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  1. The cloudy mornings (with a few sprinkles) can be pretty productive. Just check out the OMTT tournament results from this past Sunday. With lots of seasoned ozark anglers and ideal weather conditions (cloudy/sprinkles), the number of quality fish was amazing (3# avg for 25th place.... a 4 fish limit). I fished this morning and the shallow jig bite was very productive. I had a limit by 7:15 (3 LM and 2 SM), fishing a 9/16 GP jig in 6 to 15ft. Caught 11 keepers with 9 on the jig and 2 on topwater. I wanted to commit to the shallow topwater bite, but I tried a jig on my first stop and it worked s
  2. I had jet ski guys jumping my wake at 6:40. Did you have a guide trip or just fishing by yourself? I talked to a guy for about 15 seconds in a white/black Phoenix with a shark jaw front.
  3. I took a graph picture this morning showing fish suspended over deep water. I know a few of the lines are bass but the gizzard shad are always around and some areas have a few whites mixed in.
  4. The fish are still biting the swimbait pretty good (best from daylight to 7:30). I normally use a 2.8 Big Bite SB with a 5/16 and 3/8oz jig head. The Big Bite SB is very impressive in regards to catching and durability. I have a topwater handy (spook) but it does not see much action. There are some good mornings where the fish are chasing on top but there are too many dinks. They are normally chasing one or two shad. A few big fish are mixed in, but few and far between. The swimbait and topwater bite I am referring to is in deep water (25ft to 75ft). I pay very little attention to the bank, mo
  5. Bill, I was hoping you noticed that. I have been fishing the past few mornings and doing much better just playing around with different swimbaits. We are pretty blessed to fish Table Rock on a routine basis.
  6. Did you guys catch any whites? They are grouped up on the spawning shad and seem to crowd out the bass. Lots of the whites are in the 1-3ft range in the Kimberling area.
  7. Caught these LM this morning and they seemed to be spawned out. The attached graph picture is a good sign that you are about to get a bite.
  8. The past two mornings have been very different weather wise but still very productive. Yesterday morning I caught them in a wind blown gravel spawning cove and this morning I fished with no wind in a deep (ledge rock) spawning pocket. Today I had about 30 keepers on the underspin (1/4 and 3/8) and the key each morning has been abundant shad. Some of the shad each morning have been scattered in the 15'-25' range but each morning I also found shad extremely thick in shallow water (3'-10'). Both mornings the fish & bait have been grouped up in a very small section of the cove or pocket, so I
  9. I purchased two G.Loomis pistol grips rods decades ago and still have them. I believe that I was I influenced by a Charlie Campbell article about using pistol grip rods for accuracy when throwing a spook around brush or timber. I grew up in Northwest Florida fishing rivers that dumped into the bays. A short handle rod was very helpful while sitting down in the back of a wooden river boat and sculling with one arm and casting under low hanging trees with the other.
  10. The cold front has repositioned the bait fish (both the threadfin and gizzard) and the fish moved with them. This morning I was lucky to stumbled onto some fish feeding on shad in 35 to 55 FOW and the fish were down about 20-25ft. I used an underspin and they would not bite the plain swimbait. The two LM in the pictures weighed about 4.75#. One of the LM looks like it has done some spawning and the other looks like a pre-spawn. I tried six locations including coves and creeks and finally found some in a creek.
  11. I know it had to hurt, did your wife have to remind you not to close your mouth until the super glue dried.
  12. With the 3/8, I use 10# mono on a crankbait rod. I use the crankbait rods so I can throw a SB, CB and jerkbait on the same rod/line combo. I fish a lot in the winter and prefer the mono in cold temps and just keep using it in spring. Flouro would work great. The CB rod is good for playing fish in open water so you can determine if a boat flip will work or you need the net.
  13. Bobby, earlier this week I also found shad that were shallow (20 to 25ft) in a creek and a single loon was having a big time aggravating them and there was not a single fish I could see (so that does happen). Also, I ignore the main lake deep shad (over 50). Regarding locations, I would try to figure where a bass would stage for the spawn and if that location has shad then you will have a good chance to catch a few. I am looking for groups of fish and that normally requires the presents of bait fish. Currently, I avoid the obvious gravel points because they get to much pressure. I think paying
  14. I thought this morning was going to be tough because I blanked yesterday morning and today we had post frontal conditions and cold temps to start the day. In general the fishing has been good when I can find the shad postured at the right depth (20 to 30ft). This morning I had approx 20 fish with about 12 keepers (all 3 species). I found shad in three locations in a creek and the fish were actively feeding. If I can find the shad I have a lot of confidence that there will be a group of fish around. I just keep an eye on my graph to determine how deep to retrieve the swimbait. You can use a fl
  15. Yesterday was just one of those trips that you can't duplicate, you just have to remember how special it was. That all happened in a little over 2hrs. Regarding Live Scope, I hope folks will post how that technology has changed their fish catching experience. I have been around a lot of deep fish this year and with Live Scope I might be going nuts on which fish I should cast to. Regarding the deep bite, I feel comfortable with the techniques based on years of experience and soaking up information from a lot of folks(especially on this forum). Everyday is different and this morning was proof, I
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