Monday, July 20, 2015

Nightfishing in the canoe

Here's few pics from a fishing trip a couple days ago.  This lake is the highest I've ever seen it.  Our record rainfall here in May still has all our lakes full or over.  This first shot is the put it spot and the island in the background is where I would walk and fish before all the rain. 



We were set out to mainly fish for catfish and then also be casting for crappie, bass, saugeye.

Here's canoe shot, the BIL is in front



those rod holders are pretty crappy.  They were dirt cheap and they are proving it.  While they did work I am planning to get some better holders like those driftmaster holders or something similar.  The little board though worked well for having a steady platform to mount the holders to.

While fishing around a marina and closed boatramp these ducks came by to amuse us.  They were used to being fed.  They swam right up to us and were chasing our lures when we would cast.  It was pretty amusing as the baby ducks were literally running on water chasing them. 



The sunset was enjoyable as it usually is from the water





Well we caught some sandbass for a bit and once darkness fell the wind died down and we set out for the deeper water.  I don't know if it was the water being high or what but we didn't get into catfish at all.  I couldn't believe it as I always get into them here.  Only fish we caught picture worthy was this massive sheepshead.  We think it was around 15lbs or so, it's one of the biggest freshwater fish I've ever caught.  It was fun to catch but disappointing as I was expecting it to be a catfish.  The girth on this fish was impressive.  It's been eating good to say the least. 







It was a slow night and we called it about midnight.  Still a good trip even though we didn't get our mess of catfish we were hoping for.  Just gives me more reason to get back out again soon. 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Quick trip trying out some new gear!

Well I got out for a brief jaunt mostly to get a feel for a new pack and use my new knife some.  It was a hot and humid day.   I stuck mostly to a couple trails/roads that are blocked off from public access.  I hunt this area in the fall so it was a good opportunity to scout some of the area I haven't been before. 

So here we are getting going.  I found a hidden away pond down the trail some.  Might be a good spot for ducks in a few months.











The pack I was trying out is a High Sierra Explorer 55.  I loaded this with 30lbs of gear to get a feel for it



You could really pile on the gear with this pack, the top has tie downs, and the bottom has lashing straps as well.  I'll do a post at sometime on the pack in more detail



This pack also has an easily adjustable fit for the shoulder straps to get the torso length right for you.  Also here is the SOG Fieldpup sheath that I used for the Redneck Woodlore knife.  It attached easy to the waisbelt on the pack.  I realized now where dangler sheaths have their place.  I usually don't like danglers so I don't have one but with the waistbelt for the pack it wasn't working with a regular belt ride sheath.  This did fine for this trip.



I also had the Sven Saw a long for this trip.  It was about 90 degrees and almost 100% humidity.  The kiddos still wanted a little hot chocolate.  I thought I'd amuse them and get to use my knife in the process :)





I have used this knife around the house and on some carving projects but this was the first official woods trip with it.  It is a woodlore style made by Redneck knives.  Natural Micarta scales with red liners.  You probably noticed right off the bat it's a convex grind and not a scandi.  I just prefer that grind as I am better with it.  So far I am really liking this knife a lot.

Time to start processing some wood...











Well we got the pot going and got the kids their hot chocolate and then we called it a day.  We probably did 3 miles of hiking.  The pack was very comfortable.  I was actually pretty surprised on how well that 30lbs was carrying.  The load balanced well and never bothered me a bit.  It was hot so I was sweating but the pack does keep the pack off your back so I did feel the breeze on my back.  Only warm spot was around the waistbelt in the back.  But when it's as hot as it was with humidity it won't matter what you are wearing. 

so all in all a good trip out.  The gear was as I hoped it would be and leaves me looking forward to a longer trip out.



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Monday, April 20, 2015

Biggest Bass of my life!

Caught this largemouth bass on 4/18/15, 6lbs 4oz, at lake Thunderbird in OK.


It's been a long time since I had caught a good one and that was evident by the fact I thought it might be over 8lbs so I went and had it weighed officially. So not quite mounting size but it was darn fun! I felt like a kid again when I got this big ol girl on shore. I caught her catfishing with cut shad of all things. I had just casted my 3 poles out at a different spot and decided to hold onto the third pole and about 4 minutes later I got two heavy tugs on the line, but it seemed to drop the bait, so I waited to feel another tug and then released the spool to let it take the line for about 10 seconds and then I flipped the drag on and set the hook and she took off peelinig my drag out for about 10 seconds and then put up a heck of a good fight and made a couple more runs. I thought I was reeling in about a 10-15 catfish until she was about 5 yards from shore and I got a good look at her and then I realized she was a big bass. Both my kids, Jack and Bel, were with me and that made it even more special. Bel was as ecstatic as I was! It was really cool. When I put it on the stringer she asked if it was gonna eat the catfish, LOL! Weighing it in was fun too even though it wasn't as big as I was hoping for. Her belly was thin and it was obvious she had spawned already. If I would have caught her a month ago I bet she would have given 8lbs a serious run for the money. This was a blessed day and one I will remember my whole life.


We also caught some channel cats and had a fish fry for dinner. It's a good life!





Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Knife!!! - Redneck Knives customized woodlore

Well I have long had a knife idea in my head and thought it was time to see it come to life.  I contacted my friend Steve who is the owner/maker of Redneck Knives and he took on the project.  I wanted his original woodlore style knife but with a convex grind.  I chose the woodlore design as I do feel it is the best allround shape.  The lower drop of the point keeps the edge straight longer and aids in power cuts as well as controlled cuts in general.  The point being centered in the blade gives you the most point control as well.  It's the most natural handling knife design I have found.  The one big change you probably noticed is I wanted a convex grind instead of a scandi.  That is just my preference as I am better with that grind and feel it is the best allround grind on a knife.  So those were my preferences, now let's get to the good stuff.

I thought it would be fun to show some of the build process.  Hope you enjoy!

Blank cut and handle materials.  It's 5/32" O1 steel.  I wanted natural tan micarta and red liners for the handle on this knife.  Micarta is a very tough and good handle material.  It's light but takes hard use well and resist the elements as good as anything can.

 
 
The 3/4 height convex grind
 
 
In the forge for heat treating
 

 
Rockwell test for the correct hardness.  And it's perfect at 59!
 
 

Final shaping of blade and getting ready to be handled:
 
 
Using brass bolts and lanyard tube.  This will be one solid knife!
 

 
shaping process of the handle to my specifications.  Looking really good!
 
 
Now for the finished knife and some pics after I recieved it
 

 
 

 
The sheath was made and gifted to me by a friend(Dan).  This sheath is not perfect but is very well made and solid.  It is a tank of a sheath.  For this to be his work that didn't make the cut is impressive.  His sheaths that make the cut must be as good as it gets.  I am thrilled and grateful to have been gifted this sheath.  It goes perfect with the knife.
 


 
This package will be my new hip companion.  The knife is my best rendition of my perfect allround woods/hunting knife.  It should be well suited to any task I throw it's way.  The build quality of the knife by Steve is outstanding and it is the most comfortable knife I have ever held.  I suppose all those reasons are why I had it made.  Steve made this build project very fun and easy.  He was great to work with.  If you want to find Steve you can check out his work and get in contact with him here, Redneck Knives, As for this knife look to see it in plenty of pics down the road. 
 
thanks for looking
 
 



Monday, January 26, 2015

WWII Plumb Hatchet Project - Post 2

Well this project hit a snag.  The handle I picked out had the kerf cut a little too short and basically I don't have enough room on the kerf to hang the head and carve out the adjustment for the crooked eye.  I've been on the hunt for another handle but haven't found a good one yet.  I did get the head cleaned up a bit though.  I got most of the pitting out of the bit and cheeks and got the edge cleaned up.

Here it is currently

 



after some file work


now edge with a file


It's pretty sharp with just the file.  You can get a good edge with a file once you know what you are doing.  I'll put the final edge with a stone on once it's hung. 

Will post completed hatchet once I get a good handle. 

Thanks for looking.