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My wife will be so surprised Christmas morning!

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:56 pm
by dave54
She has no idea what she bought me from Bass Pro Shops!
:D

Re: My wife will be so surprised Christmas morning!

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:17 pm
by oldranger
Well I made my wife wrap my gifts from Sportsman's Wearhouse! Of course they pale in comparison to my new electric start power tilt kicker for my fishing boat that I bought for myself. :rolleyes:

Re: My wife will be so surprised Christmas morning!

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:22 am
by gary c.
I'm right there with you guys. She won't be surprised by what I bought her for Christmas though. We spent over an hour and a half walking around REI while she decided what new backpack fit the best.

Re: My wife will be so surprised Christmas morning!

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:52 pm
by rlown
oldranger wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:17 pm
Well I made my wife wrap my gifts from Sportsman's Wearhouse! Of course they pale in comparison to my new electric start power tilt kicker for my fishing boat that I bought for myself. :rolleyes:
Finally bit the bullet. Good job!

Re: My wife will be so surprised Christmas morning!

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:25 pm
by Jimr
Inboard or outboard?

Re: My wife will be so surprised Christmas morning!

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:01 pm
by oldranger
Jimr wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:25 pm
Inboard or outboard?
Jim

I’m the 3rd old fart to own this 17’3” Alumaweld Stryker. I bought the boat complete with several rods,reels, life jackets, two fish finders, one electric downrigger, a couple of large nets, 50 hp + 9.9 Honda motors. Since then I have added bow mount gps controlled electric motor, then new fish finder, then a second electric downrigger, and this year replacing the kicker (not because it doesn’ t work well but because I am getting old). It is a perfect fishing machine for for two people on inland waters and bays. I have fished with 2 other adults and 2 grand kids but the. I just drive the boat and watch the chaos! I’ve caught hundreds of Kokanee (last year a 21 1/2” one), bull trout up to 11 lbs and Mack’s up to 14 lb, also king and silver salmon up to 14 lbs.
I can’t picture myself fishing for salmon any more in Oregon any more due to the desperate state of fish stocks. From my perspective all fishing for salmon in the Lower 48 (commercial and sport) should be halted until fish stocks can be reestablisbed. The causes of depleted stocks are not just over fishing but controlling take is one of the few thing that could have immediate impact on the the preservation of salmon runs. I know this is much more than an answer to your question so please forgive an old man who see the passing of days gone by and would like to preserve some of that for my grandkids. I fear that what is happening to our ocean cold water fish will soon be reflected in Sierra fish populations. Then the controversy of fish vs frogs will become moot. In other words many of us are fighting the wrong battle. I can’t believe I went off on this tangent!
:-({|= :soapbox:

Re: My wife will be so surprised Christmas morning!

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:32 am
by rlown
Nice tangent! We haven't been able to Abalone dive for a year and they might close it next year. I think it's good to give the ocean a break. Mike, what battle should we be fighting?