I can't speak much for the scene in the Branson area. However, we get out to the Shell Knob area a few times a year. We absolutely love it there. Decent water can be had most of the time if you're willing to look. There is a Mastercraft dealership/pro shop down in that area (Williams & Bro's Ski & Sport???). There are always tons of Mastercrafts around.
I am few hours north ,but tablerock is a great lake. Definitely has some prime areas. And just south is beaver lake, even better. Gonna be too cold for inboards soon. Been below freezing several nights already.
Table rock is an awesome lake, very clear and deep 100'+. I am from central IL and make the trip up there for a week every year. Lots of good spots that are glass in the early mornings and late afternoons.