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  1. Well, my old college roommate and I took our annual pilgrimage to Table Rock Lake for a week of crappie fishing. We pulled into town on 4-6-18 and got things ready for the next morning. We drug my dad along with us and it was a slow and cold morning. Put in at Bridgeport and headed upstream. We spider rigged up front and he drug a minnow and made casts from the back of the boat. We fished from maybe 9am until about 5 or so. Long day with not a ton to show for it. We caught a few fish deep on bluffs and ended the day with 12 crappie and four white bass. Sunday 4-7, just two of us in the boat this day. We fished the same areas this day but began to find a pattern. In the afternoons, the fish were stacking on cover in 10-25 feet of water. You may find a fish on pole timber, but the brushy stuff held the large majority of our fish. We began to find the bigger females mixed in with the males. Ended the day with 11 keeper crappie. Monday, we began to run our pattern and look for new areas to fish. We stuck to the deeper brush spider rigging slow over the tops of it. We ended with 30 keepers but it took us most of the day. We found some new brush piles and loaded up on bigger fish. My father was out in his boat. He was doing the same but didn't find any good brush. He ended the day with four keepers. Tuesday was the same pattern. 10-25 feet deep, thick brush fishing about 12 feet down. Ended the day again, with two limits of fish. The neighbors were happy to get these fish as they are every year. Wednesday, the father in law made a huge mistake. He challenged us to a crappie fishing tournament between us and he and a friend. Most fish in three hours was the deal. He had no idea we had been on a pattern. We had 21 fish, and they ended with two. They were shocked when we pulled in with our fish. Not bad for fishing from 9-1230. After they left, we decided to finish our limits and did so by about 2:30. We had set some jug lines out as well and found one cold channel wanted to play. Thursday, we continued to run the pattern but found it had changed some. We weren't finding as many males out deep. We were finding mainly females. It took us most of the day to finish our limits and cleaned 30 fish. Only three were males. That night, we had the mother of all fish fries. Family and friends came and left with fish. It was a celebration for the week and we thanked god for it. I didn't fish Friday, helped dad around the house some. Saturday, before I left, dad wanted to hit the lake for awhile. We fished from 9-1230 and kept 10. Wind was terrible. Anyway, hope this helps someone. I know it won't for long because the fish will be moving quickly once it warms. I don't post much on here but figured I would throw in my two cents.
  2. Well, my old college roommate and I took our annual pilgrimage to Table Rock Lake for a week of crappie fishing. We pulled into town on 4-6-18 and got things ready for the next morning. We drug my dad along with us and it was a slow and cold morning. Put in at Bridgeport and headed upstream. We spider rigged up front and he drug a minnow and made casts from the back of the boat. We fished from maybe 9am until about 5 or so. Long day with not a ton to show for it. We caught a few fish deep on bluffs and ended the day with 12 crappie and four white bass. Sunday 4-7, just two of us in the boat this day. We fished the same areas this day but began to find a pattern. In the afternoons, the fish were stacking on cover in 10-25 feet of water. You may find a fish on pole timber, but the brushy stuff held the large majority of our fish. We began to find the bigger females mixed in with the males. Ended the day with 11 keeper crappie. Monday, we began to run our pattern and look for new areas to fish. We stuck to the deeper brush spider rigging slow over the tops of it. We ended with 30 keepers but it took us most of the day. We found some new brush piles and loaded up on bigger fish. My father was out in his boat. He was doing the same but didn't find any good brush. He ended the day with four keepers. Tuesday was the same pattern. 10-25 feet deep, thick brush fishing about 12 feet down. Ended the day again, with two limits of fish. The neighbors were happy to get these fish as they are every year. Wednesday, the father in law made a huge mistake. He challenged us to a crappie fishing tournament between us and he and a friend. Most fish in three hours was the deal. He had no idea we had been on a pattern. We had 21 fish, and they ended with two. They were shocked when we pulled in with our fish. Not bad for fishing from 9-1230. After they left, we decided to finish our limits and did so by about 2:30. We had set some jug lines out as well and found one cold channel wanted to play. Thursday, we continued to run the pattern but found it had changed some. We weren't finding as many males out deep. We were finding mainly females. It took us most of the day to finish our limits and cleaned 30 fish. Only three were males. That night, we had the mother of all fish fries. Family and friends came and left with fish. It was a celebration for the week and we thanked god for it. I didn't fish Friday, helped dad around the house some. Saturday, before I left, dad wanted to hit the lake for awhile. We fished from 9-1230 and kept 10. Wind was terrible. Anyway, hope this helps someone. I know it won't for long because the fish will be moving quickly once it warms. I don't post much on here but figured I would throw in my two cents. This post has been promoted to an article
  3. Bittle

    Water Color/Temp - James River

    Color is good, temps today were 53 at 5:30pm
  4. Bittle

    Anyone been bass fishing lately?

    Just saw this and I'll give you what little I know. I fish this lake one a month since April. I'm in a small derby on the lake. This lake sure makes me humble that's for sure. So on Sunday 7-16 we launched at 6 and ran into South Fork. We started on points throwing, jigs, buzzbaits, cranks and worms. We started hot catching several fish and four keepers before 9am. We bounced and bounced the rest of the day without any real bites to show for it. We weighed four fish for just under 10 pounds. I was the fifth team to weigh out of 35 boats. I saw a 20 pound sack and a 19 in front of me. Big bass was 6.5. The guys with knowledge of the lake always fish well but that is with every lake. I just don't have the time to put in to scouting it like I should. Good Luck
  5. Bittle

    Pigstickers

    That would be great Bo if you don't mind. I would like to keep with a local company and like their products, but need to know how long or id I'm going to receive my order.
  6. Bittle

    Pigstickers

    Anybody know whats going on with them? I placed an order two weeks ago and haven't heard a peep.
  7. Bittle

    George Costanza Fishing

    Man I like the look of that bait. Who makes that one? I've always thrown the Zoom version.
  8. Bittle

    Lews custom speed stick $75

    I'm guessing the reels aren't included?
  9. Bittle

    Table Rock Lake Report 4-8 thru 4-14

    Sorry for the late reply. He was about 12 pounds I would say. We never weighed him.
  10. My buddy and I hit Table Rock on the James River arm on 04-08-2017 for our annual crappie/ catfish trip. We started out rigging in staging areas looking for a deeper bite. We started out finding some really big females in deeper water. Hit one deep tree and produced 10 or so. We ended the day with 29 big fish. Sunday we hit the water trying to duplicate the same bite. The wind was terrible and kept us off the areas we really wanted to fish. We ended up shy of a limit with a nice kicker channel cat to boot. Had a big fish fry for the family and a great evening. Sunday Night we set some trot lines and checked them first thing on Monday. Ended up with 6 catfish in good eating size. We back to fishing crappie and again found the fish staging near spawning areas. Submerged brush and stumps produced the best fish. We continued to find the females but ended up finding out that the males were starting to get to the banks as well. Went and grabbed my dad and five year old. We caught several fish in the evening up in shallow water. Minnows, swimming minnows or paddle tail grubs were the ticket. We kept two limits and the catfish. Threw the rest back. Had a great day. Tuesday we continued the patterns, finding the bigger females off the banks close to spawning areas. Transition banks and wood seemed to be the ticket. Later in the afternoon the males really got fired up and hit the banks. Some flat coves you would catch several, others maybe one or two. We had limits by 2 and threw back plenty of big healthy females. Hit some mushroom areas hoping for another big fish fry, but i think it was too dry at this point. Wednesday we went fishing solely for the neighbor. She is in her eighties and we decided to give her some fish for the year. Ended up with our limits by 3 this day. Beautiful day again minnows and swimming minnows and grubs were the ticket. Thursday had two more friends head out with me. Ended with three limits but it took us most of the day. Started seeing more and more females creeping into the shallows in the evening. Not as shallow as the males but close. Friday my buddy left and I hit the lake at noon with my dad. Knowing the fish were going to get to the bank, we stayed away looking for some big females. Rigging the off bank structure around transition areas produced a few shy of two limits. We had some big females with some pushing 15 inches. We pulled trot lines from Monday thru Thursday. Found several cut by fisherman but overall very unsatisfied with our take. Only had maybe 12 fish all week. Bait was easy to find this year but other than that I don't know what the case was. We had a great trip and my family and friends are happy for the fish. I traded several people for mushrooms, which I was ecstatic with. Glad some years work out this way. Good Luck.
  11. Anybody have one. I'm thinking about making the trip this weekend. It looks like they are running some water. I was wondering how the fishing is? Any help is appreciated, a three hour drive is a long one with no intel. Thanks
  12. Sorry I posted this reply from my phone and I suck at typing on it.
  13. Sorry I've been busy lately. I wear a 32 inch waist on my pants with a 34 inseam. The are long enough and talk enough but I had to buy this size due to my foot size. I thought I would be ok but had to jump up a size because after wearing them for awhile my toes started hurting. Like bought the same pair but larger foot size and love them. I live in st Charles county if your interested in seeing them.
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