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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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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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Looking forward to it John!


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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.

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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.

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I think Otto and I can make it...will confirm.


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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".

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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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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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That would be great!


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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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Originally Posted By: snrub
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.


Chief cook and bottle washer says pulled pork and pulled chicken for the main dish for lunch. Hope lots of you are planning on attending.


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John, What to you see the schedule like for the day. You mentioned lunch, so I assume you are planning this outing to be a mid day event?

What time do the gates open and what time are you turning off the lights?

I'm just thinking about the traveling, the wife's shopping, and maybe enjoying the nearby dragstip!


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Show up anytime after about 9am. Lunch around noon. Hang around as late as anyone wants to visit. At Highflyer's get together most are leaving by 5 but later is no problem. Bulk of the people there probably between 11am and 4pm. More details tonight. Very informal. Just a bunch getting together sharing common interests.

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Anyone wanting to bring a dish or food is welcome to do so and if you are a great cook with a signature dish great, but do not feel obligated. Lunch is my treat. Some people do not like to come empty handed and that is fine, but I don't want anyone feel like they need to stop by a grocery store to get a bag of chips or cookies just so they will be bringing something. Your attendance is the important part.

There will be a couple coolers filled with diet and regular soft drinks and tea. There will be no beer provided but if anyone wants to bring their own cooler I have no problem with that as long as they drink responsibly.

These details are perhaps a little premature but I will try to reemphasize them a week or so before hand. A week or two ahead of the event I will ask for some indications of how many plan to attend, mostly for determining how much food to prepare for lunch. We have room for 10 or 100 but based on Highflyer's event I've attended twice my best guess at this time is we might have 15-25 people attending.

Bring fishing gear and lawn chairs. We have some folding chairs but those folding canvas lawn chairs with the cup holders that everybody has are much more comfortable so bring your own if you remember.

We have a 3 acre pond that I can pretty well guarantee fast action BG fishing. Probably no trophys but a lot of action. I hooked and "almost" landed what I estimate was a 4# LMB caught on a 1/64 oz jig while fishing for BG about a week ago. I had no landing net and as I reached down for it, it flipped the barbless hook and took off. I was relieved because at the time it was really too hot to be handling LMB so was glad to see it get off so easily. CC 4+#. So I think there is some decent fishing. Also have a 1 acre pond and if anyone wants to sample my new SMB in my RES pond I have been catching 4-10" ones to see how they have been doing. Feisty little buggers.

Will try to add more details as I think of them.

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Iím still planning on riding a motorcycle down from St Louis. Iíve got relatives in Springfield MO, so I can travel in and out of there.
Looking forward to it! (Iím sure your ponds are 1000% better managed than mine. Hoping to learn a lot.)


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Motorcycle ride sounds great. We have been promising to take a motorcycle ride down to see John Fitzgerald and his pond in mid Arkansas down the Pig Trail but between my wife getting her knee replaced, me working a lot more than I have been used to, it being unbearably hot for several weeks, we simply have not rode nearly as much as we usually do this year. Short rides up town for lunch and such have been about it this year. I ride a 1800 Goldwing on longer rides and a 950 Yamaha V-Star to putt around locally. Wife rides a Can-AM Spyder.

From Springfield just a short ways west on I44 you can get off on hwy 96 and come straight west if you want to get off the interstate. I am right on hwy 171 out of Missouri which 96 intersects with.

I don't know that my ponds are managed that well but I do spend a lot of time messing with them. I am out there every day at least long enough to feed and usually considerably longer any time we are at home.

Looking forward to meeting you.


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Setter if you come through Springfield I highly recommend a tour of the new aquariums at Bass Pro: http://www.wondersofwildlife.org/

I will probably be out of town part of that weekend but if you (or anyone else on here) are here during the week I can get you inside with my passes and save you some bucks.


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I try to stay off the interstate, but if I need to make time Iíll ride 44 for a bit. Iíll for sure hop off on 96. Thanks.
Red on the Head, thanks for the offer. I donít think Iíll be able to get in to the new aquariums that weekend, as Iíll be pressed for time. Thank you for the offer. Iíve heard the new exhibits are amazing.

See you all there (Iím hoping)

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This is some of the CC my wife has been smoking in the smoker. She is planning on making up some smoked channel catfish dip for the get together for you all to try. Picture of how the fish turned out from the smoker. It is pretty tasty. I had to sample some right when it came out of the smoker. grin Make sure it was fit to eat. wink

For those traveling distance and planning on staying over night the night before, there is a fried chicken place called Chicken Annies Annex which is just a mile and a quarter from my place and right across the road from the Kansas Crossing Casino/ Hampton Inn motel. I'll plan on having dinner there about 6pm and if anyone wants to join me they can let me know when it gets closer to the date. I will put out a reminder.

Chicken places are kind of a landmark for Pittsburg and the surrounding area. The original Chicken Annies and Chicken Marys along with Gebhardts and Barto's are all coal mining era fried chicken dinner places that came about when Pittsburg was an immigration melting pot mining area. Some local flavor good eating.

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Saturday September 22. RSVP not required but appreciated to help with the food amounts for Saturday lunch.

RStringer had ask me for a location and I told him I would post it a couple weeks ahead of the event. Then I realized we are only 3 weeks away now.

I'm not going to post my mailing address or phone number in this open forum because the spammers, telephone solicitors and trash mail is already bad enough. Plus on several GPS units I have if I put in my home address it takes you about 5 miles away (maybe they are trying to tell me something?). But anyone wanting to talk to me about the event and needs my phone number just send me a PM (private message) by clicking on my poster handle snrub and request it.

For trip planning purposes I'm just a mile east from the corner south of the Kansas Crossing Casino/Hampton Inn and Chicken Annies Annex just 3 miles south of Pittsburg, Kansas. A mile east of the 69/400/171 highway junction (that junction is just a quarter mile south of the casino, Conoco truck stop on that corner) on hwy 171 and you are there. For anyone wanting to come in the night before and needs a place to eat I recommend Chicken Annies Annex (right across from the Kansas Crossing Casino and Hampton Inn Hotel ) and I will be there at 6pm on Friday September 21 wearing my bona fide Pond Boss Cap if anyone wants to join me. PM or call me the day before or that day so I can get a table arranged.

If you want one of those bona fide Pond Boss Caps of your very own, last I knew Mr Pond Boss himself, Bob Lusk, was planning on attending. I'm guessing he will have a box of those hats with him (if he is the smart guy I think he is) and you could save yourself some shipping costs. Maybe even more. One more reason to attend.

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John,
I really wanted to come, but now Iíve got a family obligation I need to be at that Saturday. Was really looking forward to riding down and visiting.
Sorry about that. Iím trying to weasel my way out of it, so thereís still a spark of hope, but right now count me out. frown

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Jeff,
I was looking forward to meeting you.

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PB meetings are top notch and a great time meeting everyone. If you can go - DO - you will be glad you went. I would be there if it was closer to me but Kansas is to far from MS.
















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Sorry to hear you will not make it Jeff but I understand. Heck even my wife ended up with a conflict and we had our schedules set so that would not happen but hers changed and she is in charge of setting part of it up so can't bow out.

You will probably be passing through this way some day. PM me and if we are home stop by. We'll have our own private PB get together. John F has came up and visited.


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