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    MOsmallies reacted to Blazerman in Trolling for Crappie   
    Now that i am here full time i troll for crappie often and have it dialed in nicely.
    This was yesterday's take. Hard to tell from the pic but there are 2-13", 2 -12" and the rest are just about 11". The Flicker shad was the top producer and like usual had a catfish and bass on the flicker shad. One thing i have done on the flicker shad is changed out the hooks. The ones they come with are too small and you miss a lot of fish.
    Amazing thing about this is i didn't go out till i got off work at 3:15. and quit at 6:00. Trolled in the river channel along the bluffs and got bounced around by the waves the whole time. But they still bite while the boat is bouncing around.

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    MOsmallies reacted to Hog Wally in Walleye   
    If I followed their fishing advice on this article for the Meramec, I dont think i would catch a single walleye.LOL
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    MOsmallies reacted to Al Agnew in Not creekin' this time...   
    Did a long float trip today.  River was in perfect condition, and I caught about 85 bass, but the vast majority were less than 12 inches.  In fact, I doubt that I caught more than about a dozen that were over 12 inches.  But some of them were really good fish...I caught four 18-inch (give or take a quarter-inch) smallmouth, and 2 largemouth that were about 17.5 inches.  The weird thing today is that I was consistently underestimating the size of those fish, until I put them on my paddle blade, which has marks on it for 18, 19, and 20 inches.  I'd catch one of those smallmouth, hold it up and look at it, and guess 17 inches, and then put it on the paddle and it would be right around the 18 inch mark.  So when I hooked one that actually looked a little bigger than those fish had looked in the water, I was excited.  Had to be 19 inches.  Got it right up to the canoe, was even holding the net and beginning to work it toward the net, and the danged line broke.  
    The last mile of the float, I had some nice fish blow up on the topwater, caught a 16 inch largemouth and a 16.5 inch smallmouth, and I just had a feeling that there was one really big one just waiting to hit that walk the dog lure.  It was a perfect spot, right at the bottom of a riffle with a good log, current sweeping past it.  When the fish hit, it was a splash the size of a washtub.  Current was sweeping the canoe toward that log.  The smallmouth surfaced, and I saw that it was CONSIDERABLY bigger than those 18 inchers had looked in the water.  I grabbed the paddle and worked the canoe away from the log, rod held in my other hand.  The fish leaped  three times.  Stayed hooked.  I had it close to the canoe.  It jumped twice more.  I knew it was over 20 inches.  I grabbed the net, got the fish coming toward it...a foot from the net, it leaped one more time, and was gone.  Anybody watching me would have thought I was nuts.  I was cussing LOUDLY.  
    I'm calm about it now.  That strike was absolutely spectacular.  The fish was about as hot and strong as a 20 plus incher can get.  It was fun.  And what the heck, I was going to release it anyway.  Not a single person seen all day, but two deer crossed the river in front of me, two turkeys flew across, an eagle gave me a really good look at it.  Great day!
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    MOsmallies reacted to BilletHead in Her biggest   
    Decided to try a different place. Pulling Flicker shad. This thing made a run like a hybrid. When we seen it flash in the clear water we knew it was a good one. Then when the behemoth  breached the surface and Pat's eyes got rather large.. This is her largest to date of any species. 30 inch plus blue cat. Pat said lets weigh it, I said no scale in the boat. Where is your "Bogo grip"? I about lost it laughing.  One of the nicest specimens I have ever seen. Its back in there awaiting the next lucky angler,
     

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    MOsmallies reacted to Seth in Flamm City Fish ID   
    This pike was caught about a month ago below Bagnell. That's the first I have heard of them coming from the Osage, but apparently a few guys I fish bass tourneys against have encountered a few on the Osage over the years as well.


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    MOsmallies reacted to Al Agnew in Creekin' Again   
    So yesterday morning I went back to one of my favorite creeks, the one I'd reported on in the last post that seemed to have recovered from the huge flood last year, this time going to a different access farther upstream and wading downstream toward where I'd stopped the last time.  I even went upstream from that access for a bit, but the habitat was almost completely lacking.  I found one decent pool (by decent, about the size of the average double wide mobile home and 2-3 feet deep) and caught a nice 15 incher from it.  But as far as I could see upstream was nothing but tiny pools and bedrock bottom, so I turned around and went downstream.  At first the fishing remained slow.  There was one pool that used to be terrific, but it was pretty much gone.  The creek had rampaged out into a bottom field there, ripped up a bank and basically wiped out that pool.  The landowner had put some rip rap to stop the bank erosion, and there was a small but deep pool at the lower end of the rip rap, and there were some nice smallmouth in it.  I caught a couple 15-16 inchers.  Next pool downstream is a nice looking one for this creek, but seldom produces much for some reason.  It has filled in toward the middle portion but the upper end is still pretty fishy-looking, but I only caught a 10 incher there.  Next is another pool that looks good, even though it has filled in.  There used to be a big rock, about the size of a couple bathtubs, right in the middle of it, but it is totally buried in the gravel now.  Still, I caught a couple nice smallies, and a big hybrid (meanmouth), about 16 inches and football-shaped. 
    After that is a long stretch of poor water, but I caught a few smallies and hybrids.  I was dismayed at the hybrids; this used to be pure smallmouth water, with the invasive spotted bass confined to the downstream stretch.  Then I came to another pool that used to be good, but it had filled in badly last year.  This year it was improved, and I caught several nice smallmouth and some more hybrids.  But then two disquieting things...at the lower end was a new "road" coming down to the creek, and evidence of a bulldozer using it (or making it).  And downstream, the creek appears to have been bulldozed.  And second, I could hear a bulldozer somewhere downstream.  There was one more good pool, and the bulldozer had piled up a little gravel dam at the bottom of it and made it deeper than it had been.  Downstream I could see a completely bulldozed channel, but that last pool was simply full of good fish.  I was catching 15-16 inchers one right after another down it.  They must have fled to it from the ripped up stream below.  It was a bunch of fun while it lasted.
    I'd kinda planned to do a float trip today, but had too many other things to do this morning.  By the time I was done, it was too late to do a full day float on the stretch of river I had in mind.  So...how about more creekin'?  I had in mind a stretch of stream that I hadn't waded in about 10 years.  It had been pretty decent back then, though.  It's a little farther away, about a 40 minute drive.  
    From the access, if you go one way it really looks good.  The other direction looks terrible; wide, flat, shallow gravelly bottom as far as you can see.  Maybe that keeps people from going that way.  I hoped the habitat would improve as I went.  I was planning a long wade, maybe three or four miles, and taking the whole afternoon to do it.  Surely I'd come to some good water...
    Well, maybe I didn't need good water.  I was using my usual small walk the dog topwater, and every spot where a smallmouth could hide had one.  I caught a bunch of 10-11 inchers in those shallow flats.  And then I came to a little pool that was deeper, maybe 3-4 feet, and a big smallmouth blew up on the topwater.  A 17 incher!  I was happy.  And so it went.  There were simply smallmouth everywhere they could possibly be, and when I'd come to any spot that had at least 3 feet of depth, there would be a very good fish there.  I missed some of them, lost some, but ended up with 3 that were between 16 and 17 inches, 4 that were 17 or a bit over, and one that was better than 18 inches!  I waded a good 3.5 miles, and had counted 65 fish by the time I turned around.  I decided to do what I'd done the other day, put on my twin spin and fish the best spots with it on the long walk back to the truck, and once again it really produced, including two of those 17 inchers.  Final tally for 3.5 miles of creek and about 7 hours of fishing...84 bass (two of them were largemouth, the rest smallmouth).  Sometimes it's like shooting fish in a barrel. 
    The habitat improved a bit as I went, but was never all that good.  And...here's an interesting thing.  There was otter poop everywhere.  You'd think that the otters would have cleaned this creek out, given the lack of habitat.  But the otter poop was mainly crawdad parts.  Maybe there are so many crawdads the otters haven't bothered to catch the smallmouth yet.
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    MOsmallies reacted to Hog Wally in Post spawn Female Smallmouth   
    Males are somewhat still on beds, guarding fry, In my opinion, it’s a great spawn.  Had a huge blow up on a buzz bait today in shallow riffle. Followed it up with 3.5” swimmer and connected on this girl. 20” long and 4.4 lbs.  


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    MOsmallies reacted to Al Agnew in Lower Meramec   
    Human error, both intentional and unintentional.  Some say that bad land use practices have degraded the rivers to the point where they are better spotted bass habitat than they once were, but I don't think that's the reason.  Actually there are major portions of the streams of the Meramec river system that are just as good smallmouth habitat as they were pre-spotted bass, but the spots are now all over them.
    The fact is that spots weren't native to the north-flowing streams of the Missouri Ozarks (Osage, Gasconade, and Meramec river systems).  Nor were they native to the direct tributaries to the Mississippi between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau.  They were native to all the south-flowing streams, but had no easy connection to get to the north-flowing streams from their native range--they would have had to come a long way up the Mississippi and into the Missouri to get from all the south-flowing streams, which run into the Mississippi far down in Arkansas, to any of the north-flowing streams.  But there are three ways they eventually got there.  1st, somebody at some point soon after Lake of the Ozarks was built must have stocked them in that lake, because they were in it by the 1940s, and from there they probably spread throughout the Osage system, and also into the Moreau system, since it is nearly connected to the lower Osage.  2nd, MDC actually stocked them into a number of central and northern MO streams, including the Loutre River, which flows into the Missouri River from the north pretty close to where the Gasconade runs into it from the south.  So Gasconade fish could have come from there.  But Meramec fish definitely got there by coming up the Mississippi.  So why didn't they do it a long, long time ago?  Here's my theory:
    The Mississippi south of the St. Louis was once a very turbid river, because it's below the mouth of the Missouri, which was one of the most turbid rivers in the country and maybe the world.  So it wouldn't have furnished much of a travel route for spots to go up, and also it was such a long way to come up the Mississippi.  The Castor River, where spots are native, flowed far down into Arkansas before reaching the Mississippi, and that would have been their closest connection.  But around 1900 the Diversion Channel was built, diverting the Castor into the Mississippi just south of Cape Girardeau, and suddenly the spotted bass had a MUCH shorter route to get to the Meramec.  But there was still that problem of very muddy water to get through...AND by that time the Mississippi was one of the most polluted rivers in the country, thanks not only to St. Louis but to Chicago diverting all their sewage and waste to the Illinois River, which runs into the Mississippi above St. Louis.  But then two other things happened.  The big reservoirs were built on the upper Missouri in the Dakotas and Montana, short-stopping a lot of the silt in that river.  And the Clean Water Act cleaned up the Mississippi enough to make it survivable for bass.  And the spotted bass took advantage.  They were in Apple Creek, farthest south direct tributary to the Mississippi above Cape, by the early 1970s.  In Saline Creek and River Aux Vases, farther north, by the late 1970s.  Establishment Creek was next to the north, around 1980.  Not sure when they got to Joachim and Plattin, which were next, since I didn't fish those two creeks back then.  But they got to the lower Meramec by the mid-1980s, and from there they moved steadily upstream on the Meramec, Big, and Bourbeuse.  And the rest is history.  They found habitat to their liking, and the native smallmouth had not evolved to compete well with them...as long as the spotted bass weren't there, the smallmouth thrived, but once the spotted bass moved in, the smallmouth drastically declined.
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    MOsmallies reacted to fishinwrench in OA One Bass Tournament Photo Thread.   
    Did my best to catch a 20+ but couldn't pull it off.   I'm wicked on the 16-18's right now though😊 
    Biggest this evening
    Rode out one hell of a storm earlier. Wow! 😲
    The fish here on my end of the lake have NOT spawned, in spite of what everyone is saying.  It's gonna happen within the next week or so I think. 
    I lost count on the number of 15"+ keepers because the storm freaked me out a bit. 12-14 I think (in 5 hours).   At 3 hours in I swung #9 in the boat and declared myself a HAMMER!  😅 
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    MOsmallies reacted to fishinwrench in OA One Bass Tournament Photo Thread.   
    Best one from this evening. 

    9 keepers
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    MOsmallies reacted to Al Agnew in LIghtning almost struck twice, 30 plus years apart   
    Back around 1986 or 87, I hosted a writer from Field and Stream magazine for several days of fishing Ozark streams.  He was a big fly fisherman but had never fished for river smallmouth, and wanted to do an article on the Ozark smallmouth rivers.  I was recommending to him by somebody, and he called me and arranged to spend five days at our house and fish at least four of them.  
    I wanted to show him a variety of Ozark streams, so the first day we fished one I always thought was really cool, Big Creek down to Sam A. Baker Park.  Super clear water and great scenery, including a small shut-in with a couple interesting rapids to run.  The fishing was okay; we caught quite a few mostly small smallmouth.  He had come to the area expecting to stop and fly shop and buy flies for smallmouth, but there wasn't any such animal in Southeast Missouri, so he was using some of his trout streamers, all of them too small.  I riffled through his fly boxes and picked out a couple of big white streamers that he'd used for tarpon or something, and he caught a few decent smallies on them.  
    Second day we floated the upper end of Big River, just to see another smaller stream with different scenery.  Did pretty well.  He had gone to Walmart and bought some fly rod poppers and they produced a few fish.
    Third day we floated a section of the lower middle Meramec, hoping to get into a big smallmouth, but the fishing was pretty slow.
    Last day to fish, we floated a lot farther upstream on the Meramec.  I was really feeling the pressure for ONE of us to at least hook one big one.
    I still remember the exact spot.  I was using my homemade crankbait along a vertical clay bank, kind of a nothing spot really, no logs or even chunks of mud that had calved off the bank for a big fish to use for cover.  But the big one was there, and it hit my crankbait.  A bit over 20 inches, and he was as impressed as if he'd caught it himself.
    In all the years since then, I've floated of boated past that spot hundreds of times.  I've fished it when it was warm weather, and always note that it really hasn't changed.  You'd think those exposed clay banks would really keep being eroded, and a hundred yards farther downstream this one has, but the exact spot still looks like it did back then.
    So I was fishing that stretch today.  I motored past the spot, and thought to myself that I'd never hooked another good fish off that bank in all those years.  And then I thought, "but today will be the day."
    So I'm drifting back down the river and come to that spot, and I think again, "there's gonna be a big fish there."  I was using my homemade crankbait just for old time's sake.  I landed it 6 inches away from the clay, started the retrieve, and there was a huge bronze flash, a swirl, and I was hooked to a big fish.
    There are no pictures, because I lost it.  Got it up close to the boat, got a good look at it...for sure 20 inches or better.  But then it shook its head while it was facing me, and the hooks came loose.  But I called it, and after all those years, there is still something about that spot that attracts big fish!
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    MOsmallies got a reaction from LittleRedFisherman in PB for my Birthday!   
    Priceless... Congrats and Happy Birthday Bret!
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    MOsmallies reacted to LittleRedFisherman in PB for my Birthday!   
    My son and I decided to social distance at our cabin for a day and night for my birthday after a rain halted field work here on the farm.  We left yesterday and got to the cabin at 6pm.  I looked at the lake and saw it was dingy from all the rain but it called my name, I was imediately thinking crankbait or spinnerbait!  It was cold and windy but I convinced Landen let fish till dark so we launched the boat.   He wanting to learn more about boating and insisted he wanted to run the trolling moter which I always do.  So I let him and told him head over to a favorite point of mine, where the bank levels off more slowly, thinking be a good place to throw a crank.   I had a spro Rock crawler I had planned on tying on, but my favorite crank rod had a teckel drunker tied on from my latest river trip.  I’ve had good luck with that little deep diving crank thanks to Ham for introducing me to them.  So I was like I’m gonna chunk this for a few Minutes then tie on the spro.   Well Landen positioned me in a good spot and made my first cast.  The second cast was towards a fallen tree, bout halfway to the boat she hit.   When I drawed back on her the drag began to go.  I said son get the net it’s a biggun!  Finally I worked her to the surface but I failed to remember my net had a big rip in it from December’s Jigfest,  well Landen netted it beautifully but she ripped the hole even bigger and fell back in the water.   So the fight was on again but this time my line was through the net as an added level of difficulty ha ha.    I had Landen hold the net as I once again surfaced the fish, by this time it had one treble left in the thin part of its upper lip.   Finally got the fish back up and grabbed lip and rubber net all together to land it.  For a few minutes there it got really exciting ha.   Didn’t have my scales for some reason, guess I took them out of the boat?  But she measured 23 inches long, don’t have a girth measurement either.  Looking at some charts I’d say she’s  around 8 pounds!  I’ve fished this lake my whole life, including my dad since 1965, and I’ve never caught one this big anywhere.  Just right place and right time and right cast.   Letting Landen run the trolling moter for the first time may of made this happen to!  Today is my birthday and can’t think of a better present!  Bret 




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    MOsmallies got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Trip report 4/2/20   
    Nice fish! You know they are stacked up when they have lampreys on them!
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    MOsmallies reacted to snagged in outlet 3 in Trip report 4/2/20   
    Hit my favorite smallie stream (while working from home) today.  Ran about 4 miles upstream and the water was high of course.  Took a good hour to find where they were and then it was on.  Weather was beautiful, nobody out and the water had that good green color.  Fished for 3 hours and had 8 to the boat.  Two right at 18 inches.  Go ahead and dog my photography skills or lack there of.  All released.  They were just killing the swimmer.   Heading out again tomorrow.  

     
     
     
     




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    MOsmallies reacted to edyer in Fished the last seven days.   
    We always come down from Michigan to share your beautiful lake and fish the Aunt's Creek Association Buddy Tournament.My buddy Dale and I came down last week Friday. We had just got the news that the tournaments were called off. We each drove our own boat and trailer down with planes that our teammates would come later to join us in the tournament. We also expected four others to join us. Then the Coronavirus stated getting more people infected and shutting down more stuff, everyone else decided to stay home.We figured we could socially distance ourselves on Table Rock, so we have been fishing out of our own boats, trying to stay within a mile of each other the past week. we fish about 6-8 hours a day, and compare our catches and stories. The first day, 3/21, was very tough. I caught one 2.5 pound largemouth and Dale got skunked. The next day we stayed between point 9 and Aunt's Creek. I caught a 3.5 pound smallmouth and a Spot. Dale caught a ball Spot. I believe it rained in the morning on Tuesday. We fished the Aunt's creek area again. I had five keeper smallmouths and a 40 inch Striper. Dale got skunked. The next day, we took a ride up the white towards Campbell. I caught 14 spots, two smallmouths, and two largemouths. Dale had 12 spots and two smallmouths. Next day we went to Kimberling City. I caught Two nice smallmouths, three 3 pound largemouths, and a nice spot for 17.68 pounds. Dale had a nice bag of four smallmouths and two spots for 16.86 pounds. We are kind of competitive. Thursday we went up the white again, and I only had three keepers, but one was a 3.65 small jaw. Dale had about a dozen, with a couple of smallmouths and the rest spots. Today we went back to Kimberling City and Dale had seven with a couple of real nice spots, one over 3 pounds.I had five fish, buttony three keepers which include a couple of small jaws, and a big spot. The majority of the fish Dale caught were on a 5/16 round ball jig with a smoke/purple Yamamoto 4 or 5 inch grub, or a 3 inch Kalin Grub.Keeps his boat in 25-30 feet and makes a cast award shore and slowing reels it back, trying to keep it near the bottom, without getting slimed.Most of my fish were caught on swim baits, using a 1/4 ounce Shin Spin jig with a 3.8 Keitech. I also caught a few, including the 3.65 smallmouth, on the 5/16 jig with a 2.8 keitech. The day I caught the Striper, I caught all five keeper smallmouths on a finesse A-Rig thrown very close to the flooded bushes. Much like a spinner bait. I tried a spinner bait, but couldn't get bit on it.Trying to decide where to fish tomorrow. Still haven't caught a big bass(I did lose a five pounder on Tuesday) Tried to net it by myself, and I should of boat flipped it. Glad it wasn't in a tournament. Still would like to have a 50 fish day. but with the water levels going down, I don't think the bite will turn on. We are leaving early Monday to head back to Michigan. Good luck everybody.








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    MOsmallies got a reaction from FishnDave in Social Distancing   
    Man the bass fishing is rough right now. Has been since November from what I hear. I couldn't really figure them out last week while I was social distancing/working from home at the lake so I chased these guys around instead! Shooting Docks was by far the most productive way to catch em. My boys even braved some cold windy weather to hang out with their old man!



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    MOsmallies got a reaction from nomolites in Social Distancing   
    Man the bass fishing is rough right now. Has been since November from what I hear. I couldn't really figure them out last week while I was social distancing/working from home at the lake so I chased these guys around instead! Shooting Docks was by far the most productive way to catch em. My boys even braved some cold windy weather to hang out with their old man!



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    MOsmallies got a reaction from fishinwrench in Social Distancing   
    Man the bass fishing is rough right now. Has been since November from what I hear. I couldn't really figure them out last week while I was social distancing/working from home at the lake so I chased these guys around instead! Shooting Docks was by far the most productive way to catch em. My boys even braved some cold windy weather to hang out with their old man!



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    MOsmallies got a reaction from BilletHead in Social Distancing   
    Man the bass fishing is rough right now. Has been since November from what I hear. I couldn't really figure them out last week while I was social distancing/working from home at the lake so I chased these guys around instead! Shooting Docks was by far the most productive way to catch em. My boys even braved some cold windy weather to hang out with their old man!



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    MOsmallies got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Social Distancing   
    Man the bass fishing is rough right now. Has been since November from what I hear. I couldn't really figure them out last week while I was social distancing/working from home at the lake so I chased these guys around instead! Shooting Docks was by far the most productive way to catch em. My boys even braved some cold windy weather to hang out with their old man!



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    MOsmallies got a reaction from Bushbeater in Social Distancing   
    Man the bass fishing is rough right now. Has been since November from what I hear. I couldn't really figure them out last week while I was social distancing/working from home at the lake so I chased these guys around instead! Shooting Docks was by far the most productive way to catch em. My boys even braved some cold windy weather to hang out with their old man!



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    MOsmallies got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Social Distancing   
    Man the bass fishing is rough right now. Has been since November from what I hear. I couldn't really figure them out last week while I was social distancing/working from home at the lake so I chased these guys around instead! Shooting Docks was by far the most productive way to catch em. My boys even braved some cold windy weather to hang out with their old man!



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    MOsmallies reacted to Fish24/7 in Custom painting lures   
    Another practice plug. Predator Spro rock crawler .Trying to get back into the painting groove. A Little rusty after the long break. Have to remember to slow down and not rush into it. Looks more green pumpkin color in the shade overall but when the sun hits it, it turns golden. That wasn't intentional btw 😆 oops
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    MOsmallies reacted to Fish24/7 in Custom painting lures   
    Clouds

    Almost finished needs top coat
    Very happy with the way these turned out. Has many layers of paint that color shift lighter or darker with available light.
    Sun

    They will have black split rings, black snap line tie, and black KVD ewg treble hooks. I'll post a pic when finished 👍
     
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