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  1. Got out yesterday with a good friend of mine that had never been smallie fishing. think he had been wondering why I love it so much! We made a quick trip to the river closest to home and found some wintered smallies! The weather warmed up and caught a few largemouth and one spot as well as two crappie Action was slow just feeling dead weight a lot of times on the rod. My new loomis I bought with some Christmas money proved to be quite impressive for the lethargic bites! My friend said next time I invite him he will be ready, think he liked it to!
    3 points
  2. we all got those secret honeyholes we keep our mouths shut about
    3 points
  3. It is a Pretty fragile resource. the WWW isn't the place to talk about these things. I would tell the friends that I felt like wouldn't tell everyone they knew about it and the ones that aren't going to keep every legal keeper they catch. I wouldn't tell a single stranger about it. Ever.
    3 points
  4. Same here. I like'm all and don't truly care what is tugging at the end of my line. That being said if I WERE to happen, by shear luck, to hook into a potential giant I think I would choose a big old bruiser bronzeback with the tiger striping. A twin of this is basically my unicorn of fish:
    3 points
  5. love this thread at least i got the brown trout off my bucket list this yr and got a monster crappie to brag about
    3 points
  6. Permits are approved, March 12 is getting closer! Here are the rules, such as they are. Feel free to bring food. We had a pretty good spread last year. March 12, 2016, Eagle Rock COE Ramp, 0730 start time, Tournaments ends at 1430. Big bass format, largest weight wins. Any black bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass, Meanmouth) are eligible, but only one bass will qualify as the biggest. No entry fee, trophy will be awarded to the winner (and just think of the bragging rights you will have on the forum). Immense prestige will accrue to the winner o
    2 points
  7. Just saw this on Facebook via Tacklewarehouse. Strange story, because if you remember a few months ago it was posted here of the guy who couldn't get his whopper Spot certified and because he was concerned for the fish he released it to ensure it's survival. Fast forward to this story a couple of months later and the guy who couldn't get certified, his buddy, in the back of his boat catches one even BIGGER. Then the current record holder for spotted bass drives 4 hours at moments notice with certified scales to help this guy out and claim the record only to have his own record go down. Cool st
    2 points
  8. Guy explaining catch and release..
    2 points
  9. I'm not picky. I love any bass that bites my lure!
    2 points
  10. I love their winter colors. The darkest black, brilliant green, and the brightest white. Just an absolute gorgeous specimen!
    2 points
  11. The problem is Chief your too stubborn to listen to people who know more than you, even if it hits you in the face. You just argue for the sake of arguing. Just keep doing what your doing, we all just giggle and know you're an idiot.
    2 points
  12. We need to start dumping truckloads of salmon and trout into TR. I know, different strain of spots, but still... We could dump them in with after dinner mints strapped to their backs.
    2 points
  13. Wrench, I can't believe you're really being this dense. Seems to me that ANYBODY would understand that what they have done in breaking into and occupying a federal building (armed or not) is breaking some kind of law, not to mention tearing down fences and maybe a few other things they've done. They haven't been arrested because they are well armed and appear to be looking for an armed confrontation that will garner them (or whoever is left alive) kudos from all the anti-government militia groups that are just looking for another Waco/Ruby Ridge fiasco that they can scream about. They were
    2 points
  14. Figure it out yet Mark? It is when you posts are liked. May your reputation grow with leaps and bounds. Say something stupid like a few of us and t will happen, BilletHead
    2 points
  15. As you can see by the last two posts I got lonely in the blind today and decided to give updates from the hunt . So what led up to today's hunt? Scouting and more scouting trying to figure out what the birds wanted to do. Well most of it worked. So we will start with day before yesterday and the "Scouting Tower" Huh you ask? Well my favorite farmer has built a brand mew leg for his numerous grain bins. It is 110 foot tall. Eleven flights to the top. I decided to take the climb up the stairs carrying the binoculars and camera. Everything but the big roost was frozen over. When I finally
    2 points
  16. I bet Chief can say the same thing
    2 points
  17. I'm curious about the Stormr, because neoprene is notorious for not being breathable. I suppose it would be warm on a nasty, nasty day, but I would think you'd be sorry on a warmer day. Maybe they've done something with their neoprene, or there are panels on it that have breathable fabric. I used to do a lot of backcountry backpacking, and waterproof/breathable was always the name of the game. After the original Gore-Tex patents expired, the market for this type of product got really muddied up. 2-layer vs. 3-layer, Gore-Tex vs. generic, etc. A lot of companies have now spun off
    2 points
  18. Not as big as most of the Smallmouth posted in this thread, but did catch my own PR smallie this past summer 2015 on the upper Meramec. Went 18.2". Really like the way this picture came out also:
    2 points
  19. Sam

    zebra mussels

    They're bound to already be in Tablerock, just not in quantities to be noticed yet. Lots of boats are used in both Tablerock and Bull Shoals. I didn't realize that zebra mussels have been in Bull Shoals since 2007. Because of such high water in BS since last spring, I didn't go back and forth between Bull Shoals and other lakes like I usually do - I haven't fished Bull Shoals since last February. But I hate to say, if each zebra mussel produces 10,000 microscopic larvae that are suspended in the water - it seems almost impossible to fish between lakes from the same boat without spr
    2 points
  20. dnj21

    Minnows at Bagnell?

    Is there anyplace to get minnows close to Bagnell at this time of year coming from Jeff City side? Getting cabin fever.....
    1 point
  21. I think it's good enough that you say it's on a river. Any river in the ozarks could give a guy similar results Good post.
    1 point
  22. I did. The e6x model. Loved it!! Couldn't agree more Mitch!
    1 point
  23. wish I would've seen this thread last year!
    1 point
  24. So would this count as one fish or 2 fish in the tournament...was said this happened in livewell..
    1 point
  25. dtrs5kprs

    zebra mussels

    Short of the full 30-60 day dry out, I'm not sure how much all the boat work will help. Kind of strikes me as being a "well, it's the best we can do" step. And it really might be exactly that. Lots of places for water to ride on a boat and trailer.
    1 point
  26. Should be a while before they talk about about water rationing around here.
    1 point
  27. Norm M

    I Was Called a Hillbilly

    folks in my family said amongst other things when called hillbillys was that hillbillys were lazy enough to do it right the first time. That usually shut the other up long enough to get on with what they were about . So far as I know no one in the family took offense at being a hillbilly just thought it sad that those would not understand how living a good yet simple life style was .
    1 point
  28. No, my vote is for the mini Neoshos, kind of like a starter smallmouth to break a kid into fishing for the first time. You'd hate to put a kid on a Gasconade smallmouth without proper training.
    1 point
  29. I want some breathable and layer under that. The OP and I talked about this already. I'm a Cabelas guy. Be patient and catch a sale on the GuideWear stuff. It lasts for years and Cabela's really stands behind their product should you somehow have a problem with it.
    1 point
  30. joeD

    The Oregon Standoff

    See? It's not news now fellas. The world has moved on. White guys with guns making a mountain out of a mole hill. Dismissed!
    1 point
  31. Love those first thing in the morning. The motors, not the trout.
    1 point
  32. bfishn

    The Oregon Standoff

    The longer they're left alone, the sillier they look. Heck, when they arrived they looked like they all just finished a modeling gig for Eddie Bauer. Now they're being showered with daily fedex deliveries from their fans;
    1 point
  33. "You might be a hillbilly if..." You pose for pictures with the groundhog. Just funnin' you, Oneshot...I've eaten my share of groundhogs and snapping turtles. Even ate a possum once. Not sure I'd do that again, though. My wife, who spent her early growing up years on a farm and then moved to a "town" of about 30 people, just laughs when I call myself a country boy, since I grew up in a town of 1500 or so at the time. But I still had all the badges of a hillbilly kid in the summer...at any given time I'd have the welts of several dozen ticks and chiggers in various tender parts of
    1 point
  34. Yeah, Mitch, it was a low of 38.6 in the morning and got up to about 41 by mid-afternoon. Now I'm kicking myself for not trying jerkbaits. I was just sure that the jigs and tubes would be the best type of lures to use.
    1 point
  35. So up at four AM pretty early but as I am going to do this hunt solo it takes me quite a while to put things out. This allows me time for breakfast and coffee before leaving the house. I had chosen a pond that would work with a West North West wind. Clear skies and cold. Starting in the upper twenties. It was a fun hunt, not as many canada geese flying as I had hoped though. Enough to keep things interesting. Bagged two and should of had another, I have been known to miss . Mallards flew good and got my four drakes. One of the geese was a little cackler. It got cloudy which could of kept some
    1 point
  36. Quillback

    Water level on Beaver

    Bill the Corps must have heard you, this was put on their Facebook page about an hour ago. Beaver Lake Update: Daily hydropower releases are dependent on how much water is flowing into the lake. Releases are scheduled at a rate which will hold the lake near or just below elevation 1129 feet. Lake levels may fluctuate by a few tenths. Beaver Lake is first in the 3-lake chain (Beaver, Table Rock, and Bull Shoals). If we release floodwater stored in Beaver into Table Rock and Bull Shoals while they are already storing floodwater, we use up more storage capacity in tho...se two lak
    1 point
  37. Gradient for that lower section is about 3.5 fpm. Water likely 2-3 inches over summer level and paddling was pleasant and pretty effortless. More rocky areas than SpoonDog's stretch I'd surmise as that section there is closer to 2.5. Seems like river traffic up north doesn't pick up until July/August with warmer water. Kids still in school up there in early June, I believe. And, yes, Namekagon in notorious for big seasonal migration of smallies out of the river almost entirely (in section below Trego Dam) starting as early as Sept 15. Would think St. Croix would have them sta
    1 point
  38. I have been invited to go on a 3 night float on the lower end of this river the first week of June and was wondering if anybody has any info. I have never been to that part of the country. Thanks in advance.
    1 point
  39. I did a float a couple years back, Groat Landing to Trego Landing I think, early October. Caught a few good smallies on topwater/slider deals but it was the end of the season and many fished had moved to winter territories. Like Dan said, didnt catch a lot of fish but everything was >15". I did see a couple muskie. You'll probably do better in the spring. It hadn't occurred to me how low-gradient streams are up there compared to Ozark streams and I had to paddle through some good looking water to meet my shuttle, June you'll have more light and if you're camping you'll be able to get an
    1 point
  40. I floated the last 30 or so miles from County K bridge (just below Trego Dam) to confluence with St Croix River the first week of June last year. Water was up a bit and little cold for that time of year with a bit of a late spring. Gorgeous stream with wooded shorelines, marshy areas, easy riffle areas -- no real rapids in that stretch. Camp sites are excellent and numerous. We floated from Monday to Wed on Namekagon and another 2+ days on St. Croix below confluence and saw very few people. Later in summer on weekends, there'd be lots more traffic with canoes, kayaks and tubers on this river,
    1 point
  41. You need to raise more hell around here. It's like the Trump polls. Everytime I get into a fight with Chief I gain 20 points
    1 point
  42. Bo, you sum it up pretty well. Fish mainly eat and spawn. Pretty simple when you think about it. If my kitchen was in my basement, I would spend more time down there when I am hungry. Sometimes we make it a lot more complicated than it really is. Mike
    1 point
  43. There are some good fish being caught in 30-40 feet on football jigs. I have saw several 5-fish sacks over 15 pounds posted in the last two weeks from Bull Shoals. They are relating to the old shore line.
    1 point
  44. Have yall not see A-Mart or Erhler stomp the other guys with a dropshot on MLF? Evendors Hackney throws a finesse presentation. I've seen several using finesse but never what we think of as "Midwest Finesse" or really small baits. Watching A-Mart is like watching an insane homeless guy. Mumbling and talking to himself. Lol!!
    1 point
  45. Cooking my steak in the garage last night. My wife and daughter crack up every time.
    1 point
  46. jolicious

    Custom painting lures

    "Easier because Joe can do it" - Geez Louise, Mr. Dave hahahahaha! You're right, it is a lot easier. Hobby Lobby carries a little (4 ounce maybe?) jar of "Crackle Medium" Miss Sherry got it for me, so I don't know the exact price, but I'm pretty sure it's less than $5. From the amount I used on that bait, I'd conservatively guess that I'll get 35+ baits out of a single jar I hope that the link below leads to the YouTube video I watched about this method. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a1MwOFnyr8 One other note - The first two
    1 point
  47. jolicious

    Custom painting lures

    Has anyone messed with Crackling Medium on baits? First attempt, and I like it. I see potential laying down light base colors, then crackle medium, then a darker shad over the top on craw-imitating baits.
    1 point
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  49. Heres a few of my better fish from the year. It was a fun year! looking forward to topping some of these for 2016! Tight Lines!
    1 point
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