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  1. 11 points
    Ham

    Took Dad Fishing 10/29 and 10/30

    After a full week at work (>40 hours) , I took off Friday headed south with trout boat in tow. I was headed down to take Dad fishing on One of my favorite fishing places from my previous life. We love Big Cypress Bayou. The stretch I like to fish is btw Lake o the Pines and Caddo Lake. Very pretty. Sandy bottom. Tons of Cypress trees and knees. Lots of wildlife and lots of fish. I prefer to launch at Jefferson, Tx. You are immediately into the sections I prefer to fish. So imagine my disappointment after having driven 7 hours down to get my Dad and then another hour over just to find the ramp barricaded and covered up in idle construction equipment. NOT Good. So adjust on the fly. That area has not had our economic slowdown down. Oil and natural gas finds have put a lot of money in people's pockets. Lots of ppl with shiney new toys. The plus for me is that I was able to find a new RV park with a boat launch. The place was covered up with idiots, but eventually they cleared the ramp area and we were able to get the boat on the water. My plan was to throw small buzzbaits for bass at every piece of cover I could see. I was going to put Dad up front and ease him along letting him have first shot at everything. Well at 84 he can't really play that Game anymore. He had neither the accuracy nor the ability to throw the bait far enough to get it done. He had one hooked, but it shook the hook. No worries. We had graphite jigging poles and more brush tops than we had time to fish. So we set about catching as many crappie as we could. Normally, the crappie are 6-7 foot down in 10 foot of water. The water has some stain to it so you can get close to them, but boat control is still important. I try hard not to crash into stuff or wash the fish with the trolling motor. We used Bobby Garland Baby Shads on 1/32 oz heads. Ease them down thru the cover. It isn't necessary to Jig them. Just lower slowly and hold still. This trip the fish were unusually high in the water column. Most of our bites were only 2-3 foot. And we had a lot of bites. We had great weather. Rare low humidity and it wasn't all that warm. I don't think I even got sweaty at all. Fall colors are just starting up. Mornings were pleasantly cool. Sunday was more of same, but I reluctantly quit fishing at 1:30 pm. I got home a few minutes before 11 pm and back up at 0500 and back at work. It was a hard trip, but totally worth it to get Dad a couple of fishing trips.
  2. 7 points
  3. 6 points
    cheesemaster

    Cape Fair 10/30

    I launched at sun up. I had to wait on a couple FLW boats to launch first - which told me that the lake was going to be busy. It was. I caught 8 - 10 total with only 1 keeper kentucky. I lost another keeper right at the boat on a trap. I caught 2 largemouth that had sores all over them. Pic attached. What is that stuff? The keeper was on a buzzbait and the shorts were on a rattle trap, straight worm and a Wiggle Wart. Water temp was 68.6 at launch and 70.4 when I got out. I covered all kinds of water from bluffs, bluff ends, gravel runout, chunky rock, you name it and I had a lure on it. I also seen a squirrel swimming across the lake of about 300 yards wide. He found an old stump that he clung too to catch his breath and then off he went again to the bank. Looked like good Musky food. lol. Although I wouldn't call today a total loss it was very slow...... however, I WILL BE BACK!!!!!
  4. 6 points
    Al Agnew

    Winter Smallmouth fishing

    I think one could write a book on this, with whole chapters for each of your questions. But biology rules. River bass have certain needs in the winter, some of which are different than what they need in warm weather. Need number 1 is security. They instinctively seem to know they are slower in cold water and more vulnerable to predators, and they also instinctively know that if a flood comes in cold water they need serious shelter from heavy current. So, to satisfy the need for security, they seek out deep, slow water and/or overhead cover. How deep is deep? Not necessarily the deepest part of the river, just deep enough that in normal winter water clarity the bottom isn't clearly visible. Of course, at times the water gets extremely clear in the winter, and then you might still be able to see the bottom in the deepest part of the river, which is where overhead cover comes in. Overhead cover can be log tangles or big rocks with space beneath them. They also like room to move--even if the water is fairly deep, if the pool is very short or the area of deep water very small, it would be like being in a bathtub instead of a swimming pool when some predator like a mink or otter gets after them. The other often overlooked part of security is somewhere to get out of the current during a flood. A straight, deep channel will not be as good a wintering pool as a pool with a backwater somewhere along it, or a small creek coming into it, or even just a notch in a bluff or a spot at the downstream end of a bluff that would become an eddy when the water is high. I look not only at what's in the water in normal water, but also up on the banks to see if there is anywhere they could get out of the current if the river is 6 or 8 feet high. Most, but far from all, good wintering pools are bluff pools, and it makes a difference which way the bluff faces. South and west facing bluffs are better than east or north facing bluffs. The rocks along the edge of south and west facing bluff pools soak up sunshine on winter days and although it might only make a degree or two of difference in water temps, the fish probably soak up sun, too, and are a little more likely to become active. Maybe there are plenty of fish in the north and east facing bluff pools, but maybe they don't get as active on sunny winter days. All other needs are secondary to security in the winter. In the summer you look for good places for them to feed; shallower water areas nearby with water willow weed beds, riffle areas, cover in stronger current that makes good ambush points. Not so in the winter. They will move shallower to feed if they get active, but food is not as important to them then as security. However, on larger streams, with large pools, they will NOT always been in the deepest, most cover laden part of the pool. Active fish will roam along places like sand and gravel drop-offs on the side of the pool opposite the rocks, or up into big eddies near the riffle if there is some depth. They just won't leave the pool, and they won't hang out in anything but gentle to very gentle current. Finally, when it comes to wintering pools, it is never an exact science. Some that look good seldom produce much, others that look marginal hold lots of fish. Nothing beats time on the water, trying different places, anywhere that looks like it might hold fish (in other words, anyplace with some depth and very gentle current), until you figure out where you can catch some fish. I'll stop there for now and let others chime in.
  5. 5 points
    aarchdale@coresleep.com

    Cape Fair 10/30

    Thanks Donna, He is 20 Months old. It wont be long till he is in the boat teaching me how to do things. I took him and momma over the summer and he loves the boat ride, everytime we pull in the garage he says BOAT. Love that little booger. His name is Ollie
  6. 5 points
    fishinwrench

    Next Week

    We flat tore 'em up this afternoon. 8 keepers along those bluffy banks but nothing over 3#,. Then ran across a giant school of Whites and filled both livewell in less than an hour. Only saw 3-4 other boats the whole time we were out. Awesome day!
  7. 4 points
    Flysmallie

    Saturday on the James

    Fished a short section of the James yesterday. The fishing sucked. The wind sucked more. Still a great time.
  8. 3 points
    Roaring River is low and clear and the dry fly fishing has been pretty good all year, I went down last evening caught a lot of small trout on a para adams, with a #20 pheasant tail as a dropper, fished the dropper about a foot off the adams, lots of intrest in the pheasant tai, caught maybe 7 on the nymph, broke the nymph off and started catching fish on the #16 para adams, and the fish on the dry were bigger than what I was catching on the pheasant tail. Still catching a lot of trout on san juan worms, mega worms and chamois worms, and small eggs will catch trout all day. zebra midges in black, olive, gray, and brown have been pretty good lately, and we are still doing pretty gook on #16 and smaller copper johns. I fish a pheasant tail a lot, because it catches trout every day Burlap nymphs work well right now, they make a good caddis nymph. woolybuggers in olive, black, and gray have been good lately. I will fish a bigger bugger early, up to a size 6 sometimes, and as the day goes on I'll fish em a bit smaller. Water is so low right now, I wouldn't use anything much bigger than 6X and I'm using 7X most of the time, 9' leaders are best. The MDC will start stocking big trout next week, a few hundred 3 to 6 pound trout will be stocked as will 3500 12-15" trout. C&R starts Friday, November 11th, the fishing is still allowed fri-mon 8 a.m-4 p.m. Flies only.
  9. 3 points
    aarchdale@coresleep.com

    Cape Fair 10/30

    Yesterday was about as tough as it gets. I caught 2 bass in an 8 hour tournament, luckily one was 16" the other was 13". big one was on a real deep diving crank the other on a spinnerbait. Also caught a bonus 21" walleye that is nestled nice in my freezer next to his neighbor Bull Shoals walleye. Everyone was having a tough day, even the "pros" in the wrapped boats with TV screens, power poles, and of coarse the Buffs they were wearing on an 82 degree day
  10. 3 points
    MOPanfisher

    What's Cooking?

    Well the expirament is over. garlic/butter/cheddar biscuits, a big skillet of Brussel sprouts quartered and seasoned with balsamic, and finally the chowder. the short version is that it doesn't bode well for me doing catch and release for white bass in the future. the chowder stated out tasting basically like a very very good potato soup, then as I trimmed up the white bass fillets, saving the "tenderloins" out and tossing the rest into the stew pot where it cooked and fell apart and became part of the mix. added the scallops and shrimp last. poached the tenderloins in a liquid of water, liquid crab boil, some old bay seasoning and a dash of fish sauce (heck why not). the chowder is a little dark as I let the roux go just a dash long, and used a lot of old bay seasoning. I did add a can of smashed up oysters but not a whole lot else. The biscuits and sprouts were from my wife, and even my son and his gilfriend and her sister ate it up. Finally had to go outside to cool off as I was sweating. Short version is Mmmmmmm Mmmm good.
  11. 2 points
    Mike jones

    Sunday 10/30

    Sorry about that..thought I had rubbed you the wrong way!! I know some folks that run a kids high school deal and was going to ask them if they knew who was at the ramp...it's a shame that the younger generation of fisherman want to act that way!! J-doc, would love to have you join me this winter when the bass start chewin' real good!!
  12. 2 points
    Ellros

    Cape Fair 10/30

    Looks like a typical fall fungal infection. Fairly common.
  13. 2 points
    MOPanfisher

    Springfield lake 10/28

    Them is some nice fat largemouth would be surprised at a truly large Smallie coming out of there though, although it seems many records come from strange places.
  14. 2 points
    abkeenan

    Cape Fair 10/30

    Nice report and pics. Thought about coming down this upcoming weekend but the FLW boys (200+ boats) will be launching out of State Park. So I am not fighting those guys plus the already crowded dam area on a weekend. Think I will just come down the following weekend and hopefully the temps get back to normalcy. Leonardo DiCaprio isn't looking too crazy now I guess. Just kidding, he's an idiot.
  15. 2 points
    FYI, Representative Long recently purchased a Lake-front home down off of Hwy. "H" West of Lampe. Our problems with ACOE and lake use and abuse now affect him too. The dock issue needs to be addressed as does the duplicity and usual lies of the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors and their B.S. website that suckered many of us into signing. Here's a suggestion...: 1.) Leave the Vegetative Modification Permit regulations stand as currently stated and quit messing with it. Changing it now screws every property owner that bought based on present conditions and you wouldn't want it happening at your home. 2.) All the unused and unsold empty slips we always see in existing "Community docks" must be filled before any more dock permits will be issued only to have those slips sit empty while the "dock speculators" search/wait for new suckers. There has to be some language in the Shoreline management Plan to forever stop these "Dock Speculators" from acquiring dock permits to place new docks and then re-selling slips in them at incredible prices. 3.) An immediate "length-limit" must be placed by the ACOE on new boats seeking to use Table Rock. If there are some "wake-height" and "Plowing" ( I guess that means deliberately creating massive wakes ? ) restrictions on boats on LOZ they need to be immediately implemented here and much stronger ( more Patrolmen) enforcement enacted. Same goes for engine decibel enforcement...sounds like a flight of WWII four engine Bombers now when these multi-engine monstrosities go zooming by. 4.) Your tax dollars and fishing permit dollars were recently spent awarding a Commercial Dock Owner $100,000 for building facilities for ginormous docking and pump-out of these "Battleships in a Bathtub" we are seeing. All that does is encourage more and more larger boats. No more tax money as awards for providing huge docking spaces....what is/are here now is the end of it. http://maricorpus.com/cmp-big-recipient/
  16. 2 points
    vernon

    Next Week

    Well, not much to report. Got in about 300 yesterday - man it's hard to find stuff down here - like resorts. Not like that's news but dang.... Anyway, like I said, late out yesterday. A couple of keeper largemouth on windy banks on spinnerbait but the waves was rollin. Later on, a couple crappies and two whites but it was just hard to fish with all the boat traffic and wind. Unfortnately, today was worse. Just couldn't safely get to the places I wanted to go. Again, a bunch of short largemouth flipping docks with Ned and jigs and a few keeper crappie on a roadrunner but not big enough for me to keep . I'm actually starting to really hate this lake. Haven't been here in three years or so cause I got tired of the rudeness. Well, it's gotten WAY worse. My God, I can't believe that people actually want to live down here. Today, had a decent sized boat (big) coming towards me while I'm IDLING along the bank maybe 100ft. from shore. I angle even more towards the bank cause if this guys goes off my port I got problems. The big wakes are already rocking me from the starboard. Well, of course he insists on coming inside my port - way inside of the no wake buoy that I'm hugging. As they pass I yelled, "Really?" and the woman in the front of the boat yells, "Get a bigger boat a-hole!" I don't think I'll be coming back here again. I guess we'll see how the rest of the week goes since we're already but man - not enjoyable despite the unbelievable weather.
  17. 1 point
    crappie_adams83

    Springfield lake 10/28

    Hit up Springfield lake this morning had a great day all bites were a top water bugs bites had a few strikes on a zoom horny toad but the big bass of the day was 22 inches on the 8th ounce Booyah buzz bait all in all a great day at close to 85 inches in a five fish limit
  18. 1 point
    Quillback

    Big M area 10/27

    Got off to late start yesterday, waited for the fog to burn off here in NW AR so I did not get to the lake until 0930. Probably hurt my deep water fishing that I did yesterday. I started deep, looking at places off the gravel banks in 30-50 FOW. Never found any of those big schools, found a few, but they were moving, and when I found them I could drop the spoon on them and get a bite or tow and they would be gone. Found some surface activity at one location, could not get them to hit the plopper, but I found that if I threw a Ned on them right when they were on top, they would eat it. Unfortunately for me, about 15 minutes after I found those top water fish, the sun came out and they just shut right down. Spent the late afternoon throwing the Ned on the banks, found a pattern of some fish (including the smallie pictured above) holding tight to rocks on steep banks, rocky points, and bluff ends. Encouraging to see them there and eating the Ned. Lots of fun on the light tackle. Put 20 fish in the boat, mostly spots, caught 2 LM's on the deep spoon, and the one smallie. Lost a bunch of fish, probably more than I got in the boat. Had a couple of good pullers on the Ned get off, and lost a few spoon fish. Lots of guys on the deep spots, I think the word is out. At the end of the day I was fishing a gravel point, all of a sudden here comes a pontoon boat heading towards me, he was moving too, had a big Yammie out board on that thing. Anyway, "Supertoon" passes me on the right, does a turn about 50 feet behind me and heads into a small pocket on the other side of the point. I had the pleasure of getting waked on three sides! They go into that shallow pocket head first, come to a stop, and then proceed to shift back and forth between neutral and reverse gradually backing out - I have no idea what the heck they were up to, but took it as a sign it was time to go home.
  19. 1 point
    Nice, Ham. That place looks beautiful!
  20. 1 point
    J-Doc

    Sunday 10/30

    Mike I'm sorry. You totally misunderstand me. Not ripping you in any way. Not intentionally anyway. My apologies. I was commenting (didn't quote Stumpbumper) on Stumps overall experience and how bad it was. Anglers should never be rude to each other. I've had several run ins on the water those year alone. Won't go into details here. I've just seen a lot of stuff I have not seen before. I'm also getting older and I'm just grumpier lately I guess. I've also seen where over sharing of information has caused a lot more harm than good. Before Feathersnfins, this forum was relatively quiet. Then sharing tons of info came into play. Then articles about trolling. Now everyone and their grandmother is dragging a flickershad these days. I've seen how that's hurt fishing for others. The lake the last two years has seen record numbers in boat traffic and cigarette boat traffic especially. I'm sure folks think I'm grumpy. That's fine. I am.
  21. 1 point
    BIGBASSDAVEY

    Sunday 10/30

    Went out today for first time in a long time. There were quite a few boats out, more ski boats than I expected to see. They didn't bother me too much tho. It sure was a nice day for being the end of October. I trolled flicker shads for a few hours near PC without a single bite. I have very little trolling experience so I wasn't too upset about it. Mostly a trip to get used to the new boat and play around with the graphs and trolling motor. Would have been nice to catch a few but overall it was a good time
  22. 1 point
    Quillback

    Big M area 10/27

    I wear my waterproof boots this time of year. When that metal ramp that connects the walkway to shore is wet, it sure pays to be careful when you're walking on it, I have seen people slip on those things and go down several times. You gotta be real careful when there is frost on it.
  23. 1 point
    Codywskeeter1521

    Process

    I've sit back and watched these post go from bad to worse. Over the 3 years I've been a member and definitely had my rough days. Heck last year was just a flat rough one. I've never second guessed any post on this site. I've been on the water the same days as some of you guys ( normals like myself) and you flat killed them and I had rough a day. Fished Derby's with some great sticks and seen them struggling when everyone else is wacking them. We all have our rough times on the lake. Just because one guy reports flat smoking them doesn't mean he's blowing smoke. We all need to step back and take a deep breath. Merc you have helped tons of people including myself find patterns I would have ever found without your reports. Champ the same goes for you. We are all here with one thing in common we love fishing and love helping eachother do just that. If this man reports catching fish this way or that way. Instead of second guessing him you bet im going to hit the water and try and repeat what he's reporting if I'm struggling myself. If that doesn't work I'd look further into what he's doing and what I'm doing wrong. I personally can sit here and say I learn something new everyday I'm on the lake and from reading everyone's post. I will never know everything about table rock and I'm sure there not one person here that does. After all it's not like the man is keeping a limit of 5 pounders for his table ??. Let continue to make this the best place on the net to talk fishing. Ps.. Sorry I have had report lately tore my shoulder up at work and haven't been able to get out. MRI was yesterday waiting on results on Monday. see what happens. Pss good luck to all the grown-ups taking kids out this weekend on youth season. Please wear orange and teach them proper gun safety. Hope everyone has a great time. Thanks cody
  24. 1 point
    Champ188

    Process

    I have to say --- in the most non-confrontational way that I can --- that Thumbs has a very good point. The devil is in the delivery. Titling your posts things like "Absurd" and "It's Simple" tends to irritate folks. As a general rule, consistently catching bass is neither absurd nor simple ... not on Table Rock and not on any other public waterway in this part of the country. Saying that it is can come across as arrogant and is often suspected of being untrue. As for those who claim to catch them by the dozens every time they go, I can't concretely dispute your numbers. I wasn't there. But I will say that I don't care how good of a deep-water angler you may be, there are some bonafide offshore gurus around --- Bill Babler and Bill Beck, to name a couple --- who do not catch them every trip and who have absolutely no problem admitting to the world when they don't. I don't think I'm stepping very far out on a limb by saying that no one on this forum is any better than those two at putting deep-water fish in the boat on Table Rock. So if you want to regale us all with stories of how you hammer them every time you get your lower unit wet, go right ahead. Just don't be surprised when some of us raise a suspicious brow. I'm as appreciative as anyone here of all of the great info that's shared on this site. As we all tend to do, I take what suits me and leave the rest for others to sift through. I'm often told that my own contributions are appreciated, and I like knowing that I've helped others. That's what this place is all about.
  25. 1 point
    brian c

    weekend bass reports?

    The fish picture I caught Wednesday during practice. Weighed 4.11 on my scales. Had 2 others in the 4lb range. Thursday was VERY active with bites although I didn't swing on any. The front shut them down although I did catch a 4.20 smallie Saturday during the tournament. The graph picture was where the 4.20 came from Saturday.
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