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JD Dudley

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  1. Dad and I were there Sunday and we were throwing white jigs letting them drift close to the top and the fish were coming out of the water for them. They barely ate at the dam because they were so gorged so we went down river to find where they were eating... it was AWESOME watching these fish blow up on a jig like a smallmouth on top water!
  2. Bill I know we’ve never met but I’ve heard of you over the years through Phil and Mike McClelland. I’ve read your posts and seen how your clients love to be around you and get to learn from your wisdom on the water. The fact that you were afforded the chance to take a break and fun fish today, all the while helping your friend catch some fish on your day off speaks even more about your passion for what you love. CONGRATS on a truly unbelievable fish!! Yes, God has a plan for everything and it’s apparent that today, he wanted to bless you through what you love!
  3. Have known this man and fished in countless tournaments against him over the past 25 years and I have no doubt whatsoever that he and his partner did everything they could to keep this TROPHY alive. He’s an unbelievable jig fisherman and definitely one of the best out there and I couldn’t be happier for him! Congrats Gerry on a BEAUTIFUL fish... and another win! Can’t wait to hear about it this winter.
  4. Been several years since I've gotten to get up there during the summer. Got to take my son and one of his friends on Friday and was NOT disappointed! Got on the water at 10:30 with 2 units running, then they turned it up to 3 at noon. Pulled off the water at 3:30... Made one run multiple times throughout the day which was from the line at the dam down to the ramp using 1/16 ounce homemade jigs at 2 units, then 3/32 & 1/8 at 3 units... 1/8 worked better at 3 because the fish would hardly come off the bottom. Was really surprised at the lack of clarity of water but could still see t
  5. Been several years since I've gotten to get up there during the summer. Got to take my son and one of his friends on Friday and was NOT disappointed! Got on the water at 10:30 with 2 units running, then they turned it up to 3 at noon. Pulled off the water at 3:30... Made one run multiple times throughout the day which was from the line at the dam down to the ramp using 1/16 ounce homemade jigs at 2 units, then 3/32 & 1/8 at 3 units... 1/8 worked better at 3 because the fish would hardly come off the bottom. Was really surprised at the lack of clarity of water but could still see t
  6. So you measure and record EVERY fish you catch during the day and then the total is added up OR is it the total length of your 8 biggest fish?
  7. Whew, I bet you got pretty cold going under the water to take those pictures... now that's dedication!
  8. Oh, and by the way... even though he swears by it, I never actually saw him catch one on pinky
  9. James, that would be Turpin... remember? The guy who ran like a little girl up the stairs in fear for his life when he tried to mess with you while you were sleeping!
  10. Clay, minimum flow has helped a little with getting down the river. It'll likely be next summer before I can get over there because I go straight from basketball season to coaching baseball which lasts til the end of the school year. Will try to hit a couple of Phil's tourneys up north, but that'll be it for me. Have fun with the 3rd one and early congrats!
  11. It's been a little over 6 years since the last FATIGUE. I'd love to get over there again. Clay, when me and Drew went over the Saturday after the 4th, it was busy, but not that busy. We ended up going past all the docks into the next 3 holes and it was incredible down there as well. Saw a few fly fishermen in C&R and one other boat and that's it. In fact, the past 3 trips, we've had McClellan's and Mill Dam all to ourselves the past 3 trips. Got down there at minimum flow without ever having to get out of the boat... rubbed a few rocks, but kept it in line and got down without any pr
  12. Nothing like having a hook trying to be wrapped around your neck by an angry angler... but QUITE a memory!! My buddy is the same as what you're talking about with being consumed by it. I was initially suppose to be taking another one of the football coaches, but when this guy heard I was taking another coach over there, he said, "I'M GOING!" Turns out the other football coach couldn't go, but we ended up going anyways. He's already bought a new rod and reel setup and is hitting any clear water he can to be able to sight fish better... really fun to watch and coach him! We're about to clos
  13. James, did that "not so fun" day involve gently walking the boat through a shoal on FATIGUE weekend? Regardless, I'm with you! It's ridiculous how good it's fishing right now. Last 3 trips over there have been just like your talking about and I now have a guy I coach with who is ALL OVER IT!!! He caught just over 50 on Friday and that's only his 2nd time over there (both in the last 3 weeks). We fished for 4 hours and ended up with over 150. A lot of it had to do with them running the stockers through there, but there's plenty of QUALITY hungry fish in there as well including some browns
  14. Ham, those pesky bass tend to do that! One of the reasons I haven't been over there is for the very reason your talking about with bass... trying to chase them down. As I'm sure you're aware and probably already have, it won't take much to get back in the groove with the trout. My trip was just one of those days and we were extremely thankful for it! Good luck to you and maybe we'll see you over there sometime.
  15. Jamie, What's scary is he acts a lot like me as well! I guess you can see what I was talking about with the big rainbow... looks familiar doesn't he? One of the coaches and I are heading over there this week from Wednesday - Friday. Hope he gets to experience it like that as well. We'll definitely hook up over there at some point. I hope to get my boy over there again before school starts so lets talk about when and maybe we can run it at the same time.
  16. Bud, I had no idea you guys were into trout fishing... I love to hear it! Maybe at some point, we can meet up over there with your sons as well and get after 'em. Hope all is well with you guys!
  17. Last week, I FINALLY, got to get back over to the two rivers I've loved for the past 30 years. It's been 4 years since I've been on the White and about 7 since I've been to Norfork. This time, I got to take my son who hasn't been in 4 years either... baseball, baseball, and more baseball (54-9 on the year, so he wasn't complaining!). On Thursday, we put in at Cotter and motored up to the Narrows and started floating back down hitting hot spots like the Narrows, Wildcat, Rainbow, and then Cotter. Trolling motor broke down at the Narrows so we pulled out the drag chain which worked perfe
  18. Hello there James! Will likely see you and Clay over there some this summer. Planning on overcoming the 4 year absence from the place I love. Can't believe it's been that long! Let's stay in touch.
  19. I know one old fella that's been catching some good walleye WAY up the river mixed in with a few whites. Don't ask me where because I haven't gotten to get out, but he took my oldest out a couple of days ago and they had 4 between 19 and 25 inches. You might call him Clay!
  20. I'd go for a "Jigfest" if I could get away for it!
  21. No white bass for me this year unless we get a night off from baseball. I will say this though... I'll be taking Jr. over to the river a bunch this summer! He's loving it, especially after all the fish he caught a few weeks ago up at Phil's. It's been 4 years since I've been over there (I know... a bunch of bass fishing, blah, blah, blah although he's done really well in some bass tournaments we've fished!), but I'm ready to see him get into some sight fishing on Norfork and hooking into a hog like Colton caught last weekend. REALLY looking forward to it! Do you guys get over there much dur
  22. No worries at all BFTMASTER... Completely understandable! I wish I could get out there to fish a little bit, but HS baseball has me locked down until at least mid-May. I might be able to scratch out a couple of hours, but it's looking pretty doubtful after last nights game... got a lot of work to do! Hope all goes well for you buddy! Good luck on the water!
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