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Old 06-01-2021, 03:13 PM   #351
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I'm also trying to make the duck hunting great....so this weekend I "planted" a bunch of sago pond weed tubers to try and get them established.

Put sand in a paper bag, put a couple tubers in, put more sand on top, staple bag and throw in a foot of water. Easy-peasy.



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Old 06-01-2021, 03:25 PM   #352
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Put sand in a paper bag, put a couple tubers in, put more sand on top, staple bag and throw in a foot of water. Easy-peasy.
thats a really neat and cool idea, I may try that on my project place....can these water plants spread and become a problem? My newly dug pond could use some plant diversity and if I can kill a few ducks that would be awesome.
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:49 PM   #353
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Probably no way to 100% know the difference. Overton says some of their LL Bass have a golden hue to them but I have no idea idea if that's visible or not.

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You can tell the difference on probably 75-80%. They do have a golden hue.
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:53 PM   #354
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I picked up some Lonestar Legacy bass (Pure Florida strain from the Camelot Bell line) from Overtons today. I put 100 in the brood pond that has tens of thousands of golden shiner fry. They should get fat in a hurry.

I dumped the other 300 in the big lake in 3 different spots with some laydown willow trees for protection.



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So i guess logistically you're going to have to quit culling bass for a year or two to let the LL bass grow?
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Old 06-01-2021, 04:29 PM   #355
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You can tell the difference on probably 75-80%. They do have a golden hue.
Good to know!
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Old 06-01-2021, 04:35 PM   #356
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So i guess logistically you're going to have to quit culling bass for a year or two to let the LL bass grow?
Yes exactly. Probably will cull some larger fish within a certain length this year as I know they are all northern strain. I will try to give the LL two spawning cycles before culling any UNDERS.

We took out 700 bass (all by rod and reel) the last two years so we've got the population as low as it has been in a long while.
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Old 06-01-2021, 06:54 PM   #357
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thats a really neat and cool idea, I may try that on my project place....can these water plants spread and become a problem? My newly dug pond could use some plant diversity and if I can kill a few ducks that would be awesome.
The sago will spread but not like wildfire... and they only grow in shallow water. Each plant is different though.

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Old 06-01-2021, 07:36 PM   #358
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Yes exactly. Probably will cull some larger fish within a certain length this year as I know they are all northern strain. I will try to give the LL two spawning cycles before culling any UNDERS.

We took out 700 bass (all by rod and reel) the last two years so we've got the population as low as it has been in a long while.
Steve I would cull like hell this year. My goal would be 800-1000
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:26 PM   #359
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Steve I would cull like hell this year. My goal would be 800-1000
Are you talking about the bigger fish?

The other thing is we have a flock of Cormorants that do a hell of a job culling the bass. There are still 6-8 birds that I scare off every time I'm here. In the winter it can be over a hundred birds.
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:25 PM   #360
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Are you talking about the bigger fish?

The other thing is we have a flock of Cormorants that do a hell of a job culling the bass. There are still 6-8 birds that I scare off every time I'm here. In the winter it can be over a hundred birds.
Yes sir. With Cormorants I would but that number in half. We so far havenít had a big issue with them. Have you looked at those timed automatic bang cannons?
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Old 06-01-2021, 09:35 PM   #361
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Congratulations on a awesome place
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Old 06-05-2021, 04:28 PM   #362
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Got a new mini pontoon for the guests to fish or cruise around with. Rigging up a trolling motor, battery, and solar charger for it.



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Old 06-06-2021, 01:36 PM   #363
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Dove plots are looking good. We missed most of the rain last week so we are not waterlogged like some areas.

I sprayed round up in the corn and clethodim (grass selective herbicide) in the sunflower plot to knock the weeds and grasses back.

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Old 06-06-2021, 01:40 PM   #364
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It just gets Better! You are on a roll!
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Old 06-18-2021, 12:01 AM   #365
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Well I can hardly believe the growth these Florida bass put since I stocked them 19 days ago. They have quadrupled in weight feeding in the brood pond full of shiner fry.


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Old 06-18-2021, 07:33 AM   #366
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Dang Steve! That is amazing!
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Old 06-18-2021, 07:49 AM   #367
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Dang Steve! That is amazing!
Yeah it blows my mind. I text Todd Overton and he was impressed too.

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Old 06-18-2021, 09:59 AM   #368
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That is freaking amazing!!!!
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Old 06-18-2021, 12:59 PM   #369
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We are going to seine it this evening to see if those are an anomaly or the norm.

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Old 06-18-2021, 04:04 PM   #370
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Seined and caught and unbelievable amount of shiner fry. Thousands upon thousands.

Only caught a few bass and they were a little smaller than than ones from the other day.....but still great progress.

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Old 06-18-2021, 10:15 PM   #371
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Mossy Oak Gamekeepers had a podcast a week or two ago about pond management that you might enjoy.

Place is looking great, btw!


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Old 06-24-2021, 03:38 PM   #372
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Corn and sunflowers need a drink....



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Old 06-29-2021, 05:19 PM   #373
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The corn sure perked up after irrigating.



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Old 06-29-2021, 05:25 PM   #374
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Couldn't irrigate the peredoviks but they are still looking decent. Had 3/10ths rain yesterday so that might perk them up a little.



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Old 06-29-2021, 05:26 PM   #375
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Flowers are almost here.

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Old 06-29-2021, 05:35 PM   #376
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One thing I can't get over is how strong our crawfish population is. The crawfish pic is at the boat ramp after I moved the pontoon. A rage craw is money out here right now.

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Old 06-29-2021, 11:16 PM   #377
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Can you tell me more about your irrigation?
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Old 06-30-2021, 04:49 PM   #378
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Awesome place.
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Old 06-30-2021, 06:25 PM   #379
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Can you tell me more about your irrigation?
Its some half***** Aggie engineering....lol.

I have a 3 inch trash pump and 350ft of lay-flat hose. I pump out of my big lake onto the corn field....flood irrigation.
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Old 07-15-2021, 03:39 PM   #380
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Sunflowers looking good.



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Old 07-15-2021, 03:44 PM   #381
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Looks Like dove heaven!
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Old 07-15-2021, 03:44 PM   #382
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Man I live right down the road from your place , Always wanted to get in there even back when it was a duck hunting club just too pricy for me right out of high school . You place looks awesome !
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Old 07-15-2021, 07:13 PM   #383
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I canít wait to come VRBO this thing
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Old 07-16-2021, 08:22 AM   #384
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Wow! I can't get over that is only 60 acres. Way to go! Looks amazing and you have done a lot of work with it. Good job!
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Old 07-16-2021, 08:41 AM   #385
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Looking real good Steve. How are your bass doing?
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Old 07-16-2021, 10:16 PM   #386
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Looking real good Steve. How are your bass doing?
Draining the brood pond and getting the remaining bass out in the morning to plant some rice for ducks. I caught 11 of them tonight on a fly rod/hopper. They are getting big.



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