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JULY 6-7 TRIP

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Took a trip to Taneycomo vs fishing the flooded lakes around home (Pomme and Stockton) It was short notice so couldnt get a room at Lilleys. Did get all my tackle needs filled at Lilleys though ! Stayed at a neighbor resort. Awesome fishing. Saturday was an interesting day. Alot of boats. Expected that ! Alot more kayaks. Even jet skis towing a tube all the way to the cable ! There was also a 2-3 ft layer of fog all day long to make things worse. Didnt hear of anyone getting ran over but sure wouldnt surprize me if they did. No ill intent towards the fishermen in kayaks. They know what theyre doing out there. Rest of them idiots dont. More id like to say on this but wont ! That being said we just kept running and floating from the cable to the boat ramp to avoid the madness. We caught 30+ on sat. 32oz olive/peach jigs (thanks to the young guy at Lilleys for that tip ) I was loaded up with white jigs. Caught a few on white early but the o/p was the ticket ! Sunday was way more pleasureable. Little traffic of any kind. Still fished the cable to ramp for most part. Started the morning out at the cable. Set the spot lock on the minnkota. Casting upstream and reeling straight back to boat. 13 on 13 cast to start off the morning. Wife had 6-7 during same time. Hooked a rainbow guessing 7-8lbs at the cable. Fought it all the way down to the rip rap on the south side. It was jumping and running the whole time. One jump to many and it came loose. Was a load of fun though. Fished from 9 to 2. Most action before noon. Didnt have as much luck drifting as we did spot locking and casting. All fish healthy and scrappy. Majority of fish were 12-16". Current seemed to be faster and more turbulent for the amount of water being released. Powersite dam thing im guessing ?? Overall great trip. Caught lots of fish. Didnt run over any kayaks ! Didnt get to stay at Lilleys :(. Next time !! Did get a terrible sunburn :on-fire:

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Nice job on the catching.  Someone in a kayak is going to get killed out there in the fog.  I'm not talking about the intelligent folks who are kayak fishing or actually hugging the banks staying out of the main channels, it's the goobers out there in the middle, who are totally clueless, and the ones who will cut right in front of you where you're fishing... 

My rule #1 applies to these idiots.  And now we have jet skis up by the cable lol.  Wonder what's next...

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3 hours ago, Travis Swift said:

well you asked what's next DJ.....did you see this from last weekend by chance?  A giant swan filled with people floated down the lake last weekend.....

 

 

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I mean keep that swan out of the main boating channel and at least you have better visibility for avoidance if you are running up versus a kayak LOL.  That'd be interesting report to file if someone would hit a giant swan though...

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YES i seen that darn thing too. It took them close to 2 hours to fill. That was one of the main reasons i stayed above the ramp fishing. The jet skiis pulling the tube was a whole nother story. There were 2 jet skiis following behind the tube within 10-20 yds. Thats crazy dangerous along with being illegal. As far as kayaks go i got plenty of middle fingers from all them. For the most part i stayed on plane and ran some areas i shouldnt have to stay away from them. Tried slowing down a few time but trying to maintain a forward speed just creates a larger wake. Got the finger no matter what i did ! There were also plenty of them with small children in the 1-3yr range. I cant imagine what would happen if they turned over their kayak with an infant in that current and water temp. Think my summertime weekend trips are over. Be doing midweek if i even go during summer from now on. The low layer of fog was the real issue. You can see the fishermen above it as you travel up or down. But you dont see them kayaks untill your right on them. 3 times i came within 10ft of a kayak in the fog and i was going as slow as possible. I know alot of boats were running on plane thru the stuff. Not judging anyone ! I just chose not to. I for one never want to see much of the water patrol. Think its time they get involved on the upper end. Also think its quite irresponsible of the kayak outfitters to turn them people loose in those conditions. Done with my rant for the day ! Time to smoke some trout on the Green Egg, drink a few beers and calm down !!  

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I had a guy yell at my for trolling across to the other bank down by Cooper.  Him, his wife and two small kids in kayaks.  At first he says “hey lookout, we’re right here”.  I said yeah I saw you and even waved.  He then starts yelling at me to watch out.  I’m standing on the front using the trolling motor.  How does that bother him???  I just kept fishing.  

When running I give them as much as room as possible.  I don’t want anything serious to happen to anyone out there.  

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8 hours ago, liphunter said:

Since I have retired, I have not launched on the weekend. With the crowds an attitude of the masses anymore. I just figure it's a gateway to the evening news!!!

This was a Wednesday.  I'm with you.  I just want to fish and go home safely.

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