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      Masters Trout Tournament   01/16/2018

      Lilleys' Landing Resort & Marina, Lake Taneycomo, will hold it's annual trout tournament this Saturday, January 20th.  It is a 2-man team event.  $75 entry.  This is an artificial only, catch and release contest.  Cash prizes for 1st through 4th place.  Start time 8 a.m.  --  Weight in time 4 p.m.  A meal will follow the weigh in for contestants and spectators.  Call 417-334-6380 for more information.  Register at Lilleys' office up until 7:55 a.m. on Saturday.  http://www.ozarkanglers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Masters-Elfrink-Entry-Form-2018.pdf

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  1. I was going to fish BSL, but I happened to notice that ZERO generation was projected for the Norfolk tail water. That settled it. I wasn’t in a Super Big hurry to get started, but then I noticed my fishing license was expired which cost me a little more time than it should have. Finally got on the water about 10:30 AM with plans to be at the confluence for 4 PM. My wife was nice enough to shuttle me at the end of the day. air temp eventually got to Mid 50’s. It was sunny but a little windier than I would have liked. I fought a head wind all day. Blowing me upstream when it would gust. Not ideal. Water is still pretty dirty, but don’t let it get you down. Adjust your Jig color and fish with confidence. Shocking how many Good trout can be caught in that first big pool by the commercial trout docks. So much PowerBait gets used there. 1/16 oz Zig Jig got it done. I caught 11 fish before I dropped down into Long Hole. Several of them were really chunky. I also threw a BPS Mini Dad because I like struggling to remove treble hooks from trout. It caught fish very steadily, but they were smaller than the Jig fish. I’m actually always researching back up techniques for when I bring folks that can’t get the Zig Jig thing to work. I also threw the 1/32 oz Zig Jig quite a bit. It was definitely catching it’s share of fish. I throw it in the slower water or shallower stuff. Fish it patiently and you will get rewarded. I fish Norfolk when I can for size and variety. I had 10 cutties over 15 inches. Largest might have been 18 inches. No Bonnevillie Cutts were caught. I got several Nantucket Sleigh rides from trout today. 😁 I had a great time that passed far too quickly. I had a long cold paddle out in the shade with a strong headwind to push against. I finally caught a nice Brown. It was my 55 fish of the day and I decided to quit on Double Nickels so I could be on time at the takeout. Unfortunately, my wife decided to be 22 minutes early. What the heck? I wish the stars aligned for me to do this trip more frequently. I saw lots of guys with the long rod really whacking them. Maybe next time. It would have only been made better if I had a fishing buddy with me to share the experience. This post has been promoted to an article
  2. I was going to fish BSL, but I happened to notice that ZERO generation was projected for the Norfolk tail water. That settled it. I wasn’t in a Super Big hurry to get started, but then I noticed my fishing license was expired which cost me a little more time than it should have. Finally got on the water about 10:30 AM with plans to be at the confluence for 4 PM. My wife was nice enough to shuttle me at the end of the day. air temp eventually got to Mid 50’s. It was sunny but a little windier than I would have liked. I fought a head wind all day. Blowing me upstream when it would gust. Not ideal. Water is still pretty dirty, but don’t let it get you down. Adjust your Jig color and fish with confidence. Shocking how many Good trout can be caught in that first big pool by the commercial trout docks. So much PowerBait gets used there. 1/16 oz Zig Jig got it done. I caught 11 fish before I dropped down into Long Hole. Several of them were really chunky. I also threw a BPS Mini Dad because I like struggling to remove treble hooks from trout. It caught fish very steadily, but they were smaller than the Jig fish. I’m actually always researching back up techniques for when I bring folks that can’t get the Zig Jig thing to work. I also threw the 1/32 oz Zig Jig quite a bit. It was definitely catching it’s share of fish. I throw it in the slower water or shallower stuff. Fish it patiently and you will get rewarded. I fish Norfolk when I can for size and variety. I had 10 cutties over 15 inches. Largest might have been 18 inches. No Bonnevillie Cutts were caught. I got several Nantucket Sleigh rides from trout today. 😁 I had a great time that passed far too quickly. I had a long cold paddle out in the shade with a strong headwind to push against. I finally caught a nice Brown. It was my 55 fish of the day and I decided to quit on Double Nickels so I could be on time at the takeout. Unfortunately, my wife decided to be 22 minutes early. What the heck? I wish the stars aligned for me to do this trip more frequently. I saw lots of guys with the long rod really whacking them. Maybe next time. It would have only been made better if I had a fishing buddy with me to share the experience.
  3. Newby to Taneycomo

    I kinda like White River Zig Jigs. I use 1/8 oz , 1/16 oz, and 1/32 oz depending on the amount of flow.
  4. Sportsman Outlet this wknd

    I can’t seem to ever find my way there when I have ALL the time I want. Maybe that’s a Good Thing.
  5. What's Cooking?

    I ordered a sous vide set up yesterday. This is y'alls fault.
  6. I was desperate to fish yesterday, but by the time it was close to 15 degrees the water rise from max generation hit and the water was trashed. I always enjoy my trips with John. Like several other of my OA buddies, John is saved by having a > 100 mile buffer zone. Otherwise, he would diasappear down the fishing rabbit hole with me far too often and his wife would hate me and maybe him too.
  7. Abu Garcia Revo Spinning reels

    S20 is reel size not $20
  8. What's Cooking?

    So we had a fancy dinner with friends just before Christmas. The main course was Fliet Migion that was seared, sous vide, then seared again. Without a doubt it was the best Filet Mignon I’ve ever eaten. I’ve had other wonderful steaks out of other cuts of meat, but don’t discount sous vide with Filet Mignon.
  9. Topwater sneak peak

    Gonna scoot with that one! But you don't have to run WOT. Just sayin.
  10. bull shoals water temps

    The water coming thru the turbines is a fairly consistent low 40’s. Trout bite just fine when it is cold. They bite when water is really cold. They may get even dumber than when the water is Mid 50’s. dress warm and you can fish when it’s really cold like low teens air temp.
  11. When in Mexico

    I'll dress warmly. I'm happy to be back in the USA.
  12. When in Mexico

    We rented a house as a group. I like that idea, but I could not have done that this trip.
  13. When in Mexico

    3/4 's of the shoreline is natural park with NO FISHING and the reefs are all off limits to fishing as well. 😢
  14. When in Mexico

    So, did get to drag some Ballyhoo around for 3 hours. The boat caught a cuda. I caught nothing. Great snorkeling / diving in the Pass de Cozumel. ill post the guys info later. Guys were pros. I felt very safe. Saw a lot of fish.
  15. When in Mexico

    Not gotten any fishing in yet. I hope to go tomorrow. Give me a kayak and the right gear here, I could have had a blast.
  16. When in Mexico

    I'd love to catch a freaking snook and they sell the things at the grocery.
  17. When in Mexico

    Cozumel. Black Bass for sale in local grocery store. Another pic taken of snook a foot or two away.
  18. 01 Supreme, What's it worth?

    You ought to be able to get 3K and maybe more if it is really clean. Just have to see what the market will bear.
  19. Got a new boat.

    Ole Blue
  20. Water Temp 51.5 to 52 degrees. Water had a lot more stain than the areas of BSL that I have been fishing. It was breezy. Air temp started at 52 and dropped throughout the day. It was 45 degrees when I had to bail. Rain started at 10 am or so and never completely stopped. It was raining pretty hard for a while. A smarter version of me would have worn a coat or st least one more layer. My struggles with baitcasters continue. I did manage to get A 17 inch largemouth bass on a Megabass 110 Plus 1. I fished multiple JB's. Multiple Warts in 4 different locations. Spinnerbait. I caught the one bait I got with a baitcaster. Fortunately, I can fish with spinning rods as well. I also got to Long Pole some crappie which I dearly love. swim baits, Ned Rig, and Drop Shot. Bobby Garland Baby Shad on 1/16 and 1/24 oz Jig heads for the crappie. I caught my Third ever Lake Norfork walleye today. Ned rig. I would have been fine if more walleye would have eaten a Jerk Bait. I had a social obligation so I had to quit at 3 PM. I left them biting. I finished with 24 all together. Pretty sure that it was my last fishing trip of the year. 😢 Fair Warning: Run on the Channel side of the lake. The flat side has Full Size trees randomly scattered about. Left overs from the Spring flood. Gonna suck if you hit one.
  21. Got a new boat.

    The pic or no pic mystery continues. #TeamNoSeeEm in Flippin.
  22. It's pretty chilly here. But just wet and awful, No Snow
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