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196champ

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  1. Fished the same area this weekend, not as much schooling activity but you could still call them up with a spook. Some nice small mouth and a double this morning, that one went 4lb 14oz with a 17"k A few on the Dixie jet, megabass 110+1 and swim baits did the majority of the damage, out to 35ft with the slick conditions
  2. Didn't mean to blow anyone's cover with the swimmer! It takes a lot of patience to throw this bait and it seems like most give up on it. In any case, good luck to everyone. I'm hoping Ulrich can get my boat in the shop this week!
  3. I don't mind sharing at all, it is the 6" Megabass Magdraft. About this time of year that bite starts up and really gets good post spawn. I have way more track the bait right to the boat than eat it but it will at least show you where they live. I throw it on a 7'2" MH rod with 15lb Floro and seems to do the trick, started using it a few years ago and once you catch one on it, it can get addicting. The only thing about this bait is the retrieve has to be very consistent and slow for it to run correctly, peg a weight in the belly and it will get you a few more feet of depth
  4. Started out Saturday morning shallow throwing a bigger swimbait and quickly had a few nice LMs. Switched over to a wacky rigged stick fished over the beds in spawning areas and did really well, nothing of any size but fished until 2:00PM. It was like the 4th of July out there! Sunday i decided to stick close to home due to the storms rolling in and glad i did! Threw a spook over a gravel run out and just got into them, it was non stop for over 2 hours, always nice when the stars align like that every once in a while I had 2 right at 20" and one a bit over, 75% were smallmouth and were just crushing the bait. boat in 30' casting toward the bank. Some schooling activity but it was flat when i pulled up. a dixie jet would have been the ticket a little later i believe but picked up a few on the swimmer. Overall one of the best mornings for quality and quality i've had in some time. I have one for fish ID. Initially I thought it was a spot but after looking at pictures it appears to be a meanmouth. Right at 20" Meanmouth? SM just over 20"
  5. 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.
  6. What a day! Planned on heading down tomorrow but this rain has me thinking otherwise....
  7. Carl, I use the gamakatsu stinger hook, it comes pre rigged with a braid type loop that you can attached to the split ring or swivel of the spoon. I always try to make sure that stinger hook is on the cupped side of the spoon not to impeed the flutter action. That could just be me being very particular. I haven't had any doubles the last few trips but it does happen more often than you might think.
  8. I was able to get back down to Shell Knob for a few more days, fished mostly from 6:00AM - 10:00AM and a few days from 11:00 - 3:00 or so while the gal floated boat side soaking up some rays. The bite was VERY slow mid day, as expected, but could find a few good flurries of active fish from time to time. Fished some of the same areas as last week, bluff ends and mouths of coves for suspended fish. Threw in a few new to me main lake docks that really produced as well. Baits of Choice - 3" swim bait on a 1/4oz head, fished dead slow. 3/4oz Dixie Jet flutter Spoon, Dixie Jet gizzard spoon, 7/8oz jigging spoon and a few on top. The swim bait by far produced more numbers but the flutter spoon got better quality. Had to trying out that bigger gizzard spoon and had a blast, even a crappie decided to give it a go, not sure how that one stayed pinned but managed to get it aboard. most fish on the main lake were down 20-30 or way down there at 60 or so. overall depth didn't seem to matter again, just had to find the bait. I did lose a very heavy fish on the big spoon in a deep dock, gave me 3 or 4 big head shakes, a few big runs and came unbuttoned. A few days later i was fishing the same dock when a big school of fish came up busting shad in the boat slips, some very nice fish in that group and noticed several large walleye mixed in. It was a sight to see only lasting a few seconds but very interesting to see what all lived under there. Pulled up to take the boat out one morning and a float plane showed up at the ramp, drove right up the ramp next to the truck and parked, was able to get a pretty neat video of him driving it right up on shore, something you don't see everyday! I wont be able to get down again until Labor Day weekend and have a lot of work to do but plan to try to get out early for a few hours Did have 1 dandy Large mouth on the spoon that weighed 5lb 2oz.
  9. Will do! I'm sure ill be running around up that way!
  10. How long are you staying? Ill be back down tomorrow and chasing after them Friday morning
  11. I was going to sneak over and say hi but didn't want to interrupt! How were you guys catching them?
  12. Fished the Shell Knob area Saturday and Sunday. Fished from 6:00-10:00 then 12:00-4:00 or so Saturday and 6:00-10:00 Sunday. Catching was great as it seems the fish have really moved out into some of my favorite summer holes, with my favorite way to catch them. Most came on a 3" swim bait, 1/4oz head or a 3/4 oz dixie jet. Have a few on top and messed with some vertical spoon fish as well. Numbers were just amazing Saturday but the short to keeper ratio was subpar. Most of these fish came on the main lake or the mouth of coves suspended down 20'-40' overall depth didn't seem to matter but the depth of your bait is critical. Sunday morning was one of those days, found a big group of fish at the mouth of a larger cove, they would surface chasing about 2 times an hour but stayed biting below the surface. This school was a mix of Spots and some very nice LM's. Counted down the spoon or swimmer to 30ft or so and hold on, i noticed when i would cast to the edge of the schooling fish and got the bait down below them i would get better fish, if one of the smaller spots didnt grab it first. Coming down Thursday to Monday this week with a friend from up north, hope they are still biting! LD Fisher, was that you coming up the Kings both Saturday and Sunday morning? i really wanted to fish that point you were sitting on..... πŸ˜ƒ HAHA
  13. Fished the Shell Knob area Saturday and Sunday. Fished from 6:00-10:00 then 12:00-4:00 or so Saturday and 6:00-10:00 Sunday. Catching was great as it seems the fish have really moved out into some of my favorite summer holes, with my favorite way to catch them. Most came on a 3" swim bait, 1/4oz head or a 3/4 oz dixie jet. Have a few on top and messed with some vertical spoon fish as well. Numbers were just amazing Saturday but the short to keeper ratio was subpar. Most of these fish came on the main lake or the mouth of coves suspended down 20'-40' overall depth didn't seem to matter but the depth of your bait is critical. Sunday morning was one of those days, found a big group of fish at the mouth of a larger cove, they would surface chasing about 2 times an hour but stayed biting below the surface. This school was a mix of Spots and some very nice LM's. Counted down the spoon or swimmer to 30ft or so and hold on, i noticed when i would cast to the edge of the schooling fish and got the bait down below them i would get better fish, if one of the smaller spots didnt grab it first. Coming down Thursday to Monday this week with a friend from up north, hope they are still biting! LD Fisher, was that you coming up the Kings both Saturday and Sunday morning? i really wanted to fish that point you were sitting on..... πŸ˜ƒ HAHA This post has been promoted to an article
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