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  1. I got an early start. Put in at Campbell point, to target walleye. I tried a couple spots, nothing. Time for the bottom bouncer. I picked a channel swing with a gravel run out, picked up one 17 incher and a bunch of really small but feisty bluegill. I soon got tired of that. Went to another channel swing with a nice step, hit the spot lock, dropped a spoon(Binks many shad silver) and bam ! Found them ! I caught 19, 17" walleye and one 18" several spots, two were keepers, one fat white bass came off at the boat. It was nuts ! Then at 11am when the 1st wake boat plowed by, it was over. I have caught several walleye on tablerock but nothing this exciting ! You don't know how tempting it was to throw those 17" walleye in the box, they were fat, but I did not.
    23 points
  2. Sorry to hear of Bo's passing. I'll always remember him as someone who was an innovator and creator of unique lures for bass fishing. When you look at one of Bo's lures you are looking at something special and unique. I went fishing on Table Rock this morning, made it a point to fish a NuTech jig. Caught several.
    23 points
  3. This forum has been going for almost 16 years now. A lot of us have become family, although some have never met face to face. So it's always sad to lose a family member. I am sorry I never shared a boat with Bo. May be we should get together more often. The One Bass is one gathering.... may be we can have more gatherings. Just a thought.
    20 points
  4. Thanks for that observation, Bill. I will openly admit, when I first came across Bo and his seemingly outlandish posts, I strongly suspected he was full of it. And full of himself. But as the years passed and he posted pic after pic of his trips, I never once caught him in a fib or came across anything damning in his photos. Believe me, I tried. 😂 I came to realize along the way that this guy could fish. He believed what he believed and he put it to practice like the expert he was. You want to see some spoon fishing talent, watch his YouTube videos. Pretty impressive, especially when you look at the outdated electronics he was using at that time. He never did buy into livescope ... heck, he didn't need it. There was one issue that we finally agreed to disagree on, and that was line visibility in clear water. In fact, both of us realizing the other wasn't going to budge might have been the point at which we realized that we had a lot of respect for each other. I believe Bo knew Jesus as Lord and Savior and that he is up there now in a shiny new BassCat dropping a spoon on mixed schools of river LM, SM and spots. I hope to join him one day.
    18 points
  5. wily

    Campbell point

    We got here and got setup...left the camper about 5 and fished a spot where we’ve done good with a jig in the past...and no joy. So that’s a bummer. I haven’t gave up catching them on a jig...but they weren’t on our best spot. But we might have been too early and probably too shallow. The boat was in 16 or so casting in front of the bushes. The fish were probably under the boat so we went to a drop shot spot...about 7...and caught 10 or 12 between us. A couple keepers but most were 13 Or 14 we we’re fishing anywhere from 17 to 25 feet with the drop shot. Watermelon chart tail finesse worm water is 89 degrees We ended up doing ok...about 530 or 6 I was hot...and no fish. Probably wait a little later tomorrow to go
    17 points
  6. I guess you could say the good times are here now, and really rolling. For the past 3 to 5 years this fishery has had a growth explosion on not only our brown trout but perhaps more so on the rainbows. We've seen multiple state record browns caught and it really seems like a slow day if the guides don't have client's catch from 1 to 3 bows catch and release per trip over 20 inches. As a matter of fact its gotten so that my repeat clients even with catching trophy size rainbows no longer care about the certificate and the badge. "Been there done that." Numbers of fish in the restricted zone are unreal, with tons of quality 16 to 19 inch fish. They have been on a tear for the last 3 years just devouring scud patterns from size 10 to size 16 depending on flow. UV grey in bright condition and grey in cloudy. As water speed and moss flow dictate both jerk baits and small wlure crank baits can be fished with phenomenal results. Capt. Ducky has also established a night time guide service on the lower portion of the restricted zone that has produced fantastic catches. Yes, we have night fished the dam since it was built but Duane has opened a entire untouched portion of that zone. Wasn't very long ago when the bounty of a keeper brown in Phil's winter tournament took years to claim. No longer. Biggins are coming in every derby. Outside the zone from Fall Creek down for the most part can be just as spectacular. Live bait, pink worms, you choose. Most often if your there at the right time of day your going to be successful. Plentiful stockers and enough 16 plus inch fish to tickle most of us. Day before yesterday my 4 clients fished crawlers from Fall Creek thru Cooper Creek. They caught and released 10 fish between 18" and 21.5 inches. Not to mention the plethora off solid keepers between 13" and 16." I've been fishing here since the mid 1970's and did catch lots of big bows in the 70's, but not since then has this lake section of the White River produced the quality that's here now. About the only thing I can say about that is simply go out and have some fun on this spectacular fishery Good Luck
    16 points
  7. Here’s an update on Bo: The doctor just called with an update. Bo’s fever broke today and they were able to turn his oxygen down to 70% but his chest X-rays show increased fluid from the pneumonia so they are going to pronate him (put him on his stomach) for several hours. This has proven to be a beneficial treatment for covid patients on a ventilator, so the doctor hopes this will help him get past the worst of it. They will alternate front to back until they can wean him from the ventilator.
    16 points
  8. Decided to see what the night time fuss was all about on my first night in town. I have been searching for a lure that I thought would work and perhaps hadn't been fished on Taney before or not much with all the pressure these fish get. Well I think I found it a couple weeks ago so decided to try it last night. We caught a ton of fat bows up to 19 inches on it. The highlight though was a 24 inch 7 pound brownie followed 15 mins later by another 20 inch fat brownie. To say I was pumped was an understatement!
    15 points
  9. Maybe a Bo memorial tourney
    15 points
  10. Wt. 82-83 Clarity: 4-6 feet Primary Locations: long flat points with Shad (8-20 ft) Baits: topwater, swimbait, and football jigs Found Bass early in the morning starting at dawn. The bite in early lasted until 8:30-9:00. Fish seemed to be running in small packs or singles. Did not find a large school, but they were pushing 2-3” Shad. Fan casted or targeted fish that were aggressively pushing. They would hit the bait immediately and might give you 1-2 opportunities to hook up. The fish were a mixed bag of spotted bass and smallies ranging from 12-15 inches (just fun to catch). I also used a 3/8 or 1/2 oz Football Jig to target fish lower in the water column, and the jig scored my biggest fish of the trip. Overall, caught 20-25 fish total. Not bad for my first summer trip in a number of years. Best part of the trip was seeing my grandma for the first time since winter 2019. We spent close to 6 hours just catching up.
    15 points
  11. I have arrived in Readstown, WI. Spent an hour fishing a stream close by this morning and drew first blood on a wild brown. Ate the hopper good! Got some Spotted Cow and now relaxing before the evening. I'll post more pics as the week goes on. Dog and I stopped at the Field of Dreams site on the way up yesterday, too. Pretty cool.
    14 points
  12. Really enjoyed the bantering between Bo and Champ in the early years of the forum. Seemed like the past few years it turned to so much mutual respect between the two. Can’t replace a guy like that 10’s of thousands of hours of Table Rock knowledge went to rest with him. Our deepest condolences from everyone here in his OAF Family.
    14 points
  13. In September of 2019 I went to Bo's house at his invitation to buy a few jigs....four hours later after great conversation, cool stories and philosophy about life and fishing I left with much MUCH more tackle than I had intended. He was telling me how it all started for him and the thoughts behind the various designs that he was selling and opinions on the competition etc. I was wishing that I had taken notes! It was a great time and I believe that I was blessed just to share in the conversation....yes, he will truly be missed but he sure touched a lot of people with his thoughts and jigs! Prayers for his family C4F
    14 points
  14. m&m

    7/4 Holiday Weekend

    We had the family down since Friday. My son Cory and I were able to get in some morning fishing on Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday (6am-11am). Here are some pictures. Champ will like this because we caught over a limit each day just like these in the pictures in the flooded bushes on spinnerbaits. Each keeper was caught in less than 4’ of water. Saturday out of Cape Fair, Sunday out of Mill creek fishing the main lake flooded bushes, Monday out of Long Creek way up by Yokum & Tuesday out of KC main lake flooded bushes and back of a cove. It was a great time. We then left the lake to the boaters. Mike
    14 points
  15. I've had some good conversations with a couple of members here and we fell like it's time to lay down rules - again - and enforce them - something that hasn't been done in the past. I admit, I'm a softy. So I'm not going to be the one doing the dirty work. Rick has volunteered @Terrierman to enforce the rules. There shouldn't be much drama in fishing, right? Well... So here's the rules: 1. No profanity - people purposely misspell words to get around that all the time. I would give one warning and then ban the offender for a week. Next offense a month. Third offense permaban. All in the open for everyone to see. 2. No politics and/or religion on the main forum. There are only a few people that ignore that. I would PM those people, and let them know you're serious. If it keeps up after that then I would give one warning and then ban the offender for a week. Next offense a month. Third offense permaban. Again, all in the open for everyone to see. 3. Personal insults should be off limits if they're not already. With the same enforcement actions I suggested above. This is a pretty good fishing forum and it's visited by almost 40,000 "users" each month. But clearly, a vast majority do not post and have not registered. Thank you for making this a fun place to come and share fishing stuff.
    13 points
  16. This news is very hard to take! Bo and I fished alot at night fishing together, not counting the long phone calls. I will miss him terribly! He was my friend and one hell of a fisherman. He did know Table Rock and If I knew half of what he did know I would be a better angler! He would call me and always say do you want to go chase some smallmouth. My prayers go out to his wife and family! Now Bo can chase them fish up in heaven! I will miss you Bo! Dan
    13 points
  17. I fished Taney yesterday and rented a boat from Lilly’s landing. All I had was a snoopy rod, armed with a Doty jerkbait. What a combo! Had a big brown roll on it. So bad wanted to catch a big brown on a snoopy rod with a Doty jerkbait. We had fun anyway.
    13 points
  18. jdmidwest

    The Last Hatch.

    Grandkid number 5 was born Friday. The baby factories are now closed leaving me with 5 Grandkids, two from my little girl and 3 from my step daughter. 1 girl and 4 boys. Meet Kaden Joseph, my namesake. My retirement is going to be full of little fishing buddies ranging from 12 to new born at present time.
    12 points
  19. With us fully-vaccinated and things opening up, we quickly put together a trip to the southwest part of the country last month. We had tickets for the Symphony in the Flint Hills Saturday the 12th and decided to leave from there. Pretty cool event with the Kansas City Symphony out in the prairie. Classical music for the most part but everyone would know a few like the theme from Magnificent Seven, Hoedown (from the beef commercials) and Home on the Range at sunset. This year's event was a south of Council Grove, KS: Spent the night in Manhattan, KS then headed out, roughly following the Santa Fe Trail southwest on Highway 56 toward Taos, NM. Pretty dull drive for most of its length, but when we got into the Sangre De Cristo mountains the scenery improved dramatically, especially as we drove through the Cimarron Canyon in NE New Mexico. Taos is a pretty cool town but very economically depressed outside the main historic/tourist district. We had really wanted to see the Taos Pueblo, which has been inhabited by the Puebloen people since the early 1000s, but it was currently closed to the public. We learned many of the native-American sites, stores, etc. were closed as they had been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. This guy was very informative and an extremely talented artist with a gallery in the plaza: (sorry about the boobs @Phil Lilley ) We spent the day there then headed south to Santa Fe. So, we all know about the Santa Fe Trail but I didn't really appreciate the history of Santa Fe until this trip. The area has been occupied by native Americans for millennia, but the Spanish arrived in the late 1500s looking for gold. Santa Fe was founded in 1610, ten years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. The Santa Fe Trail came 210 years later in 1821 for trade between Mexico and the US. Very cool town that is centered on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. We hired a lady to give us a walking tour of the historic district focused on the history and architecture of the town. It was worth every penny. In the early 1900s, city leaders enacted strict preservation rules so the city would retain its unique architecture and culture. Everything is adobe or something pretty close. The highest building in the city is a church, and nothing can be over a few stories tall. The state capital is there, but there's no dome -- just a series of buildings that are largely hidden by trees. We went to Bandelier National Monument one afternoon. Very cool place that was occupied by Puebloan people for millennia: If you made it this far, here comes the fishing part. We hired a guide who took us to a string of lakes east of Santa Fe where he said there was an excellent damsel fly hatch each morning. Kathy's pretty new to fly fishing, so I thought this sounded perfect: no trees or current to deal with. Just figure out a fish's trajectory and drop a fly in its path. Or not. It was crazy -- fish rising everywhere, with many of them exploding out of the water. We each caught several with my best around 18 inches. She caught a really nice one that was around that I think: So, you know how sometimes things don't go as planned, even on a carefully planned trip? Well, after we got this all set up my daughter tells me she has scheduled a party for her engagement. She got engaged in November, but had postponed doing anything due to some pretty major health issues. So, I flew out of Albuquerque Friday morning, went to the party in KC Friday evening, and flew back to ABQ on Saturday morning. Kathy checked out of the B&B, picked me up and we drove to the Grand Canyon. More to come...
    12 points
  20. I've been obsessed with chasing monster trout for a while. This past winter @BrandonSTL and I started the blue ribbon slam challenge. After the winter I was down to 3 streams left. Crane, NFOW, and 11pt. My buddy and I were chasing sea monsters on Taney this weekend and the crowds in the morning were crazy with the water being off. We woke up in the car after a quick nap yesterday and I called the audible to make the hour drive to Crane. On the way I texted a trusted source of knowledge here @trythisonemv and anxiously awaited he respond to my text! I prayed he was awake and could help us two noobs on where to start. He responded and we were all set. We arrived to a locked bathroom and my buddies coffee kicking in lol, after a slight detour we parked around 9am and grudgingly started the process of wadering up. I say grudgingly as at this point I think we had maybe 3 to 4 hours sleep in the past 3 days and it was well over 95 degrees and humid. After a 1/2 mile trek in the sun and heat us fat kids were sweaty so it was awesome to be greeted with a shady creek and cool water that was teeming with life. After struggling to find fish in 2 of the other blue ribbon streams it was great to see so many trout so quickly. It didn't take us long and we both had our first fish landed. They weren't huge but they were hardy and fought good. Robs 2nd fish was a 14in that took him for a ride. All the fish we caught fought harder than any other trout their equal. They just had a fire in them that day I guess, but it was great fun. After about 3 hours and over 5 a piece for both of us we decided to end this little side adventure. I was stoked with the catching, and also crossing #7 off my list. #7 is right up there as my top favorite currently. Wish it was closer and also wish I'd visited sooner.
    11 points
  21. She's mine. All MINE ! I'll never let this one get away from me. 🤗 Complete restoration forthcoming. I may even hotrod it a bit. 👹 I don't know when I've ever been more excited. 😁
    11 points
  22. laker67

    Photo Tank

    Do you recall when most of the guides from taneycomo were using the photo tank to show off their catches? Well, maybe not Bill Babbler, his kind of hung out on both ends. Corky and I could not afford one of the store bought ones, so we made our own. This is one of our photo tank catches.
    11 points
  23. It was the best day ive ever had on Table Rock. Our best 5 went 20.25, and the 17.50 for our 4 fish weigh in. Big Bass 6.62
    11 points
  24. Got out for a few hours after lunch today and fish were not hard to find with the water they are moving from Truman - getting them to bite was another story. Had to work at it but had 3 hybrids(lost a 10# ish trying to get it in the net), two real nice LM, a big blue cat and a 13” crappie that smashed a 5” flutter spoon. Fish were deeper(40 FOW) and chasing gizzards all the way up to the surface at times; all bites reaction strikes 🔥 the spoon as fast as I could turn a 6.6:1 reel handle. Pics of the best 2; the 3 hybrids made the ride home. Mike
    11 points
  25. While I admire those with faith, I have never been churchy. I cannot easily say the things others find so natural. In many ways I envy you who can bring forward your faith to aid you and give comfort to others. I reveal this only to give context to what I wish to add. D**n, Bo, we're going to miss you.
    11 points
  26. netboy

    Wildcat access 7/5

    I launched the boat around 7:30 and headed upstream to a shoal that has been producing some decent dry fly action. There were lots of small mayflies and a few sulphurs coming up when I first got there. Got the waders on and had some good action on a size 16 parachute sulphur dry fly. That shut down around 9:00 so I moved to another shoal and switched to a ruby midge under an indicator. The midge worked great for the rest of the morning. Strange thing was I caught more browns than rainbows this morning. Usually its mostly rainbows with a few browns in the mix. Here's a picture of one of the better browns with the ruby midge in his jaw...
    11 points
  27. Headed down to fish Taney, and at all for that matter, for the first time since March. Brought my lady friend and she'd never trout fished before. Much like most folks who don't know a thing, she caught on quick! We fished from the cable to Fall Creek for a few hours Friday and a few hours yesterday. We drug scuds, all sizes, and caught them really good before they bumped up generation to 4 making moss a major issue. Then we drug the DDSS jerkbaits and those seemed to keep the moss at bay--and catch fish. The first fish she hooked into was a giant on a scud. She said "I got one!" and the drag screamed. Reminded me of Jaws when Brody gets the knot tied and the shark takes off. She fought it really well with instruction. Fish got about 30 feet out and jumped straight out. It was a 24-incher, no doubt. It made a run to the boat, she reeled furiously. It got by the side of the boat and I saw the top scud was in its dorsal fin with the other in its mouth. About 3 feet too deep to net. I bet it was 7-8 lbs. One last run and that's all she wrote--snapped her off. She whooped me on Friday. She says because she was better but I say it was because I was tying, casting, and unhooking fish more than actually fishing. I caught a 16-inch brown that I could not get my hand around. It was legitimately 3-lbs. Saturday we started at the cable but did not get bit until Trophy Run. Moss was not nearly as bad as Friday. I'm not kidding when I say we could not go more than 20 yds without a bite. Multiple doubles, lost fish, and break offs. Got below Lookout on the drop off and the DDSS she was throwing no sooner hit the bottom when she said she had a good one. Again, the drag took off. She fought it beautifully and we got this one to the net--21-inch stud rainbow. Had to go in and get a certificate from Lilley's! In fact, every fish we caught was fat. I landed a 19.5-incher before she caught the big one and it was every bit of 4-lbs. That was on a tandem scud rig 10-ft below an indicator. The fish are so healthy and heavy, and full of hatred. Every fish fought incredibly hard. It was a great two day trip to my favorite lake, and a great introduction to a lady who never caught a trout before!
    11 points
  28. David Goddard

    MDC Survey

    Hey guy, the most recent MDC survey is most likely in your email inbox by now. I did mine this morning. As smallmouth fisherman I think we need to voice our opinion on the issues surrounding smallmouth in Missouri. As most of us have noticed, there has been a lot more fishing pressure since the spring of 2020. Especially on smaller bodies of water which are primarily smallmouth fisheries. Take the survey and let MDC know about the issues were facing... giggers, spotted bass, unreasonably high kreel limits, etc. It may not make any difference, but it's an easy way to try. If nothing else, it can be a gripe session which we all love lol I'd love to be able to catch fish like this till I'm a grumpy old timer, but if something dosen't change, I fear they'll all be gone!
    10 points
  29. wily

    Campbell point

    We waited til 6 or so. It is still really hot in the sun at 6pm Jake caught one nice one on a jig...and i had another get off at the boat. Probably worst hook set ever...I thought I lost it early...and then it jumped a couple times at the boat and spit the hook. Looked to be a good one. I caught one good one on a spinner bait...then Jake drop shotted 4 or 5 before coming in at dark. im trying to catch some on a keitech but I haven’t done it yet...not sure what I’m doing wrong now..just watching the fire burn
    10 points
  30. Phil Lilley

    Photo Tank

    First one is done 24 inches long
    10 points
  31. Phil Lilley

    Photo Tank

    Funny you bring it up... FB photos of guides holding big trout with bogas is driving me crazy. Blood lines down the sides of the fish signal real problems. Doty says he's seeing more and more big trout with split jaws. I haven't seen any personally but I don't see that many big trout - personally. I'm in the process of building these display aquariums for our guides. I gave one out a couple of evenings ago and it worked ok. I need to find a way to put handles on them because they're hard to hold up, esp my kids and gals. They're heavy - water and fish together. Then there's the problem with the sides fogging up - cold water and warm, humid air. If I figure it all out, I'll give one to each guide, in exchange for their bogas!
    10 points
  32. Got to Cape around 5:30 to do the Wed. Tournament and quickly found out the weren't having it. I guess if you dont attend every Wed. you wont get the memo on cancellations. Water Temp 84 at Cape and 77 up the river. I decided just to go fish, ran way way up the James and threw a Chappo for a little and caught a couple. Then i moved to a Deeper area and threw a new Berkeley Dredger 25.5ft. Not sure where they got that number because i could barely get it to tick bottom in 14ft with 12lb flouro on a long cast with a Cara deep cranker. Caught one that went almost 4lbs and another 2.5. Lost a really nice walleye at the edge of the boat. Went back to Cape and threw a flutter spoon and caught a few small fish. Decided to load up at 10:30 it was starting to get hot and was dead calm.
    10 points
  33. Here's my thoughts about a tournament: We could do a launch anywhere, meet at a Corps park for a weigh-in and some social time with food, most likely burgers and dogs. Tourney entry fee $20 per person (youngsters under 15 can fish for free), fees to be donated to charity - my suggestion would be Christian Action Ministries - CAM is a charity that feeds the needy in the local community and if Phil is able to make it, we can hand him the envelope with the money, makes things easy. The money would be donated under Bo's name. However if Bo had a favorite charity that we could make the donation to, that would be fine. I would suggest we have the post tourney get together at a mid-lake location. After doing a little research, I see that Aunts Creek has a pavilion, and the campground closes on Sept. 15. (more about the date in a bit). Campbell Point also has a pavilion but campground does not close until Oct. 31. I don't know much about the mid lake to lower end parks so if someone has a better suggestion for location that would be great. Dates - I would think we would want to wait until the weather has cooled down for a lot of reasons - less rec traffic, better on the fish that are in the live well, more comfortable fishing. So, I'd propose Saturday Oct. 16 or Saturday Oct. 23. Don't want to push the date into November because then it will interfere with the folks that deer hunt. Participating in the tourney is not mandatory, if you want to show up just for the dogs and burgers get together that is fine also. You can also fish for anything you want too, you don't have to participate in the bass tourney. Bass tourney would be one bass format, biggest black bass wins the plaque. Open to any suggestions, just wanted to put something on the wall to get the ball rolling.
    10 points
  34. MNtransplant

    Night trip

    Well, other than two dandy walleye it was pretty dead. A 19" andaplump 18". Had another 17-18 rainbow shake the shadow rap off at the last minute and im pretty sure i lost one more walleye on the jig..on a side note i needed a makeshift stringer so looks like ill need a new Lilley's keychain..
    10 points
  35. Spur of the moment trip, searching for a motel near Stockton Lake. Travel advisory, Covid is rampant and attacking all tourists. Goofy internet messages. Made it to Masters at 6 pm on Friday and started hitting a few spots. Found a working bunch of white bass and dropped a spoon below a bait ball to pick out a couple before dark. Otherwise, pretty dead, but wonderful afternoon. Short nap at the Hoot Owl Motel in town and off to the ramp at the Marina by the town at 5 am. We fished the dam up to Googer Creek under Heavy cloud cover and threatening skies. Goofy system churning and looked like would drop all morning. Rain started falling around 10 at the State Park point on way back but we kept fishing. Got heavy and thunder started rolling, we pulled out and had lunch in town. Drove over to State Park and dumped back in at 1pm and fished till 6 when fresh storms came rolling in again. Several shorts, a couple of big blue gills on cranks. Nothing really produced on Sat, pretty disappointed and arm sore. Sunday morning broke foggy and we left Boliver and headed to Ruark Bluff and dumped in. Largemouth were hitting good around the bridge piers on Soft Plastics. Huge bait balls all around on down scan. Steady fish, better than Sat. We found a pattern and I found my sweet spot. We went up river along the channel and hit the bluff walls and timber. Its a narrow river channel and I am not really sold on Lake Maps to keep me in the channel. Gets a little spooky running up there with all the trees sticking up. A few showers rolled thru, but we boated about 25 green bass with a 3 lb as best fish on a worm. Best looking part of the lake I had been on for what I like to do. The Flash Flooding from Sat nite had not really made its way into the lake while we were there. All rivers blown out till we came back into Rolla. Storms dumped a bunch of rain. A little rain and seventy degree temps on a mid July weekend really goof things up. But overall good trip. A little rainbow by Fort Wood to brighten up a damp day.
    10 points
  36. This is the saddest news I've heard in quite some time. I was/am a big fan of Bo, his posts, his videos, his knowledge and his lures. A true innovator. Awhile back he invited me to his house to pick up some of his Big Wobbler's but I didn't want to impose and never made it by. Will always regret that. I will miss him and didn't even know him.😢
    10 points
  37. Jerry Rapp

    MDC Survey

    until gigging is banned any smallmouth regulations are a mute point
    10 points
  38. Talked with Bo’s Wife today through text messaging… He had a good day today. His oxygen levels are up. Praise the Lord!
    10 points
  39. Fished mornings Friday to Tuesday. Focused on main lake points, gravel run outs and bluff ends until the boat traffic got bad then moved shallow where there are still some good fish. Caught the majority of the fish over deeper water with spooks and flutter spoons. Also caught some on a DT 16 on the sides of the run outs. Caught a few good ones later in the mornings super shallow flipping to isolated shade. The spotted bass are super fat, the small mouths are average and large mouths are long and lean. Averaged 10-12 each day with most being keepers.
    10 points
  40. Since we had a shorter drive, we decided to make a couple stops along the way. Way out in western KS south of Quinter is Castle Rock. We pheasant hunted out of Quinter for many years, but I hadn't been back to see Castle Rock in more than 10. It's about 10 miles south of I-70. You can flake off pieces with your fingernail, so I'm kinda surprised it's lasted this long. I did read that the tallest portion broke off in 2001: Just east of Hays, in Victoria, is what's known as the Cathedral of the Plains. It's a beautiful Catholic church just off the highway. If you're buzzing down I-70, take a few minutes and check it out. The doors are always unlocked: And, a shot I just like from near there: The end.
    10 points
  41. BassPastor

    Lower End 6/25-7/2

    Was down for our annual week long summer stay at the family condo near state park marina. Wife/kids/family have other agendas than fishing so was only able to fish from first light to about 10a each day. Snuck in one evening outing as well which ended up being the best fishing of the week for us. The offshore deep water stuff still kicks my butt so I was glad we were still able to find fish shallow. The most consistent bite for me ended up being secondary points where I could find some hard wood cover in about 15-20 FOW. I would use a PBJ Ned rig to find the fish, then spot lock and pick apart the cover with a football jig to find a few keepers. Fished this deal on main lake points as well with some success especially in the evening trip which was post storm cell so had the lake to myself. Spent Friday evening fishing the “Dark Side” on Taneycomo with Duane Doty from Liley’s Landing. We fished from 7:30p-11:30p. If you haven’t done that trip I highly recommend it as it was an absolute blast. Overall a fun week on the water and actually did better than we normally do for this time of year. Next year hope to figure out the deep stuff a bit more. We’ll be ready to beat the banks come fall!
    10 points
  42. I’ve never felt like I needed to wear one. Of course no one likes to wear them especially in the summer. People have mentioned it and I ignored them. I guess I had an Epiphany one day. I thought I’d we wore them others may follow suit and save a life one day. Set a good example… now I find myself wearing one when I’m not doing one cast.
    9 points
  43. Had this brown brought in this morning - released. 26 inches 9.5 pounds. Caught on a scud trophy area. The adipost was clipped. So I sent a pic to Shane. This is what he said - Last stocking of trips was 2015. They were 2 year old fish. It had to come from that year class. So I'm guessing the heat treatment didn't take on this brown. I don't think it's a true triploid. The fish would be 8 years old. Thoughts?
    9 points
  44. Launched early and from 6 AM to 7 AM the fishing was great, landed a dozen bass, then after that I fished until 10 AM and I landed one more bass. They were biting a NuTech jig and a pencil popper early. Once the orange ball of a sun popped over the horizon it was pretty much done for me. Gravel point was where they were, anywhere from 5 to 20 FOW. Surface temp 83.
    9 points
  45. Just absolutely hate to hear this. Never met Bo in person but we PM'd each other a couple of times a year about this or that related to fishing. His knowledge of Table Rock and the surrounding Ozark lakes is and was second to none. His simplistic approach to fishing is a throwback and something to be admired in a time of graphs and other technology that teeters on skewing the competitive balance of man versus their quarry. Same can be said for his boat an equipment. All from the 90s or perhaps even earlier. Didn't matter. Simple and effective. It's was actually quite refreshing to see. Nothing but respect for Bo as a fisherman and more importantly as person. Willing to divulge any hard gained info, give an honest answer or help in any way where he could. Condolences to his family, including that little fishing buddy dog of his. Rest easy, Bo.
    9 points
  46. Went to the same creek. Go there at 11:30 a.m. and there were bright skies. Tried the Zman TRD Crawz in Green Pumpkin on a 1/15 head.. Caught 2 smallmouth and snagged a sucker. Worked down to a confluence and switched to some carrot shaped 4in worm I bought at a flea market in Van Buren. I think they are homemade. Also in green on a stand-up head. (I was tired of hanging up and losing the Zman rigs.) Caught a small smallmouth and a about a 14 inch walleye of all things. On the very next cast I felt something literally chewing on the bait and set the hook into a 4 ft gar! It jumped and rolled and but through my 4# Invizx like nothing. I took that as a sign from the fishing gods to go back to the car. This is where I hooked the gar. I'm actually really glad I didn't land it. I had no pliers or anything to get the hook out.
    9 points
  47. netboy

    White Hole access 7/12

    I launched the boat at White Hole this morning and the water was quite a bit lower than it has been. It looked to be around 2 units so I ran downstream to the Narrows and got the waders on. There were lots of small tan mayflies coming up along with the usual midges. I tied on a size 18 tan elk hair caddis and had some good action for a couple of hours and then the water came up and the bugs disappeared. I switched to an egg/midge combo and caught a few more. Ended the morning with a couple dozen rainbows and 3 browns. Here's a picture of the biggest brown on the elk hair...
    9 points
  48. I did appetizers for dinner. Moinks and bacon donuts. Moinks are bacon wrapped meat balls, smoked and tossed in bbq sauce. Bacon donuts are thick sliced vidalia onion rings wrapped in bacon and smoked.
    9 points
  49. We did a drive up to Monument Valley on the AZ/UT border on our way to the last stop in CO. We had seen that Monument Valley was closed, but I figured you could see stuff because it's so huge. Wrong. As close as we could get to The Mittens: For such a beautiful place, this was far, far too common: But, if you pick your spot, you can still get a good shot: Where Forrest got tired:
    9 points
  50. The Canyon is awe-inspiring, but unless you're planning to hike or ride down into it, it's not somewhere you want to spend several days. We looked into doing the mule rides, but apparently you've got to book those more than a few weeks in advance . A few sunrise/sunset photos from the Canyon: We managed to worm our way into the El Tovar Hotel for lunch the last day. Cool place that was built in 1905 on the South Rim. It was a Harvey House hotel that you got to by railroad in those days. After a couple days there, it was off to CO
    9 points
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