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whiteley.matt

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  1. What a difference a day makes. Fished both days from Piney down to around Aunts Creek. Friday the 9th - Fished from sun up to around 2:30, or whenever the storm blew in. Ended the day with around 60 fish with only 5 keepers. 80% of those came on jerkbait with a few mixed in on top water, jig, ned, and a-rig. Water temp was 59 when we started and we saw it as warm as 64 before leaving. Fished a lot of steeper banks. Caught several fish right up on the bank. Fun day, just wish we could have found something with some size. Saturday the 10th - Fished in the Joe Bass tourney and t
  2. I never had any issues with any with anybody. But there were alot of guys flying around a little faster than I prefer.
  3. Fished from a little after 10 until 1 or so. Got a late start and ended up parking in the grass by the road. Lot was overflowing with rigs. Main objective of the trip was to run the boat. Its been down for about a year and just getting her back up and going. That went well. The fishing was tough. For starters finding a spot to fish was difficult. Every point and cut in sight had boats on them. Found a few open bluffs and bluff ends and managed 2 on ned. Both were around 30 ft deep. Threw jerkbait, a-rig, and jig as well with no takers. Water temp was 41-42. Was a beautifu
  4. Launched around 6 from the Big Indian (H Highway) launch across from Baxter. No issues and the parking lot is very easy to launch from. Only issue could be accessing it if the lake raises much more. The water was maybe 10" from going over the road that leads to the ramp. Topwater bite was very good for the first couple hours. Fish were chasing shad from the shoreline all the way out to 100'. We had a problem getting them on the hooks. I think we only landed 5 or 6 fish on topwater and easily had over 50 blowups. I tried just letting the spook set to see if that made a difference.
  5. Had the same type of top water action Sunday morning by the dam. Must have been turned on all over the lake. It was a blast. We had a glass surface as well when we started fishing around 615 but it was quickly broken with fish and shad activity all over where we were. I had actually debated on going to Shell Knob because I have been catching fish there pretty consistently. But, my buddy joining me lives by Chateau and so I figured might as well give the dam area a try. Sounds like it was good fishing in both places.
  6. No whites. We did catch a huge crappie and a small walleye that I forgot to mention.
  7. That was my first top water action this year. Put the spook on with hopes of maybe catching a couple and was pleasantly surprised. The boat is actually an 85 Ranger 395V. Its a very close friend of mines boat that he is letting me use while my boat is out of commission. He picked it up from the factory when it was finished and it has been babied ever since. Had a new Merc put on it in 2002 I believe. That and the trolling motor and graphs are about all thats new. Everything else is factory. He doesn't use it so I am working on him to pass it on to me... (The 02 outboard doesn't ev
  8. Minus the small break we had to take to ride out the storm, yesterday was a great day on the water. Launched at Moonshine at around 6 and didn't have to go far to find a whole bunch of surfacing shad and active fish. The pics will show you right where we were.... lol 1st hour or so: This was the first morning that I had a top water tied on and I am glad I did. On my second cast it got blew up on 4 times. The last time being a clean connection on a nice keeper smallie. For the next hour it was non stop blow ups. Fish and shad were surfacing all over the entire cove. I ended up catc
  9. Enjoyed the beautiful day yesterday trying to catch some crappie. That did not work out too well, but, the bass were there and were willing to cooperate. Fished from 7ish to about 430. Headed up the Kings and looked for crappie until around noon or so. Only managed to find 4 keepers, and 4 shorts. It just was not happening for us. Decided to head back down to Shell Knob and see if we could find some bass. I am glad we did. Fishing main lake and secondary points yesterday afternoon we lost count of the number of fish we caught. Some good K's were definitely stirring. We ended wi
  10. Ya, it was slow. I know a few people that were down Tues and Weds and had 40+ each day. They said most were males and were in the 8-10 foot range. We were hoping we could find some of those, but, I guess the cool front that came through slowed them down.
  11. Took off with the intent of catching some crappie. My dad was with me and crappie are his thing. Launched at the Shell Knob bridge around 7 and fished until after 4. Ended the day with only 5 crappie total and only 2 of those were keepers. Dad caught all the crappie but one. I bass fished on and off throughout the day and had over 20 bass. I think I could have caught a lot more had we not been looking for crappie. Water temps around Shell Knob were right around 60. As we went up the Kings the water warmed. Warmest water we found was 67. The crappie all came on 1/32 feather jigs
  12. Launched from the bridge around 7 and fished until about 3:30. Ended the day with 12-14 fish I believe. Two keeper crappie and then the rest a mixed bag of bass. Only 1 keeper bass in the bunch. The wind was brutal and made the fishing pretty tough. The fish we caught were pretty much all relating to the flooded bushes. They were caught on jerkbait, a-rig, smoke grub, spinnerbait, and crappie jig. (Note: the crappie did not come on the crappie jig... lol) Fished from the mouth of the Kings to Campbell's Point and Big Creek. The water in Big Creek was maybe a bit clearer but not m
  13. Launched from Shell Knob bridge about 8 and fished until a little after 3. Ended the day with 34 total fish. One walleye, two crappie, and the rest a mix of all three species of bass. About a dozen or so were caught on ned and the rest were all on jerkbaits. Had 7 or so keepers, nothing with any size. One of the crappie did weigh 2.5 lbs, so it was a good one. Best spots for us was main channel points and banks. Surprisingly, wind didn't really seem to matter. We caught 0 fish when we would move back into a cove or creek arm. Everything was on the main points. Some friends were
  14. Launched from Shell Knob bridge about 8 and fished until a little after 3. Ended the day with 34 total fish. One walleye, two crappie, and the rest a mix of all three species of bass. About a dozen or so were caught on ned and the rest were all on jerkbaits. Had 7 or so keepers, nothing with any size. One of the crappie did weigh 2.5 lbs, so it was a good one. Best spots for us was main channel points and banks. Surprisingly, wind didn't really seem to matter. We caught 0 fish when we would move back into a cove or creek arm. Everything was on the main points. Some friends were
  15. A bit of a delay on posting this, but, was down at Lost Bridge the week of the 4th. Water temps were in the low 80's and there is plenty of water in the lake. We fished each morning from 5 until the kids got hungry which was usually 9ish. Then went back out from 6:30 to 9ish each evening. Had a pretty good week. Didn't set the world on fire but caught fish steady and had a several flurries of schooling fish. The lake was dead calm almost every trip out. We fished the whole week in Big Clifty. Found groups of fish on several main lake points that were there all week. We would have
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