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About HardHead

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  • Birthday 02/11/1980

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  1. Got on the water about 7am Thursday. Found just a few fish on the shaky head biting in front of the flooded brush in 8-10 feet of water. Those fish seemed to vanish after a quick storm rolled through. Thrs evening and Friday morning we caught several keepers working a jig and wobble head on bluff ends. Bites were still to few and far between, so Friday evening we went searching for actively feeding fish in the shallows. We found them in the very back of cow creek. Caught 6 keepers between 5-7pm. All of the fish were in less than 5 feet of water and most were relating to the creek channel. Caught 2 on a shaky head with a speed craw and 4 more on the wobble head with a kvd rodent. Had about another half dozen short fish. Went back to cow Saturday morning around 6am but couldn’t recreate what happened the evening before. We worked the creek over and only had 1 keeper and 3 shorts to show. Ran around the spring branch and then fished schooner with little luck. I did hook up a nice 5lber in schooner on a tube, but the fish launched itself completely out of the water and spit my lure right at the boat. I lost at least 5 good fish after the hook up over the course of 3 days. They seem to be biting weird - just picking it up and then running right at the boat. Definitely seems to be a lot of fish with the summer mush mouth. The other boat I was with faired a bit better - they caught about a 16 keepers over the course of 3 days fishing a jig in 25-30 fow on lake points with deep water access. They caught predominantly smallies. Hope this info helps. Good luck out there grinding through the hot days.
  2. Bang for the buck - whats the best lure retriever out there? Should I just pony up and get a Tim Horton money pole?
  3. Nice fish. The Broncos gear makes the pics look that much better!
  4. Coyotes at what's up dock doesn't open until memorial day
  5. Anyone have an opinion/advice on the kigan guides vs microwave guides on the ducket micro guide pro spinning rods? Looking to pair it with a daiwa rg reel. Mostly drop shot and weightless plastic fishing. Maybe some shaky head fishing. Thanks in advance.
  6. I have 6 new/never used rods for sale: 2 Lews Mach Speed stick 7’ medium moderate-fast action $65 each 2 Shimano Compre 7’2” medium heavy extra fast action $80 each Quantum Oakley tourney issue 7’ medium heavy fast action $70 Big Bass tour tourney issue 7’ medium heavy fast action $65 Shipping is a pain in the butt, so I want to sell locally. I’m in the stl area. PM me if your interested
  7. Sums up our trip: Was loading up at the port of kimberling ramp about noon yesterday. Had the boat out of the water when i saw James Watsons boat coming around the corner. He had a camera guy on board rolling footage. Watched him catch a short fish on a buzz bait. Then he yelled out to me, "this lake sucks". I agreed back, "today it does" Shot the breeze with him a bit - he was super friendly. Said that short he just caught was the only bite he had all morning. Talked about how tough the lake was right now. toyota results say the same thing - 3lbs got you in the top 30! Didn't fish the tournament, but experienced much of he same. Had 3 keepers and 11 shorts between our 2 boats sat, sun, and Monday. Junk fishing at its best (worst?). Biggest was 2.54 caught on the ned. Best bite was back in west fisher creek. Had what looked to be about a 3lber come off at the boat half way back into the creek - had her hooked briefly on a tube will be back in 3 weeks looking for my revenge - and hopefully a sustainable pattern.
  8. Thanks for the info gentleman. Def gona try a shaky head instead of the tube jig when stupid rigging.
  9. I've had probs with the hook penetrating the plastic at times. I used to cut a 1" slit at the bottom of the tube to prevent this, but that just leads to more hang ups
  10. I'm going to commit to throwing it more this summer. I've had a little success with it in the past, don't feel like I use this presentation as much as I should. ive been throwing it with finess - braid with a 6-8# leader, light gear, 1/8 or 3/16oz tube jig, and 3.5" tubes. My qs for those in the know: Am I missing out by not upsizing my bait/tube jig? Are there conditions that call for a heavier presentation? Any tube jig suggestions? Would like to try it on an ewg hook. I saw big bites and secret lures have ewg tube jigs - any opinions on if one is better than the other? Thanks in advance for any help
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    1st pictured fish was the 3.58 - this fish had a torn up tail and mouth. Top fish in this post is the 3.17 from this morn. Bottom fish is the 4lber
  12. HardHead


    Woke up this morning, got packed, and decided I had time for 2 more hours on the water. Put in at theodosia and ran back over to the creek right next to turkey creek. Clear creek I believe. 7/16 wobblehead with beaver. Caught 5 more shorts, a 2lber and one more that went 3.17. Had another decent keeper get off at the boat. That area was on fire for me the past few days. On my way to cold Chicago with my wife for business as I type. Will try to post some pics when I find time.
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    Awesome day today - at least for me ? My partner struggled this morn. Hit the water 630 again. Fished right around turkey creek ranch. Put a 4.07lb LM in the boat by 650. Could have put a bag close to 13.5lbs together myself by noon. Wobble head with a beaver style trailer(gp marked up with red and chart dye pen. 7/16oz jig weight. Main lake and secondary points. Was slowly dragging it shallow to deep. Sitting in about 30fow, bite was coming in the 12-20 range. Partner only managed one shortie. After lunch, we ran to some coves just north of Pontiac. Partner switched to the wobble head / beaver combo and put 5 shorts in the boat. I switched to the ned and caught 1 small keeper and 3 more shorts. Had at least 4 more pull off after hook up too. Don't know what the deal was, maybe my drag was too tight? Awesome three days. Headed back home in the morn. Can't wait to come back to bull shoals and hopefully soon. Good luck and tight lines!
  14. Got on the water about 630. Found some nice shad balls early. Secondary points - 20-30fow. Had some success early with a drop shot and grub, but nothing great. Had 8 fish only one small keeper. went in at 1230 for lunch, back on the water at 230. Decided to go shallow and was rewarded with a 3.5lb LM right away. Caught it on a jig. Had a couple 14" small mouth and 3 short but fat kentuckys working a tube and jig in less than 10fow until 630. until tomorrow...
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