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Garhole

Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | Author:

The Garhole, which in previous posts has been referred to as the private hole, has recovered its original, and I think better, name. I went there Friday morning planning on an early start that did not happen. A culvert on an access road, that really needed lowering, was dug up and was across the road. I had decided to go back to Lake Ferguson when I ran across someone that gave me an alternative route to the hole. Due to the detour, fishing started at 8:15. I started off with a DT-6 of course and pretty quickly caught 8. Then I picked up a shaky head and caught some more. Just to experiment I put on an XD-5 and got a jarring bite right at the boat from a fish that I saw was a good one. Then I caught a 4 and then a 4 3/4. Seems like a big school had arrived. They did not stay for a long time but it was fun while they were there. I moved a little distance and caught a few more on the DT-6 and had another good one pull off that I had a good look at. Going around the bank with a DT-6 it seemed like fish were everywhere. I think they were just up and feeding. Around 10 things started to slow down and I went searching. Catching one here and there but not hitting the mother lode of fish. In the process I caught all types of fish on the DT-6, including a monster red bellied bream. The DT-6 is an amazing bait that everything seems to like. This morning the guy that won the Major League Fishing event on TV held up a DT-6 as one of his winning baits and mentioned that it was “just something about it that fish like”. I agree wholeheartedly ! The water was exceptionally clear, so after things slowed, I put on a deep diving 3 hook jerk bait. Right off the bat a good fish grabbed and made a break for the open water. It jumped and I could hear all those little balls inside rattling away. When it hit the water it dove and pulled loose. That was the second nice fish that got away but it gave me confidence it the jerk bait. I was throwing it over a large sunken tree and visually trying to work it through the limbs without getting it hung up. On two occasions in the clear water I saw the fish come up out of the top and get the bait. I do not fish with a jerk bait very much but I think it will be added to my Garhole repertoire. I ended up with 26 bass at 1:15 after draining my water jug. The FOD was 4 3/4 and the fish size stair stepped down from there. I had a pile of worms with the tails bit off due to a lot of tail biting small bass which is encouraging for the future. The small bream were swarming every where which ensures a good food source for those small bass to grow.

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Ferguson 32 Feet

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 | Author:

Started early this morning and went South. I fished 10 different spots including the one where Mickey and I caught most of our fish when we went last. All of those places were ones that have produced fish in the past. Caught 6 bass, a catfish, a gaspergou, two sauger, and several of the ubiquitous white bass or stripes as we call them. All the oddities were caught on the DT-6. I fished shallow, mid depth and as deep as 25 feet. As hot as it was maybe 25 feet was not deep enough. The FOD honors were shared by the gaspergou and the cat at about 4 pounds each. A very hot day temperature wise. Water temp was 92 degrees on top when I left.

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Wednesday Afternoon

Friday, August 02nd, 2019 | Author:

Mickey and I met at the ramp at 12:30 Wednesday for a trip in the hot afternoon. We started in what I thought was going to be the best place but there were a few small ones. A lot of pickups on a worm and then putdowns. There was one pickup and I anticipated a putdown so I just shook it at the fish. It picked up the bait and eased off with it. I hooked it and up came a nice fat 1 1/2 pound fish. Any other day it would have scarfed it run. That size fish seem to always be hungry, especially when some slow moving plastic comes by. As the afternoon progressed, the bite may have slowed even further. At almost dark that changed. We came upon a gravel ridge with XD5’s and caught 4 or 5 . There was an adventure back into a hole that is usually cut off from the lake. We caught a few there, but you could have almost walked across the carp. They were almost solid. Not the 30 pound variety but some smaller ones probably in the three pound range. In Ferguson striped bass were everywhere. We probably caught 20 with many more bites as the fish were small and we were fishing with an XD5 which is a pretty large bait. We ended up with 12 bass and a FOD of a little over 2 pounds.

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Would you believe Ferguson?

Monday, July 29th, 2019 | Author:

I caught 17 Bass on Lake Ferguson this morning the biggest of which was 4 lb and 2 oz. The fish were caught. on an XD 5, a KVD 1.5, and a worm. It’s hard for me to believe that a dt6 wasn’t involved somewhere. Most of the fish were caught on worms and most were small. The 4 lb fish was caught on a worm in 12 to 14 ft of water. The fish today really decimated my worm Supply but I did not mind.

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Chicot

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 | Author:

Jackson and I met at Lake Chicot at 6:00 this morning under a full moon. The first spot we tried with deep diving crankbaits produced nothing. The major period was supposed to be sometime around noon so we said we would come back later. We then went to the North end and started down a rocky bank. I had on a KVD 1.5 square bill and upon coming to a slight point where I had caught fish before I told Jackson to fish it because I had caught fish there. No sooner than the words were out one hit the 1.5 and ran toward the boat. I couldn’t catch up and the hooks came out. Jackson caught one a little later on a black and blue jig. He caught a couple more on that jig and I was feeling left out until one bit my swim jig under a dock. After catching a few more and getting hot we went back to the first place. I fished with an XD-5 and Jackson had a Fat Free Shad on . I got a good bite and came up with a 4-11. As I was getting the fish off Jackson became hung up on an underwater rock. He jiggled the bait while waiting for me to get on the trolling motor to go get his bait. All of a sudden a bass jumped where his bait was hung. The fish had taken the bait off of the rock for him. It was another 4-11. Co-FOD’s . As we fished along we talked to some people bank fishing who mentioned that we released our fish while some people who were there a little while before us had caught 5 and kept them. That chapped me a little, but as Jackson said “You can’t do anything about that”. Unfortunately true. We ended with 10. Thanks to Tom for the tip on the spot and the bait.

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Drag Grease

Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | Author:

I had never heard of drag grease until recently when I read an article on how to make your drag smooth and not jerk. I have a reel that the drag actually locked up on. I took steel wool and smoothed the place the drag washer rubs on but the drag was still jerking. There were two of my other reels that were jerking but not to the same degree. I thought that grease on your drag would be just the opposite of what you would need. I thought new drag washers would be the answer to the problem but ordered some drag grease just in case. Before the washers and grease came more articles had convinced me that the grease was what I needed. I was glad I ordered the grease because drag grease is hard to find. This afternoon was the perfect time to fix the reels because it was a steady rain and the house was vacant and quiet. I started on the worst one. When it was finished, the drag was smooth as could be. New drag washers and a little grease solved the problems. I also took some steel wool and tried to get it all slicked up. Not only did I fix the drags but I put oil on everything that would hold still. All are ready to go.

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Lightning

Thursday, July 04th, 2019 | Author:

I have run across a site that gives a real time lightning map that will be useful for people outside. The one for your phone might be the one that is most useful because you can zoom in to your location for more detail. The site is http://en.blitzortung.org/live_lightning_maps.php?map=30

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Enterprise

Tuesday, July 02nd, 2019 | Author:

Jackson and I started before good light on Lake Enterprise this morning. I had to turn off the depthfinder because the light from the screen destroyed my night vision. You have to use idle speed because of the high water, so by the time we arrived at the first spot it was light enough to fish. Jackson started with a topwater and I used a DT-6. He caught one pretty quickly around a cypress tree that had some limbs in the water. The DT-6 caught one shortly thereafter but none were very large. We came upon some schooling in the open lake and managed to catch a few on various baits. I even caught one on a jerk bait, something that I rarely, make that never use. The water was clear with 2 1/2 foot visibility. I sit in the back of the boat where the depthfinder is and I keep an eye on the screen. Two times I saw fish and threw behind the boat and came up with a fish. Two pounds+ was the largest one caught on a DT-6 . Others were caught on a DT-10 and various topwaters. Eleven fish in all.

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Millwood and Erling

Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | Author:

Jackson and I left for lake Millwood early Tuesday morning with intentions of making the 4 1/2 hour drive and being able to fish before the sun got too hot. We had read an Arkansas Game and Fish report that was about fishing in the lily pads and catching plenty of aggressive bass on topwaters up until 10 in the morning. We arrived at about 9 and launched the boat into a lake full of stumps. We were in the upper end of the lake where the Little River entered. There are many meanders and oxbows and cypress trees are everywhere. I had looked at Google Maps and found what I thought was an oxbow that was clear. We noticed that the river was running hard and was muddy. We stumbled around and found the oxbow and some relatively clear water. Within a few casts I had a pretty good strike on a Ribbit. I thought this might be good. Some time later after a total of 12 strikes and still no fish in the boat I wondered what was going on. None of the fish were the 2 to 4 pound bass that were in the report. Most were small. We finally figured out the water had come up a good bit from where it normally is on account of heavy rains they received a few days before. We looked for another clear water spot but could not find one. The next morning we returned but not many bites. About 9 we retired to the big lake. There was a lot of idling through all the stumps. Out in the middle of the lake it was still only 8 feet deep with an occasional plunge of the depthfinder to 30 feet when you crossed the river channel. There were navigation poles marking lanes enabling you to plane off and run to another area of the 29,000 acre lake. We found some pads and caught some small ones on spinnerbaits. There was plenty of time for discussion on the way to the landing because we were idling a lot of the way. We decided to try Lake Erling the next day. It is about 1 1/2 hours away and on the way home. Jackson called a sporting goods store to ask about Erling and was told the winning string at a recent night tourny there was 32 pounds. The next morning we started fishing around 6:30. The lake had some wood in it but was generally deeper, clearer and had better navigation aids than Millwood. We again caught only a few with the largest maybe 2 pounds. They were caught on topwaters swimbaits and a 10 inch long ribbontail worm. We quit at 1 and started our trek home. In our Southwest Arkansas excursion we had covered two lakes and only lacked a mile of being in three states.

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Outfished By an Otter

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Author:

I started in Lake Chicot this morning about 6:15 and, with a Booyah caught 5 fish in the first hour. In the last few days I have watched Major League Fishing on TV and have noted the accuracy of the participants. Today I intended to work on that aspect of my fishing and I generally did pretty well, especially later in the day as fatigue was trying to set in. After the first hour the bite slowed down . At first the fish bit to eat the bait and later they hit it not to eat it. At this point I pulled out a worm and on some sunken pallets that I knew the location of had a strong feeling fish hang me up in the pallets and break off. As I was going down a thick bank, a growl of sorts came out of the darkness. Something could be seen moving around in the cypress knees. I finally made it out as an otter and it had a fish, probably 15 inched long in its mouth. It was going back in the thickness to keep me from taking his prize. Caught a couple more on the worm. Rain was in the area and it was time to quit so I did with a total of 7. When I was taking out the Arkansas Game and fish was in the process of releasing 150,000 Florida Bass fingerlings, 1 1/2 inches long, in the lake. Good for them. Thanks.

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