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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from gurzik in Funny Meme   
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in One more day of striper chasing   
    Forced myself to get up at O-Dark-Thirty for one more trip to Beaver.  With the weather forecast and Memorial Day boat traffic this would be my last chance to chase them for several days at least.
    Launched at Indian Creek and motored down to the bluff by point 5.  Didn't see a whole lot of top water activity, but from 0530 until 0700 there was some action and I boated 3 stripers, 2 on top and one on a Keitech.  Still no big fish for me, a couple of 5 lbers and the Keitech fish was probably around 3.5 by my estimate.  At 0700 they just flat out stopped.  I kept the three I caught today and once they stopped biting, I was gone and was on the trailer at 0800.
    So here it is a little after 1030, fish are cleaned, boat is put away, and I am cleaned up too.  
    The stripers did get their revenge today, I was pulling them out of the livewell, my hand slipped and the ball of my thumb went right over the end of a gill plate.  Sliced open like a paper cut on steroids.  That was not fun.
    Time for a nap.

     

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Greg B. in Rocky Branch 5-4-20   
    I saw a few schoolers just north of the 412 bridge At the mouths of the coves last Sunday.  These were mostly white bass with a few largemouths thrown in.  Right at sunrise.  They were down by the time the sun came up.  
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in Some beautiful weather...   
    But for me the fishing has been tough.
    Caught just a handful Monday, caught some today, but almost all were sub-legal bank running males, mostly spots.  Today's sun moved them (again) up onto the banks, Ned rig off the buck brush would get bites.  Once it came off the bank and got into water over 5 feet deep, then they would not touch it.  
    Keitech has gotten a few but it isn't working like it did last week.  There have been some early morning shad chasers in a pocket and some are even out into the main channel, but it's a brief bite.  
    Weather couldn't have been much better than it was today, no wind, bright blue sky, air temp 74 degrees when I left.
    Lots of fishermen, I counted 19 rigs in the Big M lot and 2 more came in when I left at noon.  In ordinary times you might see 6-8 rigs in the lot on a nice weekday in April.  
    Did catch a keeper walleye on the Keitech.  I have a couple of bags of walleye fillets in the freezer so this one got to live to fight another day.

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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Quillback in Rocky Branch 4-18-20   
    We had a friendly derby with 10 guys on Sunday. They were chomping! Had seven 5lbrs caught out of 10 people. Unfortunately I didn’t have one of them. Went out last night for a few hours. Bite was really tough. I guess blue bird skies after cold front shut em down. It’s about to get good!
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Lance34 in Rocky Branch 4-18-20   
    We had a friendly derby with 10 guys on Sunday. They were chomping! Had seven 5lbrs caught out of 10 people. Unfortunately I didn’t have one of them. Went out last night for a few hours. Bite was really tough. I guess blue bird skies after cold front shut em down. It’s about to get good!
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from TrophyFishR in Rocky Branch 4-18-20   
    We had a friendly derby with 10 guys on Sunday. They were chomping! Had seven 5lbrs caught out of 10 people. Unfortunately I didn’t have one of them. Went out last night for a few hours. Bite was really tough. I guess blue bird skies after cold front shut em down. It’s about to get good!
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to vernon in Charlie Campbell passed away   
    I'd kinda forgotten but this reminded of a couple of times that my dad and me ran into him while working down a bank at Table Rock up around Cape Fair.  It was the late 70's and early 80's and he was always throwing either the Spook or a spinnerbait it seemed.
    Every time, he would talk to us like he'd know us forever and tell everything he could about where and what we needed to do to catch 'em.
    Dad didn't know who he was and one time said, "That guy is either lyin' or nuts."
    I tried to explain to him that Charlie was a fishing legend and worked with Bass Pro designing lures and boats.  Needless to say, dad wasn't easily impressed and still couldn't have cared less but I felt like I'd just met Mickey Mantle!
    Of course dad didn't give a hoot about Mickey Mantle either......
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in I Truly Wish It Would Have Been You   
    Great day Bill!  I had a good day myself, but they were all shad chasers.
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Bill Babler in I Truly Wish It Would Have Been You   
    Table Rock Lake Current Fishing Report Mid-Lake 4-15-20

    Fat Jaw got me started.
    Got started this morning pretty early for me in this cold weather.  Launched out of Baxter at 7:30 and fished till 2.  Little hazy at first then the wind swept in about 8:30 and it got super bright and windy.  Surface temps this morning 56.1 when I launched and the water is kind of a green tea color with visibility about 4-5 ft.
    After these last few cold nights I almost didn't go but thought maybe the same jerk bait fish I caught Easter morning would be hanging around.  Started on that 50 yrd. point stretch that I caught most of them on Sunday.  I also almost went to Taney.  First 20 minutes I threw the Megabass in pearl and had zero bites.  I could see some fish relating to the bottom and I moved out from about 20' to 30'.  
    Nothing on the jerk bait but I continued to see fish not on the bottom,but maybe a foot off and suspended.  I pulled back out on the  point boat in 20' and picked up the Pig Sticker 1/2 oz. in GPO with a Reaction Smallie Beaver on it and chunked it up into I'm guessing maybe 8 to 10 feet.  Big Brown fish caught it, then another and another and another.


      I lost count but I think it was about 15 to 20 straight throws with a keeper.either a jaw or a K.

     As the haze lifted, the sky brightened and I never caught another SM.

     K's continued to bite like they were at the last supper.

    Another 4 plus Toad brown fish.
    Continued to catch fish just drifting around this point in the wind by then, bout 9:30.  I was not catching them every cast but I was kind of shocked at some point when I didn't get a bite.  I left them biting.
    Pulled back to a really similar interior gravel point going into a big deep spawning pocket put the boat in 20 and there they were again.  Cast after cast on the Pig Sticker.  I tried a jerk bait and a Keitech and I could catch one on it but it was just not the deal, they wanted it on the bottom.

    They thought the Pig Sticker was Food.
    Next location same type deal but I only caught two on it.  One nice K and the other a solid LM on a Megabass.

    Caught a few on a stick bait and a swim bait but it was just not the deal.
    Next spot same similar gravel run and it was totally Ri Dick U Lating.  Every throw was a 15 to 17 inch K on the jig.  I bet I didn't catch 5 short fish all morning and I'm just spit balling but probably 50 plus keeps.  That is super conservative, as the real number is not a number, it is nonsense.

    About 1:30 pulled back on the original location and caught 5 more in 5 casts and put it on the trailer.

    They were just inhaling the jig.
    I've had great days here catching really big fish.  I've had days catching literally hundreds on a drop shot, but I have never had a day on a jig like today.  They wanted nothing swimming or really cranking as I threw a Rock Crawler to try and get them to eat it.  I would catch one on a jig, pick up the jerk bait and throw it.  Nothing.  I would pick up the swim bait and throw it. Nothing.  I would pick up the Rock Crawler and throw it.  Nada.  I would pick up the jig and throw it up there and "Thump there she is."  These fish were totally packed full of crayfish.  I don't think I caught a single one that didn't have at least one in its throat.  And these were monster craws.
    Two big SM over 4 were the champs of the day, but just the sheer numbers of quality K's was something to always remember  I'm going to say the best 5 at just under 17 pounds, so not a tournament bag but for sure the kind of day that keeps up getting up early and going back out.

    Best K of the Day.

    Only Bummer of the day was I lost 2 very large walleye right at the boat.  I had my net out but both had the jig back deep and both cut the 10 lb. line before I could get them in the net.  Man would that have made a day catching supper too.
    I get to fish a lot and I'll catch them good again.  Probably not like today but I wish one of you all could have had this day.  I was going to say I wish my son would have, he loves to fish a jig, but he would not have hung in there for that many fish.  He is a 2-3 hr. guy even if they are tearing it up on a Redfih, he just won't fish that long.
    The rest of this week and into next might be record breaking, so if you can get out there and enjoy it, by all means do.

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to bferg in Rocky Branch 4/17   
    Got out to Rocky Branch this morning looking for some Stripers.  Rough start to the morning when I passed Casey's in Rogers where I planned to get coffee and it was closed.  Probably should have turned around right then- can't fish without coffee.  
    Got to the ramp, bad luck continued- dead starter battery.  Unreal!  Luckily some very kind guys who are more prepared than I am arrived at the ramp to launch their boat and had jumper cables!  After a few minute of charging we were off and running...but an hour or so had been wasted.
    No stripers- WT was 58ish, wind blowing out of the south at a pretty good clip.  Switched to bass fishing thanks to some recent reports from Quillback and started tossing flukes in flooded bushes.  Ended up with 2 LM and 2 spots in about an hour or so.  Off the water by 9.30.  Wish I could have stayed all day because with the coulds and wind you could probably find fluke fish until you got bored with it.
    If you dig the fluke bite then this is the time for sure.  Water is very high and lots of flooded bushes.  Good time to be fishing.  
     
    BTW: if anyone reading this saw some dudes stuck at the ramp this AM and shared your jumper cables- THANK YOU.
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Carl W in Lower end, April 8   
    I love throwing the fluke! Been waiting for the time it’s on. I knew it was close. Need Indian Creek to stay at 60 or above. Then it’s on like Donkey Kong. 
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Carl W in Lower end, April 8   
    I don’t think it matters on leader size. I use 7,8 and 10. I haven’t seen a better bite on smaller diameter. About the same. I like 7 on my drop shot because when I tie the palomar and go back through the eye of my ds hook the knot will go through allowing the hook to stick straight sideways. 
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from bferg in Quillback Creek   
    Someone mentioned a Fluke fish the other day and that got my blood pumping. Went to Quill Creek aka Indian Creek today. Caught about 20-25 fish all on the Fluke. Only 3 keepers but that bite is about to be on fire after this next cold front. Caught a female White, Crappie, Ky, Smallmouth and LM. All of the LM and SM were mainly 12-14 inches. Only boated 3 Ky all were keepers. Did see a lot of beds. Only 2 with fish on them. It was pretty windy so I’m sure more are on beds than that. WT was 61-58 as it dropped as the day progressed. Had a good time. 



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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Lance34 in Quillback Creek   
    Someone mentioned a Fluke fish the other day and that got my blood pumping. Went to Quill Creek aka Indian Creek today. Caught about 20-25 fish all on the Fluke. Only 3 keepers but that bite is about to be on fire after this next cold front. Caught a female White, Crappie, Ky, Smallmouth and LM. All of the LM and SM were mainly 12-14 inches. Only boated 3 Ky all were keepers. Did see a lot of beds. Only 2 with fish on them. It was pretty windy so I’m sure more are on beds than that. WT was 61-58 as it dropped as the day progressed. Had a good time. 



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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in Quillback Creek   
    Very nice!  That's a great day in Indian.  I really need to start throwing a fluke.
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Johnsfolly in Quillback Creek   
    I love throwing flukes for bass😀! Congrats @Sore Thumbs on a great day!
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Ham in Quillback Creek   
    Someone mentioned a Fluke fish the other day and that got my blood pumping. Went to Quill Creek aka Indian Creek today. Caught about 20-25 fish all on the Fluke. Only 3 keepers but that bite is about to be on fire after this next cold front. Caught a female White, Crappie, Ky, Smallmouth and LM. All of the LM and SM were mainly 12-14 inches. Only boated 3 Ky all were keepers. Did see a lot of beds. Only 2 with fish on them. It was pretty windy so I’m sure more are on beds than that. WT was 61-58 as it dropped as the day progressed. Had a good time. 



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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from BilletHead in Quillback Creek   
    Someone mentioned a Fluke fish the other day and that got my blood pumping. Went to Quill Creek aka Indian Creek today. Caught about 20-25 fish all on the Fluke. Only 3 keepers but that bite is about to be on fire after this next cold front. Caught a female White, Crappie, Ky, Smallmouth and LM. All of the LM and SM were mainly 12-14 inches. Only boated 3 Ky all were keepers. Did see a lot of beds. Only 2 with fish on them. It was pretty windy so I’m sure more are on beds than that. WT was 61-58 as it dropped as the day progressed. Had a good time. 



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