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  1. We left Texas behind on Friday afternoon thankful that we 1) still had Waldo in good shape, 2) we were out of the rain, 3) had on dry clothes, and 4) neither of us had hypothermia :)! This is a bad picture if you are a boat owner.


    Ham dropped me off at the Little Rock airport so that I could pick up my rental car that I would use to get to Columbia for work once this trip was over. He and I met for dinner and I followed him back to Flippin. Sat we headed to White Hole access and were met with a nearly full boat ramp. Could have been an ominous start. At one point I counted well over 60 boats and then just stopped counting. It's a good thing that we were after the yellow perch run and not those stocked rainbows. Ham pulled up to a hole that he has seen and possible caught perch previously. I had a casting weight with a dropper loop armed with a #10 Aberdeen hook and some redworm. I pitched the bait into an opening in the weeds. It was less than 20 seconds that I missed a small bite. I repositioned the bait and hooked into my first yellow perch of the day. Took about a minute ;)! I am no stranger to this fish. So maybe it was familiarity with my quarry, but more likely just that Ham put us in the right spot.

    John 1st Yellow Perch - White river 12Oct19.jpg 

    I gave my rod to Ham since he was champing at the bit to catch one of these guys himself. Took a little longer but not by much until he had his first of the day as well.


    Ham and I proceeded to drop into grass edges, under grass mats, etc. to catch more. Ham caught a few more from this spot. I got trout blocked and only landed one more perch from that spot. First I was blocked by what I am inclined to consider as a Bonneville cutthroat (my first ever; let me know from you knowledgeable guys if this should be considered a Yellowstone instead @netboy or @mojorig) followed by a rainbow. I was halfway to a slam, but wanted to catch more perch :rolleyes:.

    John bonneville Cutthroat - White river 12Oct19.jpg

    We moved to a new spot upriver. At the confluence of this small tributary. I caught bluegill and two more yellow perch one of which took the hook too deep and didn't make it. Ham hooked some trout. I couldn't get the suckers to bite at this location either. Further upstream we went and into another small creek. I saw brook trout, rainbows and what looked like a decent brown trout as we went into the creek. The only fish that we could see were trout as we went further up the creek. Some of those trout were less than 5 to 6 inches in length. We headed back to the confluence and Ham hooked one of the brookies on his Zig jig. Then another. Now he had half a slam as well.


    I also caught a snakeriver cutthroat trout at that spot.

    John Snakeriver Cutthroat - White River 12Oct19.jpg

    I caught a rainbow but no other trout. I did land a new species for 2019, a male hornyhead chub. He was "dressed" for the ladies with a bright red spot and sported a head covered in breeding tubercles.

    John Hornyhead Chub - White River 12Oct19.jpg

    We looked over a few more creeks and rock piles, etc. looking for interesting fish. Still not too worried about a slam. Then we made the big run uplake where we met @snagged in outlet 3. I had on an olive ginger 1/32 oz Zig jig and was casting towards the shore line or running the jig down through the troughs between the weed lines while Ham was talking with Pete. Just as we said goodbye to Pete I hooked and landed my first brook trout of the day!


    Three quarters of the way to a slam (or maybe 4/5? ;)). I caught another brook trout and Ham caught brooks and rainbows. We drifted downstream where Ham landed his cutthroat.


    We did come to the White to get me on knobfin sculpin. So it was decision time - go for the slam or head downstream for the knobfin. I wanted the slam. Problem was that water had been flayed over by boat after boat after boat. We soldiered on anyway. Ham came closest to a slam but lost the one brown that he hooked. I caught a couple more brook trout and a few rainbows, but don't think that I had on and lost a brown. We gave it a shot regardless.

    Headed back to the boat ramp. We tried a couple of rocky points and Ham caught a knobfin sculpin. I hooked a 5 inch rainbow. I did end up landing a knobfin sculpin at Stetson's dock:D.

    John Knobfin Sculpin - White river 12Oct19.jpg

    It was another great day fishing from Waldo. I appreciate Ham taking me on this adventure. I look forward when we can do it all again!

  2. 33 minutes ago, JestersHK said:

    Glad you boys had a great trip.  Wish you could of saw the big fish John... Next time I guess lol.

    It was a great trip (all except the frigid stinging rain on Friday :mellow:! Even in the rain the cypress are impressive trees.



    Ham bore the brunt of the rain as he was driving the boat.

    As Ham mentioned I had not fished tree tops for crappie using those long poles. Pretty similar to how Livie and I fish the piers here in Maryland. I just need to pay attention to when Ham is moving the boat and get that jig the heck out of that tree top before the hound dog needs to come out :rolleyes:. Also haven't had much experience with using a baitcasting reel except for musky fishing and those lures are quite a bit bigger so not as many bird's nests. Also there is typically no overhead branches or docks behind you to grab your lures on a musky lake. We ate well. Chicken with lemon and capers with rice, fried crappie with beans, and only one frozen pizza.

    We caught bluegill, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth, redspotted sunfish, blackstriped topminnows, spotted bass, largemouth bass, white and black crappie, bowfin, chain pickerel, channel catfish, and blue catfish. Ham can add any that I might have missed.

    Only one really unwanted visitor but Ham would have to tell that tale.


    So that was Texas. Onto Arkansas and the White River for its famous yellow perch fishing :D!

  3. Okay so we are bragging about the bigger fish. We also pulled a lot of mini fish out of the brush, stumps, cypress knees and tree roots along the bank. With a new boat there are always a bunch of first fish that happen. Like the first channel catfish, first spotted bass, first bowfin, first blackstriped topminnow, maybe first redear sunfish, etc. that occurred on this trip. One of the fish that Ham and I discussed prior to this trip was the possibility of catching a spotted sunfish. Looking over photos of fish that Ham has caught in the past I was certain that he was catching redspotted sunfish. So we needed to catch some to confirm. On one of the tree tops without much crappie action, Ham was throwing towards the back of a cut. I threw my olive Gulp honey worm close to the bank between two cypress knees and got a bite. I pulled in the first redspotted sunfish of the trip (actually my only one as well). It didn't take Ham too long to catch his first and then with a pattern he was able to call the shot as to what cypress knees, roots would hold a redspotted sunfish.



    We caught bluegill (Moe or Momo's), longear sunfish (aka Larry since that was the least favorite of the three stooges), juvenile or hybrid longears (Larry X), green sunfish, and warmouth.




    Ham caught the smallest warmouth that either of us have ever seen on Lake of the Pines.

    For the first few days, we had opportunities at several micros but didn't fish for them and spent most time fishing for other fish. I did get excited about some topminnows and I could see a couple of species. Also there were a few different schools of minnows seen throughout the trip. I tried fishing with a shorter pole on Thursday for a different topminnow species than I have seen before and had one bite and drop off and didn't get close enough to reach any others. At the boat ramp Thurs. there were groups of topminnows and I called the shot that it wouldn't take more than a minute to catch one of them. It didn't take more than a minute and I landed my first blackstriped topminnow of the year.


    On Friday morning it didn't take Ham that long to catch his first of that species for 2019 either.


    Friday's poor weather did not allow us much opportunity to catch any other micros for the trip :unsure:.


  4. We had a great time and one pastime was coming up with nicknames for these fish. Ham mentioned Swamp Musky already, but didn't talk about BOWFUN! Now these fish are considered trash fish by most folks, but to those of us in love with the thump and strong pull they can be a lot of fun. As Ham mentioned, after catching that crappie in the brush sitting in about 4 to 6 feet of water, I hit it again with the 1/32 oz crappie tube jig and Bobby Garland pearl crappie plastic. That fish hit like a freight train and fortunately ran out of the brush into more open water. That allowed me to actually play the fish using that long pole to wear it down. I back reeled a lot and let the drag work as well when the fish ran, trying to maintain constant pressure. I was also fortunate that the jig caught the fish right in the lip and upper jaw and not in its hard palate where it may have pulled sooner.  It was my largest swamp musky to date - 23" and 4+ pounds.




    My second encounter with the Swamp Musky was in the same lake where Ham had two solid bowfun strikes. This fish hit the bait about 6 to 8 feet from the boat and not more than 30 yards from Ham's strikes. I did not get a solid hook set and the fish swam off. Later as we had circled the banks of this small lake and heading to the channel out to the bayou, I made a cast with the spinnerbait again not more than 70 yards from my last encounter, the bait got smashed. Again I was fortunate to have the hook find the spot just behind the upper jaw and not in the hard palate. After the nice fight my second swamp musky was in the net :D.


    Keep an eye out this holiday season for our line of swamp musky apparel and video series :goodjob:!

  5. On 10/13/2019 at 9:43 AM, Ham said:

    Slowly BFJ got line back . Net is ready. Staring into the murky water for first glance of the beast. And then the hook pulled/failed.we were like 15 minutes into the fight. 

    a fish that will haunt John forever was gone without ever being seen by us. I’m confident it was a > 20 lb Blue Cat. 

    I now have that fish and a big boatside musky as haunting fish memories of that moment when the hook popped. That was a hard fighting fish on such a light pole. I was trying not to horse that fish and as Ham knows there was a lot of give an take using that little reel's drag, back reeling, and bringing in line when I could. Ham didn't mention that there was only 9 feet of line out when that hook pulled on that fish. Still didn't get a look at the fish, but it was so close. That fish was well above the weight limit of that thin wire 1/32 oz crappie jig.

  6. 31 minutes ago, Tim M said:

    Thanks John 

    What part of Maryland you live ? I lived in MD> back in the late 60s in a town called Bowie when I was a teenager. Still have a lot of friends out there I stay in touch with. Went out there last year and fished for Stripers in the Chesapeake Bay


    Those are some nice rockfish (aka stripers). We live in Royal Oak MD which is between St Michaels and Easton on the eastern side of the bay.

  7. On 9/26/2019 at 1:11 PM, FishnDave said:

    Striped Bass! That's another species I'd love to catch on the fly.

    I haven't figured out the stripers out here in MD yet. Catch schoolies from the banks and docks but so far nothing big. I do tend to fish more for different fish than devote too much time just on stripers😌. Also a boat would go a big way towards more productive waters for sure.

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