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    rangerman reacted to Bluecollarfishin in Striper   
    Went bass fishing in the big creek area today got on the water around 7:30 the lake was definitely a few feet higher then the last time I was down. Bite was slow caught a couple keepers then decided to go towards the the state line and fish a few of the good  points that the channel swung up close to I was throwing a white and silver 4.8 keitech swim bait got a big bite in 40 of water but the fish came loose straighten my hook slightly I kept throwing and boom something else big took it ten minutes later he finally came up my fish bull shoals striper I think he was close to 40 pounds he was 36 1/2 inches long

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    rangerman reacted to mmirg in 1-15-20 report   
    Launched at Shadow rock.  Found isolated schools of fish in about 30' of water.  The fish hugging the bottom were usually small white bass, the fish that were 5 to 10 feet off the bottom were usually crappie.  Better the 2 of us ended up with 28 keeper crappie, a 20" walleye, and to many 9"-13" white bass to count (we weren't keeping the whites).  We were fishing a drop shot rig with live minnows and a 1/2 oz weight drifting with the current.  It was video game fishing.  Drop your rig down through the fish on the screen and jig it up through them, slowly lifting it up till you could get one to follow, wait a second then jig it slowly about a 3" hop, it was a very light bite we missed a bunch.  If they didn't hit the rig drop it back down through the fish and repeat.
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    rangerman reacted to Johnsfolly in Dag blasted fish with the teeth   
    And for perch, I'm talking about yellow perch. Also sauger and saugeye. Not "black perch", ozark perch or brim which are likely green sunfish or bluegill😌.
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    rangerman got a reaction from liphunter in Walleye   
    My friend I don’t know what the curse was this year but I lost some pigs. The biggest one being one my wife netted and she ultimately couldn’t lift the extended net. The fish rolled out leaving the crank bait entangled in the net. I was kind of at a loss of words.  Not mad, just at a loss. It was large enough I shut down kicker motor and had to chase it with the trolling motor for 15-20 minutes before I got it up. It was big I will leave it at that. 
    I know a particular forum member 😬that had the same luck I had with landing large eyes this year. 
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    rangerman got a reaction from liphunter in Walleye   
    All of the river arms are good at the right time. Key words “right time”. I have gotten into them well on the james and the kings in the spring.  You are talking about a fairly small population of fish in comparison to bass. When the water temp and river flow gets right, they run up spawn in a night, drop back and go into a short term funk. As far as the river arms I have fallen back to fishing a 1/16 jig on 4 pound test just to float it in front of and causing a reaction bite if I can’t catch them on anything else. I can’t speak of the White as that’s Rps’s territory lol. It’s very hit or miss I will tell ya that. As far as the old river rats, they do get after some very large specimens tight lining chubs, I have seen a 4 fish stringer where there wasn’t one under 10 pounds largest was prolly pushing 14. 
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    rangerman got a reaction from magicwormman in Walleye   
    My friend I don’t know what the curse was this year but I lost some pigs. The biggest one being one my wife netted and she ultimately couldn’t lift the extended net. The fish rolled out leaving the crank bait entangled in the net. I was kind of at a loss of words.  Not mad, just at a loss. It was large enough I shut down kicker motor and had to chase it with the trolling motor for 15-20 minutes before I got it up. It was big I will leave it at that. 
    I know a particular forum member 😬that had the same luck I had with landing large eyes this year. 
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    rangerman got a reaction from magicwormman in Walleye   
    All of the river arms are good at the right time. Key words “right time”. I have gotten into them well on the james and the kings in the spring.  You are talking about a fairly small population of fish in comparison to bass. When the water temp and river flow gets right, they run up spawn in a night, drop back and go into a short term funk. As far as the river arms I have fallen back to fishing a 1/16 jig on 4 pound test just to float it in front of and causing a reaction bite if I can’t catch them on anything else. I can’t speak of the White as that’s Rps’s territory lol. It’s very hit or miss I will tell ya that. As far as the old river rats, they do get after some very large specimens tight lining chubs, I have seen a 4 fish stringer where there wasn’t one under 10 pounds largest was prolly pushing 14. 
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    rangerman reacted to Liprippa702 in Dag blasted fish with the teeth   
    Went out Saturday 10/5 in search of those toothy critters. Did really well bottom bouncing in 25-30 fow. Pulled 6 keepers in the boat. Threw 2 back that we’re right on line but decided not to be greedy. And had 2 shorts and 2 REALLY short ( more on that later), with the occasional bass and sunfish. Fished from 7am-4pm again, the bite was strong early morning till just after noon it seemed to start slowing down. Then from 2-4 seemed almost non existent. Was a great day on the water with my dad and uncle. Very limited boat traffic which was nice. 
    So about those 2 REALLY short fish. Need some help identifying them. They looked like walleye fry. Both came from getting snagged and circling back to retrieve it. The first time we had a big laugh, joking about if he’s a keeper or not. Then saying we could never do that in a million years. Well sure enough another snag later same thing happened, so the laughing started up again. But if someone could identify what it actually is that would be awesome.




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    rangerman got a reaction from Lundnut in Walleye   
    My friend I don’t know what the curse was this year but I lost some pigs. The biggest one being one my wife netted and she ultimately couldn’t lift the extended net. The fish rolled out leaving the crank bait entangled in the net. I was kind of at a loss of words.  Not mad, just at a loss. It was large enough I shut down kicker motor and had to chase it with the trolling motor for 15-20 minutes before I got it up. It was big I will leave it at that. 
    I know a particular forum member 😬that had the same luck I had with landing large eyes this year. 
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    rangerman reacted to james in Upper bull 7-28/29   
    He's talkin about Bull from Forsyth to Tucker.
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    rangerman reacted to bfishn in Walleye   
    biting... tongue...
     
    club... rules...
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    rangerman reacted to rps in Walleye   
    General reply to several posts. I have caught two at 10 and 13.75 pounds. I saw a 14.5 alive. I have seen mounts ranging from 10 the 15.5. I am sure Rangerman can say the same. Bill Babler has posted multiple pictures of Buster's very large catches. Do I think a 20+ is in Table Rock? Yes. In Bull Shoals? He** yes.
    As for learning to fish walleye, I urge you to read Rangerman's posts and the articles I have written. You will save yourselves years of learning.
     
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    rangerman reacted to LD Fisher in Walleye   
    Great report and pictures!!  And now very expense!
    .............. I showed it to the boss and now she wants to try to target walleye this fall.  So....... I am now the proud owner of a portable heater, two trolling poles with line counter reels, two rod holders, 24 pencil weights in various sizes and a drift sock to slow the boat down while trolling!!!!!!
    I do like the thought of just setting at the console and sipping a beverage while I fish!!  
    Could you in the future just report that you caught a few more, no sizes, no numbers and no pictures!!   LOL
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    rangerman reacted to top_dollar in Upper bull 7-28/29   
    I also use Okuma trolling rods.  They are 9ft 6inch downrigger rods.  The extra length, in addition to the slow action keeps fish buttoned up when trolling with metered braid.  If you use mono, with a line counter, you can get away with a shorter and stiffer rod, but you will sacrifice running depth of your crankbait.  I have a book called precision trolling...its tremendously helpful.
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    rangerman got a reaction from Tim M in Upper bull 7-28/29   
    I reserve the chubs for cooler water January through March, usually I just long line with heavy split shot. Bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses and slow death are kind of standard equipment, yeah I pull them too.  You can troll cranks on the upper end all winter with success. We caught some huge crappie 14-17 inchers pulling #11 flicker minnows last winter. 
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    rangerman reacted to Tim M in Walleye   
    I believe there is a new state walleye swimming around out there too
    TableRock is huge we have only been out in Missouri for about 4 years now and been hitting the lake almost every weekend with the new boat. 
    With it being such a huge impoundment we are breaking down the area we fish as if its a separate lake and target good looking areas to find the Walleye.
    Seems like most people target bass , but my son and I are targeting walleye.
    Weve caught everything with our method of trolling and still learning all the time
    We both love to fish 
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    rangerman got a reaction from Tim M in nite trolling for walleyes   
    Full moon periods are a great time..I generally pull down deep husky jerks at 1.5-1.9 a lot of that is dependent on water temp. As far as areas, it all depends on the time of year. In May, I generally fish 5-15 foot of water with regular #12 husky jerks on flat points on inside bends. As water warms move a bit deeper. Try to start before dark and waypoint areas where you are marking fish and return to the areas and fish a we bit shallower after dark.  
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    rangerman got a reaction from Hunter91 in Walleye   
    In all seriousness, it took me 20 years to figure out the toothy critters on table rock, and they still sometimes have me scratching my head. Year to year they set up on the same areas, but the times could be a week off or like this year closer to a month. Walleye on the rock can be the moodiest fish on the lake. One minute they are chewing everything you put down and next minute you have to literally change colors within a couple hours to keep them interested. I love fishing them and am always willing to help guys serious about targeting them whether it be bull shoals or table rock. My kids have also grown to  love fishing them.  AAAAAAnd you never know when you could have the next state record on your line...they are there. I have no doubts.


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    rangerman got a reaction from Hunter91 in Walleye   
    Rule 1 of table rock walleye club is.......we don’t talk about table rock walleye club.😉
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    rangerman got a reaction from JestersHK in Walleye   
    In all seriousness, it took me 20 years to figure out the toothy critters on table rock, and they still sometimes have me scratching my head. Year to year they set up on the same areas, but the times could be a week off or like this year closer to a month. Walleye on the rock can be the moodiest fish on the lake. One minute they are chewing everything you put down and next minute you have to literally change colors within a couple hours to keep them interested. I love fishing them and am always willing to help guys serious about targeting them whether it be bull shoals or table rock. My kids have also grown to  love fishing them.  AAAAAAnd you never know when you could have the next state record on your line...they are there. I have no doubts.


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    rangerman got a reaction from dan hufferd in Walleye   
    In all seriousness, it took me 20 years to figure out the toothy critters on table rock, and they still sometimes have me scratching my head. Year to year they set up on the same areas, but the times could be a week off or like this year closer to a month. Walleye on the rock can be the moodiest fish on the lake. One minute they are chewing everything you put down and next minute you have to literally change colors within a couple hours to keep them interested. I love fishing them and am always willing to help guys serious about targeting them whether it be bull shoals or table rock. My kids have also grown to  love fishing them.  AAAAAAnd you never know when you could have the next state record on your line...they are there. I have no doubts.


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    rangerman got a reaction from vernon in Walleye   
    In all seriousness, it took me 20 years to figure out the toothy critters on table rock, and they still sometimes have me scratching my head. Year to year they set up on the same areas, but the times could be a week off or like this year closer to a month. Walleye on the rock can be the moodiest fish on the lake. One minute they are chewing everything you put down and next minute you have to literally change colors within a couple hours to keep them interested. I love fishing them and am always willing to help guys serious about targeting them whether it be bull shoals or table rock. My kids have also grown to  love fishing them.  AAAAAAnd you never know when you could have the next state record on your line...they are there. I have no doubts.


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    rangerman reacted to Liprippa702 in Walleye   
    We will be out there again Saturday  to try our luck. If u see a grey single console 2019 tracker deep v say hey! 
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    rangerman got a reaction from Liprippa702 in Walleye   
    It does...I just like to alternate 😬.I truly love both lakes..bull shoals more so in the summer due to NO boat traffic. A walleye is a walleye is a walleye. I have caught them utilizing the same techniques I use in other states using some obnoxious colors. Rip jigging, three ways rigs, jiggin raps, trolling spoons,  everything works at the right times. 
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    rangerman got a reaction from terryj1024 in Walleye   
    It does...I just like to alternate 😬.I truly love both lakes..bull shoals more so in the summer due to NO boat traffic. A walleye is a walleye is a walleye. I have caught them utilizing the same techniques I use in other states using some obnoxious colors. Rip jigging, three ways rigs, jiggin raps, trolling spoons,  everything works at the right times. 
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