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  1. 9 points
    Quillback

    Spiders AND snakes

    Had a close encounter today, thought Vernon would enjoy this. @vernon This afternoon I went out for a walk at one of the parks here in Bella Vista. It has an out of service access road that goes uphill at a fairly steep incline, leads to the top of an earthen dam that backs up a lake called Loch Lomond. I will do about 3 miles and will walk up and down that hill a few times to get my heart going. There's a gravel road that runs the length of the dam, maybe about a 1/2 mile in length. I'll walk it to one end then back to the other end. The tire tracks are gravel with some old blacktop, there's grass in the middle of the road and about a 10 foot strip on each side. The sides and side strips are kept mowed, but on the lake side of the dam it is chunk rock with weedy type vegetation and on the land side of the dam it is basically a steep slope covered with thick, weedy growth. So I am walking the dam today and see a big spider cross the track in front of me. I would get close to it as I want to check it out and the darn thing would come after me, it would kind of hop a few inches at a time coming towards my foot. I have never seen a spider that aggressive before. It did let me get close enough to get a good look at it, and darned if it didn't have some baby spiders riding on its back. Never seen this before, so when I got home I did a search on "spiders with babies on back" and it turns out it was a wolf spider. According to the experts it is the only spider in the US that carries its babies around like that. I didn't squash it, couldn't kill a mama with her babies, and I had some respect for a critter that would take on something that outweighs it probably about 10,000 times. So now about the snake - I start walking down the trail again, and maybe get about 100 yards, hear something move in the grass, look down and a bit to my right and see a snake dart into the weeds. It couldn't have been more than a couple of feet from my leg when it seemed to almost jump up and zip into the weeds. I only got about a 1 second look at it, but I am convinced it was a cottonmouth. Had that fat body with a skinny short tail section and the skin coloration those things have. And it was a good sized one, I'm guessing at least 3 feet long and bulky. I was fortunate it didn't go for my leg, because I never saw it until it took off. And it was pretty cool today, I think it was about 60 degrees when I saw that snake, but it sure didn't act sluggish at all. It must've been out in the short grass sunning itself until I came along. I have spend a lot of time outdoors and have seen some venomous snakes, but never have I had one that close to me (that I know of) where I thought it could've got me if it had wanted to. One more step and I would've been within inches.
  2. 6 points
    netboy

    Fishing in the neighbor's back yard...

    With all the high water I have been challenged to find some good wade fishing areas. The last few days have worked out pretty well. I took the boat up from Wildcat access and found some protected water along the inside bends of the river. These are areas on homeowner's backyards that are now flooded. The trout are up in in really shallow water eating BWO's that are coming up. Caught lots of smallish rainbows and browns along with a few nice ones. Size 20 BWO's and Adams worked.
  3. 6 points
    Ham

    Where's Waldo - Part 2 Home Edition

    Waldo got his numbers
  4. 5 points
    Sounds like I will be meeting up with JestersHK and whoever comes along with him and riding down together. Hopefully there is room left for one more. I'll have my boat and I'm sure I can bring along some form of deer/elk meat treats.
  5. 5 points
    vernon

    Spiders AND snakes

    He'd be smellin' what's in my pants!
  6. 4 points
    We left Texas behind on Friday afternoon thankful that we 1) still had Waldo in good shape, 2) we were out of the rain, 3) had on dry clothes, and 4) neither of us had hypothermia ! This is a bad picture if you are a boat owner. Ham dropped me off at the Little Rock airport so that I could pick up my rental car that I would use to get to Columbia for work once this trip was over. He and I met for dinner and I followed him back to Flippin. Sat we headed to White Hole access and were met with a nearly full boat ramp. Could have been an ominous start. At one point I counted well over 60 boats and then just stopped counting. It's a good thing that we were after the yellow perch run and not those stocked rainbows. Ham pulled up to a hole that he has seen and possible caught perch previously. I had a casting weight with a dropper loop armed with a #10 Aberdeen hook and some redworm. I pitched the bait into an opening in the weeds. It was less than 20 seconds that I missed a small bite. I repositioned the bait and hooked into my first yellow perch of the day. Took about a minute ! I am no stranger to this fish. So maybe it was familiarity with my quarry, but more likely just that Ham put us in the right spot. I gave my rod to Ham since he was champing at the bit to catch one of these guys himself. Took a little longer but not by much until he had his first of the day as well. Ham and I proceeded to drop into grass edges, under grass mats, etc. to catch more. Ham caught a few more from this spot. I got trout blocked and only landed one more perch from that spot. First I was blocked by what I am inclined to consider as a Bonneville cutthroat (my first ever; let me know from you knowledgeable guys if this should be considered a Yellowstone instead @netboy or @mojorig) followed by a rainbow. I was halfway to a slam, but wanted to catch more perch . We moved to a new spot upriver. At the confluence of this small tributary. I caught bluegill and two more yellow perch one of which took the hook too deep and didn't make it. Ham hooked some trout. I couldn't get the suckers to bite at this location either. Further upstream we went and into another small creek. I saw brook trout, rainbows and what looked like a decent brown trout as we went into the creek. The only fish that we could see were trout as we went further up the creek. Some of those trout were less than 5 to 6 inches in length. We headed back to the confluence and Ham hooked one of the brookies on his Zig jig. Then another. Now he had half a slam as well. I also caught a snakeriver cutthroat trout at that spot. I caught a rainbow but no other trout. I did land a new species for 2019, a male hornyhead chub. He was "dressed" for the ladies with a bright red spot and sported a head covered in breeding tubercles. We looked over a few more creeks and rock piles, etc. looking for interesting fish. Still not too worried about a slam. Then we made the big run uplake where we met @snagged in outlet 3. I had on an olive ginger 1/32 oz Zig jig and was casting towards the shore line or running the jig down through the troughs between the weed lines while Ham was talking with Pete. Just as we said goodbye to Pete I hooked and landed my first brook trout of the day! Three quarters of the way to a slam (or maybe 4/5? ). I caught another brook trout and Ham caught brooks and rainbows. We drifted downstream where Ham landed his cutthroat. We did come to the White to get me on knobfin sculpin. So it was decision time - go for the slam or head downstream for the knobfin. I wanted the slam. Problem was that water had been flayed over by boat after boat after boat. We soldiered on anyway. Ham came closest to a slam but lost the one brown that he hooked. I caught a couple more brook trout and a few rainbows, but don't think that I had on and lost a brown. We gave it a shot regardless. Headed back to the boat ramp. We tried a couple of rocky points and Ham caught a knobfin sculpin. I hooked a 5 inch rainbow. I did end up landing a knobfin sculpin at Stetson's dock. It was another great day fishing from Waldo. I appreciate Ham taking me on this adventure. I look forward when we can do it all again!
  7. 4 points
    Spoken like an addicted Jighead !
  8. 4 points
    Flysmallie

    Spiders AND snakes

    I was in a shop one night way up under a pickup replacing cab mounts and one of those baby carrying spiders approached me except I didn't know they were babies. . I am freaked out by spiders. They are good at a distance but I don't want them all up on me. Like I said I'm under a truck and there wasn't much room under there. I grabbed a tool and tried to flick that ugly thing away from me and that's when the babies poured off of her. It was like a liquid running off her back. I'm really surprised that I didn't hurt myself getting out from under there.
  9. 4 points
    tley

    Columbus Day weekend

    Just want to contribute since everyone has always been so helpful. Spent a couple hours several days around Big Cedar cove from the bridge to about the Branson Belle. Bite was slow and mostly deep. Caught a few fish everyday split about in half with keepers to short fish, all 3 species. The majority of the fish came on pb&j ned. Couple on green pumpkin shakey head. These fish were in the 25ish depth range. And lastly caught a few on a sexy shad square bill; these fellas were right on the bank. All the fish seemed to be relatively near the points, nothing towards the back of coves. Beautiful weekend to have been on the water.
  10. 3 points
    The bream was fantastic! I enjoy the food just as much if not more than the fishing lol.
  11. 3 points
    I’ll be there for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and will have my boat. So are we cooking fish on Friday night so Bret will be there? I can bring bream fillets again.
  12. 3 points
    Mine are utilitarian as I wanted to get it wet right away. Yours match the rig perfectly. 👍
  13. 2 points
    Dutch

    102

    We started fishing for blacks today with spinner baits. Later we switched to swim baits. We wound up catching 17 but only 4 were keepers. When the wind picked up I decided to go have a look for whites. We wound up catching 85 of them. Starting Sunday I will be there for 10 days. The water temperature was about 64°.
  14. 2 points
    Flysmallie

    Micro Gamechanger

    Well it's a cute little feller. Bet it would be great at the trout parks during C&R season.
  15. 2 points
    Quillback

    Just funny stuff

    That's just great - I spent 3 years taking Spanish in high school, what a waste of time.
  16. 2 points
    Royal Blue

    Fall Weather Morning/Afternoon Bite?

    I can tell you that yesterday with the high pressure and bluebird sky that we never had a keeper after about 11. We had a bunch by 9:30 and it got really tough. That could've been the barometer though. Post frontal and all, but my schedule is what it is. There was a very strong reaction bait bite early though.
  17. 2 points
    Spiders and snakes pfft! I was on a job site in Savannah Tuesday and we had pipe on the ground near the river. They would heat up during the day and at night the gators loved to crawl inside the warm pipes. They ran off a 12’er Monday. The locals act like it’s no big deal.
  18. 2 points
    @BilletHead smells them. He had a little nest a while back I remember.
  19. 2 points
    dblades

    Spiders AND snakes

    My granddad always said he could smell copperheads, me I don't even try.
  20. 2 points
    tjm

    Spiders AND snakes

    Ive seen copperheads out mid winter when temps in mid-high 30s and snow within a foot of them, in the ledges of cedar glades, where sun hit early in the day and warmed the rock, I believe that I smell venomous snakes before I see them sometimes. I know I have been way too close to several and so far very lucky. I like gumboots in those areas.
  21. 2 points
    Sore Thumbs

    Spiders AND snakes

    I don’t kill spiders either unless they are brown recluse. They are nature’s best bug killers. My wife gets mad when I find one in the house and let it go outside. Snakes don’t bother me much either. I’m usually trying to pick them up and move them. Copperheads are a different deal though. Glad you didn’t get bit today.
  22. 1 point
    Jerry Rapp

    Card’s back in the post season!!

    they finished in the final 4 of MLB. Pretty darn good. 26 other teams didn't get there. Back in January the majority of Card fans would have been very satisfied with a trip to the NLCS. Look at the Dodgers. They finished worse than the Cardinals in the final scheme of things.
  23. 1 point
    FishnDave

    Micro Gamechanger

    Shoot....the edit command wasn't working on the original post...so...I tried to copy the images here.
  24. 1 point
    Yeah, we lost the wind and it just got really tough. We couldn't adjust and really just never got bit other than the little ones after 11. Last week when I was out I had nothing early and everything once it clouded up and we got a little breeze. I can't get a keeper on a jig right now to save my life.
  25. 1 point
    tjm

    MLF just bought FLW

    Thanks guys, I see that as a co-angler it would be like having a tutor, but the competition causing improvement is just the difference between ambition and lack of ambition, wanting to improve yourself almost always leads to self improvement. My instruction was at the library and the only angler I knew was myself so the competition was always with myself. beating what I did last time over the same water. Attempting to catch every fish in a hole from big to small and trying to be on the water at least five times a week, every week. I think that outside competition, possibly even the presence of others, would have been a distraction.
  26. 1 point
    Flysmallie

    MLF just bought FLW

    Another great example of people that have never done it trying to understand it. It's not an apples and oranges comparison. Think of it as learning basketball by yourself or competing against one other guy. If that other guy is better than you then you will get better. Unless of course you are a complete bonehead that cannot or refuses to learn. Competition makes people better. Period. It also turns some people into complete turds. No matter what you do, competition will make you better at whatever it is. If that's not for you then great. I understand. It's not for me anymore either. But when I did do it I found I real quick that I wasn't any where near the fisherman I thought I was. But that competition made me a better fisherman. A much better fisherman. But I will admit that I took it as a learning opportunity, set goals for myself, and worked my butt off to achieve those goals. Which I did and then I quit.
  27. 1 point
    tjm

    MLF just bought FLW

    Apple and carrot comparison unless competitive fishing is a team game.
  28. 1 point
    ness

    Just funny stuff

    Another goodun this morning. One right on top of the other.
  29. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Spiders AND snakes

    I lightened up Ham's picture from Texas. Looked to be one of the big fishing spiders.
  30. 1 point
    Ham

    Where's Waldo - Part 2 Home Edition

    Having seen them in at least 4 locations from just below Gaston’s all the way down to Cartney and in sizes ranging from 4 to 10 inches makes me believe they are established. I am not the least bit concerned about them becoming over populated. I think the Brown Trout will keep them in check.
  31. 1 point
    magicwormman

    Columbus Day weekend

    When the going gets tough................break out the Ned! Right Dave?
  32. 1 point
    Good job on finding and catching the elusive White river yellow perch. Makes me wonder how well they will do in the White, hopefully not too well as they can get over populated. Thinking back to when I lived in Massachusetts, I can't remember there being any of them in the swifter trout type streams, but sluggish rivers like the Charles had bunches of them.
  33. 1 point
    Johnsfolly

    Spiders AND snakes

    Ok @Quillback i could not help but read your post with the Jim Stafford song going on in my head😌.
  34. 1 point
    I could fix that
  35. 1 point
    Ham

    Fishing in the neighbor's back yard...

    I’ve been living on Struggle Street when it comes to Brown Trout
  36. 1 point
    ness

    What's Cooking?

    I hope we see something about cooking those bad boys soon! I love me some crab. A little side bar: I had crab cakes a few times in my younger days and just didn’t care for something in them. In the seasoning I think, because I love crab. (I’m not a big fan of Old Bay, though I see it mentioned here quite a bit. That may have been it). Anyhoo, several years ago I was in DC and stayed at the Embassy Suites in Georgetown. Went to the bar to grab something quick to eat and figured I’d give crab cakes a try. Dayum! That changed my mind forever, and is still my gold standard for crab cakes. Been a few years but I remember pretty subtle seasoning that let the crab shine, and a slightly spicy aioli-type sauce. I’ll occasionally order them out now but I’ve never quite equaled those.
  37. 1 point
    Phil Lilley

    October 14 fishing report

    TR bounced back over 917 feet but regardless, I doubted they would leave it off very long. They ran 2 most of the day today.
  38. 1 point
    Give up the info oliver
  39. 1 point
    ollie

    Anyone been since the cool down started

    maybe, maybe not..............
  40. 1 point
    Here's what I have for a roster. Looks like probably 11 confirmed for lodging with a couple of possibles. Couple of regulars I haven't heard from yet and I will reach out to. Looks like we will again need the two lodges. Myself - Staying Phil and guest - probably staying N9BOW - staying off site Daryk Campbell SR - Staying Jester HK and Brandon FMC staying John's Folly - Possibly staying GotMuddy - Staying Little Red - Staying Terrierman +2 possibly 4 - all staying Ham - Staying off site Wounded One - Staying off site Seth - Staying Zigjigman - Staying Total cost of the lodging for both places is 1800, which with 11 stayers works out to $163 each. I'm sure we'll get a few more, but that's where it is at right now.
  41. 1 point
    merc1997

    little bit of daytime fishing.

    got into the water around 1 pm. caught 3 keeps, several shorts, and a few nice whites. caught all of them on a spoon. most were 20 ft. deep. some areas are trying or are turning. probably due to all the rain. water temp was 71-72. was fun to get that tick on the spoon. we caught them on 1/2 and 3/4 Zinc Spoons. white and chartreuse both worked as far as color. flats were the ticket. bo
  42. 1 point
    Sprint21fter

    Tournament results 10/12?

    28lbs won. 16.5 was 28th place. Paid 30 places. 2 day total weight. If you could catch 13lbs both days you would have won a good chunk of money.
  43. 1 point
    garyw

    MLF just bought FLW

    i must be phase 1/2, it's more important to me to just be out enjoying God's church.
  44. 1 point
    fishinwrench

    MLF just bought FLW

    It doesn't take "professional anglers" to showcase that. The BBB is an all amateur event that always has more big bass brought to the scales than any of the professional circuits do. I "hobknob" with professional anglers all the time, and I promise you that they have more crap days than killer ones by a large margin!
  45. 1 point
    curtisce

    MLF just bought FLW

    Apparently Johhny doesn't think his stores are busy enough
  46. 1 point
    vernon

    Flat Creek and Snakes

    If you guys think that I'm even looking at any of those photos much less opening a friggin' video you're nuts! Again, none of you seem to be showing a lick of respect for my sensitivity issues. Now I'm going to have to go to my safe space and cuddle with my stuffed puppies and maybe get creative with my play dough........ Much too stressed to even think of crayons and coloring. You're all a bunch of big meanies! 😡 😝
  47. 1 point
    ness

    Just funny stuff

    Sometimes the click bait I see on websites cracks me up. This one today at the bottom of a cable news web site got an LOL:
  48. 1 point
    JUNGLE JIM 1

    Craft hair baits

    These aren't flies so I hope I don't offend anyone by putting these here but wanted to post some of my hand made jigs that I tie that have worked well for me for quite some time now. I didn't see a jig section in the forums. They are called float n flies down south. Really only difference between these or flies is the head itself. You just can't get three colors of powder paint on a fly hook. These were tied on a 1/16th walleye head with 4 mm 3-d eyes on a #2 Gamakatsu 114 jig hook. Materials used is multiple colors of craft hair, krinkle mirror flash and 70 ultra thread. Did a couple with 140 but thread head built up to big for me. Been catching a lot of bass with these this year along with a few crappie. The action on these are fantastic. Sorry about how this spread out. Didn't know how to correct it. Seems every site I go on is different when it comes to posting pictures.
  49. 1 point
    JUNGLE JIM 1

    Craft hair baits

    I made a few more this morning, not that I need them because I don't lose many but I got some new eyes in that really reflect light well and couldn't resist. These are 1/8 oz.
  50. 0 points
    jdmidwest

    10/14/2019

    They found a sinkhole under dam, lowered lake level, grouted hole for several years, then left lake low like it is now. It breached emergency spillway in May 2017. That funky color is the new norm, same as the Back River below. I assume it is from the low lake levels and boats stirring up silt. Looks like she caught the same dink I did a few weeks ago, the only fish of the day. It was hot and we were out for a boat ride. Camped below the dam and had a good time. But the fishing is poor there now.
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