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Hey guys, I have had limited success in the past with a blade on Table Rock. I generally throw shad type colored War eagles.. double willows. At this time of year is the blade effective? How do you like to retrieve them? Slow and steady rolling the middle to bottom, or burning a foot or so under the water? What depths do ya'll like em? And I know they are best in the wind, but any success otherwise?

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Usually in June I can catch them burning (right under the surface as fast as you can get them in) a 3/4oz blade with double #4 willows but have had to slow roll a 4/5 combo this year...don't ask me why. In 2008 I caught them all summer burning it with the higher water so I am hoping there will be some shallow fish to play with this year now that the water has come down a bit. Concerning colors I usually throw something with a hint of pink in the clearer water and a couple different sexy shad patterns in the colored water.

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Champ lives for the blade. I have always had limited success with it on the Rock. Works for me when it is raining and that is about it. Hopefully Champ will pitch in with some lessons.

Tim Carpenter

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Champ lives for the blade. I have always had limited success with it on the Rock. Works for me when it is raining and that is about it. Hopefully Champ will pitch in with some lessons.

Champ cant throw a blade to well as he doesnt have a yeller Skeet Reese rod ! yaeh-am-not-durnk.png

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I agree with Tfsh4bass on the recommendation to fish it fast. My personal choice this time of year is a War Eagle Screamin' Eagle, which is a half-ounce bait built on a quarter-ounce frame. Not 100% sure but I believe the blade sizes are 4 and 3 or maybe 3.5 and 3. At any rate, they're pretty small but they give off plenty of flash and vibration in Table Rock's clear waters. Because of that clear water, I generally prefer a nickel main blade and gold secondary blade. Like T, I like a natural-colored skirt and that hint of pink sure doesn't hurt a thing. Some of my favorite War Eagle colors are Mouse, Purple Shad, Blue Shad and Firecracker. You can see those at www.wareaglelures.com.

As for conditions, I personally find it pretty darn tough to catch blade fish on TR anytime the wind isn't putting at least a little chop on the water.

As for this time of year, providing you have that chop, you can catch em on a blade even under sunny skies. Areas that I concentrate on are main-lake bluff ends, preferably with standing timber, or little short pockets cut into bluffs or your steeper chunk-rock banks. Again, the presence of standing timber (cedars are great) seems to help.

It is also possible to get on windblown bluff banks, especially shady ones, and catch some big ol' spots and also some good largemouths this time of year. Parallel the bluff and keep the bait as close to the wall as possible, clinking it off the rocks when you can. Pay PARTICULAR ATTENTION to any little jut or cut in the bluff. Those are usually the money spots.

Oh, and pay no mind to denjac. In fact, only time you're gonna catch a fish on TR using one of those Skeet Reese catfish sticks is at night. Otherwise, they'll spot that thing from 100 yards and head for the next county. :mah-(chilling):

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Well said Champ!

One thing I will add for me is I use a 7'3" or 7'6" rod with 17lb mono and make LONG cast. I don't parallel banks because brownies will sometimes hit you out so I make around 30-35 degree angle cast. Also, on the tree flats I will burn by iso trees 4 or 5 times before I move to the next one and the best trees seem to be the ones you can't see. The end of May thru June I can usually do this but I can't get on them this year.

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Tfsh4bass those are some sweet looking skirt patterns... Thanks for sharing!

Thank you!

I throw top left probably 75% I am fishing on Table Rock or Bull Shoals...just my confidence bait and I usually throw with colored blades because I don't think fish see that as much and it has a different vibration. I haven't fished TRock in a couple weeks but I am going to pull an all nighter tomorrow night I think.

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