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  1. The water is pretty low right now and I haven't had my jet on that part of the river in a couple of weeks. However, I usually put in at the next access downriver off the road called the Blunks. It's a pretty rough access and parking is limited, but I don't have any problems with a front-wheel drive vehicle. I'm pretty cautious with my boat and I don't run too far up river from there with the lower water levels. If you go downriver from here you are pretty much in the lake and won't have any problems navigating. There is some good fishing in this area, but I don't know if it would be worth passing the Meramec or Gasconade to fish it. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
  2. This is a great post loaded with so much useful information. I usually start early with topwater poppers. The Murdich Minnow is also a great producer for me. Once the topwater bite slows down I do something a little different than most. I make a "Super-Finesse" Ned Rig that is slightly lighter than 1/16 oz. head paired with a #4 size sickle hook. I use a 2" plastic bait and often cut it in half horizontally. There's just something about the combination of a natural drift that you can achieve with a fly rod and a lighter version of the Ned Rig that the Smallmouth love. I can usually catch 2-3X more fish using this set up than I can using traditional weighted flys. I use a 7wt. rod paired with 8wt floating line. I recently posted some videos showing this technique on my facebook page if interested: https://www.facebook.com/leadfreetackle/
  3. That's awesome!!! Looks like you have a fishing buddy for life now. Maybe some day your grandkids can have the privilege of catching their first smallie out there with you. Thanks for sharing!
  4. I just got my own boat about a yr ago with the sonar so I'm still learning. It's nothing fancy, but it gives me the ability to extend the fishing season and go places where I couldn't before. I spent the last year looking at that fish finder seeing stuff that looked really good, but this is one of the 1st times I've really been able to catch what I was seeing. It's amazing just having an idea what's under your boat. I would feel blind without it now when fishing offshore.
  5. I've been lucky enough to get out on the lake around the Hideaway area a couple of times over the last week. I took this time to really work on drop shot fishing and found a consistent pattern. I also learned a lot about my electronics considering that I was finally catching fish that I could see!! It was almost like video game fishing. I would fish the long points early in the am. I would get out at first light, but the bite was more consistent after the sun had been up for awhile - somewhere between 0700-0830. I think the sun would help concentrate the shad off the points. Around 0900 the bite would slow down considerably. The best depth seemed to be the 20-25 ft. range. Each point seemed to have a "sweet spot" where the shad and bass would congregate. I would troll around the point. When I started seeing bait balls in the 20-25 ft. range, I would drop a marker buoy. Then I would work on adjusting my sonar and down scan. I would increase the gain until I could see my fishing line drop and rise. I increased the contrast on the down scan until I could see good separation between the bait. Lastly, I would zoom the screens to the bottom half of the lake so I could get a better picture in the 12-25 ft range. It is amazing how these adjustments improved what I could see in the targeted area. I used a drop shot rig with a 3/8 ounce weight and a #4 hook with live worms cut in half. I would thread the worms onto the hook and let half of it hang off of the hook. I kept the nose of the boat in the wind towards my marker buoy so I could control my drift around the area. The fish seemed to prefer the rig to be vertical and slowly dragged across the bottom. I tried casting and jigging some without very much success. The bite was very light and reminded me of crappie fishing. I would watch the bait balls come into view on my screen with the arches under them. I could almost time the bites and watch the fish as I reeled it up to the boat. When I started catching fish I would drop a second marker buoy and this would give me a very good reference of my drift and where I was catching. The shad would move around so you didn't have to stay in the exact same spot. The depth seemed to be more of a key to look for. This was such a fun way to fish. I caught several species of fish. I just like to catch fish no matter what. I would catch very large bluegill, bass, catfish, and walleye all in the same area. It's also a very relaxing way of fishing just drifting around. Can't wait to get back out.
  6. Here's a little green pumpkin and orange that worked well for me this am around hideaway 😀
  7. JCreek I recently put one of those fuel demand valves on my gas line because my tank was building too much pressure also. The fuel demand valve keeps over-pressurized fuel from getting into your motor, but it doesnt vent your tank unless the pressure rises very high. I have a 2009 4 stroke Yamaha 40hp and had to replace my fuel pump this spring. I don't know if the extra pressure previously in my tank had anything to do with the pump going bad, but i was nervous that it could do damage.
  8. I've been using hideaway marina ramp lately and really like it. I've got a season pass, but I think they charge $5.00 per day. You may want to call if you are wanting to launch early before they open. Y HWY is pretty curvy, but I think it's worth the drive. Pretty quiet during the week.
  9. Mr. Babler, Your reputation proceeds yourself as an individual and as a business. The fact that this is bothersome to you proves how much you care about your customers. Please don't let this stop how you interact with your customers. I have never met you in person, nor have I been to your place. However, I've been reading your posts on here for years now. You have proven time and again that you genuinely care for others. You unselfishly give so much Information to help fisherman like myself gain so much knowledge. I am blessed to have both a union and non-union job. There are definitely pros and cons to each. I support you 100% and will hopefully have an opportunity some day to stay at your place and fish with you! Keep being who you are! Joey Doza
  10. My daughter, Jaiden, and I went to the river today. I was mainly expecting to go on a boat ride and enjoy the beautiful day with Jade. I didn't think the fishing would be very good with the water being high and in the middle of the day. We jetted up river and then started to float back down. Oh yeah, Jade likes to listen to music and sing too which usually doesn't help with the fishing!! I skipped a 1/8 oz #2 sickle finesse jig paired with a 2.75" orange and green pumpkin Z-Man worm under some overhanging limbs by the bank. I watched my line as the jig drifted down river skittering on the bottom. All of a sudden my line stopped drifting so I reeled into the pressure. My line started swimming up river and the fight was on. Then the smallmouth got in the current, headed down river, and started pulling drag on my reel. Luckily I had my fishing buddy Jade with me to grab the net, or I don't think I would have ever boated that fish. I'm sure it was less, but it felt like it took 5 minutes to get that beast in. The fish was just shy of 17." The smallmouth seem to love that green pumpkin and orange combo around here. If you look closely in the mouth of the fish you can see a craw that she had eaten just before she took my bait. The pincers on that craw still had a orange hue to them. This may not have been my biggest smallmouth, but it is the best one I have ever caught because I got to share it with Jaiden. After we released the fish and drifted around the next bend, I saw an eagle fly over us. I thanked God for another wonderful day that I got to spend with my daughter in his beautiful creation!
  11. Blazerman, I thought this one may have been the infamous river 20" smallie that I have yet to achieve. You know it's a big one when you put pressure on the rod and and you can't even turn the fish. I've caught several smallmouth in that 16-18 range on the river. Most of them have been super healthy. It really makes me wonder what it takes for them to get to that 20" mark? How do they get that fat and not grow longer in length? I wonder if it's a genetic thing? I hear of many of you guys catching 20" fish on the gasconade and meramec. I wouldn't be surprised if it was just operator error either. My skills can definitely be improved! It takes more than luck to land a 20" river smallie.
  12. That's a great story! My parents bought that hat for Jade awhile back. She knows that's her "fishing hat" and she wears it every time we go. It's sweet what children grasp onto, and the little things that make these trips special. The thing in her hand is a fish counter. I bought one the other day because when I start catching fish I get too excited to remember how many I've caught by the end of the day. I let Jade see it before we left for the river and she did not put it down for the rest of the day! She wanted us to catch fish so bad just so she could click the button! Looks like I'm going to need to buy another fish counter 😃
  13. Jesters I've got to get out with u sometime on one of those nighttime Taney trips. I'm ashamed to say I only live about an hr away and have never been out there at night. I'm a river fisherman at heart and hooking into those trout at night sounds like a blast. I can barely catch them in the day when I can see what I'm doing! I love reading your reports. I didn't even know you could catch trout like that at night!
  14. Thanks Johnsfolly. I always enjoy reading when you post about your fishing trips with your daughter also. I would like to try that microfishing sometime, but I wouldn't have a clue what I was catching lol.
  15. My daughter, Jaiden, and I went to the river today. I was mainly expecting to go on a boat ride and enjoy the beautiful day with Jade. I didn't think the fishing would be very good with the water being high and in the middle of the day. We jetted up river and then started to float back down. Oh yeah, Jade likes to listen to music and sing too which usually doesn't help with the fishing!! I skipped a 1/8 oz #2 sickle finesse jig paired with a 2.75" orange and green pumpkin Z-Man worm under some overhanging limbs by the bank. I watched my line as the jig drifted down river skittering on the bottom. All of a sudden my line stopped drifting so I reeled into the pressure. My line started swimming up river and the fight was on. Then the smallmouth got in the current, headed down river, and started pulling drag on my reel. Luckily I had my fishing buddy Jade with me to grab the net, or I don't think I would have ever boated that fish. I'm sure it was less, but it felt like it took 5 minutes to get that beast in. The fish was just shy of 17." The smallmouth seem to love that green pumpkin and orange combo around here. If you look closely in the mouth of the fish you can see a craw that she had eaten just before she took my bait. The pincers on that craw still had a orange hue to them. This may not have been my biggest smallmouth, but it is the best one I have ever caught because I got to share it with Jaiden. After we released the fish and drifted around the next bend, I saw an eagle fly over us. I thanked God for another wonderful day that I got to spend with my daughter in his beautiful creation! This post has been promoted to an article
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