My last outings for the year

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My last outings for the year

Postby ganz1960 » Oct Sat 10, 2020 3:28 pm

I tried the Fox a few times recently in the Aurora area. Today was my last outing of the season there. I head south for the winter next week.

October 7
• I missed 5 fish from shore, all on a Roadrunner jig head with a Gulp Minnow.
• Three of them may have been small bass, but 2 were definitely walleye. All from a deep pool or the surrounding shallower flat.

October 8
• I went back the next morning, with lots of anticipation given how many I had on the day before.
• You can guess what happened: skunked! Same spot, same lure, no fish, no hits.
• I did see 2 deer as I was walking the shore. Here's the best photo I managed to get:
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October 9
• I went to a different spot and caught a few small bass like the one pictured, all on an Arkie Craw crankbait from shore.
• Lots of small bass around. Maybe a good sign of healthy and bigger fish next year.
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October 10 (today)
• I waded with my friend today. Still lots of small bass around. They loved my Rebel Crawfish crankbait.
• After catching several, I decided to switch to something I've never tried: a Rapala Husky Jerk rattling suspending jerkbait.
• Tossed it into a deeper hole and this guy hit. One of the bigger bass I've landed recently.
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• My friend also landed a tiny bass on a beetle spin. I include the photo only because it seemed to us that it's a largemouth. I don't think I've ever caught a LMB in the Fox.
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• We also saw 2 squirrels swim across the river from one shore to the other. Another first. We've seen several animals swimming, but never squirrels!

That's it. A fun year for me on the DuPage and Fox rivers. Looking forward to trying it all again next year!
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Re: My last outings of the year

Postby joetrain » Oct Sat 10, 2020 3:46 pm

Hope you do well down south.
I would give up bass fishing to fish salt permanently.
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Re: My last outings of the year

Postby ganz1960 » Oct Sat 10, 2020 5:27 pm

I fished salt for the first time last year when I went to Texas for the winter.

Two memories I have of it:

1) the jarring hits on spoons from speckled trout, sand trout, and redfish.

2) the incredible variety of life in the saltwater environment––from amazing sea turtles to diving birds to a dolphin to jellyfish to schools of baitfish to the variety of fish I caught (some very unique or weird looking).

I look forward to trying it again!
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Re: My last outings of the year

Postby badger75 » Oct Mon 12, 2020 4:56 pm

Fox has some LMB in the slower moving water or pools, by my experience.

Enjoy your winter. Hope you find time to post some of your success.
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