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  1. My personal fishing evolution has gone something like- Phase 1-struggle to get bites or catch one anything in a day Phase 2-catch a few to a lot of dinks consistently most days I fish, struggle to catch a keeper Phase 3-catch a keeper(s) most days I fish, struggle to catch a limit Phase 4-catch a limit of keepers most days I fish, struggle to catch a big (3 pound smallie/spot, 4 pound LMB) fish Phase 5-catch a limit of big fish On Bull Shoals and LOZ, I'm generally pretty darn close to a phase 4 fisherman, on weekdays, when I can kind of choose the weather I'm going in. In a derby, I'm much closer to Phase 3, although I have a definite pattern going lately of having 4 fish with one or two good ones, and missing a limit fish that keeps me out of a check. I think part of it is poor time management on game day, and part of it is fishing pressure, but it's nice to see where I measure up. I think if I guy can be somewhere between phase 4 and phase 5, day in day out, regardless of weather and seasonal pattern, he's gonna do pretty well in the local tournament world. The TRUE pros that can be Phase 4+, on tour, fishing everything from tidal backwaters to highland impoundments to Great Lakes smallmouth to TVA river lakes to Florida swamps, are the names we all know. Lots of phase 4++ guys in their region drop to phase 2 or 3 on tour. Idk, may not make any sense to anyone but me, but that's kind of how I look at it
  2. I resemble this remark. I only fish a few derbies a year, although I'm contemplating the Winter Bass-o-Thon, or maybe Joe Bass Bull Shoals again. It's a money loser for me, but I know that going in. It's also a bit like playing the lottery, there is always the chance that I may get lucky. The truth is though, I enjoy knowing how I stack up. On days that I'm in a derby, I fish harder and learn more than when I'm just out for fun. I've never won one, although I have gotten inside the top ten a couple times, one of which was in a winter bass o thin against a tough crowd of locals. What I learn by competing, I don't feel like I learn just when fun fishing, so for me, the entry fees are worth it. I'd never run my family hungry, or use bill money to play with, but I've spent disposable income in dumber ways in my life. YMMV, Mark
  3. This. A fast stop by the sportsmans outlet in Springfield and I'm always happy. I also haven't had any durability problems. I have a bunch of Team Gold and BB-1 baitcasters that are now several seasons old, and they seem to hold up just as well as the Shimanos they replaced, with a good cleaning and lube every once in a while. If anyone has some that are whining or feel loose, I'd recommend taking them by Springfield and see what the guys can do for you.
  4. I gues he has retired, but Bob Bochert out of the Theodosia area knows where Walter lives.
  5. Any way to lock the ultrex? Change out the hardware to something with a security bit maybe? I mean, a theif that would take a troller is committed, but still- that's a lot of money sitting up there...
  6. Wasn't that part of what Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society was doing before everyone decided that we had to "grow the sport"? 🤔 We have a pretty darn good collective voice here on this forum, but I'm not sure how to go about making the Corps aware of us, since we don't have large sums of money to donate to politicians, unless Phil is holding out on us...lol One unpopular (and off topic- Phil, please remove if it becomes an issue) thing I will say though, is that there is actually a lot more common ground between some of the liberal tree hugger organizations and us outdoorsmen, than there is between the oil, mining, and pro global corporation groups that lobby DC every day for doing away with the clean water act, deregulating the national forests, and privatizing national parks. If we want the Corps of Engineers to consider fishermen and outdoor recreation, we *might* have to look at a wider scope of candidates when it comes to voting, on both the local and national levels, because in theory, the COE works for us, but in reality, they only take orders from those we put into office with our votes.
  7. Jeremey, Thanks for taking the time to post this here on OAF. I also agree with Bryan, bass fishing on Bull Shoals is going to continue to be good in 2020. Now, if I only don't get flooded out before the post spawn topwater bite really gets going...
  8. I won't comment much on these latest TMR thefts, other than to give my condolences to the guys who lost all their gear. Opening up a rod locker to nothing but carpet sucks bad. After getting hit twice like 15 or 20 years ago, once on the dock, and once in the covered storage on the hill, I just stopped leaving anything I want to keep in a boat overnight. This pretty much led me to dropping my boat in and out each day and not renting even nightly slips. Thieves can still get me at the hotel, so I still take gear in and out, but it's easier to secure my stuff when my boat is parked just outside the room vs. at a seasonal business during the "off" season. I also believe that the lake areas in general, and the Missouri side of Bull Shoals specifically, have suffered a lack of quality LE since the highway patrol/water patrol merger. The old water patrol officer, Mike Cochran, was able to recover some of my stolen gear once, and kept a solid eye out for thieves in the area. I just don't feel like we have the same level of local LE presence from the highway patrol troopers. Don't get me wrong, they do their best, but they seem to be stretched too way thin in the ozarks, IMHO. I hope they find the stolen gear, but with the combination of Meth and EBay, I just don't trust leaving my hard to replace stuff anywhere, be it Theodosia Marina, Branson, Lake of the Ozarks, or my own driveway in the burbs of St. Louis. It's not a specific TMR problem, it's a every darn place all the time problem. I have been blessed with an abundance of fishing crap, some would (probably rightly) say that I'm a hoarder with a sickness. I realized years ago though, that this stuff is a LOT harder to replace now that I'm a husband and a father. So, I leave stuff I'm not likely to use at home. I load up for seasonal patterns, travel as light as my aforementioned mental illness will let me, (think 6 to 8 combos vs maybe 30) and I unload the boat after each day. Bonus is, I think it's made me a better fisherman, increased my organization, and made me pre-plan my trips better. I've had it bite me in the butt a couple times, when patterns were changing fast in the spring and I was all stocked up with warts and jerkbaits and didn't have the spook box I probably needed, but it's been at least 15 years since I've had to go buy all new crap. Sadly, I think we all just are living in a world where we have to assume that thieves will find a way to theif, and $500 to $1000 combos, $1500-3000 graphs, and tackle boxes full of $25-30 baits are just too easy of a target to be ignored anymore.
  9. The part that I find most interesting is that the only time I read of Jesus showing REAL ANGER, was when the religious folk of the day, turned the temple into a place of business. There is an entire multimillion, probably multi billion dollar worldwide evangelical industry today, which trades mainly in anger and outrage. Most of which, feeds back through media company corporate consolidation to large companies run by folks who are decidedly un-Christian in belief and actions. I know first hand from my involvement in the "Christian" record business, that the accent is firmly on "business" and the "Christian" side of things is just a label, like "country" or "rock" or "R&B", as well as know how hard megachurches work at marketing to get their slice of the evangelical pie. I personally think that those who have an understanding of their faith as real, and not myth, would do well to take a step back from the media industry surrounding it and refocus on practicing it on a smaller, more personal level of showing love and care to those who directly cross their path. Back to the fakebook, umm I mean Facebook topic tho- I don't want to hurt any feelings here, because I'd gladly share a boat with any OAF member, on any day. The respect folks show for each other and their beliefs around here is amazing, and a true testament to the character that Phil runs this place with!
  10. I was looking at you, Wrench, when I said I was gonna lose some folks...lol I'm not advocating we ignore science, or all subscribe to a "earth is 6000 years old because that's how I interpret the Bible" world view. Knowledge isn't inherently evil, and neither is the Internet. I do find the fact that the logo hasn't changed in a few thousand years interesting though...
  11. Ozark Anglers and an increasingly rare trip over to The Middle Bass Boat site is the only social media I have left. Facebook was just too much of a time waster, and was addictive enough for me that I gave it the deep six over two years ago. Amazing how much better my relationships with my wife and family are. At the same time, I also ditched my smart phone and went back to a dumb phone that just does text and phone. It will also hotspot my IPad, which I normally carry with me in a backpack on work days. If I need the net for some reason, I have it, but I spend a TON less time on it given that it's not just at the tips of my fingers 24/7. I realize I will lose some of ya with this, but I do find it interesting, that what separated Adam and Eve from God's original plan, was eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. It is my opinion that the most destructive force in modern culture, is the Internet and social media. We are becoming a world of phone zombies, sacrificing true, real life relationships with everyone we love for screen time. It's bad, and only getting worse. Watch parents of toddlers ignore their kids at any park and shush them to look at a screen, if you need just one small example. Now turn your iPhone over and look at the logo. amazing how some things never change, isn't it?
  12. Coming from Table Rock, the biggest thing you will have to get used to on Bull Shoals is the grin on your face because you can fish anywhere you want without fishing behind another boat. Seriously, there is less standing timber on the bluffs, but that's it. The lakes fish very similar, and adapting patterns and techniques from one to the other won't be hard.
  13. Some hard core walleye trolling guys would maybe disagree, but for Bull Shoals, I'd say a glass bass boat in the 19-20' range is ideal for 85 percent of the fishing you will do on Bull Shoals. I'm a Champion guy, but really most any of the boats being made are pretty good, it's just a matter of picking the right compromises between rough water ride and fishing features that suit you. Bull is usually pretty tame, due to less boat traffic, but the open stretches around Oakland can get pretty brutal with a big wind out of the north/northwest, which is why I recommend 19' of boat or more. I have been in some pretty insane waves around the saddle, and I was very happy to be in a 20' Champion. I'd also recommend a dependable motor with good gas mileage, as sometimes you can run a lot of miles chasing a pattern on Bull, and gas options are a lot farther apart than most lakes, especially out of season, and if you break down, you will be mostly on your own. Cell coverage and water LE/first responders are basically non-existent. I don't yet have one, but I am seriously lusting over the new trolling motors with spot lock, as my old pinpoint troller was awesome back in the early 2000s, and Bull seems just taylor made for that feature set. imho, you can forget about power poles or talons on Bull, unless you just want to spend a couple grand on holding your boat while you park your truck. Even in the spawn, you won't be fishing shallow enough for all but the longest poles to reach.
  14. I know nothing at all about fishing from a yak, but I've heard about drag chains as a form of anchor. Something like that, or some other form of anchor may help you out, because wind is really a huge key to the food chain and fish location, and fishing is about finding fish. As far as the Ned goes, slow and simple, not much action is the key. There is a ton of info online about it, including right here on OAF. Search the archives and read up on it, but the retrieve I tell my kids and wife to use, is cast, count to ten, reel very slowly for a ten count, let it sit for a ten count, reel slowly for a ten count, rinse repeat all the way back. It will get bit, if you are around fish. I also agree with some other guys, try and find some fishermen to fish with, or save up and take a guide trip. 4 hours of instruction from someone like Bill Babler who has forgotten more about fishing than I've ever learned, could set you on the right path for life, and give you enough hands on time to be able to apply things you read about online. If things you read about fishing seem like they may as well be Greek, you might have to get a couple basic lessons in Greek from someone who knows the language... Then you can keep studying and learning to be more and more fluent.
  15. Three thoughts- FIrst, fish more in the spring and fall. You don't have to quit fishing in the summer, but fish in the cooler months are generally more active, and located in shallower, easier to fish places. Catching them when they want to eat, will give you more practice feeling bites and makes you a better fisherman, and that will give you more confidence to fish when they aren't biting, like now, in the heat of the summer. Second, put the cranks and rooster tails down, and fish soft plastics and jigs a lot more, specifically the ned rig, and small paddle tail swimbaits, as well as weightless worms like the senko and zoom super fluke. Moving baits like crankbaits and rooster tails are reaction baits, and generally do better when you are fishing active fish. Soft plastics will get bites from active and passive fish, hang up less, and generally catch more fish most of the time. Third, learn to fish the windy banks. It is harder to fish, sure, but fishing is al about the food chain. Wind blows the plankton up, and the baitfish eat the plankton, and the gamefish eat the baitfish. All of that happens the most on a bank that the wind is blowing in on. When you get to a new body of water, start on the side the wind is blowing in on. A place where the bank changes, flat to steep or vice versa, with wind blowing in on it, is a great place to start your search. good luck!
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