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    Dock-in-it reacted to Bill Babler in 8-3-20 Phil and Bill in the Walleye Woods   
    My share, these were big fish that had to be chunked.  The 3 I cleaned were all males
    Phil and I sneaked back up to the Knob this morning, launching at 0600.  Water temp at 85 and partly cloudy.
     Walleye and a Cruise Ship full of bass were where I left them.  Phil has a few pic's to post, but for the record we caught 11 and lost 3 or 4 more heavy weights that spat it back at us.  5 keepers that need not be measured, 15 gills and just a load of bass that we cursed for biting and released. 
    I say cursed but Phil was teasing them into biting on the Livescope and there was quite a bit of giggling watching them courtesy of Garmin.
    Fish today were in the 17' to 23' depth range on gravel and we were around them all day.   We never had a spree like I did Saturday, but it was more of a grind it out fishery today.  Loads of fish and bait but we worked harder than my clients did the other day.
    I kept 3 walleye and 1 small channel and Phil kept 2 walleye and a mess of 15 gills.
    Just a note on the Livescope.  It is totally the BOMB.  If your not on them watching them you are looking 360 degree and finding them.  It's like a bluetick hound after a raccoon, you can see them anywhere around the boat by simply turning the head.  It can be a bit humiliating as even though you find them they sure as heck don't have to eat it.  We are talking about live bait this morning and we had bushel baskets of refusals.  They would swarm up, over, around and turn and turn and turn it down.  But--- Sometimes they would eat it.  And the fun part is you could see them do it and watch the fight right there on the screen, both 2D and Livescope.
    Fun morning on the big pond with my good buddy and his buddy Jack.
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    Dock-in-it reacted to bferg in Big M 7.28-8.1   
    Spent a few days at a cabin near Big M.  This was a family trip so my fishing hours were limited but I was able to get out every morning (but only for a couple hours each time).  Each day I tried something different and each way I tried catching fish, I caught a few- with one big exception:  the top water bite continues to be socially distanced from me.  I just can't find a topwater bite at Beaver or on TR.  
    First night we fished gravel points- I was switching between a deep crank bait (spro Little John Super DD), a jig, and a magnum trick worm on a swing jig- caught a few spots on the trick worm.  Marked a ton of fish, could not get much to bite...  couldn't figure out why until one of them finally went after the trick worm and I felt the thump thump thump and figured out it was a huge school of blue gill.  (more on this later).
    Next morning I went out with a swimbait and a drop shot and caught a few spots on the Morning Dawn robo worm.  Again, was marking huge school of fish, again they were blue gills.  Caught some spots on the drop shot among the gills.  
    On Thursday AM we went out looking to spoon some fish off of deep docks.  Found some fish on the end of docks- fish were suspended at 20 FOW over 60 FOW.   Threw the River2Sea flutter spoon at them and we caught quite a few- larger spots, a smallie, and some LM.  Wish we could have run this pattern more because we caught more quality fish this way than anything else.  But the docks had to be DEEP.  Found a few fish at the ends of docks in 30 FOW that we caught on the spoon and a few on a drop shot there as well.  Quality wasn't as good as the deeper docks. 
    Finally, my buddy and I each took our youngest kids out with some crawlers and set them up with a drop shot.  We caught blue gills until the rain ran us off the lake.  From what I saw this week, pretty much any gravel run out in 18-23 feet of water you will find huge schools of jumbo gills.  In the middle of the chaos of two kids catching fish after fish, my daughter reels up a 20+ inch Walter.  Of course I didn't have the net out, and she didn't know what to do, and he was saved from the grill this time.  But combine that with Babler's report from today and you get the idea.  Great way to take a kid fishing right now- easy and I think you can catch those gills until you get bored with it.  




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    Dock-in-it reacted to Bill Babler in 8-1-20 Walleye and more Walleye   
    Started out of the Knob at 5:30 and I was not the first boat on the water.  It is a total disaster up there at the ramp that is pretty much caved in from the wake boats.  Shoreline damage at Shell Knob is without a doubt the worst on the lake.  It is totally full of wake boats and now I am seeing lots of 35' plus type boats, cruser style.
    Headed up steam to the mouth of the Kings and fished 3 pts. that are very good to me usually.  Mostly with a 2.8 inch Keitech and a drop shot either crawler or Yamamoto cut tail.  Three small K's about 14 inch the first hour and all three had multiple hook holes, so they are being investigated.
    I brought 60 cleaned and washed crawlers and used about 1/2 of them on really nice blue gills.  18' to 26' on gravel.  Clients wanted to keep them so we had a dozen big gills in the tank at that point and I knew I was in trouble as far as the bait supple.
    Next hour and a 1/2 we used up the rest of the worms and kept another bunch of gills and caught a dozen small bass and 4 small 12" walleye.
    We had an hour and a half to go and I told them we had to make a bait run so I pulled into Big M. and bought 3 more boxes of crawlers.  With that 3 boxes of crawlers we caught 19 more walleye and at least 20 bass and a really nice flat head.  
    Here is the rest of the story.
    Pulled out of Big M. and headed back toward the Knob.  One particular runnout not be named was calling my name so I pulled in on it.  Quill has fished in probably more than me, I see him there most times I'm up the river.  It was still cloudy and there was a slight wake boat chop blowing in on the point. I hit it to shallow, I thought.  I came onto the point at 12ft. and my graph just blacked me out.  The water color in the White is really about as dingy as you will see it in August.  Looks more James River green.  By the time I got shut down and the Garmin dropped I was in 18' and the Livescope looked like a shotgun had hit the screen.  The 2D was totally full on the other graph.  
    I rigged all three clients before I let anyone drop cause i knew I would never get them all in the water any other way and all three dropped.  First drop 2 keeper walleye and a nice 12 lb. flat head.  Talk about a zoo and fire drill, I had one on my hands.  I had 3 fish on the floor of the PHX and rewormed them and they dropped all at once again.  The guy the back had kept the worm on as the Walter had not got it off the hook.  All dropped.    
    I scrambled to throw the fish in the well and all three were hooked up again.  All thee had nice keeper K's on.  I chunked them back and rewormed 2 clients as the guy in the back had again not lost his worm and as far as worms go it looked pretty good.   Back they went and again in a manner of speaking all hooked up.  Mind you we are in about 17' of water.  3 keeper walleye and none even remotely needed measuring.
    The guy in the back again did not lose his crawler and at this point i'm telling you that is a record.  Back down they all went and again the guy in the back caught another keeper walleye and the two in the front caught keeper K's  He did lose his crawler this time, but what a run.
    This went on till the 36 crawlers were gone and their trip was over.  On this location we had 19 walleye with 15 keepers and none of the keeps need to be measured.  I let them keep 9 walleye for the 3 of them and looking  back I probably should have just let them keep a couple each.  None the less they were thrilled.
    28 gills, 9 walleye and the kitty went to the dinner table.  Yesterday they loaded the boat with quality rainbows on our trip to Taney so i'm sure my luck is at least ran out for the next week or so.
    23 total walleye on a 4hr. trip is by far the most I have ever seen or even heard of on the Rock.  15 keepers is by far them most I have heard of.   RPS may know someone that has done better, but it was unreal.  Bill Beck and 2 clients caught 12 keepers off Viney about 10 yrs. ago spooning in the Fall, and that was the best I knew about until today.
    My best day ever was with Buster Loving on Bull Shoals, we had Brent Frazee of the KC Star and we kept 12 that weighed 57 pounds at the pothole.  All on Buster's custom painted and custom billed jerkbaits.  That was for sure a day 20 years ago.
    On to the wake boats.  They were all over us all day except for the walleye runnout at the end.  It is totally terrible.  It was close to impossible to load my boat at Shell Knob ramp with the rollers coming in.  There is a trick however.  I only had 1 ft. of the trailer in the water.  That's right, 1 ft.  Back in wet your bunks and nose the boat on the trailer.  Next big breaker that comes in ride it to the winch and you got her done.
    Most likely a day on the Rock I will never forget.
    Good Luck
     
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    Dock-in-it reacted to David Goddard in Strong Summer Bite 7/24-7/27   
    Its been a minute since I have posted in here and seems like forever since I have been fishing. Corona-Rona took away almost all of my senior season of bass fishing for Mizzou and made it one hell of a time to enter the job market. I was fortunate enough to get an offer to work for Marcus Sykora at State Farm and I have really enjoyed that so if any of you need any insurance give me a call (573)365-5088.
    Any how I am getting married Aug. 8th so for my bachelor party a group of us went down to my favorite lake in the US that I have ever fished. Justin and I fished Friday the 24th . Caught 20ish fish with only 7 keepers but we lost a bunch of good fish in the morning. Those big KYs and smallmouth would knock the fire out of a 2.8 keitech scrubbing the bottom in like 15-20 foot in the morning. Once you hooked them those fish would shoot straight from the bottom to the surface and sky rocket out of the water. We never saw any schooling fish all week but every morning we would catch them shallower on the secondary points scrubbing a 2.8. We caught some fish later in the day drop shotting a morning dawn worm on rock piles but the morning bite was by far the best. Our best 5 for the day went around 12 pounds with all 3 species but we had the bites for a significantly better bag.
     
    Saturday we caught them much better. Actually capitalized on the bites we got in the morning. We probably caught over 30 bass. We fished from sunrise till about 10:30 and then from like 6:30 till dark. Most of out better bites came in the morning. I caught 3 big smallies in the morning scrubbing a 2.8 on a secondary point. All of them 17.5-18.5 inches and at or around 3 pounds. We proceeded to struggle the rest of the morning till we finally fished deep dock cables. The deeper the cables the better they were. We caught a bunch of fish doing that. All spots but there were some nice ones on there. 16+ inch fish. Made it fun to catch numbers though. The deep cable fish bit all day too so it wasn't just a morning thing. Those fish bit that same 2.8 keitech about 30 foot deep. Our 5 fish limit was 14 pounds. We caught 11 keepers and 30ish fish in our 2 sessions; 8 in the morning and 3 in the evening.
     
    Sunday we did the exact same thing and had similar results as Friday accept we only fished from sunrise till about noon. Missed some caught some but had a fun time. Caught more shorts and had another 11-12 pound limit. Caught them drop shotting the cables too on Sunday. Caught 25ish fish on Sunday. All in all a good overall bite for the summer. I feel like you can never expect the rock to be that good in July but I was please with being able to catch a limit every day. 
     
    I am in the process of buying a house in Holts Summit and I am heading to Glacier national park for the honeymoon. Hoping to get on some grayling and big cutthroat on a fly rod out there. I'll be very much out of my element though lol
     
    It was a fun trip with good friends I cant wait to do it again. Tight lines everyone.







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    Dock-in-it reacted to wily in Campbell point   
    We’re here for a week...got the boat splashed in and tied to a tree close to the camper
    its crazy busy...at one point we counted 22 boats looking out from the camper.
    Just taking it easy this afternoon and having a couple blues....but will fish this evening...If you’re in the area swing by
     

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    Dock-in-it reacted to Fishrman in Shell Knob to Kings   
    Fished from 6-3 yesterday caught a lot of fish, probably 25-30.  Only managed 2 keepers.  Most fish were caught on spinner, swimbait and wobblehead with finesse worm.  Tried deep cranking only caught one short.  Lost one good one at the boat on square bill way up kings.   All in all good day but what day KGB thr water is bad.  Good luck when you get to go. 
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    Dock-in-it reacted to Bgctrading in 7-13-7-16 report   
    We fished the Indian point area every morning from daylight till about 930-10 am. We only dropshotted night crawlers I had my 6 year old with me. We scratched out 6-8 keepers probably caught 12-15 each trip mostly spots every morning and several nice walleye. The last morning we hit the mother load of GIANT blue gills. All fish were in the 24-35 ft range off points. I found several on my livescope in tree tops but I never could get them to bite. Most fish I found either hit it right away when I put it in front of them or if they didn't. it took a lot of jigging the nightcrawler in their face to either spur them to bite or another came racing in off the screen to nail it. I hope someone can use this info.
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    Dock-in-it reacted to HardHead in Kimberling area 7/9 to 7-11   
    Got on the water about 7am Thursday. Found just a few fish on the shaky head biting in front of the flooded brush in 8-10 feet of water. Those fish seemed to vanish after a quick storm rolled through. Thrs evening and Friday morning we caught several keepers working a jig and wobble head on bluff ends. Bites were still to few and far between, so Friday evening we went searching for actively feeding fish in the shallows. We found them in the very back of cow creek. Caught 6 keepers between 5-7pm. All of the fish were in less than 5 feet of water and most were relating to the creek channel. Caught 2 on a shaky head with a speed craw and 4 more on the wobble head with a kvd rodent. Had about another half dozen short fish.  Went back to cow Saturday morning around 6am but couldn’t recreate what happened the evening before. We worked the creek over and only had 1 keeper and 3 shorts to show. Ran around the spring branch and then fished schooner with little luck. I did hook up a nice 5lber in schooner on a tube, but the fish launched itself completely out of the water and spit my lure right at the boat. I lost at least 5 good fish after the hook up over the course of 3 days. They seem to be biting weird - just picking it up and then running right at the boat. Definitely seems to be a lot of fish with the summer mush mouth. The other boat I was with faired a bit better - they caught about a 16 keepers over the course of 3 days fishing a jig in 25-30 fow on lake points with deep water access. They caught predominantly smallies.  Hope this info helps. Good luck out there grinding through the hot days.
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    Dock-in-it reacted to Sprint21fter in Big Indian   
    Caught 9 fish today, Biggest bit a plopper early.  3 on a spoon, 1 big smallmouth on a 6XD, would gladly take it any tournament day this time of year.  5 keepers.

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    Dock-in-it reacted to Bill Babler in need help locating big bluegill   
    Mom would scale them then cut a horseshoe around the head as to not waste any.  she would then slice along both sides of the dorsal fin and pull it out.  She then would cut 3 or so diagonal slices across the fish, bread it lightly in flour and cornmeal mix with a lot of salt and pepper and fry it crisp so she could eat the crispy tail.  She did the same thing to crappie regardless of size, if you filleted it she would not eat it.
    She was the best wild game cook I have ever seen.   Made mushroom venison that made you want to eat the old blue roaster she cooked it in.  Don't think the ole gal ever served a tough piece of deer meat in her life.
    Spend hours making wild rasberry, plum, grape and blackberry jelly.  Have never had its equal.  She always got a load of chiggers during blackberry picking time.  I can remember one time she had them under her arms on her neck and waist.  She was a total mess, soaked in the bathtub in Epsum salts.  Don't think it helped much till they ran there course.
    I miss her.
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    Dock-in-it reacted to bobby b. in Garmin first impressions   
    Had the new boat on the water earlier this week for the first time not counting the run with the tech. and here are my first impressions.  For a background I had a sport deck boat for the last 10 years because I did more water sports (wakeboarding) than fishing but now am too old for that so I bought a new Ranger Z519.  The old boat had top end Humminbird Helix units and a Minnkota Ulterra troller.  I was reluctant to give up the Humminbird stuff because I felt like I really understood the graphs and loved the self deploying trolling motor.  But since I like video fishing the Panoptix seemed to be the thing to get plus the positive reviews on the Garmin stuff made it the obvious choice.
    So I ended up with the 12 inch Echomap  Ultra 126SV on the bow and the 10 inch Echomap Ultra 106SV on the Console and the Panoptix Live Scope connected to the front graph.  The Panoptix transducer is mounted to the RM Industries turret so it can move independently of the trolling motor.  The bow transducer is a GT54UHD high definition mounted in the Force troller and the console unit is same mounted to the 10 inch manual jack plate.  As I previously posted the Ranger came with a glassed in Garmin GT8HW which is not compatible with the high definition stuff so I bought a cheap Garmin Striker 4 graph for the moving bottom readings.  This required a 4 – 8 pin conversion wire.  Surprising this setup worked to at least 45 mph. 
    I launched at Aunts Creek and ran up and down the James up to Bridgeport, about 50 miles total running on this first day.  By the time I stopped playing around it was 10ish and too hot for me but I found a shady spot and lowered a drop shot rig where I saw a bunch of fish on the Live Scope in about 20 fow.  I assumed that the fish were bluegill due to the number.  A fish hit that bait pretty quickly and broke the line and I saw a bigger fish image on the Livescope heading for the bottom.  Too cool. No lie.  It was too hot and I needed to head home so I did not retie but just left for a little more boat playing before getting back to Aunts Creek.
    So here is my first impressions:
    ·         The Livescope is awesome and I don’t even think I have it dialed in.  Other than changing the appearance color, it is all at default settings.
    ·         Same goes for the 2d, down, and side imaging.
    ·         The scope setup is intuitive and hardly requires looking at the manual.  The manual is about 10% the size of the Helix manuals. 
    ·         I am not sure about the built-in mapping.  I really liked my Humminbird lakemaster chip.  I have an older Helix 9 2d that I can mount just for the mapping.  However with the Garmin stuff you can color as many different depth ranges as you want.
    ·         The Force trolling motor is quite and responds super-fast.   I think if you had it turned up high and pushed too quickly to the right or left without you butt in the seat you get end up going for a swim.  It is easy to deploy and stow. 
    ·         I ordered the standard Merc gauges but were not available due to the virus so Ranger gave me the MercMonitor Eco setup for free.  Additionally, all the engine data reads on the Console graph as well.  One of the many features is the gauge will tell you where the optimized trim setting should be given the rpm as well as the gal/hr being burned.  Supposedly the Eco unit records this data and modifies the trim recommendation over time.  The best fuel economy I noted was about 5 gal/hr. at about 30 mph I think.  
    ·         I had some trouble moving the waypoints from the Humminbird to Garmin but that was because the instructions were wrong.  Everything I read said that the gpx file had to be in a subfolder on the SD card.  Wrong, it needs to be in the root directory.  I moved it there because the locator indicated it could not find the file.  Once found, no problems.
    Summary - AWESOME.
    More to follow maybe.  Hope this helps anyone wanting to make the switch.  As Bill B.  pointed out, lots of bucks.  I think I did the whole electronics thing for about $9000 but I think it was a deal because the install was basically free.  Switching over on an existing boat could cost 20 plus hours of labor time.
    Bobby
     
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    Dock-in-it reacted to Bill Babler in need help locating big bluegill   
    Palm size Gill
    Phil Stone put his clients on some big blue gills today.  Said they are just stacked on inside secondary pole timbered points in 22' to 28' of water.  Caught them on 1/2 nite crawler on a drop shot.

    Those things are Stickery I'd use a boga too.  Love the hats.

    Phil said he stopped counting at 50 and they kept throwing them in.  He won't clean them, but he will put you on them.
    Great trip for that family.
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    Dock-in-it reacted to Fishrman in Shell Knob   
    Fished last 2 mornings til about 9:30 starting at daylight.   Swimbait mostly with a spook mixed in on schoolers.  Caught 12 yesterday with 5 keepers.  Caught 21 this morning with 3 keepers.  Found some spoon fish today at the mouth of a pocket.  Most fish were deep,  sitting boat in 45 to 100 ft.  Not my strong suit. But right now I can't catch them shallow.  Good luck when you get to go.
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    Dock-in-it reacted to Sprint21fter in Baxter to Kings   
    I went to Lead Hill on the 3rd, boated 2 bass and 1 Yellow perch. Did catch a good one using the livescope! He was over 60ft of water bit in 25ft. It was fun watching him go up and down and then eat the bait.

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    Dock-in-it reacted to Fishrman in Baxter to Kings   
    Went out today from 6-4, thought the swimbait would be the deal but it just didn't happen the way I thought it would.   I caught around 20 so im not totally disappointed but I thought it would be as little better.   Also thought I could catch them deep cranking but the water  needs to come down a little more I think or at least for me it does.   Did start catching them this afternoon on 1/2 oz. ball head with magnum finesse worm.  2 keepers is all I mustered today.   WT 82 this afternoon.  Good luck when you get to go. 
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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from gurzik in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    The fish are still biting the swimbait pretty good (best from daylight to 7:30). I normally use a 2.8 Big Bite SB with a 5/16 and 3/8oz jig head. The Big Bite SB is very impressive in regards to catching and durability. I have a topwater handy (spook) but it does not see much action. There are some good mornings where the fish are chasing on top but there are too many dinks. They are normally chasing one or two shad. A few big fish are mixed in, but few and far between. The swimbait and topwater bite I am referring to is in deep water (25ft to 75ft). I pay very little attention to the bank, most of the time my boat is in 45ft. I like to idle around and look for a combination of gizzard shad, white bass, and K's. It just seems they are normally suspended together over deep water. These fish can be anywhere (gravel points, coves, and creek channels). The gizzard shad will be breaking the surface from daylight to about 7:30. I also keep a spoon handy if I venture into water less than 35ft. I spend about 30 minutes each morning with the spoon and I have caught about 25 short walleye (12"-14") over the past 30 days and only 2 over 18", so the future walleye population may be very good. I just fish the morning hrs and last week I averaged 10 keepers per morning and yesterday I had 14 keepers and another 14 today. I do not use a drop shot, but after 7:30 I think a drop shot would be more productive than the swimbait. Also, a few LM are starting to show up with the K's.


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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from Royal Blue in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    The fish are still biting the swimbait pretty good (best from daylight to 7:30). I normally use a 2.8 Big Bite SB with a 5/16 and 3/8oz jig head. The Big Bite SB is very impressive in regards to catching and durability. I have a topwater handy (spook) but it does not see much action. There are some good mornings where the fish are chasing on top but there are too many dinks. They are normally chasing one or two shad. A few big fish are mixed in, but few and far between. The swimbait and topwater bite I am referring to is in deep water (25ft to 75ft). I pay very little attention to the bank, most of the time my boat is in 45ft. I like to idle around and look for a combination of gizzard shad, white bass, and K's. It just seems they are normally suspended together over deep water. These fish can be anywhere (gravel points, coves, and creek channels). The gizzard shad will be breaking the surface from daylight to about 7:30. I also keep a spoon handy if I venture into water less than 35ft. I spend about 30 minutes each morning with the spoon and I have caught about 25 short walleye (12"-14") over the past 30 days and only 2 over 18", so the future walleye population may be very good. I just fish the morning hrs and last week I averaged 10 keepers per morning and yesterday I had 14 keepers and another 14 today. I do not use a drop shot, but after 7:30 I think a drop shot would be more productive than the swimbait. Also, a few LM are starting to show up with the K's.


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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from magicwormman in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    I took a graph picture this morning showing fish suspended over deep water. I know a few of the lines are bass but the gizzard shad are always around and some areas have a few whites mixed in. 


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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from Quillback in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    I took a graph picture this morning showing fish suspended over deep water. I know a few of the lines are bass but the gizzard shad are always around and some areas have a few whites mixed in. 


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    Dock-in-it reacted to curtisce in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    Doc, You're starting to sound like a broken record but I love the song!😘🤪
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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from Smithvillesteve in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    The fish are still biting the swimbait pretty good (best from daylight to 7:30). I normally use a 2.8 Big Bite SB with a 5/16 and 3/8oz jig head. The Big Bite SB is very impressive in regards to catching and durability. I have a topwater handy (spook) but it does not see much action. There are some good mornings where the fish are chasing on top but there are too many dinks. They are normally chasing one or two shad. A few big fish are mixed in, but few and far between. The swimbait and topwater bite I am referring to is in deep water (25ft to 75ft). I pay very little attention to the bank, most of the time my boat is in 45ft. I like to idle around and look for a combination of gizzard shad, white bass, and K's. It just seems they are normally suspended together over deep water. These fish can be anywhere (gravel points, coves, and creek channels). The gizzard shad will be breaking the surface from daylight to about 7:30. I also keep a spoon handy if I venture into water less than 35ft. I spend about 30 minutes each morning with the spoon and I have caught about 25 short walleye (12"-14") over the past 30 days and only 2 over 18", so the future walleye population may be very good. I just fish the morning hrs and last week I averaged 10 keepers per morning and yesterday I had 14 keepers and another 14 today. I do not use a drop shot, but after 7:30 I think a drop shot would be more productive than the swimbait. Also, a few LM are starting to show up with the K's.


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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from abkeenan in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    The fish are still biting the swimbait pretty good (best from daylight to 7:30). I normally use a 2.8 Big Bite SB with a 5/16 and 3/8oz jig head. The Big Bite SB is very impressive in regards to catching and durability. I have a topwater handy (spook) but it does not see much action. There are some good mornings where the fish are chasing on top but there are too many dinks. They are normally chasing one or two shad. A few big fish are mixed in, but few and far between. The swimbait and topwater bite I am referring to is in deep water (25ft to 75ft). I pay very little attention to the bank, most of the time my boat is in 45ft. I like to idle around and look for a combination of gizzard shad, white bass, and K's. It just seems they are normally suspended together over deep water. These fish can be anywhere (gravel points, coves, and creek channels). The gizzard shad will be breaking the surface from daylight to about 7:30. I also keep a spoon handy if I venture into water less than 35ft. I spend about 30 minutes each morning with the spoon and I have caught about 25 short walleye (12"-14") over the past 30 days and only 2 over 18", so the future walleye population may be very good. I just fish the morning hrs and last week I averaged 10 keepers per morning and yesterday I had 14 keepers and another 14 today. I do not use a drop shot, but after 7:30 I think a drop shot would be more productive than the swimbait. Also, a few LM are starting to show up with the K's.


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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from big c in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    The fish are still biting the swimbait pretty good (best from daylight to 7:30). I normally use a 2.8 Big Bite SB with a 5/16 and 3/8oz jig head. The Big Bite SB is very impressive in regards to catching and durability. I have a topwater handy (spook) but it does not see much action. There are some good mornings where the fish are chasing on top but there are too many dinks. They are normally chasing one or two shad. A few big fish are mixed in, but few and far between. The swimbait and topwater bite I am referring to is in deep water (25ft to 75ft). I pay very little attention to the bank, most of the time my boat is in 45ft. I like to idle around and look for a combination of gizzard shad, white bass, and K's. It just seems they are normally suspended together over deep water. These fish can be anywhere (gravel points, coves, and creek channels). The gizzard shad will be breaking the surface from daylight to about 7:30. I also keep a spoon handy if I venture into water less than 35ft. I spend about 30 minutes each morning with the spoon and I have caught about 25 short walleye (12"-14") over the past 30 days and only 2 over 18", so the future walleye population may be very good. I just fish the morning hrs and last week I averaged 10 keepers per morning and yesterday I had 14 keepers and another 14 today. I do not use a drop shot, but after 7:30 I think a drop shot would be more productive than the swimbait. Also, a few LM are starting to show up with the K's.


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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from bobby b. in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    The fish are still biting the swimbait pretty good (best from daylight to 7:30). I normally use a 2.8 Big Bite SB with a 5/16 and 3/8oz jig head. The Big Bite SB is very impressive in regards to catching and durability. I have a topwater handy (spook) but it does not see much action. There are some good mornings where the fish are chasing on top but there are too many dinks. They are normally chasing one or two shad. A few big fish are mixed in, but few and far between. The swimbait and topwater bite I am referring to is in deep water (25ft to 75ft). I pay very little attention to the bank, most of the time my boat is in 45ft. I like to idle around and look for a combination of gizzard shad, white bass, and K's. It just seems they are normally suspended together over deep water. These fish can be anywhere (gravel points, coves, and creek channels). The gizzard shad will be breaking the surface from daylight to about 7:30. I also keep a spoon handy if I venture into water less than 35ft. I spend about 30 minutes each morning with the spoon and I have caught about 25 short walleye (12"-14") over the past 30 days and only 2 over 18", so the future walleye population may be very good. I just fish the morning hrs and last week I averaged 10 keepers per morning and yesterday I had 14 keepers and another 14 today. I do not use a drop shot, but after 7:30 I think a drop shot would be more productive than the swimbait. Also, a few LM are starting to show up with the K's.


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    Dock-in-it got a reaction from SplitG2 in Kim City - June 30 - mostly swimbait   
    The fish are still biting the swimbait pretty good (best from daylight to 7:30). I normally use a 2.8 Big Bite SB with a 5/16 and 3/8oz jig head. The Big Bite SB is very impressive in regards to catching and durability. I have a topwater handy (spook) but it does not see much action. There are some good mornings where the fish are chasing on top but there are too many dinks. They are normally chasing one or two shad. A few big fish are mixed in, but few and far between. The swimbait and topwater bite I am referring to is in deep water (25ft to 75ft). I pay very little attention to the bank, most of the time my boat is in 45ft. I like to idle around and look for a combination of gizzard shad, white bass, and K's. It just seems they are normally suspended together over deep water. These fish can be anywhere (gravel points, coves, and creek channels). The gizzard shad will be breaking the surface from daylight to about 7:30. I also keep a spoon handy if I venture into water less than 35ft. I spend about 30 minutes each morning with the spoon and I have caught about 25 short walleye (12"-14") over the past 30 days and only 2 over 18", so the future walleye population may be very good. I just fish the morning hrs and last week I averaged 10 keepers per morning and yesterday I had 14 keepers and another 14 today. I do not use a drop shot, but after 7:30 I think a drop shot would be more productive than the swimbait. Also, a few LM are starting to show up with the K's.


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