I should have had this up a few days ago , but it's been hectic and I just havn't had the time until today. Last week I got out with fellow bloggers and good friends Kevin (http://www.flywatersedge.com/) and Brian (http://atlasfishing.blogspot.com/) to try our luck at a little smallmouth fishing before the weekend crowds hit.
I'd been wanting to get out on moving water to test out my new standing platform for my pontoon boat and the river we chose was perfect. Built by a friend and co-worker it was even better than I expected. The ability to stand up and cast will open up lots of opportunities for me with this boat , I'm digging it.
The water was low and clear , typical summertime conditions for the Ozarks small streams and rivers. The fishing was great for numbers but not so much on quality. We all caught good numbers of smallies but we just weren't able to put the net under anything of much size. Of course a few decent fish were lost , but that's another story. Oh , and you know that comment about beating the weekend crowd...we didn't. By noon it was a total circus and you had to plan your casting lanes around canoes and kayaks filled with the typical crowd. Such is life this time of year on most Ozarks rivers.
Regardless of the less than ideal conditions it was good times with good friends on another beautiful Ozarks stream. Here's a few pictures that sum it up pretty nicely.....