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  1. Thanks to everyone. A good conversation!
  2. All great recommendations! Thank you all. I've tried fluoro and fireline on my Pfleuger 2500's, and really didn't like the way the line flowed through the guides. No comparison with mono, in my limited experience. I haven't tried braid on my spinning reels, but have on casting reels, and just couldn't get used to it. The only time I've used the braid/fluoro combo was at Sturgeon Bay, with Dale Stroschein (a great guide). I found it a little awkward, for me, and didn't like the way the knot hit the rod tip, if you weren't paying close attention. But oh, those Lake Michigan smallmouth! Shoulders!!!
  3. Thank you for the recommendation. I'll be sure to check it out. I've stayed with mono on the spinning reels, but have to admit that I struggle with loops when I'm not paying attention, because I refuse to use the anti-reverse so that I can back-reel, when needed. Mine are Pfleuger Supremes, and they've been reliable, so far.
  4. We finished our 37th annual trip to Table Rock, on April 29th. 16 of us made the trip from Louisiana, this year, and we thoroughly enjoyed it, as always. A shout out to Tommy and Melissa, at Happy Hollow, for being such gracious hosts! Everyone caught a lot of fish, which made the trip even more special. Some of us targeted smallmouth, which are a real treat for us "lowlanders", but others had luck chasing those "football-sized" spots and largemouth. It's just a beautiful lake, and we look forward to coming each year just as much as we did in 1982, our first year. The Ned was our top producer, but a lot of fish were caught on Texas and Carolina-rigged Speed Craws, on Z-Man jigs, wacky worms, jerkbaits, and a few on crankbaits. Catching smallmouth on the Ned is such a kick, since so many hit it on the initial fall. Using spinning rods with 6 and 8 lb. test is a big change for those of us who fish Toledo Bend throughout the rest of the year. Many of you recommend medium-light spinning rods, and I can see that they would be a lot of fun fishing the Ned. Do they have sufficient backbone for shaky head worms and other baits, that require more of a hookset? I may be interested in buying a couple before next year, and am interested in a 6 1/2-7 ft. rod that won't break the bank. Any suggestions? Thanks for any input on the rod. Best of luck to all of you more fortunate guys and gals that are able to fish beautiful Table Rock, the rest of the year!
  5. DavidB

    Snot Grass

    Thanks to each of you. We had trouble fishing the Ned and a Carolina Rig with Speedcraw last year, in areas where we had caught smallmouth in the past. Still had a great trip. We just fished other areas, and caught mostly spots and largemouth.
  6. DavidB

    Snot Grass

    Thank you for your reply. Can you comment on the area between the Branson Belle dock and Indian Point?
  7. We're making our annual trip to beautiful Table Rock next week, and will be fishing from the 23rd to the 28th, primarily from the state line in Long Creek to Point 5. Last year, the spots we normally fish in the dam area were covered with snot grass. How is it so far this year?
  8. Great stories!!! Keep them coming! Can't wait 'til we make our annual trip from Louisiana to The Rock, in April. Toledo Bend has been unusually slow for January and February, but is beginning to bust loose. All of our guys envy you for being on such a beautiful lake, with smallmouth and those football spots.
  9. Take a look at the underwater footage on the D-Bomb. It seems to stay upright, although they move it pretty fast in the video.
  10. Have any of you tried the Live Target Baitball, as an alternative to the A-rig?
  11. LSU Tigers!!! Beat the undefeated pretenders!
  12. What conditions are you looking for that'll tell you the jerkbait bite is on?
  13. Our group from Louisiana (Toledo Bend) has come to Table Rock in April for 35 years. We primarily fish Long Creek, from the Arkansas line to the dam area. We love Table rock and look forward to coming back again this coming April. Several of us are avid readers of this forum which, in my opinion, is the best of its kind. The discussion about fishing pressure has caught my attention. We have never felt crowded on Table Rock, although the wakes from the pleasure boats are a major annoyance. In our view, the pressure on Toledo Bend far exceeds that which we've seen on Table Rock. Major thanks to Bill for moderating this forum, and to all of you who contribute to it.
  14. Thanks for the suggestions. We enjoyed our trip as always, despite the rain and the snot grass. We caught plenty of fish, although a notch down from last year. We always look forward to chasing the brown bass, and caught quite a few this year, up to 19”. We had to adjust, however, to escape the snot grass, and spent most of our time up Long Creek, South of the 86 bridge. Our crew caught some on spinnerbaits, but most on Speedcraws, Sweet Beavers (C-rig and TX rig), and 1/8-3/8 oz. jigs tipped with small tubes or Speedcraws. The numbers were really good up Long Creek, but we missed catching more smallmouth. We caught some really nice largemouth and spots however, and despite seeing some on nests, most were extremely fat, still laden with eggs. Should be great around this full moon! Best of luck to all of you the rest of the year! We’ll continue to follow along on this excellent forum, and look forward to next April!!!
  15. I broke the off-on switch on my Motorguide X-5 today, and thought our annual trip to Table Rock was over. Thank goodness for this forum! I searched for marine service centers, and read Bill Babler’s post recommending Ulrich Marine. Called them, they had the part in stock, and they had it installed within 30 minutes after we dropped it off this afternoon. Kudos to Bill for the recommendation, and most of all, to Kyle, Scott and the entire staff at Ulrich, who were so kind and helpful! If anyone on the lake has a boat/motor issue, I highly recommend them. Now, if we can just figure out the fish in the dam, Long Creek area. We’re staying at Happy Hollow, on Persimmon Hollow, and are struggling. Last year was one of our best ever, but with the slime and the colder water, we’re still plugging away without a lot of success. We have three more days, so suggestions are welcome. This forum is the best!
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