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    Seth Clarkson reacted to Fish24/7 in 4/14   
    Fished the last half hour before dark until 8:30. Never had a bite after dark. 
    Same shallow worm bite. this one was in 3 fow and  Pulled like a tractor! Released.

     
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to Fish24/7 in Past few days..   
    Wt 57-60
    Got out a few times. Fished from shore twice. Caught one almost keeper walleye on a Shakey head, and some small bass. Those bigger fish I was catching have not wanted to play. I'm guessing it's due to the alage bloom? Water is red where I was catching some and it was very hard to get bit there.  Water dropping maybe? Lack of rain run off ? Probably all of the above 😆
    Next couple times I went I took the boat. First day was ok. Forgot the batteries for my electronics so that made it impossible to see what depth I needed to be focused on. I just tried to guess,and we all know how that doesn't work most of the time. Caught some small Kentuckys and lm on grubs half way back in coves on the NW side out  away from the bank shallow suspended. Couldn't buy a bite in the bushes, or on the bottom with anything. Just a weird day. No carp or shad activity whatsoever. I don't think I saw a single fish jump or make a splash for hours.
    Next trip, I remembered the batteries, but the electronics wouldn't turn on!  Darnit, how the heck to do you find brush piles and crappie in 15+ fow without electronics! So, I fiddled with the wiring, determined it was faulty batteries.  Managed to find a handful of big black crappie ,but without eyes underwater it was difficult.  Once I actually found a deep brush pile I hung my jig in it on purpose, reached up and cut my line ,and attached a bobber to it to use as a marker buoy and It worked! 
    As warm as the water it getting I'm surprised to find these crappie still way offshore and deep. I  tried fishing near the bank dipping crappie  jigs in 1-9' and never got a bite.
    Another week and things will be different.😉


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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from Bass Yakker in Good Friday Trip, looking for suggestions   
    We ended up doing cox access to blunks. Had a good day everyone caught fish, mainly 8 to 10 inches spotted bass, biggest was a 12 inch smallmouth on a ned rig. Didn't run into any Whites but ppl have obviously been catching them because blunks was an absolute zoo. Ran into a bunch of flat bottoms that had put in at blunks and cox. A purple slider, finesse swimbait underpin and a yellow rooster tail did the damage. Water pushed us through just a little too fast to fish comfortably at times and the wind didn't help. Towards the bottom end of the float it really died off, probably because it had been hot so many times already through the day. We had a good day, was a little warmer than we expected to start, got a late start after meeting for breakfast. Didn't hit the water till 1030 ish and got off about 5. 
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from Bass Yakker in Good Friday Trip, looking for suggestions   
    Thanks, I think we have decided to go ahead and do Kerr down to Cox Access and then depending on how fast we get pushed through, we might move a vehicle down to blunks and do that section also. 
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from Bass Yakker in Good Friday Trip, looking for suggestions   
    I think I ask this every year and still don't really know what would be best to do. Some guys from work and I have this Friday off and want to do a fishing float. Water is not slowing down as much as I'd hoped as always for this time of year, so wondering if a section of James would be better than another especially with one less experienced floater. I'm open to another river, just not sure if there would be another one fairly close that would be much better. Flat creek is another option I had considered but not sure how it would be by comparison. If anyone has suggestions for a river less affected by the previous rains or a specific section of James that would be easier to fish and float based on the spees I would appreciate it. Will report back as well if we end up getting to go. I've had the most experience on James from Galena to blunks and think it will be manageable if it keeps dropping but I haven't floated it above 1000 cfs which looks like it will be still by Friday. 
     
    Thanks 
    Seth 
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to Royal Blue in Bull Shoals Question- Kdock ramp open?   
    16 feet or so.
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from Flysmallie in Good Friday Trip, looking for suggestions   
    We ended up doing cox access to blunks. Had a good day everyone caught fish, mainly 8 to 10 inches spotted bass, biggest was a 12 inch smallmouth on a ned rig. Didn't run into any Whites but ppl have obviously been catching them because blunks was an absolute zoo. Ran into a bunch of flat bottoms that had put in at blunks and cox. A purple slider, finesse swimbait underpin and a yellow rooster tail did the damage. Water pushed us through just a little too fast to fish comfortably at times and the wind didn't help. Towards the bottom end of the float it really died off, probably because it had been hot so many times already through the day. We had a good day, was a little warmer than we expected to start, got a late start after meeting for breakfast. Didn't hit the water till 1030 ish and got off about 5. 
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from Jadesjigs in Good Friday Trip, looking for suggestions   
    I think I ask this every year and still don't really know what would be best to do. Some guys from work and I have this Friday off and want to do a fishing float. Water is not slowing down as much as I'd hoped as always for this time of year, so wondering if a section of James would be better than another especially with one less experienced floater. I'm open to another river, just not sure if there would be another one fairly close that would be much better. Flat creek is another option I had considered but not sure how it would be by comparison. If anyone has suggestions for a river less affected by the previous rains or a specific section of James that would be easier to fish and float based on the spees I would appreciate it. Will report back as well if we end up getting to go. I've had the most experience on James from Galena to blunks and think it will be manageable if it keeps dropping but I haven't floated it above 1000 cfs which looks like it will be still by Friday. 
     
    Thanks 
    Seth 
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from trythisonemv in Whites   
    I think based on the fact that we have a guy out of reeds spring we will probably be going to more of a central location in James River. However, this is great in for for a future float for me. It's a lot closer from Strafford. 
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to trythisonemv in Whites   
    Taylor is the first big bridge below 215. Not all that far . the put in at 215 is rough. Park on east side of bridge after dropping off gear on west side. Big hill walk slowly. Dont park in the drive way just west of bridge they will get mad. About 4 hours to taylor from 215 if fishing stops are frequent. Its not a scary river at all.
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from trythisonemv in Whites   
    Nevermind, bonehead mistake on my part. River flows North into Stockton doesn't it? Not south out of it. 
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from trythisonemv in Whites   
    Thank you for the offer. I will have either 4 in 2 kayaks and a canoe or 5 in 3 kayaks and a canoe. Would hate to put too many people in your general area. If that wouldn't bother you or us to follow along behind you I will discuss it with my other guys.
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from ollie in Good Friday Trip, looking for suggestions   
    Thanks, I think we have decided to go ahead and do Kerr down to Cox Access and then depending on how fast we get pushed through, we might move a vehicle down to blunks and do that section also. 
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to ollie in Good Friday Trip, looking for suggestions   
    I wouldn't recommend the Flat for someone inexperienced. I hear it has some obstacles, but then again I haven't floated that in like forever. Galena to Blunks is fairly short though and I doubt that it would have any real issues even though the water is up some. JMO though.
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to bwcballer10 in Whites   
    There is a riffle or 2 that I would suggest walking your canoe/kayak through because of some hazards in the water but the flow is just about perfect right now. The riffle right after Frisco line trail, I would definitely pull onto the gravel bar on the left side of river and walk through it. It is by far the most hazardous between 215 and Taylor. 
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to bologna in Whites   
    The flow chart is at the top of the forum.  Personally I think it looks perfect to float.
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to trythisonemv in Whites   
    We are floating Friday come along . 8 at 215
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to Lvn2Fish in James Report   
    I looked at the gauges this morning they are definitely shooting up , although I wouldn’t call it a blow out yet ... but we will see when it all hits the river in the next day . I finally figured them out and now it’s all going to change 
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to Flysmallie in James Report   
    I'm sure it will be fine by then. I'm off until next Thursday so it should be high and muddy now thru Wednesday, and then be perfect on Thursday. It never fails. 
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to Lvn2Fish in James Report   
    Well I fished the James 4 days last week . First two days were on Springfield Lake . Day 3 Kerr to Galena , and day 4 Delaware to Shelvin.
    First two days on springfield lake were pretty tough . Found a huge group of fish in a small backwater but they were stingy . Only caught two little guys each day .
     Day three we did Kerr to Galena my first time on this stretch of river and I was impressed by the bluffs and fishable water . Only had one bite that pulled loose that day . Saw several really nice walleye cruising around but they were not interested in the JerkBait . 
    Day 4 was Delaware to Shelvin and I finally got on some fish . This was early this week and I’m sure the water had warmed substantially. The water color was off compared to lower on the river but I believed that helped the fishing . First spot I got into them and caught 4 on 4 cast biggest being a 15 inch Smallie . Every spot the river got right I would catch them . Hooked into an absolute beauty a little further down . Finished the day with 14 fish with a nice spotted bass and 2 smallmouth over 15 inches . 


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    Seth Clarkson reacted to mixermarkb in Big M area, March 2   
    There are no fish in Bull Shoals. Plus the roads to it make you carsick. And it’s ugly. No harter house meat near it. Terrible darn lake. Just stay over yonder on TR. 
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    Seth Clarkson reacted to nhornback in Low water flow = predictable pattern   
    Hadn't been on the water much lately as work has been hectic, but got out yesterday afternoon several miles up from Springfield lake.  
    With barely any water flow i couldn't get bit anywhere except the deepest rocky ledge in the pocket, but they were stacked up in a 30yd section and it made for a great couple hours.  Swimbait and shaky head drug along the deepest drop produced 10 fish in well under 2 hours, with this toad being the best.  No scale but best guess was close to 4lb. 
    Only fished the one area behind my house but would guess this pattern would be good anywhere there's deep ledge rock or chunk rock until the water flow increases.

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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from Jadesjigs in Galena to Blunks 11/7/20   
    Floated Galena to Blunks on Saturday, fishing was tough. 2 little smallmouth and 2 perch for me, my buddy had 1 17 inch smallmouth (chatterbait I think), a nice largemouth that came off on a wacky rig, then a couple other little smallmouth. Something about the day just seemed off, it was almost too quiet and a bluebird sky type day for most of the float. Ned rig and rooster tail is what I caught mine on, also tried a whopper plopper, swimbait, and a glide bait, but was getting caught up in the leaves. 
    We did get to see some wildlife though, at least 2 eagles (not sure if we saw the same one as we moved down the river), a couple minks in different sections that had just grabbed a fish, one had an almost 7 inch shad I would estimate that it drug up the bank and another was running along the bank with a perch in its mouth, then we also saw a flock of turkeys fly across the river in front of us. It was nice to be out and enjoy the beauty away from everything. Wish I had taken some pics that turned out decent, but I didn't. 
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from Bass Yakker in Galena to Blunks 11/7/20   
    Floated Galena to Blunks on Saturday, fishing was tough. 2 little smallmouth and 2 perch for me, my buddy had 1 17 inch smallmouth (chatterbait I think), a nice largemouth that came off on a wacky rig, then a couple other little smallmouth. Something about the day just seemed off, it was almost too quiet and a bluebird sky type day for most of the float. Ned rig and rooster tail is what I caught mine on, also tried a whopper plopper, swimbait, and a glide bait, but was getting caught up in the leaves. 
    We did get to see some wildlife though, at least 2 eagles (not sure if we saw the same one as we moved down the river), a couple minks in different sections that had just grabbed a fish, one had an almost 7 inch shad I would estimate that it drug up the bank and another was running along the bank with a perch in its mouth, then we also saw a flock of turkeys fly across the river in front of us. It was nice to be out and enjoy the beauty away from everything. Wish I had taken some pics that turned out decent, but I didn't. 
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    Seth Clarkson got a reaction from Phil Lilley in Galena to Blunks 11/7/20   
    Floated Galena to Blunks on Saturday, fishing was tough. 2 little smallmouth and 2 perch for me, my buddy had 1 17 inch smallmouth (chatterbait I think), a nice largemouth that came off on a wacky rig, then a couple other little smallmouth. Something about the day just seemed off, it was almost too quiet and a bluebird sky type day for most of the float. Ned rig and rooster tail is what I caught mine on, also tried a whopper plopper, swimbait, and a glide bait, but was getting caught up in the leaves. 
    We did get to see some wildlife though, at least 2 eagles (not sure if we saw the same one as we moved down the river), a couple minks in different sections that had just grabbed a fish, one had an almost 7 inch shad I would estimate that it drug up the bank and another was running along the bank with a perch in its mouth, then we also saw a flock of turkeys fly across the river in front of us. It was nice to be out and enjoy the beauty away from everything. Wish I had taken some pics that turned out decent, but I didn't. 
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