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Randy Moore

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About Randy Moore

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    Duskystripe Shiner
  • Birthday 02/08/1952

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    Kimberling City, MO
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    Bass Fishing and Golf

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  1. Wife and I caught 5 nice KY bass on either Swim Baits or Ned's Rigs in about 20 feet of water in less than an hour. We headed back in when the rain started and we just entering the Hideaway Marina docks where we keep our boat when we noticed a huge feeding frenzy taking place not 20 feet from our boat slip. I put the trolling motor down and we got within range and threw both the swim bait and the Ned's rig and within seconds both hooked in a nice white bass. I had thought it was either smallmouth or Kentucky Bass feeding on shad but it was White Bass. The first two fish we caught nailed our baits and have swallowed both baits. Both fish were in the 2 lb range. We continued to fish the area for another 30 minutes and caught both KY and SM bass in the same area. So our total for the 90 minutes we were out was 11 bass, most of which came within 20 feet of our boat slip. Same days you just need to be in the right spot at the right moment to experience something magic. We have tried fishing closer to shore in more shallow water but continue to bring back baits with green algae on them. Most of the fish we are catching are still in the 15 to 20 foot range. I'm guessing the fish haven't spawned yet. Does anyone know for sure? What is the ideal surface temp for spawning? I wish you all a good fishing week in and around the rain we'll be getting. At least the last few days the boat traffic hasn't been as insane as it was on Friday May 1st. I'm hoping as MO returns to normal that some of the idiots will stay off the lake at least until June.
  2. What a mess - I so look forward to Spring fishing, but this year will be a joke with all the boats on the water and all the idiots not paying attention to social distancing rules. Thanks for the update and thoughts. Keep safe guys.
  3. Guys I was out about a week ago when my low oil warning went off. I was fairly certain the reservoir on my 2 cycle engine was full but nonetheless stopped to check. The reservoir was indeed full, but after removing the cowling I found the reservoir attached the engine was down by about 30%. I loosed the cover and started the engine expecting the reservoir to fill. It did not. The low oil warning beep will continue to go off if the reservoir isn't full. Any ideas on how to correct this issue? I have a service call into Dyna Prop to look at the problem, but thought one of you might know what my issue is. Thanks and Good Fishing. Randy Moore
  4. First time on Table Rock since the first of the year. Fished for about three hours in various places within a mile of point 9 with no success. Finally caught two keeper bass around 3:30 halfway between point 10 and Hideaway Marina in 20 feet of water using a single tailed grub (watermelon green with red flecks). Pictures of the first fish, a 2.1 pound Largemouth Bass are attached. Shortly after catching the largemouth, caught a 1.8 pound Kentucky Bass also on the same lure. Had a 3rd hit on the very next cast but hook set had me all wrapped up in a underwater stump and had to break off. Water temp hovered in the 45 to 48 degree range.
  5. Thanks for the update Bill. With all the nice weather we've been having I was wondering what baits might be working best and the right conditions to fish them in.
  6. Thanks for suggestions - we tried the keitech today along with several other baits to fish somewhere between bottom and top with no success. Caught one 3.0 lb Smallmouth Bass on a jig with crawfish trailer in 8 feet of water. Surface temp was 57.6 degrees. . Only bite of the day.
  7. Thanks for report. My wife and I went today and despite trying a variety of baits only caught 3 bass in the 10 to 12" range on ned's rigs. All the fish hit the bait on the fall rather than picking it up off the bottom. We were in fishing between point 9 and point 16. We saw very few fish chasing shad and had no top water action. I saw one big smallmouth come to the surface and grab something and return to deep water. Like you guys we were fishing depths in the 10 foot range. I truly thought it would be better fishing.
  8. My wife and I headed to point 19 this morning only to find it occupied so continued down the lake to the next point. Unlike many, we cannot get on the lake early, since we have a mentally handicapped son that we need to take to school each day. So today, like most days, we weren't on the lake until 8:00. We didn't find a lot of fish today, but those we did find were quality including this fish that was caught on the very first cast of the day. This fish measured 17" and was caught in 17 feet of water using a Green Pumpkin Ned's Rig. All total we caught 6 bass in the morning with 3 over 15 inches. All caught on the same lure.
  9. Great Report Bill - I always appreciate your insight and details. You are indeed one, if not the best, guide on Table Rock.
  10. Great report Bill. Sue and I went out Sunday evening around 5:30 on the 26th and the lake was a mess with boaters, skiers, jet skis, pontoon boats, etc. We motored on idle for nearly 300 yards before we could get to smooth water to get on plane. We motored into a cove across from point 10 and caught 10 bass in a little over an hour. Despite the heavy traffic and ways the bass were still active and most hammered our baits. We are fishing mostly Ned's rigs in anywhere from 7 to 15 feet. We went out yesterday morning (the 28th) and caught 18 between point 9 and 16 mostly in coves and points. Several fish over 15" but most in the 12" - 14" range. We lost another 6 fish that were on but jumped and threw hooks. The fishing has been awesome. We are fishing areas in some cases we have never fished before and doing well. Enjoy this awesome bite while it last everyone.
  11. Caught 19 bass and 1 walleye near Baxter with the majority on the Ned's Rig in Peanut Butter & Jelly. More Kentucky Bass than Smallmouth. About 6 bass exceeded 15 inches with the largest a smallmouth coming in at 18" and 2.5 lbs. Boat positioned in 15 to 21 feet of water. The walleye was 14 inches but it was the first I ever caught on a Ned's Rig. Caught 4 bass on a watermelon tube bait. Last Friday (the 26th) the preferred bait was the tube bait with the boat again positioned in the 15 foot range. Today was much more enjoyable on the water with far less boat traffic than Friday. Encountered a high amount of rude boaters on Friday which has become far more common that it should be. Best to luck to everyone this Spring.
  12. what a catch - that's awesome Bill. Those crappie are as big as the Kentucky Bass I've been catching on watermelon tubes. I'm shocked to hear that hit a Keitech. Good Job.
  13. nice fish - good call to brave the wind. We were out on Wednesday and found a few fish on the ned's rig on bluffs - with no wind we have caught some nice smallies on the flats on a variety of baits with a smoky grub on a jig head being the best.
  14. Thanks for update Bill. I went out yesterday for a while and noticed a lot of dead shad (hundreds of sea gulls) near Hideaway Marina up the James. What is the current water temp? At what temp will the Kentucky's and Smallmouth start to go shallow to spawn?
  15. My wife and I went out Monday morning though not quite as early. We say a fair amount of top water activity but it only lasts for 2 to 3 seconds at best. I got one fish to follow my top water bait and nudge it near the boat and one took it soon after I cast it but two jumps later he through the lure. All other attempts to land bass we're slow to say the least. They just don't seem all that interested in anything - live bait, jigs, spinner baits, etc. Hopefully conditions will improve as the water cools - whenever that happens. Thanks for the report.
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