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  1. Water clarity was much better than my previous trip. Plenty of current around The Landing and the fish seemed to like it. The key was to get a bait to the bottom. Power worm or mouse did better than just power eggs. A small bell sinker is probably the most efficient way to fish the current at the moment. With the sun up the guys fishing a bit deeper were doing better. I would say the guys doing the best were in 20' or so. I stayed in shorter water so I could fish smaller weights and jigs and still caught fish, it was just a bit more of a wait between bites.
  2. I wanted to take advantage of the nice weather, but forgot to take into account how much mud would be flushed in from the overnight rain. Still managed to catch a few on the pink power worm in the slower moving water behind the Bass Pro restaurant. By the time I put it on the trailer it appeared the water was already starting to clear.
  3. Arrived at Indian Point and the gentlemanly hour of 10AM and was in sight of the ramp for the short time I was down there. From 10-Noon a rock crawler/wart produced smallmouth, a couple keepers and a few 13 inchers. Noon-2PM couldn't figure out where they went and called it a day.
  4. The reel you should get depends on what you want to do with it- Budget- Get a Speed Spool for $100. Aluminum frame, 10 bearings, cast really good, kinda like the old green Curado before Shimano screwed them up. I have more of these in my boat than anything else. Chuck and wind - BB1 or BB1 Pro. Cast a mile. The Pro is nice because you don't have to open the sideplate to adjust breaks. Flipping, big bait stuff - SuperDuty. Aluminum frame and handle sideplate. If you like braid and hammer down the drag this is the reel you seek. Team Lew's Lite - $240 and a lot of the guys fishing for big money like them. It's a really good balance between strength and weight, reliable. Tournament MP and Pro are both really good reels from $150-200. The Pro has more features, but they may or may not be something you need so look them both over. Pro Ti is really sexy, all aluminum. Only one gear ratio though so that is a bit of a limitation. Custom Lite - New and just getting out on the street. If you want to build a really light combo get this and a Pro Ti rod. It is crazy light. Lots of other stuff, but the above are what I see as the stand out stuff.
  5. Ah.....Got it. Carrot float goes on the line followed by a section of shrink tube to keep things from getting tangled and then the indicator goes on as a stopper. I was thinking the carrot float and indicator were actually hooked together by the shrink tube for some reason. You explained it well, but my brain was not computing it so well. I think I'll put together a couple of set ups and see how it goes.
  6. Great information Bill and that makes perfect sense after seeing it. Are the carrot float/indicator combos available commercially or are the guides building their own? I did some Google searches and couldn't find anything.
  7. Late report and nothing earth shattering. Morning was slow fishing at the island up past the Branson campground. Afternoon was much better, rainbows were stacked in front of the landing. I held the boat in 11-13' of water and fished spinners, jigs, and spoons for several back to back fish. Left at 3PM with the fish still on the bite. Fish were healthy, pulled hard, and decent size with just a couple little silver bullet rainbows mixed it. I do have a question. I watched a guide fishing longer rods with an interesting indicator sort of looked like a cigar slip float with a string below it attached to something else. Could someone share some insight on the indicator?
  8. My daughter and I wanted to take advantage of the good weather and put in at the Branson campground ramp around 10:30. Plenty of water flowing. We ran to the island for a long release on a feisty rainbow for her using power eggs. I managed the same in short order. Not much catching going on around us. Made the drift several times for some short bites. Moved to the landing and caught a small brown on a spinner. The fish was clean, light colored, and pulled hard. Had a decent rainbow follow the spinner and long released a small rainbow when it jumped. Missed a few more fish on power bait. Made one more pass at the island for a rainbow for the daughter. Great weather, slow fishing over all. Almost forgot, we ran to Fall Creek and tossed jerkbaits for awhile for nada.
  9. I am going to see if my dad and son are game with coming down. I want to get that first fish of the year caught so that monkey is off my back.
  10. Put in at the Branson campground ramp about 11:30 and ran up to the island. Caught a few on spinners and power eggs, no water running that I could tell. Moved down to the White River Fish Co. and caught fish it, even had a short double. Back to the island for a few more before calling it. Spinners and power eggs work well. I didn't have any jigs with me, need to refill my box. Tossed a jerkbait a few times, but wasn't feeling it.
  11. I was wondering this myself. Good sporting chance I'll be down there fishing regardless.
  12. We budget Christmas as well as everything else in the household. Whatever the presents are they have to fit in the budget. If it doesn't fit, it doesn't get bought. No credit card bills after the holiday, no regrets.
  13. Mind if I ask what pound line and what type of retrieve you are using on the jerkbaits?
  14. Is that for the boat for the day or per person/per day?
  15. Time frame doesn't work for me, but I would be interested in details of the trip (boat, cost, ect...). I have been considering a Venice trip and would love to hear some firsthand information.
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