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    Sore Thumbs reacted to abkeenan in 2020 Ozark Anglers BASS Fantasy Fishing League   
    You'll need to go back to the old 2019 thread to find who to send to. I believe I posted a list there.
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to abkeenan in 2020 Ozark Anglers BASS Fantasy Fishing League   
    Ladies and Gents,
    It's that time of year again for the kick off of the BASS Fantasy Fishing season. This year we are going to mix it up. In years past we have just gone on the honor system of sending one bait at the end of the season as your "league entry fee". While it was fun, there were too many participants that did not end up sending baits.
    So instead this year we are just going to do a $10 up front entry fee. Roughly the cost of any worthwhile bait these days. PayPal would be preferable as that is the easiest method for most, including me. I can also do Venmo as an option. If you don't have either of those payment systems then I can accept cash through the mail if you are willing to take on that risk of mailing cash (I am not dealing with checks).  I would take no liability in money lost in the mail.  League entry fee is due by the start of the Bass Master Classic (Friday, March 6th). If you have not paid by that time then you will not be eligible to win prizes in the league even if you continue to participate in filling out rosters every event. Once I get an idea of how many entries we have I will have you all PM me here with payment info on how to get the $10 fee to me.
    The prizes will be in the form of Tackle Warehouse gift cards at various values. The value of those gift cards will be determined on interest and amount of people that join the league. The payout will scale accordingly from 1st prize to an agreed upon (by the league majority) last winning place.
    Example: 25 entries x $10 = $250 in pot TW Gift Cards
    1st - $100  2nd - $75  3rd - $50 4th - $25 - Something along these lines.
    To sign up go here: http://bassmasterfantasy.com/
    For those of you new to fantasy fishing its very simple and requires very little effort or skill. The only thing you need to do is FILL OUT A TEAM EVERY WEEK there is an event. You miss one tournament event then it is hard to compete for prizes as it is hard to make up those lost points. See above link for more info.
    Please register your name as the same name you have here on Ozark Anglers as it's easier for everyone to identify each other.
    To join the league find the OZARK ANGLERS group I've created after you've registered an account. It is marked as private as to not let a bunch of people into the league.
    Group name: OZARK ANGLERS
    Password: smallmouth
    Please respond here on this thread for those that plan to participate so I can get an idea of how many will be joining.
    BASS will have some familiar faces back (Palaniuk, Swindle have left MLF) as well as some of the bigger sticks from FLW. Should be better fields than last year.
    Thanks and good luck this year!
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to zarraspook in RANGER 692VS FOR SALE $ 12,200   
    I have a deposit with final sale due on 5NOV....
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Dan the fisherman in Striper   
    Hey y’all. Been a while sense I’ve posted. I’ve been fishing just haven’t had time to post with kids growing Up and demanding more time of me.   Anyways striper have been bitting really good the last few weeks.  Fishing has been good all over from PC to pt 12. Striper have been moving around so make sure your fuel is topped off before heading out and looking for them. On day they be in coose the next day in Edens bluff so u gotta be ready to jump around.  Once found I’ve been doing good on shad but better on brooders.  Spoons will produce as well as umbrellas. (Pics are from a few days ago).  Water temp today was 46. As always good luck and stay safe

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to DeadCalm in Just the Facts   
    Where: Breadsley Branch
    When: 7:30 - 1:00, Thursday Jan. 2
    WT 48-49
    Cloudy, light wind SW
    7 boated all keepers
           4 - Ice jig
           2 - Swimbait
           1 - A rig

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Dock-in-it in Kim City - Jan 3 - Deep bite   
    I started catching the fish in 60 FOW and as I moved to 40-50ft the fish were stacked. About 9am when the sun was bright I looked even shallower and found them on the bottom. I had a jig tied on but did not throw it. The graph shows them on the bottom.

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Bill Babler in Kim City - Jan 3 - Deep bite   
    That is a Monster screen full of targets. Congrats sounds like a fantastic morning to say the least.
    I fished yesterday morning at the dam.  Started at 7:15 and there were already boats in the branch where I have been catching the deep fish.
     It was crowded to the point of 6 boats working the same fish.  I caught two in there and went else where for a little privacy   Started dragging a jig and caught a big K.  Continued out the ridge and caught 2 more, all 3 coming in a 100 yrd. stretch.  Kept going back and forth till about 10 am and it didn't stop, just kept on keeping on.  I left the biting.  Think I might have had 14 pounds with the biggest at 3.20.  I thought it was a LM  as it felt so heavy and I just could not get it turned.  

    All Kentucky's and I did not or could not see them most of the time, really hugging the bottom and not raising up when one of their buddy's was caught.

    Probably ended up with 15 or 16 all keeps off that ridge dragging the jig.  30 to 40 ft.  Caught them all on a Pig Sticker 5/8th. or a 3/4 in GPO with a 4" Yamamoto trailer, also GP

    Surface temps in the dam area at 50 to 51 and up Long Creek at 48 to 50
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Dock-in-it in Kim City - Jan 3 - Deep bite   
    I fished this morning and the deep bite can be good if you find both shad and active fish. I routinely find lots of shad, but not able to see any active fish. The shad and fish movement appears to be non-stop so you have to spend lots of time searching for the right scenario. The fish are feeding throughout the entire water column so both vertical and horizontal presentations will work (3" SB and ice jig). Once you find them they are very scattered and it is tough to find a wolf pack. Once the morning bite is over (9am or 10am) the fish just disappear. I have found fish this week on the main lake, coves, and in the creeks. One day I spent 3hrs searching and never found anything worth stopping for.
    This morning I caught 12 to 15 keepers ( all three species ) with lots of smallmouth in the mix. WT 49.

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to m&m in No problem finding them around Aunts Creek...   
    Snagged, we also picked the Table Rock area as our retirement destination. Our kids and most of our grandkids are in STL so the short drive for visits is an added bonus. We began our search about 4 years before retirement and now have been here daily for 3 years. One of our best decisions. You won’t regret it. And meeting the people on the forum has been an extra pleasure. 
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Champ188 in No problem finding them around Aunts Creek...   
    Couldn't be more right, bo. The guy in this pic let us get right up under him so close that I took this pic with my phone. He also had a buddy that was a little bit shy and flew about 100 yards away. 

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Champ188 in No problem finding them around Aunts Creek...   
    Donna and I fished Sunday from Campbell Point down to Baxter. Brutally tough for us shallow-water types --- four fish in five hours. Three on a jerk bait and one on that dadgum fish-killing varmint, aka Ned. 😂
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in Ned rigs #1 killer of Bass?   
    Being retired I can spend my fishing time doing goofy stuff.  Today I told myself that I would take pics of the first 10 bass I caught with the Ned rig, focusing on where they were hooked.
    Today was a day of dinks, caught over 20 of them, but only one keeper.  Keepers just vanished today for reasons unknown to me.
    Not one bass 'gut hooked'.
    If you don't like seeing pics of dinks with Ned rigs stuck in them, now is the time to exit.
    BTW, I took 11 pics, lost track.  Senior moment.

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in Ned rigs #1 killer of Bass?   
    New product at Tackle Warehouse (I kid you not).  Would make a great gag gift for a fishing buddy that does not like Ned rigging.

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Champ188 in Ned rigs #1 killer of Bass?   
    He pulled a stunt a few years back in BASS where he spent his practice time going around yanking fish off beds from fellow competitors' fishing areas. Was lucky he didn't get his butt royally kicked for that.
    That said, the guy can fish. He's proved it on numerous occasions. But dang if I'd consider him an expert on the Ned rig or that it kills bunches of bass. Donna and I neither one have ever mortally injured a bass with a Ned rig. 
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Bill Babler in Derby Today?   
    Looks like a race track out in front of the Lodge.  Started about 7:30 got quiet for a spell and now they are running all over Long Creek and Clevenger.
    34 degree and windy you got to be somewhat mad at them.
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in OA One Bass tournament, March 21, Eagle Rock   
    M&M had done the research and has determined that Saturday, March 21, is the best date for our annual tournament.  Putting this out as an early alert.  
    Haven't gotten the permits yet, anticipating that we will, but once Mike gets the permits we'll make it official.
    Come on down!


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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Bill Babler in Ned rigs #1 killer of Bass?   
    Guy's we have just fished that thing for hours upon hours and like Bo said, it is about 95% in the upper lip even for novice anglers.  The following are baits I consider to be the least harmful when "My clients fish them"
    Swim Bait Mostly 99% safe.
    Float-N-Fly same
    Drop Shot  Maybe 98%
    Buzz Bait
    Spinner bait excluding trailer hook 
    Vertical jig
    Ice Jig
    Flutter Spoon  Even if your not in contact  Just to big to get deep for the most part
    Jig that is NOT A EWG
    EWG Jig
    Jigging Spoon
    Those are kind of how I rank the baits I use as far a mortality from safest  to the most dangerous for the fish in the hands of my clients.
     Next set of baits. 
    Cosmetic damage to the fish: Eye damage, mouth and lip damage, scale damage, not life threatening for the most part
    Starting with the worst.  Most of these are multiple triple hooked lures
    Suspending jerk bait
    Top Water 
    Crank baits
    I probably forgot some but that is pretty close
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in Ned rigs #1 killer of Bass?   
    I hung in there for about 6 minutes.  I very rarely gut hook fish with a Ned rig.  
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Steve McBasser in Kim City - Dec 26 - Deep bite   
    There is something about that straight up hook set that is addicting. I now a lot of guys that think the video fishing, (deep spooning) is not really fishing.... I think its a ball...
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Dock-in-it in Kim City - Dec 26 - Deep bite   
    I tried the deep bite yesterday for about 3 hrs and the bite was very strong. Both the ice jig and 3" SB worked.
    This morning I fished for a few hrs (avoiding the extreme wind) and ended up with 6 keepers but I put my bait in front of approx 40 fish. With the major frontal conditions they just ignored the ice jig most of the time. This morning I had to stay on the trolling motor even in a protected area and I think the constant motor noise had a negative impact. I always like to take my foot off the trolling motor when my bait is in front of one.
    The graph pic is from yesterday and the fish pics are from this morning. Yesterday I was in a few creeks and today I fished a deep cove with timber. Also lots of shad are in the creeks and coves. I think the new current from dumping Beaver has repositioned a lot of shad. For me the shallow bite starts at 38ft.

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Dock-in-it in Kim City - Dec 26 - Deep bite   
    The fishing was real good this morning. I used a repaired ice jig to catch most of them. The tremble holder on the bottom broke off so i used 65# braid (looped twice) to hold the treble hook on an O-ring. I did catch one over 5# so even the big ones liked it.

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in Merry Christmas day Report Belated   
    So that's where all the loons are.  I saw only one yesterday.  Seeing 30 of them in one spot is something you just don't see - must be a lot of shad (obviously) on that end of the lake.  
    Congrats on a great day!
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Quillback in Polar Bear   
    I heard it was fishing good. This was before they started dropping the lake. 
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Bill Babler in Merry Christmas day Report Belated   
    12-26-19 Table Rock Lake Long Creek
    Would have posted this yesterday but again picture problem.  Had to wait for Becky to get home to get me squared away.  Started to a beautiful sunrise and clear slick water at 50 to 52 degree.
    Lots of birds all over from old 86 to the Arkansas line and the best thing is just to follow the Loons.  There was one flock of over 30, could not get the best count as most were scuba divers and man can they travel under water.

    Started out dragging a Pigsticker in green pumpkin craw and immediately started catching keepers.  I was fishing a channel swing with a long ridge.  Fish I caught were 28' to 35' along the ridge had 6 keepers.  Saw a small concentration and dropped the Wareagle down and caught one on it.  All 6 were keeps, with 1 lg. 1 Jaw and 4 K's.
    Could not see anymore but went to a similar ridge and did the same deal and did not get bit.  At this point about 8 am I started looking for birds as I was not seeing any deep  fish either on the usual spots.  Could not find any bait or fish.  Traveled and graphed quite a bit before the birds put me on them.
    Saw the aforementioned group of Loons and it was on like Donkey Kong.  I just pulled right into the middle of the flock and looked down and there they were.

    Here I'm in 90 plus feet with a group of Shad up near the surface.  There were gulls and Loons diving on them.  Most of the trees here are topping out at about 50' and I did a couple of deals to catch these fish.  First I used the Ice jig. and second I started swimming a Keitech 2.8 on a 3/8 jig head.  I was counting it down to the depth of the fish.  Here only about the count of 15.
    Most of these fish are suspending in the tree tops in that 50' or so range and then bolting up and thru.the bait.

    In this picture I caught one at about 40ft. on the Ice jig and am bringing him up.  There is lots of movement in the water that is both shad and fish.  It's easy to pick out the fish, they are really bold.

    Here I'm in about 90' and the bottom is very thick with cover and bait.  There is a small group of shad and the bass are moving over the cover and raking thru the shad.  On the extreme left of the screen you can see the trail of the fish I'm holding.

    Again in another graph shot the bass are suspending in and around that 50' depth level and the shad are in the trees below them.  This is very thick but mostly uniform so it is easy to swim a keitech.  This allows you to cover lots of water.  I was counting it down here to about a count of 50 and just pulling it back.  I never got hung up a single time so I'm guessing I was in that 30 to 50 foot range with the bait.

    Here  is a similar shot of the fish working above the trees.  Gosh it would be great if you could always see them like this.  I ended up catching more than I deserved and left with them still biting.
    And  yes there were some other Heathens like me out there yesterday, I was not along.  Most of the boats however looked to be crappie fishing 
    Good Luck out there.
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to snagged in outlet 3 in Polar Bear   
    Beats sitting around the house to. 
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