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  1. 14 points
    Ham

    Let Me tell you a Fish Story

    So my wife had been out of town. I’ve been trying to keep up with the house work and tend the plants and pets, but I was trying to fish like I was single too. So, I caught 112 fish yesterday. It was a hoot. My back hurt and I was tired so I ALMOST did not Fish today. As it was, I did a little extra clean up and didn’t leave the house until 0930. Finally got the boat in the water around 10:00. First thing I ran into netboy and his wife on the water which was fun. They were catching them. I was catching fish at a 20 Fish an hour clip, but water was really falling out and I decided to run up river. Still trying to learn. I ran up to a big long shoal and the Fish were stacked in there. Zig Jig was too easy so I picked up my fly rod and proceeded to catch a dozen or so. Likely had 50 bites. Terribly inefficient. I could have stayed there, but decided to run further up river. I found another shoal around the corner where a high spot makes two riffles. I threw my 20 lb anchor out then jumped over the side. Swimsuit and water shoes is the way real men wade Fish the White River, During the summer anyway. Well, when the day started, I knew I would have low water so I was only hoping for 50 Fish. I was already at 50 when I started at the last riffle I would fish for the day. Snatched up my fly rod. I like to be frustrated. I caught the first fish while I was pulling line off the reel. Indicator disappeared so I lifted. Caught a total of 7 on the left. Shifted to the right side and caught 7 more. So now 100 isnt very far away. Grabbed up 1/32 oz Zig Jig and went back to the left side. I had bites for 40 something casts in a row. I got 18 to hand. Im starting to feel a little water logged so back in the boat I go and I start drifting the right side. It’s also stupid good, but fish are bigger. Then it happened. In the deepest darkest water, solid thump. Massive fish shoots off upstream. Reel screaming. I pull start the motor and give chase. First glimpse, I thought it was a monster Rainbow, but it was a Super Tanker Brown. It was a long fight. Minutes. I was sure I was going to lose it and took photos best I could of it swimming past the boat. I wanted something to show somebody. It took a long time to get it close to the boat and It did not like the net at all. It powered off many times after it saw the net. I was sure I was going to lose it. 6 lb line (Nano) with 6 lb P Line CX Premium leader. Using a Barbless 1/16 oz Zig Jig that has aleady caught a lot of fish. I was sweating it. But I caught it. I finally got in the big net. I got the jig out. Took a quick pic and transferred the fish to my measuring net. It barely fit. 28 inches long. Thick and Heavy. The fish was All tuckered out. I spent a little while reviving it before it pulled out of my hand and swam away. Fish number 87 of the day. It says a lot about me (both Good and Bad) that I stayed and caught more fish after that. I ran up and fished the left again and the right again. I finished with 108. I really enjoyed myself today. This post has been promoted to an article
  2. 9 points
    Camping and playing this weekend with the family. Thought we would try for some of those Tablerock walleye. Pics of myself, my brother, and my future daughter in law.
  3. 7 points
    Seth Clarkson

    Awesome Topwater Day 7/21

    Put in at Shadowrock around 6:15. Dam was running water so we got past the fog and cold water line only to find someone on the point we planned to start. Sure glad there was because Dad and I went to the next point and saw fish busting shad and started slaying them on Sexy Dawgs. Had something like 7 fish in our first 10 casts, with a limit. That lasted from 6:30 to 7:30 then eventually we found another spot of fish busting shad and caught more from 10:30 to 11:30. When the flurries started to slow down I tried a flutter spoon but they weren't interested, and it seemed to be best with a little wind blowing up onto the point. Caught around 40 bass with 90% on topwater, all largemouth except for 1 spotted bass, 1 white bass, and a smallmouth on a jig by the dam. Had close to 20 keepers but nothing over 16 1/2 inches. Dad hooked a beast of a fish but we only got to see the splash and a huge tail before it opened up a heavy duty clip and stole his Sexy Dawg. We hoped the lure might float back up but we never saw it. Also saw a ton of huge carp up around the pothole at the dam. This post has been promoted to an article
  4. 5 points
    ollie

    Epic Trip!

    Went down yesterday with Buzz on the Elk and we did a little fishing. Fishing was on FIRE! Last two times I have been out no matter where I have been the fishing hasn't been that great, but boy howdy that all changed yesterday morning. We no longer than got into the water and Buzz had the first one on of the day. Like his first or second cast and a nice smallie came to hand. My first one came a couple minutes later and it was a nice chunky 15" smallie. I think we were no longer out than 50 yards from where we launched and we caught over a dozen smallies in the first 30 minutes! We stayed for a couple of hours and then the bite just shut down. We hit a stretch that we didn't even cover maybe a mile? All in all within 2 hours we had caught over 30 smallies between us and only one dink that was under 12". For the most part half of the smallies we caught were in the 15" range. Buzz ended up with the biggest one at 17" and my biggest was 16". It was just one of those days were everything went just as planned and the fish were feeding like crazy on topwater. Caught pretty much the majority of fish on the Whopper.
  5. 5 points
    Coming back from the swimming hole
  6. 4 points
    Johnsfolly

    What's Cooking?

    It was a busy day at our house as well. I wanted a ham, bacon and cheese sandwich. So I went out and butchered the pig this morning, went ahead and begun the cure on the ham and got the pork belly smoked with Applewood smoke. As the ham was curing, I went ahead and grew the wheat and milled it for the bread. I had an old Italian bread recipe from Maiers. Once the bread was in the oven, the tomatoes were just about ripened. I picked one of the ripe ones and sliced it. I sliced the bacon and ham and cooked them both. Just as the meat was cooking, the Colby jack cheese was getting done. I took a couple of slices for the sandwich. A quick mayonnaise was prepped. Toasted the bread, added the mayo, laid on the tomatoes, Salt AND pepper on the tomatoes, then the cooked bacon, Colby jack cheese, and topped with the cooked ham. Not a bad day of work ! Or I just bought the stuff and made a sandwich!
  7. 4 points
    ness

    What's Cooking?

    Got the itch for green chili, so got some Anaheim chili’s, tomatillos and pork. Scorched the chili’s and tomatillos under the broiler, then blended together, Browned the chops, then some onion. Chili mixture, diced pork, chicken stock, cumin and garlic and braised for a couple hours. Burrito last night, over eggs this morning. Dang (I still dang myself).
  8. 4 points
    Chief Grey Bear

    Conservation agents.

    Speaking of agents, wrench will like this one. Sarturday while floating, I got a text from our local agent. Now mind you, he has never seen my vehicle. But at some point since I got it, he saw it at some access and must have ran the tags. So he was out and about checking accesses Saturday. Proof positive that 1, they do see you and you don't see them. 2, they do work weekends too.
  9. 4 points
    Jwright79

    Tragic Event

    I'm one of the captains on the Belle so maybe I can answer a few questions without getting myself in trouble. Fortunataly, I wasnt there when it happened but was called in afterwards. 1)The ducks are inspected by the coast guard annually just like the Belle. We are regulated by subchapter K in the CFR so we are a "k boat" and to my understanding the ducks kind of have their own checklist because they dont necessary fit into any of the existing subchapters. 2)They do monitor channel 13 while they are underway but I think they probably only turn that on to make a call right before they splash in the water. Occasionally they call asking for wind readings but that's not a routine thing. 3)Both of the ramps they use are in the SBB parking lot. They enter South of the Belle and exit North. There was actually 3 ducks on the water the other night(1 black and 2 white). The black one made it to the ramp first so it wasnt in any of the videos. 4) Bill was correct about the NW wind on that part of the lake. It is a beast and they had no business being out there. I've docked the Belle in 56 mph NW and it was interesting to say the very least. It was 15-20mph stronger the other night so I know it had to be brutal. Why didn't they look at a radar? I've got a ky3 weather app on my phone that takes less than a minutes to pull out and check. They knew it was bad shortly after they splashed in because all of them went between the Belle and the island instead of around the west side of it like they normally would. Why didn't they just turn around and go back to the south ramp? Once they got tucked inside the point south of the Belle I can't help but think it would've blocked atleast 40-50%of the wind and they could've made it back fine. I'm not in that cove much but I'm pretty sure the lake isn't as deep there either?? I'm sure you guys have all been playing the same scenarios over in your heads. Its definitely a terrible situation for everyone involved and my heart breaks for the families. I've gotta give a shout out to my Showboat people though because they all stepped up and did what needed to be done. A lot of them risked their own lives to help people they didn't even know!
  10. 3 points
    snagged in outlet 3

    Tragic Event

    Everyone should get The MyRadar app. Loads instantly and even has an alert feature. It’s the fastest way to get to radar without waiting for a bunch of advertisements to load. Even all my kids have it.
  11. 3 points
    BilletHead

    Painting jerkbaits for big trout

    Nice Friend, The bbq rotisserie is the bomb! Are you signing your baits? You should incase someone lucky finds them . BilletHead
  12. 2 points
    Proud daddy here. Co-angler #2.
  13. 2 points
    went last night and bites were more scattered and deeper. could have been because of the front and north wind or another depth change. everything on the electronics was visibly a bit deeper and what we caught, all the bites were pretty darn close to 30 ft. or even a taste past that. we still ended up with 10 keepers which is not a bad trip. just not one of those killers when it seems to be stupid easy. we did have a couple of nice largemouth in the mix too. bo
  14. 2 points
    Ham

    Let Me tell you a Fish Story

    This is the jig I caught the Brown with.
  15. 2 points
    Ham that is a great brown trout! Congrats on a great day!
  16. 2 points
    aarchdale@coresleep.com

    Any advice

    Throw some flicker shads out behind the boat and troll them, You'll catch a little bit of everything
  17. 2 points
    Ham

    Let Me tell you a Fish Story

    See you later Big Guy
  18. 2 points
    BilletHead

    Conservation agents.

    May the force be with you Bill! Carry your light saber but look both ways before stepping off of the curb, BilletHead
  19. 1 point
    duckydoty

    Painting jerkbaits for big trout

    I have started to paint jerkbaits for big browns. Now, I am completely new to this and just diving right in head first. I purchased a fairly cheap complete airbrush kit from Hobby Lobby, water based acrylic paints, powdered mica pearl pigments, and 2 part epoxy clear coat as recommended by our very own Mr. Billethead. Thanks Marty! Been gathering various jerkbait blanks from different suppliers looking for ones I can get to suspend. I’ve been trying my hand at two different color schemes and feel like I’m starting to get them dialed in. My ultimate goal is to get a rainbow trout and brown trout pattern dial in but I’m a long ways off from that yet. It has been an enjoyable way to spend what little spare time I have this time of year sucking up some AC and staying out of the heat. This post has been promoted to an article
  20. 1 point
    moturkey

    Species ID Help

    My brother and nephew caught these over the weekend and I have no clue what they are, so I'm calling on the collective wisdom of the group. Caught at a pond in KC (Kansas). What do you all think?
  21. 1 point
    duckydoty

    7-22 & 7-23 mid day fishing

    Wasn’t under his dock
  22. 1 point
    ness

    Should Have Left Well Enough Alone

    This just gets curiouser and curiouser
  23. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Species ID Help

    Sure looks like creek chubs to me as well.
  24. 1 point
    snagged in outlet 3

    Species ID Help

    Calling Johnsfolly
  25. 1 point
    Terrierman

    2018 Garden Thread

    The garden has done well. I just took inventory. So far I've put up 36 pints of pickles of various description, 20 pints of salsa and 10 quarts of plain canned tomatoes. There are 5 gallon bags of corn on the cob in the freezer. And it all just keeps coming. Two more big rows of corn that is tasseling now, spaghetti squash everywhere and no shortage of green beans. The tomato avalanche is in full swing.
  26. 1 point
    Pete might be smelling what I’m trying to step into.👍
  27. 1 point
    Royal Blue

    Awesome Topwater Day 7/21

    Any kind of small point in a pocket seems to hold fish right now. It's weird too, if you try one pocket and don't get bit, go on to the next one and they'll be in there. They're spitting up crawdad claws and really chasing small bluegills. I'd say that a gill colored squarebill or shallow scatter rap would work too. I almost tried that yesterday.
  28. 1 point
    Royal Blue

    Awesome Topwater Day 7/21

    You wouldn't believe me without seeing it. I start on main lake points and have been catching them both deep (20-25ft) and shallow enough in the pockets that you can see some of them. They're relating to rock and bushes like crazy early in the mornings still. I can't make myself not flip a bush or a stickup in the water. Every crankbait fish is on a point though.
  29. 1 point
    Dwayne beat me to it. Me and Gary Flipping watched a gang of browns coral a bunch of stockers against the bank on the White one time. They would take turns charging into the rainbows and eating them. Some of the rainbows jumped out of the water onto the bank to escape the marauders.
  30. 1 point
    Just drove through Wisconsin, Minnesota & Iowa. The Upper Mississippi & Yellow are at flood stage so is the Wapsipinicon, The Upper Iowa near Decorah looked fine, so did the Zumbro, and the Namekagon & St. Croix looked good. The Cedar River near Cedar Falls looked really good but its big water. About the size of the Meramec near St. Louis. Did not fish for Smallmouth in Iowa but caught a couple wild brown trout on a creek near Decorah, caught some pike, smallmouth, and walleye on the Chippewa near Hayward.
  31. 1 point
    That sounds like a plan!.
  32. 1 point
    Ok going to fill my Pickup up, go fishing this evening and Squirrel hunting in the morning. Going to finish fixing up the Man Cave. Got a Special Meeting next week, seems our HOA has been stealing from us. We have been wanting an Audit for years and they kept telling us we didn't need one but a Lawyer got in touch with us telling us there is a meeting. We'll see. oneshot
  33. 1 point
    duckydoty

    Painting jerkbaits for big trout

    That’s funny because that is kind of how this whole adventure began. I started coating some lures with a fingernail polish and was getting good results fishing that lure. I wanted a smoother, more even coat, so I got the airbrush. Fingernail polish was horrible to clean out of the airbrush, so I started looking for a water based substitute and found the powdered mica pigments. Started having fun with that but did not want to purchase any more $25 lures, so I found the $2 blanks that looked similar. Now I’m just trying to narrow it down to the ones that will fish and suspend similar to the original lure I coated with fingernail polish. Definitely no detail involved in these guys.
  34. 1 point
    netboy

    Let Me tell you a Fish Story

    Great fish and story. Congrats We left shortly after you came by.
  35. 1 point
    Ham

    Any advice

    Striper fishing is a Norfolk thing. A few are up by the Power Site Dam. i don’t fish the lake during tourist season. I would guess drop spotting on bluffs and fishing brush piles any and everywhere. Enjoy your stay!
  36. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    Painting jerkbaits for big trout

    You can also just use sharpies. I won a tournament in Pomme de Terre one time on hand painted crankbaits. Caught some fish prefishing in a certain color and couldn’t find any others that color. So we headed to Walmart in Bolivar and bought some nail polish and painted them that night in the room. But a airbrush is so much easier to use.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    https://garzonstudio.com/boat/capacity-decal.html IF you get the specs from the factory this place will remake one for you
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    Great job Dan! Congrats on getting those 'Rock 'eyes! Looks like you guys had a great time.
  42. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    What's Cooking?

    I'm referring to more of this fish. I've never made it before but it was good to say the least!
  43. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    What's Cooking?

    Thats a fish worth catching! darn tasty as well. Called the poor man's lobster. Ness can keep his Dangs I would like to get some more! The way my boat trips have gone I may not catch a marine sculpin big enough to eat. Though it's still on the "to do" list😁!
  44. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    What's Cooking?

    Haven't found any good mushroom hunting spots. I've found these mushrooms in Missouri. So at least I know what to look for. Monkfish may be a bit harder to come by😌.
  45. 1 point
    BilletHead

    Welcome to my new co-angler

    Nice! With a fishing father that child will have a good life. Congrads from the BilletHead's, BilletHead
  46. 1 point
    ness

    What's Cooking?

    Aww, pshaw! This thread is about cooking. Most of us get our food at the grocery store. Continued disparaging comments like this will be ..... ...well, I dunno. I’m withholding likes and dangs until further notice 😄
  47. 1 point
    Bill Babler

    Indian Point Area - 7/21/18

    Sweet great report. The mother that lost her husband and children along with the grandparents was heart breaking on national news. This may be the end of the ducks and it is for sure going to cost someone bushels and bushels of money.
  48. 1 point
    duckydoty

    Painting jerkbaits for big trout

    Here are some of the tips that I have so far to help flatten out the learning curve with airbrushing lures and applying 2 part epoxy. Use high performance reducer to thin water based acrylic paints to the consistency of 2 % milk. Apply coats in light layers and heat set with hair dryer to speed up drying process. Mix powdered mica pigments with a balancing clear and reduce with high performance reducer. Powdered pigments are much more effective over a dark base layer than a light colored base. Use many more light coats of powdered pigments when covering light colored base and heat set with hair dryer between coats. Keep air brush clean! Use a windex/water mixture for cleaning. A rotating fly tying vise makes a great lure holder for painting. Blue painters tape masks off bait bills and eyes and is easy to remove once bait is dry. PearlEx interference blue is really cool stuff! 2 part slow cure epoxy is really thick and starts to set way faster that I would like. Slow the process down by mixing on a paper plate covered with aluminum foil. Add 5 drops of denatured alcohol to mixture to help thin a bit and add again if mixture starts to set before you are ready. Apply mixture to lure with brush while lure is still in rotating vise. Use gentle heat from hair dryer to thin and flatten epoxy on lure while using brush to remove excess. Rotisserie spins about 6rpm which is perfect for drying and curing epoxy top coat. Clean brush with denatured alcohol so you can use again.
  49. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    New tool for the shop.

    It's a new age Creeper. 😊 Actually it is my wife's birthday present. I only got to test drive it because I put it together. 🙄
  50. 1 point
    Deadstream

    Got a Good Woman

    I only float the river January 1st and March 17th, St Patricks Day. Try to stay dry both times. It is god awful dirty later in the year. We always went Fathers Day weekend years back but the frat boys and the white trash / meth heads ran us off. It is a great float off season.
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