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Trip up the White Yesterday


Bill Babler

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Sorry about no pic’s but just didn’t get around to it. 

Launched at the SK bridge at 5:30 and was the only rig in the lot. I had not been up the white the entire year and really today was my first true retirement trip, just to do what I wanted and really didn’t care if I even caught one. 

Thought that no catch was going to be the deal as a 0600 the skies opened up with a lightning show and total down pour. Sat in the Kids across America dock for 2.5 hours.  

Stopped raining and up I headed, really not expecting much after the big boomer display. 

First 2 locations were a zero on topwater and the little Keitech but I did get slammed on a 6 inch wild eye Shad swimmer. 

Rounded a bend and saw one bust in a cove mouth off a flat. 3 hours later I just got tired as it was incredibly unreal. At one point I had 13 topwater cast in a row with a fish. At times a dozen would follow in the one I had hooked. 

I got to playing with the live scope and the little Keitech. I would see a group suspended at 15 ft. And throw just past them and see them eat it as I reeled it into the school. It was just totally fascinating. 

The bottom in spots on the flat was also covered and you could drag a C. rig thru them and catch one or at least get a bite every throw. 

Have no idea how many I caught but did catch 3 keeper walleye on the little swimmer. This gave me an idea so on the way home I put the boat in 25’ on 3 flat points and caught 3 more walleye 1 on each point. 6 walleye with 5 keepers. I kept one 20” and Becky and I had it for dinner with a fish sandwich left over. 

Good buddy also has a great day up the Kings on a white Jackhammer with a white fluke trailer. He said he had 3 keeper eyes on the durn J. Hammer out of the bushes and lots of nice keeper LM. He released the Walters along with the bass. 

I did not have many keeper bass, I think 5 out of all those I caught. 2 LM and 3 jaws. None were picture worthy. All slim and spawned out. Fish after fish of 13” to 14 7/8th.” K’s. 

Just a flat great day after the rain delay. 

Headed to Roaring River to hike a 5 mile loop and have lunch someplace. This is kind of fun. 

Good Luck











 

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Seven or 8 years ago, I had a day like the one you describe. Storm, under a dock, topwater marathon afterward (I counted. 63) Only a few keepers, but very fun. I was walking a Top Dollar.

Wish I can have another day like that soon.

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Ok so here's the deal, you retired guys can no longer post your successes.

Us working slobs can no longer afford to go to the lake😷

After church I plan on siphoning the gas out of the boat to mow the lawn.

I feel blessed that I have some extra fuel to keep the lawn nice.

No really congratulations ! 

Sounds like a wonderful day.

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On 6/2/2022 at 9:07 AM, Bill Babler said:

Sorry about no pic’s but just didn’t get around to it. 

Launched at the SK bridge at 5:30 and was the only rig in the lot. I had not been up the white the entire year and really today was my first true retirement trip, just to do what I wanted and really didn’t care if I even caught one. 

Thought that no catch was going to be the deal as a 0600 the skies opened up with a lightning show and total down pour. Sat in the Kids across America dock for 2.5 hours.  

Stopped raining and up I headed, really not expecting much after the big boomer display. 

First 2 locations were a zero on topwater and the little Keitech but I did get slammed on a 6 inch wild eye Shad swimmer. 

Rounded a bend and saw one bust in a cove mouth off a flat. 3 hours later I just got tired as it was incredibly unreal. At one point I had 13 topwater cast in a row with a fish. At times a dozen would follow in the one I had hooked. 

I got to playing with the live scope and the little Keitech. I would see a group suspended at 15 ft. And throw just past them and see them eat it as I reeled it into the school. It was just totally fascinating. 

The bottom in spots on the flat was also covered and you could drag a C. rig thru them and catch one or at least get a bite every throw. 

Have no idea how many I caught but did catch 3 keeper walleye on the little swimmer. This gave me an idea so on the way home I put the boat in 25’ on 3 flat points and caught 3 more walleye 1 on each point. 6 walleye with 5 keepers. I kept one 20” and Becky and I had it for dinner with a fish sandwich left over. 

Good buddy also has a great day up the Kings on a white Jackhammer with a white fluke trailer. He said he had 3 keeper eyes on the durn J. Hammer out of the bushes and lots of nice keeper LM. He released the Walters along with the bass. 

I did not have many keeper bass, I think 5 out of all those I caught. 2 LM and 3 jaws. None were picture worthy. All slim and spawned out. Fish after fish of 13” to 14 7/8th.” K’s. 

Just a flat great day after the rain delay. 

Headed to Roaring River to hike a 5 mile loop and have lunch someplace. This is kind of fun. 

Good Luck


Congrats on the retirement Bill.... I hung it up on May 6th of this year as well. Looking forward to a little more leisure time if the Lord allows. Enjoy...

Steve










 

 

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