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            There is nothing like doing some serious fishing, hanging a big one, getting it nearly to the bank, and it comes off.  Yep, I have had it happen.  I am kind of tight and picky as many of you know.  I believe in purchasing American made product for two reasons saving jobs and usually better products. 
       You can pay a fortune for outdoors gear, but what are you paying for is a name.  I can tell you I have never heard a fish say,” Oh, I would love to be caught on that pole it is so cool”.  A good rod and reel does not have to be new and expensive. I have one I bought at a pawn shop a couple years ago for $14.00.        I put American made woven line on it and have caught many, many fish several upwards of ten pounds.  I have yet to break the line.  A wore out Zebco 33 will outlast many of the new reels.  Before fishing, check the two foot of line above the hook for knots and flat or broken spots.  Marc Rosson
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Marc and his dad caught these little catfish early in the morning in late June 2009.  This was just one of several fishing trips in a row.  They caught Blue Cat, Channel Cat, and Flat Heads.

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Bad Fish

          The other day my dad and put a trap in my minnow pond for him some bait.  It is a small pond and what I refer to as a feeder pond.  I stocked it with minnows not long after it was built and they have been reproducing well.  Usually there are just loads of minnows but I was only seeing a few now.  Then I noticed five or six perch showing off at the top of the water I was mad. 
           When my kids got home we went fishing, in the pond.  At first we were not having any luck.  I borrowed my girls pole baited it, better than she had it, and helped her. We caught one after another I would snag it and she reeled it in.  My boy had fun playing, or should I say, feeding the minnows.
Marc Rosson

 

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The Narrow Feller That Slivers

          Snake!  I jumped, did you?  Most people would and for the simple reason, we have been told horrific stories about the species since before we were born.   Do you really know the differences between snakes, between poisonous and non poisonous?  Do you know the difference between helpful and mean snakes?
           Something I see a lot, especially on dirt roads, is people driving down the road in front appears a snake.  Bam!  Got it with the tire, oh its wiggling back up get it again.  Got it!  Do you know what kind it is?  Yes, it is black or brownish.  Does that tell you if it’s poisonous?  Nope.
           I, like many others, jump at the thought of a snake at my feet.  I do, however, try to identify it and normally do not kill them.  There are many different types of snakes in North America, the majority of which are not poisonous. 
           Snakes are beneficial in their own ways such as rodent control, some snakes eat poisonous ones, or if nothing else they may keep a nosey neighbor away.  There are a few types of snakes that are considered deadly if you do not get medical aid for a bite, but that is only a few don’t punish them all.
           One main identification, for most of our poisonous snakes, is if they have a triangular shaped head.  To me they look nasty.  I would ask you to go to our links page, select the province or state in which you live or play and get a vision of the good snakes versus the bad.  Each critter helps another survive in one form or fashion.
Marc Rosson  

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Bass Lunch

          On a warm summer day, in some small cedar tops put out by sportsmen, were four bass. There was Mom and Pop Brown and their kids, Sis and Kit. This was a very popular day; it was the first day of school for the kids. Mom Brown, scratching her fin, said “Today my little ones you will learn what food is best.”  Now Sis and Kit were having a lot of trouble paying attention, for there were a couple of fishermen casting baits in the water.
          Mrs. Brown said, “Kids pay attention, you see that real shiny, slickade of plastic a product derived from oil.  The more of them they lose the less oil they will have but they do not digest well or maybe at all.  See the furry bait with the silver flipper?  That is one that can be made over and over, and they will never run out of it.  They call it renewable, go figure.  You listen well the more of those shiny ones you dispose of the faster we can out fish them.” bait?”  “Yes,” Sis remarked with her eyes from the delicious look.  “That one is mine"!
          Sis and Kit went to work, pulling one plastic bait off after another. Kit had pulled 6 baits off when he was pulled out of the water by one man, but was turned loose.  “Mom,” said Kit, “is that little prick all that happens when those men get you.”  Mom Brown said, “No, some times you get taken to happy fish land a place that is so great that you never want to leave.”
Marc Rosson

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Google Eyes

              This June one of my sisters and her husband came up for a visit.  My brother- in- law said he would like to go fishing.  He wanted to catch not big fish, not little fish, but somewhere in between.  To me this hit the spot, because I like to river fish and it just so happens that with the right bait and a flat bottom boat I knew where that fish was.   We made plans for the following morning.   My boy, a five year old, and I got there early, put the boat in and went to fishing.  The sun was out, but there is a lot of shade with a bluff on one side of the river.
          We no sooner got the boat in the water when the fish were trying to get in with us, part of that could have been because the gars were after them.  My boy and I were catching one after another nearly every throw. They, a fish I have always heard called goggle-eye, were biting along the bank in the rocks.  I don’t know why they are called that, but they can eat a fish nearly their own size and are themselves a meaty delicious meal.  We were tied in our catch till we neared the end of the hole of water, and it started thundering.  Now that hole of water was about a quarter of a mile long and with only paddles that was a lot of quick exercise.
          I turned the boat around and Bud kept fishing.  About a quarter of the way back the storm was close at about the halfway point I saw buzzards circling above.  Them there buzzards made me a little nervous. We made it to the truck seconds before the rain hit, and my brother- in- law arrived.  My brother- in- law waited out the rain.  We went back in the boat an hour later, and he got to experience the thrill of the quick little biting Goggle Eye. Oh yeah, my five year old out fished me.
Marc Rosson

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My boy caught this bass the hard way.  He had a little piece of worm on and drug it around the fish till it got mad and bit.  Yes he could see the fish.  Kids and their games.

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Fishing With Children

          I have spent my life outdoors, either working, hunting or fishing.  I have taken my kids hunting and fishing with me since they were born, pretty well.  Three weeks after my son was born we went hunting together. Mind you that we did a lot more looking than hunting the first few years, but he has always been a good spotter.  My daughter was a little older by the way her birthday fell.  It is great to take them with me, we have a great time together, watching the wildlife and occasionally bagging one. 
           I have always talked and showed them safe procedures from hunting out of stands to handling guns.  I never let them carry a gun.  I make sure that my gun is in safe mode, either no bullet in the barrel or on a safe position depending on the gun.  I make sure the barrel is pointed in a safe direction.  In the vehicle the barrel is always pointed to the floor board and barrel empty.  This may seem like to much trouble but the best way to deal with tragedy is to prevent it.  My kids know how to use my cell phone if something was to happen to me. 
           Fishing is the same.  You must respect the water for it can kill.  You can drown as long as there is water and it can be very shallow to deep.  Alcohol does not mix with, either hunting or fishing, it makes you more acceptable to problems.   You should always be prepared while enjoying the out doors.  Some sort of first aid supplies should be taken with you. 
           Sometimes I walk a long distance in but I carry my phone, plenty of ammo, water, small snack, a small cord, and something to stop me from bleeding if needed.  I pack light I would say not over five pounds.  I wear clothes that are extra warm and socks that will dry very quickly if needed, they are a very good investment because if your feet are cold your cold.  If you’re prepared you will also be able to help another if the need arises.       

Marc Rosson

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Fishing and Politics


          Fish don’t read and could care less about who is president or a congressman or women.  You should.  You know those jet skies, pickups, campers, boats, etc., depending on who is the next president and congress there may or may not be as much of that used.  Some of these sweet talking bouncing Betty’s in Washington woke up one morning and realized that they could get more votes and campaign money if they said they were going green. 
          Green!  Is that conservation and renewal?  No, that is everyone that is a no body starting to walk to the lakes while carrying the boat and paddles.  I travel a good bit, but I have since I was able to, conserve electricity and fuel and that has been since before Gore started making millions off of being a hypocrite.         
            Now, to continue enjoying the many recreational activities that we do now, think.  Think about using rechargeable ATV’s, batteries, and electric motors.  Think about the fuel mileage on the next SUV or pickup.  Hybrids’ do not usually get as good of fuel mileage on the open highway as In town, check the sticker.  In 2005 we bought a Ford Escape with a 5 speed standard transition and on the open highway we average between 28 and 30 miles per gallon and will pass cars and fly over mountains in fifth gear.
          When you go to the voting booth think before you vote.  Who is willing to do everything, and who is willing to do nothing but talk?  If changes are not made in development and consumption of energy, vacations may not be the same, and life is to short not to enjoy it.   
Marc Rosson

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Fishing Tip of the Day

           In the good ole days country boys could light a fuse or dialup fish, well, maybe not all of them.  Now days most people use fishing poles, and that is fun for both the fish and the person. The main part for me in fishing is being outside in the peace of the wild, unless that’s a ski boat coming by.  
           Fish like hiding spots and cover for security and food sources, much like deer. If you are just fishing to enjoy your day you can find a spot easy. If you want to catch a fish think like one, and fish where you would be if you were a fish. Please send your stories and pictures to    marc@hillsncreeks.com
Marc Rosson

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Four Major Outdoor Stores

          I love going shopping from time to time and, well you guessed it, I usually in hunting and fishing stores or Home Depot.  I do not usually buy much because I do not use the newest gadgets.   I keep my practice up year round.  I recently went to four of the largest outdoor retail chains in four days.           I went to Gander Mountain first, then Academy  Sports and Outdoors, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and finally  Bass Pro Shops. I checked out the ammunition, firearms, décor, clothing, fishing and camping supplies, and gear. I this was my first trip to Sportsman’s Warehouse; I was just as impressed with it as I was with the other three the first time.
          Each time I go on a trip I check for the outdoor stores I can visit while I travel. This makes for great rest breaks and there are no two exactly alike. I had planned this trip well and wanted to see what kind of price differences and draws each one had. This was fun because each one had great draws and pricing.   
           I would guess that if you were to purchase a wide variety of the same products in each store you would pay roughly the same amount.  Two stores had better prices on the particular guns I priced, one better on décor, all were better on clothes in their own way, two were a little better on ammunition.   All in all, they were nice stores.   By the way, I received no money from any of these stores.
Marc Rosson

 

 

 

 

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Crossing From Montana

          When we crossed the border into Canada the first thing I can recall seeing is a small car being taken apart, because they lied to the Canadian Border Guards.  When we went in to be processed they had just started when we came out they were doing a great job and was glad it was not mine.

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Dam At Devils Den State Park In Northwest Arkansas

        Devils Den is a beautiful place to go.  There is a lot of hiking that can be done and it is great exercise.  It is located it a steep hilly area with caverns.  It would be agreat place to go, if for no other reason than a, history and relaxation.

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