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    ruthead reacted to m&m in Hummingbird Mega 360   
    who remembers the days when we said “this looks like a good spot, let’s fish here.”
    Mike
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    ruthead reacted to LittleRedFisherman in PB for my Birthday!   
    My son and I decided to social distance at our cabin for a day and night for my birthday after a rain halted field work here on the farm.  We left yesterday and got to the cabin at 6pm.  I looked at the lake and saw it was dingy from all the rain but it called my name, I was imediately thinking crankbait or spinnerbait!  It was cold and windy but I convinced Landen let fish till dark so we launched the boat.   He wanting to learn more about boating and insisted he wanted to run the trolling moter which I always do.  So I let him and told him head over to a favorite point of mine, where the bank levels off more slowly, thinking be a good place to throw a crank.   I had a spro Rock crawler I had planned on tying on, but my favorite crank rod had a teckel drunker tied on from my latest river trip.  I’ve had good luck with that little deep diving crank thanks to Ham for introducing me to them.  So I was like I’m gonna chunk this for a few Minutes then tie on the spro.   Well Landen positioned me in a good spot and made my first cast.  The second cast was towards a fallen tree, bout halfway to the boat she hit.   When I drawed back on her the drag began to go.  I said son get the net it’s a biggun!  Finally I worked her to the surface but I failed to remember my net had a big rip in it from December’s Jigfest,  well Landen netted it beautifully but she ripped the hole even bigger and fell back in the water.   So the fight was on again but this time my line was through the net as an added level of difficulty ha ha.    I had Landen hold the net as I once again surfaced the fish, by this time it had one treble left in the thin part of its upper lip.   Finally got the fish back up and grabbed lip and rubber net all together to land it.  For a few minutes there it got really exciting ha.   Didn’t have my scales for some reason, guess I took them out of the boat?  But she measured 23 inches long, don’t have a girth measurement either.  Looking at some charts I’d say she’s  around 8 pounds!  I’ve fished this lake my whole life, including my dad since 1965, and I’ve never caught one this big anywhere.  Just right place and right time and right cast.   Letting Landen run the trolling moter for the first time may of made this happen to!  Today is my birthday and can’t think of a better present!  Bret 




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    ruthead got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Truck in river at Cotter April 5?   
    saw it on son's phone. I'll see if I can get it.
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    ruthead reacted to fishinwrench in MDC stocks urban lunkers   
    The only change I've noticed since they upgraded the hatchery is that the fish are fewer, smaller on average, and not quite as pretty as they used to be.
    The evolution of trout farming seems to be going in the wrong direction. They are supposed to be so much smarter and have such better equipment now, but I fail to see the expected results of that.   
    I wonder what stumbling blocks are present now that were lacking in the 70's-80's-90's-and early 00's ?  Anybody know?  
    It's like they all quit smoking cigarettes, started wearing seatbelts, got wireless internet, started vaping and driving Ford's......and ever since then no amount of higher education and state of the art technology can reproduce the yeilds of years past.   
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    ruthead got a reaction from David Goddard in Enormous Creek Fish! Amazing Day!   
    Oh Yes.I recognize that place! 😁😁 ( I wish!) Next time could you take the pic with more scenery in the background. LOL.
    Naw, really sweet fish!! What a great outing!!
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    ruthead reacted to David Goddard in Enormous Creek Fish! Amazing Day!   
    I went to my favorite Ozark stream for a short half-day trip on Saturday, Oct. 26th. Got there by about 9 a.m. and caught a 12" smallie on my first cast on the new Z-man Crawz on a ned head. Fished around with a ned rig for a while and caught maybe a dozen more smallmouth and one small largemouth. A few nice smallmouth, a 15", a 16", and a 17". Rain started and the water started to rise fast enough to watch. I have seen this water rising start an absolute feeding frenzy on what I just call creek baitfish: small suckers, darters, top minnows, brook silversides, and many others, I'm sure, that I've either misidentified or don't know the name of; so I switched up to a jerk bait. My favorite creek jerk bait is a Rapala x-rap, color is dependent on water clarity, but its the best creek jerk bait I've ever used. First 10 minutes with the jerk bait and I caught probably a 6 or 7 more fish. This time with a 3 lb largemouth mixed in with the smallies and a couple smaller largemouth. Moved on to the other end of this pool and caught a nice 16" smallie and another 3 lb largemouth on the ned. Switched back to the jerk bait there with no success and moved back to where I started. Waded out really deep to get to some of the sections of the pool that I hadn't reached yet. About 3 twitches in I got slack-lined on the jerk bait and immediately thought I had snagged a rough fish. Then a big old LMB shook his head at the surface. When I was fighting the fish I thought it was like a 4.5-5 pounder. A big one, no doubt, but I have caught them that size in this stream before. When I landed this fish my jaw dropped. It was a 6.64 lb largemouth that was 23" long. Biggest stream fish for me for sure! I fished for another hour or so catching a few here and there with another 16" smallie. I had to head back to host a Halloween party though and ended the day with 25-30 bass. Amazing trip and I can't wait for some more creek and river excursions as all of the lakes are fishing so tough still!



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    ruthead reacted to fishinwrench in Game Wardens   
    I went through two divorces, the first was mellow only because my in-laws loved me and threatened to disown her if she didn't treat me fair.  The second was a genuine nightmare and it nearly landed me in prison.  On my third now, and although we had a real "WEDDING" I refused to sign into a contract with the state.  We are both perfectly happy without that piece of paper and I can't imagine why any man would choose to sign a marriage license.  There are much better and easier ways to assure security for those you love.  If the woman doesn't trust you, and enjoy you enough to stay then she knows where the door is and can leave without all the unnecessary drama.
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    ruthead reacted to cracklebak in Missouri State Record Brown Trout!   
    Congratulations, awesome fish. Guess I'll be fishing harder when a cloud passes over now 😂
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    ruthead got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Missouri State Record Brown Trout!   
    Congrats to you Bill on a beautiful fish. I have no doubt that you and everyone involved did everything possible to save this fish. Don't think I would of done anything different.
     
     I was lucky enough to land a 20 lb Brown earlier this year. Had 2 of my favorite fishing partners with me. 2 of my sons. Only thing that would of been better was if my wife and other son were on the spot when I caught it(they were back at the cabin). Everyone has different opinions. The 3 of us didn't completely agree on how to handle the fish once netted but all had the same goal in mind. A healthy release. And it was accomplished. The 3 of us will rember that fish adventure the rest of our lives. Don't worry about the negative Nellies out there living like Alice in Wonderland on the internet.
    I'm sorry you're sad you caught it but one day maybe you'll be glad. Karma is a wonderful thing and from the accounts above by many people that do know you, you deserve it.
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    ruthead got a reaction from cracklebak in Missouri State Record Brown Trout!   
    Congrats to you Bill on a beautiful fish. I have no doubt that you and everyone involved did everything possible to save this fish. Don't think I would of done anything different.
     
     I was lucky enough to land a 20 lb Brown earlier this year. Had 2 of my favorite fishing partners with me. 2 of my sons. Only thing that would of been better was if my wife and other son were on the spot when I caught it(they were back at the cabin). Everyone has different opinions. The 3 of us didn't completely agree on how to handle the fish once netted but all had the same goal in mind. A healthy release. And it was accomplished. The 3 of us will rember that fish adventure the rest of our lives. Don't worry about the negative Nellies out there living like Alice in Wonderland on the internet.
    I'm sorry you're sad you caught it but one day maybe you'll be glad. Karma is a wonderful thing and from the accounts above by many people that do know you, you deserve it.
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    ruthead got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Missouri State Record Brown Trout!   
    Congrats to you Bill on a beautiful fish. I have no doubt that you and everyone involved did everything possible to save this fish. Don't think I would of done anything different.
     
     I was lucky enough to land a 20 lb Brown earlier this year. Had 2 of my favorite fishing partners with me. 2 of my sons. Only thing that would of been better was if my wife and other son were on the spot when I caught it(they were back at the cabin). Everyone has different opinions. The 3 of us didn't completely agree on how to handle the fish once netted but all had the same goal in mind. A healthy release. And it was accomplished. The 3 of us will rember that fish adventure the rest of our lives. Don't worry about the negative Nellies out there living like Alice in Wonderland on the internet.
    I'm sorry you're sad you caught it but one day maybe you'll be glad. Karma is a wonderful thing and from the accounts above by many people that do know you, you deserve it.
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    ruthead reacted to CLoyd in 8/17 - Night time trip report   
    I was out both Friday and Saturday night again this weekend.  Both nights were clear with a full moon, which can make things a challenge.  I fished with Leonard Friday night, which is fortunate because he had a few tricks up his sleeve to catch some finicky moon addled trout.  I covered everywhere from outlet 1 to below the rebar hole over the course of both nights.  I saw quite a few other anglers on the water as well.
    Both nights began with a strong bite early on catching fish on pretty much every cast, until the moon got up over the trees.  From then on they would get hot for a few short minutes at a time and then you would have to change colors, or wait until they came back around to the color you had on.  The PMS and the Hibernator both caught fish.  Olive and red were the best two colors.  My old standard black/purple was a dud.
    No browns, all fat healthy rainbows between 15”-20”.  I heard of a nice brown getting caught early Friday night down by the boat ramp, but don’t know how big it was.  I talked to a few other people and didn’t find anyone else that had caught any brown trout.
     


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    ruthead reacted to Ryan Miloshewski in Taneycomo 8/10-8/17   
    Another week on Taneycomo for my annual vacation has ended, and it was great as always. Fishing was tough some days, but we caught a lot of fish. I saw some giants in the Narrows (20+ pound browns and big rainbows) as well as Frank, Frankie and Carl upstream from Trout Hollow. They were not interested in biting anything thrown at them. 
    We threw the usual jerkbaits in the afternoon when the water kicked on--Spro McStick's in Table Rock Shad, Normal Flake, and Ghost colors, Megabass 110+1's in elegy bone, and 6th Sense Provokes in ghost threadfin. We did not catch a lot of fish every afternoon, but the ones we did catch were all healthy and 16-18-inches on average. A lot of bonus fish, too. Multiple white bass, smallmouth, kan-tucks, and walleye. Most came right below the cable on the south side, but we did catch one walleye right above Lilley's and I saw one above Monkey Island that was 26-inches or so. I have a feeling the walleye are starting to explore, and I bet they start getting caught down from Fall Creek quite a bit.
    Did not land any fish over 20-inches on a jerkbait, but we had two browns on (one broke my buddy's line, the other spit it) that were 24-inches or so and I guess 5-6-pounds. Those came below Lookout and below the Cooper Creek docks, respectively. 
    Dragging crankbaits (Bomber Fat Free Fingerling Shad in Pearl White and Shadtreuse) was our most consistent bite with the water on, and produced the biggest fish. My cousin John caught a 21-inch rainbow, and I had a 23-inch/5-pounder on above Trophy Run that jumped and shook me. Our second day my grandpa had a brown on that we never fully saw, but it was big. Its back half came out of the water and his tail was about 8-inches wide and adipose fin was about the size of the top-half of my thumb. He dove down and the crank popped off. That is the one problem with crankbaits--they are easy for the fish to throw.
    We caught a lot on jigs with the water off. We used 1/16 and 1/32-ounce jigs in sculpin, sculpin/black, sculpin/ginger, and black and caught a lot of nice fish. You have to fish it slow. If you think you are letting it sink long enough, let it sink more. I did throw a 1/8-ounce white jig with the water on and caught some nice fish. 
    I stripped a weighted black/purple wooly in the Narrows with the water off and did very well. It is a lot better and more fun than using what Chuck calls the Handicapped Rig (egg and scud/midge) under a float.
    Went out with Duane Tuesday morning around 5:30 am and we did not catch a lot of fish, but the ones were caught were pigs. We probably caught nine fish, all on Duane's jerkbaits, but none was shorter than 18-inches. And Duane landed a tank of a rainbow, measuring 24.75-inches and weighing just under nine pounds. Got a hook in my buddy's finger, too!
     

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    ruthead reacted to tjm in Where do you look???   
    That would be like buying tilapia instead of eating crappie.
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    ruthead reacted to JamiePatterson in So. Much. Water!!!!   
    Took the kids and a few friends up to the river. Holy smokes! Way to much water for the kiddos to bait fish. Managed to catch a few but it was rough. Got to do a little adult fishing in between. Ended up with a nice double with a 23” and a 21 1/2” -the shorter fish was actually heavier. Next fish 100yds down the bank was a 20 1/4” brown lol.  Big flows = heavy baits and lots of lost lures. That, and taking all the wives out for a couple hours (so many jigs adorning tree limbs now) means I’m about to send a bunch of money Richard Cross’s way lol.



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    ruthead reacted to cracklebak in Missouri's next record brown trout   
    This was several years ago, I thought I recalled a post/thread that talked about this, involving the water quality down lake.... maybe it was temp or o2... something didn't jive with a brown's preference/suitability with the water once you got so far down lake from TR dam.  Anyone remember or know if there's truth to that?
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    ruthead reacted to Seth in Missouri's next record brown trout   
    Only one of the last six record browns was caught on a "big fish" bait. After doing some internet scouting, this is what I was able to put together. Correct me if any of it is wrong.

    Kevin Elfrink / 24-15 / Shad Assassin jerkbait
    Rob Caudel / 26-13 / tube jig
    Bryan Chapman / 27-8 / Little Cleo spoon    <----I've heard some "stories" about this one so who knows whether it's even legit
    Rick Osborn / 27-10 / #14 scud
    Scott Sandusky / 28-12 / rainbow power bait
    Paul Crews / 34-10 / 1/8oz sculpin jig
     
    I believe Brett Rader had a client catch a 25 pounder last year on a small baitfish jig. There is also a post about another 24-25 pound brown on the forum from a long time ago that was also said to have been caught on orange and green power bait.

    I think luck plays a far bigger role than anything when it comes to tying in to a fish of this magnitude. The skill really comes after the hook up and the battle begins.
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    ruthead reacted to Amery in Beaver tailwater stud.   
    I’m telling you all, beaver is under rated. This dude crushed an olive bugger just under the surface last night. EXPLODED on it. I was positive it was a brown when I caught it. I’m still 99% sure. Any opinions on that? Around 25”. How about a weight? It swam away strong. 

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    ruthead reacted to Ham in 2/18/19 trout Smackdown   
    Pretty chilly Morning to the day. I waited until it got to 32 degrees to start my day. I fished from 1100 to 1600.
    it was pretty breezy and cloudy. I should have had more layers. I opted to fish up below the dam in the Catch and Release zone. I launched at the Golf course side.
    My first fish came while the boat was still on the trailer. The motor was warming up and I made a couple of casts. Bang ! Above average Rainbow. 
    A few minutes after actually launching the boat, I caught a 18 inch Brown. It was strong and jumped and made some runs. 
    Bites were not rapid fire, but the fish were all quality. Water was dropping out. And wind was blowing upstream pretty hard. Not optimal, but I kept grinding. 
    I ran up to the bottom of the Restricted Zone, but I never got a bite up there. I did locate several areas that were holding fish. I cycled around through them. I was able to fine tune as the water dropped out. It was probably running 6K and dropped to 3500 CFS by the time I left. 
    1/8 oz Zig Jig on 6 lb Nano with 6 lb co-poly leader. Olive/Ginger ; Olive/Orange ; Tri Olive. 
    I kept catching quality fish. I got a 20 inch Brown that really cut up. I was actually surprised it was only 20 inches. 
    Biggest Rainbow was only 17 inches, but really pulled. 
    I caught a couple of walleye 15 and 17 inches. 
    I had one 13 inch Cuttie , but it’s color was drab so no pic. 
    I ended up with 5 quality Browns. 2 x 20 ; 2 X 18 , and a 17 incher. 
    I fished with 41 fish altogether. I left cold, but Happy. 

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    ruthead reacted to cracklebak in Your first fish of 2019   
    Here is a couple more pics Jesters, the bow's head was pretty much digested
     
     
     


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    ruthead got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Your first fish of 2019   
    And I was the lucky one that netted it for him. Beautiful fish. I had just caught a 20+ in the exact same spot and was sittin on the bank retyin when he caught this one (or 2).
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    ruthead got a reaction from cracklebak in Your first fish of 2019   
    And I was the lucky one that netted it for him. Beautiful fish. I had just caught a 20+ in the exact same spot and was sittin on the bank retyin when he caught this one (or 2).
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    ruthead reacted to ZigJigman in Fishing report for 2/2/2019   
    I took my good friend Rex McGill and his son Eric with me fishing on the White River yesterday. We decided to put in at Wildcat instead of fighting the crowd in the Catch and Release area below Bull Shoals dam. I have attached pics of some of the nice browns we caught. 1/8 oz Zig Jigs in olive/ginger, pink/white with Krystal flash, olive/orange and solid white with Krystal flash. We fished half a day at Wildcat and then went to Rim Shoals for the afternoon. Weather was great and we had a little wind in the afternoon, but not bad. It was beautiful day in the Ozarks! First time I have had the boat in the river since late September or early October. They were running 4 generators.








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    ruthead reacted to JestersHK in Looking for Taney sculpin Pictures   
    Haha, I try to limit my bragging John but this big girl ate the one I posted on page one... Duane's baits for me are totally dialed in perfectly for matching the source.  His rainbow jerks match the small juvenile rainbows almost spot on.
    If you look back at some of my previous trips this past year you'll see plenty of examples of them in action.

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    ruthead got a reaction from JestersHK in Your first fish of 2019   
    And I was the lucky one that netted it for him. Beautiful fish. I had just caught a 20+ in the exact same spot and was sittin on the bank retyin when he caught this one (or 2).
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