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Champ188

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About Champ188

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    Bass fishing and golf ... both with my wife and best buddy Donna.

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  1. Champ188

    the weather outside is cold

    You just have to experiment, Dave. Doesn't have to actually be a shad kill in order for them to bite it. Anytime the water dips down around 50 or below in the winter, I'll be throwing it.
  2. Champ188

    Video of a deer I passed up tonight.

    Not a thing wrong with your post, buddy. Great deer.
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    Video of a deer I passed up tonight.

    Deer fight! 🀣 God bless winter on OAF.
  4. Champ188

    darn wind

    Until fish learn to talk, we aren't going to have definitive answers as to questions of line visibility and other things. My personal opinion is that line visibility does make a difference in ultra-clear water. My reasoning is that I've witnessed it firsthand on Lake Ouachita. Not going to debate it because I may be wrong. Likewise, Bo may be wrong. Since fish aren't going to talk and tell us, it's probably best that line is made in all variations and sizes so that we can all fish our convictions. And it IS a proven fact that we all catch more fish when we believe in our equipment and tactics .
  5. There it is, folks. Every word truth.
  6. This is a mouthful right here and is something that, if addressed, would likely have a much bigger impact than supplemental stocking. Everyone wants to hold tournament after tournament in the spring months, when the fish are most vulnerable, and we've all seen the results of poor fish care during some summer events. Delayed mortality takes even more fish and is far less visible. It would be nice to see MDC take a hard look through eyes unclouded by money (economic impact) and/or politics, and fearlessly address the fact that hundreds upon hundreds of tournaments simply cannot be healthy for our fishery. Yes, by all means, tournament anglers have a right to enjoy their sport. But that right ends where harm to the fishery begins. I'd still like to see an exhaustive study done --- far more than springtime electrofishing --- where MDC collected true data on the lake's carrying capacity for black basses (LM, SM and spots) and took action to try and get us to that point. Heck, maybe we are there now. But we will never know by simply shocking up a few fish while they are up shallow during spawn/immediate postspawn months.
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    What to expect? cape fair to pt 12

    So THAT’S why Bo and Babler catch so many more fish than me at times! πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚
  8. Champ188

    Baxter area Friday

    Fished 7:30 to 4:30 Friday out of Baxter and had a pretty decent day. Ended up with 20 fish on the nose, with 15 keeps. Nothing real big but lots of solid fish up to 3 pounds. Took one of our local high school fishing team members and he did most of the catching. Pure fun sitting back and watching him catch em for the first time on a Ned. It was one of those classic Table Rock days where they should've been chasing a moving bait but instead they were glued to the bottom and were only receptive to dragging presentations. Had several nose-bump a jerk bait but only one taker. Nearly every fish came from 8-15 feet and having timber present was a very big help. Not a must, but close. Everything was either main lake or in the front half of creeks. Interesting side note ... we caught all brown and spotted fish and a couple of meanmouths ... but NO green ones. Water temp was 52-54 everywhere we went. With the full moon, the afternoon bite was definitely better.
  9. Champ188

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving back atcha John. And here's hoping for a less-tough year in 2019.
  10. Champ188

    What to expect? cape fair to pt 12

    Hey nhornback, just an observation ... your post has had 558 views at this moment ... that's how many people you mapped your fishing spot for. Very nice of you to share full info and my hat is off to you for your generosity ... but you may want to play your cards a little closer to the vest. Lots of vultures on this site and others like it who never bother to even join, much less post a report. They just want whatever tidbits they can take and run with.
  11. Champ188

    Baxter area Friday

    Fished 7:30 to 4:30 Friday out of Baxter and had a pretty decent day. Ended up with 20 fish on the nose, with 15 keeps. Nothing real big but lots of solid fish up to 3 pounds. Took one of our local high school fishing team members and he did most of the catching. Pure fun sitting back and watching him catch em for the first time on a Ned. It was one of those classic Table Rock days where they should've been chasing a moving bait but instead they were glued to the bottom and were only receptive to dragging presentations. Had several nose-bump a jerk bait but only one taker. Nearly every fish came from 8-15 feet and having timber present was a very big help. Not a must, but close. Everything was either main lake or in the front half of creeks. Interesting side note ... we caught all brown and spotted fish and a couple of meanmouths ... but NO green ones. Water temp was 52-54 everywhere we went. With the full moon, the afternoon bite was definitely better. This post has been promoted to an article
  12. Champ188

    2019 Polar Bear?

    Haven't heard anything but I'm sure Aaron at HLS could tell you or Jeff Cook at his Allstate Insurance office.
  13. Champ188

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Thank you, Bruce! I'd like to also wish everyone on the forum a great Thanksgiving and fellowship with family and friends. I'll be on the water tomorrow with one of our young Bentonville High School fishing team members. May be a nasty weather day but hopefully they'll bite.
  14. Champ188

    Saturday, Big M area

    Fifteen fish in November isn't a bad day for us commoners. We are not in the same league as some on OAF. πŸ˜†
  15. Champ188

    Quick Howdy

    Not trying to talk you off of a Falcon if your heart is set on it but I've been using the Denali Kovert finesse jig rod for my Warts and Rock Crawlers for a while now and it's an awesome rod for that. Too soft in my opinion for its original intent (finesse jig) but perfect for a mid-size crank. https://www.amazon.com/Denali-Kovert-Lite-Casting-Rod/dp/B07F6SHZZ4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542231742&sr=8-3&keywords=denali+kovert+rods
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