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So Buzz finally got me out on Shoal Creek for a float.  Some of you may know that I don't like Shoal for one reason and that is log jams.  Several years ago my neighbor and I did a float on Shoal and encountered a log jam we had to go around.  Let's just say it wasn't pretty and I got pretty banged up after going around that log jam.  Enough so that I swore off Shoal forever!  Now fast forward to this past Sunday.  I made it out alive and with some fish to be caught as well.  We did a small float up around Tipton Ford and couldn't seem to buy a bite until later in the morning.  Top Water was a bust and so was spinnerbaits. Ended up catching all mine on a small grub in watermelon.  Also a first for me as I caught a nice size trout up of there!  Didn't get it measured, but would have guessed it at 14-15" though.  I had always heard of people catching them out of there, but I hadn't until just then.  Also caught a nice 15" smallie as well. Buzz ended up catching a few as well and my neighbor who went along caught a huge soft shell turtle.  Hooked him in the back foot and that thing dragged him around for minutes until he could get him to a gravel bar.  That turtle probably weighed over 10 pounds.  All in all it was a good trip and now I will have to go back.

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It was a little slow but still much better than fighting the crowds. It will only get better. The hotter it gets the better it gets.

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