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Re: [TubeDude] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
I have teenagers so to be able to keep in touch with them, I have to text!

I did get the information ... very much appreciated, thank you!

I'll be giving it the full study tonight!
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Re: [LockedandLoaded] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
You have found the secret to becoming a better fisherman. Hang out with Pat and try to practice what he'll teach ya. Pats a great resource and a whole lot of fun to fish with if ya don't mind being out fished. Good luck learning the ways of the master. Later J
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
Thanks for the kindly words. But flattery won't get you any more free fligs. And you still gotta pay your invoice for the rods. I'll be bringing my collection agent (my wife) to the get together on the 5th so you better pay up or suffer the consequences.

I've been "paying" for years. Ouch. Ouch. Sorry Honey.

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Re: [TubeDude] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
Followup report. I went to the North marina today. There were at least ten boats, toons and such in the boat harbor trying for crappie, along with a dozen or so crappie croppers on the bank. I didn't witness a single one caught but talked with one boater (Larry) who said he had one. Water 56° inside.

Not much better outside the buoys, either. I drifted the humps and had two catfish inquiries but no invitations accepted. Finally moved nearer the old roadbed and had a slashing strike. It was a dinner for two on the line, but the line was 6-lb test. No stopping that critter and it finally stitched my line through submerged trees. Pop. One of my best lures, too, dammit. Hadda be a wiper.

Water hit 60° as I packed it in.



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Re: [RockyRaab] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
 "I didn't witness a single one caught"

Any married ones?

Chris Penne of DWR predicted that the catch rate on crappies would be down this year. Looks like he might be right. But it is still early. My benchmark for the middle of the run is usually about Mothers' Day. If it hasn't happened by then it probably ain't gonna happen.

Sorry you missed your big opportunity. Always a bummer. But it makes memories that keep us coming back for a rematch. Hope springs eternal...or infernal...or whatever.

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Re: [TubeDude] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
I keep thinking they ought to be staging up out around the "you know whats" but not a blip on the screen today. Did see some shaddy looking clouds out there, so that's a plus.



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Re: [SkunkedAgain] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
+1 on hanging out with Pat. He's really cut my learning curve on Willard. Another ten years, I'll lb a pretty fair fisherman on that pond. Until then I'll happily settle for mediocre.



Larry

...one flew east, one flew west,
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest...
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Re: [TubeDude] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
Your trinkets treated me well today. Thanks so much, let me know when you are heading up here to Willard again. I will need some more. You can never have to many lures and such. I like the rattler one also. That is a big bow from east canyon.
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Re: [TubeDude] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
Great post as always!

Sounds like a wonderful day on the water with good friends and fellow BFTers.
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Re: [TubeDude] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
Yup I'll be sure to pay up I don't like crossing the bouncers. Hope you'll have a few of those new purple smaller fligs for trade for dollars at the flotilla. I'm not having much luck with the big ones. Might just be me. Thanks Pat. Later J
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Re: [RockyRaab] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
RockyRaab wrote:
I keep thinking they ought to be staging up out around the "you know whats" but not a blip on the screen today. Did see some shaddy looking clouds out there, so that's a plus.

With the higher water last year the crappies were able to find spawning structure and stickups all around the lake. So "Rocky's Reef" was not the big draw it was during lower water. The water levels are even higher this year and crappie numbers are down. That is going to make it better for the crappies and worse for anglers.

The only guys who did well outside the harbors last year focused on fishing flooded brush...with vertical presentations. I suspect that will be the pattern again this year. Gonna be a lot of hunting between fish.

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Re: [goose_716] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
Glad the goodies got some love.

I'll be bringing my "jewel box" to the get-together next Saturday.

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Re: [high_n_dry] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
Thanks. When are you going to get your toon wet again?

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Re: [SkunkedAgain] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
SkunkedAgain wrote:
Yup I'll be sure to pay up I don't like crossing the bouncers. Hope you'll have a few of those new purple smaller fligs for trade for dollars at the flotilla. I'm not having much luck with the big ones. Might just be me. Thanks Pat. Later J

Will have plenty of purple with me at the doin's.

If you are fishing the fligs from shore, I suspect you would do better by giving them some motion. Either cast and slowly retrieve or at least give the rod tip a few wiggles from time to time. I drag them around behind my tube...and a lot of my hits come just as I start moving after being stopped. Guys in boats find that using the electric to drag them at about .5 mph not only helps cover a lot more water but also attracts the fish better.

For "active" fishing from shore, you might also change up your rig. Try rigging "dropshot" style, with a sinker on the bottom and a short 6-8" dropper to the flig knotted about 12-14" above the sinker. You can also use a small 3-way swivel to tie in the flig dropper. Then cast out and let it hit bottom. Now start a slow retrieve with some rod twitches.

Catfish have better vision than most people think. That's why the colors work well. But their sensitive lateral lines pick up vibration very well even in murky water or after dark. So motion can help call them in. Then the combination of color on the flig and the flavor from the bait helps seal the deal.

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Re: [TubeDude] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
Thanks Pat I'll give that a try. I didn't think they were too big considering the size bait they were pounding. I didn't try them last night in the toon mostly because I didn't have a pole rigged to fish them and I had an area in mind to anchor up and soak bait. Should have tried them. Next time. Thanks J
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Re: [TubeDude] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
So the cats are willing to play, wipers are warming up, and crappie may be crappy. Conspiciously absent are the walleys from any reports. Too early for targeting the walleye?
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Re: [Charina] Fliggin' Floatilla Willard 4-25-18 In reply to
Didn't you hear? The snaggers caught all the walleye out of Willard.

On a more positive note, the walleyes usually take a little vacation after the rigors of spawning and then they go on the chew with a vengeance. By mid May there should be a lot more walleye showing up...if they haven't all been caught by snaggers.

In years past, June has been a magic month for walleyes. Those who know and target them usually score better in June than at almost any other time of the year.

In this year of higher water and a weird spring weather pattern, it may be more difficult to find the fish...but once you find them you should be able to get a few.

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