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  1. Had another great week on Taneycomo for my birthday. We hammered fish every day and every way possible, really. Nymphs, midges, streamers, jerkbaits, crawlers, megaworms, jigs, day and night--you name it, we caught 'em on it. Had around 10 people down throughout the week and we landed 11 fish over 20-inches. The size of the rainbows is truly remarkable right now. Stayed at Steve Dickey's place, which if you are looking for a place to stay, it is top notch. Good location and great space. Fished with Duane with my grandpa Wednesday night and Chuck on Thursday morning. Gramps had the hot hand, landing three fish over 20-inches and losing two more that were big. He caught two on Duane's jerkbaits and one on a jig. He told me he was afraid to go to bed after the third one. I caught one brown over 20-inches on a Megabass on Sunday evening. Had a lot of follows. Chuck and I fished for a 30-inch or so brown Thursday morning for three hours. Had him on three times but he shook it every chance I had. It sure was fun seeing how Chuck targets those big ones. He really is the best at it. Can't wait for next year already! All the big fish were between 20.5-22.5-inches and to our best knowledge safely released for another angler.
    9 points
  2. Pulled the trigger. 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 Big Horn 5.7 Hemi 6’4” Bed Crew Cab 4X4
    6 points
  3. I'm going to get out Monday in an ankle brace. Getting rid of the walking boot on Friday. Reports from a couple of sources today that its about time to get after the big Jaws. We have discussed this quite a few times. Big jig and deep water. They just were not out there last year. They are now. Mostly on long gravel. And a big jig of 5/8-7-8-3/4 or 1 oz. I like the big Nicholes 5 inch craw and stroll or drag it really slow. Hope Bo isn't listening Said there were some quality K's mixed in. That's what I'm talking about. Goid Luck
    5 points
  4. 5 points
  5. lmt-outfitters

    Finally

    Have had a tough summer so far, being on a consistent walleye bite. Was catching some nice fish 3 or 4 weeks ago. But not much for numbers. Now it has flipped catching a good amount if numbers but not much for size. Last 4 trips 115 total walleye with 21 keepers. Mostly catching on bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses. It was a hot one today hope everyone is staying safe out there and catching a bunch of fish.
    5 points
  6. Those big Brown fish like that don't get the blood pumping you need to take up badminton.
    4 points
  7. I refuse to fish with more than about 4 rods on the deck. It just doesn't take that long to unsleeve one and pull it out of the rod box, or to resleeve one and put it up. I wear size 15 shoes. Nuff said. 😆 😂
    4 points
  8. 4 points
  9. I have a 2013 ram 1500 Laramie. I love this truck. 155k miles on it. I put the tow haul on so the the light is on on the dash. Otherwise I forget I’m pulling my boat.
    3 points
  10. This topic got me thinking, i know i have had quite a few doubles in the past few years but in review it was more that i had remembered. a few of my favorites were the white with the LM (5.02lb) and the smallie/spot on the spook, that smallie went 4.97lb. The rig gets lots of doubles, and it doesn't just get thrown in the winter......it is a pain to throw and can say that rod hasnt left the basement this year.
    3 points
  11. Sharing this from a FB post The most important message the River Rangers* try to spread: DON'T MOVE THE ROCKS. Rocks in and around rivers are important habitats for salamanders, macroinvertebrates, fish and more! In addition, when you move these rocks, you can change the flow of a stream an increase sedimentation, which may change what can survive there. This summer, we took apart more than 300 rock structures! Please refrain from moving the rocks and leave the cairns for designated trail markers. EDIT- These are pictures of us disassembling rock structures, not building them! Learn more in "The Last Dragon" by Freshwaters Illustrated. https://www.freshwatersillustrated.org/the-last-dragons * Pisgah River Rangers is an education and outreach program based in Pisgah National Forest. They are sponsored by The Pisgah Conservancy, US Forest Service, Trout Unlimited, Clemson University and Public Land Corps. This year have a American Fisheries Society Hutton Scholar working with them.
    2 points
  12. I'm told the ER in the Mountain Home emergency room has a wall full of lures that they've pulled out of people. Every time I hear these stories of people having a treble hook stuck in them with a fish flopping around on on one of the other points it gives me the willies.
    2 points
  13. Makes me glad that my son is no longer a teenager😅.
    2 points
  14. FishnDave

    Mud Muskies aka bowfins

    "Swamp Musky"? But I can't have "Missouri Mahseer"?? 🤦‍♂️
    2 points
  15. I never understood the whole rock stacking thing. Anytime I see them on the shoreline I go and kick them over! Although normally most of them get washed away from the floods.
    2 points
  16. Either kids stacking them or wannabe artist hippies channeling their inner douche.
    2 points
  17. Way more goes on than people realize in conservation departments….it’s not all about busting poachers, and sitting around in trucks writing on a tablet…lots of good work gets done no one ever sees or will get to see…and it’s not a job people take for the money ether… #laboroflove #respect #keepupthe goodworks
    2 points
  18. Some custom powder painted jigs that I made yesterday.
    2 points
  19. The poor have it.
    2 points
  20. Lots of shad suspended just off the gravel points, and the smallmouth are really stacked up in 24-28ft until late morning. Zero surface activity, I think the shad are just too deep. All the smallmouth we caught today were very healthy and fought like it was late Spring! Should be a fun bite for a while.
    2 points
  21. Do you suppose some of the broken rods might be from "look at me" hooksets?
    2 points
  22. My Dad and I where fishing the Red River a LONG time ago at the mouth of the Port Lake in Pool 3. We got on a massive school of White Bass and we were catching them on Tiny Torpedos with a crappie jig trailer. Well, we both got a double hooked up and Smart guy me grabs another rod and got a 5 th fish right at boat side so now we have 5 White Bass to unhook and not a lot of free hands. we literally caught them until we were tired of it.
    2 points
  23. My wife caught this double not in a traditional way. She caught the top one and was having problems getting it off the hook. I was on the other side of the pond and I told her to put it back in the water so it wouldn't die before I could run around to get it off the hook for her. She lifted it up out of the water when I got there and there were two fish on.
    2 points
  24. Seems like most everything bad always has a top water bait involved
    1 point
  25. I am good to go…… during Covid my wife has made me loose weight. I am 5’10” 185 my high school playing weight. Fishing alone is getting old for me. The fishing is usually better but, I miss my friends and I miss the dirty jokes we would tell while fishing and making fun of each other. At first I did like fishing alone but, not anymore. I guess I have changed and am just getting older and going thru some phases, just miss my friends.
    1 point
  26. A wise and experienced piscatorial pursuist keeps trying to introduce me to that website. Its slowly sinking in... 😜
    1 point
  27. Fishrman

    Kimberling-City

    Fished in the rain this morning. Pretty good morning tol the motor would not go in gear. Had to call tow boats to get back. Money well spent to have that membership. Anyway, caught a few this morning. All on top, buzz and spook. Had 5 keeps with good quality. I'll attach pic of some I caught this morning.
    1 point
  28. Ham

    Mud Muskies aka bowfins

    I'd Love that too Buddy
    1 point
  29. There are some in Dardenne Creek. An co-employee I used to fish with caught one out of the St. Peters Golf Course lake that had crawled up (or had been thrown in) from the creek. They are an invasive species in the US so I'm all about giving out places to get rid of them.
    1 point
  30. Bill Babler

    Revisit. Broken Rods

    Ham, both you and James are totally correct, just makes no sense. James, at one time and they still may didn't BASS limit the number of rods a participant could have in the boat? Pretty sure MLF doesn't conspire to this rule. I don't know diddly squat about frog fishing, but good grief I'd be out of sticks in an hour breaking them at that rate.
    1 point
  31. Kiptopeke State Park Pier - Virginia 31 July 2021 We made the drive down to the southern point of the Delmarva penisula right before you need to get on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel. Pretty sure that this area is almost full strength saltwater. I headed down this way since we have had success in catching a variety of species last year. We were going to be fishing high/low rigs with bloodworms and fishbites. Hope was to catch some sea robins, maybe some flounder, lizardfish, etc. We set up near the pilings. Fishing started slowly. A couple of spot were caught. I was worried that we just wouldn't catch anything but spot. Sue was the first to break the ice on a new species by catching her first ever pigfish. Livie followed with a mixed double - a northern puffer and an inshore lizardfish! Then it was on with each of use catching a few different species. Sue caught the smallest puffer we have seen so far. We found that lizardfish do like strips of other lizardfish. Caught a bunch with that bait instead of any flounder which we were targeting at the time. Sue finally got a striped searobin with a face only a mother could love. We enjoyed the trip and the great weather.
    1 point
  32. rps

    Quick Walleye Report

    If I remember correctly they were 18.5, 21.5, 24, and 26. Somewhere around 14 pounds total. The irony is that until the week before that day, I had one fish a day maybe for at least a month. Then, in week, I had a 3 good fish, 3 good fish, and a 4 good fish trip. I hope @Tim M and @Liprippa702 continue to explore Big M to Beaver.
    1 point
  33. Pretty much what Wrench posted, get a test light and start pokin'. Start at the trailer plug. If nothing there, check the fuses. Most newer vehicles have separate fuses for the trailer circuit (if it has the factory tow package) so a short in the trailer won't kill the lights on the vehicle as well. That is the year range of Chryslers with TIPM problems, hopefully that is not your issue but it could be.
    1 point
  34. Totally impossible to tell how long a fish is from a picture. Holding them up like that. What ever Randy says they were is gospel to me.
    1 point
  35. Johnsfolly

    What's Cooking?

    We did a seafood theme. Picked up two dozen littleneck clams at farmers market and fresh asparagus. Served clams with a tarragon brown butter. Baked the remaining seabass that we caught with black pepper, lemon juice and ranch dressing until flaky. Steamed the asparagus and also some fresh beans from our potted garden.
    1 point
  36. Great derby up there. Jimmy Washam wins it with the biggest derby bag. Bobby Lane picks up another Duce. Is that 3 this year? Washam a full time deputy, only been competitive bass fishing 5 yrs. Great story.
    1 point
  37. Caught this spot and SM on. Deep crank last month over the holiday weekend.
    1 point
  38. Caught these way up flat creek many years ago on my favorite wiggle wart. The initial bite was the little guy…..the big one saw his opportunity and took it!
    1 point
  39. 4 years ago in July, whopper plopper in Kings River, saw the big one blow up on the plopper horsed it in and there were 2! Over 9lbs of fish. Had a double on a A-Rig but that's cheating!
    1 point
  40. Catchin those whites on a multiple triple hooked bait is like trying to release a mad porcupine. Fun stuff.
    1 point
  41. I have had a couple doubles but none with any size or able to win me anything- but fun.
    1 point
  42. Switching to flyfishing @ 15-16 years ago, I don't fish with lures with multiple hooks or treble hooks. But before that...doubles happened occasionally. In fact, as a teenager, I was fishing with a floating/shallow diving Rapala stickbait that had 3 treble hooks on it, and caught 3 bass at once! No picture of that...long time ago, WAY before cell phones. Here's one with 2 bass on the same treble. Topwaters like the Rebel Pop-R seem to get doubles more often than other lures or crankbaits in my experience. But that may be because I didn't use crankbaits very often...
    1 point
  43. My very very first suggestion is 2 pound test line. You could get some 7x tippet and tie a leader also if you wanted to fish a midge. I would say water off would be midge and micro jigs, if it's sunny and slick like that I like natural colors on the micro's. Basically forget the jerkbait if they aren't running any water. Small jigs straight in natural colors like sculpin or black if the water is off. Get on the water EARLY, then go nap mid day when the sun gets up. If your wife wants to fish bait I would suggest night crawlers. I'm sure others will have other suggestions but that's what I go with when the water is off, line size is very important. 2 will get you triple the bites that 4 will perhaps more alot of times. Lastly enjoy being there together and have fun!
    1 point
  44. 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
  45. I’m guessing more like this……
    1 point
  46. Neither is the MDC. And they get PAID to. You'd think they would be on "our" side and try to eliminate the technical harassment by the Niangua cattle co. And you'd also think they would police the illegal gigging, or at least attempt to. These are things that are truly going on, and have been for years. But the only enforcement of rules and laws that gets any attention is folks on vacation smoking a joint. They aren't gonna let that harmless infraction slide.
    1 point
  47. Sorry, but there was no reason to try to convince anybody that the Amish are raping all the smallmouth in the Niangua. I spend plenty of time there.....and it simply isn't true. It isn't like Crane creek where it might benefit the resource to keep the rattlesnake/cottonmouth conspiracy going strong. The Niangua NEEDS a few more friends. Ronnie has made it perfectly clear for the last several months, that he disagrees with everything I say, regardless of what it's about......so why he'd want to quote one of my posts regarding a river he know less about than I do was a mystery. I was just defending my home river. Is that not allowed here now either?
    1 point
  48. In all honesty? The lower Niangua. But not necessarily because of the number of 18+" Smallies. It's because of everything else that most of us love river smallmouth fishing for. Lack of party floaters, lack of jetboat traffic, awesome gravel bars spaced perfectly apart, big rocks, plenty of wood cover, clear cool water. The only deterrent is that access points are a long ways in-between (too long for most).....but that's its saving grace. 🤗 If you're strictly after Bigguns.....the Meramec and it's lower tributaries.
    1 point
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