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#843731 - 07/29/08 04:22 PM Blast From the Past
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Top: The late Chuck Wilson with a CF trout in 1976.
Bottom- Dave Woodward, former I&I Chief with TWRA lands one from my second float boat in 1981. That year I had over 120 trips on the Caney.

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#843739 - 07/29/08 04:27 PM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: bowriter]
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BTW- That old Merc is still running. The boat is not. I dropped it off in IL. On I-59 doing 70 mph on the way to Canada. That boat made three Canadian bear hunting/fishing trips and countless trips down the Caney and Smith. Best float boat I ever had...until I got this one.

Brent- That seond picture was taken on your gravel bar just as the gens came up.
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#843744 - 07/29/08 04:32 PM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: ]
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nice pics
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#843761 - 07/29/08 04:43 PM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: trealtree]
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When I was running two boats, I would start them out 30 minutes apart. This was before Happy Hollow or Betty's Island. We took out at the rest area and at Stonewall. I guess you could say it was tad labor intensive.

In those days we caught about as many spotted bass, sauger and walleye as trout. The rockfish were just starting to come in the river and 100 stripe a day was just average.

We double decked or "nested" the boats on the takeout truck and never gave a thought to how much work it was. We had one boat wreck. I was the driver and the current got me coming into a log jam. We hit it broadside and flipped the boat. Lost all the tackle but nobody hurt. Had to drive through Brent's dad's farm with a truck to pull the boat out. Lost money on that trip. My guess is, Brent was maybe six at the time.
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#843862 - 07/29/08 05:48 PM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: bowriter]
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cool pics
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#844012 - 07/29/08 06:59 PM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: LA man]
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#844482 - 07/30/08 04:48 AM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: hunter drew]
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"nesting" the boats, thats hilarious. Did what ya had to do im guessing.
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#844610 - 07/30/08 06:38 AM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: bigluresonly]
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Cool pics and story.
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#844793 - 07/30/08 08:03 AM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: ]
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#844876 - 07/30/08 08:44 AM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: Pam]
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Funny thing was, we never thought of it as work. Hauling those heavy aluminum jon boats up sheer banks was just what you did. When I got that polyurethane boat, I thought I was in heaven. One trip we had three aluminun jon boats 16, 14 and 12 feet long. We had six kids and three adults for an overnight. Put in at the dam, took out in Carthage.

What a blast. I don't think I slept a wink. Did it all with two trucks and a lot of muscle. Big campfire, lots of hotdogs etc. and caught a blue backed ton of fish. If I remember right, I charged $150 total and was happy with that.
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#845021 - 07/30/08 10:25 AM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: bowriter]
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Excellent pictures and story!
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#845444 - 07/30/08 02:30 PM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: The Ol'Professor]
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good story
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#845476 - 07/30/08 02:55 PM Re: Blast From the Past [Re: ]
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Wonder if I'll be telling those stories someday. On tndeer, they'll be going, "What is a Riverhawk?"
They might be going, "Can't believe they caught fish on the Caney! I thought it was always just for canoeing."
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