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    Fenton, Missouri
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  1. Ijust pinch on a small split shot under the carrotfloat, or more recently the split floats from Trout Magnet. I don't use any swivel between my main line, and 2# fluorocarbon leader. Just attach the leader to the Nanofil main line with a triple surgeon's knot. One question for Bill though. What do you do n shallow water with the 7 1/2' tippityou are using? Without the swivel I can shorten the distance between the float and bait. I've actually caught quite a few decent sized bows in 3 or so feet of water.
  2. Hook size could have been a factor. If too small they will sometimes swallow a circle hook as they swim away. That's why I use larger hooks than most people for fishing bait for trout. Yes, you might miss some small fish, but that's not rwally a loss, is it?
  3. Yup, same people that will rip a fish's insides out to save a 5¢ hook!
  4. With "flat" water it's best to only use one rod that you are holding at a 30°-45° angle to the water. Don't set the hook on a bite, but rather lift the rod tip if you feel anything "funny". Usually hooks them in the corner of the mouth just like when drifting. i do go a bit larger on the circle hook for crawlers though. #6 for power bait eggs, #4 for crawlers.
  5. Yup. Won't be down until Friday morning. One buddy is coming with me. My other buddy is bring Dave with him in the evening. Dave's getting home from Africa that morning. We're in 3 or 4. Greg, Jeremy, John, Frank, and family are in Curtis's old house above Phils. Rumor has it some guy's bringing his almost authintic, semi famous jambalaya for Friday night!
  6. Same here on the circle hook Seth. But I go one size bigger with the crawlers. #6 for powerbait eggs, #4 for crawlers. Very few gut hooked fish. Plus for kds, or newbies I have fishing with me hookups are almost automatic when drifting. Bgctrading, standard Taney drift rig. About 3' of line (I use 2#, most use 4#), hook on one end, weight ( just enough to feel it tick, not drag, the bottom.) Tie a loop about a foot above the weight to attach to a snap swiver on your main line.
  7. Good thing it isn't the next weekend, same as the Branson Firefighter's Benefit tournament. Not that I will be fishing the landing, and below or anything.
  8. Boating under the influence, multiple Wildlife Code violations, warrent from another state. Sounds more like an extended stay in the Grabar Hotel should be in order.
  9. Are there lots of weeds in Bull Creek?. Especially growing to within 3' or so of the surface. Logs, stumps, even rocks, meh. Weeds, I'm dead in the water.
  10. Is your arm completely immobilized? I fished the RAW Tournament one year with my arm in a sling from a crushed elbow. Was at least able to turn the crank on a spinning rod.
  11. Should be four divisions. Novice, intermittent, professional, and Doty!
  12.  First tip, don't give up on them. I was the same way for a long time. Even in the tournaments that allowed bait. Finally forced myself to stick with the jigs until I learned, or gained confidence in them. I have been a lot more successful since. Be ready to buy a lot of jigs. Between losing them, and having enough variety to find what they like, you will end up buying, or tying a bunch. My goto color for several years was sculpin/olive with olive head. But for the past couple years it seems sculpin/peach with burnt orange head has been #1. White can be a killer especially in Winter. I've also had good luck when the water is a bit dingy with black. Then there's Phill's favorite LOL, pink. Also don't just stay with casting straight jigs. A small jig, 1/80 and smaller down to the half micro fished under a float can be very good. But conditions, and the mood of the fish right. Cloudy, low, or no flow, and just enough wind for a little riffle on the surface. Just stick with it, and you will get the hang of it soon.
  13. Heck, I could probably be to Powersite in 10 minutes! Picked it up this morning. They forgot the 598, just replaced the fuel guage, sharpened up the impeller, couple other minor issues, and fixed the trailer brakes that were all jacked up. There was a couple in the shop picking out colors, seat style, etc for a new one Randy is building for them. I asked if they had a motor chosen yet. Told them pick the largest possible that could afford, then go one bigger!
  14. Blown 598 and NOS system! LOL Ya don't think that 6.0 gets me in enough trouble?
  15. Don't know if lows in the upper teens, and twenties will do it, but that looks like the forecast leading up to RAW. Doubt it will bring on a strong "white bite" due to a shad kill, but something to think about. Also with the whole White River chain of lakes being a bit high, more perception in the forecast, and cold weather energy demands the fish might begetting used to heavy current by Groundhog Day. All I know is Randy called this morning, and said the Gator is ready to rock.....So am I.
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