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    bferg got a reaction from vernon in Ramp crows   
    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
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    bferg got a reaction from bfishn in Ramp crows   
    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
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    bferg got a reaction from FishnDave in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from magicwormman in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from big c in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from Donna G in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from m&m in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from Tim M in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from Dock-in-it in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from bobby b. in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from Royal Blue in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from Patlock in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Big M- 1.4.20   
    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.  



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    bferg got a reaction from Sore Thumbs in Big M Butt Kicking 11.9   
    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!


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    bferg got a reaction from Carl W in Big M Butt Kicking 11.9   
    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!


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    bferg reacted to merc1997 in Big M Butt Kicking 11.9   
    thanks for the screen shots, but you were wasting your time fishing at what you have got there.  i would not have wasted anytime at all fishing at what you have on your screen.  why?  not enough bait gathered together, and really not much fish around that  would even peak my interest.
    when the bait is all gathered in one area for 50 yards, then you might have something.
    keep looking and learning.
     
    bo
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    bferg got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Big M Butt Kicking 11.9   
    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!


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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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