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  1. When I got started trying back in 2001 the man who showed me how well jigs could catch trout didn't have any of his jigs painted on the head and I watched him and his wife C&R well over 100 trout at RR in a day. That being said back then I'm not so sure the paint technology was as good as now. Theory is the paint will chip off eventually after bumping the bottom. Brad Wright gave me a couple that he tied and they didn't have paint on the head as well. How many flies do you see that the head is painted? I have always been in that crowd that thinks it is more for the tier than the fish. The fish I am holding was from the NFOW caught on an olive jig I tie with no paint on the head. Plus I am lazy and just don't want to do it!
  2. I tie a lot of jigs and only use the collarless ones as well and I don't paint the head on them either.
  3. I have seen a couple of people using them on the Elk down here. There is one brand out there and I can't think of the name right now, but you basically buy the frame and then sit your own motor in it. That way if the motor ever gives out you can just replace it and they have several options as far as what you can drop in them. The ones I have seen are fairly noisy though IMO.
  4. I went a couple or three years back when the BM Elite series was there at Wolf Creek. It was pretty cool to watch them come in for the weigh in and all of that. I might try to make this one as well.
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    Olliefest XIII

    I think I marked it on the calendar once, just once. 🤣
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    Olliefest XIII

    It's no big deal for me. I only live about 20 minutes from there!
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    Olliefest XIII

    Water level was fine, it doesn't effect that creek much at all unless Monett gets it really hard. The wind was more of an issue however!
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    Olliefest XIII

    Mark another down for the books on this one. This year Buzz and trythisonemv tied for first. A whopping 2 fish each won this year. Fishing was really tough and that is an understatement at the least! Wind was howling through there and the temps weren't so great either. I played the part of Ricky Bobby in that, "you're either first or last" and you can guess which one was me. I didn't get of those slim rockets to hand. Although I'm pretty sure I caught the biggest fish of the day. Just never got a hand on it. Nice brown going at least 16", but not to be had. Thrashed at the last moment when Buzz went to net it and then it was gone. I didn't get to see the fish Buzz caught because I was up at the dam trying to fish it first thing in the morning. I saw the 2 bows that trythisonemv caught and he caught his right up against wood in the faster flow. Buzz said he caught his on the back end of the pools. The one I hooked up with was at the back end of a pool as well. I was throwing jigs all morning and Buzz was mainly throwing a small crank with a rainbow color and trythisonemv was using the fly rod I think mainly throwing streamers but I could be wrong on that one. I knew it was going to be tough so I knew what to expect and that is the nature of Capps. It doesn't always give up the fish!
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    Olliefest XIII

    We might have a bigger flow of water than we need! We saw a steady amount of rain today in Neosho and I know they got some rain from that storm that pasted by Tuesday night. Hopefully it will be good!
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    Olliefest XIII

    It's because he got tired of all the punks tearing it up. They have been doing donuts on all the parking lots from what I can see. Can't really blame him on that.
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    Olliefest XIII

    We have Mike long of the Ozarks entering this year? 😄
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    Olliefest XIII

    It's that time of year again. I have to work 6 days a week and the only one off is on Sundays. That is kind of how this all started. Met Buzz down there and ever since we have been doing this on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. If you can't make it down to the Jigfest on the White then give Capps a try! I think it will be tough this year from what Buzz and I have encountered, but that won't stop us from trying! This year we will start at nine like always, but we will meet in the lower parking lot. Come on down and show us you are the king of Capps!
  13. Well, for me it sucked! Compared to previous years for sure. The water was really up and gettin' it on downstream! I.Did.Not. Expect. That. I knew there was rain over there, but not like that. The water was dropping from what I could tell. I only managed 13 until we left at 1:30. My neighbor caught about 20 and when I left Buzz was somewhere around 50! Buzz was on the fly rod and we were tossing jigs. We started on the bottom end and didn't do very well until we hit the upper end and then started catching more on the jigs. I think Buzz said he switched several times but there before we left he was catching one about every other cast it looked like! Great day just to be out and not at work. I have to work the next 6 weeks 6 days a week so this is always a great day out. Oh yeah, my colors were olive and then ginger.
  14. Anyone else going other than Buzz and I? Hopefully they put in some bigger fish this year. I know in years past I almost always caught a nice one over 20", but that hasn't happened in a long time for me. Say hey if you see us!
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    Quillback, the guides on Grand are tearing up the blues on the flats with cut shad in 1-4' of water right now from what I have heard and seen.
  16. The stream I fish the most has a smallmouth management in place and it seems to be working really well. My catch rate of 15" plus smallies has gone up in the last few years. Doesn't seem to matter if there are people floating it or not.
  17. It appeared to me that everything possible was done for this fish and in the end it died. There will always be trolls and people who look to get offended everyday. A lot of people comment as well without knowing all the facts. FB is a cesspool for those people. For me though, I would have liked to seen the record beaten by a native fish, but hey, it's still a record and quite an accomplishment in it's own right. Kudos to all involved.
  18. Buzz and I floated shoal last week and did decent. Any where around the ramps on shoal is always deplete of fish! lol If he is a decent swimmer then I don't see a reason for the jacket where you were. I don't think it gets very deep at all where you put in. I could be wrong though.
  19. I've fished the Kings a couple of times and thought there was more hype to it than anything. I never found it to be that great of a river IMO. Beautiful as all get out, but the old stories of being a premier small mouth destination is highly overrated.
  20. I just read today where they will stop carrying all handgun ammo and the most popular rifle cartridge the .223/5.56. Also they announced that they would stop selling handguns in AK after all the stock on hand is gone. Bowed under pressure. For me that means I have to travel about 20 miles away to get any good price on ammo now. Just another reason they suck!
  21. Lol, from a guy who has been asked more than once to prove I am legal to fish that is always what they ask for first!😒
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    Report 8/18

    Haven't fished Shoal for a long time. Probably 2 years at least. Buzz and I where going to fish Elk today but wen we got up this morning it was lightning and raining outside. That was around 5:30 this morning and it didn't look too good I thought. Good for us it moved pretty fast through the area. We called each other and decided to fish Shoal instead since we wouldn't get on the water until later in the morning. It's only like 10-15 minutes for each of us to get to. I got held up by a train, but we still got on the water by 8:00. Buzz struck first with a nice little largemouth and then just few minutes later I opened my account! Fat little largemouth at 13". Stayed about the same until the whopper plopper struck twice in row and then some! Before you know it I had like 5 or 6 and was killing Buzz on the number count. The water flow was just about right, little to fast for me, but the creeks all now have a good flow! So we are floating and fishing and then the wind comes back up it starts looking like it could get really bad outside. Buzz starts throwing a war eagle spinner bait and starts catching some fish! All of a sudden he passes me on the count during that front that was moving in. I ended up catching 2 largemouth back to back casts that were 14" and 15". Buzz caught a couple of nice ones as well when the wind picked up! It was weird in a way like it happened, but that is fishing! I ended up with 12 total in about 5 hours and Buzz caught 14 I think. Not a huge numbers day ,but it was enjoyable none the least. We encountered a little rain as well and that actually felt pretty good! Very humid in between the rains and clouds today. Most were largemouth that were caught today and the only smallies we caught were kind of small really. Largemouths came mostly from downed wood on the banks and weed lines. Buzz took a pic of where we were. lol
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    Yea, I bit the bullet on that license this year and forked over the cash for one. Glad I did now. From Neosho I can be on Grand within 20-30 minutes easy. Went three times when the whites were running and slayed them. Been to a couple of crappie docks as well and did fine. Tons of good catfish in there as well. If you want to stay in this area without spending the dough for that OK license then Shoal does have them in there, but like Chief said I don't think as many, although I did see someone last year haul out 2 five pound plus flat heads out of there. Now I think about that was first thing in the morning and he was checking limb lines from the night before. Go below Noel on that stretch of Elk and there are plenty.
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    I agree it can be a circus but it almost is automatic that they will catch one at least. If you are looking just to catch any fish then a local creek with some crawdads and worms will do.
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