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  1. 15 points
    Grandson asked me to "fix" his reel that his Dad had messed-up. Quickly discovered Dad had looped line around the rear of the spool and had just kept crankin'. Easy fix and an opportunity to show "Patch" how to disassemble an open-face and how they work. Included a little lesson on how to correctly set the drag and how to fight the fish with the rod and not just by crankin' the reel. Showed him how to take care rigging-up the Ned Rig and how it was important to get that worm on the hook shank straight and he watched Mr. Fumble Fingers (me) struggle with it and tied it on. Later that evening he takes the same rod/reel/Ned and lands, gets a picture of and releases this beauty....
  2. 9 points
    WWM

    Meeting some MLF anglers.

    Through a series of fortunate events I got the opportunity to put up 4 guys for the last MLF event when it was changed from Grand... We had Jacob Wheeler, Dustin Connell, Mark Daniels, and Adrian Avena at our lake cabin for 9 nights. These guys couldn’t have been nicer! They treated our place with the upmost respect, left it basically just how they found it, and are definitely welcome back anytime! They welcomed me to hang out on a few occasions at the house and even took me along for the (mini) party on Wednesday night... All 4 guys made the cut to get into the money and took home almost $150k between the 4 of them. I have a feeling our paths will cross again. Thanks for the gear DC, Jacob, Mark, and Adrian! truly became once in a lifetime when Jacob won that $100k
  3. 4 points
    snagged in outlet 3

    I’m getting close

    Couple from today
  4. 4 points
    fozzype

    Meeting some MLF anglers.

    I was on the water a few days during bot events and I saw several of them. They were all very respectful and nice. I was by accident at State Park when they were taking out after Martens won. Martens aske if I had a cold ohne in my boat. I said water and cherry Pepsi. He said a Pepsi soumded great. He talked with me for 20 minutes and showed me how and where he caught his fish. The next weekend my boy wanted to meet them and we went to moonshine for take off. Ike wanted to see him when he went by. He asked my son if he fished and he said he has been this morning with his dad. He said he caught a 2.5 smally on a swimbait. He them told Mike it was a keitech and not a crappy Berkley one. He listens to what I say I guess. Mike laughed really hard. Enjoyed seeing the live feed on your home lake.
  5. 4 points
    Advanced anglers know this but for the benefit of all levels, the first thing to do when preparing a Redfin is to remove all of the existing split rings and hooks and toss them. They aren't worth saving for anything. Next, I turn the bait over and wipe the rear belly area of the main section with an alcohol to make sure it's clean. Then I take two SuspenStrips and lay them on either side of the molding seam, touching and ending precisely at the tail -- not lapping over into the joint area. I press them down as well as possible, then take two SuspenDots and center them over the seam where the two strips are touching. The reason for weighting the rear area of the main body like this is to raise the nose of the bait when it sits in the water, therefore encouraging it to wake on the surface rather than dive. After I get my strips and dots in place, I paint over them with pearl-colored nail polish. This not only makes the bait look better, but most importantly keeps you strips/dots from peeling off. Might have to reapply the nail polish from time to time but it's worth the effort. For the record, the pearl polish is for the Smoky Joe colored Fin. The only other color I throw is blue back/chrome and you can use clear nail polish to seal your strips/dots on it. I'm not 100% sure of the size of split rings I use … but I think No. 3. Just be sure they are thin enough to work freely within the line tie and the hook hangers. My favorite hook combination is a Gammy EWG No. 2 the front (you can open the bends a bit if you wish) and the same hook on the back with hand-tied chicken feathers. I don't like the Gammy pre-tied feather hooks but the Mustad Ultra Point KVD hook with white feathers works good in No. 2 size. Lastly, I always throw the bait on top-quality 17-pound mono. I've tried 20 but my personal favorite is 17 pound. I haven't tried braid and have no reason to do so. Obviously, you guys can try anything you want. This is just my system. Lastly, I always use a snap to connect to the split ring on front of the lure. That way, I get complete freedom for the bait to wobble and wake. I've been on the couch for a very long week with lower back issues so I didn't bother with step by step pics, but here's one of a finished version.
  6. 3 points
    Flysmallie

    I’m getting close

    Picking up poop in the backyard. Maybe I should show y’all my best two.
  7. 3 points
    Bill Babler

    KVD THE BEST EVER!

    He was not throwing a wake shad. It is a jointed shad shape bait. He was throwing a bait that was not designed to wake
  8. 3 points
    I think you need to show #62 about the ned. She looks in awe of that fish.
  9. 3 points
    liphunter

    KVD THE BEST EVER!

    I'm not really a fan of anyone per say. I just enjoy the live feed. But I do find myself rooting for him and Mike McClelland. That being said. I seem to be posting a lot this morning. My apologies. I'll go check my meds! 🙊🙉🙈
  10. 2 points
    merc1997

    6-7-2018

    did not have anything to do last night, so leonard and i decided to go sift in between all the tourney boats and see if we could find another bite on the lower end. we did put in around 7:30 to give us a bit of time to look around to see if we found more than one area that was loaded with shad. we only found one that was really loaded and guess what. that is where we caught all of our bass. 14 keepers. we fished until 1 am and called it quits because i had a few things to do today. these shad were 1/2 way back in a bigger cove. like i said, you just drive around looking until you find something. of the 14 keeps, 1 k, and 4 lmg, and the rest brownies. nothing that would weigh 4, but 5 that were in the 3 range. depth was from 10 out to 20. best bait was the 1 oz. Elite Black Widow. had one a 3/4 GrassJig, and one one the "big wobbler". we did fish three other areas that we saw some scattered shad, but no bites. the shad were thick enough in the place we caught them, you could smell them. there were quite a few boats went up long creek, and several of them came back fairly early. there were some that just came back through in time to get back to weigh-in. bo
  11. 2 points
    whiteley.matt

    6-7-19 Baxter Area

    Had a pretty good day with Neds around Baxter. Stayed within trolling motor range of the Baxter boat ramp due to some technical difficulties. Fished from 6 to around 2:30 and ended the day with right at 30 fish with 10 keepers. Had 2 on topwater and 2 on swimbaits and the rest were all victims of ned. Most fish were in 10-20 ft range with a handful in less than 5. Had a couple that were pushing 3 lbs but most were in the 13” to 16” range. Color of ned didnt seem to matter. Despite the boat malfunction it was a very good day on the water.
  12. 2 points
    nomolites

    Sun Protection

    Just got back from a week in NW Ontario...worst I have seen. Couple of guys had allergic reactions and swelled up from so many bites...and they were wearing headnets, etc. Black flies and B-52 skeet’s. I hate wearing that crap so I wore 100% DEET and pretty much swatted full time. Caught lots of fish as usual, so it was worth it. Mike
  13. 2 points
    Quillback

    KVD THE BEST EVER!

    Wheeler could be the best out there right now in the professional ranks. Not saying the best all time, but he could definitely end up being one of the best all time.
  14. 2 points
    elite203

    KVD THE BEST EVER!

    No fish bite a crankbait in the rivers. NONE.
  15. 2 points
    netboy

    Bull Shoals Dam 6/7

    Went up to Bull Shoals Dam this morning since the river was muddy from the rain runoff here at Cotter. There were some small mayflies and midges hatching so I tied on a size 18 Parachute Adams. Caught quite a few rainbows, 1 cutthroat, this nice brown and a really fat rainbow...
  16. 2 points
    fishinwrench

    KVD THE BEST EVER!

    Truly good ya think, or just having a good run ? When I think of truly awesome pro fishermen the only ones that always pop into my head are Nixon, Clunn, and VanDam. And I don't think anyone will argue that Clunn has been the best ever, so far as a guy that can do it all, anywhere, and do it consistently. I wonder if there will ever be another guy like him.
  17. 2 points
    I won't disagree with that. There's no need for "flood control" if you just let floods be floods everything works out just fine.
  18. 2 points
    The fish at Table Rock has been eating up the Ned Rig so we took the grandkids down to Shell Knob to get in on some of the action. Its the easiest bait to fish I have ever seen and the fish eat it up. Everybody caught fish.....it was a ball. Family time, lovin' on the grandkids, and catching fish.....what an awesome day.
  19. 2 points
    I did, you were AWOL. Smallies rainbows and browns on the same trip
  20. 2 points
    Heaven forbid that some of them set an example of professionalism in courtesy as well as fishing techniques. Donna and I were way up the Kings a couple of falls ago and Clunn ran up behind us with his boy in the boat, then idled over to us and asked if we minded if he fished BEHIND us. Now that’s courtesy. And perhaps a total lack of confidence in our fishing abilities. 😆
  21. 2 points
    crazy4fishin

    Summer stockers to eat

    Mixer - there are four things that you can do in this order. 1. Read Phil's latest report here.....watch a couple of his vids 2. When you get down to Taney either by car or boat head over to Lilly's Landing and walk up to the office and they will have the day's specials on the board in addition to where the better places are to catch fish 3. If you are not in possession of the right tools they have them available for purchase! 4. Fish / catch (the appropiate limit) and eat!! C4F
  22. 1 point
    magicwormman

    KVD THE BEST EVER!

    The best of the best! Yet he has never won on Table Rock lake! I knew with the conditions on Wednesday, he was in serious trouble. Bright sun and very little wind is a bad combination for KVD. What amazes me the most is he doesn't even try to change up and try to slow down, finesse fish, or go up the rivers to find some colored water. I guess when you're KVD and worth 8 million, you can fish any way you want! Congratulations to Jacob Wheeler for a awesome performance!
  23. 1 point
    Terrin Garber

    Shell Knob 6/6/19

    I auctioned off a fun trip for the local YMCA auction last year and took out some folks today. Caught 50+ on drop shot. Look at these smiles! *I’m not a guide. just a youth pastor.
  24. 1 point
    mixermarkb

    KVD THE BEST EVER!

    It takes a lot of patience to get as good with electronics as these guys are. Learning how to set them up, learning what you are seeing... I always just give up and start casting and fishing every time I set out to spend a day just learning electronics. I'm just gonna have to take all the rods out of the boat and spend some time getting better at it.
  25. 1 point
    oneshot

    Headed to chase some smallies

    I looked at it yesterday and the river looked good. I’m planning going next week while it is cool do some Sucker fishing. oneshot
  26. 1 point
    TTJJ

    Sources Of Ethanol Free Gas

    My boat sets in garage a lot, so I use 87 non-ethanol and Mercury fuel products year round. I buy gas for my 1997 V6 Merc from Phillips 66 Miami OK (which sells only non-ethanol fuel for all grades 87, 89, & 91). Politicians in Jefferson City are benefiting from corn. Oklahoma was 5th rated state for Oil production in 2014.
  27. 1 point
    Travis Swift

    Lower bass and trout

  28. 1 point
    Travis Swift

    Lower bass and trout

  29. 1 point
    netboy

    Bull Shoals Dam 6/7

    Fortunately there are not very many ugly trout.😄
  30. 1 point
    merc1997

    Meeting some MLF anglers.

    awesome that they took care of your home! bo
  31. 1 point
    tjm

    Was Truman's Engineering/Planning Flawed?

    I don't remember it being logged, but I had fun fishing it and the grand for a couple years in my high school years. I guess that is where I learned to fish. No way to grow crops on a lake nor to visit the historic family farms, nor the cemeteries. No way for birds and bats to nest in inundated bluffs. no way for fish or eels to migrate to head waters. Man made river lakes are just fundamentally wrong, but we won't realize that as a nation for another century or two.
  32. 1 point
    For the most part, I grew up along the Grand River = big mud hole, now the Osage that was a lot better river. RB
  33. 1 point
    Seth

    Bank Fishing

    You can fish for free on Lilleys dock too. Just sign in at the office before hand.
  34. 1 point
    Seth

    KVD THE BEST EVER!

    KVD is a heck of a power fisherman, but I don’t recall really seeing his prowess when it comes to finesse. Based in how far aheadhe is on money earned, I can’t say he should worry about it too much though. His style seems to work in his favor well enough. He did throw a spybait for some big lake smallies a few years ago on a soinning rod, but that is about the only time I recall seeing him finesse fish. Wheeler and Martens are guys that can do it all. I think Wheeler is the most well rounded angler out there. The dude just seems to catch them everywhere he goes.
  35. 1 point
    WWM

    Meeting some MLF anglers.

    This video is from stage 6 the first round here at TRL that Martins won. They stayed at our place for stage 7. Jacobs camera man does a pretty good job editing these videos considering he’s going off 3 GoPro’s and not allowed on the boat during tournaments hours.
  36. 1 point
    Bgctrading

    Meeting some MLF anglers.

    I saw him mention that a local put them up in a house during the live feed!
  37. 1 point
    Gavin

    I’m getting close

    Seth needs to go bass bug fly fishing and I need some new fishing companions. Have a golf club bag full of fly rods, tons of flies, plus gear. Have not fished with Seth, Pete, Glen, Ronnie or the Chief. Could be a hoot or a fist fight. OK with either😀! Let’s do it.
  38. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    I’m getting close

    You have to plan ahead with important people like me.
  39. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    On Water Service

    I don't want anybody knowing if I break down. That would be embarrassing. I'd rather just paddle home. 😏
  40. 1 point
    Fish24/7

    Summer stockers to eat

    And trout are so much faster and easier to clean than a crappie or walleye imo I just use a pocket knife and my bare hands. Stick the blade in the 💩 shoot and slice open the belly make a cut under the lower jaw and remove the gills and guts, then I use my thumb nail and run it down the spine gets some blood out, rinse them off good, wrap them individually in foil with lots of butter , olive oil ,salt and pepper , and sliced lemon inside the fish and bake them on the grill.i use 300-325 degrees approx 25-30min for a small stocker . I think that's right been so long ago lol hope the family doesn't mind the heads left on haha There's other ways for sure ,good luck!😆
  41. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    Overnighter

    Nice! I love an overnighter on the river. Two nights is about perfect because you know at least one of those days you are going to wake up on the river and go to bed on the river. It doesn't get much more perfect than that.
  42. 1 point
    Ham

    Overnighter

    Cajunangler and I survived another overnighter. We try to do as many of these as we can, but my work schedule, weather, and real life issues have been getting in way a lot the last couple of years. I used to think things would get better. I’m not at all sure that’s ever going to happen. It’s so much fun on these trips. As much as is possible leavie all the BS real world stuff at the put in and just fish and goof off. We (I) were only able to get away for one night this time around. We prefer two nights. Three nights is a little too much and I think four nights would kill me. Time is taking a toll on this perpetual kid. I haven’t learned how to pace myself very well. I haven’t adjusted to my diminishing physical abilities very well. We had good water. We got lucky with the weather. We caught a tremendous number of fish and We had some Good ones. Nothing over 18 inches though. Catch and release works. Lots of these fish had been caught before, but Not everyone that fishes knows how to remove a hook properly apparently. Our campfire supper was delicious and nutritious. Chef Johnny is outstanding. I highly recommend him. Grilled chicken and fresh grilled veggies with a toasted ciabatta. Excellent! The large number of floatable streams in Missouri and Arkansas is truly a blessing. If you can, you should do one of these trips. I can foresee a day when I won’t physically be able to manage these trips anymore. That is starting to make these trips a little bittersweet. We of course released all of the fish we caught and we of course left the river cleaner than we found it. It astounds me that people will choose to throw their trash down on a gravel bar for someone else to deal with.
  43. 1 point
    Ham

    Overnighter

  44. 1 point
    Down at the landing eating biscuits thrown from the restaurants.
  45. 1 point
    vernon

    They were eating today

    Don't ever apologize for having too much stuff on the deck - personally, I find it makes it much easier to just heave it all overboard whenever I get exceptionally frustrated and want to make a statement! 🤬
  46. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    On Water Service

    As many guys as we have here on OA there's no reason any of us should be left stranded for very long. Just put a HELP! post on here with your phone number, and somebody that can help is either gonna come running...or know someone that will and can contact them. I check in here 3-4 times a day, and I know plenty of others do too. We won't leave you out there with the gators and skeeters for very long.
  47. 1 point
    MOPanfisher

    What's Cooking?

    After a hectic week that involved losing our 12 yr old Border Collie, I finally got to do something photo worthy. 1 inch this pork chops on the grill. Also picked up a few beets that are currently being cooked, peeled and sliced with some butter. Wife even saved the greens and chopped them, sautéing them with some bacon and onions. And yes there are 3 pieces of trimmed off back bat crispier up on the grill as well. Am in hog heaven tonight.
  48. 1 point
    Quillback

    Indian Creek - Point 5 area

    Got out at daylight today, went looking for top water stripers, and had another morning where there just wasn't much of that going on. I did catch a couple of 18" stripers on top and had one other blow up that looked to be one that was a bit bigger. Went bass fishing after that, caught 15 bass, only two were keepers and both keepers were smallmouth. Top water, jigs, and Keitech caught fish. Threw a jig at the deep end of a dock, it sank for a second or two and then got hammered. Seemed to be a classic bass bite, but it turned out to be a 3 lb. channel cat. WT 74
  49. 1 point
    Phil Lilley

    Good Bye and Thanks for All the Fish

    http://forums.ozarkanglers.com/forum/344-skiatook-lake/ Here you go, Randy.
  50. 1 point
    At least 20 yrs. old. I have about 1/2 a dozen just like it. The new ones are clear plastic under the paint. You cannot paint them. We have tried and it will simply not work, as any paint adds weight. These baits are so special and they have just gotten that way thru time and hundreds of catches. One of the old time locals here was working with one of the MLF guys last September and was offered $ 250.00 each for his. they are about the same age as mine and look similar. He would not sell any and knew I had some. The guy called me and asked for them, but I would never part with any of them. Way to much history. Mine are tuned to perfection and run straight and true at any speed. They are truly special baits and I have gone thru dozens to get the few perfect ones that I have. On another note those baits with that set up are so dangerous to fishermen that I'm really half scared everytime I unhook a fish. Got caught bad last year and it happened so fast I could not believe it. If your by yourself I really don't know if you should use it. Fish just flipped off and it jumped up and caught me with all 3 more than barb deep. If a fish is still hooked on one of the hooks and you get stuck with one of the loose hooks you are in serious trouble.
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