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Bucks Rushed the Bank this Afternoon

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One of the earlier bites up the white river.  Thought I was going to get into good fish and then the Buck event happened.

Had a late start as Becky is full and it was pancake day and I helped serve.  Hit the water at the Eagle Rock ramp at 11 am.  Surface temps at 50 degree and 2 footers even up there on that skinny water.

I had dedicated the day to the Jerk bait and was only gong to throw it and nothing else no matter what.  First 3 locations 5 nice keepers between the ramp and Devil's Dive and then that was that.  

Headed up to the mouth of Panther and fished the deep channel bank.  Surface temps at 1pm in the creek were 54 and it was full of bass.  All bucks and were a total pain the the hand.;

From Rock Creek to Eagle Rock every cut and every cove mouth had tons of LM and K buck males all over them.  Very seldom have I ever said fish are not worth catching, but today was that day.

These bucks that probably averaged 12" were skinny and the bite was just like you were hooked into a dish rag.  They came to the boat like a 10" walleye and then wiggled and flopped like crazy when you tried to get those vicious treble hooks out of them.

The crappie I caught could have kicked the tail of 90 percent of the small bucks that were in a hurry to get to the bank this afternoon.

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I quit at 3 pm and they were still hooking themselves on the megabass.



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Better than we did, myself and Tom from Eagle Rock launched at dawn and got off the water about the time you started.  We found a few bites early on the Ned rig, and it was one of those mornings where we could get a lot of bites but had trouble hooking them.  I think we ended up with 16 between the 2 of us and 3 of those were keepers, probably missed 20 bites at least.  The ones we caught were in 15-40 FOW, we didn't try back in any of the coves.  When that wind started up we fished it for a bit and said the heck with it.

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Everybody one the board must have been up there yesterday morning. 😀 I was out testing the boat and looking more than fishing. Only caught two shorts on a ned and a crappie on a swimbait. I think I ran to Kings about the time Bill says they started. Back to working on the boat this afternoon.👎 Looks like stator and regulators, next.

 

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Not to be debbie downer fellas but I have a question. I dislocated my thumb and they are going to put a pin in it on Tuesday. Anyone have this done before and how long before you were able to start fishing again? I can think of some other months on the calendar where this wouldn't be as big of a problem for folks like us.

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Son should be here by 2 pm today so we are going out from Ole 86 for a bit this afternoon.  Be interesting to see surface temps here and if the juvenile males are making their move on this end as well  as the water warms in the sun.  I think this is a mid day deal or later as the water warms.  I bet ya when that sun goes down they skiddle back to depth at night and just don't move up till at least 11 am or so.

Lake is totally packed with boats and they were running before daylight.

We will hit it in the morning at daylight or a little before around Baxter and see if they want a floater if the wind isn't blowing.  I would have went this morning but it was to gusty to throw it and decided to wait for the boy and help mom around the lodge a bit.

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4 hours ago, dblades said:

Everybody one the board must have been up there yesterday morning. 😀 I was out testing the boat and looking more than fishing. Only caught two shorts on a ned and a crappie on a swimbait. I think I ran to Kings about the time Bill says they started. Back to working on the boat this afternoon.👎 Looks like stator and regulators, next.

 

I feel ya. I'm still working on buying a new truck. I'm without a tow vehicle to get the boat to the lake while the fish are waking up and moving around! 

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