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Worlds Apart

As some of you know, my wife is from Croatia. Every spring, her and my son go to visit her family. They usually stay for around a month. The times I am fortunate enough and rich enough to accompany them I have a great time. The times when I am stuck here get pretty lonely. I had to stay this year. Tomorrow is my son's 4th birthday and I'll miss it, but will try to make up for it as soon as he gets back. They get back back on the 27th of May so it is coming up soon. So much has happen

zander

zander

 

The Superline Advantage

More fishermen are using superlines every day, but there are still myths and rumors floating around, so anglers wonder what are the real advantages of spooling up with one of these "super" lines. There are more than a just a couple of lines to choose from, and many tackle considerations when switching from standard nylon monofilament, so let's get started with the definition of superline, then different types and material of these lines, knots and tackle, and end with a few tips. Most angle

RSBreth

RSBreth

 

They're Not Smallmouth, But Still Nice (video)

Not from Lake Springfield, but close by. I was going to post last week but didn't have time. I'm going to have to make more of these spinnerbaits. Big Bass 1 The second one is real nice. Bigger bass. Yeah, I know in the second video I was calling maple pods "willow pods". Give me a break, I was a little happy, it's easily my biggest Largemouth this year. I was only scouting how bad the flood debris was, not really expecting to get into any good fish. I forgot to get a good high re

RSBreth

RSBreth

 

Joefish's Monster Flathead

My bro' Joefish, called me Sunday night and told me he had a "log" hooked and was fighting it as we spoke. He said he'd call me back when he got it landed. I watched all of "Good Luck Chuck" went to the store to get some beer, called him and he was still in the process of landing it. My friends and I had to check this out so we grabbed a gaf and headed out to see this monster fish. Before we could get to the lake he called back and said he had landed the big flathead! He had originally esti

buckdandy

buckdandy

 

Nice Fish From Lake Springfield Monday

Yep, from Lake Springfield yesterday. I couldn't get the picture to attach to a post in forum topics, and you got to show one like this off, so here it goes. Several good fish were just off the points leading to spawning flats, but mostly I caught fish up on the shallow areas around brush on a little custom spinnerbait in firetiger, silver willow blade. Best day I've had on Lake Springfield, and I probably fished for a total of 4 hours. My next regular post will be about superlines-(Firel

RSBreth

RSBreth

 

Fishing Boat Choices

Let's consider fishing boats. We can reserve the discussion of runabouts, ski rigs, and personal water craft for some later time. Here in the Ozarks we are familiar with purpose built boats. The classic White River jon boat and similar float boats are examples of craft built for a particular purpose. Today, the jon boat concept has altered to include a motor mount, swivel chairs, and a beam that allows a falling angler at least a chance of landing in the boat. Other purpose

rps

rps

 

Hello

The ugly guy in the picture is me. This is my first attempt at putting together any kind of web page or blog. The kids I teach are veterans of My Space, but I am not. I intend to add pictures, comments, and stories you might find interesting. Be forewarned I have a quirky sense of humor. I fish out of Holiday Island and the entries will focus on what I see up here. Those of you who stay in the dam area may find it interesting to learn what it is like to fish a lake less than 60 feet deep.

rps

rps

 

Wacky Rigged Soft Sticks

There have been many "hot baits" throughout bass fishing history. Some blow up, then fizzle out, like the Chatterbait, some are "only available for a limited time and not in stores" (think Banjo Minnow or Flying Lure), while others actually fill a niche and continue to be effective year after year. The soft stick bait, first introduced by the Yamamoto Custom Baits Senko, will be here for a long time. The story as I understand it is that tournament fisherman and lure designer Gary Yamamoto was tr

RSBreth

RSBreth

 

First Outing On Grand

Dad and I went up towards J town and fished an hour or so with night crawlers and caught five pan fryers. River is in good shape but banks were a little muddy so didnt change spots to much. Perfect condition to float. Ice fishin was concluded and ended up catching a few crappies and bass on several outings. Finally found a small shed down on the farm. Over and OUt.

joefish

joefish

 

Will It Ever Stop Raining?

When will the rain let up and give the lakes and streams a chance to heal? I spent most of the month of Feb. in the hospital and re-cooperating from some major illnesses so my fishing times were NILL after New Years Day. I took advantage of the nice weather and fished Upper Taney. Since I've been home from the hospital, I think that Taney has decided it would come to me! I'm about 3 blocks up the hill from the normal lake but if it gets any higher, I think I can cast crankbaits off my deck.

Daddy Carp

Daddy Carp

 

Finesse Jigs, A Must Have For The Ozarks And Beyond.

A jig is simply a hook with some weight added and hair, feathers, or some synthetic material tied to it. It's one of the oldest lures in the world, for all species of fish, freshwater or salt. As far as modern bass fishing goes, the "jig and pig" was just some rubber stranded skirt material on a weedless leadhead jig, and preserved pork skin trailer. Flipped into heavy cover, crawled along drop offs or even retrieved steadily to "swim" it, it remains a staple of every bass fisherman to this day.

RSBreth

RSBreth

 

Goin' Fishin'

Alrighty then, its finally Friday and I'm getting to go home early from work. I've got a fishing trip all set up for tomorrow I just hope the rain and wind hold off long enough for me to wet a line. Haven't decided where we're going yet? My buddy Willie Nelson and I are going to try out his new boat! Since were from up North I'm debating on where to go. He usually defers to my wealth of knowledge in determining which lakes to fish and when. I'm after Walleye! I'd like to run down to fish

buckdandy

buckdandy

 

Muddy March

Well, I asked for it and here it is, a mucky, muddy, miserable, March! Oh, its not that bad, we've had a few nice days with warm weather and lots of wind. I've been crappie fishin' and shed huntin' and have had better luck shed hunting. So far I'm six sheds in five trips out with one complete set. I've found three sheds which have been small eights. One tall spike and a set which was a 5x4. I fixed my 4 wheeler, had a throttle adjustment cable which was unhooked and had to put it back on,

buckdandy

buckdandy

 

X-rap Shad

It won’t be a shock to anyone who reads my articles that I'm a big fan of Rapala lures, I've used the plain minnow for bass and trout for as long as I've fished. I remember reading an In-Fisherman article in the early 90's about people in the Ozarks doctoring up their Rapala minnows with weight to get them to suspend, and catching winter bass like dynamite on these customized lures. I doctored a few, and it worked just as they said. When Rapala came out with the Husky Jerk, I was a happy camper.

RSBreth

RSBreth

 

Furled Leaders

I made some furled leaders the other day. I bought a DVD that gave step by step instructions on how to make the furling board and then how to make the furlrd leader. I furled up two leaders using 6/0 tying thread and two with 2 lb maxima ultragreen mono. They turned out really good. The DVD also demonstrated how to make the end loops in the leader, that was the toughest part of the construction in my opinion. I can't wait to get out and try these at Montauk later this month. The furled lea

hfdhoosier

hfdhoosier

 

Time To Go Fishing

I'm ready to go fishing. Haven't been since December, getting cabin fever. I have been tying flies to pass the time but it only makes me want to go even more. Work has been busy with all the snow and bad weather. Lots of traffic accidents but nobody hurt real bad. Alot of people sick from the flu and viral sicknesses, just a matter of time before I get it from them all. Positive note: I did schedule a trip to Montauk for Marck 23 - 30. If anyone is gonna be down there during that time

hfdhoosier

hfdhoosier

 

February Fried Fish Fillets

Went shed hunting on Saturday with my dad, we covered a lot of country but didn't have any luck. Found a bunch of sign, the trails really stand out in the snow. Deer have mostly been concentrating on cut corn fields, as far as I can tell. Went ice fishing on sunday the 24th, hit three ponds and caught a fish at each, then we hit another one and I cleaned up pretty good. I caught seven or eight bass and two really nice crappies, caught most of them on white hair jig tipped with crappie nibb

buckdandy

buckdandy

 

Compact River Smallie Spinnerbaits..

One of the first lures I learned to catch bass on was a spinnerbait. I don't know the make or model, but it was a small one, easy to throw on what was my only rod at the time, I think it was a 6'6" medium action Fenwick, with a Cardinal reel. Pretty nice set up for the era. Both were given to me by one my brothers, and I don't remember exactly how old I was, but that little 1/8th ounce bait caught a lot of bass. These days I use a spinnerbait for river Smallmouth a lot, I can't think of a bette

RSBreth

RSBreth

 

Coyote

Called up a yote yesterday but didnt get him. Must of seen or smelled me but he was a lucky bugger.

joefish

joefish

 

Ice Fishn For Big Bass

Disclaimer: The bass on ice fishing post is fake. So just seeing who figures it out before I tell them. Moral of story is dont believe everything you see or read.

joefish

joefish

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