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    Johnsfolly reacted to Devan S. in Snagging the tailwater   
    I set out this year with 1 goal to catch an Arkansas Master Angler fish. I thought the 2 least likely candidates were crappie and the miscellaneous category. Crappie because I think its the hardest category and miscellaneous because I don't generally fish those species. As fate would have it, miscellaneous category would be my first.
     
    I had a really nice dude show me the error of my ways Sunday night after unsuccessfully jerking for 1.5 hrs. He rolled up and caught a spoonie on his first cast. I broke my reel which kept me from finishing Sunday night. I took an extended lunch break Monday which gave me all of 15 minutes to play. I hooked up with a 48lber on my 3rd cast. My buddy who is along for the ride for the Arkansas challenge, came down and we got him on a 50lber later in the day and saw several other larger fish caught by others. 
    For those who aren't interested in snaggin, COE has dropped the flow, for the time being. 2100cfs to me is perfect for fishing like I like. Here is a list of what I know as of now:
    -Paddlefish are there. IF you know what your doing. 
    -Tons of gar right below the dam. 
    -Still lots of walleye in the river. 
    -Whites are there but scattered I believe.
    -I saw what I believe is a decent school of striper a week or 2 ago when they first opened the gates(I've heard of at least one good'un being caught).
    -I've heard of 1 or 2 good smallmouth being caught. I'm sure they came over the dam. 
    -Trout obviously.
    All that being said, the tailwater is choked full of 2-4" shad. I've been snagging 2-3 on every cast. Since there's so much bait, I figure fishing could be difficult. 
     
    I think I'll give the tailwater a break. Striper, smallmouth, and bream are the next targets. 

     
     
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    Johnsfolly reacted to BilletHead in How deadly is the Covid vaccine??   
    This is exactly why we go to the end of the roads. We have no problem finding empty areas. We are more likely to run into a bear than another person. 
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    Johnsfolly got a reaction from tjm in Turkey hunter shoots hiker   
    As hunters we are obligated to be held to identifying our targets before pulling the trigger. This guy should be charged in accordance to his failure to id his target. However additional help from the non-hunting community would go a long way in providing more safety in those multiuse areas as well.
    I put in for the city archery tags in Columbia and went to their mandatory safety meeting. Not once did I hear any discussion about the hikers, joggers, dog walkers wearing orange when in those areas. The one woman brought in her golden retriever and begged us to not shoot him. An orange dog vest would a long way in preventing any accidents. 
     
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    Johnsfolly reacted to Hunter53 in Report from my trip down   
    Definitely a couple weeks at TR is fantastic!! We love the area!
    Our next trip is in the other direction; will be heading north to SD and the glacial lakes for some smallie fishing.
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    Johnsfolly reacted to Hunter53 in Report from my trip down   
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    Johnsfolly reacted to Hunter53 in Report from my trip down   
    Little late getting this posted as was really busy after getting home.
    Anyway wife and I were down from4-23 till 5-6. Since it is her vacation she doesn't like to get up real early so most days we didn't get out until 9-9:30 and would fish 5-6 hours. We had some good days and some not so good days. The not so good days were always the bright sunny days with little to no wind. Also didn't fish in the rain any. Yeah I know we should have but we didn't.
    Ned was the bait that we caught most fish on. I did catch a few on a jerkbait and crankbait(one day). The jerkbait did produce some walleys too. I caught 6 eyes but only one was a keeper size (21 1/2") the rest were 16-17 7/8ths.
    Most days we caught somewhere around 25-30 with 1/2-2/3 of the fish being keeper size. The exception to that is the bright sunny/no wind days that I mentioned being our worst days. The sunny days we still would catch around 20 or so but most all of them were SMALL and it was a grind to catch them! One of the sunny days we could't get anything going around Kimberling so ran up the white and found spots and a couple walleye on flat gravel main lake point. Those fish were on ned as well and were in 15-20 feet of water.
    As for the fish around Kimberling. We had our best luck using ned rig on secondary gravel and small chunk rock points. Our fish were mostly in the 14ft range give or take a little. The one day I caught some on the crankbait it was 8-10ft. With ned it was cast and let it sit for a little bit then drag a few inches to a foot and let it sit for a few seconds and repeat.
    Our best day our best 5 would have been 14 3/4-15lbs; didn't weigh one largemouth that would have been close to 3lbs give or take a couple ounces. The other 4 were smallies that went 3-2, 3-1, 3-1 and 3-0.  The other days would have been 13-14lbs; except for those sunny/no wind days then we would only catch 2-3 keepers.
    Caught a couple BIG bluegills and Goggle eyes on the ned too.
    As always; all the fish we caught including the walleye, gills and goggle eyes are still swimming.




     
     
     


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    Johnsfolly reacted to BilletHead in Our very own duckydoty   
    And one I call a true friend. Hard to find anymore. One the BilletHeads hold close in our circle. 
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    Johnsfolly reacted to laker67 in Our very own duckydoty   
    Not much fw, between guiding clients, and friends, and hunting what ever is in open season, he is a busy guy. Not to mention his custom lure  making and wood work. I have known Duane for 16 years now.  I have night fished with him on several occasions. He is very knowledgeable, a fine  sportsman and all around great guy. 
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    Johnsfolly got a reaction from BilletHead in What's Cooking?   
    We haven't made anything note worthy since we got back home from FL. I will share some photos or our meal in Key Largo. We tried to go to a local spot that served hogfish (as per @Gavin). However the place was packed, maybe because of the band. Ended up at the Pilot House. We sat right next to the water. The view didn't suck and we could hear the band from across the marina😁.

    Livie and I were seriously interested in the fish and crustaceans below the railing. They normallly give oats to the kids to feed the fish. Well we got two containers 😉. Lots of snappers and chubs showed up once those oats hit the water.

    Other notables were two nurse sharks, a 4' tarpon and a big sheepshead.
    We all had fish, not a surprise.
    Mahi fish tacos

    Sesame Tuna

    and Macadamia crusted mahi - apparently a preferred dish of Guy Fieri when he was their for DDD.

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    Johnsfolly got a reaction from Gavin in What's Cooking?   
    We haven't made anything note worthy since we got back home from FL. I will share some photos or our meal in Key Largo. We tried to go to a local spot that served hogfish (as per @Gavin). However the place was packed, maybe because of the band. Ended up at the Pilot House. We sat right next to the water. The view didn't suck and we could hear the band from across the marina😁.

    Livie and I were seriously interested in the fish and crustaceans below the railing. They normallly give oats to the kids to feed the fish. Well we got two containers 😉. Lots of snappers and chubs showed up once those oats hit the water.

    Other notables were two nurse sharks, a 4' tarpon and a big sheepshead.
    We all had fish, not a surprise.
    Mahi fish tacos

    Sesame Tuna

    and Macadamia crusted mahi - apparently a preferred dish of Guy Fieri when he was their for DDD.

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    Johnsfolly reacted to snagged in outlet 3 in How deadly is the Covid vaccine??   
    They did that at my school too.  Wasn't all that traumatic....  But I guess we're tougher in the burbs😁
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    Johnsfolly reacted to Fish24/7 in What's Cooking?   
    You are so kind
    Thanks!
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    Johnsfolly got a reaction from Quillback in Kids fishing day suggestion   
    A worm under a float would also be my first choice. A close second would be a small weighted glo ball that is brown or tan to match the pellet feed. Check the regs for that day. I seem to recall that for kids days that they dropped the zone regs to allow the kids any bait choice. If they are enforcing the zone regs, then you are probabaly not able to fish any of the synthetic baits in that zone either. 
    With any bait and a child that young consider keeping the fish since it's likely to be a deep hookset. Fish power worms the same way as you do for reg worms. For power eggs I like to use #18 or #20 trebles and put one to three eggs on the hooks, but I fish them off the bottom. Under a float I would go with one and make sure that you have a split shot above the hook.  
    Good luck and post photos😁
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    Johnsfolly reacted to JestersHK in Our very own duckydoty   
    Great article.  That's a beast rainbow too!
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    Johnsfolly got a reaction from laker67 in Crappie trip   
    @laker67 sounds like some good fishing and great food for sure!
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    Johnsfolly got a reaction from Quillback in Just funny stuff   
    An older gentleman was in a desperate need of a job. He saw a sales position had opened in his neighborhood. He didn't  have any sales experience but figured that he was a quick learner and applied. He was hired and the sales manager said the job is selling toothbrushes door to door. Everyone needs a toothbrush so it's a pretty easy item to sell. The man went out to a large neighborhood and worked all day. He went to his manager and told her that he sold one toothbrush. She was mad and told him that he better sell more the next day or he may be fired. The next day he went to another larger neighborhood and worked all day. He told his manager that he sold two toothbrushes all day. She was furious and told him that he would be fired if he didn't greatly increase his sales. At the end of the third day she asked the man how many toothbrushes he had sold that day. The man answered that he had sold 1500 toothbrushes. She was amazed since no other salesperson had ever sold that many in one day. "How did you sell so many toothbrushes"she asked. The man answered,"Well I set up a table outside of the grocery store and gave out samples of chips and dip." After eating a chip the people responded that it tasted like crap. The man responded "It is. Would you like to buy a toothbrush?!?"🤣
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    Johnsfolly reacted to laker67 in Crappie trip   
    Returned to the lake again this morning around 10:00. Weather was good , boat traffic light for a weekend. Used minnows again. Caught 10 keeper crappie, 3 channel cats, one bass, and 2 warmouth. Watched a momma wood duck with 6 little ones swim by the dock. Back home now and fixing coffee out on the  patio. A great couple of days in the ozarks. 
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    Johnsfolly reacted to laker67 in Crappie trip   
    Her sister and bil joined us for dinner. No one went home hungry that I am aware of .
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    Johnsfolly reacted to laker67 in Crappie trip   
    Sandy and I made a trip down to her sister's crappie dock yesterday. Weather was great, lake traffic was light, but fishing was slow. Since we had nothing better to do, we stuck it out and just enjoyed the great day. Minnows was the bait of choice. We just sat and waited for fish to find us. Ended up with 9 keeper crappie, one catfish, and lost a big no see um. Felt like a beaver as it swam off towards bagnell dam. Got back home about 3:30 and my lovely bride decided we would make an impromptu meal of fresh crappie, boiled shrimp, parsleyed potatoes, black eyed peas, spinach, and a salad, cheesecake for dessert. Don't ever put that much good food in front of me again. I was totally stuffed and held my belly for an hour. Thinking about doing it again today. The fishing anyway.
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    Johnsfolly reacted to laker67 in Our very own duckydoty   
    https://www.leavenworthtimes.com/story/sports/2021/05/07/fishing-lake-monsters-taneycomo/4988529001/?fbclid=IwAR0W04LzT8jn0nohrg0odX1bmJdbUy9zy8PT4GssetMvzsN7poPT0EvLtq8
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    Johnsfolly reacted to Randy Moore in 8 Fish / 6 different species in 2 hours   
    My wife, son and I ventured out on Friday evening in uncertain weather conditions so stayed fairly close to where we keep our boat which is at Hideaway Marina near point 11.  In the space of two hours we caught 6 difference species of fish - smallmouth bass, Kentucky Bass, walleye, white bass, crappie and a huge drum.  All were caught using either a ned's rig or a swim bait.  The crappie and drum both hit a Keitech Swim Bait.  The drum hit the bait hard and after hook set I knew I was tied into something big as he stripped a lot of line from my spinning reel loaded with 8" monofilament.  It took at least 10 minutes to wear him out so we could get a peak at what was on the end of my line (pics attached).  I estimate the fish at somewhere between 30" and 36" long and at least 16" wide.  I would have liked to weigh him but had no good way to get him in the boat.  He floated on the surface for close to five minutes which allowed us to take a number of pictures and get the hook out of his mouth before he swam off.  Has anyone else ever caught one of these giants?  The white bass we caught was part of a group that surfaced near us schooling.  My wife hooked into one, that soon got off, when another grabbed her ned's rig.  It was an interesting evening to say the least.



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