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Easy 6 07:58 PM 02-19-2010
Searched around & only found the video fishing & BassMasters threads, i know their are plenty of outdoorsman here, so i figured it'd be cool to draw upon the Planets vast experience in all things fishing.

I only use spincast reels & fish mostly large/smallmouth bass & cats. My choice of reels is quite the source of derision from many people i know 'duffer gear', but i haul in my share of 6 pound bass & 10-20 pound cats on that gear no problem. With a little know-how you can use just about any technique you want to on 'duffer gear'.

Berkley Powerbaits are a big part of my trick bag, the difference between those & regular stuff is night & day. My best action last summer came on Mister Twister scented white curly tail grubs, on one day fishing from shore to a bridge pier, i caught smallies, bigmouths, perch & even 1 carp believe it or not... great day. But my bread & butter is a texas rigged Berkley worm, it'll wiggle through any kind of cover without getting hung up.

With cats i strictly bottom fish, no bobber & bait is just as basic... but its always in 2's to give'em a real treat... a shrimp/with a nightcrawler, liver/chunk of cheese etc. Cats are mostly for night sport to me, time to kick back a lil...

So thats me style, how do the rest of you guys get your fish on? What do you fish for, what do you use? IIRC Missouri's trout season just kicked off, anyone getting anything?
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loochy 02:47 PM 02-22-2010
Originally Posted by Radar Chief:
So of the guys that tie flies, do you also tie your own jigs?
I have but it’s been about as long as the last time I tied a fly.
I've never done any jigs...I've done some large bead heads, which are sort of like a jig. Does that count?
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tooge 03:34 PM 02-22-2010
I dont tie my own jigs now, but the cost is starting to get up there for hair jigs and they could probably be tied alot cheaper buying bulk heads at a place like rogers and tying them myself. I may go that route eventually.
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Radar Chief 03:38 PM 02-22-2010
Originally Posted by loochy:
I used to have a pedestal vise that I used to tie flies streamside in the car. That worked well until a breeze would blow through and flip over my container of size 20 hooks. :-)
That had to suck.

Originally Posted by loochy:
I've never done any jigs...I've done some large bead heads, which are sort of like a jig. Does that count?
Were you tying marabou feathers to a hook?
Close enough to a jig for me. :-)
In fact I used to make headless jigs, marabou feathers on a #12 or 14 hook, in black and yellow for my dad. He would work them with a short flick of the end of his fly rod and taking up a handful of slack. That gave off the appearance of an escaping minnow and he could pull fish from all sorts of cover with them.
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loochy 03:45 PM 02-22-2010
Originally Posted by Radar Chief:
Were you tying marabou feathers to a hook?
Yeah, those bead head wooly buggers have marabou tails.

Damn, I didn't really have cabin fever until I read this thread. Thanks a lot guys.
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Easy 6 08:35 PM 02-22-2010
Originally Posted by Iowanian:
I have fished since I was a kid. I can pretty much own a farm pond, but I struggle on bigger water. I fish Bull Shoals, without much success.

If I could have 2 baits, I'd take a 7" plastic worm setup with my prefered brand and color combo and a buzz bait, or a Bill Dance Excalibur, baby bass.

The biggest issue has been time...too much work, not enough play, and when I've done much fishing the past 2 years, it has been putting pieces of worms on a princess snoopy rod and taking sunfish off of tiny hooks.
I struggle with rivers, working with currents etc... usually end up just casting near the bank.

Great choices for go-to lures.

Heh, what i wouldnt give to have mine that age again... i'd always set'em up with something similar, but they'd both see me actively casting & decide 'hey! this bobber stuffs a drag!', so of course i'd always set them up & then spend the day pulling hooks out of bushes & trees ahaha. Wouldnt trade those days for anything.
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Silock 08:39 PM 02-22-2010
I seriously thought this said "The fisting thread" at first.

I'm a creep, apparently.
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NewChief 08:40 PM 02-22-2010
Jigs=

I do an epoxy head fly called a jiggy for white bass. It's pretty much a jig.

http://www.saltwaterflies.com/jiggy_fly.html
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Easy 6 08:43 PM 02-22-2010
Originally Posted by Silock:
I seriously thought this said "The fisting thread" at first.

I'm a creep, apparently.
Well, you did come up with that Mind Blowingly Incestous Star Wars Tale...
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Silock 09:31 PM 02-22-2010
Originally Posted by scott free:
Well, you did come up with that Mind Blowingly Incestous Star Wars Tale...
I reposted that. I WISH I had come up with that.
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Easy 6 09:49 PM 02-22-2010
Originally Posted by Silock:
I reposted that. I WISH I had come up with that.
Oh well, still a great thread... still a Lunker of Tale, (:-))... yea, i'm sorry, i...
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Radar Chief 09:27 AM 02-23-2010
Originally Posted by scott free:
I struggle with rivers, working with currents etc... usually end up just casting near the bank.
I think a lot of people make this mistake.
If you’re fishing in the current you’re pretty much wasting time. The fish aren’t out in the current unless they’re moving somewhere else. Otherwise they’re in the slow spots where they don’t have to fight the current.
Look for creek mouth that feeds the river, eddies around bends, if there’s a log jam fish on the down stream side of that, anywhere that the water is swirling or moving slow. That’s where the fish will be stacked up when the river is up and rolling.
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Easy 6 09:37 AM 02-23-2010
Originally Posted by Radar Chief:
I think a lot of people make this mistake.
If you’re fishing in the current you’re pretty much wasting time. The fish aren’t out in the current unless they’re moving somewhere else. Otherwise they’re in the slow spots where they don’t have to fight the current.
Look for creek mouth that feeds the river, eddies around bends, if there’s a log jam fish on the down stream side of that, anywhere that the water is swirling or moving slow. That’s where the fish will be stacked up when the river is up and rolling.
Makes sense, another knowledgeable post... thanks RC.
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Radar Chief 09:54 AM 02-23-2010
Originally Posted by scott free:
Makes sense, another knowledgeable post... thanks RC.
No problem, glad to help. :-)
Besides I’d like to see a lot more people get involved in river fishing. We’re gradually losing access to what were once public water ways and the only thing that will stop the complete shut down of all access is enthusiast voicing their opinions.
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MOhillbilly 10:07 AM 02-23-2010
Originally Posted by seclark:
that sounds very cool...
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it is fun, but not for those easly spooked or cant swim worth shit. I went with a guy and he aint much of an outdoorsman but he can sure kickass at -insert gaming system here-.
went late last year and in about 2 hours i had about 8-10# of crawdads in my bag and he had about 5# of rocks. He was kickin around so much that a few times i thought he might drown.

But it coulda been the kickin chicken just the same....
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MOhillbilly 10:09 AM 02-23-2010
Originally Posted by Radar Chief:
I think a lot of people make this mistake.
If you’re fishing in the current you’re pretty much wasting time. The fish aren’t out in the current unless they’re moving somewhere else. Otherwise they’re in the slow spots where they don’t have to fight the current.
Look for creek mouth that feeds the river, eddies around bends, if there’s a log jam fish on the down stream side of that, anywhere that the water is swirling or moving slow. That’s where the fish will be stacked up when the river is up and rolling.
i always fish below the 'v' in swift moving waters. Light sinker and worm, just let it work its way down.
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