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June 22, Big M area


Quillback

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Hit the road early again today, got to the ramp a little after 5 AM.  

Not much of an early bite that I could find by 8 AM I had 4 bass, 2 of them being fairly nice largemouth.

I was fishing a gravel flat, chasing some isolated top water fish and about 100 yard away saw a bunch of fish blowing up on shad.  Looked like a school of white bass, so I got over there as quick as I could with the trolling motor, didn't want to spook them with the big motor.  Of course they had stopped by the time I got there, so didn't expect much, but first cast with the top water and it was fish on.

I caught 5 on my first 5 casts and they really wanted that bait, no swirls, and if they missed it, they came right back for it.  Put 10 top water fish in the boat and lost several others.  They eventually stopped so I went in there with a c-rig with a Speed Craw,  caught 6 or 7 more, they got tired of that, so threw a Keitech and got a few more.  All on about a 50 foot stretch of bank, if you got off that stretch to either side, nothing.  

Some days you get lucky, if I had not seen those fish breaking, I would've never got on them and it had all the makings of a tough morning.

I boated 25, 7 keepers.  I quit at 10 AM.

I talked to TV Tom when I left, he and his wife were out up the White and they caught 45 between the 2 of them, and I believe he said 10 of them were keepers.  They got some on top, on a spoon, and jigs. They were fishing deeper water that I was and also got some around docks.

WT when I left was 87.5.

 

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46 minutes ago, Quillback said:

Hit the road early again today, got to the ramp a little after 5 AM.  

Not much of an early bite that I could find by 8 AM I had 4 bass, 2 of them being fairly nice largemouth.

I was fishing a gravel flat, chasing some isolated top water fish and about 100 yard away saw a bunch of fish blowing up on shad.  Looked like a school of white bass, so I got over there as quick as I could with the trolling motor, didn't want to spook them with the big motor.  Of course they had stopped by the time I got there, so didn't expect much, but first cast with the top water and it was fish on.

I caught 5 on my first 5 casts and they really wanted that bait, no swirls, and if they missed it, they came right back for it.  Put 10 top water fish in the boat and lost several others.  They eventually stopped so I went in there with a c-rig with a Speed Craw,  caught 6 or 7 more, they got tired of that, so threw a Keitech and got a few more.  All on about a 50 foot stretch of bank, if you got off that stretch to either side, nothing.  

Some days you get lucky, if I had not seen those fish breaking, I would've never got on them and it had all the makings of a tough morning.

I boated 25, 7 keepers.  I quit at 10 AM.

I talked to TV Tom when I left, he and his wife were out up the White and they caught 45 between the 2 of them, and I believe he said 10 of them were keepers.  They got some on top, on a spoon, and jigs. They were fishing deeper water that I was and also got some around docks.

WT when I left was 87.5.

Sounds great Jeff!

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3 hours ago, Moparhawk said:

Can I ask where is the big m area. Is that what it’s called on the map? Thanks 

Big M Marina is on the North side of the White River arm, downstream from Eagle Rock. Eagle Rock sits at the point where 86 highway crosses the lake at the West end of the lake. You reach the marina by turning off 86 at M, before you reach Eagle Rock.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Big+M+Marina/@36.5530824,-93.7594109,12.81z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xe4a9749738ddcb24!8m2!3d36.5592811!4d-93.6779589

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