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Taneycomo 8/10-8/17

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Another week on Taneycomo for my annual vacation has ended, and it was great as always. Fishing was tough some days, but we caught a lot of fish. I saw some giants in the Narrows (20+ pound browns and big rainbows) as well as Frank, Frankie and Carl upstream from Trout Hollow. They were not interested in biting anything thrown at them. 

We threw the usual jerkbaits in the afternoon when the water kicked on--Spro McStick's in Table Rock Shad, Normal Flake, and Ghost colors, Megabass 110+1's in elegy bone, and 6th Sense Provokes in ghost threadfin. We did not catch a lot of fish every afternoon, but the ones we did catch were all healthy and 16-18-inches on average. A lot of bonus fish, too. Multiple white bass, smallmouth, kan-tucks, and walleye. Most came right below the cable on the south side, but we did catch one walleye right above Lilley's and I saw one above Monkey Island that was 26-inches or so. I have a feeling the walleye are starting to explore, and I bet they start getting caught down from Fall Creek quite a bit.

Did not land any fish over 20-inches on a jerkbait, but we had two browns on (one broke my buddy's line, the other spit it) that were 24-inches or so and I guess 5-6-pounds. Those came below Lookout and below the Cooper Creek docks, respectively. 

Dragging crankbaits (Bomber Fat Free Fingerling Shad in Pearl White and Shadtreuse) was our most consistent bite with the water on, and produced the biggest fish. My cousin John caught a 21-inch rainbow, and I had a 23-inch/5-pounder on above Trophy Run that jumped and shook me. Our second day my grandpa had a brown on that we never fully saw, but it was big. Its back half came out of the water and his tail was about 8-inches wide and adipose fin was about the size of the top-half of my thumb. He dove down and the crank popped off. That is the one problem with crankbaits--they are easy for the fish to throw.

We caught a lot on jigs with the water off. We used 1/16 and 1/32-ounce jigs in sculpin, sculpin/black, sculpin/ginger, and black and caught a lot of nice fish. You have to fish it slow. If you think you are letting it sink long enough, let it sink more. I did throw a 1/8-ounce white jig with the water on and caught some nice fish. 

I stripped a weighted black/purple wooly in the Narrows with the water off and did very well. It is a lot better and more fun than using what Chuck calls the Handicapped Rig (egg and scud/midge) under a float.

Went out with Duane Tuesday morning around 5:30 am and we did not catch a lot of fish, but the ones were caught were pigs. We probably caught nine fish, all on Duane's jerkbaits, but none was shorter than 18-inches. And Duane landed a tank of a rainbow, measuring 24.75-inches and weighing just under nine pounds. Got a hook in my buddy's finger, too!

 

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Sounds like a great trip Ryan.  You try the night bite at all?  I want to see more of those 20lb brownies!  

Love watching tanks come up out of the murk and start following the jerks...

Saw your buddies hook removal video.  At least he was smiling with that hook in his thumb lol.  Been there done that!

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16 minutes ago, JestersHK said:

Sounds like a great trip Ryan.  You try the night bite at all?  I want to see more of those 20lb brownies!  

Love watching tanks come up out of the murk and start following the jerks...

Saw your buddies hook removal video.  At least he was smiling with that hook in his thumb lol.  Been there done that!

Yea tried it with the full moon Wed/Thurs and caught fish. But it was super foggy and just not worth it IMO. Couldn't see anything and throwing the Megabass without knowing where it is landing not fun--either lose the lure or short cast a bunch. Fished until 10:30 or so two nights. Caught on jigs and jerkbaits. Did catch one 19-inch walleye.

And yea, it was not a deep one and it came out in one yank..unlike mine last year..that hurt lol.

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Great report Ryan - I appreciate the pictures and the detail.....I am due to come down in 7 days and 8 hours!

I tell ya that Duane and jerkbait combo is the cats meow! 

I dont know what his secret is but I think that he is the trout whisperer......I went with him one morning and he flat kicked my butt....and we were fishing the same set up! 

There was a point where he put his rod down and I swear I saw 2-3 come to the boat wondering where he was!

C4F

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On the jerks are those fished very deep? Or jerk stop ? 

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1 hour ago, trythisonemv said:

On the jerks are those fished very deep? Or jerk stop ? 

Depends on the water. In deeper water or heavy generation I use a 110+1 that goes 6 feet or so down. It's not like jerking for walleye or bass in January. No need to soak em. Work them fast and furious, put a slight pause in there--change it up. I try different retrieves until I get bit. This trip they liked three or four fast jerks and a 1-2 sec pause.

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23 hours ago, Ryan Miloshewski said:

Depends on the water. In deeper water or heavy generation I use a 110+1 that goes 6 feet or so down. It's not like jerking for walleye or bass in January. No need to soak em. Work them fast and furious, put a slight pause in there--change it up. I try different retrieves until I get bit. This trip they liked three or four fast jerks and a 1-2 sec pause.

Ok thanks!  I am designing a fly box to imitate the jerk baits you guys chuck and need a depth range to know if i need my sink tip or not. I am excited gor october and my annual trip down for night time browns . Hope for better luck this year 

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