View Full Version : Sometimes you roll with the flow

M R Dux
06-24-2018, 07:22 PM
Had the chance to fish with a good friend and a couple who are his great friends. My buddy has only fished cranks with me once, his friends never. Actually they have very little crappie experience.

We met at Lake Barkley with the threat of bad weather mid day. They had a 3 hour drive there then back home. The pressure was on me to produce and do it quick. I took them to a spot close to our chosen launch site. I did my normal explanation of the gear and tactics and we dropped the Pico cranks over the sides.

It didnít take long to set a pattern for the day when we hooked a pair of slimers (catfish) on the first pass and my clients showed they were just as excited with the cats as they would be crappie. It didnít take long to get the crappie in the game and in the cooler.

The highlight of the day was a triple when each fisherman hooked up on nice crappie. I was lucky enough to be able to net the fish individually rather than the logistics of having to net them all at once.

The action stayed steady until the usual lake lice started to take the area back from us. A quick visit to a back-up spot proved to be a lesson in futility since the jets skis, tritoons, and large cruisers had the area mixed up like the ocean. We decided to call it a day at 21 keeper crappie and a mixture of 12 blue and channel catfish. Happy clients/ happy me.

Had to show a pic of my next trolling boat. I seriously doubt Iíll have competition for chosen spots but putting rod holders on it may be a challenge. Itís an ocean-going cruiser with home port of Montego Bay, Jamaica.


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ET Fish
06-24-2018, 07:25 PM
That’s a great day! Happy clients for sure!

06-24-2018, 07:28 PM
Congrats on pulling off a good trip. Great pics

06-24-2018, 07:40 PM
Good trip Doug

06-24-2018, 07:47 PM
Way to go Doug you got the job done

franklin fisher
06-24-2018, 08:01 PM
Nice job.

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06-24-2018, 08:33 PM
Dang....them Twin Lake fish are starving !! Never seen such poor crappie ����.
Good job Dux !!


06-24-2018, 08:33 PM
We are going to need a bigger boat :-)

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06-24-2018, 08:51 PM
I think rod holders would work on the railings. Both upper and lower deck. Should be able to fish 50-60 rods no problem. You will need a longer handle net though.

M R Dux
06-24-2018, 10:23 PM
Dang....them Twin Lake fish are starving !! Never seen such poor crappie ����.
Good job Dux !!


Thank goodness we are seeing several baitballs and crappie with minnows in their stomachs. Barkley fish are in much better shape than those on KY Lake.

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06-25-2018, 07:01 AM
looks like fun ….lots of smiles

06-25-2018, 08:27 AM
Nice crappie she is holding!

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06-25-2018, 08:32 AM
I don't think poles will be a problem on the new boat. A trolling mtr. with a 200 inch shaft might put Ricki's talents to the test.:yikes

06-25-2018, 11:08 AM
Nice report on a productive outing.

06-25-2018, 11:21 AM
​Nice pics and post.

06-25-2018, 01:20 PM
A lot of fun

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06-25-2018, 05:30 PM
Great post and some real nice fish for being under the gun. On the next boat; I don’t think you could keep up the 10% a year maintenance but a man has to dream. Big.

06-25-2018, 06:04 PM
Congrats.The smiles say it all!! Miss fishing Kentucky and barkley

06-25-2018, 06:17 PM
Dang you got a nice boat you troll with, that one from Jamaica! Wow

Great pics, thanks for sharing.

06-27-2018, 05:44 AM
Good day on the lake.

lowe rider
06-27-2018, 05:24 PM
That big boat spent most of last winter docked at Paris Landing Marina. I've heard it belongs to a wealthy farmer up your way. :dono

06-27-2018, 07:47 PM
Hate to pay the fuel bill for trolling! :Rofl