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  1. Looks like a great trip. Thanks for the report!
  2. I always enjoy reading about your adventures. What a great way to celebrate the life / memories of a loved one. Thanks for posting!
  3. Mntransplant you dont have to get a high-end kayak either to have success. I consider my kayak as a vessel to just get me and my gear to the fishing holes. I just use a sit on top 10ft ascend. I upgraded the seat a little and made a fishing crate for it with rod holders. You can often find them for a steal at the bass pro outlet store. If you ever want to borrow mine to try it out, I would be more than happy to lend it to you.
  4. Mntransplant I would really enjoy to float with you sometime. If you can catch those taneycomo trout, then you can catch these fish no problems. I've had great fishing trips on the James all the way from Wilson's Creek to Galena. I mostly catch small fish, but occasionally I'll get some pretty nice ones. I just like to catch fish and be on the river so I really dont care about the size. The main factors that help me are the water levels and the time of year. I enjoy fishing the most when the gauge at Galena reads 400-600 cfs. The standards I prefer are a little off now that the lake level has affected the galena gauge. I have caught some really nice fish when the water is higher, but it's more difficult with my fishing style to stay in one hole. I love to be on the water at daylight this time of year. Not only do you beat all of the crowds, but the fishing gets extremely tough for me once the sun gets bright. I really started catching them more consistenly when I started to stop and pick the holes apart that you were describing in your story. Sometimes I'll eddy out with my kayak and sit in the still water and sometimes I use an anchor, but I really prefer to get out of my kayak and fish on my feet. I can usually catch a couple of fish out of each productive spot. I use all types of baits and lures; however, the Ned Rig is money in these areas. If you can get a natural drift with a Ned Rig on the bottom, then you are golden - similar to trout fishing. In fact, I've learned a lot about finesse fishing from fly fisherman. I prefer to use a 1/16 size jig with a small exposed hook and the standard Ned Baits. I often cut the baits down to about 2.5" Don't be afraid to fish those swimming baits or a grub the same way. Ive caught fish on all colors. I think the presentation is most important. I can spend 8 hrs fishing 3-4 miles of river. I know this style of fishing may not be preferred by some, but it's just the way I enjoy the river. We are very fortunate to have this fishery in our area.
  5. Great story! Experiences like that are why I love float fishing in current so much. There are so many dynamics involved and such natural, untamed beauty on the rivers. Please keep the reports coming and thanks for sharing!!
  6. Jadesjigs

    Fun Day

    Had a nice trip in the Kerr area a couple of days ago. The water level is getting really nice for floating and fishing. I caught a variety of fish including small mouth, rock bass, and a white bass. I had approximately 24 fish total. The majority of the fish were small; however, I had 3 - 4 fish that were between 12 - 14 inches. I used 1/16th size ned rigs paired with 2.5 inch robo worms In Aaron's magic and morning dawn colors. I also used a 1/8 size ned rig using a 3" watermelon colored grub. The majority of the bites on the grub occurred as the bait was gliding back to the bottom. Most of the ned rig fish were caught in current seams and eddies while letting the current provide most of the action on the jigs. I also caught several fish on a craw patterned wiggle wart crankbait in the areas of faster moving water with structure nearby. I had a few blowups at daylight with the whopper popper, but none of the fish truly committed. Please practice catch and release and happy fishing!!
  7. What size heads are you guys using with your baits? I initially started with 1/4, but the 1/8 produced much better in the shallow water and let me slow down my presentation a lot. I'm wondering now if I should downsize even more.
  8. I pretty much have the same report, except in the Aunts Creek area. You explained the bite perfectly. I was using 1/8 size Ned Head and I didn't start getting bit consistently until I put 3" grubs on them. I was initially using a straight stick style plastic. One of the grubs was a pumpkin color and the other was a watermelon/red color. I would let the jigs glide to the bottom with very short pauses and then slowly swim them across the rocks. I was catching them on the inside of points and throughout 2/3 of the way back into main lake coves. It seemed like the banks with the sun on them were the best. All of the fish caught were in less than 10 ft. of water.
  9. Now that you mention it the bite did seem to be better when I was trolling with the jet motor vs the trolling motor. Never thought about that stirring them up. I also wonder if the weight tapping on the rocks ahead of the crankbait triggers a reaction. I really think it was a reaction bite because I would stop and start casting jigs immediately with no bites. Then I would fire the motor up and troll with the crankbait right through them again and catch another one. Looks like I need to do some more testing 😃.
  10. I've been having some success lately fishing for white bass in the river arms with a technique that I wanted to share. I've been following the Lilley's Crew on their reports about drifting crankbaits with added weight to get them to the bottom during high flow periods on Taneycomo. I thought this would be a great idea to locate and entice the staging white bass on their way up river for the spawn. I've had the most success using a #5 sized flicker shad in natural colors tied to 6# leader about 30" long. My main line is 10 lb braid. I put on a sliding snap on style weight that is 1/4 oz. on the line above a swivel. I tie the 30" leader to the other end of the swivel. This is pretty much a Carolina rig set-up. This rig has allowed me to keep a #5 flicker shad consistently on the bottom in 10-12 ft. of water trolling around 2 mph. I've tried using bigger crankbaits without as much success. The bite seems to be better when trolling down river even if there isn't much noticeable current. I've found most of the schools are concentrated in areas where 6-8 ft. of water in the main channel drops off into 10-14 ft. of water. I've tried using jigs in the areas where I've located schools of fish, but they still seem to prefer the crankbaits. The smaller males are up river, but if you head further towards the lake the big females can be found as well. I still prefer to catch the bass with a jig; however, this is a very good way to get them to bite and locate them. I've also had the opportunity to really learn my electronics and the river while trolling around. If you go far enough up river you can get the smallmouth to play with a Ned Rig and the deer to jump in the boat as well. I love this time of year! I hope this helps some of you. God Bless!
  11. Thank you for all of the wonderful support Mr. Lilley. I have learned so much from all of your insightful posts and videos. One of the greatest things about starting this venture has been having the opportunity to meet and talk with fellow fisherman across the country. I use a bismuth and tin alloy. The bismuth is beneficial because it has a density close to lead; however, it is soft and expands when cooled which makes it difficult to cast. The bismuth / tin alloy is about 15%-20% more expensive than lead. The tin is added as a hardener. This alloy also melts at a lower temperature which can make powder painting and curing difficult. The alloy is approximately 20% lighter than lead. I think this is definitely beneficial in finesse jigs because you can keep a larger size head that pairs with baits well yet maintain a slow fall rate. Please feel free to let me know if you have any further questions, or if you have any suggestions for me. Anybody can call, txt, or email also if they have any questions and I will return any messages as soon as I can. Thank you! Joey Doza (417) 841-7997 jadesjigs@yahoo.com
  12. https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Bald-eagle-survives-lead-poisoning-Dickerson-Park-Zoo-nurses-back-to-health-566450791.html The recent story above about an eagle that was found in our local area with lead poisoning had a great impact on me. I always knew that lead had the potential to be dangerous to the environment. You always hear about how lead-free tackle is very beneficial in protecting the loon birds up North, but I never realized how much it affects the wildlife across the whole U.S. I'm not against lead based tackle. In fact, I personally purchase and fish with a lot of lead jigs. I just wanted to let everybody know that there are alternatives available. I have one of the largest variations of Ned Rigs and finesse jigs available at https://jadesjigs.com/ All Ozark Anglers members get a 10% discount at checkout using code: OA10 It is very challenging being competitive in a lead-based market. However, knowing that I may be making a small impact on protecting the precious resources that we have been given the responsibility to care for - motivates me to continue making lead-free jigs. Thank you for all of the support!
  13. 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.
  14. 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/
  15. 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!
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