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Table Rock Lake with Blue and GJM

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We had a small group of friends down at Table Rock this past weekend for a buddy "tournament" that we ran MLF style but still only tracking our biggest 5. @gardnerjigman  had never fished Table Rock before, and after this trip, he's completely spoiled. We never caught fewer than 30 fish in a day, both managed 5 fish limits each day, including several solid fish in the 3-4 pound range. I was concentrating on channel swings at first when we got to the lake Thursday around noon and managed to find one little cut that they'd corralled shad into. I did alright for myself there, but Coty would have had a high teens bag by himself, all on a 3/8oz underspin and 3.8 Keitech.
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He caught the 3.68lb smallmouth, and 4.20lb largemouth on back to back cast. It was pretty unreal.
Friday we fished around Aunt's Creek. Caught fish about everywhere we stopped and were able to duplicate the small pockets where the channel swung in, again with the underspin. Didn't catch quite the quality, but Coty had another high 3 range fish along with several solid 2.5-2 3/4 pound fish. Towards the end of the day we ran back near the ramp and found fish busting. Fish everywhere on the graph and they were pounding the underspin. All barely short of just barely keepers, but still a lot of fun.

Saturday, we started around KC, but the torrential downpours seemed to shutoff our underspin bite. We managed to get a small limit before running to Aunt's. I started throwing a jerkbait and about the time the wind started blowing, they started really eating it. I ended up catching our 2 biggest fish of the day, a 3.68 largemouth and 2.90 spot that looked like it was about to explode.
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The fish had stuck to the channel swings or close to steep drops, but seemed to have moved to gravel or sand banks or points. We ended the day with 13 3/4 pounds, less than half a pound from second.

Sunday, We decided to stick it out in KC because it seemed the better quality bite was there. Started out the morning hot and heavy, but mostly smaller smallmouth. They really wanted the jerkbait, so I kept feeding it to them. It was dead calm, and the bigger ones didn't seem to want to move for it. Finally got a little ripple on the water, and I quickly boated 3 keepers before we made a short move to a point I'd wanted to fish if the wind started moving towards it. It was a good call as our biggest of the weekend literally tried to swallow my jerkbait.
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It had been a tougher day, so we were feeling pretty good, but really wanted another quality bite to feel like we had a shot. Then the sun came out, wind died, and so did the bite. We went a couple hours only culling up a little with a 2.5lb smallmouth on the jerkbait, but still had a 2 pounder to get rid of. Decided to try to the little pockets again to see if there was any magic left. Very first one, Coty got slack lined on his underspin and put the one we needed in the net.
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We ended up with 14 3/4 on the day, which gave us the win by almost 2 pounds and big bass for the weekend with my 4.14lb fish.

I've fished The Rock for a long time, never seen her show off like that before, it was a blast. 

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you guys are having too much fun!! there has got to be  a law!! NICE LOOKING FISH :happy-100:

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Both text and pics are excellent. Thanks for a vicarious thrill!

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Awesome write up. Great job. Tournaments like that are a blast. Definitely something that should happen more on these forums.

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11 hours ago, shimmy said:

 Tournaments like that are a blast. Definitely something that should happen more on these forums.

I agree, much more fun than having to haul fish around all day and exponentially increase the risk of killing them for a couple bucks. 

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WOW!

 

Great report and pics!

 

:happy-111:

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Good job and report!

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Congratulations on a great outing.

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Well done guys!!

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You guys are making me consider taking up golf.

 

Hootie

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Awesome trip and thanks for sharing all the pics

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It was an absolute blast. @Bluebasser86 and I needed a good show on a road trip, and finally made it happen. I don't expect the Rock to show off like that for me again, but it sure did make me appreciate what the lake has to offer.  

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Nice work Blue and Garnder! Looks like a good time had by friends.:thumbsup:

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