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    Quillback

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Showing content with the highest reputation on 10/17/2020 in all areas

  1. Got out today, cold start to the morning but overall it was a beautiful fall day. The fishing was tough, not real tough, but I had to fish hard for what I caught. Could catch one here and there but never found a hot spot, did a lot of moving around, mainly fishing points and rocky banks. Caught some Ned fish, most of them were shallow, couldn't get a Ned bite out past about 10 FOW. Got a few deep ones on a 3.3 Keitech, slow rolling it off the bottom in 20 FOW. Main channel for the most part, I didn't get back in any coves - probably need to start checking that out to see if they are
    6 points
  2. Ahhhh, You don't have to convince me Dave. We are kind of birds of a feather so to say,
    6 points
  3. 5 points
  4. Al, I totally agree with the fact that the setting is one of the most important factors in the experience. I love to catch all fish and to just be outdoors, but there's nothing better than stream smallmouth. I bought a jet boat a couple of years ago and am still amazed with the shallow running capabilities; however, there's just something about sitting on top of the water on a paddlecraft and feeling the pull of a large smallie that can't be beat. Sharing those experiences and helping others find success is very rewarding. I always pick up something new from your pos
    5 points
  5. Learned a lot today. Wish that we could have gotten on the water earlier, but their rentals don't start until 9. Once we were picked up, we were dropped at what I think is Blackwell and started around 9:45am. We went upstream just above the bridge where we dropped in. My buddy was floating and fishing for the first time. He is brand new to the entire thing. Two casts with a green pumpkin lizard and he hooked a 14 inch smallie. We were hoping it would be that type of day. It took around another hour of floating before I finally caught one. I was throwing a Baby Brush hog and hooked up wit
    5 points
  6. Stop it Marty. I have enough problems dealing with white bass fake news😁
    5 points
  7. Quillback

    Gar!

    Something I forgot to mention in my report is that the gar are schooling and are just thick in some spots. If the water is calm it is pretty easy to spot them as they are up on top and swirling, and I assume eating shad. I don't know how much longer they will be up as it gets colder. Was looking around for some gar videos and found this one - the guy does a good job on explaining on how to make a rope lure and then proceeds to catch a few.
    4 points
  8. ness

    What trips your trigger?

    I love fly fishing for trout in small streams in beautiful locations, particularly the mountain west. There's the clean air, the smell of the pines, and just being right there in the middle of it all. The silence, but for sound of the water. I really enjoy reading the water, strategizing the approach, figuring out the current, and getting a fly in the right spot with that perfect drift. I get real satisfaction out of handling a tricky setup well and fooling a fish. It's always best when it happens on top, but getting a nymph down deep into an impossible spot and getting one out is great t
    4 points
  9. Al Agnew

    Al Agnew

    Thanks for all the kind words. I'm older than dirt, and by now I've learned a whole lot and probably forgotten half of it. As for a book, the problem, I've found, is in actually getting one finished, and then getting it published. I started writing a book on the Meramec river system more than 4 years ago, not long after my wife was diagnosed with cancer and I needed something to take my mind off it all--and I couldn't paint for worrying about it, but I could write. I got the writing of the book about finished within a few months, but since then I've been working in fits and starts on illus
    4 points
  10. 12 lbs. 28 inches. Here is another.
    4 points
  11. FishnDave

    Al Agnew

    Hey, @Al Agnew, I tried to send this as a message, but it says you aren't able to receive any messages. So...forgive this public post and blatant fawning. I'm sure others have said or thought this: Your in-depth and extremely detailed knowledge of floating and fishing various streams in Missouri is incredible! I have the Missouri Paddler's Guide (or whatever its called...its not in front of me at the moment). That is good information, but what the fishing is like in each section is rarely discussed. I know you've got a LOT of great information you've shared over the year
    3 points
  12. olfishead

    Crappie, 10-7

    I'm not sure who you got that information from, but I was highly involved with sampling and collection of walleye broodstock in the 80s. We never determined that shocking had any negative effect on spawning. The collection of walleye broodstock was shifted exclusively to Warsaw because of the better densities of fish and closer proximity to Blind Pony Hatchery where the fingerlings were raised at that time. The increased walleye stocking was just due to the designation of Stockton as the flagship walleye lake in a new statewide walleye plan. Director Conley was a big proponent of a strong wal
    3 points
  13. Ham

    October 16, Big M area

    You be you, but I see no need for 4 lb line while Ned fishing. You might be happiest at 6 lb, but they bite it just fine on 8 and 10 lb.
    3 points
  14. Just going somewhere, anywhere does it for me. I chased the tournament stuff and had a lot of fun doing it but I'd rather just go fishing now. I chased the big fish, big ego thing and had a lot of fun, but I would rather just go fishing now. Love the saltwater stuff, but I would rather walk the beach than go out on a boat most days. I've been fortunate to get to fish in a lot of different places. But anytime I'm outside I'm enjoying what I love. Nothing to prove to anyone. Nothing to prove to myself. Now I just relax and enjoy all of it.
    3 points
  15. BilletHead

    Gar!

    I have caught more on buggers than the rope.
    2 points
  16. rps

    What's Cooking?

    For me, it depends on the cut. I prefer thicker ribeyes than strips.
    2 points
  17. Any lake you want (or river) but no private waters. Has to be public water.
    2 points
  18. So presently it sounds like a Dr. Phil situation. Let us know if it escalates to a Jerry Springer level. 😊
    2 points
  19. Mitch f

    What's Cooking?

    Are we starting to finish each other’s sentences again? 😂
    2 points
  20. Johnsfolly

    Gar!

    @Quillback i have tried similar gar baits that @BilletHead gave me when I fished Mingo. Had 7 hit but couldn't land one. I didn't let them get as wrapped as this guy was talking about. So I just pulled it out of their mouths. Have to try again👍
    2 points
  21. tjm

    Creek Fishing 9-27-2020

    That would be outside my five county area, I think.
    2 points
  22. Daryk Campbell Sr

    Gar!

    I believe Brian Jones was chasing them for a while. He reported the use of straps and having a great time with them.
    2 points
  23. Jadesjigs

    Al Agnew

    Al, it sounds like you are so close that it would be such a loss for the whole community to not to finish it. I know that you are very detail oriented and that it would be very hard for you to publish something that is not quite up to date. The access / river information would be great, but I am just as interested in the unique history of the area. If you made a downloadable format on your blog site, then I would definitely purchase a copy. However, it would be very nice having the opportunity to purchase a hard copy as well. Thanks for all the information you provide!
    2 points
  24. Hawkfarm

    Gar!

    Brings back memories. We used to catch them at LO like that. They’re a lot of fun to fish for when they go to spawn. They can jump like a sailfish.
    2 points
  25. Cool, I made my donation so now I am in too. I'm hoping for a 20" smallie. Extremely unlikely, but a man has to have goals.
    2 points
  26. Especially with the water color! 4# is for crappies.
    2 points
  27. 2 points
  28. I am in. Probably won’t do any good. I don’t think I have caught a keeper on public waters this entire year. But never know.
    2 points
  29. Patlock

    October 16, Big M area

    I'm still bummed out. We went this afternoon for about 3 hours, dam area. Water temp was 69 degrees and the lake is pretty stained (turning over?) Really slow until the last half hour, then it got exciting. My wife started calling me to get the net. I saw her fighting a decent keeper size smallmouth she caught on a 2.8 keitech. A second later then I felt my rod really load up, but no real fight as I reeled in. I thought it was a good size catfish, but it was really big smallmouth. So I starting yelling for her to get the net! She saw the size of my fish, tried to wedge her rod in the boat and
    2 points
  30. I’d add in addition to catching big fish is catching them the way you like to. Top water, streamers, cranks, spinner bait or whatever you like. I really like to swing a streamer when they are just hammering it. A good top water or dry fly bite is always up there.
    2 points
  31. I've certainly been through those stages...even recognized it at the time. Here in MO, it seems a lot of folks flyfish at least some of the time...which is great! Quite a few of you are much more experienced than I am, I'm certain. Just roll your eyes at me and shake your head. In Iowa, when I was making the transition to flyfishing, I was a member of a multispecies fishing club. There were only maybe 2 guys out of 70+ that flyfished much. I'd actually started flyfishing when I lived in northern Illinois, flyfishing for paylake crappies and river smallmouth... just to try it out, r
    2 points
  32. rps

    What's Cooking?

    Probably my beautiful wife's favorite food.
    2 points
  33. As cool as it was to go up to Canada last year and fish a remote lake for walleye and pike, it wasn't as much fun as fishing for largemouth or smallmouth locally. Trolling for fish was kind of boring and not my cup of tea, and other than being able to chit chat with the people I was with during times of no catching, it really wasn't that fun. Catching the big pike was exciting when they first got on the line and when they were close to the boat and didn't want to get in the net, but during the catch, they fought for only a few seconds before they were just dead weight. Same with the walleye
    2 points
  34. Ham

    40 in 40

    I was Super excited when I got my Slender Mad Tom Monday night. I still needed a Yellow Bullhead though so back to the creek I went Tuesday night. i was using two rods. One with a size 6 and one with a size 4. Looking for Bullhead and American Eel. Almost immediately, I started getting bites. Me being an artificial lure guy makes it tough for me to be patient with natural baits. I waited as long as I could stand it and set the hook. No fight but I could tell I had something on the line. that something turned out to be the third of the 40. A Checkered Mad Tom !!!!
    2 points
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  36. I have been blessed to fish in different biomes...for me it’s the big 3 scenery, company, and quarry... I remember a trip to Lamar lake one time with a buddy of mine...we jitter poled in the Open pockets In the water willow. it was a blast! 18” of power pro tried to the tip of 16 foot glass composite poles...buzz baits, Johnson silver Minnows with pork....devils horse all produced, hand poling in the fish was more fun than I thought...caught 20 some odd fish 2-5 pounds...def something everyone should try at least once... old school can be fun....
    1 point
  37. Hey all. I had a bit of a revelation this fall and I thought I'd write about it. I grew up in New England with lots of great largemouth bass fishing in ponds and lakes, so when I got to St. Louis in 1999 that's the kind of water body I looked for. Over the years I fished places like Jefferson Lake near my house, Spanish Lake, and Busch Conservation Area, and caught a few fish, but never enough to get excited about. I also did a few float trips on the Current and Meramec with grad school friends. These were not "take in the scenic beauty of nature" trips but rather "let's get as hammered as pos
    1 point
  38. straw hat

    Crappie, 10-7

    MoCarp, that is exactly how I remember that as well.
    1 point
  39. It's the smallest pflueger president.
    1 point
  40. Ham

    The Push for 100

    64) Wedgespot Shiner (Notropis Greenei) The Notropis family of shiners are the ultimate trolls
    1 point
  41. Ham

    The Push for 100

    63) Steelcolored Shiner (Cyprinella whipplei)
    1 point
  42. jdmidwest

    Al Agnew

    Explorers learn from experience, get out and see them for yourself. Missouri's streams change constantly. Every rain brings changes. The Paddler's guide from when I was a kid in the 80's is pretty obsolete now. Accesses have changed due to ownership of the lands. And, the streams have all lost water for the most part due to alot of reasons. Some channels have switched back and forth. All I had growing up was printed topo maps from Rolla, 7 minute sections. The Paddlers guide. Mo. Road Maps. The MDC issued an atlas for the first time in the late 80's, it was spiral bound and r
    1 point
  43. laker67

    Bragging Rights

    Don't you just love those spawning colors? I am really off my mark this year on lunkers. 21 to date.
    1 point
  44. That sounds like a great time for sure! I can't wait to be that granddad myself. Probably a couple of years off from now until our granddaughter can reel in a fish. There is always hope that maybe we can even get her dad to like fishing . You can see how excited he was with his first salmon.
    1 point
  45. I grew up wading and fishing rivers. Still waters have been my surroundings for most of the past 20 years, so I learned to like that too. Being near any water soothes the soul. Some places are more aesthetically pleasing than others, certainly. Its always been about the fish, though. Whether its a carp, catfish, gar, trout or longear sunfish....they are specially adapted for their surroundings and are all beautiful to me. Catching them allows a brief and rewarding interaction, and it rarely ends in the death of the fish. I never intended to get into flyfishing or fly tying...but it
    1 point
  46. Ham

    What trips your trigger?

    I like to fish. Everywhere I can. Anyway I can. I want to catch every fish that swims. At least once. Red Fish, Blue Fish, Green Fish, All Fish. I already regret that I didn’t fish more. I suspect that will get worse as my years advance. Let’s Keep Fishing Guys!
    1 point
  47. olfishead

    Crappie, 10-7

    Another theory, They are smart enough to go deep so they won't have to listen to all the campaign adds and are so sick of all the lies that they won't bite. (Not going into by which party, just saying for a friend.)
    1 point
  48. snagged in outlet 3

    40 in 40

    Wow!!! Even more impressive! Nice work.
    1 point
  49. Johnsfolly

    40 in 40

    A 39 inch minnow. Just missed the 40 inch mark. We landed five that day with two over 40 "
    1 point
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