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  1. From memory this old thread. Off topic but had to spy on Dutch's stand up heads. He is on to something and catching them.Looking good and with some Dead ON floating plastic (white jug) I can see why they excel. Been experimenting with some skin pours and the results are promising. In all honesty I have never really poured a bait that I think catches any more than commercial baits off the shelf but am having some interesting results on my baits in my colors. HOWEVER these guys are pouring John Crews designs in custom colors and they look very good! https://www.tournamenttackle.com/ Throwing swim-baits is definitely an acquired taste and I do not swim them mostly just shakey or jerk them. I watched a video of Jacob Wheeler fishing and hist wrist never stopped moving no matter the bait he was throwing and am having some success emulating his style. FWIW for me a multi colored plastic bait out-fishes a single colored bait 2 to 1 and my single color baits are getting melted and combined with anther pigment and poured in layers to better simulate nature. Additionally near translucent pours get way more "bass" attention. Bass wishes guys.
  2. Nice job Dutch. I have to admit I am struggling right now but got my fairy wand flying. Good numbers but no size. You however caught the same keepers in a few hours it took me two days to find. When Stockton is high I suck and get all offshore minded. I may change my name to NED as it constantly saves me. I have good fish located on offshore structure who may never eat. Maybe it is the bbq sauce. Man I can see em' but ain't catching them.. Sounds you got dialed in.. Working on a new hand poured frog that shows promise. .
  3. Greetings. It actually sold in 7 minutes. Hilarious. Sorry for not updating. Been busy with fishing.
  4. Sorry for the late to dinner answer. Succeeding at pandemic progress here at the home lake but hoping for life as normal. I am so meticulously organized I may make a big mess so I can re-organize. Over the last few months have not been in a single store nor any building but my own. BUT. Added a full bath, AC and wood burning fireplace to my man cave. Well if catching 12" fish is "eliminating water" I did A OK. The lake came up several feet this week so my observations and experiences changed with these conditions. So probably worth nary much consideration. The same cut or channel swing was a horse of a different color daily. Spent several days on the lil Sac out of State park (High Point to Price Branch) and caught decent numbers of fish but as the water rose I do not think I was able to get to most of the quality keepers in the thick vegetation no bigs that we expect this time of year. Just too many targets to cover in so much flooded vegetation. Give me a point or lay down any day. Nearly two to one SM to LM was my observation. Long story short: There are fish very shallow in the back of covers but if I were going to look for concentrations today with the water getting so high I would fish the bluffs, off shore humps near main lake points, and secondary points from the dam to Mutton Creek or dam to 215. I did not catch a single fish even to 3 pounds with most all week sub 15". Best of luck, Bass wishes.
  5. I had not heard about sealing the molds. Thanks for the tip. Going deep down the Little Sac this AM. Excited.
  6. My craw molds are Do-it. BUT if I had not lost most of my retirement funds in the latest equities crash I would invest in Angling AI, Real Deal or BTS. And from a long time closet bait-maker buying a mold that injects one bait at a time makes for long nights away from your honey and shorter sleeps between fishing trips. ALWAYS injector molds over hand pours. ALWAYS. Heading to State Park in 15. Heres hoping you all find a big ole' mama bass looking for luv on the flats this week. Bass wishes. kid This mornings limit!
  7. Some of my recent hand pours and what has been eating them.. Quick tip: the beaver Texas rigged with a little 1/8 oz sinker and the pointy NED have been my "locater baits" for bank fishin' while the pud with a 3/4 oz owner beast lead wide gap 6/0 hook are what seems to attract attention offshore.
  8. Dutch You nailed it. The last couple days average maybe 20 fish or so in 5' of water. Still pretty cool 63 64 ish. Fishing some of the same spots but shallower. These fish are wanting to spawn but the cool rain and cloudy skys are confusing them. Going to fish every day this week and maybe catch a bed fish. Additionally hoping to find camping at state park.
  9. Nice job Dutch.. I have been quietly catching really good bags for a couple weeks now. All offshore. 15’ to 20’. The last couple days struggling to find keepers. Thinking of moving back to fishing the banks. Not quite warm enough with this rain. Really surprised at the size of crappie and walleye that are ingesting the NED. My 8-10 keeper LM is way down maybe 2-3 this week. Fishing only one lure 3/8 oz underspin with my hand pours so slow I often snore a bit I think -bank fish are a week out- but I am a pitiful fisherman at best.. Thanks for your update.
  10. Very low hours.. Bought it for my home lake and due to ski traffic only put it in my dock a few times as too nice to get beat up from high boat traffic. Front and rear electronics and brand new Minn Kota troller. Always stored inside climate controlled locker. Not been in the sun for 18 months. This guy really sips gas and gets along at 30+ mph. $7500 takes her home.
  11. Nice job Steve I been quietly catching them on Keitech swimmer with a 1/4oz swim-bait heads. 5-8 foot pretty shallow and if you can miss the moss you catch a fish. Wacky and drop shot fished off the lake bed.
  12. freefallin

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    Hey Dutch, Good for you.. Deer season ended for me yesterday and today I prepare for bass fishing "2020". Agreed. I dropped spoons on them for years. Damiki...Check out the "Ledgehead". Below 30' it maintains a level suspended baitfish presentation and not following the rod tip at 45 degree "up" non real fishy fishy angle I actually have an under spin tied on year round. Yo Yo retrieve simply gets the attention of the SM as it drops on the face of bluffs on Stockton. I am off to south Florida soon in my Chinook RV towing the kayak. Trap guns, golf clubs and recumbent tricycle are my co-pilots. I intend to catch my PB in Florida this year and then off to Bass University in South Carolina last week of January, the Bass Master Classic first week of March before returning home to hug spousal unit and spring honey dos. Then quickly deploying for my annual extended stay at Stockton State Park late March to June-ish.. I do zip home to Fort Scott Lake every weekend for quality time with family, church and bass fishin'.. Not like I abandon them. LOL Now if the market drops I may be beggin' for gas money! Heck..Best of luck next week. ff
  13. freefallin

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    Happy New Year folks, While I am still on the water pretty much every week but now down to a day or two max. Most days do not venture out till 10ish and back on the lift by 3 PM. Fishing productivity and pressure has fallen off dramatically. Quick observance from my notes I most often get bit between 12 and 3 PM. Maybe 3-5 small LM/SM bites are the norm now that temps are in low 40s. When you locate the Kentucky's you can catch several in the 12/13 inch range. Have not located any larger fish since early December with maybe only a keeper or two each week. And occasionally the skunk never leaves the boat. This week probably caught more drum and walleye than bass. Wind has been tough, tough, tough.. Now I really love cranking a windy main lake point, but no way in this weather we have had recently. December had a pretty good (+1 or +2) jerk bait pattern going. Not happening for me now. Fishing bluffs and points (big and little) dam area 45' to 55', water temps 41 to 44 with a 3/8 or 1/2 ounce blade bait or 1/2 or 3/4 ounce hair jig down to about 30' to 35'. I am seeing bait and fish at 30' to 40' depths on electronics. For me the gold blade has out-fished the silver blade bait and the black with red (Punisher) hair jig are most productive. Using 8# as it gets the bait down quickly when "free falling" bluffs. No real pun intended just how I fish. Have to take it easy on the coffee with most bites coming when the lure is sitting nearly still. All the best and a safe, happy and healthy 2020.. ff
  14. "Top" you were probably better off without a rod in hand at least at Stockton. Fished Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and numbers were well down from previous weeks. Tough as a boot really. Only saw two or three boats all week. Four to six bites all day with no keepers Tuesday and Wednesday with Thursday finally giving up a couple of keepers but numbers were significantly way down. I covered a lot of water in 3 days trying to find them but failed miserably. Fished Main lake and Little Sac as the wind was whipping a pretty rough chop most of the time and the trolling batteries down pretty low all days.. But there is always next week......
  15. Just happened to see this. I have had an unusually high numbers at least for me (complete pure novice) fall success rate. Been fishing Stockton for 49 years now and love it more every trip. I fish out of State Park 2-4 days a week both Big and Little Sacs. Kind of got in a rut the last few years fishing the same locations over and over while catching higher numbers on Big and more keepers on Little. This year has been extremely good for secondary and main lake points as even during high water it gave the fish "like" structure to relate to just deeper..A few weeks ago they were in the creeks on timber(spinner baits, lipless and wobble headed jigs) but now have moved back to main lake and structure. (Jerk baits, drop shots and NED. I force myself to spend half my days off shore and after a few faltering steps have gained confidence and more often than not my best fish of the day. I am not getting on the water till 9ish most mornings, by noon move offshore and definitely off the water before evening. FWIW Kind of sleeper baits the last few weeks has been a blade bait (silver with gold) and underspin (white with white or silver trailer) fish primarily offshore. Easy to control when jigging for suspended fish or casting through brush piles. I remove the trebles for single hook and use 8 pound flouro to reach depth quicker especially on the bluffs. Catching more LM and SM on points and bluffs and 5 to 1 Kentucky's offshore. Fishing has slowed a lot the last three weeks for sure. You never know what you will catch with a blade bait as it catches drum, bass, crappie, walleye catfish etc. Quick side note. When I was at the Bass Masters Classic in Knoxville this year they were giving away baits at every booth. Because I had half a dozen free packages of the 4" Bio Spawn Plasma tails I have been throwing them all year on a NED head, Carolina and and drop shot. On Stockton I would rate the 4" black with blue tail plasma tail an = to the wiggle wart or tandem spinnerbait with red colorado blade. Hope this helps and best of luck and a big bag! FF
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