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  1. 14 points
    Vernon, this one is for you. She slept in my KU shirt, put baseball/football eye glare on first thing after waking up and came to the dock to fish. I love my job as a parent. Eight years old and loves to fish with me. Such a blessing to live in the Ozarks and in a great Nation.
  2. 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.
  3. 5 points
    I struggled on where to post this story. Asked some friends what they thought and got the go ahead to post in General fishing. I think a few on here should see what is out there and we all get stuck reading only what interests us here. This trip we are about to take you on can be done by anyone. Nothing special is needed. Most places we have been can be accessed with the family sedan, a tent and your own two feet. Fishing equipment of your choice of course abiding by the regulations for the area. We choose fly fishing but don't let this keep you from coming along on this trip. We the BilletHead's fish with all equipment. One think that drives us is new species / subspecies in their respective native ranges. We try to access headwaters and small streams where the fish are genetically pure. The fish you will see are not big nor trophy's in the eyes of some but trophy's for us. This thread will be picture heavy at times and not all will be fish. We had laughing and some oh crap moments on this trip. This will all be broken down in the quarry we are after and places we visited. The trip started off as a sprint and ended up a marathon. Actually when we make our trips we have a plan and for some reason we end up winging it. We covered close to 4000 miles in two weeks. The original plan was to catch the three native cutthroat of Colorado. Actually this was Mrs. BilletHead's first time fishing this state and I had not seriously tried here. So what first with the OAF BilletHead's go? Part 1 the Greenback, This goes back one year and two weeks previous from now when we were driving back from our Utah trip. As we were coming back home and passing through Colorado I gave our friend Motroutbum (Randy) a text on the phone. Randy and us go back many years. I have to explain so bear with me please. I first met Randy when he worked for Backcountry anglers when he worked there in Springfield. I then had no idea how our lives would be entangled. 11 years ago Mrs. BilletHead was an alternate for Casting for Recovery and because of one of the picked ladies was unable to attend, she got to participate. So the next year Mrs. BilletHead and I volunteered. I as a River Helper and Pat on staff. Well we found out that Randy's Mom Dawn was the one that could not attend and Pat took her place. Not only that Dawn was attending the retreat we were helping with. When it was time for the ladies to fish that retreat we all lined up to be paired off. Generally the staff watch the ladies and know who should be paired to who but before pairing began there was a scream and Dawn dashed out of the line and said this one's mine as she grabbed my arm. . For the next couple of years at the retreat Randy volunteered and he and I spent time together. Back to story, so in the text I told Randy about our trip to Utah and shared pictures but I had alternative motives for the call and this brings us to us picking his brain about the Colorado natives, see Randy now works for the Front Range Anglers in Boulder Colorado. So a text and phone call before this trip to Randy and asking about where to start in seeking the fish we wanted to add to our bucket list. Randy was quick to say I want to take you for the Greenback! This elated us to the max. So we hit the road from BilletHeadVille at 6:20 PM on July 27th Heading West on 54 then to I-70. Driving hard until we had no way to keep our old eyes open and took a power nap at a rest area in Kanarado, Ks. Three hour nap we were behind the wheel until we arrived at Randy's home for a visit and plan. Met his wife and visited about everything under the sun. On Randy's computer we secured our fishing licenses. we were to meet him in Estes Park at 7 AM the next morning. Before we left his home I had a handful of hooks and fly tying material Randy insisted I needed and it will all be put to good use. We headed up out of the big city and found a place to pull off the road and get a full nights sleep. We went to sleep at 7PM and awoke the next morning at 4 AM. Up to Estes park to meet Randy, pitch our gear in his rig and up into Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to fish the front range and hopefully a greenback cutthroat. Arriving the trailhead we grabbed our gear and up the trail we went. Randy in the lead, Pat in the Middle with me bringing up the rear. Nice and steep trail for us flatlanders. Some huffing and puffing from the middle and rear and the front man shot up the trail like a mountain goat. When we got to the point where we dropped into the canyon to fish Randy reminded me he had given us our choice for an easy place or a challenge. I had told him we did not necessary need it easy and we had worked to get to this spot for sure. Are you all ready for some fishing? I thought so . We strung up our rods. Myself with a hopper and Randy and Pat with hopper droppers. The fishing commenced with all of us fishing and leap frogging the creek. Randy was the first to set the hook!, Mrs. BilletHead was next, Yes I caught also, We worked our way up the creek working runs and plunge pools. One of Pat's greenbacks. We all took pictures but Randy can really capture the moment. This is a combination of the three of us but I can bet you can tell his from ours, Speaking of gear camera and otherwise Randy carried a huge pack and besides his rod he carried a full sized tripod and full sized DSLR camera on his side, in the pack extra shoes, pump water purification unit, big water bottle, fishing gear, snacks and who knows what else, As the clouds began to form for the afternoon monsoon it was time break down rods and pack back up for the trip back down the mountain. Randy set up the tri pod and punched up the self timer for a shot of the three of us, Back down we went to the Randy rig, then back to Estes Park to part ways but this would not be the last time we talked to Randy. The Mrs. and I then grabbed a spot in a commercial campground for the night. a good dinner and dessert was had, I may get some flack for this picture but I guarantee I had my pint too . Into bed early after dosing with arthritis strength Tylenol . Need a good nights sleep for the next day, another place and another native. My fingers are cramping and my eyes are crossed from all this post. You all will have to wait for more while I recover, BilletHead This post has been promoted to an article
  4. 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.
  5. 4 points
    have to admit, that is a cool video.
  6. 4 points
    Chief Grey Bear

    What's Cooking?

    Smoked
  7. 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.
  8. 3 points
    abkeenan

    fish kill

    Classy response. I would expect no less though, coming from you.
  9. 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.
  10. 3 points
    It's more fun to fish for fun. Good action with good friends are my trophies.
  11. 3 points
    I never cared what anyone else thought about my fish, as long as I am happy with it.
  12. 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
  13. 2 points
    Johnsfolly

    Best Angler in the world contest

    I've got a fry mix that would make a boot taste good or for that matter white bass😂!
  14. 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
  15. 2 points
    Quillback

    Best Angler in the world contest

    HAHA, I was thinking that if there was a contest to catch the smallest fish, things could get pretty interesting.
  16. 2 points
    He is and we are blessed to have him as a friend, BilletHead
  17. 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??
  18. 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.
  19. 2 points
    I saw the title of the thread and thought it would be "about" Vern.
  20. 2 points
    Flysmallie

    The 8 year old mind and fishing

    Nope. This town is full of MU goons.
  21. 2 points
    Beautiful girl. Beautiful fish. Butt Ugly Shirt. Why you gotta go and corrupt a young mind like that! On a side note. Coming back from TR this weekend and saw a highway billboard just north of Springfield headed eastbound on 44 that said something to the effect of "Mizzou Tigers, Springfield's college team". Boy did I think that was a slap in the face and a pretty audacious move by the MU to put that right there in Bear country like that.
  22. 2 points
    fishinwrench

    Trout for Sale - $4 each!

    Well his girlfriend is a graduate from Smartass U. so I'm pretty sure they know what they're doing. 🤣
  23. 2 points
    Keiththom

    2 drownings at Castlewood

    When I see the thousands of people floating down the meramac on the weekends, many of them intoxicated, it is a miracle that more don't drown. But Gavin is right. It doesn't make any difference how deep the water is - 10 foot or a million foot. Either you're a good swimmer or you're not. If you're not, and you get out in the current, you're at risk.
  24. 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.
  25. 2 points
    Terrierman

    2 drownings at Castlewood

    Easy access.
  26. 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.
  27. 2 points
    rps

    What's Cooking?

    Chicken Fried Chicken with gravy, spice roasted potato, and broccoli.
  28. 2 points
    Got up at 4:30. Caught a dozen, trophy was a 14” brown fish.
  29. 2 points
    I'll take a picture to record my trophy.
  30. 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."
  31. 1 point
    james

    Upper bull 7-28/29

    Fished both days 4-9, put in at beaver, wt 81, managed 3 keeps each day, lost several good ones, few good LM in the mix, SK 5XD did all the work.
  32. 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.
  33. 1 point
    Ok but you gotta eat them. Let me know how that Speckled Fart Darter tastes. 😁
  34. 1 point
    Several yes, but only one that fishes his way to heaven with prayer beads on his fillet knife for the church. The others do it for the VFW, ELK'S, or other organizational get togethers. I don't care because they are crappie, but you can bet your rear-end if it was bass (or Whites) I'd hotline him in a heartbeat. Somebody should pray for me because I keep his boat running. 😊
  35. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Trout for Sale - $4 each!

    I bet that church has a fish fryer bigger than our hot tub.
  36. 1 point
    Dkman

    Have a question

    While it is always nice to catch fish, I have always used a guide as a learning experience. And I have always came out a little bit better than I was before.
  37. 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.
  38. 1 point
    Sorry Vernon, set him up for this one. My bad and my apology. I will have to send you some baits to make up for it, but you have to admit...... it is funny!
  39. 1 point
    crappie jerk

    White Bass control needed

    I believe that I have come to the conclusion that if you have to disguise the taste of anything it's not that good to begin with. just my opinion !
  40. 1 point
    kjackson

    Choosing the right kayak...

    Here's the second article I've written for Bass Pro's 1Source ezine. https://1source.basspro.com/index.php/component/k2/81-kayaking/4050-shopping-for-the-right-fishing-kayak-answer-these-five-questions
  41. 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.
  42. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Livie's Species Countdown Has Started

    Now in Maryland, but Livie's quest continues! I pre-fished a new spot in anticipation for My Betterhalf and Livie heading out to Maryland this last weekend. I had heard that the pilings around the fishing pier at Bill Burton state park on the Choptank river would be a good spot to catch a novel fish, an oyster toadfish. I thought that I should give it a try. I headed down last Thursday evening and all I could find for bait were nightcrawlers. I rigged up a bell sinker and tied in a long shanked bait hook about 5" above the sinker. Pulled up to the first piling, put on half a nightcrawler and dropped it back towards the piling. The tide was coming in and I was fishing the down tide side of the bridge so that my bait and scent would drift towards the piling. As soon as I tightened the line, I go bit by a white perch. I caught a couple more perch and the bite stopped. I moved out to the next piling and repeated the process. I got bit by a heavy fish and saw that I was on a chunky catfish. I pulled it up and it looked different than a channel and did not look like a blue catfish. In the sunset the photo looks more green, but this fish was more gray than green and no spotting like I would expect from a channel catfish. It had a short tail and anal fin. Also did not bite the crap out of my hand as i was holding it (a clear indicator that this was not a channel ). Looked it up later and confirmed that this was a white catfish, a first for me. I ended up catching four others that night. All were released. Good thing that these were not the invasive blue or flathead catfish which have a no release recommendation by the state. As I worked the pilings I caught more white perch as well as a few spot like this one. If i had a heavier rod with me this guy may have been freelined for stripers. instead back into the river. At the third piling I pulled up what I had hoped for the fish that only a mother could love or a Folly multispecies fisherman - the oyster toadfish! I ended the night with a small striper, seven white perch, five white catfish, two spot, and the toadfish. So with a pattern that I was comfortable that would work, I couldn't wait for Livie to give this a try! My Betterhalf and Livie showed up on Saturday and we got the vehicle unpacked yesterday morning. After dinner, I took Livie out with the hopes of getting a few more new species for the countdown. We got to the pier and there was a big thunderstorm heading down the river toward us. It looked to be passing to our east, but we kept an eye on it anyways. Since we were right at high tide, there was a lot more people on the pier this evening and we had fewer pilings to choose from. I got her rigged up and showed her what she needed to do. I took her a little while to get the feel for when the sinker was on bottom. She got a couple of quick bites and missed on the hook sets. Then stuck her first fish of the evening, a white perch. She followed that up with a feisty channel catfish - her first for the year so the countdown continued - FOUR to go! Her next fish was a spot, a new species for her - THREE to go! She caught another spot as the storm got too close and ran us off the river. So she still needs three more different species to meet her goal for the year. We will be back to try for some white catfish and that toadfish!
  43. 1 point
    Smithvillesteve

    Muskie

    I'm not an expert by any means kelbrand but i have always heard oct and nov is best. Get a cloudy overcast day with some wind. I'm usually hunting by then and dont get a chance. But I swear I'm going to!
  44. 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)
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Whites, Hybrids and Stripers?

    I can't understand why any fish would want to spend the majority of its life at that depth in this lake. The lake floor below 15ft. is mostly covered in a thick blanket of silt, so your visions of bass hanging around clean Rocky ledges and such are nothing more than a figment of your imagination. Imagine the landscape after a heavy snowfall and that's what things are like down there. Nothing aside from some insect larvae lives smothered in that 12-20" layer of yuck along the bottom. I'm certainly not denying that fish (lots of them) get located and caught down there, but my confidence is always short lived when trying to catch fish deeper than 12-15'. If I don't catch them pretty quick then I'm right back to fishing the shallower areas where I know things are more the way I think a fish would prefer.
  48. 1 point
    i was in fear of my life when the snake approached me!
  49. 1 point
    Hunter91

    7-4 walleye

    Tried out of K dock this morning. It was pretty slow for us. Bottom bounced for several hours in 30 fow. Caught two nice eyes 22 & 24 in. One small yellow perch. Trolled cranks for a couple hours and had only one 17 3/4incher.
  50. 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.
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