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What did you do at your pond today? #448762 06/02/2016 4:40 PM
by canyoncreek
canyoncreek
There are other online forums that have a great 'sticky' thread that stays at the top of the list all the time. They usually have one that allows everyone to post under the heading of 'What did you do to your 'X' or with your 'X' (classic car, John Deere, pickup truck) today?' That allows for random posts, pictures, thoughts to go in one area without creating new threads all the time.

If such a thread exists on PondBoss then I'm happy to move this one or remove it. Is there a way to create a sticky thread that stays near the top?

As I was trucking out loads of leaves from the pond I thought we need a place to post random pictures of what maintenance tasks, projects, or other random things people do at the pond.

As I was throwing the weighted landscape rake in and dragging it back out and trying to get at least some of the many oak and maple leaves that fall into the pond, I was contemplating whether this work was worth it. Some nice neighbors going by on their walk were laughing at me and said it was far easier to simply cut down the trees that overhang the pond. It gave me food for thought at least... But I'm sure many leaves that end up in the pond are from trees that are deeper in the woods and not only those on the immediate boundary of the pond.

It was heavy/hot work, but hopefully worth it to remove a couple hundred pounds of organic stuff.

I raked on tuesday, let the long row of leaves air out, then raked into piles and went around with garden tractor and utility trailer and forked them into the trailer.

As I dragged in the leaves I saw some salamanders, a few tadpoles, baby dragonflies, even managed to capture one goldfish with the rake. Unfortunately also raked out hundreds of chinese snails again.





Despite sealing the pond bottom, we have had dry conditions and hot weather the last 2 weeks. The pond is dropping from evaporation. I can start the well but hoping that rain will do the trick eventually.


While working around the trees on the edge I noted these vines that have leaves that look suspect for poison ivy. The dog charges through the woods chasing things and then brings the poison ivy oil to the kids on his fur. I'm not sure I can always tell poison ivy from other 3 leaved vines. I thought the 3 leafs of poison ivy didn't have the irregular or jagged outlines (like sassafras leaves to, see the top leaf in the first picture) or maybe not? Here are 2 examples.










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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #529068 Dec 22nd a 01:36 PM
by TGW1
TGW1
My Great grand daughter who is 5 went with me for a little fishing at the pond. She had her Barbie fishing pole, a bobber and some bait, a peace of pink plastic worm on her jig The first Bg she caught she was asking for help because of the fight in the fish. I told her she could do it don't give up keep reeling. It was a whopper of a bg at or around a pound. After she landed it she just wanted to touch it. We continued our fishing where she caught another 4 or 5 bg, not as big as the first but still nice sized bg. The attention of a 5 yr old does not last long so we kept 4 of the largest and cooked them up for dinner. The only downside of this is i did not take any pics but i won't forget the fishing trip and i am hoping she wont forget it either.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #525867 Sep 14th a 03:48 PM
by Augie
Augie
The day that I've been waiting for, the day that paid back every bit of the $$$, toil, and suffering that it took to resurrect my pond, finally arrived.

Between the COVID panic, military obligations, nuclear reactor training, and all of the other assorted craziness in the world today, it's been over
six months since I've been able to see any of my grandkids. Things worked out to where they were all able to come for a visit over the weekend.

This one is Lexi. Just turned 5yo, she belongs to my oldest son Justin and his wife Amanda. Lexi has been asking to go fishing since the first time
she saw the pond after it filled, so she got to go first.

9/12/20

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Then it was 4yo Rhett's turn. He belongs to #3 son Taylor and his wife Rachel. This kid is a pistol. Pretty sure he's going to be the one that
turns out to be Grampa's fishing buddy.

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This is 7yo Lennox. He belongs to Taylor and Rachel. Poor guy suffered a brain injury at birth and is severely challenged mentally. After seeing
the other two catch a few he looked at me and said "Fish, Grampa?" You could have knocked us all over with a feather at that moment in time.
It was obvious that he'd been paying attention. He grabbed the rod and the reel handle just like how I'd been showing the other two to do it, and
dipped the jig in next to the dock like a pro. Soon as he felt a tug he was cranking on the reel like he had Moby Dick on the end of his line.
Moments like this don't come along very often for this kid. I'm glad I was able to be a part of it.

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Wife Jamie, daughter Leah, and Logan - the doberman that thinks she's a Lab rode herd on Lexi and baby Ruby while the boys were fishing.

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There was way too much going on to get weights and measures on the fish we caught, but just from visual observation they are doing very well.
Every one of the RES and BG/HBG that were caught were in great shape. Most of them were in the 8"-9" range. I was especially impressed with
how thick the RES are across their backs. I don't have a lot of experience yet with the YP, but they looked to be in good shape too. We caught
half a dozen of those, all in the 7"-8" range, so I'd assume they were all fingerlings from the first stocking in September of '19.

But this day wasn't really about the fish, it was about the kids. The fish could have all been stunted 3-finger BG and it wouldn't have made a
nickel's difference in the amount of fun that was had and the memories that were made.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #527288 Nov 3rd a 12:56 PM
by SetterGuy
SetterGuy
Quarter Acre was nice enough to share some over production on his crawdads. I put them in the pond and it looks like they are doing fine. Hoping my SMB will give them a chance to get established.
Thank you QA! Much appreciated.
Jeff[Linked Image from hosting.photobucket.com]
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521948 May 31st a 01:11 PM
by gehajake
gehajake
Setterguy, I think if you look up in the dictionary what a pond is meant to be you will find a picture of your scenario there, quiet peaceful mornings and enjoyed to the max by everybody on a beautiful weekend, fishing swimming and camaraderie, family time!!
In this area people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for a cabin on the Lake Of the Ozarks,and if you dont spend nearly that much on a boat you will get turned over in the wake of a 100,000.00 dollar boat, the surface gets so rough you cant enjoy fishing or anything,, sorta makes the money we do spend on our private little fishing honey hole, playground a little more reasonable,,, and Ill take the privacy every time.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #529081 Dec 22nd a 10:35 PM
by RStringer
RStringer
All I have is girls (4) and they all fish. The older two hunt also younger ones not quite ready for that. Heres a picture of the oldest at Myrtle beach. We went 42 nautical miles offshore. Had a blast.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #519974 Apr 26th a 02:01 AM
by RStringer
RStringer
Theres one happy little camper right there.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521949 May 31st a 01:16 PM
by Paul FNG
Paul FNG
Originally Posted by gehajake
Setterguy, I think if you look up in the dictionary what a pond is meant to be you will find a picture of your scenario there, quiet peaceful mornings and enjoyed to the max by everybody on a beautiful weekend, fishing swimming and camaraderie, family time!!
In this area people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for a cabin on the Lake Of the Ozarks,and if you dont spend nearly that much on a boat you will get turned over in the wake of a 100,000.00 dollar boat, the surface gets so rough you cant enjoy fishing or anything,, sorta makes the money we do spend on our private little fishing honey hole, playground a little more reasonable,,, and Ill take the privacy every time.

110% this right here.

On that note, yesterday we bought a molded jon boat for our little slice of paradise...but evidently there has been a run on oars during Coronatine so the little trolling motors had to make due with halves of a small kayak oar.

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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #524852 Aug 18th a 02:48 PM
by snrub
snrub
Went for a swim in my RES/SMB pond. Was hot and dusty mowing around the ponds with my little tractor and bush hog type mower so I just stopped and jumped in.

What I found interesting was the shallow thermocline. The top two feet was very warm water then very nice cool water below. That there was a thermocline was no surprise but I was surprised at how shallow it was.

I did not go out to deeper water to determine if there was a second thermocline but I suspect there was. I'm guessing the top two feet was warmed up by the sunny hot day. A few weeks back my grandson and I did a scuba dive in this pond to brush up his skills before going on a week long diving vacation. At the bottom of the pond it was pitch black and cold. I suspect that anoxic water is still down there but I did not check it out.

It is so interesting having three ponds within close proximity of each other. This RES/SMB pond had a really good algae bloom with about 2' visibility. Can't see a fish at all unless they come to the surface to hit a pellet. A hundred feet away is my old refurbished pond and it is clear enough I can see fish lining up at the bank waiting for me to throw them feed. Maybe 3' visibility with a rather poor algae bloom.

Another difference in the ponds are the aggressiveness of the SMB. In the RES/SMB pond the SMB only have themselves to compete with. Pellet feeding can be pretty aggressive or lackadaisical, depending on the day. But in the other two ponds the SMB are in there dukeing it out with the BG, HBG and CC. Very aggressive feeding. I can catch SMB in the two ponds where their population is fairly small in the scheme of things as easy or easier than I can where there are only SMB in the pond to bite the hook.

Just some anecdotal observations.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526487 Oct 2nd a 03:01 PM
by MisterA
MisterA
Whoa Nellie - not all pondmeisters desire to grow big LMB. Granted that seems to be the majority of folks interest but there are a lot of us that focus on other species - especially if the goal is table fare. I personally enjoy catching a 9" - 10" BG (sadly I have never caught one bigger than 10") as much as I do a large LMB. To me a big BG is more of a rare occurrence than a say an 8# LMB. As long as there are enough bass and no spawning habitat, channel cats can be controlled and provide great table fare - the key being to harvest which goes back to table fare.

My pond is 1-1/4 acres and was here when I bought the place. If it was bigger and I started from scratch the trophy LMB fishery might be a goal but adding habitat is difficult when the pond is already full. It doesn't take too much fishing to overfish a small pond and get hook shy LMB. I like to fish so I want species that I can wet a hook and do some catching not just fishing - especially when the grandkids are here. Maybe I am just not a good LMB fisherman.................
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526928 Oct 20th a 12:38 PM
by Flame
Flame
My Dad and 2 of his brothers all in the army at the same time. 2 were at the battle of the Bulge. My Dad a little later fought in Japan. They also spoke very little of it. So proud of all of them and ALL our veterans!! Guess we got off subject of what we did at our pond today except Pat I agree there are things we see that remind us of the past while sitting at our PEACEFUL PONDS !!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #527002 Oct 23rd a 02:08 AM
by anthropic
anthropic
My dad got a medal for a night bombing mission during the Korean War, but he was quite reluctant to talk about it. The most I could get him to say was that they often looked for places with lots of flak & anti-aircraft fire, because they figured the Norks were defending something valuable, like a bridge. When I asked why they deliberately put themselves in the riskiest part of the sky, he just smiled a little and said, "We were young."
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #529079 Dec 22nd a 09:53 PM
by Pat Williamson
Pat Williamson
My daughter who became an optometrist has always loved fishing and hunting both. She has offshore fished and caught many large red snapper, king, ling, mahi-mahi’s and a tuna. This year dear hunting with a bow she took a 10 pt scoring 130 . Very proud of her!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #530955 Yesterday at 04:16 AM
by esshup
esshup
It depends on how far and how much you tow. I couldn't afford the gas, the poor fuel economy would kill me. I can have 195 gallons of water in the bed, pulling a 9,900# GVWR trailer @ 70-75 mph and still pull down in the upper teens mpg wise.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #519984 Apr 26th a 02:17 PM
by Augie
Augie
Nice YP. Will go nicely on a plate with some fresh morels.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #520693 May 7th a 09:59 PM
by snrub
snrub
Brrrrr.

Not me without a wetsuit!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #520817 May 10th a 04:51 PM
by Bobbss
Bobbss
Jeff, that sure looks like a nice one to me!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #520890 May 12th a 12:08 PM
by SetterGuy
SetterGuy
I like the look and the shade of trees around the pond, but I know they pull a lot of water out, and they sure dump in a lot of leaves. This time of year it’s the pollen and the flowers. Still, it’s the clearest my water has ever been.
Pollen and flowers all pushed into a corner.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #520894 May 12th a 01:12 PM
by RStringer
RStringer
The trees sure do make your place look nice.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #520907 May 12th a 04:18 PM
by canyoncreek
canyoncreek
our leaves are just starting to poke through the buds making the branches look 'fuzzy'. You are quite a bit ahead of us with the pollen and leaves. Soon our water will be floating green like yours. The leaves are no fun to rake but the trees are nice to have around. Looks good!

Did you decide to add walleye or HSB next?
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #520909 May 12th a 05:15 PM
by Redonthehead
Redonthehead
I spent the better part of Saturday treating my tan colored pond with alum. Secchi disk reading went from 8" to 36" by the time I was done. With windy conditions the next day, I was dismayed to see only 24", but realized I could see the the downwind side was very clear and you could see a distinct line in the water between real clear and less so. Evidently the wind blew the best water over to that side, kind of turning the pond over. The day after that things seemed to be uniform and I could see the secchi disc spin at 40". Hopefully this lasts a long time!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521141 May 17th a 05:18 PM
by snrub
snrub
Same here Tracy. I was tongue in cheek when I estimated the cost per pound It is likely a lot higher than I even said.

It is a hobby. A place to throw money down a hole that makes no sense other than it makes us happy. Something to keep us out of the bars and drinking ourselves to death. We have to occupy our time with something. Better it be something that is non-self-destructive.

John
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521224 May 19th a 01:24 PM
by Paul FNG
Paul FNG
Originally Posted by SetterGuy
That’s a lot of rock to haul with that Ranger. Are you loading it by hand? Hope not. You’re a tougher man than I.

Yes...I dunno about tougher, cheaper perhaps :-)

Triaxle delivered 22.5T, not sure how much we're putting in the bed of the Ranger each load but it has a pretty healthy squat before we go dump it and place the rock by hand.

Thankfully for me, wife and young boys are onboard with helping...loading the Ranger only takes about 5 minutes with unloading and setting another 5-7.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521462 May 23rd a 02:18 AM
by RStringer
RStringer
I love these evenings. I hope it stays like this all Memorial weekend.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521790 May 28th a 03:07 PM
by Zep
Zep
Great pics Cisco....

I think this is my favorite....those kind of moments make it all worth it.

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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521818 May 28th a 08:54 PM
by ShortCut
ShortCut
Cisco - Looks like a big golden shiner
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521815 May 28th a 08:48 PM
by Cisco
Cisco
Love time with the little ones! Plus they think I'm smart
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521943 May 31st a 12:47 PM
by ewest
ewest
Nice work !!! Great pics.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521975 Jun 1st a 10:42 AM
by Dave Davidson1
Dave Davidson1
That's what its all about
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521978 Jun 1st a 11:38 AM
by Pat Williamson
Pat Williamson
Yup Dave they are our future, gotta mold them the right way for sure. Good job!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521982 Jun 1st a 01:16 PM
by anthropic
anthropic
Look at that grin! Wonderful to see a new generation of fishermen developing.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521985 Jun 1st a 02:08 PM
by snrub
snrub
That is a tough little kid. I lipped a bass like that the other day, it flipped and it shredded my thumb with its teeth!

I'm a weenie. I wear a glove most of the time.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #521954 May 31st a 02:06 PM
by SetterGuy
SetterGuy
Thanks all. It was a very good time. Strange benefit to the lockdown..

One last pic. This guy is five and a half. He put on a little GSH, cast it out, set the hook, and reeled it in. And released it..
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #522333 Jun 10th a 05:52 PM
by Augie
Augie
We got ~2.5" rain from the remnants of TS Cristobal. Pond ran over the spillway all day yesterday. I picked up a couple dozen baby RES from the yard yesterday evening and tossed em back into the pond. Picked up another half dozen that were still kicking on my lunch break today.

The mini-B trap is proving to be very effective at catching small sunfish. With it setting on the bottom of the pond in 3'-4' water I was collecting mostly young RES, so I decided to see what would happen if I suspended it with the top just barely under the surface. Done that way I'm collecting 90%+ BG/HBG, with the occasional RES and GSH mixed in. I never used any bait when I was soaking it on the bottom, but I've found that with it up top it's more effective if I toss in a piece of bread crust.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #523532 Jul 12th a 06:31 PM
by TGW1
TGW1
I had a tom cat like that but lost him due to old age a couple yrs ago. He would travel with me like a dog would do. And I have to admit it we still slip in a little feed at the house. Like you said and I enjoy seeing the fawns when we do. It's about the only way I see any fawns and thats when the deer are hanging around the farm house checking for feed or feeding.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #524829 Aug 18th a 02:25 AM
by Pat Williamson
Pat Williamson
Originally Posted by Steve_
Originally Posted by Pat Williamson
They can spot you from 200yds off! Hard to sneak up any.... have to convince them from where you are.
Been to hot to fish so been pig hunting at nite..... 14 in two weeks.... gonna go tonight

Can you eat them? Pig hunting sounds awesome.

Yes they are as good as any pork but a tad bit tougher... shoot a young one and split it length wise an BBQ it yummy it’s so hot to be processing. It’s a blast to hunt them
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #524840 Aug 18th a 11:30 AM
by TGW1
TGW1
Keep am eye out for the Cormorants, I believe they send out scouts and if there is forage for them there may be additional birds show up. Keep up the pressure on them.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #525359 Aug 31st a 04:23 PM
by Augie
Augie
Completed construction of a 1/4" mesh Z trap over the weekend. This one is a 2'x2'x2' cube. There are three 3/4"x3" openings in each funnel.

The primary use for this one will be the removal of small BG/HBG and sampling for yoy YP.

Two overnight soaks - no bait, in 4' of water - yielded 200+ BG/HBG/RES, half a dozen small crayfish, and a handful of GSH and FHM.
The RES go into the pellet training cage. BG/HBG/crayfish/minnows are transferred to the new forage pond.

The 2' height is probably overkill, and makes the thing a bit unwieldy to dump, but my thinking was that I'll use a 4' seine as a lead when I get
serious about sampling for yoy YP, and a tall trap may be more effective than a short trap when deployed in that manner.

If I wanted to catch hand-size BG , I'd use 1/2" mesh, cut the height down to 11.5", and put a single 1"x5" opening in each funnel.



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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #525436 Sep 2nd a 04:59 PM
by RStringer
RStringer
Seems like a good place for this.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526118 Sep 20th a 05:10 PM
by ShortCut
ShortCut
The previous owner of my house lopped off the tops of four fairly large live oaks that were either overhanging the roof or severely damaged over the road. They were unsightly and not helping the remaining four oaks. A friend was in town and we went to work yesterday. Four new live oak log benches were added to the pond! Used 8ft old fence posts as levers to load them on my old light weight boat trailer.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526459 Oct 1st a 01:24 AM
by ewest
ewest
Often when some fish are stressed a few who are able to continue functioning will feast on the stressed. Good example - we rotenoned part of a lake and the non stressed fish from the other end of the lake moved to the transition zone ( where clean water met rotenone) and dined on the dying fish. Got out a rod and caught 9 big LMB ( 5-7 lbs) on 11 casts using an injured shad lure .
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526504 Oct 3rd a 03:47 AM
by esshup
esshup
Largemouth Bass, color not pronounced probably because of the muddy water.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526747 Oct 14th a 11:56 AM
by snrub
snrub
Dry as a popcorn fart here.

And duuusssty. "Dusting" in winter wheat in this area.

Oh and I have an announcement. Wife and I are going full retirement. Selling out the farm equipment and renting our land out to be farmed by my nephews.

Have not decided to sell the bulldozer or not. Might "need" to build another pond some day. grin
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526773 Oct 15th a 02:23 AM
by canyoncreek
canyoncreek
I certainly hope it goes well and turns around for you. But on this forum there are easily 94 dirt mover contractors like him that are unable, unskilled, unwilling, or un-honest enough to give you what they promised you to every 4 or 5 that can and will and do. (and the 4 or 5 that are able and willing will honestly tell you how busy they are and when they truly can focus on your pond even if that means a 2 year wait).

I know the 94 bad and 5 good add up to 99. The 1 out of a 100 (or 1 out of a million) is Mike Otto... smile
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526777 Oct 15th a 11:06 AM
by gehajake
gehajake
Replying to Steve, I really hope this works out for you better then I think it will, I can see him needing to get 25% down for a commitment but the breakdowns and money problems are not your problem, if he is not manager enough to swing a little job that size he has issues, the Jesus card is usually my first alert, a person of faith doesn't really have to display it on his bumper. seems like the worst I get screwed over, or attempted to, is by the ones with the Jesus bumper sticker. Good Luck!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526791 Oct 15th a 07:19 PM
by Steve_
Steve_
Originally Posted by gehajake
Replying to Steve, I really hope this works out for you better then I think it will, I can see him needing to get 25% down for a commitment but the breakdowns and money problems are not your problem, if he is not manager enough to swing a little job that size he has issues, the Jesus card is usually my first alert, a person of faith doesn't really have to display it on his bumper. seems like the worst I get screwed over, or attempted to, is by the ones with the Jesus bumper sticker. Good Luck!

Thank you for the support. Sadly, he never showed up this morning like he said he would. I called and left about a 2-minute voicemail. Its disconcerting that he has his phone off, because it went straight to voicemail, and has been that way for about a week now...in the beginning he would answer my calls. I guess I need to give him an ultimatum, "have it done by this date or I'm taking you to court."

I don't know what else to do at this point. It's funny about the Jesus thing, because the first guy that came to look at my property did the same thing. He even said, "All I can do is try my best and let God do the rest" or something along those lines, when I asked him how certain he was of this project being a success. I'm not religious, but it makes me angry to see people use this tactic to get money out of you, and reassure you that the job will get done. I should know better...
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526824 Oct 16th a 03:47 PM
by Augie
Augie
Summer heat is giving way to autumn chill. First frost of the season last night. Surface temp in the pond is down to 64°.

Switched from 24/7 aeration to daytime only. I'll run it that way until the ST hits 50°, then shut it down for the winter.

I've got the materials on hand to set up a bubble hose around the dock to keep it from getting locked up in ice when the weather turns bitter.

Been packing muskrat tunnels in the evenings after work. Think I've hit about half of them now.

The HSB seem to be adjusting nicely to their new home. I don't see much of them during the mid-day feeding, but they come out
with gusto in the evening. It's nice to see those big splooshes when they grab a pellet, or a minnow that's nibbling at a pellet.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526872 Oct 19th a 10:59 AM
by TGW1
TGW1
I think it is so cool to see those old planes. I would love to pilot some of those old war birds. And i understand why u would be proud. If it was my dad that took those risks to protect the world I would be proud of him also.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526878 Oct 19th a 11:25 AM
by Pat Williamson
Pat Williamson
Tracy
I am very proud. , he is gone now and bad thing is he would not talk about it so there is something missing.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #526898 Oct 19th a 06:44 PM
by Dave Davidson1
Dave Davidson1
Pat, my Dad also wouldn’t talk about it. My Mom kept all of his letters that he wrote home. I have them from both Africa and Europe. He left about 2 months after they married. They were married on the day before Pearl Harbor was bombed.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #527126 Oct 27th a 12:14 PM
by TGW1
TGW1
That coyotee ? I herd that some of those politicians and news people said there is no way a coyote can drag a child across our southern border. What do u think?
Looks like a nice 8 in the pics.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #527351 Nov 6th a 03:08 PM
by Augie
Augie
Packed the last of the muskrat tunnels with bentonite and placed ~20 ton of 3x6 crushed limestone on the face of the dam.

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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #527383 Nov 7th a 09:19 PM
by gehajake
gehajake
Originally Posted by SetterGuy
Quarter Acre was nice enough to share some over production on his crawdads. I put them in the pond and it looks like they are doing fine. Hoping my SMB will give them a chance to get established.
Thank you QA! Much appreciated.
Jeff[Linked Image from hosting.photobucket.com]
I was lucky enough to get a couple shipments of those myself, If I didn't say it before, Thank You QA! they were a lively bunch and gone from sight in no time!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #527522 Nov 12th a 03:00 AM
by ShortCut
ShortCut
Checked a camera near my pond today. Piebald young buck on 11/9! First time to see him. We have 13" antler restrictions so hopefully no one kills him for a few years.
Yes, the feeder leg is crooked and needs to be replaced!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #528763 Dec 11th a 03:26 PM
by SetterGuy
SetterGuy
Got all the leaves mowed back into the woods, and dumped down 40 lbs of fescue seed in the bare spots. Not sure if it will come up in the spring, but I had the time now. Ha!
Water level is down 2’ as our drought continues.
Also saw a fish floating near the bank, but didn’t want to stop mowing. I went back later to see if it was one of my new HSB, but it was gone. 68 degrees here yesterday, maybe the turtles are active?[Linked Image from hosting.photobucket.com]
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #528765 Dec 11th a 04:45 PM
by Augie
Augie
I knew you needed rain SG, so I ordered rock and made plans to install it over the weekend.

The rain started here five minutes after the dump truck pulled out.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #528766 Dec 11th a 04:51 PM
by Bobbss
Bobbss
Jeff, that is a nice picture with the sunset.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #528988 Dec 18th a 02:28 PM
by RStringer
RStringer
This appears to be the 1st day of total ice over on the pond. Had build up around the edges but not covered. I couldn't imagine being up by New York right now. Seeing pictures of like 44 inches of snow on the net. I dont recall it ever getting much pasted knee deep here. Hope everyone is staying safe and warm as possible out there.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #529076 Dec 22nd a 07:24 PM
by anthropic
anthropic
So glad she caught fish, Tracy! We need to encourage the next generation to enjoy outdoor sports like hunting & fishing, that's for sure. I particularly hate the perception that girls somehow aren't supposed to be hunters or fishermen. Good for you!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #529067 Dec 22nd a 01:11 PM
by TGW1
TGW1
Follow The Money. Our climate has always changed from the beginning of time to now. Coruption and politics go hand in hand. It's always about the money. Like Frank said. "thats all I have to say about it". Now, can we get back to our ponds?
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #530475 Feb 11th a 01:39 PM
by TGW1
TGW1
I did not do much at the pond yesterday but my daughter called and said a bird flew down and grabbed a bg then flew around the pond to show off the catch. I laughed and told her about our resident Osprey. She also said she has seen two Bald Eagles hanging around the pond. I told her I was aware of one but not two. She is now building a home at the land and seeing what she called National Geographic pictures at the pond. smile
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #530617 Feb 15th a 03:50 AM
by John Fitzgerald
John Fitzgerald
I walked on the water.
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #530899 Feb 22nd a 02:12 PM
by Augie
Augie
Traded old and busted fish hauler for new and shiny fish hauler on Saturday. No more diesel headaches for me.

Red Menace v.1 and Red Menace v.2

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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #530894 Feb 22nd a 10:49 AM
by RAH
RAH
I have heard that otters can be pretty formidable. Sounds like he almost killed you without ever touching you:)
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #530928 Feb 23rd a 03:42 PM
by Bobbss
Bobbss
Originally Posted by Augie
Traded old and busted fish hauler for new and shiny fish hauler on Saturday. No more diesel headaches for me.

Red Menace v.1 and Red Menace v.2

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I love my diesel for towing, but all of the newer emissions crap has made me wonder if their worth it. I may go back to gas my next go around, because of the headaches I've had with the emissions. I had a 99 Powerstroke that gelled up a lot on me. I've had a 2004 and 2011 Duramax that have never gelled up and always started right up but the 2011 has gone into limp mode several times because of the emissions crap.

Congrats on the new truck!
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #530664 Feb 15th a 08:31 PM
by ewest
ewest
FLMB and CNBG have a similar genetic historical connection and many of the same traits WRT climate.


THE CUTTING EDGE � SCIENCE REVIEW
By Eric West


Coppernose Bluegill vs. Regular Bluegill � which one for you?


A question we often get on the Pond Boss Forum is should I stock Regular Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus macrochirus or Coppernose Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus mystacalis also previously classified and referred to as Lepomis m. purpurescens . To answer that question we should look at the traits of both and use the one that will work best for the particular goals for the water in question. As we all know traits come from genetics. So what is the difference in the genetics of Coppernose vs. Regular Bluegill? Well it started a long time ago and it took a long time to get there. [color:#CC0000]Here is the basic story. Millions of years ago peninsular Florida was, like it is today, connected to the mainland. Bluegill were present all over the eastern US. Sea level rose and peninsular Florida was cut off by the sea from the mainland creating two separate populations. Bluegill on both the mainland and on the peninsula continued to evolve separately each influenced by local conditions with a divergence time of roughly 2.3 million years. After a few million years of this separate path sea level fell and the two land masses were connected again. However the two bluegill sub-species were now a little different genetically. The rivers were connected and the two subspecies migrated and integrated in a zone along the deep southeast where the two sub-species mixed. If this sounds familiar it should � it�s the same story as the Florida Largemouth Bass and the Northern Largemouth Bass where the divergence time between Northern (M. salmoides) and Florida (M. floridanus) bass is approximately 2.8 million years. If you know one story you should have a fairly good idea of outcome of the other. Surely as a pond owner you have heard the bass story.[/color] Florida Bass get bigger under the proper circumstance and do not due well in cold climates. Yes Bluegill have a similar story.

Coppernose Bluegill get bigger under the right circumstance but do not flourish in colder climates. In fact Coppernose are susceptible to poor results and substantial winter kill in northern US regions as are Florida Largemouth Bass. So how do you tell Coppernose and Regular Bluegill apart. Take a look at the pictures included. The Coppernose has a copper band across its head/nose in adult males, has fewer and wider vertical bars, has orangish/red fin margins and tail coloration , 12 anal fin rays and often light/white fin edges most visible when young. The Regular Bluegill has 11 anal fin rays and none of the other traits mentioned.

So how do they compare? Here are some points from a study on the subject titled Performance Comparison between Coppernose and Native Texas Bluegill Populations by John A. Prentice and J. Warren Schlechte in the 2000 Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies , Vol. 54 at pgs 196-206 looking at growth (size at age) , survival and catchability.

Coppernose Bluegill were significantly larger than Native Bluegill in all scenarios tested with the largest observed difference being 19.2 mm total length (.756 inch) and 33.5 grams ( 1.18 ounces) over 2 years. At 3 years there was a 16 mm (.63 inch) difference on average and at 4 years 24 mm (.945 inch). With other fish species present there was no difference in angling vulnerability between the types. Spawning activity of the brooders began at the same time (last week of Feb in 1995 and first week of March in 1997) and produced the same size offspring for tagging at the same time each year ( mid-April) in what appeared to be similar numbers. Survival of young of the year Coppernose was substantially greater than for Native Bluegill.

Before you draw to many conclusions note this was in Texas where the weather is close to that of the Coppernose�s native range. That is a critical key to success with Coppernose. While there is an often cited study titled Cold Tolerance in Two Subspecies of Bluegill by , A. J. Sonski , K. E. Kulzer , and J. A. Prentice, in the 1988 Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies , Vol. 42 at pgs 120-127 , that states Coppernose and Native Bluegill have similar cold tolerances the key is the test was done on bluegill all from the same area (Texas). Its purpose was to determine if Coppernose could survive the Texas climate. There is substantial observed and anecdotal evidence that Coppernose do not do well in cold climates (roughly north of the north line of Arkansas/Tennessee extended) . In the far northern US Coppernose become subject to high winterkill rates. This would be consistent with their similar relationship to Florida Largemouth Bass which have repeatedly been tested to do poorly and die in cold climates. The study first cited above was also in ponds with no supplemental feeding. Reported scientific evidence is substantial that in ponds the most common cause of reduced growth is a shortage of food. It is not known how much, if any, of the early growth difference between the two sub-species was due to limited forage. The two sub species will integrate (inter-breed) with the offspring exhibiting mixed traits and no apparent negatives but there is very little published data on them.

So the answer to the question should I stock Coppernose Bluegill or Regular (native) Bluegill or both is � it depends. Your location (climate) and your goals are key factors. If you are in the Deep South or the Southwest (including Southern California) and not at high elevation (Appalachian, Rocky or Sierra Mountains) Coppernose should be considered. In short is your temperature profile similar to those areas? To some extent management practices and the existing bluegill population, if any, are also possible factors. Whichever type you choose keep in mind that the most important factor to growing nice bluegill is to be sure they have enough food to eat and not to much competition.[color:#CC0000][/color]
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Re: What did you do at your pond today? #530962 Yesterday at 04:20 PM
by Bobbss
Bobbss
Originally Posted by RAH
If not for the reduced reliability and increased cost of maintenance that current diesel emission systems impose (especially for particulate control), I would have bought a diesel.

All of this plus I'm one of the unlucky ones that after about 10,000 miles my truck started to regen 2-3 times as often as it should have to to clean the particulate filter and GM was of no help. So mine gets way poorer mpg than it should, about 4 or 5 mpg less than my 2004 did. I would have a hard time giving up my diesel and I may stay with a diesel and if I towed like Esshup I would, but with the trouble I've had and no more than I've been towing now days, I will have to take a hard look at gas engines.
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