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  1. 33 points

    Shot my personal best deer.

    While not a MO deer I do hang out here on the forum so thought I would share my personal best deer. I shot this one in Nebraska. After seeing this guy Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and not being able to get a shot; he finally gave me an opportunity Wednesday. My personal best by far!
  2. 30 points

    Big Girls

    Caught em good today! Covering lots of water and chasing the wind. Cranks and blades in 6-10 ft. Nice to see some quality come out of the Rock again. Haven’t been posting, but this day was worth sharing. 18# with those three, 23 overall. Good luck Want to add this. My dad was buried 8 years ago on this day. Just want to say publicly that I miss ya and want to thank you for taking the time to take me fishing. This post has been promoted to an article
  3. 26 points
    Sore Thumbs

    Got me a newer boat. Finally!

    After the saga I had with Hydro Tec on my last Skeeter I decided to forego another rebuild and sold it as is to a guy in Tennessee. I picked up a 15 FX21. I was not going to buy another boat without a warranty. Excited to go fishing and contribute to this forum again.
  4. 26 points

    Personal Best Smallie

    Hit the Meramec today. The last 3 weekends have been blown out due to high water, but before that - back in March, - we were really putting a hurt on 'em, numbers-wise. Which usually isn't the case this early in the Spring - at least for me and the people I fish with. With the weather decent, the river level and flow back to near normal, my buddy and were chomping at the bit to see if they were still in their haunts and active. Well, they weren't. We only caught 6 fish the entire day, but one of them was the freak below. I've been Ozark Smallie fishing for about 10 years and have never caught anything close to this, nor have I personally ever seen a another fish this size. 5.51 lbs on the Rapala digital scale. Didn't have a way to measure her length, so I am not going to take a guess. Beautiful, healthy, fat fish. She didn't have a mark on her, except on the top of her tail. Not sure what that could have been from. I could probably fish these rivers for the next 50 years and never catch another fish this big, so it was a very special moment! This post has been promoted to an article
  5. 26 points

    Howdy all...

    We've been taking up space in the 417 for a week now, will get some fish info up in a bit. First...thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to pray for my wife Heather, and for our family. We cherish your prayers, and are still finding our strength in God. So many times, He was all we had to cling to. Overall, she's doing well, better than before surgery in many ways really, but it's been a rougher road than when I last posted anything. Right after that update, she developed multiple pulmonary embolisms, and we started treating those. That was just after Valentine's Day. Hopefully, that's about to come to a resolution, should know in a few weeks. About mid April her three month MRI came back showing something that still enhances. That's most likely residual tumor. We're in the process of trying to find out what the plan is for dealing with that. Many of you have been through something similar, and know that "unsettling" doesn't come close to describing it. It's been...rough. That covers it pretty well. Knowing it's a long process and being caught up in the process are different things. So jigs...we were almost up to speed on pouring jigs when the clot issue happened. That quite simply changed a lot of things. For now we're on what I would describe as a hiatus with the jigs. Just not going to spend hours over a hot pot when I might regret it later. If things work out well, we will be back at it, because the darn little things work. Girls just headed home this morning. On top of everything, in the middle of this our daughter made an AAU basketball team, and is in the process of applying to the Air Force Academy, and Annapolis. She leaves for an Air Force engineering camp in Colorado Springs in a couple of weeks. Basketball like crazy until then. Busy busy. When I say I love you all like family, please know that I mean it. This is a pic I wasn't sure would ever be taken...
  6. 25 points
    White River Outfitters Guide Service 6-27-18 That's a pretty big chunk of water I just bit off, and I'm even going to sweeten the deal going up the James to point 12. The are biting and I mean they are biting like I have not seen in the past 10-15 yrs. Sometimes not as fast but 6 out of 7 days if you want to, you can catch fish. I'm saying if you " WILL" fish like the fish want it and fish where the fish are, its easy to catch them. I don't do it everyday, some days and with some people mostly seasoned fishermen we make it hard on ourselves. If I have novice fishermen they catch them easy. If you want to drop shot any soft plastic or swim a Keitech fish are available. If you want to power fish yes, you can be successful, but sometimes you have to work a bit more at it. Surface temps have dropped to 83 degree but they will pop back up this week. We have a complete solid thermocline at 26' lake wide. There are fish off the flats, fish off the bluffends and fish suspended and on just about every major channel swing either just off suspended or on the bottom at the 30' mark. Only part of the lake would be called Super Hard from Long Creek to Point 5 Probably decent at night, but from what the Big Cedar guides are saying its miserable. Of course all they are doing is live bait fishing at depth on the same locations. Over and over and over and over. From Point 1 to Point 5 the whites have been blowing in the flat cove mouths most mornings. Its over by 6:15 at the latest so you need to get out there. Buster Loving has cleaned a zillion whites the past 3 weeks in that area. After the whites go down he is headed to deep trees and catching LM, and K's' suspended out of the tops at the thermocline and off some of the gravel in that same 26' to 35' range the same as Bobby is. By the way big shout out to Bobby for keeping us very well informed on the dam area. Lets take a big stroll here and go from Point 5 to point 12 on the James and that's a lot of Aqua, but still the same bite, if you want it. As usual this time of the year lake sections of fish group or school after the spawn and try to regain some flesh back after all the debauchery. You can hit 5 runnouts and nothing and then the 6th. will be completely covered. Be careful with the CPR as I said these are lake sections of fish. One day they will be on one spot and the next day there gone to another or just out loafing over depth. Early this week Rick Lisek had a 3 person trip and used a Chompers WMC drop shot worm up the James and they had 93 bass in a 4 hr. trip. He said at least 20 keepers maybe more as they didn't measure. All at the above mentioned depth, caught on the bottom mostly on gravel long points and runs in that 30' depth, or up suspended off the bottom. Had one of my good friend and client Ed Shawbaker out this last week and had easy 40 on a jig on gravel 26' right on the money. We were not throwing at the bank we sat in 26' and turned the boat bow toward the bank and fished a full drag in that depth and doubled on several as I spoke of earlier they were hard to detect, but were eating like pigs. Next day we threw the flutter spoon with James Atwood. threw the big Lake Fork and the Dixie, and they just waxed either. James got sick about 1/2 way thru the morning but I'm guessing we had 25 at least all on the spoons prior to " The Big time Potty Break." Most all were LM and most all were keeps. Day before yesterday we fished from KC to just above Baxter and it was the same deal only I picked up a tip from Quill instead of drop shot we swam the Keitech thru the suspended fish, again at that same 26' mark and caught fish after fish, it was completely silly. Yesterday I fished from Viola to Big M and again swam the Keitech. I believe the guys said we had 80 total it was stupid. Most of the time swimming the Keitech boat is in 60' to 70' to target these fish holding in the 30' range, usually about 1/2 way back. I will tell you I could have sat on them with the drop shot, but this is way, way more fun, and the bite on a single location will last much longer when you pull them from the school and drop them away from the school instead of just pulling them straight up and then dropping them straight back to rat you out to their buddies. Trick is you have to go slow and fish it thru the correct depth. If your not getting bit, your reeling it to fast. Back to my Ole Buddy Bill Beck here " Are you fishing it, or are you throwing it out and reeling it in?" As usual I should have listened to Champ much more closely as he put me on a fantastic head for this. I'm using the 3/8th. Wareagle with a 3.3 inch Keitech. The shad are exactly this size. If I try and use a 1/4 most of my clients do not have the patients to let it get down. The 3/8 gets there quicker and maintains the depth at a more even level. Depth is the key on these suspended fish. Easy for the DS but hard throwing and casting. I'm also swimming it on a heaver rod with 8lb. Maxi as I need the backbone to get them stuck 6'9" Cara T7 spinning rod with a Shimano Stradic. Sweet combo for this application with the big jig head and the heaver line. Just a bit much for the Squirrel tail It really likes the 1/8 to 1/4 up to 5/16. Even a better rig for this is the Cara T7 Cranker spooled with 10 lb. InvizX but not a ton of my folks can throw a B. Caster. Here is the deal on that Wareagle, it has double bait holder/ keepers I still put a spot of glue on it and clip off that nasty light wire weed guard. We used 7 total swimbaits to catch that 80 fish. TOTAL. That in the day of the jelly for bellie Keitech is more than great, its fantastic. Here is another priceless tip. You have to net the fish you catch with the swimbait. If you try and swing them they will shake their heads so violently that they tear the swimbait to pieces so just net them and save yourself a buck a fish. Get out there and look around, you just never know what you'll find in the briny deep. Good Luck This post has been promoted to an article
  7. 24 points
    Thank you all for the nice words on here, yes I really did catch it on a Red Craw RC, and it was on the back side of wind blown brush piles and lay downs. Wasn’t throwing it in the piles directly. I’m a Cape fair fisherman mostly because that’s where I feel comfortable. I don’t fish very often because of work and family obligations but really like the format of the big bass tour, makes an average Joe like me have a chance at winning a Boat. I’m still in shock over the whole ordeal. Lots of different emotions that have gone through my head the past couple days. Basically it was all about being in the right place at the right time. And yeah I’m not gonna say exactly where I was because I like to fish in those areas on my off days and an occasional tournament if I can. But no joke, a RC, it’s my favorite lure and I was gonna ride and die with it both days, I don’t throw the Alabama rig because I don’t care for it, it wears me out too quickly. Ps. I do have two boats for sale. The one I won and a 2014 Z9 loaded. Don’t know what either are worth but they are for sale.
  8. 23 points

    Kim City - Mar 16th - Swimbait

    I fished from 7:30 to 10:30 in Kim City area and had decent luck with a underspin and plain swimbait. I fished the mouth of a spawning cove with my boat setting in 45' and casting to 25' and slow rolling over trees. I had 10 fish with 8 keepers, 3 LM and 5 Ks. One LM was 5.11 using a 2.8 inch plain swimbait. Another LM was 5.5 using a 3.8 inch plain swimbait. This time of year, the plain swimbait can out perform an underspin. I caught a few keepers on the underspin and the rest on a plain swimbait. The area I fished had very little bait compared to when I fished it 10 days ago. Ten days ago it had too much bait in the area. The WT was 43.5 to 46. Some shad are still dying, but it seems to be minor. I could not move around much due to the amount of boats in the BFL tournament. For me, the main feeding time was over at 9AM. I would estimate my best 5 weighed 18.5 Lbs. This post has been promoted to an article
  9. 23 points

    Three jerks a jerking

    Upper Bull, So we have been trying to get together for awhile. Everyone's day off needed to get into sync. So we got the call from Duckydoty he had a plan. So I ask what do we need to bring gear wise? Nothing, nothing at all. Now we have junk, lots of junk and it felt really strange going on a fishing trip with nothing. Did not have to hurry or be on the water early. Not a normal trip for us. We meet at Duane's house just missing getting to see Monachari. Follow the Duane rig to the launch to be greeted to beautiful skies and no wind to speak of. Unloaded and across the water we went to the first spot. So here is what we are going to do the captain says. Throw this here jerkbait over there. Jerk it six or seven times to get it down to the bottom in the mud. We will work it off to the drop off by letting it sit still for five, six or seven seconds. Give it a jerk and let it sit again. Repeat, repeat and repeat again. Bites can be on the pause on the jerk just watch your line and keep in contact with it. This we did as we shot the bull then Pat squeals I got one! Skipper leaps into action with coaching and the net. Success and number one is boated, We did good he says one is a good day and we may not get another. Soon Ducky has one on. it was all exciting until we seen the fish. Awe Crud it was one of those stinkin bass. I had the net ready but Duane says bass cannot touch the net or boat. Worse than having a banana on board, Duane hooks up again this time a real fish, A bit later I contact one, Mrs. BilletHead strikes again! Then Duane gets jinxed and begins to slay the stinkin bass, Some of them get the boot out of the boat, So we are fishing along and I say just what are these baits all about and what are they? These are megabass jerk baits. 25 bucks each, WHAAAAT yes. Are you kidding me? Nope. Now the BilletHead's don't do this . Heard about these but not that into bass or special 25 buck baits. THEN not too many casts later something happens probably because I am thinking of having 25 bucks on the end of my line SNAP and there it goes with out the line attached really far and disappears. I about puked. I got more Duane says. We ended up with two walleye each and Duane had one big crappie try to choke down a 25 buck megabass. Many, many stinkin green bass. Another photo before the fillet party began, Stories were told, notes were shared and we had a great day of fellowship of alike minds. Did any of you forum members ears burn yesterday? Was it you we talked about? . Great day and thanks Duane. We will make this happen again friend, The BilletHeads This post has been promoted to an article
  10. 23 points
    Kimberling City Mo. Launched at Schooner Creek this morning at 0700 to perfect overcast breezy conditions. Had Mark Pritt in tow good friend and client. Surface temps had dropped to 77 degree with water clarity at 15' First big run to start the day had fish surfacing completely around us, all Black Bass and loads of them. We only had 4, two on top and 2 on the chrome little George. Really did not make one hoot of difference as we were there to jig fish and they were right where Steven and I left them on Friday. They tried to hurt us this morning as we brought 3 strong limits of SM to the boat. Only had 2 or 3 short fish and jumped off several. Several times this morning I thought I was in Alaska fighting Halibut. I had 3 different fish that just durn near whipped me. Had the drag cranked down on the Steez with just about no give and they pulled it no problem, 15lb. Invizx. A few years ago I had a trip where I had a young lady catch 3 jaws over 5 lbs. on a tube in one day. No 5 pounders this morning, but our best 5 were an easy 17 lbs. of Mean to the Bone Jaw, as far as size this was probably my second best day ever for best 5 smallmouth. The day on the tube we had 20+ pounds best 5, so it was just a super outing. Fished 5 locations in the 4 hr. trip with the last spot being a zip. I tried a shallow ledge rock area that I usually catch them on this time of the year. Wind was hitting it perfectly, but no love. All our fish were still in that 28' to 32' depth range and from speaking to the guides this last couple of days, all the crawler fish are coming from the same depth. All our quality fish came on the 3/4 Pig Sticker Quick 5 in either Greeen Pumpkin Orange or Brown Orange and we used the Nichole's Texas Craw in Copper. Ran out of Copper and Mark did catch our last fish on Road Kill. I cannot begin to tell you how blessed I am to be able to earn a living on one of the most beautiful lakes in the World. With the Fall bite slamming into us like a great White Shark, this lake seems to be in splendid condition giving up big brown fish like that. Mark has fished St. Clair several times and said today it had nothing on Table Rock for quality Small Jaws. Good Luck
  11. 23 points

    A Curious Pair on the Upper End

    I went out at 5:30 this morning hoping for a top water bite. In the first 90 minutes I caught two and neither were keepers. I switched to Ned fishing and promptly caught this: I put the flathead back. I went on to catch four bass with one a near keeper. Then I began trolling for walleye. Based on information I was given, I started trolling a wiggle wart 25 feet down. In an hour I caught one small bass. However I had noticed many suspended bait balls 10 to 15 feet deep. I also saw fish suspended just below the bait if there was timber present. I put on a Storm Smash Shad 6 in pearl and went looking for timber that topped out 10 to 15 feet down. I wound up at a community hole near Holiday Island. I let out 170 feet of PowerPro 10/2 braid to put the bait 15 feet down and trolled over the trees at 2 mph. I landed several bass and this 23 inch walleye. I call that a fun morning. This post has been promoted to an article
  12. 22 points
    I haven’t posted in a while. But, yesterday’s outing was a big one for me. I launched in the afternoon and jetted through pelting rain to chase smallies. The conditions seemed good for some bigger fish to be out feeding. And, the Meramec River did not disappoint. On consecutive casts, I caught a 20.25” and then a 20.5”, breaking my previous Meramec PB of 20” and 4.2#. My scale decided to not work, so I don’t have weights on these two fishThe bigger one looked like a real warrior—it’s jaws were scarred up and had a bunch of holes. What did I catch them on, you ask? The new HD Hellgrammites (green pumpkin) on a shakey head jig. I bought a few packs at Denny Dennis in Fenton. So, thanks Tackle HD for helping me catch (and release) truly awesome fish! This post has been promoted to an article
  13. 22 points

    Stripers are on top

    Put the boat in the water at Indian creek about 7 AM, I could see top water striper activity right out in front of the ramp. My plan today was to fish for black bass, but seeing those stripers made me change my plans. My one regret is not getting there 45 minutes earlier before it got light. Anyway got after them, throwing, targeting the ones I would see breaking water. Did a lot of chasing, they are spooky, the water is clear, and the shad they are chasing are small. A lot of times they would not go after my topwater (Evergreen Shower Blow 135), but once in a while one would blow up on it. And I mean explode, that's most of the fun, just seeing those big pops. I boated one that was in the 10-12 lb. range, a couple of 3 lbers and a couple of spotted bass. Missed several, had one knock the lure about 3 feet in the air, came after it again once it hit the water, missed it, then after I walked the bait about 10 feet it blew up on it again and missed. Had another one pop it twice and miss both times. Had a couple of brief hook ups also. It kept me pretty entertained for about 2 hours then it shut down. There was another guy out there who looked to be doing the same thing I was doing and I saw him boat 2 stripers. Went back into Indian once the top water bite died to try for some bass - had two bites on a swing head with a Menace Grub and that was it. I quit about 11 AM. WT right at 60 degrees. This post has been promoted to an article
  14. 22 points
    Outside of Saturday on Taney, I have been on the Rock the past week most everyday launching either out of Shell Knob or Baxter and fishing up to about Viney, which I see is now open for business. Surface temps are ranging from 84 degree early to 88 in the middle of the day or at least by 11 as that has been my quitting time most days. Traffic has not been a problem except for the Kids Camp at Twin Rivers. They are out pulling tubers before 6 am. One quick rant and then I'm on with the report. I'm going to blame them but if not I will say I'm sorry in advance. Last Thursday morning I was the first boat at the Shell Knob ramp and there were 8 spotted bass floating up and banging on the ramp. I should have carried them off but I didn't as my client got there while I was still in the mad mode. I'm sure it was the Wednesday night derby. After I got back from my trip around 10am there was someone taking photographs of them. Don't know who or what as they jumped in their car as I was still in my boat approaching the ramp. This made news or totally made someone else mad besides me. If I had a dollar for all the fish that has been killed on Wednesday night over the past 30 yrs. out of Shell Knob, I could retire. I have heard folks say they have gotten better, but last Thursday was an embarrassment if it was the tournament event on Wednesday night that killed those fish. Fish from Baxter to Viney Creek are still biting and its not hard to catch 30 to 50 on a guide trip with or without live bait. They are hitting a drop shot worm as well or even better at times than a crawler. Top bite is hit and miss but I'm catching them really well on a flutter spoon in the same places that usually hold top water fish. You can see most of these fish and they are at times pushing to the top and at times just holding at the thermocline between 20' and 30' suspended. I've been catching them by the dozen out in front of the big docks with at least 75' of water at the ends. Had 7 this morning off a deep dock and a NO Wake Bouy, including two 3 plus lb. LM. You can also catch them swimming a 3.3 Keitech right now the same place as the Flutter Spoon, and also off the long runouts up the White and Kings River. Also had a nice walter come in on the Keitech this morning, to client and friend Jack Swank. Further up the White you get the better the jig bite is. It is also really good from Baxter to Big Creek. Unlike Bo, I'm using a huge Nicholes Craw and catching big SM on it, along with some quality spots, Go Figure. Most of these fish are in the 18' to 25" dragging on the bottom, much like a C-Rig. Using either a 5/16 or 3/4 Pig Sticker FB jib in GP or Brown to do the damage. Best Craw color as been Texas Craw. Best top water has been the WP 110 in Loon, and the best color for the Keitech as been Pro blue Shiner. I'm also using either a 4" Yamamoto cut tail in Brown/Purple or a watermelon Chompers DSW. These fish seem to move everyday from location to location so If they are not where you left them yesterday, look on the next runnout. If I could think of any more information than that you would know more than I do. On the other hand knowing more than I do is still not all that much. Good Luck out there. This post has been promoted to an article
  15. 21 points
    Launched at K Dock early for a sit in the woods and brought along some fishing gear for a mid day try at some walleye. Nothing moving but the crows this morning. The wind picked up and started blowing good around 10 am so I climbed down out of the stand and hit some flats. Tried crawler harnesses at a bunch of different speeds and then the wind started getting too strong to troll against it. Switched over to 3 ounce bottom bouncers with Flickershad and ran with the wind trying to stay at about 2 mph. Finally crossed out into the 27-28 foot of water range and started spotting fish on the fish finder. Was not long and one rod went down. Got it about 1/2 way in and it came off. Felt pretty good on the 9 foot rod. Deployed B.B. again, got the proper bounce going and 2 rods went down. A 23 and a 24 in walleye. Before I could get either rod back out, the 3rd rod went down and it was a 16 inch stinking green bass. Tossed it back in while yelling at it to never come back. Got all 3 rods out again and headed back down wind where I was marking fish. One rod went down bringing in another 24 inch walleye. Second rod goes down with a short stinking bass. Pulled everything in to circle around and make another pass with the wind. At the very end of the marked area one of the rods went down getting a 25 incher. Best 1 1/2 hour of walleye fishing I’ve had. Evening sit in the woods, had 3 does within 17 yards. Was hoping for the big guy to be in tow. Not this time. This post has been promoted to an article
  16. 21 points
    Hog Wally

    A beautiful smallie!

    My 11th 20" or bigger smallmouth for 2018 Caught it on the new Tackle HD shakey head
  17. 21 points
    I just caught my biggest trout ever. Caught her in the restricted area on 2 pound test and a jig I pour and tie myself. 25 inches long. 10lbs 12oz. Went under the boat 3 times and I had to stick my rod in the water almost to the reel all 3 times. We missed her with the net twice. Soon as we got her in the net the jig popped out. I have been coming to taneycomo several times a year for over 30 years to catch a fish like this. I wanted to take her to Lilleys but we simply didn't want to risk killing the fish. We were very careful with the fish care and we have under water go pro video of her swimming off which we are very proud of. This post has been promoted to an article
  18. 21 points
    Vernon, this one is for you. She slept in my KU shirt, put baseball/football eye glare on first thing after waking up and came to the dock to fish. I love my job as a parent. Eight years old and loves to fish with me. Such a blessing to live in the Ozarks and in a great Nation.
  19. 21 points

    SAFETY while boating

    Good morning all my name is Jared Henson I live in strafford mo. I have been a long time viewer of this website, although I have not posted much. I love fishing and the Ozarks. I was In a boating accident on Stockton lake. Friday June 1st of this year. My partner and I were taking off for a Stockton Friday night tournament. When we were taking off for the night running 53 mph we experienced mechanical failure of a key bolt in the steering system. The bolt that connects the motor to the steering component. When this happened the motor tourqed ejecting myself and my partner from the boat. At the time of this accident I was not wearing my kill switch. We were both wearing pfds. The boat went into a figure 8 and then began the death circle. At this point I was gathering my bearings in the water. I turned around to see the boat bearing down on me, I had to make a decision fast. I got my body away from the boat. My hand unfortunately was not so lucky. It was hit by the prop and nearly amputated my left hand and snapped both the bones in my arm, wrist and hand below the 3rd knuckle. I was pulled from the water and quickly taken to the hospital in Springfield by helicopter. Where they made the decision to have me flown to Barnes Jewish in St. Louis. They were able to replant my left hand. A true miracle from the one and only father in heaven. I wanted to tell my story. I also want to beg everyone to never operate a watercraft with out the kill switch attached to a PFD. I made a terrible mistake by neglecting to attach mine. I also want to beg everyone to inspect there equipment and pay special attention to key components. I had gotten way to comfortable in my boat. Please don’t let it happen to you. GOOD FISHING AND GOD BLESS!!
  20. 21 points
    Good thread Ness, So you asked and all of my stories are long. Actually I make them long .. In my previous life I was a flintknapper. Actually I still am one but doing a hiatus. Too many other cool things to do and not enough time. Some of you know what a flintknapper is and some yo may not. I work with various cherts to make points. There is not true flint in the untied states but everyone calls chert flint. When I say points I mean blades, spear and atlatl dart points, oh yes arrowheads too but not all points are arrowheads. We used to travel all over in Missouri and surrounding states to knapp inn's and primitive skills gatherings to make points, trade, sell and have great fellowship. Pat and I are both members of the corn society and been through the oogabooga ceremony. Someday I will share that but cant tell you the secret behind it. That you have to experience for yourself. What does this have with my screen name? It all stems from above. We have a good friend James who attended the knapp in's He would scream across the gathering each time he seen me. "Hey my little bald headed buddy" I keep a clean shaved head and have for many moons. One day James liked into my tool bag and said I am going to call you BilletHead. See there at your big moose billets. Looks just like your bald head. I said yes, yes James it does . What is a Billet you ask? A billet is generally the base of an antler. The bigger the better. Moose, and whitetail is the best. They are solid and heavy. Guess I should say dense too because I am a bit that at times. So more. Here is my tool kit consisting of various sized billets with pressure flakers and tools for making notches at the bases in points that call for that. Abraders for dressing the stone edges before striking an edge or when pressuring off a flake. Billets are swung to strike the edge or platform of the stone to drive flakes across to thin and shape the point. Any of this making sense? You can do the same with copper tools but I preferred to use abo techniques to make points. Here is some of the points I made and still have left. I have made hundreds of points to be traded, given away and sold to buy chert that I wanted to work and could not find on my own. I like to procure my own materials and have a couple tons of chert in my garage. Some of these points are quite thin. Thickest maybe a couple of quarters stacked. Smaller points not much over a dime thick. Biggest here in length four or five inches long, I will close with three points I kept that I have harvested deer with. Taken out seven with stone points and self bows. I miss those days when I could that, Thanks for letting me share, BilletHead
  21. 20 points
    Because there are so many facets to this Lake Taneycomo trout story, it's hard to know where to begin. The prime fact is that Paul Crews of Neosho, MO, landed the biggest brown trout Saturday anyone's ever caught in the state of Missouri to date. It was officially weighed by Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Biologist Shane Bush and documented at 34 pounds and 10 ounces. That beat the previous state record by a little more than six pounds, caught by Scott Sandusky of Arnold, MO, in November, 2009, also on Lake Taneycomo. Crews and partner, Jimmy Rayfield of Salem, MO, were fishing together in a trout tournament hosted by Lilleys' Landing Resort & Marina on upper Lake Taneycomo. It's called the Vince Elfrink Memorial, named after Vince who was an avid sportsman, husband, father, and friend to many of the participants of the contest, including Crews and Rayfield. Vince passed away in 2011 of brain cancer at the age of 52. And just so happens that the pair won last year's tournament, sealed by a 21-inch brown trout Rayfield had caught. The pair beat out 36 other teams to win this year's event. The day started out foggy and wet, but the afternoon brought out the sun and wind. We all were watching for thunderstorms early but anticipating the high winds forecast for later in the day, and they did arrive about 2 p.m.. Fishing in wind gusts up to 40 m.p.h. is not easy, especially tossing a small 1/8th ounce, sculpin-colored jig around. Working a lure that small in high winds is tough, even with four-pound line, but feeling a bite is virtually impossible, unless it's a huge fish, I guess. Crews and Rayfield had had a good day up to the minute the big fish was hooked. They had been fishing down from Lilleys' Landing most of the day but ventured up to the mouth of Fall Creek to make a drift, working their jigs along the east bank. Crews said they were in shallow water, able to see the bottom under their boat as they drifted. Table Rock Dam was releasing water at a rate of 6,850 cubic feet per second, generating two units at 3 p.m. Even with the difficulty of the wind blowing his line, Crews still felt a "tap" and set the hook. That's when the excitement started. The fish came off the bank where it was hooked and ran toward the duo, swimming under their boat. Crews had to scramble his new rig, spinning it around so that his line didn't catch the edge of the boat or trolling motor. The trout stayed down almost the entire fight, so Crews didn't really know what he had until the very end, but he knew it was big enough "to probably win the tournament" if he landed it. Little did he know . . . "Frank'' eventually headed across the lake to the bluff bank, then switched back to the middle and eventually returned to the inside bank where docks dot the shore. Yes, the fish has a name explained later in the story. Frank then headed to places he's probably familiar with -- the docks. Crews said he swam under at least two docks. That heightened the high risk that the line might be cut on the dock itself or boats in the docks. Crews, a seasoned angler, kept his rod way down in the water to keep the line from rubbing on anything that would end his fight. At one point, Crews said that Frank quit moving. He thought for sure Frank had wrapped his line around something and escaped. But Frank was just resting, and a fish that big can do whatever he wants to do. Eventually, he came out, tired and ready to give in. Rayfield worked their net over his head and the pair hoisted the fished into the boat. They were just above Short Creek when the fight ended. Crews had just bought a new boat and this was its maiden voyage. Fortunately, the live well was just big enough to fit Frank in, but he filled every bit of it. Word got back to me that they were boating in with a huge fish, so we had everything ready to receive the package. Frank was immediately placed in a large, aerated tank on our dock to rest after his ordeal. We determined right off the bat that we'd try to keep Frank alive regardless if he was a new record or not. Once he uprighted himself and was swimming around, we pulled him out and recorded a quick, unofficial weight of 33.4 pounds. He was easily a new Missouri state record. Now we had to come up with a plan to transport him to the hatchery to be officially weighed. We filled a stock tank full of lake water and that's where Frank rode, guarded by admirers in the back of my truck on the five-mile ride to the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery. Shane Bush was there with hatchery personnel, ready with their official scale to see if Frank made the record books or not. Everything was done quickly and carefully, pulling him out of the stock tank to the scale, verifying his weight at 34 pounds, 10 ounces, and then moving him to an aerated tank in Shane's truck. We still had no pictures out of the water, just shaky videos, but the goal was to return him back in the lake as quickly as possible. We caravaned down to the boat ramp access, less than a mile from the weigh in site. Shane needed to get some official measurements before release -- 38 inches long with a 27-inch girth. He confirmed our observations that the adipose fin had been clipped, which identified Frank as a triploid brown trout. I'll explain what that means later. The sun was about to set over Table Rock Dam, so we hurried to the edge of the water to take a few pictures -- Crews and Rayfield with the new Missouri state record brown trout. We slipped Frank into the water, and Crews gently held him there until he swam out of his hand. We followed him a little ways downstream until he turned and swam close to the bank, holding his own in the swift water. Frank dashed the record books, survived being fought, handled, trucked, weighed, trucked and photographed and before sundown was back in Lake Taneycomo -- we hope to keep growing and maybe, just maybe, give someone else a chance to catch a state record fish. Crews lives with his best friend and wife, Rita, and their son Matthew in Neosho, Missouri. They own Crews Construction and specialize in wastewater treatment plant construction. He is an avid outdoorsman, but his home waters are the Spring and Neosho rivers as well as Grand Lake, so he rarely fishes for trout except in the annual tournament honoring his fishing buddy. Frank's story - we've always had trout hovering under our dock, feeding on pieces and parts of fish discarded from our fish cleaning facility. And on occasion there will be a big trout, either brown or rainbow, stop by for a treat. They move up and down the lake seeking out the best meal, never staying in one spot very long. One day about three years ago, Duane Doty (dockhand and guide for Lilleys' Landing) spotted a very large brown. He stood out from the other trout. He was a brute. Duane called him Frank. Shortly after Frank showed up, another brown trout showed up and he was much bigger! Duane changed Frank's name to Frankie and called the new addition Frank. We have since videoed and photographed Frank many times when he has trolled by, so we have good records on him. To sum up this incredible story up, fishing in a memorial tournament, named after his best friend, Paul Crews hooks a fish in extremely adverse conditions, fights a 34-pound fish on four-pound line for 20 minutes around docks, logs and boat traffic and lands it using a small trout net. He fits it in his live well and keeps it alive while transporting it to be officially weighed, measured and photographed and released back in the lake successfully to keep the story alive. And Crews says, "Praise the Lord!" Credit: Ryan Miloshowski for pictures. View full article
  22. 20 points

    Upgrade for new boat

    Pretty proud of these. They have to be earned.
  23. 20 points
    You kind of know your day is starting out right when about the 3rd cast your client catches a double on top water small jaws. Both of those rascals were solid keeps and ate the 110 WP in Loon color like they meant it. Surface temp at Moonshine at the 5:45 AM start was 77 degree, with wind, fog and not a ripple, but a solid 5 inch chop. Probably the perfect morning to throw the top water and it was. Fishing long runnout points that dumped into deep water we caught surfacing fish and also fish that we just waked up. Also caught mid-pocket chasing fish in the deeper guts of the flat coves from pt. 5 to pt. 1. Top water deal worked this morning till durn near 10 AM that is 4 hrs. of top water action and you just flat cannot beat that. Kids took lots of pictures of lots of jaws. The ferocity of the attacks on the Pooper were amazing. In the years I have fished top water I have very seldom seen this kind of a strike, it was like a mini-car wreck when they slammed it. I've caught more top water fish in a morning, but never and I mean never have I seen the strikes that Pooper produced with that amount of speed on the strike and just the fish wanting to destroy the bait. I was a fantastic thing to witness We jumped a couple of big, big, big fish off, that hit right at the boat. Kevin also had a brown bass completely smash it from top down, as the fish jumped behind it and landed right on it. CRAZY ACTION. At about 10 the fog lifted and the wind died and we started to come to reality, but then No, it went crazy again catching them on any wind or surface chop on a 3.3 inch Keitech. I was just hunting wind at that point and ever location where it was the least bit windy, the jaws and LM would get all up on the swim bait. Only had 3 K's swimming deep, but man were those SM out there suspended. We were sitting off a main lake point and a guy trolling came by and stopped and watched the Kids catch 7 in about that many casts, all SM, and all suspended. I was living the guide dream. This post has been promoted to an article
  24. 20 points

    Retirement on the Rock

    Two weeks to retirement. After vacationing on the rock for 38 years, the wife and I will be building a home on Pioneer Point. (point 10 aunts creek). We will be full time residents. My Ozark Anglers hat and tee shirt have been with me when I fished Alaska, Canada, California, Florida, Louisiana and many other spots in between. I must say that I am proud to be a member of this forum and consider many to be my friends, even though I don't personally know you. I look forward to finally moving down there and meeting some of you folks. Sometimes, dreams do come true. PS: I will be needing some new fishing buddies.
  25. 20 points
    Bill Babler

    Fishing the Waiting Room

    Well the spawn is in full swing with some mama’s in the delivery room some have already had their youngun’s and some are in the Waiting Room These gals that are still waiting are plumping up on ice cream and pickles and are ready to snatch about any grub. “Grub. I made a funny.” that comes close What im reading here for the most part is a lot of takeout is being served a bit out of swimming distance for these pre-spawner’s. We and by we meaning the guides are not for the most part fishing where the majority of you are. We’re fishing staging fish with 3.3 to 3.8 swimbaits. Today we had 3 guide boats out with 7 clients. A few over 100 bass were boated with over 60 keepers. Of all 3 LM-S-K’s. Lots of big prespawn Jaws and K’s We all fished the same way from Point 9 to Campbell Pt. Setting out fishing staging prespawners. Look in front of the major spawning coves, all of us had guys fish between us and the bank. Our baits were hitting the water in 15’ to 40’ depending on where we were seeing them. All the fish even the deep one we’re suspended in that 12’ to 18’ range and just blew up the electronics. A lot of these bank fishermen our baits were hitting the water further from them than they were from the bank Use those electronics Lots of suspended gals in the waiting room were on the flat sides of the pockets, still in the main lake rather than on the channel side don’t know why For the next few weeks if you get tired of plinking that Ned rig shallow. Use your underwater eyes and you will see the waiting room is full and ready for business. In the photo notice how far my boat was sitting off the mouth of that Small jaw pocket Good Luck This post has been promoted to an article
  26. 20 points
    Day 1. Tuesday, March 27. Weather: rain all day with temperature's in the high 50s and low 60s. No wind at all. Lake not rising much at all. Me and my partner headed down to Table rock on Tuesday afternoon and got on the water around 2 p.m. putting in at the state park. This was my first time on the lake in 8 years and his first time ever. We started smashing them right away and caught around 35 fish before dark. All 3 species and ended with a biggest 5 of 17.01 pounds. Our bag was anchored by those two big largemouth one weighing 4.21 pounds and the other 5.35. Caught a ton of smallmouth on the jerk bait out of tree tops. I think the fish were suspended in the cedar tree tops 6-8 feet deep. We also caught some fish on a 2.8 inch keitech swim bait and on an underspin. The largemouth came off of mixed chunk rock and gravel banks on the side of points both secondary and main lake. Finding a good incline on the bank seemed key with the largemouth. Day 2. Wednesday, March 28. Weather: rain most of the day with cloud cover all day, no sun. Temperatures in the low 60s and high 50s. Very little wind. Lake rising a little. Maybe 6 inches to a foot. Got out early in the morning and got right back on the bite running the same pattern. Focused a bit more on main lake stuff and I caught my new personal best spot at 3.17 pounds. Had a largemouth that was caught by my partner on a red rock crawler that went 4.85 pounds. Seemed like the rock crawler was better during the day while the jerk bait ruled during the morning and evening. Probably caught around 40 fish this day. Caught almost all fish on the jerk bait and rock crawler and a few on the underspin. Never fished the same water twice as we were practicing for the BASS collegiate qualifier on the 31st. Left a lot of good spots hoping to save them for tournament day. We still had 15.98 pounds for our biggest 5 fish and it was another incredible day. Day 3. Thursday March 29, Weather: Less rain but still some rain and clouds all day. Temperatures in the mid to high 60s. Considerable 7-13 mph wind. Lake rose about 1.5 foot today. Hit the lake early in the morning again but did make a stop at the Cracker Barrel for breakfast which I would highly recommend. Today the bite started to change a bit as the wind and rising water made it harder to get the jerk bait deep enough to get the fish out of the tree tops. The wind helped the main lake bite white a bit though. Caught more big spots and more smallmouth off of main lake points and even some off of bluff walls and ends on the jerk bait. I couldn't believe how fat the spots were, a 15 inch keeper weighed like 2.5 pounds. Still caught good fish on the rock crawler and a few on the underspin. Probably caught around 30 fish and still had never fished the same water twice. Our biggest five fish weighed 13.06 pounds. No big largemouth today. Day 4. Friday March 30, Weather: High bluebird sky with sun all day. Temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s. Almost no wind. Lake rose another foot or so at least. Today the morning bite nd evening bite were king. Afternoon lull (10 a.m. - 2 p.m) were pretty prominent throughout the week but today especially bad. Never even had a bite in that time frame. Jerk bait was still king in the morning and the evening but after like 9 a.m. couldn't get a bite on it and before like 6 p.m. it was the same way. found some good fish on gravel points off of them pretty farm probably like 15 feet deep. It seemed like despite the water rising the fish stayed in the same type spots. The difference is that instead of being in 8-12 foot of water not the fish were in like 11-15 feet of water. Still caught them pretty good and had like 25 fish. The sun seemed to help the largemouth bite. Today most of the fish came on a underspin or 4 inch pearl blue Kalins curly tail grub. Our biggest 5 went 12.89 pounds. Day 5, Tournament day. Saturday March 31, Weather: Sunny in the morning with thunderstorms and showers starting around 9 a.m.. Temperatures in the high 60s. Wind picking up to 15mph at noon or so. Lake continued to rise, but slowed. Caught good fish until 10 a.m. and then the lull set in and only caught one fish between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. jerk bait bite fell off a bit and the curly tail grub seemed to be better since it could be fished through those tree tops which were way deeper now. Caught them really well and weighed in 13.38 pounds to get 5th place. Would have won if we could have gotten a big bite. Winner had 14.61 with all smallmouth fishing gravel points and a rock crawler. Kind of disappointing since we were so close but all in all we pretty much fished for free for a week since we won $200, so its pretty hard to complain about that. Main Keys: Jerk bait, grub, underspin, and swim bait in tree tops, secondary points, and bluff wall ends. Rock crawler on secondary points and main lake points. Avoid the lull ( 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.). Bite is best in morning and evening. Run this pattern in small cuts off the main lake. Thanks for reading everyone, good luck and tight lines. This post has been promoted to an article
  27. 19 points

    February 1 - Big M area

    Put the boat in the water about 7:15 AM and fished until 2:30. Is was a cloudy, misty morning with little wind. Started off on a long rocky ledge and stayed there for a good chunk of the morning, with the flat water there was a bit of top water activity, bass were coming up and swirling on shad. I caught several on a Pointer 78 and picked up a couple of good crappie also on the Pointer. Once the Pointer bite got slow, I switched out to the Ned and picked up some more bass, slow dragging on the bottom. Once the bite died down on the ledge I bounced around fishing some points and steep banks. The fish got squirrelly, I bet I had another 8 bites and every one of those fish got off. Only other boat I saw today was Tom from Eagle Rock, he was catching some too. I caught 13 bass, good keeper ratio today, 6 or 7 were keepers. WT 42-43 This post has been promoted to an article
  28. 19 points
    Man, what a beautiful morning and just no one to be seen. It had been since Thanksgiving that I had been on the Rock and wanted to see what was happening at the Knob. Launched at 0700 to Ice Fog and 28 degree air temps. Its been quite a while for me since seeing the SK Bridge parking lot empty but I liked it. Sun was just coming up as I pulled under the bridge headed down stream. I fished 5 locations and caught at least one on all 5 but for the life of me I could not find any decent fish what so ever. Had close to 40 bass with perhaps a dozen to 15 keeps and they all were young. Had the slam but again the quality was just not there for me this morning. Most everything I caught deep was either on the Ice Jig or the C-tail on a 3/8th. head fishing up and down. Could not keep the camera lens from fogging so most pics are a blur. Surface temps were at 49 when I started and just over 50 by 2 PM. You can see several fish up and scattered all over the water column. I caught 2 busting shad on the surface and saw several what looked to be nice brown fish coming out of the water chasing them. I did catch 2 on an A-rig when the wind started to blow. Had several blow up around me while fishing deep, they seemed to be scattered thru the water column from 20' to 70', and that 20 was over deep water. Ice Minnow was by far the beat deal but for cripes sakes when fishing or messing with it be CAREFUL..... That bait not only wants to catch fish but it wants more to catch you. It is as deadly a bait at hooking the fishermen as I have ever fished and is needle sharp. L This post has been promoted to an article
  29. 19 points

    Baxter area Friday

    Fished 7:30 to 4:30 Friday out of Baxter and had a pretty decent day. Ended up with 20 fish on the nose, with 15 keeps. Nothing real big but lots of solid fish up to 3 pounds. Took one of our local high school fishing team members and he did most of the catching. Pure fun sitting back and watching him catch em for the first time on a Ned. It was one of those classic Table Rock days where they should've been chasing a moving bait but instead they were glued to the bottom and were only receptive to dragging presentations. Had several nose-bump a jerk bait but only one taker. Nearly every fish came from 8-15 feet and having timber present was a very big help. Not a must, but close. Everything was either main lake or in the front half of creeks. Interesting side note ... we caught all brown and spotted fish and a couple of meanmouths ... but NO green ones. Water temp was 52-54 everywhere we went. With the full moon, the afternoon bite was definitely better. This post has been promoted to an article
  30. 19 points
    Royal Blue

    Pond to the East

    I'd been fishing mostly the James river arm over the last month and decided to get back over to K-Dock to see if we could get bit for a short trip yesterday. It'd been exactly a month since I'd been there. We pulled into the empty lot at 6:00am and decided to wait for a bit more light and hoped that the heavy fog would at least attempt to lift. After about 30 minutes we couldn't wait any longer and dropped the boat into the lake. We just slowly picked our way along in the pre-dawn fog and decided to try a few spots. Threw a plopper for about 15-20 minutes without a sniff and promptly put it away. I seriously have a love/hate relationship with that thing. Started targeting little spots of gravel along steep almost bluff banks. First little gravel area yielded a solid 2 1/2lb small mouth. After catching several on this pattern a slight breeze kicked up and I grabbed the spinnerbait. First cast it got smashed by another really nice smallmouth that weighed in at 4.06lbs. I was getting pretty excited with the way it was going and we thought we'd run down the lake a little ways toward Mincy. After a little way we hit really heavy fog and just pulled up on the nearest channel swing bank and started looking for gravel slides again. 5 minutes in, my brother stuck his all time PB largemouth on a Chompers football jig! She hit it like a freight train and we got her into the boat and onto the scale at 6.39lb! I honestly think I was a lot more excited than he was. It goes to show you that we really truly don't know what we're doing half of the time out there. That fish was on a spot that I've literally passed by no fewer than a couple hundred times. We only stopped because of the crazy fog which by the way after it lifted, the insane bite basically dropped to nothing. Our best 5 were 18.45 all on a Nutech grass jig or Chompers football jig except for the biggest smallmouth on the Molix double slash blade in purple sensei color.
  31. 19 points
    I struggled on where to post this story. Asked some friends what they thought and got the go ahead to post in General fishing. I think a few on here should see what is out there and we all get stuck reading only what interests us here. This trip we are about to take you on can be done by anyone. Nothing special is needed. Most places we have been can be accessed with the family sedan, a tent and your own two feet. Fishing equipment of your choice of course abiding by the regulations for the area. We choose fly fishing but don't let this keep you from coming along on this trip. We the BilletHead's fish with all equipment. One think that drives us is new species / subspecies in their respective native ranges. We try to access headwaters and small streams where the fish are genetically pure. The fish you will see are not big nor trophy's in the eyes of some but trophy's for us. This thread will be picture heavy at times and not all will be fish. We had laughing and some oh crap moments on this trip. This will all be broken down in the quarry we are after and places we visited. The trip started off as a sprint and ended up a marathon. Actually when we make our trips we have a plan and for some reason we end up winging it. We covered close to 4000 miles in two weeks. The original plan was to catch the three native cutthroat of Colorado. Actually this was Mrs. BilletHead's first time fishing this state and I had not seriously tried here. So what first with the OAF BilletHead's go? Part 1 the Greenback, This goes back one year and two weeks previous from now when we were driving back from our Utah trip. As we were coming back home and passing through Colorado I gave our friend Motroutbum (Randy) a text on the phone. Randy and us go back many years. I have to explain so bear with me please. I first met Randy when he worked for Backcountry anglers when he worked there in Springfield. I then had no idea how our lives would be entangled. 11 years ago Mrs. BilletHead was an alternate for Casting for Recovery and because of one of the picked ladies was unable to attend, she got to participate. So the next year Mrs. BilletHead and I volunteered. I as a River Helper and Pat on staff. Well we found out that Randy's Mom Dawn was the one that could not attend and Pat took her place. Not only that Dawn was attending the retreat we were helping with. When it was time for the ladies to fish that retreat we all lined up to be paired off. Generally the staff watch the ladies and know who should be paired to who but before pairing began there was a scream and Dawn dashed out of the line and said this one's mine as she grabbed my arm. . For the next couple of years at the retreat Randy volunteered and he and I spent time together. Back to story, so in the text I told Randy about our trip to Utah and shared pictures but I had alternative motives for the call and this brings us to us picking his brain about the Colorado natives, see Randy now works for the Front Range Anglers in Boulder Colorado. So a text and phone call before this trip to Randy and asking about where to start in seeking the fish we wanted to add to our bucket list. Randy was quick to say I want to take you for the Greenback! This elated us to the max. So we hit the road from BilletHeadVille at 6:20 PM on July 27th Heading West on 54 then to I-70. Driving hard until we had no way to keep our old eyes open and took a power nap at a rest area in Kanarado, Ks. Three hour nap we were behind the wheel until we arrived at Randy's home for a visit and plan. Met his wife and visited about everything under the sun. On Randy's computer we secured our fishing licenses. we were to meet him in Estes Park at 7 AM the next morning. Before we left his home I had a handful of hooks and fly tying material Randy insisted I needed and it will all be put to good use. We headed up out of the big city and found a place to pull off the road and get a full nights sleep. We went to sleep at 7PM and awoke the next morning at 4 AM. Up to Estes park to meet Randy, pitch our gear in his rig and up into Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to fish the front range and hopefully a greenback cutthroat. Arriving the trailhead we grabbed our gear and up the trail we went. Randy in the lead, Pat in the Middle with me bringing up the rear. Nice and steep trail for us flatlanders. Some huffing and puffing from the middle and rear and the front man shot up the trail like a mountain goat. When we got to the point where we dropped into the canyon to fish Randy reminded me he had given us our choice for an easy place or a challenge. I had told him we did not necessary need it easy and we had worked to get to this spot for sure. Are you all ready for some fishing? I thought so . We strung up our rods. Myself with a hopper and Randy and Pat with hopper droppers. The fishing commenced with all of us fishing and leap frogging the creek. Randy was the first to set the hook!, Mrs. BilletHead was next, Yes I caught also, We worked our way up the creek working runs and plunge pools. One of Pat's greenbacks. We all took pictures but Randy can really capture the moment. This is a combination of the three of us but I can bet you can tell his from ours, Speaking of gear camera and otherwise Randy carried a huge pack and besides his rod he carried a full sized tripod and full sized DSLR camera on his side, in the pack extra shoes, pump water purification unit, big water bottle, fishing gear, snacks and who knows what else, As the clouds began to form for the afternoon monsoon it was time break down rods and pack back up for the trip back down the mountain. Randy set up the tri pod and punched up the self timer for a shot of the three of us, Back down we went to the Randy rig, then back to Estes Park to part ways but this would not be the last time we talked to Randy. The Mrs. and I then grabbed a spot in a commercial campground for the night. a good dinner and dessert was had, I may get some flack for this picture but I guarantee I had my pint too . Into bed early after dosing with arthritis strength Tylenol . Need a good nights sleep for the next day, another place and another native. My fingers are cramping and my eyes are crossed from all this post. You all will have to wait for more while I recover, BilletHead This post has been promoted to an article
  32. 19 points
    White River Outfitters Guide Service Current Table Rock Lake Fishing Report Huge Spotted bass caught at 27' Mike Trotter 4lb. 2oz. Been several years since my clients have caught spotted bass of this quality. There still at it. Very good reports today from the dam area and also from mid-lake. I guided out of Indian Hills Resort this morning with Mike and Dave Trotter and we had an absolute ball. Fished from point 17 to point 9 on the White River arm and only had one brief period when the fish changed depth that stalled us for about 30 minutes. Might not sound like long, but that is 1/8 of the time of a 4 hr. guide trip. If Beck were still alive it would have only been 15 minutes as he would have called immediately and said they moved out. I'm decent, but Billy could change depth quicker than a Beauty Queen changes shoes. Dave Trotter with nice Table Rock Smallmouth Surface temps were 87 at 5:30 and by 9 had reached 88.9 extremely, still and HOT, but so was the fishing. Again we caught more bass than we deserved with some fantastic spotted bass, some of these fish were at and pushing 4 lbs. and that is silly. You have to believe they were over 10 yrs. old. We CPR'ed them very carefully and sent them back in the clear deep water. The quality and quantity were both just unreal. Mike Trotter 3lb. 14oz. Pretty easy to see where the term Football comes from when describing these bigger spotted bass. Mike Trotter Kentucky bass 2lb. 11oz. Fish were shallow this morning on the White, starting out at 22 to 28 feet but as soon as the sun hit pretty directly them skeedattled out to 40/50ft. Same deal at the dam. This was around 7:30, they seemed to move lake wide, and not only did they move as we were catching them on the bottom, they suspended. I got really lucky and was at the end of a runnout and lost them. I told my guys that I would spin a circle and we would move away and when I spun the boat out over the channel, they were sitting at 38' suspended over the 40/50 number. Better to be lucky than good. Today we used a number of baits from crawlers to drop shot worms to shad shape worms to the Keitech. About 7:30 when they moved the big and I mean huge bluegill moved up in that 22/28ft. range and we could have caught a hundred of them about the size of your hand, on every gravel runnout, that we fished. That should have been my clue but I missed it. Again we were pestered by walleye, but only 2 with 1 super nice keeper. As I said last week, I don't know how long this will last, so you all had better hop on it. Also again this morning my fish were clean, with only a couple of hook marks so not lots of folks are messing with these deeper fish. They were all spitting very small craws so I'm guessing that's the deal if you want to throw a small jig. Look in the water under Dave's arm and you can see the swirl of Mike's fish. It was another double and another absolute toad K. It was churning the surface like a motor boat. The 2, K's that Dave is holding were 16" they look like midgets compared to the ones Mike had today. Dave's Jaw was Super nice however and he did catch the 2 walters so he had that to lean on. Mike was the big K catcher today and both boys came out about even in numbers. Just a fantastic trip. Good Luck All This post has been promoted to an article
  33. 19 points

    Walleye round two

    I was able to get out this morning and spend some exploratory time to myself and try different areas. Started with the same patterns, with 2 ounce snap weights and immediately started hooking up. Once the bite slowed down a bit, I changed patterns up and went with larger cranks. #11 flicker minnows to be exact. They were in 23-26 foot of water laying on and suspending just off the bottom on the gravel rolloffs. Was running 2.3 mph but would use the bow mount to surge the speed up to 2.7. It would trigger strikes. Ended the morning with 11 eyes in between 17 and 27 3/4. The big one was cpr’d after delicate surgery. Only kept a couple eater size as I have been blessed already, and just wanted to enjoy the morning. There really is no secret to this game but dedication and trial and error. It’s more to it than just tossing lines over the side and trolling along. Trust you graphs and what you are looking at fish wise. I the wanted to see if I still had some “bass sense” and started working kastmaster 3/8 ounce spoons on the long docks. Letting it drop, watching the line, and using a pump and fall. Got a a few sub legal kentuckies and a nice black bass. Found some whites as well and ripped on them too. What a wonderful morning! Excuse my pics, I was taking them myself. View full article
  34. 19 points

    May 5 Thru 12

    A little late getting this posted but I'm old and lazy and equally undependable these days so it's to be expected I guess. Anyways, little brother and I ventured down for what we think was our 34th consecutive spring fishing trip. Man, that's hard to believe....... We only got in about an hour and a half of fishing Saturday evening but caught a couple dozen 12" -14" smallies fishing Ned in pockets around the Kimberling bridge that was a great warm up for the week. Sunday we ran up to the area around Big Creek and had a blast catching smallies and K's again on the ridiculous Ned - Dirt and Watermelon/Red were pretty effective but, for the week, PBJ was clearly superior). We spent most of our time in the buck brush in pockets and coves and it was downright silly how many fish we caught. We fished from 100 to around 600 before we headed back to the Kimberling area to finish the evening. It's just a guess but I'd say we caught at least 70 - 80 fish that day with about 12 - 15 keepers. Not the kind of performance that would win many tournaments I guess but it's what we live for. Monday was a golf day and we drove up to Rivercut in Springfield and had a great time ruining each others lives with what barely passed as golf. We really like that little muni and the price is right for a couple old guys on "fixed incomes". Tuesday and Wednesday we decided to try to put Bill's posted pattern of fishing swim baits out from spawning coves (extremely generous of him to provide so much intel but I guess we're used to it here) to use but had limited success. We must have idled around the front and sides of at least 25 of what we thought were pretty good spawning coves and only saw a few fish scattered here and there on the Lowrance. We did catch several smallmouth (all keepers) just blindly flinging swimmers in open water that we thought fit his description but just never could really find any bunches of fish. No big surprise there though as my proficiency with electronics parallels Stevie Wonder's talents in heavy traffic on a bicycle! I swear SOMEDAY I'm actually going to follow through on my promise to myself to hire Bill and quit trying to pretend that I can figure any of this out on my own. Note to self: get it out of the thinking stage stupid. While not quite as many as Sunday, we did continue to catch impressive numbers of fish on the Ned, Keitechs and grubs mostly in ten feet of water and less. Nothing over three pounds but at least a dozen obvious keepers. I guess we're just destined to be Kansas bank beaters even when we're deep sea fishing....... I should probably add that although we didn't throw it quite as much as we usually do we did pickup a couple dozen fish on our beloved spinnerbaits (double willows in white and white/chartreuse) during the week although the places that we caught them on the blade a swimbait probably would have been equally if not more effective. But, man, when they hit that spinnerbait like a freight train hitting a bum! Awesome. No offense to over sensitive bums intended and none were harmed in the composition of this metaphor....... Thursday we played golf again and headed over to Buffalo Ridge although us poor people had to wait until 400 for the twilight rate to kick in. We've kind of expected it for a couple of years now and Johnny has finally just about priced us out of his golf market. This spring it's $135 plus tax to play before 400 and $90 plus afterwards. The guy in the shop said that we were the twelfth group of the day so we're obviously not the only golfing paupers in the area. He also said the the new Ozarks National course that's opening 1 September is going to be $175 (which is an "opening special" price so obviously increasing soon) so I can only imagine what Tiger's new track will cost. That's OK though, it ain't like Johnny's gonna miss us and we're fine with driving up to Rivercut or playing over at the old Payne Stewart course which is every bit as good anyways and is $79 after noon. Worst case scenario is we just don't play golf at all on these trips anymore and spend all of our time fishing instead. I love First World problems! Nonetheless, it is incredible and visually stunning what he's doing over that way. If you haven't been over there it's well worth the time and effort to just check out the new clubhouse and the amazing views from that hill. You can't see the lake like at Top of the Rock but it's still extremely cool. Friday wasn't quite as good as earlier in the week and we attributed that at least somewhat to the falling water level and the wind. Lots of fish still very shallow though but the wind was pretty crazy. If it wasn't for the modern marvel called "Ultrex" it would have been near impossible in the areas we were wanting to fish. Probably caught 30 - 35 total and we did catch the biggest fish of the week which was a four pound on the nose largemouth and a gorgeous 19" walleye both on PBJ Ned. By the end of the day we were worn slick from fighting the wind and practically blinded by the dust and pollen in the air. Nasty stuff. All in all it was another great week for us although I saw no reason to tone down my incessant anti-tournament and overcrowding rhetoric. It felt like we were in the middle of of the runway at LaGuardia the day before Thanksgiving out there sometimes. I mentioned in an earlier post that I had specifically targeted this week as it had the least amount of tournament activity during the late April/May time period. "Least" translated is 950 boats worth of events from Saturday to Saturday. Oh well. Lots of happy people I guess. And, with the exception of the Oklahoma dust bowl conditions on Friday the weather for the week was embarrassingly good. Kathy and I are headed back down this Saturday for another go around and if it's half as good as last week we'll be plenty happy. I was hoping to post a few more photos but seein's how it's taken me over an hour to get these two loaded I guess they'll have serve as representative of the rest! Good luck out there! This post has been promoted to an article
  35. 19 points

    A milestone for me...

    So in my 3 short years since I've found OzarkAnglers I finally hit 1000 posts! Just wanted to give a big thanks again to Phil for providing such an awesome piece of the internets for us to hang out on. I have met some really awesome people through the site that I now call friends, which would have never been possible without this place bringing us together. The amount of knowledge I've learned here has also made me a better fisherman ten fold. Although it has sparked a fishing addiction in me which I struggle to feed with my crazy life and work schedule. Thanks all that have made this such a cool place!
  36. 18 points
    With some of the stuff happening in BilletHeadVille lately I felt pretty good getting to attend the Fest. I needed that and it gave me the reset I needed. Half the drive down was pretty scary. Left BilletHeadVille at 5 AM Thursday morning. We had some ice here at the house but I had no idea how much until I got off the dirt road to blacktop. Dang it was an ice rink and pulling the boat made the drive worse. Down I-49 South slowly hitting worse patches as I went, then onto I-44 towards Springfield it got even worse. What should of been a trip of just over an hour and a half turned into three hours plus to Springfield to pick up forum member Curtise for the rest of the trip down. After getting Curt loaded the trip went smooth after turning South on 65 as Ice was gone about Ozark. We hit the lodge and unloaded ready to fish. Some other forum members were already there. Had contacted Duane and Phil. They were fishing the upper part of the river so to try something different we tried another place Rim Shoals. Fished there awhile and then back to lodge for a sandwich to go then back on the water for rest of the day. We fished the rest of the day towards the bottom of the river. We caught a couple browns and many, many rainbows. Most of those smaller stockers but fun for sure, Off the water for good food and fellowship for the evening. Some planning for the next day. Duane pulled the short straw and got stuck with me. Felt pretty sorry for him but het you have to take what you get . Speaking of Duane the best part of the trip happened to me that evening too. I received something pretty special, You all may remember this post not too many days ago, Well this day I got a blessing with this gift. This fly tying bobbin will take its place on the BilletHead tying table to craft flies. Each time I set down in front of the vice I will remember this day. So up on day two Duane and I took out and began on the lower end. Lots of laughs and fishing and fishing stories were shared. It was a hoot. I watched the captain fishing master bust the fish right and left. Drift after drift. Browns, rainbows, smallmouth and we each landed a cutthroat that morning. Duane even got a micro bonus catch a logperch, Then it was down the hatch, Said it tasted like a cross between a sardine and walleye. Now we all have heard and some have even witnessed how talented Duane is. Well he said I need to do something at the back of the boat and maybe catch a fish while I am at it. Sure enough he did it, Fish on in one hand while the other hand was busy too 🤣. A couple of that mornings multiple fish, From one end to another we headed to town for a burger and then to the dam to finish up the day. Motored up and began to drift on first cast I popped a rainbow a few fish later Duane another brown more rainbows and more browns for Duane. This last Brown was a 22 1/4 really pretty fish. We really Hammed it up that afternoon. Duane had been studying the Ham technique. Got it downed pat and passed the secret info to me. We began to put the Ham to the fish. Like an Olympic event the rainbows fell to the reversal Ham and even to the full frontal Ham. Water was fast up top and drifts fast but fish landed and great day together with a friend. Back to lodge for more food and fellowship. Plans were again made for next morning. Some of us had commitments and myself had been watching the weather. Another storm on the way I did not want to drive back on crappy roads Sunday morning I made the call to fish yesterday morning and leave around noon. Curt was Ok with this so we finished our tip fishing together again. We fished the bottom again finding higher water conditions than previous days but caught a few more. Every time we drifted or motored by Phil and Duane and all the other Jig Fest guys in this area fish were being reeled in. Curt and I caught Smallmouth and rainbows. Then I struck a brown and gold spotted fish which turned out to be my personal best brown. He was long and lean 21 1/4 inch. Out of some wood and he tried to take me back into it but I won, I reached into the livewell for a drink and snack before the last run up the river and drift to find Duane's warm and fuzzy hat he had left in the boat. I put it on and instantly got that warm and fuzzy feeling. Then knowledge and enlightenment more feelings than my pea brain could comprehend my brain felt scrambled. With all my power I could muster I yanked it off. I knew right then the power that head gear held and knew I had to return it to its rightful owner. Mojo to the max. Off the river we got and packed up for trip home. Stopped by Lilly's Landin to return magic hat then to Curt's to drop him off. Back to BilletHeadVille and home. Good trip, good friends and good fishing. More guys I need to fish with down there hopefully next trip! BilletHead
  37. 18 points

    Kim City - Feb 13, A-Rig bite

    I tried the a-rig this morning for the first time this season and had some success. I started out with swimbait, grub,,, etc and realized the few fish I was seeing were not interested in those baits. I had 4 keeper LM, one weighed 5.10 and another 6.3. Also had 4 shorts. Based on previous trips, I knew where the bait would be located. The LM were setup over trees and there was stacked shad about 70 yards away. I did not catch anything around the stacked shad. For some reason the LM preferred setting up in good trees vs being in the middle of shad. I tried three locations this morning and they all had shad and deep trees. There was no wind early this morning and the wind picked up around 10AM when I was wrapping up. WT 42-43. The rain seemed to put a little stain in the water. The vertical deep bite might be over, my screen showed no fish 90% of the time. The fish did not seem active today, so I was lucky to catch a few.
  38. 18 points

    Grandpas ol' hand me down.

    Get a little sentimental this time of year during rifle season. Although I never had the pleasure of getting to hunt with my grandfather in person I know hes with me in spirit. After his funeral years ago my father called me back to grandpas bedroom and handed me a old faux leather hard case said said my grandfather wanted me to have it. I opened the case and inside was his hunting rifle, a J.C. Higgins Model 50 30-.06 bolt action rifle with the original Weaver 3x9 scope. Attached to the side was and still is his name that he made with a label maker and will remain as long as I have the gun in my possession. Although I havent killed many deer with it, dad said grandpa has killed 50 plus white tails and at least 2 elk from California to Colorado with it, I'm still using it and so far everything I have shot with it has dropped since I've owned it, 4 whitetails, 4 coyotes, and 2 bobcats. Nothing pretty to look at and may not be a tack driver but reliable and goes bang everytime I pull trigger (when loaded).
  39. 18 points
    As Eric Prey and Pete Wenners have been alluding to on their videos the jig bite here is extremely strong. Bass are just gorging on Crayfish. Seems like a lake wide bite, it has been for me as in the past week I have been from point 1 on the White to point 15 on the James to point 23 on the White. It is going all over the lake. Boat positioning is critical for this bite as it seems to be right at the thermocline. With lake temps today at 83 degree these fish are holding in the 26' to 36' range and most are bottom hunting and not suspended. Big baits and heavy equipment are the ticket on deep jig fish. Notice how that Nichole's craw is just flopped over it is extremely soft and swims like a complete alive thing. I'm using Falcon MMC Signature Rods in Heavy Action and also Falcon Cara Amistad. 15lb. carbon line Lots of power pole boats on the lake practicing for a late Oct. derby. They are catching them, flat out hammering them. From what I heard today its taking about 2 hrs. to put 14 to 17 pounds in the boats, with lots of LM and SM in the 4 lb. range. These guys have not going out early, they are catching them all day long, sunshine or clouds it does not matter they are feeding up. I have visited with Champ about this bite for years, it is a big bait bite, with lots of the pro's using 5 inch baits and 1 oz. jigs. They are using big jigs and bigger trailers. My absolute go to bait on this bite is the 3/4oz Pig Sticker Quick 5 with a Nichole's Texas Craw trailer, either in Copper or WMC. Jig color is either GP Orange, Brown Orange or WMC. The Nichole's craw is a very large trailer suited for the 3/4 oz. jig and the colors are about as good as I have seen matching up with the Pig Sticker. A lot of the pro's are throwing hard heads or Biffle Bugs in that 3/4 to 1oz size. Most of these fish are coming on the flatter stuff holding right at the channel breaks, and dragging the edge or winding it with the hard head is money. That's about the best information that I can give you. Good Luck This post has been promoted to an article
  40. 18 points

    Big one that didn't get away

    Went bass fishing and caught this guy on a jigging spoon in 20 fow. Stick measures 22 inches and it went another 8 to 10 inches past that. I'm guessing somewhere around 20lbs. because when I lifted it to release it to live another day it was heavy. Water temps around 79. I caught 8 bass on a spinner and the spoon with 3 keepers. The second pic i took was just in case I didn't get it to the boat.
  41. 18 points
    tv tom

    not many like dennis shorb

    Dennis does not participate in this forum, nor does he use a computer. But he fishes 7 days a week. Many of you have seen him in his 19' Stratos with a 200 horse merc He only puts in at Viola and H highway. Tuesday he went to pick up 2 beer cans on the H parking lot and saw a billfold. It had $278.00 in it plus the usual credit cards dennis left word on the guys answering machine and he picked it up the next day he offered dennis a reward but he refused nope not too many like dennis
  42. 18 points

    Good Morning on the Upper End

    Unless this morning was an anomaly, and this year it very well could be, one of my favorite times of the year has arrived. Today I found the walleye suspended in the channel just off flat drop offs and along tree lines near channel swings. The water depth where I caught the fish ranged from 29 to 40 feet. The baits I trolled (Flicker Minnow and Reef Runner Deep Little Ripper, both in silver with black back) ran at 23 to 25 feet. In addition to the walleye I caught around 10 bass, but none were impressive. Overcast, nearly windless, and water temp of 85. This post has been promoted to an article
  43. 18 points
    I love going out on the lake at daybreak! I netted the first keeper walleye at my second stop about 6:45. The location was a timberline on an outside bend channel swing. 28 feet of water. I lost a keeper on an inside bend flat edge about 8:00. Then I ran down lake to the Rock Creek area, but I only caught bass and three short walleye. I made one stop on the way back to the flat edge. No joy. Back at the flat edge I moved out to the 35 foot range. I quickly caught an 18.5 inch fish and stayed on the spot long enough to catch a 3.5 and 4 pound fish. I was back in my slip by 11:15. All fish came on a 1 oz. white War Eagle spoon. I had 10 pound braid on the reel tied to a small swivel. From the swivel I ran 3 to 4 feet of 10 pound Yozuri Hybrid. Windy with water around 83.
  44. 18 points

    30 July on the Upper End

    A couple of days ago bobby b on this forum sent me a message. He asked if I could give him a few pointers on trolling for walleye. I pointed him at an article and invited him to join me this morning. We left the marina in the fog at 5:30 this morning and motored slowly until we could see to get up on plane. I took us down lake past Big M and began to show him walleye structure of various kinds and how to use what equipment to maximize his chances. In the first three hours we caught a few bass and one sub-legal walleye. Not very impressive guiding. Upstream of Eagle Rock I caught a nice crappie and put it in the box.I hoped it would not jinx the rest of the day. At the last spot I planned to show him, he caught a sub-legal walleye as well. On the second pass, he hooked up with a good fish, right at 24 inches and 4 pounds.What a relief! All the pressure evaporated. Water temp 82.5. This post has been promoted to an article
  45. 18 points
  46. 18 points
    Phil Lilley

    Blue Gills

    At least once a year, I love to get up to the upper lake (Table Rock) and fish for big gills and this morning was it, so far. It took us a while of course to find where they were hiding but when we found them they bit and they were big.... they did not disappoint. 9 am - Put in at State Park. Tried a couple of spots close to the Branson Belle that have been good to me in the past - nothing. Then we went to an old favorite... the high line point in close to Moonshine Beach. We tried our pieces of night crawlers in 12-20 feet all places but this time we ventured out a little deeper and caught a few. Still bored, we went on over to the main point there, on the inside (east of the point) and fished in 22-28 feet on the bottom and found them. They weren't fast and furious but it kept us on our toes. Ended up with 15 between the 3 of us, about evenly distributed. I hadn't had my son Greg out BG fishing since he was a kid and for Coy, he's an old pro. Number 8 hook, small split shot, #4 pound line and drop it to the bottom, reel up a little bit. That's about it. The fish I cleaned, most had eggs so I don't think they've spawned yet. I was told they were 15 feet deep but we found them deeper, at least in those spots. How long? The board doesn't lie View full article
  47. 18 points

    Right Place, Right Time...

    Personal best brown trout for me this morning on Lake Taneycomo. It was busting shad in front of Lilleys’ Landing Dock while I was getting ready for a guide trip. Flipped a white jig out in all the action and twitched it twice. Pretty good head shakes followed by one good run. 28.75 inches long with 22 inch girth weighing 17 3/4 pounds. Released unharmed for another angler to enjoy! Wore the right shirt too... "Good Catch"
  48. 18 points
    There are loons all over the place around Big M, most I have ever seen. The fishing was pretty darn good today, if you like numbers. I caught a little over 50 bass, mostly spots. Had 10-12 keepers, again mostly spots, but one LM and a couple of keeper sized smallies. Main bait was a 3.3 Keitech on a 1/4 oz head, and a few on a 2.8 Keitech on a 1/8 oz head. Best smallie came on the 2.8. Sunny, rocky banks with wind on them were best, fish were from 5 feet to 25 feet, sweet spot was around 10 FOW. Maybe 10 of my fish came on the Ned, the Keitech was just a better bait today. Ned fish were squirrely today, missed about a dozen that seemed to be hooked but would just get off after a second or two. Sometimes this happens with the Ned, it's aggravating. Slow rolling that Keitech just off the bottom. WT 51-54, water is murky, maybe 3 feet of viz. A couple of non-targeted species that liked the Keitech and the Ned. This post has been promoted to an article
  49. 17 points

    Invasive species now in Beaver

    I knew once these things showed up in Table Rock, it was only a matter of time before they made it to Beaver. I didn't want to get too close to it in case it turned on me and charged, but got a shot of one as it was moving from it's roost to the water. I have no idea what they feed on, but it may have something to do with the dead fish in the foreground.
  50. 17 points

    5/19 Eagle Rock report

    The pic pretty much sums it up. Lots of jerkbait and topwater fish to be had but I get distracted by bedding fish. 75-78° water Mouth to half way back of actual coves was best. A spook and 110 knockoff jerkbait did most of the work. The more souther I went the more worser it got. We left Saturday because of the weather coming in Sunday but if I could have fished Sunday I would have started at Roaring River and worked toward Shell Knob. I would have ignored ALL bedding fish under 3lbs too. It becomes a challenge then a vendetta then a test of pride against a pea brain fish and then embarrassment thinking about the time I wasted just to prove a point to nobody but the fish and I.
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