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Bill Babler

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Son Seven and I got out abit late this morning hitting the water at 6 AM. Saw Duck and said a howdy, and headed for a deep bluffend point on very flat water with a high sky starting.

On Steve's first cast he csught a very nice LM on a fin probably 17 inches. Boat was in 70' He preceeded to catch and release another 4 fish all keepers with a K and a Jaw in the mix, so on our first stop we had the TR Slam.

As we were leaving the Bluffend the clouds started to roll in and the wind pick up. Moved up to the point going into Carter Creek and there was a guy on it, throwing to the bank. Knew he was just flat hurting nothing and waited for him to leave. We went around it twice, Again, with our boat this time in 90' of water fishing the tops of the pole timber. These fish were a full cast behind the guy that had just fished the point. He had no chance at catching them. These tops are 150yrds.out from the point. We caught 8 here with 3 solid LM keeps, again in the 16.5 to 17 inch range. These fish were just eating a fin up.

Moved down stream toward the Knob and saw fish chasing as we passed Duck again. Just across from Point 23. Jammed on the breaks and Steve caught 2 short K's in two casts. Moved on up to San Succi and caught fish off every point we stopped on with the fin. I swam a grub to stay out of his way and he really smoked me. Usually 3 to 6 on each point. Most of the time on these flat points we were at least 3 full casts off the bank. Lots of fish suspended in the 10' to 15' range that will shoot up after that fin.

Turned around and headed back up stream, and Steve spotted them breaking in a small wind blown pocket off a flat. We caught and released fish here for about an hour from 10 AM till 11 AM, all on a fin. I'm going to say Steve had at least 20 and I had several on everything I could throw but the fin, just staying off it. I caught them on an inline spinner. Splitshot rig, grub, dropshot,spoon and a blade. They just kept mashing Steven's fin the entire time.

Just when we were getting ready to head in a huge school of whites broke all around us. We caught 1 each and did not even throw at them again. Time for him to head back to KC after lunch with Mom.

Great day with my Son. That for me was my best day of the year, sharing it with Steven, and watching him enjoy one of the best topwater bites I've had in a spell.

By the way our best 5 would have all been LM and probably only checked in at 13.5 or so, but the action was unreal with at least 20 keepers today.

Good Luck

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Bill, I think you have me (Duck) mixed up with my bro-in-law Craig, he was in the yellow Bullet with my son in law. I did see you when you were putting in, I was in the Tracker with my daughter near the ramp and we waved at each other as you were heading down lake. We also had a nice day with 36 blacks and one really nice walleye, 8 would be keeps. Most on top with either a fin or spook jr. in chrome,3 on a WE. spinner bait. We caught most at the same area you did just different times. I also enjoy spending my time with the family watching them catch some nice fish.Got to love this time of year. Good luck, Duck.

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Yes he has 7 sons. How else do you think Bill has the most up to date info on what's going on from the upper james, white river to the dam to long creek? He is just one man and couldn't do it without all of them. He has all of them out scouting for him during the week. It was a smart business decision to have to many sons.

PS - I think he meant "Steven"...typo.

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Sometimes I think people drive around the lake with their eyes closed. I do after years of fishing Table Rock, have some local knowledge, but 9 times out of 10 my eyes this time of the year lead me to the fish.

If we see fish breaking, we stop and fish those fish. We fish them both on top and subsurface. We also remember where they broke early and go back and fish it again late, perhaps a bit deeper.

I cannot tell you the amount of boats I saw Sunday just drive past surfacing fish. Maybe that is to easy for them are folks are looking for more of a challenge. Not me. I'll take what the Rock gives up any day and be durn glad to have it.

Just eyes open today put 30 plus fish in the boat for us and about 1/2 that being keepers.

Good Luck and Keep a lookin around.

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Thanks for the report... we had success last night in that area with the redfin.

By the way did anyone else see the guy trolling with his grandson over memorial day weekend... he cut between us and the shore.. and we were within casting distance of the shore.

Never flinched to wave etc.

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Thanks for the report... we had success last night in that area with the redfin.

By the way did anyone else see the guy trolling with his grandson over memorial day weekend... he cut between us and the shore.. and we were within casting distance of the shore.

Never flinched to wave etc.

Happens all the time and more frequently now because there are just more people fishing and more people that don't know any better so encounters like that are bound to happen more often. Had a guy go in between me and the bank and I was literally in 18 feet of water and about 1/2 a cast from the bank while he was idling with the big motor. I couldn't believe it and still can't. I keep saying I am going to throw a super spook right into these yahoos boats but never do. One of these days I just might.

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Happens all the time and more frequently now because there are just more people fishing and more people that don't know any better so encounters like that are bound to happen more often. Had a guy go in between me and the bank and I was literally in 18 feet of water and about 1/2 a cast from the bank while he was idling with the big motor. I couldn't believe it and still can't. I keep saying I am going to throw a super spook right into these yahoos boats but never do. One of these days I just might.

I keep a 3/4 or 1 oz spoon tied on for fishing and those who acts stupid such as what youre talking about. Those spoons can be casted quite a distance, you just have to get close for them to get the idea.. :=B: There are the few who have no respect for anyone except their self.... It is just unbelievable how things and attitudes has changed on the lake towards your fellow man the last 40 plus years.....

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Hard to tell between the dumb sh**s and the don't-give-a-sh**s. One thing's for sure ... there are plenty of both of them out there.

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