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  1. Thanks for the report. I tried Baxter to Campbell's point with red-fin and swimbait and had very limited success. Two keeps on the red-fin and some shorts on the swimbait. I figured I was just out of my zip code/league and needed some more practice. After a few hours bouncing around, I decided to bug the spawning fish and you can catch the MLF size in the right areas.
  2. They appeared to take off this morning at 6AM vs 6:30AM. Approx 15 went under the Kim City bridge at 6:14.
  3. The past few days it appears that 20% (of 80) are launching at Port of Kimberling and Mill creek. Several guys still seem to be scrambling trying to figure things out. I have seen lots trying the junk fishing approach like a small spawning cut that could hold one or two fish max. Tommy Biffle seems to be doing exactly what Mr Bill has described in a recent report. The Costa started one week ago and in my area the fishing was great and the water was clear. Now my area is stained/tough for me and the bottom algae is very prevalent. I will say that these guys give it 100%.
  4. I agree with QB. I would purchase a 7ft CB rod. It works for CD, Jerkbait, wake bait, walking bait, and 2.8 to 4" swimbait. With walking topwater baits, it is mainly about casting distance and accuracy. If you are on a good topwater bite, you should only have to walk it for 3 to 5 seconds.....so it is all about distance.
  5. Ike practiced around me this morning for about an hour. He is a machine at eliminating water and options. It takes him less than 2 seconds to go from setting down behind the steering wheel to making his first cast. The guys I seen did not seem dialed in yet, they reminded me of a tourist. But they eliminate options very quick. Some seem to still be in the biggest 5 mode vs numbers. There could be some 100# bags, but that would probably take an excellent topwater bite that goes on for a few hours, then shift gears to the Ned jig. The wind blew today so that might mislead a few guys.
  6. Flippin, I am glad you brought up this topic. I have a 100% failure rate with every spinning reel that I have ever bought regardless of brand. They all develop the exact symptom you describe. It is like I set the hook and it torques the round cylinder and warps it just enough to drag/catch as you reel.
  7. The red-fin worked good this morning until 8AM, then you had to really work for a bite. I tried a Sammy and the fish were not too interested in a walking bait. They would fool with it but not commit very often. Do not be surprised if someone post a 100 fish day.
  8. I am glad you had a good day and I know those smallmouth gave you a good fight. For new guys, it is a great year to learn where fish spawn inside a general spawning area because the beds are so numerous and visible. Also, the post spawn bite should be great with all the shad and clear water. I have caught a few post spawn fish, so there are fish in all three phases.
  9. I fished this morning and had some nice fish on a underspin with a 3" swimbait. Lately, I fish the first hour in a general spawning area with a underspin then move to the main lake and fish a jerkbait on steep banks with a few cedars and plenty of wind. Extreme wind produces better results for quality LM. I think the jerkbait bite might be over for me. This morning I had 8 shorts on the JB in the same spots that were producing some good LM. The WT jumped to 60-62. There are plenty of fish on beds but I have not seen any quality yet. The first big wave of stagging LM showed up on April 2nd, so after 3 weeks I would guess the spawning activity will be major this week. The water clarity is 12 to 15 ft and the water is not in many bushes. So you will see plenty of deep beds. There are 3 pictures of fish caught this morning on the underspin (6.1#, 4.3#, and another about 3#). The last picture is an example of the type of jerkbait banks that I look for.
  10. I fished this morning and had some nice fish on a underspin with a 3" swimbait. Lately, I fish the first hour in a general spawning area with a underspin then move to the main lake and fish a jerkbait on steep banks with a few cedars and plenty of wind. Extreme wind produces better results for quality LM. I think the jerkbait bite might be over for me. This morning I had 8 shorts on the JB in the same spots that were producing some good LM. The WT jumped to 60-62. There are plenty of fish on beds but I have not seen any quality yet. The first big wave of stagging LM showed up on April 2nd, so after 3 weeks I would guess the spawning activity will be major this week. The water clarity is 12 to 15 ft and the water is not in many bushes. So you will see plenty of deep beds. There are 3 pictures of fish caught this morning on the underspin (6.1#, 4.3#, and another about 3#). The last picture is an example of the type of jerkbait banks that I look for. This post has been promoted to an article
  11. One of the most impressive performances in this event was accomplished by Dustin Lippe. He weighed in several big fish. After his great finishes in two recent tournaments and being a dominant player in the big bass event.....he makes it look easy.
  12. I fished the underspin this morning and just caught one fish, but at least it was a good one (5lbs). The lake is super busy so I just stayed in one small area. I know the fish are staging because I have seen them and now I also know they will ignore my offerings. The picture was taken in the bottom of the boat because there were a few other boats around me.
  13. I fished the underspin this morning and had 12 keepers (10 LM, 1 SM, 1 K). The best 5 about 18 lbs. The Federation boys flew by me first thing this morning and I am sure the leader of that tournament will have a hefty bag for day one. WT 53-55. The LM have made a big move and the KVD bash should be great.
  14. The fish are biting several different baits fairly well. The underspin with a 3" swimbait, jerkbait, wobble head,,,,,etc. I do not mention the crankbait because the bottom slime is a nuisance in my area. The fish can be caught shallow or deep, but they seem to be grouped up. When you find them, you can get multiple bites in a very short distance. The WT was 49-52 this morning and I assume it warms up a few degrees in the afternoon on nice sunny days. For me, the jerkbait will produce but the quality is lacking. The fish pictured below weighed 5.13 and was caught this morning on a underspin.
  15. The fish are biting several different baits fairly well. The underspin with a 3" swimbait, jerkbait, wobble head,,,,,etc. I do not mention the crankbait because the bottom slime is a nuisance in my area. The fish can be caught shallow or deep, but they seem to be grouped up. When you find them, you can get multiple bites in a very short distance. The WT was 49-52 this morning and I assume it warms up a few degrees in the afternoon on nice sunny days. For me, the jerkbait will produce but the quality is lacking. The fish pictured below weighed 5.13 and was caught this morning on a underspin. View full article
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