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  1. 10 points
    MO Huzgr

    Rookie Question

    Agree 100% - even though I could have used all this great advice a week ago this was my view Weds morning as I was the only one out there at that time.
  2. 7 points
    Phil Lilley

    Busted

    3 people No license, stamp. No boater's license. Driving a boat under the influence. Over limit. 2 browns under 20 inches. Fishing with bait in the trophy area. Possession of slotted rainbows. Outstanding warrants out of state. I think that's all they got them for...
  3. 3 points
    The part that I find most interesting is that the only time I read of Jesus showing REAL ANGER, was when the religious folk of the day, turned the temple into a place of business. There is an entire multimillion, probably multi billion dollar worldwide evangelical industry today, which trades mainly in anger and outrage. Most of which, feeds back through media company corporate consolidation to large companies run by folks who are decidedly un-Christian in belief and actions. I know first hand from my involvement in the "Christian" record business, that the accent is firmly on "business" and the "Christian" side of things is just a label, like "country" or "rock" or "R&B", as well as know how hard megachurches work at marketing to get their slice of the evangelical pie. I personally think that those who have an understanding of their faith as real, and not myth, would do well to take a step back from the media industry surrounding it and refocus on practicing it on a smaller, more personal level of showing love and care to those who directly cross their path. Back to the fakebook, umm I mean Facebook topic tho- I don't want to hurt any feelings here, because I'd gladly share a boat with any OAF member, on any day. The respect folks show for each other and their beliefs around here is amazing, and a true testament to the character that Phil runs this place with!
  4. 3 points
    Mitch f

    Anybody else hate summer?

    This will give you something else to think about before our next adventure 😜 Ahh, the memories!
  5. 3 points
    Lake Lover

    Rookie Question

    Mike I totally agree, anytime on the water is time well spent and I enjoy just being out there fishing. I do catch myself sometimes getting a little frustrated then I sit back and look at this beautiful lake and smile and go right back to chasing them. I think and hope it will be even better once I retire and have more time to fish as now it is just a scheduled time that I can sneak away and knowing I wont be back for a few weeks is the worse part but it's all good. πŸ™‚ Lots of good info and suggestions on this thread, I appreciate it very much. Thanks!
  6. 3 points
    m&m

    Rookie Question

    Here’s my 2 cents worth....I love to fish so I try to go to a new spot each time out. I try to use the electronics to locate fish and baitfish. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. Fishing to me is like the cake, catching is like the icing on the cake. So for me it is a mindset. Anytime on the water spent fishing is a good time. I try to appreciate it every time. But I agree that this OA forum has helped me understand this lake a lot better. I wish I had Bo’s courage to fish at night but maybe I will this fall after the pleasure boaters dry dock their rigs. In the meantime, I enjoy the fishing and get really excited during the catching part (if it happens). Mike
  7. 3 points
    Lake Lover

    Rookie Question

    Yes, you are very correct on the fish i have been marking, i am still trying to get a good feel for my electronics also, so i could be throwing my rig at anything and thinking it's bass. As far as bait, I would say probably about a 50/50 on if i see bait or not, and part of that might just be my inability or lack of being able to read the electronics correctly. I have a garmin on the front and a Lowrance on the dash, and sometimes when i check them both on one i can see fish/bait and other nothing or very little, so i definitely need too spruce up my knowledge on the electronics as well. As far as presentation goes, your right, i should probably try different avenues on getting the bait in front of them too, as i sometimes just get in a rut of just vertical for the deep, i guess it just feels right knowing they are right below you to drop it on their head, so i am definitely missing some opportunity there. The weights are something i have honestly never really experimented with, i know i have read on here in several posts that the rate of fall can make a difference, but i have not experimented with that much at all yet. I think i can be my own worse enemy at times with having limited time on the water and being bull headed about using what worked the last time i was down and not mixing it up more. Your comment about time on the water is spot on, as a couple years ago i had even less of clue, ( if that's even possible) about how to go about things, and just the little bit of time i have been able to get out, along with all the great info and advice from you and all the OA guy's has definitely helped me a bunch. Thanks for reply and tips i really appreciate it! Thank You also to all the guy's on here that contribute info and tips as well so that beginners like myself can stand a chance! Counting down the last few years before i can retire and hopefully spend a lot more time on the water!
  8. 2 points
    Quillback

    HEY! A KEEPER!

    Congrats! I love to fish, but not in lightning, I would've called it a day too.
  9. 2 points
    rps

    HEY! A KEEPER!

    Left the marina stall at 6:15 this morning. The forecast gave me 70/30 odds of being able to fish until noon. Within 15 minutes I coaxed a 17 inch largemouth into slashing a Sixth Sense Splash Back 70. Another 30 minutes and that fish was still the only one. I marked fish and bait fish at 27 feet and set up a jig rod and a vertical spoon rod. Minutes later, the thunder began. I headed to the marina and and was in the slip as the rain began. The irony is that as I trudged to the car, I saw an eruption in the channel outside the marina. What looked to be hybrids pinned a baitfish school and began to decimate it. I thought about going back to the boat, but even as I considered that, I watched a lightning strike split a tree on the other side of the cove. So much for 70/30 odds.
  10. 2 points
    Quillback

    Rookie Question

    Are they busting on small shad? If so, try a small spoon, like a 1/4 oz Kastmaster or a 1/2 oz jigging spoon. You have to be fast, cast it right to the boil as soon as you can, let the spoon sink for a 1/2 to one second,then give it a rip. Rip and drop back to the boat. I like to spray paint the flat side of a silver Kastmaster white - I use Krylon spray paint - and hang a #6 feathered treble on the back. I use 5 lb. Maxima on a light spinning set up. They aren't named Kastmaster for nothing, you can launch that 1/4 oz with the right tackle.
  11. 2 points
    Quillback

    Rookie Question

    Seeing Bo's post reminds me of something else, if I am vertical fishing for bass, I try to keep my bait in front of the boat, or to put it another way, I try not to fish a spot after my boat has drifted over it. I'm pretty convinced that the boat, or it's shadow, when passing over the fish, spooks them.
  12. 2 points
    Completely self-guided trip as we always take. We are dropped by wheel plane on a gravel bar and we float out. Pelican Vault Gear List. Water Proof TSA approved transportation Case. We are flying Alaska Airlines and they have very liberal regulations on sporting good transit. Including guns and fishing equipment. Wader Repair Kit, leaders, tippet, filet knifes and steel, fire starter , cap light, pliers,saw, pencil wt. spoons, spinners and hardware, 1 Orvis med. 7' travel rod. 1 4000 series shimano sustain spinning reel 2 spools 8# and 12# Orvis Fly rods 8-7-7-6 wt. Fast tip 10' 4 piece. 4 Orvis reels 6-7-8-8 Wt. One with a predator leader, one with a mirage carbon 16# leader 1 with a 8# Hy-Flote for dry flys and one with a shooting line for beads Also in the case of course is a Remmington 870 synthetic pump with Brenneke 3" magnum slugs. This is for mosquitoes. We also have some 6 shot as ptarmigan season is open and they are a tasty treat if we see some. Fishing Tackle: We have lots of Salmon flies and I have been tying some big patterns for Sheefish and Pike. We are also taking beads and drys for the char and grayling Some food and camping items we are taking include: Utensils, lite set of pots and pans, coffee, sugar, condiments, salt, pepper and spices, alum. foil and baggies cleaning supplies nails, rope, gorilla tape and glue, biscuit and pancake mix flour, fish fry, PB, syrup, dehydrated onions, and potatoes, package mixes of sauce and gravy, butter, oil, and milk, sweetner soy sauce, wasabi and ginger, rice and bouillon a few sweets . Notice the table cloth and water purification bottles. We are also taking trailmix in our carry on bags. Frozen food in an Engel Cooler. I have tested this Cooler putting it in the freezer and cooling it down for 24 hrs. I put 4 frozen bottles of water in it and set it in the garage. it will keep the water frozen for 48 hrs. it is fantastic. Breakfast sausage Maple, Bacon, Deer Sausage, 2, Eight oz. Prime Ribeye Steaks, Smoked Ham, cheese, butter, lunch meat and i will put 18 eggs on the top in their carton. perfect fit. Fishing and bedding gear; REI sleeping pad, Eddie Bauer Sleeping blanket pillow and blanket, 2 camp lanterns a first aid kit , wader boots belt suspenders, boots hats staff, and an extra set of hip waders We are flying 1st. Class and not only do you get the extra room but you can bring a carry on plus one personal item and 2 check in bags of 50 lbs. each for no charge. We are going to have 1 extra bag at $100.00 but Phil says he has it covered with his millage credit card Pictured are 2 Fish Pond Dry Bags, 1 Weather Sport Dry Bag, 1 Orvis Gale Force Dry Satchel and one Pelican TSA Dry Container. Phil will have 2 dry bags plus his carry on and a personal item mostly with lots of electronics. We are using an InReach and it will be interesting. We have both played with it some and of course cameras and GoPro's. From Anchorage will be flying to Alaska Adventure Lodge on the Holitna River. The flight is in a 6 passenger prop plane flown by Sound Aviation out of Anchorage. It is about 200 air miles from Anchorage to the Lodge at Sleetmute Ak. We will spend the first nite at the lodge and then be flown up the river for our float for Salmon, Char, Grayling, Pike, and Sheefish. More to Come
  13. 1 point
    mixermarkb

    TRL Facebook page "censored"

    I was looking at you, Wrench, when I said I was gonna lose some folks...lol I'm not advocating we ignore science, or all subscribe to a "earth is 6000 years old because that's how I interpret the Bible" world view. Knowledge isn't inherently evil, and neither is the Internet. I do find the fact that the logo hasn't changed in a few thousand years interesting though...
  14. 1 point
    Krazo

    carb kit fix it?

    trying to help my neighbor out. He just got a 2008 mercury 3.5 hp, model f3.5m i think. motor sat with fuel in it for years before he got it. he cleaned up, checked all the lines, etc. now the problem is it runs when you start it with starting fluid but dies quickly. I think the carb is gummed up, maybe float is stuck. any other thoughts? however im trying to find a carb kit for this motor and didnt see anything in the sierra marine catalog. im not familiar with mercury motors, can anyone recommend a good website with manuals or schematics, part information? Im just trying to find a carb kit for this thing but i cant seem to find what carb it has. All I seem to find is a carb for 4hp but nothing smaller. is this the carb they use for everything under 4hp? #803819A05 https://www.crowleymarine.com/parts/371186.cfm
  15. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    TRL Facebook page "censored"

    Oh definitely, things always work out for the best. I just find it amazing that whenever a couple splits up there's always a female victim that totally got taken advantage of. You never hear of it happening any other way.
  16. 1 point
    I saw that video. Futile at best. They netted them out of Creve Coeur Lake last year. Loaded with them again already this year. Unless you cutoff Creve Coeur Creek you can forget it.
  17. 1 point
    Greasy B

    Anybody else hate summer?

    I love the sounds of summer, at least what I can hear over my tinnitus. Linda and I spent last weekend in a cabin in the Ozark Woods, the evening symphony was a roar. Back at our suburban home last night I heard a few crickets (in my head?) and tree frogs, mostly I heard the din of traffic and the call of rumble strips. I hate living in the burbs.
  18. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Busted

    I would be interested in what the fine totals were for their violations. Typically wildlife fines are way less than you would expect.
  19. 1 point
    MickinMO

    night fishing questions

    I asked a related question a year ago or so related to night fishing by boat. You rarely see anyone trying it. Duane pretty much said the fog is too unpredictable. Makes it too tough and dangerous.
  20. 1 point
    Lake Lover

    Rookie Question

    I think you are 110% correct. Their is a ton of good info here i can use to develop a (new) game plan. I guess one good thing about being a rookie is, i haven't had enough time on the water to develop any bad habits that don't work yet, so i can just toss them all aside and start doing it the right way. Next project is learning more about my electronics than just how to use the power button! Thanks!
  21. 1 point
    NuB2TR

    Rookie Question

    This thread is an example of why I check this forum every morning. It amazes me that so many folks are so willing to help the struggling anglers like me to get better. Thank You all !!
  22. 1 point
    Old plug

    TRL Facebook page "censored"

    That she was Mitch
  23. 1 point
    crazy4fishin

    Rookie Question

    I would take what Bo, Quill and M&M said and work all of that into an overall plan......like you I had a tendency to spend to much time in one spot while "thinking" there are Bass under the boat!! Today I do try different baits, presentations and depths while fishing. Then set an internal time and leave going to a new place. Through the forum and other sites I developed a better understanding of what my expensive time and water temp devices were really telling me!! C4F
  24. 1 point
    MO Huzgr

    Rookie Question

    Like you, I'm still learning how to fish these Ozark lakes. Sounds like you have had about the same experience I had this week. Threw everything at them with little success. I guess I need to buy more arsenal! I tried but to fish unless I saw fish on finder but even then, they weren't biting. Am thinking I might have been seeing White's but who knows. I need to keep practicing to learn how to fish deep water better. Attached is a screenshot of non cooperating fish!
  25. 1 point
    *T*

    Rookie Question

    One comment I saw recently, and maybe it was from Bo, if you've located fish and shad but can't get them to bite your vertical presentation, might be worth a try at moving off of them and casting back into them from a distance. Slight change in presentation. Also, if they are not biting right now, hit another spot for a bit and then come back for another try. They may switch from no bite to a hot bite at any time for no apparent reason. Just another rookie's thoughts here. Good luck out there.
  26. 1 point
    merc1997

    Rookie Question

    one thing that you do not know for sure is if the fish you are marking are bass or something else. next, do you see lots of bait in these areas? any game fish is going to move around with the dinner table especially given the fact that table rock does not have the crawdad population it once had. shad, like it or not, is the main forage now and many of the bass have become very nomadic and just follow the kitchen table around. if what you are marking are bass, you just need to keep experimenting with getting them to trigger to your presentation. i see you mention a host of different lures, but do not mention if you change whether you tried vertical fall verses horizontal. how many different weights did you try? these are all factors into getting an inactive bass to strike at your offering. it is something that time on the water helps with. and, time spent learning what you are actually looking at on your electronics helps also. fish as much as you can, and learn each time you go. bo
  27. 1 point
    dwiebenga

    Rookie Question

    Here is my thoughts, and I am consistently on the lake 10 days a year. I have a "milk run" of spots on the lake that produce fish for me. However, I am not getting fish there everytime. I have had times where I check the spot, throw a couple casts, and move on if I am not getting bit. Then, I return later in the day and sometimes the fish are feeding again. Overall, I think you have to be flexible and not focus on one area for long periods of time. Stay mobile until you get bit. Here is how I tend to fish a point or bluff end: aggressive bait first (jerkbait or topwater), then a more moderate subtle presentation ( swimbait, bigger jig, etc.), finally, I hit the Ned or finesse worm. This approach has worked for me and I do okay in the Shell Knob area. Just my personal thoughts and experiences.
  28. 1 point
    Mark

    Floatin, Politiks, Hippos, And Rattlers.

    Sorry jdmidwest, but one of my pet peeves is to hear people making blanket criticism of our public schools . As a recently retired public school teacher having worked at four different school districts and retiring from a highly performing public high school, I am confident in saying that the majority of our public schools in Missouri do a great job of educating student WHO WANT TO LEARN. Teachers can't educate students who are chronically absent, run the streets at night and sleep most of the time they are in school, or on drugs, and parent(s) at home that don't make them go to school every day or have any personal investment in their child's education or their lives. It all starts at home. It's a "societal problem", not an "educational problem". The kids that want to learn and have parents who take an interest in their children's education are receiving a quality education. Probably my biggest complaint with our current public school system is the emphasis on trying to prepare every student for college instead of teaching more trade skills. Most kids don't see being a welder or electrician as a good job. Having said all that, I have seen some really smart kids who can't spell or do simple math in their heads - blame that on technology, i.e. spellcheck, calculators, etc. I also think there has to be a limit on using technology to learn. Today, every kid has a computer in front of them for most classes, and all answers are a "google" away instead of developing problem solving skills, higher order critical thinking skills, and abstract reasoning skills. AND KIDS (AND MORE AND MORE ADULTS) ARE ADDICTED TO THEIR PHONES!! Rant over and out....
  29. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    TRL Facebook page "censored"

    Sounds like an honest way to make a living to me. If I was hung better I'd shitcan this outboard motor gig.
  30. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    TRL Facebook page "censored"

    I'm afraid I am, but we could probably work something out if you'll allow me to subcontract. 😊
  31. 1 point
    Yes but we don't entirely know the level of his gear. He claims everything is new including the entire camp and raft. I'll try and post the updated gear we are taking as soon as possible He also supplies the food for the entire trip, but he said it is Mountain House so we are supplementing,
  32. 1 point
    Are you busy Friday night big boy?? I need 3 more french drains dug and my back is tired from the first 3. My feet are skinny.
  33. 1 point
    Here is an update of my clothing list and how I'm traveling with it. My entire clothing for this trip will fit in my carry on bag. We are traveling on Alaska Air out of MCI and their carry on size in a total of 45 inches. I purchased the new Fish Pod totally water proof carry on which when loaded is 45 linear inches. Clothing list is as follows and this for a 9 day trip with 7 days of camping and raft floating the Holitna. Orvis Wader Socks 3 heavy 3 lite/medium. 2 Gage, silk long handles, 6 underware, 1 Hodgeman under wader suit.1 Orvis vest 1 Orvis Rain Sweater, 1 Orvis rain jacket, 1 Orvis hoodie, 3 Gage micro fiber shirts, 2 pairs gloves Columbia and Orvis, 3 Orvis trout bum shirts, 3 micro fiber UA shirts 1 short sleeve shirt . 1 shorts, 1 1/2 socks 2 hats, 1 Mizzou PJ's. and one jean and belt. I;ll try and get all our other gear posted today for this type of a float adventure.
  34. 1 point
    Quillback

    TRL Facebook page "censored"

    The single old ladies here in Bella Vista have a saying about the old guys that hit on them, they are looking for a "nurse and a purse".
  35. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    TRL Facebook page "censored"

    The thing about FB fishing groups that I can't leave alone is the guys that haul fish around all day just so they can have a photo shoot later. And the "Guides" are the absolute worst about it. I can't help but ask them WHY they keep doing that. It's like I'm the only person in the world that believes it is beneficial to release fish back to the same area where it was caught. The guides actually think that if they take the pic where it was caught that someone will recognize the area. Gimme a freakin' break! πŸ™„ Then just don't take a pic then. Is it really that important to prove that you caught a 4 pounder? Drives me absolutely crazy.
  36. 1 point
    ness

    TRL Facebook page "censored"

    One thing nice about Facebook is the ease of blocking someone. A couple clicks and they're gone -- like they never existed. Threads, replies, replies to their replies, everything just disappears. It makes the handful of boring groups I belong to a little nicer when I can easily get rid of the smart a**es. The 'unfollow' is pretty nice too if there's someone showing up on your timeline more than you want. Anybody that's having trouble on Facebook isn't using it right. If we had that functionality here I'd use it.
  37. 1 point
    Fish24/7

    2019 Garden Thread

    They look happy, whatever they are. Lost the plant id tag.
  38. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    2019 Garden Thread

    Livie harvested one of her canteloupes. Small but tasty little treat 😁! A bit smaller than a pool ball. The deer or a squirrel ate the larger melon.
  39. 1 point
    Had to work for it, tried a little of everything, dropshot trick worm 25ft deep on a point at 4pm brought up a nice smallmouth 3lb 9oz 18" long. Tried the old erie dearie, at about the same depth to produce a 21.5 inch walleye. Got checked by the game warden (very nice guy ) dropped the erie dearie down just after he left us, with the warden still in sight, I just knew it was a BIG walleye nope...catfish. Still hunting for some sort of pattern, I tried some long line troll with my new trolling combos, and found this one 12 inch crappie. I did find 4 short eyes and a drum at about 7:30 on a point with the Bink 1/2oz silver spoon, I caught 4 walleye, and one drum in about 5 minutes, it was great ! All fish released and still swim. BEST OF ALL, I SPENT THE WHOLE WEEKEND WITH MY WIFE OF 31 YRS ! GOD IS GOOD !
  40. 1 point
    ness

    2019 Garden Thread

  41. 0 points
    willyfish

    I Need to Bring a Net

    Nice fish but where's your tea cup Si?
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