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Al’s New Toy

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 24th, 2016

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Out here in Montana, I have a rather large (and heavy) raft that fishes two people plus rower easily, and will hold about as many people as you want to cram onto it if you’re so inclined.  I have my little Water Master personal raft for when I’m floating by myself.  And I have two kayaks for when Mary and I just want to paddle ourselves down the river without doing much fishing.  What I was missing, however, was a smallish boat that Mary and I could use whenever it was just the two of us but she didn’t want to paddle but instead ride with me–or when I wanted to fish with one other person.  The big raft is heavy enough that it’s a real job for one person, or even two people if one of them isn’t real strong, to load back onto the trailer.  So I decided I “needed” a small drift  boat.  I started looking through all the drift boat makers, and there are almost no small drift boats–nearly all of them are built to handle two anglers and rower, and are as heavy as the raft is if not heavier.  Except…Hyde makes one called a “Sportsman’s Drifter”.  It’s 13 feet, 63 inch beam at widest point. Has one seat in front and the rowing seat, so is built for two people total.  And it weighs only 130 pounds.  I decided last summer that it could be pretty much what I was looking for. read more…


Lake Norfork: BINK’S REPORT 7/24/16

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 24th, 2016
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Had another great day on Norfork. I had two clients out this morning, one wanted stripers and the other one wanted walleye. So i decided to go after the walleye first because they are the harder species to catch. As in photo we kept 4 out of the 8 we caught one man one limit. After the walleye limit we went after a striper limit, there again as in photo we caught a limit of stripers. So all in all both clients were very happy.
       Best bait;  Binks Spoon
       Best size ; 1 oz for the stripers and 1/2 oz for the walleye
       Best color;  stripers white with red head   walleye   Arkansas shiner
       Best place;  stripers main lake   walleye back in creeks
       Best time    stripers and walleye    5.30 am till 9.30 am
       Best depth; stripers  30 to 60 feet  walleye 0 to 35 feet
       Best method stripers vertical   walleye horizontal  jigging  This is the time of the year that spooning is at it's best and it's going to get better and better as the water heats up and the fish starts to school up and feed down deep. This method of fishing will catch all species of fish  (through the dog days of summer) and beyond !!!!!!!!
Keep It Simple
Drop a Spoon
Bink

Table Rock Lake: last two trips

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 24th, 2016

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Fished Thursday and Friday night. Thursday, we went out to do a little filming and try out a new camera and sound equipment. the bite was not too bad once we figured out where and what to be doing. most bites were in the 15 ft. range and the bass were found out on flat gravel banks. three lures accounted for the catching, a 1/2 jig, a 1/2 SpinJig, and a senko fished on a 3/8 jig head. the SpinJig caught more of them because the added vibration was better at triggering a bit, and more water could be covered. thursday’s tally was 8 keeps with 3 being in the 3 lb. range. read more…


Lake Norfork Report 7/22/2106

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 22nd, 2016

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ANOTHER GOOD DAY ON NORFORK WE CAUGHT A LIMIT OF STRIPERS EARLY IN THE MORNING THAN WE WENT AFTER WALLEYE UP SHALLOW . AS YOU CAN SEE IN PHOTO WE HAD A GREAT DAY ON CATCHING WALLEYE ON THE BINKS SPOON.
BEST SIZE 1 OZ FOR THE STRIPERS AND 1/2 OZ FOR THE WALLEYE
BEST COLOR MANY SHAD SPOON FOR THE STRIPERS AND WHITE WITH RED HEAD FOR THE WALLEYE
BEST PLACE STRIPERS MAIN LAKE OPEN WATER BEST PLACE WALLEYE BACK IN CREEK ON BRUSH PILES.
BEST TIME 5.30 AM TO 9.00 AM
BEST DEPTH STRIPERS 35 FEET TO 65 FEET WALLEYE 28 FEET TO 38 FEET
KEEP IT SIMPLE
DROP A SPOON
BINK


James River: Personal Best Below Springfield Dam

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 21st, 2016

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Got off work earlier than usual tonight, so I decided to go poke around Lake Springfield. Boy, am I glad I made that decision! I wasn’t expecting much, just wanted to get my mind off some things, and it was well worth it. I fished along with a ned rig for a bit, couple of bites, pulled in one very small bass, but surprisingly little action. So I decided to change it up. read more…


Table Rock Lake: July 20 on the Upper End

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 21st, 2016

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Went out at 6 AM. I came back in at Noon. Water temp 88.  I fished seriously for the entire 6 hours. I caught two keeper spots by accident, and another jumped off. I targeted walleye and caught one 24 inch fish that weighed close to 4 pounds. read more…


Elevenpoint River: July 13-14 Fishing report

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 19th, 2016

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We’ve been waiting all summer for the river level to fall in the 800-900 cfs range. Me and a buddy put in at Whitten on Wed late afternoon and fished the stretch from Tumbling Shoals back to Whitten. Bites were slow and fish were peckish – had to be ready to pull the trigger as we were only going to get one shot at the nibblers. Buddy landed a 16″ after about an hour. Action picked up after about 6:30. Ended up with 2 nice fish a piece in 14-16 range. read more…


James River: Nice trip but short

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 19th, 2016

Last Tuesday (07-12-16) at this time my son and I were floating from Hootentown to Ponce. Gage height at Galena was about 4.6 and the water had a nice emerald color. We got on the water about 7:30 and I had my first smallmouth at 7:45. We got in about two hours of fishing and then the rain started. We waited for about an hour of what we thought was a little squaw passing through but that wasn’t the case. So we started paddling for the take out (wasn’t sure how fast the river would change, it was raining hard). However, fishing was great with plenty of action. Caught  several smallies in the 12″ range, one 16″er, a nice little fat largemouth, some rockbass and a catfish all on a Square Bill 1.0. Really enjoyed this short float and will make a point to get back to it. Here are some pics for your viewing pleasure. read more…