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  1. Hooks for senko type worms

    When you guys talk about Gamakatsu octopus hooks are these circle hooks where you don't set a hook but rather just reel when a fish bites ?, I've used those hooks when catfishing and they work well for those but when I used them on smallmouth , I can't hook 'em at all. I still want to set a hook and I know you're not supposed to when using circle hooks. I do use a 7-71/2 ' rod med action. Vary between 12 lb fireline yellow}and 6-8lb stren green. These older eyes let me pick up on the line twitches a little better with those lines. Do appreciate the responses. Thanks
  2. The last two years we have went to Canada (Atikoken area) to fish for smallmouth. There were many of the fish on beds. Probably caught half of our fish on them . 90% of our fishing was using senko type baits (4-5") hooked just once through the middle with no weight at all. Very effective , but I'd guess that we had 30% or better at times came off or just didn't get hooked up on them. We used different type worm hooks on them , mostly Gamakatsu and Trokar. Tried different styles of hooks. Regular worm hooks and hvy cover straight worm hooks. Want to cut down on the misses and long releases. Any recommendations ? Most fish were in the 2.5- 3.5 lb range so it wasn't from little ones.
  3. Bay creek access

    Thanks for the info. Wife and I usually just go spend a half day fishing the bluff up from the accesss.
  4. Bay creek access

    Can anyone report on the condition of the access at Bay Creek?. Are the campgrounds still there?
  5. Walleye in Canada

    Going to Atikoken area in a couple of weeks. Went last year and caught many, many smallmouth. Used wacky worms to catch 95% of them. Just about the only fish we targeted. But, saw many large to very large walleye while we were fishing for the bass. Any suggestions as to what lure, bait etc, we should have at the ready to throw to them.? We don't keep fish up there. (you're allowed very few fish of any kind to keep which is fine). Just need a little help in getting a few pics of nice walleye. Thanks.
  6. Marathon Key

    Went last year and stayed at Hawks Key Resort. Nice place but too expensive. Went fishing on the flats with Cpt Diego Cordova Great guy to fish with. Used small crabs and caught my first ever permit. What a blast. Going again in jun and have already arranged to have him again for a couple half days. Also went tarpon fishing with a guide out of Hawks Key marina. Would have to try and dig up his name. Fished with live mullet under the bridges. Caught one he said went a 100 lbs. Took about an hour and 20 min. Once the leader is touched , it's considered a caught fish. Did that at about the 1 hour mark After another 20 min I told the guide the fish was either coming up or else. Tightened drag all the way and pop, he's gone. Good time but don't really need to catch another that big. I'm sure 20lbers would be a blast
  7. CRAZY

    Don't remember how long ago it has been , but someone else was murdered at the same access. Our family had a clubhouse on the Bourbeouse across the river from that access before the flood got it.
  8. Horseradish

    Love hot horseradish but couldn't find very hot until I bought some Nasal Napalm over the internet. ( came from a place called Pepper Palace) WOW A very small amt will open your sinuses up like nothing else. Need to be extremely careful with it.
  9. Found lots of chanterelles this morning (Wright City area) Many more just popping up. Next days should be fantastic.
  10. The coral ( staghorn, elkhorn,) in the 4th pic are definitely edible. Usually found them a little later in the year. Good find.
  11. To our OAF men in blue

    Did that work for 11+ yrs before getting lucky and getting on a fire dept. Retired from there after 26 + . Those men in blue have my utmost respect. Be safe out there. It's a lot different now. God bless.
  12. Just targeted those two species. Did catch a monster Jack Crevalle that beat me up too. darn I'm getting soft in my old age.
  13. Fished two half days near Marathon (Hawks Key Resort) First day went after a permit. Caught one around 18lbs on a crab. What an amazing fish to catch. Second day went for a tarpon. Used fresh caught live mullet by the bridges. Saw one grab the bait not 15' off the back of the boat. Fought what was estimated to be a 100lb fish for an hr. Leader was touched - considered a caught fish. Cool but really don't want to catch another-- kicked my butt.
  14. trout!

    Never enjoyed eating trout. Wife likes them whole baked in oven. Found a rcpe on food network for smoked trout dip. 16 reviews all 5 star. Gave it a try. Wouldn't have it any other way now. I didn't put it in food processor though, just made the mix and put in chunked up smoked trout. Gastons resort has a super simple smoked trout recipe.
  15. Water Levels

    That's not Patrick Bridge

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