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#488261 - 04/06/18 12:42 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: John Fitzgerald]
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Registered: 10/05/13
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Loc: SE Kansas
We put quite a bit of thought in choosing the date and weather was a big part of it. Like you say usually dry that time of year. Usually......

Still warm enough to be enjoyable and not so late in the year to be cold but late enough after summer that temps and water temps in the pond should be ok for fishing. We stayed away from July or August because families taking vacations and awfully hot and hard on the fish if we allowed fishing.

Usually mid September is a very pleasant time of year around here. Hopefully will be on Sept 22.
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#489990 - 05/12/18 12:14 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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Loc: SE Kansas
Bump.

Just a reminder for anyone interested. I'm hosting a PBF get together Saturday Sepember 22, 2018 just south of Pittsburg, Kansas (SE corner of Kansas). More specific details as we get closer to the date. It will start at about 10am although anyone can show up and fish any time after 9am. Lunch will be at noon and the shindig will last till the last person leaves that day.

Mostly just a chance to match up faces with names here on PBF, visit a little and do some SE Kansas pond fishing if you want to. No Kansas fishing license required on private ponds.
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#489993 - 05/12/18 12:24 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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Looking forward to it John!
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#489997 - 05/12/18 01:03 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: DrLuke]
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Loc: SE Kansas
Great!

For anyone traveling some distance and wanting to make a "mini-vacation" out of the trip, here is a link to some tourists attractions in SE Kansas. We are not exactly in the top 10 world destinations for tourism but there are actually some interesting minor things to do.

Things to do while in Southeast Kansas area

The last one on the list, Big Brutus, is less than 20 miles from our pond and if you like big machinery is definitely worthwhile. Wife and I are lifetime members.

It has been many years since I been to the Dalton Gang museum but I remember it from my school days as a grade school trip (bout a hundred years ago I think) and when I took my own kids when they were small. The Martin and Osa Johnson Museum is from days gone by when the adventurers recorded their treks with cameras that had a crank to operate them. Also been many years since I been there but I have fond memories.

Another one that is not on that list and just 7 miles from my pond is Crawford County historical musem . It is a very small local museum but covers the coal mining (both strip and underground) history of this area as well as other pioneer era memorabilia.

We have a very nice casino/motel just a little over a mile from our pond. Kansas Crossing. Casino's are not my cup of tea but Bob Lusk stayed there at the Hampton and told me it was a good choice with price comparable to the other Pittsburg motel he usually stayed at. He thought he would stay there again when in the area. I have been in the casino once and it was fine as casinos go. Nice and new. A quick search for Pittsburg Kansas motels will turn up quite a number of selections with most under ten miles from our pond.

I'm not promoting SE Kansas as a vacation destination but for someone retired with no kids in school there are some area things that could be fun to do with a spouse that might make nice add-on to the PBF get together.

Joplin Missouri is also only 25 miles away and has its own set of attractions.
Things to do in Southwest Missouri . And Branson and all its attractions is a little over two hours drive from our pond.

A little known history fact about Joplin Missouri had to do with the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. You can only drive by the location, but for Route 66 travelers it is a piece of area history. As is the famed Spook Light (which I have went to see a few times but have never seen it).

Just some FYI in case anyone is interested in spending some extended time in the area.


Edited by snrub (05/12/18 01:16 PM)
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#492285 - 06/20/18 01:31 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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Loc: SE Kansas
Bump.

Don't forget to put it on your calendar and make plans to attend.

Sepember 22, 2018 is the date.

Pittsburg, Kansas (right in the SE corner of Kansas)


If anyone has any suggestions I'm open to them. My basic plan is just for an informal (no Tuxedos needed) meet and greet with some visiting and fishing.

Rex the rainman has suggested that I get my scuba gear out and give lessons but I nixed that one. Not a certified instructor (so I don't think my homeowners insurance would cover liability it if I drowned someone) and the visibility in my pond is about 18" and when you stir the mud bottom up about 0" so not much fun anyway. But thanks for the suggestion REX.

Pond Boss Magazine and forum vendors: I'm not going to solicit samples for door prizes or anything like that. But if any of you want to attend or bring or send along some samples to put on a table for the taking by participants by all means you are welcome to do so. I welcome the supporting Pond Boss advertisers to come and meet some of your customers / potential customers. And catch a few fish.

Lusk told me the other day that he and Otto were going to check their schedules and try and make it up if they could.


Edited by snrub (06/20/18 01:42 PM)
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#492321 - 06/20/18 06:40 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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I think Otto and I can make it...will confirm.
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#492438 - 06/22/18 10:56 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: SetterGuy]
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Loc: SE Kansas
Originally Posted By: SetterGuy
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.


"professionally built and managed pond". laugh laugh laugh

Now THAT is funny. Surprised I just noticed what SetterGuy said. You will definitely have to go some place else if you want to see a "professionally built and managed pond" but I sure hope you make it here too!

I have built all of the ponds on this place personally (although the largest 3 acre pond saw a lot of scraper and dozer seat time by a couple of good employees) but I am by no means a professional pond builder or fisheries manager. I consider myself a professional farmer and beyond that just a redneck that kind of knows how to run machinery. (the largest pond was designed on paper by a NRCS agent so was professionally designed - the other smaller ponds were designed by the seat of my pants and a laser level).

But I think the ponds turned out pretty well despite my lack of formal building and pondmeister education and I hope a lot of you all on the forum will "come see".


Edited by snrub (06/22/18 11:03 AM)
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#492439 - 06/22/18 11:08 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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BTW snrub, I've got disappointing news. My BG x RES experiment appears to have been a failure. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear as though I'll have any for you when you come up this way for Husker Harvest Days. Sorry. Maybe next year.
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#492442 - 06/22/18 11:42 AM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: NEDOC]
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No problem.

I would still like to get together and maybe see your pond if you have time when I come up.
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#492446 - 06/22/18 12:05 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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That would be great!
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#492452 - 06/22/18 01:27 PM Re: Pond Boss Forum get together in SE Kansas [Re: snrub]
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Registered: 10/27/15
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Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
Snrub is a better pond builder than probably over 90% of people who advertise as professional pond builders, from what I have seen.

He knows about proper soils and compaction, pipe installation, finishing, etc.

Most "pond builders" don't know or seem to care about proper compaction, or the right soil type that will be successful.
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