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Blll last won the day on September 10 2015

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About Blll

  • Birthday 10/05/1948

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    Rogers, Ar.
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    Multi-species, rod building, lure making

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  1. Long summer, fall is here. Got out today before the rain got serious and had plenty of action with ned and keitech. All 3 black bass, cats, crappies and a walleye. All in less than 15fow. One good 18" smallie on a spook just at sunrise. W/T 73-75 from bridge to PC. Is it just me or are the White bass scarce the past couple years? Ive not seen them bustin' the surface at all this year. Just me?
  2. Mid lake, around Bear island. Not the sheer bluff wall, just past it. Seemed about 100 yards of action.
  3. While I'm usually coming back to the dock around 9-10 am, that's when we went out. I did not expect to catch much but wanted to get out for a couple hours. While fishing from the front of the boat throwing ned, deep cranks, and spoons, I zeroed. My son, fishing off the stern, smoked me with 6 bass, 4 keepers including a smallie just shy of 3#s. He was fishing a 2.8 keitech on a 1/16 oz jig swimming it fast. He saw most of the bites and several hit it multiple times. We were in about 20-25 fow and the temp was 83. We fished for just over an hour and he got a work call but caught one on his last cast. it was 10:45 and hot. I've not fished that way but will certainly try it next time out. Any opinions on Hamby vs Keel guard? Or any other brand. I know you get what you pay for but the difference is substantial.
  4. Well my fishing' luck is still not too good. Having trouble with my 16 year old Merc. Got it back working but with the rain and spooky engine I think I've missed the best 10 days of May. Water temp up to 70 today on a trial run with the motor. Mid-lake water really dirty. Anyway we decided to bite the bullet and get a new motor. Wow! 10-12 month wait. I could not believe it so I checked several dealers in several states and all had the same story. Demand, parts shortage, and reduced labor force, not to mention less competition (Evinrude) have put a real strain on outboard production. I really can't remember waiting this long for anything, a new car, new house or a baby! Say, anyone heard from J-doc or Dan the Fisherman? Learned a lot from them years ago. Out thread is pretty quiet.
  5. 1st time out this year. 8:30 am, started setting brooder rods while idling past PC. Watched 5 guide boats leaving as I made the turn into PC. Well, I had no plan B and it was beautiful so I kept going. After a quiet hour, boom! 41 inches, guessing high 20's. WT 41-42.
  6. Certainly not an expert but I have gone through the learning curve and have a few thoughts on these reels. I use the smallest Okuma Coldwater reel. Good clicker, drag, and counter. Looks good too. I started with the Magma to save $$ but they were not as smooth. I use 12# floro. More than strong enough. I got away from braid only because most of them float and at slow speeds with little or no sinker, it made a difference. Yes I get it that braids smaller diameter should overcome this but I've actually had the braid floating at slow speeds. I never tried 10# and might be wrong. I use the transition type floro as it helps these old eyes track the line. As far as drag settings, I think it depends on the hook used, circle hook or not. If you have to "set" the hook, your drag should be tighter. With circle hooks, they need to run a little before the hooks catch. Since switching to only circle hooks, I rarely miss a hook up. JMO Congrats on your 1st Striper!
  7. Agree with Lance on Okuma reels. I use Coldwater line of reels from Okuma in the smallest size. Around $100. I had a Magda but really prefer the Coldwater. 5 years, zero issues. JMO
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    10/22 - 10/24

    Had my buds from up north for their fall trip. Beaver was not easy, 3 guys, 3 days, 15 crappie, drop shotting. Good news was they were all over 12". Ah Beaver...you are a tough b...h. Mid-lake wt65 Could not find any shad or whites on top.
  9. A new G2 was on my bucket list for a repower this winter. 15 year old Nitro is ready. It will be interesting to see what existing inventory of G2s are available at what cost. Maybe it would be stupid to buy a discontinued motor at any cost, but I sure like the reviews on the G2s. While BPR says parts will continue to be made, does that make sense? Didn't need to be more confused. Could someone buy just the Evinrude company? I thought the G2 was a big hit.
  10. Wow, nice! Even a hybrid which have become rare.
  11. Stopped for gas at PC this morning. Sheriff boats filling up, still searching for this man.
  12. Isn't Bass Pro a sponsor of MLF? No live wells.
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    I've been able to get out often the past 3 weeks. I've watched the WT climb from low 50's to low 60's. I've caught plenty of bass but almost all smaller males. Have I missed the females coming in? Just when I think I'm getting a handle on Beaver, it makes me feel like I just moved here. Have they spawned in so shallow I can't get to them? Still catching most fish on ned with a few on Keitechs. No steady spinnerbait bite that I've found. Water temps going up & down more than I've seen the past few years. No complaints on just catching fish but after several years with no FLW and high water spawns, I thought the size quality would improve. Just ranting now and looking for some solid 2#-3# fish. Just when I thought I had Beaver dialed in. Grrrrrrr..... How are you guys doing?
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    March trips

    Quick report. Out 3x last month. March 15th pulled brooders in PC. Screen full of bait & fish. 3 guide boats kept me company.1-14# striper. Nothing else. didn't see any other hook ups. Brutal wind, wt 48. March 18th, back in PC North wind even worse, Marked nothing. Out yesterday. Water temps skyrocketed to 55-58. Muddy water. scratched out 3 bass, 2 eyes, (1-14" crappie, still prespawn). All on 3.3 Keith, white w/ chartreuse tail. All caught 1st 100 yards in Ventris. Glorious day to be out inspite of stiff wind.
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