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Champ188

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

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  1. bumming rides is not always bad

    No, the brownie was on a 1/4-ounce War Eagle purple shad spinnerbait. In fact, I only caught the striper and a short walleye on the jerker.
  2. bumming rides is not always bad

    Bo, you said a mouthful about fishing in foul weather and it seems that holds doubly true in the winter. You and I are definitely on the same page where that is concerned. I'm also thankful that my fishing partner is equally willing to take on the elements in order to enjoy some great fishing. I spent a few hours at Beaver yesterday by myself and was able to use a cold north wind and cloud cover to my advantage. Caught a mixed dozen spots/smallmouth in 3 hours' time throwing a spinnerbait and jerk bait on 45-degree banks in a major creek arm on the lower end. Also had a bonus striper that is destined for the grill and a healthy coating of blackening seasoning. Spent the morning at Swepco wasting my time and didn't get to Beaver until 1:30 or I likely would've had a much better day. I wish I knew what reasoning MDC has for not stocking bass in Table Rock. I'm not a biologist but I've been fishing a lot of years in a lot of places and it's hard to think the lake is anywhere near its carrying capacity for bass when you can idle around just about anywhere and see giant balls of shad just begging to be eaten.
  3. bumming rides is not always bad

    It’s always good to know the bass are still there. Restores my faith that someday I’ll stumble onto a few myself.
  4. Keeping ice off equipment

    Coat your rod guides and reel level wind guide with vaseline. Just don’t glob it on there. Staying home doesn’t work for all of us and Alex is a crank bait machine.
  5. Bull Shoals

    Sprint, go to your room. You’re the first one to say A-rig this winter. 😬
  6. the feedbag is still on

    Incredible. MUST get up there someday.
  7. Buddy and I got in a pretty full day Wednesday at Cape Fair. Results weren't so great but we were fishing between two strong, rapid-fire cold fronts. Started in some shady cuts between Bridgeport and Peach Orchard and it became apparent early on that would be very little shallow action, so we soon migrated back out to the main river. For most of the day, we went 15-20 minutes between bites on the Ned rig ... not a good deal on a bait that consistently produces a bite every 5 minutes or less. The action was primarily in channel swings and bluff ends. I did manage to pick up a gorgeous 4 pound-plus fish off an isolated boat dock (15 feet of water in the stall where she bit) on a finesse jig and lost beside the boat what looked to be one of the biggest spots I've ever seen in any of the river arms. Got a pretty good look at it up close and it was well over 3 pounds. Also managed one fish on a jerk bait. Dilly dilly! All told, we had a dozen fish but only two keepers. No crank bait bite at all and I spent too much time throwing one. Better days coming soon. Stay tuned.
  8. Chumming ethics.

    Anyone who would handle a maggot --- as chum or actual bait --- is a lot madder at those trout than I am. As for meathead guides, they aren't exclusive to Arkansas. I personally know of one Missouri hillbilly guide on Table Rock who frequently fillets smallmouth and post photos of them laying on a cleaning table on Facebook.
  9. Sorry to keep bugging

    These frigid nights are likely gonna kill any topwater bite so I'd probably forgo the buzz bait. If it's bright and sunny, I'd look at targeting docks with a green pumpkin/orange finesse jig dressed with a green pumpkin Zoom Lil Critter Craw or something similar. Pay special attention to those slips with 12-18 feet off water under them.
  10. Cape Fair area, 12/6/17

    Bo, surface temps were as low as 49 early and 55 in the afternoon and yes, it just screams crank bait and shallow jig bite.
  11. Cape Fair area, 12/6/17

    Buddy and I got in a pretty full day Wednesday at Cape Fair. Results weren't so great but we were fishing between two strong, rapid-fire cold fronts. Started in some shady cuts between Bridgeport and Peach Orchard and it became apparent early on that would be very little shallow action, so we soon migrated back out to the main river. For most of the day, we went 15-20 minutes between bites on the Ned rig ... not a good deal on a bait that consistently produces a bite every 5 minutes or less. The action was primarily in channel swings and bluff ends. I did manage to pick up a gorgeous 4 pound-plus fish off an isolated boat dock (15 feet of water in the stall where she bit) on a finesse jig and lost beside the boat what looked to be one of the biggest spots I've ever seen in any of the river arms. Got a pretty good look at it up close and it was well over 3 pounds. Also managed one fish on a jerk bait. Dilly dilly! All told, we had a dozen fish but only two keepers. No crank bait bite at all and I spent too much time throwing one. Better days coming soon. Stay tuned.
  12. Cape Fair 12/3/17

    Hard to beat that old Lunker Lure. Been around a long time for a reason.
  13. Winter

    Anthony, no matter what part of the lake you're in, look for areas where the bank transitions from steep, bluff rock to 45-degree chunk rock and then to flatter gravel areas. As Sprint said, the fish are most likely to be on the chunk rock areas, but finding these transition areas should help you out.
  14. Fizzing?

    Very good point. It’s one of the reasons I prefer not to fish like that.
  15. a few linda pics

    Good to see you Edwin
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