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Champ188 last won the day on August 9

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About Champ188

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    Bella Vista, AR
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    Bass fishing and golf ... both with my wife and best buddy Donna.

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  1. White Bass Size limit

    Iā€™m now gonna go wrap my head with duct tape and bailing wire and slop on a half gallon of super glue before it explodes.
  2. Roaring River- Table Rock Lake

    Don't care for eating trout myself, especially large ones, but they are a put-and-take fishery. Unlike bass, which MDC for some reason can't see fit to help along with supplemental stocking.
  3. Roaring River- Table Rock Lake

    Long Creek is far better than Roaring River. Far, far better!
  4. WTF?

    Thanks, Bo, I was reasonably happy with the 80 considering that I've had the dickens getting below that number all year. I think I shot 78 once and maybe another 79 but just haven't been consistent at all. Sorry you aren't able to play anymore ... it's sure addicting, but so is fishing and you do one heckuva job of that. About the abundance of shad ... you are dead right about now being a prime time to stock us some extra bass. But sadly, if I had to lay a bet whether that will happen, I know which side I'd put my money on. Just doesn't make sense in my simple mind why we can host darn near every professional bass tournament association under the moon but we can't see fit to stock some extra fish for all of us to enjoy. Guess none of that all-hailed revenue the national tournaments bring in is going to MDC.
  5. Roaring River- Table Rock Lake

    Yep, that would be a handicap for sure.
  6. Roaring River- Table Rock Lake

    Good area. Plenty of bass to be caught. Crappie are about like most other places on Table Rock ... rarely found in good numbers. Not sure why whitecaps would stop one from fishing. I'd far rather fish in the wind than without any.
  7. WTF?

    Missed a 4-footer on No. 18 for a 79 yesterday afternoon.
  8. WTF?

    Went to Eucha on Tuesday and it was the slowest trip I've had in a very long time.
  9. WTF?

    October is notoriously slow and I also believe the glut of baitfish left from two years of no winter shad kill is complicating things. Many fish are simply following the shad schools and not setting up on traditional places.
  10. Tournaments galore

    You may be able to find uncrowded water but when there are that many boats on the lake, most of the places you need to be are covered up.
  11. Tuesday trip

    Winders gonna wind šŸ˜‚
  12. Tuesday trip

    I did not, Thumbs. I was bound and determined to catch em winding. With the lake down to around 916, it's getting tougher all the time to find any "flip-able" cover. It could be done, but it would take a fair amount of moving around to find the right stuff.
  13. Tournaments galore

    Might not be a bad idea, Thumbs. Gotta at least be some spots biting on the north end.
  14. Tuesday trip

    Yes, the water is a bit stained in that upper White area and there was cloud cover all day. Plus, I just catch a lot of fall fish on that War Eagle gold shiner.
  15. Tuesday trip

    Sorry it's a couple of days old but thought I'd give a brief report on what I found Tuesday. In short ... not much. Launched at 8:30 AM at Eagle Rock to avoid as much of the Cops4Kids traffic as possible and succeeded, seeing only a couple of other boats all day. Despite the strong cold front that blew in the night before, surface temps remained 74-76 everywhere I went. Started out in a wooded pocket not far from the ramp, then proceeded to Roaring River, Panther and eventually Rock Creek. Without putting anyone to sleep with the boring details, I managed 10-12 fish over 6.5 hours, including three, maybe four small keepers. All were caught on a 1/4-ounce War Eagle tandem willow spinnerbait or smallish crawfish-colored cranks. Tried a Ned, various topwaters and even a fast-retrieve jerkbait to no avail. Better times are coming soon. Highlight of the day was the nearly nonstop progression of migrating geese flying just under the high cloudcover.

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