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    bferg reacted to Bassmeister in I knew it!   
    I’m convinced that each time Lance goes crappie fishing on Beaver, he starts out clean shaven. And he will fish as long as he needs to for his limit and then immediately comes home. Often with an 6 inch beard. 😂
    What I’m trying to say is that almost no one figures out that lake and we all just appreciate the few good days we have on it!
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    bferg got a reaction from Lance34 in Quick AM trip to Rocky Branch   
    Caught a few smallies by the dam Saturday AM.  Saw a few stripers hitting the top but they were VERY scattered in the spots we were- could not get them to eat anything.  Talked to another guy at the ramp who had a similar report.  There was a tournament Saturday so a lot of the points I wanted to hit were covered up with boats by 7:00 AM- which made moving around much difficult.  That sunrise is pretty early right now!  Left the house at 4:30 to get there on time.  You have to be somewhat crazy to try to fish this time of year...(and according to my wife I am).  
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    bferg got a reaction from McguirePat in Quick AM trip to Rocky Branch   
    Put in at 5.30 and off the water by 9:00.  Water temp 80.
    We fished gravel points and islands close to deep water.  Ended up with 1 smallie, a short Walter (both on Keitechs) and 2 spots (on a drop shot).  Walleye was in less than 5 feet of water which kinda blew my mind.  Really disappointed we didn’t see much topwater activity at all.  Fish seem very scattered- never saw a big group of shad/fish all morning.  But, it was beautiful this morning.  Going to the dam for a short trip tomorrow AM.  Taking a guy with me from Texas that has never caught a smallie or seen a striper- hope to find some schooling fish.  


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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Quick AM trip to Rocky Branch   
    Put in at 5.30 and off the water by 9:00.  Water temp 80.
    We fished gravel points and islands close to deep water.  Ended up with 1 smallie, a short Walter (both on Keitechs) and 2 spots (on a drop shot).  Walleye was in less than 5 feet of water which kinda blew my mind.  Really disappointed we didn’t see much topwater activity at all.  Fish seem very scattered- never saw a big group of shad/fish all morning.  But, it was beautiful this morning.  Going to the dam for a short trip tomorrow AM.  Taking a guy with me from Texas that has never caught a smallie or seen a striper- hope to find some schooling fish.  


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    bferg got a reaction from Lance34 in Quick AM trip to Rocky Branch   
    Put in at 5.30 and off the water by 9:00.  Water temp 80.
    We fished gravel points and islands close to deep water.  Ended up with 1 smallie, a short Walter (both on Keitechs) and 2 spots (on a drop shot).  Walleye was in less than 5 feet of water which kinda blew my mind.  Really disappointed we didn’t see much topwater activity at all.  Fish seem very scattered- never saw a big group of shad/fish all morning.  But, it was beautiful this morning.  Going to the dam for a short trip tomorrow AM.  Taking a guy with me from Texas that has never caught a smallie or seen a striper- hope to find some schooling fish.  


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    bferg got a reaction from mixermarkb in Bull Shoals Beatdown 5/29 and 5/30   
    Some friends and I fished Bull Shoals for the first time ever last weekend... and we were the ones getting beat down!   It wasn't pretty.
    Friday we put in at dam site at 5:30 AM.  We had never been on the lake before, only going off of youtube videos and past reports we set out to find some fish.  It would prove to be more difficult than we imagined.  They had started letting water though the dam spillway (which we would hear from a couple of locals later has a negative impact on fishing).  We fished for 14 hours with only 10-12 fish to show for it and nothing to brag about.  And we fished HARD.  The Dam areas is STEEP and DEEP.  We tried topwater, flipping bushes, fishing offshore on points, docks, back in creek arms, on the main lake.  It was brutal everywhere we went.  The few fish we did find were 12-14 inch SM,  on ned rig and neko rigs.  Went back to the house with our tail between our legs.  Post spawn with +30 feet of extra water is a tough way to figure out a new lake.  
    Saturday we drove more to the mid-lake area around Peel and did much better in a shorter morning of fishing.  Fished from 6 to noon with more success.  Caught lots of SM on Neko and Ned- better fish came in deeper water (20+ feet) and around some docks.  Still only a couple 15+ inch fish, but lots of action.  My brother caught one very nice LM pushing 4 lbs.  Saturday there was NO wind, NO clouds, and when the sun got high it got predictably tough so we called it a little after noon.  But, after the butt kicking on Friday, Saturday felt like a really good morning.
    Best part of Bull, especially the mid-lake area, was the complete lack of development or people.  Very few boats on the lake, not much development in that area and it was beautiful.  On the way home I drove across the 86 bridge on Table Rock and you could have walked across that lake on all the boats that were our there.  Complete opposite of Bull.  
    I would say Bull got the best of us this time, but showed a few things that made me want to go back for sure.  
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    bferg got a reaction from Zulu in Tablerock - the new guy (well almost new)   
    Drop shot a live night crawler on a gravel point is probably you best bet to find some spots.  Use your graphs to try to find fish and drop it on them....
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    bferg got a reaction from Lunker Lane in Tablerock - the new guy (well almost new)   
    Drop shot a live night crawler on a gravel point is probably you best bet to find some spots.  Use your graphs to try to find fish and drop it on them....
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    bferg got a reaction from magicwormman in Tablerock - the new guy (well almost new)   
    Drop shot a live night crawler on a gravel point is probably you best bet to find some spots.  Use your graphs to try to find fish and drop it on them....
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Tablerock - the new guy (well almost new)   
    Drop shot a live night crawler on a gravel point is probably you best bet to find some spots.  Use your graphs to try to find fish and drop it on them....
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    bferg reacted to Fish24/7 in Bull Shoals Beatdown 5/29 and 5/30   
    Thanks for the report! 
    This time of year is kinda hit or miss with post spawn bass, but be thankful you got into some. I know some people who have gone there first time and stayed a few days and never catch a keeper bass. You did good!
    Even if the fishing gets slow, the scenery makes up for it 1000%
    I was out Saturday. Fishing in the woods is strange , 5' snakes everywhere, dozens of turtles, herons, ducks. Absolutely loved it! Caught so many bluegill could have filled a bathtub. It was just nuts. Hook one ,and there would be 15+ followers. I sat anchored in one spot for two hours before it stopped producing. I saw dozens of schools of gills cruising by the boat. They would come right up to the boat and grab bait dangling over the side with 2' of line out. Had so many doubles I lost count. Cast out hook one and then the other rod would start bouncing around 😁
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    bferg got a reaction from Fish24/7 in Bull Shoals Beatdown 5/29 and 5/30   
    Some friends and I fished Bull Shoals for the first time ever last weekend... and we were the ones getting beat down!   It wasn't pretty.
    Friday we put in at dam site at 5:30 AM.  We had never been on the lake before, only going off of youtube videos and past reports we set out to find some fish.  It would prove to be more difficult than we imagined.  They had started letting water though the dam spillway (which we would hear from a couple of locals later has a negative impact on fishing).  We fished for 14 hours with only 10-12 fish to show for it and nothing to brag about.  And we fished HARD.  The Dam areas is STEEP and DEEP.  We tried topwater, flipping bushes, fishing offshore on points, docks, back in creek arms, on the main lake.  It was brutal everywhere we went.  The few fish we did find were 12-14 inch SM,  on ned rig and neko rigs.  Went back to the house with our tail between our legs.  Post spawn with +30 feet of extra water is a tough way to figure out a new lake.  
    Saturday we drove more to the mid-lake area around Peel and did much better in a shorter morning of fishing.  Fished from 6 to noon with more success.  Caught lots of SM on Neko and Ned- better fish came in deeper water (20+ feet) and around some docks.  Still only a couple 15+ inch fish, but lots of action.  My brother caught one very nice LM pushing 4 lbs.  Saturday there was NO wind, NO clouds, and when the sun got high it got predictably tough so we called it a little after noon.  But, after the butt kicking on Friday, Saturday felt like a really good morning.
    Best part of Bull, especially the mid-lake area, was the complete lack of development or people.  Very few boats on the lake, not much development in that area and it was beautiful.  On the way home I drove across the 86 bridge on Table Rock and you could have walked across that lake on all the boats that were our there.  Complete opposite of Bull.  
    I would say Bull got the best of us this time, but showed a few things that made me want to go back for sure.  
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    bferg got a reaction from nomolites in Bull Shoals Beatdown 5/29 and 5/30   
    Some friends and I fished Bull Shoals for the first time ever last weekend... and we were the ones getting beat down!   It wasn't pretty.
    Friday we put in at dam site at 5:30 AM.  We had never been on the lake before, only going off of youtube videos and past reports we set out to find some fish.  It would prove to be more difficult than we imagined.  They had started letting water though the dam spillway (which we would hear from a couple of locals later has a negative impact on fishing).  We fished for 14 hours with only 10-12 fish to show for it and nothing to brag about.  And we fished HARD.  The Dam areas is STEEP and DEEP.  We tried topwater, flipping bushes, fishing offshore on points, docks, back in creek arms, on the main lake.  It was brutal everywhere we went.  The few fish we did find were 12-14 inch SM,  on ned rig and neko rigs.  Went back to the house with our tail between our legs.  Post spawn with +30 feet of extra water is a tough way to figure out a new lake.  
    Saturday we drove more to the mid-lake area around Peel and did much better in a shorter morning of fishing.  Fished from 6 to noon with more success.  Caught lots of SM on Neko and Ned- better fish came in deeper water (20+ feet) and around some docks.  Still only a couple 15+ inch fish, but lots of action.  My brother caught one very nice LM pushing 4 lbs.  Saturday there was NO wind, NO clouds, and when the sun got high it got predictably tough so we called it a little after noon.  But, after the butt kicking on Friday, Saturday felt like a really good morning.
    Best part of Bull, especially the mid-lake area, was the complete lack of development or people.  Very few boats on the lake, not much development in that area and it was beautiful.  On the way home I drove across the 86 bridge on Table Rock and you could have walked across that lake on all the boats that were our there.  Complete opposite of Bull.  
    I would say Bull got the best of us this time, but showed a few things that made me want to go back for sure.  
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    bferg got a reaction from Johnsfolly in Bull Shoals Beatdown 5/29 and 5/30   
    Some friends and I fished Bull Shoals for the first time ever last weekend... and we were the ones getting beat down!   It wasn't pretty.
    Friday we put in at dam site at 5:30 AM.  We had never been on the lake before, only going off of youtube videos and past reports we set out to find some fish.  It would prove to be more difficult than we imagined.  They had started letting water though the dam spillway (which we would hear from a couple of locals later has a negative impact on fishing).  We fished for 14 hours with only 10-12 fish to show for it and nothing to brag about.  And we fished HARD.  The Dam areas is STEEP and DEEP.  We tried topwater, flipping bushes, fishing offshore on points, docks, back in creek arms, on the main lake.  It was brutal everywhere we went.  The few fish we did find were 12-14 inch SM,  on ned rig and neko rigs.  Went back to the house with our tail between our legs.  Post spawn with +30 feet of extra water is a tough way to figure out a new lake.  
    Saturday we drove more to the mid-lake area around Peel and did much better in a shorter morning of fishing.  Fished from 6 to noon with more success.  Caught lots of SM on Neko and Ned- better fish came in deeper water (20+ feet) and around some docks.  Still only a couple 15+ inch fish, but lots of action.  My brother caught one very nice LM pushing 4 lbs.  Saturday there was NO wind, NO clouds, and when the sun got high it got predictably tough so we called it a little after noon.  But, after the butt kicking on Friday, Saturday felt like a really good morning.
    Best part of Bull, especially the mid-lake area, was the complete lack of development or people.  Very few boats on the lake, not much development in that area and it was beautiful.  On the way home I drove across the 86 bridge on Table Rock and you could have walked across that lake on all the boats that were our there.  Complete opposite of Bull.  
    I would say Bull got the best of us this time, but showed a few things that made me want to go back for sure.  
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Bull Shoals Beatdown 5/29 and 5/30   
    Some friends and I fished Bull Shoals for the first time ever last weekend... and we were the ones getting beat down!   It wasn't pretty.
    Friday we put in at dam site at 5:30 AM.  We had never been on the lake before, only going off of youtube videos and past reports we set out to find some fish.  It would prove to be more difficult than we imagined.  They had started letting water though the dam spillway (which we would hear from a couple of locals later has a negative impact on fishing).  We fished for 14 hours with only 10-12 fish to show for it and nothing to brag about.  And we fished HARD.  The Dam areas is STEEP and DEEP.  We tried topwater, flipping bushes, fishing offshore on points, docks, back in creek arms, on the main lake.  It was brutal everywhere we went.  The few fish we did find were 12-14 inch SM,  on ned rig and neko rigs.  Went back to the house with our tail between our legs.  Post spawn with +30 feet of extra water is a tough way to figure out a new lake.  
    Saturday we drove more to the mid-lake area around Peel and did much better in a shorter morning of fishing.  Fished from 6 to noon with more success.  Caught lots of SM on Neko and Ned- better fish came in deeper water (20+ feet) and around some docks.  Still only a couple 15+ inch fish, but lots of action.  My brother caught one very nice LM pushing 4 lbs.  Saturday there was NO wind, NO clouds, and when the sun got high it got predictably tough so we called it a little after noon.  But, after the butt kicking on Friday, Saturday felt like a really good morning.
    Best part of Bull, especially the mid-lake area, was the complete lack of development or people.  Very few boats on the lake, not much development in that area and it was beautiful.  On the way home I drove across the 86 bridge on Table Rock and you could have walked across that lake on all the boats that were our there.  Complete opposite of Bull.  
    I would say Bull got the best of us this time, but showed a few things that made me want to go back for sure.  
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Some June 1 striper fishing   
    Thanks Quillback!  This working from home has put a damper on my Tackle buying.  All my TW orders used to ship to my office.  Now when the FedEx truck pulls up to the house I get an eye roll!
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    bferg reacted to skeeter in Evinrude discontinued   
    Oh my gosh,  that was our first boat we bought in 1974 but with a 4 cyl. 85 HP Merc on it and got it at old Glaser Marine on Natural Bridge Rd.   Had not heard that name in decades.   Took me about three years to "graduate" to a Hydrasports Pad boat with an in-line Merc 150.....and many more since then.  
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    bferg got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Evinrude discontinued   
    Man that sucks...
    I have a Merc but grandpa had a 1978 Ozark tri-hull with an 85 HP Evinrude.  The sound of that engine is the soundtrack to my childhood. That thing ran like a top with no issues at all until the transom rotted out of that boat in 2014.  RIP Evinrude.
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Evinrude discontinued   
    Man that sucks...
    I have a Merc but grandpa had a 1978 Ozark tri-hull with an 85 HP Evinrude.  The sound of that engine is the soundtrack to my childhood. That thing ran like a top with no issues at all until the transom rotted out of that boat in 2014.  RIP Evinrude.
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    bferg got a reaction from dtrs5kprs in Evinrude discontinued   
    Man that sucks...
    I have a Merc but grandpa had a 1978 Ozark tri-hull with an 85 HP Evinrude.  The sound of that engine is the soundtrack to my childhood. That thing ran like a top with no issues at all until the transom rotted out of that boat in 2014.  RIP Evinrude.
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    bferg got a reaction from fishinwrench in Evinrude discontinued   
    Man that sucks...
    I have a Merc but grandpa had a 1978 Ozark tri-hull with an 85 HP Evinrude.  The sound of that engine is the soundtrack to my childhood. That thing ran like a top with no issues at all until the transom rotted out of that boat in 2014.  RIP Evinrude.
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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in May 19 and 20 Indian Creek - Point 5   
    I was around Coppermine yesterday- very little striper activity.  No striper guides there...  which makes me think they might be in the Rocky Branch area...  
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    bferg 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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    bferg got a reaction from Quillback in Missing boater- reminder to Wear Your Lifejacket   
    Sad story about a missing boater at Beaver....
    https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/authorities-search-for-missing-boater-last-seen-on-beaver-lake/527-88e5f990-af0e-4b5b-9044-cb31df40e133
     
    I was out there yesterday afternoon- it was blowing hard and very rough.  Know your limits and wear a lifejacket!!  Especially if you are by yourself!  
     
     
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    bferg reacted to snagged in outlet 3 in Missing boater- reminder to Wear Your Lifejacket   
    Kill switch wouldn’t hurt either.  Sux. 
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