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  1. Bill, thanks for the report. Your topwater info in exactly what I am seeing. The red fin will definitely outperform the spook and plopper. So I just have a spook tied on for those major blow ups within 50 ft of the boat. The LM are also doing good over timber. This morning I had the boat in 40 to 45 ft and just fan cast to the direction of the last surface activity. The LM bite over timber seems to last a little longer than the open water. The MLF guys would of had a field day this morning.
  2. Bill, thanks for the report. Have you been seeing any shoreline related shad spawn. It was good in a few places on Thursday and Friday morning.
  3. 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.
  4. They appeared to take off this morning at 6AM vs 6:30AM. Approx 15 went under the Kim City bridge at 6:14.
  5. 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%.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. I fished from 7:30 to 10:30 and was fortunate to find a good underspin bite. I had 10 keepers (9 LM and 1 SM) with most on a 3/8 underspin with a 3" swimbait. I had a few bites on the flutter spoon. They would not eat a plain swimbait. I looked at 6 locations and the 6th location had the right combination of deep trees, bait, and active fish. I positioned my boat in 60' and cast over trees in 35' to 40' where the fish were bugging shad near the surface. My ideal fun fishing scenario for this time of year is what I found this morning. A general area for spawning that has plenty of trees, bait, and deep water. The next thing I am hoping for is the water temp stays below 57 and keeps the fish feeding in preparation for the spawn. WT was 48 to 50. I was lucky that the area I found did not have dying shad. Also, I did not catch any Kentucky's. I did not catch any big females, but if the water temp stays below 57 there is a chance they will participate in a feeding frenzy when I am around.
  19. Does any know where I can find a good hand poured swimbait with built in flash in the 3.5 inch size. I picked these up at Cabelas back in 2011 when the a-rig craze emptied the shelves of Zoom swimming flukes.
  20. I fished from 7:30 to 10:30 and was fortunate to find a good underspin bite. I had 10 keepers (9 LM and 1 SM) with most on a 3/8 underspin with a 3" swimbait. I had a few bites on the flutter spoon. They would not eat a plain swimbait. I looked at 6 locations and the 6th location had the right combination of deep trees, bait, and active fish. I positioned my boat in 60' and cast over trees in 35' to 40' where the fish were bugging shad near the surface. My ideal fun fishing scenario for this time of year is what I found this morning. A general area for spawning that has plenty of trees, bait, and deep water. The next thing I am hoping for is the water temp stays below 57 and keeps the fish feeding in preparation for the spawn. WT was 48 to 50. I was lucky that the area I found did not have dying shad. Also, I did not catch any Kentucky's. I did not catch any big females, but if the water temp stays below 57 there is a chance they will participate in a feeding frenzy when I am around. This post has been promoted to an article
  21. I caught this one this morning on gravel using a 3.8 swimbait scrubbing the bottom in 12 to 16 ft. I put the boat in about 22ft and make a 45 degree cast toward the bank and try to cover as much 12 to 16 depth as I can. The bottom slime in Kim City is fairly prevalent, so the 3.8 swimbait on a 3/8oz head works like a crankbait without the slime issue. This pre-spawn period has so many options and the fish give are giving me very few clues to maximize my catching. This one weighed 5 even.
  22. Larry, is the attached picture an example of what you seen ?
  23. I am glad the BFL guys had a nice weather day for fishing. Their practice days were tough conditions with extreme winds and/or rain. I noticed a fair amount of names from Truman and LOZ. The fish I caught were postured for a jerkbait, but I have more confidence in the swimbait to work at different depths above the trees. Also, I am not sure I could have caught much throughout the remainder of the day.
  24. I fished from 7:30 to 10:30 in Kim City area and had decent luck with a underspin and plain swimbait. I fished the mouth of a spawning cove with my boat setting in 45' and casting to 25' and slow rolling over trees. I had 10 fish with 8 keepers, 3 LM and 5 Ks. One LM was 5.11 using a 2.8 inch plain swimbait. Another LM was 5.5 using a 3.8 inch plain swimbait. This time of year, the plain swimbait can out perform an underspin. I caught a few keepers on the underspin and the rest on a plain swimbait. The area I fished had very little bait compared to when I fished it 10 days ago. Ten days ago it had too much bait in the area. The WT was 43.5 to 46. Some shad are still dying, but it seems to be minor. I could not move around much due to the amount of boats in the BFL tournament. For me, the main feeding time was over at 9AM. I would estimate my best 5 weighed 18.5 Lbs.
  25. I fished from 7:30 to 10:30 in Kim City area and had decent luck with a underspin and plain swimbait. I fished the mouth of a spawning cove with my boat setting in 45' and casting to 25' and slow rolling over trees. I had 10 fish with 8 keepers, 3 LM and 5 Ks. One LM was 5.11 using a 2.8 inch plain swimbait. Another LM was 5.5 using a 3.8 inch plain swimbait. This time of year, the plain swimbait can out perform an underspin. I caught a few keepers on the underspin and the rest on a plain swimbait. The area I fished had very little bait compared to when I fished it 10 days ago. Ten days ago it had too much bait in the area. The WT was 43.5 to 46. Some shad are still dying, but it seems to be minor. I could not move around much due to the amount of boats in the BFL tournament. For me, the main feeding time was over at 9AM. I would estimate my best 5 weighed 18.5 Lbs. This post has been promoted to an article
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