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Blll last won the day on September 10 2015

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About Blll

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  • Birthday 10/05/1948

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    Rogers, Ar.
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    Multi-species, rod building, lure making

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  1. Blll

    Polar Bear

    Wow! 18#+ sounds like a mighty good day!
  2. Hey Dan, good to hear from you. Glad to see the boat is getting a workout. Is that middle pic a Wiper? Right shape but solid lines. Haven't seen many since they stopped stocking them. Nice fish!
  3. Blll


    Really interesting thread. Every few days I go back to the first post and smile reading how it has evolved. Guess not many of us are fishin' lately. So my 2 cents from an old guy: Having "faith" to me means believing in something that can't be seen or proven. I have no problem with science as to me that is just another good thing created by God. Each generation strays from the principles and beliefs of their parents. Not really poor parenting, just different outside influences. Us "Boomers" were influenced by TV. Our parents were not. Think about our TV. The good guys always won. The policeman was a good guy and caught crooks. That is the belief system we had impressed on us at a young age. Not so today. Our kids were born into the internet influence. My grand kids(10) are growing up with video games,(ever watch 5 minutes of Grand Theft Auto?), and social media. Remember we grew up with "Sticks and stones ...but words will never hurt you". Now kids kill themselves over "tweets" . As our age group dwindles, we will become more annoyed by everything if we let ourselves. I choose to fondly recall the past, embrace the present and hope for the future. Schools do a terrible job, in my opinion, teaching history. My teen grandkids look at some pics/medals from Vietnam and ask "who were you fighting". But just think, a history class has only so much class time and another 60 years of history to teach. The Civil War gets very little attention in most schools. WW2, How many current students can speak of a family member who fought in any US war? My last rant: What ever happened to "look both ways before you cross the street" . Driven through a Walmart parking lot lately? Peace to all and Merry Christmas!
  4. What were the results of the striper tourney out of PC last Saturday? I got whomped by the tornado and will be clearing trees for some time. Just wondered how it went.Thanks!
  5. LOL! The absolute best description ever.
  6. As you see there is no "right" answer to your question. While I've never guided professionally, I have taken business clients fishing back up north. I tried to have plan A and plan B and ask them what they would prefer, casting, live bait or trolling. Since moving to Rogers 5 years ago, and being blessed with fishing that mystery lake named Beaver, I've had many friends come down to fish. I'm usually surprised when I ask them what they would like to do as fishing for stripers or crappies takes a whole different set of tackle, and is much more species specific that fishing a natural lake up north. Mostly the answer is to "just catch some fish". Good for you to "take the temperature" of folks on the forum but perhaps not a typical mindset of a vacation client. I know I'm going to be in your boat one day to learn to fish off shore. (still hope to put some in the boat). JMO Be well.
  7. Not much C-P-R in bow fishin' is there. Guess they just have to kill something to feel good. JMO
  8. Blll

    old school walleyes

    Quick comment on the walleyes this year. Out last evening for 2 hrs. Tried a different area than last. Beaver continues to amaze me that in-coming rain/storms do not seem to have a positive effect on the fish activity. Raining, yes I've had good bites while it is raining. But the pre frontal effect seems nil. Anyway only one fish last night but it was a nice 20" eye. Just my small sample but I have already caught more walleyes than all last year and they all seem fat & healthy. No so last year as most were scrawny. Have a safe 4th all and read up on Nike's latest.
  9. Just a short report on a short outing. Got out last night from 6:30 to 8:30. Trolled cranks, looking for walleyes. I found a 100 yard stretch and caught 4 eyes, 2 just short & 2 keeps. also caught a 2#+ LM and a 3# catfish. I was happy with that for a 2 hour trip. Caught all fish in 15 to 20 fow. Tried several passes deeper with nothing. Trolled at 1-1.4 MPH. WT was 83.I only caught fish on passes against the breeze, none trolling with it. What was interesting to see, was in a 4 bait spread, all the fish were caught on a Lazy Ike. I'm an old yankee so I've used this lure my whole fishing life but never thought to use it here. I guess walleyes are walleyes. Going to try a classic floating Rapala next time out. Be well all.
  10. Hello! I too use power pro on my spinning reels. But, it is super limp and I've found something I like better for throwing topwater. Berkley makes a braid called Tracer. It is not as easy to find as some other lines but it's out there.It is sort of a camo finish with alternating black and lime colors. What I like about it the slightly more stiffness to it. I use 30# and can cast typical topwater, spooks & ploppers a mile. With a 15# mono leader, I never get hook tangles unless I make a sloppy cast. JMO
  11. Besides finding the fish, Don can be quite funny if in the mood. Dry humor had us in tears last time out.
  12. Quill, I bet that was fun on top. Since they no longer are stocking hybrids, nice to find one. I've not caught one for 2 years. Great fish but they really did pound on the crawfish base. Interesting to see how the balancing attempts play out. Not finding much striper action mid lake at all.
  13. Blll

    Quick trip 5/10

    Pretty raw morning with stiff breeze & high 40's temp. Went looking for crappies and had no luck shallow, deep, jigs or meat. Switched over to a spinnerbait and had a 3+ LM throw it right at the boat on her 3rd jump. Quiet 30 minutes so out came ned. 5 bass in 30 minutes anchored by another just shy of 3#'s. Not shallow. All bass came in about 10-12 fow on shelf rock drops or chunk banks. Had to leave, of course by then it was a beautiful day to ride in with. wt 63-65. Lots of boats pre fishing for Sat. JMO, saw a thread about ned with red head and shad/white Zinker. It has been working great with many catching it on the way down.
  14. Really small sample but the water moving into the brush has not seemed to entice the fish to follow. Wasted an hour with spinnerbait in brush. Not a look. Moved out to where they have been and they still are, it's just 2' deeper. 7:00 - 10:30, 4 keeper sized bass and 3 shorts. , 6 crappies, all 11-13". All on 3.3 Keith. Nothing in less than 10 fow. WT 61-63. Male crappies really black. Lots of floaters out there.
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