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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Will do! I'm sure ill be running around up that way!
  4. How long are you staying? Ill be back down tomorrow and chasing after them Friday morning
  5. I was going to sneak over and say hi but didn't want to interrupt! How were you guys catching them?
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. And they start early!!!! All fun for those kids though, they seemingly have a blast getting the snot kicked out of them by the camp counselors on those tubes. its entertaining to watch for a bit while probing the points in that area. I can usually take the entertainment and fish through it for a while then move on....they sure do like to start the singing early too! They have have 6 boats or so out at a time this year.
  9. I typically don't get too charged up over this stuff, there are plenty of places to go on the lake and catch fish, which is why i don't even stop if i see someone on a spot i would like to fish or even headed in the direction of where i wanted to be. Some come from different parts of the country where it is no big deal to set up shop right next to someone, i just like to have my room and am off to the next stop if someone is already there. I was parked on a bluff end throwing a swim bait about 50 yards from the bank and i see the deep V trolling 1/4 mile away, they keep coming and next thing i know they decide to troll between the bank and my boat, directly where i was casting. That'll frustrate a guy out trying to enjoy a peaceful morning.
  10. I was down for a good stretch 6/29 - 7/7 and fishing mainly in the mornings until 10 or so. Most of my fish came on a 3" swimmer 1/4 oz head, red fin/berkley surge shad and a spoon. I stayed between Big Creek and just past the Shell Knob Bridge 95% of the time. I fished main lake points and bluff ends with some pretty predictable fishing most every morning running 10-12 of these bluff end points and long gravel run outs, i took me a few days to figure out the schooling fish and their locations, but was able to pin them down. As well as some nice LM's schooling each morning in 2 of these locations. The bluff fish were anywhere from 15-30ft down over 40-100ft of water and the gravel fish seemed to be best in the 20-25ft range I know it was a Holiday week, so i was almost expecting it, but boy was the fishing etiquette poor. I greeted most with a good morning and happy fishing, with the exception of one angler, but if i can cast and hit your boat with a red fin, well your just too close. I had a nice discussion with a gentleman who promptly trolled a crank bait within spitting distance of me 3 times in one morning on 3 different spots...i generally avoid this type of confrontation but i had a hard time keeping my mouth shut. It is easy to see the type that just don't fish much and probably don't know any better, which is no big deal, but this individual was well aware of what he was doing. Enough of that.... Fishing was great and the catching was even better... I mean what do you think, a little close?
  11. What a few days on the water, many ways to catch them so if you get bored doing one thing go onto the next. Saturday I threw the mag draft shallow and followed it up with a wacky rigged senko for most of the morning. Time is getting limited to catch them shallow so i figured id take advantage, had a dandy 5lb 10oz fish and another 4lb with endless amounts of short and keeper sized fish. if they wouldn't commit to the big swimmer they would show themselves with a follow. Made a mental note and could pick them off with the senko. Storms came rolling in and did some damage to our trees but were able to get it all cleaned up by dark. Ran into Bill at the Shell Knob ramp this morning and was happy to read his post as today was just a banger. Started with the Mag Draft after there was a boat on the point i wanted to start on. Caught a few and promptly went to the point I was after when the boat vacated after a few casts. Ended up sitting there for 2.5 hours and loaded the boat similar to Bills findings. 90% of these fish came on a 1/4oz head 3" swim bait. the remaining on a wake bait when they would surface. Didn't keep track of numbers but when i didn't get bit on a cast i was wondering what i did wrong, just one after another. Most of these being solid keep spots with a few LM mixed in, even 1 crappie mixed. Ran back up to the mouth of the kings and found 2 more locations with similar results. All in all a great 2 days of catching, most of these fish with my boat in 50-80ft, fish down 20-30ft I will have to say those MLF boys sure were blazing around, it amazed me how fast they could run up on a spot, turn the key off and have a cast in before coming off plane haha! from what i could see the majority of them were fishing shallow. They sure do run around alot
  12. Fished Shell Knob to Big Creek last weekend, lake was in much better shape than anticipated. Had a lot of work to do around the house so was only able to get out a few hours each day and made the most of it. Seems to be many ways to catch them but the swim bait on gravel was the most consistent. Saturday - poked around with a wacky rigged senko and a spook, caught a few early but wasn't what i had expected. with the clear water i went and idled a few gravel banks/flats outside of spawning pockets and there they were. Caught them on a 1/4 oz head and 2.8 speed shad, color didnt seem to matter. boat in 30-40 casting toward the bank, a few locations were just flat on! Headed back out in the afternoon for a few hours and hit some more gravel with the same results. Lots of big fat smallies and keeper sized spots. Sunday - was stuck fishing the Campbell point area due to the fog and had some great blow ups on a spook in the flooded bushes early, only connected with a handful. Also picked up a few largemouth in the 17" range on a large swimbait shallow, saw several fresh beds and fish cruising shallow, eager to eat. Loaded up and went to do chores, came back and fished from 11-1 on the gravel with the small swimmer, a little slower but they were still there and left them biting as it was time to head back home. Hope this helps!
  13. I keep an eye on the video reports, as do most, and have fished the area from Big Creek to just passed Shell Knob the majority of my life. Granted there were a lot of boats on the lake, i found it intriguing that the report posted by Mr. Prey showed the bank line with definitive docks and landmarks in the background, anyone with some history in the area could pinpoint them. He also described exactly how a was catching them, similar to the pattern i found to work. It was an absolute circus and merry go round on these 2 spots. Comical at times with 5+ boats on a single stretch of bank. These guys are generous enough to tell us how to catch fish without paying a dime, Bill, and many people on this forum are a wealth of knowledge. Give them some respect and make their report your own instead of hammering these few spots you can make out from pictures. I'm sure this doesn't apply to many here but just an observation.
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