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Taney County angler catches record striped bass

Posted May 28, 2015 at 9:29 am

Lawrence Dillman of Rockaway Beach became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he hooked a giant striped bass on Bull Shoals Lake using a rod and reel. The new “pole and line” record striped bass caught by Dillman on May 21 weighed 65 pounds, 2 ounces with a length of 49 3⁄4 inches and a girth of 36 inches. Dillman used 20-pound test line and a chub minnow to catch the behemoth.

“I fought the giant for over 45 minutes until I got him to shallow water,” Dillman said. “I then bear hugged the fish and got it out of the water on to the bank.”

The new giant broke the previous pole and line state-record striped bass of 60 pounds, 9 ounces caught on Bull Shoals Lake

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    Dablemont recovering minus gall bladder

    I appreciate the concern and prayers from so many of you. Here’s the lowdown on what happened to me. For about ten days or so I have had excruciating pain in my abdomen at night, something nothing would relieve. Terrible… awful. Like an idiot, I tried to just survive it with some pain pills which did little good.

    Normally my blood pressure is very good but doctors decided the pain made it go extremely high with that pain I was having, which caused a mini stroke in the middle of the night.

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    Fayette fisherman takes record bigmouth buffalo

    John Overstreet of Fayette became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he shot a giant bigmouth buffalo on Pomme de Terre Lake using a bow and arrow. The new “alternative method” record bigmouth buffalo taken by Overstreet on April 17 weighed 54 pounds. He shot the fish in the late afternoon in Button Cove.

    “Believe it or not, I stuck the fish in the last 10 minutes before we headed back to camp,” Overstreet said.

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    The Prince of Point Lookout

    Editors.. On Tuesday night, I had a mini stroke apparently, and couldn’t properly use my leg and arm. My daughter is a doctor, and believes it wasn’t serious and I am already much better. I will know more when tests are done next Wednesday. I feel like I am back to normal but I cannot sign my name yet and can’t type.

    So today I am going to send you a chapter out of my new book for

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    MDC encourages motorists to give turtles a brake

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages motorists to give turtles crossing roads a brake. Turtles are struck by cars throughout warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are on the move. Young males make up most of the travelers as they search for territories of their own and for female turtles. Comfort is also a factor. Like other reptiles, turtles are cold-blooded so basking on warm asphalt feels good on cool spring days.

    MDC encourages motorists to slow

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    Conservation Corner

    We came to work one day and found a coffee can outside the door with holes in the top. Hmm. Wonder what’s in it? Ummm, seven baby opossums. Oh, they are cute and we would like for them to live, but who is going to feed them every 2-3 hours until they get big enough to take care of themselves? And where are they going to reside? After being fed, they will have to be washed with a warm cloth to stimulate their bowels or they will die after much suffering. No one wants that. It’s

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    Fishing report

    Taberville Report

    by Linda McCallister

    Dains Fish Farm

    I’ve been gone since Friday. I don’t have a very good report other than I know we’ve had campers all weekend. They caught several nice blue cats. I saw them weighing out here on the scales and they weighed 30 plus.

    They caught them on shad and nightcrawlers. I’m not sure if they were rod and reel fishing or using limblines.

    The water is over the north road

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    The noise, noise, noise, noise

    This could be a noisy summer for southeastern and western Missouri. A brood of 17-year periodical cicadas will emerge in northwestern Missouri (Kansas City and St. Joseph), and a brood of 13-year periodical cicadas will surface in southeastern Missouri (Cape Girardeau).

    Wingless nymphs will come out of the ground, climb up on objects (trees, sheds, homes), break out of their exoskeletons and emerge as winged adults. They’ll take to the trees and sing, sing, sing, sing.

    “That’s their reproductive

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    The last bass

    It was early October of 2010, and the first falling leaves were floating along the river beside us. Uncle Norten and I had enjoyed a great day of fishing. The bass had been hitting, and I marveled at how well he could cast and fish at his age of 87.

    He had begun to have trouble remembering how to get to the river, but he had no trouble remembering how to fish a spinner-bait, or bounce a jig

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    Deer hunting, then and now

    I remember what deer hunting was like back when I was a boy. I am utterly amazed at how it has changed. Some very good hunters regularly visited Dad’s pool hall where I worked as a kid. Most of them were rural people who knew all about deer and how they moved. At that time in the mid-60′s I would estimate the Ozarks of southern Missouri had about 10 to 20 percent as many deer as we have today. In those times, if I remember right, the season was only a few days and

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Outdoors Archived

    Conservation Corner

    Although turtles have been around for many millions of years, their very existence may be in peril-not so much because of those killed by careless shooting

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