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Pepe last won the day on October 14 2016

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About Pepe

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    Plains Topminnow
  • Birthday 11/27/1956

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    St. Louis & Shell Knob
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    Fishing, Old Trucks & New Baits

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  1. Thank You, Gentlemen, I appreciate you sharing the negatives. Are there opportunities to rent or buy a boat slip? Does it even make sense if it is inaccessible due to extreme water level changes?
  2. That sounds great. Thanks for taking the time to respond. I have a 17 year old Triton with a 225 motor. Are there any launch ramps mid lake that are a reasonable drive from Lakeview?
  3. I bought a house on “the quiet side” of Table Rock (Shell Knob) 10 years ago. At the time it was not overcrowded but it is now too crowded for my taste. Selling the house now with closing in a few weeks. Currently, my friendS tell me, The launch ramps all over the lake are full to overflowing again. I am seeking some serenity & solitary enjoyment on a far less crowded lake. I have been on Bull Shoals only a few times but have fallen in love with it. Now I’m seriously considering a house in Lakeview to enjoy my retirement. I did ask some questions many months ago and your replies were generally encouraging, but I would love some more input before I sign on the dotted line. Does the lower end get a lot of traffic due to the marinas? How far do I need to run up lake to get away? I would truly welcome your input on the area and density of boats on the lake. thank you
  4. Thank you, gentlemen. I appreciate you taking the time to help. I would welcome recommend guide(s), places to stay for short visits and a place to store my boat while I look around for a place to buy. I drive from St. Louis and the time is the same as to the place I am selling in Shell Knob. I’m hoping to find a place to buy with a budget of $125k. I’m a retired contractor and don’t mind, in fact usually prefer a fixer-upper. I’m really looking forward to making this move.
  5. Thank you, gentlemen. When I was on the lake, this past Thursday thru Sunday I saw very few fishing boats on the lake, but noticed that of the fishing boats observed in dock stalls about 75% were deep V multi-specie/walleye boats. I may get to a point in my life where I enjoy trolling, but I’m not there yet. I do have a MK trolling motor with spot lock and it is awesome. Depending on wind direction I have fished from the back deck to really work a high confidence spot with accuracy. I never fish tournaments and value the experience of relative solitude on the water. That is no longer available on Table Rock most of the year - the primary reason I am selling my place there. Is this a lake that requires excellent electronics to find the fish? Mine are older and may need replacement if so. I have never been tempted by power poles. They suck for the person fishing the back deck. i intend to utilize guides, in different seasons, to at least learn the fishing basics of this beautiful lake. I deeply appreciated your help. I know the Bull has a reputation for being a difficult bass fishery, so I will need to learn all I can.
  6. I am relocating from the western end of Table Rock to near Oakland Marina / Point 9 and interested in making the adjustments to fish this lake. Hoping to catch Bass, Walleye, BlueGill or ? I welcome your suggestions regarding best boat type for this lake.
  7. We tested and found the 5 Fish Ultimate Ned Jig design does not seem to offer a performance advantage in weight lighter than we make, so we have no plans to make 1/16 oz. .
  8. https://m.facebook.com/FiveFishLures/posts
  9. Please know that I have a financial interest in 5 Fish Lures. 5 Fish Lures now has “Ultimate Finesse Jig” in 5/16, 7/16, & 9/16 oz. These were designed by local pro Bobby Albert and are selling very well. Bobby meticulously detailed this jig for our local lakes and has great tournament success with them. colors include, Black & Blue, Green Pumpkin, Brown, GP Orange, PB&J, Missouri Craw, Brown Purple & Magic Craw 5 Fish Lures now has “Ultimate Ned Jig” in 1/8, 3/16, , & 1/4 oz. These were designed by local pro and guide Pete Wenners. These have a unique hook, are not mushroom heads and come through rocks very well. 5 Fish Lures has the “Ultimate Cover Jig”, designed by B.A.S.S. Elite Pro and local guide Brian Snowden in production, expected to be on shelves by mid-March. These Jigs are sold in area stores such as Sportsman’s in Springfield, Extreme Outdoors (next to Ulrich Marine) in West Branson, Harter House & Pro’s Choice in Shell Knob. They are not available for direct online purchase - we sell wholesale to stores only. The jigs are made 100% locally. Due to a commitment to consistent quality we have tightly controlled production procedures that are time consuming and limit how many we can produce. It has been a very busy winter, building these jigs but we have built up our stock for our current store clients, and perhaps a few more. We hope you will give them a try and let us know what you think. Please know that I have a financial interest in 5 Fish Lures.
  10. Pepe

    Old Maps

    A couple years ago, while doing some contract work for COE, I learned that a complete topographical survey was commissioned by the War Department to include all areas under consideration for flooding related to proposed Table Rock lake. I posted advertisements seeking a copy of the maps and was successful in finding and purchasing one in good shape from a gentleman who had kept it from his grandfathers estate effects. I made full copies and a single copy is about 2” thick on standard half-sized blueprint paper. I have experimented with colored pencils to better illustrate current normal (935’) pool levels and deeper water. I only did this on a few pages and was considering hanging on the wall at our cabin. I came across the maps while cleaning up a spare bedroom that had become our “junk room”. This map is of interest to me because our cabin is at the junction of the White & Kings River. I welcome thoughts and ideas for these documents. Brown is land. Where there is dark brown the topography is steep, as in bluffs. Light blue is, arbitrarily, “normal fishable” depth, dark blue “deep fishable” and non-colored white is very deep.
  11. It is worthwhile to scroll to the 3 related articles, with respect to the web link. There are some solid tips and all of the cases mentioned are related to actual damage claims against the insurer who write this blog.
  12. You bring up some very good points. I have extensive experience in Risk Management and dealing with insurance law and insurers standard practices. I hope the following sheds some light on the issue. 1) New Legislation is not a practical solution. It is a public waterway and they have as much right to it as anybody else. New Legislation is not necessary to address the problem, either, as there are ample statutory means for redress of damages incurred. 2.) Civil law (Torts) provides the means to seek compensation for damages. We typically carry insurance against most things that would expose us to facing a Civil Court Action; vehicle and other types of liability insurance being a primary example. 3.) There are precedent cases in Florida where plaintiffs (the damaged party) have been paid for damages caused by another boats wake. https://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/magazine/2015/october/boat-wake-damage-liability.asp 4.) While a watercraft operator is responsible for his wake, he is also required to consider the effect of his wake in concert with other existing conditions, such as another boats wake and take action to prevent harm. (Standard of Care). Having said all that, it is by no means an easy, or in my opinion a recommended, process to bring a claim unless there is substantial damage and/or injury. You are, almost certainly, going to need video recording and the first step would be to make a claim against the offending party’s insurance (not your own). Finding the offending boaters insurer starts with knowing the boats registration number. I certainly hope and pray none of us ever encounter serious damage beyond extreme annoyance and taking on water. Avoidance is certainly the most prudent action.
  13. We have a 15 year old Triton and had been shopping for a new boat in the past year. After looking at new and slightly used boats and the prices we decided to restore our TR22. We put a new lower unit on the engine last year and know there is a power head to buy in our future but I never run the boat above 4,000 rpm and cylinder compression is still good on our 225 Merc. We took it to Arkansas Boat Restoration in Rogers and could not be more pleased. For 6% of the cost of a new boat we now have a fully restored boat that we are familiar with and like. I was also able to “de-badge” and remove the excess branding that was plastered all over the boat. They polished the motor cowling and put on new decals, restored the swim ladder, repaired some significant dings, restored the bottom; making it like new, put in new carpet with front deck padding, all new seats, new edging at carpet/gunnel junction, new locker seals, restoration of trailer including bunks, fenders, bearing buddies and some miscellaneous details. They kept me in the loop with progress reports and verification of details, made excellent suggestions and got the project done in 4 weeks.
  14. what is the wing ding little george thing?
  15. They are designed for finesse applications so they have a softer weed guard and a very sharp hook. I stole a trick learned from a renowned older local gentleman and used a fluorocarbon “flipping line” that has a foot of bright chartreuse and then 3 feet of clear line. That line size is pretty big but I tie about 5 feet of 8# mono leader and I can really keep an eye on my line. Many of the best fish just make the line “tick”, especially on the fall and I can actually see things like that with this stuff. I was given a couple spools in trade but don’t remember the brand name. Lily and I have had our best luck on the Brown skirt because we like the versatility of trailers we can use. After the sun came out and the topwater bite died out, we had a great day pitching them on the shady side of docks with different Elaztech (Z-man) trailers. 3/4 to 2/3 of a Zinker Z was very popular and we got a bass grand slam, 2 catfish and a huge gar.
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