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bluebasser86

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  1. It sure was, always way more excited than I should be to catch one of them.
  2. Thanks everyone, I keep going through the pictures and reliving it all and smiling πŸ˜„
  3. Deep trees, mainly cedars in 20-30 feet of water. Thank you sir and congrats on your monster! My oldest wants to catch a trout now after seeing that fish.
  4. My wife and I brought our 2 boys (2 and 5), down for their first experience tent camping over Labor Day weekend. We stayed at our favorite campsite at Aunt's Creek and they had a blast. The lake was pretty busy, but not as bad as I thought it might be. It was still manageable and easy to find a cove to get in and swim. A nice bonus was finding a pretty good drop shot and spoon bite that I stayed on all 3 days, along with the boys catching about a million 2-6 inch bluegill and sunfish with the red wigglers I brought for them. Never caught anything big but plenty of action to keep it interesting and when you're on a pattern instead of just flailing around it makes it much easier. Everything went as smoothly as we could have hoped and as always we enjoyed every minute on the lake.
  5. Stripers are extremely rare in Table Rock and even fewer would ever be spawning in the lake. There's nothing to worry about.
  6. A bit of a disclaimer, I guide in NE Kansas so my answer is probably a bit biased. Yes, 0600 would be no issue if that's when the guide told me we needed to start. If I booked a guide it would be to learn, not so much to catch fish, although that's obviously a nice bonus, so I'd rather not fish the live bait. I'm okay with the idea of working harder for fewer fish though. I can go catch fish on my own if that's all I wanted to do, the point of hiring a guide to me, is to learn how to do something that I don't currently know how to do. I know from experience that a lot of people hiring a guide purely to get taken directly to the fish though, learning might happen but more than anything they just want to catch fish. Those often seem to be the hardest people to please.
  7. Same for me, although I probably already had it pretty bad. I hooked a fish at the lake my grandparents had their RV set up by and fought it for over an hour when I was 6, had people coming out with camcorders recording it and everything. Finally broke my 6lb test right before we ever even got a chance to see it. My oldest is 5 now and a seasoned veteran, even taking people's money in the local Thursday night jackpots.
  8. I was at the lake with my parents, my wife, and both my boys for 4 days this past week and we all had a blast! It was our first family vacation with both our boys and they had a ton of fun, swimming, fishing, putt-putt golfing, being boys. Fishing wasn't great, but I mostly fished in 1-3 hour blocks so it made it hard to put much together. Most of my fish were on a small Duo Realis jerkbait, a shakyhead, or video fishing a dropshot and most all seemed to be either bluff ends or on the flat areas right next to steep drops. I managed to put my wife and my dad on a few fish, but of course my 5 year old showed them both up. It was my 2 year old sons first time in my boat and he really enjoyed himself. We always enjoy our time on the lake and they both can't wait to go back. My wife's humpbacked smallmouth.
  9. Yes, my parents have a deal there and invited us to stay with them. Hard to pass up free lodging in a nice resort on the lake for the weekend. My son has been telling anyone that will listen about the big fish he hooked that got away the 2nd night, wish we could have seen it before it came off.
  10. I was at the lake with my parents, my wife, and both my boys for 4 days this past week and we all had a blast! It was our first family vacation with both our boys and they had a ton of fun, swimming, fishing, putt-putt golfing, being boys. Fishing wasn't great, but I mostly fished in 1-3 hour blocks so it made it hard to put much together. Most of my fish were on a small Duo Realis jerkbait, a shakyhead, or video fishing a dropshot and most all seemed to be either bluff ends or on the flat areas right next to steep drops. I managed to put my wife and my dad on a few fish, but of course my 5 year old showed them both up. It was my 2 year old sons first time in my boat and he really enjoyed himself. We always enjoy our time on the lake and they both can't wait to go back. My wife's humpbacked smallmouth. This post has been promoted to an article
  11. Don't worry, this bite's going to stop in the next day or so since I'll be at the lake Friday-Monday with the family πŸ˜„ Hopefully they keep eating the little guy, so I can put my little guy on his first Table Rock bass. He's got his tackle box packed up and is maybe more excited than I am.
  12. There's a jointed version from Berkley that I used quite a bit last year that worked really well. I haven't been to Table Rock with it yet but I will be at the end of this week and hope to put it to the test while I'm down there.
  13. Bull is pretty flooded isn't it? I think Beaver would be a good option, better than going back to the same lake you just fished. I wonder how everyone is going to feel if Martens wins it again?
  14. Am I the only one surprised by the lack of bigger fish? Not even giants, but say fish over 4 pounds? Very few of those and only 5 or 6 the entire event over 5, none over 6. I know it's a numbers deal, but the odds would just seem to point towards these guys stumbling into some big ones along the way. I guess all the big ones must have already moved off the bank or gone nocturnal?
  15. This is a very effective method to unhook deeply hooked fish. I'm going to remove the hook 100% of the time. I'd rather them die now so I can give them to someone to use instead of slowly starve to death because a hook has their throat sewed up. A vast majority with that technique, the hook rolls out easily and the fish swims off strong. Sorry you lost a good smallie, they're good at tossing hooks. Must have been in the air this past week. I caught a giant on Friday, although in a small lake in Kansas instead of at Table Rock.
  16. I cast off a $100 glide bait last winter and just tied another one on and kept fishing (hey, they were biting). You have to be a little sick in the head if you're going to spend money on baits like that and actually fish them.
  17. I like the glide baits and wake baits. Personally prefer the Savage Gear Shine Glide over the S Waver. I like the profile better and it glides easier imo. Moves a lot of fish around docks and they'll come a long ways to eat it. The 185 (7ish inch) size is my favorite. An MS Slammer can be a really fun bait too. Some of the most violent strikes you'll ever see.
  18. I despise the haul them around in the livewell all day for a picture mentality. I don't fit the mold though, I guide and have a Youtube channel but I think several pictures with big fish is just as impressive as a single "Hero" picture, plus I know my fish have a way better chance of survival. And I don't care if you like and subscribe, I'm not trying to get Youtube famous 🀣
  19. I have all 3, just depends on what I'm going to be doing with it.
  20. I like the bigger size. I feel like it's a really good trailer in cold water when you don't want a lot of action and I'm not moving the bait a lot so the legs can float up and sway around a bit. I use the sapphire blue a lot.
  21. For anyone wanting to chase the green ones in that pit, just a FYI to save someone some heartache, you have to have a trout permit regardless of the fact that you're not after trout. TROUT PERMIT REQUIRED OF ALL ANGLERS 16 AND OLDER Dodge City Lake Charles, Ft. Scott Gun Park Lake, Garnett Crystal Lake, Glen Elder Reservoir Outlet, Kanopolis Seep Stream, KDOT East Lake in Wichita, Lake Henry in Clinton SP, Mined Land WA Unit #30, Pratt Centennial Pond, Vic’s Lake and Slough Creek in Sedgwick County Park, Topeka Auburndale Park, Walnut River Area in El Dorado SP, and Webster Stilling Basin
  22. I like to go down there and try to catch the fish that eat those little snot rockets.
  23. I've only fished the lake a couple times but caught almost all of our stripers on an A-rig. No monsters, but up to 20 pounds. It's nice because it catches many different species. We caught stripers, wipers, whites, all 3 bass species up to 6 1/4 pounds, walleye, and I think we even had a big crappie on it too.
  24. The scale locks the weight in, having your hand on it for the picture does nothing to influence the weight of the fish. I hold it like that to make sure the fish is facing the camera so the entire fish can be seen. Nothing you can do about the weight thing. Obviously if someone is shoving 1lb bank sinkers down a a fish's throat, it's going to distort the weight significantly, which is where the fish on a ruler shot could come into play since we all have a general idea what a fish should weigh according to it's length. Like your previous post though, you mix in competition and egos, there's always a chance that people will cheat. I also run a Garmin Virb to get video during tournaments to help if there's any disputes on the validity of my catches and their weights. We did this in our club previously and it wasn't popular. Who hasn't caught a fish that was paper thin and 17 or 18 long and another that was 15 or 16 and super fat that weighed considerably more than the longer fish? It happened often enough for us that went to weighing them. Plus it leaves to interpretation exactly what mark and part of the fish's tail to go off of, it was kind of a mess.
  25. The scales we use lock the weight in so having your hand on the fish or grippers in the picture has zero effect on the weight and you must submit the locked in weight, not the heaviest weight it bounced to anything like that. I always hold the grippers to make sure the fish is turned to the side facing the camera so the entire fish is best seen, leaving less question to if it weighed what the scale says or not. If you don't and the fish rotates, you end up with pictures like this that make the actual weight of the fish much more questionable.
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