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Gatorjet

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  1. Nope, the trout parks, not Shepard of the Hills! From articles about the MDC Urban Fishing program.
  2. Travis, I have noticed the same thing the past three or so Thanksgiving weekends. We used to do really good with several different techniques. This year I looked at the wewther forcast, and didn't even bother bringing the Gator with me. Thought I'd hit the dock at Lilleys between Thanksgiving family Branson stuff. That didn't work well either. Tried some river catfish tricks. A slider snap with flat weights to stay on the bottom. Then allowing the line to pass freely through the slider. 3oz of weight wouldn't get to the bottom, just floated diwn stream like nothing. So I gave up. Tried a Spin-A-Lure for a while hoping for a couple flash chasing stockers, but still nothing.
  3. What's your prediction for about three weeks from now? Thanksgiving weekend
  4. If the Big O continues to drop you'll be able to walk home!
  5. I didn't make it last year. In fact, I'm not even sure there was one. Anybody interested in having the New Year's Eve get-together at the pavilion by the hatchery this year? I'll start the "I'll bring" with: Gator's Jambalaya
  6. Thanks for the post. Sounds like you had a great trip. The bobber stop thing sounds like it would also work on my own modification of the drift rigs. Rather than a bell sinker toed to the dropper of the rig, I have been using small bullet weights. Pinched slightly at the point, and secured by a tiny split shot below. Most often the weight is what gets hung up while bouncing the bottom in a drift. The pointed bullet weight seems to slide through a lot of snaggs better than the blunt bell weight. But when it does get wedged in something, the split shot can slip,freeing the rest of the rig, and saving the hook. More importantly, saving the time to tie on another hook. Just snap on another rig, bait the hook, and go.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Yup, same people that will rip a fish's insides out to save a 5¢ hook!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Should be four divisions. Novice, intermittent, professional, and Doty!
  18.  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.
  19. 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!
  20. Blown 598 and NOS system! LOL Ya don't think that 6.0 gets me in enough trouble?
  21. 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.
  22. Do you have to be celebrating a big catch to go to Cakes and Cream?
  23. Buggy whips and rubber bib ovarall guys aside, I tell newbies there are three ways to catch trout on Taneycomo. You can bass fish, crappie fish, or catfish. Bass fish----Various jerk baits, stick baits, or crank baits. Or jig fishing bouncing a jig on the bottom. Just down size your jigs, and of course line. Crappie fish----Simple, fishing a jig under a float. Mostly jigs smaller than those I would use for crappie, but fished pretty much the same way. Catfish-----Bottom fishing with bait. Prepared bait like powerbait, live bait like night crawlers. With no generation fished with a split shot 18"-24" ahead of the hook. With generation, drifted on a " Taney rig". Three feet of line with a hook on one end, weight just enough to keep it on the bottom on the other end, and an attachment loop tied a foot above the weight. Personally I use circle hooks, and in a larger size than most. #4, smallest #6. The fish pretty much hook themselves, and swallowed hooks are much less likely facilitating safer releases. Whether using a leader attached to a heavier main line, or just straight line from my reel, the last line touching my lure or bait is 2# Maxima Ultragreen. Gatorjet, or Gator. Either is what most people on Taney know me by.
  24. Update, Bass Pro informed me last week that they were canceling my order because the rod had been backordered for 30 days. I checked their website yesterday, and although the 6'6" is still not in stock it is available on backorder. At $ 2 more than the previous sale price that they cancelled the backorder on. kinda easy to see why JM is the Five Billion Dollar Man he is! My own feelings are that I shouldn't fall for his bait and switch game, but I really would like to try this rod. So I swallowed my pride, and ordered one again anyway. At leadt I used some Cabella's points I had, and had it shipped to the store free. So it's only costing me about fifteen bucks. If I get it this time!
  25. I guess I kinda dropped the ball this year. Usually the first to mention the NYE gettogether. I couldn't make it this year, and thought maybe somebody else would start the thread. Guess without Gator's Jambalaya if just ain't the same LOL. Next year for sure!!!
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