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  1. Al Agnew

    I Love Topwater

    It had been three years since I'd done my multi-day float on my secret creek, but I went yesterday and today. The creek was low (as usual, and as I like it...keeps off the riffraff ). And super clear as usual--it has pools that are more than 10 feet deep, and there weren't any pools where I couldn't see the bottom. I discovered long ago that, while I'm sure one can catch fish in these conditions on lots of different stuff, topwater almost always works. So of course I tied on a walk the dog topwater on one rod. And my homemade twin spin on another rod. I had three more rods, and I planned on trying different stuff just to see if anything else worked. The creek has always been a good "laboratory" for trying things, because you know the fish are there and they aren't very sophisticated. If you can't catch them there on a given lure, it probably ain't a very good lure. However, the floods since 2017 have really done a number on the creek. There used to be a quite a few narrow, deep runs with overhanging trees to shade them, and that's where a lot of the bigger fish always hung out. Those runs are gone. The creek has widened, shallowed, and the bankside vegetation is pretty sparse so it's open to the sun. It was as warm as I'd ever experienced on it. Back in the "old days", I could depend upon catching well over a hundred smallmouth per day, often as many a 200 some days. And out of all those fish, at least a few would be 18-20 inchers. This time, I caught 89 yesterday and 94 today, with a total of 4 around 18 inches. The average size was pretty good...not a lot of dinks, lots of 13-15 inchers. Not up to the old standards, but still pretty sweet. I tried Whopper Ploppers. I tried a double bladed Plopper knockoff. I tried ordinary willow leaf spinnerbaits. I tried ordinary buzzbaits. I tried a twin spin with a swim bait on it. I tried Superflukes. And maybe caught one or two fish on each, except I never got a sniff on the buzzbait or the double Plopper. So by the middle of yesterday I'd given up on them all and was just throwing the topwater and occasionally the twin spin in faster water. What made the trip was the way the fish were hitting the topwater. Many, perhaps most of them, were really hitting it like they were angry at it, often coming mostly out of the water to pound it. I was often surprised when one would explode on it and I would be sure it was a big fish, only to soon discover it was a 13 incher. Really heart-stopping strikes. And the other really cool thing was that the majority of the fish were lying right up against the bank in shallow water. You couldn't land your cast too close to them or the splashdown would spook them in that clear water. But land it five to ten feet off the bank, and they would charge it instantly. It got to where I wouldn't even watch my lure hit the water, I'd watch the bank adjacent to it for a wake. If I saw the wake I'd just be ready to set the hooks. Often I'd see just a bit of "nervous water" against the bank when the lure would splash, and I'd expect a strike within a couple twitches. Wow...it was simply about as much fun as you can have and still be legal! As is usual for walkers, a lot of times they'd not get hooked on the first strike, and would come back and hit it again and again as long as I could keep myself from setting the hooks and jerking it away from them. I caught one of the 18 inchers that way on the twin spin, too...it hit with a massive swirl before the lure had moved 6 inches, but I didn't feel it and just kept reeling and watched it charge out after lure from 10 feet before slamming it again. But those topwater strikes were just unbelievable!
    8 points
  2. Quillback

    August 17, Big M area

    Started at daylight, decided to work a top water down the bank. Fished about a mile of bank, caught 4 bass, one keeper largemouth. After that, worked a few spots with a Keitech, could not find hardly any fish, put one spot in the boat doing that. Now it was 9 AM and things were looking grim... I was working a gravel bank, going down the bank, not getting any bites, and saw a couple of fish blowing up about 100 yards away. Got down to where they were and they just started whacking my top water. There weren't a lot of them blowing up, but they were hot after that Evergreen. I was using an Evergreen SB 105 which has 3 sets of trebles, and during this top water craziness, they managed to mangle the two front split rings and pull the trebles off. With my Evergreen out of commission, I switched to a 1/4 oz Kastmaster and caught several more. Then it was pretty much over. Swam a Keitech for a bit, caught a walleye that was just short of being a fryer, after I released it, cast back right into the same spot and just got hammered, big fish, pulling drag, nothing I could do with it but let it pull drag when it wanted to, I thought for sure I had a super sized wallie, but after several minutes of fish fighting, it turned out to be a really nice channel cat. Put a couple dozen in the boat, mostly 12-15 inch spots with a couple of smallies and largemouth mixed in. There are dinky 3/4 inch shad all over the place, but where these fish were there were bigger 3 inch shad. No doubt in my mind they were in that spot because of those bigger shad. But after a while the shad were gone and so were the bass, I headed back to the ramp a little after 11. WT was 85 first thing in the AM.
    7 points
  3. Put in at Cape for the Wed. tournament Water temp 82. We ran all over the place between Cape and KC. I think we had 11 keepers total i didnt take pics just a bunch of nice looking 3lbers. These fish are fat and healthy looking. Our big was right at 3.5. We probably made 20-25 stops picked up 1 here and 1 there. Most fish were around the 30ft mark. No topwater action at all. We had 12.35 for our 4 fish limit. Enough to take home the W I will say ive fished these Cape tournaments the last couple years and this year by far the quality of largemouth everyone is bringing in is way better than previous years. Not seeing hardly any spots or smallies. And for me personally the quality is just so much better. Gives me a lot of hope for Table Rock. It looks like its on an upswing
    6 points
  4. two size 2 extra long light wire hooks... Lazer dub in place if the rabbit strip same effect... Two very nice chicken feathers that strongly resemble mallard flank property wise... The head is a pain
    6 points
  5. No I would rather female doggy about it.
    4 points
  6. Yeah, she was a goodun. Here's my favorite -- good music, good message:
    4 points
  7. Yes, 15 more sounds do-able! 100 Grassies in a year on fly rod...how cool would that be?
    4 points
  8. It's on the ground....so yeah. 😅
    4 points
  9. Dutch

    Cape Fair 8/14

    I threw the square bill and had one bite. It came unbuttoned. I caught 1 short on a Ned then couldn’t get a bite. I had a few bites but no hookups on a jig. I fished a dirt Zero with no bites. I broke it off and put on a Purple Haze Zero. I had 3 keepers in 4 casts and 2 more shortly after. My neighbor stayed with Ned and wound up catching 10 to my 9 but he only managed 1 keeper to my 5. The bite was from 11-12. We fished from 8-2. The water temp was 84-87°.
    4 points
  10. FishnDave

    2021 Flyfishing Pics

    Bigmouth Buffalo and Smallmouth Buffalo and Black Buffalo are all pretty tough to catch on flies. You practically have to feed the fly to both of them. For smallmouth buffalo, about the best you can do is place the fly in the path the fish is feeding, and hope it doesn't change course. If it goes over your fly, good chance it will suck it up, at least briefly. I had a Black Buffalo actually turn and eat the fly like a Common Carp sometimes will. For Bigmouth Buffalo, you almost have to put the fly in front of its mouth and hope it sucks it in with plankton. I've caught all 3 on flies, but not in big numbers. Bigmouth Buffalo: Black Buffalo: Smallmouth Buffalo: Bigmouth Buffalo: Bigmouth Buffalo: Smallmouth Buffalo: Black Buffalo: Bigmouth Buffalo:
    3 points
  11. So far, I've seen all manner of strikes from these Grass Carp. Aggression I never would have expected from these fish. I've had a few that chased down the fly as I was rapidly stripping it in to re-cast. I've had them appear to spook, only to then turn around to see what spooked them, and hit it. I've had ones that were nosing along the edge of the water on the far bank that would turn and come out 10-15 away from the bank to where I'd cast my fly and hit it. I've had pods of them gang-rush/swarm the fly and indicator. Many that just ate the indicator. Lots of them follow the sound of the "plop" of the fly and indicator hitting the water to investigate and eat. Many invisible fish that hit along laydowns or under overhanging trees, or in faster current areas. ...like a smallmouth trout! 😄
    3 points
  12. I did well with a big crash in the spring, down to just a wad of bees in a queenless hive. Bought a Nuc and a queen =2 hives. Had 2 swarms move into equipment sitting around and captured a swarm. Split when I pulled 5 gallons of honey off the nuc and swarm and tried to make 3 more in July. Two hives made queens. Shook other out and they returned to my other hives. Gave one away to a guy at work that wanted to have bees but was too late this spring. Total hives now, 6. I have decided that the goal of 20 hives was too much work. Keeping this down to a hobby. 6-10 max for me from now on.
    3 points
  13. netboy

    Just funny stuff

    Here's one for all you new Dads...
    3 points
  14. I hadn’t watched it in forever and so I went back before day 2 and watched again. Great finish! My favorite thing that happened with Tak, on day 2 there is like 15 minutes left in the third period, I notice on scoretracker he is in 6th place, 1 ounce behind Shin Fukae. (He had asked me how Shin was doing throughout the day) So I say, Tak gonna hit you with a little update blah, blah, Shin Fukae is in 5th place 1 ounce ahead of you. He gets all serious about his casts, boat placement, and just starts catching out of nowhere. He caught 4 for 10 lbs in the last 15 minutes all while saying, “Dis for Shin” “Dis for Shin”… his drive to beat his friend and be able to talk smack took over I think. It was really fun 10-15 minutes.
    3 points
  15. I must say the fishing is as good as I’ve ever experience on Taney. Put the yak in at the hatchery ramp Sunday morning. Plan was to fish the trophy section and then catch the afternoon flow back to the truck at Cooper Creek ramp. Fishing was excellent. Size #18 black and copper zebra midge was the ticket. Landed over a dozen fish before the flow started around 4. All were healthy, chunky and swam away unscathed. With this minimal generation going on, it’s been an awesome opportunity to wade fish at night, and I’ve been out each evening, Sunday-Tuesday. Caught rainbows the first 2 nights on a black and purple slump buster and black leech patterns. Decided to strip a topwater mouse last night with the bright moon we had out, and it paid off. About 2 hrs into the evening at 11:30 this nice brown male smashed the mouse I was throwing on my 7wt, and the rest was history. Quick pic and was grinning ear to ear, heart still pumping as I watched him swim off. Haven’t touched spinning gear since I got here. Strange how things change.
    2 points
  16. Hey all, I lost my HB 997 cover on the way to the Aunts Creek launch on Monday. Went Hwy 60 in Republic to James River and then down Hwy 13. If anyone finds that needle in a haystack, please PM me. Thanks! As for the fishing, fished late morning to early evening. Bass were going nuts on main lake points in 15-30 fow. Fished mainly cranks. Also caught occasional walleye, crappie, and three nice cats. Jason
    2 points
  17. I jumped in a new boat to get more break-in hours on it. With a little over 2 hours in, I could run it more than 3k rpm. I threw in a cushion and had a PFD on - that was all I though of when leaving the dock. Being very foggy, I was worried more about the lights working. No net, no paddle. The 2 things I would need most on this One Cast trip.
    2 points
  18. The boys luck must have rubbed off on me or the boat. Got 3rd last night out of 20 boats in a Tuesday night tournament
    2 points
  19. Pretty sure it was a quicky just before the opening day of quail season. There was probably a bird dog in the room too. Might explain a few things. 🙄
    2 points
  20. We saw Robert Cray at a music festival in FL a lot of years back. Also Steve Miller at the same event.
    2 points
  21. I like Robert Cray, not familiar with Wilco
    2 points
  22. I have avoided golf my entire life because I know I'd enjoy it and I don't need another expensive addiction to go along with hunting and fishing. 😆
    2 points
  23. I have never heard of him. I’m not much of a crank baiter now days. They have to really be on it for me to do it more than a half hour or so. My advanced years and high speed reels don’t match up with that technique very well.
    2 points
  24. Nice day! Do you watch Randy Blauket on YouTube? He was fishing a Square bill today on table rock. I like his Chanel and it’s local. Bunch of dink’s I think
    2 points
  25. 2 points
  26. Here is where I stand now JD, Out of the 9 hives three long langs, three langs like you run and three Layens I had to shake one Layens. Queen disappeared it was going real well and then nothing. I gave them brood frames which they raised and frames with eggs. They drew out six queen cells out of that egg supply and then those cells later were taken down without a queen showing up. Hive got weaker by the day and a few hive beetles showed up and began to slime a couple frames. I shook that hive, froze the frames left and later hung in a tree for other bees to clean. Will store and keep for next years Layens swarm traps or reintroduce to existing hives since there is drawn out wax. Concerned about all other hives with the hot weather but all seemed to do what they do to control the temp into hives. The three standard Langs would beard so much the fronts would be sold bees with large drooping beards hanging. I seen while we were gone some hives in Wisconsin with the lids up and tipped from the front to the back for more air circulation. I did that and it helped. So after getting back from trip I got into everything for a wellness check. Bees had went crazy and drew more comb, capped dried honey doing what bees do. I had to add frames to all. The three Standard Langs had to add another deep to two and will have to add to the other if the fall flow starts. These three hives were just going to be resource hives and I had not intended to overwinter them but now I suppose I will try that. Couldn't pass up not keeping those trapped swarms. Hard not to pass up freebees . Learning as I go. I am wanting to take some honey this year but am really not sure yet what I can harvest without messing things up. Might try to get my mentor out here to get into hives again to see what he thinks? I know the standard Langs will not get anything out of those. Will have to do the wintering in single deeps. Just a hobby keeper here. Not selling or even trying to make any money. With dog gone I suppose bees have become my pets. Wish me luck, BilletHead
    2 points
  27. There is an item that I want. I want someone to get it and put it behind the counter so my wife can pick it up this afternoon. I have done this more times than I can count. I called and no one in fishing answered the phone. I hung up and called back. The call rolled over to customer service I explained what I wanted and was transferred to the curbside pickup. They told me that they couldn’t do that. So I was transferred to fishing. The guy who finally answered the phone said he didn’t think he could do that but knew someone would could and he transferred me back to curbside. That was more than my mood could handle so I hung up. Rant over.
    1 point
  28. Took Lucas out to introduce him to the Darkside with Ozark Trout Runners Capt Blake Harris was our guide. Lucas had a great time, as did I. Dont tell anyone, but Lucas beat me with the most fish, most species and the biggest fish. He caught 4 rainbows and a sucker. So, I am generally very conscious about life jackets, and gave Lucas the option. While he chose not to wear his, the generation was turning off, and he is an accomplished swimmer, has taken life saving, and has had experience falling off his kayak in cold water. (Like father like son) . The experience was a great one. I have never hired a guide before, and I told Blake that I wasn't worried about me catching fish. I just wanted Lucas to have a good time. Let me tell you, he had a great time. Blake kept up with us, making sure we knew he wanted us to catch fish. I've read about people who had bad guide experiences. While catching was slow to start, Blake was consistently trying to give us pointers, and just keeping the morale alive. When we left, Lucas told me the fishing was fun, but the commentary was awesome. There you have it folks.
    1 point
  29. I just thought you might be interested since he is on T Rock a lot.
    1 point
  30. Great report and pictures!
    1 point
  31. Most excellent! Good report and good grin man, BilletHead
    1 point
  32. 1 point
  33. Its been 25 years or so since I saw Robert Cray perform, I think it was also at a festival in KC. I think he sounds better than ever. Voice is very strong, and his guitar chops were on full display last night. Very clean, almost too clean, but I can't complain. The crowd on hand was lame though. Maybe half capacity and they all stayed firmly seated like they were watching a movie.
    1 point
  34. Saw 2 pretty good shows in the last few days… Wilco and Robert Cray last night…
    1 point
  35. Enjoyed as always. Dano
    1 point
  36. Not to mention all those dad blamed hooks and thin skin!😬
    1 point
  37. These covers were never meant to be trailered.... they are a dust cover once you get to where you store your boat. Take them off before you leave the garage....
    1 point
  38. Not bad 👍 That pearl colored mylar though 🤮 I hate that stuff. Lifeless in the water....for some odd reason. Replace with silver, copper, or gold and you're in business. Not sure why.
    1 point
  39. Designed by Trump - modified and perfected by Biden...😃😃😃
    1 point
  40. You gave it a hangover with bad breath and wore the little pansies out😂
    1 point
  41. Fish24/7

    2021 Garden Thread

    Pickin' time! Rain they say? After harvest this plant will be finished for the season. Will be reducing the number of plants I have down to 8. Should get another round in a few weeks from them also. watermelons I think are ready, picked one this evening to try
    1 point
  42. I agree, great write up! Well I see Mike McClelland is leading day 1. Weights are pretty low overall, big change from the last tourney.
    1 point
  43. Agree with LVN2Fish. There are plenty of species there. I have a place at 81 as well and did decent yesterday with crappie. The key is to get out there. It took me a while to figure out that area. Be sure to not be bashful and fish close to the docks. Its not illegal to cast around them. This tends to be the area that the bass/crappie tend to hang out around. Walleye I have only caught trolling out on the main channel. Feel free to PM me as well. When spring hits the level will be real low until about a week before Memorial Day and everything is basically mud. But there are some rock areas at the first turn in Turkey Creek...during the summer it turns into a party area on weekends is the only problem.
    1 point
  44. Dutch

    Cape Fair 8/14

    I’m heading down there after while. I plan to go up the river. I’m going to give your square bill idea a try.
    1 point
  45. Maverickpro201

    2021 Garden Thread

    Our spoiled guard dog and another close-up
    1 point
  46. Lol sorry Bill and everyone, been busy since returning to work last week. Stage 6 was my 2nd event with BPT. We were back into somewhat COVID protocols, meaning we were going to be with the same guys all week for groups A and B. Group A I had Takahiro and group B was Jeff Sprague. I’ll start with Sprague, he had a mixed bag going day 1. Started off the morning fishing docks, mainly skipping a wacky rig into shade. He caught five, two plus pound largemouth in the first hour of the morning then it shut off. We left the dock deal after 2 hours of no bites and moved out to drop shot. From 12:30 to 4:30 had 11 offshore bites that were scoreable, all but two were small jaws. Quality of fish jumped up when we moved out. 7 of the 11 were over 3 lbs, biggest was 4-5 brownie and he lost a 5+ smallie (I swear it jumped 3 ft out of the water). Day one, 3rd place, 44-01… His day two, we ran straight to the offshore spot we sat first day and scraped up another 33-08 in the same manor with the drop shot to finish the round in 6th. Mostly smallie but did have a 4-13 largemouth (pictured). Jeff was a super nice guy, was willing to share nuggets of info and we had a good couple days on the water. I wasn’t with him knockout round but it looks like his area shut down since he only had 3 scoreable fish all day and finished 36th. He was fishing one bay, we didn’t move more than a mile or 2 in two days of fishing when I was with him. Guessing he eventually went looking in the knockout round, not ideal. Tak- now this was fun! Each morning we had a one hour ride around period before lines in. Takahiro and I didn’t go very far the first morning so we had about 40 minutes to talk openly with no other competitors around. He said, he fished 25 hours of practice and found his marina bite in the last 30 minutes of the 2nd day of practice. He wasn’t sure if it was going to work out but didn’t have anything else, sooo… it ended up working for 2 days to get him to the knockout round. Caught 40 lbs each of the first 2 days. 90% of his fish came on a swim jig skipped under docks. Jighead was poured for him by Tom Monsoor, he ties the skirts, and menace was his trailer of choice on the jig. We were in a marina or fishing small private docks all three days. He wanted no part of going out and fishing deep. He kept saying, as long as the grass is clean and not snotted up (see picture of clean grass) the fish would be in the shade. Biggest bass I weighted for Tak actually tied for BB of the tourney at 5-14 (tied with Shaw). His marina bite wasn’t enough in the knockout round, he finished 15th on the day 15lbs back from the cut and 17th overall for the tournament... Getting to spend three days on the water with a Classic champion was a real treat! Tak you are the man! My thoughts on Champlain, what an unreal lake, just the total opposite of TRL! More times I felt like I was on the ocean and not a lake. The wind, I see why there is a million sail boats on the lake. We were lucky and only had 1 day that I would say it was “bad” but was still nothing for that body of water… I hope to go back one day and apply some knowledge! Beautiful area of the country! Really enjoying getting to work with the MLF crew and help make this format happen. The men and women that work these events put in a lot of hard work and crazy long hours (weather delay day I was on boat from 7:15 am to 8pm). Last thing I’ll say is Wheeler. Love him or hate him, that guy ain’t going nowhere. His ability to find schools of fish and then get those fish to bite, is crazy. If you look at scoretracker insider on MLF website, the last 2 stages, his wins have almost solely been because of his quality of fish. He’s catching 3’s and 4’s while the other guys are catching 2’s and 3’s… Oh yeah, he just caught two in the time it took you to catch one, good luck. He will be a beast in the sport until I’m no longer doing it. Shoot out to MLF photographer Josh Gassmann for sending me some good pictures!
    1 point
  47. I agree but need a ruler or something for scale
    1 point
  48. I thought this was a fishing website... Guess I was wrong. Don't know about you guys, but I am going fishing tomorrow and might even post a fishing report if it was good... Who knows???
    1 point
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