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About David Goddard

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  • Birthday 08/25/1995

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    Columbia, MO
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    Bass, crappie, and walleye fishing. Avid bow hunter. Addicted to smallmouth. Previous collegiate baseball player, current president of the Mizzou Bass Fishing Team.

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  1. I would recommend any model of st croix other than a triumph or mojo bass. Premier series is probably my favorite but the bassx series and avid series are very good. Also, shimano curado series rods are pretty good for the price in my opinion. Lastly, if I was you I'd start using braid to a floro leader. It's just so much more sensitive and casts better in my opinion. There are plenty of YouTube vids on line that show you how to tie knots. Just my 2 cents but thanks for a great report and tight lines! I can send you some links for stuff if you want.
  2. I fished the Missouri BASS State National Qualifier on May 4th put on by Webb Outdoors out of Moonshine Beach this past weekend. To put it bluntly fishing was great. Caught 15-30 keepers a day, easily. My normal partner Justin Luetkemeyer wasn't able to make it so I fished will a different guy on the Mizzou team. May 2nd we put in at state park and ran around to areas that I have had success in the past. Fished from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day was shortened because my partners boat needed a new primer bulb so we had a boat repair to do and decided it would be better to do it in the day light. We found fish schooling as soon as we got on the water and headed off to a place I know the schoolers usually come up well. Had 5 keepers in about 5 minutes of fishing on top and proceeded to catch those schoolers for probably 15 or 20 minutes. Some nice spots in the 2.5 lb range and one good smallie that weighed just under 3; all those fish bit a spook but the bigger smallie came on a small bull shad which is in the picture. We fished mixed rock banks with 2.8 and 3.3 inch keitechs the rest of the day and put together a bag that was 15 lbs with 3 smallmouth and 2 largemouth. All of those fish weighed between 2.9 and 3.1 lbs. Scattered timber helped that bite but not a forest. Cedar trees better than pole timber. Caught a few on a jerk bait and ned rig as well, but small swimbait was the best, sexy shad color. May 3rd we put in at state park again and fished down to about the Kimberling city bridge. The same smallmouth bite was predominant. We actually got on one bank where I caught 3 smallmouth in about 20 yards that were all 2.75 to 3.2 lbs, all on the keitech. We tried to chase largemouth and I was able to catch a nice fish that was almost 4 lbs in the back of a pocket with run off on a weightless fluke. I threw everything but the kitchen sink at them and they would not fire on anything. They would follow and not bite anything that looked like a bait fish but just wouldn't eat it. In the backs of pockets if you threw a shakey head or ned rig, right down the middle of the cut, you couldn't keep the spots off your line. They weren't any good for a tournament but were very fun to catch. We ended up with 15ish lbs again thanks to that bigger largemouth. May 4th we put in at Moonshine beach, that was an adventure with all of the high schoolers but it didn't bother me too much. The line just moved a little slower. Started on our spot with the good schooling fish and caught a limit including a nice smallie which went 2.8. Fished the back of a pocket and caught a largemouth that I never weighed but would guess was about 3 lbs. Good start we thought! We figured if we could catch 15 lbs again we would have a good chance of cashing a check if not winning. Got in my head too much, I think, and chased largemouth too much and didn't trust my smallmouth spots enough. Caught a bunch of keeper spots and a largemouth that went 2.27 lbs in the backs. finally committed to smallmouth and culled up a couple times but only by like 0.10 lbs. Boats everywhere! Thought I was fishing the Big Bass Bash. Looking back on it, I wish I had fished the 3 best spots I had in the dam area and then ran to new water down past Kimberling City to try to get away from the boats. Hind sight is always 20/20 though. The lake is fishing amazing though. We caught an insane number of fish. Other patterns that worked which I heard from guys on the team were a watermelon red flake shakey head on bluff banks with scattered timber (they found this pattern trying to get away from the fishing pressure) and a jerk bait, chatter bait, and spinner bait in the backs of pockets with a lot of run off which had shad. I love table rock so much and I hope I can get down there again before my summer work starts in STL and my hometown of Bowling Green. The topwater bite is just getting started and should only keep getting better. Mike Webb is a great guy for putting on this event and I can't thank him and Sherry enough for putting it on. Also, Thanks to Wilkerson & Reynolds Wealth Management down at Osage Bluff for our awesome new jerseys. Tight lines everyone!
  3. I fished the Missouri BASS State National Qualifier on May 4th put on by Webb Outdoors out of Moonshine Beach this past weekend. To put it bluntly fishing was great. Caught 15-30 keepers a day, easily. My normal partner Justin Luetkemeyer wasn't able to make it so I fished will a different guy on the Mizzou team. May 2nd we put in at state park and ran around to areas that I have had success in the past. Fished from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day was shortened because my partners boat needed a new primer bulb so we had a boat repair to do and decided it would be better to do it in the day light. We found fish schooling as soon as we got on the water and headed off to a place I know the schoolers usually come up well. Had 5 keepers in about 5 minutes of fishing on top and proceeded to catch those schoolers for probably 15 or 20 minutes. Some nice spots in the 2.5 lb range and one good smallie that weighed just under 3; all those fish bit a spook but the bigger smallie came on a small bull shad which is in the picture. We fished mixed rock banks with 2.8 and 3.3 inch keitechs the rest of the day and put together a bag that was 15 lbs with 3 smallmouth and 2 largemouth. All of those fish weighed between 2.9 and 3.1 lbs. Scattered timber helped that bite but not a forest. Cedar trees better than pole timber. Caught a few on a jerk bait and ned rig as well, but small swimbait was the best, sexy shad color. May 3rd we put in at state park again and fished down to about the Kimberling city bridge. The same smallmouth bite was predominant. We actually got on one bank where I caught 3 smallmouth in about 20 yards that were all 2.75 to 3.2 lbs, all on the keitech. We tried to chase largemouth and I was able to catch a nice fish that was almost 4 lbs in the back of a pocket with run off on a weightless fluke. I threw everything but the kitchen sink at them and they would not fire on anything. They would follow and not bite anything that looked like a bait fish but just wouldn't eat it. In the backs of pockets if you threw a shakey head or ned rig, right down the middle of the cut, you couldn't keep the spots off your line. They weren't any good for a tournament but were very fun to catch. We ended up with 15ish lbs again thanks to that bigger largemouth. May 4th we put in at Moonshine beach, that was an adventure with all of the high schoolers but it didn't bother me too much. The line just moved a little slower. Started on our spot with the good schooling fish and caught a limit including a nice smallie which went 2.8. Fished the back of a pocket and caught a largemouth that I never weighed but would guess was about 3 lbs. Good start we thought! We figured if we could catch 15 lbs again we would have a good chance of cashing a check if not winning. Got in my head too much, I think, and chased largemouth too much and didn't trust my smallmouth spots enough. Caught a bunch of keeper spots and a largemouth that went 2.27 lbs in the backs. finally committed to smallmouth and culled up a couple times but only by like 0.10 lbs. Boats everywhere! Thought I was fishing the Big Bass Bash. Looking back on it, I wish I had fished the 3 best spots I had in the dam area and then ran to new water down past Kimberling City to try to get away from the boats. Hind sight is always 20/20 though. The lake is fishing amazing though. We caught an insane number of fish. Other patterns that worked which I heard from guys on the team were a watermelon red flake shakey head on bluff banks with scattered timber (they found this pattern trying to get away from the fishing pressure) and a jerk bait, chatter bait, and spinner bait in the backs of pockets with a lot of run off which had shad. I love table rock so much and I hope I can get down there again before my summer work starts in STL and my hometown of Bowling Green. The topwater bite is just getting started and should only keep getting better. Mike Webb is a great guy for putting on this event and I can't thank him and Sherry enough for putting it on. Also, Thanks to Wilkerson & Reynolds Wealth Management down at Osage Bluff for our awesome new jerseys. Tight lines everyone! This post has been promoted to an article
  4. Yes if we had 28 lbs we would've probably moved up around 50 places. Those smallmouth in bull shoals are awesome! I dont know if they would've have bit as well as they did the day before but I did have a buddy from another school that fished the areas near launch and caught 15 lbs 7 oz...we definitely wish we would've stayed close
  5. I was lucky enough to be able to fish the College Bass Tour stop #3 on Bull Shoals last week/weekend. Only got one day of practice due to one of my professors not letting me make up an exam. @Justin92297 practiced Tuesday as well and had about 15 lbs up around buck creek. He was flipping dirty water bushes, throwing a Carolina rig off of long points leading into spawning pockets, and throwing a 3.8 inch keitech on windy banks. Wednesday we fished till about 10 a.m. looking for bigger fish on beds then got on plane in the middle of the lake and the lower unit blew up. We didn't hit anything the gear case just exploded. So our teammates sacrificed their last day of practice to go help us. Long story short I was left with the boat and waited for them to get the trailer to buck creek ramp. I fished a neko rig almost all day Wednesday and caught some really nice ones casting at bushes. I caught like 15 keepers in about 2 hours within trolling distance of buck creek. Thursday, the first day of the tournament, we fished off the trolling motor and caught 14 lbs of all smallmouth off a 3.3 and 3.8 inch keitech and the neko rig. Obviously we were within trolling distance of Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock Marina. Fish were stacked on the sides of points. Friday we rented a prototype BassCat which went 87 mph. Very scary but nice of Rick the Marina to loan me his personal boat. Some of the nicest people I have ever met down there. Ran up to some of the places that we caught them in practice and played bumper boats. People fishing everywhere most looked like college kids. Caught a limit of largemouth but did not have the quality bites which we had in practice. All on all bull shoals is an amazing lake and I cannot wait to go back. We fished bushes pretty much all week casting in front of them with swimbaits and into them with everything else. Tight lines everyone
  6. Would you happen to have a picture of your meanmouth? My partner caught one up the kings about a month ago and it was one of the coolest looking bass I have ever seen
  7. When you back in town and want to wet a line let us know we would love to get out on the water with a grizzled old OAF vet like yourself!
  8. I used to think they were very rare until I started to fish multispecies lakes a lot. I probably caught around 20 of them last year from the osage river and lake of the ozarks as well as smaller creeks and streams. That was the first I have ever seen from table rock though. We caught 3 meanmouth in the 4 days we fished. That one had the most vivid markings though
  9. This forum has helped me catch a ton of fish from small creeks to big lakes. It wouldn't be right if I didn't try to return the favor!
  10. If I'm within an hour of table rock it's almost impossible to convince me to go anywhere else. Most addicting place in the world knowing that any hook set could be a very big bass of any of the 3 major species
  11. I will live within 1 hour of table rock some day. It is my favorite area of the country I have ever been to that doesn't have winter for 6 months haha
  12. Table Rock continues to impress me every time I an lucky enough to fish this lake. @Justin92297 and I fished the lower end on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday and we fished the Kings and the White on Saturday. Thursday we had 17.3 lbs for our biggest 5 including a 4 lb smallmouth that Justin caught and a 4.5 lb largemouth that I caught. We caught 12 keepers on Thursday and all of them came off Keitech 2.8 swimbaits in sexy shad color on quarter ounce head with a weed guard and jerk baits. Cedar trees seemed to be the biggest key for us pretty much all week. Just slow rolling that small swimbait through the trees or making a long cast with the jerk bait past the tree to get it down to max diving depth when it came past the tree got us almost all of our bites. We caught some in trees that were in 30-40 feet and topped out in 15-20, and we caught some in trees that were in 15-20 feet. Friday brought more of the same for us. the only difference was this time we found fish schooling like crazy back in a creek. I caught a keeper largemouth on a spook and missed 2 other blow ups and we caught 10 keepers on Friday. Today in the area that we found schoolers we just fished out baits around where the fish were schooling and caught a bunch. Many of them were shorts but we saw some really big ones blow up on the surface. The bite after the schooling activity in the morning was pretty much the same. Small swimbait and jerk bait through trees in the same depth zone. Saturday we decided to see a new part of the lake and put in at Viola. Neither one of us had ever fished the kings and we thought maybe there would be a good rock crawler or wiggle wart bite up there. We did not catch them on crankbaits but we caught them flipping main lake wood that was on the steep banks with a small jig and a swing head with a menace grub and on an underspin with a 3.3 Keitech. Trees were again very important; wherever there were cedar trees in about 20 ft of water on the main lake there were bass. Saturday was definitely our best day for numbers. we caught over 50 fish and had 18 keepers. No big ones but it was a very fun day and I like that part of the lake a lot. Sunday we fished the lower end again and only had like half of a day since we had to get back to Columbia for class on Monday. We only had 4 keepers and all of them came out of very deep trees that topped out in like 15-25 feet that were over 40-60 ft. on the 2.8 Keitech. Sunday was a tough post frontal day. Probably only caught 10 fish and only 4 keepers. Lastly I wanted to touch on the meanmouth that Justin and I caught. We caught a total of 3 that we noticed this week and I had never thought that there were many in the lake. We also caught a surprisingly low number of smallmouth in 4 days (probably only like 10). Is the spotted bass population in Table Rock breeding out the smallmouth? I sure hope not. Either way Table Rock is my favorite lake in the U.S. and I cant wait to go back again. Also, if anyone is looking to fish a tournament this weekend on Lake of the Ozarks come fish the Mizzou Fundraiser Tournament out of PB #2 on this Saturday Tight lines everybody.
  13. We saw 55 way up the crew but main lake was about 50-52
  14. I'll be the first to tell you that I dislike throwing the arig. That being said I own a bunch of them and use them all the time simply because they work. My main complaint with it is that you don't get to fight the fish as much as you do with other techniques. Heavy action rod, heavy line, beefy swimbait hooks, to me it just seems like when you hook one you just reel it in. I enjoy fighting the fish which is why I think spinning tackle is so much fun. Just my opinion though.
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