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Bill Babler

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  1. Bill Babler

    Indian Point Area - 7/21/18

    Sweet great report. The mother that lost her husband and children along with the grandparents was heart breaking on national news. This may be the end of the ducks and it is for sure going to cost someone bushels and bushels of money.
  2. Bill Babler

    7-20-18 Week Report

    ir It's been a fantastic week outside the restricted area from Fall Creek thru Monkey Island. Wednesday, and Thursday 1 unit was flowing early and it set up for an ideal Powerworm bite. Yesterday I had Shirley Fitzpatrick and her friend Ray. These mature fishermen caught and released over 50 rainbows and the big gal you see pictured with Shirley. Fish was 25 inches and 8# 14.5 oz. That would qualify as the biggest Rainbow I have had a client catch in my 26 yrs. of guiding on the lake. Shirley did a fantastic job of keeping the line tight, even when the fish came to the surface. She however kept complaining it was killing her wrist as both she and the bow fought a good fight. Big Bow was caught on a Crawler, 4lb test maxima and 4lb test drift rig. With the great team at Lilley's, she was able to be released and swim away to try it again another day. "Both Shirley and the Fish". Big thanks to Victor who was working the dock for really helping rejuvenate and keep this nice fish alive to be hopefully caught again. Today with 2 units and a flow of about 1.8 MPH we caught and released about 40 quality rainbows keeping a very nice limit, all on the BPW on the flats above Trout Hollow, Lilley's flat above the dock thru the water intake and then thru the derrick hole that is just below Cooper Creek on the East shore. Duane and Rick have been out on the same water with me and report at times up to 75 fish in a 4 hr. trip. Most all coming on the Powerworm, fishing it from 7' to 9' under an indicator. Today with the additional flow both Rick and I used a BB about a ft. above the worm fishing it at 8'. Good Luck
  3. Bill Babler

    7-20-18 Week Report

    ir It's been a fantastic week outside the restricted area from Fall Creek thru Monkey Island. Wednesday, and Thursday 1 unit was flowing early and it set up for an ideal Powerworm bite. Yesterday I had Shirley Fitzpatrick and her friend Ray. These mature fishermen caught and released over 50 rainbows and the big gal you see pictured with Shirley. Fish was 25 inches and 8# 14.5 oz. That would qualify as the biggest Rainbow I have had a client catch in my 26 yrs. of guiding on the lake. Shirley did a fantastic job of keeping the line tight, even when the fish came to the surface. She however kept complaining it was killing her wrist as both she and the bow fought a good fight. Big Bow was caught on a Crawler, 4lb test maxima and 4lb test drift rig. With the great team at Lilley's, she was able to be released and swim away to try it again another day. "Both Shirley and the Fish". Big thanks to Victor who was working the dock for really helping rejuvenate and keep this nice fish alive to be hopefully caught again. Today with 2 units and a flow of about 1.8 MPH we caught and released about 40 quality rainbows keeping a very nice limit, all on the BPW on the flats above Trout Hollow, Lilley's flat above the dock thru the water intake and then thru the derrick hole that is just below Cooper Creek on the East shore. Duane and Rick have been out on the same water with me and report at times up to 75 fish in a 4 hr. trip. Most all coming on the Powerworm, fishing it from 7' to 9' under an indicator. Today with the additional flow both Rick and I used a BB about a ft. above the worm fishing it at 8'. Good Luck View full article
  4. Bill Babler

    Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 7-16-18

    Vernon, all is forgiven. Don't let that Skiert stuff bother you. You can be like the kU basketball program bags of money to recruits on FBI video don't bother us none.
  5. Bill Babler

    Tragic Event

    When any type of storm is present Lisa and the entire Lilleys staff is on top of it and in constant communication with us. They have our backs. Here is a couple of deals on this and it is easy to be a Monday morning QB. The Belle was not sailing due to the weather, they were serving at the dock. Should that tell you something? Another thing was they had the side curtains down in 90+ degree heat to keep the waves and spray out. Should never have gone out if you have to lower the curtains, and if your out there and it dictates that you have to lower the curtains, I'm D- - N sure going to have the PFD on every single person. The Branson inshore staff should have had their backs on this and not let them on the water. I'm just sick about this.
  6. Bill Babler

    Tragic Event

    Should not have been out there as the warning was at least 30 minutes old. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the ride on the lake lasts 30 minutes. There are several issues that have happened other than the Arkansas issue, I would not want to ride one. In a panic situation, I'm sure there is total madness. Reports are that in nose dived into a 4 footer and went down and did not capsize but that is just what we are hearing. I'd say you have almost zero response time if that is the case. After watching the video that was brutal. There are only a couple of places on the Rock that the wind can generate waves like that and the State Park stretch is probably number 1. A strong NW wind there has several miles to build and generate some monster waves and you can fully see their impact. That is a bad stretch with any North wind. Thought and Prayers to the families.
  7. Bill Babler

    Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 7-16-18

    Nice report RB and great info. on Bull. We need to get down there.
  8. Bill Babler

    Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 7-16-18

    Slap me upside the head, I meant a 3/16 on the Ned. Got 3/8 on the brain for some reason. If your trying to fish and drag or hop in that 30' water, 1/8 can be fished but it takes more patients than most of my clients have. More patients than I have to, I'm kind of a mover and shaker.
  9. Bill Babler

    Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 7-16-18

    I bet we could drag that Ned around early in the 24' to 30' range and catch them pretty good here. I'd use a 3/8th. head and either 5 or 6 pound maxi if I were going to try it. I know they will hit a tube or a 3/8th. oz small profile jig if they would get a chance. Really guys the fishing pressure is extremely low right now and if you get a chance get out at 6 and off at 10 and you can pretty much fish where ever you want. If this heat keeps up and the fishermen stay off the lake like they have been, this is going to be really good going into Fall.
  10. Bill Babler

    Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 7-16-18

    No way a fish can distinguish the difference in those two deals. Thanks so much for the pic's. Reminds me of the slogan match the hatch that fly fisherman use. I don't think you get much closer than that.
  11. Bill Babler

    Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 7-16-18

    Thanks so much for the chart. On July 11th. they were hanging in there right at the 28' mark mostly on the bottom but some over depth and in the trees . Up early in the morning they are still at that depth but with the light penetration they are moving down and suspending in the close to 40' range usually by 8 or 8;30. They have now somewhat abandoned the trees and bluffends and are on the humps and channel swings and long runnout points that are right off the channel, either inside or outside. I can see the first line of thermocline at the 28-30 ft. mark on my Lowrance and then a bolder deeper color at the 40 ft. mark. As of the 11th. that was about a 12 degree separation that my unit was picking up. It did start to blend but its very hard to put an exact depth mark on the blend. With the extreme heat the past week I would think those numbers might have changed a bit. All the fish I am catching are just full of crawfish about the size of a pencil around and about 3" long. I mean they are packed with them and the front deck of my boat will prove it. Not seeing them spitting any shad what so ever. Seeing a lot of shad on the surface in the big pockets and suspending in the pockets at about that 30' mark, but not seeing any fish on them. We had over 50 yesterday with the walleye and about 30 solid keeper size fish. Probably the best quality I've seen in the last 20 yrs. Only 3 of those fish had hook marks. We saw maybe 4 other boats fishing. Thanks for all the great information and good luck out there.
  12. Bill Babler

    Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 7-16-18

    These fish move extremely quickly this time of the year. If you remember I said we were catching them shallow right on top of the ridge. When the sun gets to a certain position or for who knows why they move and move quickly. It's between 7:30 and 8:00 right now. If your still seeing fish but catching gills, its because they moved. Also if you are catching bass and all of a sudden your on those big gills, the bass have moved. At times they will occupy the same water, but for the most part those gills regardless of size won't be hanging in those big schools of K's. That is why I also said Beck was a master of fish movement, he knew and I really don't know if you can learn this, its more of just a feeling. Of course having a couple of thousand hours a year on the lake for 30 yrs. helps. Champ and Bo will tell you the same thing as will every professional elite fisherman. You have to feel it. It's either over or its on, and some guys feel it quicker than others. Beck knew it immediately. I'm reading a bit larger thermocline due to the extreme heat. I think Bo mentioned it the other day in a post that his night time fish dropped in depth also. We can figure the thermocline is probably in that 28' range at the top with a comfort zone to probably 38' as it is a real popular number right now lake wide with all the guides. I did not react quite quickly enough when those big gills moved in on us yesterday. On my second stop I chased out the ridge and was going to cut across a pocket to another ridge and spun the boat out over depth and saw them just sitting at that 38' range. I said to my clients I should have known they pulled out here when those big gills started hitting us. Me Bad. If I had not seen them I would have looked on the top of the next ridge where it dumped into the channel. If they were not there I would have known they had suspended and moved out. By seeing them it solved that problem and again from what the guide talk is they moved lake wide on all of us at the above mentioned time. Here is the deal however, they can be in the frigging middle of the lake but still at 38' over 100'+, no problem. Most times however they will be in the vicinity of those long runs or bluffends and not heck and gone. However what I'm hearing now is they have moved off the bluffends and most are suspending in the channel off flat gravel lake wide. Moving up at night or early and late and then during the day moving out. As I said yesterday they were just packed with little finger size craw daddy's, spitting them up and all over creation. Good Luck
  13. Bill Babler

    Table Rock Lake Fishing Report 7-16-18

    That's not really true. If you were on them you would call and tell me where so I could take my people up there to catch them. I wouldn't have to sneak, you would give them to me. What I'm really saying is get out there and find me some more!
  14. Bill Babler

    Alaska 2018

    Good to have you home buddy. Glad you all made the best of it in the weather. Should have knocked down the small biting critters some for you.
  15. Bill Babler

    High Pucker Factor Morning on the Upper End

    From a guy that's in them everyday, first thank God you and your toys are not damaged to any large extent. Second, if your boat has under 6ga. wire to any of the components jerk that crud out and put 6 or heaver especially to your trolling motor, I don't care what any boat company tells you. 6ga. is the absolute minimum. Wrench hit is square on the head with the connections, fewer the better, and direct wiring is really the only safe way especially if you have a metal boat. Just by jarring that TM plug you can have a real light show. Voice of experience here. How many house fires are caused by to small wiring trying to carry to heavy of a load? On your battery cut off switches make sure you have asked that your TM has been put on it, cause most of the time it HAS NOT. Randy, glad this was just a quick pants check and not a major deal.
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