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Redneck Redfish Ozarks

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Wifey and I have been up in the Ozarks,Yellville,AR ,to be specific and thoroughly enjoy our annual vacations up here and just wanted to not only give kudos to Dirst Canoe and Cabin Rentals but also report how fine smallmouth bass taste on the grille!!We left Mandeville Th afternoon and have been up in Buffalo Point,in some fine,rustic cabins since Friday afternoon.We met a fine gent and his wife Sunday while we both were awaiting a table in the restaurant in the Buffalo National Park and as fate would have it,this gent has worked at the Ranger boat factory in nearby Flippin for 48 years and wants to retire in 2 years,marking 50 years with one company!!!How awesome is that!!We invited he and his lovely wife to join us at our table and in the course of conversation,he told us about free tours of the facility where Ranger boats are constructed!!Being the fisherman that I am,I inquired about local trout hotspots and he and another fellow,this guy works for Dirst Canoe and Cabin Rentals(rented a fine Ole Town canoe from him today)both pointed me in the direction of the Cotter Trout Dock,in nearby Cotter.Today,Wifey and I used Dirst to not only rent us a canoe but to transport us to the Buffalo,near Dillard's Ferry and picked us up in Rush,about a 9 mile float.Wifey and I endured a torrential downpour(who from LA has not endured a torrential downpour??)and in the process of an enjoyable canoe trip,managed to nab three feisty smallmouth bass(redneck redfish),with one a keeper and a bunch of perch with three keepers.We were forewarned that the fishing has not been all that stellar but we stuck to de plan,tossing chartreuse crawfish crankbait(no wonder smallmouths taste so great-they devour enormous amounts of crawfish!!).Seriously considering buying a nice parcel of land up here,having nice log cabin camp constructed and come up here every spring ,late August,possibly fall and the deer population is incredible!!!Saw herd of at least 15 deer in one field with at least 3 being trophy bucks and Wifey and I spotted trophy,but young buck of 8 points in broad daylight a few days ago.Will attach photos from Buffalo River canoe trip(definitely a bucket list river,no doubt).We saw neat bumper sticker Saturday evening,while we were basically getting casting practice at pristine Mirror Lake.Must be diehard duck slayer's pickup as it said 'Flights Cancelled' and had huge greenhead on it!!!Got one more full day up here and will no doubt come back,possibly in April,believe it or not in April of last year,Wifey and I lit a few fires in cabin's fine rustic Arkansas stone fireplace!!Those smallmouths fight about like our native redfish and taste incredible,especially on the grille!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Redneck Redfish Ozarks
Wanted to attach few pics-Buffalo River is a treasure and there are some breath-taking sites that one would never get even a glimpse of from the roads.Saw monster carp and plenty of alligator gar,though much skinnier than our fatties,guess these guys have to expend lotta energy just to stay in one spot!!Hope to nab some rainbow trout today!!

Mandevillian
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Did want to make one cool observation,that is smallmouths act exactly like our native redfish in that when one is hooked,if another is nearby,they charge toward the hooked fish,exactly like our reds do.Yesterday,when I hooked our only keeper smallie,another much bigger specimen cruised up and had Wifey been ready with a lure,woulda been child's play for her to tangle with a big smallmouth-they are awesome fighters and rainbows are incredibly strong,guess living in constantly raging waters toughens them up and both love crawfish,manking them relatively easy marks for well-placed crawfish crankbaits!!

Mandevillian
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