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    bferg reacted to Flysmallie in TRL Facebook page "censored"   
    It might just tell ya that people are getting sick of Facebook drama. I can't stand the wake boats and I don't even fish Table Rock, but there is no reason for people to continue arguing about ANYTHING on Facebook. It changes nothing. I know some nice people with wake boats. Smart people. Engineers and school teachers and ...... You can't convince them that it's hurting anything. I've heard one say it's the fisherman that are dangerous. Sitting "out in the middle of the lake. Why don't they just go back in the coves and stay close to the bank."
    So I can understand a admin not wanting it to turn into the same trash as like a political debate. It does nothing to help. 
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    bferg reacted to NuB2TR in Rookie Question   
    This thread is an example of why I check this forum every morning.  It amazes me that so many folks are so willing to help the struggling anglers like me to get better.  Thank You all !!
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Rookie Question   
    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.  
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    bferg got a reaction from Lake Lover in Rookie Question   
    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.  
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    bferg reacted to whiteley.matt in Delayed fishing Report from July 1st - July 6th   
    A bit of a delay on posting this, but, was down at Lost Bridge the week of the 4th.  Water temps were in the low 80's and there is plenty of water in the lake.  We fished each morning from 5 until the kids got hungry which was usually 9ish.  Then went back out from 6:30 to 9ish each evening.  Had a pretty good week.  Didn't set the world on fire but caught fish steady and had a several flurries of schooling fish.  The lake was dead calm almost every trip out.
    We fished the whole week in Big Clifty.  Found groups of fish on several main lake points that were there all week.  We would have the boat sitting in 40-50 ft on the points and just fan casting around.  they would come up to school from time to time and it would be on then.  When they weren't schooling they would hit bottom baits.  Most of the fish were caught on Ned or shakey heads with the rest being on topwater.  I did have one good largemouth on a black spinnerbait right at dark.  It was the biggest fish of the week and was right at 4lbs.  (It was the biggest LM i have caught on Beaver)  Cuaght a good walleye as well.  He hit a shakey head in about 30 ft of water.
    Was a very fun week.  

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    bferg got a reaction from dan hufferd in Economical place to stay on the water?   
    Air BnB- there are a few places up on Lost Bridge usually...
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    bferg got a reaction from mojorig in First time on CC: 7/3/19   
    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...


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    bferg got a reaction from joeD in First time on CC: 7/3/19   
    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...


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    bferg got a reaction from tho1mas in First time on CC: 7/3/19   
    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...


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    bferg got a reaction from rps in First time on CC: 7/3/19   
    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...


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    bferg got a reaction from Greasy B in First time on CC: 7/3/19   
    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...


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    bferg got a reaction from nomolites in First time on CC: 7/3/19   
    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...


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    bferg got a reaction from BilletHead in First time on CC: 7/3/19   
    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...


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    bferg reacted to Al Agnew in Floating the upper Kings   
    Nature Conservancy is not "controlled" by the Waltons or any other rich people, but they are good at working WITH people you wouldn't ordinarily think of as environmentally conscious, and sometimes getting funds from them. Their goal is land preservation and conservation but they work in partnership with corporations and landowners. They are a very good organization, and I am happy to support them.
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    bferg got a reaction from Jadesjigs in Beaver lake bass fishing help...   
    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. 
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Beaver lake bass fishing help...   
    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. 
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in What am I missing?   
    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.
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    bferg got a reaction from BassPastor in What am I missing?   
    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.
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    bferg got a reaction from Lance34 in Prairie Creek Water Color?   
    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.  
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Prairie Creek Water Color?   
    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.  
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    bferg got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Mike Long, world record hunter   
    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.    
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    bferg got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Mike Long, world record hunter   
    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. 
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    bferg got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Mike Long, world record hunter   
    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.    
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Mike Long, world record hunter   
    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.    
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    bferg got a reaction from JestersHK in Mike Long, world record hunter   
    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.    
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