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  1. YES i seen that darn thing too. It took them close to 2 hours to fill. That was one of the main reasons i stayed above the ramp fishing. The jet skiis pulling the tube was a whole nother story. There were 2 jet skiis following behind the tube within 10-20 yds. Thats crazy dangerous along with being illegal. As far as kayaks go i got plenty of middle fingers from all them. For the most part i stayed on plane and ran some areas i shouldnt have to stay away from them. Tried slowing down a few time but trying to maintain a forward speed just creates a larger wake. Got the finger no matter what i did ! There were also plenty of them with small children in the 1-3yr range. I cant imagine what would happen if they turned over their kayak with an infant in that current and water temp. Think my summertime weekend trips are over. Be doing midweek if i even go during summer from now on. The low layer of fog was the real issue. You can see the fishermen above it as you travel up or down. But you dont see them kayaks untill your right on them. 3 times i came within 10ft of a kayak in the fog and i was going as slow as possible. I know alot of boats were running on plane thru the stuff. Not judging anyone ! I just chose not to. I for one never want to see much of the water patrol. Think its time they get involved on the upper end. Also think its quite irresponsible of the kayak outfitters to turn them people loose in those conditions. Done with my rant for the day ! Time to smoke some trout on the Green Egg, drink a few beers and calm down !!
  2. Took a trip to Taneycomo vs fishing the flooded lakes around home (Pomme and Stockton) It was short notice so couldnt get a room at Lilleys. Did get all my tackle needs filled at Lilleys though ! Stayed at a neighbor resort. Awesome fishing. Saturday was an interesting day. Alot of boats. Expected that ! Alot more kayaks. Even jet skis towing a tube all the way to the cable ! There was also a 2-3 ft layer of fog all day long to make things worse. Didnt hear of anyone getting ran over but sure wouldnt surprize me if they did. No ill intent towards the fishermen in kayaks. They know what theyre doing out there. Rest of them idiots dont. More id like to say on this but wont ! That being said we just kept running and floating from the cable to the boat ramp to avoid the madness. We caught 30+ on sat. 32oz olive/peach jigs (thanks to the young guy at Lilleys for that tip ) I was loaded up with white jigs. Caught a few on white early but the o/p was the ticket ! Sunday was way more pleasureable. Little traffic of any kind. Still fished the cable to ramp for most part. Started the morning out at the cable. Set the spot lock on the minnkota. Casting upstream and reeling straight back to boat. 13 on 13 cast to start off the morning. Wife had 6-7 during same time. Hooked a rainbow guessing 7-8lbs at the cable. Fought it all the way down to the rip rap on the south side. It was jumping and running the whole time. One jump to many and it came loose. Was a load of fun though. Fished from 9 to 2. Most action before noon. Didnt have as much luck drifting as we did spot locking and casting. All fish healthy and scrappy. Majority of fish were 12-16". Current seemed to be faster and more turbulent for the amount of water being released. Powersite dam thing im guessing ?? Overall great trip. Caught lots of fish. Didnt run over any kayaks ! Didnt get to stay at Lilleys . Next time !! Did get a terrible sunburn
  3. Took a trip to Taneycomo vs fishing the flooded lakes around home (Pomme and Stockton) It was short notice so couldnt get a room at Lilleys. Did get all my tackle needs filled at Lilleys though ! Stayed at a neighbor resort. Awesome fishing. Saturday was an interesting day. Alot of boats. Expected that ! Alot more kayaks. Even jet skis towing a tube all the way to the cable ! There was also a 2-3 ft layer of fog all day long to make things worse. Didnt hear of anyone getting ran over but sure wouldnt surprize me if they did. No ill intent towards the fishermen in kayaks. They know what theyre doing out there. Rest of them idiots dont. More id like to say on this but wont ! That being said we just kept running and floating from the cable to the boat ramp to avoid the madness. We caught 30+ on sat. 32oz olive/peach jigs (thanks to the young guy at Lilleys for that tip ) I was loaded up with white jigs. Caught a few on white early but the o/p was the ticket ! Sunday was way more pleasureable. Little traffic of any kind. Still fished the cable to ramp for most part. Started the morning out at the cable. Set the spot lock on the minnkota. Casting upstream and reeling straight back to boat. 13 on 13 cast to start off the morning. Wife had 6-7 during same time. Hooked a rainbow guessing 7-8lbs at the cable. Fought it all the way down to the rip rap on the south side. It was jumping and running the whole time. One jump to many and it came loose. Was a load of fun though. Fished from 9 to 2. Most action before noon. Didnt have as much luck drifting as we did spot locking and casting. All fish healthy and scrappy. Majority of fish were 12-16". Current seemed to be faster and more turbulent for the amount of water being released. Powersite dam thing im guessing ?? Overall great trip. Caught lots of fish. Didnt run over any kayaks ! Didnt get to stay at Lilleys . Next time !! Did get a terrible sunburn This post has been promoted to an article
  4. VJMAC

    June 28

    Went out of Stockton ramp sun afternoon. Trolled with flicker shads at 4 different depths. 10' at bank side and 20'+/- at far side. Trolled around for 6hr at various depths trying to figure out a pattern. All fish hit the outermost deepest running bait and mostly in 25' depth range. Couple crappie, butt load of drum and doz or so giant bluegill. BG's had to be close to a pound. All fish looked like theyd swallowed a goose egg. All spitting up small fry and baby shad. There are gazillions of baby shad everywhere. Fished a bluff end with Ned rig right before dark. Couple small bass. Theyre bellies also looked like they were about to explode. Stayed after dark and droped in the green light and fished minnows till 11pm. Set up next to the flooded trees and then on top of a brush pile. BP topped out at 30' and had alot of fish suspended over it. Caught one 9" crappie. I dont think theres a hungry fish in the lake. Just reaction bites. My opinion for what ever its worth !! With so few available ramps its just ridiculous trying to get in and out. Good luck to ya
  5. Put the tritoon in at state park. Wife and 8 girl friends spent the afternoon and evening on the lake. Did NOT want to be captain of that voyage ! Case of summer shandy and 4 bottles of wine !! So decided to try some jig fishing in the outlet. Pleasantly surprised to see all the water being released. Fished the slackwater area on the park side. Few dink crappie,drum and bluegills. Nothing worthy of a pic. Felt good to just cast a lure. Felt like i was at a trout park with all the cold water and air flowing outa there. Hope they dont turn it off for awhile.
  6. Anyone know if this ramp is open to use and if they have the loading dock available ?
  7. Crabtree campground has some really nice waterfront campsites with plenty of shade for your boat !!
  8. Crabtree and Masters today. Pic with hod of my truck is the road going into masters. Water is almost over the road. On the other side of the road you can see a slight current as the water gets pushed thru the tube ! Still rising
  9. Thats one lucky dude in soo many ways ! Have had my share of close calls over the years especially in boats that run 70+ mph. Once as a passenger going 80+ and hit a floater. Lower unit was gone ! Scariest ride of my life. Was like riding a giant 70mph water bug till it finally stopped. Since down sizing i dont run nearly as fast (35 max) but S$$t can still happen. Two weeks ago around midnight i was heading from orleans trail back to ramp at crabtree. Almost had a head on collision with another boat. He had NO lights on !! ! wear a lifejacket and kill switch always. These things always happen when you least expect it. Glad the guy wasnt hurt. Even more respect for Skeet. Good guy.
  10. All things considered it seems like ya had a good trip. Hope i helped if even a little bit. Wished i couldve got away from work to meet ya guys. See ya in July. Bring your sunscreen and skeeter spray !
  11. They are tasty critters. Make for excellent blackened fish tacos !! Main lake points and a Ned rig you'll have a limit in 30 mins !!
  12. YES. The bite is really good last hour of daylight. Same results last night. 30 Keepers. Sat and sundays catch were mostly males. 9 to 10.5". Yesterday the size increased dramatically. Had 8 fish from 11" to 13". Only a couple of those were females. Last night we started at 5:45 and were done at 7:00. If ya compare both pics you can see the size difference. My cooler is 14" wide on the inside. I use jigs and wife like minnows. Both workin and jig color doesnt matter !
  13. Wife and i have got our limits the past two evenings. 2' - 6'. Mostly males up shallow. Females a bit deeper. Temps are 60-62deg. Pomme arm. Both days we were done in 1.5 hours.
  14. Bolivar landing area. Only fished a couple hours. 3-5. Water was cooler then expected. 55-56. Caught 10 nice ones from 10-12". All look to be males. Fishing close to spawning areas but in 15' depth. Fish all holding in 10-12' depth. Jig / minnow combo. Tried some shallow areas but no bites. Seen ONE dogwood just starting to bloom. Think i'll be staying home and getting some work done and hit it hard next week
  15. Good info. Agree not many options around the lake. We rented a house on VRBO. Its nice to go to a lake thats not so commercialized. NO wakeboats, ski boats or jetski's. Just alot of good ole boys fishing ! Fished with a guide one day there and he said same thing about a fall drawdown. Planning a late summer trip to do some night fishing. Said to find a tree on the channel dropoff and to use green lights. White lights = Giant Skeeters. His words! Usually have your limits in a few hours (50 per person) !!!
  16. VJMAC

    4-10 morning

    Another one was last year at Orleans Trail Marina ramp. Guy was launching by himself. Noticed he had an ulterra also. Floated off and he got out to deploy and drive it back to the dock (like the commercial). Then started running around like a decapitated chicken yelling every swear word in the book. Left his remote in the boat !! Tried my remote but it wouldnt work. I idled out and brought it back to the dock. Alot of bikinis in the area so i think he was trying to show off a bit. He did get alot of attention !!
  17. VJMAC

    4-10 morning

    OHHH. That sucks. I do have an Ulterra TM. It would possibly help in that situation IF it was still in range of the remote. I've had more bad luck and seen my share of others bad luck at that ramp ! Been a few years back. Storm blowin in and everyone trying to get out at same time. Guy ahead was power loading his bassboat and hit the roller too hard and jarred the truck out of park and rolled right back into the lake ! Completely submerged. Had to ride out the storm on water and waited around a few hours to watch the recovery. That was a terrible thing to watch happen. One guy was on the dock and ran to help but couldnt get there in time. Thats a memory that has yet to leave me. Think about it every time I launch and load the boat.
  18. VJMAC

    water temp

    Man i'm glad you showed that logo. I've always been wondering what "I", m, t stood for ?? Never thought of it being an "L" Stupid ME ! Makes sense now
  19. VJMAC

    4-10 morning

    Hit the lake at 9:30am tryin to beat the wind, Wind won the race. Went out of High Point. Water temps 51-52 !! Bit puzzling since I've been seeing 56-57 around the dam ?? Not much of anything showing up on the graph. picked up a few crappie DEEP on some points and a bonus 21" walleye. Got the heck outa there at noon. Wind and waves at the ramp were crazy. Crappie all female. Eggs firm and not bloody at all. Also there was a nice looking black lab hanging out around the ramp. Seemed lost. Very friendly. Wanted in the boat with me but my yorkie wasnt having any part of that!! Had a wide camo collar on but no tags. Didnt see him when i got back. Hopefully belongs to someone local.
  20. VJMAC

    water temp

    56-57 last night around crabtree. Fished points from 7:30 to 10:30pm hoping to pick up a few walleyes. Caught 3 LM. 4 SM, 5 spots and 10 or 11 huge white bass. Lots of action and fun but no table fare ! Throwing clown color Xrap. Had to work it really slow. All hits on the pause. All hit it like a freight train. Bout lost my rod a couple times.
  21. Just a bit confused. $25 entry per person. One person for $25 or two for $50 and 7 fish limit per boat regardless of entries ??
  22. Guessing you dont have much of a sense of humor. Sorry to have upset you !!
  23. Sorry, messing with ya guys. Did catch these last week at Lake D'Arbonne Louisiana. Just got home yesterday. Never in my life have i caught so many huge crappie. This lake needs to be put on everyones bucket list. 16,000 acre lake. Most of the lake is 8' deep or less. Cypress trees , stumps, stumps and more stumps! Ya like to spider rig and catch huge crappie its the place to be. They were still spawning. 95% were females. Daily limit 50. No length limit. Already making plans for next year and probably a summer trip and do mostly night fishing. Off to Pomme to see if any are biting there !!
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