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Big M area 8/17


Quillback

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Above is my big fish of the day.  2 lb. flathead that ate a crank.  Only crank bait fish I caught.

I launched at noon and fished until 5:30 PM, not a recipe for success, but I had a morning appointment so I got out there late.  I was hoping the cloud cover would hold, but it did not, skies turned partly cloudy. 

I caught a half dozen bass, biggest was a 14" meanmouth.  I got one on a Ned, the rest were on either a 3/4 oz FB jig, or a 3/8 Nutech jig.  Chunk rock banks, fish in 5 - 15 FOW.

Had several chasers that chased the jig back to the boat, they did seem to want a moving bait, but not the cranks I tried.  Might be worth trying a finesse spinner bait, Road Runner, swim jig or maybe even a lipless.  I didn't have time to try any of that stuff, maybe next time.

Ran into Champ176 at the ramp, it was a pleasure to chat with him.  Funny thing that happened, he had mentioned in another post that he had never seen the MO Water Patrol on TR.  As we were talking guess who pulls into the Big M marina?   Yep, the Water Patrol - I think they eat lunch there sometimes. 

WT was 82-83, water is a bit murky with a few feet of viz.

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Thanks for the report Quill!! you did good!!

You did better than i did..i went towards eagle rock and could not even find anything to get excited about on sonar, water was pretty dirty up there.

Yep that was the first time i have ever seen water patrol in that area...i guess it would be like cops going to the doughnut shop.

It was a pleasure meeting Quillback for sure!!

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Nice report Quill.

Always fun to play "guess the bait" with Quill and his report pics. Seems he always has a new jig trailer, crank or other bait every outing. This one took me awhile. You sneaky devil, you.

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Fished Eagle Rock to Shell Knob 3 days this week with OK results15 th we had another pretty fair top water day.  17 th and 18 th we caught 35 one day and 20 the next.  Mostly 5/16 pigsticker on main lake flat stuff. Also caught 2 keeper walleye on a Keitech in "Smallmouth Magic."

LikeQuill said this water is just flat off color. 2' visibility   All our fish came 10' to 25'. When you got a jig bite you caught him as he would not let it be until he was hooked

Only a dozen keeps in the 80+ fish with the biggest at 3#

Did talk to a guy that was catching them good, big ones on a C-Rig. Had a very strong 3 pound limit. With a 4.5 anchor fish. Shallow up the White. Not a lot of fish but quality

Good Luck

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3 hours ago, abkeenan said:

Nice report Quill.

Always fun to play "guess the bait" with Quill and his report pics. Seems he always has a new jig trailer, crank or other bait every outing. This one took me awhile. You sneaky devil, you.

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Color is right, but it is a DT14.   Hard to tell from the angle of the photo.

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