for me to get to Pittsburg. I drive a lot longer than that to attend things I've got a lot less interest in. Put my name is a an attendee. Not sure about the lovely wife, but I would like to get together with some other pond enthusiasts. I'd at least like to hear how loud an aerator is. Since noise is one of the reasons I've decided against it.
Thanks for even considering this.
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#483328 - 11/29/17 11:15 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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These type meetings are worth every effort to attend. Its like a big family reunion based on common interests. I have been to many and enjoyed them immensely! Strongly recommend all that can sign-up !!! Offer to help however you can. Be sure to bring your pictures and info to share.
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#483333 - 11/29/17 12:40 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: ewest]
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Thanks Eric. I probably will not do much promotion through this winter but I wanted to get a date out there so people could pencil it in. I will bring the thread up again about next March or April then periodically through the rest of the year till it happens.

I do not expect a lot of commitments this early, just wanted to get it on the calendar before everyone's time slots got filled up.
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#483369 - 11/29/17 06:08 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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John,

It would be a little over 600 miles for me but still very tempting. I'll watch for updates as the time gets closer. If it works out, I will get with you to see what I can bring to share. smile

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#483371 - 11/29/17 06:40 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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Snrub has a very nice place. It's about 125 miles for me, about 2-1/2 hours. Lots of traffic in between at times. In the big picture, we are practically neighbors.
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#483374 - 11/29/17 08:02 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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John, would you mind an Iowegian showing up?
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#483375 - 11/29/17 08:07 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: DrLuke]
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The more the merrier. For the really long distance travelers we do have an airport in Joplin Missouri about 20 miles away from our ponds. American regional jets only. Small airport.

Iowegian's and all others welcome.

John F and his wife have already been up to visit and I was hoping they would be able to make it. Bring your Mr Crappie rod and the Gulp Alive waxies.


Edited by snrub (11/29/17 08:12 PM)
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#483377 - 11/29/17 08:27 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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John,
Hopefully, you can return our visit sometime soon. We live close enough to visit a few times a year.
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#483380 - 11/29/17 08:43 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: John Fitzgerald]
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Planning on it but it will be sometime next spring or summer before we can. We have tried a couple times but just could not make connections. But it is a beautiful motorcycle ride to your area, so it will be no problem drifting down your direction. Carolynn really enjoyed the company of your wife.
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#483387 - 11/29/17 09:57 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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John,
Texas will be represented! You have been warned!
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#486963 - 03/08/18 09:50 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: highflyer]
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Loc: SE Kansas
Date is established for September 22, 2018. Put it on your calendar. Pittsburg, Kansas. We live on a working farm and there is plenty of room to stretch your legs.

For a little fishing fun we have our 3 acre main pond stocked conventially with LMB, BG, RES and CC that is now 5 years old. We also have an old refurbished one acre pond with the same fish but added GSF and BH for some variety.

Also have a new pond to show off that is about an acre that is dedicated to raising RES and just last fall stocked with SMB for the predator to control the RES numbers. It will not have any big fish to catch, but if anyone wants to try their hand at catching a RES in a pond without competing BG getting to the hook first, there should be significant numbers of catchable size by September. Also if someone just wants to help me a little in some SMB transfers, the SMB should be of size I will be ready to catch up to about 30 of the overstocked and move to my main pond. They will only be a foot or so long, so no great excitment, but maybe something different to catch if you don't have SMB in your pond. I plan on having a holding cage set up that day specifically for the purpose should anybody be interested.

Enough for now. More details as time goes by.


Edited by snrub (03/08/18 10:01 PM)
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#488156 - 04/03/18 10:14 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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I will put this on my calendar and check back as the time approaches.
Probably only a two hour drive from my home and only an hour from my pond. Will have to clear it with the "boss" as we have young kiddos.

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#488160 - 04/04/18 06:32 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: mbj4ksu]
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Great! Thanks for bringing this thread back to the top. I have been thinking about how and when I should start promoting this so it is on the minds of those who might want to attend.

One unfortunate thing that happened was, even after planning and getting it on the calendar a year ahead, my wife had one of her important meetings that they changed on her so she will not be able to attend. She hated that as she has been to two of Highflyers events and enjoyed them. Plus it will put a little more load on me for preparations but we will manage.

Most people will be coming within driving distance like you, but I also plan to come up with a list of local attractions and places to stay just in case some people want to travel from further away or bring the family and have something for them to do while we have the get together around the pond. Southeast Kansas is not exactly on most peoples top ten travel destinations list but we do have a few attractions around and things to do.

Anyway as time gets closer I will keep getting more specifics together. Saturday September 22, 2018. Location just south of Pittsburg, Kansas.


Edited by snrub (04/04/18 06:43 AM)
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#488164 - 04/04/18 09:05 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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Iíve still got it on my calendar. Looking forward to it! My little pond is still in its infancy. Looking forward to seeing a professionally built and managed pond.
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#488175 - 04/04/18 03:00 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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This is so tempting, and I am so close. Tentative for me because my work schedule varies, but those smallies should be fun on a 4wt fly rod!

Thanks for planning this. I know how much time and effort it takes.
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#488176 - 04/04/18 03:40 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: CMM]
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Loc: SE Kansas
Hope you all can make it and I do not see it as being a really big issue as far as the effort. We do some family reunions here and have had groups before so it is not something out of the ordinary for us.

I think it will be a lot of fun getting to match some faces with names/handles here on the forum and hopefully seeing some familiar faces also.
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#488181 - 04/04/18 04:33 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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John, Do you have a drop-dead date for RSVP'n? September is quite a ways out there for me to even think about yet.

SetterGuy and CMM, I'd bet we are all in the path of getting to Pittsburgh, Kansas...carpooling sounds like an option. I could be good for gas money and a meal on the way down and back. My old truck does not like to leave town and if I take my wife's car, she'll likely have to go, and I bet she could find places to shop that John didn't even know about! It could get expensive quick. laugh
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#488192 - 04/04/18 10:52 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: Quarter Acre]
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I will not even worry about RSVP's till about a month or maybe six weeks before the event.

We have plenty of room and can handle anywhere between one and one hundred people so the only thing we will really need is a somewhat close head count for the right amount of food for lunch. That will not be finalized till probably a week before.

So no rush.
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#488222 - 04/05/18 05:36 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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Qtr acre. Iím thinking if the weather is right, I may ride a motorcycle down. I can take all my camping gear, or if we are staying in hotels, even easier. Probably the only rod I could bring is my 4 wt fly rod. Itís a four piece, but Iím not all that proficient with it. If, it looks like rain, Iíll take the Tundra, and Iíd be happy to pick you guys up as I come through.
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4 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM, HBG, SMB, and HSB..
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.

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#488227 - 04/05/18 07:49 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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Plan for it to rain around the date....since Cathy and I will be there....Planning a 4 day Branson get away either before or after the fun day at snrub's!!
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#488232 - 04/05/18 09:35 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: Rainman]
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Great! Be good to see you both again.

Branson is nice. About two hours from our place.
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#488239 - 04/06/18 07:28 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: Rainman]
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Originally Posted By: Rainman
Plan for it to rain around the date....since Cathy and I will be there....Planning a 4 day Branson get away either before or after the fun day at snrub's!!


If you are that good at bringing rain, the next six month drought we get, Iím getting you up to my pond. whistle wink
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4 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM, HBG, SMB, and HSB..
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.

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#488251 - 04/06/18 10:26 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: SetterGuy]
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We have been pretty dry here comparatively speaking through the winter but enough rain to do what we need to in the fields. Main pond is still down a few inches but not bad. Too often here in the spring we get deluge rains but none so far this spring. Planting corn today. Beautiful here this morning but predictions of some nasty cold weather the next couple days. Hope you get the rain you need.

One good thing about our pond and this place is we have gravel all around the main, sediment and forage ponds, being a working farm plenty of gravel parking area and we have garages/sheds that all I have to do is pull some vehicles out and we have cover. So as long as any rain is not a full day long event modest amounts will not cause big problems. I'm often out around the pond immediately after any rain as the gravel all around it and the flat bench design of the dam makes for solid footing. If there is rain in the forecast rubber boots might not be a bad thing to bring along.
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#488258 - 04/06/18 11:58 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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The date you are having the gathering is usually the driest part of the year, at least around here, only 99 miles SSE of you in a straight line distance.
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