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  1. 6 points
    Fish24/7

    July gills

    7/2 8:30am to 12:30 Fished above Theodosia bridge. Went to the bluegill hole. A nice shady spot. Boat sitting in 5ft or less. Not as many bites this time but still decent size. Caught around 4 dozen. Didn't see as many cruising like they were last time. Also threw a 1/8 homemade double Colorado blade spinnerbait for about 30 minutes. Caught 7 small largemouth bulging the surface.
  2. 4 points
    merc1997

    Elite Black Widow rules

    took knickmeyer fishing down to the lower end last night. lots of boat traffic until around 10:30. bass are on the move, and you need to be too to track some catchable ones down. we jumped aroun looking and finally found two spots with a good number of bass hanging around. both were further back in big coves. we caught most of them last night on the 1 oz. Elite Black Widow. flatter terrain and most were more in the 20 ft. range. knickmeyer actually had the biggest one, brownie, but after banging it on the side of the boat two or three times, finally getting it onto the back deck, it flopped back in again, and was gone. oh well, got all the good out of it, but would have been nice to show you a pic of this toad. i took a pic of a pretty good one and knickmeyers was quite a bit bigger. we ended up with 16 keepers and all brownies. had to have lots of shad as usual. bo
  3. 4 points
    m&m

    new member

    Welcome to the forum. Good luck. If you get on the lake by 5am and idle out to the gravel point, you can listen for any top water action. The dam area is clear and don’t be afraid to fish in the evening into darkness. Mike
  4. 4 points
    Ketchup

    Back on the water

    He might can fix a boat better than most, but don’t count on the turd to show you his secret spots during a tourney.
  5. 3 points
    Greasy B

    What's Cooking?

    Looks good, I bookmarked it for later. This weekend I’ll be cooking over a fire on a gravel bar, rib eyes on Thursday and marinated pork steaks on Friday. Life is good.
  6. 3 points
    Fish24/7

    What's Cooking?

    Fixin to smoke a pork butt this week. Haven't done that in a long time 🐖
  7. 2 points
    Blll

    old school walleyes

    Quick comment on the walleyes this year. Out last evening for 2 hrs. Tried a different area than last. Beaver continues to amaze me that in-coming rain/storms do not seem to have a positive effect on the fish activity. Raining, yes I've had good bites while it is raining. But the pre frontal effect seems nil. Anyway only one fish last night but it was a nice 20" eye. Just my small sample but I have already caught more walleyes than all last year and they all seem fat & healthy. No so last year as most were scrawny. Have a safe 4th all and read up on Nike's latest.
  8. 2 points
    Fish24/7

    July gills

    All good except for the 2 big snakes 🐍 🐍 that snuck up on me from behind and swam past within a couple feet of the boat. I sit low to the water they could have easily crawled in . A 10' boat and 5' snakes don't play well together 😄
  9. 2 points
    merc1997

    7-1-19 - lower end

    this is a report of two trips actually. took my brother fishing thursday last week. we fished the lower end. most of what we caught was on steeper stuff, but did have a few on flatter terrain and they were a bit shallower, like 10 ft. deeper ones on steeper stuff came on a 3/4 GrassJig. the shallower ones came on a 1 oz. Elite Mega Blade, and a 1 oz. Elite Black Widow. had some 3's but nothing bigger. one of us in the boat caught 11 keepers. always did like to beat my brother😂. i took a pic of him holding one that i caught. last night leonard and i ventured back down stream. ended up being a good trip. started out a bit slow. bounced around getting one hear and two there, but landed back in a cove and caught 7 off one spot. seems as though there are some that are moving back in again. the black widow and the big wobbler did most of the damage last night. and, these bass were also more back to being on flatter stuff. we caught a lot of fish 20 to 25 ft., but did get a bite or two up in 15 ft. ended up with 18 keepers. Same thing about looking for areas with lots of bait. bo
  10. 2 points
    Bill Babler

    Ramps up the James

    Exactly 4 minutes by water from Aunts Creek to Hideaway, so if your staying in Kimberling that Y HWY, as Jade said is way to long a curvy to save 4 minutes of boat time. You can access anything in the James from Aunts Creek to Cape Fair in minutes. The back ramp is perfect right now and really is not being used much early. I'm assuming bass boat. In a smaller boat it will take longer. I used 40 MPH as a reference.
  11. 2 points
    ness

    Whatchya Drinking?

    We drank a lot of wine on our vacation a couple weeks ago. Just down the road from where we stayed was a property with a small sign at the end of the driveway that said 'Wine and Oil - Direct Sales'. The house was surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. We pulled in and drove on down towards the house. Other than another little sign at a fork in the driveway there was nothing going on to make you think you should be there. We pulled around back and rang the doorbell. After a bit an elderly man came out and we told him we were there to taste the wine. He spoke zero English, so he went around the corner and got another guy. Turned out he didn't speak a word of English either, but he knew why we were there. He unlocked the door, took us into a room and pointed to a lineup of bottles that looked like they'd been there for years. The bottles were dusty and the wine inside was faded. He pointed to the darkest-colored wine and smiled then clasped his hand on his bicep to signal it was strong. We shook our heads and he proceeded to open up a newer bottle for us to try. We had pretty low expectations but the wine was actually very good. We let him know we'd take a bottle, which was 6 Euros. I had a 5 and a 50. He kinda smiled and said, 'Cinque OK', and out we went with a bottle for 5 Euros (about $6). I tried to get him to reenact the 'strong' thing, but this is what I got. One thing that was driven home for us over there is that winemaking and grape growing is an agricultural endeavor. We saw lots of folks pruning vines, and tractors going down rows mowing between them and disking up the soil near the base. The dude we bought the wine from wasn't wearing a clean shirt waiting for people to come in and buy his wine -- he was outside working. Some of the best times were these little interactions with the locals.
  12. 2 points
    Fish24/7

    What's Cooking?

    So tempted to pick a half ripe tomato right now 😋 gotta be patient though just a few more days! Sunday had rib eye, pasta salad ,and homegrown sweet corn. Corn wasn't quite filled out yet but was delicious.Marinated steak on the grill wasn't bad either. Last night was ham hocks noodles and garden green beans. YUM
  13. 2 points
    fishinwrench

    Don't ya just love

    Ya know why sheepherders wear robes? Cuz sheep can hear a zipper a mile away. 😊
  14. 2 points
    Royal Blue

    Cape Fair debris

    Bill you're spot on with the orange on the trailer tips. Even if it's a paca chunk or slim. Orange tips are getting way more bites than anything else.
  15. 2 points
    Bill Babler

    Cape Fair debris

    Dutch just leave the topwater on the deck unless you see some chasers, as it is a super waste of time for me the last two days. Start with that jig right in front of the bushes and fish it out to about 15-18 ft. Longer gravel points have been the best, shad are everywhere up there mostly gizzards. Might pay however if your frisky to throw a blade from daylight to 6:30 or so, but that jig is the deal. I'm using a Pig Stickier Quick 5 1/2 oz. GPO with a Smallie Beaver trailer and adding just a bit more orange to the tips. Good Luck and let us know.
  16. 2 points
    merc1997

    What am I missing?

    bill, i have been fishing the lower end because of all the floating stuff on the upper end. we have still been catching them pretty good, but never in the same place twice. it seems right now that steeper stuff is more consistent, and that just makes common sense because of all the water being ran through the lake. just that fact alone draws the shad out. then given the lake levels will begin to fall, bass suspend quite a bit. just natural instinct for them to keep water above them and below them so they will not get trapped someplace. if they are ever on anything flatter, they will always be on the last bush out that is at the depth they want to be at. but, guess what? there are very few tree that match up with the high water level because those trees that are left are fairly deep and it takes a lower water level to put them into play. yes, most of the feeding is out in the lake, but i am never looking for feeding fish, but bass that have laid down to rest in an area. i then try to figure out how to force them to bite, not beg them to bite. bo
  17. 2 points
    Bill Babler

    What am I missing?

    I have never heard as much crying from the guides fishing the dam. Yes we cry most of the time but I believe this year is the worst. Most guys are saying 6 to 8 fish in a morning is what to expect with a whopper of a day catching maybe 12 to 15. There are some fish at every depth between right on the bank and 65 ft. Some on the bottom and lots suspend in open water and some in trees, they are just scattered horrible. Almost seems like September and I"m also thinking the moving water. Up the White can also be tricky with lots of suspended fish, mostly in the trees and off the bluffends. James River has a fantastic jig bite right now, putting the boat in about 30 on the flat gravel and making a long cast to just in front of the bushes. I believe the fish are still on the old bank line. There are some up in the bushes but the majority out. Gizzard and threadfin shad are in the James by the millions and are everywhere you stop. Fish we caught today however were just filled to over flowing with crayfish. On another note, yesterday on the White was slow and every fish we caught had a hook hole. Today we had a really great day on the James and at least 3/4 of those fish had been caught and released. We probably had at least a dozen keepers with a LM at 4 pounds and lots of 18 in K's Good Luck
  18. 2 points
    NebSchmidty

    What am I missing?

    We were down the week before last and fished out of the Indian Point area. It was certainly a grind for me to come up with 5-10 fish each morning. After a few days, I pretty much gave up on wasting early light on topwater, throwing a keitech into the random surface blips, or trying to coax something from the abyss with a dropshot worm. Instead, I'd go straight to fishing for shallower 10-15' fish off the bottom before they backed out with increasing daylight. Depending on cloud cover (or lack thereof) you could still work a bottom bite out 15-25'ish towards 7-730... but by 8 you were on borrowed time before they moved out and suspended deeper. Areas were mainlake points -- seemed better on the point or just on the downstream edge of it before you would hit submerged timber leading back into the creek/cove. They were definitely munching on craws in the areas with some chunkier rock present. Best two baits were a 3.5" tube on a 3/16 head (GP/orange flake in low light, WM candy after) and a GP/orange flk ultravibe speed craw on a 3/16oz head. Hope that might help some.
  19. 2 points
    Gavin

    Poppers, wake baits?

    Some proven odd balls out of this box. Confidence baits.
  20. 1 point
    danop69

    My trip Jun22-29

    Came down for our annual week at TRL Jun22-29. Sun was a complete washout for us as it rained nonstop all day and night. Every morning (Mon-Fri) we fished from 5am until 11am at the latest. We had found a couple of new areas that we wanted to try this year so we headed there first thing. A little cut of the main lake just down lake from cow creek. Being that there were a lot of flooded we decided to start pounding them with a jig first keeping a eye out for top water activity as well. . Caught this 5.00 beauty up tight in the bushes about 7:30 or so and she hammered my jig and craw! Also caught a really nice 2.27 SM on the point of the same pocket slow rolling a grub. Also caught a few on top with wakers and spooks. Tried some of our deeper spots and could locate fish but couldn’t get em to bite anything. Threw the grub, drop shot, jigging and flutter spoons and they were having non of it. Caught this 3.70 in the same pocket in the same row of flooded bushes on Tuesday morning on the same jig and craw. We caught more LM this year than ever probably because we were doing a lot more bank beating than we usually do this time of year but with all those flooded shrubs we couldn’t resist! Needless to say it was probably a good idea as these two fish are the largest that I have caught to date out of TRL! We did fish our usual locations but had limited success with no consistency. We did manage a few at each of our spots but just not like in years past. I’m sure the high water and the lower water temps (saw anywhere from 76-82 through out the week) had something to do with this as the summertime pattern is usually well established by the time we get to the lake. It wasn’t this year. We usually start our mornings looking for some top water action. We fished our usual gravel run outs and main lake humps near deep water and could locate fish at all but getting them to bite was another story. We did get a few every day on wake baits. Also had many blow ups but they would just flat out miss it! Was still a lot of fun though. We did have one morning when the whites blew up near the boat. We managed 5 before they were gone on wake baits and one on a flutter spoon. All in all it was a good week. Did not catch the numbers we are used to but the quality sized fish more than made up for that. I think we caught right at 50 fish over the week with about half of those keepers. Pretty good ratio in my book. Good luck to everyone. Thanks for all the great reports over the years as it has helped up fine tune our tactics and our ability to catch those pesky TRL bass! Dan
  21. 1 point
    Dutch

    Cape Fair debris

    Bill I looked through my beaver stash and found the one you mentioned. I looked through my skirt box and came up with a gp and another with some orange. I painted the beaver tip. Does this look anything like what you were using?
  22. 1 point
    Fish24/7

    What's Cooking?

    😄need to have my eyes checked. I thought it said bongappetit.com Can't go wrong with meat on a stick, looks delicious!
  23. 1 point
    Fish24/7

    What's Cooking?

    Fried 🐔 tonight
  24. 1 point
    Bill Babler

    What am I missing?

    That is one beautiful Jaw BP, thanks for sharing her with us.
  25. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    Ultralight Smallmouth Tactics

    It can be done without doing that. See it happen all the time. But it is something people should be mindful of.
  26. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Back on the water

    I showed them to ya! The very backend of every cove is my secret spot.
  27. 1 point
    fshndoug

    Back on the water

    Just picked up my boat from Fishinwrench.He did a nice job on fixing various proplems.If anyone has some problems take your boat to him.He is a class guy that knows what he is doing.
  28. 1 point
    snagged in outlet 3

    What's Cooking?

    I’m trying this on the 4th. I’ll substitute peppers and vinegar for what I have https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spicy-pork-skewers
  29. 1 point
    MOPanfisher

    July gills

    Very nice, I love catching bluegill.
  30. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Low Water

    Actually would be a great time to find that hidden structure along the banks.
  31. 1 point
    wmander

    new member

    Now that's a cool hometown name!- Bassfield! Should have good karma
  32. 1 point
    MOPanfisher

    Boat wake Liability

    That would be a great way to experience jail.
  33. 1 point
    MOPanfisher

    Whatchya Drinking?

    Those bring back some very hazy memories that shul probably not be relived. I love trin different things, I will sample different beers, wines etc. just about anywhere, many have been terrible others pretty good.
  34. 1 point
    murdok

    new member

    that was easy
  35. 1 point
    rps

    Whatchya Drinking?

    Fear sweetened spirits such as Southern Comfort, Irish Mist, and Yukon Jack, as well as the new sweet bourbons. If you go that way, it will only end badly.
  36. 1 point
    bfishn

    Don't ya just love

    There'll never be another ewe...
  37. 1 point
    45acp

    Ultralight Smallmouth Tactics

    I remove both hooks from the wee craw. Then use a larger size (4 or 6 can't remember it's been awhile since I had to buy new ones) Excaliber rotating treble on the rear eye only. All those fish you used to miss on that bait, you won't miss them anymore.
  38. 1 point
    rps

    What's Cooking?

    I grew nothing in this dish. Sweet and sour shrimp.
  39. 1 point
    lmt out

    Experts

    Been having some trouble finding the walley so I enlisted the help of a couple experts walleye fisher women. We ended with 5 keepers and 2 barely shorts. Bottom bouncing in 21 ft if water and jig and crawler from 17 to 21 ft of water. Fished from 8 to 12:30. To hot for us we headed in. Best 2 fishing partners ever. Sister and wife.
  40. 1 point
    ness

    What's Cooking?

    Love summer when the fruit and veggies starts rolling in. Hit the KC City Market Saturday and found some decent corn, cantaloupe and maters. Excellent peaches. A little prosciutto and melon Some heirloom tomatoes, cottage cheese, salt and....that’s it 😄 Classic summer meal yesterday afternoon. Burger on the charcoal grill, toasted bun, smoky beans, macaroni salad, corn and a peach and blueberry fruit salad. And tonight - bruschetta with heirloom tomato, olive oil, garlic, garden basil and balsamic on toasted bread. Iceberg slab with radishes, bacon and ranch, and shrimp cocktail.
  41. 1 point
    kmastr1

    Last 2 Days on the Rock

    Fished the last two days and bite seems to be pretty consistent. We are drop shoting long gravel points in about 18 to 30 ft of water. Catching around 50+ fish per day w a couple nice 24/26" walleye each day. Ended up w 14 bass over 15" on Sat and 17 bass over 15" today. Biggest was 4lb largemouth. Best tip I can give is get some orange die and dip whatever plastic you use. All these fish are full of crawdads that are green w orange/red tip claws. Also if you dont have a penoptix livescope you are really missing out if you love to drop shot. Almost to the point where I can tell you what specie fish you will catch and exactly when it hits before you even know it. Pretty cool technology. Also can instantly change your depth to catch suspended fish. Would post pics of walleye but don't know how.
  42. 1 point
    Bill Babler

    Last 2 Days on the Rock

    50 fish per day right now is simply tremendous success, especially on soft plastic, live scope or no. You all were on the right deal on the right points as they are just not on every point you fish. The guides that fish here 365 are having no where near that 50 number per day and most are fishing live bait so congrats and just an amazing couple of days of fishing.,
  43. 1 point
    mixermarkb

    Can't Win

    I mostly agree with Mitch and Bo, but the liberal in me would have to point out there is a big difference between "equal" and a level playing field, where the rules are the same for everyone. Of course, equality is a false notion, because everyone has different God given gifts, and different work ethics on how to use those gifts. I believe we who have been blessed with more, have the resources and responsibility to help others excel. It's best done in each of our day to day lives with folks who cross our paths, but the sad fact is that humans inherintly battle greed, and there is often more need than charity. Sometimes we have to have government, public and private education, unions, churches, charitable organizations, etc.. step in and work to make sure that anyone who wants a chance to play the game, has that chance. We are our brothers keeper, and since a lot of folks abdicate that responsibility in their day to day lives by refusing to treat others the way they would like to be treated themselves, sometimes less than perfect means have to be adopted to get to a reasonable end, and have a society we can be proud of. (And that's why I have had two extra kids at my house most of the summer, because my wife and I have a little extra, and we have relatives who are more interested in chasing a buzz than chasing a paycheck. Hopefully we can impart something to the kids that will stick and help them break the cycle. It's inconvenient, but oh well. We all may not be equal, but we all matter.)
  44. 1 point
    Smalliebigs

    My daughter’s PB Smallie

    We were just messing around at low water bridges that looked fun to play in the water. My daughter grabbed a little but, killer set up of mine to fish with and I cringed but, said screw it and ran to our truck to get her rod and reel and a cooler. I remember thinking she’s gonna destroy that rod and reel and I was like screw it. I hear yelling and screaming so I run back the couple hundred yards to our bridge to see my daughter and wife laughing and giggling. My daughter pulled a very solid 16 3/4 inch Smallie out of this little 2 foot deep hole hahahaha fun stuff . Apparently this thing fought like crazy and went airborne a couple of times..... and I was pissed about letting her use my rod 😜
  45. 1 point
    Mitch f

    Can't Win

    At MCD, in order to make seniority rule, we had union classifications converge. They converged skilled trades with lesser skilled trades. Now the higher seniority riveter was staying as the higher skilled toolmaker was getting laid off...all in an attempt to be “equal” and fair. Equality is a failed notion, when trying to make things equal, someone else always gets the royal shaft.
  46. 1 point
    rps

    Can't Win

    Interesting point. However, here is something to think about. When the uncontrolled laissez faire capitalism of the late 19th century and early 20th century created very powerful industry owners and very poor workers, the workers tried to change things. Riots occurred as owners tried to prevent union formation. Read about the Haymarket affair, the Pullman strike, and the Battle of Blair Mountain. Finally the creation of unions helped tame the extreme disparity of wealth. In the last 20 years we have seen some of that same disparity of wealth develop and business owners use political actions to control workers. The pressure is building. While I agree that some current union practices can be abusive, I expect work force pressures will force the formation of new unions or changes in the existing ones. Sorry to interrupt an interesting thread about the frequency of poor manners. I just thought I would put on my teacher face for a bit. Motoman, please rest assured the comment was meant as interesting discussion and not with ill will.
  47. 1 point
    Al Agnew

    Big fish, bad luck

    So I came home from Montana for 10 or so days, planning on fishing every day I could while here. Got here last Wednesday night, floated Big River by myself Thursday as I reported, with no really good fish even seen, let alone caught. Then it rained. And rained some more. Didn't get to go again until Tuesday. Hog Wally and I floated a very clear stream (one of the few very clear ones these days) in my canoe, after all the times I've fished out of his River Pro. He caught an 18-19 incher, didn't measure it. I don't think I had any strikes from really big fish but had a couple horses follow my lure for a while and caught a couple 16 inchers. Wednesday I floated another section of upper Big River with my brother. I didn't hook any really big ones, but he hooked one that would have been close to 20 inches, if not over. We got a very good look at it, before it escaped by tearing up his spinnerbait, leaving him with only the blade arm! And I guess that was the start of the bad luck. Yesterday afternoon I floated another very clear stream with cwc, and he paddled me all afternoon, much appreciated! Not far below the put-in I hooked a big one, at least 18 inches and probably bigger, on topwater, but after a short tussle it got off. Then, a half mile downstream, I hooked the fish of the trip, a certain 20 incher, that jumped all over the creek until I was just sure I had it under control, and then it made one more lunge and got off. I thought the hooks had just pulled out, but no, when I looked at my topwater lure the front treble had broken off! A bit later I did catch one finally that went between 18 and 19 inches. So that brings us to this morning. I was staying at my cabin on the Meramec overnight, so when I got up this morning I decided to float around the bend at the cabin in the canoe before heading back to the house. I was fishing another topwater when I got a terrific strike. I knew it was big, but when it jumped the first time I saw it was an absolute beast. It jumped again, and then one more time close to the canoe, then swam alongside the canoe giving me a very good look. There's a difference that you can see between those 19 to 20 inches and the really, really big ones, and this fish fell into the really, really big category. At least 21 inches, maybe bigger. And then it suddenly drove for the bottom in one last lunge, and somehow got entangled in something on the bottom and broke off. I can usually get over losing big fish--I've lost enough of them over the years--but this one still bothers me. It was approaching some of the biggest I've ever caught, and besides that I really hate leaving a lure in a fish, and just hope it was able to pull off the lure once it snagged.
  48. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    Poppers, wake baits?

    I don’t go anywhere without my chug bugs. They catch fish on the river. Last night the wiggle minnow got a little love. Thanks to @Harps for the boat ride and picture.
  49. 1 point
    Old plug

    Back on the water

    I have known Wrench for over 25 year thru thick thin and Tornados. Sorry to say he has never worked on my boat but will next time I need it. Mostly because he told me not to be bring him a 4 stroke Merc 115. Just want to say you deserve the recognition.
  50. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    Back on the water

    Thanks guys. 😊
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