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Bucks Rushed the Bank this Afternoon

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One of the earlier bites up the white river.  Thought I was going to get into good fish and then the Buck event happened.

Had a late start as Becky is full and it was pancake day and I helped serve.  Hit the water at the Eagle Rock ramp at 11 am.  Surface temps at 50 degree and 2 footers even up there on that skinny water.

I had dedicated the day to the Jerk bait and was only gong to throw it and nothing else no matter what.  First 3 locations 5 nice keepers between the ramp and Devil's Dive and then that was that.  

Headed up to the mouth of Panther and fished the deep channel bank.  Surface temps at 1pm in the creek were 54 and it was full of bass.  All bucks and were a total pain the the hand.;

From Rock Creek to Eagle Rock every cut and every cove mouth had tons of LM and K buck males all over them.  Very seldom have I ever said fish are not worth catching, but today was that day.

These bucks that probably averaged 12" were skinny and the bite was just like you were hooked into a dish rag.  They came to the boat like a 10" walleye and then wiggled and flopped like crazy when you tried to get those vicious treble hooks out of them.

The crappie I caught could have kicked the tail of 90 percent of the small bucks that were in a hurry to get to the bank this afternoon.

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I quit at 3 pm and they were still hooking themselves on the megabass.



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James, surface temps around Long Creek this afternoon were in the 51 to 52 range.  Did see one bank with 52.9 but never 53.  We fished from 2:30 to 4:30 and caught 11 with 7 keepers.  No LM but K's and Jaws.  

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Steven caught this on a megabass Table Rock SP Plus 2.

I had one durn near jerk the rod out of my hand.  As a matter of fact it did and rattled around the foot peddle of the trolling motor and banged on the motor but I grabbed the sucker before it got wet.  Fish was still on it, a 2.35 K and we caught several that identical wt.

I used a Tim Hughes Custom painted megabass pearl/orange belly in plus 1.  Both baits were weighted and we paused probably 15 to 20.  Boat sitting in 30 to 40 on chunk to gravel transition.  We thought the fish were in that 20' range suspended about 10' to 15' down, you could see them on the Lowrance. Strikes were not dish rag today, they hammered it but most all the fish we caught in Long Creek were gal's

Good Luck 

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There were plenty of stickbait fish up the James below the mudline yesterday, but you were definitely right about them all being bucks.  Probably caught 20 with 6 keeps and the best 5 being maybe 11lbs.  I did have the pleasure of casting off my favorite 110+1 never to be seen again though...

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Hate it when that happens. Years ago Tim Hughes gave me a custom made custom painted Bonger Spook in Norman Flake. 1st cast it sailed so far up in the woods I would have needed a deforestation to find it. Broke my Heart. I was to embarrassed at the time to ask for a replacement 

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On 3/6/2020 at 2:35 PM, mixermarkb said:

I feel ya. I'm still working on buying a new truck. I'm without a tow vehicle to get the boat to the lake while the fish are waking up and moving around! 

Tell me about it. Have three. One runs currently.

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On March 9, 2020 at 5:54 PM, dtrs5kprs said:

Tell me about it. Have three. One runs currently.

I was in the "have three, one runs" boat as well, until the brakes on the old truck left the building like Elvis right before time to renew tags. Then it was either put brakes on a truck with 350K that also had the AC compressor die in a puff of smoke last summer, or bite the bullet and go buy something. After talking it over with the wife, and going back and forth between buying a older half ton truck and a smaller 3rd row suv, or buying the truck I really wanted and dropping a reman motor in the 08 hybrid Yukon, lack of common sense won out and my credit union now owns a low miles 2014 GMC 2500HD Denali.

I signed the papers on the 6th, despite being worried about the effect of the coronavirus on the live event industry. Again, I'm a knucklehead... Company I work at lost every event on the calendar for the next 60+ days, in the range of 2 million dollars worth of shows, gone in a week. Roughly 80 full time staff left with no work. Doors are still open, but hours and salary cut back by 30 percent, across the board, with more cuts to follow depending on how long this lasts, with all of us encouraged to take as much unpaid time off as we can. 

I'm still thinking things will come back, but the next couple or three months is gonna be a little painful for sure. As of right now, the church I work at on Sundays is looking at doing online services, so I'll have that income. 

As of now, I'm taking my boys fishing next week. It's spring, I have a full stock of baits, and gas is cheap. 

Whatever comes next, will come. Coronavirus is gonna have to work its way past fish slime to get on my hands lol. 

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In all seriousness, sunlight seems to be bad for the virus. Practice social distancing, but don't be afraid to be outside. It's not airborne, it's spread from droplets from coughs and sneezing. I plan on fishing as much as I can while I'm not working, as long as travel to the lake and back is legal and gas stations are open. 

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Warmer weather has helped with virus" in the past. They are not sure with this one. Hopefully you are right. I was down at Pomme  and Truman all last week and i thought at least i am safe here! Then i find out one of the first cases in Mo was down in this area and he was treated at Clinton hospital!! 

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