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  1. Excellent. I can promise you that when he reaches my age he will appreciate the fact that you started him at that age on this impoundment. My dad and I talk about it often, how grateful I am that he started me down this path. Now we have reached the point in the last 10 years that he can just sit back, relax and let me run the trolling motor, guiding the trips. Anymore these days the student has become the teacher and the smile on his face when we go out is all I need. You are doing right by your son and I can guarantee he appreciates it.
  2. Little late to post this, but my dad and I just wrapped up our 35th annual father/son trip. As always it was a blast. The lake is fishing incredible at the moment and they can be caught on darn near anything, on any bank or off a bit, anywhere on the lake, day and night. Our fishing was 50/50 up the James just past Thompson down through Big/Little Aunts and further up the White into Baxter. The wind on some days was a bit gale force, but a little patience and persistence can be rewarding. Most of our fish were on Keitechs, Ned Rigs and Flukes. At night we were tossing Spinnerbaits and salt craws. Want to have a little fun, especially with a little one at night? Pull up to the side of a dock end that has a bright light shining over the water and cast parallel to the doc end with a Keitech. Let it drop 5ft-10ft, reel back as slow as you can and hold on. Whites, Crappie and Bass seemed to pile up on every doc with that scenario and would rip the rod from your hand. Managed to catch a 2.6lb Crappie that measured 17” long, 14” around doing this along with some whites pushing 2.5lb-3lbs. Finished the trip with 60+ keepers, at least that many lost and hundreds of fish caught. Caught a few SM pushing 4lb, same amount of LM and some football spots. Here are a few:
  3. Looks like a smallie to me as well. Slight dip in the back from the spiny to the soft dorsal fin, not your typical humped back I would expect to see.
  4. Thanks all. Yeah, we will always do night fishing this time of the year because you never truly know what stage of the spawn you may wind up with on any given night. We have night fished in early April in past years witnessing first hand the first wave of spawners moving up. Those nights get magical, quick. I’m talking 9 keepers in 10 casts kind of ordeal. Plus, we just love the peacefulness of it all. It is always on our agenda. There was a significant uptick though later in the week of quality bass being caught, especially at night. Points seemed to work best for us. One item of note-for those concerned about the quality of bass, you know, the “biguns”, on one instance in an unspecified cove up the white, where you could see down 10’, my dad and I personally witnessed seeing bass that were in the 8lb+ category just swimming around. This was not a one off, but multiple times. We even had a bass we estimated to be 24”-26” long come clear out of the water with what looked to be a turtle in its mouth. My guess is that bass was pushing every bit of 10lbs. Never in my life have I seen the quality that we did this week. Amazing.
  5. Much apologies for the delay in this report as getting back to the grind at work has me consumed. Of my 34 years coming down to Table Rock Lake only one word comes to mind: WOW. It has been a very long time since I have seen the lake fish like this. Here is a quick snapshot of our trip by the numbers, per day: Sat May 11- On water by 630pm, off the water by 10pm. 15 caught, 3 keepers. Sun May 12-On water by 930am, off water by 430pm, back on the water by 630pm, off the water by 12am. 50+ fish caught, 13 keepers. Mon May 13-On the water by 10 am, off water by 430pm, back on the water by 7pm, off the water by 1am. 50+ fish caught, 20 keepers. Tues May 14th-On water by 3:30pm, off water by 1am. 40+ fish caught, 10 keepers Wed May 15th-On water by 3:30pm, off water by 1am. 30+fish caught, 8 keepers. Thurs May 16th- On water by 4:00 pm, off water by 12am, 30+ fish caught, 6 keepers. Friday May 17th- On water by 6pm, off water by 2am. 40+ fish caught, 8 keepers. Saturday May 18th- On water by 10am, of water by 12pm. 20+ fish caught, 2 keepers. That is correct, we finished our 7 day trip with exactly 70 keepers and easily 250+ fish caught, with a 20LB flathead as our "kicker". Of these fish I would say only a handful were at the 15" mark, most were over 16". Besides the catfish, largest Smallie was 4.5lbs, Largemouth at 5.5lbs and Spot at 3lbs. You already know what the were caught on: Keitech 2.8-3.3(bumping the bottom), smoke grub, NED, white fluke thrown into the bushes and at night we were throwing salt craws and the tried and true black colorado blade 3/8th. 80% of these fish were caught in the White as the clarity the first half of the week was an easy 10'-12'. The other 20% were caught up the James as the water started to turn green(almost too green-Algae boom). Of the 70 keepers, 5-8 were female and 2 were spawned out. Simply incredible. If you have a beginner or a little one you want to get hooked into fishing, this is the perfect time. Below are some pictures. Tight lines all, enjoy this time on Table Rock.
  6. Much apologies for the delay in this report as getting back to the grind at work has me consumed. Of my 34 years coming down to Table Rock Lake only one word comes to mind: WOW. It has been a very long time since I have seen the lake fish like this. Here is a quick snapshot of our trip by the numbers, per day: Sat May 11- On water by 630pm, off the water by 10pm. 15 caught, 3 keepers. Sun May 12-On water by 930am, off water by 430pm, back on the water by 630pm, off the water by 12am. 50+ fish caught, 13 keepers. Mon May 13-On the water by 10 am, off water by 430pm, back on the water by 7pm, off the water by 1am. 50+ fish caught, 20 keepers. Tues May 14th-On water by 3:30pm, off water by 1am. 40+ fish caught, 10 keepers Wed May 15th-On water by 3:30pm, off water by 1am. 30+fish caught, 8 keepers. Thurs May 16th- On water by 4:00 pm, off water by 12am, 30+ fish caught, 6 keepers. Friday May 17th- On water by 6pm, off water by 2am. 40+ fish caught, 8 keepers. Saturday May 18th- On water by 10am, of water by 12pm. 20+ fish caught, 2 keepers. That is correct, we finished our 7 day trip with exactly 70 keepers and easily 250+ fish caught, with a 20LB flathead as our "kicker". Of these fish I would say only a handful were at the 15" mark, most were over 16". Besides the catfish, largest Smallie was 4.5lbs, Largemouth at 5.5lbs and Spot at 3lbs. You already know what the were caught on: Keitech 2.8-3.3(bumping the bottom), smoke grub, NED, white fluke thrown into the bushes and at night we were throwing salt craws and the tried and true black colorado blade 3/8th. 80% of these fish were caught in the White as the clarity the first half of the week was an easy 10'-12'. The other 20% were caught up the James as the water started to turn green(almost too green-Algae boom). Of the 70 keepers, 5-8 were female and 2 were spawned out. Simply incredible. If you have a beginner or a little one you want to get hooked into fishing, this is the perfect time. Below are some pictures. Tight lines all, enjoy this time on Table Rock. This post has been promoted to an article
  7. Eh, I am good with this forum. Any other sources are used only in conjunction with the real-time applications I have learned over the years from all of these guys. What you wont find in most reporting or other forums is family and community. I weigh that just as heavily as the bass these guys have assisted me in catching. We may get each other worked up from time to time, but the end game has always been a sense of enjoyment in fishing one of the most beautiful lakes the lord has been able to bless us with. Thank you to all, especially the guides who take time out of their busy schedules, for continually contributing to this forum. This has taken my fishing experiences and skill set to a much higher level than I could have imagined.
  8. Clean and healthy looking fish. Good job.
  9. This is information you just simply can not find anywhere else. Thank you for making us all better anglers so that we can enjoy our time on the water to a greater extent. Cheers to you.
  10. I am not sure how it would work on boats, but I use rubbing alcohol on real tough stains in my car(cloth seats). I have a 6 year old daughter who is notorious for sneaking in a few permanent markers with her regular markers and it takes everything out with ease. We recently traded in my wife's Cobalt that had spilled coffee all of the floor mats(had probably been there for a few years), there were melted crayons, permanent marker "art" all over the back seat and I had it spotless within about 30 minutes. Perfect de-grease solution, but if trying on your boat you may want to either dilute it or try on a small inconspicuous spot.
  11. Merc- Right on point. It's amazing how many fish are passed up because an area is not properly broken down. I'm sure its harder to do that in a tourney, but if pleasure fishing that's the part that is most fun. Great points.
  12. arsenal1477

    Old Maps

    Excellent. I have a copy of those from the COE as well. A majority of the map I took photos of and have them in the phone for future reference. The maps are copyright 1977 and rather frail so I am doing my best to preserve them. I am highly considering going to a professional printer and having some waterproof copies made when I have the extra money available. They show all of the timber where it use to be before everything was cut down.
  13. Everything 96 Champ said is spot on. As for a time you want to head out, I know some guys that get on the water at 11pm and fish till 3am. Personally, I hit the water an hour or so before sundown and fish through 1a-2a, but that is what works for me this time of the year. You will need to experiment and let the fish tell you what time you need to be out there.
  14. What would you say that big girl weighed in at? 1.5#-2#? She had hips to her.
  15. My goodness! Any idea on what the larger crappie weighed in at? Beautiful.
  16. Thank you sirs, I’ll be sure to reach out to them. I’ve dreamt about fishing that pond for some time now so hopefully they can put me on some. I’ll be sure to mention you fellas. Thanks again.
  17. Sounds good fellas. Yeah, I’m leaning toward a guide one of the days on Fork and then walking the banks of Grapevine. There are a ton of lakes in the area that look solid also. If I catch anything worth mentioning I’ll be sure to get them on here. Thanks for the advice.
  18. Hey all, I realize this is a non-Table Rock Topic, but I am heading down to Dallas for work Apr 29-May24. Seeing as I’m driving I’ll be bringing some fishing gear. I’ll be about 3 miles SE of Lake Grapevine and 65 miles due west of Lake Fork. With as much as we are all on water I was not sure if any of you have experience down there, but pointers/tips on where to fish that are somewhat close would be greatly appreciated. Hope you are all well after the storms this weekend.
  19. Thank you. He is my best friend and a great guy.
  20. I have a few St. Croix Prem and love them. However, I have 3 Browning Medallians I picked up 10 years ago at $40 per that are my go to. Probably not the most sensitive rods, but great back bone with a soft tip that I have caught countless good fish on. I have a 7’ H, 6’6” MH and 6’6” MF. I primarily use them for finesse and small soft baits though: grubs, ned, shaky, Keitechs, salt craws, etc. and never more than 8lb line. Heck, I throw 4lb Berk Fluro on the 7’ for my Ned, can toss it a mile and have caught numerous 5lb fish. My dad bought one of the newer versions of the rod and I must say that it’s not the same so beware. 90% of the fish I caught during my trip last week were on the Brownings and I think primarily because I’m just use to the feel of them. To most guys they might feel like a branch in their hands. 😀
  21. Edyer- You didn’t by chance stay at Oak Hill did you? The guys next to us had their brand new $3k Minn Kota go out on them first trip out on Fri. I believe they are from Michigan. Incredible fisherman and I believe all of them limited out each round. Fun tournament with a bunch of great guys. Last May the fishing was almost as good and I thought I would never see anything like that again...then this trip happened. Every single fish caught was thick and healthy as can be. To all of the guys that are lucky enough to fish lake on the regular, thank you. These fish are that healthy because of how you protect this amazing fishery and because of that provided us with one hell of a trip. Thanks for the comments and I hope it continues to get better.
  22. My father and I had our annual trip and all I could say...and can say is WOW. The fishing right now is incredible. Although the “Easter Squall” occurred and it was quite cold a majority of the week the fishing was on fire. Three of the days I was able to lock down double limits with all fish coming on Keitechs, Ned’s, Rockcrawlers and grubs. Fished the Aunts Creek Tourney Sat-Sun with pre-fish on Fri. During pre-fish I found a 20 yrd stretch of bank in muddy water that gave me 8 keepers in 8 casts with the final 3 being over 5lbs. I didn’t mean to over fish it, but it was an experience out of this world. Managed 10 more keepers from that same stretch over the weekend. At launch on Sat it was 22 degrees we had half an inch of snow in our boat...the lake looked like Christmas. Had our limit within an hour and culled through the mid day weigh in. We were 3rd going into the final and I believe finished 5th out of 70 boats. Sun was a bit more difficult, but my dad was able to lock in a beautiful 5.15lb female just bursting at the seems. Most were caught in 5’-15’, but I think what hurt us Sun is that some are truly trying to move up and we’re were fishing a bit deeper still. By the looks of how full of eggs some of them are below, you can see why. Over the week I would say I had just north of 50 keepers with 4 over 5lbs and 20 between 3-4lbs. My best 6 all week would have gone 28lbs-30lbs. 33 years fishing this lake and I have never seen it like this. Absolutely beautiful. All victims released unharmed.
  23. My father and I had our annual trip and all I could say...and can say is WOW. The fishing right now is incredible. Although the “Easter Squall” occurred and it was quite cold a majority of the week the fishing was on fire. Three of the days I was able to lock down double limits with all fish coming on Keitechs, Ned’s, Rockcrawlers and grubs. Fished the Aunts Creek Tourney Sat-Sun with pre-fish on Fri. During pre-fish I found a 20 yrd stretch of bank in muddy water that gave me 8 keepers in 8 casts with the final 3 being over 5lbs. I didn’t mean to over fish it, but it was an experience out of this world. Managed 10 more keepers from that same stretch over the weekend. At launch on Sat it was 22 degrees we had half an inch of snow in our boat...the lake looked like Christmas. Had our limit within an hour and culled through the mid day weigh in. We were 3rd going into the final and I believe finished 5th out of 70 boats. Sun was a bit more difficult, but my dad was able to lock in a beautiful 5.15lb female just bursting at the seems. Most were caught in 5’-15’, but I think what hurt us Sun is that some are truly trying to move up and we’re were fishing a bit deeper still. By the looks of how full of eggs some of them are below, you can see why. Over the week I would say I had just north of 50 keepers with 4 over 5lbs and 20 between 3-4lbs. My best 6 all week would have gone 28lbs-30lbs. 33 years fishing this lake and I have never seen it like this. Absolutely beautiful. All victims released unharmed. This post has been promoted to an article
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