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We fished the trophy area for a little while yesterday morning before heading back. As luck would have it, we got up there right as they went from 2 to 4 units and fishing was tough. Our drift from the cable down to just above the Narrows produced two trout and three smallmouth with only one for sure missed bite. A buddy was drifting along with us and I think he also caught two trout on his drift.

There has to be a secret to catching those fish as soon as that water kicks up, but I sure don't have a clue what it is right now. Once the water stabilizes for a few hours, I can usually start getting bit again.

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22 minutes ago, Seth said:

We fished the trophy area for a little while yesterday morning before heading back. As luck would have it, we got up there right as they went from 2 to 4 units and fishing was tough. Our drift from the cable down to just above the Narrows produced two trout and three smallmouth with only one for sure missed bite. A buddy was drifting along with us and I think he also caught two trout on his drift.

There has to be a secret to catching those fish as soon as that water kicks up, but I sure don't have a clue what it is right now. Once the water stabilizes for a few hours, I can usually start getting bit again.

Any shad?

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29 minutes ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

Any shad?

I didn't notice any. If I had to guess, it will have to get really cold for an extended period of time before shad start dying. It has been fairly mild since November up until the past week. It was only 9 days ago that it was 65 and sunny while fishing the Boswell on Taneycomo.

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1 hour ago, Seth said:

We fished the trophy area for a little while yesterday morning before heading back. As luck would have it, we got up there right as they went from 2 to 4 units and fishing was tough. Our drift from the cable down to just above the Narrows produced two trout and three smallmouth with only one for sure missed bite. A buddy was drifting along with us and I think he also caught two trout on his drift.

There has to be a secret to catching those fish as soon as that water kicks up, but I sure don't have a clue what it is right now. Once the water stabilizes for a few hours, I can usually start getting bit again.

Try dragging crankbaits. It can be tough with the algae getting kicked up, but it seems to work on the switch. I also have no trouble with Provokes. Jigs are dead, it seems, on the rise and fall out. 

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On 1/14/2019 at 1:52 PM, Seth said:

I didn't notice any. If I had to guess, it will have to get really cold for an extended period of time before shad start dying. It has been fairly mild since November up until the past week. It was only 9 days ago that it was 65 and sunny while fishing the Boswell on Taneycomo.

Don't know if lows in the upper teens, and twenties will do it, but that looks like the forecast leading up to RAW. Doubt it will bring on a strong "white bite" due to a shad kill, but something to think about. Also with the whole White River chain of lakes being a bit high, more perception in the forecast, and cold weather energy demands the fish might begetting used to heavy current by Groundhog Day.

All I know is Randy called this morning, and said the Gator is ready to rock.....So am I.

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3 hours ago, Gatorjet said:

Don't know if lows in the upper teens, and twenties will do it, but that looks like the forecast leading up to RAW. Doubt it will bring on a strong "white bite" due to a shad kill, but something to think about. Also with the whole White River chain of lakes being a bit high, more perception in the forecast, and cold weather energy demands the fish might begetting used to heavy current by Groundhog Day.

All I know is Randy called this morning, and said the Gator is ready to rock.....So am I.

What did you have done to the Gator? New big block? :=D:

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16 hours ago, Gatorjet said:

Blown 598 and NOS system! LOL 

Ya don't think that 6.0 gets me in enough trouble?

Cue the Too Much Fun by Daryle Singletary


You could be boat 20 at RAW and still beat everybody to the Landing with that!

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Heck, I could probably be to Powersite in 10 minutes!

Picked it up this morning. They forgot the 598, just replaced the fuel guage, sharpened up the impeller, couple other minor issues, and fixed the trailer brakes that were all jacked up.

There was a couple in the shop picking out colors, seat style, etc for a new one Randy is building for them. I asked if they had a motor chosen yet. Told them pick the largest possible that could afford, then go one bigger!

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