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  1. 5 points
    Dale H

    Anybody Try Montauk Yet?

    I went today. Great fishing, although cold. In 2 hours caught 15, mostly nice stockers. Used my normal: drifting a white trout magnet. Guy near me caught a 4.5 pounder. My thumbs and forefingers were numb, so it was back to the car. Went down to Cedar Grove to look around for potential turkey hunting spots in April. Saw an Eagle fishing. A great birthday for me.
  2. 4 points
    Terrierman

    Docks & Storms?

    I didn't see that one coming. I still say there are more nice people in the world than there are mean people. We just hear more about the mean ones.
  3. 3 points
    BrowningCollector.com

    Docks & Storms?

    My father has a dock. He has no problem if folks get underneath or tie up during a storm. He does have a problem if they get out of the boat and get in his lockers, fish off the dock and look under boat covers. If you get out of your boat for safety, be respectful and do nothing other than stand or sit on the dock. The Corp looks at docks as personal property, but water beneath and around is public property and the dock owner has no say regarding swimming or fishing around a dock. Just be respectful and don't treat the dock as if it were your own.
  4. 3 points
    Quillback

    What's your favorite fish?

    Well I might use brook trout for catfish bait - assuming it was legal, which it probably isn't even in places they are trying to get rid of them..
  5. 3 points
    timinmo

    Al Gore

    So I have not nor do I plan to read this whole thing so if I have missed some meaningful stuff I am sure someone will let me know. I will be 66 this year and yes it is much better than it was when I was a kid. Is it as good as it could be? Most definitely not. Could we do more? We could all do more. Criticize me if you wish but we as a nation can not base our activities on what China and India do. That is like throwing trash out the car window because everyone else does it. Should we encourage other countries to do more, certainly. I will not get into the "Global Warming" debate but we as a country and we as individuals could all do more than we are doing to improve the world we live in.
  6. 2 points
    mixermarkb

    Al Gore

    They couldn’t have the Iditarod sled race this year in the normal over ice route, because there wasn’t any ice. On a side note, one of the reasons I’m calling myself a follower of Christ these days, instead of a Christian, is the evangelical right’s opposition to climate change science. Saying that you can ignore melting polar ice and measurable sea level rise because God said he’d never flood the earth again in the Old Testament, is not faith, it’s insanity. God commanded us to be good stewards of His creation, and He gave us creative powers of our own to invent things. I don’t understand why it’s “bad” or even “job killing” to invent new, creative, dare I say “better” solutions to energy, transportation, product packaging, and even bass boat motors and bring them to market. Innovation should be the driving force in a world leading country’s economy, and frankly, I think our overpaid CEO’s have become more interested in keeping the status quo of huge salaries and bonuses and just finding new ways to sell us the same thing, than taking risks, going out on the limb, and investing into brand new solutions and innovative products. In other words, where are my blankety blank flying cars?!? We need a period of technological growth like we had during WWII and the post war years (throwing the space race in here), because with the exception of the internet, we have been coasting on "refining" concepts that were brought to life by The Greatest Generation, and not really pushing into uncharted territory. Say it slowly- “new” is NOT by definition, “bad”, and there is no logical reason at all, that “new” can’t be designed to better for the planet, as well as being a better mousetrap in general.
  7. 2 points
    With some of the stuff happening in BilletHeadVille lately I felt pretty good getting to attend the Fest. I needed that and it gave me the reset I needed. Half the drive down was pretty scary. Left BilletHeadVille at 5 AM Thursday morning. We had some ice here at the house but I had no idea how much until I got off the dirt road to blacktop. Dang it was an ice rink and pulling the boat made the drive worse. Down I-49 South slowly hitting worse patches as I went, then onto I-44 towards Springfield it got even worse. What should of been a trip of just over an hour and a half turned into three hours plus to Springfield to pick up forum member Curtise for the rest of the trip down. After getting Curt loaded the trip went smooth after turning South on 65 as Ice was gone about Ozark. We hit the lodge and unloaded ready to fish. Some other forum members were already there. Had contacted Duane and Phil. They were fishing the upper part of the river so to try something different we tried another place Rim Shoals. Fished there awhile and then back to lodge for a sandwich to go then back on the water for rest of the day. We fished the rest of the day towards the bottom of the river. We caught a couple browns and many, many rainbows. Most of those smaller stockers but fun for sure, Off the water for good food and fellowship for the evening. Some planning for the next day. Duane pulled the short straw and got stuck with me. Felt pretty sorry for him but het you have to take what you get . Speaking of Duane the best part of the trip happened to me that evening too. I received something pretty special, You all may remember this post not too many days ago, Well this day I got a blessing with this gift. This fly tying bobbin will take its place on the BilletHead tying table to craft flies. Each time I set down in front of the vice I will remember this day. So up on day two Duane and I took out and began on the lower end. Lots of laughs and fishing and fishing stories were shared. It was a hoot. I watched the captain fishing master bust the fish right and left. Drift after drift. Browns, rainbows, smallmouth and we each landed a cutthroat that morning. Duane even got a micro bonus catch a logperch, Then it was down the hatch, Said it tasted like a cross between a sardine and walleye. Now we all have heard and some have even witnessed how talented Duane is. Well he said I need to do something at the back of the boat and maybe catch a fish while I am at it. Sure enough he did it, Fish on in one hand while the other hand was busy too 🤣. A couple of that mornings multiple fish, From one end to another we headed to town for a burger and then to the dam to finish up the day. Motored up and began to drift on first cast I popped a rainbow a few fish later Duane another brown more rainbows and more browns for Duane. This last Brown was a 22 1/4 really pretty fish. We really Hammed it up that afternoon. Duane had been studying the Ham technique. Got it downed pat and passed the secret info to me. We began to put the Ham to the fish. Like an Olympic event the rainbows fell to the reversal Ham and even to the full frontal Ham. Water was fast up top and drifts fast but fish landed and great day together with a friend. Back to lodge for more food and fellowship. Plans were again made for next morning. Some of us had commitments and myself had been watching the weather. Another storm on the way I did not want to drive back on crappy roads Sunday morning I made the call to fish yesterday morning and leave around noon. Curt was Ok with this so we finished our tip fishing together again. We fished the bottom again finding higher water conditions than previous days but caught a few more. Every time we drifted or motored by Phil and Duane and all the other Jig Fest guys in this area fish were being reeled in. Curt and I caught Smallmouth and rainbows. Then I struck a brown and gold spotted fish which turned out to be my personal best brown. He was long and lean 21 1/4 inch. Out of some wood and he tried to take me back into it but I won, I reached into the livewell for a drink and snack before the last run up the river and drift to find Duane's warm and fuzzy hat he had left in the boat. I put it on and instantly got that warm and fuzzy feeling. Then knowledge and enlightenment more feelings than my pea brain could comprehend my brain felt scrambled. With all my power I could muster I yanked it off. I knew right then the power that head gear held and knew I had to return it to its rightful owner. Mojo to the max. Off the river we got and packed up for trip home. Stopped by Lilly's Landin to return magic hat then to Curt's to drop him off. Back to BilletHeadVille and home. Good trip, good friends and good fishing. More guys I need to fish with down there hopefully next trip! BilletHead
  8. 2 points
    drew03cmc

    Buzzbaits and chatterbaits

    Sounds good. I'm jonesing for some smallies.
  9. 2 points
    Al Agnew

    Buzzbaits and chatterbaits

    You are absolutely not wasting your time throwing buzzbaits on Ozark rivers. I use them less than I once did because I've found other lures that I like fishing a little better, but I know guys who don't throw much else in the summer, and they are pretty happy with what they catch. As for size, you don't need to go too small. My usual buzzbait, which I make myself, is a 1/4th ounce, fairly compact one, but with tandem in-line props so it makes a pretty good racket. I'm also likely to try a bigger 3/8th ounce one with a single but bigger prop. As for colors...fluorescent yellow, white, and black--the black one is for dark days and murky water. A chartreuse or fluorescent yellow buzzbait is one of the more effective lures you can use in ultra-clear water. If you're fishing a small, ultra-clear creek with a buzzbait, just remember to make casts as long as you can and land your cast 5 feet or more away from where you think the fish will be...don't land it on top of them. Throw it into the middle of the next pool before you start up or down the riffle. I've caught 20 plus inch smallmouth and 6 pound plus largemouth on Ozark rivers with buzzbaits. As for chatterbaits, I never fish them, but might experiment a little with them this coming summer.
  10. 2 points
    Quillback

    What's your favorite fish?

    I'd rather eat catfish than brook trout. 😄
  11. 2 points
    edwin

    Docks & Storms?

    I'm all up for helping out when the weather takes a turn, but we've had tons of things on our dock go missing after folks seek shelter from a storm. Life jackets, towels, fish finders, rods and reels, cans of gas, and even had people go thru the cooler of our boat and take all the beer. As mentioned - tie up, stay in the boat if possible is a good rule of thumb. Things go south when folks start wandering around looking into folks boats. Tight lines, Edwin
  12. 2 points
    siusaluki

    Spin Fishing Colorado Rivers

    I'll be throwing some zig jigs on the yampa river tailwater in about 48 hours...I am sure they'll get eaten. I'll be fly fishing for them too.
  13. 2 points
    Yeah along with 8 fat bass (all dead) in the livewell that they caught at Millstone and forgot to release after getting towed back in. Why everyone feels the need to haul fish around just perplexes me. It wasn't even a tournament day. 🙄 Just for the record.....If your boat comes in here with dead bass in the livewell, you are ineligible for the Good ol'boy discount.
  14. 2 points
    Champ188

    Docks & Storms?

    Great story, Flysmallie. There are still a few good folks in the world. You just kinda have to look harder to find em these days. As far as getting caught out in the weather, Donna and I purposely fish on the bad weather days. There are so many docks on TR that you're rarely far from an empty slip and we've never had anyone complain about us sliding into one. Never had anyone bring us coffee either, but they've probably read my posts on OA about jerseys or Power Poles or cutting the sides off bass or ...
  15. 2 points
    dtrs5kprs

    Docks & Storms?

    Common sense...pull in, tie off gently and simply to avoid damage to your boat and their dock, and stay in the boat unless it is extremely bad. Reverse that order and most folks won't say boo about it.
  16. 1 point
    Ah yea didn't pick up on that. Thought you meant Feb. 24th @mhall02. I used to see that all the time when I lived in St. Louis. One time at 28 a guy was fishing with minnows right on the ramp. Like everyone is saying, it's rampant. All you can do is educate and hope they realize what they're doing.
  17. 1 point
    Seth

    Buzzbaits and chatterbaits

    I always use a Christie Craw or some sort of a small swimbait trailer of similar color to the chatter bait when I throw them.
  18. 1 point
    laker67

    Trout at Lake 28 today

    I thought power worms were scented. Regs call for unscented before christmas.
  19. 1 point
    Ham

    Buzzbaits and chatterbaits

    I never throw it without one so whatever success I have had is with a trailer.
  20. 1 point
    Quillback

    Docks & Storms?

    You guys have all the fun, I have pulled into dock stalls a couple of times and have yet have anyone yell at me or offer coffee. 😄
  21. 1 point
    Al Agnew

    Back-to-back PB smallies

    I believe you might have that the opposite. The closer to the rear of any paddlecraft you are, the quicker it will turn. The closer to the front, the more difficult to turn. If you're very close to the middle, you usually get the best compromise. However, small differences in seat placement don't make a whole lot of difference in turning. With my solo canoes, I can't move the seat to perform better in different conditions, but I can move weight around. If I know I"m going to be facing a headwind, I move more weight forward so the front of the canoe is slightly heavier than the rear. You can accomplish the same thing in kayaks with adjustable seats by moving the seat forward. But most of the time, you want yourself to be very slightly behind the center of the craft and the weight distributed as close to level as possible.
  22. 1 point
    Al Agnew

    Al Gore

    I think Top Dollar covered the science pretty well, so I'm not going to do much arguing here. All I'll say is, I think I'll believe the vast majority of the real scientists in relevant fields on this and every other scientific subject, and not the internet warriors and the people who want to believe what their "team" tells them to believe, or who just has a knee jerk reaction that the "other team" is for something so it must be wrong. If you don't believe the scientists on the subject, you have to assume that every one of them is either incompetent, dishonest, or agenda-driven, while the very few scientists on the other side and the vast numbers of ideologues on the other side are all honest, competent, and only interested in the truth. Follow the money...and if you think following the money is looking at the scientists seeking grant money (which is usually awarded to STUDY things, not to support foregone conclusions) and not the huge corporations with a vested interest in the status quo when it comes to CO2 emissions, you're delusional.
  23. 1 point
    Devan S.

    Al Gore

    Dodge the questions, change the subject, insert MAGA hat.....so predictable. Sad part is I hope that in 50 years we look back and laugh at the "climate change" theory. If its proven wrong the opportunity cost was minimal. If the "climate change" deniers are wrong then we're toast.....but hey you wont be around so why should YOU care right? At the end of the day, its a politics game because we run this country 2 years at a time chasing the next vote.
  24. 1 point
    If anyone knew William “Bill” Allen, a guide out of Pontiac Cove Marina and Resort, he passed away at the age of 80 on Monday morning. I never met him personally but he was my boss’s father-in-law. She told me that he could put people on the fish down there with the best of them. May he Rest In Peace.
  25. 1 point
    BilletHead

    What's your favorite fish?

    Taken from Coors" Its the water and a lot more" , John there was one creek in the Bighorn mountains in Wyoming. Bull Creek where we hiked up, way up this little stream. Thin and narrow water. Caught some mighty good cutthroat from undercut banks. Got to a wide meadow sneaking along throwing way ahead. We came upon a deep pool. Worked it over before looking into it. No bites at all. Finally approached and peered in to see one large lone brook trout right in the middle on the bottom. We began to drift everything in the box from top to bottom at every level and not a look. BilletHead
  26. 1 point
    drew03cmc

    Buzzbaits and chatterbaits

    Thanks guys. I'm working to build confidence with both of these baits this year and this info helps out, telling me I may not be wasting my time throwing these on Ozark rivers.
  27. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Everywhere I look there he is.

    Well......if ya can't plant wheat, what else are ya supposed to do.
  28. 1 point
    Gavin

    Back-to-back PB smallies

    Congrats! Looks like a nice boat. Think your dog will do just fine. Our 45lb Aussie is right at home on the back deck of our Coosa...She sits on an old seat cushion through floatie.
  29. 1 point
    Devan S.

    Al Gore

    Do you even realize the contradictory statements you posted? You use snow in May, Joplin record cold, San Antonio being cold and wet to describe why global warming is a hoax.....then immediately turn around and openly admit that the earth is warming because the general consensus in the scientific community agrees the earth is warming. You are right we ultimately don't know if man if the "big" contributor or not but we know for an ABSOLUTE FACT that humans are the worst thing for the longevity of the planet as it is today. We know for an ABSOLUTE FACT that people that throw trash out back or along the highway, dump chemicals in rivers, pour excess CO, CO2, NOx, and CFC's into the atmosphere. We also know how to mitigate and/or stop a lot of those actions so please give someone a good reason why we SHOULDN'T be looking to improve things? It is absolutely irrefutable that any one of those actions are bad for the environment, irregardless of if you believe it makes a difference on a global scale or not.
  30. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    What's your favorite fish?

    The pools with the large schools of brookies that I fished on Mullen Creek in Wyoming would scatter when anything natural or otherwise hit the water. I had to find smaller schools and wait a bit after getting to a new hole to actually get to fish them. The ones in Western Maryland don't act that way. They seem to not bother a whole lot when you get to a new pool. So maybe the fish in that creek in Wyoming are the outliers. Out West eat them up. They are very tasty after spending their entire lives feeding of what the creek was providing. Here in Maryland treat them well and release. Go eat the stocker rainbows if you need trout to eat .
  31. 1 point
    willyfish

    Permitted Dock

    I will next week. I will be looking for one with deep water nearby and fish swimming around it.
  32. 1 point
    MoCarp

    Al Gore

    What’s predicable is what passes the eye test, few would say in most of the USA has had cooler summers and much colder winters. Can’t say what’s happening in balutoo land I am not there, so like clockwork Algore and his ilk spinning that some places will be colder and others warmer , why? Well can’t get you in the fly over states to give up eating meat or driving your SUVs, or flying anywhere, next will be how shooting a gun warms the earth. fact we had the first snow in May in my lifetime 6” in 2013 Look how many low record cold has been in the last 25 years. https://www.weather.gov/sgf/climate_jln_lowest_min also notice the warmest years, the earth has been warming, ever since the end of the last ice age, the question is man causing it? jumping 100 ppm in 100 years is a extremely tiny amount, do I think we should unhandcuff corporate polluters NO but this whole carbon as a pollution is CaCa...perhaps you should research Holocene weather and see the data that climate researchers have uncovered, ice cores, ocean sediment etc,...ironic that in the places the commielibs live are the filthiest, wildlife dead zones...I guess it’s an inconvenience truth our weather been getting colder think it was 9 here this am...been cold and wet in San Antonio this winter as well ” global warming my A**” and “**** you al gore “can be heard all over the country as people head to work
  33. 1 point
    I ran to KC yesterday for a kid's program last evening... not good timing but grandkids come first. Here's a video from yesterday. I'll probably run up today and do One Cast with Ryan.
  34. 1 point
    I know an outstanding, yet reasonably priced fiberglass wizard, but he is a terrible drunk and I think half his brain is gone from inhaling fumes. Still does amazing work but I hesitate to refer anyone to him because occasionally he disappears for weeks at a time.....and never apologizes for it
  35. 1 point
    merc1997

    got out last friday and saturday

    well, i hate to blank, but sometimes not blanking has a lot to do with picking the day and time you are going to go fishing. and, yes i have blanked lots of times, but hopefully i've learned a lot over the years. so, being able to pick when you are fishing helps a bunch. picking the area of the lake you are fishing is another benefit. on a lake the size of table rock, the bass just are not biting everywhere. what the bass are feeding on is another big key. right now, many bass in the lake are keying on very small crawdads. when their inner lips are red, they are crawdading. you just have to begin each trip with a blank slate. saturday, i did not clean the slate off early enough and stuck too long with areas that produced on friday. making a change earlier in the day might have upped the catching on saturday. catching fish is really a mental game as much or more so than the physical aspect. i witness way too many folks that are fishing run and gun all day trying to catch bass the way THEY want to catch them, but you need to fish in ways that allow you to catch them. bo
  36. 1 point
    Bo doesn't blank. Ever. Not in his repertoire.
  37. 1 point
    top_dollar

    Al Gore

    The raw data from the world famous reputable scientific journal iceagenow.info? Do you know what primary peer reviewed literature is? and how it differs from what some guy said on the internet?
  38. 1 point
    top_dollar

    Al Gore

    In the words of the late Christopher Hitchens, "You seem like the type of person who has never read any of the rebuttals to your arguments." I think you have hit just about everyone of the right wing talking points. Every one of these arguments was identified and refuted 50 years ago in the scientific community, as per usual the rest of the world is woefully behind. Although your pretend knowledge of scientific principles is nauseating, and may even be worse than fishinwrench, I do find it entertaining to say the least
  39. 1 point
    Seth

    Buzzbaits and chatterbaits

    A few years ago I caught several smallies on a green pumpkin chatterbait, but have since opted to fish a swimbait instead. Not really sure why, just have. They'll eat buzzbaits too, but the green bass seem to prefer them over the smallies from what I have seen. Chatterbats and buzzbaits tend to produce a better quality bite for us than a lot of other baits when they do get bit by smallies.
  40. 1 point
    Dutch

    Buzzbaits and chatterbaits

    I'm not sure what you want opinions about. In regard to buzz baits I normally throw 1/2 oz with a swim bait trailer. I have 2 favorite colors black and white. Bladed jigs are about the same normally 1/2 oz with a variety of trailers. Year before last bladed jigs were better than spinnerbaits for me. Last year I couldn't buy a fish on them. My favorite color of them is red/chartreuse but I make them and have lots of colors.
  41. 1 point
    ZigJigman

    Jigfest braggin...

    I have been busy but here’s some pics from our boat on Friday. Michael, his son Ian and I had a great day on the river!!! It was great to see everyone again and as always the food was great too!!! There were a lot of great fish caught by our group on the trip. All the big smallmouths were a great bonus! There are a lot of bass fishermen that would love to catch some that nice!! We always have a great time on the river and the fellowship off the river is great too! Looking forward to next time already.
  42. 1 point
    Got out again today. It was 3 deg when I got up. About 9 am it was 5 with a feels like temp of minus 11. So I waited for it to warm up further. Headed out by 3 when it was a balmy 24 with a feels like temp of 18 deg. Started with the chenille cream grub microjig. Only one or two fish showed any interest. Then a 1/32 oz roostertail with prop blade. Had a couple tag the bait but not get hooked. I put on a meat jig (white and salmon marabou). Caught 5 in short order. Lost a few then they lost interest. Switched to John Deere microjig and only got a passing interest. Then put the white microjig that was successful and again nothing. Switched back to the meat jig and caught a couple more. There was a 16 inch brown trout that would chase the hooked fish. I switched to a silver PET 1/16 oz spoon. That got the brown's attention but only got really chased by rainbows. Ended up landing a 15 inch rainbow. Again switched to a 1/16 olive/ginger zig jig and caught a northern rock bass and a few rainbows. Finally ended the day on a rapala jerkbait. I caught a few rainbows between 12 to 15 inches and one over 15 inches. The brown chased it a couple of times then no interest. Ended up with 16 rainbows and the rock bass in 2 hours of fishing. By 5:20 pm there was only one other person fishing with me. No fish photos due to the cold. Wanted to get them back in the water as soon as possible.
  43. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Opening Day '19 -- Report

    Congrats on surviving the opener and catching a bunch of fish. Seemed like some of the pointers helped. Great job on picking up the fly rod.
  44. 1 point
    Jerry Rapp

    Al Gore

    this has been around a while, but is worth reading again........ Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for ...the environment. The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then. We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day. Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a r azor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then? Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart posterior young person. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.
  45. 1 point
    Well it sure was a fun one this year guys! I agree with what all the others said in that this one really came together nicely for us all. Food was fantastic and we'll never be hungry down there LOL. Also a big thanks to the boat guys running me and my crew around. We really truly appreciate it fellas. Ham thanks for the local insider info. You not only told us knuckleheads who ventured out at night where to go, but kept us safe too regarding flows and water levels which is most important. On to the fishing since I really slacked on my live reporting style I try to do. Too much fun times and not enough internet . I started Thursday night wading at Cotter. We were fishing blind but managed to eek out two brownies before we went back in for dinner and to hang out. I avoided the skunk and its always nice to land that first fish of the trip. I told Brett aka @LittleRedFisherman that I was bummed we didn't get to fish together last time so we partnered up for Friday morning. We put in at Buffalo River access with the rest of the crew and motored up to the sholas in his super sweet BlazerSS. We got into an Eddy and spotlocked down and proceeded to put a whackin on some rainbows. After 30min and prolly 30 fish in the boat we decided to work the far bank and started in on catching browns out of the structure. Brett was putting on a clinic and whackin the brown trout. I tried to keep up, but he was dialed in. I think we had 6 browns over 17in that morning and they were all colored up and pretty. After lunch and some good story time with the others we headed to Bull Shoals tailwater. It was pushing lots of flow and we motored up to the Dam. We caught some bigger fish here but not in the same numbers as we hit them in the morning. We drifted further down to get out of some of the boat traffic and Brett continued to whack the brownies on a white and grey 1/8th oz ZigJig. While it was daylight I also did some scouting on where we might be able to wade fish that evening. After an awesome fish fry dinner myself, Brandon, and Geno made the trek back to the BS tailwater. We were greeted with the water being totally off, but now I was lost again on where to start fishing. Ham hooked us up though and gave us some info and to heed warning on watching the water if it starts to come up. We headed to the boat launch and I stuck a fat ol rainbow. Geno and Brandon both landed browns and then the horn blew... Once the water started coming up we headed back up to the dam and were greeted with another horn blast and then we decided to head back in. Didn't want to risk being in uncharted water at night with those flows... Saturday I fished with John and Brett again and we stuck with our plan from Friday and fished the Buffalo again. We started out up by the shoals and caught some here and there. then we headed down to the confluence and caught some more and got into some smallies too. After lunch we consolidated boaters and anglers and few headed out to beat the weather. Brett and I went out with Les taking the rest of my crew and we went up into the Buffalo a bit to find some cleaner water. At this point the White was roaring and it was getting trashy. At this point after a few more rainbows and browns I should of just sat down and watched as Brett put on a clinic on how to fish winter smallies. We fished a short section right at the confluence and he put a hurtin on the brown bass. I know he boated over 10 of them in just that little stretch and tried as I might all I could catch were rainbows LOL. We called it when some light mist started rolling in and the temps were dropping quick. It's almost like the weather knew our trip was winding down... I learned so much from other anglers this weekend, not just about fishing but sharing our life stories as well. It truly is a trip I will continue to look forward to and cherish my time with this great group of just awesome people. The filler as we discussed earlier really made this trip. The stories and laughs they weren't lying when they said tears were shed we laughed so hard and so often. Thank you to Jeff QB for all that you do putting this together. You are a true gentleman and take such great care in the planning and getting us all together. Thank you to Phil as well. Without you and this forum we'd likely never of even met much less got together like this. Such a great and special thing you provide us here and I know we're all really grateful for you getting us together through the forums. Looking forward to next year already... I know for me it can't come soon enough.
  46. 1 point
    shaker

    fish cleaning

    I can tell you of a conservation that I had with a Conservation Officer a number of years ago. Myself and two friends were fishing on the Kings River on Table Rock right on the Arkansas border we caught and kept out Missouri limits of White Bass that night we were checked by a Missouri Conservation agent and all was OK but I did ask him about fishing in Arkansas and keeping a Arkansas limit (25) and bring them back into Missouri even if we did not fish in Missouri he informed me that if he caught any of us with more than a Missouri daily and or possession limit he would write us a ticket. And he was wanting to write a ticket that evening but just could not find anything that we were doing wrong. So for what that is worth, Good Luck! And that's my story and I'm sticking to it! RB
  47. 1 point
    GNSfishing

    Docks & Storms?

    For the most part I've found that dock owners won't mind if there is a storm brewing and you pull into an empty stall. Also there are a select few who think's that they own the water that their dock sets in. I told one such person that they were lucky to be allowed to have a dock setting on the public's water and I was not on their dock, just fishing around it. So there are a few bad seeds out there.
  48. 1 point
    MOPanfisher

    Docks & Storms?

    Off season and bad weather seems to bring out the best in dock owners.
  49. 1 point
    dtrs5kprs

    Docks & Storms?

    I expect to save a few hours of fishing time this year because of the lightning app. Lot of times it looks horrible, but never storms a bit. I've covered up more than a few times in that situation. Knowing if it is just wind and rain versus a storm is huge. Or yuuuge. Or however you say it given your leanings .
  50. 1 point
    motoman

    Docks & Storms?

    Any slip is fair game when weather rolls in. I've never had an issue with dock owners when I've had to take shelter. But, like Dave mentioned above, if there's a call for some weather in the forecast; I also prefer not to run too far from home base. - The 'Spark Indicator' on weatherbug is a great feature. And now, the weather channel and MyRadar apps will send you push notifications of lightning or other weather hazards approaching. Weather channel can send notifications of when rain will begin. Heck, I just got an alert indicating rain will begin in 5 minutes; just checked the radar and sure enough; small storm cell pushing in, minutes away. VERY slick! - I was working outside yesterday and the weather channel app sent me realtime notifications when lightning was detected about 5 miles out. Even without the app open. And I was working down in a slight valley in the yard; and had no clue weather was even approaching. Typical springtime storm. Small storm cell popped up a few miles out.
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