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Dewayne French

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About Dewayne French

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  • Birthday 03/14/1969

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  1. Dewayne French

    Headed down for the first week of July

    The mid lake area you are talking about will be the busiest of the whole lake from (Jordan to the dam, the dam to Red bank, and the dam to Fouts area) is the most traversed on the weekends by the skiers, tubers, and just having a good time crowd. The Friday night tournaments go out of panther bay across the lake from Bidwell area so there is always fish in that mid lake area, just getting the timing the non-fishing crew will be your only problem in the daylight hours. I would go with the very early like 30 mins to a hour before daylight time frame in the buzzard roost area-cranfield-fouts as a starting point. A drop shot with a crawler is deadly this time of year anywhere on that lake. I haven't been out in the early morning hours on Norfork much this year, that 4 letter word (work!!), but hey it feeds my fishing.... The night bite on bluffs and channel swings with a worm has been good after dark30. I haven't been out with a lite over the side of the boat yet (deeper water channel areas with bait), but that is my intentions very sooner than later..
  2. Dewayne French

    Glassy on the Upper End

    Now that is a good temp reading **SAUNA*** That about covers here in north Ark also geezers it is not supposed to be this way yet, but 30 days ago we had 55 degree water temps and was complaining about that. Glad you got to get out and catchem..
  3. Dewayne French

    Side scan question

    I have Humminbird units and have used just about all of their series in DI and SI from 859, 999, 1100, to Onix and the newer Helix 10's. I have had side imagining up front and it does work you just have to tweak how you fish and the units are set. You do have to to moving to get the clear picture of what you see. I don't know about the Garmins but I would say that they have the same or similar technology. That beginning side I normal use down imagining up front and side imaging at the console. That fits my personal preference and style of fishing just get a clear path for the transducer to shoot and your good to go.
  4. Time on the water is my best answer. It is never the same answer stay 5 mins or stay 1 hour or all day. Its all relative to the situation, time of the year, weather, even day length can be a major player and recreational traffic can make a spot go dead. The fish are still there just in a negative mood. Most lakes have fish in all parts most generally =you just need to find your comfort zone. I'm not qualified to answer the stay or go question it is to situational and to many factors can influence that. Here's my take on that question and it will be accepted or rejected based on fishing style. I fish mainly multi day tournaments not very many single day events except charity tournaments so I fish for active fish. If I know/think there are fish on a particular "spot" as you call it. I will return and fish it at a different time of day, wind direction, or when the boat traffic lays down. As I said earlier I can't make them bite and I realize that, so I move to hopefully find a active school or fill out my limit. I know that wasn't an answer
  5. IMHO which is very humble.... We have to many preconceived ideas when we go fishing. There are basically 2 types of guys/gals on here who fish (tournament or fun fishing) and they have a different answer. Now with that said we also have to have a starting point or at least an idea of where, what, and which lure to start with. The small pea brain of the bass, crappie, walleye, or what ever fish we are after beat us every time. We use to much of our brain and we OVER think them if that makes sense. They live by instinct, but we live by reasoning and those 2 don't jive very often. Weekend or week day fishing on the same lake every weekend is very different than traveling around fishing a different tournament on a different body of water, a few times a month. In tournament fishing your looking for active (biting) fishing you don't have time "to make them bite" also I and most of us can't make them bite. Those guys who can make them bite are those guys you see at the top of the leader board every time at your local tournaments or on the big trails. That is a very good question you asked and the one we ask ourselves every time we are on the water. My dad is passed on to a better fishing area several years ago and he always said they never bite the same way 2 days in a row. I'm finding there is some truth to that. One of the best pieces of info I have taken away from fishing is we all know how to catch them we OVER think it. So just keep it simple....Just think of the times you have caught them really good or your weighed in a big bag at a tournament. If I was a betting man (which I'm not... I spend to much on tackle) I would say it wasn't a earth shattering technique or some thing totally secret.
  6. Dewayne French

    3/11/18 Fishing Report

    We actually launched down the lake at Red Bank and caught fish on several spots just south of the state line. Before we headed way up to chase the whites. I'm not going to say I haven't ever hit anything motoring up there, but as long as your up on pad or idling around its not to bad. Yes it was very cold and my Girlfriend wanted that "HAT" when she saw it. I thought it would have been a good day to take her out, but it got cold quick and even with my Gore tex on she got cold. But she is a trooper and we stayed until almost dark, but our best action was around 3pm that day + or minus 30 minutes. We could have just got onto a little group up feeding also. We had a double off the spot and lots of singles here and there. Yes the smaller large mouth and spotted bass were chomping fairly good that day on cranks with the wind and clouds, but that was a no brainier so I could even figure that one out. The whites and walleyes didn't want to play with our offerings, but as they say we will be back.
  7. Dewayne French

    3/11/18 Fishing Report

    I was going to write up my report for Norfork Sunday late afternoon, but it is pretty Identical to yours. I was in the older blue basscat I saw you around Bridges crk. Me and my girl friend was out for a fun afternoon of catching whites and walleyes, that didn't occur. It end up cold, windy, and that adjusted our plans for us. Only fish we caught ended up on crankbaits, we had 3 kpr bass all (released) and 12 shorts. Not the first white bass which is what we went for. I did have several of those jarring hits on a jerkbait (French pearl), but no connections. So we opted to go back down lake and catch bass on crankbaits that we had found earlier. Water temp and day length is getting right for some good action. Glad to hear you made it over this way. That river part up there sure has changed since all the big water we had.
  8. Dewayne French

    Norfork Decent day

    I took the tracker out yesterday and my teacher bud that is off for the christmas break before he has to head back and enlightening our kiddos . We had a decent day at Norfork with all the good keeper fish coming on Jerkbaits water temp was 47-48 depending on location, but you had to have wind blowing into that right mix of shelf/chunk rock. We fished from 11-3 and had a good mix of fish after we figured out the Jerk bait bite was on----in the wind!! Main lake but not bluffs but not flat banks either, at our best spot the boat was in 14 fow and we more or less paralleled the chunk rock,/shelf stuff. The water had a good crank bait looking color to it and we tired various baits. but ended the day with the jerk bait for only 4 hours it was a great day for me . Get out and enjoy, but stay safe and take a extra set of dry clothes just in case the unthinkable happens. Keepers were 1-4 lb Lmb, a 15" spot, 2- Lmb at 15-1/2", 2 thumping Black crappie 17 1/2", and a 20 " walleye. Those crappie didn't come from that dock either but they did hit the big jerk bait We had a good variety of non keepers to make the day go even better with 6-8 other short Lmb, 2 other short spots, and 1 other non keeper walleye 14", and a couple really short smb. Threw Meagabass 110's, A rigs, small cranks, and used Favorite rod/reel combos. Braid on the rigs and 8 lb floro on the jerk baits. Can't tell you much more other than you need to be going! Stay safe my friends
  9. Dewayne French

    Norfork Decent day

    I took the tracker out yesterday and my teacher bud that is off for the christmas break before he has to head back and enlightening our kiddos . We had a decent day at Norfork with all the good keeper fish coming on Jerkbaits water temp was 47-48 depending on location, but you had to have wind blowing into that right mix of shelf/chunk rock. We fished from 11-3 and had a good mix of fish after we figured out the Jerk bait bite was on----in the wind!! Main lake but not bluffs but not flat banks either, at our best spot the boat was in 14 fow and we more or less paralleled the chunk rock,/shelf stuff. The water had a good crank bait looking color to it and we tired various baits. but ended the day with the jerk bait for only 4 hours it was a great day for me . Get out and enjoy, but stay safe and take a extra set of dry clothes just in case the unthinkable happens. Keepers were 1-4 lb Lmb, a 15" spot, 2- Lmb at 15-1/2", 2 thumping Black crappie 17 1/2", and a 20 " walleye. Those crappie didn't come from that dock either but they did hit the big jerk bait We had a good variety of non keepers to make the day go even better with 6-8 other short Lmb, 2 other short spots, and 1 other non keeper walleye 14", and a couple really short smb. Threw Meagabass 110's, A rigs, small cranks, and used Favorite rod/reel combos. Braid on the rigs and 8 lb floro on the jerk baits. Can't tell you much more other than you need to be going! Stay safe my friends This post has been promoted to an article
  10. Dewayne French

    Norfork Decent day

  11. Dewayne French

    Big M area - 11/08

    WOW pretty looking fish you can tell when the water starts that downward cooling trend all the fish look good in pictures.... good report can't ask for much more spot on literally
  12. Dewayne French

    2016 Basscat EYRA (North Ark)

    Boat is for sale on a couple other sites, but if your a member I can make it worthy your OA sticker and help with delivery.. 2016 Eyra 20' 2" , 2016 250 Merc Pro XS w/ 26 pitch fury (133 hrs) Gold warranty 2-2021, 82 lb thrust Motorguide TM, all the basscat features, No talons/Poles, Reverse light , and grab pole with trailer step, Humminbird 859 DI on deck, Hummibird 999 SI console. Call or txt 870-219-4695 for more info or if local a test ride
  13. Dewayne French

    So, I caught more.....

    That's what is our future about it hinges on us taking them. You did a fine job and we must all do that...
  14. Dewayne French

    MUCH NEEDED RAIN

    We got a decent amount over here most are saying 1" plus or minus a tad Keep in touch with the white bass when those getting to going they are absolutely my favorites to catch. It isn't Rocket science and are good eating when prepared right.
  15. Dewayne French

    Elite Solo & the Open

    I don't get to practice for these bigger Derby's/Tournaments as long as most do, I have a day job and pay my own way. This pond has been hammered since about the 15th of Feb or even days before. So I didn't report until after the fact, because we all know that the travel on this site jumped up by massive amounts leading up to these events. I was very fortunate to have done as well as I did in the Open I had a fall back plan and a couple lures poked back and a plan. Because in the Solo Elite I was 37 out 64ish so not to good no gas and room bills got paid there. Thanks for all the pats on the back and pep talks this is a fine group of people. What we all got to remember is we are not competing against each other out there in these deals (that's is what it comes down to for some) we are competing against that little green fish that has the brain the size of a sweet pea?? And they win more times than we care to admit. Thanks again and get out there because fishing is getting really good ladies and gents I hope what I contributed has helped someone.... I will be on Norfork hopefully this weekend for a little school deal and I will post after I get my brains beat out again.....I am the TD for a Childrens Home bass tournament on Norfork April 1st this year. This is or 6th year and we have a blast raising money for a worthy cause. Give me a shout and I will get you some info. I'm not hard to find Thanks again
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