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  1. Mid lake, around Bear island. Not the sheer bluff wall, just past it. Seemed about 100 yards of action.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Wow, nice! Even a hybrid which have become rare.
  10. Stopped for gas at PC this morning. Sheriff boats filling up, still searching for this man.
  11. 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.
  14. Not in love with BP but mostly because of out of stock issues. That said, the Cabela's in Rogers was much worse before becoming a hybrid. BP has doubled the size of the fishing area and yes plenty of it is their own brand but many more rods and reels than before, and the electronics selection is much greater. I agree the fly dept. is lacking. I tie flys and they are out of most everything I go there for. How can they not carry Spro? Cabela's never carried Dixie spoons. I guess the days of the $50 Pro Qualifier bait cast reels are over too. Any thoughts on the BP brand outboard oil? Half the price of other brands with same specs. JMO
  15. I've been on the forum for 5 years. I live on Beaver with a slip so that is where i fish. Certainly not an easy lake but this forum taught me a lot in the beginning. Most of the frequent reporters are gone. I learned how to striper fish from Fin&feathers and his antics with doc were fun reading and informative. DanTF was another I learned from. I'm not sure why they have stopped posting but perhaps they got dogged for their reports. Anyway I try to report as I can. October tornado took a lot out of me and I haven't fished since. But trying to get the fire started again. Good luck to all and thanks to Lance & Quill and those who do report.
  16. No Kobe hate here. Sad he went so young, seemed like a good guy. Just commenting on what makes you famous. Two of my favs were Ernie Banks & Walter Peyton, just as great players, just as good men. Memorials didn't fill a stadium with singing & dancing. Enough from me, lets go fishin'.
  17. A real hero and yet no fan fare, no celebrity posts, and sadly no mention on the news that I saw. If only she had played for the Lakers too. Our priorities sometimes seem odd. Just sayin".
  18. Blll

    Polar Bear

    Wow! 18#+ sounds like a mighty good day!
  19. Hey Dan, good to hear from you. Glad to see the boat is getting a workout. Is that middle pic a Wiper? Right shape but solid lines. Haven't seen many since they stopped stocking them. Nice fish!
  20. Blll


    Really interesting thread. Every few days I go back to the first post and smile reading how it has evolved. Guess not many of us are fishin' lately. So my 2 cents from an old guy: Having "faith" to me means believing in something that can't be seen or proven. I have no problem with science as to me that is just another good thing created by God. Each generation strays from the principles and beliefs of their parents. Not really poor parenting, just different outside influences. Us "Boomers" were influenced by TV. Our parents were not. Think about our TV. The good guys always won. The policeman was a good guy and caught crooks. That is the belief system we had impressed on us at a young age. Not so today. Our kids were born into the internet influence. My grand kids(10) are growing up with video games,(ever watch 5 minutes of Grand Theft Auto?), and social media. Remember we grew up with "Sticks and stones ...but words will never hurt you". Now kids kill themselves over "tweets" . As our age group dwindles, we will become more annoyed by everything if we let ourselves. I choose to fondly recall the past, embrace the present and hope for the future. Schools do a terrible job, in my opinion, teaching history. My teen grandkids look at some pics/medals from Vietnam and ask "who were you fighting". But just think, a history class has only so much class time and another 60 years of history to teach. The Civil War gets very little attention in most schools. WW2, How many current students can speak of a family member who fought in any US war? My last rant: What ever happened to "look both ways before you cross the street" . Driven through a Walmart parking lot lately? Peace to all and Merry Christmas!
  21. What were the results of the striper tourney out of PC last Saturday? I got whomped by the tornado and will be clearing trees for some time. Just wondered how it went.Thanks!
  22. LOL! The absolute best description ever.
  23. As you see there is no "right" answer to your question. While I've never guided professionally, I have taken business clients fishing back up north. I tried to have plan A and plan B and ask them what they would prefer, casting, live bait or trolling. Since moving to Rogers 5 years ago, and being blessed with fishing that mystery lake named Beaver, I've had many friends come down to fish. I'm usually surprised when I ask them what they would like to do as fishing for stripers or crappies takes a whole different set of tackle, and is much more species specific that fishing a natural lake up north. Mostly the answer is to "just catch some fish". Good for you to "take the temperature" of folks on the forum but perhaps not a typical mindset of a vacation client. I know I'm going to be in your boat one day to learn to fish off shore. (still hope to put some in the boat). JMO Be well.
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