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More Willard Wild-Cats 9-12-17
Met up with fellow old fart float tuber Pa at the north marina of Willard this morning. Getting lighter later so we were launched while it was barely light enough to see without lights...about 6:45. Air temp low 60s. Water temp 74. Needs to drop some more.

Powered out to my chosen starting spot...hoping to find a wiper or walleye. My first cookie cutter kitty found me right at 7 am. Had my second about 15 minutes later. And then it got gooder.

When I reached my "kitty condo" it was nonstop bendo. Was testing a couple of new designs of my fligs and "hot head" drop shooters. Cats voted for everything I tried...God bless 'em.

Saw lots of shadlets slurping the expired midges on the calm surface...but not bigger fish slurping up the smaller ones. A couple of suspicious splashes that looked uncarplike. But no wide open boils. Not even any pimples.

Kept working in and out...trying different depths. Did best in about 13 feet...as evidenced by the sonar screen shots in some of my pics. Did get a couple of hard whacks...without fish...in 16-18 feet. And saw a ton of bait in the 10-12 foot depths of the Eagle Beach basin. But my experience has been that most of the bigger fish that hang out with the smaller fish are usually well fed and not desperate enough to fall for any silly fisherman tricks.

Pa started out slower...not being in the ZONE. But he did finish up with a few kitties...and no skunk smell.

I probably caught 12-14 cats...keeping a limit of 8 to put up in bottles. Did some last year and they turned out pretty good.

Saw a couple of BFT boating reprobates on the water. They hadda come over and give me a rough time. But at least they shut down to wakeless speed and when they waved they used all the fingers on their hands. Good seeing you guys.

Saw lots of terns patiently waiting for the wipers to chase some shad to the surface. Some were just hanging out on the beach. Others were perched on buoys. Saw the same thing other years and when the surface activity starts somewhere it doesn't take those feathery fish munchers long to get in on the action.

After putting my last kitty in the basket I cruised back into the marina to see if there were any shad munchers back there. Saw quite a few large (4") shadlets rolling next to the docks at daybreak as we were launching. And I have done well on wipers back in the marina in other years when the water levels were up. Depths were 10-11'...enough for shad-hungry wipers. But there weren't none to be seed. I wonder if the new rubber water wonderland toys back in the marina might be an influence.

All in all, a nice day on the water. Now let's hope the incoming weather patterns help chill the water a bit and get all the predators on the prowl.

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