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  1. I cook on a KJ as well and love it. And the Ribeye Cap is the best part of the best steak. My favorite steak by far! As for the grill grates: they don't get hotter than the grill temperature. That isn't possible. But, heat transfers at different rates depending on the type of heat. The grill grates themselves create conductive heat. (Heat directly from the metal onto the meat). This is what creates the grill marks. But, when you are cooking over charcoal you are also getting heat transfer through radiation. If you want to nerd out on it, check out this article: https://amazingribs.com/more-technique-and-science/grill-and-smoker-setup-and-firing/thermodynamics-cooking-and-how
  2. Beautiful morning- a little breezy but manageable. On the water at 7.15 or so, finished up at about 12. WT was 48-40 when we started. Saw some 50’s when we left. 6 fish- decent quality today. 1 LM, 1 Smallie, and some spots. Saw some fish around shad in back of Viney- not a ton but we stopped and gave it a try. Got one one chunky spot a swim bait there. Couldn’t get anything else to bite so moved on pretty quickly. Found a main lake chunk rock bank and combed through it with the ned and some swim baits. Disclaimer- I am not a ned guy and before today I had zero confidence in it despite some efforts. But I stuck to it and it paid off. One stretched produced 5 fish including a decent LM and a nice smallie. Fish were in 20 feet give or take. Saw a bald eagle on the way back to the ramp. Overall, the 2020 fishing season is off to a solid start.
  3. Thanks Bo- advice I will take for sure.
  4. Late report because there were things to do when I got home and there wasn't much catching to report. Got to the ramp at Big M at 7:15. Fished until 12:00. Only 1 dink to show for it. Water was high and pretty muddy (not quite chocolate milk but maybe sweet tea?). Mud line was near the bend between Big M and Emerald Point. We marked fish all over Viney (Screen shot below) and Emerald Point- marking fish was not an issue... threw everything at them. Tried fishing for them vertically with DS and Spoons, pulled off of them and threw jigs, vibrating jigs, Keitechs, under spins, flutter spoons, spinner baits, anything that wasn't nailed down we tied on. Could not buy a bite. Wind was blowing pretty good and it make keeping my little aluminum boat on the fish a huge pain. We just couldn't connect. Here are some representative samples of sonar images- really frustrating to see this all day an not get bit! Most consistent groups of fish we saw were suspending over 30+ feet of water- up to 60. Larger concentrations 1/3 of the way back into the river arms but on the points too. WT was from 54-57 degrees with the dirty water a degree or two cooler than the cleaner water down near Emerald. Frustrating... but man, it was beautiful out!
  5. I think this is 100% true- even in deep water. I try to stay away from drifting right over the fish. I also try to find "active" fish vs. less active. I am not just looking to mark fish but looking for streaks that indicate they are moving around a bit and I am looking for bait and/or structure very near them. This time of year, if I see a group of fish and they don't bite a jig, a drop shot, deep crank, or swimbait then I move on. Those are my confidence baits and if I can't get them to bite that buffet in maybe 15 minutes or so then I move on...but I always remember the spot and come back to it later. I am not saying that is the RIGHT way to do it.. just how I go about it. I am sure someone else could pull up next to me doing something slightly different and start catching them. But I have 10,000 options in my tackle box and about 5 or 6 ways I actually want to/feel like I CAN catch them. I am not going to sit there and burn my prime fishing time on fish with lock jaw. Converse is also true- if I get bit on a spot I am not leaving for anything.
  6. Air BnB- there are a few places up on Lost Bridge usually...
  7. Drove over from Bentonville with a buddy to wade fish CC yesterday. This was my first time fishing CC and man, it was awesome. We waded around Snow access. Had been watching the water all week. Flow was around 520cfs which I was worried would be too much for wade fishing but we were able to find our spots. In a half day I caught 15 fish- the biggest pushing 3lb. That’s the kinda fish you drive over there for! We saw exactly 2 other people. It was just a perfect day on the water! I caught almost all my fish on a mustard tube jig. I did catch a couple on a fluke and one on the Ned. All my fish were at the end or top of shoals in pockets with fast water and a little depth. What a beautiful place! Sorry- my GoPro pics are not the best...
  8. Sounds like you are on your way to figuring it out. Nice job on the map work- that should come in handy. I live here in Bentonville but drive over to Table Rock more than I fish Beaver. There are a lot of other guys on here who know much more than I do about this mysterious and cold-hearted lake. BUT: There are fish in here and they are fun to catch when you can get on them. Again- hopefully some other guys check in here to help more but here are my .02: Use the map data you put together and find long gravel points with big rock or rock transitions and start there. Use your electronics to find some fish- will probably be deep. I would be primarily in a drop-shot kinda mindset this time of year but I would also have a big football jig or a vibrating jig, a keitech, and a spook ready to go at all times. Also, pay attention to the generation schedule and try the backside of points if the water is moving. Normally I would say to resist the urge to throw at the bank all the time... but with the water high there are plenty of bushes in the water to flip to (which is not usually the case this late in the summer) and I think you would be able to find fish there if you flipped enough of them. Jigs can be any color as long is it is peanut butter and jelly or green pumpkin. I like to drop shot any shad shaped/colored worm as well as Aarons Magic Robo Rowm, and Morning Dawn Robo Worm. Keitechs- Pro blue pear or anything that looks shad like. I keep my topwater selection pretty shad-like as well.
  9. I am not nearly as experienced as a lot of dudes on here but what I saw two weeks ago seems to be holding true: use your electronics to find fish and then if you don't get bit pretty quickly move on to the next group. We found a large group of fish in 25-30 feet deep. Dropped/threw everything that I could think they SHOULD want and nothing. Ended up moving to another school of fish we found off of a dock in about 20 feet of water- i could tell from my graph they were more active and sure enough we got bit. Once you find an active group don't leave them. Thats my .02.
  10. Well, for anyone who wants to know: Water color around PC was actually not bad last night. I expected chocolate milk. But it was just a little dingy. (Really really weak tea maybe?) We caught 3 fish with tails really close to their heads Neko rigging around some bushes and docks right around sunset. BUT I was also fishing with kids in the boat so it was more just fun fishing than really getting after it. Did mark a lot of fish around the marina.
  11. Was thinking of fishing PC after work tomorrow. Anyone been out there in the last day or so to see the water color?
  12. The article said something about $150k over the course of time... But any real money he made probably some more from sponsorship deals, appearance fees, tackle deals. But- from reading the article and everything that went into this for him: It probably was never about the money anyway. The dude sounds like a complete narcissist. He obviously wanted fame/respect/status.
  13. I can't believe what a complete dirt bag this guy is. I also can't believe how many people suspected or had outright evidence of cheating/lying/overall scumbaggary without saying anything. Character is rare these days.
  14. I only have limited experience here so take this with a grain of salt... BUT it seem like night is when the tungsten weight makes more of a difference. I usually don't care much if my weight is tungsten or not but in the few times I have had success dropping at night I feel like I have done better with the tungsten- I assume this is because it is louder than lead?
  15. Nice report Quill... similar to what we saw last Saturday on the topwater: there was some activity, and if you could get on them right when they surfaced you could get a bite- but it was so scattered that it was tough and frustrating to try to do. I abandoned it pretty quickly.
  16. Never had a topwater bite up the White this AM either. Saw hardly any Topwater activity at all.
  17. Last night I set the alarm for 3:35AM, certain we would hammer them in Topwater this AM. Got to the ramp at 5:05 and was the 3rd truck there. Went to a couple of long run outs looking for a topwater next bite and there was just zero Topwater activity. Didn’t even mark much on the graph deep so we went to plan B quickly. I was surprised and disappointed. With the clouds I thought it could have been a repeat of the epic day Mr Babler had yesterday... sadly it was not. But we got a little revenge with the drop shot. Found a school of fish in 20ft around some bushes and had a blast catching them. I caught 9, buddy had 4 (he was slow to move to a drop shot). Lots of LM a couple of spots, and one Walleye. All the LM were 1.7-2 pounders. At about 8:00 we had to run down the lake to get away from lightening when the storm came through. Marked a ton of fish around BigM in 30-40 feet but they must have had full bellies because they wanted nothing to do with us. The storm fizzled out so we went back to the same spot where we were catching them earlier but the wind had died and that put a damper on the bite. We caught a couple after the storm but not as many. Had to be off the water by 10:00 which sucked because we were on them. Still working on reading my electronics and learning to fish deeper- today was a good learning experience. Tight lines!
  18. Last night I set the alarm for 3:35AM, certain we would hammer them in Topwater this AM. Got to the ramp at 5:05 and was the 3rd truck there. Went to a couple of long run outs looking for a topwater next bite and there was just zero Topwater activity. Didn’t even mark much on the graph deep so we went to plan B quickly. I was surprised and disappointed. With the clouds I thought it could have been a repeat of the epic day Mr Babler had yesterday... sadly it was not. But we got a little revenge with the drop shot. Found a school of fish in 20ft around some bushes and had a blast catching them. I caught 9, buddy had 4 (he was slow to move to a drop shot). Lots of LM a couple of spots, and one Walleye. All the LM were 1.7-2 pounders. At about 8:00 we had to run down the lake to get away from lightening when the storm came through. Marked a ton of fish around BigM in 30-40 feet but they must have had full bellies because they wanted nothing to do with us. The storm fizzled out so we went back to the same spot where we were catching them earlier but the wind had died and that put a damper on the bite. We caught a couple after the storm but not as many. Had to be off the water by 10:00 which sucked because we were on them. Still working on reading my electronics and learning to fish deeper- today was a good learning experience. Tight lines! This post has been promoted to an article
  19. Awesome Bill- I was sitting in my office this AM thinking about what a perfect Topwater morning it should be... I’m headed to Big M tomorrow- hopefully I can get out there early before the Eagle Rock deal takes off. Gotta get on my spot first because I don’t have enough backup plans! Your information is always so helpful- as a guy who gets over there about once a month I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the detail you put in your reports. When I get to the lake I feel like I at least have an idea of where to start! Thank you.
  20. RPS- good luck to you and thanks for all the posts!
  21. We put in at Lost Bridge at 5:30. Saw some very scattered Topwater by the state park. But they would NOT eat a topwater lure. Got one spot to eat it and that was it. Didn’t see/hear any stripers in that area though. We did end up with a few smallies, including a double on the first cast of the day. Also had one keeper eye. Most all our fish were on jerkbaits. Weird deal- they wouldn’t eat the Topwater or the keitech (threw both the 2.8 and 3.3) but ate the jerk. Off the water by 8:30. The shad these fish were spitting up were pretty small...
  22. What he said... Also, I still think there are fish in front of the bushes. Ned rig, wacky rig, or neko a stick bait on bushes in main lake points and front 1/3 of the pockets/creek arms. Not sure you can catch giants that way but you will catch fish. Try a few banks that look a little different (Different slopes/chunk rock vs. gravel etc) and figure out what works. Should be able to get on some fish that way...
  23. Watching Montgomery and Rose pitch/skip those jigs under docks was amazing. Like watching a professional golfer land it within 3 feet of the cup every time. Just an amazing skill disparity between those guys and an average dude like me. Add onto that they they made about 4 casts in the time it takes me to make one (and I think I fish pretty hard). Just like in any sport: the gap between pros and avg joes is huge.
  24. Bo: I drive past Beaver to fish at Big M on the reg because the fishing is just better there than almost anywhere at Beaver. That being said, I rarely get to the lower end of the lake and hearing you Table Rock old timers talk about how it was back in the day makes me wish I could have experienced it.
  25. It is impressive because of how hard they grind. Just do the math on how many fish you have to catch per hour on that. Its like 1 fish every 5 minutes.
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