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    Quillback got a reaction from Ham in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Congrats on a great trip!  Isn't that Megabass a "110 Junior:".  😃
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    Quillback reacted to Ham in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    I have found another rod I really like. It is a B&M rod made for Leland Lures (the Trout Magnet guys). it is the Leland TCB rod. It is a moderately fast rod that protects light line. The combo comes with 4 lb line. I switched it to 2 lb. I eventually replaced the original dinky spinning reel with the smallest Pfleuger President. I like it a lot. It is a weird combination of micro/mini/ small fish rod that can wear down 18 inch trout. 
    Light and smooth. It is a two piece rod for easy traveling. It has my full recommendation.

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    Quillback reacted to Ham in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    I probably caught 7 or 8 Browns. 

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    Quillback reacted to Ham in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Ned Rig Trout

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    Quillback reacted to Ham in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Jerkbait Bass on Megabass 95 Wagin React. water temp is 56 degrees. I didn't catch any of size. A local told me that too many people catch and keep. 

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    Quillback reacted to Ham in Cold Springs Access 2/26/21   
    Weather wasn't Great Friday, but I NEEDED a fishing trip. I always have multiple places I want to fish and I struggled to choose between them, but in the end weather and a slow start to my day helped me choose. 
     I had a work commitment and my fishing gear was in disarray. So I finally got headed for Mammoth Spring about 8:45 am and got underway about 10:45 am. Cold Springs Access is well marked and a great parking area with some bank fishing opportunities. The ramp is not Great. Too short. Waldo doesn't need much, but dang. 
     I headed up stream and found a fishy looking spot. Tossed a 1/16 oz Zig Jig in there and missed two bites before catching the trout on the third bite of the first cast. 10:53 am. I caught 5 fish on the first 7 casts.
     
    I caught fish until I was bored with the Zig Jig and switched over to Trout Magnets under a float.
    I swear to God I have no idea why a trout bites a Trout Magnet. They look so stupid, but bite them they do and did. A lot. I worked on my technique and hooksets. I missed a bunch of bites, but I got better at it.
    I caught 25 at the first spot and left them biting. I'm not sure how many more I could have caught, but I bet a bunch. I needed to learn the lake a little better so I headed upstream. 
    I ran upstream to the first pretty shallow really grassy riffle. I had looked at aerial images snd knew that it was going to be mostly shallow and fast water ahead. I was looking for Bass at this point so I shut Waldo down. 
     
     I looked for micros, but needed to look harder I guess. Trout were rising all around me so I sore mouthed a few more with Zig Jigs. Mostly 1/16 oz, but I did use 1/8 oz and 1/32 oz and caught fish on all of them. 
    I left those fish and picked up a jerkbait. In a few minutes, I got my first Largemouth Bass  Kinda small, but I was Happy to get it. 
     Next Jerkbait fish was a Brown Trout. I had already caught several Browns on jigs. None were very large. I hope they Grow.
    I tried a Chatterbait for kinda a while. Nary a whiff. Trout taunted me by striking all around me. Pretty much constantly. I would weaken and catch one occasionally on a Zig Jig or Trout Magnet. Whatever I picked up.
    no more takers on jerkbait. I quit on that. I started picking on risers as I floated downstream close to the ramp. I threw that dang trout magnet about 12 inches under a float. Still learning.
    I decided to run down lake. I found a deep bank. that screamed Ned Rig. I caught a bass almost immediately. I caught a decent trout on a Ned. I would occasionally mix in a 1/8 oz Zig Jig. It worked too. I stuck with that area until I got my 50 Burger. 

      I ran back up to the risers near the ramp. I caught a few more, but kept missing bites. That really pisses me off. I live and die with every hookset. A missed bite = complete failure. 
     Well, I stuck with it until I caught one of the culprits. And Boy was I Glad I did..
    my last fish of the day was an unexpected treat. A Red Spotted Sunfish. 
     


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    Quillback reacted to crazy4fishin in 2021 Ozark Anglers Fantasy Fishing League   
    Well I can't believe it! 2 of my 5 guys made it all the way to day 4. and all made it to day 3. There is a dogs butt getting some partial sunshine somewhere tonight! 
    Darn glad that I picked Christie and Shryock, it is amazing how many points you get when that happens 😀
    Next tourney at Pickwick and the guys on BASS were saying that the total 4 day bags could be in the 100lb range
    Just wow!
    C4F 
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    Quillback reacted to BassPastor in 2/27 Shell Knob - Quick Trip   
    Something to keep in mind regarding the number of boats out this weekend is that up here in Kansas City (and anywhere north), we're still dealing with 5" of solid ice from edge to edge on any body of water. Wouldn't be surprised if many couldn't resist heading south. I would have done the same if it weren't for my wife being due with kid #2 any day. 
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    Quillback reacted to Al Agnew in Lohontan Cutthroat Trout   
    I have fond memories of Lahontan cutthroats.  Not that I've ever caught one, but I was able to gather some photos of them from people in the Nevada Fish and Game Department that later I used for reference in completing my entry into the first ever Nevada trout stamp contest, which I won.  That led me to making a trip to Reno to sign prints at a sports show, where the booth across the aisle from mine had a big smallmouth mounted and showing prominently.  Which led to talking to the guys in the booth, who were at the end of their first year guiding a 6-day wild river smallmouth trip on the John Day River in Oregon, which led me to trading a painting for a trip for Mary and me, where I fell in love with the John Day...
    Oh, and I also made some money off the Nevada trout stamp!  That was back in 1987.
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    Quillback reacted to BilletHead in Lohontan Cutthroat Trout   
    Lohonton ,  Gance creek   Elko County Nevada  August 2019

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    Quillback got a reaction from BilletHead in Arkansas Pan fishing   
    Once things warm up, I like to do some bream fishing here in BV, a 1.5 lb. redear is possible, 1 lb. bluegill is tough but there might be a few.  I'd be happy to take you on one of the BV lakes to do some bream fishing.
    AGFC had been stocking redears in Swepco for years, mainly for bass forage, but I got an email from them and they are saying their net surveys have shown quite a few redear in Swepco in the 9-12 inch range, but I doubt a 12" redear would make that 1.5 mark.  Might be some bigger ones in there of course.  
    Bob Kidd lake is reputed to have a good population of redear, I'm sure there are gills in there too, but again the big question is whether there are any big enough to meet those Master Angler marks.
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    Quillback got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Arkansas Pan fishing   
    Once things warm up, I like to do some bream fishing here in BV, a 1.5 lb. redear is possible, 1 lb. bluegill is tough but there might be a few.  I'd be happy to take you on one of the BV lakes to do some bream fishing.
    AGFC had been stocking redears in Swepco for years, mainly for bass forage, but I got an email from them and they are saying their net surveys have shown quite a few redear in Swepco in the 9-12 inch range, but I doubt a 12" redear would make that 1.5 mark.  Might be some bigger ones in there of course.  
    Bob Kidd lake is reputed to have a good population of redear, I'm sure there are gills in there too, but again the big question is whether there are any big enough to meet those Master Angler marks.
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    Quillback reacted to MrGiggles in The Big Thaw   
    Got out today. Quite a few boats out, most ramps are clear now, very little ice left, what is there is really slushy and easily broken.
    Wind was brutal and I didn't really do much main lake fishing. I eventually stumbled across a school of shad back in a cove and found some fish in it. Mostly short crappie, but a couple keepers and one walleye.
    No luck with the spoon today, 1/8 oz pink jig and a zoom tiny fluke is what they seemed to prefer.




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    Quillback got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Stockers Saved the Day - 27Feb21   
    That's a good day.  I remember my east coast trout fishing, they didn't stock a lot of trout compared to what we see back here and the pressure was intense.  
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    Quillback reacted to Johnsfolly in Stockers Saved the Day - 27Feb21   
    Looking at the weather this weekend, I had to plan on a fishing trip on Saturday due to rain expected for all day Sunday. Wanted to run up to Susquehanna river tribs to try for walleye, but family didn't want the long drive. So with the idea of trying for a pumpkinseed at the Spillway below Unicorn Lake, I headed North. The Maryland DNR had just stocked 300 rainbows in the Unicorn Branch below the spillway earlier in the week. I expected there to be a crowd. As I pulled up there was a man and his son in the spot where I usually catch a few pumpkinseed. I decided to fish above them closer to the spillway.

    I had on a trout magnet minijig set-up with a small foam float. I had 2# Pline fluoroclear line and one of my 7' Airstream UL rods. I was able to cast 20 to 25 ft with this setup and the tight quarters of the narrow creek that should be enough to reach the fish. Most of the sunfish tuck in next to the rocks near the banks and the pilings of the decking above the water on my side. No luck on sunfish. When I got a good drift, I found some fish holding in a seam towards the other bank. I hooked one rainbow and lost just as I was reaching for it. To be honest that was going to be a caught fish if I wasn't able to get into a better location.
    I was watching a fly fisherman on the other bank. I could see his indicator and when it got close to what looked like a deeper run, he would get a strike. He landed a few trout while I was blanked. There was a open area on the rocks downstream enough from him that I would not be fishing his water. It also gave me easy access to the seam that I hooked that rainbow.

    I had on an orange body that I have had success with the panfish here before. It didn't take long before I had my first bluegill in hand. I followed that with a feisty 9 inch rainbow.

    The kid across from me got a couple of bites where I was catching a trout or bluegill every few casts. I ended landed one that was just over 14 inches from that cast across and drift method.

    I found that a little jigging could induce a strike.  I switched to pink, yellow, and white bodies. I caught one trout on the yellow and two on the pink. The fly fisherman headed downstream and I was able to cast upstream into that run next to the bank.  I caught two quick trout one which was 12 inches. By that time the kid came over and was fishing above me. The fly fisherman came back and fished above him. This kid had little ethics in terms of fishing around others. He would often drift his baits into the hole that I was fishing and he would catch fish there. He also would not wait for the flyfisherman to finish his drift before casting upstream and got tangled with him. I would wait until he would cast upstream before I would drift my bait in that hole. I had decided that if I could land my tenth rainbow that I would leave. Once I had that fish in my net the kid made a cast to where I hooked that fish. The bait landed within 3 feet directly in front of me. At that point I called him out on his behavior. He soon took over my spot as I was leaving. 
    Anyway I did catch three bluegill but no pumpkinseeds . Catching and playing with and landing those ten stockers saved the day on this short trip. I fished for less time than my entire travel route to and from this spot. 
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    Quillback reacted to Bill Babler in 2/27 Shell Knob - Quick Trip   
    During my lifetime I can not remember a wider gap in the have and have nots   The disparity is simply unreal.
    The thing here is the upper middle income folks are really not upper, in my opinion they are way more than that
    The super nice folks from Cally that bought the lot down the street call themselves “very middle” income. He just retired and she has 5 more years at an executive position that pays her $290,000 a year  
    Its not just Cally. My best friends wife in frigging Spfg. Mo. makes more than that 
    That 35 something to 70 age group and that is a wide gap of ages, if they are professional people a huge percentage have lots of money, and I don’t mean borrowed or money they own, they have lots of income
    My son at 36 had made more money than both myself and his mother will make in our lifetime by the time he was 28.  I think he still has every penny of it as he is still driving the car we bought him to go to college 
    New norm is lots of folks using lakes, parks and all the things we are blessed with
    Have a good one there is still room for us ole codgers out there
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    Quillback got a reaction from Sore Thumbs in Big M area Feb 26   
    Launched at 10 AM today, there was some light rain in Bella Vista early so I decided to wait it out, but it didn't make much difference as it was drizzly and cold at the lake when I got there.  Air temp 39, water temp 40 but not much wind.
    Fishing was kind of funny today, lots of blank time with short bursts of some fish on every cast.  When I found them, they were schooled up.  Put 20 in the boat with 9 being keepers, couple of 17" spots were the biggest.  
    Best spots were near the mouth of a couple of coves around sparse timber, fish were in that 15-25 foot range.  Even split on fish caught on 1/8 oz ned rigs and 2.8 Keitechs on 3/16 oz heads.  Slow drag on the bottom.
    I'm not seeing any shad kill on the upper end and not seeing many live ones either.  Not seeing any suspended bass either, the few I see on sonar are on the bottom.
    Didn't see any ice anywhere.
    Quite a few boats out, buddy of mine said he heard there are some tourneys this weekend.




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    Quillback reacted to Johnsfolly in Just funny stuff   
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    Quillback reacted to Johnsfolly in Just funny stuff   
    Of course most of these couldn't  get played today.
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    Quillback got a reaction from big c in Big M area Feb 26   
    Launched at 10 AM today, there was some light rain in Bella Vista early so I decided to wait it out, but it didn't make much difference as it was drizzly and cold at the lake when I got there.  Air temp 39, water temp 40 but not much wind.
    Fishing was kind of funny today, lots of blank time with short bursts of some fish on every cast.  When I found them, they were schooled up.  Put 20 in the boat with 9 being keepers, couple of 17" spots were the biggest.  
    Best spots were near the mouth of a couple of coves around sparse timber, fish were in that 15-25 foot range.  Even split on fish caught on 1/8 oz ned rigs and 2.8 Keitechs on 3/16 oz heads.  Slow drag on the bottom.
    I'm not seeing any shad kill on the upper end and not seeing many live ones either.  Not seeing any suspended bass either, the few I see on sonar are on the bottom.
    Didn't see any ice anywhere.
    Quite a few boats out, buddy of mine said he heard there are some tourneys this weekend.




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    Quillback reacted to Johnsfolly in Just funny stuff   
    Don't  forget the real men of genius🤣
     
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    Quillback reacted to Johnsfolly in Just funny stuff   
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    Quillback reacted to Devan S. in Houseman 2/26-2/27 in it for the long haul   
    Launched at Houseman on the 26th approximately 5pm. Immediately went upstream and every single downstream boat said bite was tough. Searched and searched without a sniff until about 8:30pm and packed up and headed downstream. Fished until about 12 am downstream without a sniff.
    Made a call....going with confidence in a spot and presentation/bait.  Let me tell you at 12am the tailwater is an empty place. Its just you, the fish, and lots of tail slapping beavers. 
    Between 1:30-2am the switch was tripped....clouds broke up. Big bright moon and everything came together. 
    1st fish was a shorty but confirmed my confidence. 
    2nd fish was a shorty my co-angler caught. Double confirmation. 
    3rd fish was 23" Brown Trout my co-angler caught. 6.3lbs. 
    Made a slight adjustment in location and the race was on. Figured I finished the night with something along the lines of 10 fish- kept a limit. . 
    Co-angler did not have the same tools as I had and it mattered last night. After my limit was secured, we switched gear but the fog was starting to dim the lights shined from above.  He finished with 2 keepers and maybe 5 fish total. Although the 6.3lb brown made up for the lack of numbers. 
    About 4am I caught my personal best brown and inched even closer to my personal goal. 
    24" and 6.1 lbs. Just barely got beat on big fish of the night by a shorter fatter fish.  

    Loaded the boat about 6am today in pea soup fog after a very long slow boat ride back to the ramp. Tired, sleepy, back achy but will do it all again very soon.
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    Quillback got a reaction from Hunter53 in Big M area Feb 26   
    Launched at 10 AM today, there was some light rain in Bella Vista early so I decided to wait it out, but it didn't make much difference as it was drizzly and cold at the lake when I got there.  Air temp 39, water temp 40 but not much wind.
    Fishing was kind of funny today, lots of blank time with short bursts of some fish on every cast.  When I found them, they were schooled up.  Put 20 in the boat with 9 being keepers, couple of 17" spots were the biggest.  
    Best spots were near the mouth of a couple of coves around sparse timber, fish were in that 15-25 foot range.  Even split on fish caught on 1/8 oz ned rigs and 2.8 Keitechs on 3/16 oz heads.  Slow drag on the bottom.
    I'm not seeing any shad kill on the upper end and not seeing many live ones either.  Not seeing any suspended bass either, the few I see on sonar are on the bottom.
    Didn't see any ice anywhere.
    Quite a few boats out, buddy of mine said he heard there are some tourneys this weekend.




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    Quillback got a reaction from BilletHead in Big M area Feb 26   
    Launched at 10 AM today, there was some light rain in Bella Vista early so I decided to wait it out, but it didn't make much difference as it was drizzly and cold at the lake when I got there.  Air temp 39, water temp 40 but not much wind.
    Fishing was kind of funny today, lots of blank time with short bursts of some fish on every cast.  When I found them, they were schooled up.  Put 20 in the boat with 9 being keepers, couple of 17" spots were the biggest.  
    Best spots were near the mouth of a couple of coves around sparse timber, fish were in that 15-25 foot range.  Even split on fish caught on 1/8 oz ned rigs and 2.8 Keitechs on 3/16 oz heads.  Slow drag on the bottom.
    I'm not seeing any shad kill on the upper end and not seeing many live ones either.  Not seeing any suspended bass either, the few I see on sonar are on the bottom.
    Didn't see any ice anywhere.
    Quite a few boats out, buddy of mine said he heard there are some tourneys this weekend.




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