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  1. Thanks for the info. It will be one of those deals where I might get the chance to go if the kids get settled down early enough. Since I would not have a partner I was curious how many do fish at night so at least someone would be around in case of a problem.
  2. We are likely taking a family vacation in early July to Branson. One of the first things in the back of my mind was "Wonder if I can get away for a few hours later in the evening....." Never been down to Taney before, only trout from the parks. Bass fish plenty at night so have that experience. Also duck hunt so very used to wading in the dark, even in current. I have plenty of time to search the forum for tackle set ups and conditions I could be faced with and I will do so, but figure I would ask here for any tips or information about the wading area and facing it for the first time at n
  3. Thought gar with mouth broke off with pliers but that split tail fin said no. Eye placement does look like a pickerel.
  4. Well I caught just a few fish. Due to time constraints with others in the group I was not able to fish effectively but still made enough casts. I could not get anything on moving baits such as twin spin and whopper. Mostly Ned and wacky rig. If I had time to stop and fish slowly I could have probably caught plenty of small bass and goggle eye. River had plenty of people but not terrible. Good flow, almost too much for the Ned head I was using. Saw a few jets but all were courteous. No crazy drunks. Managed to not get rained on.
  5. Thanks for the info. Hopefully I have something positive to report. Looks like a rain chances are more abundant next week so hopefully the big rains stay away
  6. Hello all. I will be floating from the state park to the caverns in a couple weeks on a Saturday. Never have been below Onondaga so I have no experience on the river below there. I usually float during the week to avoid the heavy crowds but this is float has been set up by others. We will be in kayaks which is what I usually rent. I can't go on a float with out making at least a few cast. I doubt anyone else will fish. 1. How is this stretch in regards to depth, width in comparison to the area around Onondaga? 2. I know its jet boat territory and expect it to be busy, but does t
  7. With where the bass were blowing up on the plopper, I wish I would have had my wiggle warts as they were in relatively deep water and I think I might have been able to dig down to them and maybe caught a few. Maybe some heavier big bladed spinner baits as well. Didn't have any in the bag as I planned on fishing clear water. I bounced the HD craw through the same spots and never picked up a bass. The others I saw fishing were all dragging plastics and weren't having much luck.
  8. After a busy summer I finally found time for a float and decided I was going to try the Harpers back to Huzzah Valley trip. The rain Tuesday evening had me a little worried as I went to bed, but I kept a positive thought think maybe there would just be a slight rise on the creek. Woke up Wednesday morning to see the gauge at HV had went from 130cfs to 280cfs and a rise a little under a foot, and it was already falling . Never the less, at least my wife and I wouldn't have to drag. Water color was more reminiscent of the Meramec. Weather forecast was for morning fog, maybe some overca
  9. Rent a raft. Not the easiest the paddle as you and at least one other will have to work together. Safest option for a start and with the higher levels you can still float with out as much dragging as would be normal for this point in summer.
  10. Thanks for the opinions. Yes it’s twice as heavy as most kayaks so using it would require a nice access where you can back right up to the water. I’ve used it to pick up duck decoys last year and it paddles/push poles decent, even with a good wind. Current I figured would be quite a bit harder to control, that’s why I was thinking of what access would possibly work that had some long slower pools, even if that meant targeting mostly green fish. I will most likely just use it on small lakes. When you are only out a couple times a year it’s hard to remember how fast that current is and how many
  11. I have access to a layout boat in the link below. With how the bottom is, how would think it would handle the current of the mid Meramec at normal summer flows? I’m only on the river once or twice a year renting kayaks so looking for an option to use this to get some more river time. https://www.explorebeavertail.com/product/stealth-1200/ Plan would be to paddle up from an access and float back down. Any suggestions on which access would be best to try as a maiden voyage? Think I could launch at Scotia/Huzzah CA and be fine paddling up either creek as another option?
  12. I was down at Bass for a family camping trip this weekend. Didn’t fish much but caught a few using a wacky rig or trick worm around the rip rap they dumped along the bank. It looked like there were several bass and goggleye guarding beds. Biggest caught was probably around 14”
  13. Wow, haven’t been by there in a long time.
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