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About Carlymoomoo

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  • Birthday 06/09/1960

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    Carp Fishing... DUH!
    Guns and Shooting
    Wood and Metal Working

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    Weatherford, Texas
  • Who Referred you?
    Neil Stern
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  1. Thanks everyone for your condolences. Neil will be sorely missed.
  2. It is with a heavy heart that I write this. Neil Stern passed away last Thursday from medical complications. He was 73 years young. I first met Neil over 10 years ago when my print shop ran copies for him for an upcoming CAG fishing class he was putting on. I attended the class and the rest is history. We fished together every other weekend religiously for almost 10 years, until his health wouldn't allow it. We slept in folding chairs more times than i can remember. We swapped stories, jokes and ideas. We froze in the winter and fried in the summer. We drove off aggressive raccoons. We almost had a tree fall on us. We spent time on the bank waiting for a tow truck to get us unstuck because he backed too close to the water and buried his truck to the axle. We stood in a torrential downpour while locked out of his truck because ONE OF US left his keys inside. We sat on a bank for hours without catching anything, only to find out the lake we were at had been drained the year before and had literally no fish in it. I netted his PB and he netted mine, although I could never squeeze out that final 8 ounces to beat his. He never did catch a koi, although it wasn't for lack of trying. And his ability to catch mirrors was... well, never mind. We discovered new lakes and new swims. Some panned out, some not so much. I wouldn't trade a single thing for my time spent with him. He was my mentor and best friend to the end. He put on the Austin Team Championship for several years. Only the last couple did he actually get to fish it, as my partner. He really knew how to throw a corn boil. Who else could get away with hiring Hooters Girls to serve the food? Or having two girls hold a CAG banner just to get free hats? The hours he spent putting it together every year gave me a new admiration for those who put tournaments on. Countless hours talking to Austin city officials and coordinating the guys in Austin who helped him tirelessly. He was a loving husband to his wife Jackie, and a devoted father. We will all miss him dearly. Tight lines Neil!
  3. I helped Neil Stern the last few years that he did the ATC. It's a lot of work, and takes time and a cultivating of relationships with both the City of Austin and the rowing club. You have to work closely with the city officials that control parking permits, coordinate with the rowing club for buoy placements, etc. Neil had to take several trips from here in Weatherford down to Austin (a 4 hour drive) to meet with city officials and hammer out details. I myself donated all the swim signs, score cards, lake maps showing swims and scale certification decals. There's a lot of expenses that people don't think about. The guys in Austin did an excellent job helping him the last few years that he put it on, even before they took it over. Ideally, we need to find someone who lives in or near Austin (preferably retired) who can continue working with the city and devote the time needed to make it a successful event. I know if Neil was doing better he'd be all over it. I hate to see it stop for any reason. It was a very good PR opportunity for the club. Just my two cents worth...
  4. Your CAG forum name: CarlyMooMoo Your state of residence: Texas
  5. Neil and I recently hit a little lake we discovered several years ago in hopes of catching a few of the larger fish that we know inhabit it's depths. Having probably my best session ever, I landed 4 fish that totalled over 112 pounds! Two were commons and two were mirrors. The largest, at 34 pounds even, being a mirror to boot, is my new PB. My question is, what's the largest mirror caught here in Texas that anyone knows of? I just want to know how close I came.
  6. My go-to rig. Size 6 or 8 Fox Wide Gape X hook tied on a short section of coated hooklink with a short piece of heat shrink tubing.
  7. Your name: Carl Norris Your CAG forum name: CarlyMooMoo Your state or province of residence: Texas The state or province of your FFF 2017 fishing venue, if it differs from your residence: Texas
  8. You know you're an addict when you have two refrigerators in your workshop just for storing corn, calf manna, layer mash, rabbit pellets, etc. You know you're an addict when you take a #2, and you pause and look back to see how long it takes to breaks down. Even worse, when you start wondering how you could alter your diet to slow down or speed up the breakdown. Of course, I've never done that... You know you're an addict when you're researching new waters, and you keep a browser window open with 4 tabs... One for a Google satellite view map, one with a Navionics water depth chart, one with your state's lake info listed, and one with a lake water level listing.
  9. Carl Norris CarlyMooMoo Texas
  10. Sorry. Haven't been on the forum in a while. It's been a zoo around our shop the last couple of weeks and I don't have Internet at home. Have to sneak on he forum when my wife's not looking... She's the boss. The cheapest way by far to print them is in black ink, meaning the photos will be grayscale. Color gets really expensive, as you know printing the NACA. Some people print newsletters in red or blue ink, but to me photos look better in grayscale than in a solid color. Either individual 8.5" x 11" 2-sided copies stapled together or 11" x 17" sheets folded in half will work great. The folded 11" x 17" is also cheaper than the individual sheets and no stapling is required. Unfortunately, I don't have a "mail merge" program for the addressing, as we don't do any bulk mailing. But usually you can find local printers or bulk mailing places that specialize in that. Turnaround time should be only 3 or 4 days.
  11. I'll give you the two mirrors... but don't you want a koi too?
  12. You don't have to hold it for me August. I have plenty of space at home for it. But I do appreciate the offer though.
  13. Texas Brisket Platter for me. And a different sub for me each day. Can't wait!!!
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