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I had an awesome morning at work and called the office to let them know I would be taking the rest the afternoon off to go watch some of the FLW. BUT me being me something else happened.

Water temp 68.6

Wind out of the east about 5mph

Bottom depth 20 to 25 ft

Fish depth: surface to 15ft

Something else that happened: Stupid striper rolled next to boat.

Bait: Brooder Minnows

Location: 12 Bridge area

So anyway here I was watching some of the FLW boys when a Striper decided to role next to the boat. I turned on the graph and it was lit up from 7ft to 15 ft with some of the best marks I have seen in weeks. Well watching time was over and business time was on. I had stopped off at Hook, Line and Sinker and picked up some minnows to try for Walleye this evening after the weigh-in. But when oppertunity presents itself I take advantage of it.

I tossed the first minow out and Instant hook up, the rippes from it landing had not even cleared yet when a 20lb class took it. Setting up for a drift I didnt even get the second bait out before the next striper took off. This went on for about another hour till I ran out of bait. All the fish were from 15 to 35lbs! These are the Larger Class of fish and a blast on 12lb line.

I never made weigh-in i was occupied. I didnt get a shot at the Walleye either the bait just wouldnt make it to them, but the marks in 10 to 15 on the bottom I would bet are Walleye. Saturday should be fantastic and I cant wait for it.

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That is my favorite Rod, A custom Shimano Clarus 16'' rear handle 6'' front handle Medium Heavy rod with a Fast action rod is 7'10'' Best striper Rod I have ever owned and now way I will get another it was a gift from a good friend. Matched with a Calcutta 400b and 12lb flouro.

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Scott, please tell the fish to stay put. I won't be able to go out til next week.

I hated when working is cutting in on my fishing time, but I guess you do what you got to do!

I'm very surprised that with so many boats out there, they didn't drive the stripers way down deep!!

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I swear....one day I need to get you to teach me some things on stripers. I'll even sport gas money and buy the bait. :-) Been really busy lately. Maybe in a few weeks? You make it look so easy and so fun. I'm a bass guy but I'd like a crack at some of these big guys. As Zona said recently..."Tell Mr. Green Jeans he can wait" haha!

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Doc, It took me alot of years and pulled out hair to figure them out. Today was pure-D-luck though. Right place right time, I knew they were in the area but honestly was not expecting them to go on such a wide open bite till this weekend.

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Well good luck this weekend. Post some pics and a report as usual. I bet the FLW guhs wjll be entertained watching you lnad big fish while they grind away. Haha!

Need marine repair? Send our own forum friend "fishinwrench" a message. 

He will treat you like family!!! I owe fishinwrench a lot of thanks. He has been a great mechanic with lots of patience!

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I doubt there will be to many people around me on Saturday, I think the crowds will be following around the top-20. If those guys want to come play out where I am they will be waisting good time tangling with stripers instead of the money fish.

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You are Da Man!!!

Bill Butts

Springfield MO

"So many fish, so little time"

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I had an awesome morning at work and called the office to let them know I would be taking the rest the afternoon off to go watch some of the FLW. BUT me being me something else happened.

Water temp 68.6

Wind out of the east about 5mph

Bottom depth 20 to 25 ft

Fish depth: surface to 15ft

Something else that happened: Stupid striper rolled next to boat.

Bait: Brooder Minnows

Location: 12 Bridge area

So anyway here I was watching some of the FLW boys when a Striper decided to role next to the boat. I turned on the graph and it was lit up from 7ft to 15 ft with some of the best marks I have seen in weeks. Well watching time was over and business time was on. I had stopped off at Hook, Line and Sinker and picked up some minnows to try for Walleye this evening after the weigh-in. But when oppertunity presents itself I take advantage of it.

I tossed the first minow out and Instant hook up, the rippes from it landing had not even cleared yet when a 20lb class took it. Setting up for a drift I didnt even get the second bait out before the next striper took off. This went on for about another hour till I ran out of bait. All the fish were from 15 to 35lbs! These are the Larger Class of fish and a blast on 12lb line.

I never made weigh-in i was occupied. I didnt get a shot at the Walleye either the bait just wouldnt make it to them, but the marks in 10 to 15 on the bottom I would bet are Walleye. Saturday should be fantastic and I cant wait for it.

527511_402201586477101_100000617891191_1205606_1745809207_n.jpg

That is my favorite Rod, A custom Shimano Clarus 16'' rear handle 6'' front handle Medium Heavy rod with a Fast action rod is 7'10'' Best striper Rod I have ever owned and now way I will get another it was a gift from a good friend. Matched with a Calcutta 400b and 12lb flouro.

When you are ready I can make one. I am not in the business and I don't do fancy, but the rods I make fish well.

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Randy I appreciate that and we will talk. That one is hold great meaning to me from the guy who had it made for me. Long story short It was a Snook Rod, A friend who is no longer with us and I were fishing years back and he asked me about my dream Rod, I have always been partial to long butt sections and large enough front grips for my hand to fit on, both aid in fighting large fish. I wanted a rod that would normally be designed for 15 to 30 but eyed out for 10 to 20 instead. Well 8 weeks after the conversation this rod showed up on my door with a note that said " Dreams are for People who dont fish Reality is the life we live ". Good friends remind eachother that sometimes life's dreams are only realities we have not yet had.

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