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    Dale H reacted to wily in 2019 spring. Post them up!   
    The boy got one this morning about 1145 at my folks...wasn’t a trophy but a beautiful bird...and a lot of memories

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    Dale H reacted to fisher19 in 2019 spring. Post them up!   
    My son was able to take his first this year during youth season. First morning we were close but not close enough and on the second morning they finally got fired up and was able to work them pretty good. A lot of fun watching him get all excited when he could tell they getting closer by the sounds of the gobbles. He’s been the last couple of years but this is the first year it’s all came together. Had one beard at 10” and one at about 1”. Spurs were 3/4” and 20lbs. 



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    Dale H reacted to BilletHead in 2019 spring. Post them up!   
    I will get this started,
      10.5 inch beard 3/4 inch spurs but was a heavyweight,
      Not the most classic turkey hunt but dead is dead ,
                        BilletHead
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    Dale H reacted to Seth in Video Footage of DJ landing his big brown   
    Here's footage of @JestersHK's big brown that he landed Sunday morning before we headed back home.
     
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    Dale H reacted to Seth in Annual High School Field Trip Was a Success!   
    Took the hunting and fishing club kids from the school district I'm employed at down to Maramec Springs for our annual field trip. The water was slightly up and dingy, but the fish bit very well. Lots of really nice fish in the stream. I measured a couple that the kids caught that broke the 15" mark. One kid had one that I'm certain was 16-17", but he released it so he didn't have to stop fishing as he already had three on the stringer. An orange trout worm was by far the best bait. Several kids who had never trout fished before used that worm all day long and caught 10 or more trout. Every single kid that went caught trout and most caught at least a limit, but many only kept three so they could fish all day. I caught most of mine on the worm as well, but also had a couple on a black/yellow marabou jig and a white trout magnet.
    This was by far the best fish catching trip that we've had since I took over the club five or six years ago.
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    Dale H reacted to Seth in Annual High School Field Trip Was a Success!   
    Here's a few pictures from the day.

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    Dale H reacted to Travis Swift in Great day on Taney today!   
    We rented a boat for the afternoon from Lilleys today and had a great day.  Ended up with a 20.5 inch rainbow, a fat 19 inch brown and tons of fat bellied rainbows in the 14 to 16 inch range. Also had a couple nice smallies. White jigs in1/8th were all you needed.  Tons of fish and they were slamming it! 


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    Dale H reacted to BilletHead in Jig Fest BilletHead photos and report   
    With some of the stuff happening in BilletHeadVille lately I felt pretty good getting to attend the Fest. I needed that and it gave me the reset I needed. Half the drive down was pretty scary. Left BilletHeadVille at 5 AM Thursday morning. We had some ice here at the house but I had no idea how much until I got off the dirt road to blacktop. Dang it was an ice rink and pulling the boat made the drive worse. Down I-49 South slowly hitting worse patches as I went, then onto I-44 towards Springfield it got even worse. What should of been a trip of just over an hour and a half turned into three hours plus to Springfield to pick up forum member Curtise for the rest of the trip down. After getting Curt loaded the trip went smooth after turning South on 65 as Ice was gone about Ozark. We hit the lodge and unloaded ready to fish. Some other forum members were already there. Had contacted Duane and Phil. They were fishing the upper part of the river so to try something different we tried another place Rim Shoals. Fished there awhile and then back to lodge for a sandwich to go then back on the water for rest of the day. We fished the rest of the day towards the bottom of the river. We caught a couple browns and many, many rainbows. Most of those smaller stockers but fun for sure,
             Off the water for good food and fellowship for the evening. Some planning for the next day. Duane pulled the short straw and got stuck with me. Felt pretty sorry for him but het you have to take what you get . Speaking of Duane the best part of the trip happened to me that evening too. I received something pretty special,    You all may remember this post not too many days ago, 
                 Well this day I got a blessing with this gift. This fly tying bobbin will take its place on the BilletHead tying table to craft flies. Each time I set down in front of the vice I will remember this day. 
      So up on day two Duane and I took out and began on the lower end. Lots of laughs and fishing and fishing stories were shared. It was a hoot. I watched the captain fishing master bust the fish right and left. Drift after drift. Browns, rainbows, smallmouth and we each landed a cutthroat that morning. Duane even got a micro bonus catch a logperch, 
       Then it was down the hatch,    Said it tasted like a cross between a sardine and walleye.  Now we all have heard and some have even witnessed how talented Duane is. Well he said I need to do something at the back of the boat and maybe catch a fish while I am at it. Sure enough he did it,     Fish on in one hand while the other hand was busy too 🤣. A couple of that mornings multiple fish,
               From one end to another we headed to town for a burger and then to the dam to finish up the day. Motored up and began to drift on first cast I popped a rainbow a few fish later Duane another brown more rainbows and more browns for Duane.    This last Brown was a 22 1/4 really pretty fish.   We really Hammed it up that afternoon. Duane had been studying the Ham technique. Got it downed pat and passed the secret info to me. We began to put the Ham to the fish. Like an Olympic event the rainbows fell to the reversal Ham and even to the full frontal Ham. Water was fast up top and drifts fast but fish landed and great day together with a friend. Back to lodge for more food and fellowship. Plans were again made for next morning. Some of us had commitments and myself had been watching the weather. Another storm on the way I did not want to drive back on crappy roads Sunday morning I made the call to fish yesterday morning and leave around noon. Curt was Ok with this so we finished our tip fishing together again. We fished the bottom again finding higher water conditions than previous days but caught a few more. Every time we drifted or motored  by Phil and Duane and all the other Jig Fest guys in this area fish were being reeled in. Curt and I caught Smallmouth and rainbows. Then I struck a brown and gold spotted fish which turned out to be my personal best brown. He was long and lean 21 1/4 inch. Out of some wood and he tried to take me back into it but I won,          I reached into the livewell for a drink and snack before the last run up the river and drift to find Duane's warm and fuzzy hat he had left in the boat. I put it on  and instantly got that warm and fuzzy feeling. Then knowledge and enlightenment more feelings than my pea brain could comprehend my brain felt scrambled. With all my power I could muster I yanked it off. I knew right then the power that head gear held and knew I had to return it to its rightful owner. Mojo to the max.       Off the river we got and packed up for trip home. Stopped by Lilly's Landin to return magic hat then to Curt's to drop him off. Back to BilletHeadVille and home. Good trip, good friends and good fishing. More guys I need to fish with down there hopefully next trip!
      BilletHead
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    Dale H reacted to Jhoff in Bennett's 3/3/19 After the storm.... Of people   
    Not a bad day at Bennett today.  I probably had 20 or so from noon-3.  The boy is working hard on throwing a jig.

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    Dale H reacted to snagged in outlet 3 in Trout at Lake 28 today   
    It is not well posted I can tell you that.  In fact I couldn't find the sign back in November when I was at 28.  It was the far end of the parking lot with a row of cars in front of it.  People were parking half way down the road and unless you looked for it you would never see it.  There were people all over using all kinds of illegal bait. 
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    Dale H got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Trout at Lake 28 today   
    We knew 28 was catch and release---which was followed. I wasn't aware of the scented soft plastic bait no no.  
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    Dale H got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Trout at Lake 28 today   
    And yes, I did use power worms in December.  Thanks for pointing out that for catch and release you can't use them.  I was unaware of this regulation.  
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    Dale H got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Trout at Lake 28 today   
    And yes, I did use power worms in December.  Thanks for pointing out that for catch and release you can't use them.  I was unaware of this regulation.  
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    Dale H got a reaction from BlueSTL in Anybody Try Montauk Yet?   
    I went today.  Great fishing, although cold. In 2 hours caught 15, mostly nice stockers. Used my normal: drifting a white trout magnet.  Guy near me caught a 4.5 pounder.  
    My thumbs and forefingers were numb, so it was back to the car.  Went down to Cedar Grove to look around for potential turkey hunting spots in April.  Saw an Eagle fishing.  A great birthday for me.
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    Dale H got a reaction from laker67 in Trout at Lake 28 today   
    And yes, I did use power worms in December.  Thanks for pointing out that for catch and release you can't use them.  I was unaware of this regulation.  
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    Dale H reacted to Johnsfolly in Trout at Lake 28 today   
    Looking at the regulations it appears that trout in lakes 3, 22, and 23 can be harvested at any time. Whereas lakes 21 and 28 are catch and release until Feb 1st. Could be confusing.
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    Dale H reacted to BilletHead in Anybody Try Montauk Yet?   
    Good birthday for sure Dale and a happy one to you,
    BilletHead
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    Dale H got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Anybody Try Montauk Yet?   
    I went today.  Great fishing, although cold. In 2 hours caught 15, mostly nice stockers. Used my normal: drifting a white trout magnet.  Guy near me caught a 4.5 pounder.  
    My thumbs and forefingers were numb, so it was back to the car.  Went down to Cedar Grove to look around for potential turkey hunting spots in April.  Saw an Eagle fishing.  A great birthday for me.
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    Dale H got a reaction from nomolites in Anybody Try Montauk Yet?   
    I went today.  Great fishing, although cold. In 2 hours caught 15, mostly nice stockers. Used my normal: drifting a white trout magnet.  Guy near me caught a 4.5 pounder.  
    My thumbs and forefingers were numb, so it was back to the car.  Went down to Cedar Grove to look around for potential turkey hunting spots in April.  Saw an Eagle fishing.  A great birthday for me.
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    Dale H got a reaction from Seth in Anybody Try Montauk Yet?   
    I went today.  Great fishing, although cold. In 2 hours caught 15, mostly nice stockers. Used my normal: drifting a white trout magnet.  Guy near me caught a 4.5 pounder.  
    My thumbs and forefingers were numb, so it was back to the car.  Went down to Cedar Grove to look around for potential turkey hunting spots in April.  Saw an Eagle fishing.  A great birthday for me.
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    Dale H got a reaction from BilletHead in Anybody Try Montauk Yet?   
    I went today.  Great fishing, although cold. In 2 hours caught 15, mostly nice stockers. Used my normal: drifting a white trout magnet.  Guy near me caught a 4.5 pounder.  
    My thumbs and forefingers were numb, so it was back to the car.  Went down to Cedar Grove to look around for potential turkey hunting spots in April.  Saw an Eagle fishing.  A great birthday for me.
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    Dale H got a reaction from laker67 in Anybody Try Montauk Yet?   
    I went today.  Great fishing, although cold. In 2 hours caught 15, mostly nice stockers. Used my normal: drifting a white trout magnet.  Guy near me caught a 4.5 pounder.  
    My thumbs and forefingers were numb, so it was back to the car.  Went down to Cedar Grove to look around for potential turkey hunting spots in April.  Saw an Eagle fishing.  A great birthday for me.
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    Dale H got a reaction from liphunter in Anybody Try Montauk Yet?   
    I went today.  Great fishing, although cold. In 2 hours caught 15, mostly nice stockers. Used my normal: drifting a white trout magnet.  Guy near me caught a 4.5 pounder.  
    My thumbs and forefingers were numb, so it was back to the car.  Went down to Cedar Grove to look around for potential turkey hunting spots in April.  Saw an Eagle fishing.  A great birthday for me.
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    Dale H got a reaction from bkbying89 in 5/30 Big changes,   
    My Dad and I went down on Tuesday 6/6/17.  Beautiful day!  The park is loaded with fish due to the flooding.  I caught dozens  in  the span of a few hours, and kept the 4 biggest ones. Had to change how I perceive bites as now there are so many small ones literally everywhere.  The stream has changed, but as others have previously mentioned, it's a positive one and natural.    
    Although I keep  fish, like BBYking, love going down there to relax and get away from the city.  Smallest 4 I've ever kept, but it was the BEST day down there I ever had. If they were bigger, my arm would have worn out in an hour.  The Superintendent said that probably one in four will survive to next year, and next year may be a fantastic year for fishermen. 
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    Dale H reacted to NoLuck in 5/30 Big changes,   
    I get that much. The stream is a living thing. I'm sure that it wasn't going to be the same as before the flood.  But, after the water goes back down to an average level people will get a better idea of how bad things really are.  I was down a couple years ago after some real bad flooding and while it was still high, I also thought that it was going to be a total mess. Turned out that it just filled in some places and washed out others. Not really as bad of a deal than I originally thought it was going to be.  
    I thought that it made for somewhat of a challenge to find new pockets and seams that held fish.  I guess some people like fishing the usual places and prefer things that way.  I like the changes as long as it's not dangerous for people to fish.  But, i'm sure there'll be some work that gets done to remove sand and gravel as well as erosion repairs. 
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