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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. I'm sorry, that's just ridiculous. Of course, there's a population out there with more money than brains who are gonna copy whatever the pros do no matter how asinine it might be. And some of them are barely smart enough to power half of those units up, much less use seven friggin' graphs in concert to look at fish from every angle, as well as lake maps and gosh knows what else. However, I might recant if there's any possibility that I could pick up seven college football games at the same time. Be like having my own personal Buffalo Wild Wings out on the lake! 😆😂
    9 points
  7. Ham

    Oneshot where are you?

    Let me repeat Marty's request that you get the call the vaccine ASAP. We have a lot of ppl in the hospital I work at. We are doing our best to care for them, but we have deaths every day. This variety seems to be much better at killing young ppl. We have had multiple death in ppl <35 years old. most of the ppl getting ill are unvaccinated. IF you choose to remain unvaccinated and become infected with Covid , Please consider getting an antibody infusion ASAP. It has shown itself to be very helpful at keeping ppl out of the hospital and making for a milder stay in the hospital for the handful that have been admitted after getting mab antibodies.
    9 points
  8. 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
  9. I caught this monster yesterday afternoon kayak fishing. Felt like I was reeling in the whole weed bed...lol. He tried to get me hung up in some. I was able to pull him through. I thought I was hung until he started pulling back. Almost 5lbs. I caught 9 bass from 1030am until almost 3pm. They were all up towards dam around structure. I caught most of them feeding on shad...I would just cast over where the activity was and was getting bit.
    8 points
  10. We went out with Blake and Levi tonight and boated up to the narrows. Levi loaned me a a Darth maul 762 and it quickly started producing. I put 6 or 7 in the boat before I hooked my gravel guards on my waders and proceeded to break the hooks off lol. Levi was throwing the same, Blake was running a rainbow, and Rob was throwing a plum crazy or mace windu as I call it. I started off strong, had 2 19s and a 18, but then it was all Rob from there on out. He flat whooped us tonight. Had a 20in and a 20.5in rainbows and prolly boated 30. I had at least a dozen or so myself. I probably could of done better, but I was laughing way too much as we gave Rob metric boatloads of crap for him constantly outfishing us. Blake even tried some boat v rodeo antics and it didn't matter, he still continued to beat on em. Not a whole lot of pics and the ones we have aren't great, but when you got 4 guys throwing jerkbaits its a hectic scene lol. Overall an awesome night in the books, lots of fish and laughs.
    8 points
  11. This was the access point. Caught one immediately and figured I'd better keep at it. Ended up walking only 2 miles on it, but there was fishable water everywhere. They really liked what they call the ice cream midge up here in size 14. Once I lost all of those I tied on a size 18 rusty midge and I think they liked it even more. This is the Hippie Stomper, which is just a hopper with hackle wrapped on a section of the foam. Easy to tie and floats great. I had countless fish try to eat it but they'd just miss it. They come at it so voraciously--like it was their last meal. I also stuck quite a few that pulled off. I did end up landing 12 on it, though! Stopped along Hwy 14 in Vernon County and saw this. Pretty cool!
    8 points
  12. Well today was the day. Hammered the fish from 11am-6pm on a Hippie Stomper and an ice cream midge (pics below). All but two of the fish were in shin deep riffles. Where you thought there should be a fish, there was. I did lose a very nice brook trout about two feet from the net. It was 14-inches I bet. Caught a ton of fish--probably in the 40+ range. Lots of small ones, but I did manage to catch quite a few in the 10-14" range. I ended up catching one I measured at 15-inches. I saw a brown that went 17-inches, too. He didn't want any part of me. Biggest brown: A few of the prettiest ones This is the type of water they really were feeding in. A lot of fish would rise on the hopper but whiff. I'd throw back in and the midge would be eaten immediately.
    8 points
  13. David Unnerstall

    Boat Pics

    I will pop in here. The 1979 Chrysler boat at Table Rock Lake: The outboard I overhauled for the Ouachita that now functions as a spare: And the cedar strip canoe:
    8 points
  14. Blake and I went out last night and attempted to do a one cast in the dark. I don’t think it turned out well… need to find a way to do better filming in the dark, in the fog. Fishing was great though. No big fish landed but numbers were good. Blake broke a big fish off and had another hooked. He’s been going to the dam and stripping streamers and catching big rainbows. I think we’re about to see our “no generation” periods go away shortly. The DO levels are starting to get low and the Corp will start injecting o2 and running that 30 megawatts again.
    8 points
  15. Enjoyed a couple Spotted Cows while under a shade tree on Elk Creek today. Slow fishing tonight. Caught three more browns. Headed up to Coon Valley area tomorrow early. Wish me luck!
    8 points
  16. JF #100!!! Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus. Caught this guy on the nursery side of the jetty. Small but it will click 😅 Saw that there was going to be a decent tide and took off at 3 pm and headed down to the saltier part of the bay.
    8 points
  17. Went back to Bohemian Valley this morning on a different stretch. It did not disappoint. Same flies, but today had many more eats on the Hippie Stomper. I found a deeper hole (probably 4 ft) with a big rock in the shade. Made a perfect drift on the first cast and landed this big boy. I didn't have a tape but roughly guessing based on my net size it was 16-17-inches. Here is what most of the access is like:
    7 points
  18. netboy

    Dam C&R area 7/30

    I took the boat up to the Dam and had a good morning. I caught 3 on a sulphur dry fly early and then switched to a sulphur colored crackleback and that was the hot fly this morning. I caught a dozen nice ones on it including this fat one in the picture. I probably missed as many as I caught on the crackleback by setting the hook too early. It is hard to wait for them to turn before setting it when you see them come up and take it from behind. Then you end up pulling it right back out of their mouth. Still fun to watch them take it even if you miss them.
    7 points
  19. Me and my buddy Rob are a few hours away from a night time adventure. Hoping we can find some of these big boys that are moving up. We're going to sling some jerks and hopefully get Rob his first trout on his new Mike Riffel rod. Super pumped to get down and take advantage of the flows if they keep this pattern up. I'll try to keep this thread updated with some pics if we catch anything decent.
    7 points
  20. netboy

    Boat Pics

    Here's mine...and it's for sale
    7 points
  21. Yes, at the boat ramp on Niangua, we ate baloney sandwiches, had a great time, nice guy, he loves that river.
    7 points
  22. 82) Koi @FishnDave was gracious enough to guide me around his spots to give me chances at different fish and flyrod targets. I appreciate it so Very Much. I got several Koi. This was my first. On 2 lb line and a micro jig with the Leland TCB rod. Most of the rest were on flyrod, but it's been a HOT, Sweaty Blur the last couple of days and I can't swear I didn't catch another one on spinning.
    7 points
  23. Quillback

    August 2, Big M

    Got the boat away from the launch about 6 AM, it is starting to get light later. As I cruised by Emerald Beach on my way down lake, there were five rigs parked there and the boats were gone so I was a bit late. On my way back about 1030 AM, all those guys were gone. I headed right to a deep long dock that hangs out over 50 feet of water, it's one of those places that usually holds bass this time of year. Shad, shade, deep water, and overhead cover - everything a bass needs. Not long after I got there, a top water bite broke out, it lasted maybe 45 minutes but they were going strong. Mostly spotted bass, but there were a few keeper sized largemouth with them. I boated one of the keepers, lost another one that jumped and tossed the bait and caught some less than 15" spots and a couple of largemouth. Once the top water bite got slow, I started swimming a 3.3 Keitech, counting it down on a ten count then slowly retrieving it with pauses, a lot of the bites came when it dropped on the pause. More bass less that 15" again, but caught a couple of nice white bass. About 8 AM things got real slow - fished a few spots on my way back to Big M with the Keitech and picked up a handful of spots. Got back to Big M about 1130, loaded up and headed home. Ended up with 20 bass and a couple of whites. WT - 87 Lots of rec boats out there by 10 AM.
    6 points
  24. vernon

    OFF TOPIC BANKING

    Ahh - the trials and tribulations of the one percenters!😉 Just hopin' my social security check ain't late. Runnin' low on gruel and black pudding.........🥴
    6 points
  25. Seth

    Boat Pics

    Here's a couple shots of mine that Phil's crew got during his trout tournaments.
    6 points
  26. I just sent this e-mail to the Laclede County Office of Emergency Management. Not sure how accurate the details below might be. I'm checking on a person who I only know from an internet fishing forum. I believe his wife works there and he volunteers. He's in his 60's and has health issues. We haven't heard from him for a while on the forum and there is concern. Can you help? Many thanks Rick Helms
    6 points
  27. 84) Golden Shiner ! Finally, I can stop pestering ppl about locations for this guy. Magic Man Dave knew a pond on Conservation land that had some. it was a Struggle. Hot! Lots of vegetation to fish around, but eventually I figure out a jig/float combo to get out far enough away to where they were Dang thing somehow buried the jig in my hand, but Dave the Medic did the string trick after we got back to the car. I continued to fish with jig planted in hand. I really wanted a second one. The Bluegill were just getting to the bait too quickly. Darkness caught us and I wanted the jig out so I gave up after 11 more bluegill and walked to the First Aid Station (aka Dave's Car).
    6 points
  28. Anyway... Is he okay? Can't wait for the story if he is. Always fun.
    6 points
  29. ness

    Oneshot where are you?

    @TerriermanCan we get an amendment to the rules forbidding griping about the rules please? 🤪
    6 points
  30. And back to the original subject. I've had my moments with oneshot but I sincerely hope he is OK and returns to the forum with his unique brand of made up B.S.
    6 points
  31. Quillback

    Just funny stuff

    Back to the bear theme:
    6 points
  32. 79) Gizzard Shad Dave Reeves was the first person I messaged.
    6 points
  33. liphunter

    Just funny stuff

    I've got a job interview with this company tomorrow. Wish me luck! 😁
    6 points
  34. I wanted to set up a thread where I can talk about the rest of the trips while trying for achieving 100 species in 2021. Fortunately both Livie and my Betterhalf have been very supportive of this fishing journey. The best way to get Sue's support was to take her along as an active participant on several of these fishing trips. I have posted about our NJ trips back in the late winter and early spring. In this thread I will touch on other trips that we have taken and fish we did or did not catch. Seabass trip aboard The Angler out of Ocean City MD - 28June21 Livie is a black seabass magnet. She seems to be able to catch them in any saltwater location, but had not ever caught a 12.5 inch keeper. With COVID restricting the number of folks aboard any of the local party boats, the seabass reports were outrageous in terms of the size and numbers of fish being boated. This year I wanted to have at least one solid seabass trip to try and get Livie a keeper or many and to bring home some fresh seafood. We might catch some new species for the year which would be a bonus. Beautiful morning in the marina on the OC inlet. The seas were only going to be 2 to 3 foot swells. Most of the time it seems like the swell was 2 feet or less. Very clean water and the fishing was on fire for most of the drops that we fished. We got into a lot of keeper seabass. Livie caught her first keeper 😁 and a few other over the day. She even caught a double on striped searobins for a new species for the year. She ended up catching 19 seabass and 2 searobins. A lot of the keepers were large males. Here's a couple of the knuckleheads that were caught. I ended up with a total of 22 seabass and a northern searobin. I wish that I had more photos of Sue's fish. She was a machine hauling up one fish after another. So the only photo was a fish that she threw on the ice in our cooler 😉. She ended up only catching seabass and brought 25 over the rail. We had a shark following the boat for an hour or so. It never got close enough to identify but it was at least 10 feet long. Also saw a school of cownose rays and a couple of sea turtles. We kept a total of 8 keepers, but we released at least ten or more keepers. It was a great day on the water and ended too soon.
    5 points
  35. I'd be more in favor of enforcing existing laws BEFORE adding new ones. Way too much bait fishing goes on in catch and release areas. There just aren't enough agents to enforce the laws. regulations should help guide our behavior so that we fish in a way that doesn't harm the resource. TBH, the main I don't throw jerkbaits for trout more is that it can be awful rough on the little ones, but to each his own.
    5 points
  36. Dutch

    Boat Pics

    I only have 1 boat.
    5 points
  37. That's the same thing my fiance is seeing at her hospital in Rolla. It led me to go ahead and get signed up for the shot. My first one was last Friday. I was waiting for some form of data to show me that there was a real difference between being vaccinated versus unvaccinated and this did it for me.
    5 points
  38. 5 points
  39. 5 points
  40. Quillback

    Just funny stuff

    Speaking of eating bugs....
    5 points
  41. After making the fly rod carrier, I decided that I needed one for some spinning/bait casting rods and reels. So, here it is. It's made from 4" and 6" sch40 pvc. Has a simple locking mechanism. Holds up to 2 spinning reels and rods up to 8' long with 18" handles. Now, I can keep some of the rods/reels out of the bed of the truck and they're always ready to go.
    5 points
  42. fshndoug

    Lund For Sale

    I came home one day and told my wife I won the lottery ,she said give me half and I will divorce you. I pulled out my wallet and gave her $6.00 and said there you go .She didn't do it.
    5 points
  43. Johnsfolly

    Just funny stuff

    Dad Humor Warning 😉 🤣 Words of Advice: Never Make snow angels in a dog park. "I have a pen that writes underwater. It can write other words too." "Any salad can be a Ceasar's salad if you stab it enough." "Anyone who doesn't know what shampoo tastes like, has never washed a dog!" "If one door closes and another door opens. Your house may be haunted 🤔." "I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web!" "Mix four leaf clovers with poison ivy and you get a rash of good luck 😉." "When I eat healthy, a candy bar looks at me and snickers."🤣
    5 points
  44. wily

    Campbell point

    We’re still catching them fairly well...whew...it’s hot...but the beer is ice cold same baits...jig and a drop shot mostly largemouths on the jig...and kys on the drop shot no goggle eye yet...but we aren’t using crawlers. I had troller on anchor last night and I caught 4 or 5 in a row...and back of boat must’ve been over the brush...cuz Jake got hung up every time he dropped. He said to take it off anchor...I said don’t leave fish to find fish....pretty fun we slept in til 8 again this morning but managed a couple nice ones on a bluff bank
    5 points
  45. If that's all your e-wife says you're doing better than me
    5 points
  46. wily

    Campbell point

    Thanks...we’re having fun...but boy it’s hot. We woke up at 6 today and tried a couple different spots. We stunk it up...I finally caught one on a keitech...out of a cedar tree I don’t like driving the boat at night...can’t see very good
    5 points
  47. 80) Shortnose Gar, tried for eel in the Mississippi River. I found lots of Shortnose Gar instead. Lots.
    5 points
  48. Livie #78 Atlantic Silverside aka @BilletHead clouser 😉
    5 points
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