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    Dock-in-it reacted to Macsimus in Flogging   
    I've been flogging the water to a froth since arriving here March 1st with nothing worthy of a report. However, just being here and trying beats the land of ice and snow every day, all day. Like Basspastor, catching them deep is a summit I'm still looking up at. Thank you for your inspirational post, by the way. Yesterday, I ventured over to the Kings in search of warmer water. It was stained less than I expected given the recent rains, but still had enough floaters for a little pucker factor running down the lake. Table Rock finally granted me a bit of mercy as I blundered into a school of Spots and LMs, catching 20 including 5 keepers. One of them was this "Lil Ol' Meat Pouch" to borrow an epithet from Zona. She went 21 1/2" and tipped the scale at 5.23 lbs. She eagerly lunched a white chatterbait with an Albino Zoom Swimming Super Fluke Jr for a trailer. I remember thinking, this is a big one and wondering if it might not be some other specie as it was pulling so hard. All of the fish came on either the chatterbait or a 4" Keitech Swing Impact on a 1/4 ballhead jig. Water temp was 61. 

     
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    Dock-in-it reacted to Brian D in Tough fishing this weekend   
    My son and I fished over by Moonshine today. 1 fish on a Keitech. It was my PB on Table Rock at 5 7. She was in less than 4 ft of water. We also threw dang near everything in the boat. 
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    Dock-in-it reacted to BassPastor in Tough fishing this weekend   
    Sometimes I like to add reports from tough days that I have because I feel like all you read is how great everyone else is doing, while you continue to struggle. So for those who struggled this weekend, this is for you! 
    Fished the lower lake area most of the day on Friday and Saturday. I've got bad luck, I tend to pick weekends that directly follow pressure fronts that pulls all the fish back out. This weekend was no different. Tried to commit to Keitechs on 1/4 oz heads off of main and secondary points, no bites working that. Noticed the water had more stain than usual following Friday PM's rain so switched to the big thumper double Indiana spinner. Got a nice ready to spawn smallie on that. Stuck with the spinner, mostly working back into creek arms and picked up another couple bites that way.

    Today was just as tough. Threw the boat at these fish including Keitechs, rock crawlers, Jerk baits, spinners and even a little Ned Rig. Today was good for two short spots in total. Seeing reports that folks found fish suspended in 25' water at about 15'-18'. This makes a lot of sense as I started seeing some shad under the boat and some suspended fish towards the end of the day while fishing around Big Cedar area. I suck at catching suspended fish. Maybe I need to pick up an A-Rig or two. 

    Back next weekend, hope the fish move back up for the likes of us lesser skilled anglers. :D 
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    Dock-in-it reacted to bferg in First trip in the new Rig- Big M 4/2   
    Well, after a lot of good years and great fishing out of my Lowe Roughneck (for sale- great boat!  Check out my post in the Buy/Sell Forum!!!)  I finally got to upgrade to a larger fishing platform.  Brought home a 2003 Ranger 185vs with a 150 HP Mercury XR6.  First trip out was a success from a boat standpoint but not so much from a fishing perspective.
    We got on the (high) water at Big M at 6:35.  Courtesy dock is all jacked up and sideways out in the water.  WT was 56ish everywhere we went with more stain as you go down lake and more clear up the river.  I thought we would have a spinner bait bonanza today with the wind but we just had a tough time getting bit.  We ran all kinds of buck brush that I would have bet money had fish in front of it and just struggled.  Had to be back for some work calls by 12:30 so we were off the water at 11.  Man, was the wind blowing.  Ended the day with 1 spot on a fluke in front of some brush.  Couple of dinks didn't quite make it all the way into the Ranger but did hit on a Rock Crawler.  Not a great report but I really just wanted to show off the new rig.    


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    Dock-in-it reacted to Royal Blue in Pond to the East...   
    Had possibly my best day ever on the upper end of Bull Shoals this past Sunday.  It was a day the Champ would've loved.  Spinnerbaits all day.  Found the water temp at 54 when we put in and it was 62.5 in the back of a couple of creeks by the afternoon.  You have those days that you won't ever for get and this will go down as one of them.  Between my brother and I we lost count at 30+ KEEPERS!  It was non stop action for hours and my office hands were completely trashed.  Can't wait to get back over there!




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    Dock-in-it reacted to Terrin Garber in Indian point 3/28   
    Tough
    only caught two keeper fish. 
    big one (5.2) on a jerkbait. If anyone caught em good today I tip my cap. 

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    Dock-in-it reacted to 196champ in Shell Knob 3/29 - 3/30   
    Fished all day Sunday and just an hour of so this evening before the rain from Big Creek to Shell Knob.  I was discouraged by the water color but it didn't seem to hurt the bite, just needed to do some adjusting from my usual routine.
    Caught them on the old bank line in front of the bushes 9'-15'.  the wind was your friend and did the best on a rock crawler, spinner bait and chatter bait.
    Spinner bait and chatter bait usually aren't my thing, as i would rather creep a swim bait out deep but boy was it fun! 
    Most everything i fished was larger pockets leading into spawning coves or the first 100 yard stretch leading into larger creek arms.  These fish were just all about to burst, any buck brush sticking out a bit further than the rest were a great target.






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    Dock-in-it reacted to edyer in Fished the last seven days.   
    We always come down from Michigan to share your beautiful lake and fish the Aunt's Creek Association Buddy Tournament.My buddy Dale and I came down last week Friday. We had just got the news that the tournaments were called off. We each drove our own boat and trailer down with planes that our teammates would come later to join us in the tournament. We also expected four others to join us. Then the Coronavirus stated getting more people infected and shutting down more stuff, everyone else decided to stay home.We figured we could socially distance ourselves on Table Rock, so we have been fishing out of our own boats, trying to stay within a mile of each other the past week. we fish about 6-8 hours a day, and compare our catches and stories. The first day, 3/21, was very tough. I caught one 2.5 pound largemouth and Dale got skunked. The next day we stayed between point 9 and Aunt's Creek. I caught a 3.5 pound smallmouth and a Spot. Dale caught a ball Spot. I believe it rained in the morning on Tuesday. We fished the Aunt's creek area again. I had five keeper smallmouths and a 40 inch Striper. Dale got skunked. The next day, we took a ride up the white towards Campbell. I caught 14 spots, two smallmouths, and two largemouths. Dale had 12 spots and two smallmouths. Next day we went to Kimberling City. I caught Two nice smallmouths, three 3 pound largemouths, and a nice spot for 17.68 pounds. Dale had a nice bag of four smallmouths and two spots for 16.86 pounds. We are kind of competitive. Thursday we went up the white again, and I only had three keepers, but one was a 3.65 small jaw. Dale had about a dozen, with a couple of smallmouths and the rest spots. Today we went back to Kimberling City and Dale had seven with a couple of real nice spots, one over 3 pounds.I had five fish, buttony three keepers which include a couple of small jaws, and a big spot. The majority of the fish Dale caught were on a 5/16 round ball jig with a smoke/purple Yamamoto 4 or 5 inch grub, or a 3 inch Kalin Grub.Keeps his boat in 25-30 feet and makes a cast award shore and slowing reels it back, trying to keep it near the bottom, without getting slimed.Most of my fish were caught on swim baits, using a 1/4 ounce Shin Spin jig with a 3.8 Keitech. I also caught a few, including the 3.65 smallmouth, on the 5/16 jig with a 2.8 keitech. The day I caught the Striper, I caught all five keeper smallmouths on a finesse A-Rig thrown very close to the flooded bushes. Much like a spinner bait. I tried a spinner bait, but couldn't get bit on it.Trying to decide where to fish tomorrow. Still haven't caught a big bass(I did lose a five pounder on Tuesday) Tried to net it by myself, and I should of boat flipped it. Glad it wasn't in a tournament. Still would like to have a 50 fish day. but with the water levels going down, I don't think the bite will turn on. We are leaving early Monday to head back to Michigan. Good luck everybody.








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    Dock-in-it reacted to bferg in Big M Social Distancing   
    Someone told the fish about the quarantine.   Got my butt kicked this AM.  On the water at 7:00 and off at 12:30.  2 fish caught.  Water was 51 degrees, high, and stained about like tea.  Water got dirtier down lake from Big M.  Ran up the river a bit to Panther Creek.  Tried crank bait, jig, jerker, and swim bait with no luck- in the back of creeks and on the main lake points.  Just couldn’t buy much of a bite.  Both fish I did catch were on a spinner bait in front of brush in 10-12 feet of water.  But that smallie was worth getting out of bed for!  Other than that I was pretty lost out there today.  


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    Dock-in-it reacted to Hunter91 in Kimberling area 3-24   
    Fished the Kimberling area yesterday after the storms quit. It was slow for us. Caught some nice smallies and one nice Kentucky on warts. We had to find where you could get to less than 10 feet on gravel.


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    Dock-in-it reacted to magicwormman in MID JAMES DEBRIS!   
    The mid James between pt.13 and 14 is loaded with logs and debris. Be careful out there as some of the floaters are huge. I guess I need some tips from Champ because I blanked on my last 2 outings.

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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from merc1997 in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    I fished this afternoon for a few hrs and had the best trip of the year so far. I found a school of fish just inside a gravel cove that was feeding on a big school of shad. The shad were thick from 7 to 15ft then they thinned out between 15 and 25ft. This was an area protected from the wind and that allowed me to see shad flickering when idling into the cove. I used two different underspins to catch them. I positioned my boat in 30ft and threw a 3/8 oz to 10 ft and slowed rolled the bait. After catching a bunch, I put the boat in 22ft and threw a 1/4 oz to 6ft and found out the LM were shallower. It helped to have the bait real close to the bottom under most of the shad. If the bait hit the bottom it would get just enough slim to make the cast useless, so I messed up a lot casts. I had 28 keepers with a good mix of all species and some really nice LM (one was 5.10# and some 3s and 4s). I caught all the fish on a 30yd stretch and never moved the boat except to give them a rest. A few guys came in the cove so I stopped fishing and went to scout other gravel coves hoping to find the same stacked shad scenario. Yesterday morning I had 15 keepers on a 3" SB around trees with shad. Yesterday they would not pay the underspin much attention.





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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from big c in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    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 found the shad but not the fish. On most days the fish win, and the other days I post how good the fishing is.
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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from Seth Clarkson in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    I fished this afternoon for a few hrs and had the best trip of the year so far. I found a school of fish just inside a gravel cove that was feeding on a big school of shad. The shad were thick from 7 to 15ft then they thinned out between 15 and 25ft. This was an area protected from the wind and that allowed me to see shad flickering when idling into the cove. I used two different underspins to catch them. I positioned my boat in 30ft and threw a 3/8 oz to 10 ft and slowed rolled the bait. After catching a bunch, I put the boat in 22ft and threw a 1/4 oz to 6ft and found out the LM were shallower. It helped to have the bait real close to the bottom under most of the shad. If the bait hit the bottom it would get just enough slim to make the cast useless, so I messed up a lot casts. I had 28 keepers with a good mix of all species and some really nice LM (one was 5.10# and some 3s and 4s). I caught all the fish on a 30yd stretch and never moved the boat except to give them a rest. A few guys came in the cove so I stopped fishing and went to scout other gravel coves hoping to find the same stacked shad scenario. Yesterday morning I had 15 keepers on a 3" SB around trees with shad. Yesterday they would not pay the underspin much attention.





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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from m&m in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    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 found the shad but not the fish. On most days the fish win, and the other days I post how good the fishing is.
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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from Quillback in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    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 found the shad but not the fish. On most days the fish win, and the other days I post how good the fishing is.
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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from magicwormman in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    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 found the shad but not the fish. On most days the fish win, and the other days I post how good the fishing is.
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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from Champ188 in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    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 found the shad but not the fish. On most days the fish win, and the other days I post how good the fishing is.
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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from Hughesy in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    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 found the shad but not the fish. On most days the fish win, and the other days I post how good the fishing is.
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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from Hunter53 in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    I fished this afternoon for a few hrs and had the best trip of the year so far. I found a school of fish just inside a gravel cove that was feeding on a big school of shad. The shad were thick from 7 to 15ft then they thinned out between 15 and 25ft. This was an area protected from the wind and that allowed me to see shad flickering when idling into the cove. I used two different underspins to catch them. I positioned my boat in 30ft and threw a 3/8 oz to 10 ft and slowed rolled the bait. After catching a bunch, I put the boat in 22ft and threw a 1/4 oz to 6ft and found out the LM were shallower. It helped to have the bait real close to the bottom under most of the shad. If the bait hit the bottom it would get just enough slim to make the cast useless, so I messed up a lot casts. I had 28 keepers with a good mix of all species and some really nice LM (one was 5.10# and some 3s and 4s). I caught all the fish on a 30yd stretch and never moved the boat except to give them a rest. A few guys came in the cove so I stopped fishing and went to scout other gravel coves hoping to find the same stacked shad scenario. Yesterday morning I had 15 keepers on a 3" SB around trees with shad. Yesterday they would not pay the underspin much attention.





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    Dock-in-it reacted to Smithvillesteve in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    When we going Dock?
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    Dock-in-it reacted to Champ188 in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    Even this old shallow water mudhole fisherman is extremely impressed with your skills. And I'm most impressed that you do it without Iivescope or the A-rig (hero maker).
    If I could get inside your head and Bo's, I might tear up my lifetime Mudhole Anglers Association card and join you guys out deep. 
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    Dock-in-it reacted to magicwormman in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    Absolutely AMAZING!!!! You have consistently been on them all year!! Congratulations!
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    Dock-in-it reacted to Johnsfolly in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    @Dock-in-it those are some fat fish. Congrats on a great day of pre-spawners! Surprised that the spot wasn't dumping eggs or tossing up shad with that belly.
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    Dock-in-it reacted to Bill Babler in Kim City - Mar 22nd - underspin on gravel with shad   
    Good Grief is all I can say.
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