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water was like being in the gulf.. cold as crap. one fish miserable. ended up only using the boat stall one out of the 3 nights.. after first day took boat out and parked it.. waste of time this week.. saw next weeks forecast.. not happy :(

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i'm just glad i brought my big boat.. cause if i would of had my little upper current river boat, i would have probably gotten sank..there were white caps on the lake front the hard wind.. 4+ foot swells.. not my kind of fishin lol.. i'll be back in a few weeks to try again.

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My boat is in Kimberling City, I left it at a dealership on Tuesday to get a new outboard motor put on. I'm getting a 50 hp Suzuki four-stroke, and I'm pretty excited about that.

The mechanic who changed the motors took it out and ran it, full throttle, on Tablerock yesterday morning. I'm glad he did the testing, and it had to be done to choose the right prop - but better him than me. Yesterday the high temp was 22 degrees. He says he has a snowsuit and an insulated helmet for that.

He even asked if I wanted to go down there and come along for the ride so he can show me how to use the power trim. Ha - I think I'll figure it out OK when it's warmer!

But I'm sure looking forward to that new rig when the weather warms up a little.

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You'll love the power trim, it makes it easier to stay on plane at lower rpms.

As for the weather, it could always be worse, I had to drill through a foot and a half of ice in order to go fishing today :(

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yeah coming across the large span under the 86 bridge i had to drim way down and pretty much just ride the waves. it was everything my little 90horse etec jet wanted to keep from sucking air. i have it set up for river boating, not the atlantic :D

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i have it set up for river boating, not the atlantic :D

Did you hear that "Victory at Sea" overture in the background while riding the Atlantic rollers? :)

I'm going to enjoy the 4-stroke motor because of its smooth running, less noise, and better fuel mileage. I'll fish for anything, and when it's a slow day I'll even get to trolling.

I know the 4-stroke will troll down better and smoother. Trolling is kinda looked down on by "bass purists", but thank goodness I'm not one of those. If I can't get anything going otherwise, I'll tie on a deep running plug or a big weighted Roostertail, troll through the baitfish, and just see what bites.

Doing that, I've caught white bass, walleyes, largemouths, Kentuckies, smallmouths, crappie, channel cats, flatheads, bluegill, black perch, drum, gar, and even trout (on Bull Shoals) and snagged paddlefish (briefly, on Tablerock). It's fun when you don't know what you might get ahold of.

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what exactly is a black perch? never heard the term before.

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