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  1. How do you clean them

    I've caught quite a few of these over the years, mostly by accident but they are an overlooked species when nothing else is going on. The large ones have quite a bit of fight even for heavy...
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    Shenandoah River Report 5/3-5/4/18

    Was off on vacation last week and fished the Shenandoah River in Page County in several places between Stanley and Luray, most time at Egypt Bend. In a word, fishing was SLOW. Unusually slow. Not...
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    WOW it's been 8 years - how time flies....

    First and foremost, apologies to the Virginia board. Sometimes life just gets in the way. I revisited the site today and was stunned to see my last post still on here - a Shenandoah River report...
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    Dale Hollow report 4/26-5/4

    Same report posted on smalljaw...

    http://cid-53100121b7c25530.skydrive.live.com/play.aspx/.Public/DH2010%20Pix

    Took a rather long trip to Dale this year and stayed at Star Point. The first...
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    Re: Fishing Superstitions

    yeah I think it is true, for us at least. In North America the fronts move from west to east. An east wind would generally indicate a storm or front "wrapping" back around in a counter-clockwise...
  6. Thread: Dale Temps?

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    Re: Dale Temps?

    http://www.orn.usace.army.mil/pao/lakeinfo/DAL.htm

    Reporting surface temps 63, they are probably moderately higher in the backs of the creeks and in the grass. I haven't been there yet, I'm...
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    Re: Fishing Superstitions

    OK, first off, to append to an earlier poster's saying:

    Wind from the East, fish bite the least
    Wind from the West, fish bite the best
    Wind from the South, blows the bait in the fishes mouth...
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    Shenandoah River report 4/16/10

    Fished the Shenandoah river on the afternoon of 4/16 and had a decent day. Temps were in the 60's, water temp about 62. River was moderately clear but had a lot of pollen and other tree crap mixing...
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    Re: Help with Dale

    I didn't mention Wolf river as a place I consider good because I am not too familiar with the area. The original poster asked whether or not he should buy just a KY license or both, and I was just...
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    Re: Courtesy please

    First off, you are all right, we all need to be more conscious of other fisherman and respect their rights to fish the same places we do.

    Just be careful before going off on somebody and if they...
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    Re: whats your best dale hollow story?

    Late April, '97, fishing out of Star Point. At that time the smallie limit on DH was two over 18" I think. I practice 100% catch/release so I wasn't keeping - but I was counting.

    It was a sunny...
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    Re: Help with Dale

    LOL, then you can let me know if I'm an idiot or not, before I get there just to make sure :)

    ...BillH
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    Re: Help with Dale

    Smitty,

    I have not been fishing DH this spring yet and won't be there until 4/25. However, I've fished it every spring for the past 20 years and been trying to keep up and here's what I know for...
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    Re: Speaking of water level, Dale...

    So much for the water level - looks like it's now completely full, and will probably be *high* - I can't believe a lake that size can come up so much in a matter of days.

    ...BillH
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    Speaking of water level, Dale...

    I've been watching Dale's water level and temps from afar (VA) because I'll be down there mid-April for my annual two week vacation. Seems like Dale has been below typical levels all year. ...
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    Re: Rod_Reel Iced Over!

    I have done some Jan/Feb trout fishing and ice in the line guides was a real problem. We were getting ready to go out one day when it was about 20 deg. and I just happened to look over on my utility...
  17. Fish kills found in Shenandoah River system - again

    Another fish kill is taking place in the Shenandoah River system. The lastest article I found is at:
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    Re: Lake Moomaw 3-31

    I've heard the water is still very stained and cold but some folks are catching some nice smallies near the bluffs on the south side. Don't know on what, and the bite is slow, 4-5 bites a day is...
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    Re: pulling a travel trailer and a boat?????

    I was at dale Hollow last week and for the first time ever, saw a white rental passenger van pulling two boats in tandem - on a regular frame mounted hitch. They were small, mid-sized aluminum...
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    Re: Motorguide Trolling Motor Question

    This is strictly an opinion, because I know nothing about the aluminum shafts and I don't have one or know anyone that uses one.

    With that said, stainless has its own issues. Think about what...
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    Dale report 4-16 thru 4-23

    First, a few of the better pics here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7989809@N07/

    We fished Dale for 8 straight days from 4-16 to 4-23. We caught a nice batch of good fish, lost a lot but had...
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    Re: Questions about Cumberland dam problem

    LOL. I was just afraid it would scratch my shiny 'glass boat and shiny prop. I was just funnin' :)

    By this time tomorrow, I'll be plopping a lure of some sort at Dale. Good God I can't wait.
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    Re: Questions about Cumberland dam problem

    That's such a great idea I can't even express my appreciation for the thought.
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    Re: Questions about Cumberland dam problem

    So it won't break when we drive over it? LOL. Thanks for all the replies, will post a detailed fishing report when I return.

    ...BillH
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    Questions about Cumberland dam problem

    First, I'm from VA so I haven't been close to all the issues, but even here we have been hearing about some of the problems with the Cumberland and Center Hill dams. I've read a lot about it from...
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    Re: What do ya think???

    A bunch of years ago, was around 1994-5, we were fishing Dale in the middle of April and we awoke one morning to a pounding rain/sleet mix, more sleet than rain. It slacked up a little bit and not...
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    Lake Moomaw 3-31

    Fished lake moomaw for a few hours Saturday. Rain sent us home early, only because the fish weren't very active. Don't mind being cold and wet if the fish are biting but that wasn't the case for us...
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    Re: 8lb Brownie out of Dale??

    You'd better get her before 4/15 'cause that's when I'll be there for 10 days and she doesn't have a chance. But I promise if I catch her I'll release her alive at the Star Point marina.
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    Re: 8lb Brownie out of Dale??

    Well, I'm not sure I can agree with that because many of the fishermen on the lake now-a-days practice catch and release. Are they rare because 7+ smallies really are *rare* or is it just because...
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    Re: 8lb Brownie out of Dale??

    Oh, I absolutely agree about the distinction between a smallie at 7 and a large over 7 - not even comparable. And I also agree that the legends of the lake over the years didn't catch a gigantic...
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    Re: 8lb Brownie out of Dale??

    Nice fish... too bad the line that says, "The fish is now with the taxidermist".

    Now the real question - I started fishing the hollow about 20 years ago. At that time a 7 lb. smallie didn't raise...
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    Dale Hollow report 4-17 thru 4-26

    LAST EDITED ON Apr-28-06 AT 11:38AM (EST)[p]OK, this year was simply outstanding. I won't be able to describe it much better than that. Three of us were fishing our of Star Point. We had a creel...
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    RE: Baits you wish you never bought...

    Ah, the flying lure. Color is irrevalant. Half the kit flew to the bottom of the lake and the other half to the trash can. I did catch one fish on one tho - well, if you count snagging as catching....
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    RE: Removing Hooks From Yourself

    Well, OK, so here we've discussed basically the two schools of thought, and I've tried both.

    The line around the shank trick, pushing and yanking is extraordinarily painful. I'd rather stab...
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    Low water at Dale - pattern change?

    Hello all,

    I'm getting psyched about my April trip to Dale, this'll be my 15th spring in a row. I'll be there 4-17 thru 4-26.

    I'm a little concerned with the water level. I can only remember...
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    RE: Hold on

    I have the best formula yet, and I don't even have to measure anything. Every smallie I catch weighs 8 lbs exactly, period. Hint, on short fish hold with arms outstretched close to the camera.
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    Somewhat off-topic: Livewell / fish health

    Sorry that this isn't exactly relevant to Kentucky tournaments but I thought this would be the best of the boards to ask this question since I'd presume we have a lot of tournament fisherman reading....
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