DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

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DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby Scipio24 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 7:33 am

Hey all,

Been a while since I have posted anything. I have recently been dealt some difficult life situations and fishing fell far to the back burner. This is really only the second outing that I have been on this year. I started out with such optimism too...

I digress. I got out on the northern DPR around 7 AM Sunday morning. Temperature was cool, upper 60's and there was still a light rain in the air. Water level was low and flow was quite manageable. I typically bring two rods, one rigged for top water and one for sub-surface. Early into the outing, I throw a 3/8 oz chartreuse spinner into a slack water hole and got hit hard. A few acrobatic jumps and I could tell it was a LMB and quite a hefty one. I got him to the yak side but he gave one last thrash and freed himself from the hook (damn you single hooks! :D ). Obviously didn't get a measurement, but if I had to guesstimate, it would have been 16-18". Really great looking bass.

I continued on, hitting all the likely spots and fortunately connecting up with 5 pike over the next 2 hours. All of them were on top water (man, I love top water). All fish were between 21-25" and all seemed very healthy and full. I only had one top water strike/miss that I wasn't able to reconnect on. I did see a few follows and strike/misses on my other rod (was a black/blue chatterbait most of the time) but overall pretty good action out on the river.

I spent some time enjoying the natural setting. Watched a pair of hawks fly around and land in a tree near me (they left before I could get a picture). Some great views of woodpeckers, cranes and I even spent some time watching a small crayfish go about its daily business in some hollowed out tree roots when I was parked on the shoreline. I could have been skunked and I would have considered it a successful outing. It was a great reminder of why I like fishing so much. A chance to step away from everything, clear the mind for a bit and just reconnect with nature.

I plan to make a definitive effort to get out more for the year and hope I have more reports to share. Here's hoping to tight lines for us all.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby urbanHog312 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 8:44 am

nice slay sesh!
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby Aux Pleins » Aug Mon 12, 2019 8:48 am

Good to hear from you bro. I know it's not the case, but the photos look like you're fishing from a giant tractor tire. Top water is the so fun. Sucks about the big bass.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby urbanHog312 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 9:04 am

was just double taking and thinking is that a fuckin tire?? lmao
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby vman01 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 9:38 am

Scipio,
Nice report for what sounds like a good second trip out this year. You mentioned difficult times so I hope things are turning for you in a good way now and affords you more days like this.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby Rambler » Aug Mon 12, 2019 9:44 am

Great post. Sorry to hear about your challenges. A day in the outdoors is always good for the spirit.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby joetrain » Aug Mon 12, 2019 12:57 pm

Hey man good to see you got out and cleared your mind a bit. Sorry I never got with you while I was in Chicago. I came there to work and darn it I worked everyday but Sunday’s.

Keep getting out my friend and be careful with that whopper plopper.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby JasonN » Aug Mon 12, 2019 1:06 pm

Sucks when life stuff gets in the way of fishing stuff. Glad you got out and connected on some fish! Yeah, topwater pike fishing is SO much fun. Hopefully many more to come for you this year.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby crankybass » Aug Mon 12, 2019 3:11 pm

Very nice report, and you didn't do bad at all! I enjoy your details about he natural scene, and watching the crayfish would have been interesting to me, too. It sounds like you've got your priorities in the right place, and sometimes what we want to do (fishing) isn't the right/best thing to do. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby Skifish1 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 5:14 pm

Way to go Scotty. Make time for the outdoors when you can..
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby jmdog2003 » Aug Mon 12, 2019 8:48 pm

Head up and keep the rod tip high. Nice return to action.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby Scipio24 » Aug Tue 13, 2019 7:22 am

Thanks, all. Holy crap, it does look like a giant tire!! :shock:

Once it's seen it can't be unseen :lol:
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby minstrel » Aug Tue 13, 2019 12:24 pm

Scipio24 wrote:Thanks, all. Holy crap, it does look like a giant tire!! :shock:

Once it's seen it can't be unseen :lol:

Stranger things have been seen on the river I'm sure :lol:

Looks like a day you could sink your teeth into. Hope things ease up for you otherwise.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby ccorso » Aug Tue 13, 2019 3:08 pm

Good stuff dude, a line in the water is one of my favorite ways to clear the mind too
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby Lip_Yanker » Aug Wed 14, 2019 10:21 am

Nice that you were able to get out. Fish with teeth rock.
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby Woohoodude11 » Aug Wed 14, 2019 10:45 am

Ayyy welcome back. Nice teefs!
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Re: DPR - 8-11-19 - A Return to the River

Postby HEDDONFROG » Aug Wed 14, 2019 9:07 pm

Whoa, it lives! Great report Scott and glad you found some time to get out there bro
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