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  1. 8 points
    Surface temps the last few days has been hanging in the 76 to 79 range depending on area of the lake. This morning at Shell Knob it was 77 and pretty much stayed there. I'm going to go ahead and do the K-Knob first. Lets just say Shell Knob to Big M and Shell Knob to Baxter as it is all pretty much the same deal right now, with one note worthy exception that I will tell your about in a minute. Lots and lots of drop shot fish in the 26 to 40g foot range not so much really congregated but several on a lot of locations, mostly gravel. There are also fish chasing all day long, some in the middle and some just about everywhere. I can't catch them worth a hoot on top water, but they will eat a under spin with a 2.8 inch Keitech decent. What they will eat the best is a 1/2 oz. Little George in Silver or Chrome. I started at the end of last week with 5 most of them probably 20 yrs. old and I now have none. They took them from me. Today especially, as I saw something I have not seen for 25 plus years on the Rock. Today I witnessed at massive school of LM chasing shad. The last time was up the Kings River near Blue Hole today it was at the mouth of the Kings. I was fishing the point going into Mill Creek at Twin Rivers and saw them bust right in the middle of the White River Channel. Its 98 feet deep right there. I really did not pay a total load of attention as I thought they were Whites and would be up and down. Deal was they stayed and stayed up. Finely after about 5 minutes I just had to go check it out as they just kept surfacing in about a 40 acre patch. I pulled out there and tossed the Little George. and it was a total slam and while I was reeling in the fish I saw that they were LM. busting all around the boat. Got the fish to the boat and it was a solid 4 pounder. When to reach over for him and he dived and snapped off the George. I had another one rigged so I calmly did the same frigging thing and lost another Little George. These were on 6lb that I had been catching K's on with out a problem. These LM were not that by a long shot and they were moving and slashing at top speed. Picked up another rod with a yellow magic and they were still busting all around me. Some of these feeds were as big as a bushel basket. Tossed out the YM on 8 pound Maxi and as soon as it hit the water if was gone, I mean it was like you threw in a 500 lb. boulder. It was there one minute and I had a slack line the next. I had 2 remaining rods with baits, both were under spins on 8 pound line. I boated 6 LM on them all about 3 pounders before the Keitechs were torn off. I also caught 1 more on a drop shot and one on a swim jig. All cookie cutter 3 pounders. These fish were on the surface at least 20 minutes and then they were gone. Wish I would have had a camera guy but the futility and craziness would have really embarrassed me. Reason for all the lite tackle was I was to have had some extremely mature fishermen today and that was what they were comfortable with. Due to the rain at Shell Knob they did not get out, so I was on my own after the drive over. I has also been catching some up there swimming a jig thru deep trees, and that has been a hoot. Now for the rest of the lake. The deep Football jig bite has really tapered off, and the drop shot bite is back on again from Kimberling City to the dam. Guides are telling me a half day trip they are using 6 dozen crawlers and fish are both suspended and on the bottom in the 26 to 35 ft. range. James River is still fishing well on the Football Jig at that same 30' depth range with some really solid K's and LM along with the big boys. Hope I don't have to wait another 25 years to see LM surface on the rock in a massive school like this. I don't believe there was any other bass in that 40 acre school but LM and as I have said, for the Rock in Post LM kill that is just something few people have ever gotten to see. Good Luck This post has been promoted to an article
  2. 8 points
    Quillback

    BFL - As a Co-Angler

    Yeah man, sorry about the pint of Jack Daniels I spilled on the carpet, and it is unfortunate that some of it got in the livewell and killed those nice bass you had caught. And I just plumb forgot I had set that lit cigar on your engine cowling, you'd think Mercury would make them out of plastic that was a little more heat resistant, hard to blame me for that one. And the experiment with me wearing golf spikes for shoes (I had hoped they would help me 'dig in' for a hook set), apparently caused some damage to your boat carpet, but c'mon dude, that carpet was getting a bit ratty looking. Next time I promise to be more considerate of your boat, and I'll bring $20 to help out.
  3. 6 points
    merc1997

    geese are headed south

    took my brother for a short fishing trip last night, and there were geese flying all evening headed south. good sign that cold is coming. on the fishing side, we fished till midnight. shad are out in the lake and fishing something steep offered the best opportunity to connect with something. this was the first time i had taken my brother fishing in decades. he hates losing to me at anything so it is hard to get him in the boat. we ended up with 11 keepers with a couple of lmg's in the 3 lb. range, and a couple of brownies in that same range. 3/4 GrassJig caught the majority, but did get a few on the big wobbler and the black widow. caught them from 10 to 30 ft. a real pattern. bo
  4. 6 points
    JestersHK

    TR for this upcoming weekend

    3 bows on first 6 or 7 casts... 4th one came unbuttoned. Hope it stays like this all night... Starting up at the cable. All caught on the Doty OS#3
  5. 5 points
    zarraspook

    Stockton Winds Forecast

    For those, with boats on Stockton Lake, that are wind sensitive .. This is the best forecast chart that I have found... https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/springfield-branson_airport
  6. 4 points
    Quillback

    Vintage minnow bucket

    According to Ebay, these are now 'Vintage' in other words out of production, at least this brand is. 84 year old friend of the family gave it to me, kind of cool, I'm going to polish it up and set it somewhere in the house. They aren't rare, you can get them (used) on Ebay for $25 or so.
  7. 4 points
    bluebasser86

    Monster Carp

    Grass carp are weird fish. Supposedly eat nothing but plants, but seemingly one will get a wild hair every once in a while and eat something it's not supposed to. I was fishing a S-Waver in a pond several years ago when I watched this monster rocket off the bottom and T-bone it. It was a heck of a fight even on heavy swimbait gear.
  8. 3 points
    mbkwrh

    White River 10-2-2018

    Matt and I went down to the White Tuesday night to float, put the boat in up at the dam around 10:30pm and took out the next afternoon at Cotter around 3:30pm. Great float dam was running 35mw and the fishing was great. Night time was good, yielded several quality Browns on a mouse just swinging and stripping. I was using my Sage TCX 8wt with a floating line and just straight mono 22 pound with a mouse at the end of the line. The mice that we are using are 2/0 Gamakatsu B10s so they are big and will stayed buckled up when you catch a toad, we are also throwing a full sinking line with a 2/0 Zoo Cougar. The reason we throw both is when they are not eating up top then we can go subsurface and most likely get the hooks up. Here is Matt with a decent Brown that he caught on a Lemming Mouse. The highlight of the night came around 1:30 am when I just heard a sip on the top of the water and my line went tight and the fight was on. The 8wt was bent over and the fish on the other end was digging in. He gave a couple of good head shakes and I knew right then this was the fish I had been hunting for a long time. Then with no warning he came charging to the boat, I could barely strip the line in quick enough to keep him tight , John was rowing as fast as he could in reverse as to help me out. Next thing I knew he was under the boat shaking his head giving it all he had to break loose and that instant he came springing out of the water and landed next to the boat, John netted him and with a sigh of relief I knew I was looking at a fish that had haunted me for years fishing the mouse. 29"*15" As far as the day time with 35 mw fishing was good. Fishing was consistent we picked up several fish first thing in the morning throwing the 56er and some variations with it in other colors like olive, brown and black. Fishing with with a full sink line and 4x tippet. Nothing very big but just a lot fish that are always fun to catch striping streamers. Matt was working on his slam but we could never find the Cutthroat to complete it, here is a Brooke that he caught on a 56'er. Till next time look me up on fb @ "Up Sauce Creek Fly Fishing and Custom Flies" or on instagram @upsaucecreek Tight lines Michael This post has been promoted to an article
  9. 3 points
    I fished from the bank like a complete gaper at a public access that is very well used with rope swings in the trees and methheads tweaking in the bushes. I just had to nail a few fish for my sanity so location was not well thought out. I caught one Spot after another for about an hour and a half, a few around 15 or 16 the rest just fun little dinks. All were brought to hand with a Japanese top water bait and my sanity is in tact for now.... mission accomplished ✌️
  10. 3 points
    aarchdale@coresleep.com

    Monster Carp

    Caught a giant today up around MCCords bend. No clue in the weight my scale only goes to 15. Gotta be pushing 30. This thing inhaled a war eagle spinner bait. Can’t believe the bait held together till the end
  11. 3 points
    BilletHead

    Monster Carp

    Fly rod and smallish nymphs. They will chase them down. They are not like common carp Grass carp are white meat and very tasty. They do have bones to contend with but in a big one bones are big and no problem. Try one you will like it, BilletHead
  12. 3 points
    Royal Blue

    BFL - As a Co-Angler

    That's crazy. I guess I see it as an opportunity to glean any type of knowledge that I can in a situation like that. I'd want to see how someone with that much more experience than me goes about ALL of it from start to finish. I'd even pay attention to how they were retrieving the bait that they were using. Especially if I hadn't done it before, I'd try to be a sponge. I'd assume that my money was earning me an education on the water.
  13. 3 points
    Something I've done on my Navionics map is highlighted the 25-30 foot zone and try to find fish around that depth. Seems to work the biggest part of the year.
  14. 3 points
    JestersHK

    TR for this upcoming weekend

    Another solid bow to start the morning.
  15. 3 points
    JestersHK

    TR for this upcoming weekend

    Calling it early tonight... between work today and the fog coming down I'm beat. Ended the night on a good note with a solid bow. Just down from outlet 2 he hit a Duane special rainbow pattern like a missile on a slow retrieve. Was lucky enough a fellow angler snapped a pic for me before release. Gonna hit it early at dawn tomorrow, but gonna grab a few hours of sleep...
  16. 3 points
    fishinwrench

    BFL - As a Co-Angler

    Here are a few tips to help make you a "likeable" co-angler.... Keep your stuff tidy and not littering the floor/seats/deck of the boat. Wads of line, torn up plastics, half empty water bottles ect.....Shove them in a pocket, quietly chew them up and swallow them, or whatever. When you notice that your boater is ready to make a move, reel in, get your pfd on, and sit yo'posterior down with a quickness. Don't fiddle-dick around and make him wait on you. Don't piss and moan, heavy sigh, or get otherwise emotional about backlashes, snags, missed bites, lost fish, or poorly placed casts. Just deal with it quietly. Having someone behind you that is frustrated or having a bad day is incredibly distracting. Anything that comes out of your mouth should have a positive tone attached to it. If you pause for a drink or a bite to eat, say something like "I'm gonna get a drink, can I get you anything?" Save all the questions about jig trailers, line, that weird knot he was tying, and other gear and techniques for after the weigh-in. Concentration is important. Keep in mind that odds are he'd rather be alone in the boat, so try to make your presence an asset if at all possible.
  17. 3 points
    fishinwrench

    Knapp time.

    Um, yeah!!! Very cool stuff. In all of my poking around I've only found 2 in my life, and one was all curved (couldn't have been used for anything really). They were in my old gun cabinet, I guess I lost them in the twister. I hopped in a guys truck once for a ride to town and he had 3-4 on the dash and another one in the cupholder. I asked about them and he was like "oh yeah, I find them all over the place, this one here I found on the road when I stopped to pee". I guess I just don't have the eye for it.
  18. 3 points
    TrevorByrd

    9/29 Walleye

    After bowhunting I picked up my father-in-law to try our luck at some walleye. At first we had a west wind so I picked out one of my spots on the east side of the lake that just slightly cuts into the main land to give the wind something to push into. I've found that those slight cutouts from the main lake tend to be where they like to stack up, rather than deep coves. We caught 10-15 almost all 14"-14.5" with one good 21" all in the 15' FOW trolling BB and crawlers. The wind died and our spot petered out. Then a good south wind picked up and we headed to one of my honey holes that I always catch them with a south wind. For some reason the fish were deeper there and I marked a ton of them but they just did not want to bite so I called it a day.
  19. 3 points
    Terrierman

    Monster Carp

    I love canned carp. That one would be at least 8 pints of prime. Pack one inch chunks tight in pint jar. Add one bay leaf, one tablespoon of ketchup and one teaspoon of canning salt. Pressure can for 45 minutes. Do not knock it until you try it.
  20. 2 points
    BilletHead

    Vintage minnow bucket

    Neat Quill! You made me dig this old goodie out. Was my grandpas. Has little rings soldered on sides for a lanyard. The lid is just about an inch or two deep and slides in. You are making me want to scrub mine up. . it has just been sitting on top of the china cabinet. I am afraid cleaning might destroy what graphics (old Pal) that is still on there? BilletHead
  21. 2 points
    Quillback

    2018 Garden Thread

    Still getting some beans, did a late planting around the end of June, variety is called Eureka. A bush bean plant, I like the yellow color, makes them easier to see when I am picking them. I get colander full about every 4 days. But, the end is near.
  22. 2 points
    CLoyd

    TR for this upcoming weekend

    Nice little juvenile brown! I caught several of those last weekend. Once you find one you can usually catch several. They must school up. I'll be out tonight hoping for something big!
  23. 2 points
    JestersHK

    TR for this upcoming weekend

    Caught one more decent rainbow, and a little brownie on the fly rod. I hooked a big trout on a white jig this morning. Jumped completely out of the water twice. I'd say easy over 24 25 inches. Came unbottoned...
  24. 2 points
    Johnsfolly

    What's Cooking?

    Weds night had baked potato soup with sweet corn on the cob. Double smoked bacon, Yukon gold potatoes, sharp white cheddar, sweet yellow onions, ... (no Old Bay but was added to the corn ). Photo of the soup topped with sour cream.
  25. 2 points
    fowlthing

    BFL - As a Co-Angler

    I fished two Bass opens as a co angler. Really enjoyed the experience overall. Learned from all 4 boaters. Two of them knew quite a bit more, one had been on the elite series before an illness. They were all great to spend the day with, and truly enjoyed it when I caught fish. Cost was about 450$ per tournament plus they encourage helping with fuel, about 40$ per day. I agree with Bill, that many are everyday guys, that have had some success somewhere, but are not not necessarily way better than many locals. But this event also had some truly top notch talent, Elam, McClelland, Clouse, Even the elite guy at the end of the day asked me if I had a spot and we went and each caught a keeper. It was great fun, and did offer the possibility of winning some money, although that was not my motivation to enter the event. I hope to do it again, it make me realize how hard the pros and guides work to fish everyday. The days are very long.
  26. 2 points
    Champ188

    BFL - As a Co-Angler

    Exactly right, in my opinion. I never wanted and seldom took any money but I silently expected at least an offer. As you said, common courtesy. I’ve had careless co’s rip seats, spill beverages and even damage engine cowlings without even offering to pay for what they tore up. This is part of the reason for the present popularity of solo pro events. On the other hand, I enjoyed practically every co that I ever fished with over the years. I helped quite a few of them make a check, as Bill will attest. Had one win the BFL event on TR just a few years ago. But not every boater is like that and there are more than a few who have more money than fishing ability and probably won’t get you within a country mile of a decent fish all day. Others drive their boats with wanton disregard for the lives of everyone on the lake, especially their co-angler. Can’t recommend it as worthwhile.
  27. 2 points
    Gavin

    I am a kayaker now !

    A change of clothes, a bag of match light , and a lighter in a sealed 5 gallon bucket or dry bag isn’t a bad idea on any float. A buddy in another boat is good to have too. Cover some water on day trips before you do an extended solo trip.
  28. 2 points
    MickinMO

    Observations, 10/4

    Got down this afternoon and fished from Fall Creek down to about Lakeshore Resort area. Made two full drifts. Two of us in the boat threw jigs or spoons at times with no hits. Bottom rigs with power eggs caught fish pretty steady all afternoon. Seemed to catch nicer fish in stretch from monkey island to 65 bridge. Mainly new stockers past that, but if you have kids with you or are just wanting to catch some fish it was steady action. Power eggs in white, pink, orange, and chartreuse all worked and garlic or no garlic scent didn't seem to matter. My uncle has been down for a couple of days already and has had some luck in the mornings off the dock using orange power eggs catching a pretty thick 13" rainbow this morning about 9am. Saw a couple of fish caught this evening off the end of the Lilley's dock about when the water started to really slow down.
  29. 2 points
    Bill I know you must always Taylor trips to get the most fish for your clients but what if a guy say, me would call you and say hey I would like to learn a new tactic... is that something you offer as an a a guide or would you rather have inexperienced Fisherman's and just put them on fish. we have a summertime home on Table Rock and I would like to learn to fish it year round I have just started as you have seen figuring out the drop shot bite I would like to learn the best tactics for winter and spawn time of year. Is that something you do or would you rather just take someone fishing?
  30. 2 points
    Bill Babler

    BFL - As a Co-Angler

    Not at all, but fishing the BFL is not Elite or Full Time FLW touring pro's. Most often these are guys fishing in the front of the boat that are everyday guys that own companies and businesses or guys that save vacation. ie they are just like you. I will tell you they are not worried about travel expenses or entry fees, and if you are, you really need to rethink your position. This is money that is not important to them. If you need it for other things or are worried about it, don't do it. I always tell folks when booking guide trips if my price sounds like to much for you, IT IS. Don't do it. Same things apply when fishing tournaments. This is a game, no different than softball or golf, you are not going to the Elite Series or the new MFL series no matter what you do. You can do FLW or BLF as that is all about the green, and if you can afford it you can do it. Remember this, for the most part the guy in the front of the boat unless this is his home water, or he has fished it multiple times knows exactly squat about anything, or really he knows just what you know but has ponyed up the bucks to fish the front. If you get the chance to fish with the Elite guys it is always a plus, but most times on the BFL it is just the Jimmy and Joe's
  31. 2 points
    Blazerman

    Big Bass Bash This Weekend

    i did get out for a while last evening at dark. I did not go after green bass as i thought the wind might fire up the white bass. I was right
  32. 2 points
    Quillback

    Monster Carp

    We've got a few of them here in the Bella Vista lakes. In the winter and early spring every once in a while I'll see one belly up - they are still alive, but for some reason I don't know, they'll lay on top, belly up, and sort of zone out. I'll try and sneak up on them with the trolling motor, and some times I'll get close enough I can poke them with a rod - spooks the heck out of them! Yes, I am easily amused.
  33. 2 points
    Notropis

    Monster Carp

    I can tell from from personal experience, grass carp are one of the most powerful and acrobatic fish you will ever hook into. When I was a student doing work-study at a college sponsored aquaculture research station, one of my duties was to help seine the research ponds. We students would draw straws to see who had the misfortune to get in and pull the seine in the ponds with the adult grass carp. When the seine would crowd the carp they would begin jumping in every direction and I don't mean jumping like a bass, these fish would sail through the air like salmon, 10-12 feet distance while clearing the water 3-4 feet and they were 10-20 pounds! One hit me in the thigh and I ended up with a bruise the size of a baseball. I witnessed a grass carp sail through the air and go face first into a student's waders causing quite a scene as he tried to get to bank and pull the carp out of his waders.
  34. 1 point
    BilletHead

    Another trio

    A trio down this time fox squirrels, Early before it got hot this morning I decided to go pull a couple cards out of trail cameras. Threw the .25 over the shoulder thinking squirrels may be on the move. Nothing until I cleared the timber to a pasture. As I followed a tree row along the fence line here one came. I waited and he finally stopped and I gave him a pellet to the head. One down, I continued towards the back and changed out a card then headed back towards the house to change another. As I got back to the corner of the yard I heard on barking in a small one acre bunch of mature oaks I call the bear woods, bear woods you ask? Long story. Close to thirty years ago when getting ready for a spring bear hunt I put up a stand and around that stand tied up several small round bales of hay between trees. My bear hunt practice place. For all these years it is now known as the bear woods. I slip in looking and listening. i know he is close but cannot pinpoint him. Then movement way up I find a tree for a brace. Track him coming down then he stops. Lead meets head two down. Still one barking in the area I begin to stalk when an owl comes up from forest floor. Then it gets quiet. A few more steps and movement. Kerwhop another pellet meets head. I am liking this .25 cal. pellet. The gun is quiet and when it hits there is that kerwhop thumping sound. Three down, three shots, One sure did not want to give up his acorn, All males. The first one had no nuts yet a youngster just out in the world. Bad for him but good for me. The second one a bit older guessing born in the late winter and just out this Spring. Third one magnum sized nuts the old geezer. You can really see the size difference on the cleaned carcasses, I had a plan for the little one it was going to be lunch. This size if prefect for a quick fry in a tablespoon of fat. I used some of the goose fat reclaimed from where I had confit the duck legs. Seasoned fat. A dusting of flour and in the cast iron and hot fat. Brown one side and flip, Can of green beans too . The sweet meat fell of the bones. I love the outdoors and what I am given by our maker. The other two will need braised another time, BilletHead
  35. 1 point
    Champ188

    BFL - As a Co-Angler

    The guy that won the BFL event on Table Rock out of my boat was one of those guys. Slipped down to the dock while I was waiting on my check, got his stuff out of the boat and never bothered to say thanks for helping me win, kiss my elbow or anything. Then he had the audacity to call me a month later and ask for advice on another lake. 😆
  36. 1 point
    CLoyd

    TR for this upcoming weekend

    Good rainbows!
  37. 1 point
    Deadstream

    Knapp time.

    Heck yes I want in. Thanks for the chance. Nice work!
  38. 1 point
    TrevorByrd

    9/29 Walleye

    The 22nd I harvested a nice doe and saw 8 deer that night. Nothing big but eventful nevertheless. Also was able to bring home 3 walleye. So we've been eating all organic the past couple of weeks.
  39. 1 point
    either way it was a hell of a fight and fun. What do people use to try to catch them? I have a neighborhood pond that have a few that look to be in the 3 ft range, wouldnt mind hooking into another with appropriate gear
  40. 1 point
    Basfis

    BFL - As a Co-Angler

    In a pro-am format there should be no boater expectations for cost share of fuel. If you catch a ton and eat/drink from his cooler, by all means offer up. Courtesy is the rule, if they expect $ they shouldn’t be there either. I never asked or expected and typically refused any $ as a “boater” “pro” or whatever. Including head to head. Buddy tournament stuff needs to share if anywhere fishing from a boat on a reservoir for bass ain’t cheap
  41. 1 point
    You fit right in there 😁
  42. 1 point
    You're right! There tend to be so many fish schooled up in that area, it can be hard not to snag one sometimes if you fish there. There's nothing wrong with accidentally foul hooking a fish, as long as you do the right thing and let it go. Intentionally trying to snag one though is another story. Laker hit on a good point with the story in his earlier post, unfortunately sometimes people's morals go right out the window when they see a big fish. Keeping a big fish to begin with kind of rubs me the wrong way anyways, that's another discussion though
  43. 1 point
    That one has some shoulders on em T! What are they biting on? What time are you leaving today?
  44. 1 point
    Your are right here Phil. I broke one off tail snagged this morning across from outlet three . . . Caught same fish three hours later with my fly still in him.. . Mouth this time 😆
  45. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Redington Home Waters Event Oct 5-6

    I hope it rains on your "family reunion" and the potato salad gives you the squirts.
  46. 1 point
    Forecast has changed every day this past week while I've been checking. I've learned to just go with it and roll with it. With waders and a good rain jacket I'll fish until the lightning runs me off. Night time forecast looks great though with low wind and partly clear skies so far and a pretty fat moon which has always been a good sign for me. Moss should be cleared out with yesterdays heavy burst of water they pushed through. I look at it this way, what would I be doing if I didn't go fish? If that is more memorable than catching a big sea monster brownie I'll stay at home. <twist twist that arm> Me and fshndoug talked last night and got some game plans established. Shoot me a PM if ya make it down, and I'll send you my number over.
  47. 1 point
    Daryk Campbell Sr

    I am a kayaker now !

    Probably a good idea to use it for a whole season before using it in the winter.
  48. 1 point
    Pinch the barbs!! I took a hook under the finger nail last week with an 18 inch rainbow flopping around on the other treble. I told him I have let go thousands of trout but now it's self defense and I put the death grip on him. Got him subdued and got the hook out. I'm not gonna lie you will loose more fish on pinched barbs but I really like the initial strike so if they get off after a little tussle I'm fine with that.
  49. 1 point
    String trick almost always works. Just takes a little nerve to do it. But it's over in a flash. Works best with two people. One hooked who can push the back of the hook down and back towards exit and a buddy with a little mean streak to yank that string like he means for that hook to come free on the first try.
  50. 1 point
    zarraspook

    Cabela's/Bass Pro store in Rogers

    " BP will keep what parts of Cabelas is profitable and chitcan the rest, like any well run business should regardless how we feel, " Most people believe that Johnny's passion is the outdoors...WRONG -- His passion is MAKING MONEY !!! and he is good at it..
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