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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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    Sore Thumbs reacted to jolicious in Polar Bear   
    Yes sir I plan on it.
    Pay at ramp  ($75).
    7:00-3:00
    Arigs allowed.
    Flyers at HLS / South town
    I am just donating - I have one fish the last three trips. But it beats working
     
     
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from terryj1024 in Heads Up!   
    Beaver water headed your way!

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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from dan hufferd in Heads Up!   
    Beaver water headed your way!

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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Quillback in Indian Creek 12/23/19   
    Not sure of your set up on A-rig. Try blades and no blades. I like to throw them on light weight heads with a short shank. This gives the tail more action. I use Keitech 2.8inch in Pro blue and my Trailing bait is a 3.3 in a different color but is still natural looking. Try deep cuts off of the main lake with vertical walls. If that doesn’t work you might throw it over brush piles if you know of any. 
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Devan S. in Indian Creek 12/23/19   
    Put in about 9 got a late start and figured it would be foggy and it still was when I got there. Pulled out about 3. Was really hoping to stumble into a striper.
    Had a good fish on a spoon on a hump in the middle of the lake but it pulled off. Was really pulling some drag and head shakes. Assume either catfish or walleye. 
    Threw Arig, spoon, jerkbaits. Explored....found lots of timber in a couple areas....anyone every do any good on crappie near the dam?
    Finished the day with 2 spots that might have been 12" I want to say I saw WT of 51 but don't hold me to that.
     
    FWIW I may be the worst A-rig fishermen ever. I don't know how much time I've spent throwing it but have yet to catch a single fish on it. 
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Champ188 in I'm dreaming of a chartreuse Christmas...   
    Nice going Jeff and thanks for the report. Donna and I are going tomorrow on our annual Christmas Day trip. Looking forward to it. 
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Heads Up!   
    Beaver water headed your way!

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Bill Babler in Table Rock Lake Current Fishing Report Cow Creek to Kimberling City   
    Nope, if you get them right back in they are ok.  I also think they are really moving in the water column, going up and down.  If i would see a bad one i would however,
    good point.
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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Lance34 in Beaver is about to drop quickly.   
    FYI 

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Bill Babler in Table Rock Lake Current Fishing Report Cow Creek to Kimberling City   
    12-22-19  Table Rock Lake Fishing Report
    Got our early out of the back ramp at Cow and all was quiet except the duck hunters that were banging away.  Surface temp was a smooth 52 degree and the water in the Cow Creek/Spring Branch area is very clear.  I could see my white spoon at 20+ ft.
    Checked both the backs of Spring Branch and both Cows for bait and found some scattered but really very little, with but a few fish suspended and they were mostly singles.  I did catch one on a flutter spoon in Spring Branch as it was chasing up near the top and I heaved the spoon and he snagged it in under 5' of water over 100'.

     
    Started looking on the main lake deep flats and  started to find shad with fish in them above them and below them.  DEEP, DEEP, DEEP. 

    Really I got lucky,  I saw a pack of 11 loons that kept diving and diving and I charged right into the middle of them.  Here is the deal, they were on shad, but the shad were in 60' to 120' on the bottom. 

     Caught 2 brown fish at 89' on the bottom and they really thumped the Ice Jiggin Rap.  These shad were in an area, probably the size of a city block and the loons would streak clear down to them.  When they loons would get in them it would break them up and you could see the bass tearing thru picking up what ever singles they could.

    Saw something I have never seen.  There were two loons that were diving and swirling and they were not going deep at all.  They were perhaps going down 20 ft.   They were by the boat and I could see the shad they were diving on and could see the loons with my eyes feeding on them.  It was remarkable.  Reminded me of Nat Geo . and the penguins going thru bait.  When they would come up they would have so many in their mouth they would spit 3 or 4 out about every time.  I had a couple of dozen shad floating around the boat that they had coughed up when I moved off a bit the gulls went crazy on them.  I also saw a Huge Golden Eagle.  It was a fantastic morning.

    Caught 15, and everyone was a keeper.  Every fish came on the Ice Jig except the one on the flutter spoon.  Shallowest fish I caught was at 40' suspended and I saw her and raised up and she snached it. 

     Did the best just holding the bait really still and the jaws slammed it but the K's just loaded on it.  Tried the jigging spoon but not a single bite, kind of a no brainer this morning with the Ice Jig.

    Going to be a great week out there, give her a whirl.
    Good Luck

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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Beaver is about to drop quickly.   
    FYI 

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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from Donna G in Reminder to wear your life jacket!   
    I was fishing Beaver Lake Elite Series this weekend. Sitting in 32nd place going into day 2. Excited to get to my topwater spot I was trying to get there as soon as possible. Took the turn at Copper Mine like I’ve done 1000 times. I turned too sharp and boat  threw me out like a rag doll. Not sure exactly what happened other than I was going too fast and the boat whipped around before I could correct it. After climbing in the boat and collecting myself. I went back to the ramp, went home and changed clothes. Came back and finished same place I was to start the day at 32nd. The picture looks worse than it actually was. I had my life jacket and a helmet on. Not sure what I hit my head on but the inside of the helmet is what cut my head. I’m lucky to not have any further injuries. Just a reminder to wear your jacket and respect your boat. Things can change in an instant. 

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Dock-in-it in Kim City - Dec 5 - Damiki rig deep bite   
    I fished this morning for a while and had the best luck on a Damiki rig. I use a VMC 3/8 neon moon eye jig with a Zoom 'The Fluke' and cut off about an inch to match it up with the jig head. I would drop the bait to the fish and just lightly shake to entice a bite. It really helps if at least 3 fish are looking at your bait. I tried the D rig about 10 days ago and they would just slap it. The 4" yama grub is working fairly decent, followed by the ice jig. They are ignoring the spoon way to much. Caught several K's and a nice walleye on the rig. Had about 10 keepers, WT 53, and fished in 45 to 65 FOW most of the time. The graph picture shows a weird color under the fish, not sure what the deal is with that.




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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Champ188 in Return to The Rock   
    Donna and I haven't been to Table Rock since May for a variety of reasons, but we ventured back up Saturday. Got off to a slow start so didn't arrive until 12:30 but got in a good 4 hours of fishing.
    Stayed within 3-4 miles of Big M and found the fish biting pretty well despite the post-front conditions. Having a brisk north wind made it cold but certainly didn't hurt the bite any.
    Found the fish to be very main-lake oriented but not necessarily deep. Caught them from 5 to 35 feet, mostly on transition areas and points. Crank baits, jerk bait, Ned and finesse jig all produced.
    Ended the 4-hour outing with 16 total and five decent keepers. Good mix of LM and spots, along with one meanmouth. Never scored a brown fish, so we missed the TR slam.
    All in all, a cold but good afternoon on the water. 
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Quillback in Big M area, Nov 25   
    This tree always had good fall colors, I think it is a cypress.  Only one around that part of the lake as far as I can tell, makes me wonder if it was planted there when the park went in.

     
    Fishing was OK, started off fishing the Ned rig, couldn't get much of a bite on it, and the fish that I caught were mainly 12-13 inch spots.  Switched out to fishing a 2 3/4 inch tube on a 3/16 shaky head, and got better results, still mainly spotted bass, but got average size was better.  Only caught one smallmouth, a 12" dude, and only one largemouth, 14 incher.  Fish I caught were on bluffs, steep banks, and points, anywhere from 5 to 30 FOW.  
    16 bass, 5 were keepers - seems to be a pretty good year class of 15-17 inch spots in the lake this year.
    WT 51-52.

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    Sore Thumbs got a reaction from magicwormman in Reminder to wear your life jacket!   
    I was fishing Beaver Lake Elite Series this weekend. Sitting in 32nd place going into day 2. Excited to get to my topwater spot I was trying to get there as soon as possible. Took the turn at Copper Mine like I’ve done 1000 times. I turned too sharp and boat  threw me out like a rag doll. Not sure exactly what happened other than I was going too fast and the boat whipped around before I could correct it. After climbing in the boat and collecting myself. I went back to the ramp, went home and changed clothes. Came back and finished same place I was to start the day at 32nd. The picture looks worse than it actually was. I had my life jacket and a helmet on. Not sure what I hit my head on but the inside of the helmet is what cut my head. I’m lucky to not have any further injuries. Just a reminder to wear your jacket and respect your boat. Things can change in an instant. 

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    Sore Thumbs reacted to bferg in Big M Butt Kicking 11.9   
    Late report because there were things to do when I got home and there wasn't much catching to report.  Got to the ramp at Big M at 7:15.  Fished until 12:00.  Only 1 dink to show for it.  Water was high and pretty muddy (not quite chocolate milk but maybe sweet tea?).  Mud line was near the bend between Big M and Emerald Point.  
    We marked fish all over Viney (Screen shot below) and Emerald Point- marking fish was not an issue...  threw everything at them.  Tried fishing for them vertically with DS and Spoons, pulled off of them and threw jigs, vibrating jigs, Keitechs, under spins, flutter spoons, spinner baits, anything that wasn't nailed down we tied on.  Could not buy a bite.  Wind was blowing pretty good and it make keeping my little aluminum boat on the fish a huge pain.  We just couldn't connect.  
    Here are some representative samples of sonar images- really frustrating to see this all day an not get bit!  Most consistent groups of fish we saw were suspending over 30+ feet of water- up to 60.  Larger concentrations 1/3 of the way back into the river arms but on the points too.  WT was from 54-57 degrees with the dirty water a degree or two cooler than the cleaner water down near Emerald.  Frustrating... but man, it was beautiful out!


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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Champ188 in fishing is rapidly changing   
    Good info, Bo. I've been to Beaver three times in the past 3 weeks and have found some good LM in very backs of the runoff pockets. Each of these trips were intentionally timed on the very next day after a big rain. No matter the time of year, unless you get ice cold rain in the dead of winter, runoffs pull bass shallow.




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    Sore Thumbs reacted to Steve McBasser in fishing is rapidly changing   
    10-4 on that..... We love every single bite we get. Big, small, or in between..... If everything goes according to plan we are having a big fish fry on Friday night if you want to join us. We'll be in the north west camp ground at Mutton Creek. That goes for any of you other Ozark Anglers that want to join us too. Just bring your days catch with you. I'll have a filet station set up about dark thirty..... The men in my Sunday School class get together and camp and fish twice a year. This is our 9th year in a row.
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to willyfish in Reminder to wear your life jacket!   
    Holy cow, thank god you made it through that! Your face reminds me of a bout I saw between Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan.
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    Sore Thumbs reacted to ness in Reminder to wear your life jacket!   
    Dang! Glad that you're ok.
    On the bright side -- you've got the makings of the best derned avatar on OA ever right there!  
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