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    Boat Fire Yesterday??

    Gotta run the blowers-- and not for 20 seconds either....especially on hot humid still days. When we had an inboard I would prop open the engire compartment a couple of inches with a life jacket whenever we stopped to swim or whatever. A lot of the newer boats will not even start until after the blowers run for 3 minutes. Kinda a crazy story: When I was a kid we were at LOZ once and an old wooden hulled cabin cruiser caught fire right in front of us. 2 people jumped into the lake and one dude went down into the cabin to try to save "Toby". Well, that guy ended up having to squeeze out of a very small port hole to get out of the boat because the fire burnt up that wooden boat faster than you can imagine. We picked all of them up out of the water in our boat- they were all crying for "Toby." I was scared to death thinking someone was stuck in that boat... Took us a couple of minutes to get them to calm down enough to tell us that Toby was a dog. He didn't make it out of the fire which is sad, but not nearly as sad as what we thought had happened. It can happen quickly!
  2. For sale: Like new PSE surge bow. Will include 8 arrows, case, and target. Asking $400 or will trade for a 5 inch or larger CHIRP sonar. Bow has been shot 20-30 times total. I bought it new 2 years ago, sighted it in and practiced 3 or 4 times and shot a deer on the 2nd day in the stand. Haven’t shot it since. Built a house on our property and so I no longer hunt there. It really is in perfect shape. This is the black skullworks pattern which I always loved. The Surge has a very smooth draw cycle, rated for an IBO speed of 320 FPS, has tunable limbs that give you 30# of adjustment range. This is a 70lb bow so your adjustment is 40lbs to 70lbs. Sight, stabilizer, custom sling, rest, peep sight- everything included. Ready to shoot!
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    Fantastic Morning at the Dam 5-24-18

    Epic morning! 4 hours of topwater action is about all a fisherman can ask for!
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    5/19 Eagle Rock report

    Well played!
  5. My brother and I fished Big M Friday and this morning. In spite of “terrible” weather (bright and sunny, zero wind) we absolutely crushed it in terms of numbers- including about 20 minutes of the most epic top water frenzy I have ever fished . But the bigger fish eluded us. Friday we were on the water at 06:00. Dense fog- I was in the boat while my brother backed me down the ramp. The first topwater fish of the trip was in the boat before my brother got back to the courtesy dock. Proceeded to fish a mix of top water and swim baits until the fog burnt off and the sun was high. Trash fished for a while but kept catching fish (including a very nice keeper eye on a tube jig at 2:00 in the afternoon). Finally put together a really fun pattern of throwing flukes into main lake buck brush. Caught fish all during the day that way. Knew we probably wouldn’t catch big fish that way but it was just a lot of fun. About 4:00 we headed back towards Viney and all hell broke lose. We picked up some swim bait fish (including 3 walleyes) then at about 5:00 the surface activity got insane. We caught fish after fish- mix of smallies and spots- in one 20 minute stretch it became the most aggressive topwater feed I have ever seen. We had multiple timesp we both caught fish and it topped off with a double. Stayed at Viney ripping from 5:00 to about 8:00 when the bite died off. Final tally for Friday: 69 fish, including 5 eyes, a bunch of smallies, some fat spots. It was a blast. This morning we posted up at Viney at 5:30. Lots of surface activity but much more weary fish. We still managed to catch a few- a mix of whites, smallies, and spots. Managed a few other top water fish running up the lake. Sun was out, wind was nowhere to be found and we finished the morning catching a few thrown jigs on bluff ends. Nothing to brag about in terms of size but we came home with sore thumbs and that’s pretty awesome. As always- thanks to everyone who posts detailed reports and techniques here- it helps those of us who don’t get out as frequently get to the lake with some idea of what is going on and how to find fish. I love this forum.
  6. bferg

    looking for a marina slip

    Back when we had a wakeboard boat we kept it at Rocky Branch. It is much less crowded than Prarie Creek and for swimming and hanging out we liked that area of the lake a lot more. Little farther drive but car gas is a lot cheaper than boat gas! Never had any issues with security up there. Never got too crowded. So- I can say we had a good experience there. On the the other hand- if I was looking for a place to put my fishing boat I probably would look for the marina closest to the places I like to fish....
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    Need some advice.

    There are a lot of people here with way more experience than me but here is my .02 after the last two days up at Big M. Get in the water early and check long tapering main lake points and in front of deep docks near the main lake for topwater. Walk the dog baits were the only thing we could really get them to eat. Use your electronics, find shad, fish that area. If they are not hitting top then throw a 2.8 or 3.8 swim bait around the shad. Let it fall on semi-slack line and give it a slow retrieve. During the day- if you have some wind you can catch them on some swimbaits. If not I think the bite gets rough run main lake points and bluff ends and you can probably put together some bites. There were a lot of fish in the buckbrush up the white river. We never caught anything big but it was fun. Buckbrush has to be on or very close to the main lake. We didn’t get bites back in the coves. I’m still learning how to fish this lake too... biggest thing I can say is use electronics to find the bait right now. And remember that bright sunny skies with no wind makes the Rock a lot tougher to fish!
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    Big M 5/18 and 5/19

    My brother and I fished Big M Friday and this morning. In spite of “terrible” weather (bright and sunny, zero wind) we absolutely crushed it in terms of numbers- including about 20 minutes of the most epic top water frenzy I have ever fished . But the bigger fish eluded us. Friday we were on the water at 06:00. Dense fog- I was in the boat while my brother backed me down the ramp. The first topwater fish of the trip was in the boat before my brother got back to the courtesy dock. Proceeded to fish a mix of top water and swim baits until the fog burnt off and the sun was high. Trash fished for a while but kept catching fish (including a very nice keeper eye on a tube jig at 2:00 in the afternoon). Finally put together a really fun pattern of throwing flukes into main lake buck brush. Caught fish all during the day that way. Knew we probably wouldn’t catch big fish that way but it was just a lot of fun. About 4:00 we headed back towards Viney and all hell broke lose. We picked up some swim bait fish (including 3 walleyes) then at about 5:00 the surface activity got insane. We caught fish after fish- mix of smallies and spots- in one 20 minute stretch it became the most aggressive topwater feed I have ever seen. We had multiple timesp we both caught fish and it topped off with a double. Stayed at Viney ripping from 5:00 to about 8:00 when the bite died off. Final tally for Friday: 69 fish, including 5 eyes, a bunch of smallies, some fat spots. It was a blast. This morning we posted up at Viney at 5:30. Lots of surface activity but much more weary fish. We still managed to catch a few- a mix of whites, smallies, and spots. Managed a few other top water fish running up the lake. Sun was out, wind was nowhere to be found and we finished the morning catching a few thrown jigs on bluff ends. Nothing to brag about in terms of size but we came home with sore thumbs and that’s pretty awesome. As always- thanks to everyone who posts detailed reports and techniques here- it helps those of us who don’t get out as frequently get to the lake with some idea of what is going on and how to find fish. I love this forum. This post has been promoted to an article
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    Indian Creek, May 10

    Awesome Quill. Beaver seems to be fishing better than it has since I moved here 9 years ago. Love seeing the Bronze Ninjas looking healthy!
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    Clifty area 4/24

    I have not fished Clifty much- but when I have it has been with similar results- lots of small fish. Beautiful part of the lake... wish I could find better fish back there. I am sure they are around somewhere...
  11. bferg

    Indian Creek 4/14

    Your smallies are safe and sound! But maybe a little bit seasick- it was white capping pretty good when we came in.
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    Indian Creek 4/14

    Got on the water at 6.30- wind was already blowing pretty good. Cloudy, 43 degrees. Went to the back of Indian. WT was mid 50’s. Marked a ton of fish and my buddy hooked up with a 7-8 lb striper right away. Unfortunately we were throwing 6lb test and as he got the fish to the boat I realized my net was missing (thanks kids). I tried to lip it and pull it in but the line snapped as soon as I touched it. Anyway- we ended up getting on a school of whites with some big fat females in there for about 45 minutes or so. Lotta fun- multiple double ups and a couple of real nice whites. Clouds broke up some and we lost contact with them. I went out there today intending to find some smallies but by the time we were done with the whites (hard to leave a school of feeding fish) the wind was so wicked that anything closer to the front of Indian or the dam was completely unfishable. Off the water at 9.45. Caught about a dozen fish- all of them on a KaiTech 3.8 with 1/4 oz head. Color didn’t seem to matter as long as it was shadish looking. All the females were loaded with eggs!
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    Indian Creek 4/14

    Got on the water at 6.30- wind was already blowing pretty good. Cloudy, 43 degrees. Went to the back of Indian. WT was mid 50’s. Marked a ton of fish and my buddy hooked up with a 7-8 lb striper right away. Unfortunately we were throwing 6lb test and as he got the fish to the boat I realized my net was missing (thanks kids). I tried to lip it and pull it in but the line snapped as soon as I touched it. Anyway- we ended up getting on a school of whites with some big fat females in there for about 45 minutes or so. Lotta fun- multiple double ups and a couple of real nice whites. Clouds broke up some and we lost contact with them. I went out there today intending to find some smallies but by the time we were done with the whites (hard to leave a school of feeding fish) the wind was so wicked that anything closer to the front of Indian or the dam was completely unfishable. Off the water at 9.45. Caught about a dozen fish- all of them on a KaiTech 3.8 with 1/4 oz head. Color didn’t seem to matter as long as it was shadish looking. All the females were loaded with eggs! This post has been promoted to an article
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    Yesterday and today, Indian Creek area.

    Awesome report and great fish Quill... but how am I supposed to get my Big M reports if you keep fishing Indian Creek?
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    Big M

    My brother and I were the only idiots at the ramp and on the water today- but it was fun. On the water at 7:15. Air temp 17 degrees, water temp 45-46ish. Cloudy. Caught three fish in the first hour. One on a crank, two on the drop shot in 35-40 feet of water. Largest fish of the day came while essentially dead sticking a robo worm on the drop shot. Thought we were into something but we couldn’t put it together again with either one. Probably should have mixed up our DS offerings. We never switched off of the Aaron’s Magic Roboworm. Although we did mark a lot of fish in the 40+ foot range- couldn’t find a lot of willing eaters. Had cinnamon rolls and hot coffee waiting for us in the truck and were off the water at noon. That brings 2017 fishing to and end for me. Good year- got my personal best LM (on Beaver of all places), had a fun spring pitching jigs into backyard trees, worked on my offshore game a bit and started to figure out and enjoy the drop shot. Goals for 18: more trips to the rock, new electronics and more work on my offshore fishing. Happy New Year- thanks to all the great members of this forum who help a guy like me who only can get on the water every few weeks know where to start. Thanks for all the informative advice on equipment, techniques, and all the other information that gets shared here. A few pics from today...
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