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  1. 9 points
    Quillback

    fish kill

    It is a gift for sure. Come fish it some time, you might have fun, and you need to have some fun, being a sour old man is not the way you want to spend your remaining years.
  2. 5 points
    Really have no desire to take pics and keep score anymore. Still keep a hawg trough around for a quick measure or a snap, but enjoy the trip and my company more than anything else. It's great when you can take a good pic of your buddy with a good one, and good to have your pic taken.
  3. 4 points
    have to admit, that is a cool video.
  4. 4 points
    Chief Grey Bear

    What's Cooking?

    Smoked
  5. 4 points
    Bill Babler

    fish kill

    Got to agree with Quill on this Plug that was pretty much uncalled for. None of us want to hear bad news about any of our regional lakes. There had been reports the last two weeks of dead trout below Beaver Dam. One of the local trout guides up there had been hollering his head off about the dead fish, saying there were hundreds of dead trout. TV Tom, were you on the water to see the dead fish? Was wondering if any were trout or you were absolutely sure they were walleye and bass. Not questioning you at all, if you were in a boat eye ball to eye ball but looking off the bridge I could see where the walleye could have been trout that they been yelling about. I'll go up tomorrow and check it out and post some pic's of what I find, if I have the time.
  6. 3 points
    Johnsfolly

    What's Cooking?

    Last meal as a bachelor! Semi-blackened swordfish (only $3.70 for the steak) using Weber's Grill Creations Kickin chicken seasoning. Served with sweet corn and steamed broccoli with a balsamic vinaigrette drizzle. This turned out so well that we picked up a few more steaks for all three of us.
  7. 3 points
    I never cared what anyone else thought about my fish, as long as I am happy with it.
  8. 2 points
    lmt out

    Have a question

    I have considered starting a guide service. When I retire from my current job. I enjoy sharing the info that I have gained while enjoying the out doors. My question is and I understand there will be some variable. But was wondering if you were to book a guided walleye trip what would you consider a success? How many fish or would that matter, would it be about the experience or knowledge gained. I have had the occasion 2 times this year to take friends. Non fishermen and women out and had a lot of fun teaching. But was very disappointed in the amount of fish we caught one trip the boat had 4 keepers and 10 shorts the other 7 keepers and 4 shorts. I don't know if I could take money from people and not deliver what I would consider a good amount of fish. My wife is worried I would be giving free trips all the time. Lol
  9. 2 points
    BilletHead

    Trout for Sale - $4 each!

    I know nothing about spoonbill because I don't fish for them. Well I read where you said several not 1 or possibly 2 supplying the fish fry. Maybe they are supplementing with Mrs. Paul's? Must be a small Parish. You and I know there are many laws broken and sidestepped. You shut up? in the famous words of the Wrench "No Freakin' Way" hahahahhahaha BilletHead
  10. 2 points
    He is and we are blessed to have him as a friend, BilletHead
  11. 2 points
    Flysmallie

    White Bass control needed

    My wife pretty much hates all fish. So a couple of weeks ago I grilled her a steak that she wanted while I fixed myself some blackened red snapper on the grill. Guess who didn't eat her steak??
  12. 2 points
    I can't believe you dirtied up the General Angling Discussion forum with this. That looks like a whole lotta fun already. Motroutbum always seemed like a cool cat.
  13. 2 points
    I saw the title of the thread and thought it would be "about" Vern.
  14. 2 points
    Jmontgo1246

    Have a question

    I think there are typically 2 kinds of guide trips...one is just people that want to catch fish...catching fish makes it a success. The 2nd is a educational/information trip...that is what I’m looking for on trips I take. I have taken a few guide trips and my purpose is to either learn a technique or seasonal movement of the fish I target (bass). Prime example...I went with Randy Blaukat on Stockton a couple years ago to learn how and where to catch winter/prespawn bass on a jerkbait at Stockton. What he showed me to look for and what kind of structure to fish just blew my mind....it wasn’t the typical structure. It was also the knowledge of what gear to throw them on, line size, and different jerkbait styles. Every since that trip I have expanded that knowledge from that trip to different areas of the lake and I have caught more bass and bigger bass on jerkbaits the past 2 winters than the previous 5 years combined. To me, that was money well spent.
  15. 2 points
    Terrierman

    2 drownings at Castlewood

    Easy access.
  16. 2 points
    jdmidwest

    Best Excuse

    Wally had it on clearance for $2. I had one with the kill clip, paracord, and a brass clip. I decided to upgrade to a nice red coily cord one for that price, but thanks for the offer. I got on to my buddy today for not wearing his in the Nitro. Told him to Google Hydraulic steering failures. Skated death twice with the cancer, trying to avoid Murphy now at every chance I can find.
  17. 2 points
    Used a guide on the White River several times in the 1990's. I cannot remember his name for sure, but I think his first name might have been Eldon. He was a law enforcement officer in Gassville. He was known for trophy browns on crawfish in low water. He caught his own crawfish in the weeds on the river and looked especially for softshell. The last time I fished with my father, who was in his 70's, we used him. He helped my father land a brown that was 9 pounds +/- on a crawfish. My father's face was a picture. As we packed up to go, my father told me, "Brother, (that is what he called me) that was my last trip. It just hurts too much anymore."
  18. 1 point
    ColdWaterFshr

    Rattlesnake

    Buddy sent me this picture he took of full-grown rattler swimming by his boat just upstream of Whitten access this past weekend.
  19. 1 point
    rps

    The Hard Way on the Upper End

    Went out early this morning to fish for bass. I have a possession limit of walleye in my freezer. I started with a top water. Fishermen catch turtles all the time. Cat fishers catch them on trot lines and on bottom bait with set rods and reels. Sometimes people fishing crank baits will snag one. Amateurs, one and all. I caught mine this morning when it slurped down a top water. Thought I had a heck of a fish until I brought it up near the boat. Has anyone else tried to take a treble hook out of the mouth of a turtle? It isn't easy. Once I got it out I had to reshape it. I did catch one bass on top water. I caught three others fishing a jig on a drop off into the channel. I caught 6 fishing a Ned on a 60 degree bank on a channel swing. Not one fish was a keeper, but I had fun.
  20. 1 point
    Ham

    Trout for Sale - $4 each!

    I think I would pay $4 to not eat trout.
  21. 1 point
    Ok but you gotta eat them. Let me know how that Speckled Fart Darter tastes. 😁
  22. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Best Angler in the world contest

    Smallest or the most species in a given time period. I'm in😁!!
  23. 1 point
    You're off to a great start, guys! It was such a pleasure to help you along the way.
  24. 1 point
    laker67

    Trout for Sale - $4 each!

    15 daily at loz but possession is based on the stated wide limit at 60.
  25. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Trout for Sale - $4 each!

    I bet that church has a fish fryer bigger than our hot tub.
  26. 1 point
    Sounds even better than the texts I received. Great job and love the photos! Can't wait for the second installment.
  27. 1 point
    Technically the loser is in the micro division.
  28. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    White Bass control needed

    Exactly! I will admit though, that I have never liked waterfowl at all, and had tried it cooked several different ways, but ol'Billetheads goose fajita's are truly delicious and I wish I had one in front of me right now. So there's that. I can't imagine anyone tasting the Whites we cook here (either fried or baked) and honestly saying that they don't like the flavor.
  29. 1 point
    netboy

    Trout for Sale - $4 each!

    Okay, I guess I was wrong. That was the rule in Texas, so I thought it would be the same up here. Here is the definition of "possession limit" from the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Possession Limit: The maximum number of fish a person may possess before returning to their residence. Possession limit is twice the daily bag on game and nongame fish, except as provided in this guide, and does not apply to fish in the possession of or stored by a person at their residence.
  30. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Trout for Sale - $4 each!

    It has always been my belief that "possession limit" is the most you are allowed to have stashed anywhere, per license. I always stop keeping Whites when I have 30 in the freezer....until we have eaten some. Technically we could have 30 more on my daughter's license, but there's never a need for that.
  31. 1 point
    mojorig

    fish kill

    AGFC Houseman Access is considered the end of the tailwater.
  32. 1 point
    snagged in outlet 3

    Best Excuse

    Too numerous and in some cases not for public consumption.
  33. 1 point
    moguy1973

    2 drownings at Castlewood

    Interviews with friends of the deceased woman said that she could not swim and went out to help the younger girl when she was struggling. Not sure why someone would be in the water if they can't swim. Should be a requirement to graduate from elementary school or something.
  34. 1 point
    Terrierman

    What's Cooking?

    Looks really good Chief!
  35. 1 point
    Chief Grey Bear

    What's Cooking?

    Actual alaskan wild salmon. Seasoned with some sea salt that I had smoked and then freshly ground and black pepper.
  36. 1 point
    moguy1973

    2 drownings at Castlewood

    The bottom isn't particularly rocky there, and it's more silty and muddy so it kind of sucks your foot down when you step in it. Plus right there its really shallow and then it's not. There's a pretty good ledge that goes from a couple of feet to around 10' that you can't see due to the water not being all that clear. Take a step off that ledge and your feet sink into the mucky bottom and you can't get back up to the surface. Add to the fact that most that drown there aren't that great of swimmers, as I suspect this girl and woman were and it's a recipe for a tragedy.
  37. 1 point
    tjm

    2 drownings at Castlewood

    Used to be drownings in the creeks here blamed on underwater springs shooting cold water on swimmers causing cramps. Not sure that's what happened but there were some cold streams under water where they happened. I guess water falling off a ledge under water could create some suction/undertow. My question was triggered by the rescuers entering the same water and not only avoiding being sucked under but also getting out the folks that were sucked under. (that probably just postpones their death by idiocy til another day)
  38. 1 point
    Jesse Wayne Cole

    Auto inflate life vest

    Not a clue both went off in my storage box that had a leak
  39. 1 point
    MOPanfisher

    What's Cooking?

    Back in the "Old Days" every summer there was a big stone crock on the back porch full of cucumbers, garlic, dill, grape leaves and I don't know what else. We had to skim off the scum from the top occasionally. Usually we started sneaking them out after a week or so. Finally mom found a second smaller crock she would put there for us to eat from so she could can up the rest. They were never as good as right out of the crock though.
  40. 1 point
    JF660R

    Tracman86 Steering Mod - Fail Safe

    Now that we have test fitted this solution I will source a proper stainless bolt, as stainless was not available in this thread pitch locally. The grade 8 will do fine for quite a while. And while the nut and bolt may never have vibrated loose, I feel better knowing it's pinned in. I also feel better with my life jacket on, and my tether attached these days.
  41. 1 point
    Oddly enough I have never been caught up in the pounds/ounces of whether or not a fish was big, and especially not if it is a trophy. Smallmouth that I catch that make me think wow that's a good-un are "big fish", ones that I caught with a good friend, during specials times, or some that I only hooked and lost after seeing them smash a lure, jump high early in the morning while camp gear is still waiting to be packed up, etc. Those are trophies. Hell those pics of well marked smallies others post even give me a thrill.
  42. 1 point
    slothman

    White Bass control needed

    I got to Stockton Thursday morning and we had whites surfacing all around us for as far as we could see in every direction for 2-3 hours. We tore the up with Zara Spooks. I was using a full sized spook and catching fewer, but a larger average size. My partner was fishing with a mini spook and was catching more and still decent sized fish. We loaded the boat in no time and continued to catch and release for a couple more hours. It was probably the best white bass experience I’ve ever had. Lots of fun catching them on top for hours.
  43. 1 point
    bfishn

    Aunts Creek 8-9

    Mink.
  44. 1 point
    WalleyeHunter1407

    Decent day by the bridge

    Went out trolling cranks looking for walleye. Wound up catching several small walleye, a couple of catfish, and stumbled on to a decent crappie bite. They were a bit scattered, so numbers could have been better, but most of them were nice ones.
  45. 1 point
    SuperFluke

    8-9 Long Creek

    Thanks @Bill Babler for pointing me in the right direction on Tuesday. I was able to sneak out for a few hours this morning. Here’s my report: The rock was good to me this morning. Got on the water at 5 am launching from big cedar and heading up long creek. We had gotten a bunch of rain the afternoon before and there was a heavy fog, so I stayed near big cedar and did some casting practice 😂 until the sun came up. After that I started running points and humps, keeping the boat in 25-30’ of water. Caught one spot on a drop shot and then pulled up on my third point for the day. It had a sharp break into deep water. I caught fish for 45 minutes steady. They would push up and I catch them on the plopper and then when they went down I’d get them on the drop shot. Didn’t have to move the boat to catch fish on drop shot and plopper...pretty cool 😎. This post has been promoted to an article
  46. 1 point
    One of my main fishing goals this year was to help others achieve their goals (where possible based upon proximity and scheduling). The main focus has been to get my daughter's goals met. She has goals to catch five new species that she has never caught before, to catch two new species of sculpin, and to catch a total of 40 different species for the year. Up to this point her life list was only at total of 34 species. So we would have to work on getting her on new species. With my travelling between Missouri and Maryland, I have been able to find species that she has not caught previously and fish those spots when she is in Maryland. I have posted about those trips previously. When in Missouri, I have focused on getting her in front of some of the more difficult species either due to their resistance to being caught or more likely the distance from our house. I have been also thinking about trying to fish a spot where I have seen and caught plains topminnows previously. This is a small creek just south of Rolla. With that in mind, I planned a trip first to a creek and a small river that are "on the way" to Rolla. At the first creek there was the opportunity to catch several minnows, darters, sunfish, and bass. Since she had not yet caught a smallmouth bass this year, Livie was fishing a 1/32 oz tube jig with a green pumpkin body/chartreuse paddle tailed slider. We were upstream from an overpass and I had her try to cast near the rip rap on the far bank. I tied on a perch colored whopper plopper and cast under the bridge. Livie immediately got bit by a decent small stream green sunfish. Then another. At that point I made my first cast and as the bait "plopped" a few feet got bit by a 8 inch smallmouth (my first of the year ), which for this creek was not a bad sized fish. Some 12 to 14 inch could be caught here, but with the low water, weren't likely to still be in this tributary. Livie made a cast to a shaded part of the water and caught her first smallmouth of the year. I made a couple of more casts with the WP and got slaps at the bait by sunfish and smaller bass. I then switched to the micro rig with a #26 Tanago hook with a tiny piece of redworm. I caught the first western mosquitofish of the day and my first of the year. I had seen a couple of male northern studfish that had some of their breeding coloration. I caught one on the micro rig. Not as colorful as some that I have seen or received photos of from other OAF members, but a nicer one than I have caught previously. While looking for those guys I noticed a small school of minnows that did not look like the schools of bleeding shiners swimming around us. I dropped the bait and caught a bluntnose shiner. Livie was catching green and longear sunfish and at least one more smallmouth. I got her to take up the micro rig and she caught her first mosquitofish of the year. She never did catch any of the bluntnose shiners, since they kept dispersing when she got close to them. A little discouraged by not catching on the worm she resorted to what she does best - hand fishing ! She caught the following critters by hand. Maybe HD Tackle will replicate these guys (@Mitch f @Hog Wally)! Northern studfish Unknown minnow Longear sunfish We got to the confluence of the river and I could see smallmouth in the big pool below the confluence. We threw a few things at them but only landed a couple of small smallmouth bass and sunfish. Had a 16+' smallie look at the WP but not commit. Upstream from the confluence I had a huge blow up on the bait. I made a second cast and nothing until the bait was about 25 feet from me, It was passing right through the transition from the deeper channel to a shallow ridge and got blasted by a nice chunky 13" largemouth (yes we Follys can catch bass as well). Livie swithed from hand fishing to a Trout Magnet trout crank and got into a thick bunch of large green sunfish. You just can't stop the selfies! With the heat, Livie was wearing down. So we headed down to Rolla to get something to eat, drink, and try for plains topminnows. Livie was feeling worse, so I went out and scouted the creek to see if I could locate any of the topminnows. I found a couple only. The water was really low and most fish were really spooky. Our redworms were dead and breaking down in the heat. So I put a small piece of chartreuse plastic from a trout magnet jig on a #16 hook and let Livie fish in the shade of the bridge while I went after the topminnows. I also had on a much smaller piece of plastic on the #26 Tanago hook. I could only catch northern studfish. The juvenile topminnows were too small to get hooked and the one adult that I now saw avoided this bait. I switched to a white/pink piece and found a pod of three topminnows further down the creek. They avoided the plastic bait. Meanwhile Livie was catching bluegill, longears, and small green sunfish on most every cast. She found one of the redworms that had not fully liquefied and brought it to me as I stood near that pod of fish trying not to move and spook them. As soon as I got the worm near them they took interest and I caught one of the three. Livie then switched positions. That spooked the fish and it took about 5 to 6 min for them to return to a spot where she could reach them and not spook them. She got bit and once again we were not able to hold onto the fish for a photo. She did not want to try to catch the last one from the bunch or to look for others. Called it quits! Livie caught three different species that put her total for the year at 32 species. So now we are in the countdown phase towards her 40 fish goal. She also has caught 16 new species so far to add to her life list! Just need to find some new sculpin. I am looking hard in Maryland and may think her best bet is going after some marine species.
  47. 1 point
    rps

    Upper bull 7-28/29

    I should have known you know about the tip I wrote. Oh well, at least the other readers might learn something.
  48. 1 point
    rps

    Upper bull 7-28/29

    Some years ago I was having a similar difficulty. Walleye were regularly coming off even though they hit trolled baits and you would expect a good hook up. The adviice I received on another board was to change to a softer rod and loosen the drag. The bull dog runs are usually at the boat where running drag will not hurt you and the softer rod gives them less leverage to pull loose. It has helped a lot.
  49. 1 point
    shrapnel

    White Bass control needed

    I would not consider Crappie a "more desirable table fare" Not even close, white bass is much better in my opinion, I just with they would show themselves on LOTO.
  50. 0 points
    yaknar

    My Last Smallmouth

    I got out on the river last week. I think I'm turning into a pumpkinseed - google eye fisherman, with a few smallmouth thrown in. I don't know if its the time of year, lure or water level but I'm having a hard time finding any smallmouth. I can tell you what the pumpkinseed are hitting though. I had a nice float, a lot of low water, but I did find one hole that did have a nice smallmouth in it. I made a long cast down the river with a crankbait. Sometimes I catch my biggest fish on these long cast. I felt something hit it, I thought, and when I set the hook a branch with leaves on it came to the surface. So I just started reeling in when I saw my line going to the center of the river. She must have been hiding under it. I think everyone needs to experience catching a large smallmouth and feeling the power of the fish, while setting about 4 inches above the river in a kayak and a fish turn your kayak around and the pull it down the river. She was released back to the river with a big tail splash. I got to my take out point and pulled my kayak up on the ramp. As I started to walk up the ramp I heard a loud pop....And that was the end to my fishing this year. Long story short I broke my foot, we're talking screws and 8 weeks off from work. But thanks to that one fish I ended my season on a high note. This post has been promoted to an article
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