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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Norfork Decent day

  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Elite Solo & the Open

    Thanks BB I did give it a go and I like most people resorted to what I'm confidant in. I had a good tip from Matt who won the Elite solo and another Solo competitor that it was real specific to what they were doing (this grub deal) and with the right conditions it was good for a limit and good ones, but if the stars didn't all line up is was work. I was told as you said to stay way out off the channel swings with timber (under the surface) and the transitions from bluff to big chunk rock. And the better swings where not the bluff end ones that are easy to see on a GPS map but rather the mid bluff ones and the actual old river channel ones way out in the middle. Well as luck would have it on the first one I stopped at on practice Tuesday morning I had a 3.75lb LMB... I say to self Wow this is easy. Then the next 4 hours go by without as much as a sniff and seeing boat after boat and some even pulling up to same location that I had just left. After this good start then the lack of bites with all the boat pressure in this clear water I opted for a long run. Both like I said to avoid boats and to get into a confidence area. With modern electronics, GPS mapping, the internet, and a welling mind with a little patience a guy can pick up a lot with out every splashing his/her boat in the water. That's is what I do when I go off to these places I have never been. Mitch-I was using an old colored Brown gizit up the river in 5-15 fow (on the bottom) I even had to employ a 3/8 oz head to keep it there, they didn't hit it if it came off the bottom. I could catch these fish in practice on 2 or 3 Rock Crawlers I had painted up by a couple of my custom sponsors. But when the Open tournament came around they would only bite the RC in certain little windows. I knew the fish where there and I used the old Ozark winter time trick of when you can't get bit from fish toss a gizit. I'm not a guy that has a lot of raw talent like some have out here, it is a struggle for me to get the bite going from keepers and I have found over the years that simple is way better than a rocket science pattern. In the clear water I was tossing a 4-5" grub and 4" swimbait that a local company makes for me on 1/4 and 3/8oz heads I pour myself Hope this helps a little just remember (K.I.S.S)
  10. Elite Solo & the Open

    First off let me say I will try and not make this to long and a big thanks to all the guys and ladies on this site for their unbiased going on's with this great lake we have. I have been a OA member for several years and even post from time to time, normally I fish Nofork/Bull. These highland lakes with their beauty and humbling fishing characteristics make it a challenge. Everyone always denotes fishing to putting those dang jig saw puzzles together as kid, Well I wasn't good at that and I like CATCHING better than fishing any day. I have been on Table Rock for about 9 days stright since the 23rd of Feb fishing Webb's Elite Solo Feb 25/26 and then the Open and I will be quite honest I struggled to put the winning pattern together in either one. I'm not a grub fishing dude I have never gotten that down (BUT I KNOW THAT IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO) to catch them this time of year if the A-Rig isn't in play and love to fish a crankbait this time of year. As I had a sammich with Champ & Donna before my elite solo (She can make A great Sammich BTW) after I had been on the water a few hours & yes we where not around the lower end. After my solo tournament and finishing mid pack with the crankbait and Jerkbait I realized I needed to go to the clear water and try the Grub thing. After a couple of days of riding around all the boats from KC to Long Creek bridge and catching some quality I wasn't satisfied with my practice and ran back to my Crankbait & Jerkbait fish and started catching numbers and Quality mixed in with out the boat pressure I was seeing down the lake. I made the decision to make a long run to above Eagle rock for the Open and knew I wouldn't have the pressure as I would down the lake and If I could get lucky I could end up with a good kicker up there on the crank/JB. Day 1 after arriving to my first spot and then second spot with out a keeper and very few shorts. I rotated back through and began catching quality on a Gizit, I was always told by my Dad to never leave fish to find fish. These fish where not going to be moving a along way (they can not go that far up there) so I had to adjust my bait and presentation and Boom a limit, but without a kicker I left early to make the run back and try some clear water spots (just shorts), ended up in 50th place after day 1. Day 2 dawned still cold and bundled up for that long run again, but this day was my long day and I could stay until 3:15 before I had to make the run back. I never finished out my limit even with the Ned I could only manage shorts, but I had the kicker a 4.5-5 lbr that helped boost me up to 36th and a nice check to help pay for my trip. I found water temps during these 9 days from 48 to even 60 on one of those shorts and flip flop afternoons. I never caught anything from the green algea/snot in the clear water and never caught anything from the 60 degree stained water either. I caught fish where shad was to places I didn't even graph a bait ball much less see any. Lures ranged from a Crankbait (WW/RC), Jerkbait, Gizit, Shaky head, Swing head, and yes the NED. Practice was more running and gunning, but on one of my best days of catching before the Solo I did have 27 fish with 7 of those keepers mostly the swing head and 2 custom Rock crawlers did the damage. The shorts also where not those little dinks most where just shy of the 15 inch mark. A good number of just sub legal fish where caught. During the rest of practice I didn't do a lot of catching just looking. The clear water fish I did catch were of good quality I just couldn't duplicate those in areas I thought I should have. I'm never a fishing in a crowd type of guy so I opted to go to the river and I avoided the crowds and actual had fishing areas to my self up there and I learned more about those fish and what they do and where they go up there. Thanks again to all you guys and gals I enjoy these highland lakes and trying to figure them out. We are blest with very good people on this site and if you see me out there on the water please come by and say hey. I run a Basscat and it always has Purple in it.
  11. Finding Fish on the Rock

    Than's why is the MAN--very true and yes insightful-- we just need to take heed to it
  12. Damm area 2-12

    This will probably start a feud, but there are a lot of times when we feel (THE BITE) it is actually the fish spitting the hook/lure back out and we set when we feel the lure hitting a rock or other hard structure as the lure comes out of the fishes mouth. It is amazing to watch under water video (not slowed down) of how fast they can inhale a lure with all that water and spit the lure back out and we never know we had a bite. I'm amazed at how much water a large bass inhales with the lure each time. Oh and yes I have caught my fair share of limbs, sticks, tress, chairs, docks cables, and rocks. When those dang keeper limb-bass start swimming sideways with my lure man I can go on point.. HA HA
  13. just checking to see if these are still available, a location and I know it says all hardware does that inculde remotes, foot buttons or???   

  14. Norfork

    I haven't personally been out on the Fork in a few weeks but all reports are Topwater is working until sun up and during the day on cloudy overcast days. Last time I was out we caught several whites by the big island to the east of Holiday hills on small swimbaits and rat l traps. I was on Table Rock this weekend and did decent on topwater and lizards for bass. I plan to be out on Fork sat as well. Good luck
  15. Rock Bass/ Goggle eye

    What you must first look at in names of fish is that most names we as fishermen use are actually specific to a general area of the country. Most of the time is not the "correct" common name for that species. Much like white and black crappie are called specks, white perch, and the list goes on in different parts of the country. The "Goggle eye" talked about here for us around the highland lakes of Ark/Mo here is a variant of 3-species... Ozark Bass-Shadow Bass-and Rock Bass 3 actual species (that look re-close to each other) . Down in south Arkansas and other areas the goggle eye is actually our specie called the Green Sunfish . The Green sunfish up here is a separate stand alone specie but it has many common names---Shad Perch, Big mouth perch, and Rice field slick. But you see where I'm going with this..
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