Bill Babler Posted June 28, 2022 Share Posted June 28, 2022 6-28-22 Had to run up to the farm at Climax Springs Sunday evening. In route got a call from Ed Franko wondering if I could spend the morning with him on Monday. He had a last minute cancellation. Answer was Heck Ya. Becky was with me so we just stayed at their B&B and ran up to the farm today to pick up my trailer. Nice to not be on a schedule 😀😀 Ed and I left his dock for the pre-breakfast run at 5:30, had to be back for breakfast at 9am. Fished for 3 hours and had 111 all top water fish. Yes you read it right, 111. How do we know the correct number you ask. Ed is working with a fish charting research group, keeping track of his guide fish on Lake O. this year. They are paying him well for the record keeping and he has a clicker. They want water conditions with times and weather data also. He is making really good money doing this on top of guiding. None of the reporting makes a difference if he or his clients catch 1 or 100. Just pure research. I counted my own, and I know I had 61 top water fish. Friggin Unreal. He is on just a killer pattern, totally unreal. If the MLF guys were here now with a 2 lb. minimum they would break every record they have set to this point. Wheeler would have 100 pounds a day and not bat an eyelash. Probably would take 350 pounds to get a check. These guys would figure this out immediately. I had it figured by our second stop. Total Table Rock pattern only the numbers on LOZ are staggering with the amount of fish on each location. Fish are grouped and suspended. They wanted a walking bait not a prop bait. Ed gave me a Sammy and he started with a Whopper Pooper. I had him buried in 20 minutes till he switched to a spook. Said they had been on the WP really good, but not yesterday. They just crushed the spook or Sammy. Lots of them caught it, as it hit the water and at least 3 times I had doubles on that I did not get to the boat. Don’t ya just hate that!!!! There is just millions upon millions of Gizzard fry, right on the surface in huge schools and if there is any deep structure the bass are in the shade or using depth for shade and blowing up thru them. It was crazy. Whites, Hybreds, LM and a few K’s. The LM were long and lean typical post spawn. They won’t be for long the way they were going at those Shad. One of the best mornings I’ve had in years. We went in for breakfast that was simply delish and returned to fish till Noon. Breakfast at Bass and Baskets Ended the morning with 129 total Black Bass, not counting the other including the whites and hybreds. Water temp at 81/83. 4-6 foot visibility so you know where we were fishing with deep clear water. This thumb says the entire story. When you reeled one in, a 1/2 dozen would be under it following. I’m guessing forty 15 plus and up inch keepers in 5 hours of fishing. Biggest fish was a shade under 4 pounds. On a 5 fish derby I’m guessing 16/17 pounds. On an MLF BP DERBY catch weigh release easy 100 pounds. Ed has no idea how long it will last, but he thinks the generation is the key in his area and really just massive numbers of LM and forage. He told me his clients in June had caught and released well over 1000 LM. Man what a trip, and the weather was beautiful. Who says you can’t go home, I love the Lake of the Ozarks and always will. Good Luck grizwilson, tho1mas, BilletHead and 14 others 15 2 http://whiteriveroutfitters.com http://whiteriverlodgebb.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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