Jump to content
OzarkAnglers.Com Forum

Bill Babler

OA Contributing Reporter
  • Content Count

    5,085
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    85

Bill Babler last won the day on May 21

Bill Babler had the most liked content!

10 Followers

About Bill Babler

  • Rank
    Fishing Guide
  • Birthday 01/27/1956

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
    http://whiteriveroutfitters.com

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Branson, Missouri

Recent Profile Visitors

32,200 profile views
  1. He exclusively used Morning Dawn. Yamamoto 4 in. purple cuttail has been the standard for years. Morning Dawn is the new kid on the block and really came on hard last year. One of the anglers that represents another soft plastic company was using the Purple 4in cuttail and not telling the truth. This always really aggravates me, but they do it all the time. Lying for the all mighty dollar. I used to fish 2 circuits back in the day with a guy that was represented by Strike King. Everytime he mentioned a Strike King product on either the radio or in print he would get $50.00 bonus. We never fished Strike King a single minute and he mentioned it countless times. I got sick and tired of it and told him, either he fished what he said or I was going to rat him out. We stopped fishing together. This was way before Beck and I started tournament fishing. Beck was just the opposite he would tell what we caught them on and where we caught them. Never heard him say the slightest of a fib to anyone. If you don't want to tell, just keep your mouth shut, and don't fib about it for money.
  2. One of the things I hear more than anything from clients is that "I fished when I was a kid and I was pretty good." I always know when I hear that, it's going to be a long day. Even though both professional fishermen and guides are in somewhat the same business, I cannot do what they do and for the most part they cannot do what I do. They Catch fish. For the most part most pro-fishermen cannot guide worth a hoot. They know fish are there to be caught and really do not understand why you cannot catch them. I think Evers said, now is the time to bring kids to Table Rock. I don't know a lot of 10 yr. olds that throw a square bill within inches of cover and when they miss a fish flip a jig under it and catch the fish. I think they lose track of how good they really are and to try and put kids into jerkbaiting, dock and bush flipping and bank running a square bill is not a remedy for success. Dropshotting is a different matter. Without the 3 footers that Martins was fishing is the way to get them catching them, or dragging a ned or swimming a keitech. They for sure can get you around them, but its hard for them to make it easy for others to catch. Now I'm in the fishing business and fish everyday and their skill level is so far above me I cannot even touch it. Let along folks that fish once a month or even once a week, that want to flip bushes and shoot docks.
  3. Wheeler was absolutely amazing with that Spook. We all can fish it but there is not a guy here than can drop it in the places he did with that type of speed and accuracy. Charlie Campbell in his day could fish a spook better than anyone, but Charlie did not have that type of ability to drive nails with it. For one he did not have to. Pete had some guys watching last week and kept wanting him to get them to the bushes. He tried several times and told them they couldn't do it. Did not go over well but you simply cannot be hung up cast after cast. I think Hackney or one of the bush flippers said if you can't play checkers with it stay out of the bushes there are better options. One of my best options is to see them chasing and throw a Fin in the middle of the fray.šŸ˜‚
  4. What they do and what we CAN do are two very different things. A good fisherman friend and I were talking about it last night. Montgomery and Rose were pitching bladed jigs under pontoons on lifts and skipping them in a 6" gap 25 ft. Hackney was flipping stuff that most of us would have been caught up every single cast and Martins was fishing deep cedars with tops out to 35' and not getting hung in the tree. I will tell you with any amount of practice I'm not that good period. Just do not have that ability.
  5. The last couple of years it has been really mossy and held moss into June. As far as the deep trees out there that he was targeting that is a different deal. Man the wind and waves were severe out there and he hung in and caught them off point one. Early he was on the buoy point and I think he said he had 40 lbs off it. At times there are as many as 3 guide boats at a time working it, so he is very fortunate to have had it to himself. Great win and I would have bet money that the dam would not have came into play in this deal. I think it broke the back of everyone else that tried to fish it.
  6. Ya think Point 1 and the buoy point across from Chateau might get a little more attention now. As he said he fished community holes and there is a reason they are that. They hold fish.
  7. White River Outfitters Guide Service Table Rock Current Fishing Report Real Nice Table Rock Lake Spotted Bass 3.15 pounds. Picked up Bill and Jack at Mill Creek Resort at 0600 and headed for the mouth of the James. Fished around Point 9 for a couple of hours swimming a 3.3 Keitech in Pro-Blue and caught some very nice SM. Boat in 15'. Wind started to blow and we headed up the James, surrounded by MLF guys, which this morning all minded their own P's and Q's and we did not have to contend with them. Most of the locations I caught them on Saturday were high and dry We did manage to catch 4 up there 3 SM and 1 really nice K. One on a jig and the others on the Keitech. These fish were 15' and under. As I was coming out we saw Pete at the cut thru Island below Jackson and his client had a nice fish on a jig. Here is where it is much better to be lucky than good. I have not seen a schooling fish to speak of all year and right at the mouth of the White, thar-she-blew. LM, K's and Jaw's a plenty. There were big chops out there and they were blowing right in the waves. Here is the deal, we stayed on those fish for almost 2 hrs. Mostly catching them on a Fin and a swimbait, it was amazing. These fish were blowing in 90ft. plus and they just kept on and kept on. I never leave when they are biting like that regardless of time but we eventually left when it started thundering and wind blowing just to much. Have no idea of numbers but it was pretty stupid. Just some thumper fish with the 3.15 lb. K in the picture with Jack being the biggest.
  8. Redfin are a subject that has been discussed on here many, many, many times. I will tell you I have probably 50 plus and only a handful are useful. Will let the guys chime in and then add anything that might help. Iā€™m sure you can find several huge blogs on them
  9. About an inch here in the last hour at Blue Eye. Lots or really strong wind however. The MLF tournament is on weather delay as I write this.
  10. White River Outfitters Guide Service Table Rock Current Fishing Report Real Nice Table Rock Lake Spotted Bass 3.15 pounds. Picked up Bill and Jack at Mill Creek Resort at 0600 and headed for the mouth of the James. Fished around Point 9 for a couple of hours swimming a 3.3 Keitech in Pro-Blue and caught some very nice SM. Boat in 15'. Wind started to blow and we headed up the James, surrounded by MLF guys, which this morning all minded their own P's and Q's and we did not have to contend with them. Most of the locations I caught them on Saturday were high and dry We did manage to catch 4 up there 3 SM and 1 really nice K. One on a jig and the others on the Keitech. These fish were 15' and under. As I was coming out we saw Pete at the cut thru Island below Jackson and his client had a nice fish on a jig. Here is where it is much better to be lucky than good. I have not seen a schooling fish to speak of all year and right at the mouth of the White, thar-she-blew. LM, K's and Jaw's a plenty. There were big chops out there and they were blowing right in the waves. Here is the deal, we stayed on those fish for almost 2 hrs. Mostly catching them on a Fin and a swimbait, it was amazing. These fish were blowing in 90ft. plus and they just kept on and kept on. I never leave when they are biting like that regardless of time but we eventually left when it started thundering and wind blowing just to much. Have no idea of numbers but it was pretty stupid. Just some thumper fish with the 3.15 lb. K in the picture with Jack being the biggest. This post has been promoted to an article
  11. It was a bit of a guide fest up the White today with Rick Lisek out of Baxter and Pete and I out of Shell Knob. Pete went toward Campbell Pt. then turned around at I believe Big Creek. I fished from the Bridge to Viney and late in the morning I saw Pete up there also. Lisek said the only thing he could catch them on was a 3.3 Keitech. At 9:00 I talked to Pete and he said he had a couple on a fin and a couple on a swim bait. I don't know how he finished up. Non of us could catch multiple fish on a stop. i think I stopped 9 times and we caught at least a single on 7 stops. The only multiples were 7 drop shot fish we caught bang bang that I saw while dragging the jig Way different day. Tomorrow will be interesting. I'm switching to a small 6" lizard Texas rigged in front of the bushes to start and see if I can catch some of the closer ones to the bank. I'm prepared to retie a lot. I know if you get in the right place they will just destroy a fluke, but they are really hard to hook on it as they drop it really quick. I caught some on it the other day but its hard for customers that don't fish everyday and can be frustrating. If you watched the broadcast they commented on Evers speed going down the bank, at least 7 or 8 high speed.. In 55 yrs. of fishing the only fishermen I have seen moving that fast were spoonbill snaggers. I guess he knew what he was doing cause he just barley missed the cut.
  12. Different day and a way different result. Started at Shell Knob at 5:45 with twp KC boys, Larry Horseman and son. No topwater at all this morning with only 1 fish on a spook. Strong North wind from the get go just the opposite of the South wind we had yesterday. It was hard for me. We caught some quality but not many fish. I think we only had 17 but 12 were nice Keeps. No Jaw's this morning Caught two on a swimbait, one on the spook and the rest on a 1/2 oz Pig Sticker GPO with a Goby Smallie Beaver trailer and a drop shot. Jig fish were 15' and the drop shot fish were 22' this morning. Fished from Shell Knob to Viney. Saw Edwin Evers right when we were pulling out. He was fishing down a bank at the Bridge so fast I could not believe it. Fishing under 5' deep and it looked like a bladed Jig and he was flat you crankin it. If he missed one he dropped his power poles and pitched a jig. We saw him catch two but they did not measure and he went on. Must have had his trolling motor on at least 7 or 8 as he was just flat bookin down the bank.
  13. Current Table Rock Lake Fishing Report Shell Knob, White River Outfitters. 5-19-19 Launched with Tom and Julie at SK 6:30 and it was on like Donkey Kong. First location with a Red Fin and we had 11 fish, all keepers off one location. As I was releasing our 9th. fish, I got pulled in on by a Bass Pro Tour guy in a Pee Green boat. We saw him coming and he pulled in pretty close. I was unhooking a fish and he yelled over he had driven 65 miles to fish that point. My lady caught another fin fish about that time and he yelled over again, and asked If I was a guide. I should have said no, I'm just getting in casting practice today and letting this lady catch the fish. I kept my mouth shut. About a minute or two later he yells over he is in contention to win 100 G. At this point my lady asked if he was going to cry if he didn't get to fish here. "She said its ok, we have caught enough here." I yelled over that he was making her feel bad and so we went else where. Which at this point really does not matter. Our next location we had 6 more fin fish and a bunch of Keitech fish. Fished a total of 4 location around the mouth of the Kings that right now has beautiful James River Green color. 68 degree and probably 6' visibility. We had 44 Keepers and 62 fish this morning and nothing would have been under a pound. It was catching this morning and not fishing, just reeling them in. Biggest fish today was a LM at 2.95, on the MLF scale. Julie with a nice Jaw and Tom with a short but over a pound K that they doubled on in the Photo. There are fish in the water column from 1' to 35 feet. and all the area in between. We would swim the keitech on a 1/4 oz. head Pro Blue Pearl 3.3 with the boat in 25 and when I would see a cluster we would drop on them with the shad shape worm. Probably over a dozen doubles. There were bass on the bottom and everywhere in between. From Baxter to Big M right now the lake is perfect color and just stupid with fish. Most are solid 15 plus inch fish. We had lots today in the 2.70 pound range. K's, LM and Jaws all mixed in and out. Lots, and lots of fish totally full of eggs, mostly K's and you don't dare grab them around the middle. Good Luck
  14. Your absolutely right. If I'm fishing for fun it really does not matter to me where I fish. When I have clients it a different deal. They're paying to have the best options that I have and I try and keep them on them the entire time of the trip. Right now it does not matter as there are fish biting everywhere. As far as the Chamber my trips book months in advance most of the time to reserve a particular date or weekend, so anything they do is not a factor in my guide business, after close to 30 yrs.
  15. From Church to fishing, money seems to matter. Let me know if you find something that is not involved with the all mighty dollar
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.