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July 25, 2013

Rick Bramwell: An inconvenient history with horse flies

The Indiana State Fair is billing this, “The year of Popcorn.” I think it is the year of the horsefly.

I have been riding my bike past a south Madison County woods. When I slow, cresting a hill, the horseflies are all over me. One day, I stopped my truck to let a rabbit off the road. Those pesky flies were drawn to the heat of the engine.

Recently, three horseflies were waiting for me when I opened the garage door.

When I was six, Grandpa Cotton told me to hold the reins while he went into the barn to get fence-mending tools. A horsefly bit one of the horses, and off I went down the road pulling back on the reins and yelling whoa. Gramp caught up with us, and I was saved; haven’t liked horseflies since.

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Finally, I had to run 400 feet of hose to my garden. The promised early week rain did not arrive.

The pond Bob May and I caught big bluegill from last winter has experienced a substantial fish kill; big bluegill and catfish floating and bloating.

An overflow pipe broke allowing a drastic fall in the water level. Recent hot weather caused the pond to stratify and loose oxygen.

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According to a report from J.R. Rosencrans, big worms punched the ticket in a recent tournament. His report: Geist was almost too weedy, The Aqua Bassmasters, Bass Club caught a total of 41 bass, weighing in at 85.19 pounds, earlier this month.

First place and big bass went to the team of Bob Reed and Tim Mcquistion. They had a total of 26.4 pounds. They were throwing 10-inch worms, working them over the grass mats, then letting them slowly fall into the deeper water.

Big bass weighed in at 4.59 pounds

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