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  1. Freshwater Table Fare

    On little crappies and bluegills i like to leave the tail on one of the fillets. Its a crispy little treat.
  2. Rivers are low...

    Fishing on the lower meremac is good right now around valley park, castlewood, and emmennegar (sp?) Park under 44.. I like when its so low cuz i can scurry around the banks and catch them with some luck. Ive been catching black bass, white bass, and drum using jerkbaits, swimmin minnows and jig worms.
  3. Meanwhile back at the ranch

    Holy cow, nice eye.
  4. Tackle HD New Product

    Wow those are some sweet looking little lures.
  5. Ive done alright with grey squirrel tail. It has a nice baitfish color to it, never as consistent success as a plastic swimmin minnow though. Fox squirrel tails are great crawfish mimics as well with bands of orange and black Couldnt tell ya how the sink rate compares to polar bear hair, that is some serious specifics.
  6. Gigging is great!

    Its also a bit concerning that folks advocate violence at the thought of keeping a bass to eat lol.
  7. Gigging is great!

    How did missouri streams used to be like? I am pretty sure that missouri streams have NEVER been free of giggers. Even before Europeans colonized them, the native americans gigged before they angled. Republicans are a WAY bigger threat to Missouri streams than giggers.
  8. Gigging is great!

    Get over it.
  9. Portable Sonar

    Humminbird has suction cup transducer mounts which work well for me. Get a battery and a suction cup transducer and whatever unit you want. Works really well for me.
  10. Water Fowl Dispersing Invasive Organisms?

    It's organism. Not organisum. No u.
  11. Catching fish close to accesses?

    I think you may hit on an important point when you said "conventional wisdom says go further from the access". Most experienced bass anglers follow that rule. Generally you will often see kids, or non bass fishermen hammering the access, but most serious bass guys find "better" water. My thoughts are that popular access points really dont get fished as hard as one might think. St louis county park ponds are the way imo...both get pouned by bait guys sitting on buckets, but thats about it.
  12. Summer on the river

    I snuck down to river yesterday about 530 til dark. Its extremely low. My favorite spot to wade is a little stretch maybe 200 yeards long. It has 3 little riffles that now are little more than ankle deep. Each has a nice little scoured out pool maybe 4-8feet deep with debris and good current. I always sneak to the most downstream pool and quietly wade upstream against the current. I have found that i catch 2-3x more fish wading upstream. As i move to the last riffle it quickly gets too deep to wade. Fortunately i am able to scurry up the bank and walk along the bluffs. Fishing this way is quite a bit like hunting. The quieter i am the better i do. One technique i use is to move to the spot where i want to be and stand without moving or casting for as long as i can stand it. Normally after a few minutes all the little river minnows are swimming around your legs like nothing happened. It feels like hunting to me cuz when you walk through the woods everything hides, but if you sit down and shut up for 20 minutes the woods comes alive. This evening i stuck with the jig worm and a jerkbait. My first cast with the worm into a swampy looking pocket produced a lm less than 10 inches. Then another 30 minutes without a fish. Switched over to the jerkbait. First cast, crushed...another largemouth. This one bigger maybe 13 or 14 inches. I was worried though as the worm got me a first cast bite then nothing. That was not the case here though as the jerkbait caught me 8 bass before dark and of course 1 overzealous longear. 1 smallie was about 17inches, but skinny. The rest were 8-13 inchers.
  13. Otters

    Lets do some math..... stockton lake has about 300 miles of shoreline. Missouri has about 15000 otters. Lets go ahead and assume this year they all decided to go to stockton. That leaves 50 otters per mile of stockton shoreline. That doesn't seem like very many. How many otters does it take to ruin a 25000 acre lake? How deep to otters dive? Do they eat walleye off the bottom in 40feet? Or suspended crappie? Or are they confined the the fish that venture into the shallows? There are alot of assumptions one must make to blame their lack of fishing success at stockton in the otters.
  14. PB!

    Thats a total bummer.

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